Month: January 2010

Life in Perspective

I just wrote about things that bug me about movies. This past week a friend and coworker told me about his impression of the movie, “Avatar”. He said he was disappointed that the story was rather weak, though the visual side and special effects were very good. Is it just another “white man’s burden” tale? Perhaps so, I’ve not bothered to see it, yet. What sorts of things do the “movies” teach us? Why do we place so much importance on them in our society? Is there something fundamentally missing in our personal lives that drives us to fill our time with listening and watching stuff that isn’t real. Now we have a form of entertainment that’s labeled, “reality tv” which seems to be an attempt to help us learn all about real people, usually depicted at their worst or weakest moments unfortunately. What would happen if the “power” was turned off permanently? Without entertainment, what would our lives be like? How would we cope? As humans, we like to see ourselves as being valued and “successful”. Storytellers and jesters whom we call, “entertainers” have learned that there is gold in them thar “hills”. The human quest for meaning and…

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The 10 Dumbest Things About Movies

These are some of the things that irk me about the way movies are made. There may be a reason for them, but I can’t figure any. 1. Lightning always happens the same time as the thunder. That would mean that lightning always strikes within 30 ft of the camera! For that matter, the sound always arrives instantly whether the sound producing object is 10 ft away or 1/4 mile or more, in movies sound travels at the speed of light. If only there was some correct time delay in the sound, there would be some audio realism and spaciality to match the visuals. I have yet to see a film that used realistic audio delay. 2. Am I the only person sick of carousel shots. Those shots that have the camera circling a scene just to remind me of the fact that it’s not reality, just a motion picture! I find myself straining to see the dolly tracks on the ground during those scenes. 3. Audio in space. Only Stanley Kubrick seemed to understand this dimension of space. Space is completely SILENT guys!!! 4. Is there a moratorium on mourning for the dead in film? Why are the heroes…

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The Christian Experience

As a Christian, I’m aware of my many failings and faults. The Creator sees me as holy only because of my faith in His Son. I have no power in myself to overcome sin in my life. It’s only by the power of God’s Spirit working in me that I’m able to make progress towards becoming more like Jesus. The Creator’s Spirit gives me power to live righteously as I ask for it and trust Him. All too often I make the mistake of being “self-reliant” or proud. It always ends in failure and disappointment- not only for myself, but for those around me. The world is full of people who are labeled “Christian”, but many have never actually come to Jesus for forgiveness or asked Him for His Spirit to come into their lives. So, for those folks life goes on and they are still subject to all the passions and weaknesses of the general “non-christian” public. There is a sort of ethnic Christianity if you will and a Biblical Christianity. The Biblical Christianity shares the common experience with those first Christians we read about in the New Testament. The Biblical Christian experience is very simple to enter into….

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