Friday, June 13, 2014

TRAILER: Penguins Of Madagascar & Left Behind

The mission of the Penguins is to save the world from a disgruntled octopus, Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich. Where else have we seen octopuses lately? In the Marvel series, with Captain America the Winter Soldier, the representation of HYDRA, and even in Edge Of Tomorrow, the aliens are octopus-like.  Now, just humor me for a moment, IF IF IF the Penguins Of Madagascar is going to be pro-capitalist--and I have every reason for confidence--what would a octopus-villain be in symbolizing socialism? The villain that has an arm in everything. Regardless of what or significance, the socialists seem to have maneuvered themselves into every important position in the world, not to mention their ability to squirt ink in the face of their enemy anytime they don't want them to be aware of what is really going on "behind the scenes," like Obama's ability to also divert our attention, or throw up a bunch of smoke and mirrors. The film was originally scheduled for release March 2015, but they have moved it up; GOOD! I need something to look forward to.
This trailer, it made my day: it is funny, it's a bit smart aleck, it has some attitude, and Benedict Cumberbatch's incredible voice is included, but that's not why I am so excited about this film: it's going to be a pro-capitalist bomb November 26 that will explode all over socialist Hollywood. A film like this gives me reason to get up in the morning, not only because it has validated everything we have discussed in our decoding of films, (and that is a really big reason) but also because this will expand our political and cinematic vocabulary:
Let's start with the Dibbles.
This scene, with Skipper eating the Dibbles as Agent Classified (Cumberbatch) attempts to inform him of what the Northwind organization is, is pure brilliance. What is Skipper doing? He's "consuming." What is Agent Classified saying? The act of "consuming" also becomes a source of "noise," and that's intentional. The identity of Northwind is meant to be "covered up" by the noise of consumption: that is, because we are consumers, we have to be protected, but part of protecting us is not causing us to know that the rest of the world hates us and we need protecting. They are an elite (the best of the best, and there is competition to get into the organization) inter-species (this is not just one species of animal, they are diversified with their skills and talents) dedicated to helping animals who can't help themselves.
Why is this important?
Opening this weekend is How To Train Your Dragon 2: please do NOT go see this film. This film proves my point precisely that animated films contain dangerous materials. One of the male characters in the film admits to being gay during the course of the narrative. This is 100% indoctrination and a push--as there are so many nowadays--to get children to accept homosexuality as something "natural." Please recall that we saw a gay character in Paranorman and a cross-dressing woman in Pirates! Band Of Misfits  and the large snowman at the end of Frozen who put the tiara on his head. These are intentionally planted devices to wear-down your resistance and acclimate you to the culture the Left wants, and it's easiest to do it in kids' shows because that is when our guard is the most down.
For one thing, it means that those who can help themselves should help themselves (socialist see this as one, impossible--no one can help themselves, only the government can help people and, two, even if people were capable of helping themselves, it's heartless to make people help themselves and, thirdly, people will only help themselves at the expense of others [so, if you are helping yourself, someone else is suffering because of it]; secondly, it means that those who can help themselves should see to the helping of those who cannot. Being the very best, as Northwind obviously is, means serving others which is the traditional conservative viewpoint and why the US has always been the world's largest financial and aide donor to other countries.
Did you notice what song was playing in the background? That's right, Top Gun from 1986, the film that glorified competition (and team work) during the Cold War (again, it's one of many 1980s films being re-made because those were the films that helped us to defeat socialism then, so perhaps they can help us defeat socialism today). Top Gun was about wanting to become the very best and never settling for second place. It was also one of the films that contributed to the iconic "arrogant" American in brashness, which we see in Skipper when he insanely hits the plane button that dumps all the penguins into a free-fall. Yes, Americans--prior to 2008--have been guilty of some pretty reckless acts, however, Skipper claiming that "I make my own options" IS the way to go and they certainly use their limited resources to their advantage to provide for their safe landing. In other words, we can expect to see Penguins Of Madagascar relying upon the traditional role of America and the persona we use to have before Barack Hussein Obama ruined it. But think of it this way: when you decide to watch a crime show, for example, like NCIS, or Criminal Minds, it's because the characters are the best of the best, "The elitist of the elite," as Skipper compliments himself, and it's because (unlike socialists) we don't want to watch mediocrities, we want to see how good the very best really are and be inspired to be the very best we can be in whatever our own field is. To socialists, "elitism" is pure evil, and anyone wanting to be the best in their field is cruel because they are only going to show up how inadequate the not-so-best are, so, therefore, the way to solve that is to do away with the best. I abhor that.
"Okay boys, this is it. The mission we have been preparing for our entire lives," is a statement about fate, about destiny, about purpose, and that these concepts are intertwined into their own being. Again, this is not something socialists would or could recognize: you nor I, according to them, have free will, and we certainly don't have a soul or a destiny, what you do you do only because the state has told you to do it, and the job you do glorifies the state, not the individual who did the job. "Think American, Kowalski," Skipper tells his team mate as they fall, and that seems to do the job, because they successfully come out of the potentially-disastrous fall and safely land. Does it really make sense for them to be jumping on the blow-up feature that breaks their fall? Of course it does. Remember at the start of X-Men Days Of Future Past, everyone is dark and everyone is forced to do what they are told; even in Rise Of the Guardians, Jack Frost (Chris Pine) found his core was fun, which defeated the darkness that was coming, because having fun helps us to not be afraid. This is one of my most-looked-forward-to films now!  
On a different note,...
Well, if nothing else, Nick Cage finally has a film that will get people talking about what he's doing. Left Behind focuses on the Protestant theology (it's theology for Protestants) of The Rapture, when a select few Christians are assumed into heaven and the anti-Christ is left to rule the earth for seven years, forcing those who have been left on earth to take the "Mark of the Beast" or not be able to buy food, get medicine, etc. It's important that, as I write this, you are aware of my background on this: I was raised to believe that this is exactly what is going to happen.
After the Ascension of Jesus, and Pentecost, all those who followed Christ and were Christians were Catholic (from the Latin word meaning "universal," as in, "one faith for all of mankind). There were no denominations, there were no alternative churches, all Christians were Catholic and obedient to the Pope in Rome;there was the split with the East in 1054. Martin Luther decided to break away from the Catholic Church, start his own Church, and the Church has been splintering every since, including in methods of understanding the Bible (even what books are in the Bible). The Catholic Church has never taught that there will be anything even remotely similar to a "Rapture," the Church acknowledges there will be an anti-Christ(s), but instead of filling the flock with dread and anxiety, the Church teaches us to always be prepared for we do not know the hour when Christ shall return. In the illustration above, Jesus' prophecy that two will be in bed, one shall be taken and one shall be left, is depicted. Those believing in the Rapture like to cite this Scripture as a basis--along with Revelations--for their outlook on what will happen. Personally, I don't think this Scripture supports it: in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." Rather than God taking all the good to heaven, I believe the bad people will be taken to hell and the good people will inherit the earth and there will then be a Pentecost for all people. My basis for this is when Moses received the Ten Commandments; God won't do anything that hasn't all ready been done, so that we know it is in fact coming from Him. Moses went atop Mt. Sinai to be with God and receive the Law; when he came down, everyone thought he was dead, so there were wild parties and idols made. Moses made the people choose between their idols and God, and those who choose idols were swallowed up by the earth. Just as Moses went to the top of the mountain, so Jesus Ascended into heaven, and we, too, have gone wildly astray. Of course, I am probably wrong, however, everything Jesus did, had been done by one of the prophets before, but Jesus did it better, to show how much man can do with God, but how much more God can do Himself.  Anyway, I hope this discussion serves as a springboard for you to dialogue with yourself and loved ones about what you believe and why.
Later in life, however, I converted to Roman Catholicism which has never believed or taught "The Rapture": officially, the Church teaches that Christ will come again and judge all those living and who have ever lived (those who have died have all ready gone to their reward, either damnation or life, but this will be a public judging so we can see God's Authorial Hand at work in the history of salvation). The point is, while there have been Protestant theologians who have hinted at directly or indirectly "The Rapture," it didn't really pick up momentum in Protestant circles until Christian science-fiction writers started talking about it in the 1970s, which is when and how my parents learned about it to pass it onto me and my siblings. In that vein, along with the books Left Behind upon which this film is based, there has been something of a frenzy created by what God could do to us and whether or not you are going to be "left behind yourself."  All the Protestants I know, including those in my family, believe this is what is going to happen. I think if the quality of the film were better, it could look forward to greater success financially, however, it just doesn't look put together very well.
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