Monday, October 20, 2014

TRAILERS & NEWS: John Wick, Unbroken, Black Hat, In the Heart Of the Sea, The Theory Of Everything

Opening this weekend is Keanu Reeves' John Wick, which I am quite looking forward to. What is so surprising is, even my sister is looking forward to this. Please see below for the discussion on the trailer and why this is going to be such a great film! 
There has been significant discussion--and even more false reporting--regarding Pope Francis changing the Church's official position on homosexual and divorced families and everyone I know is asking about what is happening. The liberal media, as always, is doing everything it can to make the Church look cold and heartless, but I would like to take a moment and discuss this, because it's the same device being used politically with illegal immigrants. In the Church, any homosexual or divorced person is welcomed, the only condition is, as with any sinner coming into the Church (and we all know we are all sinners), you have to be committed to turning away from your sin. Again, any homosexual can enter into the Church, as long as they do their best to not act upon their homosexuality in engaging in sexual acts; the exact same condition is true of myself, a single heterosexual female, I vow not to act on sexual temptations in exchange for the Sacraments of the Church. What the supposed measures suggest is that homosexuals be allowed into the Church without repenting of their sins. This is severely problematic because it basically wipes out the Suffering and Sacrifice Christ endured to pay for our sins and His Commandment, "Go and sin no more." Families where the parents aren't married, just have to go to confession, and get married! If they don't want to get married, they are intentionally choosing to live in sin over living in Christ, and that's their choice. With divorced families, it's the same situation: all they have to do is get an annulment from their first marriage, even if they are all ready in their second marriage, and they can receive Communion again. If the person chooses not to get an annulment, that is that person's decision, but the point, for both divorced families and homosexuals is this: the Church has made concessions for you and wants you to come back, but you have to choose Christ over the world; if you choose the world, you cannot also choose Christ, He made it clear, it's Him or the world, but not both. God gave us free will so we can freely choose to love Him, not be forced to love Him. Pope Francis, like Obama granting amnesty even though there are laws in place to allow immigrants all ready here to legally become citizens, is undoing the law by pretending that there is no law (or accessible means) and that's not the case at all. Every Christian wants as many people to be saved as possible, we ALL want people to leave their sins and come to Christ, but it's their choice to do so, they have to choose Christ. To suggest that people aren't capable of making decisions for themselves, is--like socialists--to deny that we are human, rather, nothing more than animals with no soul.
Thank you for permitting me that rant, moving on,....
Is it true? Warwick Davis (Willow) has officially signed on for Star Wars VII and, since he originally played the loveable Ewok, everyone is speculating that JJ Abrams may be bringing them back to Star Wars VII; there's a lot of rumors going around, most of which I don't even bother to circulate here, but it would be interesting. Pacific Rim is getting a second and third film, in spite of what most people said was a less-than-expected box office debut (I really liked the film personally).  
The second trailer for Angelina Jolie's film Unbroken has been released (it comes out December 25) and, I have to tell you, this is the kind of story I want to see, not Fury; again, this is based on a true story, the man whose life is being re-told just recently past away:
What is the difference between Unbroken and Fury? There is a clear since of victory in Unbroken and no sense of anything but despair in Fury. Christopher Nolan's Interstellar comes out in just a few weeks and Matthew McConnaughey's character saying, "We've always found a way," could be echoed in Unbroken (the script having been written by the Coen Brothers who did Fargo, Raising Arizona and, most recently, Inside Llweyn Davis). Why is a film like Unbroken important? For Americans, it's a lot like what we saw in Emperor with Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox: it's not the equipment Americans have, or our engineering or resources, it's our spirit that keeps us going, and Unbroken promises to deliver complete validation of that. Opening February 2015 is the newest Chris Hemsworth film, Black Hat, and I think I am going to like this:
One of the recurring themes in films as of late, such as Fast and Furious 6 and The Dark Knight Rises, is that America is the land of second chances: you mess up, you get a second chance, this isn't (at least, not yet, a police state). If "it's not about money, it's not about politics," then what is it about? Being God. If nearly everything in the world and to the individual is put online, and someone can manipulate that, you have the greatest power in the world, it's really that simple. So what's the point of Hemsworth's character? Conversion. This is kind of a missionary story, you could say, because anyone out there who could (and there are people who can) need to realize what the consequences of their actions will lead to and how, in spite of that kind of power, it's still more important to have friends (the people he's working with) and trust, a sense of self and purpose, then to yield that kind of inconceivable power. On the opposite end of the spectrum, maybe I will like this "Moby Dick" tale and maybe I won't, but this seems more like Fury to me than Unbroken:
Now, I would like to pick a bone, and this is going to make it seem like I am in a really bad mood, but I'm not: Stephen Hawking did not invent the Big Bang Theory, Mon. Georges Lemaitre,  a Catholic priest and scientist, did, Hawking just proved what Lemaitre came up with, but this trailer is highly misleading. You should be aware that Mr. Eddie Redmayne is indeed all ready coming out strong with accolades (including Oscar baiting) for The Theory Of Everything:
Part of the reason I have a problem with this is it divorces the religious origins of the Big Bang (which is compatible with Christian teaching) and makes it look like science came up with it, so therefore, that must disprove God's existence. On a different note entirely, let's revisit John Wick, opening this weekend along with Ouija:
By 0:22, four things should be sticking out in your mind: first, he was asleep and then he woke up, the dog, the Rock music and the Mustang. John Wick (Reeves) has retired from his hitman lifestyle (in this sense, it's like the Clint Eastwood film Unforgiven).  But us seeing him being "asleep," (which is symbolic for death or even a part of a person being in "hibernation" until the right time for it to awaken) is a sign that he's been dormant. Secondly, the dog, which was a gift from his wife, symbolizes loyalty; so why do the thugs kill the dog (remember Kevin Spacey's character burying the dog at the end of Margin Call)? Because, in America, thugs (as in, politicians) have killed the loyalty of many Americans and stolen our vehicle (the Mustang)--the force of the economy and our own, independent free will ("free will" as in both not pre-fated by God, nor governed by a police state). On a deeper level, the Mustang reminds us of, anyone? Anyone?.... Hidalgo, when Viggo Mortenson's character rode a Mustang and everyone else had fancy horses. The car is a symbol of the economy and American will power, while the brand of the car, Mustang, symbolizes the Wild West and a part of us that is "unbroken."
At one part in the trailer, Wick asks the hotel manager, "How good is your laundry?" to which he replies, looking at his dirty, bloody shirt, "Nobody is that good." His blood-stained clothes, of course, symbolizes the sin of murder on his soul, and in asking about the laundry, we will probably be at a point in the film when Wick realizes how much blood he has shed and how he's going to do penance for it (because what goes around, comes around). The woman in the trailer, the "I just thought I would let myself in" chick, is the wild card, she might end up being a figure of conversion herself (if she ends up helping John instead of trying to kill him), but we don't really know.
What about the Rock music? In Rock Of Ages (Tom Cruise), the film makers made it clear that Rock-n-Roll was a genre of music symbolizing rebellion that was acceptable in the US but would not be allowed in the USSR, so listening to Rock music is also a form of rebellion. The dying wife is a traditional symbol you are well-familiar with: women are the passive principle of the motherland, men are the active principle of production, so the "dying wife" is a dying America and her last gift of the dog was loyalty to the country, in spite of what the politicians' are doing; Wick, then, is the active force of the economy, the driving will (capitalism) that is coming back, and with a vengeance. The part of the trailer when the guy says, "It's not what you took, it's who you took it from," is a reminder to America of what we once were before Obama turned us into a hashtag-sign holding country of wimps.
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