"Supreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truth, passed on from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned." William Butler Yeats
Thursday, May 12, 2016
TRAILERS: Assassin's Creed, Money Monster, Miss Peregrine's School, Nerve
For some reason, a number of new trailers were released today, including the (what I have read several other reviewers describe as "highly anticipated") trailer for Assassin's Creed with Michael Fassbinder.
I have a lot of problems with this, at this point (and this could change depending on how the film presents the issues, however, this is the way it stands now). You can read a short premise of the gameplay upon which the film is based here. Again, this might change in the film: the film makers are different people from the makers of the game however, the Assassin's go against the Templars (it can't be much of an accident that the Templars were the protectors of religious pilgrims to sites in the Holy Land) and the Assassins basically want to destroy the Church and the Church's attempt to have everyone be Christian. Now, here is the problem: the definition of individuality. For liberals, doing whatever you want is considered to be the expression of who you are (how often you have sex and with whom you have sex, where you use the bathroom and what drugs, legal or illegal, that you take and that's about it). For Christians, those aspects of a person are called the "appetites," and they are part of our lower, baser self which have to be tamed and disciplined so we can develop higher virtues and wisdom to control our passions and not be ruled by them. It appears, however, that Assassin's Creed is, like so many other liberal films, going to intentionally malign what Christianity is about (partly because the liberals making the film have no experience with Christianity, or no more experience beyond a third-grade vacation bible school week). I can go on, but let's run through the rest of these real quick. Next, Alice: Through the Looking Glass:
We know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that director Tim Burton is a parasite,... I mean, a socialist, and therefore the character of "Time" in this film is, as usual, a symbol of history; history is both catching up to the socialists--more people are remembering the things they have done and they can't re-write all of history the way they would like to--but also the socialists have run "out of time" for transforming America and the world into their New World Order. They know they can't win another presidential election, and when the results have come in, the pendulum of extremes will swing away from the extreme Left, back to the extreme Right, to undo all the Left has viciously done. Since we are on the topic of Tim Burton anyway, let's take a look at his other film opening this year:
So, what we have here, is a denial of what happened in both the Soviet Union and World War II (as well as North Korea and Vietnam) with socialists hunting and killing anyone who wasn't physically perfect (crippled, diseased, blind, deaf, etc.) and fit into the socialist regiment of normalcy (which includes homosexuals, Gypsies, Jews and people disoriented regarding what sex they are, etc.). The "peculiarities" of the children are meant to reflect the differences inherent in people, which America has always been a refuge for difference; Tim Burton, on the other hand, wants to make you believe that America is an evil place, and someone is going to come and kill you because you are "different" if you don't keep Obama around to protect you,... On a similar note, Money Monster opens this weekend, and it's obviously anti-capitalistic:
"Without risk, there is no reward," and then the gun shot and then "You're lying." What is the premise of this film? Someone forced this young man and his live-in girlfriend to invest their hard-earned money into high-risk stocks so they could afford to buy things like groceries and pay basic rent and utilities; then, the high-rick stocks they were forced into went south and they lost everything, and the people holding guns to their heads, forcing them to invest in these funds made lots of money, walked away, and lived happily ever after. That is the premise of Money Monster. The truth is, no one forced this kid to invest in the stock market; NO ONE. It was his choice and free will. Why did he do it? Greed. Envy. Gluttony. He wanted to live a rich life, so he took risks and he lost. End of story. Except, for a socialist, that's not the end of the story,... because now, you have to find someone to blame. And for this kid, he's going to blame someone who has never met him or had anything to do with his situation. Even though every star in this film has investment portfolios and makes hundreds of thousands--maybe even millions--every year on stocks and hedge funds, they are going to come out and condemn the very system in which they invest because the truth is, they don't want anyone else to share their luxury lifestyle, but by condemning the system, they don't feel guilty about how they live and we don't. On the exact same note, Woody Allen chimes in:
Hollywood is a horrible place, and all the people there are horrible. All careers in Hollywood are horrible and it's going to make you a horrible person, so don't try and come to Hollywood and be a star or work in the industry because it's all so beautiful and shallow and miserable. The only real question this trailer begs to have answered is, exactly how long has Woody Allen been washed-up? Like Money Monster, the new film Nerve forgoes that there is no free will and that capitalism is horrible:
"You need to take risks every once in awhile," sound like the quote above, "Without risk, there is no reward?" so the idea of living a life without risk--i.e., as a zombie, when you are told what to do and not to do is all done by centralized planning, is starting to look real good if you are a pantie-waist. Let's look at another Dave Franco film coming out, Now You See Me 2 (and I will get up the post for Now You See Me before the sequel comes out, it will be worth revisiting):
So, Jesse Eisenberg's character has some "control issues," and he's talking about controlling people; the Four Horsemen are definitely socialists, and the idea of stealing the key to every computer system in the world is one for the New World Order (right out of Spectre and their spyware system). Morgan Freeman's character is in jail, having been framed for the crimes committed by the Horsemen in the last film (and supposedly this was going to be Michael Caine's last film,....?). I am looking forward to this one. So we can end on a happy note, here is a clip from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
There are two types of masks in this scene: the faceless, identity-less masks worn by the ninjas in black, and the hockey mask worn by Casey Jones. You might be saying that it isn't logical that a hockey player would be able to take down a group of ninjas, but Casey Jones is an individual, and his individuality--which Americans value so highly--is what takes them down. The ninjas have lost their identity because whatever it is they are doing (just like Storm Troopers in Star Wars, of the motorcycle riders in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation) they also don't want to take responsibility for it; Casey Jones, on the other hand, has trained at hockey and wants to take responsibility for what he has done, and his skills have helped him to build up his identity because these are HIS skills, a part of him. When he's saying his name and we can't hear him, it's because his skills are so overwhelming--how many people could do what he just did?--we are apt to fail in separating the rest of his identity from his hockey abilities.
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