Thursday, February 25, 2016

R-Rated Super-Hero Films: Disaster For the Genre & the Country

Deadpool is an appropriate name for this character. His white eyes demonstrates that he has no soul--he doesn't believe he has a soul, anyway, and he acts accordingly--and his suit being red symbolizes that he tends to act out in anger rather than in love (and when you don't have self-love--because he can't reflect properly on what he's doing because his eyes are white, you can't come to a proper self-love of self, nor a proper love of anyone else, which is why he says that he's "Unf*ckable," that's all he sees himself as being, a sex object, and all he sees an "other" as being, also a sex object). His mouth is sewn shut because the lack of intellect feeding his speech: because he can't see what is meant to be seen (our "mystical sight" and the ability to interiorly reflect) nothing feeds his intellect, so there isn't anything to come out of his mouth that is of any value (the wise man speaks wisdom, the fool says nothing that is wise). The black on his shoulders demonstrates that he's dead to carrying the burdens of others or the weight of the greater good upon himself; even is he does it once or twice, in general, he's acting on his own behalf, not the behalf of the greater good, as Captain America would do, for example. All of this is validated by the phrase, "dead pool": instead of being a living pool of life-giving water, i.e., Grace, he is a pool of death because he himself is dead in his sins and cannot, therefore, give life to anyone else. 
Why did Deadpool do so well at the box office? Because liberalism has successfully poisoned the moral base of America. It's quite simple: why do the majority of films--super-hero films included--have "saving the world from destruction" as their main plot vehicle? How many films, dear reader, have you seen in which it is the primary objective of the hero(es) to save the world from some villain's threat of utter annihilation, and yet, we keep going to see those films over and over and over and over,... so why? Because it's not saving the world that we are interested in, it's saving our world. Your world, on the individual scale and level, the world that you as an individual exist and live in. No, I don't mean because you live in the world that the world has to be saved (as was pointed out in Guardians Of the Galaxy), rather, the world in which you live, breathe, make choices and experience the consequences of those choices,... that world. When we see Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) risking everything to save the world, Hunt is doing so in order to instruct us, the viewers, on how to live our own lives on a day-to-say, moment-to-moment basis. This is meant to inspire you, not to jump onto airplanes and ride them high into the sky, but to forgive the person who cuts in front of you in traffic and nearly causes you to wreck, to not take advantage of the time you are on the clock at work to watch YouTube videos instead, to tell the truth even if you could get away with telling a "white lie," to refrain from any language which shouldn't be uttered in the presence of a child, to speak kindly to someone who is angry with you. THIS IS POWER. You have the power to choose between the easy road of immediate gratification of being angry and exercising that anger with your actions, or to exercise virtue and use your power of free will to respond in love and kindness. That is power. That is what being a super-hero is all about. How does this "save the world?" It's saving your world because you are choosing to be a Superman rather than a Lex Luthor and making selfish choices rather than selfless choices.
Remember when, as a child, Clark was getting bullied by classmates, but when the bus started sinking, he saved them all anyway? That is what a hero is, not the power of lifting the bus out of the water, but the power to overcome the greedy desire for revenge and stand-by and watch them all die instead (which is what his father, played by Kevin Costner suggested he do instead, and there is an important reason for that). Atheists are fond of asking, "If God is good, why does He allow evil?" and the simple answer is, so we can become good like God. Evil is the abuse of our free will: Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, Castro, Che and Bill Clinton all did things which abused their free will in choosing a lower and base action rather than a virtuous and higher action. In Batman vs Superman, it appears that we are going to see a Superman making less-than-virtuous choices because we see in the latest and final trailer Clark Kent jumping into a bath tub with a naked Lois Lane, which--heretofore--Superman NEVER would have done, but the liberals at Warner Bros are pushing a liberal agenda and that means undermining the moral fabric of this country by re-drawing the true identity of our heroes from selfless and good people to, "Oh, that's good enough, everyone else is doing after all, why shouldn't I?"   
Hunt, like so many other heroes, is an example of the heroic, and the brave, the righteous and the good. These are virtues and qualities literally abhorrent to the liberal Left: conservatives will overlook an individual's mistakes and shortcomings, if the achievements and sacrifices that person made inspires us to be better in our own lives and to do great things; liberals see great people and drag out every skeleton from their closet to justify not becoming a great person or doing great things, and to justify living in the gutter of moral decay. That's just how it is. This leads us to the "R" rating for super-hero films.
The Spartans of 300 weren't super-heroes by the strict definition, but they were certainly heroes. It's tempting to think, "Yea, if I had a body like that, I would be able to go fight like them, too," but that's missing the point. Their body is a metaphor of their soul: their soul is their strength, and that inner-strength is what gives their body strength because they always choose to do the right thing. They have the moral right on their side, not like Xerxes who has legions of slaves who will die on his whim. It's easy to sit in a theater and take the side of the hero, but when someone needs your help, that's when the American Gospel of morality and virtue want to be championed by you when you take them up and form your soul to those standards. Do you? Are you a Spartan, or a Deadpool? 
The Left is attempting to make people believe that you can still be a "super-hero" and be a bad person at the same time. In other words, engage in adulterous sex; support abortion, use foul language, do drugs, get drunk, get a sex change, support homosexuality, take all the entitlements you have coming to you, seek revenge on those who wrong you, get away with anything you can get away with and, you know what? You'll still be a good person because no one can tell you that you aren't a good person (because God doesn't exist; remember, this is the same group of people who booed including God in their platform THREE TIMES on public television during the DNC, because they hate God). Would Captain America (Chris Evans) still be Captain America if he engaged in even one of these sins? No, he wouldn't. Because Steve Rogers disciplines himself, even before he became Captain America, to always do the highest good in any situation--to always exercise the greatest level of virtue whenever he could (including jumping on a "live" grenade to save others who hated him)--and because of that discipline, he had a great heart, and it was because of his heart that he was chosen to become Captain America (in reality, he earned it, he was the only one who was good enough to receive such power and use it wisely and for the greater good). This is why super-hero films have been so popular the last many years: these heroes embody the cultural inheritance of American values, morals and traditions, even as they are being destroyed and forgotten everywhere else in our culture so we no longer have an identity as a nation, the heroes of these films demonstrate leadership and sacrifice which we expect of our national leaders and ourselves as individuals. Seeing these films preserves the tradition of art and the function of articulating the collective unconscious of what we hold dear to our hearts: individual greatness. The individual has the power to become great, and each person is an individual with free will to choose the greatest moral good in every situation. The R-rating craze which is now pushing the genre to a moral low is a sign of the moral low all ready happening in the country, and in our hearts. Each one of us has to fight to keep this from happening, and be an inspiration to all those around us.
Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner

Sunday, February 21, 2016

TRAILERS: Gods Of Egypt, Sword Of Destiny & Keanu

Spectre and Crimson Peak have both been released on disc; if you haven't seen them, do. Opening this week is The Witch, and out of nowhere, my theater suddenly listed it so I am going to see that after I get the Spectre post up (since I have the disc now, it will be easier than having to remember it all; while the post for Crimson Peak is up, it isn't completed, but I hope to finish that one up next week). By the way, Guardians Of the Galaxy has begun production and the sequel to John Wick has been green-lighted. Also opening this weekend is Gods of Egypt, which I am particularly excited about:
Also "opening" this weekend is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Sword Of Destiny and they have released their second trailer. As we discussed, it was supposed to be released in IMAX theaters the same day it came out on Netflix, but theater owners said no (probably fearing the competition with Netflix) so it will be available for streaming Friday:
Yea, I'm thinking this is going to be pretty awesome. Okay, the next trailer for Keanu is a red-band trailer, so there is a lot of bad language in it, but I think the overall conflict in the black community which the narrative serves as a vehicle for is what is really important:
I have been able to answer a number of emails, requesting Mockingjay Part 2, Hail, Caesar! and  Man Of Steel (yea, I never got that one up, but I will before Batman vs Superman). Several people have asked, "If Hail Caesar! is so anti-communist, why would George Clooney make an anti-communist film?" and that question contains the answer. Clooney wouldn't make an anti-communist film, so he must not be a communist, rather like his World War II film, The Monument Men, which led (unknowing) audience members to believe that WWII wasn't about fighting socialists and communists, it was about getting back stolen art,... It's a deceptive trick meant to create a "straw man argument" (a "decoy," as we say in philosophy) and it mis-leads people from what the real issue is. Rather than making people think that Clooney must not be a socialist/communist, it just makes him look incredibly dis-honest and willing to lie about anything, just like Obama.
Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner

Monday, February 15, 2016

Star Wars VIII: Now In Production Trailer Announcement

Well, let's try this again.
I have been so sick. I am terribly, terribly sorry. This trailer has been released announcing that the delayed Star Wars VIII has officially begun production:
That was probably more of Luke Skywalker in that 30 seconds than what we saw in the whole of Star Wars VII. There is also this awesome new trailer for The Huntsman: Winter's War which provides more of the narrative basis of the film:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

TRAILER: The Purge Election Year

I woke up Sunday feeling terrible and I have ever since. This has been so humbling. A blessed Ash Wednesday to each of you. After seeing this trailer, I feel even worse.
Try and tell me that, by the end of this trailer, and after the words, KEEP AMERICA GREAT, and the people in church praying, that this isn't election propaganda for Hillary Clinton? 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Hail Caesar!

The Coen Brothers utilize the double entendre throughout the film, especially in this scene so, if it looks like they are talking about homosexuality,... they are, and the film confirms this later on. Is this supposed to be Gene Kelly? Is Scarlet Johannson supposed to be Esther Williams? Is George Clooney supposed to be John Wayne? Well, the characters they play are supposed to be knock off characters of original actors, meaning, that no, Gene Kelly was not gay nor a communist, but communists don't have original art, they are always borrowing or stealing art from others, so the liberal actors in the film portraying characters who are supposed to be substitutes for singular actors is the Coens' telling commentary about the lack of socialists' creativity and  how being a liberal is a dead-end in art.  
I'm back, dear readers.
Thank you for your incredible patience and loyalty: it has indeed been humbling being so sick for so long and being unable to do so much, but I am fully recovered, finally, and grateful to be posting again!
I have been to see Hail, Caesar! today, the Coen Brothers new film opening this weekend: when I say, "It's the film of the year," I don't necessarily mean that in the colloquial sense, rather, it's the film of 2016 that I will be referring to unceasingly throughout the rest of the year; why? The Coens have validated everything I have been saying for the last four years, that communists in Hollywood have been filling films with their commie propaganda and trying to brainwash Americans into accepting it. We know, going in, that the vehicle plot is, "Who kidnapped Baird Whitlock (George Clooney)?" and it ends up being a group of Hollywood writers who are all communists. No, I haven't given away a spoiler: as the Coens set up the scene, watch the elements and details they use to characterize them. Why would ultra-liberal stars like Channing Tatum, George Clooney, Jonah Hill and Scarlet Johannson be in a commie-bashing film? For at least two reasons: one, they are dumb (Clooney isn't dumb, though, but the others are, and vain) and, two, they want to make money. They don't want to live like everyone else--they like Beverly Hills and mansions in London--and they don't want to be everyone else, they want to be stars, higher and better than the run-of-the-mill Joe like myself. In going through the multitude of kind and endearing emails you have sent, several of you have asked me about the Oscars, and I promise to say something, because there is a lot that needs to be said, and Hail, Caesar! is a perfect illustration of it.
So,  if you are watching the football game Sunday--there are several new trailers that will be dropping--go see the film Saturday because we will be referencing this one a lot. Again, thank you so much for your patience and loyalty, you don't know what it means to me!
Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner