The Boy and The Beast

I watched The Boy and The Beast. It was pretty alright. It has a lot of pros, but perhaps the end could have been better (honestly the first 2/3’s of this movie is like perfect). It features the best fight scene out of any movie I have ever seen. Furthermore a lot of this movie had me squealing with delight… not a lot of movies do that. Also the movie does a great job about focusing on the father son relationship. Also, if you’re Christian, you’ll notice this movie has an emphasis on two people becoming one. I thought this was very reminiscent of the Holy Spirit. Anyway, I suggest you check it out.

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Catholic means universal.

Orthodox means true.

I suppose I would consider myself a true universal Christian.

Does that make me a Catholic Orthodox Christian?

All jokes aside. Language is an interesting thing. In whats his name’s book, 1984 (written in 1948, published in 1949 by the way, I think, I’m not gonna check), the evil Oceanic government has modified the English language to keep people from rebelling against said government. I think they got rid of all words that people could use to rebel or something like that; I was in high-school when I read it I don’t remember. Anyway, it’s interesting isn’t it? Words are how we communicate ideas and yet, some words mean multiple things, and people can get confused. I’m not talking small stuff here, I’m talking whole world views can be shifted just because someone went to church and a pastor used a word that meant something else to a person and all of sudden a crucial part of how they see life has been changed (provided they received his message). Now he thinks he has to give poor people money in order to secure his entrance to heaven. Hmm… perhaps we should be more careful about the words we use. Same goes for presidents.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

I remember when I learned this poem in the 8th grade. And I remember when Family Guy made a joke about Bob Dylan being the author. More recently, it was featured in Interstellar. Although I enjoyed Interstellar, I do not agree with one of its main themes: humanity will be able to save itself from extinction.

Now, you may think “wait Armin, you believe humanity will go extinct?” Well no, no I don’t; I just believe that it won’t be humanity that saves humanity. It will be God.

I mean, the odds of us being here are so slim they are not worth considering, meaning the only explanation is a creator (unless you want to conceive other universes for which there are no evidence for) ((Of course, I suppose you can assume that we are just extraordinarily lucky to be here by chance, but then why are you so desperate to not believe in God? It’s like God asking you to go on a date and you instead decide to go to a casino and roll a nearly infinite sided dice with the chance of increasing your money a little bit, but only if it lands on the side with the number one. But anyway, back to survival)). Since the possibility of us being here is so small, is not the possibility of us remaining also small? What’s to stop a massive extinction or asteroid or some other disaster to happen? If God doesn’t exist, we don’t have a chance of saving the earth. If God does, we’re chill. I hear people often talk about how we are so small in the universe, but they never consider what that means. If we’re so small, then how can we change anything? How can tiny people on this tiny earth stop  the sun from burning out? Thinking of things in the more foreseeable future, I often hear humanists (those who believe humanity will save itself) often lament the possibility of World War III that would destroy us all. If we’re so capable of destroying ourselves, what makes us the best candidate for future survival or stopping our eventual destruction? If on this very day we’re trying to kill each other, when will we band together and figure out how to deal with a solar collapse?

But regardless of all this, if God does not exist, then it does not matter how long humanity survives. At least, it does not matter in an absolute sense. Sure people can have their own opinions on the meaning of life, but once they die, these opinions die with them. But even while they are alive, one man’s opinion cannot change the eternal laws of the cosmos. All your opinions about meaning exist only as brain chemistry in your mind. It’s just in your head.

A man said to the universe:
“Sir, I exist!”
“However,” replied the universe,
“The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation.”
-Stephen Crane

Without God, all of humanity is fated to die out. The ultimate state of the universe is scheduled to be heat death, where everything just breaks down into leptons and no more work will be able to be done. Ultimately, all things will come to an end. Imagine for a moment, you have died and if there is no afterlife, you now cease to exist. Your accomplishments on earth no longer have any affect on you. All your suffering cannot touch you, nor can your pleasures. As for the rest of humanity, whether they now think positively about you or not, it cannot affect you nor can you know it. One day all of them will die out too. Then all the people who consider humanity worth any value will be dead. There will be no one alive still to say “life is valuable!” Everyone you have ever hurt or loved, will be nothing, regardless of whether you helped or harmed them. They all fall into the same state. The richest man to the poorest. Animal and Human. The best life and the worst life. Nothing.

Unless, of course, God exists. And maybe you’re not sure that he exists. But if he does, then he has something to say about your existence and about your purpose and the purpose of the universe. But again, you’re not sure… but wait, look at the options. If God does not exist, then whether you seek him or not, ultimately it won’t matter. You’ll still be nothing and you won’t be able to take anything with you when you die. But if He does exist, you have the chance of knowing the most wonderful being that there ever was! Why not take this life to seek him? If He can’t be found, you don’t lose anything; but if He can, oh what a reward that will be. So why not take the chance of searching for an incredible gift when you have absolutely nothing to lose? It’s kind of like being stuck in an underground mine that caved in and you have two options: go deeper into the mine in hope that there is an exit, or stay where you are and wait to die. Why not just try?

Guardians of the Galaxy

Good action movie. Me gusta. I wouldn’t say this movie expounds any deep moral views but it does make for a good action movie. Furthermore, the cast is perfect; well really only two castings matter (Groot and Rocket) and these were perfect. Never mind, just realized that Batista from WWE was in it, ballin! Also Chris Pratt hasn’t been in enough movies yet, but playing the lead role in the LEGO Movie is probably the accomplishment of a lifetime.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a ballin’ movie. It tells the story of a Indian Hindu man who goes to Pakistan to return a mute Muslim girl to her family. All around the film is about ending the hatred between both countries and both religions. I think Jesus approves.

Dreams

There’s a really good book on dreams called Dream: Discovering God’s Purpose for Your Life by Dutch Sheets. I recommend you check it out. I’ve only read the first chapter.

Anyway, I used to be a man with no dreams. I just expected life to carry on… no, I expected to one day get married and that would be the fulfillment of my life.

Nowadays, with Jesus, I have different dreams. I want to go to Mars. Yes, that sounds crazy. I got to work hard, but maybe it will work out. No, it will work out. My other dream is to be a racecar  driver. I have not spent my childhood training, but maybe it will work out. No it will work out. I feel like God has called me to be a racecar driver. It makes sense. I get a thrill from driving down the freeway. I like go-karts. One day it will work out. God willing.

But if it all does not work out. It’s okay, I did not miss out. My purpose here on earth is to love God.

Zootopia

So Zootopia was pretty good. It honestly feels like a tool of God.

This movie is a movie about social justice. It brings up the issues that modern society is dealing with but brings it down to a child’s level and uses animals to convey it. It is geniously done. The movie tackles the heart issues of stereotyping and racism. The movie does another thing well: it satires the social climate of America:

Judy Hopps: I just stated the facts of the case! I mean, its not like a bunny can go savage.

Nick Wilde: Right. But a fox could, huh?

Judy Hopps: Nick stop it! You’re not like them.

Nick Wilde: [getting angered] Oh, so there’s a them now?

Clawhauser: O. M. Goodness, they really did hire a bunny. Ho-whop! I gotta tell you, you’re even cuter than I thought you’d be.

Judy Hopps: Ooh, ah, you probably didn’t know, but a bunny can call another bunny ‘cute’, but when other animals do it, that’s a little…

‘Go back to the forest, predator!’ a sheep shouts at a cheetah. ‘I’m from the savannah,’ comes the weary reply.

Great quotes huh? This movie is as satisfying as a really good 2 hour long back scratch, and that is pretty satisfying.

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out of Water

I expected the new Spongebob Squarepants movie to be terrible. It was not. The movie was pretty funny, pretty hilarious actually.

I think the reason it was so good was that they brought back the original creator of the series, Stephen Hillenburg, who was there for the eponymous first three seasons and the first Spongebob movie (which was great). Because of this, the new movie was filled with wackiness to the extreme. It was flat out ridiculous. Which is why I loved it.

There were some cringy parts, such as the talking birds; the talking birds were hard to deal with, but other than that it was great.

 

Inside Out

I watched Inside Out.  I will say that I cannot review this movie compared to other movies because it is in its own category. What this movie did was so weird and so clever that I want to say that it should be in its own genre. Nevertheless, I will discuss it for it is really good. The movie had a great cast. I did not realize it as I was watching but when I googled all the actors behind each emotion, the choices were excellent and fit perfectly. The other thing I want to praise it for is its strangeness. The movie was so weird, that at first, I thought negatively of some of its aspects, but when I realized they were doing something revolutionary and new, I realized it was just part of the process. Furthermore, the humor was as though it was divided by a wall: on one side there were jokes that kids found funny, and on the other side there were jokes that adults found funny. Being on one side of the wall, I did not find the other side’s jokes as funny, but I respected them and knew why they were there and that they served a righteous purpose. Ultimately, this movie can best be described as the self-confident person you’re trying to date. They’re not desperate to please you; the point of their existence is not for you; rather you are allowed a peek into their world. And oh what an honor it is.