I just recently had the misfortune of watching the Twilight movie series. It took a lot of snack-eating and joke-cracking to survive through it, but I did. To be honest, I can’t remember what my first thought was when I popped in the first Twilight film. I can’t remember if I knew I was about to watch a monstrosity or if I was actually willing to be open-minded. Regardless, I ended up hating all these films. In order to keep this article short however, I’m just going to discuss the biggest problem about this series: the way romance/love is pictured.
Apart from the terrible acting (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson makes Hayden Christensen seem like an award-winning actor), and the bad CGI (CGI baby?? Really???), and the poor storytelling, this movie paints a bad picture of romance.
The first film suffers from typical Hollywood crap where Bella and Edward Cullen fall in love with each other simply because of looks. There is absolutely no good chemistry between them. Even the relationship between Kili and Tauriel from Desolation of Smaug had more chemistry then this one does. Edward admits to Bella that he watches her when she sleeps at night. You’re kidding right? And Bella doesn’t do the sensible thing and screams at Edward to get out and never talk to her again. She actually becomes more attracted to him because ‘he cares so much for her protection’. This comes to one of the biggest issues. Edward is one of the creepiest boys known to mankind. He lustfully stares at Bella when she sits next to him in class because he wants her blood. He pops up in Bella’s bedroom because he wants to see her. This isn’t good material for a soulmate. This is just downright creepy.
In the second movie, New Moon, Bella attempts to commit suicide when Edward goes away. In the third film, Eclipse, Bella continues to nag Edward to turn her into a vampire so that they can live together forever. It’s all she cares about and it’s almost all she talks about. And then to make matters worse, Bella keeps trying to get Edward to have sex with her. So is this all that romance is about? Finding a cute person that he/she thinks is cute and pursue sex with that person? However, I do have to give the movie credit when Edward insists that he wants to wait to have sex until they’re married, which is exactly what happens. This is something rarely found in Hollywood films, and I have to give the movie credit for that. Unfortunately, this is dragged down once Bella and Edward are married. Their honeymoon is one of the worst portrayals of romance I’ve ever seen. Every night during their honeymoon, Bella seduces Edward, and during the day they just silently play chess. Best. Couple. Ever. I was being sarcastic of course, this is not a great picture of married love. Edward and Bella never talk about anything that can allow their relationship to grow. It’s all about sex and being together. It’s a relationship that’s just about the two of them being sexually pleased.
So then I guess it comes down to the question: What do I believe is the right picture of romance and marriage? Love for another person grows through being friends first. The two people have many things in common, they have a lot to talk about, and they spend a lot of quality time together. My dad tells me that by marrying the one you love, you’re also marrying your best friend. The one you marry should be your best friend. The two people should have very similar beliefs, a lot in common, and similar goals. For Christians reading this, you and the other person marry because you know that God has brought you two together. For people reading this who are not Christians, though Christians should take this into account too, you marry the one you love because you are best friends who treat each other with respect and honor, you share so much in common, and you would be more than willing to live together with that person for the rest of your life. And it’s about loving each other for the beauty within, not the outward appearance.
NOTE: Next week sometime, I’ll have a review of God’s Not Dead released, and have a review of Noah out the week after that.
The idea of continuing on writing what I’ve written before is not exactly something I do often, but recent developments have compelled me to write more on the subject of loneliness. I feel that I had only scratched the surface on the subject in my last post.
Almost two weeks ago, I was beginning to realize why my loneliness was not getting much better and possibly why I wasn’t finding new friends or new people around my age that I can relate to. I drew a conclusion, and the following reasons are the most likely reasons why God doesn’t seem to be answering my prayers on my loneliness or wanting a new friend.
1) My relationship with God isn’t strong enough. If I have a strong relationship with God, my relationships with other people will also grow stronger. Fellowship and deep intimacy with God strengthens human relationships. A couple days ago, I was thinking on the wrong idea that God only cared about me having a relationship with me and excluding all other relationships as irrelevant. Obviously I was dead wrong and I know that. God really wants us to have fellowship and relationships with each other, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s just that He wants our number-one priority, above all else, to be having a relationship with Him. Devoting time to Him and having a strong relationship with Him will improve our relationships with other people.
2) My relationship with my family isn’t strong enough. If I can’t have a good relationship with the people I see every single day, then how can I be trusted with having relationships with other people outside of my family? The sad truth is that I would only push those people away, even if I’m not exactly trying to do that. In conclusion, if you can’t be trusted with the people closest to you, then you can’t be trusted with new people. I would hate to push new people away.
In truth, I’ve been feeling better lately as far as my loneliness goes. I’m not even entirely sure why. Maybe after walking around my church thinking about all the things I listed above, it allowed me to feel better because I knew what I had to do first if God was going to answer my prayers and I’ve been working on that. God answers prayers if He believes we’re ready to handle the responsibilities that come with the requests. If you’re feeling lonely and you wish for more company, I highly suggest you follow the steps I listed. If your relationship with God isn’t as deep or as intimate as it can be, then it’s very likely that that’s why God isn’t answering your prayers to bless you with new friends. He wants you to have a relationship with Him that’s deeper and stronger and more intimate than any relationship with a human can fulfill.
In the past few weeks, I’ve been struggling with feelings of loneliness, and the more I think about how lonely I feel, the worse it gets. By feeling really lonely in the past few weeks, I’ve also grown more anti-social, which is odd because if I want to meet new people and NOT be lonely, why would I make myself even MORE isolated?
The feeling of loneliness, especially when you allow it to grow more and more over time, is one of the worst experiences you can ever go through. I did some research into the symptoms of loneliness today. Loneliness can cause isolation, depression, the relationships you DO have with other people can falter and slip, and sometimes loneliness can even cause (cough) sexual fantasies.
Why do these things happen when we feel extremely lonely? As humans, we constantly desire intimacy with other people, whether its social or physical touch. We want other people to care about us and be there for us when we need or want them. Think about the guy from Cast Away. After being on that island for a really long time with nobody around, he goes crazy and starts talking to a volleyball. Because of that constant desire for intimacy, when we don’t get it, we become lonely and depressed and it takes a toll on us. Our mind runs wild and no matter what we try to do to make ourselves happy, whether it’s by constantly entertaining ourselves with materialism or going out and doing stupid things, it doesn’t work.
There are cures to loneliness, and even though they may not work like magic immediately after doing it, as long as you’re consistent, the loneliness will fade eventually over time. If you’re extremely lonely for a long period of time, it usually means something. As a Christian, it probably means your relationship with God isn’t as deep or intimate as it should be, or you’re not spending enough time with Him. God has the power to satisfy your desire for intimacy, and that’s through the intimacy of His presence. When you spend time with Him, talk to Him like He’s another person in the room talking to you. The conversations may feel one-sided because God doesn’t talk to you like a regular person, but He will still communicate with you if you listen, and you’ll know when He’s speaking to you when He does. You can even ask God to help you and ask Him if He can lead you to new friends. After all, God says “ask and you shall receive”.
Extreme loneliness can happen because of a lack of friends or lack of people you know you can turn to and talk to. If this is the problem, one of the best things to do is to go out more. Seek out people at your church or another public place you visit often and try to strike up conversations with them and establish relationships. It never hurts to try, even with people who don’t look promising to you at first. As they say, there’s more to the person than meets the eye. Whatever you do, make sure you choose your options wisely and move to do these things quickly, because the longer you dwell within your feelings of loneliness, the worse things will get from there.
As I write this article, I’m listening to geeky music from a web show. Just wanted to let you guys know.
This article isn’t just for fanboys and fangirls, anyone can read this because I have some interesting stuff to say about being a fanboy. Anyone who knows me personally knows pretty well that I’m a geek, fanboy, nerd, whatever. Geeks and fanboys/girls love stuff that other people outside that circle would think is a terrible waste of time and that those geeks should go outside and jog. I understand how they feel, but I think it’s time for me to explain why being a fanboy can actually be a good thing.
We all know that the world is full of pain, suffering, tragedy, and even hate. It’s a world broken because of man’s sin shortly after the beginning. But even in this world, love, light, and hope exists. No fanboy or fangirl I’ve known or heard about has been obsessed with predicting the end of the world or have tried scaring other people with predictions of terror and hopelessness. Some Christians, unfortunately, do this despite everything the Bible says about God having plans for us that will give us a hope and a future.
So, one of the biggest reasons why I love to be a fanboy is because of that feeling of joy and positivity that being a fanboy brings. I get excited about geek-related stuff and it makes me happy if I’m feeling rather down. I already wrote an article about the fan community (you can read it here), and even though fans have their own varying opinions, there’s always something that they agree on. Even if two Star Wars fans have different opinions on what they like about Star Wars, it doesn’t change the fact they both love Star Wars, so they’ll always find something in common. Things like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and Doctor Who have brought many people together at conventions and Comic-Con which leads to new friends, sometimes even marriage! I think that’s a great thing about geek-related stuff. I find comfort in communicating with other geeks and fans because we love to talk about fun, positive things, not gloomy, scary things. We also anticipate exciting things to come within the fan community too. Sure stuff like Star Wars and Marvel are not very important things in our lives, but they are great ways to get our minds off of the negative aspects of our lives to make us feel relaxed and happy.
One other thing I should probably add is that fans and geeks highly anticipate stuff and get excited over it because they will be treated to new stories featuring heroes that they root for, and the villains that they love to hate. It’s better to get excited over the next Star Wars film (something we’ll be getting in 2015) than it is to fret over when the end of the world comes, which nobody but God knows anyway, and feel hopeless about life. Stuff like Star Wars is an excellent form of escapism. Many fanboys and fangirls are inspired to write stories of their own because of the things they love. Yes, it normally starts with fanfiction, but I’ve seen fans who eventually start writing their own original material because they’re inspired, through the stuff they love, to create their own worlds, heroes, and villains, and tell a good story.
In conclusion, I say to the people who are NOT fans or geeks, don’t ridicule geeks for the things they love. Instead, be happy for them that they have things that they love and that they make them happy. It’s better for them to love that stuff than it is to feel depressed or worried all the time. After all, Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.
This isn’t exactly the kind of blog articles I write, but today I felt compelled to write this. Soooooo, here we go.
As a young child, you constantly rely on your mom. You trust her with all of your heart, and you count on her to fulfill all of your needs. You trust her completely because you’ve been with her all of your life, and she’s technically one of the first people, besides your dad, that you know. I think the dad is considered a fun “playmate” to the child while the mother is the caretaker. I have no proof of that, it’s just my own speculation. The dad is at work most of the day while the mother stays home and takes care of the child, so that’s just the concept I drew upon.
Anyway, once the child grows into a teenager, an odd feeling of stubbornness and selfishness seems to grow along with him and he and the mom tend to have moments of trouble between each other. It’s perplexing that a teen would take his anger out on his mom. What was once a very stable, peaceful relationship becomes kind of heated and unstable, and the most intriguing thing is is that the mom normally isn’t the one who did anything wrong. The teen takes his anger out on her because she loves him unconditionally and seems to have bigger heaps of mercy for him than the dad, because a teen won’t talk to his dad the way that he talks to his mom. I know from personal experience that if I talked to my dad the way I talked to my mom out of anger, well, that would mean I’m screwed.
Let me tell you a little bit about my own mom. My own mom was there for me through all of my school years, and though I finished high school, there’s so much that I have to thank my mom for because she bent over backwards to make sure that I succeeded. The saddest thing is that I don’t feel like I recognized how vastly important mom’s role was in me finishing high school. When I wanted someone to talk to, she was always there willing to listen and still is. She would drive me to youth group every week and made sure that I got there in time, she made sure I had everything I needed to complete school and everything I needed to simply live well. I remember when there were times I would give my mom a hard time or act ungrateful and she would tell me I have it “pretty well” where I’m at. I feel that the phrase “pretty well” is an understatement. My parents have worked hard to make sure that I live in the best household possible. Honestly, it’s like when Jesus died on the cross for everybody, I can’t find the right words or comprehend just how much I really owe Jesus and my parents for everything they’ve done. God uses parents to raise the next generation, so it’s the parents’ responsibility to raise their children in the best way possible, and I know that my own parents have worked so hard to do just that. It’s truly one of the greatest examples of love that the world can display.
If you the reader are still living with your parents and you’re having a difficult time getting along with them, think about everything they had, have, and will do for you. It’s incredible mercy and love that pushes your parents to do everything they can for you, so with that in mind, all they want is for you to respect them and be grateful for them in return. They want to know that they didn’t fail as parents. Even if your parents are
Hello all! I decided after a long while of not writing reviews for TV shows (I reviewed all the episodes of the third season of Star Wars The Clone Wars) it would be cool to come back and do it again, this time with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This week, I saw Episode 12 “Seeds”, which was about our fellow team of agents investigating strange happenings at a SHIELD academy. It was really interesting to see an academy where new recruits for SHIELD are being trained. In this episode, we are introduced to Donnie Gill, who will inevitably become Blizzard later on. This was an interesting move considering that this show hasn’t been very heavy on real Marvel characters from the comic books or other media. We see a foreshadowing of Graviton way back in Episode 3, but other than that, that’s pretty much been it. Graviton and Blizzard are probably not Marvel villains that the fans would go crazy for, but it’s nice to see the show care to pay attention to that stuff anyway since those characters still have connections with the Marvel universe.
At this point in this show, I’ve come to accept the characters given to us and not complain that we haven’t even had a CAMEO of an Avenger. This show is about a team of agents within S.H.I.E.L.D, not the Avengers, and I’ve come to accept that. We get to see the Avengers in a much cooler way anyway: awesome MOVIES. Fitz and Simmons are a real delight to watch, particularly in this episode, and Coulson is always a great presence onscreen. The pacing of this episode was great, and the storyline was entertaining, but any Marvel comic book fans among the audience would know right away that the person behind the strange ice incidents in the academy is Donnie Gill, since he is, after all, Blizzard.
It was really cool to learn more about Skye’s backstory, and it makes us really wonder what kind of mysterious powers she has, or what exactly she is. I’m looking forward to learning more about her, which is surprising considering the fact that she’s my least favorite character on this show, LITERALLY THE WORST. I’m also excited to see more of Ian Quinn’s involvement with the Clairvoyant and Centipede, which is very obviously at this point a lurking shadow within this show. It’s a recurring foe that we actually know very little about right now. So far we’ve got the Clairvoyant, Blizzard, Graviton, Ian, and possibly a brainwashed Mike Peterson. Do I see a supervillain team on the rise?
In conclusion, this was a really fun episode. I can’t wait for Stan Lee to step in next time. That should be really interesting. If the show continues to produce more episodes like this, we may get to see a redemption for this series. Here’s to a bright future!
**** (4 being the highest rating)
Hi everybody! I was going to do this review in the form of a video, but I’m much better at doing reviews in written form. One of the best gifts I got for Christmas was RWBY Volume 1, an American anime about four girls and their time at Beacon Academy, which is a school that trains people to become hunters and huntresses to fight the creatures of Grimm that plagues the world of Remnant. The main character is Ruby, who resembles Red Riding Hood. In fact, most of the characters in this series is based off of a fairy tale character or Disney character in one form or another. This allows the series to feel very creative, and somewhat original. The resemblances of the characters does not take away from the story in the least. The characters are still quite original, and have their own character arcs that allows them to develop over time.
The animation for this show used is a program called Poser Pro, and though it’s certainly not top-notch, it’s still very nice to look at. The show is created by the famous online company Rooster Teeth, and is obviously created on an extremely small budget. This is evident by the many small mistakes in the animation you will see throughout the volume, but the mistakes are small enough that for the most part, they are forgivable and sometimes not even noticeable. One interesting thing I noticed was that on the DVD, some of those problems are fixed, but others are not, and surprisingly enough, there are actually new mistakes noticed. Despite all this, the animation is still beautiful to look at, and a real feast for the eyes. To me, the real beauty of the show is its characters.
Just about all of the characters have SOMETHING you can like, even if those characters aren’t your favorites. Ruby is one favorite of mine (SHOULD be, since she’s the main character). She’s an innocent, nice girl, but also extremely shy and has a hard time making friends. A lot of the characters are given a really nice introduction, and some of them learn quite a bit. This isn’t a mindless action series. It has something that’s pretty lacking in real TV shows these days: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, or at least PROPER development.
There IS action in this series, and boy is it great! Monty Oum, the director and lead animator of this series, probably makes the best choreographed fight scenes I’ve ever seen. Movies like The Avengers and Red have made me yawn because they’re trying too hard, but for Monty, creating good fight scenes is just something he’s naturally great at. Though there are not really a TON of fight scenes in this volume, it’s very much worth the wait when the next one comes up.
All of this being said, one thing I feel needs to happen in Volume 2 is more world-building. What they’ve done so far is great, but the problem is that they haven’t done enough just yet. I’m sure we’re going to learn more stuff down the line, but it would’ve been nice to learn a little extra considering that this is their first volume, and they’ve released it on DVD. The first volume needs to be responsible for more build-up, but with the exception of a few plot threads mainly concerning some of the characters, sadly we learn pretty little about the world of Remnant itself, and are only left with questions that should’ve been answered early on.
The bonus features on this DVD make it worth the purchase, and I think it’s a lot of fun to get to watch this volume in the form of a movie. I wouldn’t recommend this DVD for kids though, because despite RWBY being a pretty tame show, the two audio commentaries and the fan art bonus feature contains some strong language. If your kids watch this show, they’re better off just watching it online. Overall, my rating for this DVD is a 9/10.