Saturday, July 15, 2017

Wow, I'm Behind(what else is new?)

Hi everyone. So I realize it's been like a month since I've blogged. That's really unusual and I feel super behind.

Like my list of goals for May/June? Suffice to say I did some of them...

Or my mini-reviews for June? Let's just say I watched a lot of good movies and some mediocre movies.

But I'm hoping to catch up on everything within the next few days. Heh, we'll see how that goes. In other news, I'm reading a book called Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment by Brian Godawa and it's really interesting. I saw Spider-Man homecoming and it's the best Spider-Man movie after Spider-Man 2 and one of my favorite MCU films. I also got pretty much my whole family into Spider-Man all by myself. xD



I listened to Hamilton a lot and bought the beautiful biography at Costco. I listened to Ed Sheeran's Supermarket Flowers a lot too. #noregrets

I worked on my driving skills and almost (accidentally) drove off the road on multiple occasions.

I(i.e. my family) took roadtrips and some pretty pictures.

I hung out with awesome friends.

In conclusion, a lot's been happening this summer and I'm behind in almost everything. But it's been fun. :P

What have you guys been doing this summer? 

(p.s. another Homecoming picture for reasons)


6 comments:

  1. Sounds like you are having a really good summer! Continue to have one!!
    (You have talked about Spiderman, but did you go see Wonder Woman?)

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    1. Thank you! :D

      I did! It was good but somehow not one I "latched" onto in the way I did about, say, Spider-Man. xD But I liked a lot of things about it and I often have to see a movie twice to truly appreciate it so I expect I'll be a big fan after the next time I get to see it. What about you? Did you get to see it??

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  2. I read Hollyworld Worldviews earlier this year. I greatly disliked it. I was mislead by the subtitle. I thought it would discerning ACTUAL value systems. Instead he focused on trying to find cosmetic "worldviews" the first world likes trying on for fun. No one in Hollywood is raised as serious Buddhist, Shintoist, Taoist etc. like in other nations or those from those REAL backgrounds. People just think something looks good and pick it out from a buffet to try. He totally ignores actual value systems or groups them in (postmodernism, the idea people are born good). He is also very relativist. At the end of the book I was shocked by some of his, I would say almost blasphemous, sacrilegious language. I feel like he was trying to justify morally awful movies or absolutely inane ones rather than analyzing anything. He had a few good words about extremes (those who watch everything and those who watch nothing) and then dispenses with reasoning entirely while trying to find something in every movie. Sorry, long rant. I was so disgusted I had my dad read it. It just wasn't intellectually or morally satisfying.

    I'd like to watch this Spider-man when it comes on DVD. The only "new" movies I've seen are LaLa Land (which I enjoyed until the end), and Rogue One. We've spent an embarrassing amount of time watching Hallmark movies. And my sisters and I have watched the Thin Man mysteries (we have one recorded on the T.V. for tommorrow, yay!). They are old murder mystery movies (30's-40's), I highly recommend if you like that genre.

    As a family we have a trip planned for January, and possibly for some of us in the fall. We usually avoid summer travel. But my sister and her friend are doing a Northeast/New England road trips. Envious! Where did your family go?

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    1. Hmmm. I think I understand what your saying. For example, thinking the way the book encourages, one would conclude that Star Wars presents a somewhat Eastern religious worldview-- however that's more what the filmmakers chose to experiment with for the parameters of the film than what they actually believe or what they want to impart to the audience. As a counter-point, I believe it's good to be aware of a film's worldview because entertainment easily permeates and shapes the way we think and our own worldviews and I think we should be conscious of what a film is teaching us-- even if it doesn't reflect the filmmakers' views.

      Also, at the risk of sounding ignorant, aren't value systems defined by worldviews and thus included in a discussion of the latter? Example-- as a believer in salvation through Christ, I have a Christian worldview-- and therefore hold the value system of the Bible.

      Either way, I haven't finished the book and I do have a few misgivings with the emphases he places on some things, so it'll be interesting to finish it in light of what you said. :)

      La La Land is really enjoyable, isn't it? And Rogue One YESS. Thin Man mysteries look fun. I'd like to try those some time.

      That's cool! My family lives in Alaska so we've been doing road trips to many and rather scattered destinations therein. :)

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    2. Oh, I think its important to see worldviews/values in movies, I think its easy to see where people have an agenda. What I meant was, he was looking at phony ones. For example, a person in Hollywood might pick a religion to play with, but their actual worldview is relativism. That is why I was disappointed in the book, he wasn't actually seriously looking at worldviews, he was looking at it more artistically. Hollywood often uses religions held seriously in other places/times as sort of an cosmetic/artistic part of the plot.

      Yes, value systems are determined by worldview, what I meant was, he wasn't looking at the actual worldview-value systems held.

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    3. I see. Yeah, that makes sense. I'm still enjoying reading the book but I can see where that would be frustrating. :)

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