Another New Fantastic Four Reboot? 

Wait, they’re working on another Fantastic Four reboot…?

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Back in 2015, 20th Century Fox pooped out a new reboot of Fantastic Four called "Fant4stic." It bombed really hard. From what everybody has said, it was a really bad movie. Before that, Fox released FF movies in 2005 and 2007. Both weren't good. So, after all this, Fox hasn't given us confidence in their ability to make a good FF movie. 

Now, the news broke yesterday that they're developing a new reboot—but this one has a twist.

http://screenrant.com/fantastic-four-reboot-kid-friendly-rumor/

Basically, it's supposed to be a kid-friendly movie that focuses on Reed and Sue's kids instead of the Fantastic Four team itself. The report says that The Thing and the Human Torch will appear. Take this with a grain of salt, as it is just a report.

What do I think? I like the kid-friendliness idea a lot. This could be an entirely different discussion, but superhero movies shove in lots of sex and language for really no reason. A family-friendly superhero movie is a great idea. However, the idea of focusing on Franklin and Valeria (the children of Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman) is a really dumb one. The thing Fox botched with the last two attempts is that they didn't pay attention to the source material. The Fantastic Four are a family of explorers that go on bombastic adventures and explore the deepest, most sci-fi parts of the multiverse. They aren't just a generic superhero team. It doesn't help that they botched Doctor Doom TWICE, too. 

On a side note, can we have The Thing wear pants, please?


Will we ever get a great Fantastic Four movie? I don't know. The FF deserve much better than what they've gotten. What do you think? Do you care about the Fantastic Four? Do you wish we could get a good movie out of them?

So, About Women-Only Screenings of Wonder Woman…

Do we have a right to be upset about Alamo Drafthouse’s women-only Wonder Woman screenings?

So, the Wonder Woman movie is now out, and it’s getting pretty good reviews. I myself have no opinion on it (haven’t seen it yet, but I’m planning on going tonight), something came out recently in the news that to me seems absolutely idiotic.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/05/25/alamo-drafthouse-launches-women-only-screening-wonder-woman-sparks-outrage.html

So, in case you didn’t click on the article (you had one job), I’ll give you the gist— Texas theater is having “women-only” screenings of the Wonder Woman movie. Before the rant begins, I’d like to point one thing out that really rustles my jimmies.


It’s not even women only… they’re looping in “people who identify as women.” As if this idea wasn’t stupid enough… Do I really have to say it? People who identify as women aren’t women. It takes more than desire to be a woman to actually be a woman. So, already, this is pretty hypocritical of Alamo Drafthouse.

Now back to your regularly-scheduled soapbox. What does this have to do with me, you might ask? Well, think about it— isn’t this discriminatory? In my mind, it echoes segregation, except it’s now about gender instead of race. Telling people they can’t watch this showing because they’re a dude (or at least they identify as one) just seems, well, wrong. 

I’m sure you’re thinking, “Why do you care? You don’t live in Texas, and even if you did, you could just go to another showing.” Yes, I could, but roll with me for a second. Imagine, when the new Thor movie comes out, somebody does men-only screenings. Or when Black Panther comes out, somebody does blacks-only screenings. That’s not okay. As a nation, we all agree that segregation and discrimination aren’t cool… unless it’s against white, straight men of course. As a culture controversy about this has been mostly limited to Facebook comments that get slammed for being “bigoted and misogynistic.” This is seen as a win for women. However, if it was women being discriminated against with a men’s-only screening of a blockbuster movie, there would be bedlam and riots in the streets.  Feminists are jubilant about this, but if it was women on the side being discriminated against, they’d be indescribably furious. 

If something is morally acceptable, it’s acceptable for all people. Not just a certain people group. Morality doesn’t change depending on what people group (women, men, blacks, whites, etc.) we’re talking about. If it’s wrong for a white guy to kill someone, it’s also wrong for a black guy. Segregation and discrimination aren’t okay just because it’s against men and not women. If discrimination is wrong, it wrong for everybody. That’s how morality works.

Review: The Case for Christ Soars Above Its Genre Predecessors

The Case for Christ excels ahead of its predecessors by actually being good.

I just got back from seeing the brand new Christian movie, The Case for Christ, based on Lee Strobel’s apologetics classic of the same name. What the verdict? It’s an amazing film. 

Let me preface my review with this— I am Christian that strongly dislikes 99% of the Christian films being released today. Films like God’s Not Dead, though their motivations are noble, because the filmmakers don’t care about quality or strong writing because they know the Christian audience will eat it up anyway. That’s a discussion for another time, though. The point is— I am a critic of modern Christian filmmaking. So, when I heard Lee Strobel speak at my church, saying there were no cringey moments in this film, I rolled my eyes. The plot twist here? He wasn’t lying. 

The Case for Christ, directed by Jon Gunn, succeeds where its aplogetics film predecessors like the God’s Not Dead films failed— it’s legitimately good and well-written. I was floored by how well-made it actually was. While God’s Not Dead is practically a cringe-fest with poor writing and a shameless ad for the Newsboys, The Case for Christ tries a little something unconvential— it tries to be good. Even the cinematography here looks like they put serious thought behind it— it looks, really, really good. 

Where else does the film succeed where its Pure Flix predecessor failed? It’s accessible. Whereas God’s Not Dead depicted athiests as one-dimensional hate mongers with no conscience or emotions, The Case for Christ offers a compelling (and true) tale of an investigative journalist searching for evidence to disprove God’s existence to his wife, while also unwraveling a strange mystery about a cop that got shot. Throughout the film, we see Lee’s shortcomings, but we also see something we never saw from G.N.D.’s antagonistic Professor Rattison— humanity and emotion outside of anger. The evidence is also depicted in a compelling and believable way that doesn’t come off as a sermon. It’s very organic and well-written.

The verdict? Watch the film. It’s incredibly well-done, and shows what Christian cinema could be— that is, good. 

Verdict: 9.5/10

The Oscars and the Darkness of Hollywood

The Oscars happened a couple days ago, and it showcased a deep darkness in Hollywood. What can we do about this?

A couple days ago, the 89th Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars (yeah, apparently they’re the same thing) took place. I didn’t watch it, because after the Golden Globes, I knew exactly what was going to happen, and it turns out that I was right. During the Oscars, host Jimmy Kimmel made sure to take time out to bash President Trump, and during the award show, they had a stand for Meryl Streep, who’d gone out of line during an award acceptance speech and started bashing Trump instead of accepting her achievment award.

The list of nominees was pretty ridiculous, too. Most of the nominees were R-rated and awful. Like the 2017 best picture winner, Moonlight, which focuses on a black homosexual man who gets persecuted for his “orientation.” There were a couple in there that weren’t all bad (looking at you animation category, Hidden Figures, and La La Land), but the majority were pretty iffy. Also, somehow Suicide Squad won an Oscar for hairstyling and makeup… which is an affront to life itself.

What does all of this have to do with Hollywood’s darkness? Think about it. Think about our new “best picture” winner and what it promotes. Think about how at awards shows, completely out of context, they’ve started shoving agendas down our throats. If we wanted that kinda stuff, we’d turn on the news. We’re here for MOVIES. We’re here for ENTERTAINMENT. We’re here for an ESCAPE from reality. Yet, Hollywood doesn’t care— they hate Trump, and that’s all that matters.

Hollywood, despite all of its bright lights, is one of the darkest places on Earth. Not in a physical sense, but in a spiritual one. They’ve turned their backs on God and cast aside traditional values, instead deciding to promote filth and immorality as if it’s normal and agreeable. Movies just keep getting progressively more vile.

What can you, as just a humble moviegoer, do? Stop watching the filthy movies they put out, instead focusing on those that encourage Godly values. When you go to see a movie, you cast a vote. Hollywood gets your money, and they get encouraged to continue pushing that negative thing. If we, as Christians in America, send a coordinated message to Hollywood executives that we will not watch something if it’s inappropriate and encourages immoral values, Hollywood will turn to something else. They want your money, and if you don’t give it to them, they’ll find another way to get your money— even if they have to start making cleaner films.

A House Divided…

We need to show love for one another and peacefully disagree. That’s what will heal our nation’s wounds.

The 2016 election was a vitriolic one, for sure. Lots of bad things were said on both sides. Bridges were burned. People were hurt. Now, instead of the vitriol coming from both sides, it’s mainly coming from one.

Watching the events unfold on television during Inauguration Day, I had a bright hope for the future. Jesus’ name was being boldly proclaimed at the capitol of our nation at the request of our President. I had a wide smile on my face. No matter what you think of President Trump, you have to admit that it was a welcome change after the past couple years. That smile faded the next day as I saw footage of the “protestors.”

Now, I wholeheartedly agree that we have a right to protest. What we don’t have is a right to riot, pillage, and loot. Those “protestors” were doing just that— using senseless violence and wanton destruction to accomplish their goals. Too cowardly to show their faces, they donned black masks and tore through Washington, D.C. This is the worst possible way to handle things. This is no protest— this is an anarchist display of immorality and evil. Seemingly gone are the peaceful ways of Martin Luther King, Jr., replaced by the Left’s “uncivil disobedience.” The day after the inauguration, there was a nationwide “women’s march,” in which women held up disgusting, vile signs laced with profanity, marching for “women’s rights,” even though it was just a thinly-veiled disguise for an anti-Trump protest. Madonna said she wanted to blow up the White House with no punishment, and other celebrities like Ashley Judd spewed hate-filled nastiness at everyone who disagreed with them.

What these people did is not peaceful protesting. It’s not even helping anything. All these rioters are doing is spewing hate and anger at people, not furthering their cause. Somehow, the media treated them like heroes. One thing they completely ignored? The March for Life, at which Vice President Pence himself spoke. During his speech, he said:

“Let this movement be known for love, not anger. Let this movement be known for compassion, not confrontation.”

These people didn’t tear down buildings and wear masks to hide their identities as they committed criminal acts. They did just as they promised— they marched for life. They peacefully protested abortion, which is a much more important issue than a bunch of women marching because they dislike the man  who won the presidency.The level of division and hatred oozing from these people right now is obscene, and we should be condemning it, not praising it. We need to look to those at the March for Life as an example of how to protest something in a civil way, instead of rioting, looting, and pillaging. That just furthers the division in our country. And, as Jesus said in Matthew 12:25…

25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.

We need to show love for one another and peacefully disagree. Further division isn’t needed, as a nation divided against itself will crumble. Let’s be peace-makers and not strife-stirrers. That’s what will heal our nation’s wounds, not rioting and senseless violence and destruction.

 

The Gift of Life and the Fallacy of Abortion

Babies. We all know ’em and love ’em. So why are so many Christians okay with abortion?

Babies. We all know ’em, and who hasn’t seen a baby and said “Aw…” at least once? We’ve all been one  before, and some of us may have even raised one or more of ’em (shout out to you, parents of children).

Yet many of us are fine with abortion. We take that innocent, bundle of joy, and we devalue it to the point to where its life has no meaning. We say it’s not alive or it’s not really a human being until a certain week or sometimes until it is born. There are even people in my sphere of influence, which is generally a Christian one, who are full on “pro-choice.”

Except that choice isn’t ours to make. You may be bearing the child, but God created you and all the processes that led to the child. He is stiching that child in your womb together piece by piece according to Psalm 39, which says:

Psalm 139:13-14 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

This isn’t the only verse in the Bible that says something like this. In the creation narrative, in Genesis 1, the Word says:

Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

So, if God is handcrafting that baby in your womb, and as Psalm 139 says, we’re fearfully and wonderfully made, and that all God’s works are wonderful. We’re tossing that all away if we say abortion is okay. God decided to create that human in your womb, and he was in the process of knitting it together. So, what right do you have to take that life away? If that fetus is made in the image of God, just like you are, what right do you have to say that a living thing the Creator of the universe made isn’t really alive until you say it is?

Thus, we have now come to abortion’s greatest folly.

The created declares that the Creator is incorrect, that He, in all His infinite knowledge, didn’t create a human being. He created a glob of protoplasm that isn’t a human until the created says so. We pretend that we know more than the Creator, but we are just His creations.

And that’s not cool at all.