12.1.06

Day to day stuff

School starts next week, and I am excited. I have never had such a long break between fall and winter semesters before; 4 full weeks. I would say that I haven't known what to do with myself, but I would be lying. The time off has been great, Kristina and I were able to see both our families; I hadn't been home for nearly 1.5 years (though I had seen my parents). Then I got 2 weeks to sit around, play games, read books, and get a head start on some of my classes.

Still, I am ready to be back in school.

Our bible study started back up today. I love our group; its full of a great people, and were doing a fairly interesting video/book series (I quite often find canned bible studies to be... not so good, so its a nice change). Its got me thinking too, which will likely be the subject of another post.

4.1.06

Signs of the Times

Were losing the message; or the ability to hear one anyway. No message in particular, just message. Either that, or pointlessness makes more money.

H.G. Wells "War of the Worlds" is a class novel, a science fiction suspense which uses dread to produce a feeling of hopelessness and a commentary on mans false confidence and pride in himself. We turned it into a movie which might was little more than one big holocaust scene; there isn't enough character development to induce dread, and there are far too many Cruise heroics, and not enough time, to gain anything near hopelessnes; finish it off with a nonsensical hollywood ending and ta-da Blockbuster!

You may think that missing this particular message is inevatible in a book to movie conversion; perhaps, but consider this.

King Kong, originally an epic movie about who the real monsters were (us, humans, just in case you didn't know) has been turned into a 3 hour action flick with so many monsters, such a terrible ending line, and so little coherence, that all you can do at the end is applaud the tenseness it produced, and maybe the graphics; lest you realize that another eighth of a day was subjected to pointless, and mindless, entertainment. Need I say it? Another blockbuster.

Certainly not all movies, or media, are pointless. Nevertheless, think about it.