GRAVITY  The Morning After Review… by C.S.

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While it was a great spectacle, GRAVITY ultimately has no character or story substance. The movie melts away in your mouth. In terms of meaning and insight and lasting emotion, there is nothing there. A huge thrill for a moment, and then its entire value is gone. (In the back of my mind, I guess I knew that I needed to write my first enthusiastic review quickly.) Can you imagine: thousands of people spent four years of their lives making this movie.

A great insult to a film, I realize this morning, is that if a movie is not great on the small screen, it may be a great spectacle in IMAX 3D, but it will never be a great film. While sometimes a momentary load of fun, I don’t think 3D or IMAX are the future of films, in general. Putting a film into 3D or enlarging it to an extreme can never improve the quality or value of what is already there.

And $14.50 is way too much to spend for a movie ticket. I think the movie industry is hoping that $14.50 is the future of movies. The guy running the WIZARD show a few weeks ago, the guy behind the curtain, told me that the twin projectors that show IMAX films cost $3 million dollars each–that’s six million dollars for one movie projector!

A couple of weeks ago, when I first spent $14.50–the most I had ever spent on a movie, it was for THE WIZARD OF OZ. Even though the 3D effect was almost non-existent, the film was not remastered, and the frame ratio did not fill the screen side-to-side, the film itself was great. It was wonderful to see it made huge!

In the past, people have watched THE WIZARD OF OZ on small black-and-white television sets and it was great. People have watched STAR WARS on their iPads and it was great.

This is also why I love low-budget independent movies so much–story and character, meaning and emotion and insight. Someone once said that action movies need even more character development and a stronger story than dramas, because it is these things that give meaning to the action.

To expand this entertainment insight to spirituality, I think this is why Christianity is deeply satisfying, (aside from being true and efficacious for the salvation of the human soul). Christianity rings true with human experience, and it provides a framework for daily life that is usable.

Hinduism and Buddhism–and Oprah Winfrey, for example, do not provide a human solution to human problems (witness India’s extreme poverty and uber-corrupt government; Buddhism’s endless striving and desiring but dead-end and frustrating non-attainment of its goals (and, in the end, in the case of both these Eastern religions: the dissolution of the human soul); and Guru-to-millions Oprah’s health and relationship angst.

Finally, back again to film–to make a final point, (a human comparison), GRAVITY is an exciting and beautiful girl that you would never love and you would never marry–but who was totally fun to look at, and was super-fun to be with. For one date only.

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Here is God’s explanation of reality, and of the Gospel. These truths were taken exclusively from the Bible. -Curtis

God created the cosmos; and the brain, DNA, and biological aliveness of your remote ancestor Adam, literally out of absolutely nothing (1). God, therefore, says what is right and what is wrong–He gave the Moral Law, the Ten Commandments (2). You have sinned and you have done what is wrong in the sight of God by breaking these Commandments of God (3), as every human being has done, and still does. God does not owe anyone forgiveness or Heaven (4). But God does owe everyone justice and punishment for wrongs committed, and He will justly punish everyone after death for breaking His Law, for every last sin and evil thing they have done on this earth, because He is exalted and terrifyingly holy and just (5). This punishment causes painful and fearful and despairing and eternal hellish separation from God, in a literal place called Hell. (6). But, because God is love, He sent His divine Son to be incarnated as a human (7). God is amazingly kind and generous and compassionate (7) and does not want a single person to go to Hell (23). He was willing to suffer pain for you beyond your imagination (8). The righteous life, sacrificial substitutionary death on the cross, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ is your ~only~ hope for the forgiveness of your sins, your only hope for new spiritual life, and your only hope of Heaven (9). Change your mind about Jesus and about your sins (10). Through the written Word of God, the Bible, God commands you to believe in Jesus right now (11). Believe in Christ today and be irrevocably saved forever (12). Tomorrow you may well be dead (13), (people don’t die only of old age), and it will be will be too late for God’s grace in Christ (24). But it will not be too late for God’s justice (4). Even if you do not die for a long time, Jesus has promised to physically return to earth to judge the living and the dead (14). Believe in Jesus today, Who loves you and Who will forgive you of all your sins, past, present and future (15), right now. You will have a spiritual connection with God through His Holy Spirit (16). You will have God as your heavenly Father (17). You will have a new identity as a holy, righteous, child of God, in Christ (24c). You will have a new family of believers (18). You will know God’s love (19). You will have peace with God and you will have inner peace and joy(24b).You will have transcendent objective meaning in your life and Heaven as your destiny (20). God loves everyone, but unfortunately, most people reject His love and forgiveness (21). Please believe in Jesus today (22). God bless you (25).

(1) Genesis 1:1; 1:26
(2) Exodus 20: 1-17
(3) 1st John 1:8
(4) Revelation 20:15
(5) Matthew 25:46
(6) Luke 16:24
(7) John 3:16
(8) Mark 15: 17-19, 25, 34
(9) John 14:6
(10) Acts 17:30
(11) Acts 16:30,31
(12) Ephesians 1:13,14
(13) Psalm 90:12
(14) Revelation 20:6,15; 22:12
(15) Ephesians 1:7
(16) 1st Peter 1:12
(17) John 8:42
(18) Ephesians 3:14-19
(19) 1st John 3:16
(20) Matthew 6:9
(21) Matthew 20:16
(22) Acts 16:30,31
(23) 2nd Peter 3:9
(24) Hebrews 9:27
(24b) Romans 5:1; Galatians 5:22
(24c) 1st John 3:2; 2nd Corinthians 5:21
(25) Revelation 22:21