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Sunday, August 19, 2012

RELIGION: PEOPLE OF ILLUSION





As children we are given some
standard fairy tales, as well as most parents creating different illusions
protecting a reality, thinking it’s best for the child’s innocence. The process
of giving up illusions begins at around 8 years old, when Santa Clause, tooth
fairy, Easter Bunny, and whatever cultural illusions are used for children.
Illusions that make one happy are tough to give up...that’s why religions hang
in there even though, more and more today, everyone knows all the stories are
made up in spite of some value.
One illusion often gets replaced with
another usually at an early age, soon becoming imprinted, and guarded with
alleged certainty. It’s much like giving up one bad habit usually invites in
the growth of another.  People of illusion cling together reinforcing
their interpretation of the illusion. 


Illusions in
religions are often represented by ‘archetypes’ to personify certain values in
life. Unfortunately, the ‘believers’ through their ‘idolatry’ miss the
message’s deepness and richness. Anyone who is deeply introspective while open
to knowing their deeper self finds religions to be taken lightly at best. All
is always in flux for those not attached to ‘anyone’s words, especially when
idolizing them as the ‘only way’.
The ‘wise’ are those who move beyond ‘smoke
screens’
, parroting others, as well as being 
worshiped themselves. The
ignorant ‘worship’ instead of finding love within themselves, and with others.
A wise being avoids all ignorance.

REVIEW OF THE EXPENDABLES 2










About The Movie:


The
Expendables 2 is a 2012 American ensemble action film directed
by Simon West and
written by Richard Wenk andSylvester Stallone, based on a story by
Ken Kaufman, David Agosto and Wenk. It is a sequel to the 2010 action film The Expendables, and stars Sylvester
Stallone, Jason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenChuck NorrisRandy CoutureTerry Crews,Liam HemsworthJean-Claude Van DammeBruce Willis,
and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film follows The
Expendables, a mercenary group, as they seek revenge against Jean Vilain (Van
Damme), a rival mercenary who murders one of their own, and threatens the world
with a deadly weapon.


What Is Good About The Movie:






Sprung from the director’s chair, Stallone is
free to play alongside his muscled comrades. The whole cast seems to truly
embrace the fun this time around, leaning hard on the fantasy of being
untouchable superheroes of ass-kicking, rather than the “complex and troubled”
individuals the first film foolishly tried to develop them as.





New faces to the franchise – like Hunger
Games
 ‘star’ Liam Hemsworth as a speedy sniper, or Nan Yu as female
mercenary, “Maggie” – hold their own against the veterans and manage to be some
of the more interesting (meaning, actually formed) characters in the piece –
which is completely necessary, as they have no action movie clout to trade on.
Jean-Claude Van Damme shows off some improved acting skill (in addition to his
still impressive athletic ability), managing to create a memorable and fun
villain in just a few key scenes.





Action veterans like Chuck Norris and
Scott Adkins join the franchise in some smaller bit roles, but manage to
deliver fun or thrilling moments; a self-referential joke from Norris is alone
worth the price of admission. Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger are given
expanded duties in this installment, and together they manage to nearly walk
off with the entire film. Seeing the pair onscreen blowing things away and
snapping on each other (and Stallone) multiplies the enjoyment factor
exponentially; Schwarzenegger in particular seems to be more charismatic than
ever, and is a welcome return to the genre.





If you’re not a genre buff, but want to see
badass action icons blowing stuff up and beating people down (while pausing now
and again to crack a joke), you’ll still have a good time with this film. Those
hoping for a deeper, smarter, or more polished piece of action cinema: Sorry,
but this franchise has pretty much established it isn’t about that. Best to
look elsewhere.





What Is Bad About The Movie:




Expendables 2 is visually and technically coherent enough to set the movie on
the exact ground it needs to be: where its cast can dive in with both feet and
enjoy playing up their images as onscreen icons of badass. Does that mean the
film is a superiorly crafted piece of genre entertainment? No. It’s still an
overflowing river of macho-cheese with half a plot, bad acting and some truly
shoddy camera work at times – but if vintage macho-cheese is what you’re after,
this movie delivers a big heaping plate of it – much more than the first film,
if that can be believed – and features some iconically awesome (and hilarious)
onscreen moments.





The action in Expendables 2 is
like something out of a video game, or a comedy parody of old action flicks.
Our heroes fire big guns and blow bodies and property to bits, while never
taking a scratch themselves. There’s carnage and mayhem from start to finish,
and an elaborate opening sequence quickly establishes that this world of the Expendables is
one meant to be enjoyed with a low-brow smile, instead high-brow expectations.
Every cast member is given time to inflict bodily harm to faceless hordes of
bad guys in his signature way, and it’s hard to imagine any action fan walking
out saying, “There wasn’t enough ass-kicking in that movie.”



Overall Grade: 


C-




LIKE ABUSE CHILDREN...






Like abused children convince themselves that they are part of the
problem that cause them to be abused rather than the insane mind of the fool
who abused them we have that same sick relationship with those who discriminate
and kill us. We think straight people abuse us because we are gay rather than
because of their criminal mind. So we think that our gayness is our problem
and, consequently, we consciously or unconsciously hate it.






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