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Sunday Funnies: Hakuna Matata, Chad's Ne-O-Calvinist re-mix

SLIMY YET SATISFYING!

Remember Hakuna Matata? Who doesn’t remember this hit song from Disney’s The Lion King.

Well, for today’s Sunday Funnies, Chad offer his version, a Ne-O-calvinist re-mix. Enjoy!

Ne-O-cal-vi-ni-sm. We’re totally depraved. Ne-O-cal-vi-ni-sm. Just a few are saved.  It means no free-will. From before there were days. Its compassion free- theology. Ne-O-cal-vi-ni-sm.

Why, when he was a young Christian, when he was a young Christiannnnnn.(“very nice.” “thank you”) Gods mystery for him  lacked a certain appeal. He needed certitude and he just couldnt deal. Now I’m one of the few, that got saved from sin. But it hurt. That my friend wrote the book”love wins” . And o the shame. We kicked him out of the gang. And so I tweeted farewell. Cuz he’s going to… (hey, not in front if the kids)”

 

Movie Review: Disney's The Princess And The Frog

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My love for Disney movies has been well, ahem, documented over the years. So the other day, my decision to sit down and finally watch Disney’s the Princess and The Frog may be baffling to some. Essentially, I for one believe, that if you have seen one Disney princess movie, you have seen them all, I mean except for the diversity of the goofy interlocutors (whether its a big blue genie or a talking candlestick).

But for my 2 cents, I would like to say I was disappointed I could not find the usual negative racial stereotypes in this movie.  The villain in the movie even hinted that this film was about life at the margins, which intrigued me to say the least, especially Tiana not being able to buy her own restaurant because of her “background.”  It sure seemed like Disney not to be racist or too liberally politically correct.  Most significantly, I think Tiana’s value system of hard work gave the film a more realist tone that I prefer. I hope Disney is headed in the right direction, but I won’t get my hopes up.

Other than that, I guess it was the best Tyler Perry movie I have ever seen.

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Movie Review: Tron: Legacy

TRINITARIAN THEOLOGY AND LIBERTARIAN POLITICS GONE WILD?

I know this post is two days late, but I just wanted to recommend Disney‘s Tron: Legacy.  I enjoyed every minute of it even though I have yet to see the original Tron (Blockbuster video and all other movie stores were mysteriously sold out).

A few thoughts from a political theology perspective:

POLITICS:

First, from the opening credits up until half-way through the movie, it could sound pretty moralizing for people who do not believe in Net Neutrality or  free and open sources for computers.  The stance for a truly free market and transparency on the part of technology providing companies has a libertarian element to it, and in a good way.  I also felt that there was a libertarian bent in the politics of Tron:Legacy during second half of the film, with its critique of empire building, and the notion that Clu planned to codify programs in his own image in order to make the “perfect” society. It speaks volumes about humanity’s desire for sin and sameness.

THEOLOGY:

As a trinitarian Christian, I felt that there could be a possible subjective interpretation of the Holy Trinity in Tron: Legacy. The Creator, Kevin Flynn/ His Son, Sam Flynn, and the Holy Spirit as the Isotopic Bond that binds them together/ Quorra work together to save the world from being taken over by The Grid.  Of course, Tron (the character) would have to act as the Angel of YHWH since he only works for the Users.

POSTCOLONIAL CRITIQUE:

Garret Hedlund, who plays Sam Flynn, did not look like a 27 year old (this coming from me who is a year older than 27), but more like a 23 or 24 year old for some reason, maybe it was the fashion the costume designers were looking for or what, but I don’t think he pulled of 27, I’m sorry. Well, no I’m not.  But speaking of maleness, aging, and maturity, I think the whole “Boy-acts immature, free and chaotic-but at the ends, matures and becomes a hero before he enters the mainstream”  story was a bit over-done. Well, it seems to be over done in many US American movies.  Ugh, the Man-Boy child all grown up gets quite polemical.  I do not see anything wrong with being liberated outside of mainstream society as long as no one else gets hurt. Oh wait, there’s that libertarian and nonconformist speaking again. I mean, seriously, can we please stop with the whole Wedding Crashers/American Pie sagas and move on?  I get it, men who act like boys have to go through an adventure, and then once their quest is complete, voila, they are allowed to enter mainstream society, graduating from college, getting married, oh, and also taking over their father’s corporation (all of which any good citizen should do, you know).  And for the love of God, could action movies exclude the post-modern vomiting of the 1920’s damsel in distress, which entails rather than have lead women play victims throughout the movie, these ladies are introduced as strong, intelligent, heroines but in the end, their character becomes that damsel in distress who falls in love with the man boy-who-becomes-manhero?

Seriously.

Oh, and I would also recommend James McGrath’s posts on Tron: Legacy so far. He plans to do at least one on the film and Zen Buddhism.

Here.

here.

and here.

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