147 Years Later…. “Lincoln” Is Still Setting An Example

 

"Lincoln" is talking to us 147 years later, are you listening? 

Director, Steven Spielberg, has done a masterful job in sharing the passion of the 16th President of the United States of America. President Abraham Lincoln's vision and passion for equality set the bar for human activism.  The journey to passing the 13th amendment changed the course of history and set a precedent for equal treatment which is portrayed in the movie "Lincoln."

Have at least four tissues ready as the story brought tears to my eyes, four different times.  Putting the tissues in perspective, I did cry the 1st 5 minutes of "Land Before Time" when the mother dinosaur died however, this film will have you reaching far inside yourself to deep places that will touch your emotions.

Democracy was clarified in Lincoln's the Gettysburg address "Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal…………that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

The film depicts the then "radical republicans" and "dumbo crats" of 1865.  The movie will have you laughing and maybe rolling in the isles because of the similarities identified 147 years later.  The shoe is on the other foot with the flag raising idealism however, the rules of engagement appear to be timeless.  The fact that the audience clapped at the end gives you an idea of why you will want to see this movie right away. 

Euclidean geometry was a concept, Abraham Lincoln appreciated and helped defined his idealism.  Lincoln developed his command of logic, reason and argument both as an attorney and political theorist from this theory. The mathematical concepts make it easy to understand Lincoln's approach. The supreme mathematical logical system of Euclid's Geometry was a testament to the power of human reason to deduce truth.  The repeated postulate shared in the movie, one of five axioms with truth that is self-evident  "things that are equal to the same thing are also equal to one another," or "the whole is greater than the part." Lincoln believed the truths of Euclidean physics were as valid as mathematical logic..,.. he believed, lived and fought for the principle, we are all equal to one another.

The story line explores the dilemma of the validity of the Emancipation Proclamation without the constitutional amendment to enforce the proclamation. Lincoln used his constitutional authority to declare that all slaves were free, legally liberating more than 3 million people.

Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner (who worked with the director on "Munich") took their inspiration from Doris Kearns Goodwin's award-winning history "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln." Though the battle for the 13th Amendment is touched on in only a handful of pages, the film's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With the end of the Civil War in sight, Lincoln believes the only way to successfully reunite the nation is to finish off slavery. He'd assumed extraordinary wartime powers during the conflict and, in one scene, Lincoln admits ruefully that once the war is over, his January 1863 executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation might not hold up legally

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With the end of the Civil War in sight, Lincoln believes the only way to successfully reunite the nation is to finish off slavery. He'd assumed extraordinary wartime powers during the conflict and, in one scene, Lincoln admits ruefully that once the war is over, his January 1863 executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation might not hold up legally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Screenwriter, Tony Kushner has delivered a storyline that is sure to win Academy awards. Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln, has immersed into the character so realistic you will believe Lincoln is right there on the big screen.  His acting ability as husband to mourning, wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, Sally Field devastated at the loss of a son and the challenge of another son wanting to go to war struggling with a mental breakdown and the responsibility as the first lady is epic.  The character shows Lincoln as a storyteller and clever raconteur who loves his family, his country and all mankind. 

Tommy Lee Jones, as Representative Thaddeus Stevens, radical Republican from Pennsylvania gives the performance of a lifetime as best supporting actor.

James Spader adds an incredible dimension to the cast with his powerful representation of W.N. Bilbo, one of the three lobbyists charged with securing the needed votes to pass the 13th amendment to the US Constitution. 

Field allows us to rethink the high-strung burden Mary Todd Lincoln has been portrayed as. Yes, the loss of their son nearly undid her, but she's emotionally and politically astute. A chilly, faux cordial face-off with Rep. Stevens shows a woman unbowed by Washington hierarchies or gossip.

As good as Day-Lewis is, Tommy Lee Jones and James Spader do their darndest to steal the show. Spader is often hilarious as W.N. Bilbo, one of three lobbyists tasked with securing a few Democrats to support the measure. John Hawkes and Tim Blake Nelson play his colleagues.

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Memorable moments… Include the significance of George Washington's picture in an English bathroom, no spoiler alert here, just watch for it! 

Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner (who worked with the director on "Munich") took their inspiration from Doris Kearns Goodwin's award-winning history "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln." Though the battle for the 13th Amendment is touched on in only a handful of pages, the film's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With the end of the Civil War in sight, Lincoln believes the only way to successfully reunite the nation is to finish off slavery. He'd assumed extraordinary wartime powers during the conflict and, in one scene, Lincoln admits ruefully that once the war is over, his January 1863 executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation might not hold up legally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thought provoking concepts included in the film include:

  • Marriage
  • Forgiveness
  • Death
  • Passion
  • Ethics
  • Politics
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Conflict resolution
  • Family division
  • 'Mental illness
  • Idealism
  • Parenting
  • Diversity
  • Humor
  • Euclidean geometry
  • Hunger Games

The movie explores the journey to pass the 13th amendment to the US Constitution which states:

Amendment XIII

Section 1.

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

"Lincoln,"   is a must see movie if you are to enjoy the Academy Awards and feel the energy of history with taking the lessons of 147 years ago and applying it today.  The film will move you to learn more about America, the constitution, special interest groups and how the political system works today.  Thousands of people died. families were destroyed, the Southern way of life and their economy changed for ever. President Abraham Lincoln set the example that changed a way of life and history for the United States of America.

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Field allows us to rethink the high-strung burden Mary Todd Lincoln has been portrayed as. Yes, the loss of their son nearly undid her, but she's emotionally and politically astute. A chilly, faux cordial face-off with Rep. Stevens shows a woman unbowed by Washington hierarchies or gossip.

As good as Day-Lewis is, Tommy Lee Jones and James Spader do their darndest to steal the show. Spader is often hilarious as W.N. Bilbo, one of three lobbyists tasked with securing a few Democrats to support the measure. John Hawkes and Tim Blake Nelson play his colleagues.

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Flight…….. Academy Award Winner?

 

Could the movie "Flight" sweep the Academy Awards?

No spoiler alerts here so feel free to read on. My husband and I walked out of the movie thinking it was an Academy award winning film.  "Epic" in terms of sharing the inside struggles of alcohol and drug abuse victims.   A powerful movie with 21st century "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" scenes.

Yes, I used the term victim, because people who deal with alcoholism have a disease.  The disease can be treated and if left unchecked it will be fatal.  The worst thing about alcoholism and drug addiction is that not only can the person with the disease kill themselves, they can also take the lives of innocent victims.

That being said let's look at the movie… Denzel Washington showed all his stuff!  One "moon shot" for those who are timid about nudity but that is it for Denzel! The actor has set a new bar in his ability to act and draw the audience into the character he is playing.  This movie, Denzel Washington, the cast and crew of "Flight" will be sweeping the Academy Awards in 2013. 

Watch the trailer again for clues as to the content of the movie……. this is NOT an action film. There is a powerful social message on the big screen delving into things that touch most human beings in the world today.  Images of your friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances will become alive as you are watching. You will be casting your own version of this movie with people you know and care about. 

A lengthy debate arose last week with a friend on facebook about how he did not like the film.  As we talked I realized his expectations from the trailer and Denzel Washington was an action thriller film and that is not, what the movie delivers.  My friend was offended by the first scene with full frontal nudity and it went down hill for him from there.  Spoiler alert….there is only about 3 minutes of nudity at the beginning of the film, then the movie sends us to many haunting social messages.   Realize it's coming and wait for it…. the  film message that will move you one way or another.

Many film makers and screen writers do have a specific agenda to make a statement about society and modify the way people think with their artistic creativity.  I believe this movie does that if you are someone looking to improve the judgmental way you think about those around you, this movie is for you.

Screen writer John Gatins and  "Cast Away" director Robert Zemeckis touch our emotions with many provocative themes:

  • Marriage
  • Family relationships
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Co-dependency
  • Honesty
  • Cancer
  • Fear of flying
  • Ethics
  • Cover-ups
  • Corporate Fraud
  • Recovery

Walk the ethical tight rope with Denzel Washington, Captian Whip Whitaker and co-star Kelly Reilly, Nicole a recovering junkie, as their lives intertwine and their addictions drive their actions.    John Goodman, a Dr. Feelgood character, Harling, is the stand up friend that will take care of everything and makes us laugh at situations that happen every day in the real world. 

Movie watching is an interesting sport. Sometimes you go to be entertained and just laugh and sometimes you end up reflecting on who you are.  Director, Robert Zemeckis, keeps us processing here just like he did in Cast Away. 

Memorable lines in a favorite movie create valuable content for social gatherins.  Important memorable line in Flight,  "Have I reached my life long limit of lies?  With just one more lie……"  There are so many people living lies the line is destined to be a classic.  See the movie to connect the dots to learn something about people and life in the 21st century.

Questions from the movie…. will you fly again? 

Should pilots take breathalyzer or drug tests before starting that engine?

What difference will this film make in the way you see life, engage with your friends?

The movie ends with asking "Who Are you? 

Denzel Washington, the cast and crew of "Flight" will be taking home many Academy Award's in 2013.

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Just Say “NO” to Men In Black 3

Three strikes and you are out!  Men in Black 1 was leading edge, alien fun from someone who lives in the Cosmic Cow Pie of life.  Men in Black 2 left a lot to be desired toward filling the expectations of a sequel to the first block buster of the Men In Black trilogy.  The third strike is way out and a movie you should not spend money to go and see.

Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and Agent J (Will Smith) are usually great in any film but the temptation to go back to the well one more time caught them in this ridiculous travel back in time, alien disaster.  Rotten Tomatoes review says that Josh Brolin saves the day as a young Tommy Lee Jones but have to strongly disagree with that ideas as the entire movie was out in the cosmos and certainly not my type of entertainment.  Different strokes as they say and usually I just pass on writing a negative review but in this case since the first movie was so good my goal is to save you the pain of hoping the series would get better, it doesn't.

Understanding how to get a refund for a bad film is a technique learned through experience.  After sitting through a painful movie I once described to a manager how bad it was and he indicated that if  a movie goer really doesn't like a film in the first 30 to 45 minutes you can come up to the desk and request a credit to see another movie.   Running out the door with my popcorn was a visual I had after the first five minutes of watching Men In Black 3. The slap stick alien message was not computing in this vintage mind trying to reach for something that could be deeper inside the middle school boy theme which was not humorous or entertaining.  Disgusting is the adjective I am reaching for as the two foot long toung of an alien called Boris played by Jemaine Clement) enters the mouth of his girlfriend Lily Poison (Nicole Scherzinger) dancing with the stars professional as they create a diversion to break out of space jail. 

There were actually several messages and funny lines however, I question how the sixth and seventh graders going to see this film will understand the message being shared.

Will Smith, Agent J describes being "fish slapped" by a huge fish. That was funny!

In the trailer Will Smith is "neurolizing" or taking memories away from a group of people in China town after telling them that the tiny fish they got at the school carnival they threw away in the toilet is now out of control.  Now the new phase that can be coined  "I am going to fish slap you."    Funniest part of the movie so if you find this is a reach to laugh, again don't waste your money. 

Taking notes and assessing some helpful thoughts from any movie is how we connect the dots in the Cosmic Cow Pie for movie goers.  There were a few messages that were profound and reading them here will be enough unless you just want to look for something entertaining or a deeper message. 

Lines that made sense in a movie that makes no sense.

  • The most destructive force in the universe is regret. 
  • The bitterest truth is better than the sweetest lies.
  • To stay happy I don't ask questions I don't want to know the answers to
  • There are things out there you do not need to know.

Four memorable quotes is what Men In Black 3 had to offer.  The meaning behind those quotes are actually very powerful the presentation of the messages was missing a pay grade or two .  Don't ask questions you don't want the answer to really does make sense and is a theme that was brought out in the film several times uncovering the secrets of the past which ties back to the truth is better than lies.  No regrets if you miss this movie! 

Just say  "NO" to Men In Black 3.

 

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Battleship or Sinking Ship?

Summer movie season has started with a spectacular special effects action packed adventure film "Battleship."   Don't go tired because this is non stop engagement for full two hours and ten minutes.   It's loud, it's fast, it's fun, it's sad and it's compelling. There are many messages which if processed correctly can help everyone be a little better after watching it. Yes, there are many sinking ships in the film but the moive itself, is not one of them. 

Sharing the thought provoking ideas that came through the film is my thing. I really don't want to explain the storyline.. just review the valuable content that could make a difference in how we understand the world and what happens to us. 

Going to a movie with an empty slate is genuine a thrill for me.  It's like opening the cracker jacks box and finding the surprise.   My husband and I have a date day each Wednesday so we get to see trailers and usually make up our minds about a show based on that message alone.  Reading negative thoughts on the movie usually ruins it for me so I stay away from reviews until after I have seen it and am ready to share my thoughts.  What you get at the Cosmic Cow Pie is a vintage player aka baby boomer's point of view who is open to learn and absorb what the movie industry has to give.

Did you know that Battleship is a Hasbro board game that has been around for 81 years?  Yikes… I had no clue so I must live out in the Cosmic Cow Pie not to know that.  The game advertisement summarizes the movie, "Dare to defeat the enemy fleet in this classic game of strategic combat. Command a fleet of five ships as you search out the enemy, fire at coordinates and score hits. Can you sink your opponent’s fleet before your opponent sinks yours?"

Long story short, this is an epic scaled movie that unfolds outside of Hawaii with actual war games going when an alien-invasion disrupts the exercise and challenges all countries participating in the games to work together and really put their game on. 

I knew I was going to like the film when I saw Taylor Kitch from Friday Night Lights fame "Tim Riggins" in the opening scene crazy over a girl he sees at a bar.  It's a fairytale love story that keeps you wondering to the very end how it is going to turn out.  You will have to see the movie for that result… and stay past the very long credits for a trailor which looks to be Battleship 2.   Taylor Kitch plays a lost sole turning 26 and does not have any idea of where is going or how he is going to get there.  He has been a complete mess and ends up joining the Navy at his brothers encouragement.  In Friday Night Lights I always thought that Tim Riggins looked too old to be in high school and sure enough, he was born in 1981 making him 31 now. Love what research does to create positive reality connections. 

Rihanna is in the film as a tough Navy woman with a big gun.   I had heard the name Rihanna, but it did not register who she was until I again did the research.  She is one of the "mean girl" type singers of today and came from Barbados when she was 15 to start her singing career in America.  This is her first film and one of the ushers told me at the end he was not going to see the movie because she was in it and he did not like her and he thought the Hasbro game was lame.  After we talked he decided to see it because Rihanna actually did a fantastic job at playing her role and the special effects of the war games is incredible.  

Themes in the movie that will make you think!

  1. Love at first sight
  2. Parental approval of partners
  3. Direction in life
  4. Making mistakes
  5. Sacrifice
  6. Handicapped individuals, their lives and feelings
  7. Games in general
  8. Survival
  9. Bravery
  10. Handling fear in the face of adversity
  11. Team work
  12. Racial prejudice
  13. Country collaboration
  14. Disaster behavior
  15. Sports, winning and playing fairly
  16. Pressure to win
  17. Role models for behavior modification

Some of you may be thinking that aliens are not something you want to be watching.  For me, aliens are much better than vampires but that again is a personal choice.  I enjoyed Cowboys and Aliens because there was another big family message in that film as well as The Hunger Games.

One of the clips in the film really did make me think of David and Goliath and that faith was the only thing going to get them through the mess.  Watch and see how ET was going to call home.  Think about the underlying messages in the movie art forms and let your heart tell you if the movie is good or not based on the emotions it pulls out of you after watching. 

Have fun and go see Battleship.

If you haven't seen The Hunger Games that is a MUST see movie.  The games continue in "Battleship" as they do in everyday life.  In any game, it's knowing how to navigate those cow pies even if your ship sinks to win and survive.

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The Hunger Games and Easter

The Hunger Games and Easter

"Sacrilege" shouts the crowd waiting for the games to begin.

Some may think I am a "Fruit Loop" in a "Cheerio" world and the thought might go as far as a "Frosted Flake" as you read on about The Hunger Games and Easter but give it a chance.  Going to movies, reading books, experiencing the world has taken on a whole new meaning as I dig deeper to connect the dots in everything I do.  Could be that the final judgment of my work will be complete "space case."  Cast your vote in the comments at the end and share what you think about this movie review, let it rip.

The Hunger Games is a box office phenomenon raking in more than three hundred-sixty million dollars and the numbers are still rising.  The only reason my husband and I went to see this movie came down to the fact we did not want to see any of the other 10 choices playing at our local theater.   I posted a question on facebook as to what movie to see on date day and three out of ten responses said "The Hunger Games." Spring is not the season for "great movies" so the time is right to attract movie goers that might NEVER have gone to see this YA or Young Adult film.   As a vintage player in this 21 century world I initially heard about The Hunger Games as a mention in broadcasting at the 2012 Academy Awards. By the name I did not think it was something I would like to see.  I must have been under a rock in the YA world since the book series started in 2008 by best selling author, Suzanne Collins.  The Hunger Games book trilogy includes "The Hunger Games, Catching Fire (film to be released November 2013) and Mocking Jay."   Over 23 million copies are in print in the United States alone and the series has developed a massive global following.  It was on the New York TImes Best seller list more than 160 consecutive weeks.  The books are published by Scholastic Press internet portal and book club for the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books.  Visions from my past came to my mind when I discovered Scholastic Press published the trilogy. The light came on ONLY after watching the film this was a "Harry Potter, Twilight" reader/viewer and I had just been caught up in the latest buzz. For the record, I was a Harry Potter fan before he was cool. 

Reading the book before the movie is a mantra that many people subscribe to.   Fortunately, I went to see The Hunger Games with absolutely no preconceived ideas of the plot, the characters or the message of the film and was delighted with my movie going experience as I had no expectations.  The title made me squirm because reality shows are of no interest to me, at all.   After watching Survivor the 1st season I decided that teaching viewers, including children of all ages to lie, create false alliances, misrepresent and manipulate people with premeditation and malice for a million dollars was something that I did not need to waste my time with.  Consider "The Bachelor" are you kidding me?  It is hard to fathom the beautiful girls going on National TV to be humiliated and duped in front of the world.  To think you are going to find your soul mate in six weeks and have it be a lasting relationship is really the definition of having your "light bulb burnt out™."  What can I say about the Housewives series, if you have ever watched one episode you will know that money and fame creates deranged behavior beyond comprehension. The stage had been set for me to watch The Hunger Games with an open mind, except for the dislike of reality show and get whatever message there was for me to absorb. A steno note pad is a standard issue for going to the movies however, I forgot to bring it and all I had in my purse was an envelope which I opened to remind myself of important quotes and thoughts.  As the plot thickened I had to tear open my popcorn bag to continue with my note taking so I could remember what stood out during the first viewing of the film.  

Suzanne Collins wrote this book for Young Adults however the message is for ALL mankind. Her background as a screen play writer made the transition into film appear seamless.  The movie gets a two thumbs up from me as I connected today, Roman behavior and Easter dots all from one Hunger survival game. I only cried three times and left wanting to know "the rest of the story." 

The film is set in a "1984" dystopian type atmosphere in the country of Panem after a terrible war on the futuristic ruins of North America. The Hunger Games is the story of 24 children known as "tributes"  selected through a lottery system known as the Reaping, to represent their District.  The game includes slaughtering one another in a terrifying government sponsored reality TV competition which was considered a national media event.  The games are a twisted punishment for a past uprising of the people and an ongoing  intimidation tactic by the government.

The story deals with brutality,and mortality of young characters from 12 districts.  The selection process starts the saga and the viewer is riveted to the seat the entire length of the film leaving exhausted from the journey. 

The winning tribute or survivor and his/her corresponding district is then rewarded handsomely with food and plenty. The purpose of the Hunger Games is to provide entertainment for the Capitol and to serve as a warning to the Districts to remind them of the Capitol's power and lack of remorse for the past uprising.

The Hunger Games explores issues of life, love, survival, death, and corruption. Watching teenagers in peril and starvation is uncomfortable to say the least but to see the heroism and fight come alive for a cause is thrilling as the plot unfolds.

The storyline depicts the games of life through the ages comparing the Roman gladiators to the "tributes."  We see those who have been highly trained their entire lives to survive as participants, be pitted against those who only have innate survival instincts to pull upon as their resources to make it through.  There are impossible choices that have to be made in the arena against life and love. 

Let the games begin…. The theme through the film repeats “Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

As the tributes prepare for their Roman gladiator type experience they are wined and dined in luxury they have never experienced.  Basically they are having a "last supper." Twenty-three of the children will die so the welcome oratory exclaims "Tributes we welcome you and we solute you for your courage and sacrifice."  This was not a choice for any of the children it was for the glory of those in power and for entertainment and intimidation to stop future uprisings.  If everyone stopped watching there would be no games so it appears the public holds to key to the success or failure of the sentiment. The game is designed and manipulated to create desire to watch the killing and how it is played.  Woody Harrelson plays Haymitch, a former winner 20 year ago from the poorest Distric 12.  He tells Peeta, played by Josh Hutcherson, the bakers son from District 12 as they eat, he should "embrace the probability of your eminent death."  Haymith tells Katniss Everdeen, the girl tribute from District 12, played by Jennifer Lawrence, she should try and get people to like her so she can have sponsors who will send life lines to her in the field as the war rages. The concept of creating an image or doing something that was not honest was foreign to Katniss but she listens and responds to do what she needed to do to try and survive with poise.  After spending time with Katniss, her mentor, Haymith tells her to be herself because she is so strong.

Katniss and Peeta the two tributes from District 12 discuss who they are and how they want to play the game to survive  They know that they do not want the game to turn them into something they are not.  This starts the beginning of an alliance and maybe more.  Katniss has left her widowed Mother, and 12 year old sister at home with her soul mate and hunting friend Gale, played by Liam Hemsworth. 

From the Capitol's standpoint the games at the arena were partly staged to provide a distraction for the growing, underemployed and hunger of the people, just like the ancient Roman working class and the gladiators.  Focusing on the games kept the public from rioting in the street. In the film we see similar Roman games of gladiator vs gladiator and even gladiator vs computer generated animals to keep the public from thinking about what is really going on all around them and the devastation of the country. 

As the games progress and the alliances are formed there appears to be a support sentiment that the President did not like.   The oppressors state that "the only thing stronger than fear is HOPE." so they decide to change the rules of the game to manipulate the crowd and their feelings about the game.  They want to give the public something to cheer for, an underdog.  The games are scripted just like the reality TV shows of today and the rules change when the sentiment moves.  When watching he movie you can decide if the change in engagement created hope and was that good for the oppressor or bad?

Watching the movie the question arises how anyone can see entertainment and joy from watching people kill each other.  Think about the "mind games" that go on in life and relationships in general.  Children of divorce with parents deceiving each other for custody, business alliances to capture market share, couples trying to justify behavior.  This film makes one think about the games people play under many circumstance and then how distracted we get about injustice and cruelty that takes place with these games. 

The Hunger games very possibly could awaken the viewing public and take away the numb feeling about what is going on in the world today by the themes that are present in the film.

  1. Family Love and dedication to helping those that are in emotional need.
  2. Hunger, physical and mental
  3. Love triangle confusion
  4. Rules of engagement and living with change
  5. Fear and Hope
  6. Knowing who you are and staying true to that ideal
  7. Doing uncomfortable things we don't want to do
  8. Romeo and Juliet devotion
  9. Judas complex
  10. External control of our lives
  11. Standing out
  12. Creating a plan for survival aka strategy
  13. Taking the high road
  14. Working with others, creating a team

Wouldn't it be great if every person and family that watched this film discussed the 14 or more ideas expressed in the movie or the book and applied it to their own individual lives?   I believe that The Hunger games is possibly an  Academy award winning film which is going to make a difference in the way people think.  History is history so looking back at the Roman times and parables in the Bible a few thoughts about The Hunger Games and Easter might include:

Easter and The Hunger Games

 

 

 

 

 

Was Judas the ultimate alliance partner to end competition from Jesus and his healing to turn attention back to Caesar?

What did Judas receive for showing the chief priests who Jesus was?

Could there possibly be a connection in the crowd wanting Jesus to be crucified and the mentality of those watching as the children murdered one another?

Was there a possibility of a game changer when Pilate asked the crowd if they really wanted a death sentence?

Did the termination of the ultimate good, Jesus, extinguish the HOPE that resides in many people today? 

Did the crucifixion need to take place to show the public the way? 

Ponder the different possible endings as related to The Hunger Games.

What good ideas are we trying to kill today?

The story from the King James Version of the Bible gives the answers to the questions. 

Matthew 26:14-15

14 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him (Jesus) unto  you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

The alliance.

Mark 14:43, 45 

43 while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a great multitude with swords, and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.  45 And as soon has he was come, he goeth straightway to him and saith, Maser, master and kissed him.  They they laid their hands on him, and took him.

The sign, the kiss of betrayal.

Matthew 27:1-7

1.  When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death; 2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.  3  Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.  And they said, What is that to us?  see though to that. 5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

Remorse for the alliance and betrayal.

John 19:1 Pilate, 10, 11 (to:), 12 (to1st:), 14-18 and he, 38, 41, 42

1.  Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.  10  Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me?  knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?  11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: 

Pilate could release Jesus humanly. Jesus explained the real power.

12 And from thence forth Pilate sought to release him: 14 and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!  15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? 

Pilate gave the power to the people to release Jesus but they wanted to CRUCIFY him.

The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

Crowd loyalty was to Caesar.

16  Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified.  And they took Jesus, and led him away.  17  And he bearing his cross went forth into a place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:  18 Where they crucified him and tow other with him on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. 

Jesus was crucified.

Matthew 28:1,5,6,7

1 In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.  5  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  6  He is not here; for he is risen, as he said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  7.. and go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead:

Jesus arose from the dead proving that life was eternal giving men HOPE.

Luke 24:50-52

50  And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.  51  And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.  52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

I Corinthians 15:57 thanks

57 thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Victory over evil even though the king of the Jews was crucified what he stood for lived on.

This film shares how to act strategically to possibly combat established power structures, how to take the high ground and position yourself to survive.  The controversial topics showing an imperfect world brings the movie goers to a place of questioning and a desire for more. I encourage you to see the film, discuss it with your family and friends and make a difference.

Do you think there is a connection between the people in Jesus time and the crowd in Panem?  The Hunger Games and Easter, what do you think?

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