The Grand Budapest Hotel
I have been a fan of the work of Wes Anderson since I first watched his film The Royal Tenenbaums, back in 2001. Before this enlightenment, my idea of a good film was Space Jam (SICK!). Since then I have watchec each of his films innumerable times, both in theaters and out. Anyway, today I went to see his latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel for the second time. The guy is an absolute genius. Not only does he direct, write, do costume design, and arrange music, but he remains both a purist, in that he does not sell out, he makes the films he wants to make, and an artist, in that his films meet a high visual, not to mention, artistic standard. On top of all this, Wes is a tremendous story teller, who magnificently articulates the drama, comedy, and emotion of real life, through each of his films and the characters in them. If you have not seen his films I recommend them. Below is a link to the filmography of Wes Anderson, for those of you interested.
A Minor Victory
As I was at the theater I saw a movie poster that was kind of appalling, but not surprising. Actually it was not “kind of” appalling, it was completely appalling….But still not surprising. It was for a film called Sex Tape. Not only was Cameron Diaz almost naked on it, but this poster was out in the open so adults and kids alike could see it. Almost nothing was left to the imagination. Okay adults are adults, they can see whatever they want I guess, but would you want your kids seeing the anatomy of some woman as you walk through the theater. Mind you, women are so photo shopped and airbrushed on those posters, that they hardly resemble real woman any longer, but nonetheless the image still remains. All the same, I found non destructive sticky adverts around the poster and decided to cover Mrs. Diaz. It was in this moment I realized how nice it is to have a seven foot tall, Big Bird like, ginger friend, to block the view of the employees working the concession stand. It was all harmless, and it did not damage any property, as the sticky adverts peel on and off of the plastic displays, as well as, glass. I then proceeded to give Mrs. Diaz, or as she told me to call her, Cameron, a good talking to, gently reasoning about how she should not objectify herself in such ways. We may or may not have come to an understanding.
Chris Cantrell: Culture Warrior
You can call me Cantrell, Chris Cantrell, culture warrior. Below is the movie poster I performed the modification on. As if the world needs another sex comedy anyway. I guess that sums up the secular view on sex, both a comedy and a joke. Why else would so many sex comedies exist? Still, that is the nice thing about being a Christian, you see the value of sexual purity, and the importance of viewing it the way God intended us to, not as a joke, or as something to do for the sake of doing it, but as something sacred, and valuable, meant to be shared by two people in the context of marriage. Go buy a book or take a walk if you need something to do. Even though the culture may devalue sex, those who hold a solid, Christian worldview, still maintain the message and its value. We maintain that light of truth so absent in the world. In the words of M. Gustave H. “You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity.” Today I felt as if I had brought a faint glimmer of civilization back to humanity, restoring just a miniscule bit of balance to the universe. Tiny, yes, but something is always better than nothing, I suppose.