Some of you may have noticed a slow evolution in my reviewing process. Perhaps not, or perhaps you haven't been around long enough or read all of them. Either way, it has come time to explain myself.
When I started my reviews, I wasn't very serious. I occasionally highlighted a new favorite movie or something. Then I started to dig deeper when I did do a review. Last year, I took an unusual step and decided to launch my song reviews. This took me in the direction of analyzing media that I did not approve of and knew so beforehand, something I had not done before. As I often say in my reviews, I don't always recommend this for everyone, but it's something I've always planned to do, always. (I've long wanted to write serious exposes on things like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and perhaps deal with Lord of the Rings as well. While on that topic, would anyone be interested in a serious, conservative-Christian analysis of Twilight? Or is it too late, do you think? I am not sure what I would find, but I will admit that I am very concerned about the countless young ladies out there. If anyone is interested, let me know, because I'll volunteer right now.) So, it's time to start, don't you think?
You might have first noticed this in my Agincourt review. I wanted to finish reading it and review it, even when I decided I would have to give it a thumbs-down. There was a time when I was much younger when I surely would have dropped the book and ran at this point (sex in the book), but please do not take this as a back-down on my principles. I have wavered not. This is merely a different approach, a scholarly examination of media, actually. I've always done it with nonfiction (say, Evolutionist dinosaur books), now I am applying it to books, movies, and music. You saw this when I read and reviewed The Bourne Identity. I've asked around for a very long time, worried the book may have the content I found it did. I never found anyone who knew, or had even read it. Most people consume media without applying any sort of morals, and therefore might not even remember it. So, I read it myself. In a way, while I still review for my own reasons, I get responses that make me feel (correct me if I am wrong, I in no way claim to be what I am not) that I might just be conducting an at least moderately useful service for my readers. I've been thanked for reviewing before. Am I right here, or wrong? Please tell me now.
And on another note, I used to use Focus on the Family's Plugged-In alot. I often disagreed, mostly due to their love of ridiculous films and hatred of anything even remotely violent, but I have grown more and more weary. They basically lied (I hope it was a mistake?) in their Taken review (see the fingernail-pulling reference), wrote about the evils of the south, and the credit due Lincoln and the Union, and just recently, spoke against guns and declared that the martial arts film genre should die. And just tonight, I get an email from them that contains an article bashing The Dark Knight, and worse, it says, "Jesus...was pretty pacifistic." What?!?!?
Are we reading the same Bible here? Because, if I remember right...oh yes, here it is: Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. (Luke 22:36) And those are the words of Jesus himself. Oh yeah, but maybe Jesus was wrong--is that what you are trying to tell me?
They are quick to tell us of the great ethic value of Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Finding Nemo, but if you like a movie with a gun-toting, manly hero, beware, oh wicked warmonger! (Might Richard Chamberlain be more their style, I wonder?) I am sick and tired of them, and even though I have long used them just to discover if the movies had sexual content or not, they are getting sloppier it seems to me. I am more feeling like investigating things myself instead of relying on these sissies. (They're so afraid of what they call evil, they're encouraging it. They're making me want to spit vile profanities, they do!)
I can just see these wimps. What do they teach their sons? "Now remember, Bobby, when a rapist breaks into your house and comes to ravage your wife, just love him with all your heart and don't commit any evil acts of violence, and God will look on you with favor!" Is this what you are teaching? You must confront these difficulties, oh spineless. You can't dance around them. Is this really what you believe? I hope not, but there are some unbelievable cowards that do practice such behavior in the name of "God" (think the Amish, etc.). To kill such a subject is not absolute evil; indeed, it would be absolute evil not to do so.
Sorry. Now that turned into an off-topic rant there. Anyways....
Certain things I feel need to be responded to (Lady Gaga, etc.) and you will see me discuss likewise. Other things Spencer just investigates because of his personal interests (see my upcoming Ninja Assassin review).
I'm also somewhat embarking on a little (haha) reading project. This isn't my only reason, but in the end, I want to write my own fiction and always have. If you're an artist, you look at art, right? I will read more fiction in the coming months (or [perhaps more) than I have in quite some time, possibly.
Expect lots of things. Some I will analyze, and then condemn no doubt. Others I will stamp my approval upon. Either way, this means that, at the very least, you can expect a review of the two Matrix sequels, and the Bourne films, both which I had before declined to do, as well as much, much more.
To my readers, be excited! To all weak, wimpy reviewers, be afraid. Be very afraid.
Harold Speed on Modern Art, Part 2
3 hours ago