My name is Spencer (formerly known as Dr. Paleo Ph.D.).
I am many things. I'm a 22-year-old, Bible-believing Christian. I trust my savior Jesus Christ above all else, and strive to follow Him unceasingly. My soul is that of the warrior's, and I seek to fulfill my duties as such. I am science-minded, and am pursuing a career in dinosaur paleontology.
I am for my God, and His Word, the Holy Bible. I am for the literal six-day interpretation of the Creation account as found in the book of Genesis. I am for my country and its military, and I will give my support to those who defend this nation and its people, even if it means that we are forced to wage war. I am for homeschooling, the rights of parents and the unborn, the Biblical family, and courtship. I am for the rights of gun owners, and believe in carrying. I am for martial arts, and advocate the study of those means necessary to protect the family, the faithful, and the defenseless. I am for the dying ways of chivalry; "Women and Children First!" is a creed well worth dying for. I am for conservatism, and did I mention that I'm also a states' rights Confederate flag-waving Rebel?
This is me.
Welcome to my blog.
"Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. Captain, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave." --Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
"God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and all would be equally brave." --Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
"Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less." --Robert E. Lee
"Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.” --Martin Luther
"Never give in—-never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." --Winston S. Churchill
"Look! There is Jackson standing like a stone wall! Let us determine to die here today and we will conquer! Rally behind the Virginians!" --Gen. Bernard E. Bee
I decided I had to see this one when I inadvertently saw the video game trailer (Tron: Evolution), not realizing that there was even a film at all at first. The greatness of said trailer soon made me watch the first film, then go see this one this weekend.
Jumping off from where 1982's Tron left us, this sequel is faithful to the original while adding something the original did not have. With today's possibilities, Disney (who I'm actually opposed to and usually hate their products) has really done something this time. I can only call this film one thing: freakin' AMAZING!
Sure, it's entirely impossible. Yes, the ultimate consequences of the idea of programs such as those in this and the first film are very dangerous. And I even had a few very small issues with this film, such as the Isos, how they literally manifested out of nowhere (Evolution reference!) and will change life for humans forever, including "religion" it is said, and Kevin Flynn's Buddhist character touches, such as his sitting posture and overall behavior (he even says he has a "Zen thing" at one point). Other believing viewers may also have an issue with Quorra referring to Flynn, the human maker of all the programs, as "the Creator", but on this count I didn't really mind much. (The whole Kevin Flynn as Creator vs. the big bad guy in this movie could serve as an allegory of God vs. Satan in some ways, but it better not have been written that way, as it is NOT an appropriate take all the way through the whole plot!) I also question how a flesh-and-blood person can be dematerialized to live on the "Grid" (which is inside of a computer) and, just for one thing, transfer their soul as well. (This issue came up in a different form at the ending of the film. I won't spoil it for you, but let's just say that the idea is pretty much offensive to a guy like me.)
Despite all of this, I still say this was one of the best films I've seen in a long while, and it's beyond innovative. The black, and occasionally white suits with blue and red lighting effects, coupled with laser discs and swords as weapons, and vehicles ranging from light cycles to fighter planes to massive ships, all cater to Spencer's style. The plot surely wasn't Shakespeare, but was good enough to keep the movie going.
What this movie is really all about is the visuals. Amazing effects and coolness oozing out of the digital pores, this amazing piece of cinematic art is well worth seeing. Also, Daft Punk created one of the best soundtracks in a very long time (perhaps since Hans Zimmer's The Dark Knight). What more can I say? A valid piece of science fiction.
And for those of you worried about violence, it's all digital, literally (I think there's only one drop of blood?), and as to sex...well, there simply was none (unless you count a soft dressing scene, where the main character is dressed for a form gladiator combat--nothing is actually shown except his bare torso really--and of course tight, form-fitting clothes on the ladies). It's only rated PG--and what I can't get over is that I just can't even remember the last time I went to see (or even willingly watched at all) a PG film. Ha!
One great movie. A must for every fan of the genre--oh, and a must for everyone else out there who enjoys cool movies.
I'm gonna go buy myself an Identity Disc. (No, really, I think I am....)