I watched the trailer for this and put it in my "watch when it comes to
Netflix" list which will probably be in a couple months given that the
Cage's "Rage" seemed to do that too. We did discuss the "Left Behind"
books here several years ago after I mistakenly rented one of the DVDs.
Of course HBO did a take on the theme in a different way with "The
Leftovers" where only 2% of the population were raptured and they
couldn't figure out why it took some folks like Gary Busey. More of an
emotional exploration of folks left behind.
As for FFL, it is pretty representative of about any other "anything
goes" group on the Internet these days. Badminton has progressed to
volleyball as teams compete here instead of one on one. And a lot of
the topics are very, very boring. Like Alex I can't figure out why
people get all wrapped up in these other than they are feeling "left
behind" (didn't make it to enlightenment this lifetime).
As for movies. Folks here with Netflix might like the tantric
supernatural "Mr. Jones". It's a found footage movie about a couple who
discovers mystical scarecrow sculptures in the woods and realizes that
the creator of these "famous" sculptures lives nearby but has eluded the
public for years. It's a weird film but rated only PG-13 so pretty safe
for this crowd.
But a fabulous movie is "Proxy" which got high ratings on Netflix and
deservedly so. It starts out like a Lifetime movie about a young
pregnant woman who loses her baby after a violent attack. But at the 30
minute point things begin going awry. At times it reminded me of a
Hitchcock thriller with some Tarantino tossed in. There are a lot of
twists to the storyline. Rated probably not for Buck as it has some
violent scenes but Fairfielders might feel very at home because it is an
indie film made in the midwest (Indiana). The director/co-writer threw
in some amusing things in it too which I can't discuss as it would be
On 10/25/2014 04:04 AM, TurquoiseBee turquoi...@yahoo.com
What if there were a type of fiction that -- intentionally -- catered
to believers in religious fantasies that predict a coming apocalypse
that (according to their dogma) will kill all but the most faithful
believers? What would its primary characteristics be?
Well, if you believe that True Believers of apocalyptic fantasies
*are* actually focused on the things they tell people they're focused
on, it would be about the joys of being "saved," and how their
unwavering faith saved them, while so many others perished.
But that's not really true. What the fiction designed to appeal to
these True Believers focuses on are the Terrible Things That Are Going
To Happen To The Non-Believers™. There will be page after page of
terrible things happening to people who aren't on the Believer Bus --
bombs going off, planes crashing from the skies, terrorism, floods,
riots, etc. These NON-God-fearing people will disappear, be torn
apart, be tortured, be blown up, and more. And this will happen over
and over and over, so that the True Believers will be presented with a
morality tale similar to paintings of Hell by Hieronymus Bosch that
supports their group fantasy of being "special," and other people
*NOT* being special. In fact, these non-believers are SO not special
that they're all going to die in horrible ways.
Think I'm exaggerating? Well, welcome to the "Left Behind" series of
books. 10 books, which have now sold over 65 million copies, almost
ALL sold to evangelical Christians who believe in dispensationalist
prophecies, almost ALL of them living in America. (The books have not
sold well anywhere else on earth, which says something about the
collective religious insanity that is the United States.) Think my
title for this post is sensational? The "Left Behind" books are
LITERALLY "Apocalypse Porn."
And now there's "Left Behind," the movie. It's a remake, actually,
preceded by a series of earlier low-budget, direct-to-DVD movies
starring evangelical Christian nut case Kirk Cameron. That movie
didn't do very well, so Hollywood decided to do what they do best and
do a big-budget remake of it, starring Nicolas Cage. Anyone who saw
the loathsome remake of "The Wicker Man" starring Cage knows that
their choice of star is a tipoff as to the quality of the movie and
what to expect.
For the first half hour of the movie, it's just tedious, all
exposition and introducing characters that you *hope* are all going to
die so you don't have to watch them for a full two hours. Then the
Rapture happens, and the immediate onscreen action starts switching
between a plane in which Nick Cage is the pilot and back on earth,
where his daughter is wandering around a shopping center. Daughter is
hugging her younger brother, and suddenly finds herself hugging empty
clothes. Up in the air, Cage's co-pilot disappears, as do many of the
Elsewhere, there is the very Apocalypse Porn you would expect, as the
TBs are whisked off to Heaven in a moment and those considered
unworthy of the trip just disappear from behind the wheels of the cars
they were driving or the planes they were flying. For a while it looks
like the only ones who are going to profit from all of this are
vendors of used clothing, because there are piles of it everywhere. :-)
Finally people figure out that the Rapture has happened, and that they
have been (wait for it) L E F T B E H I N D. No Saint Peter for
them. Just life back on earth, which will get real gnarly, real fast,
as predicted by prophecies of the coming seven years of tribulation.
even if you don't get to see much of it in this first movie in what
they obviously hope is a franchise.
And THAT'S THE POINT.
This really IS fiction for elitist True Believers, to not only pat
them on the back for being TBs, but to give them a fictional glimpse
of all the terrible, awful things that are going to happen to
Non-Believers. It's like an entire series of novels written by Jim
Flanegin, in which the only two things the author is capable of are 1)
telling people how incredibly "special" he is, and 2) fantasizing
about the terrible life that those who are NOT as special as he is are
going to face.
We've certainly seen a similar 'tude in the TM movement. Anyone who
paid their dues and spent time as a TM teacher (meaning NOT Jim
Flanegin, Lawson, Judy Stein, Richard Williams and those other
poseurs) has been exposed to all of the carefully-planted memes about
the terrible things that will happen to them if they ever stopped
meditating or (horrors!) fell Off The Program. THAT is Apocalypse
Porn, too, just on a smaller level.
Suffice it to say that the rest of the film doth not merit a detailed
review. It's terrible, and I suspect that even if one were a believer
in the coming Rapture it would be terrible.
I'm "reviewing" it here primarily for those who are interested in the
cult mindset. If while reading FFL you've ever gotten the feeling that
some of the TM TBs like Jim, Nabby, and Buck *really* don't like you
because of your non-belief, and are actually *looking forward to* the
Bad Things they fantasize will happen to you because of your
disbelief, this may be your kinda movie. You're getting that feeling
because it's true.
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