‘Entertainment’ Category Archives

30
Sep

FORTHCOMING SCORSESE FILM “SILENCE”: has it got anything to say about real life?

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Death, Entertainment, Faith, Silence

The long-awaited film “Silence” is planned for release in December 2016.
Producer, Martin Scorsese, has been considering making it since about 1991. Based on the book “Silence” by Japanese author, Endo, it’s about Christian missionaries persecuted in Japan in the 1600s.
One priest is threatened with torture and death if he doesn’t abandon the faith – so he abandons the faith.
That’s about it.
The theme is why God is (or seems) silent when we need him most.
Is not the key to relating to the silent God, to make silence (praying in silence) central in our life – educating ourselves in it, daily, hourly, minutely?
Silence isn’t just absent sound. It’s something present that you can hear and come to recognise.
Today’s lifestyle makes silence unfamiliar.
Electronic communications make us afraid of silence — preferring hollow, futile, empty noise.
Unlearning that, can we become integrated children of God, cheerfully indifferent to whether we suffer or not?

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28
Apr

MASHROU’ LEILA CONCERT BANNED IN JORDAN: should we be surprised?

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Entertainment, Justice, Lifestyle

A concert by Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila, scheduled for 29 April in Amman, Jordan, has been called off by Jordanian authorities.
Government spokespersons have explained that the performance “would have been at odds with the ‘authenticity’ of the site…”
This in the context of the band being famously promoters of homosexual lifestyles….
The performers have asked the Kingdom of Jordan to “reconsider its stance towards our message, and our art…to choose fighting alongside us, not against us, during this ongoing battle for a culture of freedom….”
Freedom?
People who do homosexual acts merit respect as persons — but are they not typically enslaved by habits arguably harmful at the personal level and also anti-social?
To use pop-music appearances to groom vulnerable audience-members into considering adopting similar lifestyles — that is something any government might reasonably try to prevent.

23
Oct

MAURICE BLACKBURN AND THE LEGALITY OF POKER MACHINES: what about the morality of all gambling?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Entertainment, Ethics, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Money

Melbourne law firm, Maurice Blackburn, is considering legal strategies to crack down on poker machines:

“We think there’s a genuine argument that some of the behaviour by the pokie designers is misleading and deceptive . . . .

“You might have won 30 cents on the dollar you played. You’ve still lost 70 cents but you still get all the stimulus and reaction from the machine as if you’ve won.

“The neuro-science shows that gives you a little bit of a hit . . . not dissimilar to the hit you get when you take a drug.”

Correct. What about other gambling?

Like Bingo?

Who would play Bingo, if it, too, didn’t stimulate one’s neuro-transmitters?

In a better society would the Church encourage, and make money from, gambling?

Shouldn’t one only acquire other people’s money when it’s payment for something useful done or if it’s a gift expressing love.

 

7
Oct

AFL FOOTBALL FINAL RESULT TRIGGERS CELEBRATIONS AT HAWTHORN: good to see people happy. but are they really happy? or are they just distracting themselves from deep emptiness?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Entertainment, Happiness, Lifestyle, sport

The day after last Saturday’s AFL Final, thousands of fans gathered at Glenferrie Oval which the media described as “their spiritual home”.

Sport is Australia’s religion.

Is that true? Literally true?

Is skill at brawling over possession of a ball the most spiritual thing our culture offers for celebration or worship?

Really?

This puts a new slant on the question of “homelessness”.

Australia’s biggest problem is perhaps not so much physical homelessness, as spiritual homelessness.

Is sport our biggest enemy preventing Australians finding a real motivation for life??

Can’t we somehow get things into proportion so that sport’s good points help us find meaningfulness – instead of being a meaning-less secular addiction?

 

10
Sep

SAM SMITH, JAMES BOND, “SPECTRE” AND KING BELSHAZZAR: a story with a moral.

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Entertainment, God, History, Lifestyle

So British singer Sam Smith is to sing the theme song for the new James Bond film Spectre.

The song is called “Writing’s on the Wall”.

Interestingly that title comes from the Bible, in the book of Daniel.

In the year 539BC, King Belshazzar, ruler of Babylon (modern Iraq) held an orgy for 1000 of his noblemen.

They drank wine from the holy vessels which Belshazzar’s grandfather Nebuchadrezzar had stolen from the Jewish temple when he ransacked Jerusalem 50 years earlier.

Along with the wine, they had women and song — songs in praise of their pagan idols.

Suddenly, the fingers of a human hand appeared and began writing on the plaster wall of the palace.

The king went pale. His knees were knocking.

He called for the Jewish prophet Daniel to interpret the words written on the wall.

Daniel said, “Your Majesty, you have defied the Lord of heaven and defiled the vessels from his Temple. You have given no glory to the God in whose hands are your breath itself and your destiny.

“The writing on the wall says this: ‘God has measured and weighed you and you are found wanting. Your kingdom will be taken over by your enemies.’”

Before the night was over, King Belshazzar was dead. The Persians took over his kingdom.

He had lived the if-it-feels-good-do-it lifestyle now celebrated and recommended by the James Bond industry.

That way lies annihilation.

It would be nice if the fans watching the movie and hearing the song could get that message.

 

6
Mar

MARDI GRAS & THE MEDIA: thoughts re homosexuality and justice.

by Arnold Jago in Entertainment, Justice, Lifestyle, Media

Media coverage of the Mardi Gras events always seems to give a skewed impression of the phenomenon of homosexuality and related issues.

There are big questions about promoting homosexual activity as a normal healthy lifestyle option.

Policies like same-sex “marriage”, adoption of children into non-mother-father households, using classrooms to propagandise and recruit gender-confused youth into irreversible coming-out self-declarations etc. — these are all unjust or at least arguably so.

TV viewers, in particular, are vulnerable to one-sided presentations.

Better if the media were to either ignore the Mardi Gras or submit it to scrutiny along objective lines as outlined above.