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A Cautionary Tale For Drug Addiction
Bradley Cooper,Abbie Cornish and Robert DeNiro star in this American thriller entitled,Limitless. The film is about an aspiring author in Eddie Morra,who is suffering from writer's block.Leslie Dixon wrote the screenplay and Neil Burger directed it.
Eddie Morra is consistently experiencing a writer's block which does not help him get a break as an aspiring author.But it became helpful when the estranged brother of his ex-wife,Melissa introduced him to a drug called NZT which enabled him to tap into his fullest potential.This motivated him to go into Wall Street and succeeds in the process as he turned a small amount of money into millions.This catches the attention of Carl Van Loon,who asked his help to broker the largest merger in corporate history.Unfortunately,the brutal side effects of the drug takes place and there is the dilemma that there are people after his stash of NZT.With his dwindling supply of the drug,he tries to escape from his enemies who are hunting him down.
While the premise could be interesting before watching it,the film actually is full of implausibilities and impossibilities.Added to that,it was also uneven and one may even accuse the plot of being convoluted.But in spite of it,it was definitely entertaining as well as appealing.Credit Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro for a fantastic performance.Added to that,it has a lot of great special effects that lovers of CGI movies will surely enjoy.As far as the theme of the movie is concerned,it also serves as a great cautionary tale for drug addiction and how not to overuse drugs especially those that claim to help self-enhancement of certain abilities which the movie did probably just right in its attempt to be original in terms of story and screenplay.
Decoding Christianity (2008)
An Understanding Of Christianity
Decoding Christianity is a six-episode documentary about the Christian religion.
In it,Christy Kenneally tries to "decode" or better yet explain several aspects of the Christian faith such as the beliefs,symbols,art,rituals,Christian history and beliefs.Aside from that,it also provides the viewer the mysteries behind the religion such as myths particularly those of angels and miracles that have led to cures of incurable diseases of people around the world and the visions of Constantine that have led the spread of the religion all over the world.
This was definitely an interesting and compelling documentary especially for viewers who want a better understanding of the Christian faith.While it may not fully explore about the philosophical beliefs as well as the meaning of what is written on the sacred scriptures,one would certainly learn a lot from it and gain a better understanding of what Christians are all about.
The Divisions In Christianity
In the final episode of Decoding Christianity entitled "A Faith Divided",host Christy Kenneally "decodes" or better yet investigates the divisions in Christianity.
In it,he interviews religious experts as well as religious historians about Christian history particularly during the 11th century when the religion split into the Eastern Orthodoxy and the Western Church as well as the 16th century in Europe when the religion was split into Protestantism and Roman Catholicism.The reasons,causes as well as the impact were carefully analyzed as well as other events that took place after the split such as the Great Schism and the Reformation.Added to that,the similarities and differences between Catholics and Protestants were also explored as well as whether a possible reconciliation between the two could take place in the future.
I admire the way the creators of the documentary handled this delicate matter for this could have led into a controversy.It was a good thing that they provided a fair and balanced view of both Catholicism and Protestantism.Their beliefs,similarities and differences were carefully analyzed and it was handled very well.Overall,it was informative and viewers belonging to either sect would have a better appreciation of one another despite their differences in beliefs and religious practice.
Decoding Christianity: Miracles (2008)
Constantine's Visions And The Natural Significance Of Miracles
In the penultimate episode of Decoding Christianity,host Christy Kenneally talks about miracles and tries to "decode" its significance in the Christian faith.In it,he considers the significant miracles in Christian history such as Constantine's vision of the Milvian Bridge during the 4th century and how the persecution of Christians ended when he came into power.Added to that,he also investigates the connection of miracles between Christian saints and he joins many pilgrims as well into different sites of where they happen to occur from countries like Wales and Ethiopia.Finally,he also investigates on the people who are fascinated by it especially those who are seeking a cure from incurable diseased.
Miracles is a fascinating episode.We get to realize different miraculous sites wherein pilgrims journey hoping for a cure from different parts all over the world.Aside from that,the viewer also gets to witness how it evidently was responsible for the spread of Christianity as well all over the world especially when Constantine's visions sort of propelled him into victories and how Rome ironically became the center of the religion when it was Romans who used to be the primary persecutors of Christians centuries earlier.After five episodes,Kenneally has effectively helped the viewer get informed about the faith.
Early Christians And The Cross
In this episode entitled "Secrecy,Symbols and Mystery", host Christy Kenneally investigates how the Christian faith have developed a rich symbolic language by revisiting the Christian origins from being persecuted underground movement and how early Christians used secret signs to identify themselves with one another and somehow communicate as well.Added to that,the full exploration on how the cross became a powerful and glorious symbol and image as well from being a shameful one considering it was used for the execution of criminals during the Roman Empire.Finally,the mysteries of the Christian faith was also topic particularly when it comes to the practices believers apply.
This was another fantastic episode of Decoding Christianity.No question that the understanding of these symbols gave the viewer an understanding about the early Christians particularly those in the first century.The viewer will appreciate their determination and courage to practice their faith amidst persecution.Aside from that,it also provided an understanding about the cross and how it has transformed from a symbol of persecution to a symbol of honor and glory.This is one way to appreciate of how God can work wonders and miracles particularly to the cross' representation in the world today.It was definitely informative and it provides the Christian viewer more appreciation of his/her worship practices and religion as a whole.
The Housewives Are Experiencing Things From The Past
In the ninth episode entitled "Putting It All Together",Chuck calls Gabrielle, Susan and Lynette individually for questioning.This is with regards to the disappearance and the probable murder of Alejandro as he investigates on the matter.Bree felt isolation from her friends and somehow placed a blame on her for her quarrel with her boyfriend that he took his revenge on them.Meanwhile,Lynette did something to somehow ruin Tom's current relationship with his new girlfriend and Susan has made something into becoming a real artist.
This was another superb and entertaining episode.We feel for Bree as she is once again experiencing the trouble of the past when her boyfriend is causing a lot of tension and problems in her life.The same is true with the other housewives.Susan is once again running away from her problems subconsciously.Gabrielle finds herself in another dilemma with her marriage with Carlos.Lynette once again finds herself that she could not let go of Tom.What happens in the next episodes is something that one could look forward to.
Gabrielle Takes Charge Of Her Husband's Business
Detective Chuck Vance becomes suspicious of her girlfriend Bree about her involved in the murder of Alejandro in this episode entitled,Suspicion Song.This provides tension in their relationship that things are really not going really well for both of them. Susan becomes a lot better in art especially after providing a drawing about Gabrielle's stepfather's funeral.Her art teacher,Andre finally becomes impressed.Unfortunately,she decides not accept his invitation to sell her paintings and have them exhibited in a gallery showing.Meanwhile Carlos gets heavy into drinking that his work gets affected.Gabrielle sees that his ability to work has suffered a lot,she makes an effort to save his business from losing millions of dollars.Finally,Lynette makes an effort to save her crumbling marriage as her 22-year anniversary draws near.
While this episode may not be as perfect as the previous one,it still manages to be both exciting and entertaining.We see some unusual events like Susan finally being able to please her art teacher and Gabrielle taking charge of her husband's business.Added to that,Lynette's effort to save her marriage came as sort of a surprise are her wedding anniversary comes near.I can't wait for more in the next episode.
Decoding Christianity: Angels (2008)
All About Angels
Many people believe in Angels.But what are they?
After discussing about sufferings and afterlife in the first and second episode respectively,host Christy Kenneally takes us into another discussion about what many Christians believe in - angels!!!!
In this episode,he investigates about Christians' concept about it over the centuries.He ventures from different places like the catacombs located at Rome where an earliest depiction of a Christian angel is located and the issue about them whether they really are winged-creatures or not.Aside from that,the beliefs based on the scriptures were also added to the investigation as well as into why the wings were somehow removed especially when many early Greek Christians depict them without it so as not to confuse them with the Greek gods and goddesses who were normally considered to have wings.Finally, the host takes a look at the present-day "angel industry," traveling to Reno, Nevada to meet a woman who claims to be a channel for the Archangel Michael.
This was a good episode as the viewer gets a view on what Angels are all about.Definitely,the issue of wings was something I personally never heard of but it definitely provided some light on how early Christians perceive them to be.Also,the issue of them being mystical figures for non-Christians was also brought into the discussion.Overall,it was a very informative episode and many things about angels were learned from it.
The Afterlife And The Separation Of The Church
In the first episode,the issue of suffering and one of the many Christian paradox on why believers seem to embrace it.
In this next episode entitled "Damned and Saved",host Christy Kenneally this time decodes about the idea of afterlife from the Christian perspective and how the belief about it has evolved throughout the centuries.Original Sin as well as the notions of being in Limbo and Purgatory,which Catholics believe but whose concepts aren't found in the scriptures are being investigated together with that of Heaven and Hell which the Bible itself offers very little detail about.
Where does a soul go?Or better yet,where do Christian go as they believe after they die?How does it get there?The evolution on the beliefs about it were discussed being discussed.Aside from the concepts,the viewer will also get the idea on how Christianity separated into many divisions because of it.While it provides the positive effect on the reasons why Christians try to become the best person that they can be to join God and Christ in Heaven,it also provided the negative aspect particularly in Europe on how it brought division to the religion as Protestantism came about after the Catholic Church sort of abused the passion of Christians to go into Heaven and help those who are in purgatory through money collection and enriching themselves back during Martin Luther's day.
This episode was definitely informative.Aside from the explanation of the afterlife, Christian history also was discussed particularly as the Christians separated into many divisions when Protestantism came about due to the afterlife belief.While it many not put the Christians into good light particularly the Catholic Church,one can also appreciate on the Christians passion for attaining salvation and going into Heaven.Aside from that,it also gave the viewer - Christians and non-Christians alike - on what makes a Christian tick into becoming the best person that he/she can be while alive here on earth.It was great.Makes me proud to believe in Jesus Christ.
Christians' View Of Sufferings
"Christianity," says Decoding Christianity host Christy Kenneally, "is not for the faint-hearted." Well,I guess that is what the 6-part documentary is all about.It tries to tell upon the viewer what the religion is all about and the rituals involved in it that are practiced by its believers.
It starts with the episode entitled Flesh And Blood.In this episode,it tries to answer questions such as the vivid images depicting the sufferings of Christ and that of the martyrs who died for their faith in Christian art.Added to that,Kenneally also attempts to "decode" or better yet explain to the viewers the fascination of Christians towards physical sufferings.The host takes us to different places such as Dublin,Ireland where many martyrs are said to be buried and in Pampanga,Phiippines wherein devout believers seek salvation by undergoing crucifixion.
The first episode was definitely something I sincerely appreciate.I felt that it provided the viewers the reason on why many Christians could relate to Christ and how suffering being experienced by them are being embraced whole-heartedly. It also makes believers relate to what Jesus did for the salvation of mankind.It makes them appreciate the messiah even more.In addition to that,Christian viewers will definitely realize one of the so-called Christian paradoxes.Aside from that,the reason of why Christian martyrs gave up their life for their faith as well.Overall,the start of "decoding" Christians' love of suffering is being explained very well.