Media Update July – December 2016

July

Movies

  • Brave
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Star Trek
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Whisper of the Heart

TV

  • Life – 11 episodes
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – 38 episodes
  • Star Trek: Voyager – 10 episodes
  • Star Trek – 1 episode

August

Movies

  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Chicken Little
  • Daredevil
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • Inside Out
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • Robin Hood
  • Yes Man

TV

  • Life – 12 episodes
  • Star Trek: Voyager – 14 episodes
  • Transporter: The Series – 2 episodes

September

Movies

  • Captain America: Civil War
  • MacGruber
  • The Nice Guys
  • Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • The Whole Nine Yards

TV

  • Life – 4 episodes
  • Star Trek: Voyager – 23 episodes
  • Transporter: The Series – 6 episodes

October

Movies

  • Across the Universe
  • Bambi
  • Batman: The Killing Joke
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Beverly Hills Ninja
  • Black Sheep
  • Cinderella
  • Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Ever After: A Cinderella Story
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  • Fun With Dick and Jane
  • The Great Mouse Detective
  • Happy Gilmore
  • Interstellar
  • The Iron Giant
  • A Lot Like Love
  • Mr. Deeds
  • Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
  • The Rescuers
  • The Rescuers Down Under
  • The Rundown
  • Stardust
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Waterworld
  • The Wedding Singer
  • X-Men: Apocalypse

TV

  • Life – 5 episodes
  • Star Trek: Voyager – 5 episodes

Video Games

  • Final Fantasy VII

November

Movies

  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • As Good as it Gets
  • Big Fish
  • Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
  • Fantastic 4
  • Fever Pitch
  • Finding Nemo
  • Finding Dory
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • Ghostbusters (2016)
  • Jumanji
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Justice League vs. Teen Titans
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
  • The Mask of Zorro
  • The Legend of Zorro
  • Meet the Parents
  • Meet the Fockers
  • Muppets from Space
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • A Night at the Roxbury
  • Pinocchio
  • Pocahontas
  • Signs
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Superman Returns
  • Tommy Boy
  • The Truman Show

Video Games

  • Final Fantasy IX

December

Movies

  • Batman Begins
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Doctor Strange
  • Central Intelligence
  • Get Hard
  • Ghostbusters (2016)
  • Jason Bourne
  • The Karate Kid
  • The Kid
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Love Actually
  • The Matrix
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • The Santa Clause
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Serenity
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Suicide Squad

TV

  • Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60
  • Firefly – 14 episodes
  • Kevin Hart: I’m a Grown Little Man

Media Update April – June 2016

April

Movies

  • The Avengers
  • Batman: Bad Blood
  • Batman vs. Robin
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Hulk
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man
  • Iron Man 2
  • Iron Man 3
  • Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
  • Justice League: Gods and Monsters
  • Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
  • Justice League: War
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Son of Batman
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Thor

TV

  • The Big Bang Theory – 2 episodes
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 4 episodes
  • Daredevil – 6 episodes
  • The Flintstones – 2 episodes
  • Jessica Jones – 13 episodes
  • Major Crimes – 3 episodes
  • Phineas and Ferb – 10 episodes
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – 9 episodes
  • Transporter: The Series – 1 episode
  • Young Justice – 4 episodes

Video Games

  • Mini-Mario and Friends: amiibo Challenge
  • Pikmin 2

May

Movies

  • Ant-Man
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Daddy’s Home
  • Deadpool
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Rocky
  • Rocky Balboa
  • Sisters
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • TMNT
  • The Wolverine
  • X-Men
  • X2: X-Men United
  • X-Men: The Last Stand
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • X-Men: First Class
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Zoolander
  • Zoolander 2

TV

  • The Big Bang Theory – 3 episodes
  • Castle – 14 episodes
  • Daredevil – 7 episodes
  • Major Crimes – 9 episodes
  • Phineas and Ferb – Phineas and Ferb – 22 episodes
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – 7 episodes

Video Games

  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  • Pikmin 3

June

Movies

  • Creed
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Newsies
  • Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • Zootopia

TV

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – 12 episodes
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – 12 episodes
  • Star Trek: Voyager – 18 episodes
  • Transporter: The Series – 4 episodes
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – 13 episodes

Video Games

  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Greatest Talks, Etc.: “The Joy of the Penetrating Light”

The talk “The Joy of the Penetrating Light” was given at the October 1984 General Conference by F. Enzio Bushche, then a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.  Though it is not related to this specific talk, the October 1984 General Conference also featured a talk entitled “The Gospel and the Church” by Ronald E. Poelman, also a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.  Apparently someone higher up than Poelman was not happy with the contents of his talk, and he was made to alter and re-record it after the fact for the official record.  (In 1984, in case the irony was not apparent.)

In any case, “The Joy of the Penetrating Light” is about an alleged new convert to the LDS church who is reflecting on how wonderful life is since he met the missionaries and joined the Church.  He has learned that God loves him, how to really pray, that the light of Christ is wonderful, etc.  I suspect that I liked this talk at the time I read it for two reasons: firstly, I was a missionary and missionaries introduced this person to the gospel and I could, too!  Secondly, it goes on and on about how wonderful our lives are when we have the truth of the gospel, and that was a message I was always ready to reassure myself with, because I often felt I wasn’t really good enough, for reasons I’m sure I’ve gone on about before.

Now, however, this talk comes across as containing contradictory messaging, backhanded holier-than-thou jabs at those who don’t belong to the Church, and of course an obligatory reference to tithing.  (“Obligatory” being hyperbole, naturally, but I think the tithing reference was really shoehorned in here.)

First, prayer.  The new convert remembers when he “learned… how to truly pray—not to say just a few nice words, but to open up his heart in sacred communication with his Heavenly Father.”  Later he “understands… that the words of his prayers became fewer and fewer until he became quiet and was changed from someone who was speaking to someone who was listening.”  So he isn’t supposed “to say just a few nice words” but rather “open up his heart,” but really he’s only supposed to say a few words and listen instead of speak.  Which is it?

Next, worldly people aren’t as good as he is, but he can “love them anyway.”  The thoughts are not directly connected in the text, but it’s difficult to ignore that he is referencing the same group of people:

He sees the people of this world as they are—running around in their vanity, in their vain ambitions, and their lack of awareness of the greatness of God and His plan of salvation.

[He] is not afraid of what is his friends and relatives might think of him now that he has taken upon himself Christ’s name.  Perhaps they will not understand, and maybe they will make fun of him.  But he feels now how easy it will be to love them anyway, because he understands them better than ever before; and he will do everything that is in his heart to show real interest in them, that they might be filled with light to penetrate the darkness of their lives.

And remember, before he was baptized he was a person of the world, by definition.  So when he says, “I always thought I was not a big sinner.  I have always provided for my family.  I was a good father, and I was a good husband to my beloved late wife,” those are good things, but not good enough.  In fact, he’s still not good enough, because of the “need for constant repentance” and the “need for a constant change of heart.”  But now that he is a member of the Church, he “feels with each new day as if the sun of a beautiful spring morning is quickening and refreshing his soul after a long, dark, Arctic night.”  (By the way, that is silly imagery.  If you’re in the Arctic, you aren’t waking to any fancy spring morning.  It’s just lighter, but guess what?  Still cold.  Maybe that’s why the gospel is so miraculous?)

Next, sin only comes from laziness, and it is the only reason to feel bad about anything in life:

[The] only burden, the only pain, and the only frustration of a human being is the burden of wrongdoing—the burden of sin… no matter how numerous the sins of a human being can be they can all be traced back to one single source or origin—the laziness, complacency and blindness that keeps us from looking and searching for our God and King in every phase of our lives and becoming totally his disciples.

This is terrible logic.  Let’s say you break up with your girlfriend because she cheated on you.  You are (naturally) sad and frustrated, therefore you sinned, therefore you are lazy and/or complacent.  Possibly your laziness forced her to cheat on you, so really, it was your fault, you filthy sinner.  But don’t worry!  Because you have gospel knowledge like this new convert, you possess “awareness of the need for constant repentance,” and are “able to fill all the hours of [your] life with the presence of this Spirit and, therefore, with great joy.”  Be happy she cheated on your sorry, complacent butt.

Last, the tithing reference:

He understands, in the light and the power of the Holy Ghost, what a privilege it is that the Lord allows and commands us to pay a full tithe and invites us to give service, that we can show through our actions every day how much we love our Heavenly Father.

Without the tithing insert, that’s a great sentiment: “I love God and His children, and I want to show it by helping out where I can.”  However, note that he said we are invited to give service, but allowed and commanded to pay tithing.  “Go ahead and help out, I guess, but don’t forget how awesome the Church is for letting you give us money, so make sure you do!”

The talk closes with an invitation to the membership to reflect if they, too have been truly converted, and are doing everything they are supposed to be doing, citing verses from Alma chapter 5.  After everything I just read about how much better the Church members are than the poor worldly people, though, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Zoramites on the Rameumptom.

I no longer consider this a Greatest Talk.

Media Update January – March 2016

January

Movies

  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Star Trek: Generations
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Star Trek: Insurrection
  • Star Trek: Nemesis

TV

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – 4 episodes
  • The Big Bang Theory – 2 episodes
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 3 episodes
  • The Flintstones – 7 episodes
  • Heroes Reborn – 3 episodes
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – 50 episodes
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation – 9 episodes
  • Star Trek: Voyager – 8 episodes
  • Transporter: The Series – 2 episodes

Video Games

  • Metroid
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Metroid: Zero Mission

February

Movies

  • 007: Spectre
  • Fantastic Four
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • The Martian
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

TV

  • The Big Bang Theory – 4 episodes
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 4 episodes
  • The Flintstones – 7 episodes
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – 14 episodes
  • Star Trek: Voyager – 25 episodes
  • Transporter: The Series – 8 episodes
  • True Blood – 1 episode

Video Games

  • Metroid: Other M
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
  • Super Metroid

March

Movies

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
  • I Love You Phillip Morris

TV

  • Agent Carter – 10 episodes
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine – 2 episodes
  • The Flintstones – 12 episodes
  • Phineas and Ferb – 3 episodes
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – 21 episodes
  • Star Trek: Voyager – 18 episodes
  • Transporter: The Series: 1 episode

Video Games

  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Goals for 2016

Books to Read

  • The Chronicles of Narnia books 4 – 7 (The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, The Last Battle)
  • The Ender Quartet (Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind)
  • The First Formic War Trilogy (Earth Unaware, Earth Afire, Earth Awakens)
  • The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch
  • The Science of Discworld IV: Judgment Day
  • Raising Steam
  • The Shepherd’s Crown
  • As many of the other Discworld books as I can, for there are many

TV Seasons to Watch

Haven’t seen before:

  • The Flintstones (seasons 1 – 6)
  • Fraggle Rock (seasons 1 – 4)
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures (seasons 1 – 2)
  • The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (season 1)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (the rest of season 7)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (seasons 2 – 7)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (seasons 1 – 7)

Have seen before, but haven’t yet watched my BDs/DVDs:

  • Justice League: Unlimited (seasons 1 – 2)

Have seen before:

  • Alias (seasons 1 – 5)
  • Life (seasons 1 – 2)
  • Pinky and the Brain (volumes 1 – 3)

Currently airing/will air this year:

  • Agent Carter (season 2)
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (the rest of season 3)
  • The Big Bang Theory (the rest of season 9)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (the rest of season 3)
  • Castle (the rest of season 8)
  • Daredevil (season 2)
  • Homeland (season 6)
  • Jessica Jones (season 1)
  • Major Crimes (the rest of season 4)
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (season 2)

Movies to Watch

From last year:

  • 007: Spectre
  • Creed
  • Fantastic Four
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • The Martian
  • The Peanuts Movie

From previous years, already seen or not:

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mid
  • Finding Nemo
  • Interstellar
  • Jurassic Park
  • X-Men
  • X2: X-Men United
  • X-Men: The Last Stand
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • X-Men: First Class
  • The Wolverine
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

New this year:

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Bourne 5
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Deadpool
  • Doctor Strange
  • Finding Dory
  • Ghostbusters
  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Suicide Squad
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • Zoolander 2
  • Zootopia

BDs/DVDs I [try to] watch at least once a year:

  • The Avengers
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Batman Begins
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
  • Firefly
  • Serenity
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Matrix
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Superman Returns
  • The Truman Show

BDs/DVDs I [try to] watch at least once every other year:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man
  • Iron Man 2
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Star Trek
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Thor

BDs/DVDs I haven’t watched since 2012 or before:

  • Across the Universe
  • As Good as it Gets
  • Bambi
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Beverly Hills Ninja
  • Big Fish
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Black Sheep
  • Brave
  • Castle in the Sky
  • Chicken Little
  • Cinderella
  • Daredevil
  • Ever After: A Cinderella Story
  • Fantastic 4
  • Fever Pitch
  • Fun With Dick and Jane
  • The Great Mouse Detective
  • Happy Gilmore
  • Hulk
  • Jumanji
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • Jurassic Park III
  • The Karate Kid
  • The Kid
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  • A Lot Like Love
  • The Mask of Zorro
  • The Legend of Zorro
  • Meet the Parents
  • Meet the Fockers
  • Mr. Deeds
  • Muppets from Space
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
  • Newsies
  • Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
  • A Night at the Roxbury
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Pinocchio
  • Pocahontas
  • The Rescuers
  • The Rescuers Down Under
  • Rocky
  • Rocky Balboa
  • The Rundown
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • Signs
  • Stardust
  • Star Trek: Generations
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Star Trek: Insurrection
  • Star Trek: Nemesis
  • Tommy Boy
  • Waterworld
  • The Wedding Singer
  • Whisper of the Heart
  • The Whole Nine Yards
  • Yes Man

Video Games to Play

First-time Plays:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Replays:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
  • Metroid: Zero Mission

Other

  • More poetism commentaries
  • More “Greatest Talks, Etc.” entries