Kirk Cameron’s “Unstoppable”


I went with a good friend (no, a great friend…. could call her one of the few in my small circle of closest friends) to go and see Kirk Cameron’s new movie titled “Unstoppable.” It’s intended goal? To answer the life long question that has haunted humanity since our very existence. “Why, if there is a God of love, does he allow suffering and pain to exist?” Kirk Cameron aims in this 2.5hrs film to turn the question mark (the uncertain skeptic) into an exclamation point (the certain believer).

Cameron claims that it is the question of ‘suffering’ that turns believers into atheists. Almost as if the person is traveling on the spectrum of good and evil. I don’t know if that was his intent, but it has the ability to come across like ‘atheism’ is a bad thing or a dirty word. He explains that the Atheists issue is that they don’t want to be under God’s authority and want to come out from under it. What Cameron doesn’t understand is that Atheists don’t believe in God much in the same way as all grown up don’t believe in the Tooth Fairy, Santa, and glittering vampires in the sunlight. One simply doesn’t rebel against the Tooth Fairy. He or she just lacks belief in the winged fairy.

In regards to this, the question remains, does this film generate enough power to convert the unbeliever or skeptic? Put it this way, if you came into the movie theater a believer, this film will most definitely affirm that belief. However, if you went in a skeptic, there’s a good chance you came out underwhelmed, shaking your head saying “what did I just watch.”

For example, there’s a few references to the concept of Christian persecution. One of the main tracks of the movie called The Time Is Now by Warren Barfield says:

And this world’s gone see what I am standing for
I’ve kept my peace, I can’t
hold my tongue anymore

You can’t buy my silence, you can’t steal my
You can’t keep me quiet, I will bring the noise
Try to beat me down,
tell me to shut my mouth
But there’s a time to speak and the time is now

I find the lyrics to be a bit distasteful in that  it reminds me that many modern first world Christians claim to be persecuted or as Warren puts it, “beat me down, tell me to shut my mouth”. Persecution isn’t the result of simply having your feelings hurt, or having the opposition stand up and speak their voice against you. The claim of persecution often comes when believers feel threatened or have their beliefs challenged and as a result they cry ‘persecution’ as a crutch. We live in a country where the majority of its citizens are Christian. The unbelievers and skeptics are in the minority, and yet somehow the faithful are the ones being persecuted.

Let’s look at real persecution shall we.


Christian persecution was only a small focus of the film, as it shifted from there to showing what Cameron claimed as historical evidence to back up his claims for God and His love; though nothing more then biblical history was used. Biblical and archeological history are two very different things. There is no evidence that Noah and the Ark happened outside of the bible, and the bible is the claim of Gods existence, not the proof. Cameron takes the viewer into some biblical history by showing a re-enactment of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and the scene that leads to mankind’s demise, and another re-enactment of Cain murdering his brother Able. Afterward, we follow Cameron into an exec room where he is trying to pitch a story of Noah and the flood to a bunch of Hollywood producers, to no avail. They explain to him that this would not be a good sell unless you were only to focus on the positive side and not the death that is also involved in the story, by the hands of an all knowing and all loving God. Kirk disagrees and feels that they were completely missing his point. Yet his own movie, Unstoppable, was the perfect platform to show this story’s importance. Just like he re-enacted the garden and Cain and Able scenes, he could have used the film time to re-enact it out as he had envisioned. But he didn’t. Why? I wonder this. If this was an important story he wanted to tell, why didn’t he do it with the platform he was utilizing?

And as there is no evidence beyond the bible to support the Noah’s Ark story, there is also no actual evidence to support the creationist story: that man (Adam) was made of dirt and woman (Eve, his wife) was made from man’s rib. It is a claim the bible makes that has yet to be proven. This re-enactment shows Adam, like a plant, emerging from the soil. and upon watching this, I couldn’t help but think, is this story is to be taken as legit, while the theory of evolution is the joke?


I truly went into this film, giving it an honest chance. I was genuinely hoping to be enlightened. As an agnostic, I was hoping to be swayed, however minutely, into that general direction of faithdom in the deity of God and his son Jesus, but alas where Cameron ended the movie with an exclamation point, mine remained (and still remains) a question mark.

Though regardless of my personal opinion, I do recommend the watch to everyone so you can draw and come up with your own conclusions. If you have not yet seen the trailer, you can watch it here. and feel free to come back and give me your thoughts and opinions on the movie. 🙂


Took some time off, but Im back. Stay tuned… You like poetry don’t you?

The Master

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I know, it’s been awhile. I’ve missed you. And I haven’t a really great excuse for you. I wish I had something unbelievably exciting to tell you. Like for instance, NASA called and needed a civilian to join in on the latest space venture which included a trip around the  galaxy a time or two. Though, unfortunately, I didn’t get that call. 🙂

Well everyone, this is my message to tell you that I do plan on being back on the blog-o-sphere. I may be re-tweeking some things here and there, PLUS I am going to link a new blog of mine (still on the drawing board mind you) to this one, which will entail all of my newest and oldest poems and other musings. I hope you’ll grab a cuppa joe, cuddle up in your coziest of jammies, and will join on in.  Let’s talk writing. I want to talk about your writing, my writing, and all of those who have come before us, and are inspiring us today.

Are you ready? Cause I am!!!


Who do you think of when you hear, Top 5 TOUGH female movie characters in cinema? Here are mine. Would love to know yours…


Hard Candy’s Ellen Page

Hayley Stark seeks revenge… a vigilante in her own right. Warning: This is a tough movie to watch.


Underworld’s Kate Beckinsale

Selene of the Underworld, is a strong force to reckon with. She’s not a deadly machine, without cause. She strictly acts to help protect the very essence of her coven.

The Hunger Games Poster

The Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence

Katniss Everdeen of District 12 is a poised fierceness that is both a protector and a warrior for her people.


Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara

Lisbeth Salander of Stieg Larsson’s creation in “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is a thought provoking survivalist. A modern fermale protagonist that projects a great internal human strength.

Keisha Castle-Hughes in Whale Rider

Whale Rider’s Keisha Castle-Hughes

Paikea (Pai) is a beautiful child, whom by custom is not allowed to inherit the leadership of her culture’s tribe because of her gender. Through her strength of personality and love, she is able to tear down these walls and bring about change.

Hollywood vs Swedish version

Swedish Lisbeth

Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander

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Noomi Rapace plays Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish version of the movie “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” which is more accurately titled “Men Who Hate Women.” I enjoyed Rapace’s take on the character as she definitely makes for a very believable and convincing Lisbeth Salander.

With that said, I think it is important for this character to be strong… though never forgetting she is human, and has both weaknesses and vulnerabilities. While we do see some of those weaknesses and vulnerabilites from Rapace, I feel she plays the role too loudly. By loud, I mean, there is no sense of quietness to her performance. Yes, she plays the internal Lisbeth, but if you could apply a decibel range to her harsh and angry facial expressions and body language, you’d probably have to stick a couple of cotton balls in your ears. Now this is not to say that Rapace doesn’t play the quiet, internal Lisbeth well. I just feel that it is less apparent then in Rooney Mara’s performance. With Rapace, I was left wanting to see more of the ‘damaged’ Lisbeth; not always angry and sometimes scared, but also a sullen and eerily quiet Lisbeth.

In short, and in my estimation, she played Lisbeth a little too rough and tough… or as some would say, a little too badass…Though don’t mistake me, as I want to make clear Noomi Rapace IS a phenomenal Lisbeth, and does an outstanding job in portraying her character, though I just feel that Rooney Mara’s Lisbeth was a little more spot on.

Hollywood Lisbeth

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander

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Rooney Mara plays Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”… In my opinion, her portrayal is truer to the book. I think she plays a bit more sensitive to the nuances of the character. Rooney’s performance seems delicately strong…and I like to use the adjective delicate, as she truly plays this role with a sense of delicacy, which I feel is extremely important.  While Lisbeth Salender seems on the outer surface as just a badass type, she is truly multi-dimensional. The internal quietness is captured perfectly. The internal struggle, questioning, fear, anger, and determination is handled with great care… Though not only does Mara play the quiet Lisbeth unbelievably well, she also plays the sensitive Lisbeth with a great sense of awareness to the character (via body language and expressions), though it is rare and if you are not keen to pick up on her subtle movements and behaviors, you are able to miss it. I think what I love most about Rooney Mara’s performance is she plays it with such subtlety, and to be honest, her Lisbeth is exactly how and what I pictured Lisbeth to be when reading the book.

Now if it so interests you, you should take a gander at this fella’s wonderful blog post that basically shares his take on the two film versions of Lisbeth.  He says it so well, and I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Which Lisbeth do you feel is truer to the book, and why?

Movies with a bit of scary in them…

Horror Movies - Dennis Gifford - Hamlyn Books - 1977 Edition.

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There are scary movies, and then there are scary movies. What has you under the bed, the blanket over your entire body, quietly mumbling the words “mommy… I want my mommy”…. It’s a different answer for everyone. Thanks to the horror genre, there are many sub genres to pick from:

  • Slasher
  • Serial Killer
  • Gore
  • Paranormal
  • Teen Horror
  • Horror Comedy

I actually think some of these overlap a bit….but for simplicity sake, I just divided them into rough separate categories.

Everyone has one, or combination of these that suit just fine in regards to scaring the wits out of them. Me personally, I’m scared of the crazy serial killers that come off as nice and want to be your friend when you’re in a situation of helplessness. And it wouldn’t be a horror movie if the said helpless bunch (usually ends up being a group of teenagers) turned down the offered help from bat shit bill serial killer (I made that up) who is working to earn their trust and come off as a trustworthy friend.  You just get that “Kumbaya” feeling, until… well, you know. Things go awry. Craziness ensues. And you sit on the couch screaming, “Now, why did you take a ride with that guy”….   Here’s a movie that illustrates just this… Seriously made me want to run for the hills, when I first saw it… the way I figure it is, the crazies of the world hold enough fear without us as humans creating things to be afraid of.

Wolf Creek (2005)

Another movie that isn’t really horror, but still had me wanting to go home, and lock all my doors was Outbreak. You remember that one, right? (I freakin’ hate bacteria, viruses, and all those things which have the potential to be deadly, but are only visible under a microscope. I mean, hockey masked Jason and swords for fingers Freddy have nothing on Ebola).

Outbreak (1995)

So, I’m curious… What horror movies (sub-genres) have the ability to send you looking for the local locksmith to come change the locks on your door?

Reviews To Anticipate…

GWL coming soon...

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So, as the billboard states (better then I ever could), there are several new reviews I’m working on that are COMING SOON (to a computer with internet access near you). I cannot wait to share them with you, and in turn know your thoughts and opinions (as always).

With that, here are just a few that you can anticpate in the near future-

Book Reviews:

  1. Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein
  2. An Untimely Love by Tendai Huchu
  3. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
  4. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
  5. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Move Reviews:

  1. Winters Bone (Starring Jennifer Lawrence)
  2. Limitless (Bradley Cooper & Robert De Niro)
  3. Atlas Shrugged -Part 1 (Taylor Shilling and Johansson)

Other Reviews:

  1. Top 5 female character’s who possess a badass-ness while projecting a human-ness.
  2. The Swedish Lisbeth Salander vs the Hollywood Lisbeth Salander