23.11.13

Hollywood's 21st Century Religious Propaganda ¦¦ Cuarón's 'Gravity' to Aronofsky's 'Noah'

http://www.lazzyblog.net/2013/11/hollywoods-21st-century-religious.html

Mesmerising and beautiful are two words I would use to describe recent blockbuster Gravity, but even with it's stunning fetal homage to the very religious-less epic that was 2001: A Space Odyssey, it remains a film tainted with religious iconography and blatant affronts towards atheists and other spiritual 'none of the above's. With atheism globally on the rise, the renowned dogmatic regimes in Hollywood are upping their game, 'nones' are more prominent in films but rarely in a positive light while simultaneously religious films are on the rise in an attempt at combating Hollywood's age old foe: change.


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Sandra Bullock plays Ryan Stone, a medical engineer, a newbie to the whole 'space' thing and a self proclaimed atheist but as if that wasn't liberal enough; the fact she has a 'boy's name' is made a note of throughout. With the assistance of her Jewish coworker, Matt Kowalski, played by George Clooney, the issue of faith and philosophy is brought centre stage in a film that is already minimalist in it's dialogue.

Stone's reason for a lack of faith is played down to ignorance rather than choice with a monologue; "I’ve never prayed. … Nobody has taught me how.". It seems that director Alfonso Cuarón, the man also behind one of my favourite films 'Children of Men', wanted to add insult to injury and go for the infamous saying often used by theists; 'Atheist until the plane starts falling', because as soon as Stone's situation worsens she suddenly turns to spiritually and prayer.


A women who had previously lost a daughter is now wishing that Kowalski's spirit will keep her company in the afterlife.

"No one will mourn for me,” she says. “No one will pray for my soul."


The film is then riddled with blatant shots of the religious icons aboard the space stations of various countries that she explores while looking for help. There's Chinese, Russian and the international space station. At the arrival of each she finds that the people have all made it safely back to Earth and out of immanent danger. All in part due of their faith, regardless of which religion it was, the fact it was any religion seemed to have a certain divine providenceor or 'will of god' that helped protect them. With Stone's original crew killed, a Marvin the Martian figurine ironically drifts out of their decimated station - as if to say, there is no religious icons here, only material ones and that is why they were not saved. A loaded statement on the current rise of nones in America.


In the end when she lands back on earth she grabs the sand and says 'thank you', who is she thanking? Has she obtained salvation?

Christians noticing these messages have praised the film as 'An Allegory for God', "dealing with life's ultimate questions – why we are here, why live, what happens after we die... It takes grief seriously and encourages us to press on because of the promise of eternal life".


With Aronofsky's upcoming blockbuster Noah (based on the graphic novel, based on the biblical tale, based on the ancient Mesopotamian series of poems 'Epic of Gilgamesh'), another step in the religious influence in Hollywood rears it's ugly head. Jewish Aronofsky states "we tried to create a story that would ring true to people both that believe that it really happened and to those who think its a story".

This wouldn't be the first time Aronofsky would have used his position to preach his beliefs. The wrestler has been condemned as anti-Iranian with Mickey Rourke breaking an Iranian flag over his knee along with portraying a villain in the film as an Arab to wrongly associate Iranians with Arabs. Not to mention his film The Fountain containing heavy spiritual messages throughout.


The rise of free thinkers, smart documentaries, films written by Carl Sagan, Buddy Christ and the lagging social ideologies of organised religions has caused the church to up it's game. The Pope has a new PR guy, Rick Santorum begins a new Hollywood without the devil and an increase in the amount of bible blockbusters in an attempt at holding onto a world of media rapidly slipping out of the hands of religion.

There’s a lot of ideas in that story that actually are very, very relevant to what’s going on right now, so we tried to create a story that would ring true to people both that believe that it really happened and to those who think it’s a story.
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There’s a lot of ideas in that story that actually are very, very relevant to what’s going on right now, so we tried to create a story that would ring true to people both that believe that it really happened and to those who think it’s a story.
Read more at http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/BatFreak/news/?a=71176#2XDZraVYZCLJ6Frd.99
There’s a lot of ideas in that story that actually are very, very relevant to what’s going on right now, so we tried to create a story that would ring true to people both that believe that it really happened and to those who think it’s a story.
Read more at http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/BatFreak/news/?a=71176#2XDZraVYZCLJ6Frd.99