The Passion of The Christ
I've been excited about this movie since I first heard about last year. I finally got to see it tonight and I have to say I wasn't disappointed in the least. Granted, I would like to see it again, so I can focus more on the artistic elements of the movie, rather than being overwhelmed by the initial spectacle, but I think it'll be a while before I'm ready to see it again.
I think it's a great film because it's a somewhat tangible example of the fundamental tenet of the Christian faith: a man, born supernaturally, was tortured and murdered in spite of his own innocence so that the rest of mankind could be reconciled to its creator. I think that idea is articulated very well in this film. It's also great to see a good piece of "high budget" art produced by a Christian and for an explicitly Christian purpose.
I also think it's great that the movie is making so much money at the box office. Skeptics seem to think its success is reason for them to make claims that those involved--Mel Gibson, namely--will be making a lot of money. I suspect they'll eventually be sorry for trying to use the film's financial success as a means by which to criticize it (ie, claiming that Gibson was interested in the monetary benefits of making the film more than the moral implications), since I think it's inevitable that Gibson will donate most or all of the profits to charity and the Church.
I could be wrong, but I'll be surprised if he doesn't. All in all, I'm glad he made the movie and stuck with it and I'm confident that it will serve a great purpose.
Through The Horse and His Boy
I finished up the third book of the Chronicles of Narnia this past Sunday and I'm working on Prince Caspian. I'm starting to get into new territory, meaning I haven't read these books before, so it's all fresh and new and I'm really enjoying it. Normally, I'm not a big "fantasy" or children's lit. fan, but C.S. Lewis just does such a great job painting word pictures and articulating concepts through metaphor that it's impossible for me not to enjoy his writing.
California: attempt 2
Well, I'm going to try to go to CA again next week. This time, I think it'll happen and the timing seems pretty good. I'm going to e-mail my co-worker out there tomorrow so he can give me a list of places to go and things to do while I'm out there. I figure I'll use it as sort of a field-trip to learn about L.A. and that general area. It's been about, oh, 20 years since I was out there, so we have a lot to catch up on.
Well, I've been itching to see it since I first heard Mel Gibson was working on it and I'll finally get to catch it tomorrow night. I'm going with a friend who's already seen it, but he says he's excited to see it again. I've already heard lots of opinions on different aspects of the movie, but the great thing is that I already know what happens, so I can watch it simply to appreciate the gravity, intensity that the movie is said to create.
Pay day approaching
I get paid again on Thursday afternoon. This way of life is so different from being a college student, I still can't get used to it. In college, my bank account would spike once every four months or so, then it would slowly decline as I spent my scholarship and loan money. Then, as a new semester began, so the cycle would recycle. Now, I get a fresh influx of cash every two weeks and I have a lot of freedom regarding how I spend or invest it. Right now, I'm focusing on paying back my student loans and the other "debt" I incurred this past year at school. I say "debt" in quotes because although it is technically debt, I'm not paying any interest on any of it, so I don't stress about it too much. If all goes as planned, I'll be paying back all of this past year's living expenses by October without having paid a penny of interest on that money. Then, I can start whittling away at the real debt.
Some friends of mine have a website where they post updates submitted by alumni from those who've been involved in Campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Florida. I'm about to send in my update and I thought it would be appropriate to post here as a summary of where I am and where I eventually hope to be. I think it's hokey and It's mostly rehashing what I've already written here, but it's a good summary nonetheless:
Hello friends and fellow Gator alumni!
I finally graduated from UF in December with a BSEE and a BSCEN (Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering) and quickly moved out to Plano, TX to start working for Raytheon Company. I was a co-op with Raytheon in Summer '01 and again in Summer '02, so I am familiar with the company and this area--Dallas, TX. I'm still getting settled in--I'm writing this from my computer chair, but using my TV as a monitor and my lap as a keyboard tray--but the Lord has been faithful to provide me with many strong friendships both back in Gainesville and here in Texas. Those friendships have kept me grounded, encouraged and probably a bit in denial as I don't think I've realized the gravity of this huge transition.
I plan to continue working for Raytheon for at least a few more years as I pay back the Fed for all the money I borrowed in my half-decade stint as a poor, pasta-eating college kid. While I'm working, I hope to earn an AA in Acting for the Camera (no, I'm not kidding) so that I can eventually move out of the world of engineering and big business and into the world of cinema and television. If all goes according to plan-and, of course, I doubt that it will--I hope to move out to El Segundo, CA (a few minutes south of L.A.) and continue working part-time for Raytheon as I try to delve into the world of acting.
I realize that I sound pretty confident in what I'm writing, but the truth is I couldn't be more terrified and I am constantly seeing more of a necessity to depend on the Lord for my future. I don't feel that I would be happy doing engineering for the rest of my life, but I also understand how difficult it is to be a Christian in profession such as acting. I find great motivation and inspiration in Mel Gibson and Jim Caviezel's project The Passion and I hope to have even a fraction of its impact in the business.
Of course, this is all pending His blessing, so I'll continue in this direction until He either closes the door or pushes me through it. I've been keeping a weblog for a couple years now and I'll continue updating it in the future for those of you who may be more curious than a yearly update can satisfy. Soon, I'll be moving the weblog over to JoshDoody.com as I get more organized here in Texas.
I hope you are all well.