Wednesday, August 25, 2004

It Ain't Over

This morning was a fairly normal morning, except that last night we prayed for little Gracie to be delivered of willful disobedience and for Michelle and I to be much more disciplined in our respective responsibilities around the house.

And in the first minutes of the morning, after being shocked by the little girl's tenacity and the fact that she was wide awake after 7 hours of sleep, I pondered a few refreshingly different thoughts.

First was clearing the tension from my shoulders for all my sitting for hours at my computer doing things like this typing. I moved my arms a certain way - actually the way Gary Oldman did for his character, Zorg, in The Fifth Element, when he was encouraging the monster, "What doesn't kill you will only make you stronger..." Not true for their characters, of course... Ha ha!

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2nd Peter 1:2 Grace to you, and peace be multiplied in the acknowledgement of God and of Jesus our Lord! 3 As all things to us His divine power (the things pertaining unto life and piety) hath given, through the acknowledgement of him who did call us through glory and worthiness, 4 through which to us the most great and precious promises have been given, that through these ye may become partakers of a divine nature, having escaped from the corruption in the world in desires.

5 And this same also--all diligence having brought in besides, superadd in your faith the worthiness, and in the worthiness the knowledge, 6 and in the knowledge the temperance, and in the temperance the endurance, and in the endurance the piety, 7 and in the piety the brotherly kindness, and in the brotherly kindness the love; 8 for these things being to you and abounding, do make you neither inert nor unfruitful in regard to the acknowledging of our Lord Jesus Christ, 9 for he with whom these things are not present is blind, dim-sighted, having become forgetful of the cleansing of his old sins; 10 wherefore, the rather, brethren, be diligent to make stedfast your calling and choice, for these things doing, ye may never stumble, 11 for so, richly shall be superadded to you the entrance into the age-during reign of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (Young's Literal Translation)

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And then my mind tripped over to making my own Fifth Element superhero movie - written for Gary Oldman (this time as a good guy, of course). But "SuperDuperPerson" would be cast as an extremely weak person who is saved by our Creator, Yeshua, after a very sacred, mystical pilgrimage to the ancient Holy Land of the Jews, Israel. He is catapulted into holiness. It is strangely accessible to him and enables him to do many good things for many people. He prays and he does.... prays and does... and things change! Instead of one huge, hollywood wrestling with his demons, he wrestles on a weekly basis with issues from his past - flashbacks included. The heroic redemption is applied to his memories as well as to his gymnastic prowess and emotional involvement in the world around him.

My son asks at this point, as I just shared this movie idea with the family, "That sounds really cool! And it's not just for grownups - It's for kids, too?" Yup, I assure him. "And it's not too scary?" Nope!

But I hadn't thought through how to portray this "superduperperson's" emotional flashbacks. Perhaps they could be cryptic and subtle... focusing on the victory over them, rather than on the struggle (which is such a hollyweird thing to do - focus on the "darkness" of a thing!)

Alternative names - "Light Being," "Fortress," "El Shaddai," "Not So Beautiful Hero," "Gimme a Chance, I'll Show Ya" (this from the Show Me state - ha ha!), "It Ain't Over" (with classic line at climax - "it ain't over til I say it's over." then the required, "ok. it's over." when the bad guy is canned.

What about the protagonist studying Krav Maga! (without mentioning the name of the style in the movie.) He could even take a gun at one point in the movie! Heck, it could be a Krav Maga practical application flick!

But how does he have a family life? Address this satisfactorily.