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Tuesday, May 2, 2006
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Something You Can Use: Aeon Flux video clip discussion, and a few other discussion starters, complete with questions and a wrap-up (free, as always)
Movie Clip: Aeon Flux, PG-13
Main Point: We must remember that this world we live in is temporary, so we must not
conform to it.
Attention Grabber: Movie - Aeon Flux
This movie, starring Charlize Theron, is a futuristic, science-fiction, action thriller that just
released on DVD and video last week. Charlize Theron plays the character Aeon Flux, a
super-efficient operative. She is part of a rebellion set out against the government in the last
remaining city on Earth. The movie has lots of action and creative special effects.
Unfortunately, the movie has an implied sex scene and several other scenes that sport unnecessary
cleavage. As it is, I don't think that I personally would recommend this movie to watch on the
bus on the way to the junior high winter camp.
Clip: Meant to Be Temporary
This particular clip does not actually feature the character Aeon. Instead, it features a
conversation between two men, the leaders of the totalitarian government. One man, Trevor
Goodchild, is working on a solution that will allow the human race to once again populate the
world. His colleague, Oren, prefers not to find a solution, so that the people can remain in
the nice little utopia they have already established. The clip begins in the middle of a
conversation, so proper cueing is highly recommended. However, if your DVD player isn't
"cue-easy," then it is better to err on the side of starting your clip earlier in the
conversation. I suggest beginning at approximately 21:09 in the middle of chapter 4. The first
line will be, "And what about the test results?" This particular clip to be used ends at 21:47,
after Oren says, "Things change." The clip chosen is only a little more than half a
Introduction to the Clip:
Say this to introduce the clip... The following clip is from the movie Aeon Flux-some
of you may have seen the movie. This 30 second clip captures the dilemma that this film is about.
In this future world only one colony of people have survived a disease that killed off every human
on the entire planet. A man named Trevor Goodchild has found a temporary solution that is helping
keep the human race alive. But Goodchild knows that the solution is only temporary and not
beneficial for the people in the long run. His brother Oren isn't looking long term. He prefers
not to find a solution so that the people can remain in the nice little utopia they have already
established. In this scene, Trevor asks Oren about the test results, hoping to finally find a
solution. Oren reports negative results and tries to talk Trevor into just "selling out" to the
Trevor: And what about the test results?
Oren: All negative. Sorry.
Trevor: Find me a new test group by morning.
Oren: Maybe it's time to give up on the tests, Trevor. We're living the solution
already. This is perfection. Why can't you just embrace it?
Trevor: You see what's happening to people. You know how desperate this has become.
Oren: It can be contained. Controlled.
Trevor: I think that you're forgetting that this was all meant to be temporary.
Oren: We've always said that, but why should it be?
Trevor: Because it's wrong.
Oren: Things change.
End clip 21:47
In this scene we see a huge problem. One guy is focused on the future, while the other is focused
on the now. The city they live in is only meant to be a temporary place, but the one focused on the
now has become so used to living where he is, that he has lost his vision for a better future. He
looks around and says, "Maybe this shouldn't be temporary. It's good enough." Wouldn't you be
frustrated if you were talking to this guy about the future?
Right now we're going to break up into our small groups and discuss the idea of being content in
this world vs. focusing on what's still to come.
FOR THE REST OF THIS AEON FLUX DISCUSSION
INCLUDING SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS,
SCRIPTURE, AND A "READY MADE" WRAP UP.
FOR MORE NEW
VIDEO CLIP DISCUSSION STARTER IDEAS
ON OUR VIDEO CLIP IDEAS
24- SEASON ONE
(a discussion about sin)
(a discussion about faith in action)
A Link You'll Like: Check out this funny video of how NOT to share your faith!
Some of you have seen some of the "crazy" videos that
we use in our training seminars. Check out this funny video short of how NOT to share your
NOTE: Make sure your sound is on and give this link about 30 seconds to load
when you click on it... funny!
Movie Reviews: Check out Jonathan's 2 cents on "RV" and "Last Holiday"
RV (in theatres now,
Rated PG for crude humor, innuendo and language)
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (The Men in Black films, Get Shorty...)
Starring Robin Williams, Jeff Daniels...
JONATHAN'S SCORE: Rental
RV is National Lampoons Vacation in the 21st Century.
I guess that sums it up, both good and bad. "Bad" because some people just aren't a fan of the
Chaplinesque antics from guys like Chevy Chase or Robin Williams. "Good" because some people
remember Vacation as a comedy classic.
Vacation came to us in 1983 starring Chevy Chase, directed by Harold Ramis and written by
John Hughes. That's a pretty good combo. In the same spirit, RV stars Robin Williams, is directed
by Barry Sonnenfeld, and written by a semi-newbie Geoff Rodkey (The Shaggy Dog and
Daddy Day Care).
The story is about Bob Munro (Williams) and his dysfunctional family as they rent an RV for a
road trip to the Colorado Rockies where they ultimately have to contend with a bizarre community
This film isn't going to win any awards... but it had me laughing pretty hard from beginning to
I admit, I suspected that this might be one of those films where we see the only funny scenes in
the preview. Not even close. The film was well written, cleverly directed, and the gags worked.
Although John Hughes was not involved in this project, it has the feeling of many of his films
from the previous decade: the Home Alones, the Beethovens, the Vacations,
The Great Outdoors, Planes Trains and Automobiles... but jump to the 21st century
with IPODS, mobile devices, the hip hop generation... and Robin Williams as the father of all of
this! The results are hilarious.
FOR THE REST OF THIS REVIEW
Last Holiday (on DVD/video this week, Rated PG-13 for some sexual reference)
Directed by Wayne Wang (Because of Winn-Dixie, Maid in Manhattan...)
Starring Queen Latifah, Timothy Hutton, Gerard Depardieu, LL Cool J...
JONATHAN'S SCORE: Theatre Worthy
Does anyone use that word any more? Well, if you don't, then look it up. Webster's defines the
word: giving great pleasure and joy, especially by being pleasant, good to look at, or
amusing. That would definitely describe Last Holiday. The film was a lot of fun, a
great date flick!
At first I was surprised to see Queen Latifah playing the role of Miss Georgia Byrd, a shy,
church-going woman who is diagnosed with a terminal illness. This isn't a normal role for Latifah.
She's quiet, she wears very little make up, and never curses- almost the polar opposite of her
role in Bringing Down the House. But don't let that scare you away (if you're like me, you
might have even liked her in Bringing Down the House)-she's still incredible. And her
character really develops, becoming bolder and more spontaneous as the story progresses.
Don't worry; the tagline isn't spoiling the film. Early in the story Georgia finds out that she
has a terminal disease. Most of the film is about how her life changes with this realization. With
nothing to lose, she decides to take a European vacation, learning a lot about life... just a
little too late.
Sound like a tear jerker?
Don't worry, this is no Dying Young. I'm not saying you won't shed a tear or two, but the
film is definitely a fun "fairy tale" of sorts.
FOR THE REST OF THIS REVIEW
FOR OUR MOVIE REVIEW PAGE
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