Category Archives: Movies

“Alone Yet Not Alone” – Beautiful Oscar-Nominated Song & Movie

Read more about this fascinating and inspiring story here.

Beautiful Oman Filmed in Sizzling Indian Song “Jiya” for the Movie “Gunday”

The Daily Mail says this song is “set to make temperatures soar”.  With the cool temperatures brought on by the recent rains, let’s hope so! :-)

Anyone recognize which exact areas of Oman are in this video?  I’m pretty sure I recognize the dhow (Arabian boat) and area of Bandar Khiran from 1:19-1:22 and again at 2:08-209.  The mountains and hills of Oman are so beautiful that most of the shots could have been filmed just about anywhere.

This song was published on youtube just 6 days ago (Jan. 15, 2014) and already has more than 507,000 views!

Homeland – Season One

Homeland cover  Finally found Homeland Season One!  It was for sale at Carrefour MCC for 19 OR.  I managed to watch 3 episodes on Graboid before that scam website managed to give my computer a virus.  This series had me hooked right from the pilot and I can’t wait to watch all 12 episodes.back cover description  I’m not surprised that this comes from the Producers of “24″ as that is probably my all time favorite TV series of all time.  We own all 8 series of 24 except for season 7 which we’re having a hard time finding in stores here (even though we’ve seen it).more info on Homeland DVD  Nice to see all special features included on this 4-disc set, especially a prologue to season 2, which aired Sep-Dec 2012 and is not yet available for order from Amazon but you can pre-order it and have it shipped to you once it’s available

Anyone else out there enjoy this series?  Another series that I’ll be keeping my eye out for is Justified.  We believe that Sultan Center in Qurum has the most options for TV series.  Where are your favorite places to get movies and/or TV series in Muscat?  What are some series that you’ve enjoyed and recommend?

Here’s good news for “24 fans”.  Even though Season 8 was supposed to be the final season, due to popular demand they are coming out with Season 9 titled “Live Another Day”!!!  Read all about it here.

“Apocalypse How” – 3 Month Countdown to “Mayan Prophecy”

Today is September 21st.  If you believe the “Doomsday Mayan Prophecy” which has spread like wildfire thanks to nutters on youtube and the popularity of sensational Hollywood movies (such as Armaggedon, Deep Impact, The Day After Tomorrow, or the more popular 2012), we are supposed to have exactly 3 months left till the end of our world (or age) as we know it.  What better day to get the popcorn out and watch the Discovery Channel movie, “Apocalypse Now” which I bought from Carrefour. :-)

This movie has incredible visual effects.  I thought that it almost seemed made to generate fear from the viewer.  I also thought about how a person watching this would probably feel a bit more anxious if they didn’t have a proper worldview.  I learned from Wikipedia that 8% of people surveyed had anxiety about Dec. 21, 2012!  The number is as high as 20% in places like China and 13% in Russia, Turkey, Japan and Korea.  Do you expect that number to rise as people hear more and more about doomsday possibilities in the next few months?  I expect it will.  I think there will be an increase in cult-like groups popping up expecting crazy things to happen (Don’t drink the koolaid, folks!), especially as our world seems to be spiralling out of control with religious intolerance, an inevitable showdown between Iran and Israel/America, a deepening divide over the American Presidental election in November and a worsening world economy with increased food prices and an increasingly dissatisfied number of unemployed people.

The movie starts with the line, “Since the dawn of civilization, mankind has been preoccupied with its own demise, but never more than now.”  The film, 87 minutes in length, goes through all the expected “scientific theories” of how the world could end, including:

  • Sudden eruption of one of the planets 7 super volcanoes
  • Nuclear warfare
  • Germs-a global pandemic
  • Aliens (I kid you not!)
  • Asteroids
  • Global Warming/Climate Change and effects of rising sea levels, drought and starvation
  • Androids or some form of Super Intelligent Machines!
  • The Large Hadron Collider could produce microscopic blackhole(s) that could “gobble up the earth”.
  • Spaghettifcation” through a blackhole
  • Gamma Ray Strike
  • Deep Freeze of the Earth (next natural ice-age)
  • a Solar Flare large enough to destroy the Earth
  • Death of the Sun

One part of the movie that almost made me choke on my popcorn from laughter was the line, “In fact, this may be the last show you ever see!  The question is not whether the Apocalypse will happen.  The question is, How?”

As a Christian, I found it mind boggling that the idea of God’s Holy wrath coming down on a sinful, disobedient world worthy of condemnation for straying so far from His ideals, values and laws was missing from possible scenarios.  The film did not even mention the important historical note that the word Apocalypse” comes from the last book in the New Testament of the Holy Bible, Revelation, in which it declares the “apocalypse” (or better translated “unveiling”) of Jesus Christ.  I understand that the film was probably made by atheists who don’t hold to that worldview but they could have at least mentioned what people of different faiths believe.  The only sentence in which religion was even brought up was this one: “Since the dawn of man, almost all of the world’s religions and civilizations have pondered this point and dreamed up all sorts of apocalyptic endings for mankind.” Look carefully at the words used in that sentence: Use of the words “pondered” and “dreamed up” clearly reveal their open scorn.  The movie implies that people just “make this stuff up” and hence we have different religions.  For the most part I would agree unless a God outside of time and space has revealed the end from the beginning and proven such through prophecies. And He has! “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” (Isaiah 46:10)  The idea of one God declaring Truth through Revelation is not brought up in this film.   The fact that God is missing from this movie comes as no surprise to believers as the Bible declares in Psalm 10, “in all his (the worldly man, that is) thoughts, there is no room for God.” (found in verse 4 to be exact)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, that’s certainly a lot to think about on a Friday evening!  Have you seen this movie from the Discovery Channel?  If so, what was your impression?

What are your own thoughts on “the end of the world”?!  Would love to hear different thoughts out there and why you believe what you believe.

Iran “Remains a Complicated Issue”

Was watching “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” (with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder) recently and had to laugh at one scene which involved Iran.  I thought about how appropriate that scene was even (and maybe more so) today.