Monthly Archives: May 2008
I saw Ben Stein’s Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed tonight and thought it was brilliant. It considered a topic that almost painfully needed some attention and Ben Stein gave it to it, even if everyone else continued to ignore it.
There are two online movie sites, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, that I generally peruse to see what’s coming out and how movies are being reviewed. Before going to see Expelled I couldn’t find the film on the “Now Playing” feature on IMDB and it was similarly absent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Just a quick FYI: Expelled opened across America on over 1100 screens which is very close to the most ever for a documentary if it isn’t actually the record. Michael Moore’s pieces of crap open on less than 500 screens nationwide and get huge write-ups despite being filled with blatant inaccuracies and misrepresented information.
I’m struggling to remember a film with this widespread of an opening that was so soundly ignored by the top two movie review websites. And the fact that this is an issue just further proves Stein’s point.
While it’s quite evident throughout the film that Ben Stein is a staunch supporter of Intelligent Design, he isn’t arguing or contending with other views, but rather asking others that believe differently than him to explain why they believe what they do. And more often than not, they cannot. I’ll admit that my stance mirrors Stein’s in this case. I cannot believe that humans “evolved” from proteins attaching themselves to crystals, being struck by lightning and forming multi-celled organisms. Doesn’t make much sense to me and is Intelligent Design really that much more farfetched than the primordial ooze theory supported by “scientists?”
The most profound moments of the movie come at the end as Stein stands alone in a Holocaust museum with his thoughts narrated over the music.
For far too long now, academia has force fed students theories about a big bang, or lightning hitting that aforementioned primordial ooze. But people are starting to become more appropriately, intelligent. We know that when science leaves behind repeatable and observable natural happenings and begins to rely on pure speculation and “prior philosophic postulation” to explain the origin of life, we’ve delved into the realm of what’s known as faith.
Actual physical, tangible evidence for evolution remains all but nonexistent and any that there is is suspect at best. So all that leaves to explain what took place four hundred million years ago is utterly unprovable speculation.
The stubbornness of evolutionists is compared to the Berlin Wall. The cost of fascism has always been, and always will be the loss of freedom. Expelled touches on this by comparing the constant ignoring of Intelligent Design to incarcerating intelligence rather than encouraging it.
One of my favorite parts of the film is Stein’s one-on-one interview with noted atheist Richard Dawkins. He was visually perturbed and at a loss for words. And this is a man who has probably never experienced either of those before his run-in with Stein. Dawkins even pulled a near-admission from Dawkins that some intelligent designer created everything, but that designer would have first evolved from that whole protein-crystal-lightning-ooze-bullshit thing. I’ve always been rather intrigued by Dawkins because of his unwavering confidence in what he believes, which, while I disagree with, I also respect.
I don’t rate films with numbers or stars mainly because I don’t think that what I think of a movie will necessarily be matched by anyone else. But I will say that Ben Stein’s Expelled is a definite must-see, regardless of your personal beliefs. Stein raises some very important questions that needed to be addressed in the worst way. Stein addressed them in the best way.
Not for me, as I was undoubtedly busy, what with three classes, two papers, being sworn in for a second term and then subsequently swearing in my new executive board for next year.
But for the Yankees, yes. While I’m certain that the Yankee players and coaches enjoy their off days tremendously, they leave me feeling like I’m missing something from my day. There’s no sporadic checking Yahoo! Sports for score updates or Yankee blogs for in-game updates on how the team looks.
It’s only one day, but the day just doesn’t seem to feel complete without a Yankee game. I filled the void today by going to see Ben Stein’s Expelled, which I absolutely loved by the way. I’ll write up my thoughts and feelings on it, since it’s quite a serious movie that needs discussion, but expect that later. Now? Sleep!