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Elsa Is Coming by keiku
by keiku

This is an excellent image where the color blue dominates the image. You masterfully keep both visuals and text to a minimum. You limit...

Dr Sheldon Cooper is - Bazingaman! by AntediluvianWhovian

This is one amazing rendition of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. You did many great things in the process of making this image...

SLEEPING BEAUTY - Diamond Edition (BLU-RAY) by Chris-Darril

This is simply an excellent Blu-Ray cover design. It shows all the important characters in one image, and it creates an excellent spook...

Spring time is here by BeccaB-Stock-N-Art

I like the level of visual contrast that this image features. The image is dominated by a cold, barren landscape devoid of plant life. ...

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MST3K-The Little Mermaid by QuantumInnovator
MST3K-The Little Mermaid
In this still from the 1989 Disney animated classic "The Little Mermaid", Ariel and Eric are enjoying a carriage ride. Ariel takes the reins, and gets a wee bit reckless, spurring Tom Servo and Crow to respond. I wonder if Mike Nelson and company will ever decide to make a Rifftrax of "The Little Mermaid."

Long live Mystery Science Theater 3000 (aka MST3K).

If you have memories of this death-defying stunt, feel free to leave comments describing what wisecracks you feel should have been included in this moment frozen in time.
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Lindsey Stirling is Wrongfully Accused by QuantumInnovator
Lindsey Stirling is Wrongfully Accused
Recent news headlines and the unexpected disappearance of the Lindsey Stirling official website inspired me to come up with this movie poster parody idea.

If you've seen the movie "Wrongfully Accused" with Leslie Nielsen, you'll be able to understand why I think that this would be a good idea.

Click here to see the original untainted poster.

I apologize for doing a lousy job of photomanipulation.
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Fiction versus Truth by QuantumInnovator
Fiction versus Truth
I don't think I need to explain the identity of the people in either picture to most of you looking at this, but I'm going to do so anyway just for those who may not know. The picture on the right is a picture of the real royal wedding of Catherine Middleton (aka Kate Middleton) to Prince William, a ceremony that took place on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London. It was televised live not only in London, but in the United States and around the world as well. Roughly 1,900 guests were invited. The ceremony and festivities cost $34,000,000. Kate's wedding dress alone cost more than $400,000.

Simply put, the royal wedding was a big deal to a lot of people.

However, in the fantasy world pictured on the left, a fictional wedding is taking place in the movie "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1". Specifically, the bride is Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and the groom is Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). You want to know how much it cost to make that movie? $110,000,000. That's enough money to give three couples a real wedding ceremony equivalent to the ceremony Will and Kate had on April 29, 2011. That's enough money to make Kate Middleton's gown 275 times. That's enough money to buy 6,508 2015 Toyota Corollas (MSRP = $16,900).

Now let's compare and contrast these two weddings. Obviously, one was fictional, and the other was real. But there are other comparisons worth making. There were people complaining that too much money was being spent on Will and Kate's real wedding ceremony, but I haven't heard any complaints about the amount of money spent on making "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1." Go to Google and punch in the phrase "Will and Kate" adjacent to "Bella and Edward", and you'll get not one, but two entries stating that Bella and Edward had a "fairytale wedding that would have put even Will and Kate to shame". Why do we consider a fictional wedding to be a better wedding than a real wedding?

In short, why are we more drawn to fantasy than reality?

Many of you may have your own theories, and you are more than welcome to share those theories with me in the comments (along with better ways to spend $110 million dollars), but hear me out first. I think too often, we see reality as dull and boring, while seeing fantasy as fun and exciting. So we feel that we need fantasy in order to make reality more tolerable.

However, if you've made the right choice in life, the day will come when your reality will be so amazing you will have no need for fantasy.

There is a God up there. Without God, there would be no universe as we know it. There would be no atoms, just an infinite number of proton-electron pairs. If you look at a picture of how an atom is supposed to work, you see the nucleus is made up of positively-charged protons and neutrally charged neutrons. Orbiting the nucleus are negatively charged electrons. Why don't the protons repel each other? Why don't the electrons crash into the nucleus? Because God won't let that happen. Do you know what the precise orbital velocity of all the electrons orbiting all the atoms in the universe is? This number would obviously vary from atom to atom, as different atoms have different numbers of protons and neturons.

What's that? You can't answer that question? God can.

God not only made atoms, he made all the stars and all the planets in the universe, including the Earth. He put plants and animals on the Earth, and then he added Adam and Eve. He gave Adam and Eve just one rule-Don't eat any fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Eve committed the first sin in the history of mankind when she disobeyed that rule, followed by Adam. Because of this, Adam and Eve were exiled from the Garden of Eden, and everyone born after them inherited Adam and Eve's sinful nature, meaning everyone (including you) is destined for eternal separation from God in the Lake Of Fire when they died.

Thousands of years passed. Then God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, into the world. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, and preached for others to do likewise. Jesus gained many followers, including twelve apostles, but he also made many enemies. Some of those enemies crucified Jesus, who died a slow and agonizing death on the cross. Jesus spent three days in hell so that those who invite him into their hearts can spend eternity in Heaven. Then Jesus rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven himself.

You can join Jesus Christ in Heaven by asking him to forgive you of your sins and inviting him into your heart to become your Savior. Once you do so, your name will be written in God's Book Of Life, and anything you do that pleases God will be written in a Book of Remembrance. And when you die, you will go to Heaven, a world where it never gets dark, a world where no one dies of hunger or starvation or anything, a world where reality is so amazing that there will be no need for fantasy, where truth is so compelling that there will be no need for fiction.

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
-Corinthians 2:9

God bless you, and have a wonderful day, as well as a wonderful eternity in the Kingdom of God.
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The misplaced prop  by QuantumInnovator
The misplaced prop
Anyone who is a true and devoted fan of Anne Hathaway will already know the answer to this question.

If you have not seen Interstellar, see it before it leaves theaters. When watching Interstellar, I give you only one reccomendation: Don't look at your watch.

Christopher Nolan, please understand that I mean no disrespect to you or to your masterpiece with this photomainpulation. Actually, I feel that calling Interstellar a masterpiece would be cruel. I do not think there is one single word in the entire English language or any language that can do justice to what you have created. If such a word does exist, I sincerely hope it is added to the dictionary ASAP. Do everything within your power to stop the elimination of film from the filmmaking process.

Enjoy your 32nd Birthday, Anne Hathaway. You've come a long way in such a short time.
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Not all movies attempt to send positive moral messages, so those that do are often praised by parents, teachers, religious leaders, media watchdogs and moral guardians.  However, not all movies that attempt to send positive moral messages are effective in doing so.  A movie can send the well-meaning, positive moral, but the manner in which that moral is portrayed may result in the moral failing to impact the behavior of the audience.  So I have decided to create an article describing a well-meaning moral message in a Disney classic that I feel failed to impact the behavior of the audience, thus making the moral ineffective.  I would like to write more articles of this nature for other movies in the future if I get the chance to do so.  

CAUTION: This article contains spoilers for the 1940 Disney animated classic Pinocchio.  If you have not seen this movie and do not wish for your first viewing of this movie to be compromised, please stop reading this article now, and click on your browser's Back or Home button, enter another URL into the URL address text field, or go to another web page by clicking on a bookmark or hyperlink.  Otherwise, feel free to continue.

Pinocchio's ineffective moral

Pinocchio, a sentinent wooden puppet, has been lured by a boy named Lampwick to Pleasure Island, a large amusement park where there is neither school nor police.  Jiminy Cricket gets separated from Pinocchio in the process.  They head inside a structure shaped like a giant 8-ball, and play pool together.  Then Lampwick offers Pinocchio a cigar.  Pinocchio accepts.  He takes a drag from the cigar, and you can see it is making Pinocchio sick because his face turns green.  Not only does Pinocchio's face turn green, but his vision gets blurry as well.  

If you're focusing on Pinocchio in this sequence, and you're young enough to be incapable of distinguishing fantasy from reality, what's happened up to this point might scare you away from ever lighting up a cigar or a cigarette.  Or it might not.  You might fail to get the message if you shift focus between Pinocchio and Lampwick, because you might be wondering "Why does smoking cigars make Pinocchio sick, but not Lampwick?"  You might also fail to get the message if you're old enough to understand that Pinocchio is an animated cartoon and not reality.  

Then Jiminy Cricket shows up, and because he's acting as Pinocchio's conscience, he does not like what he sees at all.  He says to Pinocchio, "Pinocchio! So this is where I find you! How do you ever expect to be a real boy? Look at yourself. Smoking! Playing pool! (He kicks one of the pool balls.) Oww! You're comin' right home with me this minute!"

That does not happen (yet), because Lampwick anatogizes Jiminy Cricket and Jiminy Cricket storms off in disgust.  Then Lampwick, who starts drinking beer, turns into a donkey.  First he just looks like a donkey who can talk, then he loses the ability to talk.  Pinocchio's body begins to transform too, but he cries out for Jiminy Cricket.  Jiminy Cricket rescues Pinocchio and leads him off of Pleasure Island.  As a result, Pinocchio merely grows donkey ears and a tail (which disappear at the end of the movie).

Now, I'm sure that many of you will say that you saw this sequence when you were a kid and got nightmares because of it.  Let me ask you this-Did any of you start smoking cigarettes or drinking alcoholic beverages before you turned 21 afterwards?  If you did, it was probably because you grew up, and dismissed Pinocchio's moral message because the movie was animated and not live-action.  Also, if you had any family members or friends who smoked cigarettes/cigars or drank alcoholic beverages, you probably dismissed Pinocchio's moral right off the bat, because the people you know who smoke cigarettes/cigars or drink alcoholic beverages never turned into donkeys!

Now, some of you may say "I've seen Pinocchio and I've never smoked or drank alcoholic beverages before my 21st birthday."  If so, good for you.  Just keep in mind that there may have been other, more powerful influences in your life that influenced you to make the right choice.  Also keep in mind that just because you were motivated to do the right thing by a moral message in a movie, that doesn't mean the other seven billion people on this planet reacted in the same way.    

That being said, allow me to provide you with...

A More Effective Moral

Let me share with you a movie moral that worked for me.  It was the "The Sandlot", a live-action movie released in 1993 by 20th Century Fox.  A group of baseball buddies goes to a local fair, and they all try chewing tobacco.  Then they get on a ride, specifically, a ride where riders go around in circles on a tilting platform.  The ride hits full speed, and every single one of the boys who tried the chewing tobacco threw up.

This moral worked for me.  I've never used chewing tobacco or smoked any cigarettes or cigars.  

Why did this moral work for me?  First, when I had seen the movie, I had been on several of the greatest roller coasters ever constructed by humans before without any problems.  So I reasoned that the chewing tobacco made the boys throw up, and not the ride.  Secondly, the film was live-action, and not animated.  Moral messages delivered in live-action are more likely to be taken seriously than morals delivered using animation.

But there's always room for improvement, so please be patient and forgive me for showcasing

An Even More Effective Moral

Both Pinocchio and The Sandlot are fictional stories.  Personally, I believe that pure reality is a better teacher than the most masterfully-crafted fantasy.  Click here to read about a woman named Siobhan Watson, and what happened to her after her so-called "friends" compelled her to go binge drinking.  I must warn you-it does not have a happy ending.

Have you finished reading the story?  Good.

Now remove the name Siobhan Watson from the story, and replace that name with Kate Middleton.

Or Bella Swan.

Or Cinderella.

I could give you other examples, but I think you get the point.

In summary, it is not enough to send a positive moral message.  If you want your moral message to be taken seriously, such a message must be delivered in the right way.  Use live-action rather than animation whenever possible.  Also, try to make the story as real as possible.
Ineffective Movie Moral #1-Pinocchio (1940)
Please feel free to leave comments. The more comments you leave, and the more words per comment, the better. Specifically, if you have never smoked a cigarette or waited until you were 21 or older to drink you first alcoholic beverage, I'd love to hear why.

Let me know if you would like to see additional articles describing ineffective movie morals. Go ahead and write your own article describing a movie moral that you feel is ineffective (taking the time to explain why) if you wish to do so.

I hope that I didn't spoil the Walt Disney animated classic Pinocchio or The Sandlot for anyone.
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It's that time of year again-the time when everyone starts graduating from high school and/or college.  I was relatively calm when I graduated from both high school and college, but not everybody is.  For many people, graduation ceremonies bring on nervousness, tension and anxiety.  During my high school graduation rehearsal, I can remember one girl worrying she would fall, and another scared she would throw up.

If any of you reading this will be graduating soon, what are your worst fears?  And for those of you who have already graduated, have any of your worst fears come true?

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Hello, my good friend. I have uploaded a picture you might quite like to see.

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