St Elmo’s Fire is a Terrible Movie

I am watching St Elmo’s Fire.  I have never watched this movie before in my life.  This movie was released some time during my junior or senior year of high school.  I sort of remember people making a big deal about the movie but I seriously did not have any interest at all in watching it.  So, on a whim, I decided to watch it.  So far, I am regretting the decision but I am going to stick it out to the end.  I do remember watching the video for the theme song with all the cool parts cut in.  The common theme is they all drink too much.

Rob Lowe’s character is a loser.  I would say he can’t keep a job but the reality is that he won’t keep one.  He does not have any redeeming factors.  He drinks too much.  He sleeps with anyone who jump in bed with him.  He is just that fun guy who was fun to hang with for ten minutes but then you left behind.  He wants to live the college life forever but knows he can’t and he just can’t stop himself from trying.  He also takes advantage of his female friend who is hopelessly in love with him.

Judd Nelson’s character isn’t much better.  The main difference is that he has a job that he shows up to.  He is sleeping around with whomever will jump in bed with him, but is somehow angry with Andy MacArthy’s character for having sex with his now ex-girlfriend.  He has this delusion that marriage will keep him from being a philanderer and be loyal to his wife.  For some dumb reason he seems to be the go-to guy when one of the group is in trouble.

Demi Moore’s character is a coke-head mistress who probably believes her adulterous boyfriend will leave his wife to be with her.  The sad part is that she needs to relationship because she spends too much money.  Not much more that can be said about her because she seemed to be a floosy in college and that hasn’t changed.

Emilio Estevez’s character is an obsessive jerk.  He follows girl who he met at college when he was a freshman and she was a senior.  He essentially stalks her, does a lot of stupid stuff that honestly no one in their right mind would do, like using a rich guy’s house to throw a party for to impress her.  Of course, she doesn’t come, she’s skiing with a boyfriend.  As stalkers are wont to do he drove to the ski cabin to confront her, made a fool of himself but did steal a kiss, and his stalking days were over.  The kiss was all he got.

Andrew MacCarthy’s character is also a loser in a way.  Career wise he is impatient as he waits for his big break as a journalist.  He’s hopelessly in love with Ally Sheedy’s character who believes she is in love with Judd Nelson’s character.  He confesses his love, they have sex, Andrew’s character believes they are in love and she sets him straight as Judd Nelson tries to get back together, finds out about the sex, well.  But at least he stopped writing obituaries.

Ally Sheedy’s character believes she is in love with Judd Nelson’s character.  But deep down she suspects his philandering ways and confronts him on it.  He confesses in a roundabout way but tries to blame her because she won’t marry him.  Her issue is that she is mostly focused on her career as an architect.  In the end she chooses neither and decides to be alone.

And Mare Winningham’s character seems to be the most stable.  She is in love with Rob Lowe’s character and does everything for him.  She allows herself to be used by him as he acts stupid.  She is also trying to get out from under the thumb of her father and be on her own.  In the end, she is doing what she likes to do, helping those less fortunate and living in her own apartment out from under her father’s thumb.  In the end she lets herself be used by Rob Lowe’s character one more time.

Then the end comes and Hollywood scriptwriters come to the rescue.  Demi Moore’s character has a crisis because her world has fallen apart so she tries to commit suicide by freezing to death, creating a unifying event for the whole crew.  Rob Lowe goes to New York after spoiling the virginity of Mare Winningham, The rest stay friends and hang out but not at St Elmo’s Bar any more.  They decide to grow up a little and be adults.

All in all, the movie was boring and typical of 80’s movie fare.  Over the top acting with a predictable script.  I don’t understand how movies like this were actually hits other than the actors were up and coming stars.  I’m glad that I didn’t waste the money to watch it in a theater.

I Disagree with Paul Flynn about John MacArthur

I recently listened to Paul Flynn’s Megiddo Radio August 14th podcast. His topic was on John MacArthur’s reopening his church in which Mr. Flynn reviewed a John MacArthur interview with Eric Metaxas. This podcast was an emotional response that was heavy on personal opinion. Mr. Flynn does reference Psalm 82 at one point but after reading the psalm I’m not sure how it relates to the topic other than how he said it does. In his podcast he had multiple points that he wanted to address but I will comment only on a few.

  1. Mr. Flynn’s statement that this is not a political issue, it should only be a spiritual issue. He believes that Dr. MacArthur is making it a political issue by quoting the First Amendment right of freedom of religion. The COVID-19 “pandemic” has been politicized in the U.S., especially by the political Left. Governor Newsom was using COVID-19 as a reason to shutdown churches, assessing fines for meeting, while allowing “peaceful protestors”, casinos and other non-essential meetings to continue without penalty. Newsom was overreaching his authority and it was tyrannical in nature. Dr. MacArthur had expressed his desire to open his church because he wanted to minister to the flock placed under his responsibility. It wasn’t to be defiant to the government. If that is being defiant then the churches in China should not be meeting in secret locations because it is in defiance of the government. In short, it is a spiritual matter because a shepherd wanted to minister to his flock. Politics happened to overlap into situation.
  2. Mr. Flynn’s issue with Dr. MacArthur’s quoting statistics related to COVID-19 and making an assessment by equating it with giving medical advice. Statistics are what they are. One doesn’t need a medical degree to analyze and comment on medical stats any more than one need to have a criminal justice degree to comment on crime stats. Dr. MacArthur was not giving medical advice because what I would consider medical advice is if he prescribed a regimen for dealing with a sickness. Commenting on available data and making a statement that COVID-19 is not as deadly as continuously asserted by government officials who are not medical experts is not medical advice, its discernment. By your standards, one should not be doing podcasts on theological issues unless one has a seminary degree, which means you would need to stop doing yours until you graduate. If people have flu-like symptoms, most people have enough common sense to refrain from visiting people who have weakened immune systems. Dr. MacArthur was not giving medical advice by quoting medical stats and drawing a conclusion.
  3. Mr. Flynn appealed to medical experts that he agrees with on the nature of COVID-19. I would contend that there are the same number of experts with the same amount of education and related experience who would state the opposite. There are plenty of doctors who are actively treating patients with COVID who would disagree. This is just a matter of with whom one would agree. This is not a pandemic by the standards put forth by the CDC.
    The last point I would like to make is on the sovereignty of God. He has preordained this virus to run its course. God has preordained how many will die from this virus. No amount of maskwearing, hand sanitizing, hand washing, shutdowns, social distancing or neglecting to meet with our brothers and sisters in Christ will stop this virus from reaching that number. I am NOT suggesting that we be cavalier and visit cancer patients while we have flu symptoms, common sense and decency needs to prevail in such instances. What I am saying is that COVID-19 appears not to be as deadly as once perceived so it should not stop churches from meeting for worship and fellowship. If one does not feel safe meeting or has a compromised immune system should stay home.
    Mr. Flynn, I appreciate your ministry and I believe you are correct on a lot of topics. I pray that you will be called by a church upon graduation and that you will be a blessing and be blessed by God in your service to your given flock. In this matter, however, in my opinion, you should’ve listened to your own advice by not using the podcast to address this issue.