The Exorcist came out in 1973, and while pretty tame by today’s standards, was nonetheless an iconic film which arguably gave birth to the entire “exorcist-film” genre.
Of course, by “genre”, I mean a number of studios have been trying to make the exact same ****ing movie every single year and show no signs of stopping anytime soon.
We’re just now in July and we’ve already had a few out churned out, though what got me on the subject have been the non-stop ads for Deliver Us From Evil, the latest cash-grab which look like a soulless mash-up of both the exorcist and zombie apocalypse flicks.
Yeah. Possession that somehow spreads a la zombie-logic. Let’s go ahead and start right there.
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Tagged 1973, aramaic, catholic, cliche, crab walk, deliver us from evil, demon, devil, exorcism, faith, film, GIF, horror movies, issue, jewish, Judaism, Latin, Mental illness, plot, protestant, psychology, religion, roman catholic, show, sin, skeptic, skepticism, the exorcist, the possession, the rite, theology, Trope, TV, vatican
GORDON: Friends, Romans, countrymen, this post is being written by the rocket’s red glare. Or whatever they have in Canada- not usually a nation I associate with explosives.
EVAN: Funnily enough, it’s my turn to do the intro.
GORDON: Your intros are bad, and you should feel bad.
EVAN: I mean, you’re not wrong. [ . . . ] Is this part of the thing?
GORDON: Yes. The audience will find this little bit amusing and endearing.
EVAN: It’s actually funny that you mention my country and explosives given that it sounds like a literal war zone outside. Happy Canada Day, everyone. What better time to discuss the topic of patriotism?
GORDON: With the rapid approach of July 4th, no better time at all. Though perhaps you could enlighten our readers south of the wall as to what exactly Canada Day is…
EVAN: It’s . . . Canadian Independence Day. That’s pretty much it. An opportunity for those close to the border to catch some lovely fireworks three days early. I’ve never celebrated the 4th down south, but I can only assume they more or less work roughly the same way.
GORDON: If you mean hamburgers and standing around in a mosquito ridden park for four hours waiting for a deeply underwhelming fireworks display, then yes.
EVAN: That’s it. That’s exactly it. Continue reading
Posted in America, Canada, Culture War Correspondence
Tagged 4th of July, America, Canada, Canada Day, celebration, flags, GIF, human-rights, jingoism, patriotic, patriotism, pride, TCK
Readers, yours truly is not a person to whom the positives of life are either readily apparent or understandable, but even someone as typically dour as myself can’t deny that we are living in a golden age of television.
Now I’m not exactly sure why that is- why all of a sudden we seem to have had a jump in quality and quantity of shows. An age thing, perhaps? I considered that, but as much as we could argue that we simply prefer the television shows we had when we were in our 20s, I don’t think my generation is alone in the belief that TV is better now than it was a decade ago.
Let’s try to figure out why. Continue reading
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Tagged 30 Rock, a list, actor, american horror story, Battlestar Galactica, Breaking Bad, CGI, exec, firefly, GIF, golden age, Hannibal, house of cards, internet, network, quality, quantity, Random, Sherlock, spin-off, television, tom hanks, TV, tv show, webisodes
I don’t work in prisons.
I mean, I might have to in the near future, but as of yet, I haven’t.
Today I’m going to be making some pretty bold statements, and I want to be up front about my reasons for doing so. While I don’t work in the big house (I have had to deal with min-sec “transitional housing”- if that counts for anything), I do work exclusively with an ex-felon population. As with a bad car wreck, you don’t have to be an expert to a look at the current situation and work backwards to figure out just where things started going wrong. Now I’m not saying that prisons help cause crime, just that as they stand today, they aren’t doing a whole lot of helping.
Let me break it down here.
Posted in America, crime, government
Tagged BJS, conditions, convict, drug testing, employment, ex-con, ex-felon, felon, future, GIF, healthcare, high school, homelessness, homocide, jail, kill my landlord, lyrics, mandate, murder, parole, planning, prison, probation, rape, recidivism, reform, rehabilitation, Statistics, the coup, transitional housing, unemployment, urinary analysis
Last week saw the death of Family Guy‘s Brian Griffin. One of the most central characters in the show, it’s needless to say that everyone was caught off-guard and most everyone, one way or another, wasn’t too happy about the decision.
When Evan covered it last week, he pointed out that Family Guy creator (and vocal talent) Seth MacFarlane has been suspected by some as having killed off Brian as an act of sabotage; intending to either run the show into the ground or shock the audience into returning as the shows ratings continue to decline. One way or another, Evan thought it was a pretty bold move, and wrote “…I think I’m going to applaud their decision.”
I disagree. Continue reading
Posted in art, cartoons, Comedy, Fame Day, television
Tagged American Dad, animation, Barry, death, Family Guy, GIF, hitchhike, Independent Movie, indie movie, Life of Brian, McFarlane, review, Road trip, S9E06, Schmuely Lonstein, Seth MacFarlane, Seth McFarlane, Snot, Steve, steve smith, the cleveland show, The Life of Brian, Toshi Yoshida, writing