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“Chocolate” Review

by Methermeneus

I recently had the opportunity to watch the Thai film Chocolate (a. k. a. Zen, Warrior Within), a movie which is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the most repugnant concepts to come out of Easter cinema. The basic premise that so offends people is that there is a retarded girl who somehow has tremendous skills with martial arts, which she uses to beat up her ex-criminal mother’s enemies, culminating in a fight with said enemies’ secret weapon: another retard! Quite frankly, after having watched the film, I have to say that it is a martial arts masterpiece with an engaging story, and I am quite frankly offended by people who are offended by it.

WARNING! Major SPOILERS follow the cut.
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Why I Actually Like a Miley Cyrus Song

Let me begin by admitting that I am a highly critical person. I criticise the things I like. The other day, I had a discussion spanning nearly the entire length of the song about how stupid I think Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO (and oh boy did I have reasons to back up my argument!), which ended when my friend retired from the argument in confusion after learning that I actually love the song. (What can I say? It’s just crazy fun.) Furthermore, I really don’t like Miley Cyrus as a singer. Her voice ranges from “approximately the quality of most of my female friends in a karaoke room” to “shrill chipmunk torture,” her lyrics are stupid, and her attempts to sound “country” come off as insincere considering that she has never lived in an environment lacking plenty of California influence. It’s especially bad in Party in the U. S. A., in which she attempts to sound like an innocent country girl only to feel comforted at the sweet country stylings of… Jay-Z and Britney Spears?

So, last night, after recommending some ASL song translations as examples to a friend who was wondering if she was the only person who found fingerspelling to be the hardest part of learning the language (answer: no, if you don’t want to break the flow of the conversation, fingerspelling is insanely hard), I settled back to watch a bit of Stephen Torrence, A. K. A. Captain Valor on YouTube. Among his ASL translations are Miley Cyrus’s 7 Things and Party in the U. S. A., so since I put everything on a playlist, I watched/heard them, and I realized that, while I kinda like Party in the U. S. A. in spite of its stupid lyrics, bad singing, and rhymes that don’t even rhyme in that slant way that some rap lyrics do1, I find myself liking 7 Things on its own merits, rather than just because it’s kinda fun to listen to.

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First of all, I just want to say that this entry may not make a whole lot of sense if you haven’t seen at least Rocky, Rocky II, and Rocky Balboa. Also, since I know at least one person actually liked my Greek stuff, I want to apologize, but I’ve been getting a bit burnt out lately and don’t have grad school to prep for like I thought I would, and while I may work on my New Testament translation a bit, I’m not actually doing much hardcore classical Greek for myself at the moment.

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Porno Holocaust Review

All right, today we’re doing something different. This is a movie review, which is new, but this is also my first NSFW post (well, as much as an all-text post can be): the movie happens to be a pornographic one. Before you stop reading because you think this is just going to be about erotica (or before you continue before the same reason), I’m actually more concerned with the plot. Nevertheless, I do go into some graphic detail, so if you don’t like people talking about such things, don’t continue. Also, if you don’t like violence you might want to stop here because it’s a zombie movie. If you’re the kind of person who is now even more intrigued, continue on.

And, yes, I do realize how odd it is to see this right above a translation of the first two and a half chapters of the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Just take it as a given that I don’t really attach much personal significance to anything religious except some holiday rituals that I associate more with family than faith.

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