October 14, 2003

contemplation/passion

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at October 14, 2003 3:15 PM On Sunday (when else?) I received an e-mail from my grandmother, containing - without comment - a forwarded review (this one) of Mel Gibson's upcoming movie The Passion. (All recipient(s) of this message were bcc'd, so I can't tell if it went to other potentially interested parties or just to her most liberal hellbound grandson.)

The thing is, even without (in spite of?) this encouragement, I really want to see this movie. It's the only movie I'm likely to see with a significant amount of dialogue rendered in unsubtitled Latin, and as such my inner classics geek demands I see it.

However, it's worth taking into account that this movie is being sold as an offensive in the culture wars on behalf of right-wing Christianity. (Funny how only conservative political figures were invited to the early screenings.) With this in mind, I can't just go in and increase their box-office performance (by a whole $8.50, sure, but it's the principle that's important), and I certainly don't want to contribute, however inadvertently, a single cent of my ticket payment to the scary "traditionalist" Christian sect that Mel is associated with. This is, of course, not a big problem unless they're checking tickets at the door of the auditorium itself. "One for, uh, Kill Bill, please."

Speaking of which, wouldn't Quentin Tarantino's The Passion be so much cooler? "He was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. But three days later the tomb was empty. He is risen - and he wants revenge!" (Insert footage of Jesus sword-fighting with hordes of Roman soldiers.)

And assuming Tarantino would follow Gibson in including Latin dialogue, I fully expect this song to be performed. You might say my inner classics geek demands it. Tags:
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For the record her son was not favored with a forward of the review- at least not this son. And I guess I thought "The Passion" was footage of Rush Limbaugh coming down off Vicodin and that other stuff, what they call "hillbilly heroin" on the street.

Posted by: Jeremiah Spur | October 15, 2003 9:39 AM

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Funny, Josh says he didn't get one either.

There's a zombie-themed Halloween costume: Rush on OxyContin.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | October 15, 2003 10:14 AM

Ironic, isn't it?

And I'm the one that recommends you see such heartwarming movies as Kill Bill, Freddy vs. Jason, Once Upon a Time in Mexico... and I don't get forwarded this wondrous review?

Posted by: El Testiculo | October 16, 2003 2:45 PM
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