Day: November 18, 2009

Hidden Gems: No, it's not that butt-ass-horrible TV Show

Stanley Tucci doesn’t get enough credit sometimes. I really started paying attention to him after his performance in “The Devil Wears Prada”, but he’s got quite a resume going all the back to “Miami Vice”.

He directs and stars along with the always beautiful Patrica Clarkson in “Blind Date”. They play a couple trying to cope with the loss of their young daughter by engaging in a series of blind dates… each one stranger then the last. The games can’t last forever however and leads to yet another tragedy.

Tucci and Clarkson show off the best of their veteran acting chops here. A temper tantrum here, a punch there, buttfucking here.

The concept of the movie is so simple, and takes place on only 2 sets. Low budget film at it’s best.

We get the treat to see two great actors show off everything they’ve learned during the years in a single film. Wonderful acting and mysterious narration keep you guessing. You never know what the fuck they’re going to be next. That might be frustrating for some… but great for others. This is making my Best of 2009 list for sure.


Oh Christianity…

Those who know me best know that I have a LOT of shit against Christians… after having been one for the first 18 years of my life. Going to church week after week, seeing fake smiles on fake people. The preacher, in all his high and mighty glory, looking down upon the peons, tell us the same old shit week in and week out. They say they’re there to support you, but will just turn on you in a second, I’m pretty sure I remember the Bible teaching something about that… since they love to pull it up to support their poor arguments.

I guess I’ll start there. The Bible is an interesting book full of history and some damn good parables. But in all reality, most it’s meaning has been lost in translation. Man, being very very fallible, had to put the pieces back together. This horribly screws any sort of meaning that might be hidden. It’s madness. The book is more then you can ever comprehend in it’s true form. Just chasing what you know you can’t get.

When I really sit down and think. All religions are pretty irrelevant. The core values are all there, more or less the same. But those are all pretty much man’s rules. The rules for living were given to Moses if I can all recall correctly. And those became the basis of living… No where is the Bible is there a detailed map of how to live your life. Maybe if I was high I could see it. How we interpiet and follow is all up to us. They could really learn a thing or three from the Muslims and the Buddhists.

Why pick on Christianity though? It’s what I know best. It’s the dominant religion on the planet bar-none.  The 2001 edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia stated there were 2.1 billion Christians in the world, or 33% of the total population. And and too often I see these people on their holier-then-thou attitudes. The people really aren’t that good themselves, but they think as long as you repent, you can do whatever the fuck you want. That sounds like a rather selfish thing to me. I for one don’t want to worship a god only because he’ll kill me if I don’t. That’s not very cool. If God wanted a race of robots, he would have made that no?

My real problem isn’t with the religion ITSELF. It’s more the way it’s practiced and taught. There’s only one preacher I’ve heard that I like, and that’s my friend Sterling. He makes it all make sense, even from my agnostic point of view.

But I guess that’s enough ranting about religions and such. I should get back to the movies.

Now playing: EeL – The end of my spiritually
via FoxyTunes