Oct. 4, 2008, 6:39 a.m. CST
that threatens people so much? <P>PresBush Admin, Creationism, The Stall on Stem Cell Research, The Abortion Bullshit, The Anti Gay Marriage Crap. The Catchphrase Printed on our Currency. Not having the right to freely believe in what ever it is you do. The honest people don't know who god is or what god wants or even if there is a god. One things for sure. We all die, and when we do we will know then. That or Nothing happens.
Oct. 4, 2008, 6:41 a.m. CST
It turns otherwise nice people into raving psychopaths. This is something that all horrormovies and videogames in the world couldn't do.
Oct. 4, 2008, 6:47 a.m. CST
Oct. 4, 2008, 6:48 a.m. CST
the more and more I want to see it, I really wish my small town theatre was playing it this weekend
Oct. 4, 2008, 6:58 a.m. CST
Grand Theft Auto 3<P> Natural Born Killers<P> Scream<P> So for all the blame tossed at religious group. <P>I guess what I'm trying to say is that people like to blame everything that doesn't include personal responsibility. What else is new. It called an excuse for inappropriate and or selfish and or evil behavior. Also Talents make failures. Part of the process of exploring ones self as an artist. Why are we so hard on these people when they've done so many things right in the past. Everyone loves to see Kings fall. Soon or Later they will hate you- Green Goblin was right. Mori was being soft about it but it was still a pretty strong hit. These kinds of attacks have place Berg and Lucas into a very bad place. I hate it. No one is perfect. No matter how hard they try. Respect the effort.
Oct. 4, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST
by The Tao of Joe
Maher is a bigoted and idealistic fool for thinking that if we got rid of all religious people from our world cultures, companies will stop polluting our planet and people across the world will stop fighting in needless wars. Maybe we'll all get free puppies and candy as well. Unfortunately, what Maher fails to realize, or at least prove otherwise in his film, is that pollution and violence have little or nothing to do with religion. Sure there are people out there who use the dog stuff to make the horrible things they do go down easier, but the people who fuck up our planet and cause terrible wars do so because they believe the ends justify the means -- something that no religion really teaches. I mean the Nazi's were largely atheistic. So were the Russians and the Japanese when they were stacking up bodies during the mid 1900's. Maher's film was all over the place in terms of having a focus in order to back up his thesis. His film was tantamount to mowing one's lawn with a weed-eater. What Maher and Larry Charles basically did was shoehorn about two hours of loose, sloppy diarrhea between a book end wherein Maher - who believes we should be humble and non-religious - gets on a soapbox and preaches directly at the camera saying that we should no longer be enablers (i.e. 'tolerant') of religious people. Let's face it people, his closing statement was just a few work camps and a people-sized oven short of a final solution. The answer we atheists should look for is not to split the world into yet another binary (religious people vs. non-religious people), because that's what all the morons who do terrible things in the name of 'God' already. What we need to do as atheists is be more 'Christlike' than most of the Christians we know, and hope that a few of them will learn from our example.
Oct. 4, 2008, 7 a.m. CST
based more on the events of katrinia than lord of the flies. I mean the same sort of shit went down at the rose bowl. Food for sex and murder and rape.
Oct. 4, 2008, 7:01 a.m. CST
by The Tao of Joe
"dog stuff" what I mean was "god stuff." Reminds me of an excellent "Kids in the Hall" sketch....
Oct. 4, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST
Accept it. Even the Atheist can't conclude otherwise. You either Think You Know, Or you Don't. But all faiths stress in the fact that You Must Believe. Or you wont be saved. So people Believe. And even then they have moments of Doubt. So That's my stance. Everyone Doesn't Know. Problem is we can't figure a true way to respect one anothers Unknowning Commitments to Their Personal Beliefs.
Oct. 4, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST
With the Appaloosa review. just saw the flick last night and it's exactly as you described it: a spot-on Western, bereft of contrivance and pretension. Ed and Viggo do make every scene a pleasure and I found myself chuckling at their exchanges throughout the film. It is a two hour pleasure to behold. And I gotta co-sign on 3:10 to Yuma. I love a good oater and I had just watched the original about a month before the remake was released. I was very disappointed with the newer version but never really bothered to try and figure out why. You nailed it in that brief sentence.
Oct. 4, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
"How many times can we see someone regurgitate the Stanford Prison Experiment in fictional form, this LORD OF THE FLIES microcosm that has been done and redone and redone and redone." I wonder how many young geeks know about this. Thank goodness for the web. Google it one and all and get yourself an edumacation.
Oct. 4, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST
Thanks for that Mori, Quint's take on it dulled my flame somewhat. Great article again, as ever.
Oct. 4, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST
I think you meant to say the Superdome not the Rose Bowl.
Oct. 4, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST
by Monkey Butler
Is that it's simply a social ordering system. The problem that I have with Dawkins' argument, and I guess the same is true here, is that he believes that if you get rid of the religions, you get rid of the evils done in their name. So no more crusades, no more jihad, no more social ostracism based on sex or race or whatever. But that's blatantly untrue. Religion may be an excuse and an enabler of some terrible things, but scared and weak people, and that's definitely not to say that all people are scared and weak, are always going to find some way to make themselves more powerful and more secure about their place in the world and in the universe. If it's not religion, it's politics, or it's social castes. Global atheism would by no means create utopia. <p> Regarding Blindness, I think from the very first trailers it was obvious exactly how the story was going to play out. The only surprise, and disappointment, is that it wasn't handled better by a director with a brilliant, if brief, track record, and by a pretty stirling cast. <p> And finally, what the hell is classic oater?
Oct. 4, 2008, 8:21 a.m. CST
by xavier masterson
... that this was based on,..." "Robert Knott and Ed Harris did a nice job adapting the script from Parker’s novel,..." Good reviews,Mori, and while you can certainty comment on the quality of the script, can you really judge how well they adapted the novel if you haven't read it?
Oct. 4, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST
by The Ringwraith
"conversely, why is it that people of faith feel so often that they have a mission to jam that faith down the throat of other people, as if they can’t be content in what they believe until they have absolutely forced you to believe it, too?" I can answer that. Its called The Great Commission and its an important part of Christianity. Jesus called upon the disciples to spread his word to "people of all nations". Its in the Gospels and in Acts.
Oct. 4, 2008, 9:16 a.m. CST
I really enjoyed the book Blindness is based on, and a lot of what you described you didn't like about it seemed directly from the book. Did you read the book, and if so, Are you saying the stuff just didn't translate well in the movie or that you didn't like general story and symbolism? I was fairly excited for this movie.
Oct. 4, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST
Superstition is. And the problem I have with Maher's film is that he doesn't get to the core of why superstition exists. It's called neurological expectancy, and it's the root of all dangerous irrational beliefs. The good news is that every carbon-based lifeform with a nervous system--from sea snails to Einstein has exactly the same problem. A little science goes a long way...
Oct. 4, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST
it does make problems worse. It's kind of like an enzyme. An enzyme is an aid to a chemical reaction without being central to that reaction. People will still hate and kill but religion makes certain that there is more hatred and killing.
Oct. 4, 2008, 10:20 a.m. CST
not religion. Even the Crusades was really about land grabbing in the end.
Oct. 4, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST
I don't get it. I would definetly say that it was the best modern western since "Tombstone", certainly much better than "Unforgiven".
Oct. 4, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST
who I saw first in Redbelt. I don't love her enough to see Blindness, but, uh, yeah, I pretty much love that woman.
Oct. 4, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST
use the government to force their beliefs on everybody else then it really would be personal and it wouldnt be a problem. Thats where I think I disagree somewhat with Maher. I dont care what loony stuff people believe as long as they are for separation of church and state, and it doesnt seem like thats ever the case no matter what religion it is.
Oct. 4, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST
Oct. 4, 2008, 11:11 a.m. CST
these are the facts, people.
Oct. 4, 2008, 11:19 a.m. CST
As Ringwraith said, the reason so many people who are religious aren't content keeping it to themselves is because most religions DEMAND THAT THEY DON'T! Christianity demands that its disciples go out and "win souls." After all, ETERNAL HELLFIRE is at stake for those who don't convert. If you actually believe that, how can you possibly be content just "keeping things to yourself"? <p>That's the whole problem with so much of this stuff. It would be one thing if Christianity simply dealt with loving your enemy, loving your neighbor, etc. That would make for a great way to live. But if you're going to believe that the Bible is holy, then you MUST believe all of it. If one part is "wrong" or false, then all of it could be. <p>That's why, even though I think the guy is freakin' nuts, I have more respect for the builder of the Creation Museum shown in the film. He actually believes dinosaurs and humans lived together and that the earth is only 6,000 years old. Why? Because, as he said, "If one thing is wrong about the Bible, then why can't all of it be wrong?" At least the guy is logical in his buffoonery. <p>I prefer the so-called Christians who "just want to keep it to themselves." (I'm pretty much agnostic at this point in my life, but I come from a strong Christian background and usually don't like to be bothered with the discussions anymore.) However, in a weird way, I also lack respect for them, because their beliefs are based on convenience. Pick and choose what Bible verses they want to believe. YOu either believe it all, or you believe none of it. And that includes those pesky verses about death penalties for picking wheat on the Sabbath or God wiping out every living creature in a village or Lot, the supposed "holy" man of Sodom, offering his daughters to a sexually-crazed mob. <p>Maher DEFINITELY earned the right for that final tirade. The movie showed just how friggin' NUTS so much of these beliefs are. The Jews working on ways to get around Sabbath restrictions using technology??? Are you KIDDING ME??? That was worth the price of admission alone, in all its insanity. <p>Thank God Maher had the balls to put something like this out for those of us who DO question things. And yes, I get the irony of that statement.
Oct. 4, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST
This is a guy who believes stridently in homeopathy, and didn't south park already settle this with their epic Go God Go episode. Plus Bill Maher = not funny.
Oct. 4, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST
and offensive. If he was trying to push his "ideas" he could come across like less of a bigot. I hate the notion that religion and rational thought are mutually exclusive. Some people reach faith after a lot of rational mental excercise and contemplation, and there is nothing to game in blaming zealots.
Oct. 4, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST
Oct. 4, 2008, 12:17 p.m. CST
by The Ringwraith
is the shit...Moriarty, I'm pretty sure, is in the minority here. The film has strong critic cred and a solid joe-six-pack fanbase. Although having discovered Unforgiven lately, I'm not willing to say I think Yuma is better...I kinda think Unforgiven is a masterpiece.
Oct. 4, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST
by Raymond Shaw
Blindness: "this material is just plain hackneyed...How many times can we see someone..." Appaloosa: "Bragg shoots all three of them in the face...he does it the way you'd swat flies ...without the slightest twitch of conscience" ...and that isn't hackneyed? A cold-blooded killer displaying no emotion while shooting people...I suspect that most people have seen that type of scenario 10 times more often than "the LORD OF THE FLIES microcosm". "Blindness" might not be very good, but not because the material is "hackneyed". Hackneyed material can be interesting if done well, that seems to be the case with that scene from "Appaloosa".
Oct. 4, 2008, 1 p.m. CST
It's not even in the same league as Unforgiven (there are several Western Leagues, don't you know)
Oct. 4, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST
Didn't work for me for a number of reasons. Russel Crows hyped "Evil" character wasn't that evil. Also he was "artistic". That right there is a cliche. And Christian Bales "Honorable" civilian who lives up to his word despite all odds was also a big ass steryotype<p> But the scene that didn't work for me was when Russel Crowe finally had the upper hand on Bale, was strangling him and Bale explains his motive for not giving up...(another cliche") Crow uncharacteristically decides to give himself in.By his actions before, he should have just beat the crap of him and left...instead he "sees the ligbht". What would have made that moment work had BALE had the upper hand and beat some sense into Crowe. That way, he's finally been bested by a better man and see's it in a new way.<p>
Oct. 4, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST
he so desperately wants to be the new George Carlin, except that Carlin was funny, original, insightful, and in some ways even prophetic. Carlin actually believed 100% in every word he said. He just happened to say them in a fun and entertaining way. Maher is a hack who just wants to be king of the clowns, and now that Carlin is gone, he's putting for an application for what he sees as a vacancy. He's an opportunistic stand-up comic whose stand-up act wasn't even all that funny. It was silly, but in no way is he or will he ever be George Carlin.<p>
Oct. 4, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST
Whatever the case with Religulous may be, I'll never catch it because despite tuning into Politically Incorrect every week I can't take his smugness, nor Dawkins', nor HItchens, nor that mental midget Sam Harris, whose book I flung across the room. What a boring world it would be without a hint of the supernatural or superstition, or any sort of transcendent resolve. The new atheism has a sickening smugness which has an analog view of religion that's far too simple minded, combined with an arrogance that's even less attractive. Lots of bad and good has been done in the name of religion, just as lots of good and bad has been done in the name of natural resources like oil or food. <p> Having said all that, Scientologists on the other hand, are batshit crazy.
Oct. 4, 2008, 1:52 p.m. CST
..."characters acting out of convenience instead of their already-defined nature." <p>Slight spoiler:<p>When Harris and Viggo chase Henriksen and co. after the train sequence and get the drop on them...they conveniently give them back their weapons for the old cliche "we need your help to get past the indians, but we'll settle up in town." When in reality, all they needed to get past the Indians was to replace their horse. (Not to mention, although this beat was played out in 3:10 also, it was more understandable there. Bale and co. were inexperienced and needed Crowe's help. Harris and Viggo are such badasses, they are more than capable of blowing away the bad guys and making a stand themselves if need be...two more gunhands aren't going to make THAT much of a difference.)<p>I agree with the rest of your review and think there is a lot of fine character work and it's a small, enjoyable movie made better by the Harris-Mortensen casting and camraderie...but that moment was a huge misstep to me, just a lazy and convenient way to force a showdown in town.
Oct. 4, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST
Have we mentioned you're the best on this site lately?
Oct. 4, 2008, 2:05 p.m. CST
Scientologists *are* batshit crazy
Oct. 4, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST
The movie is surprisingly faithful to the book... although actually seeing some of the things mentioned can be a little more taxing than reading about them. Bottom line, if you like the book, then you know what you're in for and you should like the movie.
Oct. 4, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST
I'd recommend you actually read the book, Moriarty. It, too, was terrible. In fact, from what you say, Mierelles should be respected for this movie. He seems to have stuck to the material rather faithfully. At least it shows that he respects the author. Although I think that this book should have been changed, I'm sick of directors taking it upon themselves to "fix" a book. Mierelles did what a good director should, nothing except direct.
Oct. 4, 2008, 2:35 p.m. CST
is that he's not saying people shouldn't believe, he's saying people should admit they don't know for sure.<p>If you've lost a loved one or were stranded by Katrina, if you've been surrounded by hopelessness, he understands why people rely on faith. But faith is in the belief.<p>The difference between believing and knowing is accountability. If abusive priests believed in God, they would struggle and fight that temptation that's within them. But because priests KNEW that God exists, they fell back on the mantra, "I am as God made me." They have absolved themsevles of personal accountability.<p>Suicide bombers KNOW that there is an afterlife, they KNOW that 72 virgins are waiting for them. That's why they do what they do. If it was merely a belief, if there was the slightest bit of doubt that the end of this life might be the end of their existence entirely, they wouldn't lay down their lives so easily for a belief, for a hope, for a hunch.<p>The world is a better place with a diversity of belief systems, faiths, personal sets of morals that have been imprinted on us. The pain that we cause each other comes from letting faith turn into misguided fact. Believe what you want as loyally, lovingly and faithfully as you want, all Maher wants is for everyone to admit that they'll never know for certain until they get there. Now he's a comedian and he has his own style so he gets points for being as incendiary as he can but I think the point he's trying to make underneath that style is a valid one.
Oct. 4, 2008, 2:53 p.m. CST
Student: "Teacher is Eris True?" Teacher: "All Things Are True." Student: "Even False Things?" Teacher: "Yes Even False Things are True." Student: "But how can that Be?" Teacher: "I dunno man, I didn't do it."
Oct. 4, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST
I've just seen this so called "film." Let me atest you, a film, it is...not. Bill Maher is a total imbicile when dealing with religion. He taunts and protagonizes religious people just to get a rise out of them. As I just learned in class, the major tenets of film are to bring people together. Maher simply doesn't do that, he is, alienating. He is unrespectful to religious people. No, take two, he is so unrespectful that it surpasses anti-respectful to the point where it offends me and any free thinking individual. This film will and deserve to fail.
Oct. 4, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST
He's a soulless douchebag. End of story.
Oct. 4, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST
Um, film isn't a belief or dogma. It has no tenets. It's a medium. You can't recklessly toss around words like that. Film is not a religion.
Oct. 4, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST
Can't wait to see Appaloosa
Oct. 4, 2008, 5:13 p.m. CST
by broken ear
Oct. 4, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST
by Han Cholo
I'M GONNA DRILL YOU SUCKA!!! I'M GONNA GRIND YOU UP!!!!!
Oct. 4, 2008, 6 p.m. CST
If you're not cutting peoples heads off and flying planes into building I don't really care what you believe. What, Jesus died to save the little children? That's nice, have a nice day. The anti-christian people need to chill the hell out.
Oct. 4, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST
by Mockingbird Girl
Since no one seems to have answered your question: An "oater" is a Western. It's an example of the "slanguage" made famous by Hollywood trade paper Variety. See http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=slanguage for more examples.
Oct. 4, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST
I can't wait to see APPALOOSA.
Oct. 4, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST
As i prior said, Religiulous is just flat out dumb. If you don't acrue with me, fine that's, fine. But in truth, I'm highly educated and my opinions are widely inspected within the film communities in Las Angeles and New York City (namely Manhattan, but a little bit in Brooklyn too,). There for heed my advice: do not see the movie, it's a waste of time. If you want to see a decent film try a little something i call Kane Citizen Kane. As for Appaloosa...a western? are you kidding me? My colleagues in the film criticism community in both Universities and Journals totally unvalidated those films ini the 1970's. Sergio Lahore has gone down as one of the most poorly funded makers in the history of cellulum. So please HOLLYWOOD. I SPEAK FOR EVERYONE ON THIS FORUM. STOP PRODUCING THE UTTERMOST SHIT THAT YOU HAVE BEEN PRODUCING THE PAST 6 DECADES. A PUT OUT DECENT FILMS AGAIN AS YOU DID PRIOR TO 1949. Nuff said.
Oct. 4, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST
by Johnny Smith
Is English your first language?
Oct. 4, 2008, 8 p.m. CST
I'm sorry...i don't speak the vernacular. I'm not a vulgarly plebium like the people you find on this boared.
Oct. 4, 2008, 8:05 p.m. CST
That one was way overhyped. As far as I'm concerned he's 1 for 3 now if Blindness is in fact a dud.
Oct. 4, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST
the constant gardener terrible? that's a new low in attention-baiting even for you. EVERYONE knows that film is a masterpiece. of course, I'm on a lot of cold medication at the moment. maybe you're being serious.
Oct. 4, 2008, 8:17 p.m. CST
Just saw it too. It was everything Mori said. And Maher admits a couple of timers in the movie that he still wants the answers. <P> I get the impression that he was trying to understand that thing that compels us to WANT to believe ... him included.
Oct. 4, 2008, 8:23 p.m. CST
And neither do I. That's the great thing about liberty, my friends. I can basically tell you and your god to go screw himself. What Maher is doing is just preaching doubt. If you get offended by this movie you're probably an idiot.
Oct. 4, 2008, 8:30 p.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... but I can't deal with the troll anymore. Filmgenius is being shown the door. It's such a transparent shtick. No one is that fucking stupid, making that many blatant mistakes in a single post. He's just someone's idea of a joke, and I'm not laughing. Bye, Filmgenius. We hardly knew ye... thank fucking god.
Oct. 4, 2008, 8:39 p.m. CST
When it's something you have chosen to participate in... it's a beautiful life altering experience. When it's forced on you... it's a horrific life altering experience.
Oct. 4, 2008, 8:49 p.m. CST
Oct. 4, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST
is because it is dangerous. Dangerous to the faithful themselves, and to everyone else. Religious faith fosters a state delusion and complacency. Why must the faithful mind worry about anything? It's all part of God's mysterious plan regardless. Why does a faithful person need secular science? Why does a faithful person need to tolerate those unfaithful (an extreme example, but it's prevalent enough to warrant attention)? These are just a few concerns among many intrinsic to faith that can have devastating consequences for the faithful and quite literally all of humanity. And for what? Name me one thing a balanced individual, one positive aspect a person might benefit from that absolutely requires religion. One positive trait reliant upon religion that one could not obtain through secular means. Can you do that? Faith threatens me because it is beyond useless; it's counterproductive to humanity as a whole. We don't need it almost as much as we don't need the negative aspects inherent to it.
Oct. 4, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST
Could someone please let me know who to properly use paragraph breaks here? Thanks.
Oct. 4, 2008, 9:04 p.m. CST
Religion is personal for many people. It is for me. Groups is the problem with religion. When you retreat into the security of a group of religious people to protect yourself from the challenges to your religion from other people. When you form a group to protect yourself from those who don't accept your beliefs... well... what happens when there are differences in beliefs within the group. The group exists to protect belief... what happens when belief is challenged within this same group? You get sub groups. Often the sub groups split from each other forming individual groups. This happens over and over again... each split solidifying a belief. More and more the sub groups become more and more firm in their beliefs until you have a group that finally adopts the belief that challenges are unacceptable within the group. And that's how you get your religious people who don't believe in challenging beliefs. These groups also believe that everyone should believe what they believe. This is how you get the groups of religious people who demand that others accept their religion.... they don't accept challenges to their beliefs even from themselves, so, they don't accept them from anyone else... this is how they go from sharing their beliefs to trying to make their beliefs the law of the land.
Oct. 4, 2008, 9:12 p.m. CST
i grew up with religion forced on me by my parents. i grew up with other people who had religion forced on them by their parents. throughout history religion has been forced on billions of people by their family and their government. being forced to accept a belief is a violation. but accepting a religion because you believe in it of your own free will can be a very rewarding experience. that's the truth of most things. nobody wants to be forced into anything in life.
Oct. 4, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST
...he met one troll too many. This fall, Drew McWeeny IS 'Feedin' Trolls: The Professor Moriarty Story'
Oct. 4, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST
Christianity demands that its disciples go out and "win souls." <p> I'm a Catholic who's been going to church for 20-odd years and I've never once heard this. I've also never pushed the merits of my religion on others, and I am very reluctant to even talk about my religion with others very often. All I've ever heard was the preaching of tolerance and compassion. <p> There are a lot of zealous nuts out there, speaking out in the name of God and they give a terrible name to all the normal people out there walking around who just happen to be religious.
Oct. 4, 2008, 9:36 p.m. CST
A hell of a fun time - with a FUNNY ass script. But Renee Zellweger's stepping-off-the-train is one of the most unintentionally hilarious scenes in the movie. Her sour-ass face all scrunched up from the sunlight could make even the staunchest town sheriff run for the hills. What happened to the Jerry Maguire Z that we once knew?
Oct. 4, 2008, 9:40 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
A.) Zellweger's hideously squinchy, botoxed face is SO not 1882, and B.) Ed Harris singing(!) over the end credits sounded like one of those John C. Reilly spoof songs from Walk Hard. Otherwise, good movie, but it's ain't 3:10 To Yuma (one of my favorites from last year).
Oct. 4, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
I could buy Kevin Costner mooning over Annette Benning in Open Range, but I can't imagine ANY man going for Zellweger, especially a badass like Ed Harris.
Oct. 4, 2008, 9:44 p.m. CST
And I hope you'll consider it, even if it doesn't apply to you. Faith brings me inner-peace. That's the positive aspect. It calms me. It in no way makes me think that all will okay, if I just believe. Again, that seems to be a misguided generalization of what people find in religion. <p> Quite simply, I have faith that comforts me somehow. Would I be at peace without it? Who's to say? Maybe. Maybe not. But it's something I have been brought up with and developed over time. <p> And I've never hurt anybody with it. And I've never manipulated anything in any way with it. And it only concerns myself. So what's wrong with that? Call me weak, I guess, if you'd like. It won't bother me, because I know what kind of person I am. But I've been a "balanced" and "good" person all of my life. Was it because of faith? I'm not sure. But faith is part of who I am - that much is a certainty. Of course, a lot of others do bad things in the name of what they believe. And THEY are the ones who are too weak to realize when things are an "allegory" vs. the things that have been misinterpreted for wrong-doing.
Oct. 4, 2008, 9:46 p.m. CST
/obligatory lack of an edit feature on AICN post
Oct. 4, 2008, 9:47 p.m. CST
I'm fairly certain there was an audible GASP in the theater when she appeared. They might have done well to release that movie closer to Halloween. <p> Nice screen name, by the way. Are you your own father?
Oct. 4, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
[talking to Enis' crotch] "Hang tight in there, Dad!"
Oct. 4, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST
Humans don't usually seem care much what other humans are thinking about.<p> But when it comes to religion, many people become ENRAGED if other people aren't thinking "right" thoughts.<p> (In the US and a few other places, that also applies to political beliefs.)
Oct. 4, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST
I can deal with that. I would say that you're probably an example of the best case scenario religious person, and i'm sure you're a fine person, as are a lot of religious people. My argument here is that take religion away from your childhood, and what's stopping you from being the person you are today sans religion? I think the answer is nothing. I do not mean to be presumptuous and offend you here, but you were likely taught religion before you were able to comprehend the world even to the slightest degree, as basically all religious people are. If whatever arbitrarily chosen religion wasn't a forced institute upon your developing mind, you wouldn't need it today like you do, it wouldn't be a part of you, and you would be none the worse for it. In fact i would argue that you would likely be a better person in many ways. I think that in realizing that there is no Catholic god (or any of the gods detailed in the numerous man-made religions prevalent in our world) you would be freed from the many rigid preachings that are a part of the religion. I think you would have a batter understanding of the world and universe we live in and thus a better approach. This may all sound arrogant and condescending to you though surely i do not mean to come off that way that way, but i very much know that it is fundamentally true; and not through faith, but from experience and observation. And assuming you can imagine yourself minus the religion but still the good and great person you are today, and others like you who wrongly take comfort in religion have managed to outgrow it, basically a world without religion, we humanity still have all of the benefits that may arise form religion, but none of the much more numerous maladies. Does that truly sound so unsettling to you?
Oct. 4, 2008, 10:52 p.m. CST
A Belgian movie determined to offend everybody - but not in a good way. Smug, crude and puerile.<p> The 'energy' you mention Mori is the only thing that makes it (barely) watchable. <p> When I saw it last year most of the audience walked out.
Oct. 4, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST
First of all, thanks for being cool. It's tough to actually get mature discussion going about this. <p> Second of all...No, it's not that unsettling. Surely, what you say is a very plausible idea. Even as a religious person, I can admit that a world like yours could possibly still exist without religion. I think that is an even fairer statement, if you believe that common morals are inherent in our culture. <p> I only object to getting flack from some just because that's the way I happened to be brought up. The fact of the matter is, religion does exist, and some have found peace in it, and as long as I'm a good person and can lead a happy and successful then I'm not harming anyone. That's all. <p> But I think what you say is very true also. I think it will be interesting to see the future generations grow up. Less and less people go to church. And do I think we'll be worse off as a world for it? No, I don't think so.
Oct. 4, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST
We'll be worse off, but for other reasons, I'm sure. :)
Oct. 5, 2008, 12:34 a.m. CST
while the "Great Commision" in Matthew, Mark and Acts does tell Jesus' followers to "go into all the world" and "spread the good news to everyone everywhere" it doesn't lay out a game plan to do that, the street corner evangelist, the Kirk Cameron Way of the Master plan rarely is effective for soul winning and really generall pisses off people. the heart of biblical evangelism as I understand it, is in doing good works (see the book of James for it's treatise on "you say you have faith, let me see your works"). St. Francis said it best and more and more christians need to take this advice, "preach the gospel to all the world and if neccssary use words" basically what he was saying, what he molded, was doing things to help people rather then preaching adn screaming and whatnot. In Proverbs it says "do not withhold from someone in need if it is in your power to help them"<P>it's when Christians are building houses (habitat for humanity), are rebuilding after disasters (like Operation Blessing and many many others), when you run a soup kitchen, or buy someone a meal or groceries or something like that that's seems to be the most effective form of evangelism, again in my opinon
Oct. 5, 2008, 1:36 a.m. CST
Seriously, all his work in the first 1/2 hour of Appaloosa is in the eyes; hilarious and brilliant.
Oct. 5, 2008, 1:51 a.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... phenomenal comparison. That's one of the things I forgot to mention... APPALOOSA is frequently quite funny, and a lot of it is simply in the silent reactions of Viggo to what's going on. Spot on, sir. Well played.
Oct. 5, 2008, 1:58 a.m. CST
Appaloosa, while not as good as 3:10 to Yuma, was an enjoyable, fun film, filled with lots of humor and pretty cool gunfights as well. Ed and Viggo were both great, as was Jeremy Irons. I definitely recommend this film, as it's probably the best film in wide release this weekend. I wish I could see Rachel Getting Married though!
Oct. 5, 2008, 4:15 a.m. CST
I finally saw Foot Fist Way tonight. I feel like I just saw Spinal Tap for the first time. Thanks for pointing that one out.
Oct. 5, 2008, 4:34 a.m. CST
most plastic surgeries of the face. Those two have to have a piece of botox's stock. Kidman's new baby has more wrinkles on his forehead than both his mommy and Renee's.
Oct. 5, 2008, 4:41 a.m. CST
God is a Concept by which we measure our pain I'll say it again God is a Concept by which we measure our pain I don't believe in magic I don't believe in I-ching I don't believe in Bible I don't believe in Tarot I don't believe in Hitler I don't believe in Jesus I don't believe in Kennedy I don't believe in Buddha I don't believe in Mantra I don't believe in Gita I don't believe in Yoga I don't believe in Kings I don't believe in Elvis I don't believe in Zimmerman I don't believe in Beatles I just believe in me...and that reality The dream is over What can I say? the Dream is Over Yesterday I was the Dreamweaver But now I'm reborn I was the Walrus But now I'm John and so dear friends you'll just have to carry on The Dream is over
Oct. 5, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST
He came up with some cringingly pretentious lyrics on that that album.
Oct. 5, 2008, 10:45 a.m. CST
The notion that "the school of rationalism over the supernatural" is an EXTREME point of view goes to show how brainwashed Moriarty really is. Believers are so deluded that someone who asks for one shred of evidence in support of their silly theory is called an "extremist." Laughable.
Oct. 5, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST
by Han Cholo
You ever fuck a mutant?
Oct. 5, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST
Really? Inert? What in the fuck are you talking about? Blindness is a phenomenal film that is every bit as good as the book. I think you're crazy.
Oct. 5, 2008, 8:03 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
Looks like a lot of his posts are still around. What happened to good old fashioned ultra-banning?
Oct. 5, 2008, 8:23 p.m. CST
Oct. 5, 2008, 8:25 p.m. CST
Love em. I want more! MORE! ahem. That is all. And Blindness sucked. Middling effort and a piss poor script. All I have to say is they all deserve what they got in that place because they are a bunch of sheep...baaaaahhh! If you see it you will know what I mean.
Oct. 6, 2008, 1:08 a.m. CST
All you religious moderates need to look at the world around you and see that religion is a poison and needs to be put on the shelf like all other stupid ideas. Grow up!
Oct. 6, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST
You have now been reviewed more times on this site than The Dark Knight !!!
Oct. 6, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST
For someone who talked about if there were no money - he sure accumulated a lot of it...
Oct. 6, 2008, 1:27 p.m. CST
So, bash religion all you want, along with your buddy Bill. You'll be sharing the same fate and pain.