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Robert Downey Jr, Mel Gibson, and the Idiot Forgiveness of God

Robert Downey Jr, Mel Gibson, and the Idiot Forgiveness of God

No idea how I missed this when it aired a couple weeks ago, but BRAVO! We all know about Mel Gibson’s considerable trespasses of the past few years – vile stuff, to say the least – depending on who you ask, he might have even committed an unforgivable sin (or three). So Downey Jr’s speech hits like a thunderbolt, does it not? In remarkably preacher-like fashion, he steps out on a serious limb, quotes JC and references Yom Kippur, in the process highlighting the severity of the Law in its secular expression and the self-righteousness that pariahs always inspire. In…

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ifeelunmotivated.com

ifeelunmotivated.com

I haven’t figured out yet whether this website is a spoof or not, but all satire aside, take a second to check out ifeelunmotivated.com. Developed to assist people with their various New Year’s resolutions, or those just stuck in life, the website is a collection of the best-of-the-best in inspirational pop culture. Everything is here: movie pep-talks, Nike & Gatorade commercials, and heart-wrenching human interest pieces from local TV news broadcasts. All of which are designed to motivate you out of your stuck-ness and spur you on to a healthy successful life.

Some examples of what you’ll find…

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Mike Tyson on Mel Gibson

Mike Tyson on Mel Gibson

You may have heard that the planned Mel Gibson cameo in Hangover 2 has been reneged in what appears to be some kind of a Hollywood disciplinary gesture (!). Well, our beloved boxing champ and Hangover star Mike Tyson has officially added his name to the list of dissenters, saying:

“I’m not going to ever in my life point my finger at anyone. I don’t live in a glass house. None of us do. I work with anybody, as long as they’re respectful.” Also: “We all have that guy — a Mel Gibson — in us. We just…

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A Prayer for M. Night Shyamalan: God DOES Exist!

A Prayer for M. Night Shyamalan: God DOES Exist!

My favorite novel of all time is A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving (maybe best known as the author of The Cider House Rules or The World According to Garp, which were both made into better movies than the atrocious Simon Birch, the Meany adaptation. In fact, I can’t close this parenthesis without mentioning that Birch was so atrocious that Irving refused to let the filmmakers use the name of his novel). The first words of the first chapter are:

“I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice — not because of his voice,…

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Another Week Ends: Christian Kung Fu, Calvin and Hobbes, Luther, Mel Gibson, Muppets, FNL, Dollhouse

Another Week Ends: Christian Kung Fu, Calvin and Hobbes, Luther, Mel Gibson, Muppets, FNL, Dollhouse

1. An article in The New York Times this week about “Where Feet, Fist and Faith Collide”. A number of Evangelical churches have turned to martial arts as a means to reach out to disaffected young men. While I certainly applaud the efforts of churches to engage with the widespread and tragic “fatherlessness” epidemic, I find this particular approach fairly disturbing – as if American Christians weren’t already obsessed with “conflict” enough (ht JS):

The goal, these pastors say, is to inject some machismo into their ministries — and into the image of Jesus — in the hope of making Christianity…

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Drunk and Interesting: Human Nature?

Drunk and Interesting: Human Nature?

“Things are getting interesting…” This ad campaign FASCINATES me. The image to the right graces a billboard in Jersey City that I see all the time. Commuters from Jersey to NYC see it just before they get to the Holland Tunnel. The first time I saw it, the message blew my mind. It seems to be saying, “These girls might kiss…or at least touch each other. You know why? They’re DRUNK!” The message is clarified (and made weirder) by the ad that plays, animation style, on the wall of the PATH on…

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Mel Gibson: Hypocrite?

Mel Gibson: Hypocrite?

I read an article today on MSNBC.com entitled: “Hypocrisy, thy name is Mel Gibson,” and, while it’s a witty title, I thought it brought up an interesting anthropological point: we are all hypocrites.

Personally, I am a huge fan of Mel Gibson. Braveheart is one of my top 5 five movies of all time. I still tear up every time he cries out “Freedom!” at the end. And, who could not like his character, Martin Riggs, from the Lethal Weapon franchise? On top of all of that he’s an excellent director.

Still, in recent years Mel has gotten a lot of attention…

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Post-Apocalypto: The Last Man on Earth... on Screen

Post-Apocalypto: The Last Man on Earth… on Screen

We are living in ominous times. Or so Hollywood tells us. It’s true though – impending doom has become a fixture in our political and cultural discourse as of late. The natural disasters of the past few years probably have something to do with it, as does the economic downturn, or you could just chalk it up to Bush-related malaise/nihilism. Whatever the case, if there’s any upside, it is the many works of post-apocalyptic fiction that are currently being produced: novels (The Road), movies (I Am Legend), comics (Y: The Last Man, Old Man Logan, Sweet Tooth), television (Battlestar…

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