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Religulous Exposes the Dirt that is Organized Religion

By Dirty Dan

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I finally got around to seeing Bill Maher’s surprisingly poignant documentary Religulous last night.  Now, granted, it’s pretty one sided, in a sense that they don’t really choose the best responses from the individuals he interviews (at least, I really, REALLY hope they aren’t the best responses!!!).  Based on the people he interviews, from the streets of middle America all the way to the Vatican, the film made me wonder how anyone could possibly take the Bible, the Koran, the Kabbalah or any other book that tries to dictate one’s moral actions seriously.

Throughout the film, Maher wanders the world debating anyone who’ll speak to him about the concepts and ideas of all the various world religions.  He poses very simple questions such as “if God is all mighty, then why doesn’t he just rid the world of Satan?”  Answer:  he will.

He will?  Wtf is that?!?!

Most of the people chicken out and run away (or look like they want to punch him) when they realize his intent of making a ‘documentary about religion’.  I understand that it’s hard to mess with people and their faith, but some of these people are blatantly trying to cash in off of religion more than actually believe in it themselves.  One of my more favorite moments was when he asked someone who claims to have received a message from God why God only communicates with one person at a time.  Wouldn’t it be much more efficient for God to speak to all human beings at once?  I mean, does God not have spam capabilities? 

In the film, Maher is able to expose Organized Religion for what it is.  After all, why is it only individuals who are at weak points in their lives (ie. in jail, recovering from assorted addictions, experienced loss of a loved one, etc) who claim to have faith and believe in God.  Doesn’t that seem to be very convenient for those who profit off of the weak?  In Religulous, Maher interviews one of those televangelists who preaches on tv to hundreds of thousands of people at once.  He makes a point to mention all of the designer clothes, fancy jewels and snakeskin boots that the televangelist is wearing, and how they were bought with money from the collection plate.  This man, who many people rely on for faith, tells Maher that his viewers expect him to look good.

I could, and should, write a blog of some sort on this film, and organized religion as a whole.  But I’m pressed for time right now, and the key message I found most inspiring in Religulous was that anyone and everyone who is nonreligious, Atheist or Agnostic…  we need to stand up and unite as one, and tell all of these people who would rather kill and destroy in the name of their God than share a world of peace to shut the fuck up and find a new hobby.

Inglorious Basterds Looks Dirty as Hell!!!

By Dirty Dan

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I saw the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s next film, Inglorious Basterds yesterday (see below).  Whether you like Quentin Tarantino or not, you have to admit that he knows how to portray fetish-style violence with the best of ’em.  I personally can’t wait to see how he interprets Nazi Killing in WWII.  If the trailer is any indication, it should be one hell of a dirty ride.  I’m sure it will include his trademark excessive blood and close up foot shots, as well as hit or miss dialogue about mundane topics.  It also includes that guy from The Office, as well as that kid from Freaks and Geeks, who actually looks like he never aged!!

He’s supposedly been developing the script for this for over a decade.  I read somewhere that he had originally intended for it to be a Western, but I guess it evolved.  After the Kill Bill movies, I’d be interested to see him do almost any genre. 

The Nazis Are Coming!!!!!!

Dirty Dan

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While we’re on the topic of foreign films that MUST be released here in the states, a friend of mine pointed me in the direction of this Norwegian Nazi Zombie Movie.  I don’t think I have ever seen another film that had so many great elements tied together into one story.  And, judging from the trailer (see below), it looks like it takes place in the Alps or something.  The film is called Dod Sno, which translates into Dead Snow, which means, if you’re Norwegian, and you’re on a snow holiday in this film, odds are you will experience death by Zombie Nazi.  Instant Classic!!!!!!!!!!!  I read that this film was at Sundance this year, so hopefully someone was smart enough to pick it up and distribute it to a mass audience in the U.S.

Donkey Punch, the Movie?

By Dirty Dan

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I read a film review in AMNY this morning on my way into work.  The film is called Donkey Punch, and yes, it is referring to that donkey punch.  (Note:  AMNY gave the film  3 out of 4 stars).  Of course, this could not possibly get green lit in the United States because we’re too ‘politically correct’ to ever release such a film.  But since they did it over in the U.K., I guess more liberal minded cities such as New York and anywhere in California will definitely jump on board and release it in a few theaters.  I’m all for it.  It looks like a cheesy horror/suspense/fetish thriller movie along the lines of Hostel or any number of others, but the one thing that creates interest is the infamous donkey punch.  I doubt I’ll head to the local theater for this, but if it ever ends up at Blockbuster, I’m there.