When things are investigated, knowledge is extended. When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere. When the will is sincere, the mind is correct. When the mind is correct, the self is cultivated. -- Confucius
Politically correct ideals are garbage: true wisdom comes from decades of deep thought and neutral observation. Only a so-called sociopath could ascertain wisdom from this crazy world in a neutral way. Cool thoughts- uncorrupted by modern politics, social norms, or societal ideals- are required for wisdom. Questioning everything, and going against the grain on all universally accepted norms is the path to true intelligence. The Gods notice this.


The Last Exorcism Movie I Will Ever Watch...

I remember when it was taboo for movies to show rapes, and now it is common. Other violent and weird things have been creeping in more and more as well, which is normally not a big deal. Censorship is crap, and prudes are idiots. But where does it end; will the line ever be drawn? It seems like there are so many movies being made anymore that the people making them will do anything to out-shock the others. They think this sells.

This twisted fad, combined with the obsession over "reality", are making movies less like movies and more like documentaries on how to film something sickening. It is common anymore to see a one and a half hour movie accompanied by over three hours of "bonus" footage. The producers, directors, writers, costume designers, et al, all sit around pontificating about why they did this and that for every instant of the movie. How this mundane, extraneous fluff can possibly be interesting to anyone is a true mystery.

Regardless, the most disturbing thing about movies anymore is the growing acceptance of vivid animal cruelty. Like rape, it used to never be shown- but now is more and more. I have been told that it does not matter, because it is not real. The animal groups supposedly watch while filming in order to certify that 'no animals were harmed' and so on. But this is not always true.

Consider the film "Cannibal Holocaust". It shows several animals really being killed. It is definitely real and no one monitored the making of this sick movie. A better known movie is called "The Collector". Available at Redbox, it is a "Saw"-esque gory horror flick. In one scene acid is spread over a floor, and a cat walks across it, melting as it goes. Still alive, its remaining body gets shut in a window. It does not look very real, but is disgusting nonetheless. With all the human butchery in this film, was the cat torture really needed?

The worst movie I have seen yet is the newest in a string of exorcism-themed films, called "The Last Exorcism". This movie is one of those insane camera-shaking films, which makes you physically ill after awhile. It is also obviously low budget, poorly acted, and very slow getting started. Then the end is an obvious knock off of the Blair Witch Project- with the camera crew getting chased down and killed while their own camera records it. It ends with the camera filming the ground. So un-original...They also have a title pic of the possessed gal bent over backwards, which is the only real contortion she does in the whole movie. I believe they wanted people to think there would be creepy contortions like in the Emily Rose movie, though there just wasn't. On top of all this, is the animal cruelty. The possessed gal gets up at night, decides to pick up the camera of the crew who is sleeping in the house, walks out to the barn, and kills a cat with a hammer. This scene was completely uncalled for, very real looking, and completely revolting.

The end credits listed an "animal wrangler"(Louis Pomes) and a "cat wrangler"(Alissa Whitney). What are their jobs? [If anyone knows how to contact Alissa Whitney, please let me know]. More disturbing yet is the fact that there is no mention in the credits whatsoever about any monitoring by any animal welfare group. Even if the cat was not really killed, you have to wonder why there was no monitoring. Because they don't care what anyone thinks? That would be my guess. Don't waste your dollar.

It is only rated PG-13 despite the cat-gore, and lists merely "disturbing violent content and terror, some sexual references and thematic material." I frequently notice absurd rating warnings, such as "teen smoking", "crude humor", and other inane violations in various movies. But animal cruelty has apparently not made it to the list yet on the MPAA's List of Naughty Things.

That movie is a good example of the direction movies are going, especially with more and more low-budgets coming out. If animal cruelty becomes okay to start showing for its shock value, then what will be next? Perhaps graphic depictions of child beatings, or molestations even (as in A Serbian Film). Maybe instead of mentioning a character having diarrhea, they will show it coming out...likely, as they already show vomiting close-ups more and more these days. I am far from a prude, and I love horror and gore movies- but even I am getting turned off by these stupid and disturbing trends among the producers of newer movies. Where will it end?

(c)  james platt