Sunday, April 11, 2004

vagary, excoriation

Weird. For the past two Easter Sundays now I am overcome with the strong desire to clean the house. I don't actually plan to do so, the urge just comes to me like a vagary. Though now, the more I think about it, it could just be that these recent Easter weekends have been a stay-at-home affair.

I finally saw The Passion of the Christ yesterday. Peng accompanied me and we agreed that it wasn't as over-the-top as the media hyped it up to be and certainly not deserving of the excoriation it got for inciting anti-Semitism. I remember there being two cringe-inducing scenes, even for my jaded taste: the slashing/whipping/gouging with the metal whips, and the final slashing of Jesus' side. Usually, on really gory scenes where blood is gushing out in streams I would sit up and think "cool, awesome". This time around though, I winced and groaned in disgust. I'm sure the subject matter had a lot to do with it. All in all I liked the movie -- but, in my opinion, it was not the "best movie ever made", nor was it a life-changing experience like, say, Schindler's List. To me, the movie was a realistic depiction of what it must have been like, to which the gore was appropriate. But it did not present any new, thought provoking ideas like The Last Temptation of Christ did. Despite that, the movie was quite apposite for this year's Black Saturday activity. As a kid, I remember Easter weekends watching bible classics such as The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur, Jesus of Nazareth, etc. However, I don't think I'll put The Passion on my future kids' Easter movie list. If I wanted Easter gore for my kids I think I'll put on Watership Down instead -- yeah...blood-soaked bunnies...cool, awesome.

now playing: Indigo Girls - Come On Now Social

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