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I just finished taping Ju-On: The Grudge (the second Japanese original – the cinematic one, not the crappy made-for-TV one) for some friends at work. I couldn’t even bear to watch it again (I would peek in on it with the sound off, and then have to turn away from the horribleness almost immediately). I know of at least two people who consider it the scariest movie they have ever seen.

I’m not sure I would go quite that far, but it is easily the most relentlessly intense and malevolent movie I have ever seen. Most horror movies have clearly defined respites where the protagonists can regroup a little bit and try to figure out what’s going on, someplace where you feel reasonably secure that nothing terrible will happen. This movie does not. The evil can strike any place, at any time, and usually in a way that is very creepy and bad and wrong. And all you have to do to bring it on yourself is to visit the Evil Cursed House, or (IIRC) even come in contact with someone who has.

I recommend that everyone who likes to be scared see it exactly once – don’t worry too much about the subtitles if you don’t like that kind of thing, it’s not that heavy on dialogue.

If you can watch it more than once, I applaud you. Seek professional help.

1 comment February 21st, 2005 at 10:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Movies

Another Domino…

Once again, the United States is playing catch-up with History:

Same-sex partners in Britain will be able to enter into civil unions from December, joining gays in parts of Europe and the United States [very small parts of the U.S.] in obtaining many of the rights enjoyed by married people, the government said Monday.

How is it that our country, which is supposedly such an enlightened role model for the free world, always seems to be so far behind the curve on slavery, capital punishment (including death for the underage and mentally ill), torture, global warming, and now gay marriage?

Are the Europeans and Canadians really that decadent, or are we just mean-spirited, selfish, and backward? I think back to last November, when an “overwhelming majority” of 51% endorsed all of these things and more, and I have my answer.

At best, we have become the Two-Face of nations, and the ugly side is gaining. Anyone know a really good plastic surgeon?

Update: rorschach has tipped me off that Not-Princess Camilla “is not welcome at the White House because she is a divorcee. The reports do no[t] mention that Charles is also a divorcee.” Yes, I’m sure that if we were to scour the records of White House visits since 2001, we would not uncover a single example of a female divorcee ever being a guest there, not a one (apparently male divorcees are okay, though – hmm).

The reason I append this to this particular post is that I wonder whether this is really about Camilla being a divorcee (damn uppity women always trying to improve their station in life!), or whether this is just another example of Bush’s penchant for petty spite, sending a message to our erstwhile best buddies in the UK (and to his American fundie friends as well) that we don’t cotton to no civil unions for the gayfolk nohow. The fact that Charles and Camilla are getting hitched in a “civil ceremony” only serves to heighten the symbolism.

13 comments February 21st, 2005 at 02:42pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Religion,Republicans,Wankers

RIP, Hunter S.

May your afterlife be an eternity of good trips. May you keep writing, and find some way to publish from beyond. If you have to possess someone, that’s cool. We won’t tell anybody.

5 comments February 21st, 2005 at 12:00am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Books

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