First of all, the movie is not too religious. And also, it’s not too preachy – no preachy tone whatsoever about being religious, praying to your gods or becoming holy. But yes, it is indeed violent and grotesque for the ordinary viewers. And it’s definitely not for children (though it’s impossible to monitor your child’s online activities considering the fact that it’s easy to watch free movies online).
The movie is focused on the escape of the Israelite slaves from Egypt, thus the title Exodus. Why add “Gods and Kings” in the title? Perhaps to remind us about old societies worshiping many gods and kings. Or probably to not focus on Christianity alone, having only one God, since the story is too Christian.
It is also interesting to notice that the pharaoh, Ramses, isn’t really an outstanding villain after all. It’s true that the Israelites suffered too much under the leadership of Ramses (as depicted in the movie) however, the film also shows his soft side – his love for his wife and son. He’s actually shown as a weak character who still longs for his father’s love. He can’t decide on his own. Like other men, he lets his mother decide things for him. He wants the comfort of a bosom that expects nothing from him. He is the most irrational character in the movie.
Moshe or Moses, being the central character, is portrayed as an ordinary person who gets married, plays with his kids, and tries to do what’s right and wrong in the eyes of the society. What makes Moses from the Exodus movie different from the Moses in the bible is that he’s not a saintly hero. He is a hero for helping the slaves escape from Egypt but he is not a saint. He doesn’t really pray like most saints pray. He’s simply talking to God, sometimes arguing against Him.
The most interesting character in the movie is the boy who acts as God. In his first appearances, we see him more as a messenger than God. In the old testament, God is viewed as a punisher. The Great Flood might be a myth or based on real biblical events but the antagonist and protagonist in the story point directly to the same character – God. In the movie, God is again portrayed as both an antagonist and protagonist. The boy has a tendency to act childish- having tantrums and mood swings. He’s irrational and emotional. He easily gets angry and his reactions are predictable yet surprising.
The scenes related to the plagues of Egypt are grotesquely violent- the hungry crocodiles devouring humans and fishes, rivers filled with blood and huge frogs and flies. They are highly emphasized in the film merely to show God’s wrath. Also, another interesting thing about the film is that it attempts to provide scientific explanation and proofs about the plagues and why they occurred. That is why some religious groups condemned the movie and labeled it as a science fiction movie.
The movie didn’t really deviate from the original bible story – the sequence of events, the characters, and the plagues. But to confirm if it’s “biblically accurate” is another story. The director, Ridley Scott, is even accused as a racist, deliberately whitewashing the movie. Well, the truth is, I’m not so oversensitive about it. I love the action scenes. And to be fair, Christian Bale’s acting is captivating, making you forget he was once the dark knight.
Some movies are made to entertain or inspire you while others are meant to destroy you or blow your mind away.
The Outsiders (1983)
What the movie is all about
The film concentrated on the life of Ponyboy as an orphan and a Greaser and how he and the other young Greasers in his neighborhood were torn between two groups: the Greasers and Socs.
Greasers vs Socs
The movie is a reminder that groups or communities shouldn’t label and define us as individuals. The conflict between the Greasers and Socs was evident and could be influenced by class and social distinction.
If you’re a Greaser, you should be wearing black leather jackets, jeans with greasy hair and should be living in a poor neighborhood. You should be tough; and because you’re labeled as a poor guy who creates all the trouble in the neighborhood, then you’ll be the prime suspect in every crime in your town. If you’re a Socs, you’re supposed to be living in a nice neighborhood with nice cars, nice clothes, and a bright future. And you don’t steal, you can do everything you want because it’s easy for you to get away from almost anything. That’s labeling.
The first scene of the movie showed Ponyboy getting out of the movie theater. He was just a regular guy who liked watching movies and reading books. But because he was born in a low- income working class family surrounded by a not a so nice neighborhood, he was labeled as a Greaser.
Before Johnny died, he told Ponyboy to stay gold, to stay young and innocent and not grow up fast. To stay young is to be passionate and ideal. To stay innocent is to see the goodness in everybody and being positive. But then, as the title of Robert Frost’s poem goes, “nothing gold can stay.”
Johnny Cade: I think I like it better when the old man’s hittin’ me. At least he knows I’m there.
Ponyboy Curtis: Johnny’s dead. Told him about beating the socs, I don’t know. He just died. Told me to stay gold. Dally’s gone. He couldn’t take it, he’s going to blow!
What the movie is all about
The important part of the story started in the summer of 1967 when four boys Tommy, Michael, John, and Shakes were sentenced to serve 12 to 18 months at the Wilkinson Home for Boys where they were sexually abused by the prison guards.
The film tells a story about justified revenge. The violent and rape scenes force the viewers to unconsciously justify the killing of the prison guard and the tricks they played during the court hearings.
What is disturbing is that we unconsciously agree and justify their actions because the characters have already earned our sympathy. Our ability to empathize and sympathize could be a valid reason to long for revenge.
Lorenzo: Mike, are you sure you wanna go this way? I mean we buried this a long time ago.
Michael: You still sleep with the light on?
Michael: You read the Count of Monte Cristo lately?
Lorenzo: I dunno, 10 years ago
Michael: I read a little bit every night. I read words like revenge, sweet, lasting revenge.
This Boy’s Life (1996)
What the story is about
It’s a story about the life of a boy and how he struggled through adolescence, giving emotional support of his single mom, and dealing with his stepfather’s abuse.
Women as wallpapers
The movie talked about male domination. There was a power struggle between the boy and the stepdad. The depressing part of the movie was the fact that in those times, women were merely wallpapers; they weren’t allowed to have voices and be freed.
Toby Wollf’s mother was portrayed as a desperate woman who could not survive without a man. The story was also focused on Toby and who struggled his way through adolescence – with a single mother who had failed relationships and constantly seeking the emotional support of a man and realizing that they needed to be free from his stepdad’s abuse and insecurity.
The movie was about the splendid and luxurious life of the mysterious guy named Gatsby as told by another main character and his efforts to win back his old girlfriend who already had a family of her own.
The Green Light
The movie could destroy you forever. Watching the movie can cause grief and misery for a couple of months.
The green light symbolized Daisy and Gatsby’s dream to be with her. Like the light, she seemed near yet so far. The movie didn’t really emphasize love, but madness and terrible longing, and the story was told from the point of view of the narrator.
Daisy – The Beautiful Fool
Daisy was also portrayed as a beautiful woman who was able to get what she wanted merely because she was beautiful, that’s it. She had no character; she was hollow. Her lack of character and all those women in Gatsby’s parties could make you feel sick.
“They’re a rotten crowd. You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”
Nick Carraway: Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter – tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther… And one fine morning – So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Daisy Buchanan: I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.
Nick Carraway: In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me some advice. “Always try to see the best in people,” he would say. As a consequence, I’m inclined to reserve all judgements. But even I have a limit.
Other Life-Changing Movies
Because it’s easy to watch free movies online, most of these old movies are accessible through the internet.
We know her as the creepy Japanese girl with very long black hair covering her face. She likes to crawl out of the TV screen and scare the hell out of you. She doesn’t talk, she just makes a creepy sound as she crawls. Interestingly, she sounds like a Predator. Scary enough to make you scream. And she’s really flexible. She deserves to be on horror movie shirts, after all, she’s an amazing yet mysterious movie and book character.
I’m scared of old-fashioned looking girls, well, they’re beautiful though. One of the creepiest characters of all the horror movies I’ve watched is the mysterious mother of Parker Crane in the movie “Insidious 2“. She was elegant wearing her white vintage dress, pin-up girl hairstyle and matte red lipstick. She was classy and pretty alright, but the moment she appeared on screen with her fingers on her red lips, I totally freaked out. Creepy. And Sadako’s wearing a white dress, she doesn’t look classy though.
She is capable of projecting images from one’s mind using the nearest reflective surface as her medium. In the movie The Ring, she used her power of nensha to put a curse against a videotape that would kill whoever dared to watch it unless shown to another person within a specific time frame. Nensha is also called projected thermography, psychic photography or nengraphy.
3. She’s a hermaphrodite
She has testicular feminization syndrome, now called as androgen insensitivity syndrome which is a rare genetic disorder. Physically, she appears as a natural woman. However, internally she has no uterus, fallopian tubes or even ovaries. She is sterile and can’t have children.
4. She’s a rape victim
She was raped by a doctor named Nagao Jotaro when she was visiting her father at the hospital. She was killed and thrown in the well. No wonder she has a very vengeful soul. I’m glad those rape victims in India don’t have psychic powers like Sadako. Or else, they might create “The Ring Virus” and kill every man who attempts to sexually abuse them.
5. Sadako has a twin
She split into two identical twins: the good Sadako and the vengeful Sadako.
Because no one loves an annoying cockroach, a cult was formed by its members who vowed to kill every living cockroach in honor of the housewives who keep annoying their husbands with their loud screams each time they see a crawling cockroach. Why the cockroach massacre? Obviously, because it’s a copycat of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, only it’s not just Texas and they don’t do it with a chainsaw.
If you want to be a cockroach killer, here are some important pointers for the training for you to eventually join the cult.
Practice the art of killing by killing your cat with a fork. If you can’t kill it after 20 seconds, then you’re just another loser.
Burning moths in the candle is no longer a big story for grown-ups. Why not grill your dog alive and have a nice meal?
If you still believe that an ant has some skin on its fragile body (after a terrible argument with your mom who believes ants don’t have skins), then trust your instinct and skin it with a samurai sword. Being able to skin the ant without cutting the ant’s body means you are one tough bastard, congratulations!
Get a fly and place it inside an oven. Toast it and then feed its burn body to the dogs in the neighborhood.
Slice the cow’s balls and place it in an electric blender. Pour it into a glass and serve it to mom and dad.
Catch a rat and throw it from the 10th floor to the first floor. Get its eyeballs to replace your teddy bear’s lost eyeballs.
Catch a pregnant mosquito and place it inside the freezer. After two hours, carefully slice its belly and get the egg. Stir fry and enjoy.
Slice your horse’s testicles and feed it to another horse (you are what you eat).
Throw a grenade to a sleeping bird inside a cage.
Get a rabbit and place it inside a gas chamber. Be sure to strap its body in the chair.
The performances above are intended for your practice for the finale, the main event- the cockroach massacre. Please do try this at home.
Scrappy Coco shouldn’t only be remembered because of his bush and testicles and the fact that he’s giving every senior citizen one good favour- a free sex service after the haircut. The Zohan has his own propaganda- Lather. Rinse. Save the world.
Here are some of the reasons why Scrappy Coco should not just be the older women’s hero.
Scrappy Coco doesn’t want to fight anymore, the only thing he wants is to work for Paul Mitchell, cut hair and please the senior citizens.
Scrappy Coco has the balls to tell his fellowmen that he is tired about the never-ending war between the Israelites and the Palestinians- that he doesn’t want to get connected to more bombings and killings. He is an inspiration to all the soldiers in the world who use drugs, undergo methadone detox and other psychiatric proceedings after facing trauma in the battlefields. He aspires to make the world silky smooth.
Scrappy Coco proves to the world that we can still live together in the same street or house even if we belong to different races.
Scrappy Coco teaches every man that having a penis also means making every girl happy, even if she’s fifty years older than you.
Scrappy Coco is a hero because takes care of animals, especially goats.
Scrappy Coco teaches every man that to be a man doesn’t mean being in battlefields and killing people- to be a man is to have the courage to fight for your dream even if you have to cut hair and be a successful hairstylist.
Scrappy Coco teaches us that Mariah is really not a bitch, as others think she is.
Scrappy Coco teaches us about love and loving the owner of the house you are living in.
Scrappy Coco teaches us that every woman craves to be pampered. That older women still have some craving for sex aside from getting their hair done.
Scrappy Coco teaches us that your hot boss will soon be your hot girlfriend.
To Scrappy Coco, you’re not a piece of crap, actually, you should be a hero. You’re not just a piece of testicle, you’re an anti-war activist, a disco advocate and a passionate lover of the senior citizens. Long live Scrappy Coco!
There was a popular notion that poetic language is the language of “images” and this conception was accepted by the theorists of Symbolism. “The Summer Solstice” is considered to be a sort of revelation of women empowerment through the use of gothic and barbaric images. In the last part of the story, a reader is introduced to the idea of man’s submission to woman by the image of a “man crawling on the floor like an agonized lizard, his face flat on the floor, as his lips touched her toes.” This act could be considered as a form of worship to a god or to someone whom you see as a powerful and superior being.
The woman, on the other hand, portrays the image of a woman under the power of the Tatarin being a form of witchcraft, as depicted in the story. A reader is then given a hint by a rich description of the ritual of the Tatarin.
“…they covered their heads with their black shawls and began wailing softly, unhumanly-a hushed, animal keening…”
The description of Amada’s husband and lord being silent all along while she was naked and screaming in bed is also a powerful scene in the story.
The writer never mentioned sexual submission, whipping and women dominating in the bedroom, the reader is only being provided with images.
The emphasis on the independent value of words extended to the creation of “nonsense” language into a new form of creation. The story is able to submit itself as to what Roman Jakobson called “organized violence” in which a writer is able to roughen up an ordinary language into “formed speech.” Instead of merely narrating the events in the story, Joaquin was able to capture the finest and important moments because of his careful use of his language.
“…her hair flung back and her loose hair streaming out of the window-streaming fluid and black in the white night where the huge moon glowed like a sun and the dry air flamed into lightning and the pure heat burned with the immense intense fever of noon…”
And so, somehow, a reader is introduced to such words which deliberately suggest enchantment and a sense of magical realism. The tone of the story is veiled with sexual desires, superiority and fear.
Then came the idea of foregrounding. Dona Lupeng’s characterization in the end becomes a strong central figure in the story so as to draw out the repressed desires of women and they are being released from such repression through men’s ultimate submission.
The transcendental effect, therefore, is achieved following the idea that literature is always metaphorical and symbolic. Though its goal is not to deliberately reveal issues such as feminism, etc, the content is able to stand with the effective elements of the form. After all, the form is always the main focus of Russian Formalism.
Tatarin- a pagan ritual to the moon led by female priestesses