Movie Day

So, on the recommendation of my friend Kevin, I went to see the movie “District 9.” I have to agree with his assessment: it was a really good movie, and certainly not what I expected. I was expecting another Hollywood pro-illegal immigration referendum, but that wasn’t what it was at all. I won’t go into anymore detail than that, because I don’t like to spoil movies that I enjoy.
My one gripe was the line “Where there are weapons, there is crime,” in reference to civilians having guns. In defense of the movie, it doesn’t take place in America, and I don’t know what the South African gun-culture is like. A little later, the same commentator makes the comment, “Where there are slums, there is crime,” which Kevin accepts as an explanation of the earlier statement worthy of absolution–I don’t. But that’s a pretty minor gripe in a really good movie.

Unfortunately, I didn’t leave the cinema after watching it. I stayed to watch the new Tim Burton movie, “9.” Sigh. It’s yet another “God is dead, and that’s a good thing” movie. I could tell as soon as it started that it was some sort of allegory, but I admit that it took me until almost the end of the movie to figure out what the message actually was. At least it wasn’t as blatantly literal as the “His Dark Materials” series. Even if it weren’t for the ridiculous theme, this movie sucked. I find it a bit difficult to any level of suspense or sympathy when there’s not a single living character in the movie. That’s right, the “good guys” (more or less) are all animated rag-dolls (technically, they’re a Hollywood stupid-magic version of homunculi, but we don’t find that out until very late in the movie) and the villains are all completely unbelievable machines. And I have quite a high threshold for suspension of disbelief.

All in all, “District 9” is highly recommended; “9” is to be avoided.

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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  1. I really want to see District 9. My in-laws saw it and hated it. Idk why they sat through it. Of course they aren't going to like it. But father-in-law said that if I go and watch it and like it than there is something wrong with me. He was serious too. It kind of irritated me. I know I will like it. I like Alien and all that. Sigh. And there is nothing wrong with me. 😉

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