Monthly Archives: June 2013

Supernatural – Season 1, Episode 11 – SCARECROW

Hello Supernatural fans! 🙂 It’s that time once again that I, for one, look forward to: your weekly review of a Supernatural episode. Today, we’ll be discussing another of my all-time favorites, Scarecrow. And yes, it is about  a killer scarecrow. Isn’t he cute?

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Gotta go with Dean on this one:

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For the Greater Good? I Hope the Hell Not

Before I continue on with this weeks Bizarro Bible post, I’d like to extend heartfelt hugs, prayers and good wishes to those affected by the floods in Canada. After dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I still can’t imagine what the residents of Alberta and the outlying counties. If you pray, please pray for those affected. If you wish upon a star, please use your wish to help those in need. If you hope, please hope for a speedy recovery. If you love, please send your heart to Canada.

DISCLAIMER: This blog post was written in good fun. It does not reflect the views of anyone associated with this blog in anyway. In addition, it may contain some adult content and/or biblical mockery that may offend some people. If you are one of those people, read on at your own risk or don’t read on at all. Your choice. We all have choices and I choose to not take everything so seriously just as you, the reader, may choose to skip my Thursday blog posts. I am neither a heathen nor an atheist. As a matter of fact, I was raised in the Catholic Church and attended Catholic School for a number of years. Again, this is all in good fun – and laughing makes us all live a little longer. So if you’re ready to turn that frown upside down, read on.

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Can’t describe this week’s post. Not Bizarro. Not snarky. Not funny. Just, not.

We’ve all heard the story of Noah’s Ark. The great flood, animals arriving two by two. We also know, if the Bible os to be believed, that the flood occurred because of God’s anger, and because he wanted a “do over.” In my opinion, his “do over” excuse was crap. Fix it, don’t erase it. Learn from your mistakes, don’t pretend they didn’t exist. What about all the innocent people that died because he told Noah to build an ark, but oh, by the way, there is only enough room for so many.

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This is kind of how I feel when I see great natural disasters like the floods in Canada, Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, the earthquakes in Haiti, the tsunami in Japan, the fires in Colorado, tornadoes in Oklahoma… Are all of these things a way to eradicate the less than morally perfect? Are these disasters modern day testaments to God’s lingering wrath?

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Maybe I don’t have enough faith to know these terrible things happened for an assumed greater good. Maybe I don’t have enough spirit to know something better will rise from the ashes of such events. Maybe I don’t see with my Biblical Jesus glasses. All I see are men, women and children affected by terrible tragedies. My heart breaks every single time something like this happens. It fills up and breaks apart. Maybe it’s meant to remind me to hug my kids closer, appreciate my family more, live life fuller, laugh louder, stand taller…

And it all makes me question:

Have I, have we, become a society that depends on disasters and the tragedies of others to make us se what’s in front of us?

~Christine

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Season 1, Episode 10 – ASYLUM

Welcome back for another exciting #SupernaturalSunday! As always, I’m happy to guest post again this week. So let’s take a little trip into horror movie territory and go to a closed down asylum. Not creepy at all.

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The place is called Roosevelt Asylum and it looks like it’s from an old episode of Ghost Hunters. The cops have been called because kids have a bad habit of breaking in. Local legend has it that if you spend the night, the spirits of old patients will drive you insane. So, of course, teenagers want to check it out. One of the cops finds the kids and kicks them out. The other one gets a nosebleed, goes home and shoots his wife, then himself.  Read the rest of this entry

Posessions, Demons, Exorcisms, Anti-Christs and Resurrections – Oh My!

I don’t think I need a disclaimer today but just in case:

DISCLAIMER: This blog post was written in good fun. It does not reflect the views of anyone associated with this blog in anyway. In addition, it may contain some adult content and/or biblical mockery that may offend some people. If you are one of those people, read on at your own risk or don’t read on at all. Your choice. We all have choices and I choose to not take everything so seriously just as you, the reader, may choose to skip my Thursday blog posts. I am neither a heathen nor an atheist. As a matter of fact, I was raised in the Catholic Church and attended Catholic School for a number of years. Again, this is all in good fun – and laughing makes us all live a little longer. So if you’re ready to turn that frown upside down, read on.

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I generally come to you on Thursdays to discuss the super-weird things I find in the Bible. Not quite Biblical FanFic but sort of. Today I was thinking of letting you know some of the things that really freaking creep me out about Biblical FanFiction. Since I am mostly auditory but always visual, I’d like to discuss a few movies that give me nightmares – and they all have religious overtones, undertones, themes, plots, characters…you get it. Most, if not all of these, have some basis in reality – if allegations of exorcisms and being taken over by demons are to be believed. Here are my top 7 freakout movies – in no particular order: (I would have gone ten but I don’t think my heart can take it) Read the rest of this entry

This Is The End

WOW. Okay, before I go any further, I want to say a few things. This movie will ONLY appeal to you if you like filthy adult humor, Biblical FanFiction/Apocalyptic tales, and celebrities making fun of themselves nonstop for an hour and forty-seven minutes. Since that’s EXACTLY my type of movie, I saw This Is The End last night and LOVED it!
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So, the brief plot stuff. In a nutshell, Seth Rogen and his buddies from all his movies get together for a party at James Franco’s house (they’re really playing themselves! And dropping hilarious other-movie references throughout!) when the world ends. Rhianna falls into a sinkhole, Michael Cera gets impaled by a signpost, and as the food/water supply inside Franco’s house dwindles away, the party slows down. Eventually, all hell breaks loose.

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Seriously, the horned demons start coming out and killing people. Emma Watson shows up with an ax and completely misinterprets what she overhears, freaks out, and steals some of their supplies. So the guys – with tensions mounting – have to venture outside to try and secure supplies.

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On top of the demons chasing them, and an all-grown-up little wizardess taking off with their water, Danny McBride wastes a bunch of supplies, Jonah Hill gets possessed by a demon, and the bromantic disagreements put relationships to the test, and challenge the bravery of everyone in the house.

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Ultimately, it’s a story of redemption. Be a good person and you’ll go to heaven. Be a douchebag, and you’ll burn in the rapture with all the demons and cannibals. And they all learn to recognize their inner douchebaggery and be better people! Except for a couple of them.

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I was so pleasantly surprised by this movie. It wasn’t my first choice to see, but it was the only available movie time we could make. I honestly wanted to see the new Star Trek movie instead, but man am I glad we saw This Is The End! I was rolling with laughter throughout (again, that immature, gross-out humor, ya know), and I admired the way Biblical FanFiction was laced into such an unexpected story. I love the humorous twist on Biblical FanFiction, and I admire the creators of the movie for pushing the envelope that far. I have no doubt that this movie will offend many people. But since the actors spend 80% of the movie making fun of themselves, too, can you really get mad at them? It’s a movie about not taking yourself too seriously, and corruption in Hollywood, and putting friendship and good deeds above all else.

At least, that’s what it’s about in the end. In the beginning of This Is The End, it kinda seems like it’s just about movies and drugs.

But I loved it. It was even more believable – the scary scenes, I mean – because the actors were playing themselves. More realistic. The action was quite intense. Almost like… “Noo!!! You can’t kill Seth Rogen, you bad monster! Noooo!!” 

If you’re not easily offended by body fluid jokes and satirical takes on rapture stories, this movie is for you!  

Season 1, Episode 9 – HOME

Happy Supernatural Sunday! So glad to be back, guest blogging again. While the last episode I reviewed, Bugs, may have been something of a stinker, this week’s offering is considered one of the best of season 1. As the title suggests, the Winchesters are going home, back to where it all started, Lawrence, Kansas. By the way, the coming weeks have some of my all-time favorites like Scarecrow and Faith so stay tuned! 🙂 Now let’s go home…(not at all creepy)

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Are Biblical Allusions Lost Today?

Are biblical allusions lost today?

There are several biblical allusions in contemporary literary and cinematic works; they are discussed in this blog every week.  But with the decline of biblical literacy, are those themes even recognized any more by the reader or moviegoer? aslnajdgskjg

Early 19th Century literary works, poetry, speeches, and songs often alluded to themes from the Bible.  Having said that, the target audience of that period also attended Church more frequently and studied the Bible (and it was just the King James Bible) more often than today.  Therefore, one can infer that biblical allusions resonated with the 19th century audience due to their shared experiences from church and Bible study.biblical allusion cartoon

According to several polling sources, today’s interest in faith is on the rise, but biblical knowledge has either stagnated or is on the decline:

While 92% of America owns a Bible and 25,000,000 copies are sold a year in the US

59% read the Bible

80% believe the Bible is too hard to understand

Examples of people not being able to name the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John, believing Joan of Arc was married to Noah, thinking that Sodom and Gomorrah were married, only knowing 5 of the 10 commandments, and either not knowing or getting Biblical stories wrong are strewn throughout the surveys. 4372269765_290efef233

So the question becomes, should writers still allude to biblical themes in their works?  Do those allusions still connect or resonate with the reader?  Do other religions or more humanist themes draw a more common thread with today’s audience?  As always I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Showering While Naked Will Land You in Jail

DISCLAIMER: This blog post was written in good fun. It does not reflect the views of anyone associated with this blog in anyway. In addition, it may contain some adult content and/or biblical mockery that may offend some people. If you are one of those people, read on at your own risk or don’t read on at all. Your choice. We all have choices and I choose to not take everything so seriously just as you, the reader, may choose to skip my Thursday blog posts. I am neither a heathen nor an atheist. As a matter of fact, I was raised in the Catholic Church and attended Catholic School for a number of years. Again, this is all in good fun – and laughing makes us all live a little longer. So if you’re ready to turn that frown upside down, read on.

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EXODUS 21

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So, I was trolling the internet searching for some fun tidbit to share on today’s blog post. Pretty sure I hit the jackpot with Exodus 21. Of course, it’s no story of Onan and his infamous misuse of sperm, but it’ll do for today. Read the rest of this entry

Season 1, Episode 8: Bugs

I’m so excited to be asked back for another Supernatural Sunday. I hope I’m not the only one who noticed the posts were missing. Michelle is super busy this summer and asked me to step in her stead to watch over the Winchesters. 😉 Okay, not really in those words but I’m happy to come back and discuss my favorite show in the history of television with you fine people. Thanks for the opportunity, Michelle!

Next up is an episode simply titled BUGS. Yes, we do mean the creepy-crawly variety. When this episode first aired, I was already a part of the (rabid) fandom and remember that many didn’t care for BUGS and bashed it. The show was still finding its legs and audience at the time so a few stinkers could be expected, even with the greatest show ever. Read the rest of this entry

Easily Misunderstood

DISCLAIMER: This blog post was written in good fun. It does not reflect the views of anyone associated with this blog in anyway. In addition, it may contain some adult content and/or biblical mockery that may offend some people. If you are one of those people, read on at your own risk or don’t read on at all. Your choice. We all have choices and I choose to not take everything so seriously just as you, the reader, may choose to skip my Thursday blog posts. I am neither a heathen nor an atheist. As a matter of fact, I was raised in the Catholic Church and attended Catholic School for a number of years. Again, this is all in good fun – and laughing makes us all live a little longer. So if you’re ready to turn that frown upside down, read on.

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Songs of Solomon

Last week I mentioned the Songs of Solomon and their possible connection to erotica. Without the threat of being stoned to death, I’d like to expand on that notion. Let’s look at it from a different point of view. Remember, I’m not one for flowery love poems and I am always bound to find fault with them…If you see it as a love poem, so be it. But this is my blog post and I write what I want. Read the rest of this entry