A continuation of my earlier Riddick review, although from a different perspective. Riddick in a nutshell: Fierceness, bravado, and profanities. While Riddick embodies the kind of hyper-masculinity that our patriarchal society idealizes, and without question delivers entertaining action and emotional thrill–this “man culture” is essentially problematic because it idealizes both violence and sexual domination. If … More Riddick (2013): Men are all rapists
I’m not familiar with the franchise, but I was briefed promptly by Riddick’s narration about his past in the first ten minutes of the movie. He was the Lord Marshal, a supreme ruler of a cult or religion of some sort, but faced a court of officials that mostly wanted his head instead of putting … More Riddick (2013): Women are for fucking
I’ve been thinking a lot about swearing lately. Is it a bad thing or a good thing? Maybe it depends on context. Take the word “fuck”, for example. As a verb, to fuck either means to have sexual intercourse with someone, or to damage or ruin something. As noun, it simply means an act of … More F**K
What I want out of this world is simple: first of all, I want everyone to listen to their conscience. Wouldn’t the world be so much better if we all felt something about genocide, mass-exploitation and destruction? Excuse the cynicism–but sometimes I just feel that the majority of us don’t have the power to really change anything. As … More Conscience, war, death, and all that jazz.
One thing that we are exceedingly capable of doing as human beings: enslavement of others and of self. What is slavery? When did it start? The Romans were certainly modest about it (on a completely random note I confess to being a fan of Starz’s TV series Spartacus); the classical societies sought no secrecy in … More A series of random subjects in which I question humanity.
Another one of my absurdist mini story that I wrote while I sat in my English class, transported by boredom into another universe. Combining the knowledge I had learned in my previous class, history of Roman gladiators, I crafted a story in which I was an undefeated champion on the arena, fighting against a ferocious … More Death Match: Me vs Giant Blueberry Cupcake of the Underworld
I finally finished reading Battle Royale. A few things I want to talk about in this post. First, a brief recap of my book club meeting: all of us agreed that it’s incredibly violent, and also on the suspension of reality or the deliberate manipulation of plot to ensure the survival of the protagonists. Three … More Battle Royale: Part III