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"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
And every once in awhile, films make me wonder about the world. 
17th-Sep-2005 09:42 pm
Cissy Green
If you're in the market for a good movie, do NOT go see The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Lemme put it to you this way: If I were The Devil, I would have much more important members of the human race to torment than one 19-year-old hick with "potential." You know, like maybe toy with the mind of the guy with his finger on the big red doomsday button. Or something. 'Cause The Devil's lack of inspired creativity in this film gives Him a bad name. *bleh*

I felt like the film was deliberately advancing a notion of the "possibility" of the spiritual. Sort of like all those scientific creationists oh excuse me intelligent designers who tell the American public with absolute seriousness that it is "possible." Sure. And it's equally possible that I'm the only person in the entirety of the universe and that all the rest of you out there are just figments of my overactive imagination. Why don't they teach that in science class? Huh?

Not to mention that, no matter which way I turn it around in my head, they WERE in fact being negligent. Okay, so she wasn't eating (anything besides random insects, apparently). The solution is not, when someone is starving themselves to death, "Emily, please eat!" The solution is hospitalization and force-feeding. That's right. For all we know, that's why God created the man who invented feeding tubes.

Speaking of force-feeding, I also had the delicious opportunity to watch the documentary Supersize Me! this evening. Though I think the principal bellyaches (excuse the pun) about his phantom chest pain a bit too loudly--Dude, it was gas!--the film was quite compelling nonetheless. The suggestion they make that McDonalds markets itself to kids for the same reason that cigarette companies marketed to kids, Get 'em while they're young!, was especially believable. This was as good a docudrama as a Michael Moore flick. The golden arches really do cast a long, sinister shadow, and it makes you never want to eat fast food again. *chuckles* I'm proud to say that I cannot even remember the last time that I ate McDonalds food.
18th-Sep-2005 02:00 am (UTC)
*had a McDonalds salad today*

*suddenly very ashamed* D:
18th-Sep-2005 02:02 am (UTC)
The salads are only bad for you if you partake in the salad dressings, too. ^_~ (Not sure what the damage of that chicken patty on top of some of them is.)
18th-Sep-2005 02:20 am (UTC)
I used to eat McDonald's all the time as a kid XD before this entire fast food scare. I have to say that despite all of the feeding, I was still incredibly stick thin.
18th-Sep-2005 03:26 am (UTC)
What does all the time, though, mean? Once a week? Once a every two or three days? ^_^

(You know, they also filmed this guy who eats at least two Big Macs a day, is stick thin, and has a cholesterol level of 140. If you eat *nothing* else, there probably are people out there who can get away with it.)
18th-Sep-2005 02:47 am (UTC)
I haven't seen Supersize Me! and have NO intention to ever do so either... nor do I eat at McD... but I frankly find it annoying that people don't remark that the guy could have taken up weight no matter how good he was eating. His diet was around 5000 calories/day and he was NOT some dude on a farm doing manual labour. So yes, the weight gain was obvious... Of course some of the other problems might have been the fat & salt content but I'm rather sure someone eating lots of pasta & virgin olive oil would still have health problems if he was eating 5000 cals. a day...
18th-Sep-2005 03:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, the experiment part was overblown (like I said, the guy bellyaches too much, though the things he says as he's chowing down on Big Macs are hilarious), though his argument that many Americans do in fact eat MacDonalds food nearly every day is a valid one. However, the underlying argument of the film is fascinating, especially the way MacDonalds appeals to kids to get them hooked early and how most marketing of food is of food that is not healthy.
18th-Sep-2005 03:07 am (UTC) - Okay, now I'm curious...

So then, was she actually posessed, or was she just schizophrenic?

18th-Sep-2005 03:20 am (UTC) - Re: Okay, now I'm curious...
Not really a spoiler at all...

The film leaves it to you to decide the truth (though clearly the film's makers come down on the side of the supernatural).
18th-Sep-2005 03:25 am (UTC)
I last ate McDonalds...two weeks ago. *sobs* But the melon soda...that's all I really wanted! (Actually, it was because Stacy wouldn't eat anywhere else)

Prior to that, the last time I ate McDonalds was...6 years ago? Maybe even more. Then, blessed Subway with their turkey subs came in.
18th-Sep-2005 03:28 am (UTC)
"Melon soda"? There's a such thing as melon soda? What brand is it? And McDonalds has it? *oh so out of the loop*

*chuckles* No wonder I have no clue. I don't even drink soda anymore...
18th-Sep-2005 03:35 am (UTC)
I have to go to ethnic supermarkets to get my coconut soda ;)
18th-Sep-2005 10:16 am (UTC)
Well, realistically, pretty much every time you eat out you're getting food just as unhealthy as McDonalds, unless you're really making the effort to do otherwise.. In terms of salt and fat, there's nothing unique about fast food, probably most of the stuff served in school cafeterias is every bit as bad >_<

For Emily Rose, pffft... I guess maybe the morons just decided it's easier to blame demons than go for a legitimate diagnosis and treatment.. Or maybe they figured a demonic possession in the family is less of a stigma than a mental illness >_<

Ooh, for that coconut soda and such, look in the supermarkets where they have ethnic foods. They sell it all over here, even Walmart ^_^ I don’t drink soda though, so I couldn’t really tell you how it tastes!
18th-Sep-2005 11:04 am (UTC)
Well, realistically, pretty much every time you eat out you're getting food just as unhealthy as McDonalds

*chuckles* Not when I eat out...but, then, I almost always refuse to eat out and then consume junk.

In terms of salt and fat, there's nothing unique about fast food, probably most of the stuff served in school cafeterias is every bit as bad

The film talked about that, actually, and the way the food industry branding invades schools, too.

They sell it all over here, even Walmart ^_^

I guess since I drink soda, I never bother to look for that kind of unusual stuff. ^^;
18th-Sep-2005 11:52 am (UTC)
I buy McDonald's salads often but I pick vinegar sauce so hopefully it's not too bad for my health^^
18th-Sep-2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
It may have lots of sugar in it. ^^;
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