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Loot Crate Unboxing – August 2014 “Heroes”

Posted on 22 August 2014 by The Secular Nerd

 

The Secular Nerd and That Heathen Girl unbox August 2014 edition “Heroes” from Loot Crate!

 

 

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Nerdy Fun Fact of the Day #38 – Doctor Eggman

Posted on 01 July 2014 by The Secular Nerd

 

“Doctor Eggman from Sonic is a romanticist, feminist, and a gentleman. ” – [Source]

The Secular Nerd:

Kind of makes you feel bad that you have to defeat him all those times. Deep down, he is a very kind person! Just have to get to know him Sonic! Jeeze!

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Top 5 Movies That Poke Fun At Religion

Posted on 30 June 2014 by That Heathen Girl

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Every now and then I like to sit back, relax, and relieve stress…

                By watching movies of course! And what better way to easy some tension than by laughing at the insanity that religion can be. I did leave out documentaries for this particular list so I could do a different one later, but until then check out my list for Top 5 Movies That Poke Fun At Religion:

 

5. Carrie


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Carrie was Stephen King’s first novel and was made into a movie in 1976 (and a remake, but we won’t get into that), telling the story of a young girl suffering at home from an abusive overly religious mother. It speaks volumes when you watch their interactions and the kind of things Carrie goes through at home and at school. I can’t imagine how horrifying it would have been to get my period at school and have no fucking clue what was happening to me. I’d think I was bleeding to death too!

 

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How am I not dead right now?

                The mother takes the cake in this movie, showing how an oppressive religious environment can cause someone to snap, especially someone as impressionable as a teenager. At least everyone gets what’s coming to them in the end right?

 

4. Saved!

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A little know movie, Saved! satirizes the lives of students at a Christian high school, showing how one wrong move can cause you to be ostracized and demonized in a heartbeat. Mary, played by Jenna Malone, ends up having sex with her boyfriend Dean after he tells her he might be gay. She hits her head and sees a vision of Jesus, telling her to do everything in her power to help him. Well what does any Christian girl do to make sure her boyfriend isn’t gay? She has sex with him. Not surprising, she ends up pregnant, and a cascade effect occurs as all her friends abandon her.

It’s really telling of the Christian household, especially overly Christian, as they don’t speak to their children about sex and sexual safety. Personally, the best part of the film is Eva Amurri, who plays Cassandra, the only Jewish girl in a Christian school. Her jokes are hilarious and the part where she starts speaking in tongues in order to freak out the students at an assembly is priceless. She even attempts to rip her shirt off in order to shock the masses.

 

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She’s speaking God’s language! Hallelujah!

3. The Invention of Lying

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Ricky Gervais, well known Atheist, stars in this film in which people live in a world without lying. Meaning no can lie. Ever. Meaning, no religion. However, when Gervais’s character’s mom is dying in a hospital, he tells her of a wonderful afterlife, introducing lies for the first time. Everyone takes him at his word, shocked and awed that maybe there is a great man in the sky and maybe there is a Heaven. Who knew making a religion was so easy?

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A little tooo easy.

                The point I took from the film is to make you realize how easy it is to dissuade people, and how if you tell a lie often enough eventually it becomes the truth to them.

 

2. Dogma

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Dogma is a great film when it comes to poking fun at religion. Two angels, Loki and Bartleby, have been living in Wisconsin as a punishment after being cast out of heaven. After discovering a loophole in the Catholic Dogma that would allow them back in, they set out for New Jersey to find this church that will ‘cleanse them of sin’. Loki’s (Matt Damon) exchange in the beginning of the film at the airport are hilarious, as he convinces a nun that it’s really not even worth it.

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What have I been doing with my life?

                Kevin Smith had some amazing actors brought into this film. Making Alanis Morissette God was just icing on the cake, and watching her prance around the church yard doing handstands says a lot about the Christian God. It makes God out to not only be a woman, but to be childish and forgiving in the most nonsensical ways.

 

1. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

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I think this film pretty much speaks for itself. You’ve got songs like “Every Sperm is Sacred”, which makes fun of the Catholic’s views of masturbation, and “Galaxy Song”, which speaks heavily on evolution. It’s basically a slap in the face to the Catholic church, and certainly a fun movie to watch in order to get a good laugh.

Monty Python’s been pretty famous for making films that poke fun at religion, and any of them could have made this list, so be sure to check them out as well.

 

Honorable Mention: The Life of Brian

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Social Media has spoken, and so with all the requests, I present an honorable mention of The Life of Brian (or substitute “Meaning of Life” with it). The Life of Brian can best be summed up by IMDB‘s storyline writeup about it: Irreverent satire of Biblical films and religious intolerance focuses on Brian, a Jew in Roman-occupied Judea. After joining up with an anti-Roman political organization, Brian is mistaken for a prophet, and becomes a reluctant Messiah. – The Secular Nerd

 

So there you have it, the Top 5 Movies that poke fun at religion, hope you enjoyed the list! What are some of your favorite movies out there? Any that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments!

Until next time,

– That Heathen Girl

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Top 5 Movies about Demonic Possession

Posted on 29 June 2014 by That Heathen Girl

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   I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid growing up in the deep south movies like these would scare the shit out of me. Religious fear makes seeing what could be lurking in the dark that much more frightening, and our imaginations run wild. Now that I am older (and wiser), it is interesting to see how these kinds of movies still scare people so much. I’m a huge horror movie buff myself, have been even when I was still religious. What’s even more interesting, is going back and re-watching these movies that used to strike the fear of God into me. So here are what I think are the best movies about possession.

 

5. Rec


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   I don’t go for foreign horror films often, but when Rec came out I thought, zombies? Hell yeah I wanna see some zombies! The story is about a group of people trapped off and quarantined because of a virus that has been spreading throughout their apartment building, causing people to become bloodthirsty, screaming and trying to tear you to pieces. Sounds very zombie like right? Well, by the end of the movie you find out whatever is making people want to eat your face off is actually demonic in nature. Fancy that. A tenant in the upstairs apartment had been messing with the occult and a mean rabies virus. Apparently this guy that owns the apartment was working on what looked like a biological cause for demonic possession on behalf of the Vatican.

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Cliche portrait of the Virgin Mary, check!

   This Spanish film is shot just like the Blair Witch, jumping on that “found footage” bandwagon. They did manage to do a really good job, it kept you wanting to look away because you knew at any minute something was going to come out of nowhere.

  Quarantine is the American remake of Rec, staring scream queen Jennifer Carpenter. She did a pretty good job I think, I love her as a horror actress but the Americanization of the film made it seem a bit lacking in comparison to the Spanish original.

4. The Evil Dead

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   I will admit this now, I haven’t seen the original Evil Dead yet. I did, however, watch the remake. I know, I know, it’s probably not near as good.

   The Evil Dead centers on five University students taking a trip out to an isolated cabin for spring break. I won’t use their names, because both versions have different character names, but in both one goes nuts and ends up possessed. One thing after another leads them all to question who is possessed and who isn’t, and trying to stay alive in a place where even the trees will attack you (and in some cases, rape you). There is a more comedic value as the films go on, showing a more humorous side to demons and how silly it all really is.

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3. Constantine

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   Oh, how I adore this movie. Constantine took a very modern approach to demonic possession. Keanu Reeves plays Constantine, a chain smoking exorcist who seeks out demons hiding in humans to gain favor back into heaven. You see he had a little run in with some razor blades at a young age and ever since he’s been able to see angels and demons. I’m sure we all know how the Catholic church feels about suicide. Oh, and he’s also dying of lung cancer.

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Fuck it.

   The film is great in the exorcism scenes because he makes it look like such a chore, and the way all these creatures fit into the human society and prey on the weak. The conversation between Constantine and Lucifer is great, their casting choices were good in that regard. Their exchange is very nonchalant and business like.

 

2. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

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   In regards to the horror aspect of this movie, I love it. The idea was great, the story was great. Laura Linney was great. However, it went the path most movies with anyone Atheist of Agnostic goes, they become believers.

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The Witching Hour? Shit I smelled sulfur at around 3am, I better go back to Jesus!

     Jennifer Carpenter plays a girl who dies after a parish priest performs an exorcism on her. Linney’s character, a defense attorney named Erin, takes his case after he is charged with negligent homicide. Watching the court and seeing the flashbacks is like seeing two different worlds when you watch it as an Atheist. It’s like, you want to be on the side of the state, but all the flashbacks make you feel for this character. The actual exorcism scene is amazing to watch, Jennifer Carpenter goes all out and you can feel the hatred coming off this character. It’s certainly a movie I would recommend.

 

1. The Exorcist

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   Ahh we knew this would be number one! The Exorcist came out in 1973, and has sense been regarded as one of, if not, the scariest movie of all time. Rumors of strange occurrences on set spread after the film’s release, many sequels followed, and Linda Blair would always be remembered as that possessed kid that pukes on a priest.

    If you haven’t seen it, I’m sure you know the basic premise, so I won’t explain. I watched this movie when I was 13 years old, when I was still religious and went to church camp and Sunday school and all that fun stuff. So you can imagine what seeing that movie would do to a preteen Jesus freak. It was the first and only time I ever had to sleep with the lights on.

Now of course I can appreciate the horror aspect more; every time I watch it I actually find humor in some of things they made this kid say.

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     In any case, to go back and re-watch some of these movies and see what religious fear does to people is an interesting experience. Try it one day and see what I mean, maybe get in a few good laughs if you’re like me and find it all very humorous (I am sick and twisted at times though).
For now that is all until next time!
– That Heathen Girl

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Teaser Trailer for Next Season of Doctor Who with personal expectations

Posted on 28 June 2014 by The Secular Nerd

They have announced the date for the next season of Doctor Who! Are you as excited as I am? The next season starts August 23rd at 8/7 Central Time. Have you asked yourself yet, what you expect out of this season? I have and gave it a lot of thought (I know, I have no life) and I’ve come to the conclusion that Peter Capaldi is a necessity for the reboot at this point in time.

My reasoning? I believe he’s needed after what happened during the 50th Anniversary. The Doctor (Warning: spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen it!) matured so to speak. He did something incredible, and brought forth all the Doctors to correct (kind of, it’s that whole timey wimey thing that complicates this) what he felt was a mistake from The War Doctor time. Hints were given anyway during the 50th that The Doctor has lost his way, got younger in appearance because he became immature and reckless and he needed to do something that was incredibly difficult.

 

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What is in store for The Doctor this next season? Well, a transformation of sorts, and a lot of questioning. I fully support what I have seen and heard of this next season (what little there is) and I love and hate this trailer below because of how little it shows, yet shows so much at the same time. – The Secular Nerd

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Secular Sunday Matinee #4 – God Bless America

Posted on 22 June 2014 by The Secular Nerd

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From IMDB:

Loveless, jobless, possibly terminally ill, Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of America. With nothing left to lose, Frank takes his gun and offs the stupidest, cruelest, and most repellent members of society. He finds an unusual accomplice: 16-year-old Roxy, who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement.

The Secular Nerd:

This movie did not disappoint at all. It touched on the world we live in today, and showed what one man who has had enough and had nothing to live for would do. I’d never support something like this in real life, but to creatively and imaginatively think about it? Absolutely. It spoke volumes on things we may be too afraid to admit to.

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Nerdy Fun Fact of the Day #25 – Sega Dreamcast

Posted on 15 June 2014 by The Secular Nerd

“The Sega Dreamcast was the first console to implement online play over a phone line, calling the system Sega Net.” – [Source]

The Secular Nerd:

The Dreamcast was way before its time. May the Dreamcast rest in peace.

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Secular Sunday Matinee #3 – Contact

Posted on 15 June 2014 by The Secular Nerd

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The Secular Nerd:

This movie is based off the novel written by Carl Sagan which was published in 1985. Ann Druyan, his wife co-produced it. If you haven’t seen the movie or at least read the novel, you need to get on that. I recommend it to anyone who has an appreciation for Astronomy and Science Fiction. 

 

From IMDB

Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway has long been interested in contact to faraway lands, a love fostered in her childhood by her father, Ted Arroway, who passed away when she was nine years old leaving her then orphaned. Her current work in monitoring for extraterrestrial life is based on that love and is in part an homage to her father. Ever since funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was pulled on her work, which is referred to some, including her NSF superior David Drumlin, as more science fiction than science, Ellie, with a few of her rogue scientist colleagues, have looked for funding from where ever they could get it to continue their work. When Ellie and her colleagues hear chatter originating from the vicinity of the star Vega, Ellie feels vindicated. But that vindication is short lived when others, including politicians, the military, religious leaders and other scientists such as Drumlin, try to take over her work. When the messages received from space are decoded, the project takes on a whole new dimension, which strengthens for Ellie the quest for the truth. Thrown into the mix are the unknown person who has up until now funded most of Ellie’s work and what his motivations are, and Palmer Joss, a renowned author and theologian, who despite their fundamental differences in outlook, is mutually attracted to Ellie, that attraction based in part on intellect and their common goal of wanting to know the truth.

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Nerdy Fun Fact of the Day #24 – Final Fantasy

Posted on 15 June 2014 by The Secular Nerd

Hironobu Sakaguchi (Of Square) was about to quit video game design forever. So as a kind of swan-song to the company and his own career, Sakaguchi set out on a little game called “Final Fantasy,” which he presumed would be his last venture in this particular creative field. ” – [Source]

The Secular Nerd:

Why not? It wasn’t like Final Fantasy stood a chance, right?

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Nerdy Fun Fact of the Day #20 – The Joker

Posted on 10 June 2014 by The Secular Nerd

“The Joker has to be the best super villain of all time. But Batman creator Bob Kane was ready to kill off the evil jester in his very first appearance. As with many of Batman’s early villains, the plan was to have the Joker die through some fatal accident.” – [Source]

The Secular Nerd:

I’m glad they came to their senses about that. The Joker has proven to be a formidable foe to Batman. I couldn’t imagine Gotham without the Joker.

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