E. That’s a tough one! At first I was gonna say “cut out eating/drinking” because I love sleeping, haha. But then I thought of how much I could do in the time I would normally be sleeping. In the end, however, I decide I need sleeping for psychological reasons and that’s why I say no more eating/drinking.
S. Definitely being the only one to read minds. Not to sound vain, but it could make me a fortune and bring me fame, without anyone having to actually find out I can do it. It puts me in a excellent position to concur the world, hahaha! (just kidding)
X. I wouldn’t, but if I had to, I would choose to give up on smell. Even though I would miss the smell of melons ;D
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B. What is your first thought when you receive a message on Tumblr, are you excited for the idea of someone from potentially the other side of the world wanting to talk to you or fearful that someone will criticize you?
C. Have you ever looked down on someone because you thought your religious views were superior?
D. Would you rather know everything the universe has to offer but in exchange lose all emotions or remain the way you are now?
E. If you could live and be healthy without sleeping or eating/drinking, which would you cut out of your life?
F. If you could take on the exact body and form of anyone else on Earth, who would it be?
G. Would you rather burn or freeze to death?
H. If it meant it would solve all world hunger, war, disease and bigotry, would you spend the rest of eternity in Hell?
I. Was the first crush in your life something you had or something someone had on you?
J. Could you live without having sex ever (again) in exchange for eternal youth?
K. Have you ever watched a full length pornographic movie?
L. The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
M. If you could have the ability to manipulate matter or energy, which would you choose?
N. What was the worst nightmare you ever had?
O. Would you rather spend one year with your one true love just to never see them again or the rest of your life with second best?
P. All the sequels/remakes/adaptations/rip-offs in movies nowadays, good or bad?
Q. Would you rather be dirt poor and emotionally fulfilled in life or be rich beyond imagination and emotionally dissatisfied for life?
R. Do you have any (secret) feelings of bigotry to any group of people?
S. Would you rather be the only person in the world that can read minds or have everyone else in the world be able to read minds except for your own?
T. If everyone in the world would automatically only know one language, which language would you choose?
U. If you were old enough and not in a situation where it would be inappropriate, would you sleep with one of your (past) school teachers/professors?
V. A world without religion, good, bad, neutral?
W. The men's rights movement, legitimate cause or laughable, and why?
X. You can eliminate one of your five senses to substantially strengthen the others, which one and would you do it?
Y. Do looks mean anything to you? Don't lie, could you fall in love with someone you thought was ugly?
Z. Can you understand the mindset and logic used by the opposite spiritual opinion? An atheist understanding the belief in a higher power and vice versa.
seriously why is Israel even allowed to exist
No, no, I definitely don’t hate it. I think it has some strong performances, some interesting ideas, and it’s visually striking and distinctive. It’s a fun film, and I enjoyed it.
For me what’s troubling about it is that it has only the most shallow understanding of the historical event of the Gunpowder Plot and why it’s important in British history; and it rips out the moral ambiguity from its source material.
I don’t agree with Alan Moore on a great many points—particularly his politics—but I commend the graphic novel for the fact that it doesn’t just gleefully condone violence, and that it has something more complicated to say about political activism and violent revolution. The graphic novel is very much a product of its time, and a vehement response to 1980s Thatcherite neoconservatism in Britain; but the film is about Bush-era America & religious fundamentalism, and it wants to create a moral world that’s far more black and white.
Alan Moore in an interview:
"I actually don’t think it’s right to kill people. So I made it very, very morally ambiguous. And the central question is, is this guy right? Or is he mad? What do you, the reader, think about this? Which struck me as a properly anarchist solution. I didn’t want to tell people what to think, I just wanted to tell people to think, and consider some of these admittedly extreme little elements, which nevertheless do recur fairly regularly throughout human history."
In the graphic novel, V is a far more problematic figure. His rhetoric is so powerful and emotive that when the brainwashing sequence occurs, it’s far more disturbing than it is in the film, which simply sweeps it under the rug as ‘necessary’ to Evey’s rebirth. V’s treatment of Evey, using classic brainwashing techniques, is characteristic of his behaviour as the novel progresses: he is single-minded, uncompromising and absolutely cold-blooded; he isn’t romantic or heroic.
So the film also simplifies the political thought of the novel, particularly on the subject of tyranny versus anarchism:
"It seemed to me the two more absolute extremes were anarchy and fascism. This was one of the things I objected to in the recent film, where it seems to be, from the script that I read, sort of recasting it as current American neo-conservatism versus current American liberalism. There wasn’t a mention of anarchy as far as I could see. The fascism had been completely defanged. I mean, I think that any references to racial purity had been excised, whereas actually, fascists are quite big on racial purity." (x)
In the novel, the regime running the country is far more ambiguous: Adam Susan is a sad and lonely man who has given up everything to ensure the state’s smooth running, a pitiful despot captive to the godlike “Fate” computer. This is to illustrate that fascism isn’t just a few men spouting hate; it’s systemic, it’s institutional, it’s both outrageous and utterly mundane in the way that it reduces human beings to cogs in a machine. The film simplifies the fascists—Adam “Sutler”, sigh—so that they are an easy and untroubling evil for us to hate; which is actually the kind of absolutist thinking that the novel problematises.
And it defangs V’s radical, violent, ends-justifies-the-means resistance into a soft, liberal, pseudo-anarchism. The novel asks whether violent atrocities are ever justified; and so the ending is ambiguous: will England thrive, or just descend into rabid chaos? The film gives us the destruction of one of England’s symbols of democracy as a glorious spectacle—having criticised the people for contenting themselves with being mere spectactors—and some triumphant yet hollow rhetoric about freedom.
And it doesn’t understand that the whole point of 5th November isn’t to celebrate Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up the King and Parliament; it’s to celebrate that he failed. The group who masterminded the Gunpowder Plot were aristocratic Catholic zealots who so abhorred Protestantism that they were willing to blow up James I, the royal family, and Parliament, in order to restore Catholic rule. The bonfires that burn on Bonfire Night are to commemorate the brutal execution of Guy Fawkes: traditionally, effigies of Fawkes were burned.
So I have nothing against the film in itself, or anyone who enjoys it, because I think it is enjoyable; but I have trouble with its political message, and with it being attached to 5th November. For what it’s worth, here’s the entire poem—or one variant of it—not just the part that V quotes in the film:
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent
To blow up king and Parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England’s overthrow.
By God’s mercy he was catch’d
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.
And what shall we do with him?
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