Joe Hughes (jhughes) wrote,
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"The Passion" is bullshit. "The Passion" is bullshit. "The Passion" is bullshit.

If I were a movie critic, this is what I would write:

I finally saw "the Passion the other day. This movie was so shitty I don't know where to begin. I'm glad I didn't actually pay to see this film because if I did I would've demanded my money back plus eight bucks for wasting my time. Instead I saw a friend's illegal copy of it in Jerusalem.

I didn't automatically assume when it first came out that it was going to be anti-semetic. A lot of Jews immediately assumed it would be racist because of Jewish leaders condemning it and because Gibson's father is an anti-semete and a Holocaust denier, and is part of a fucked-up cult that rejects all the popes who took away the blame from the Jews for Jesus's death. So I went to see it thinking it in fact wasn't going to be anti-semetic, but I was totally wrong.

ist off, this movie was based on European plays during medieval times that focused only on Jesus's death rather than his teachings and put blame squarely on the Jews for his death. That's problem #1. But that's only scratching the surface.

The movie continuously makes the Romans look sympathetic to Jesus, and Pontius Pilate tries doing everything he can to prevent Jesus from getting crucified, never mind that he ordered the crucifixion! However, despite Pilate's best efforts, he's afraid the Jews will kill everybody if he doesn't give the order. Because in this fantasy, the Jews have more power then the ROMAN ARMY and if the Romans don't do what the Jews say, watch out. Gibson you jackass. As if all those Jews would focus on this one guy who claims to be the messiah when this was a time when dozens of people were claiming to be one. Thousands of Jews were being crucified at this time for simple bullshit like stealing bread, and this is what the Jews focus on, this one of many guys who claims to be the messiah. Pilate is practically on the verge of tears as the Jews scream and almost drool with anger, all thirsting for blood.

But Yossi, you say, this film is not anti-semetic. It's only following the bible as it was written. I will answer this with one word: BULLSHIT! I've read the bible, (I live in a Christian country, remember?,) and I know that Hitler, (and when I say Hitler I mean Mel,) used a little "artistic license" in filling in the blanks of the story. The whole "Jews lurching out and hissing at Jesus as he's lead to the crucifixion site" thing is never mentioned, nor is the whole "Pontius Pilate crying to his girlfriend about having to kill Jesus and if he doesn't the Jews will kill everybody," thing. What Goebbels did in his movie was take away blame from the Romans and shift it to the Jews by emphasizing on some things and focusing away from others. I mean, what the hell? It'll show Pilate crying one minute, then it shows the Jews, all with murderous expressions on their faces, with THE DEVIL WALKING AMONG THEM! WTF?!! I also didn't like the fact that all of the Jews screaming for his death wear kipote, (yarmulkes,) whereas Jesus himself and his followers wear nothing on their heads, as if they're not Jews also.

"But Yossi," you say. "I'm an anti-semite. Why shouldn't I see this movie?" I'll tell you why you shouldn't. It's not just the anti-semitism, this movie just plain sucks in general. Quickly I found out that Jesus wouldn't be the only one to suffer intense pain and agony. It's three hours of Jesus getting the crap kicked out of him and then getting crucified! Gibson is a psychopath. Not only that, the acting is some of the worst I've ever seen.

But what I think pisses me off the most about this movie, (And I promise my ranting is almost over,) is that Mel "the Jews killed Jesus" Gibson has claimed over and over again that this movie is totally realistic. That's why he totally Hollywoodized the story of Jesus and put everything in slow motion with gushing blood pouring out everyhwere every 3 seconds? Not to mention the fact that his movie is in Aramaic and Latin, and the Romans didn't even speak Latin back then Mel you $&*%!!. In the beginning, Gibson didn't want any subtitles at all in the film. People called him mad, (which he is,) to which he arrogantly replied, (as any madman would,) "..Or maybe I'm a genius." I'm not even going to split hairs, I'll stick to the basics.

When it comes right down to it, I loved this movie. And by loved I mean this is the shittiest movie I've ever seen in my life and I want it to get burned along with "Triumph of the will," and I want Braveheart to flee to Argentina and get lost there. I would rather Gargle buckets of dog puke than have to see this movie again.

My advice: See Martin Scorsese’s “the Last Temptation of Christ” instead, that movie is awesome, even if this lady disagrees with me: http://www.livejournal.com/users/jhughes/2003/03/03/
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I didn't see it because I didn't want to
My mom saw it
My Jewish cousins saw it
They believe it. . .but only to a certain degree
I've seen the cruelty of men (Iraq, Palestine, abortion)
I believe that ALL men not just Jews are capable of such evilness


It sucks being a Messianic Jew
It really does. . .

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I don't usually tell people because I still wear my Magen David
I support the Zionist movement
I'm fully for anything Jewish
It's just a part of me believes that Jesus is the Messiah
I don't know why
Why do you feel about what you believe in?
I've studied the prophecies and he did exactly what the prophecies said. . .and if you read books about the crucifixion, there's just too many coincidental things that happened.
I guess part of me wanted to believe it
Sometimes, I still wonder if it's possible that he's the Son of God
It's just that when we've been waiting so long for the Messiah to come. . .
It could be possible that he came but wasn't acknowledged and that's what makes him so special.
That's why I feel that it's possible that Jesus was the Messiah.
Sorry my question had a typo so you misunderstood my question. What I meant to ask was; "Why do you feel BAD about what you believe in?"

However, you've now raised some interesting arguments. I myself don't see any prophecies that Jesus fulfiled. Have you read the original Torah before it was "edited" by Christian authorities and followers? because the old testament was changed a bit by Christians to fit the Jesus story better.
I don't know why I feel bad.

I've seen some of the original
But I mostly studied the latter books of the Old Testament or whatever
I tried to read more books than the Bible
I can understand the Bible better

But if you have time one day, I'd like to see what parts were changed
I do know that even the New Testament was changed
yeah, man. i liked scorsese's film, but i'm still going to see the passion when i get back to the states no doubt. what's your problem? if there had been explosions with the 3 hours of beatings then you would have liked the film.
Yeah, that's all the movie needed was more violence..
Yossi Yossi Yossi, I say, was it worth your bus ticket to Jerusalem? and Mel Goebbles, yeah well, I havn't seen the movie yet, so I can't really comment on the movie, I can only comment on your long as hell entry. Damn that was a long entry. I can't believe you had that much to say about it. So if I were a journalistic critic, this is what I would write:
If you don't like watching 3 hours of mutilation, why watch 3 hours of mutilation? who was holding you down? oh wait,don't answer that. please!!! So you thought that the movie was hollywoodized huh? well gee did that surprise you at all? When was the last independent movie that Mel Eichman produced?
I didn't think it was going to be the crapfest that it was is my simple reason for having watched it.
just quickly, as i havent seen the passion, nor do i want to..

but half my family is catholic, and i just thought that the point of making a film about the final hours, or whichever of christ, would be to embrace the 'ressureciton' of jesus?

why bother putting the blame one anyone, when the whole "miracle" of jesus and the reason why he had such a big following was because of his life, and his humanity, and then the whole magic of his ressurection?

mel and his father are entitled to their views, but i don't think they have much right in having to force their opinions onto the public.
did mel really have to make more money, AND aggrovate jews?
Mel doesn't give a shit. He thinks Christians run the world and no one else matters, and that he can slander whatever groups he wants because he is a part of the majority in the country.
if that is so, then he is correct. Christians do rule the world!

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Anonymous

May 31 2004, 14:57:04 UTC 12 years ago

I havent seen the movie either. I was raised christion but I am not any more until my friend opened my eyes to the insanity of beleving in such crap. But I know one thing Jesus was not the massia. He did not change the world or do anything great. If any one has read the Da Vinci Code you would be aware of Mary Magdaline. He wife. If he was the son of god he shouldnt be able to have a blood line. For me the niel can have his cristianity with its guilt and hate that comes along with it.
Steven Follmer
thats interesting so what do you believe in? would u say your agnostic?

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Anonymous

June 4 2004, 13:32:54 UTC 12 years ago

yes I am