Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Pettish, Presumptuous, Philistine Pope Pans Qualifiers

Quoth the petulant pontiff:

"The third thing I take from what I said earlier, which I am slightly allergic to: 'This is something authentically Christian', 'this is truly so'."

Does anyone need a spiritual leader who speaks as reviewers of Goodreads type?

"We have fallen into the culture of adjectives and adverbs, and we have forgotten the strength of nouns."

Hardly! This monoglot won't assume trends pertaining to qualifiers in other tongues (be they those of preponderantly papal nations or otherwise), but Anglophones should apply nominal phrases comprehending legitimate attributives instead of qualifying nouns. In almost every instance -- "lexical list" in lieu of "word list," "electoral dates" for "election dates," "cardiovascular disease" rather than "heart disease," et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera -- the utilization of a proper modifier is always more accurate, efficient, instructive and aesthetically felicitous. We haven't "forgotten the strength of nouns;" we've simply misused it!

"The communicator must make people understand the weight of the reality of nouns that reflect the reality of people. And this is a mission of communication: to communicate with reality, without sweetening with adjectives or adverbs."

This is one pluperfect paralogism. Sincere, effective communication requires adjectives and adverbs to elegantly and succinctly preserve specificity. If Frankie actually reflected rationally on this matter, he might've instead denounced prolixity (esp. circumlocution) or magniloquence rather than indispensable parts of speech.

"'This is a Christian thing': why say authentically Christian? It is Christian!"

Whyever not, when the present pope is so readily disposed to preach bogus, circumstantial, politicized, contemporary "morality" in neglect of canonical virtues?

"The mere fact of the noun 'Christian', 'I am of Christ', is strong: it is an adjectival noun, yes, but it is a noun."

This broaches the crucial question: is the present pope a simpleton?

"To pass from the culture of the adjective to the theology of the noun. And you must communicate in this way."

Oh, must we? Luther, Calvin, Henry VIII, et al. surely sleep easy.

"'How, do you know that person?' - Ah, that person is like this, like that...': immediately the adjective. First the adjective, perhaps, then, afterwards, what the person is like. This culture of the adjective has entered the Church and we, all brothers, forget to be brothers, by saying that this is 'this type of' brother, that one is 'the other' brother: first the adjective."

Here's the implicit burden: "never judge, for only God may judge through me. Never discriminate, so to remain an intellectual, moral and ethical slave."

"Your communication should be austere but beautiful:"

Any writer or orator who aims to exercise both precision and concision, whether florid or otherwise, needs qualifiers.

"beauty is not rococo art, beauty does not need these rococo things;"

Are we to accept that a substantial proportion of the finest Catholic painting, literature and architecture isn't genuinely beautiful because a papal puppet seeks to propitiate and control his most benighted followers?

"beauty manifests itself from the noun itself, without strawberries on the cake! I think we need to learn this."

Well, I dissent: when ably authored, austere and aureate prose or speech alike are beautiful, and necessary in discrete applications and spheres. By inveighing against requisite parts of speech, pope Frank opts for a very aberrant and asinine species of verbal, lingual, and lexical veganism.

"Communicating by witness, communicating by involving oneself in communication, communicating with the nouns of things, communicating as martyrs, that is, as witnesses of Christ, as martyrs. To learn the language of the martyrs, which is the language of the Apostles. How did the Apostles communicate? Let us read that jewel which is the Book of Acts of the Apostles,"

Which translation? Look out, Frankie: some of them are awfully purple!

"and we will see how it was communicated at that time,"

That's not terribly likely.

"and how it is Christian communication."

Since when was any prosaic style especially Christian? Isn't this prescriptivism contrary to Francis' nauseatingly incessant call for mindless inclusivity, irrespective of detrimental repercussions?

Look, I'm not oblivious; this harangue is essentially the retort of one pedantic prescriptivist against another. Obviously, the holy pappy is guilty of far worse, such as the prospective canonization of a fraudulent socialist despot, didactic tolerance of jihadist barbarity, promotion of globalist elites' migratory and economic agenda, support for popular climatic pseudoscience, and consortium with an abusive, subhuman nabob (see below).

For the past six years, we've beheld the outrageous imprudence of Francis on a daily basis. Evidently, his word is no more tolerable than his acts.

Theodore Dalrymple has also addressed this subject with decidedly greater civility and consideration.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Even Google's Algorithms Hate Romek

I was finally compelled to watch the video, if only to forestall any future insensitive juxtapositions. Terrible!

Designer Hellhole

Annusya discovered the above abomination as advertised by Home Depot. Just as I anatomize eximious and execrable interiors alike weekly courtesy of dedicated scanners such as JPEGFantasy, I couldn't help but likewise scrutinize this stabile calamity's every ill-conceived element:
  • That tetragonal, post-'60s motif besmirching the floor and wall alike breathes a rancid nostalgia that gormless, suburban millennials agonize to imagine; to their boomer parents or grandparents, it's a hideously effective reminder that they'll soon be dead.
  • What appears to be vinyl or aluminum siding flanking the washbasin is almost innovative in its inanity. Who needs quality wainscot when you're reimagining the wheel as a scissured brick?
  • Not quite clashing, the gray of the mirror's frame and sink's cabinet subtly yet powerfully enhances this collective unsightliness.
  • Who wants to see a lovely print whenever they approach their throne when they can settle for two ugly, grayscale photos of sere skeins evocative of the worthless falderol accumulated by someone's senile great-grandfather?
  • Like all furnishings composed of perennially contemptible wickerwork, that wastebin belongs in another, or perhaps a fireplace. In a household occupied by a human family hailing from planet Earth, it couldn't contain more than a few hours' refuse.
  • Its design ought never have maculated an interior after 1975, but that suspended lamp really does befit postwar pastiche of this hideosity.
Prior generations -- even Boomers and Xers largely devoted to indiscriminate rejection of tradition -- usually possessed and exercised a measure of discernment so to omit irredeemably horrible artifacts of prior popularity whenever resurrecting others. On those rare occasions when millennials actually retrospect -- or worse, essay to revive the past in maladroit mimicry -- they exhibit all the acumen and authenticity of a stupid and sheltered child.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Third-wave feminism: exhibit #2

While viewing horrors on Asiancrush, I beheld an advertisement far more ghastly than even the most morbid among that service's features or shorts:

It's an amalgamation of clichés:

  • Mannish physiognomies
  • Hideous habiliments
  • Quasi-macho postures
  • Emblematic violence
  • Fatuous smirks

Since when were strong, empowered women so insecurely obsessed with exogenous opinions, averse to sensible discernment and disposed by shallow values to cosmetic surgery? Since the movement was appropriated by covetous, opportunistic political organizations driven by corporate greed, selective vanity, misandry and envy. Popular appeal of social justice to the decerebrate has enabled corporations (esp. those of big pharma and big tech) to co-opt nearly every major leftist movement, shunting to obscurity any dissenters -- mostly intellectually alert (if innumerate) socialists.
Not one feminist of the movement's first generation wouldn't be appalled by such artifacts of its overt declension.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Third-wave feminism: exhibit #1

Every fifth eulogy on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram after a shooting spree

I rely miss her she was my best frend and, one of the most live people ill ever know.. RIP Kayleighn we, will always love you #BFF #luvugurl #blessup #neverforgetu #pizzasisters4lyfe

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Recipe for pineapple cake

You'll need:
  • At least six cans of pineapple
  • Some cake
Preparation:
  1. Get some cake
  2. Make it out of pineapple
Chill, serve and enjoy, you fucking cretin.

Insensitive Recommendations

That I'm to review Romek's turgid Tess within the fortnight is onus enough, but YouTube's recommended apposition is especially awful:
Very nice. Next.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Great quotes #1: Astute auteurs articulate aperçus...

...if only to counter that preceding post's vacuities...
"Drama is life with the dull bits cut out."

--Alfred Hitchcock, Picture Parade, 1960.7.5

"Practice the precept: find without seeking."

--Robert Bresson

"I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker."

--Stanley Kubrick

"[T]here was always a conflict between my policy of not being too emotional and being true to the fact, without being cold and not reaching the audience. [...] I have always insisted that I would never tell lies in my movies, to only tell the truth. This is a big principle for me."

--Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director Shohei Imamura speaks to the World Socialist Web Site, 2000.9.19

"I think that high art reposes on popular art; without one there cannot be the other."

--Eric Rohmer

"The function of the flashback is Freudian. [...] The Americans had been using it in a very closed way, too rigorously and literally. This was a mistake; you have to let it wander like the imagination, or like a dream."

--Sergio Leone

"Before, you dealt with the studio. It had one or two persons and now you have masses of executives who have to justify their existence and write so-called "creative notes" and have creative meetings. They obsess about the word creative probably because they aren't."

--Roman Polanski interviewed by Taylor Montague

"When I make a film, I never stop uncovering mysteries, making discoveries. When I'm writing, filming, editing, even doing promotional work, I discover new things about the film, about myself, and about others. That is what I'm subconsciously looking for when shooting a film: to glimpse the enigmas of life, even if I don't resolve them, but at least to uncover them. Cinema is curiosity in the most intense meaning of the word."

--Pedro Almodovar

"We can see loss as something missing, but that missing space can be filled with something else, and that creates healing."

--Hirokazu Kore-eda

"I hate even the idea of a synopsis. When stories are really working, when you're providing subtextual exploration and things that are deeply layered, you're obligated to not say things out loud."

--Shane Carruth

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Stupid Quotes #1: Cinematic hacks spout inanity...

...as a chick lays eggs...
"I love almost all of Stanley Kubrick, there's almost no Stanley Kubrick I don't love. I love Lolita, I love Dr. Strangelove. I love A Clockwork Orange, obviously. I even like a lot of Barry Lyndon (laughs). And early stuff, like The Killing and Paths of Glory. [...] It's ridiculous. Look, he made the best comedy ever, he may have made one of the best science fiction movies ever, he made the best horror movie ever. I couldn't watch the end of The Shining. I went through half The Shining for years before I could finish, because I'm a writer and as soon as he starts writing "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," I had to turn it off."

--Gary Ross, 2012

"Well, it's not an ending [...] It's a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me. I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn't end, I'll go to a French movie. That's a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself, it can't just build off the first one or play variations."

--Joss Whedon on The Empire Strikes Back, 2013

"Loving a film is like falling in love with a woman or with a man like you never expect it. It it's not the one you think you will be in love with, you know. You think always that he will be with a beard, and black, and big and finally he's Chinese and you know it's the same thing."

--Luc Besson

"I think video games and that stuff should be as violent as possible, but age-appropriate. It should be realistic. When it's not realistic you run into kids running around shooting people and not realizing the consequences."

--Darren Aronofsky

"Everybody knows that the industrialized nations are the worst offenders."

--Roland Emmerich

"Making films has got to be one of the hardest endeavors known to humankind."

--Spike Lee

"Stop...stop, that's the next generation of fans. [...] How dare you pass judgment on those 12-year-old girls who like vampires! They need to be encouraged because in six years they'll be 18-year-old girls who like vampires and are into all sorts of goth-permissive and whatnot. Don't Poo-poo it. There's a plan, and it's working."

--Kevin Smith

"More than anything, there are more images in evil. Evil is based far more on the visual, whereas good has no good images at all."

--Lars von Trier

"It's not easy to strap yourself down to a desk and bash on a keyboard when you know you can direct lots of films, because directing films is fun and interactive and gregarious. Writing isn't."

--Guy Ritchie

"I'm so from the Woody Allen/Spike Lee school."

--M. Night Shyamalan