January 27th, 2006

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I just finished watching Spirited Away and I'm baffled. For ages now I've heard people talk about how much they loved this movie and I don't see how any rational person could like for the story elements. For one, it makes next to no fucking sense. The plot twists come out of freaking nowhere and are almost completely nonsensical. I can't even begin to breakdown all the places where the plot went sideways.

Now, since I saw an english dub instead of a subtitled version, it's always possible that things made sense in the original japanese. While there's that window of possibility, it's highly unlikely that the english script wasn't checked for consistancy with the original dialogue. I've seen dozens of fansubs that made more freaking sense and those are put together by freaking otakus who likely learned japanese from anime and community college language classes.

I should have known this movie would have been a piece of crap though. I really didn't like Princess Mononoke either despite all the people wanking themselves over it when it came out. It was just needless esoteric and self righteous. Hell, I ended up cheering for the humans with the guns to kill all the monsters the entire film. I thought the NRA should have used the film as an educational tool to show people the value of home defense when you're attacked. Spirited Away was equally confusing but at the end, I have no clue what the take home message is supposed to be other than a generalized pollution/development is bad? I can't even be sure.

So how I'm faced with a dilemma. I have Howl's Moving Castle downloaded and ready to view but it's by the same wankjob and I'm not sure I want to put myself through it. I have heard from plenty of people who said they liked it and I would normally take their word for it, if they didn't make up the same population of people who gushed about spirited away and princess mononoke. WTH is with the japanese anyway? Why can't they do a normal film with a normal plot instead of something that feels like it was put together by a hippie mental patient on LSD?
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Not even close to gruntled

So I was going to ramble on a bit about things that were still pissing me off, but I got a little sidetracked. I thought I was being cute with the subject lined, but did you know there actually is a word 'gruntled'? I assumed it was just one of those cases where a word wasn't the sum of its parts (and god knows english has its share of those). According to webster's:

Main Entry: grun·tle
Pronunciation: 'gr&n-t&l
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): grun·tled; grun·tling /'gr&nt-li[ng], 'gr&n-t&l-i[ng]/
Etymology: back-formation from disgruntle
: to put in a good humor (were gruntled with a good meal and good conversation -- W. P. Webb)

I like the etymology of the thing. Apparently I'm not the only person who thought that if you can be disgruntled, you should be able to be gruntled too. It just goes to show how the language is changing is weird ways and that it's not even just wholey slang. It reminds me of a t-shirt slogan of english mugging other languages and then going through their pockets for loose grammar. Everything gets incorporated in eventually.

Anyway, back before I got sidetracked I was thinking a bit about the chinese new year, which is tommorrow. Or at least I think it's tommorrow. It's sort of hard to tell with the darn lunar calender and the fact that the celebration might have little to do with the actual day of the week it falls on. It's almost always shifted over to the nearest weekend. 2006 will be the year of the dog and according to the chinese calender it will be the year 4703. Sorta feels a bit creepy to hear that. Gives it a sort of futuristic ring as if we should all be flying around in spaceships armed with phasers.

I wonder if the year of dog will be better than the year of the cock. I doubt it could be much worse. Got pretty fucked in the past 12 months or so. Here's to hoping that things go better this time around.
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