Thursday, May 27, 2010

New Perspectives

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Okay. Let us steer away from all the political and societal commentaries that have been filling this blog lately. After all, we need new things to talk about or else we might become one-dimensional bloggers. This time, we will be talking about famous pieces of entertainment and discuss their hidden (often unintentional) meanings. Here are my top four:

1. Super Mario may contain subtle messages about drug addiction.

Super Mario is about a fat plumber who is out to save the princess from the Bowser. So, he embarks on the journey to a colorful, magical world filled with pipes called the Mushroom kingdom where he uses several mushrooms to gain power and defeat the minions of Bowser and, eventually, Bowser himself to rescue Princess Peach.

Here's the deal. For Mario to gain supernatural powers like getting bigger, breathing fire, or flying, he must first eat different types of mushrooms which gives him different types of powers. First of all, I know I am not the only one here who thinks that the mushroom is a metaphor for drugs because video game geeks also notices this kind of stuff. A mushroom-eating, Italian plumber who is trying to save a princess by jumping on his enemies. If I didn't know about Super Mario, I'd say that the plumber is on drugs. Sheesh.

2. Shrek 4 explores existentialist themes.

What would happen if you ceased to exist? or if you were never born? Would the world continue without much difference or will your disappearance carry a significant change? In the 4th installment of Shrek, the themes go philosophical as the creators try to answer the questions of the existence of man (or ogre) and its effects on the people around you. As the movie progresses, we find our hero in a world where he does not exist and discovers that the alternate reality is a very different place from the one that he lived in. Of course, the young moviegoers would not know the significance of the philosophical questions so the meaning was lost entirely amidst the ramblings of Shrek and Donkey.

3. Lady Gaga and Beyonce's Telephone MV explores neo-noir themes and pays homage to Quentin Tarantino.

Yes. Telephone pays homage to Quentin Tarantino. Evidence? The car that GaGa and Beyonce used is called the Pussy Wagon and if you had watched Kill Bil Vol.1, you would know that the car used by the Black Mamba/The Bride/Beatrice Kiddo was the Pussy Wagon which she got from a dude who was trying to rape her while she was on a coma. Yes. Rape and coma on the same sentence. Pure Tarantino magic. Also, the diner scene where they poisoned the diners was also reminiscent of the diner scene in Reservoir Dogs. The high heels made of cast plaster may be an Inglourious Basterds reference, Beyonce's nickname 'Honey Bee' is a close reference to the diner robber 'Honey Bunny' in Pulp Fiction. The lettering, the bright colors, the female banter in the car and many more is a reference to Quentin Tarantino.

Then, of course, there is the element of the neo-noir in the MV. That element is the femme fatale. Gaga and Beyonce were implied as criminals and even murdered a bunch of people eating in a diner by poisoning them without remorse. This combines the femme fatale with the disregard for morality, also an element of neo-noir.

Watch the video here.

4. Like A Virgin may offer a subtle message of sexual promiscuity and a man's large penis.

First off, this interpretation did not come from me. The idea came from Tarantino's film, Reservoir Dogs, where Mr. Brown tells his gang what the song is about. Here is the dialog from Cracked:
Let me tell you what 'Like a Virgin' is about. It's all about a girl who digs a guy with a big dick. The entire song. It's a metaphor for big dicks. 'Like a Virgin' is not about this sensitive girl who meets a nice fella. That's what "True Blue" is about, now, granted, no argument about that.

Lemme tell you what 'Like a Virgin' is about. It's all about this cooze who's a regular fuck machine, I'm talking morning, day, night, afternoon, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick. Then one day she meets this John Holmes motherfucker and it's like, whoa baby, I mean this cat is like Charles Bronson in the Great Escape, he's digging tunnels. Now, she's gettin' the serious dick action and she's feeling something she ain't felt since forever. Pain. Pain.

It hurts her. It shouldn't hurt her, you know, her pussy should be Bubble Yum by now, but when this cat fucks her it hurts. It hurts just like it did the first time. You see the pain is reminding a fuck machine what it once was like to be a virgin. Hence, 'Like a Virgin'.
Mind you, this is just an interpretation of the song. However, when you listen to the song, this interpretation makes sense. So we have a woman who is so experienced in sex and she met this guy and, while they are having sex, she feels 'like a virgin'. And the song says that what the girl is feeling is unusual. Why? Because she is a type of girl who always participate in sexual intercourse, and, maybe, she feels ravaged and tired by all the sex that she is having and BOOM! the guy with the big penis comes in and the girl feels renewed once again.

Remember, that this article only represents an interpretation of certain things and are not to be taken seriously unless you want to. This article was only made to generate different opinions and interpretations about certain things. We must remember that we must keep our minds open and try to interpret things differently from what the norms say so that we can generate an atmosphere of learning. Boom!

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1. Geekologie
2. Shawcute's Space
3. Mymag
4. A&H

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