Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Face Donation (Ick)

I'm an organ donor myself, and you really have to respect what this guy and his family agreed to do (if you're too lazy to read the article, a man who died during open-heart surgery donated his face — his face! — to someone who was badly disfigured in an accident, marking the second-ever face transplant). 

But the whole thing just makes me really, really squeamish. I'm not what you'd call "ER-ready." When I was a kid, I fainted on the kitchen floor after losing a tooth and seeing my own blood. 

So... the idea of a doctor surgically lifting off a whole face, and sewing it onto someone else, with like, yuck!, the goopy, bloody tissue and stuff... ooof. I'm feeling a little sick. There are also the philosophical questions this begs — like, now this man's widow might actually see her late husband walking around town (or at least his face)... I mean, that's kind of freaky, right? To be honest, it's an interesting kind of extended mortality. 

It also makes me remember that stupid movie Face/Off — which, despite having built an entire film off the premise of a face transplant, didn't address the philosophical or scientific questions raised by such a procedure — by stupid over-hyped slow-motion director John Woo, with stupid Nic Cage and John Travolta, just as they began to make one crap film after another. Also, Scientology. 

Wow, I got really off-topic there, and kind of fired up for a minute. Let's just calm down. 

So today's Write-On Line Wednesday activity is a Mad Lib. We'll need:

1. plural noun 
2. plural noun 
3. adverb
4. adjective
5. verb
6. adjective

Ready? Fill in your answers below (adapted from an IMDB user comment):

"I consider John Woo to be one of the greatest (1._______ ) in the world, and Face/Off proves just that. However, the element that makes this film one of the most intense and spectacular (2.______) to ever come from Hollywood is the presence of two (3.______) talented actors, both of whom are (4._______). Yes, when you (5.______) John Travolta and Nicolas Cage together in a movie, the results are bound to be (6._______)."

Mine came out like this:

"I consider John Woo to be one of the greatest nitwits in the world, and Face/Off proves just that. However, the element that makes this film one of the most intense and spectacular humdingers to ever come from Hollywood is the presence of two gently talented actors, both of whom are corrupt. Yes, when you heave John Travolta and Nicolas Cage together in a movie, the results are bound to be hot."



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