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Shaun of the Dead

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Source: Catholic News Service

Mordantly funny but extremely bloody British import inspired by George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" about a twenty-something slacker (Simon Pegg) who -- along with his oafish flatmate (Nick Frost) and former girlfriend (Kate Ashfield) -- try to hold off swarms of flesh-eating zombies while holed up in their favorite London pub. Part gorefest, part laughfest, part apocalyptic love story, director Edgar Wright's subversively humorous film cleverly combines black comedy and horror conventions, but its witty social satire is drowned out by its over-the-top carnage. Excessive graphic and gory violence, recurring rough and crude language, and much vulgar humor. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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<p>While most of the Christians were fleeing the city, abandoning all their worldly possessions, an old deaconess, Apollonia, was seized. The crowds beat her, knocking out all of her teeth. Then they lit a large fire and threatened to throw her in it if she did not curse her God. She begged them to wait a moment, acting as if she was considering their requests. Instead, she jumped willingly into the flames and so suffered martyrdom.</p><p>There were many churches and altars dedicated to her. Apollonia is the patroness of dentists, and people suffering from toothache and other dental diseases often ask her intercession. She is pictured with a pair of pincers holding a tooth or with a golden tooth suspended from her necklace. St. Augustine explained her voluntary martyrdom as a special inspiration of the Holy Spirit, since no one is allowed to cause his or her own death.</p> American Catholic Blog We can find Christ among the despised, voiceless, and forgotten of the world. We have to move beyond that which we wish to ignore and forget about: embrace the seemingly un-embraceable, love the unlovable, and dare to know what we most fear and wish to leave unknowable.

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