In our fifth (and extra-explicit) installment of The Seven Deadly Sins, we discuss road rage (and “Carma”), catharsis, destructotherapy, “going postal,” the true story of the Count of Monte Cristo, the Hulk, Christian Bale and other purveyors of WRATH!

Music: “Uuugh!” by Xavier Cugat

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American Psycho

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Road rage stories from you – our listeners:

Chaz L I used to get horrilbe road rage years ago. I’d do the typical stuff like pull up beside a person, give em the bird while screaming obsensities and blasting my horn. I followed one guy home, smashed my car into his mailbox and sped off, but one day my speedometer broke. I couldn’t see how so slow(or fast) I was driving, and all my anger vanished. By the time I got it fixed my road rage had vanished. Yay!

Will A Not really a story, but a number of years ago, during the “freedom fries” era, I forced a dude off the road for having a “France sucks” sticker on his bumper. He wasn’t hurt, or anything, but it still probably wasn’t the coolest thing to do. He shook his fist at me in a “get off my lawn” sort of way, though, which made it awesome.

Adam J Best story i have for road rage is about my cousin. If he was cut up badly or really put in danger by the other driver he would follow them home and shout at them or if they got away he would drive down the same road at the same time for weeks looking for them.

Movies
American Psycho
Kevin: 10/10
Joe: 8/10

Raging Bull
Toren: 7/10
Kevin: 10/10
Joe: 9/10

Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan
Toren: 9/10
Kevin: 8/10
Joe: 9/10

Office Space
Toren: 7/10
Kevin: 8/10
Joe: 9/10

V for Vendetta
Toren: 7/10
Kevin: 10/10
Joe: 9/10

The Hulk
Toren: 6/10
Kevin: 5/10
Joe: 4/10

The Incredible Hulk
Toren: 6/10
Kevin: 7/10
Joe: 5/10

Goodfellas
Toren: 8/10
Kevin: 8/10
Joe: 10/10

Untouchables
Toren: 5/10
Kevin: 9/10
Joe: 8/10

Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
Kevin: 6/10
Joe: 7/10

Punisher (1989)
Toren: 3/10
Kevin: 1/10

Punisher (2004)
Toren: 5/10
Kevin: 7/10

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  • Hunter

    The First thing I thought Of When I Heard the Christian Bale Sample.

  • banks!

    You missed another wrathful role for DeNiro: Cape Fear!

    On a related note, I learned that Amazon spent quite a bit of money to run a large test group to help reduce angry phone calls.

    What did they learn?

    If you put a picture of a baby or cute dog beside the error message, it will calm people down. Apparently, angry phone calls were cut in half after this measure was put in place.

    I guess Bruce Banner should work at the SPCA.

  • banks!

    You missed another wrathful role for DeNiro: Cape Fear!

    On a related note, I learned that Amazon spent quite a bit of money to run a large test group to help reduce angry phone calls.

    What did they learn?

    If you put a picture of a baby or cute dog beside the error message, it will calm people down. Apparently, angry phone calls were cut in half after this measure was put in place.

    I guess Bruce Banner should work at the SPCA.

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  • Derek

    Although I haven’t seen it, would the film Falling Down fit this episode’s theme?

  • Derek

    Although I haven’t seen it, would the film Falling Down fit this episode’s theme?

  • Derek

    Oh, and Mr Furious from Mystery Men (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0132347/). Kinda wrathful, but really just lame, mostly. It did star Pee Wee Herman, so that might make it appeal to you (I think he was “The Spleen” who could fart on command).

    The strange character from the Old English root of wrath that you saw, I suspect, is ð. Dunno what the name of the character is, but it’s the ‘th’ sound in words like ‘this’ and ‘that’. I suspect there’s a different character for the ‘th’ sound in ‘thin’. I remember that from when my sister studied Old English at uni.

    Also, I found it interesting how jarring it was to me to hear the word pronounced rath (like saying ‘rat’ with a lisp) instead of roth (as in Tim Roth) to me. Both are fine, but I’d say the latter and hearing the former for the entire episode just made me twitch a bit – quite possibly the effect you were after? 🙂

  • Derek

    Oh, and Mr Furious from Mystery Men (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0132347/). Kinda wrathful, but really just lame, mostly. It did star Pee Wee Herman, so that might make it appeal to you (I think he was “The Spleen” who could fart on command).

    The strange character from the Old English root of wrath that you saw, I suspect, is ð. Dunno what the name of the character is, but it’s the ‘th’ sound in words like ‘this’ and ‘that’. I suspect there’s a different character for the ‘th’ sound in ‘thin’. I remember that from when my sister studied Old English at uni.

    Also, I found it interesting how jarring it was to me to hear the word pronounced rath (like saying ‘rat’ with a lisp) instead of roth (as in Tim Roth) to me. Both are fine, but I’d say the latter and hearing the former for the entire episode just made me twitch a bit – quite possibly the effect you were after? 🙂

  • Derek

    I just listened to this again and can’t believe I forgot to bring up that amazing scene in Fight Club where Edward Norton destroyed Angelface, the blonde kid. Great lines too:
    Pitt: “Where’d you go, psycho boy?”
    Norton: “I felt like destroying something beautiful”
    Really summarises the film/book so well, emasculated males raging against society.
    Ooh, found just the clip: http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=5&ved=0CDcQtwIwBA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DJLUdbGm0a6E&ei=nnxQUPOICa6aiAfu4IGICQ&usg=AFQjCNFXReRqJ6YXhoFZUjAiqpuJzDfaMg

  • Chew

    Joe, you mentioned Cracked.com in this episode. You might like to know they started a podcast:

    https://soundcloud.com/crackedpod

    It’s pretty good.

  • Chew

    Joe, you mentioned Cracked.com in this episode. You might like to know they started a podcast:

    https://soundcloud.com/crackedpod

    It’s pretty good.

  • Jennifer Bourne

    The “crazy guy behind you when you’re trying to parallel park” experience has happened to me a few times. In both cases I was signalling, with back up lights. In both cases, there was no traffic in the next lane and it would have been easy to go around. But no, they blew their horns and pitched a fit. At least nobody stepped outside and started beating my car.

  • Chelle

    *The Caesar “stabathon” …my new favorite way to talk Shakespeare.
    *Also, I have worked at the post office…it is a maddening place to work, honestly, but not so much for boredom. There’s SO much anger in so many people, coupled with so many nonsensical rules and so much “quit being human or you’ll get fired” talking-to’s to add stress; it’s a neverending cycle. (My boss was also a very short, narcisstic man who had SmallMan disease (a cross between Hitler and Caesar). I was surprised we never killed him.)
    *You didn’t guess the Red Hulk?! Even I did, and I don’t even read The Hulk. 😉
    *Every time I hear the word “abomination”, I hear it in the voice of Lilo…
    *I love Wrath of KHAAAAAAAAN! best, too!
    *Poor distracted Christian…needs to learn to focus, though. Part of his job. Just sayin’.