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From The New Yorker:

The Silently Regressive Politics of “A Quiet Place”

By Richard Brody April 10, 2018

The success of “A Quiet Place,” the new horror thriller directed by John Krasinski, is a sign of viewers craving emptiness, of a yearning for some cinematic white noise to drown out troubling thoughts and observations with a potently simple and high-impact countermyth. The noise of “A Quiet Place” is the whitest since the release of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; as horror films go, it’s the antithesis of “Get Out,” inasmuch as its symbolic realm is both apparently unconscious and conspicuously regressive.

“A Quiet Place” is the story of a white family living in rustic isolation …

… The one sole avowed identity of the Abbott parents is as their children’s defenders; their more obvious public identity is as a white rural family. The only other people in the film, who are more vulnerable to the marauding creatures, are white as well. In their enforced silence, these characters are a metaphorical silent—white—majority, one that doesn’t dare to speak freely for fear of being heard by the super-sensitive ears of the dark others. …

How dare some Polish-American make a movie with more showing than telling in it?

Instead, this is what every moment should be like for white gentiles.

By the way, Krasinski is a medium level comic leading man who has pulled together an apparently fine original film, which reach $100 million in domestic box office by its 10th day. This is much like Jordan Peele’ “Get Out” last year. Leaving race aside, why are guy actors more likely than gal actors to take the next step into creativity in the manner of Jordan Peele and John Krasinksi?

 
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  1. Be glad that the New Yorker uses a cartoon image of their movie critic.

    Be very glad.

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    • LOL: Percy Gryce
    • Replies: @JimB
    Richard Brody looks like he doesn’t get out of his damp basement walk-up apartment very often.
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  2. It is the Jew who cries out in pain… as he… reviews movies.

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  3. Dear Fellow White People! Can you even believe how white this film is? In the Current Year even? Do you think it should even be allowed? Should we even see it? Or should we go and protest it? Yeah, we should go protest! Make sure and record everything so ppl can see it on twitter and fb.

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    • Replies: @Corvinus
    "Dear Fellow White People! Can you even believe how white this film is? In the Current Year even? Do you think it should even be allowed? Should we even see it? Or should we go and protest it? Yeah, we should go protest! Make sure and record everything so ppl can see it on twitter and fb."

    Dear Mishra: The movie critic who wrote the comment "The noise of “A Quiet Place” is the whitest since the release of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”" is a proud member, like the author of this fine individual blog, a member of the Coalition of the Fringes. In other words, they find race in everything. I would surmise that they both would look at a person eating a burnt hotdog as being race related. In reality, most white people who went to see this movie NOTICED the scenery, the high level of acting, and the storyline. They wanted to be entertained, and rarely came out of the show house thinking "Wow, there were no people of color in the film. I better check my white privilege in the future". But the race baiters from both the left and the right would like to make everything about race, and those whites in particular who are not on board with identifying with their tribe are labeled "race traitors".

    Now, I am asking for a friend--Is it OK for a white person to make their own decisions, by way of freedom of association, about race and culture to not be labeled a "race traitor" merely because they are not beholden to the Coalition of The Fringes narrative?
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  4. If only the filmmakers had consulted Brody before production started:

    “The whole thing is so disturbingly White….Couldn’t the wife be played by a Black actress….Or maybe make the kids Black…You know, they could be adopted…It’s the current Year, people….”

    “Well, if the family has to be White….How about a twist! We could find out that the father is a pedophile, and he’s been molesting the kids for years!….See, he’s the real monster of the film….”

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    • Replies: @22pp22
    One of the other articles on Unz Review at the moment is pushing a book that says you can tell a lot about someone's IQ and personality from their facial features. Looking at this excuse for a man, I can see that phrenology is real.
    , @Pericles
    The real twist is when we find out the reviewer is a pedophile.
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  5. At least “white noise” is a step up from “unbearable whiteness”.

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    • LOL: Kylie
    • Replies: @Flip
    They say "hideously white" in England.
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  6. Why wouldn’t someone dare to speak freely? Oh yeah, people like this fucking guy!!!!

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  7. This is such twaddle I hesitate to choose a best attack. In fact, instead of fighting him, let’s consider that he’s right. I recently rewatched some Hellraiser movies and, despite the poorly aging effects (claymation — from hell!) and Hellraiser Three (wonderful sets and costumes in the Ancien Regime segments!), I enjoyed myself more than I deserved. They are fantastic movies. Real alpha-beta dynamic in the first one. Clive Barker has a grounding in Jungian myth analysis that Stephen King can only wish for, what with his soul already being long sold. I didn’t think about race once. It never occurred to me to notice that everybody is white (literally, in the case of the Cenobites) any more than I found myself consciously noting that Barker is a homosexual who likes his meat dark. Is it possible that I was watching a fantasy horror film — as escapism, for pleasure — when I could have been interrogating my whiteness over a nice bowl of granola? Is it possible that this and not hamfisted re-education is what movies are for? Is it possible that if Pauline Kael were alive she’d kick this guy’s ass?

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    • Replies: @Mishra
    Aww crap, now I'll never look at granola the same way again. And Pauline Kael could probably whip most any guy. She got real weak for babes, though. Jill Clayburgh kept a piece of her fan mail for laughs--one of the most amusing bits to turn up in her estate sale. The only guy Kael really liked was director Paul Mazursky--because he showed how hard it is for really good-looking women to live in a society full of ugly men.
    , @Dave Pinsen
    I remember enjoying Hellraiser: Bloodline despite not really being into campy/gory horror in general. I'm a sucker for past/present/future sci-fi story structures like that one (and Darren Aronofsky's classier film The Fountain). Was surprised to see the director wanted his name off of it.

    https://youtu.be/_uGnaUbiKB4
    , @anon
    I've always thought that the real reason to watch Hellraiser is so Hellraiser II would make sense when you watched it. That movie was so out there and so original, it's a little hard to believe it got released.

    Also, I don't know where they found Ashley Laurence, but I could watch her in anything.

    And the claymation effects are pretty bad, but the partially-regenerated Frank Cotton is still pretty effective.
    , @Pat Boyle
    It never would have occurred to me to watch a Hellraiser movie. Another thing I've learned from reading the iSteve blog.
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  8. Good-Looking Rural White Gentiles

    John Krasinski? Really?

    I couldn’t take him seriously in “13 Hours.” I kept seeing that guy from “The Office.” Goofy.

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    • Agree: MikeatMikedotMike
    • Replies: @syonredux

    Good-Looking Rural White Gentiles

    John Krasinski? Really?

    I couldn’t take him seriously in “13 Hours.” I kept seeing that guy from “The Office.” Goofy.
     
    Dunno. I know a lot of gals who think that he's quite attractive:

    http://logoonline.mtvnimages.com/uri/mgid:uma:image:logotv.com:11180644?quality=0.8&format=jpg&width=1440&height=810&.jpg
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  9. @Twinkie

    Good-Looking Rural White Gentiles
     
    John Krasinski? Really?

    I couldn't take him seriously in "13 Hours." I kept seeing that guy from "The Office." Goofy.

    Good-Looking Rural White Gentiles

    John Krasinski? Really?

    I couldn’t take him seriously in “13 Hours.” I kept seeing that guy from “The Office.” Goofy.

    Dunno. I know a lot of gals who think that he’s quite attractive:

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    • Replies: @Twinkie
    With professional trainers, nutritionists, and PEDs at his disposal (and very flattering photography), that's the best he could do? He looks like a regular guy who's done some running and dips. Not exactly Scott Helvenston (RIP).

    And it's not just the physique. He's still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in "13 Hours." Just sticking a beard on a comedian doesn't make him look like "an operator." I don't know why he's suddenly in action movies.
    , @Nigerian Nationalist
    Emily Blunt thinks he's attractive, all that matters...

    Now about that Edge of Tomorrow sequel...
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  10. There is an article right next to this one, right now on this site, about scientific evidence that we can indeed tell a lot about people by the way they look.

    This seems appropriate for the case of Brody vs. Good-Looking White Gentiles.

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  11. Frankly, this Richard Brody here sounds a bit obsessed.

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    • Replies: @syonredux
    Brody has..issues. Here he is on Nolan's Dunkirk

    Of course, there’s much else from those times that is almost impossible to imagine. Many people today would agree that there’s something distinctive and world-historic about the Second World War, which has something to do with what’s distinctive about the ideological differences between the two sides, between the values of the Allied powers and those of Nazism. But the Germans, let alone the Nazis, seem to have nothing to do with what Nolan’s characters are fighting for. The word “Nazi” is never heard; there’s no mention of Hitler; I don’t even think I heard the word “Germans” (once, someone refers to them by the British slang term “Jerries”). Nolan’s subject lies elsewhere, lies hidden—it’s his tribute to the collective purpose, the national unity, the total mobilization for a total war in which Britain’s very existence, the very existence of national culture, is at stake. Nolan achieves that paean to patriotic unity not by seeing and hearing it forged from multiplicity, but by excluding multiplicity, filtering out everything that isn’t already a part of it.
     
    https://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/dunkirk-a-war-movie-about-patriotic-ciphers


    All that Anglo unity, so disturbing.....
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  12. Steve, your headline is disgraceful. I read the review and it has no relation. Worse, there are endless iSteve-type points in it that could easily be agreed with.

    The review itself lauds the movie and, while seemingly finding the politics of silent white majority, certainly does not dismiss them.

    Your commenters have now made up entirely fictitious quotes from the review that others will no doubt take to be true and the idiot train will roll on.

    Personally, I found the movie review to be outstanding and one that has strongly motivated me to see the movie.

    TLDR the movie is culturally the white American Get Out, itself an excellent film. I would expect readers of iSteve to think of A Quiet Place as one of their all time favourites.

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    • Troll: IHTG, TheBoom
    • Replies: @Mishra
    If you'd like to take a short break from feeling superior, spend some time reading the oeuvre of one Richard Brody. It's of a piece, as they say. You might learn something.
    , @Buzz Mohawk
    Indeed just this line seems to confirm some of what you say:

    In their enforced silence, these characters are a metaphorical silent—white—majority, one that doesn’t dare to speak freely for fear of being heard by the super-sensitive ears of the dark others. …
     
    Local NY public television aired one of my favorite movies this weekend, Network. The host included in his analysis something about how that film was relevant to today's idea of the angry white man. My view, however, is that Network's Howard Beale character represents much more than that even, something not neatly wrapped in the newspeak of our current time.
    , @Percy Gryce
    Your trolling makes Tiny Duck look like a piker.

    Here's the conclusion of the "review":


    Whether the Abbotts’ insular, armed way of life might put them into conflict with other American families of other identities is the unacknowledged question hanging over “A Quiet Place,” the silent horror to which the movie doesn’t give voice.
     
    Setting aside the cult-Marx obsession with race, you know you're reading a bad review when the reviewer discusses not what's in the movie but what isn't.
    , @SimplePseudonymicHandle

    The review itself lauds the movie and, while seemingly finding the politics of silent white majority, certainly does not dismiss them
     
    Well, I dunnoh.
    The review is titled "the Silently Regressive Politics..." and the substance doesn't deviate far from what you'd expect of a title like that.

    At the core of the argument he writes this:

    The only moment of authentic inner expression, the acknowledgment of any identity at all, arises when, under siege from the creatures, Evelyn challenges Lee when their children are in danger: “Who are we? Who are we if we can’t protect them?” In that moment, “A Quiet Place” disgorges its entire stifled and impacted ideological content. The movie’s survivalist horror-fantasy offers the argument for turning a rustic farmhouse into a virtual fortress, for the video surveillance and the emergency lighting and, above all, the stash of firearms that (along with a bit of high-tech trickery that it’s too good to spoil) is the ultimate game changer, the ultimate and decisive defense against home intruders.
     
    So, "dismiss them"?
    No ... I think the reviewer is saying they are "regressive". That's surely not dismissing them, but it doesn't go where you seem to be going.
    , @Lot
    Yeah it is definitely a positive review, praising both the plot and the technical filmmaking aspects. In no way whatsoever does he demand non whites be in the movie, and really the only point about race he makes is that the film's absence of dialogue and rural prepper setting subconsciously appeals to US whites who feel censored and under siege.

    That is a trivial and poorly supported position but it seems many here are Oberlin University snowflakes about the slightest hint of Jewish disdain for whitey. It wouldn't be hard to find actual examples, but this wasn't it.
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe

    ...the movie is culturally the white American Get Out...
     
    Uh, that makes no sense at all. Having seen both films, this remark makes me suspect you haven't seen either one.
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  13. @Tyrion 2
    Steve, your headline is disgraceful. I read the review and it has no relation. Worse, there are endless iSteve-type points in it that could easily be agreed with.

    The review itself lauds the movie and, while seemingly finding the politics of silent white majority, certainly does not dismiss them.

    Your commenters have now made up entirely fictitious quotes from the review that others will no doubt take to be true and the idiot train will roll on.

    Personally, I found the movie review to be outstanding and one that has strongly motivated me to see the movie.

    TLDR the movie is culturally the white American Get Out, itself an excellent film. I would expect readers of iSteve to think of A Quiet Place as one of their all time favourites.

    If you’d like to take a short break from feeling superior, spend some time reading the oeuvre of one Richard Brody. It’s of a piece, as they say. You might learn something.

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    I don't have time to be an expert of the New Yorker film critic cannon - does anyone?

    I can only say that Steve's headline for the piece is grossly misleading and the behaviour of the commenters on this thread has been even worse.

    This leads me to believe that other readings of similar work are also quite mad and that you're all stuck in a confirmation bias loop of simple-minded nutbaggery - when it comes to certain topics.
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  14. @Tyrion 2
    Steve, your headline is disgraceful. I read the review and it has no relation. Worse, there are endless iSteve-type points in it that could easily be agreed with.

    The review itself lauds the movie and, while seemingly finding the politics of silent white majority, certainly does not dismiss them.

    Your commenters have now made up entirely fictitious quotes from the review that others will no doubt take to be true and the idiot train will roll on.

    Personally, I found the movie review to be outstanding and one that has strongly motivated me to see the movie.

    TLDR the movie is culturally the white American Get Out, itself an excellent film. I would expect readers of iSteve to think of A Quiet Place as one of their all time favourites.

    Indeed just this line seems to confirm some of what you say:

    In their enforced silence, these characters are a metaphorical silent—white—majority, one that doesn’t dare to speak freely for fear of being heard by the super-sensitive ears of the dark others. …

    Local NY public television aired one of my favorite movies this weekend, Network. The host included in his analysis something about how that film was relevant to today’s idea of the angry white man. My view, however, is that Network‘s Howard Beale character represents much more than that even, something not neatly wrapped in the newspeak of our current time.

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    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    I see here now that Brody makes a direct comparison with the famous Howard Beale line from Network:

    It’s significant that when characters—two white men—commit suicide-by-noisemaking, they do so by howling as if with rage, rather than by screeching or singing or shouting words of love to their families. (Those death bellows are the wordless equivalent of “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”)
     
    (Emphasis mine)

    Network is NOT a story about white (gentile) man's anger, no matter how much Brody and New York critics would now like it to be. Network is much bigger than that. It is about humanity vs. soullessness and the soulless globalist world we inhabit today! Our elite intellectuals have compartmentalized history and ideas into Cultural Marxist categories, and they try to squeeze great art into those.

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  15. @Dieter Kief
    Frankly, this Richard Brody here sounds a bit obsessed.

    Brody has..issues. Here he is on Nolan’s Dunkirk

    Of course, there’s much else from those times that is almost impossible to imagine. Many people today would agree that there’s something distinctive and world-historic about the Second World War, which has something to do with what’s distinctive about the ideological differences between the two sides, between the values of the Allied powers and those of Nazism. But the Germans, let alone the Nazis, seem to have nothing to do with what Nolan’s characters are fighting for. The word “Nazi” is never heard; there’s no mention of Hitler; I don’t even think I heard the word “Germans” (once, someone refers to them by the British slang term “Jerries”). Nolan’s subject lies elsewhere, lies hidden—it’s his tribute to the collective purpose, the national unity, the total mobilization for a total war in which Britain’s very existence, the very existence of national culture, is at stake. Nolan achieves that paean to patriotic unity not by seeing and hearing it forged from multiplicity, but by excluding multiplicity, filtering out everything that isn’t already a part of it.

    https://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/dunkirk-a-war-movie-about-patriotic-ciphers

    All that Anglo unity, so disturbing…..

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    • Replies: @Seth Largo
    Brody lives up to his reputation. Even my presumably left-leaning criticism profs in film school didn't like him.
    , @James Forrestal
    Brody understands, as Nolan does not, that the purpose of all WW2 movies is to demonize (in descending order) Nazis > the German people in general > all whites. As well as well as apportioning blame for Jewish casualties in the same manner, of course.

    If the "good guys" are not only portrayed with historically accurate (but now "inadequate") levels of diversity, but are also shown to have a strong culture that helps to unify their people? And they're fighting, not necessarily against an evil ideology, but for their own people?

    That runs contrary to the entire purpose of the genre.

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  16. The noise of “A Quiet Place” is the whitest since the release of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; as horror films go, it’s the antithesis of “Get Out,” inasmuch as its symbolic realm is both apparently unconscious and conspicuously regressive.

    Brody really has it in for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri :

    This year’s Oscar nominations, announced on Tuesday morning, are all over the place, offering honors equally to the good, the bad, and the ugly. It only occasionally happens that the year’s best movie is among the nominees for Best Picture, and this is one of those years, with “Get Out” on the list of nine. Also included, however, are three stodgy history-hits, plus the airless romance-slash-real-estate prospectus “Call Me by Your Name,” the garishly vain and ludicrous “The Shape of Water,” and the obliviously repugnant “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” along with two other movies that are in fact among the year’s best, “Lady Bird” and “Phantom Thread.”

    That’s why the tenacity of “Three Billboards” on the list (along with Best Picture, it got two Supporting Actor nominations, as well as Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Score, and Editing) is both shocking and unsurprising. The film was quickly seen, at the time of its release, to present a repellently indifferent and instrumentalizing view of race relations and the politics surrounding them. Yet its salt-of-the-earth sentimentality about small-town white people nonetheless (or perhaps therefore) found the same echo among Academy voters that it did among the electorate at large.

    https://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/2018-oscar-nominations-and-predictions-and-who-i-wish-had-made-the-list

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    • Replies: @Mishra

    Brody really has it in for Three Billboards
     
    In which a strong, independent woman gets to tell off racist white males a hundred different ways!

    Yep, what could be his problem with such a film?
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  17. @J.Ross
    This is such twaddle I hesitate to choose a best attack. In fact, instead of fighting him, let's consider that he's right. I recently rewatched some Hellraiser movies and, despite the poorly aging effects (claymation -- from hell!) and Hellraiser Three (wonderful sets and costumes in the Ancien Regime segments!), I enjoyed myself more than I deserved. They are fantastic movies. Real alpha-beta dynamic in the first one. Clive Barker has a grounding in Jungian myth analysis that Stephen King can only wish for, what with his soul already being long sold. I didn't think about race once. It never occurred to me to notice that everybody is white (literally, in the case of the Cenobites) any more than I found myself consciously noting that Barker is a homosexual who likes his meat dark. Is it possible that I was watching a fantasy horror film -- as escapism, for pleasure -- when I could have been interrogating my whiteness over a nice bowl of granola? Is it possible that this and not hamfisted re-education is what movies are for? Is it possible that if Pauline Kael were alive she'd kick this guy's ass?

    Aww crap, now I’ll never look at granola the same way again. And Pauline Kael could probably whip most any guy. She got real weak for babes, though. Jill Clayburgh kept a piece of her fan mail for laughs–one of the most amusing bits to turn up in her estate sale. The only guy Kael really liked was director Paul Mazursky–because he showed how hard it is for really good-looking women to live in a society full of ugly men.

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  18. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    There’s a new movie coming out about a noble black man with a beautiful white woman being harassed and attacked by an ugly white trash couple.

    Hollywood depiction of untermensch whites goes beyond Nazi propaganda.

    It totally dehumanizes.

    It says white wombs belong to black men, and only ugly white woman sticks with evil white man.

    Hollywood Jews are blind to the fact that they’ve become Nazi-like.

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    • Replies: @utu

    Hollywood depiction of untermensch whites goes beyond Nazi propaganda.
     
    Out of 1,200 films made during 12 years of Nazi rule in Germany very few were specifically anti-Jewish. The most famous was Jud Suss, The Rothschilds and The Eternal Jew all made in 1940 already during a war.

    Nazi propaganda is demonized but by comparison to vilifications of Germans and dehumanization of Japanese in British and American films it was very mild. Overwhelming majority of films were romantic comedies, entertainment, history, fantasy.
    , @roo_ster
    "Become?"

    They always were, but did not have the power to openly exercise and espouse their hatred and inhumanity to those outside their ethnic group.
    , @Alfa158
    Most Jews aren't like that but I have known a few with this mind-set. I can assure you they are not blind to the fact they've become Nazi-like and; they dig it.
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  19. @Buzz Mohawk
    Indeed just this line seems to confirm some of what you say:

    In their enforced silence, these characters are a metaphorical silent—white—majority, one that doesn’t dare to speak freely for fear of being heard by the super-sensitive ears of the dark others. …
     
    Local NY public television aired one of my favorite movies this weekend, Network. The host included in his analysis something about how that film was relevant to today's idea of the angry white man. My view, however, is that Network's Howard Beale character represents much more than that even, something not neatly wrapped in the newspeak of our current time.

    I see here now that Brody makes a direct comparison with the famous Howard Beale line from Network:

    It’s significant that when characters—two white men—commit suicide-by-noisemaking, they do so by howling as if with rage, rather than by screeching or singing or shouting words of love to their families. (Those death bellows are the wordless equivalent of “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”)

    (Emphasis mine)

    Network is NOT a story about white (gentile) man’s anger, no matter how much Brody and New York critics would now like it to be. Network is much bigger than that. It is about humanity vs. soullessness and the soulless globalist world we inhabit today! Our elite intellectuals have compartmentalized history and ideas into Cultural Marxist categories, and they try to squeeze great art into those.

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    • Replies: @njguy73
    Last year I watched Network all the way through for the first time. It was a revelation. It could have been made today. I'd call it the definitive satire of our era. Anyone who uses the "mad as hell" line should have to watch the whole thing.

    First, Black anger is portrayed just as perfectly as White anger. Marlene Warfield as Laureen Hobbs was awesome. The scene where William Holden compares Faye Dunaway to television itself is, well, it's like watching an entire world getting a "Reason You Suck" speech.

    And then there's the best monologue in the film, perhaps the best monologue in film history, the one I've been quoting a lot lately:

    "You have meddled with the primal forces of nature!..."
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  20. @J.Ross
    This is such twaddle I hesitate to choose a best attack. In fact, instead of fighting him, let's consider that he's right. I recently rewatched some Hellraiser movies and, despite the poorly aging effects (claymation -- from hell!) and Hellraiser Three (wonderful sets and costumes in the Ancien Regime segments!), I enjoyed myself more than I deserved. They are fantastic movies. Real alpha-beta dynamic in the first one. Clive Barker has a grounding in Jungian myth analysis that Stephen King can only wish for, what with his soul already being long sold. I didn't think about race once. It never occurred to me to notice that everybody is white (literally, in the case of the Cenobites) any more than I found myself consciously noting that Barker is a homosexual who likes his meat dark. Is it possible that I was watching a fantasy horror film -- as escapism, for pleasure -- when I could have been interrogating my whiteness over a nice bowl of granola? Is it possible that this and not hamfisted re-education is what movies are for? Is it possible that if Pauline Kael were alive she'd kick this guy's ass?

    I remember enjoying Hellraiser: Bloodline despite not really being into campy/gory horror in general. I’m a sucker for past/present/future sci-fi story structures like that one (and Darren Aronofsky’s classier film The Fountain). Was surprised to see the director wanted his name off of it.

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    • Replies: @J.Ross
    It definitely lacks the polish and coherence of other Barker products, but one thing about it relevant here is it depends on genetic predisposition to genius and curiosity, rather than a purely supernatural curse, as the thing damning le Marchand's descendents.
    A lot of the fun of Hellraiser is in providing rational alternate explanations for familiar myths. In the original story the Cenobites are not Christian at all and do not think of their home as Hell, but nevertheless they almost perfectly fulfill the Faustian bargain idea and eternal punishment. They also select carefully for bad people and avoid the innocent, for reasons of logic rather than cosmic justice.
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  21. We’re at the point where not paying obeisance to diversity is a subversive act.

    The new Roseanne, which is generally great (and featured nonwhite characters before that was de rigueur) got in trouble for a mild quip a couple of weeks ago about how Dan and Roseanne passed out and missed ABC’s comedies with mostly nonwhite casts.

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    Someone sent me (I guess because I am Asian) the rambling op-ed by Kelvin Yu (I think he's a co-creator of a Netflix show with Aziz Ansari), criticizing the new Roseanne: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/arts/television/roseanne-bad-joke-controversy-kelvin-yu.html

    I haven't seen the show, but the gist of it seems to be that the remark was dismissive of nonwhite shows... I found that baffling and ridiculous.

    You can't win with these people. If you say that nonwhites are just like whites, it's belittling "the uniqueness" of the nonwhite experience. If you say that nonwhites are different from whites, it's racism and portraying them as "the other."

    Kelvin Yu should spend less time criticizing another comedy show and come up with a better one (he might soon have an opportunity since his colleague seems to be in a bit of hot water with feminists at the moment). And I am going to ask the person who sent me the link to the op-ed my five minutes back.
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  22. @syonredux
    If only the filmmakers had consulted Brody before production started:

    "The whole thing is so disturbingly White....Couldn't the wife be played by a Black actress....Or maybe make the kids Black...You know, they could be adopted...It's the current Year, people...."

    "Well, if the family has to be White....How about a twist! We could find out that the father is a pedophile, and he's been molesting the kids for years!....See, he's the real monster of the film...."


    https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/422447203/Brody_Jacket_photo.jpg

    One of the other articles on Unz Review at the moment is pushing a book that says you can tell a lot about someone’s IQ and personality from their facial features. Looking at this excuse for a man, I can see that phrenology is real.

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    The really scary part is that this is the sort of person who is setting the cultural agenda for much of the nation.

    Then we have the Jeffrey Katzenbergs, Ron Meyers, and David Geffens on the other coast. Scylla and Charybdis.

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  23. Typical post-modernist butthurt tribesman.

    That said, why do so many of them look like creeps. Zuckerberg, the Google founders, Dorsey, Brody. In a normal situation a person wouldn’t trust them. Physically there is something off about them. Personality wise as well.

    But on a more serious note, it’s become abundantly clear, that the Left and the elites hates whites and wants us dead. Again and again in articles in dead tree media and on college campuses they make it clear.

    It’s just a matter of when they pull trigger and not if.

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    It’s just a matter of when they pull trigger and not if.
     
    What trigger? The insidious nature of cultural Marxism is ... insidious, i.e. slow. When you pull a trigger, say by busing lottery-selected White kids into Black neighborhoods, your musket explodes. In other cases it'll be a damp squib, as when Connecticut demanded guns be registered and the populace ignored the law.

    Empires in decline take a long time to fall - generations - with many false dawns and false sunsets.
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  24. @syonredux

    The noise of “A Quiet Place” is the whitest since the release of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; as horror films go, it’s the antithesis of “Get Out,” inasmuch as its symbolic realm is both apparently unconscious and conspicuously regressive.
     
    Brody really has it in for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri :

    This year’s Oscar nominations, announced on Tuesday morning, are all over the place, offering honors equally to the good, the bad, and the ugly. It only occasionally happens that the year’s best movie is among the nominees for Best Picture, and this is one of those years, with “Get Out” on the list of nine. Also included, however, are three stodgy history-hits, plus the airless romance-slash-real-estate prospectus “Call Me by Your Name,” the garishly vain and ludicrous “The Shape of Water,” and the obliviously repugnant “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” along with two other movies that are in fact among the year’s best, “Lady Bird” and “Phantom Thread.”
     

    That’s why the tenacity of “Three Billboards” on the list (along with Best Picture, it got two Supporting Actor nominations, as well as Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Score, and Editing) is both shocking and unsurprising. The film was quickly seen, at the time of its release, to present a repellently indifferent and instrumentalizing view of race relations and the politics surrounding them. Yet its salt-of-the-earth sentimentality about small-town white people nonetheless (or perhaps therefore) found the same echo among Academy voters that it did among the electorate at large.

     

    https://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/2018-oscar-nominations-and-predictions-and-who-i-wish-had-made-the-list

    Brody really has it in for Three Billboards

    In which a strong, independent woman gets to tell off racist white males a hundred different ways!

    Yep, what could be his problem with such a film?

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  25. @Mishra
    If you'd like to take a short break from feeling superior, spend some time reading the oeuvre of one Richard Brody. It's of a piece, as they say. You might learn something.

    I don’t have time to be an expert of the New Yorker film critic cannon – does anyone?

    I can only say that Steve’s headline for the piece is grossly misleading and the behaviour of the commenters on this thread has been even worse.

    This leads me to believe that other readings of similar work are also quite mad and that you’re all stuck in a confirmation bias loop of simple-minded nutbaggery – when it comes to certain topics.

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    OMG! My salty old grandfather absolutely loved that song!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOZPBUu7Fro

    Props for the bouffant, dude!
    , @Obsessive Contrarian
    I agree. Although I have a visceral dislike of the current New Yorker, compounded by a loathing of bearded schmucks like Brody, I thought the review was fair and on the whole positive. And the analogies to the current predicament of whites (whether intentional or not) are striking.

    In any case, right now the ballet world is being worked over by forced diversity. Yup, ballet. "Where are the black swans?" Much wing flapping.
    , @anonymous
    Thanks for this.

    There also seems to be a life cycle on controversial websites in which nyuk-nyuk commenters come to dominate, diluting or even running off people with something worthwhile to contribute. Taki's has given up on commenting, I suppose because the threads there became too embarrassing.

    That Mr. Sailer writes admirably has an effect, too. Remember the guys back in junior high school who wanted so badly to be part of the top clique, who would rush to their adoring places in the hallway between classes?

    , @Bitfu
    Here are other people discussing the review several days prior to the iSteve post that has you so worked up. All of them seem to agree that Brody has elevated the racial aspect. [Even those that agree with him are not discussing the movie, they too are actually discussing the film's 'regressive metaphorical aspects'
    [PAUSE: Swallowing vomit upon actually writing 'regressive metaphorical aspects'.
    Dammit--there I go again with the 'regre----'
    Too much vomit.
    More PAUSE: Now cleaning keyboard.....]

    Also Note: The discussion occurs on Brody's very own Twitter Feed among his very own followers.

    [PAUSE: Must swig Listerine....]

    Anyways, here's the actual Twitter Feed:
    https://twitter.com/tnyfrontrow/status/983799188684144640

    I guess they are disgraceful too...But at least they aren't 'Regressive'.
    Ah hell. Not again!
    I gotta go.

    , @36 ulster
    Thank you for sharing it, Hildegard!
    , @songbird
    I read a write-up of "Altered Carbon" a while back. The writer wasn't as intellectual, but it was a mainstream site.

    There were about 20 references to race throughout, if you include phenotype and ethnicity. "Blond and blue-eyed" was used with disdain. The writer lamented that one character was played by a Swedish actor. "White-washing" was used 4 times. Twice in quotes solicited by the author. After bringing up the idea, the writer ultimately dismissed that the show was whitewashed, while disagreeing with some of the white casting, but really wanted to carry across the idea that "white-washing" was a thing. The writer was, of course, Jewish.

    That's just one property. The Peanuts movie had a write-up where Charlie Brown was told to ditch the little red haired girl and go ebony. Paddington Bear was said "to be the film we need right now" and then subverted to say it was about disregarding the "superficial, skin-deep differences" when it "seems that we are worlds apart."
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  26. @Anon
    There's a new movie coming out about a noble black man with a beautiful white woman being harassed and attacked by an ugly white trash couple.

    Hollywood depiction of untermensch whites goes beyond Nazi propaganda.

    It totally dehumanizes.

    It says white wombs belong to black men, and only ugly white woman sticks with evil white man.

    Hollywood Jews are blind to the fact that they've become Nazi-like.

    Hollywood depiction of untermensch whites goes beyond Nazi propaganda.

    Out of 1,200 films made during 12 years of Nazi rule in Germany very few were specifically anti-Jewish. The most famous was Jud Suss, The Rothschilds and The Eternal Jew all made in 1940 already during a war.

    Nazi propaganda is demonized but by comparison to vilifications of Germans and dehumanization of Japanese in British and American films it was very mild. Overwhelming majority of films were romantic comedies, entertainment, history, fantasy.

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    The German film industry during the Third Reich produced light entertainment almost exclusively because the Nazi authorities didn't want the German people thinking about politics and the war too much. In other words, the goal was to keep them ignorant and passive.
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  27. @syonredux

    Good-Looking Rural White Gentiles

    John Krasinski? Really?

    I couldn’t take him seriously in “13 Hours.” I kept seeing that guy from “The Office.” Goofy.
     
    Dunno. I know a lot of gals who think that he's quite attractive:

    http://logoonline.mtvnimages.com/uri/mgid:uma:image:logotv.com:11180644?quality=0.8&format=jpg&width=1440&height=810&.jpg

    With professional trainers, nutritionists, and PEDs at his disposal (and very flattering photography), that’s the best he could do? He looks like a regular guy who’s done some running and dips. Not exactly Scott Helvenston (RIP).

    And it’s not just the physique. He’s still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in “13 Hours.” Just sticking a beard on a comedian doesn’t make him look like “an operator.” I don’t know why he’s suddenly in action movies.

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    And it’s not just the physique. He’s still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in “13 Hours.” Just sticking a beard on a comedian doesn’t make him look like “an operator.” I don’t know why he’s suddenly in action movies.
     
    I never saw the Office, so maybe this is why he was very good in 13 Hours. And not miscast. Perhaps he bulked up a bit for that movie. The man he played, Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto, is quite a guy. You can find him on youtube and elsewhere. *JAMBO*
    , @roo_ster
    Never saw "The Office."

    Not every special operations guy is some sort of caricature. Sure, all are plenty fit. Unless they are juicing, they don't get very big, though. Too much running/endurance work.

    And there are more than enough that are jovial sorts not adhering to the stone-faced stereotype. "Ranger face" is for those outside the unit and family. And put on when appropriate. Taking your kiddos for ice cream? Not so much. In garrison with buddies? Again, not so much. Getting some POS uniformed bureaucritter to do _their_ f-ing job so you can do _your_ fing job before everyone involved collects social security? Yep.
    , @syonredux

    I don’t know why he’s suddenly in action movies.
     
    Of course, A Quiet Place isn't an action movie.....

    With professional trainers, nutritionists, and PEDs at his disposal (and very flattering photography), that’s the best he could do? He looks like a regular guy who’s done some running and dips.
     
    Part of his appeal, I imagine. He looks look a fit, regular guy, not a Hollywood gym-rat who's "supplementing".....

    And it’s not just the physique. He’s still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in “13 Hours.”
     
    Never saw it.
    , @haddox
    It was not just a beard, it was a great performance. I was in the same boat early on in 13 Hours, but he somehow turned the corner for me. I bought it. Jim disappeared in all that chaos.

    Also, LOL at the Starbucks pic and Steve's caption. Too funny. Literal megaphone.
    , @Abe

    And it’s not just the physique. He’s still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in “13 Hours.” Just sticking a beard on a comedian doesn’t make him look like “an operator.” I don’t know why he’s suddenly in action movies.
     
    I thought he was quite credible, though I guess I’ve been primed by reading Steve’s oft repeated observation that real special forces guys look a lot more like Krasinski (but shorter) than the cast of PREDATOR.

    I liked him but he was also a bit annoying in THE OFFICE, mainly because of his dish-watery approach to courting Pam. I know the series needed that sort of build-up to keep people (ladies) tuned in, but honestly such hopeless oneitis, in real life as opposed to TV, is about the worst way to win a woman. You honestly have a better shot at ground zero, meeting her as a total stranger (you honestly have a better shot confronting her in a dark alleyway as a total stranger) then you do after years of orbiting around her as the trigger-shy, ostensible ‘friend’.

    In any case I’d say I’m happy for Krazinski as he seems like a regular guy who’s doing a good job at making it despite not having a lot of natural movie star qualities (compare his A-listitude now to John Hamm, who does look like a movie star) but- why look at me, going back to my pre-Trumpening ways of thinking that I have some personal connection to someone I know only through media, when chances are good he’s really hypocritical scum. So on second thought f-him! (but I mean that in the nicest possible way it is to mean that :-)

    , @Reg Cæsar

    I don’t know why he’s suddenly in action movies.
     
    The Mrs just informed me that Ian Ziering only agreed to be in the first Sharknado because doing so would put him over the threshold to qualify for the SAG's health insurance, which he needed for his family. Now it's his franchise.

    It must be really difficult to keep the necessary straight face while acting in such camp. But Adam West, Robert Stack, and Leslie Nielsen did it before him. Indeed, the latter two jumped at the chance to be in Airplane, as they were tired of their typecasting and were more than ready to send it up.
    , @Perspective
    Yes, certain actors are forever typecast. I could never take Jim Carey seriously even in semi-serious movies like the Truman show.
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  28. @Dave Pinsen
    We're at the point where not paying obeisance to diversity is a subversive act.

    The new Roseanne, which is generally great (and featured nonwhite characters before that was de rigueur) got in trouble for a mild quip a couple of weeks ago about how Dan and Roseanne passed out and missed ABC's comedies with mostly nonwhite casts.

    https://twitter.com/Variety/status/982136067829645313

    Someone sent me (I guess because I am Asian) the rambling op-ed by Kelvin Yu (I think he’s a co-creator of a Netflix show with Aziz Ansari), criticizing the new Roseanne: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/arts/television/roseanne-bad-joke-controversy-kelvin-yu.html

    I haven’t seen the show, but the gist of it seems to be that the remark was dismissive of nonwhite shows… I found that baffling and ridiculous.

    You can’t win with these people. If you say that nonwhites are just like whites, it’s belittling “the uniqueness” of the nonwhite experience. If you say that nonwhites are different from whites, it’s racism and portraying them as “the other.”

    Kelvin Yu should spend less time criticizing another comedy show and come up with a better one (he might soon have an opportunity since his colleague seems to be in a bit of hot water with feminists at the moment). And I am going to ask the person who sent me the link to the op-ed my five minutes back.

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    "You can’t win with these people." Sure you can. Coordinated air-armor strikes.
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  29. @syonredux
    Brody has..issues. Here he is on Nolan's Dunkirk

    Of course, there’s much else from those times that is almost impossible to imagine. Many people today would agree that there’s something distinctive and world-historic about the Second World War, which has something to do with what’s distinctive about the ideological differences between the two sides, between the values of the Allied powers and those of Nazism. But the Germans, let alone the Nazis, seem to have nothing to do with what Nolan’s characters are fighting for. The word “Nazi” is never heard; there’s no mention of Hitler; I don’t even think I heard the word “Germans” (once, someone refers to them by the British slang term “Jerries”). Nolan’s subject lies elsewhere, lies hidden—it’s his tribute to the collective purpose, the national unity, the total mobilization for a total war in which Britain’s very existence, the very existence of national culture, is at stake. Nolan achieves that paean to patriotic unity not by seeing and hearing it forged from multiplicity, but by excluding multiplicity, filtering out everything that isn’t already a part of it.
     
    https://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/dunkirk-a-war-movie-about-patriotic-ciphers


    All that Anglo unity, so disturbing.....

    Brody lives up to his reputation. Even my presumably left-leaning criticism profs in film school didn’t like him.

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  30. @Twinkie
    With professional trainers, nutritionists, and PEDs at his disposal (and very flattering photography), that's the best he could do? He looks like a regular guy who's done some running and dips. Not exactly Scott Helvenston (RIP).

    And it's not just the physique. He's still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in "13 Hours." Just sticking a beard on a comedian doesn't make him look like "an operator." I don't know why he's suddenly in action movies.

    And it’s not just the physique. He’s still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in “13 Hours.” Just sticking a beard on a comedian doesn’t make him look like “an operator.” I don’t know why he’s suddenly in action movies.

    I never saw the Office, so maybe this is why he was very good in 13 Hours. And not miscast. Perhaps he bulked up a bit for that movie. The man he played, Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto, is quite a guy. You can find him on youtube and elsewhere. *JAMBO*

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    I know who he is. And he doesn't look like John Krasinski at all:
    https://www.ballisticmag.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/11/Kris-Tanto-Paronto-1.jpg
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  31. Sorry Richard Brody, but the Hollywood money men who are Hollywood’s producers know that there is a large audience for non-diverse movies so they will be putting some out. They also know that if the movie will be made with the Chinese and Asian markets in mind, that diversity can be a killer. The Chinese don’t want to see more than “a black a block”, if any.
    Thus, the anti-diversity types and half the normies will get their white washed productions. How about that silly HBO comedy “Silicon Valley”? I never saw a black or Hispanic that I can remember. No bruthas coding for sure.

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    Silicon Valley's white males are emasculated betas or checked-out irrelevant goofballs. And they are kept in check by 2 sly, clever, moral and superior asians (a chonk and a Dot) as well as constantly being taught and scolded by Strong Womyn.
    You're not getting things at all. Look again.
    , @Malcolm X-Lax
    Update for the new season of Silicon Valley. They've added a black coder.

    But the only Hispanic I can recall is still the Hispanic graffiti artist from the first season.

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  32. @Tyrion 2
    I don't have time to be an expert of the New Yorker film critic cannon - does anyone?

    I can only say that Steve's headline for the piece is grossly misleading and the behaviour of the commenters on this thread has been even worse.

    This leads me to believe that other readings of similar work are also quite mad and that you're all stuck in a confirmation bias loop of simple-minded nutbaggery - when it comes to certain topics.

    OMG! My salty old grandfather absolutely loved that song!

    Props for the bouffant, dude!

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  33. @syonredux
    If only the filmmakers had consulted Brody before production started:

    "The whole thing is so disturbingly White....Couldn't the wife be played by a Black actress....Or maybe make the kids Black...You know, they could be adopted...It's the current Year, people...."

    "Well, if the family has to be White....How about a twist! We could find out that the father is a pedophile, and he's been molesting the kids for years!....See, he's the real monster of the film...."


    https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/422447203/Brody_Jacket_photo.jpg

    The real twist is when we find out the reviewer is a pedophile.

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    @J.Ross
    This is such twaddle I hesitate to choose a best attack. In fact, instead of fighting him, let's consider that he's right. I recently rewatched some Hellraiser movies and, despite the poorly aging effects (claymation -- from hell!) and Hellraiser Three (wonderful sets and costumes in the Ancien Regime segments!), I enjoyed myself more than I deserved. They are fantastic movies. Real alpha-beta dynamic in the first one. Clive Barker has a grounding in Jungian myth analysis that Stephen King can only wish for, what with his soul already being long sold. I didn't think about race once. It never occurred to me to notice that everybody is white (literally, in the case of the Cenobites) any more than I found myself consciously noting that Barker is a homosexual who likes his meat dark. Is it possible that I was watching a fantasy horror film -- as escapism, for pleasure -- when I could have been interrogating my whiteness over a nice bowl of granola? Is it possible that this and not hamfisted re-education is what movies are for? Is it possible that if Pauline Kael were alive she'd kick this guy's ass?

    I’ve always thought that the real reason to watch Hellraiser is so Hellraiser II would make sense when you watched it. That movie was so out there and so original, it’s a little hard to believe it got released.

    Also, I don’t know where they found Ashley Laurence, but I could watch her in anything.

    And the claymation effects are pretty bad, but the partially-regenerated Frank Cotton is still pretty effective.

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    I don’t know where they found Ashley Laurence, but I could watch her in anything.
     
    And this, in a nutshell, is why Hollywood is always looking for the next "it" girl. Well, this and the fact that it's the only way guys like Harvey Weinstein can ever get laid..
    , @J.Ross
    They filmed melting wax and reversed it, the wax had to be formulated to melt at different rates. Hellraiser is one of the great examples of awesome concepts and creativity shining through a low budget and technical limitations. Ironically, if it were made today with better-looking but easier to do CGI, people would not be as impressed.
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  35. In the new Lost in Space on Netflix, the older daughter, Judy, is a mulatta, though supposedly the daughter of Molly Parker and Toby Stevens. The issue is not addressed until episode 5, when Judy explains to a pleb mechanic, that she “was born before he came into the picture.”

    The one surprise is that the villian is a woman–but the very white woman, queen of indie film, Parker Posey.

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    The issue is not addressed until episode 5, when Judy explains to a pleb mechanic, that she “was born before he came into the picture.”

     

    Because every television show now must have a white woman / black man sexual encounter, even if it's a retrospective one.

    And of course, the mulatta daughter is a Super Genius.
    , @slumber_j
    I've probably told this before here, but anyway: like fifteen years ago, Parker Posey used to date a friend of mine. At a dinner party with them back then I let on that I didn't think we could talk to dolphins, and she said: "What are you, some kind of fascist?!"

    That's my Parker Posey story.
    , @Dave Pinsen
    This sort of casting is distracting, except in shows like Parenthood or This Is Us/Le 56% where it’s intrinsic to the story. The worst example I’ve seen recently was the new miniseries about the Roman conquest of Britain, where one of the Roman legionnaires - a main character, apparently (I didn’t keep watching) - was a black guy.

    In Parenthood, one of the characters discovers he has a son from a relationship he had with a black dancer several years before. The mother is presented as fairly bourgeois and Christian, but, hilariously, she named the kid Jabar. My girlfriend’s coworker and his wife named their dog Jabar after him.

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  36. @Tyrion 2
    Steve, your headline is disgraceful. I read the review and it has no relation. Worse, there are endless iSteve-type points in it that could easily be agreed with.

    The review itself lauds the movie and, while seemingly finding the politics of silent white majority, certainly does not dismiss them.

    Your commenters have now made up entirely fictitious quotes from the review that others will no doubt take to be true and the idiot train will roll on.

    Personally, I found the movie review to be outstanding and one that has strongly motivated me to see the movie.

    TLDR the movie is culturally the white American Get Out, itself an excellent film. I would expect readers of iSteve to think of A Quiet Place as one of their all time favourites.

    Your trolling makes Tiny Duck look like a piker.

    Here’s the conclusion of the “review”:

    Whether the Abbotts’ insular, armed way of life might put them into conflict with other American families of other identities is the unacknowledged question hanging over “A Quiet Place,” the silent horror to which the movie doesn’t give voice.

    Setting aside the cult-Marx obsession with race, you know you’re reading a bad review when the reviewer discusses not what’s in the movie but what isn’t.

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    Whether the Abbotts’ insular, armed way of life might put them into conflict with other American families of other identities is the unacknowledged question hanging over “A Quiet Place,” the silent horror to which the movie doesn’t give voice.
     
    If you're "insular", then if you come into conflict with someone else, it would be the other people's fault, wouldn't it? Seems like a good enough reason to be armed.
    , @Tex

    Whether the Abbotts’ insular, armed way of life might put them into conflict with other American families of other identities is the unacknowledged question hanging over “A Quiet Place,” the silent horror to which the movie doesn’t give voice.
     
    I just watched the movie. Spoiler alert.

    The central premise of the film is that monsters ATE most other families. It's hard to have much conflict with a person who HAS BEEN DIGESTED AND SHAT OUT BY A MONSTER.

    Normally I'd assume Brody's a straight-up special needs donkey, but this is a special level of imbecility.
    Hypothesis 1) Brody knows NYorker will pay him for clickbait drivel like this.
    Hypothesis 2) This is payback for Krasinski appearing in 13 Hours, which presumably is a subject that is taboo on the left.

    But if you watch some post-apocalyptic monster movie and use that as an excuse for race baiting, you are pretty much a dirtbag.
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  37. @Buzz Mohawk
    I see here now that Brody makes a direct comparison with the famous Howard Beale line from Network:

    It’s significant that when characters—two white men—commit suicide-by-noisemaking, they do so by howling as if with rage, rather than by screeching or singing or shouting words of love to their families. (Those death bellows are the wordless equivalent of “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”)
     
    (Emphasis mine)

    Network is NOT a story about white (gentile) man's anger, no matter how much Brody and New York critics would now like it to be. Network is much bigger than that. It is about humanity vs. soullessness and the soulless globalist world we inhabit today! Our elite intellectuals have compartmentalized history and ideas into Cultural Marxist categories, and they try to squeeze great art into those.

    Last year I watched Network all the way through for the first time. It was a revelation. It could have been made today. I’d call it the definitive satire of our era. Anyone who uses the “mad as hell” line should have to watch the whole thing.

    First, Black anger is portrayed just as perfectly as White anger. Marlene Warfield as Laureen Hobbs was awesome. The scene where William Holden compares Faye Dunaway to television itself is, well, it’s like watching an entire world getting a “Reason You Suck” speech.

    And then there’s the best monologue in the film, perhaps the best monologue in film history, the one I’ve been quoting a lot lately:

    “You have meddled with the primal forces of nature!…”

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    Network has moments of brilliant satire, but the William Holden character ruins it for me. You can't go that hard for satire and then expect us to take a weepy mid-life crisis seriously.

    Spike Lee's Bamboozled was an almost unwatchable remake that made the same mistake.
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  38. @Tyrion 2
    I don't have time to be an expert of the New Yorker film critic cannon - does anyone?

    I can only say that Steve's headline for the piece is grossly misleading and the behaviour of the commenters on this thread has been even worse.

    This leads me to believe that other readings of similar work are also quite mad and that you're all stuck in a confirmation bias loop of simple-minded nutbaggery - when it comes to certain topics.

    I agree. Although I have a visceral dislike of the current New Yorker, compounded by a loathing of bearded schmucks like Brody, I thought the review was fair and on the whole positive. And the analogies to the current predicament of whites (whether intentional or not) are striking.

    In any case, right now the ballet world is being worked over by forced diversity. Yup, ballet. “Where are the black swans?” Much wing flapping.

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    Misty Copeland recently drew much criticism for bring unable to do the 32 fouettes required in Swan Lake. There were some feeble excuses about ballet being about artistry as well as athletic ability.

    I saw Margot Fonteyn dance Odette/Odile when she was close to retirement, and she did every damned one of those fouettes. Didn't seem to hurt her artistry either.
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  39. anon[397] • Disclaimer says:
    @Percy Gryce
    Your trolling makes Tiny Duck look like a piker.

    Here's the conclusion of the "review":


    Whether the Abbotts’ insular, armed way of life might put them into conflict with other American families of other identities is the unacknowledged question hanging over “A Quiet Place,” the silent horror to which the movie doesn’t give voice.
     
    Setting aside the cult-Marx obsession with race, you know you're reading a bad review when the reviewer discusses not what's in the movie but what isn't.

    Whether the Abbotts’ insular, armed way of life might put them into conflict with other American families of other identities is the unacknowledged question hanging over “A Quiet Place,” the silent horror to which the movie doesn’t give voice.

    If you’re “insular”, then if you come into conflict with someone else, it would be the other people’s fault, wouldn’t it? Seems like a good enough reason to be armed.

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  40. I just watched this movie Saturday night with my family (I can’t recall how many years it has been since I’ve ventured to a movie theater on a Saturday night and afterwards I remembered why).

    As expected it was crowded and we had the privilege to sit in front of the only black people, a 20 something couple. She provided a running commentary starting about the 10 minute mark of the film. Once she started she never stopped. It was every black stereotype you could think of. Talked about how the daughter needed to be slapped up the head, a few F bombs, ‘uh oh’, etc. And she complained much to her Beau of how uncomfortable the seats were, even though she had plenty of her own cushion, if you know what I mean.

    My teenagers thought she was hilarious.

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    While I understand your experience fully, I would implore you to either ask the woman to be quiet or complain to the theater staff.

    I myself haven't been to a movie theater in over a year, because the last half dozen times up to that point I have had to tell somebody sitting behind us to shut up. I get tired of doing it, and it embarrasses my wife and kids. But if I'm paying over 50 bucks to be insulted by an industry that hates me, at the very least I want quiet. :)
    , @Almost Missouri

    "My teenagers thought she was hilarious."
     
    Lol. I've made a point of exposing kids in my care to these kind of situations. It's an excellent inoculation against the mandatory Negro worship they will encounter the rest of their lives. And fun too.
    , @Pat Boyle
    Don't worry Negro worship will suddenly reverse around 2030. That's just my estimate of course but I think it's about right. Our current social vector is unsustainable. I just started reading Reich's book. Maybe the reversal will come sooner.

    I stopped going to movie theaters about ten years ago when I had my accident. I fell off a cliff and was housebound for a year. When you can't go out you have to make adjustments. Not going out to the movies is one of the easier ones. You save a little money too. I remember seeing the 3D Beowulf movie in a San Francisco theater. I counted up all the expenses for just me alone and it came to right around $100. I like to remember that when I have to pay my Comcast cable TV bill.

    The audience was always troublesome in movie theaters. One of my earliest memories was as a pre-teen I was transfixed by the sight of a lovely young girl sitting in front of me. Then she picked her nose and ate the booger she had dug out.
    , @donut
    If I go to the movies I go to a weekday matinee to avoid the crowds . I prefer to watch movies online that way I can just FF until I see either titties or blood .
    , @Tex

    As expected it was crowded and we had the privilege to sit in front of the only black people, a 20 something couple. She provided a running commentary starting about the 10 minute mark of the film. Once she started she never stopped. It was every black stereotype you could think of. Talked about how the daughter needed to be slapped up the head, a few F bombs, ‘uh oh’, etc. And she complained much to her Beau of how uncomfortable the seats were, even though she had plenty of her own cushion, if you know what I mean.
     
    I mentioned to Mrs. Tex that one would expect a sharp drop in the black population after an invasion of monsters that eat noisy people.
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  41. @22pp22
    One of the other articles on Unz Review at the moment is pushing a book that says you can tell a lot about someone's IQ and personality from their facial features. Looking at this excuse for a man, I can see that phrenology is real.

    The really scary part is that this is the sort of person who is setting the cultural agenda for much of the nation.

    Then we have the Jeffrey Katzenbergs, Ron Meyers, and David Geffens on the other coast. Scylla and Charybdis.

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    And how did I miss this one? I guess it was lost in all the Harvey Weinstein drama?

    https://nypost.com/2017/08/11/hollywood-honchos-rant-about-never-hiring-a-girl-ever-again-goes-public/

    Some people are allowed to make all the holocaust jokes they want. But why did he fail to mention the NRA?

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  42. @Mishra
    The really scary part is that this is the sort of person who is setting the cultural agenda for much of the nation.

    Then we have the Jeffrey Katzenbergs, Ron Meyers, and David Geffens on the other coast. Scylla and Charybdis.

    And how did I miss this one? I guess it was lost in all the Harvey Weinstein drama?

    https://nypost.com/2017/08/11/hollywood-honchos-rant-about-never-hiring-a-girl-ever-again-goes-public/

    Some people are allowed to make all the holocaust jokes they want. But why did he fail to mention the NRA?

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    Harvey Weinstein suddenly doesn't look so bad.
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  43. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Tyrion 2
    I don't have time to be an expert of the New Yorker film critic cannon - does anyone?

    I can only say that Steve's headline for the piece is grossly misleading and the behaviour of the commenters on this thread has been even worse.

    This leads me to believe that other readings of similar work are also quite mad and that you're all stuck in a confirmation bias loop of simple-minded nutbaggery - when it comes to certain topics.

    Thanks for this.

    There also seems to be a life cycle on controversial websites in which nyuk-nyuk commenters come to dominate, diluting or even running off people with something worthwhile to contribute. Taki’s has given up on commenting, I suppose because the threads there became too embarrassing.

    That Mr. Sailer writes admirably has an effect, too. Remember the guys back in junior high school who wanted so badly to be part of the top clique, who would rush to their adoring places in the hallway between classes?

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  44. Those New Yorker cartoon headshots really disgust me. I find them completely lacking in humanity. Why not just use a real photograph, or even something less childishly stylized?

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    Anthony, about those New Yorker author cartoons: I kind of admire the graphic style. But you’re right: they’re inhuman.

    That’s the point, though, right? The face-icon is like an emoji that telegraphs what you’re about to read.

    I mean look at it: bald; bearded; beaky; bifocals. With those features, why even provide a written review?

    They should just print the title of the movie, immediately followed by that face staring out off the page. The “readers” will know exactly what to think.
    , @Simon
    I used to see Brody almost every day, shuffling around the Condé Nast cafeteria in an almost deliberately shabby-looking, overlarge wrinkled brown suit. It was as if he wanted to evoke a sort of 1930s Lower East Side immigrant-intellectual style. Believe me, he looks a LOT worse in real life than in the photo above (much less the cartoon). He looks like he has bugs in his beard.
    , @fitzGetty
    ... and so many now are shaded to represent black faces ... so many angry, obvious women too ...
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  45. @anon
    I've always thought that the real reason to watch Hellraiser is so Hellraiser II would make sense when you watched it. That movie was so out there and so original, it's a little hard to believe it got released.

    Also, I don't know where they found Ashley Laurence, but I could watch her in anything.

    And the claymation effects are pretty bad, but the partially-regenerated Frank Cotton is still pretty effective.

    I don’t know where they found Ashley Laurence, but I could watch her in anything.

    And this, in a nutshell, is why Hollywood is always looking for the next “it” girl. Well, this and the fact that it’s the only way guys like Harvey Weinstein can ever get laid..

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  46. @Tyrion 2
    I don't have time to be an expert of the New Yorker film critic cannon - does anyone?

    I can only say that Steve's headline for the piece is grossly misleading and the behaviour of the commenters on this thread has been even worse.

    This leads me to believe that other readings of similar work are also quite mad and that you're all stuck in a confirmation bias loop of simple-minded nutbaggery - when it comes to certain topics.

    Here are other people discussing the review several days prior to the iSteve post that has you so worked up. All of them seem to agree that Brody has elevated the racial aspect. [Even those that agree with him are not discussing the movie, they too are actually discussing the film's 'regressive metaphorical aspects'
    [PAUSE: Swallowing vomit upon actually writing 'regressive metaphorical aspects'.
    Dammit--there I go again with the 'regre----'
    Too much vomit.
    More PAUSE: Now cleaning keyboard.....]

    Also Note: The discussion occurs on Brody’s very own Twitter Feed among his very own followers.

    [PAUSE: Must swig Listerine....]

    Anyways, here’s the actual Twitter Feed:

    I guess they are disgraceful too…But at least they aren’t ‘Regressive’.
    Ah hell. Not again!
    I gotta go.

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    Politics is like cancer. Whatever happens you don't want it progressive.
    , @syonredux

    A Quiet Place has a clever enough setup but I don't think that John Krasinski, as director, saw clearly what he was doing—didn't see the metaphors and the symbols—which, I suspect, are an unfortunate part of its success:
     
    See, I'm not saying that Krasinski consciously crafted an implicitly pro-White family parable.....He's just not sufficiently WOKE to realize what he's doing.....If we could just get him to attend a proper struggle session....


    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/cb/49/24/cb4924d8fdfe346be281534a7493d247.jpg

    Then he would understand the regressive nature of his symbolic apparatus.....
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  47. @Percy Gryce
    In the new Lost in Space on Netflix, the older daughter, Judy, is a mulatta, though supposedly the daughter of Molly Parker and Toby Stevens. The issue is not addressed until episode 5, when Judy explains to a pleb mechanic, that she "was born before he came into the picture."

    The one surprise is that the villian is a woman--but the very white woman, queen of indie film, Parker Posey.

    The issue is not addressed until episode 5, when Judy explains to a pleb mechanic, that she “was born before he came into the picture.”

    Because every television show now must have a white woman / black man sexual encounter, even if it’s a retrospective one.

    And of course, the mulatta daughter is a Super Genius.

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    And of course, the mulatta daughter is a Super Genius.
     
    Which is why she couldn't just be adopted--which was my initial guess (couldn't get pregnant, the couple adopts a daughter, and then has a couple of biological kids)--because the mom is a super genius too.
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  48. @The preferred nomenclature is...
    I just watched this movie Saturday night with my family (I can't recall how many years it has been since I've ventured to a movie theater on a Saturday night and afterwards I remembered why).

    As expected it was crowded and we had the privilege to sit in front of the only black people, a 20 something couple. She provided a running commentary starting about the 10 minute mark of the film. Once she started she never stopped. It was every black stereotype you could think of. Talked about how the daughter needed to be slapped up the head, a few F bombs, 'uh oh', etc. And she complained much to her Beau of how uncomfortable the seats were, even though she had plenty of her own cushion, if you know what I mean.

    My teenagers thought she was hilarious.

    While I understand your experience fully, I would implore you to either ask the woman to be quiet or complain to the theater staff.

    I myself haven’t been to a movie theater in over a year, because the last half dozen times up to that point I have had to tell somebody sitting behind us to shut up. I get tired of doing it, and it embarrasses my wife and kids. But if I’m paying over 50 bucks to be insulted by an industry that hates me, at the very least I want quiet. :)

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    I agree with you in principle. You gotta pick your battles though. And if you tell some black chick to be quiet in the year 2018 in the FUSA you had best be ready for a rumble, especially if you are at negative 10K Pokémon points, as I am.

    Also, as I'm almost always armed, as I was this night, I have to let petty things go. That is the price I'm willing to pay to protect my family from real evil.

    Last, we just can't have nice things anymore. That's a fact. It is why malls and movie theaters are dying businesses.
    , @Twodees Partain
    I stopped going to movie theaters for that reason. It doesn't bother me to wait until a film I want to see becomes available of dvd or on one of the streaming services.
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  49. Instead, this is what every moment should be like for white gentiles.

    Give him riot gear, a truncheon, and proper leadership, and we’re talking.

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  50. All these specifics are because we live through late stages of the war against Christendom, which necessarily must be also a war against the historically perceived peoples of Christendom: whites.

    It is not at base about hating whites. Whites are hated because Christendom was developed and administered by whites. The root, the core, hatred is for Christendom. The crucifix bearing to these Leftist Draculas is any expression (in article, history book, novel, classroom teaching, film, etc.) that could. For this type film (I have not seen it) thew standard Leftist fear is that it really is about whites (meaning not those white Elites allied with Jews and the satanically rich Mohammedans) realizing that they are fully isolated and have no one to help them. That their existence is indeed like that of people in a horror film.

    That, of course, would mean that the monsters, these nebulous and untouchable creatures who seem to exist only to harass unto death good people, must be the ultimate winners so far of the war against Christendom. And at the top of that list is Jews. But that list is filled with types of white Gentiles.

    And the worst possible fear for these revolutionaries against Christendom is that there could be a sequel that gets very specific, and shows these beleaguered whites realizing that they cannot be helped, much less saved, by secularism or democracy or NATO and its nukes or their vernacular or their genes or their wish that we could just go back to 1955 or maybe 1755 when it seemed to the average Joe Anglophone lthat the tide of the revolution against Christendom had stopped, permanently. And then they kneel before the altar and cross themselves and participate in the Latin Mass. And then they take their crucifixes and holy water and begin using them against the minions of Satan who now reign with impunity.

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    Christendom was worth saving, but it breathed its last in 1918, and any hope of a revival died with Vatican II.

    Today's organised Christianity, Orthodoxy excepted, must be annihilated before a clear vision of Christ can once again inspire men of vision and valour.
    , @The Last Real Calvinist
    Good post.

    I agree that there's something much deeper than just 'hate whitey' going on. The left and their minions are hacking away -- with increasing urgency, openness, and baldfaced glee -- at the whole magnificent, rambling, glorious structure of western civilization, of which Christianity forms the foundation.

    They believe, of course, that only revolutionary destruction plows and prepares the field for growing up their grand vision, their utopia -- their Tower of Babel. But Babel has been raised, and razed, and cannot be achieved again. And so they destroy, and fail, and hate -- and on, and on, and on.

    Revival may come -- but the Spirit blows as it will.
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  51. Just (((guessing)))

    I can see that phrenology is real.

    Facial phrenology tag!

    You can’t win with these people. If you say that nonwhites are just like whites, it’s belittling “the uniqueness” of the nonwhite experience. If you say that nonwhites are different from whites, it’s racism and portraying them as “the other.”

    And if you don’t say anything, you’re contributing to the “white silence” or something.

    Hell with it; hand me the bullhorn and the truncheon.

    Hollywood Jews are blind to the fact that they’ve become Nazi-like.

    In Separation and Its Discontents, MacDonald explores how National Socialism was a response to and mirror of Judaism, in several ways.

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  52. I have spent 30 years of adult life pointing out certain obvious things, such as:

    Film reviewers are uniformly gay\Jewish\Lefty\Anti-American\Anti-White, and it leads to a near uniformity of opinion about film reviews. Which, shockingly, is pro-gay, anti-Christian , Anti-American, and anti-White in stunning uniformity.

    I have taken a lot of crap over the years pointing out that obvious fact, but I am just mean enough to enjoy the moment of making people choke on the truth of it.

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    Film reviewers are uniformly gay\Jewish\Lefty\Anti-American\Anti-White

     

    As are all reviewers of culture, not just film. This was a particularly clever move on the part of Jews. They are good at criticism in general, far better than they are at art. But by controlling the critical apparatus, they can decide what's "good," which is why someone like like Phillip Roth is grossly over-rated, and a much better writer like John O'Hara tossed on the refuse heap. Why a ghastly, hate-filled artist like half-Jewish Richard Serra is proclaimed a genius. Why every bit of black-washing or pro-gay themes in movies, television, Broadway, etc. is praised. Und so weiter. Thus is the culture controlled.

    Owning the nation's critical apparatus, both in popular terms and in academia, has proven a very effective weapon. And it quickly became a self-perpetuating machine, because stepping outside the orthodoxy effectively un-persons you, whether you're Jewish or not. If you want to work, buddy boy, you better toe the line.
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  53. This person really looks creepy and not normal, sort of what one visualizes a pedo to look like. Would anyone trust this person to watch their children?. A review from someone like this is bound to be weird since it’s the product of a weird mind.

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  54. Chief Martin Brody says we’re gonna need a bigger boat.

    Richard Brody is gonna need a bigger barge for all the anti-White horseshit he writes.

    Maybe Richard Brody can borrow the Ukrainian barge the Chinese boobs think is an aircraft carrier for all his movie review horsehit.

    Whitey the coward is walking on eggshells everywhere, except for Poland, Hungary, and a few other European Christian nations that have refused to heed the siren song of nation-wrecking mass non-European immigration. Whitey the coward is afraid to make a sound that might get the anti-White mutants screeching like banshees and this Brody says mind your metaphors.

    Phuck off Brody!

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    In evolutionary parlance this is the Bottleneck Effect. 10,000 years from now every white person will be able to trace his genes to Finland, Poland, Slovenia, Russia, South Africa, Israel, or Hungary.
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  55. @Bitfu
    Here are other people discussing the review several days prior to the iSteve post that has you so worked up. All of them seem to agree that Brody has elevated the racial aspect. [Even those that agree with him are not discussing the movie, they too are actually discussing the film's 'regressive metaphorical aspects'
    [PAUSE: Swallowing vomit upon actually writing 'regressive metaphorical aspects'.
    Dammit--there I go again with the 'regre----'
    Too much vomit.
    More PAUSE: Now cleaning keyboard.....]

    Also Note: The discussion occurs on Brody's very own Twitter Feed among his very own followers.

    [PAUSE: Must swig Listerine....]

    Anyways, here's the actual Twitter Feed:
    https://twitter.com/tnyfrontrow/status/983799188684144640

    I guess they are disgraceful too...But at least they aren't 'Regressive'.
    Ah hell. Not again!
    I gotta go.

    Politics is like cancer. Whatever happens you don’t want it progressive.

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    The current climate of race baiting is the cancer. It's everywhere and growing. just look to any college campus and you'll see a community completely obsessed by race. And I heard what explains it all on the JLP show. He had on a black activist who openly said that the goal of his organization was to give black kids and other POC "equality of outcome in their college experience"

    think about that....NOT equal opportunity but equality of outcome......that's insane. The outcome is the result of the work put into the task....but not so for the SJW.....if they fail it can be for one reason and one reason only. I'll leave you to guess where that blame would lie.

    And I'll suspect that when he says other POC he isn't talking about Asians.

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  56. I have a pretty straightforward and easy response for this reviews:

    “So what?” Followed by a shoulder shrug.

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  57. Um..doesn’t this movie take place after some kind of interstellar apocalypse? There aren’t many people left of ANY color.

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    Um..doesn’t this movie take place after some kind of interstellar apocalypse? There aren’t many people left of ANY color.
     
    Get WOKE, bigot. The true horror of the film comes from the fact that rural, White cis-het families still exist....
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  58. Beware, beware, of the dark others. …

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  59. @Obsessive Contrarian
    I agree. Although I have a visceral dislike of the current New Yorker, compounded by a loathing of bearded schmucks like Brody, I thought the review was fair and on the whole positive. And the analogies to the current predicament of whites (whether intentional or not) are striking.

    In any case, right now the ballet world is being worked over by forced diversity. Yup, ballet. "Where are the black swans?" Much wing flapping.

    Misty Copeland recently drew much criticism for bring unable to do the 32 fouettes required in Swan Lake. There were some feeble excuses about ballet being about artistry as well as athletic ability.

    I saw Margot Fonteyn dance Odette/Odile when she was close to retirement, and she did every damned one of those fouettes. Didn’t seem to hurt her artistry either.

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    But did Did Margot Fonteyn look good in a sports bra?

    Seriously, I'm aware of the whole thing. Her promotion is a scandal. Copeland is sub-par and has never been able to execute the choreography of the great classical ballets properly. Copeland did 12 or 13 weak, traveling fouettes and then pretended to do a manege, dragging her left leg behind her. It was a joke. She wears clunky toe shoes and releves onto them improperly, which makes it impossible for her to turn in proper classical form.

    She's been given the run of the rep and in all cases has simplified the choreography. She's always flubbed the 32, and this time she got caught. I can't imagine how she could do Aurora, which is an even more difficult part.

    But she's successful for two reasons. One, Goldman Sachs forced it on ABT and two, there is cash in the black community even if there is no real wealth. There is a Misty Copeland Barbie, Misty Copeland shoes at Payless, four or five books on Amazon, and of course, her semi-porn shots for Under Armour.

    Well, three reasons. The critics of the major newspapers cover for her shamelessly.

    , @Twodees Partain
    Obviously, Margot Fonteyn was a dancer, while Misty Copeland....meh. When one's emphasis is on being "The First African American Female Principal Dancer " in the history of the universe, rather than on being the best dancer that one can be, falling short is a forgone conclusion.
    , @Bill B.
    I notice that Ms Copeland makes great play of her barrier breaking and difficult past. Actually most of her early problems appeared to have been caused by her difficult mother who ran through four husbands and various boyfriends.

    This might be an argument against the dangers to a young woman's sanity of being a cheerleader (her mother was one) but it would not appear to be a valid claim to have beaten the racism of low expectations.
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  60. Whatever you think of the review (and reviewer), the analysis seems right to me (at least from the details I’ve read—I haven’t seen the film). That is, the film is a symbolic representation of the anxiety old-stock Americans feel over aliens invading their country and doing violence to their way of life. I assume the family proves to be the more resourceful opponent, and prevails in the end, rescuing their homeland “for themselves and their posterity.”

    Is that a bad thing?

    I don’t expect this plot to elicit sympathy from a New Yorker reviewer. But the big story here, to me, is that such a film was even made. And is proving to be popular. I now want to see it myself. (And I’d love to read a Steve review and attendant comment thread on the movie itself.)

    I’ve noticed a similar “old-stock desperation” theme in a lot of the TV imports from the UK. The “ur” series in this regard is “Wallander,” which is about a Scandinavian social-democracy “paradise” that’s filmed as bleak landscapes of barren beauty, with children almost never seen, and all the characters are either in deep grieving or some polite form of dysfunction. A spate of similar shows (they’re mostly mystery series) take place in the hinterlands (an actual title) of Britain—the Orkney Islands, for example—which are the last redoubts for the beleaguered, depressed, and above all resigned Europeans/Britons who feel alienated in their own native lands. The “bleak futureless” theme is quite a phenomenon on Public TV and Netflix.

    What seems to differentiate these British offerings from “Quiet Place” (do I detect a reference to “Quiet Man” there?) is that the Americans are fighting back. How typical, a reviewer might condescendingly say. But ain’t it grand?! Might there actually be some life, some spirit, some *pride* left in the old husk of American popular culture? Again, I know little about the film itself, or its creators. But this Polish-American Krasinski guy bears some watching, I now think.

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    Reading the stuff here (I haven't seen this film, or even heard of it before), I had the same thoughts. So thank you for putting them into words better than I would have.

    Also agree about recent British television (which I've been exposed to in an over-the-shoulder way a lot recently).

    About British TV, which as you say are disproportionately mysteries, I would add that the other striking feature is that where formerly, the crime would be something discreet, bloodless and genteel--almost irrelevant to the plot other than the fact that it occurred, nowadays these shows have a voyeuristic obsession with crime, violence and perversion, with abnormality, sordidness and dysfunction absurdly magnified at every turn. It is hard not to see it as a symptom of an imploding culture.
    , @36 ulster
    (1) You mean (((reviewer))), of course. (2) The MHZ network broadcasts several interesting shows from Europe. I can't help but notice that in some of the Dutch and Swedish shows, the nationalists are invariably depicted not as middle- and working-class patriots but as fascists and Nazis. Where as the "good guy" establishment bureaucrats, politicians and coppers are populated--sparsely--with articulate moslems and sub-Saharan African immigrants who speak perfect and un-accented Dutch or Swedish, make no special demands on their adopted lands, dress impeccably in western attire, and thus are not just "model minorities" but model citizens of Northern Europe. A view that is...so nineteen-nineties. Some good shows on that network, though--if you don't mind subtitles.
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  61. @MikeatMikedotMike
    While I understand your experience fully, I would implore you to either ask the woman to be quiet or complain to the theater staff.

    I myself haven't been to a movie theater in over a year, because the last half dozen times up to that point I have had to tell somebody sitting behind us to shut up. I get tired of doing it, and it embarrasses my wife and kids. But if I'm paying over 50 bucks to be insulted by an industry that hates me, at the very least I want quiet. :)

    I agree with you in principle. You gotta pick your battles though. And if you tell some black chick to be quiet in the year 2018 in the FUSA you had best be ready for a rumble, especially if you are at negative 10K Pokémon points, as I am.

    Also, as I’m almost always armed, as I was this night, I have to let petty things go. That is the price I’m willing to pay to protect my family from real evil.

    Last, we just can’t have nice things anymore. That’s a fact. It is why malls and movie theaters are dying businesses.

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    This is just my opinion here, but maybe we can't have nice things because we don't pick the little battles anymore.
    , @Jim Don Bob
    What do you carry and how?
    , @Mishra

    It is why malls and movie theaters are dying businesses.
     
    Read: Public Space. We can't have it any more, because we can't get along.

    We can't get along, because our rulers don't want us to. Instead of Public Space, we'll now have a controlled experience online. Atomized, curated, antiseptic, micro-managed, pernicious and polluted.
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  62. Richard Brody says:

    In their enforced silence, these characters are a metaphorical silent—white—majority, one that doesn’t dare to speak freely for fear of being heard by the super-sensitive ears of the dark others.

    I say:

    The European Christian ancestral core of the United States has been both bribed and cowed into quiescence regarding the behaviour of Blacks and the mass immigration of foreigners.

    The ruling class of the American Empire has used its control of the national propaganda storyline to constantly attack European Christian Americans as racist. The ruling class made sure their evil plan would go unchallenged by bribing the baby boomer generation with government debt and with a series of asset bubbles that made the treasonous baby boomers fat and happily greedy for material gain. The baby boomers say to hell with caring about demography, look at my real estate, bond and stock market gains.

    The ruling class of the American Empire has used its control of the public schools, academia, the mass media, the governmental bureaucracies, the corporations and the capitulation of the Christian churches to anti-White abasement and materialism in order to keep quiet any resistance to the anti-White plot to destroy the United States as a culturally cohesive nation.

    In short, the plutocrats are using non-Europeans and non-Christians as culturally corrosive agents in order to destroy the sovereignty of the United States.

    Whitey born after 1965 will have to force the implosion of the asset bubbles in the United States to stave off demographic destruction. Whitey will speak up about being replaced and attacked by non-Europeans and non-Christians when the global financial implosion takes the asset bubbles away.

    Fun, Fun, Fun till the central banker shysters take the asset bubbles away.

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    "The ruling class of the American Empire has used its control of the public schools, academia, the mass media, the governmental bureaucracies, the corporations and the capitulation of the Christian churches to anti-White abasement and materialism in order to keep quiet any resistance to the anti-
    White plot to destroy the United States as a culturally cohesive nation."

    So, assuming this to be true, what are you personally doing to stop this train dead in its tracks, other than lamenting on a blog? Would not a true patriot to the cause of the Alt Right step up and take direct action, e.g. partake in a march, run for political office, become an active member of a group?

    Would not this conduct on your part demonstrate a seriousness in working to defeat the globalists and the Jews and their toadies?
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  63. @Clyde
    Sorry Richard Brody, but the Hollywood money men who are Hollywood's producers know that there is a large audience for non-diverse movies so they will be putting some out. They also know that if the movie will be made with the Chinese and Asian markets in mind, that diversity can be a killer. The Chinese don't want to see more than "a black a block", if any.
    Thus, the anti-diversity types and half the normies will get their white washed productions. How about that silly HBO comedy "Silicon Valley"? I never saw a black or Hispanic that I can remember. No bruthas coding for sure.

    Silicon Valley’s white males are emasculated betas or checked-out irrelevant goofballs. And they are kept in check by 2 sly, clever, moral and superior asians (a chonk and a Dot) as well as constantly being taught and scolded by Strong Womyn.
    You’re not getting things at all. Look again.

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    Not gonna dispute what you say. You are correct. But what I said holds true. No blacks or Hispanics on the TV show Silicon Valley. All I saw was white and Asian tech guys and nerd charictures. Still an entertaining show.
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  64. @Percy Gryce
    In the new Lost in Space on Netflix, the older daughter, Judy, is a mulatta, though supposedly the daughter of Molly Parker and Toby Stevens. The issue is not addressed until episode 5, when Judy explains to a pleb mechanic, that she "was born before he came into the picture."

    The one surprise is that the villian is a woman--but the very white woman, queen of indie film, Parker Posey.

    I’ve probably told this before here, but anyway: like fifteen years ago, Parker Posey used to date a friend of mine. At a dinner party with them back then I let on that I didn’t think we could talk to dolphins, and she said: “What are you, some kind of fascist?!”

    That’s my Parker Posey story.

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    Please tell me that either she smiled when she said that or she was drunk or high.
    , @MikeatMikedotMike
    Posey's oscar moment:

    Air raid you little freshman bitches! Aiiiiiir Raaaaaaid!

    https://images.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.fanpop.com%2Fimages%2Fimage_uploads%2FDazed---Confused-dazed-and-confused-387209_600_450.jpg&f=1
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  65. @The preferred nomenclature is...
    I just watched this movie Saturday night with my family (I can't recall how many years it has been since I've ventured to a movie theater on a Saturday night and afterwards I remembered why).

    As expected it was crowded and we had the privilege to sit in front of the only black people, a 20 something couple. She provided a running commentary starting about the 10 minute mark of the film. Once she started she never stopped. It was every black stereotype you could think of. Talked about how the daughter needed to be slapped up the head, a few F bombs, 'uh oh', etc. And she complained much to her Beau of how uncomfortable the seats were, even though she had plenty of her own cushion, if you know what I mean.

    My teenagers thought she was hilarious.

    “My teenagers thought she was hilarious.”

    Lol. I’ve made a point of exposing kids in my care to these kind of situations. It’s an excellent inoculation against the mandatory Negro worship they will encounter the rest of their lives. And fun too.

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    LOL, Almost.
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  66. @Anthony Wayne
    Those New Yorker cartoon headshots really disgust me. I find them completely lacking in humanity. Why not just use a real photograph, or even something less childishly stylized?

    Anthony, about those New Yorker author cartoons: I kind of admire the graphic style. But you’re right: they’re inhuman.

    That’s the point, though, right? The face-icon is like an emoji that telegraphs what you’re about to read.

    I mean look at it: bald; bearded; beaky; bifocals. With those features, why even provide a written review?

    They should just print the title of the movie, immediately followed by that face staring out off the page. The “readers” will know exactly what to think.

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    I figured it out. The stylization is fine, in fact pretty good at capturing what the subject looks like for the most part. It’s the black voids for eyes. Strange choice
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  67. @Almost Missouri

    "My teenagers thought she was hilarious."
     
    Lol. I've made a point of exposing kids in my care to these kind of situations. It's an excellent inoculation against the mandatory Negro worship they will encounter the rest of their lives. And fun too.

    LOL, Almost.

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  68. Is the “dark others” just a click bait device to help the author negotiate a new deal with a substantial raise?

    “Look at the figures, goddamit!”

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  69. The fragility of white men never ceases to amaze me

    The review was spot on and the comments against prove the reviewers point

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  70. @Twinkie
    With professional trainers, nutritionists, and PEDs at his disposal (and very flattering photography), that's the best he could do? He looks like a regular guy who's done some running and dips. Not exactly Scott Helvenston (RIP).

    And it's not just the physique. He's still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in "13 Hours." Just sticking a beard on a comedian doesn't make him look like "an operator." I don't know why he's suddenly in action movies.

    Never saw “The Office.”

    Not every special operations guy is some sort of caricature. Sure, all are plenty fit. Unless they are juicing, they don’t get very big, though. Too much running/endurance work.

    And there are more than enough that are jovial sorts not adhering to the stone-faced stereotype. “Ranger face” is for those outside the unit and family. And put on when appropriate. Taking your kiddos for ice cream? Not so much. In garrison with buddies? Again, not so much. Getting some POS uniformed bureaucritter to do _their_ f-ing job so you can do _your_ fing job before everyone involved collects social security? Yep.

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    Not every special operations guy is some sort of caricature. Sure, all are plenty fit. Unless they are juicing, they don’t get very big, though. Too much running/endurance work.
     
    Eons ago, *I* was the guy arguing on this blog that SOCOM ninjas don't look like over-muscled superheroes in Hollywood movies. Because I know them and worked with them.

    Muscles burn a lot of oxygen and energy. You don't want excess ones (esp. for looks) that are not functional for the specific purposes you need, whether you are an athlete or an operator.

    They all look more manly and wizened than John Krasinski. "Ranger face" or no, they all have a certain edge to their appearances and bearing, which the soft- and fleshy-faced actor does not have.
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  71. @Tyrion 2
    I don't have time to be an expert of the New Yorker film critic cannon - does anyone?

    I can only say that Steve's headline for the piece is grossly misleading and the behaviour of the commenters on this thread has been even worse.

    This leads me to believe that other readings of similar work are also quite mad and that you're all stuck in a confirmation bias loop of simple-minded nutbaggery - when it comes to certain topics.

    Thank you for sharing it, Hildegard!

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  72. @ChrisZ
    Whatever you think of the review (and reviewer), the analysis seems right to me (at least from the details I’ve read—I haven’t seen the film). That is, the film is a symbolic representation of the anxiety old-stock Americans feel over aliens invading their country and doing violence to their way of life. I assume the family proves to be the more resourceful opponent, and prevails in the end, rescuing their homeland “for themselves and their posterity.”

    Is that a bad thing?

    I don’t expect this plot to elicit sympathy from a New Yorker reviewer. But the big story here, to me, is that such a film was even made. And is proving to be popular. I now want to see it myself. (And I’d love to read a Steve review and attendant comment thread on the movie itself.)

    I’ve noticed a similar “old-stock desperation” theme in a lot of the TV imports from the UK. The “ur” series in this regard is “Wallander,” which is about a Scandinavian social-democracy “paradise” that’s filmed as bleak landscapes of barren beauty, with children almost never seen, and all the characters are either in deep grieving or some polite form of dysfunction. A spate of similar shows (they’re mostly mystery series) take place in the hinterlands (an actual title) of Britain—the Orkney Islands, for example—which are the last redoubts for the beleaguered, depressed, and above all resigned Europeans/Britons who feel alienated in their own native lands. The “bleak futureless” theme is quite a phenomenon on Public TV and Netflix.

    What seems to differentiate these British offerings from “Quiet Place” (do I detect a reference to “Quiet Man” there?) is that the Americans are fighting back. How typical, a reviewer might condescendingly say. But ain’t it grand?! Might there actually be some life, some spirit, some *pride* left in the old husk of American popular culture? Again, I know little about the film itself, or its creators. But this Polish-American Krasinski guy bears some watching, I now think.

    Reading the stuff here (I haven’t seen this film, or even heard of it before), I had the same thoughts. So thank you for putting them into words better than I would have.

    Also agree about recent British television (which I’ve been exposed to in an over-the-shoulder way a lot recently).

    About British TV, which as you say are disproportionately mysteries, I would add that the other striking feature is that where formerly, the crime would be something discreet, bloodless and genteel–almost irrelevant to the plot other than the fact that it occurred, nowadays these shows have a voyeuristic obsession with crime, violence and perversion, with abnormality, sordidness and dysfunction absurdly magnified at every turn. It is hard not to see it as a symptom of an imploding culture.

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    The very well-acted British crime show Broadchurch has a running subplot about the senseless murder of a child temporarily bringing the small town residents back to the pews of the nearly empty local church. The show seems to regard the de-Christianization of Britain to have been a disaster for the English working class, which was pretty bold for a BBC show.
    , @The Last Real Calvinist
    Murder mysteries are always about moral order descending into chaos -- and then that order being restored.

    It's no wonder the perceptions and portrayals of that moral chaos are increasingly violent and perverse, and that 'order' now requires a vision of a 'diverse' but fully-integrated populace.
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  73. @Anon
    There's a new movie coming out about a noble black man with a beautiful white woman being harassed and attacked by an ugly white trash couple.

    Hollywood depiction of untermensch whites goes beyond Nazi propaganda.

    It totally dehumanizes.

    It says white wombs belong to black men, and only ugly white woman sticks with evil white man.

    Hollywood Jews are blind to the fact that they've become Nazi-like.

    “Become?”

    They always were, but did not have the power to openly exercise and espouse their hatred and inhumanity to those outside their ethnic group.

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  74. @slumber_j
    I've probably told this before here, but anyway: like fifteen years ago, Parker Posey used to date a friend of mine. At a dinner party with them back then I let on that I didn't think we could talk to dolphins, and she said: "What are you, some kind of fascist?!"

    That's my Parker Posey story.

    Please tell me that either she smiled when she said that or she was drunk or high.

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    She wasn't kidding. I guess we'd all had a bit to drink, but I have no idea how much.

    Maybe a year ago I told that story to a big Hollywood executive who's a good friend of mine from college. He laughed a lot and finally said, "Here's a rule: you never tell an actress you don't think we can talk to animals."
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  75. @peterike

    The issue is not addressed until episode 5, when Judy explains to a pleb mechanic, that she “was born before he came into the picture.”

     

    Because every television show now must have a white woman / black man sexual encounter, even if it's a retrospective one.

    And of course, the mulatta daughter is a Super Genius.

    And of course, the mulatta daughter is a Super Genius.

    Which is why she couldn’t just be adopted–which was my initial guess (couldn’t get pregnant, the couple adopts a daughter, and then has a couple of biological kids)–because the mom is a super genius too.

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    TV is made for White women. This stuff goes over big with them. White women are fascinated by Blacks of both sexes. Women generally trade up during immavasuon. Think French women and German soldiers while every French man was in a forced labor camp.
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  76. Apparently, few things trigger Jewish critics (and even Koreans
    like Twinkie) as much as seeing Polish-Americans like John
    Krasinski (married to a beautiful English actress – what exactly did
    he do to get so lucky?) making top-grossing movies.

    Aren’t people with Polish names supposed to be doing factory jobs
    in the Rust Belt someplace? How dare they win Nobel Prizes like
    Frank Wilczek or Jack Szostak?

    I remember when The Matrix, another top-grossing film, came out
    in 1999, many people couldn’t get past the fact that it was directed
    by the Wachowski Bros., two guys who dared to keep their Polish names.
    (At least Martha Stewart had the good sense to quickly replace her
    Polish maiden name with her husband’s surname, and kept it after
    her divorce). And this was at the time when Tara Lipinski and Ted
    Kaczynski were in the news. Aren’t people with names like Lipinski
    or Kaczynski supposed to be working in construction or something?
    Back in the ’60s James Rado, the co-creator of the tribal love-rock
    musical HAIR, knew his place in society. He knew he had to shorten
    his Polish surname Radomski and conceal his ethnicity to get anywhere
    in life. A playwright with a name like Radomski? Come on!

    But seriously, if Hollywood wants to stay relevant, it must realize there
    is a lot of money to be made in catering to the deplorables like us.

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    I'm Polish myself so I think I'm allowed to do a little riff
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  77. @ChrisZ
    Whatever you think of the review (and reviewer), the analysis seems right to me (at least from the details I’ve read—I haven’t seen the film). That is, the film is a symbolic representation of the anxiety old-stock Americans feel over aliens invading their country and doing violence to their way of life. I assume the family proves to be the more resourceful opponent, and prevails in the end, rescuing their homeland “for themselves and their posterity.”

    Is that a bad thing?

    I don’t expect this plot to elicit sympathy from a New Yorker reviewer. But the big story here, to me, is that such a film was even made. And is proving to be popular. I now want to see it myself. (And I’d love to read a Steve review and attendant comment thread on the movie itself.)

    I’ve noticed a similar “old-stock desperation” theme in a lot of the TV imports from the UK. The “ur” series in this regard is “Wallander,” which is about a Scandinavian social-democracy “paradise” that’s filmed as bleak landscapes of barren beauty, with children almost never seen, and all the characters are either in deep grieving or some polite form of dysfunction. A spate of similar shows (they’re mostly mystery series) take place in the hinterlands (an actual title) of Britain—the Orkney Islands, for example—which are the last redoubts for the beleaguered, depressed, and above all resigned Europeans/Britons who feel alienated in their own native lands. The “bleak futureless” theme is quite a phenomenon on Public TV and Netflix.

    What seems to differentiate these British offerings from “Quiet Place” (do I detect a reference to “Quiet Man” there?) is that the Americans are fighting back. How typical, a reviewer might condescendingly say. But ain’t it grand?! Might there actually be some life, some spirit, some *pride* left in the old husk of American popular culture? Again, I know little about the film itself, or its creators. But this Polish-American Krasinski guy bears some watching, I now think.

    (1) You mean (((reviewer))), of course. (2) The MHZ network broadcasts several interesting shows from Europe. I can’t help but notice that in some of the Dutch and Swedish shows, the nationalists are invariably depicted not as middle- and working-class patriots but as fascists and Nazis. Where as the “good guy” establishment bureaucrats, politicians and coppers are populated–sparsely–with articulate moslems and sub-Saharan African immigrants who speak perfect and un-accented Dutch or Swedish, make no special demands on their adopted lands, dress impeccably in western attire, and thus are not just “model minorities” but model citizens of Northern Europe. A view that is…so nineteen-nineties. Some good shows on that network, though–if you don’t mind subtitles.

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    Interesting. On the British shows there’s always an old-stock looking daughter (not necessarily beautiful, but prettily British) dating or sleeping with a young black or brown guy. The latter has a heart of gold and is supportive in the girl’s time of emotional need.

    There’s a whole dissertation to be written about these tropes of the age. In a way they remind me of Shakespeare’s attempt to ape the style of late Roman tragedy in Titus Andronicus: the unraveling of a world we once knew. Thanks for the reply, 36.
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  78. @Anon
    There's a new movie coming out about a noble black man with a beautiful white woman being harassed and attacked by an ugly white trash couple.

    Hollywood depiction of untermensch whites goes beyond Nazi propaganda.

    It totally dehumanizes.

    It says white wombs belong to black men, and only ugly white woman sticks with evil white man.

    Hollywood Jews are blind to the fact that they've become Nazi-like.

    Most Jews aren’t like that but I have known a few with this mind-set. I can assure you they are not blind to the fact they’ve become Nazi-like and; they dig it.

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  80. The left sees everything through the lens of racial politics, and they will let no public soap box go to waste. We must all be indoctrinated 24/7. That way there is no time to consider how utterly crappy and oppressive the Novus Ordo is becoming for everyone in general, but for white people in particular, who have become the New Other for all the world to blame for the perfectly natural consequences of Malthusianism and evolution in action.

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  81. @Twinkie
    With professional trainers, nutritionists, and PEDs at his disposal (and very flattering photography), that's the best he could do? He looks like a regular guy who's done some running and dips. Not exactly Scott Helvenston (RIP).

    And it's not just the physique. He's still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in "13 Hours." Just sticking a beard on a comedian doesn't make him look like "an operator." I don't know why he's suddenly in action movies.

    I don’t know why he’s suddenly in action movies.

    Of course, A Quiet Place isn’t an action movie…..

    With professional trainers, nutritionists, and PEDs at his disposal (and very flattering photography), that’s the best he could do? He looks like a regular guy who’s done some running and dips.

    Part of his appeal, I imagine. He looks look a fit, regular guy, not a Hollywood gym-rat who’s “supplementing”…..

    And it’s not just the physique. He’s still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in “13 Hours.”

    Never saw it.

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    He was fine in 13 Hours. Convincingly average.

    And that counts for quite a bit in an age when the go-to guys for All-American heroes are poor actors (Chris Evans, Chris Pine, Mark Wahlberg) or Anglosphere imports (Christian Bale, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hardy) who range from too lame to too intense to pass for the boy next door.
    , @Desiderius
    The Benghazi movie.

    Pretty good flick, and he did well in it. Similar to Cooper in Sniper. BTW, has Cooper been blackballed for making Sniper?
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  82. @Clyde
    Sorry Richard Brody, but the Hollywood money men who are Hollywood's producers know that there is a large audience for non-diverse movies so they will be putting some out. They also know that if the movie will be made with the Chinese and Asian markets in mind, that diversity can be a killer. The Chinese don't want to see more than "a black a block", if any.
    Thus, the anti-diversity types and half the normies will get their white washed productions. How about that silly HBO comedy "Silicon Valley"? I never saw a black or Hispanic that I can remember. No bruthas coding for sure.

    Update for the new season of Silicon Valley. They’ve added a black coder.

    But the only Hispanic I can recall is still the Hispanic graffiti artist from the first season.

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  83. @Mishra
    Dear Fellow White People! Can you even believe how white this film is? In the Current Year even? Do you think it should even be allowed? Should we even see it? Or should we go and protest it? Yeah, we should go protest! Make sure and record everything so ppl can see it on twitter and fb.

    “Dear Fellow White People! Can you even believe how white this film is? In the Current Year even? Do you think it should even be allowed? Should we even see it? Or should we go and protest it? Yeah, we should go protest! Make sure and record everything so ppl can see it on twitter and fb.”

    Dear Mishra: The movie critic who wrote the comment “The noise of “A Quiet Place” is the whitest since the release of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”” is a proud member, like the author of this fine individual blog, a member of the Coalition of the Fringes. In other words, they find race in everything. I would surmise that they both would look at a person eating a burnt hotdog as being race related. In reality, most white people who went to see this movie NOTICED the scenery, the high level of acting, and the storyline. They wanted to be entertained, and rarely came out of the show house thinking “Wow, there were no people of color in the film. I better check my white privilege in the future”. But the race baiters from both the left and the right would like to make everything about race, and those whites in particular who are not on board with identifying with their tribe are labeled “race traitors”.

    Now, I am asking for a friend–Is it OK for a white person to make their own decisions, by way of freedom of association, about race and culture to not be labeled a “race traitor” merely because they are not beholden to the Coalition of The Fringes narrative?

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    You can choose to do anything, though it's usually an easier life if your choices are grounded in reality.
    Obviously the opposite extremes of pure ethno-nationalism and pure internationalist globalism aren't realistic.
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  84. [W]hy are guy actors more likely than gal actors to take the next [step] into artistry …

    Guy actors have to think, rather than fuck their way into their positions.

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    [W]hy are guy actors more likely than gal actors to take the next [step] into artistry …

    Guy actors have to think, rather than fu[**] their way into their positions.
     
    I'm inclined to agree. Horizontal labor aside, beautiful actresses can coast on good looks alone, whereas men have to bring something extra to the table.
    , @Anon
    Um, guy actors have to do as much f*****g as gal actors.

    The entire profession is very very gay.

    It’s not just actors. From producers to attorneys and agents even craft services and drivers, everybody has to f**k to get and keep jobs.

    If you don’t want to f**k it often works to be the illegal drug supplier to whoever can get you a job.
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  85. @Charles Pewitt
    Richard Brody says:

    In their enforced silence, these characters are a metaphorical silent—white—majority, one that doesn’t dare to speak freely for fear of being heard by the super-sensitive ears of the dark others.

     

    I say:

    The European Christian ancestral core of the United States has been both bribed and cowed into quiescence regarding the behaviour of Blacks and the mass immigration of foreigners.

    The ruling class of the American Empire has used its control of the national propaganda storyline to constantly attack European Christian Americans as racist. The ruling class made sure their evil plan would go unchallenged by bribing the baby boomer generation with government debt and with a series of asset bubbles that made the treasonous baby boomers fat and happily greedy for material gain. The baby boomers say to hell with caring about demography, look at my real estate, bond and stock market gains.

    The ruling class of the American Empire has used its control of the public schools, academia, the mass media, the governmental bureaucracies, the corporations and the capitulation of the Christian churches to anti-White abasement and materialism in order to keep quiet any resistance to the anti-White plot to destroy the United States as a culturally cohesive nation.

    In short, the plutocrats are using non-Europeans and non-Christians as culturally corrosive agents in order to destroy the sovereignty of the United States.

    Whitey born after 1965 will have to force the implosion of the asset bubbles in the United States to stave off demographic destruction. Whitey will speak up about being replaced and attacked by non-Europeans and non-Christians when the global financial implosion takes the asset bubbles away.

    Fun, Fun, Fun till the central banker shysters take the asset bubbles away.

    “The ruling class of the American Empire has used its control of the public schools, academia, the mass media, the governmental bureaucracies, the corporations and the capitulation of the Christian churches to anti-White abasement and materialism in order to keep quiet any resistance to the anti-
    White plot to destroy the United States as a culturally cohesive nation.”

    So, assuming this to be true, what are you personally doing to stop this train dead in its tracks, other than lamenting on a blog? Would not a true patriot to the cause of the Alt Right step up and take direct action, e.g. partake in a march, run for political office, become an active member of a group?

    Would not this conduct on your part demonstrate a seriousness in working to defeat the globalists and the Jews and their toadies?

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  86. @Charles Pewitt
    Chief Martin Brody says we're gonna need a bigger boat.

    Richard Brody is gonna need a bigger barge for all the anti-White horseshit he writes.

    Maybe Richard Brody can borrow the Ukrainian barge the Chinese boobs think is an aircraft carrier for all his movie review horsehit.

    Whitey the coward is walking on eggshells everywhere, except for Poland, Hungary, and a few other European Christian nations that have refused to heed the siren song of nation-wrecking mass non-European immigration. Whitey the coward is afraid to make a sound that might get the anti-White mutants screeching like banshees and this Brody says mind your metaphors.

    Phuck off Brody!

    In evolutionary parlance this is the Bottleneck Effect. 10,000 years from now every white person will be able to trace his genes to Finland, Poland, Slovenia, Russia, South Africa, Israel, or Hungary.

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  87. @Rosamond Vincy
    Misty Copeland recently drew much criticism for bring unable to do the 32 fouettes required in Swan Lake. There were some feeble excuses about ballet being about artistry as well as athletic ability.

    I saw Margot Fonteyn dance Odette/Odile when she was close to retirement, and she did every damned one of those fouettes. Didn't seem to hurt her artistry either.

    But did Did Margot Fonteyn look good in a sports bra?

    Seriously, I’m aware of the whole thing. Her promotion is a scandal. Copeland is sub-par and has never been able to execute the choreography of the great classical ballets properly. Copeland did 12 or 13 weak, traveling fouettes and then pretended to do a manege, dragging her left leg behind her. It was a joke. She wears clunky toe shoes and releves onto them improperly, which makes it impossible for her to turn in proper classical form.

    She’s been given the run of the rep and in all cases has simplified the choreography. She’s always flubbed the 32, and this time she got caught. I can’t imagine how she could do Aurora, which is an even more difficult part.

    But she’s successful for two reasons. One, Goldman Sachs forced it on ABT and two, there is cash in the black community even if there is no real wealth. There is a Misty Copeland Barbie, Misty Copeland shoes at Payless, four or five books on Amazon, and of course, her semi-porn shots for Under Armour.

    Well, three reasons. The critics of the major newspapers cover for her shamelessly.

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    What's wrong with her releves? Haven't seen either ABT or NYCB since I moved away from NYC years ago, although I was lucky enough to see late career performances by Heather Watts, Suzanne Farrell, and Rudolf Nureyev (now, THERE'S someone who kept his artistry even when he'd lost most of his elevation, and as it turned out, was already dying). Also saw Baryshnikov in Philly doing "Push Comes to Shove."

    I'm also curious about her clunky pointe shoes. I loved Ultimos (discontinued) because they suited my cliche duck-feet. There's usually a trade-off: long, narrow, tapering feet look graceful on stage, but short, stubby feet with a high insteps, wide ball-of-the-foot, and short, even toes mean you can stay on pointe all day. I used to be able to stand on pointe in sneakers or bare feet (actress, not ballet dancer, but with dance training). So what's Misty's deal?
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  88. @Bitfu
    Here are other people discussing the review several days prior to the iSteve post that has you so worked up. All of them seem to agree that Brody has elevated the racial aspect. [Even those that agree with him are not discussing the movie, they too are actually discussing the film's 'regressive metaphorical aspects'
    [PAUSE: Swallowing vomit upon actually writing 'regressive metaphorical aspects'.
    Dammit--there I go again with the 'regre----'
    Too much vomit.
    More PAUSE: Now cleaning keyboard.....]

    Also Note: The discussion occurs on Brody's very own Twitter Feed among his very own followers.

    [PAUSE: Must swig Listerine....]

    Anyways, here's the actual Twitter Feed:
    https://twitter.com/tnyfrontrow/status/983799188684144640

    I guess they are disgraceful too...But at least they aren't 'Regressive'.
    Ah hell. Not again!
    I gotta go.

    A Quiet Place has a clever enough setup but I don’t think that John Krasinski, as director, saw clearly what he was doing—didn’t see the metaphors and the symbols—which, I suspect, are an unfortunate part of its success:

    See, I’m not saying that Krasinski consciously crafted an implicitly pro-White family parable…..He’s just not sufficiently WOKE to realize what he’s doing…..If we could just get him to attend a proper struggle session….

    Then he would understand the regressive nature of his symbolic apparatus…..

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  89. @Percy Gryce

    And of course, the mulatta daughter is a Super Genius.
     
    Which is why she couldn't just be adopted--which was my initial guess (couldn't get pregnant, the couple adopts a daughter, and then has a couple of biological kids)--because the mom is a super genius too.

    TV is made for White women. This stuff goes over big with them. White women are fascinated by Blacks of both sexes. Women generally trade up during immavasuon. Think French women and German soldiers while every French man was in a forced labor camp.

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    BS. Actual data shows white women have the lowest rate of interracial dating and marriage, and also are the single least likely group to express interest in and respond to messages from other races on dating sites. Indeed, they show far less interest in interracial dating than white men.

    As for the supposed interest of Frenchwomen in German occupiers, it was rare enough that the outcome for them after the war was a brutal ostracism and retaliatory mob violence, most often being dragged into the town square and shaved.

    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pixies/2009/6/4/1244143264116/A-crowd-jeers-as-a-woman--001.

    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Femmes_tondues
    , @Anon
    Just because you can’t get laid, doesn’t mean the rest of us have problems with White women.
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  90. @Rosamond Vincy
    Um..doesn't this movie take place after some kind of interstellar apocalypse? There aren't many people left of ANY color.

    Um..doesn’t this movie take place after some kind of interstellar apocalypse? There aren’t many people left of ANY color.

    Get WOKE, bigot. The true horror of the film comes from the fact that rural, White cis-het families still exist….

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    Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea minima culpa.
    , @Obsessive Contrarian
    Is it represented as being a horror, or is it realistic that the majority of survivors of The Apocalypse will be competent, functional people?
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  91. @J.Ross
    This is such twaddle I hesitate to choose a best attack. In fact, instead of fighting him, let's consider that he's right. I recently rewatched some Hellraiser movies and, despite the poorly aging effects (claymation -- from hell!) and Hellraiser Three (wonderful sets and costumes in the Ancien Regime segments!), I enjoyed myself more than I deserved. They are fantastic movies. Real alpha-beta dynamic in the first one. Clive Barker has a grounding in Jungian myth analysis that Stephen King can only wish for, what with his soul already being long sold. I didn't think about race once. It never occurred to me to notice that everybody is white (literally, in the case of the Cenobites) any more than I found myself consciously noting that Barker is a homosexual who likes his meat dark. Is it possible that I was watching a fantasy horror film -- as escapism, for pleasure -- when I could have been interrogating my whiteness over a nice bowl of granola? Is it possible that this and not hamfisted re-education is what movies are for? Is it possible that if Pauline Kael were alive she'd kick this guy's ass?

    It never would have occurred to me to watch a Hellraiser movie. Another thing I’ve learned from reading the iSteve blog.

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    Reading the wiki for Clive Barker (who I vaguely remember as a sci/horror writer from way back) and the plot of Hellraiser, I feel the same way as I do about Tarantino - that if only someone had told him to take his script home, burn it, and never present anything like it again, the world would be a better place.

    He must have read Lovecraft in his youth - the plot of Hellraiser is Charles Dexter Ward or The Dunwich Horror but with added sodomy.

    , @J.Ross
    As a result of iSteve comments I looked into the first season of Wiseguy. The first story arc is amazing for television and the second has Kevin Spacey as a scenery-chewing nutjob and, to Mishra's point about Hollywood "It" girls, late eighties Joan Severance.
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  92. @syonredux

    Um..doesn’t this movie take place after some kind of interstellar apocalypse? There aren’t many people left of ANY color.
     
    Get WOKE, bigot. The true horror of the film comes from the fact that rural, White cis-het families still exist....

    Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea minima culpa.

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  93. Speaking of film criticism, has Steve reviewed “Chappaquiddick?”

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    Tune in tomorrow for Sailer's weekly article at Taki. It's a definite possibility.
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  94. @David In TN
    Speaking of film criticism, has Steve reviewed "Chappaquiddick?"

    Tune in tomorrow for Sailer’s weekly article at Taki. It’s a definite possibility.

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  95. @slumber_j
    I've probably told this before here, but anyway: like fifteen years ago, Parker Posey used to date a friend of mine. At a dinner party with them back then I let on that I didn't think we could talk to dolphins, and she said: "What are you, some kind of fascist?!"

    That's my Parker Posey story.
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  96. @The preferred nomenclature is...
    I agree with you in principle. You gotta pick your battles though. And if you tell some black chick to be quiet in the year 2018 in the FUSA you had best be ready for a rumble, especially if you are at negative 10K Pokémon points, as I am.

    Also, as I'm almost always armed, as I was this night, I have to let petty things go. That is the price I'm willing to pay to protect my family from real evil.

    Last, we just can't have nice things anymore. That's a fact. It is why malls and movie theaters are dying businesses.

    This is just my opinion here, but maybe we can’t have nice things because we don’t pick the little battles anymore.

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    I agree with you. But who goes first?
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  97. @njguy73
    Last year I watched Network all the way through for the first time. It was a revelation. It could have been made today. I'd call it the definitive satire of our era. Anyone who uses the "mad as hell" line should have to watch the whole thing.

    First, Black anger is portrayed just as perfectly as White anger. Marlene Warfield as Laureen Hobbs was awesome. The scene where William Holden compares Faye Dunaway to television itself is, well, it's like watching an entire world getting a "Reason You Suck" speech.

    And then there's the best monologue in the film, perhaps the best monologue in film history, the one I've been quoting a lot lately:

    "You have meddled with the primal forces of nature!..."

    Network has moments of brilliant satire, but the William Holden character ruins it for me. You can’t go that hard for satire and then expect us to take a weepy mid-life crisis seriously.

    Spike Lee’s Bamboozled was an almost unwatchable remake that made the same mistake.

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    "Network" was a letdown. Slow paced, boring, weak acting, uncreative stereotype characters. I quit about half way through.
    , @Stan Adams
    I always thought William Holden's role in Network was a nice bookend to his role in Sunset Boulevard.

    It's interesting to note that two of the three main actors in Network (Peter Finch and William Holden) died within a few years of its making and one (Faye Dunaway) committed career suicide.

    Finch died in early 1977, even before the movie opened in some cities. Holden died in late 1981. (At that time, Mommie Dearest was still in theaters.)
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  98. @Pat Boyle
    It never would have occurred to me to watch a Hellraiser movie. Another thing I've learned from reading the iSteve blog.

    Reading the wiki for Clive Barker (who I vaguely remember as a sci/horror writer from way back) and the plot of Hellraiser, I feel the same way as I do about Tarantino – that if only someone had told him to take his script home, burn it, and never present anything like it again, the world would be a better place.

    He must have read Lovecraft in his youth – the plot of Hellraiser is Charles Dexter Ward or The Dunwich Horror but with added sodomy.

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  99. @The preferred nomenclature is...
    I just watched this movie Saturday night with my family (I can't recall how many years it has been since I've ventured to a movie theater on a Saturday night and afterwards I remembered why).

    As expected it was crowded and we had the privilege to sit in front of the only black people, a 20 something couple. She provided a running commentary starting about the 10 minute mark of the film. Once she started she never stopped. It was every black stereotype you could think of. Talked about how the daughter needed to be slapped up the head, a few F bombs, 'uh oh', etc. And she complained much to her Beau of how uncomfortable the seats were, even though she had plenty of her own cushion, if you know what I mean.

    My teenagers thought she was hilarious.

    Don’t worry Negro worship will suddenly reverse around 2030. That’s just my estimate of course but I think it’s about right. Our current social vector is unsustainable. I just started reading Reich’s book. Maybe the reversal will come sooner.

    I stopped going to movie theaters about ten years ago when I had my accident. I fell off a cliff and was housebound for a year. When you can’t go out you have to make adjustments. Not going out to the movies is one of the easier ones. You save a little money too. I remember seeing the 3D Beowulf movie in a San Francisco theater. I counted up all the expenses for just me alone and it came to right around $100. I like to remember that when I have to pay my Comcast cable TV bill.

    The audience was always troublesome in movie theaters. One of my earliest memories was as a pre-teen I was transfixed by the sight of a lovely young girl sitting in front of me. Then she picked her nose and ate the booger she had dug out.

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    I worked in an electronics plant where one idiot started picking his nose and putting the booger on the end of someone's soldering iron, and boogers became ubiquitous all over the irons. As long as they were allowed to thoroughly char before wiping onto the sponge all was well and good, but semitoasted or raw ones soon adorned all the sponges.

    It did however do a lot to keep the tips tinned. Turns out snot is a reasonable solder flux.
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  100. @Twinkie
    With professional trainers, nutritionists, and PEDs at his disposal (and very flattering photography), that's the best he could do? He looks like a regular guy who's done some running and dips. Not exactly Scott Helvenston (RIP).

    And it's not just the physique. He's still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in "13 Hours." Just sticking a beard on a comedian doesn't make him look like "an operator." I don't know why he's suddenly in action movies.

    It was not just a beard, it was a great performance. I was in the same boat early on in 13 Hours, but he somehow turned the corner for me. I bought it. Jim disappeared in all that chaos.

    Also, LOL at the Starbucks pic and Steve’s caption. Too funny. Literal megaphone.

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  101. @Tyrion 2
    I don't have time to be an expert of the New Yorker film critic cannon - does anyone?

    I can only say that Steve's headline for the piece is grossly misleading and the behaviour of the commenters on this thread has been even worse.

    This leads me to believe that other readings of similar work are also quite mad and that you're all stuck in a confirmation bias loop of simple-minded nutbaggery - when it comes to certain topics.

    I read a write-up of “Altered Carbon” a while back. The writer wasn’t as intellectual, but it was a mainstream site.

    There were about 20 references to race throughout, if you include phenotype and ethnicity. “Blond and blue-eyed” was used with disdain. The writer lamented that one character was played by a Swedish actor. “White-washing” was used 4 times. Twice in quotes solicited by the author. After bringing up the idea, the writer ultimately dismissed that the show was whitewashed, while disagreeing with some of the white casting, but really wanted to carry across the idea that “white-washing” was a thing. The writer was, of course, Jewish.

    That’s just one property. The Peanuts movie had a write-up where Charlie Brown was told to ditch the little red haired girl and go ebony. Paddington Bear was said “to be the film we need right now” and then subverted to say it was about disregarding the “superficial, skin-deep differences” when it “seems that we are worlds apart.”

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  102. @syonredux

    I don’t know why he’s suddenly in action movies.
     
    Of course, A Quiet Place isn't an action movie.....

    With professional trainers, nutritionists, and PEDs at his disposal (and very flattering photography), that’s the best he could do? He looks like a regular guy who’s done some running and dips.
     
    Part of his appeal, I imagine. He looks look a fit, regular guy, not a Hollywood gym-rat who's "supplementing".....

    And it’s not just the physique. He’s still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in “13 Hours.”
     
    Never saw it.

    He was fine in 13 Hours. Convincingly average.

    And that counts for quite a bit in an age when the go-to guys for All-American heroes are poor actors (Chris Evans, Chris Pine, Mark Wahlberg) or Anglosphere imports (Christian Bale, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hardy) who range from too lame to too intense to pass for the boy next door.

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    And that counts for quite a bit in an age when the go-to guys for All-American heroes are poor actors (Chris Evans, Chris Pine, Mark Wahlberg) or Anglosphere imports (Christian Bale, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hardy) who range from too lame to too intense to pass for the boy next door.
     
    I think that Chris Evans is actually a pretty decent actor (I certainly don't think that he's inferior to Hemsworth). Wahlberg's something of a mixed bag, but he was the best thing in The Departed. Pine is.....adequate.....

    Tom Hardy: Strong presence....but his vocal delivery is too mannered:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5X3gLwvrRI

    Bale: A rare example of a gifted kid actor (he was outstanding in Empire of the Sun) who maintained his chops/charm into adulthood.
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  103. @Anon 2
    Apparently, few things trigger Jewish critics (and even Koreans
    like Twinkie) as much as seeing Polish-Americans like John
    Krasinski (married to a beautiful English actress - what exactly did
    he do to get so lucky?) making top-grossing movies.

    Aren't people with Polish names supposed to be doing factory jobs
    in the Rust Belt someplace? How dare they win Nobel Prizes like
    Frank Wilczek or Jack Szostak?

    I remember when The Matrix, another top-grossing film, came out
    in 1999, many people couldn't get past the fact that it was directed
    by the Wachowski Bros., two guys who dared to keep their Polish names.
    (At least Martha Stewart had the good sense to quickly replace her
    Polish maiden name with her husband's surname, and kept it after
    her divorce). And this was at the time when Tara Lipinski and Ted
    Kaczynski were in the news. Aren't people with names like Lipinski
    or Kaczynski supposed to be working in construction or something?
    Back in the '60s James Rado, the co-creator of the tribal love-rock
    musical HAIR, knew his place in society. He knew he had to shorten
    his Polish surname Radomski and conceal his ethnicity to get anywhere
    in life. A playwright with a name like Radomski? Come on!

    But seriously, if Hollywood wants to stay relevant, it must realize there
    is a lot of money to be made in catering to the deplorables like us.

    I’m Polish myself so I think I’m allowed to do a little riff
    on American polonophobia

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    Remember Polish jokes? I always wonder who started them. That was when I was in school and happened to have a couple of very smart friends with Polish names. They both became Ph.D.s and got their names on several patents. One works for Lockheed and the other designs electrical grids.

    Their fathers were the same way, in our town full of such people. There are a lot of smart, successful Polish Americans.

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  104. @Mishra
    Be glad that the New Yorker uses a cartoon image of their movie critic.

    Be very glad.

    Richard Brody looks like he doesn’t get out of his damp basement walk-up apartment very often.

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  105. @The preferred nomenclature is...
    I agree with you in principle. You gotta pick your battles though. And if you tell some black chick to be quiet in the year 2018 in the FUSA you had best be ready for a rumble, especially if you are at negative 10K Pokémon points, as I am.

    Also, as I'm almost always armed, as I was this night, I have to let petty things go. That is the price I'm willing to pay to protect my family from real evil.

    Last, we just can't have nice things anymore. That's a fact. It is why malls and movie theaters are dying businesses.

    What do you carry and how?

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    See my comment (above, below?). When I originally posted it I thought I was responding to you. Now that it is posted it appears I did not.

    Sorry about that.
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  106. @syonredux

    Um..doesn’t this movie take place after some kind of interstellar apocalypse? There aren’t many people left of ANY color.
     
    Get WOKE, bigot. The true horror of the film comes from the fact that rural, White cis-het families still exist....

    Is it represented as being a horror, or is it realistic that the majority of survivors of The Apocalypse will be competent, functional people?

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    Is it represented as being a horror, or is it realistic that the majority of survivors of The Apocalypse will be competent, functional people?
     
    Get WOKE, Bigot. Everyone knows that Blacks are the most competent and functional people on Earth. If they are not depicted as the majority population in a post- apocalyptic scenario, it must be due to Krasinki's unconscious racism......
    , @Steve Sailer
    Dave Barry was worried that his (now ex-)wife was developing a crush on their competent handyman Steve (different Steve):

    "if mankind regresses to a primitive state, guys like Steve will be living in sturdy, safe shelters that they built with their own hands, eating food that they grew or caught. Whereas guys like you will be passing through the digestive systems of wolves."
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  107. I suspect one of the biggest fears of this “critic” is that somehow this movie will be financially successful. Since white / male roles and actors have been demoted in Hollywood big budget movies, there will be an increased audience for smaller projects where whites / men / families are portrayed in a positive light.

    My vote would be to start a white “Oscars” where films are reviewed and critiqued based on how they portray whites. It could be purely an internet affair and it would not have to put other races down but simply stop trying to view the world through a rose (black) colored lens. Same thing or even more so for television and especially commercials! If insurance companies wants my money they should stop portraying me as a schmuck.

    My guess is that it would have a huge effect because there would be an economic downside to playing the diversity game. The last thing liberals want is white men taking their economic resources and going home.

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  108. I saw the movie last Monday. The comparison to Get Out is appropriate, though Quiet Place is far less overt and probably less intentional in its subversiveness. Both well-crafted and well-told. Get Out has the edge in terms of creativity and writing, but Quiet Place packs a much stronger emotional punch.

    I typically can’t stand Brody, but I do share his curiosity as to whether Krasinski is aware of how readily his premise can be read as arch-conservative cultural criticism. Hideous, blind hyper-sensitive monsters roaming the countryside, needing only a peep from the Christian white country folk to pounce on them and ruin their lives. A proto-feminist deaf teenager who nearly ruins her life by defying traditional gender roles and paternal authority. A barefoot, pregnant homemaker exalted as the ideal woman.

    A good case to be made that the culture wars are the primary source of the current creativity/quality boom in horror and sci-fi.

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  109. @The Millennial Falcon
    He was fine in 13 Hours. Convincingly average.

    And that counts for quite a bit in an age when the go-to guys for All-American heroes are poor actors (Chris Evans, Chris Pine, Mark Wahlberg) or Anglosphere imports (Christian Bale, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hardy) who range from too lame to too intense to pass for the boy next door.

    And that counts for quite a bit in an age when the go-to guys for All-American heroes are poor actors (Chris Evans, Chris Pine, Mark Wahlberg) or Anglosphere imports (Christian Bale, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hardy) who range from too lame to too intense to pass for the boy next door.

    I think that Chris Evans is actually a pretty decent actor (I certainly don’t think that he’s inferior to Hemsworth). Wahlberg’s something of a mixed bag, but he was the best thing in The Departed. Pine is…..adequate…..

    Tom Hardy: Strong presence….but his vocal delivery is too mannered:

    Bale: A rare example of a gifted kid actor (he was outstanding in Empire of the Sun) who maintained his chops/charm into adulthood.

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    Chris Evans isn't as bad as, say, Paul Walker (RIP), but his range is pretty much human cartoon. Wahlberg is terrible whenever he's not playing Hothead from Southie. Pine is cardboard. Compared to these guys, Krasinski feels real.

    I agree Hemsworth is pretty bad. I like Bale too, but he doesn't have the earthy quality you want for an All-American. He's fine for period pieces, but would you buy him as a normal family man?

    There's a fine American acting tradition of earnest portrayals of the blue-blooded good guys who start families, fight wars and sacrifice for their fellow men. Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne are the gold standard, plus guys like Gregory Peck, Joel McCrea, Tyrone Power, Gary Cooper and Henry Fonda.

    That tradition got pretty lean once the 60's hit. Guys like Newman, Holden, Beatty, Redford, Voight, Eastwood, McQueen and Garner all looked the part but they specialized in playing narcissists, drifters, bad boys and cynics. Heston was the rare exception and even his roles took a hard dark turn (Planet of the Apes, Omega Man, Soylent Green).

    Then we had a brief revival in the 80s and 90s with Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Kevin Costner, and Kurt Russell but by then cheeseball spectacle (Air Force One) and Baby Boomer liberalism (Philadelphia and Sleepless in Seattle for Hanks, Dances With Wolves for Costner) had hollowed out the core. By the mid-90s, the All-American male was a ridiculous cartoon, best exemplified by Arnold becoming the go-to American family man.
    , @Kylie
    "Bale: A rare example of a gifted kid actor (he was outstanding in Empire of the Sun) who maintained his chops/charm into adulthood."

    Yes. After I saw Bale in Empire of the Sun, I hoped he'd choose a career other than acting. I was sure that as an adult, he could never again give a performance as good as that one.
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  110. The New Yorker has another (and far better) film critic named Anthony Lane. His review is a good corrective:

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/16/you-were-never-really-here-and-a-quiet-place

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  111. @theMann
    I have spent 30 years of adult life pointing out certain obvious things, such as:



    Film reviewers are uniformly gay\Jewish\Lefty\Anti-American\Anti-White, and it leads to a near uniformity of opinion about film reviews. Which, shockingly, is pro-gay, anti-Christian , Anti-American, and anti-White in stunning uniformity.


    I have taken a lot of crap over the years pointing out that obvious fact, but I am just mean enough to enjoy the moment of making people choke on the truth of it.

    Film reviewers are uniformly gay\Jewish\Lefty\Anti-American\Anti-White

    As are all reviewers of culture, not just film. This was a particularly clever move on the part of Jews. They are good at criticism in general, far better than they are at art. But by controlling the critical apparatus, they can decide what’s “good,” which is why someone like like Phillip Roth is grossly over-rated, and a much better writer like John O’Hara tossed on the refuse heap. Why a ghastly, hate-filled artist like half-Jewish Richard Serra is proclaimed a genius. Why every bit of black-washing or pro-gay themes in movies, television, Broadway, etc. is praised. Und so weiter. Thus is the culture controlled.

    Owning the nation’s critical apparatus, both in popular terms and in academia, has proven a very effective weapon. And it quickly became a self-perpetuating machine, because stepping outside the orthodoxy effectively un-persons you, whether you’re Jewish or not. If you want to work, buddy boy, you better toe the line.

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  112. @The preferred nomenclature is...
    I just watched this movie Saturday night with my family (I can't recall how many years it has been since I've ventured to a movie theater on a Saturday night and afterwards I remembered why).

    As expected it was crowded and we had the privilege to sit in front of the only black people, a 20 something couple. She provided a running commentary starting about the 10 minute mark of the film. Once she started she never stopped. It was every black stereotype you could think of. Talked about how the daughter needed to be slapped up the head, a few F bombs, 'uh oh', etc. And she complained much to her Beau of how uncomfortable the seats were, even though she had plenty of her own cushion, if you know what I mean.

    My teenagers thought she was hilarious.

    If I go to the movies I go to a weekday matinee to avoid the crowds . I prefer to watch movies online that way I can just FF until I see either titties or blood .

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  113. Abe says: • Website
    @Twinkie
    With professional trainers, nutritionists, and PEDs at his disposal (and very flattering photography), that's the best he could do? He looks like a regular guy who's done some running and dips. Not exactly Scott Helvenston (RIP).

    And it's not just the physique. He's still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in "13 Hours." Just sticking a beard on a comedian doesn't make him look like "an operator." I don't know why he's suddenly in action movies.

    And it’s not just the physique. He’s still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in “13 Hours.” Just sticking a beard on a comedian doesn’t make him look like “an operator.” I don’t know why he’s suddenly in action movies.

    I thought he was quite credible, though I guess I’ve been primed by reading Steve’s oft repeated observation that real special forces guys look a lot more like Krasinski (but shorter) than the cast of PREDATOR.

    I liked him but he was also a bit annoying in THE OFFICE, mainly because of his dish-watery approach to courting Pam. I know the series needed that sort of build-up to keep people (ladies) tuned in, but honestly such hopeless oneitis, in real life as opposed to TV, is about the worst way to win a woman. You honestly have a better shot at ground zero, meeting her as a total stranger (you honestly have a better shot confronting her in a dark alleyway as a total stranger) then you do after years of orbiting around her as the trigger-shy, ostensible ‘friend’.

    In any case I’d say I’m happy for Krazinski as he seems like a regular guy who’s doing a good job at making it despite not having a lot of natural movie star qualities (compare his A-listitude now to John Hamm, who does look like a movie star) but- why look at me, going back to my pre-Trumpening ways of thinking that I have some personal connection to someone I know only through media, when chances are good he’s really hypocritical scum. So on second thought f-him! (but I mean that in the nicest possible way it is to mean that :-)

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    I’ve been primed by reading Steve’s oft repeated observation that real special forces guys look a lot more like Krasinski (but shorter) than the cast of PREDATOR.
     
    They don't look like the cast of "Predator" (though Jesse Ventura was UDT), but they also don't look like Krasinski either.

    They look more... grizzled. Do an internet image search.

    but- why look at me, going back to my pre-Trumpening ways of thinking that I have some personal connection to someone I know only through media, when chances are good he’s really hypocritical scum. So on second thought f-him! (but I mean that in the nicest possible way it is to mean that :-)
     
    He's from Newton, MA, went to Brown, is married to a foreign actress, and is a Hollywood actor himself. The chance of him being a "badwhite" is very low.
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  114. Steve is totally wrong here. John Krasinski isn’t interesting looking, let alone handsome. That’s the point of his casting in The Office. He’s only cast here because he is also the director.

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    He was miscast in The Office. That’s part of the joke.
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  115. @Tyrion 2
    Steve, your headline is disgraceful. I read the review and it has no relation. Worse, there are endless iSteve-type points in it that could easily be agreed with.

    The review itself lauds the movie and, while seemingly finding the politics of silent white majority, certainly does not dismiss them.

    Your commenters have now made up entirely fictitious quotes from the review that others will no doubt take to be true and the idiot train will roll on.

    Personally, I found the movie review to be outstanding and one that has strongly motivated me to see the movie.

    TLDR the movie is culturally the white American Get Out, itself an excellent film. I would expect readers of iSteve to think of A Quiet Place as one of their all time favourites.

    The review itself lauds the movie and, while seemingly finding the politics of silent white majority, certainly does not dismiss them

    Well, I dunnoh.
    The review is titled “the Silently Regressive Politics…” and the substance doesn’t deviate far from what you’d expect of a title like that.

    At the core of the argument he writes this:

    The only moment of authentic inner expression, the acknowledgment of any identity at all, arises when, under siege from the creatures, Evelyn challenges Lee when their children are in danger: “Who are we? Who are we if we can’t protect them?” In that moment, “A Quiet Place” disgorges its entire stifled and impacted ideological content. The movie’s survivalist horror-fantasy offers the argument for turning a rustic farmhouse into a virtual fortress, for the video surveillance and the emergency lighting and, above all, the stash of firearms that (along with a bit of high-tech trickery that it’s too good to spoil) is the ultimate game changer, the ultimate and decisive defense against home intruders.

    So, “dismiss them”?
    No … I think the reviewer is saying they are “regressive”. That’s surely not dismissing them, but it doesn’t go where you seem to be going.

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    It is quite obvious that the reviewer is recommending the movie and liked it a lot.
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  116. @syonredux

    And that counts for quite a bit in an age when the go-to guys for All-American heroes are poor actors (Chris Evans, Chris Pine, Mark Wahlberg) or Anglosphere imports (Christian Bale, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hardy) who range from too lame to too intense to pass for the boy next door.
     
    I think that Chris Evans is actually a pretty decent actor (I certainly don't think that he's inferior to Hemsworth). Wahlberg's something of a mixed bag, but he was the best thing in The Departed. Pine is.....adequate.....

    Tom Hardy: Strong presence....but his vocal delivery is too mannered:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5X3gLwvrRI

    Bale: A rare example of a gifted kid actor (he was outstanding in Empire of the Sun) who maintained his chops/charm into adulthood.

    Chris Evans isn’t as bad as, say, Paul Walker (RIP), but his range is pretty much human cartoon. Wahlberg is terrible whenever he’s not playing Hothead from Southie. Pine is cardboard. Compared to these guys, Krasinski feels real.

    I agree Hemsworth is pretty bad. I like Bale too, but he doesn’t have the earthy quality you want for an All-American. He’s fine for period pieces, but would you buy him as a normal family man?

    There’s a fine American acting tradition of earnest portrayals of the blue-blooded good guys who start families, fight wars and sacrifice for their fellow men. Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne are the gold standard, plus guys like Gregory Peck, Joel McCrea, Tyrone Power, Gary Cooper and Henry Fonda.

    That tradition got pretty lean once the 60′s hit. Guys like Newman, Holden, Beatty, Redford, Voight, Eastwood, McQueen and Garner all looked the part but they specialized in playing narcissists, drifters, bad boys and cynics. Heston was the rare exception and even his roles took a hard dark turn (Planet of the Apes, Omega Man, Soylent Green).

    Then we had a brief revival in the 80s and 90s with Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Kevin Costner, and Kurt Russell but by then cheeseball spectacle (Air Force One) and Baby Boomer liberalism (Philadelphia and Sleepless in Seattle for Hanks, Dances With Wolves for Costner) had hollowed out the core. By the mid-90s, the All-American male was a ridiculous cartoon, best exemplified by Arnold becoming the go-to American family man.

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  117. Does every single fucking thing have to be about race? BUT it’s only about race when there are “too many” white people. I’ve grown really fucking tired of this shit.

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  118. @Tyrion 2
    Politics is like cancer. Whatever happens you don't want it progressive.

    The current climate of race baiting is the cancer. It’s everywhere and growing. just look to any college campus and you’ll see a community completely obsessed by race. And I heard what explains it all on the JLP show. He had on a black activist who openly said that the goal of his organization was to give black kids and other POC “equality of outcome in their college experience”

    think about that….NOT equal opportunity but equality of outcome……that’s insane. The outcome is the result of the work put into the task….but not so for the SJW…..if they fail it can be for one reason and one reason only. I’ll leave you to guess where that blame would lie.

    And I’ll suspect that when he says other POC he isn’t talking about Asians.

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  119. @Dave Pinsen
    I remember enjoying Hellraiser: Bloodline despite not really being into campy/gory horror in general. I'm a sucker for past/present/future sci-fi story structures like that one (and Darren Aronofsky's classier film The Fountain). Was surprised to see the director wanted his name off of it.

    https://youtu.be/_uGnaUbiKB4

    It definitely lacks the polish and coherence of other Barker products, but one thing about it relevant here is it depends on genetic predisposition to genius and curiosity, rather than a purely supernatural curse, as the thing damning le Marchand’s descendents.
    A lot of the fun of Hellraiser is in providing rational alternate explanations for familiar myths. In the original story the Cenobites are not Christian at all and do not think of their home as Hell, but nevertheless they almost perfectly fulfill the Faustian bargain idea and eternal punishment. They also select carefully for bad people and avoid the innocent, for reasons of logic rather than cosmic justice.

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  120. @anon
    I've always thought that the real reason to watch Hellraiser is so Hellraiser II would make sense when you watched it. That movie was so out there and so original, it's a little hard to believe it got released.

    Also, I don't know where they found Ashley Laurence, but I could watch her in anything.

    And the claymation effects are pretty bad, but the partially-regenerated Frank Cotton is still pretty effective.

    They filmed melting wax and reversed it, the wax had to be formulated to melt at different rates. Hellraiser is one of the great examples of awesome concepts and creativity shining through a low budget and technical limitations. Ironically, if it were made today with better-looking but easier to do CGI, people would not be as impressed.

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  121. First, I train quite a bit with some really experienced firearms instructors, many of them LEO and/or former military. I have spent just as much time on situational awareness as I have safety and weapon manipulation before I practiced accuracy and lastly speed.

    To answer your questions. I carry a fixed blade on a belt to be drawn via my left hand. I carry a Glock 19, Gen 4 in an OWB leather covered kydex holster on my right side. I conceal it by always wearing Blazers or sports coats at work, church, etc. or untucked shirts outside work. The mag is fully loaded with 15 rounds, including one in the chamber of course (why carry an unloaded gun). I’ve had my CCW for about 10 years. I buy practice ammo 1,000 rounds at a time.

    I also dabble in BJJ and boxing. And I do regular barbell training. Unfortunately, I’m no spring chicken and I’m small with many injuries so I don’t kid myself that I’m some Billy Badass.

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    Thanks.
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  122. @Pat Boyle
    It never would have occurred to me to watch a Hellraiser movie. Another thing I've learned from reading the iSteve blog.

    As a result of iSteve comments I looked into the first season of Wiseguy. The first story arc is amazing for television and the second has Kevin Spacey as a scenery-chewing nutjob and, to Mishra’s point about Hollywood “It” girls, late eighties Joan Severance.

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  123. @MikeatMikedotMike
    This is just my opinion here, but maybe we can't have nice things because we don't pick the little battles anymore.

    I agree with you. But who goes first?

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    Last comment I actually had a much longer reply recounting my experiences telling people to be quiet in movie theaters. But it just read like I'm patting myself on the back, which is not my intent. Long story short, no violence yet, and the theater (that I used to attend) started posting a sheriff's deputy in its inner hallway a couple years back, because of the diversity problem.

    To answer your question, we must go first and go often. Politely pointing out poor behavior by people in public, to them, and then resisting the temptation to re-escalate. People see you or I doing it, and maybe it rubs off on them. Baby steps to returning to a considerate society, at least in public. At least, until the real shooting starts.

    I carry a Glock 43, BTW. Very comfortable compared to similar compacts, worlds better than any double stack I have sampled. Recoil better than you might think for a compact carry.
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  124. @syonredux

    I don’t know why he’s suddenly in action movies.
     
    Of course, A Quiet Place isn't an action movie.....

    With professional trainers, nutritionists, and PEDs at his disposal (and very flattering photography), that’s the best he could do? He looks like a regular guy who’s done some running and dips.
     
    Part of his appeal, I imagine. He looks look a fit, regular guy, not a Hollywood gym-rat who's "supplementing".....

    And it’s not just the physique. He’s still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in “13 Hours.”
     
    Never saw it.

    The Benghazi movie.

    Pretty good flick, and he did well in it. Similar to Cooper in Sniper. BTW, has Cooper been blackballed for making Sniper?

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  125. @Altai
    Steve is totally wrong here. John Krasinski isn't interesting looking, let alone handsome. That's the point of his casting in The Office. He's only cast here because he is also the director.

    He was miscast in The Office. That’s part of the joke.

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  126. @Jake
    All these specifics are because we live through late stages of the war against Christendom, which necessarily must be also a war against the historically perceived peoples of Christendom: whites.

    It is not at base about hating whites. Whites are hated because Christendom was developed and administered by whites. The root, the core, hatred is for Christendom. The crucifix bearing to these Leftist Draculas is any expression (in article, history book, novel, classroom teaching, film, etc.) that could. For this type film (I have not seen it) thew standard Leftist fear is that it really is about whites (meaning not those white Elites allied with Jews and the satanically rich Mohammedans) realizing that they are fully isolated and have no one to help them. That their existence is indeed like that of people in a horror film.

    That, of course, would mean that the monsters, these nebulous and untouchable creatures who seem to exist only to harass unto death good people, must be the ultimate winners so far of the war against Christendom. And at the top of that list is Jews. But that list is filled with types of white Gentiles.

    And the worst possible fear for these revolutionaries against Christendom is that there could be a sequel that gets very specific, and shows these beleaguered whites realizing that they cannot be helped, much less saved, by secularism or democracy or NATO and its nukes or their vernacular or their genes or their wish that we could just go back to 1955 or maybe 1755 when it seemed to the average Joe Anglophone lthat the tide of the revolution against Christendom had stopped, permanently. And then they kneel before the altar and cross themselves and participate in the Latin Mass. And then they take their crucifixes and holy water and begin using them against the minions of Satan who now reign with impunity.

    Christendom was worth saving, but it breathed its last in 1918, and any hope of a revival died with Vatican II.

    Today’s organised Christianity, Orthodoxy excepted, must be annihilated before a clear vision of Christ can once again inspire men of vision and valour.

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    Orthodoxy has lots of heretical patriarchs (unavoidable with auto-cephaly), has authorized contraception, many divorces (I believe up to four divorces per head) as are often geographical churches, that is, they serve Cesar. In this Russia-loving site, those little things get overlooked.

    One true Church. We'll just have to wait and see how it passes the current test of Faith.
    , @bsdn
    There was a reason for the Protestant Reformation and it ain't over yet.
    (And by the way, we were born in the Roman communion.)
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  127. @Obsessive Contrarian
    Is it represented as being a horror, or is it realistic that the majority of survivors of The Apocalypse will be competent, functional people?

    Is it represented as being a horror, or is it realistic that the majority of survivors of The Apocalypse will be competent, functional people?

    Get WOKE, Bigot. Everyone knows that Blacks are the most competent and functional people on Earth. If they are not depicted as the majority population in a post- apocalyptic scenario, it must be due to Krasinki’s unconscious racism……

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  128. @Twinkie
    Someone sent me (I guess because I am Asian) the rambling op-ed by Kelvin Yu (I think he's a co-creator of a Netflix show with Aziz Ansari), criticizing the new Roseanne: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/arts/television/roseanne-bad-joke-controversy-kelvin-yu.html

    I haven't seen the show, but the gist of it seems to be that the remark was dismissive of nonwhite shows... I found that baffling and ridiculous.

    You can't win with these people. If you say that nonwhites are just like whites, it's belittling "the uniqueness" of the nonwhite experience. If you say that nonwhites are different from whites, it's racism and portraying them as "the other."

    Kelvin Yu should spend less time criticizing another comedy show and come up with a better one (he might soon have an opportunity since his colleague seems to be in a bit of hot water with feminists at the moment). And I am going to ask the person who sent me the link to the op-ed my five minutes back.

    “You can’t win with these people.” Sure you can. Coordinated air-armor strikes.

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    “You can’t win with these people.” Sure you can. Coordinated air-armor strikes.
     
    You don't firebomb cockroaches. You bait them.
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  129. @The preferred nomenclature is...
    I agree with you. But who goes first?

    Last comment I actually had a much longer reply recounting my experiences telling people to be quiet in movie theaters. But it just read like I’m patting myself on the back, which is not my intent. Long story short, no violence yet, and the theater (that I used to attend) started posting a sheriff’s deputy in its inner hallway a couple years back, because of the diversity problem.

    To answer your question, we must go first and go often. Politely pointing out poor behavior by people in public, to them, and then resisting the temptation to re-escalate. People see you or I doing it, and maybe it rubs off on them. Baby steps to returning to a considerate society, at least in public. At least, until the real shooting starts.

    I carry a Glock 43, BTW. Very comfortable compared to similar compacts, worlds better than any double stack I have sampled. Recoil better than you might think for a compact carry.

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    I carried a Glock 26 for years with an extra Glock 19 mag. I just recently changed my setup based on years of advice from the guys who train me. We'll see how well I can conceal my 19 once summer gets here.

    And I do agree with you about correcting behavior. That's a fine line when you have a lot to lose like I do.
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  130. @syonredux

    Good-Looking Rural White Gentiles

    John Krasinski? Really?

    I couldn’t take him seriously in “13 Hours.” I kept seeing that guy from “The Office.” Goofy.
     
    Dunno. I know a lot of gals who think that he's quite attractive:

    http://logoonline.mtvnimages.com/uri/mgid:uma:image:logotv.com:11180644?quality=0.8&format=jpg&width=1440&height=810&.jpg

    Emily Blunt thinks he’s attractive, all that matters…

    Now about that Edge of Tomorrow sequel…

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  131. How dare some Polish-American make a movie with more showing than telling in it?

    Polish-Irish:

    Birth Name: John Burke Krasinski

    Place of Birth: Brighton, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

    Date of Birth: October 20, 1979

    Ethnicity:
    *Polish (father)
    *Irish (mother)

    John Krasinski is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. He is well known for his role on the television series The Office. John is married to English actress Emily Blunt, with whom he has two children.

    His father, Ronald Krasinski, is of Polish descent, and originally from Natrona, Pennsylvania. His mother, Mary Clare (Doyle), is of Irish ancestry, and originally from Providence, Rhode Island.

    John’s paternal grandfather was Leo Krasinski (the son of Wladislaw “Walter” Krasinski and Mary Tomajczyk). Leo was born in Pennsylvania. Wladislaw was born in Poland, the son of John Krasinski and Theophila Lyszkowska. Mary was born in New York, to Polish parents, Franciscus Tomajczyk and Valentina Gramińska.

    John’s paternal grandmother was Regina L. Wajozynski/Wojszynski/Wojczynski/Wijszynski/Woiszynski (the daughter of Casimer/Casimir/Walter Wojszynski/Wojczynski and Laura Filip/Philips). Regina was born in Pennsylvania. Casimer was born in Poland. Laura was born in Pennsylvania, to Polish parents.

    John’s maternal grandfather was Edward Joseph Doyle, Jr. (the son of Edward Joseph Doyle and Bridget Aloysius Murphy). John’s grandfather Edward was born in Rhode Island. John’s great-grandfather Edward was born in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, the son of Irish parents, Patrick Doyle and Catherine. Bridget was born in Rhode Island, the daughter of Michael J. Murphy, from County Kerry, Ireland, and of Margaret M. McGuann, from County Clare, Ireland.

    John’s maternal grandmother was Eileen Goggin Burke (the daughter of Dennis/Denis Burke and Hannah Connors). Eileen was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents. Dennis was the son of William Burke and Mary Anne/Ann Daly. Hannah was the daughter of Patrick Connors and Margaret Goggin/Goggan.

    http://ethnicelebs.com/john-krasinski

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  132. @Daniel Williams

    [W]hy are guy actors more likely than gal actors to take the next [step] into artistry ...
     
    Guy actors have to think, rather than fuck their way into their positions.

    [W]hy are guy actors more likely than gal actors to take the next [step] into artistry …

    Guy actors have to think, rather than fu[**] their way into their positions.

    I’m inclined to agree. Horizontal labor aside, beautiful actresses can coast on good looks alone, whereas men have to bring something extra to the table.

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  133. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Speaking of quiet places… art houses can be quiet indeed.

    I’ve seen certain films there where maybe one other person showed up. (And rarely any Negroes. I remember in college I took a Negro to an art film. And he sat there like his head was gonna explode. It sho wasn’t BEAT STREET, the movie he talked about all the time. Art films drive away Negroes more than classical music.)

    Anyway, we must now label Walden by Thoreau as ‘racist’.

    PS. Maybe Ebert hated THE VILLAGE for the same reason.

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    PS. Maybe Ebert hated THE VILLAGE for the same reason.
     
    Get WOKE, bigot. The Village should have been called White Flight: The Movie.....
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  134. @Twinkie
    With professional trainers, nutritionists, and PEDs at his disposal (and very flattering photography), that's the best he could do? He looks like a regular guy who's done some running and dips. Not exactly Scott Helvenston (RIP).

    And it's not just the physique. He's still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in "13 Hours." Just sticking a beard on a comedian doesn't make him look like "an operator." I don't know why he's suddenly in action movies.

    I don’t know why he’s suddenly in action movies.

    The Mrs just informed me that Ian Ziering only agreed to be in the first Sharknado because doing so would put him over the threshold to qualify for the SAG’s health insurance, which he needed for his family. Now it’s his franchise.

    It must be really difficult to keep the necessary straight face while acting in such camp. But Adam West, Robert Stack, and Leslie Nielsen did it before him. Indeed, the latter two jumped at the chance to be in Airplane, as they were tired of their typecasting and were more than ready to send it up.

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  135. By the way, Krasinski is a medium level comic leading man who has pulled together an apparently fine original film, which reach $100 million in domestic box office by its 10th day. This is much like Jordan Peele’ “Get Out” last year. Leaving race aside, why are guy actors more likely than gal actors to take the next stop into artistry in the manner of Jordan Peele and John Krasinksi?

    As I noted above, it’s easier for women to coast on good looks. Men usually have to possess something beyond physical beauty…..

    But there’s probably something else at work..something intrinsically masculine…a drive to succeed…to achieve autonomy…. to dominate one’s environment……Some women have those drives, but they are a small minority…and there is always something unfeminine about their personalities….

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    There is also the muse - artist relationship. I'm sure Krasinki's lovely wife Emily Blunt feels happy and proud that she helped inspire her husband to create an original movie that is make the family lots of money and providing her with a good role. It's almost and idea version of how husband and wife should work together.

    And thus deeply suspicious.

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  136. @MikeatMikedotMike
    Last comment I actually had a much longer reply recounting my experiences telling people to be quiet in movie theaters. But it just read like I'm patting myself on the back, which is not my intent. Long story short, no violence yet, and the theater (that I used to attend) started posting a sheriff's deputy in its inner hallway a couple years back, because of the diversity problem.

    To answer your question, we must go first and go often. Politely pointing out poor behavior by people in public, to them, and then resisting the temptation to re-escalate. People see you or I doing it, and maybe it rubs off on them. Baby steps to returning to a considerate society, at least in public. At least, until the real shooting starts.

    I carry a Glock 43, BTW. Very comfortable compared to similar compacts, worlds better than any double stack I have sampled. Recoil better than you might think for a compact carry.

    I carried a Glock 26 for years with an extra Glock 19 mag. I just recently changed my setup based on years of advice from the guys who train me. We’ll see how well I can conceal my 19 once summer gets here.

    And I do agree with you about correcting behavior. That’s a fine line when you have a lot to lose like I do.

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    You're correct about the fine line - our discussion aside I realize each situation is different so I try to avoid second guessing people when I'm not in their shoes at that moment.
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  137. @Jim Don Bob
    What do you carry and how?

    See my comment (above, below?). When I originally posted it I thought I was responding to you. Now that it is posted it appears I did not.

    Sorry about that.

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  138. @SimplePseudonymicHandle

    The review itself lauds the movie and, while seemingly finding the politics of silent white majority, certainly does not dismiss them
     
    Well, I dunnoh.
    The review is titled "the Silently Regressive Politics..." and the substance doesn't deviate far from what you'd expect of a title like that.

    At the core of the argument he writes this:

    The only moment of authentic inner expression, the acknowledgment of any identity at all, arises when, under siege from the creatures, Evelyn challenges Lee when their children are in danger: “Who are we? Who are we if we can’t protect them?” In that moment, “A Quiet Place” disgorges its entire stifled and impacted ideological content. The movie’s survivalist horror-fantasy offers the argument for turning a rustic farmhouse into a virtual fortress, for the video surveillance and the emergency lighting and, above all, the stash of firearms that (along with a bit of high-tech trickery that it’s too good to spoil) is the ultimate game changer, the ultimate and decisive defense against home intruders.
     
    So, "dismiss them"?
    No ... I think the reviewer is saying they are "regressive". That's surely not dismissing them, but it doesn't go where you seem to be going.

    It is quite obvious that the reviewer is recommending the movie and liked it a lot.

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    It is quite obvious that the reviewer is recommending the movie and liked it a lot.
     
    One of the reasons why he liked it is that it provides certain insights into the minds of un-WOKE Whites....

    The noise of “A Quiet Place” is the whitest since the release of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; as horror films go, it’s the antithesis of “Get Out,” inasmuch as its symbolic realm is both apparently unconscious and conspicuously regressive.
     
    Get Out is everything that A Quiet Place is not. Get Out is conscious and conspicuously progressive....
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  139. @Percy Gryce
    Please tell me that either she smiled when she said that or she was drunk or high.

    She wasn’t kidding. I guess we’d all had a bit to drink, but I have no idea how much.

    Maybe a year ago I told that story to a big Hollywood executive who’s a good friend of mine from college. He laughed a lot and finally said, “Here’s a rule: you never tell an actress you don’t think we can talk to animals.”

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  140. @Tyrion 2
    Steve, your headline is disgraceful. I read the review and it has no relation. Worse, there are endless iSteve-type points in it that could easily be agreed with.

    The review itself lauds the movie and, while seemingly finding the politics of silent white majority, certainly does not dismiss them.

    Your commenters have now made up entirely fictitious quotes from the review that others will no doubt take to be true and the idiot train will roll on.

    Personally, I found the movie review to be outstanding and one that has strongly motivated me to see the movie.

    TLDR the movie is culturally the white American Get Out, itself an excellent film. I would expect readers of iSteve to think of A Quiet Place as one of their all time favourites.

    Yeah it is definitely a positive review, praising both the plot and the technical filmmaking aspects. In no way whatsoever does he demand non whites be in the movie, and really the only point about race he makes is that the film’s absence of dialogue and rural prepper setting subconsciously appeals to US whites who feel censored and under siege.

    That is a trivial and poorly supported position but it seems many here are Oberlin University snowflakes about the slightest hint of Jewish disdain for whitey. It wouldn’t be hard to find actual examples, but this wasn’t it.

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    That is a trivial and poorly supported position but it seems many here are Oberlin University snowflakes about the slightest hint of Jewish disdain for whitey. It wouldn’t be hard to find actual examples, but this wasn’t it.

     

    Dunno:

    The noise of “A Quiet Place” is the whitest since the release of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; as horror films go, it’s the antithesis of “Get Out,” inasmuch as its symbolic realm is both apparently unconscious and conspicuously regressive.
     
    He likes the film for its craftsmanship and artistry....and also for the insight that it provides into the White American "symbolic realm"....which he defines as "conspicuously regressive".....


    Frankly, it kinda/sorta reminds me of the way that academics handle Triumph of the Will or Birth of a Nation....
    , @Anonym
    Do you think "regressive" is a positive term? I think of progress and regress as towards or away from white genocide (and therefore bad), but that is not a majority held view. I suspect many Jews take the same view as myself except see the white genocide as a positive, but it's unstated by them.

    In any case a leftist uses "progressive" to mean leftist and therefore good. Likewise they use "regressive" to mean rightist in a pejorative sense. If Brody really wanted to be positive in his review he would use a word like "rightist" or "white identitarian" or something similar, something neutral at least. And maybe something a bit more positive than "impacted", like white identity politics is a bowel to be purged or a painful wisdom tooth ready for removal.

    Whether the Abbotts’ insular, armed way of life might put them into conflict with other American families of other identities is the unacknowledged question hanging over “A Quiet Place,” the silent horror to which the movie doesn’t give voice.
     
    I take this as "Oh, but think of the minorities!", and the idea that whites, being pushed to the wooded hills away from a mass immigration that his kind orchestrated and might now push back against as a "silent horror". Perhaps the biggest horror is that they might not accept Fellow White film critic types into their midst. It's annudah Shoah!

    However, other than the fairly mild levels of leftist taint I agree with Syon that it's academic respect for an enemy's work, like a hunter marveling at the exploits of a particular lion whose head is still destined for the mantelpiece.
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  141. @The preferred nomenclature is...
    I carried a Glock 26 for years with an extra Glock 19 mag. I just recently changed my setup based on years of advice from the guys who train me. We'll see how well I can conceal my 19 once summer gets here.

    And I do agree with you about correcting behavior. That's a fine line when you have a lot to lose like I do.

    You’re correct about the fine line – our discussion aside I realize each situation is different so I try to avoid second guessing people when I’m not in their shoes at that moment.

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    No worries, I never got the impression you were trying to flame war or be an asshole. As I've said I'm definitely in agreement with you in principle. It is an f'ed up world we live in that is for sure; that truth and virtue does not rule the day but instead is relentlessly attacked.

    I discuss Pokemon points with my children all the time and the minefield they are living in.
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  142. @Anon
    Silicon Valley's white males are emasculated betas or checked-out irrelevant goofballs. And they are kept in check by 2 sly, clever, moral and superior asians (a chonk and a Dot) as well as constantly being taught and scolded by Strong Womyn.
    You're not getting things at all. Look again.

    Not gonna dispute what you say. You are correct. But what I said holds true. No blacks or Hispanics on the TV show Silicon Valley. All I saw was white and Asian tech guys and nerd charictures. Still an entertaining show.

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  143. @The Millennial Falcon
    Network has moments of brilliant satire, but the William Holden character ruins it for me. You can't go that hard for satire and then expect us to take a weepy mid-life crisis seriously.

    Spike Lee's Bamboozled was an almost unwatchable remake that made the same mistake.

    “Network” was a letdown. Slow paced, boring, weak acting, uncreative stereotype characters. I quit about half way through.

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  144. @Lot
    Yeah it is definitely a positive review, praising both the plot and the technical filmmaking aspects. In no way whatsoever does he demand non whites be in the movie, and really the only point about race he makes is that the film's absence of dialogue and rural prepper setting subconsciously appeals to US whites who feel censored and under siege.

    That is a trivial and poorly supported position but it seems many here are Oberlin University snowflakes about the slightest hint of Jewish disdain for whitey. It wouldn't be hard to find actual examples, but this wasn't it.

    That is a trivial and poorly supported position but it seems many here are Oberlin University snowflakes about the slightest hint of Jewish disdain for whitey. It wouldn’t be hard to find actual examples, but this wasn’t it.

    Dunno:

    The noise of “A Quiet Place” is the whitest since the release of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; as horror films go, it’s the antithesis of “Get Out,” inasmuch as its symbolic realm is both apparently unconscious and conspicuously regressive.

    He likes the film for its craftsmanship and artistry….and also for the insight that it provides into the White American “symbolic realm”….which he defines as “conspicuously regressive”…..

    Frankly, it kinda/sorta reminds me of the way that academics handle Triumph of the Will or Birth of a Nation….

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  145. @Tyrion 2
    It is quite obvious that the reviewer is recommending the movie and liked it a lot.

    It is quite obvious that the reviewer is recommending the movie and liked it a lot.

    One of the reasons why he liked it is that it provides certain insights into the minds of un-WOKE Whites….

    The noise of “A Quiet Place” is the whitest since the release of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; as horror films go, it’s the antithesis of “Get Out,” inasmuch as its symbolic realm is both apparently unconscious and conspicuously regressive.

    Get Out is everything that A Quiet Place is not. Get Out is conscious and conspicuously progressive….

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  146. @Anon
    Speaking of quiet places... art houses can be quiet indeed.

    I've seen certain films there where maybe one other person showed up. (And rarely any Negroes. I remember in college I took a Negro to an art film. And he sat there like his head was gonna explode. It sho wasn't BEAT STREET, the movie he talked about all the time. Art films drive away Negroes more than classical music.)

    Anyway, we must now label Walden by Thoreau as 'racist'.

    PS. Maybe Ebert hated THE VILLAGE for the same reason.

    PS. Maybe Ebert hated THE VILLAGE for the same reason.

    Get WOKE, bigot. The Village should have been called White Flight: The Movie…..

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  147. @Whiskey
    TV is made for White women. This stuff goes over big with them. White women are fascinated by Blacks of both sexes. Women generally trade up during immavasuon. Think French women and German soldiers while every French man was in a forced labor camp.

    BS. Actual data shows white women have the lowest rate of interracial dating and marriage, and also are the single least likely group to express interest in and respond to messages from other races on dating sites. Indeed, they show far less interest in interracial dating than white men.

    As for the supposed interest of Frenchwomen in German occupiers, it was rare enough that the outcome for them after the war was a brutal ostracism and retaliatory mob violence, most often being dragged into the town square and shaved.

    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pixies/2009/6/4/1244143264116/A-crowd-jeers-as-a-woman–001.

    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Femmes_tondues

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  148. @ChrisZ
    Anthony, about those New Yorker author cartoons: I kind of admire the graphic style. But you’re right: they’re inhuman.

    That’s the point, though, right? The face-icon is like an emoji that telegraphs what you’re about to read.

    I mean look at it: bald; bearded; beaky; bifocals. With those features, why even provide a written review?

    They should just print the title of the movie, immediately followed by that face staring out off the page. The “readers” will know exactly what to think.

    I figured it out. The stylization is fine, in fact pretty good at capturing what the subject looks like for the most part. It’s the black voids for eyes. Strange choice

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  149. @Percy Gryce
    In the new Lost in Space on Netflix, the older daughter, Judy, is a mulatta, though supposedly the daughter of Molly Parker and Toby Stevens. The issue is not addressed until episode 5, when Judy explains to a pleb mechanic, that she "was born before he came into the picture."

    The one surprise is that the villian is a woman--but the very white woman, queen of indie film, Parker Posey.

    This sort of casting is distracting, except in shows like Parenthood or This Is Us/Le 56% where it’s intrinsic to the story. The worst example I’ve seen recently was the new miniseries about the Roman conquest of Britain, where one of the Roman legionnaires – a main character, apparently (I didn’t keep watching) – was a black guy.

    In Parenthood, one of the characters discovers he has a son from a relationship he had with a black dancer several years before. The mother is presented as fairly bourgeois and Christian, but, hilariously, she named the kid Jabar. My girlfriend’s coworker and his wife named their dog Jabar after him.

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  150. Rural, eh? Where did this Brody guy park his mule? He looks like he just got to town after scruffing around the hills looking for the lost gold mine. David Letterman has adopted the same persona: uptown Gabby Hayes.

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  151. anon[207] • Disclaimer says:

    I really don’t care if the media wants to attack Hollywood for their hypocrisy. In fact I welcome it. The whole place is run by uber liberal Jews anyway. Give them a taste of their own medicine.

    Meanwhile, I’ve cancelled my cable and Netflix subscription, both the streaming and DVD service, and do not miss either. I just can’t stomach any more liberal propaganda trash coming out of Hollywood. Netflix’s homegrown shows are every bit as bad as everything made in Hollywood, if not worse, completely brain dead and morally bankrupt.

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    I don’t watch the American or British Netflix tv shows.

    I’vr Discovered the Spanish and Italian tv shows on Netflix . They are great and totally non PC. That’s Spanish tv from Spain, not Spanish language from Mexico and S America.

    The Spanish and Italian tv shows are kind of girly. But the men are real men and not the schmuks seen on American and British jewtv
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  152. @36 ulster
    (1) You mean (((reviewer))), of course. (2) The MHZ network broadcasts several interesting shows from Europe. I can't help but notice that in some of the Dutch and Swedish shows, the nationalists are invariably depicted not as middle- and working-class patriots but as fascists and Nazis. Where as the "good guy" establishment bureaucrats, politicians and coppers are populated--sparsely--with articulate moslems and sub-Saharan African immigrants who speak perfect and un-accented Dutch or Swedish, make no special demands on their adopted lands, dress impeccably in western attire, and thus are not just "model minorities" but model citizens of Northern Europe. A view that is...so nineteen-nineties. Some good shows on that network, though--if you don't mind subtitles.

    Interesting. On the British shows there’s always an old-stock looking daughter (not necessarily beautiful, but prettily British) dating or sleeping with a young black or brown guy. The latter has a heart of gold and is supportive in the girl’s time of emotional need.

    There’s a whole dissertation to be written about these tropes of the age. In a way they remind me of Shakespeare’s attempt to ape the style of late Roman tragedy in Titus Andronicus: the unraveling of a world we once knew. Thanks for the reply, 36.

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  153. @The Millennial Falcon
    Network has moments of brilliant satire, but the William Holden character ruins it for me. You can't go that hard for satire and then expect us to take a weepy mid-life crisis seriously.

    Spike Lee's Bamboozled was an almost unwatchable remake that made the same mistake.

    I always thought William Holden’s role in Network was a nice bookend to his role in Sunset Boulevard.

    It’s interesting to note that two of the three main actors in Network (Peter Finch and William Holden) died within a few years of its making and one (Faye Dunaway) committed career suicide.

    Finch died in early 1977, even before the movie opened in some cities. Holden died in late 1981. (At that time, Mommie Dearest was still in theaters.)

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  154. @Mishra
    And how did I miss this one? I guess it was lost in all the Harvey Weinstein drama?

    https://nypost.com/2017/08/11/hollywood-honchos-rant-about-never-hiring-a-girl-ever-again-goes-public/

    Some people are allowed to make all the holocaust jokes they want. But why did he fail to mention the NRA?

    Harvey Weinstein suddenly doesn’t look so bad.

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  155. @Lot
    Yeah it is definitely a positive review, praising both the plot and the technical filmmaking aspects. In no way whatsoever does he demand non whites be in the movie, and really the only point about race he makes is that the film's absence of dialogue and rural prepper setting subconsciously appeals to US whites who feel censored and under siege.

    That is a trivial and poorly supported position but it seems many here are Oberlin University snowflakes about the slightest hint of Jewish disdain for whitey. It wouldn't be hard to find actual examples, but this wasn't it.

    Do you think “regressive” is a positive term? I think of progress and regress as towards or away from white genocide (and therefore bad), but that is not a majority held view. I suspect many Jews take the same view as myself except see the white genocide as a positive, but it’s unstated by them.

    In any case a leftist uses “progressive” to mean leftist and therefore good. Likewise they use “regressive” to mean rightist in a pejorative sense. If Brody really wanted to be positive in his review he would use a word like “rightist” or “white identitarian” or something similar, something neutral at least. And maybe something a bit more positive than “impacted”, like white identity politics is a bowel to be purged or a painful wisdom tooth ready for removal.

    Whether the Abbotts’ insular, armed way of life might put them into conflict with other American families of other identities is the unacknowledged question hanging over “A Quiet Place,” the silent horror to which the movie doesn’t give voice.

    I take this as “Oh, but think of the minorities!”, and the idea that whites, being pushed to the wooded hills away from a mass immigration that his kind orchestrated and might now push back against as a “silent horror”. Perhaps the biggest horror is that they might not accept Fellow White film critic types into their midst. It’s annudah Shoah!

    However, other than the fairly mild levels of leftist taint I agree with Syon that it’s academic respect for an enemy’s work, like a hunter marveling at the exploits of a particular lion whose head is still destined for the mantelpiece.

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  156. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Daniel Williams

    [W]hy are guy actors more likely than gal actors to take the next [step] into artistry ...
     
    Guy actors have to think, rather than fuck their way into their positions.

    Um, guy actors have to do as much f*****g as gal actors.

    The entire profession is very very gay.

    It’s not just actors. From producers to attorneys and agents even craft services and drivers, everybody has to f**k to get and keep jobs.

    If you don’t want to f**k it often works to be the illegal drug supplier to whoever can get you a job.

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  157. @Whiskey
    TV is made for White women. This stuff goes over big with them. White women are fascinated by Blacks of both sexes. Women generally trade up during immavasuon. Think French women and German soldiers while every French man was in a forced labor camp.

    Just because you can’t get laid, doesn’t mean the rest of us have problems with White women.

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  158. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon
    I really don't care if the media wants to attack Hollywood for their hypocrisy. In fact I welcome it. The whole place is run by uber liberal Jews anyway. Give them a taste of their own medicine.

    Meanwhile, I've cancelled my cable and Netflix subscription, both the streaming and DVD service, and do not miss either. I just can't stomach any more liberal propaganda trash coming out of Hollywood. Netflix's homegrown shows are every bit as bad as everything made in Hollywood, if not worse, completely brain dead and morally bankrupt.

    I don’t watch the American or British Netflix tv shows.

    I’vr Discovered the Spanish and Italian tv shows on Netflix . They are great and totally non PC. That’s Spanish tv from Spain, not Spanish language from Mexico and S America.

    The Spanish and Italian tv shows are kind of girly. But the men are real men and not the schmuks seen on American and British jewtv

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  159. @WowJustWow
    At least "white noise" is a step up from "unbearable whiteness".

    They say “hideously white” in England.

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  160. @Anthony Wayne
    Those New Yorker cartoon headshots really disgust me. I find them completely lacking in humanity. Why not just use a real photograph, or even something less childishly stylized?

    I used to see Brody almost every day, shuffling around the Condé Nast cafeteria in an almost deliberately shabby-looking, overlarge wrinkled brown suit. It was as if he wanted to evoke a sort of 1930s Lower East Side immigrant-intellectual style. Believe me, he looks a LOT worse in real life than in the photo above (much less the cartoon). He looks like he has bugs in his beard.

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  161. @The preferred nomenclature is...
    First, I train quite a bit with some really experienced firearms instructors, many of them LEO and/or former military. I have spent just as much time on situational awareness as I have safety and weapon manipulation before I practiced accuracy and lastly speed.

    To answer your questions. I carry a fixed blade on a belt to be drawn via my left hand. I carry a Glock 19, Gen 4 in an OWB leather covered kydex holster on my right side. I conceal it by always wearing Blazers or sports coats at work, church, etc. or untucked shirts outside work. The mag is fully loaded with 15 rounds, including one in the chamber of course (why carry an unloaded gun). I've had my CCW for about 10 years. I buy practice ammo 1,000 rounds at a time.

    I also dabble in BJJ and boxing. And I do regular barbell training. Unfortunately, I'm no spring chicken and I'm small with many injuries so I don't kid myself that I'm some Billy Badass.

    Thanks.

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  162. @Almost Missouri
    Reading the stuff here (I haven't seen this film, or even heard of it before), I had the same thoughts. So thank you for putting them into words better than I would have.

    Also agree about recent British television (which I've been exposed to in an over-the-shoulder way a lot recently).

    About British TV, which as you say are disproportionately mysteries, I would add that the other striking feature is that where formerly, the crime would be something discreet, bloodless and genteel--almost irrelevant to the plot other than the fact that it occurred, nowadays these shows have a voyeuristic obsession with crime, violence and perversion, with abnormality, sordidness and dysfunction absurdly magnified at every turn. It is hard not to see it as a symptom of an imploding culture.

    The very well-acted British crime show Broadchurch has a running subplot about the senseless murder of a child temporarily bringing the small town residents back to the pews of the nearly empty local church. The show seems to regard the de-Christianization of Britain to have been a disaster for the English working class, which was pretty bold for a BBC show.

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  163. @MikeatMikedotMike
    You're correct about the fine line - our discussion aside I realize each situation is different so I try to avoid second guessing people when I'm not in their shoes at that moment.

    No worries, I never got the impression you were trying to flame war or be an asshole. As I’ve said I’m definitely in agreement with you in principle. It is an f’ed up world we live in that is for sure; that truth and virtue does not rule the day but instead is relentlessly attacked.

    I discuss Pokemon points with my children all the time and the minefield they are living in.

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  164. @Obsessive Contrarian
    But did Did Margot Fonteyn look good in a sports bra?

    Seriously, I'm aware of the whole thing. Her promotion is a scandal. Copeland is sub-par and has never been able to execute the choreography of the great classical ballets properly. Copeland did 12 or 13 weak, traveling fouettes and then pretended to do a manege, dragging her left leg behind her. It was a joke. She wears clunky toe shoes and releves onto them improperly, which makes it impossible for her to turn in proper classical form.

    She's been given the run of the rep and in all cases has simplified the choreography. She's always flubbed the 32, and this time she got caught. I can't imagine how she could do Aurora, which is an even more difficult part.

    But she's successful for two reasons. One, Goldman Sachs forced it on ABT and two, there is cash in the black community even if there is no real wealth. There is a Misty Copeland Barbie, Misty Copeland shoes at Payless, four or five books on Amazon, and of course, her semi-porn shots for Under Armour.

    Well, three reasons. The critics of the major newspapers cover for her shamelessly.

    What’s wrong with her releves? Haven’t seen either ABT or NYCB since I moved away from NYC years ago, although I was lucky enough to see late career performances by Heather Watts, Suzanne Farrell, and Rudolf Nureyev (now, THERE’S someone who kept his artistry even when he’d lost most of his elevation, and as it turned out, was already dying). Also saw Baryshnikov in Philly doing “Push Comes to Shove.”

    I’m also curious about her clunky pointe shoes. I loved Ultimos (discontinued) because they suited my cliche duck-feet. There’s usually a trade-off: long, narrow, tapering feet look graceful on stage, but short, stubby feet with a high insteps, wide ball-of-the-foot, and short, even toes mean you can stay on pointe all day. I used to be able to stand on pointe in sneakers or bare feet (actress, not ballet dancer, but with dance training). So what’s Misty’s deal?

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    "What’s wrong with her releves?"

    I haven't seen her dance. But I know someone who has (many times) and she is appalled at her substandard technique. She cannot execute the more difficult steps and leaves them out.

    She wears some kind of Bloch toe shoes - nothing wrong with them, but she doesn't prep them properly the way all ballerinas do to be soundless on stage. They clomp and clunk around when she lands.

    The releves are wobbly and unstable and she has to literally heave herself on pointe. This is not classical ballet.

    She became a principal dancer because she started a media campaign, and got a Goldman Sachs partner to support her effort. The rest of the Board caved when she publicly accused them of racism. So at age 32, when most ballerinas are pushing retirement, she was promoted.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/misty-copeland-steve-harvey_us_590331a2e4b02655f83bd445

    "Copeland has devoted her life to disrupting ballet history’s of privileging white bodies and European traditions."

    Apart from the idiocy of the concept, look at the grammar.

    Idiocracy!
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  165. At first I thought this was by that gay black film critic they just hired, the one with the diverse name.

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    Oh right, the New Yorker. I guess I was talking about the guy at the Times.
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  166. But seriously, if Hollywood wants to stay relevant, it must realize there
    is a lot of money to be made in catering to the deplorables like us.

    How many people here /want/ Hollywood to stay relevant?

    How many have at least considered boycotting them?

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    Re: Boycotting Hollywood

    I currently see only 2-3 movies a year these days, down from at least
    100 a year back in the '70s through '90s. I cannot stomach
    the garbage that Hollywood is putting out these days. The same
    applies to television. So effectively I am boycotting Hollywood.
    There is no question that L'Affaire Weinstein and the insight it
    gives into the vomit-inducing stuff that's going on behind the
    scenes has given me another incentive to withhold my money from
    the industry.
    , @Anonym
    I have watch Mel Gibson movies in the cinema. But I definitely vote with my wallet and boycott anything other than the WNish in nature.
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  167. @Roderick Spode
    At first I thought this was by that gay black film critic they just hired, the one with the diverse name.

    Oh right, the New Yorker. I guess I was talking about the guy at the Times.

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  168. @ JimB, #86:

    10,000 years from now every white person will be able to trace his genes to Finland, Poland, Slovenia, Russia, South Africa, Israel, or Hungary.

    10,000 years from now? Are you sure anyone will even be left by then, let alone any white?

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  169. @utu

    Hollywood depiction of untermensch whites goes beyond Nazi propaganda.
     
    Out of 1,200 films made during 12 years of Nazi rule in Germany very few were specifically anti-Jewish. The most famous was Jud Suss, The Rothschilds and The Eternal Jew all made in 1940 already during a war.

    Nazi propaganda is demonized but by comparison to vilifications of Germans and dehumanization of Japanese in British and American films it was very mild. Overwhelming majority of films were romantic comedies, entertainment, history, fantasy.

    The German film industry during the Third Reich produced light entertainment almost exclusively because the Nazi authorities didn’t want the German people thinking about politics and the war too much. In other words, the goal was to keep them ignorant and passive.

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  170. “On March 20, 1948, Baskett received an Honorary Academy Award for his performance as Uncle Remus.[1][7] He was the first African-American male actor to win an Academy Award.”

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  171. Anon[539] • Disclaimer says:
    @Old Palo Altan
    Christendom was worth saving, but it breathed its last in 1918, and any hope of a revival died with Vatican II.

    Today's organised Christianity, Orthodoxy excepted, must be annihilated before a clear vision of Christ can once again inspire men of vision and valour.

    Orthodoxy has lots of heretical patriarchs (unavoidable with auto-cephaly), has authorized contraception, many divorces (I believe up to four divorces per head) as are often geographical churches, that is, they serve Cesar. In this Russia-loving site, those little things get overlooked.

    One true Church. We’ll just have to wait and see how it passes the current test of Faith.

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    While what you say is certainly true, and electoral politics in many Orthodox countries including mine involve the Church, I feel that each nation having its own Church serves to 1. develop and maintain the particularism of the place, despite not having appreciable differences in dogma or ritual except for language used and 2. prevent poz contagion en masse.

    There was only one Vatican hierarchy to corrupt from the center and have the poz spread from the top down by fiat from superiors, but there are between 16 and 21 auto-cephalous or autonomous Orthodox Churches and the number is disputed precisely because their very complicated politics precludes them from actually arriving at an agreement on their status. They have their own geopolitical conflicts, for instance (an example with which I am familiar is the gradual re-entry of the Romanian Patriarchate into the Republic of Moldova post-independence, where the Moscow Patriarchate held undisputed sway... the fighting is as vicious as any diplomatic struggle between two countries or inter-corporate warfare). And their number is more likely to rise than fall. For people who like decentralized institutions that are accountable to the local community, having National Churches seems like a useful middle ground between the centralism of Catholicism and the American (Protestant) tendency of each church with a small c doing its own thing if it wants to (enabling bottom-up poz)

    There is a Church only for Romanians and one for Serbians and one for Russians, though they won't turn away foreign converts or people just looking for peace. That is an anchor for identity, just like the Romanian diaspora goes to specifically Romanian Patriarchate churches allowed to build worship sites in the respective countries, though, for lack of one, any Orthodox church will do.

    This site has some very good criticism of the various churches, including their often troubling preoccupation with worldly affairs like high finance https://publicorthodoxy.org/2018/03/12/neoliberal-orthodoxy/
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  172. @Jake
    All these specifics are because we live through late stages of the war against Christendom, which necessarily must be also a war against the historically perceived peoples of Christendom: whites.

    It is not at base about hating whites. Whites are hated because Christendom was developed and administered by whites. The root, the core, hatred is for Christendom. The crucifix bearing to these Leftist Draculas is any expression (in article, history book, novel, classroom teaching, film, etc.) that could. For this type film (I have not seen it) thew standard Leftist fear is that it really is about whites (meaning not those white Elites allied with Jews and the satanically rich Mohammedans) realizing that they are fully isolated and have no one to help them. That their existence is indeed like that of people in a horror film.

    That, of course, would mean that the monsters, these nebulous and untouchable creatures who seem to exist only to harass unto death good people, must be the ultimate winners so far of the war against Christendom. And at the top of that list is Jews. But that list is filled with types of white Gentiles.

    And the worst possible fear for these revolutionaries against Christendom is that there could be a sequel that gets very specific, and shows these beleaguered whites realizing that they cannot be helped, much less saved, by secularism or democracy or NATO and its nukes or their vernacular or their genes or their wish that we could just go back to 1955 or maybe 1755 when it seemed to the average Joe Anglophone lthat the tide of the revolution against Christendom had stopped, permanently. And then they kneel before the altar and cross themselves and participate in the Latin Mass. And then they take their crucifixes and holy water and begin using them against the minions of Satan who now reign with impunity.

    Good post.

    I agree that there’s something much deeper than just ‘hate whitey’ going on. The left and their minions are hacking away — with increasing urgency, openness, and baldfaced glee — at the whole magnificent, rambling, glorious structure of western civilization, of which Christianity forms the foundation.

    They believe, of course, that only revolutionary destruction plows and prepares the field for growing up their grand vision, their utopia — their Tower of Babel. But Babel has been raised, and razed, and cannot be achieved again. And so they destroy, and fail, and hate — and on, and on, and on.

    Revival may come — but the Spirit blows as it will.

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  173. @Almost Missouri
    Reading the stuff here (I haven't seen this film, or even heard of it before), I had the same thoughts. So thank you for putting them into words better than I would have.

    Also agree about recent British television (which I've been exposed to in an over-the-shoulder way a lot recently).

    About British TV, which as you say are disproportionately mysteries, I would add that the other striking feature is that where formerly, the crime would be something discreet, bloodless and genteel--almost irrelevant to the plot other than the fact that it occurred, nowadays these shows have a voyeuristic obsession with crime, violence and perversion, with abnormality, sordidness and dysfunction absurdly magnified at every turn. It is hard not to see it as a symptom of an imploding culture.

    Murder mysteries are always about moral order descending into chaos — and then that order being restored.

    It’s no wonder the perceptions and portrayals of that moral chaos are increasingly violent and perverse, and that ‘order’ now requires a vision of a ‘diverse’ but fully-integrated populace.

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  174. (META)

    Apologies for not hyper-linking back to the comments I have been replying-to. Said functionality requires enabling JavaScript, something I have never been terribly keen to do, particularly when a site is not HTTPS-authenticated, as this one is not. In the past, I grudgingly enabled JavaScript for this site in exchange for the enhanced functionality that doing so provided. At present, however, circumstances (specifically, constraints at both the network as well as local system level) compel me to disable not only JavaScript but even most images.

    I note that I am aware of a certain other Unz commenter who, also on account of not allowing JavaScript, never links to the comments he quotes and replies-to. Unlike him, however, I, with one or two lapses, have taken care to at least identify any of the comments that I quote and respond-to.

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  175. 2, #76:

    Your comments reminded me of various ones I’ve heard from the late Jean Shepherd in radio broadcasts of his. I suspect he would have had a thing or two to say on what you wrote. I also suspect that more than a few here would enjoy some of Shep’s commentary, such as his lambasting of Woody Allen.

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    Got a link?

    The last thing of Allen's I liked was "What's Up Tiger Lily?" Everything else is just a rehash of everything that came before it.
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  176. @Obsessive Contrarian
    Is it represented as being a horror, or is it realistic that the majority of survivors of The Apocalypse will be competent, functional people?

    Dave Barry was worried that his (now ex-)wife was developing a crush on their competent handyman Steve (different Steve):

    “if mankind regresses to a primitive state, guys like Steve will be living in sturdy, safe shelters that they built with their own hands, eating food that they grew or caught. Whereas guys like you will be passing through the digestive systems of wolves.”

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    Chicks dig guys who can do stuff.
    , @Dave Pinsen
    In Lucifer’s Hammer, wasn’t the custodian the only one at JPL who was packed when the meteor hit?
    , @Obsessive Contrarian
    When the SHTF we will need guys (and gals) who can shoot, and who can butcher the kill.

    What's the point of killing a deer if you can't butcher it? That dope who died in Alaska (Sean Penn movie) managed to kill something and left most of the meat to rot.
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  177. @Rod1963
    Typical post-modernist butthurt tribesman.

    That said, why do so many of them look like creeps. Zuckerberg, the Google founders, Dorsey, Brody. In a normal situation a person wouldn't trust them. Physically there is something off about them. Personality wise as well.

    But on a more serious note, it's become abundantly clear, that the Left and the elites hates whites and wants us dead. Again and again in articles in dead tree media and on college campuses they make it clear.

    It's just a matter of when they pull trigger and not if.

    It’s just a matter of when they pull trigger and not if.

    What trigger? The insidious nature of cultural Marxism is … insidious, i.e. slow. When you pull a trigger, say by busing lottery-selected White kids into Black neighborhoods, your musket explodes. In other cases it’ll be a damp squib, as when Connecticut demanded guns be registered and the populace ignored the law.

    Empires in decline take a long time to fall – generations – with many false dawns and false sunsets.

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  178. Apropos, at least tangentially:

    The Ahern Middle School presents The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Since discovering this video, I have been wondering what the iSteve commentariat would think of it. This seems like a good opportunity to finally ask. Too white? Any (serious;actual) objections (that I may or may not have overlooked)?

    Also,
    - Tom Sawyer: The Immortal Story of a Boy (1930) and
    Huckleberry Finn (1931).

    What was the last Hollywood production as innocuous as these two Paramount productions that star Jackie Coogan, Mitzi Green and Junior Durkin?

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  179. @Anon 2
    I'm Polish myself so I think I'm allowed to do a little riff
    on American polonophobia

    Remember Polish jokes? I always wonder who started them. That was when I was in school and happened to have a couple of very smart friends with Polish names. They both became Ph.D.s and got their names on several patents. One works for Lockheed and the other designs electrical grids.

    Their fathers were the same way, in our town full of such people. There are a lot of smart, successful Polish Americans.

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    The Wojcicki Sisters of Silicon Valley are the daughters of a Polish physicist, as is Gore Verbinski, director of Pirates of the Caribbean. The anti-Communist Polish intellectual diaspora seems pretty interesting -- e.g., Zbigniew Brzeziński is a pretty important character in American history -- but I've never read much about it.

    I was reading up on the leading Polish political figures between the wars, but it was hard to fit them into American concepts. The left of center guy Pilsudki was pro-German, anti-Soviet, pro-Big Poland, while his right of center archrival Dmowski was anti-German, pro Soviet, anti-Big Poland. These were serious men who had serious reasons for their views, but it's a lot of work for Americans like me to come to grips with them.

    , @Anon87
    I stopped Polish jokes once I saw how much smarter they are in regards to borders and immigration.
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  180. @Steve Sailer
    Dave Barry was worried that his (now ex-)wife was developing a crush on their competent handyman Steve (different Steve):

    "if mankind regresses to a primitive state, guys like Steve will be living in sturdy, safe shelters that they built with their own hands, eating food that they grew or caught. Whereas guys like you will be passing through the digestive systems of wolves."

    Chicks dig guys who can do stuff.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTcvmmOkqJI
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  181. @The preferred nomenclature is...
    I agree with you in principle. You gotta pick your battles though. And if you tell some black chick to be quiet in the year 2018 in the FUSA you had best be ready for a rumble, especially if you are at negative 10K Pokémon points, as I am.

    Also, as I'm almost always armed, as I was this night, I have to let petty things go. That is the price I'm willing to pay to protect my family from real evil.

    Last, we just can't have nice things anymore. That's a fact. It is why malls and movie theaters are dying businesses.

    It is why malls and movie theaters are dying businesses.

    Read: Public Space. We can’t have it any more, because we can’t get along.

    We can’t get along, because our rulers don’t want us to. Instead of Public Space, we’ll now have a controlled experience online. Atomized, curated, antiseptic, micro-managed, pernicious and polluted.

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  182. @Old Palo Altan
    Christendom was worth saving, but it breathed its last in 1918, and any hope of a revival died with Vatican II.

    Today's organised Christianity, Orthodoxy excepted, must be annihilated before a clear vision of Christ can once again inspire men of vision and valour.

    There was a reason for the Protestant Reformation and it ain’t over yet.
    (And by the way, we were born in the Roman communion.)

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  183. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Pat Boyle
    Don't worry Negro worship will suddenly reverse around 2030. That's just my estimate of course but I think it's about right. Our current social vector is unsustainable. I just started reading Reich's book. Maybe the reversal will come sooner.

    I stopped going to movie theaters about ten years ago when I had my accident. I fell off a cliff and was housebound for a year. When you can't go out you have to make adjustments. Not going out to the movies is one of the easier ones. You save a little money too. I remember seeing the 3D Beowulf movie in a San Francisco theater. I counted up all the expenses for just me alone and it came to right around $100. I like to remember that when I have to pay my Comcast cable TV bill.

    The audience was always troublesome in movie theaters. One of my earliest memories was as a pre-teen I was transfixed by the sight of a lovely young girl sitting in front of me. Then she picked her nose and ate the booger she had dug out.

    I worked in an electronics plant where one idiot started picking his nose and putting the booger on the end of someone’s soldering iron, and boogers became ubiquitous all over the irons. As long as they were allowed to thoroughly char before wiping onto the sponge all was well and good, but semitoasted or raw ones soon adorned all the sponges.

    It did however do a lot to keep the tips tinned. Turns out snot is a reasonable solder flux.

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  184. Speaking of The New Yorker, has anyone else found (even?) their cartoons to have gone downhill in recent years?

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    ... of course !
    They are no longer subtle or funny ... the activist, feminised, left has no sense of humour ...
    , @syonredux

    Speaking of The New Yorker, has anyone else found (even?) their cartoons to have gone downhill in recent years?
     
    Indeed. Quite a fall from the era when they showcased the work of people like James Thurber and Charles Addams....


    http://www.hoodedutilitarian.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/thurber_03161935.jpg

    http://forbiddenplanet.blog/wp2013/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/tumblr_mfcv3y64pL1qf83cro1_1280.jpg
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  185. @syonredux

    And that counts for quite a bit in an age when the go-to guys for All-American heroes are poor actors (Chris Evans, Chris Pine, Mark Wahlberg) or Anglosphere imports (Christian Bale, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hardy) who range from too lame to too intense to pass for the boy next door.
     
    I think that Chris Evans is actually a pretty decent actor (I certainly don't think that he's inferior to Hemsworth). Wahlberg's something of a mixed bag, but he was the best thing in The Departed. Pine is.....adequate.....

    Tom Hardy: Strong presence....but his vocal delivery is too mannered:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5X3gLwvrRI

    Bale: A rare example of a gifted kid actor (he was outstanding in Empire of the Sun) who maintained his chops/charm into adulthood.

    “Bale: A rare example of a gifted kid actor (he was outstanding in Empire of the Sun) who maintained his chops/charm into adulthood.”

    Yes. After I saw Bale in Empire of the Sun, I hoped he’d choose a career other than acting. I was sure that as an adult, he could never again give a performance as good as that one.

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  186. @Steve Sailer
    Dave Barry was worried that his (now ex-)wife was developing a crush on their competent handyman Steve (different Steve):

    "if mankind regresses to a primitive state, guys like Steve will be living in sturdy, safe shelters that they built with their own hands, eating food that they grew or caught. Whereas guys like you will be passing through the digestive systems of wolves."

    In Lucifer’s Hammer, wasn’t the custodian the only one at JPL who was packed when the meteor hit?

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  187. @Buzz Mohawk
    Remember Polish jokes? I always wonder who started them. That was when I was in school and happened to have a couple of very smart friends with Polish names. They both became Ph.D.s and got their names on several patents. One works for Lockheed and the other designs electrical grids.

    Their fathers were the same way, in our town full of such people. There are a lot of smart, successful Polish Americans.

    The Wojcicki Sisters of Silicon Valley are the daughters of a Polish physicist, as is Gore Verbinski, director of Pirates of the Caribbean. The anti-Communist Polish intellectual diaspora seems pretty interesting — e.g., Zbigniew Brzeziński is a pretty important character in American history — but I’ve never read much about it.

    I was reading up on the leading Polish political figures between the wars, but it was hard to fit them into American concepts. The left of center guy Pilsudki was pro-German, anti-Soviet, pro-Big Poland, while his right of center archrival Dmowski was anti-German, pro Soviet, anti-Big Poland. These were serious men who had serious reasons for their views, but it’s a lot of work for Americans like me to come to grips with them.

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    Re: Interbellum Poland (or Second Republic)

    General Pilsudski won. The resurrected Poland became a smaller
    version of the vast multiethnic Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth,
    and continued its multicultural tradition (e.g., compare it to the
    almost monoethnic Germany, only 0.8% Jewish in 1930). In the 1930s
    Poland was 18% eastern Slavic (Ukrainian, Belarusian, Ruthenian), 9% Jewish,
    2.3% German, etc). The key to understanding Central-Eastern Europe
    is that to this day Russia regards Poland as a cultural competitor, and
    is very afraid of Poland's soft power, that is Poland attracting western Ukraine
    and Belarus back into its own orbit, and away from Russia.
    , @J.Ross

    but it was hard to fit them into American concepts
     
    Of course that could be a function of where we got those concepts.
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  188. @syonredux

    By the way, Krasinski is a medium level comic leading man who has pulled together an apparently fine original film, which reach $100 million in domestic box office by its 10th day. This is much like Jordan Peele’ “Get Out” last year. Leaving race aside, why are guy actors more likely than gal actors to take the next stop into artistry in the manner of Jordan Peele and John Krasinksi?
     
    As I noted above, it's easier for women to coast on good looks. Men usually have to possess something beyond physical beauty.....

    But there's probably something else at work..something intrinsically masculine...a drive to succeed...to achieve autonomy.... to dominate one's environment......Some women have those drives, but they are a small minority...and there is always something unfeminine about their personalities....

    There is also the muse – artist relationship. I’m sure Krasinki’s lovely wife Emily Blunt feels happy and proud that she helped inspire her husband to create an original movie that is make the family lots of money and providing her with a good role. It’s almost and idea version of how husband and wife should work together.

    And thus deeply suspicious.

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  189. The Silently Regressive Politics of “A Quiet Place” are in contrast to the clamorous politics of “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, white privilege has gotta go.”

    See: http://fosterspeak.blogspot.com/2018/04/monuments-museums-and-racial.html

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  190. @Dissident

    But seriously, if Hollywood wants to stay relevant, it must realize there
    is a lot of money to be made in catering to the deplorables like us.
     
    How many people here /want/ Hollywood to stay relevant?

    How many have at least considered boycotting them?

    Re: Boycotting Hollywood

    I currently see only 2-3 movies a year these days, down from at least
    100 a year back in the ’70s through ’90s. I cannot stomach
    the garbage that Hollywood is putting out these days. The same
    applies to television. So effectively I am boycotting Hollywood.
    There is no question that L’Affaire Weinstein and the insight it
    gives into the vomit-inducing stuff that’s going on behind the
    scenes has given me another incentive to withhold my money from
    the industry.

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  191. @Dissident

    But seriously, if Hollywood wants to stay relevant, it must realize there
    is a lot of money to be made in catering to the deplorables like us.
     
    How many people here /want/ Hollywood to stay relevant?

    How many have at least considered boycotting them?

    I have watch Mel Gibson movies in the cinema. But I definitely vote with my wallet and boycott anything other than the WNish in nature.

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  192. @Steve Sailer
    There is also the muse - artist relationship. I'm sure Krasinki's lovely wife Emily Blunt feels happy and proud that she helped inspire her husband to create an original movie that is make the family lots of money and providing her with a good role. It's almost and idea version of how husband and wife should work together.

    And thus deeply suspicious.

    Emily Blunt has been in a few of my favorite movies with sentiments or ideas I like for political reasons – Sicario and The Adjustment Bureau.

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  193. @Steve Sailer
    The Wojcicki Sisters of Silicon Valley are the daughters of a Polish physicist, as is Gore Verbinski, director of Pirates of the Caribbean. The anti-Communist Polish intellectual diaspora seems pretty interesting -- e.g., Zbigniew Brzeziński is a pretty important character in American history -- but I've never read much about it.

    I was reading up on the leading Polish political figures between the wars, but it was hard to fit them into American concepts. The left of center guy Pilsudki was pro-German, anti-Soviet, pro-Big Poland, while his right of center archrival Dmowski was anti-German, pro Soviet, anti-Big Poland. These were serious men who had serious reasons for their views, but it's a lot of work for Americans like me to come to grips with them.

    Re: Interbellum Poland (or Second Republic)

    General Pilsudski won. The resurrected Poland became a smaller
    version of the vast multiethnic Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth,
    and continued its multicultural tradition (e.g., compare it to the
    almost monoethnic Germany, only 0.8% Jewish in 1930). In the 1930s
    Poland was 18% eastern Slavic (Ukrainian, Belarusian, Ruthenian), 9% Jewish,
    2.3% German, etc). The key to understanding Central-Eastern Europe
    is that to this day Russia regards Poland as a cultural competitor, and
    is very afraid of Poland’s soft power, that is Poland attracting western Ukraine
    and Belarus back into its own orbit, and away from Russia.

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  194. @Dissident
    @anon2, #76:

    Your comments reminded me of various ones I've heard from the late Jean Shepherd in radio broadcasts of his. I suspect he would have had a thing or two to say on what you wrote. I also suspect that more than a few here would enjoy some of Shep's commentary, such as his lambasting of Woody Allen.

    Got a link?

    The last thing of Allen’s I liked was “What’s Up Tiger Lily?” Everything else is just a rehash of everything that came before it.

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  195. … what a stupid, shabby shadow of its former self the New Yorker is … their daily newsletter is beyond parody …

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  196. @Dissident
    Speaking of The New Yorker, has anyone else found (even?) their cartoons to have gone downhill in recent years?

    … of course !
    They are no longer subtle or funny … the activist, feminised, left has no sense of humour …

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  197. @Anthony Wayne
    Those New Yorker cartoon headshots really disgust me. I find them completely lacking in humanity. Why not just use a real photograph, or even something less childishly stylized?

    … and so many now are shaded to represent black faces … so many angry, obvious women too …

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  198. @Steve Sailer
    Dave Barry was worried that his (now ex-)wife was developing a crush on their competent handyman Steve (different Steve):

    "if mankind regresses to a primitive state, guys like Steve will be living in sturdy, safe shelters that they built with their own hands, eating food that they grew or caught. Whereas guys like you will be passing through the digestive systems of wolves."

    When the SHTF we will need guys (and gals) who can shoot, and who can butcher the kill.

    What’s the point of killing a deer if you can’t butcher it? That dope who died in Alaska (Sean Penn movie) managed to kill something and left most of the meat to rot.

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    “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

    ― Robert A. Heinlein
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  199. @Buzz Mohawk
    Chicks dig guys who can do stuff.

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  200. @Obsessive Contrarian
    When the SHTF we will need guys (and gals) who can shoot, and who can butcher the kill.

    What's the point of killing a deer if you can't butcher it? That dope who died in Alaska (Sean Penn movie) managed to kill something and left most of the meat to rot.

    “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

    ― Robert A. Heinlein

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    Yeah, yeah. You do realize that quoting Heinlein to show how smart you are is getting kind of old? And that particular quote is ludicrous. Can you set a bone? I don't think so. Anyway setting a hip bone is different from setting a broken radius.
    , @interesting
    damn, I really close on that one.....I once changed 7 poopie diapers (yes I said poopie) before noon........twins.....among all the other listed items there's only a few I fear doing
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  201. @Dissident
    Speaking of The New Yorker, has anyone else found (even?) their cartoons to have gone downhill in recent years?

    Speaking of The New Yorker, has anyone else found (even?) their cartoons to have gone downhill in recent years?

    Indeed. Quite a fall from the era when they showcased the work of people like James Thurber and Charles Addams….

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    Still on the fridge Chez Olorin after all these years:

    https://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large-5/of-course-i-love-you-im-programmed-to-love-jb-handelsma.jpg
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  202. I’m a big horror fan, so I saw this the night it came out. It’s pretty good, but not quite as good as the sounds emanating from the Elders of Horror Fandom might suggest. It’s sociopolitical content hovers around zero.

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    Its sociopolitical content hovers around zero.
    We live in the age when the one who sits down to tea without a strategem is believed to be the most conniving of all.
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  203. @Tyrion 2
    Steve, your headline is disgraceful. I read the review and it has no relation. Worse, there are endless iSteve-type points in it that could easily be agreed with.

    The review itself lauds the movie and, while seemingly finding the politics of silent white majority, certainly does not dismiss them.

    Your commenters have now made up entirely fictitious quotes from the review that others will no doubt take to be true and the idiot train will roll on.

    Personally, I found the movie review to be outstanding and one that has strongly motivated me to see the movie.

    TLDR the movie is culturally the white American Get Out, itself an excellent film. I would expect readers of iSteve to think of A Quiet Place as one of their all time favourites.

    …the movie is culturally the white American Get Out…

    Uh, that makes no sense at all. Having seen both films, this remark makes me suspect you haven’t seen either one.

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  204. @syonredux

    Speaking of The New Yorker, has anyone else found (even?) their cartoons to have gone downhill in recent years?
     
    Indeed. Quite a fall from the era when they showcased the work of people like James Thurber and Charles Addams....


    http://www.hoodedutilitarian.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/thurber_03161935.jpg

    http://forbiddenplanet.blog/wp2013/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/tumblr_mfcv3y64pL1qf83cro1_1280.jpg

    Still on the fridge Chez Olorin after all these years:

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  205. @syonredux
    “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

    ― Robert A. Heinlein

    Yeah, yeah. You do realize that quoting Heinlein to show how smart you are is getting kind of old? And that particular quote is ludicrous. Can you set a bone? I don’t think so. Anyway setting a hip bone is different from setting a broken radius.

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    Get a rural first aid course. In fact, take a look at any sort of first aid course. If you can't do this, that's not okay. For the bright and well-heated future that these brilliant academics and bureaucrats are imminentizing, we are going to need widespread basic emergency medical kniowledge, and the mindset that nobody else is coming to help.
    , @syonredux

    Yeah, yeah. You do realize that quoting Heinlein to show how smart you are is getting kind of old?
     
    Heinlein's very much a middlebrow kind of guy. When I want to show how smart I am, I quote Kant.
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  206. @Kevin O'Keeffe
    I'm a big horror fan, so I saw this the night it came out. It's pretty good, but not quite as good as the sounds emanating from the Elders of Horror Fandom might suggest. It's sociopolitical content hovers around zero.

    Its sociopolitical content hovers around zero.
    We live in the age when the one who sits down to tea without a strategem is believed to be the most conniving of all.

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  207. @Steve Sailer
    The Wojcicki Sisters of Silicon Valley are the daughters of a Polish physicist, as is Gore Verbinski, director of Pirates of the Caribbean. The anti-Communist Polish intellectual diaspora seems pretty interesting -- e.g., Zbigniew Brzeziński is a pretty important character in American history -- but I've never read much about it.

    I was reading up on the leading Polish political figures between the wars, but it was hard to fit them into American concepts. The left of center guy Pilsudki was pro-German, anti-Soviet, pro-Big Poland, while his right of center archrival Dmowski was anti-German, pro Soviet, anti-Big Poland. These were serious men who had serious reasons for their views, but it's a lot of work for Americans like me to come to grips with them.

    but it was hard to fit them into American concepts

    Of course that could be a function of where we got those concepts.

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  208. … today’s New Yorker – beyond parody – takes leftist offence at fast food chain’s success ;

    https://www.vdare.com/articles/michelle-malkin-return-of-the-feckless-chick-fil-a-phobes

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    Strike Chik-Fil-A down and it shall return crispier and more flavorful than you can possibly imagine.
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  209. @syonredux
    Brody has..issues. Here he is on Nolan's Dunkirk

    Of course, there’s much else from those times that is almost impossible to imagine. Many people today would agree that there’s something distinctive and world-historic about the Second World War, which has something to do with what’s distinctive about the ideological differences between the two sides, between the values of the Allied powers and those of Nazism. But the Germans, let alone the Nazis, seem to have nothing to do with what Nolan’s characters are fighting for. The word “Nazi” is never heard; there’s no mention of Hitler; I don’t even think I heard the word “Germans” (once, someone refers to them by the British slang term “Jerries”). Nolan’s subject lies elsewhere, lies hidden—it’s his tribute to the collective purpose, the national unity, the total mobilization for a total war in which Britain’s very existence, the very existence of national culture, is at stake. Nolan achieves that paean to patriotic unity not by seeing and hearing it forged from multiplicity, but by excluding multiplicity, filtering out everything that isn’t already a part of it.
     
    https://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/dunkirk-a-war-movie-about-patriotic-ciphers


    All that Anglo unity, so disturbing.....

    Brody understands, as Nolan does not, that the purpose of all WW2 movies is to demonize (in descending order) Nazis > the German people in general > all whites. As well as well as apportioning blame for Jewish casualties in the same manner, of course.

    If the “good guys” are not only portrayed with historically accurate (but now “inadequate”) levels of diversity, but are also shown to have a strong culture that helps to unify their people? And they’re fighting, not necessarily against an evil ideology, but for their own people?

    That runs contrary to the entire purpose of the genre.

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  210. , #83:

    But the race baiters from both the left and the right would like to make everything about race,

    Those whom you would label “the race baiters from the right” are not only completely marginalized in our present-day society but aggressively repressed, censored and silenced. They, i.e., anyone who dares to dissent from the established, deeply entrenched, firmly ascendant orthodoxy, is invariably ostracized, viciously and relentlessly attacked, smeared and maligned.

    In contradistinction, those whom you would label “the race baiters from the left” are those who set the very boundaries, unilaterally, of acceptable thought. The very terms, language and fundamental premises of public discourse have been set, unilaterally, by this same entity– one that you dismiss as a mere “fringe”.

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    What happened to the comment link text (the link works) at the beginning of yours? It is funny that I read your excerpt and said to myself "Has Corvinus started posting under a pseudonym?"

    Our crow is very much a fan of false equivalencies.
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  211. @syonredux
    “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

    ― Robert A. Heinlein

    damn, I really close on that one…..I once changed 7 poopie diapers (yes I said poopie) before noon……..twins…..among all the other listed items there’s only a few I fear doing

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  212. The only moment of authentic inner expression, the acknowledgment of any identity at all, arises when, under siege from the creatures, Evelyn challenges Lee when their children are in danger: “Who are we? Who are we if we can’t protect them?” In that moment, “A Quiet Place” disgorges its entire stifled and impacted ideological content. The movie’s survivalist horror-fantasy offers the argument for turning a rustic farmhouse into a virtual fortress, for the video surveillance and the emergency lighting and, above all, the stash of firearms that (along with a bit of high-tech trickery that it’s too good to spoil) is the ultimate game changer, the ultimate and decisive defense against home intruders.

    It sounds like this movie is more about exploring the insecurities of parents with disabilities who are trying to provide the most basic elements of care for their children (a fear that even non-disabled parents can relate to) than the predictable left-centric perception of whiteness vs. malevolent darkness theme. Only a reviewer who’s a cultural Marxist to the core could turn a compelling idea into a boring black vs. white “gun culture” theme. The trailers that I’ve seen seem to indicate that I’m correct.

    Many movies have explored the disabled good vs. malevolent idea horror with spectacular effect, Rear Window being one of the best examples. And guess what, cultural Marxists – black people are afraid of the dark, too!

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  213. @MikeatMikedotMike
    While I understand your experience fully, I would implore you to either ask the woman to be quiet or complain to the theater staff.

    I myself haven't been to a movie theater in over a year, because the last half dozen times up to that point I have had to tell somebody sitting behind us to shut up. I get tired of doing it, and it embarrasses my wife and kids. But if I'm paying over 50 bucks to be insulted by an industry that hates me, at the very least I want quiet. :)

    I stopped going to movie theaters for that reason. It doesn’t bother me to wait until a film I want to see becomes available of dvd or on one of the streaming services.

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  214. @Rosamond Vincy
    Misty Copeland recently drew much criticism for bring unable to do the 32 fouettes required in Swan Lake. There were some feeble excuses about ballet being about artistry as well as athletic ability.

    I saw Margot Fonteyn dance Odette/Odile when she was close to retirement, and she did every damned one of those fouettes. Didn't seem to hurt her artistry either.

    Obviously, Margot Fonteyn was a dancer, while Misty Copeland….meh. When one’s emphasis is on being “The First African American Female Principal Dancer ” in the history of the universe, rather than on being the best dancer that one can be, falling short is a forgone conclusion.

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  215. @Obsessive Contrarian
    Yeah, yeah. You do realize that quoting Heinlein to show how smart you are is getting kind of old? And that particular quote is ludicrous. Can you set a bone? I don't think so. Anyway setting a hip bone is different from setting a broken radius.

    Get a rural first aid course. In fact, take a look at any sort of first aid course. If you can’t do this, that’s not okay. For the bright and well-heated future that these brilliant academics and bureaucrats are imminentizing, we are going to need widespread basic emergency medical kniowledge, and the mindset that nobody else is coming to help.

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    They teach you how to set a broken hip? I doubt that.

    I also can't plan an invasion. But I don't feel bad about that, most generals can't.
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  216. @fitzGetty
    ... today’s New Yorker - beyond parody - takes leftist offence at fast food chain’s success ;
    https://www.vdare.com/articles/michelle-malkin-return-of-the-feckless-chick-fil-a-phobes

    Strike Chik-Fil-A down and it shall return crispier and more flavorful than you can possibly imagine.

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  217. @Twinkie
    With professional trainers, nutritionists, and PEDs at his disposal (and very flattering photography), that's the best he could do? He looks like a regular guy who's done some running and dips. Not exactly Scott Helvenston (RIP).

    And it's not just the physique. He's still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in "13 Hours." Just sticking a beard on a comedian doesn't make him look like "an operator." I don't know why he's suddenly in action movies.

    Yes, certain actors are forever typecast. I could never take Jim Carey seriously even in semi-serious movies like the Truman show.

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  218. @Obsessive Contrarian
    Yeah, yeah. You do realize that quoting Heinlein to show how smart you are is getting kind of old? And that particular quote is ludicrous. Can you set a bone? I don't think so. Anyway setting a hip bone is different from setting a broken radius.

    Yeah, yeah. You do realize that quoting Heinlein to show how smart you are is getting kind of old?

    Heinlein’s very much a middlebrow kind of guy. When I want to show how smart I am, I quote Kant.

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    If you're really smart, you'll make up things that others will quote.
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  219. @Anon
    Orthodoxy has lots of heretical patriarchs (unavoidable with auto-cephaly), has authorized contraception, many divorces (I believe up to four divorces per head) as are often geographical churches, that is, they serve Cesar. In this Russia-loving site, those little things get overlooked.

    One true Church. We'll just have to wait and see how it passes the current test of Faith.

    While what you say is certainly true, and electoral politics in many Orthodox countries including mine involve the Church, I feel that each nation having its own Church serves to 1. develop and maintain the particularism of the place, despite not having appreciable differences in dogma or ritual except for language used and 2. prevent poz contagion en masse.

    There was only one Vatican hierarchy to corrupt from the center and have the poz spread from the top down by fiat from superiors, but there are between 16 and 21 auto-cephalous or autonomous Orthodox Churches and the number is disputed precisely because their very complicated politics precludes them from actually arriving at an agreement on their status. They have their own geopolitical conflicts, for instance (an example with which I am familiar is the gradual re-entry of the Romanian Patriarchate into the Republic of Moldova post-independence, where the Moscow Patriarchate held undisputed sway… the fighting is as vicious as any diplomatic struggle between two countries or inter-corporate warfare). And their number is more likely to rise than fall. For people who like decentralized institutions that are accountable to the local community, having National Churches seems like a useful middle ground between the centralism of Catholicism and the American (Protestant) tendency of each church with a small c doing its own thing if it wants to (enabling bottom-up poz)

    There is a Church only for Romanians and one for Serbians and one for Russians, though they won’t turn away foreign converts or people just looking for peace. That is an anchor for identity, just like the Romanian diaspora goes to specifically Romanian Patriarchate churches allowed to build worship sites in the respective countries, though, for lack of one, any Orthodox church will do.

    This site has some very good criticism of the various churches, including their often troubling preoccupation with worldly affairs like high finance https://publicorthodoxy.org/2018/03/12/neoliberal-orthodoxy/

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  220. @Dissident
    @Corvinus, #83:

    But the race baiters from both the left and the right would like to make everything about race,
     
    Those whom you would label "the race baiters from the right" are not only completely marginalized in our present-day society but aggressively repressed, censored and silenced. They, i.e., anyone who dares to dissent from the established, deeply entrenched, firmly ascendant orthodoxy, is invariably ostracized, viciously and relentlessly attacked, smeared and maligned.

    In contradistinction, those whom you would label "the race baiters from the left" are those who set the very boundaries, unilaterally, of acceptable thought. The very terms, language and fundamental premises of public discourse have been set, unilaterally, by this same entity-- one that you dismiss as a mere "fringe".

    What happened to the comment link text (the link works) at the beginning of yours? It is funny that I read your excerpt and said to myself “Has Corvinus started posting under a pseudonym?”

    Our crow is very much a fan of false equivalencies.

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  221. Thanks to all who replied to my question about boycotting Hollywood.

    In #190, Anon 2 wrote,

    There is no question that L’Affaire Weinstein and the insight it
    gives into the vomit-inducing stuff that’s going on behind the scenes has given me another incentive to withhold my money from the industry.

    As utterly execrable as what goes on behind-the-scenes in Hollywood may be, for most people at least, isn’t it what’s on-camera that poses, by far, the greatest threat? Think about it for a moment. I would venture to say that only a very small percentage of the population will ever physically encounter or have any form of direct contact with a member of the Hollywood elite. But how many people can escape the influence, on any number of levels, of the insidious filth, the films and television shows, produced by that cesspool?

    (Sure, one can ban television, Internet, etc. in one’s home; not allow one’s child(ren) to have a smartphone, etc. Even home-school. And more power to anyone who does any of that. But unless one plans on keeping one’s offspring strictly confined and under 24/7 surveillance until they leave home…)

    Likewise, when it comes to our ruling elite, whether in the public or the private sector. It’s what’s legal– at least de facto– and done before our eyes, in the broad light of day that is the most pernicious and insidious: Unjust wars; immigration invasion; the promotion, normalization and celebration of all kinds of perversion and degeneracy; the relentless contempt and scorn heaped upon the founding stock of white nations and the legacy they represent, etc.

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  222. @syonredux

    Yeah, yeah. You do realize that quoting Heinlein to show how smart you are is getting kind of old?
     
    Heinlein's very much a middlebrow kind of guy. When I want to show how smart I am, I quote Kant.

    If you’re really smart, you’ll make up things that others will quote.

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    If you’re really smart, you’ll make up things that others will quote.
     
    Or maybe stupid in an entertaining way:

    As a general comment on life: "90 percent of baseball is mental; the other half is physical."[4]
    On why he no longer went to Rigazzi's, a St. Louis restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."[4]
    "It ain't over till it's over." In July 1973, Berra's Mets trailed the Chicago Cubs by 9½ games in the National League East. The Mets rallied to clinch the division title in their second-to-last game of the regular season, and eventually, reach the World Series.[4]
    When giving directions to Joe Garagiola to his New Jersey home, which was accessible by two routes: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."[4]
    At Yogi Berra Day at Sportsman Park in St. Louis: "Thank you for making this day necessary."[4]
    "It's déjà vu all over again." Berra explained that this quote originated when he witnessed Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly hitting back-to-back home runs in the Yankees' seasons in the early 1960s.[4]
    "You can observe a lot by watching."[4]
    "Always go to other people's funerals; otherwise they won't go to yours."[4]
    "I really didn't say everything I said."[83]
    "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore"[84]
    "If you can't imitate him, don't copy him."[85]
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogi_Berra#%22Yogi-isms%22
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  223. @J.Ross
    Get a rural first aid course. In fact, take a look at any sort of first aid course. If you can't do this, that's not okay. For the bright and well-heated future that these brilliant academics and bureaucrats are imminentizing, we are going to need widespread basic emergency medical kniowledge, and the mindset that nobody else is coming to help.

    They teach you how to set a broken hip? I doubt that.

    I also can’t plan an invasion. But I don’t feel bad about that, most generals can’t.

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  224. @Clyde

    And it’s not just the physique. He’s still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in “13 Hours.” Just sticking a beard on a comedian doesn’t make him look like “an operator.” I don’t know why he’s suddenly in action movies.
     
    I never saw the Office, so maybe this is why he was very good in 13 Hours. And not miscast. Perhaps he bulked up a bit for that movie. The man he played, Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto, is quite a guy. You can find him on youtube and elsewhere. *JAMBO*

    I know who he is. And he doesn’t look like John Krasinski at all:

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    Seriously in shape for a guy near 50...but photo might be from some years back. Krasinski looks close enough for the movies. Were you expecting a younger Dolph Lundgren type?
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  225. @roo_ster
    Never saw "The Office."

    Not every special operations guy is some sort of caricature. Sure, all are plenty fit. Unless they are juicing, they don't get very big, though. Too much running/endurance work.

    And there are more than enough that are jovial sorts not adhering to the stone-faced stereotype. "Ranger face" is for those outside the unit and family. And put on when appropriate. Taking your kiddos for ice cream? Not so much. In garrison with buddies? Again, not so much. Getting some POS uniformed bureaucritter to do _their_ f-ing job so you can do _your_ fing job before everyone involved collects social security? Yep.

    Not every special operations guy is some sort of caricature. Sure, all are plenty fit. Unless they are juicing, they don’t get very big, though. Too much running/endurance work.

    Eons ago, *I* was the guy arguing on this blog that SOCOM ninjas don’t look like over-muscled superheroes in Hollywood movies. Because I know them and worked with them.

    Muscles burn a lot of oxygen and energy. You don’t want excess ones (esp. for looks) that are not functional for the specific purposes you need, whether you are an athlete or an operator.

    They all look more manly and wizened than John Krasinski. “Ranger face” or no, they all have a certain edge to their appearances and bearing, which the soft- and fleshy-faced actor does not have.

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    They all look more manly and wizened than John Krasinski. “Ranger face” or no, they all have a certain edge to their appearances and bearing, which the soft- and fleshy-faced actor does not have.
     
    I'm guessing that this is largely due to extended sleep deprivation endured over several years, at the very least.
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  226. @Abe

    And it’s not just the physique. He’s still goofy-faced. I. could. not. take. him. seriously. My wife also thought he was badly miscast in “13 Hours.” Just sticking a beard on a comedian doesn’t make him look like “an operator.” I don’t know why he’s suddenly in action movies.
     
    I thought he was quite credible, though I guess I’ve been primed by reading Steve’s oft repeated observation that real special forces guys look a lot more like Krasinski (but shorter) than the cast of PREDATOR.

    I liked him but he was also a bit annoying in THE OFFICE, mainly because of his dish-watery approach to courting Pam. I know the series needed that sort of build-up to keep people (ladies) tuned in, but honestly such hopeless oneitis, in real life as opposed to TV, is about the worst way to win a woman. You honestly have a better shot at ground zero, meeting her as a total stranger (you honestly have a better shot confronting her in a dark alleyway as a total stranger) then you do after years of orbiting around her as the trigger-shy, ostensible ‘friend’.

    In any case I’d say I’m happy for Krazinski as he seems like a regular guy who’s doing a good job at making it despite not having a lot of natural movie star qualities (compare his A-listitude now to John Hamm, who does look like a movie star) but- why look at me, going back to my pre-Trumpening ways of thinking that I have some personal connection to someone I know only through media, when chances are good he’s really hypocritical scum. So on second thought f-him! (but I mean that in the nicest possible way it is to mean that :-)

    I’ve been primed by reading Steve’s oft repeated observation that real special forces guys look a lot more like Krasinski (but shorter) than the cast of PREDATOR.

    They don’t look like the cast of “Predator” (though Jesse Ventura was UDT), but they also don’t look like Krasinski either.

    They look more… grizzled. Do an internet image search.

    but- why look at me, going back to my pre-Trumpening ways of thinking that I have some personal connection to someone I know only through media, when chances are good he’s really hypocritical scum. So on second thought f-him! (but I mean that in the nicest possible way it is to mean that :-)

    He’s from Newton, MA, went to Brown, is married to a foreign actress, and is a Hollywood actor himself. The chance of him being a “badwhite” is very low.

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    He’s from Newton, MA, went to Brown, is married to a foreign actress, and is a Hollywood actor himself. The chance of him being a “badwhite” is very low.
     
    That's what makes Brody's review so interesting. He's saying that Krasinski, a standard Hollywood liberal, is unconsciously racist.....

    Also, calling Emily Blunt foreign seems a bit...off. Sure, she's from a foreign country.....but the UK is part of the "Core" Anglosphere. Hence, she's not foreign in the same way that, say, a French or Italian actress would be.

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  227. @gcochran
    "You can’t win with these people." Sure you can. Coordinated air-armor strikes.

    “You can’t win with these people.” Sure you can. Coordinated air-armor strikes.

    You don’t firebomb cockroaches. You bait them.

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  228. @Obsessive Contrarian
    If you're really smart, you'll make up things that others will quote.

    If you’re really smart, you’ll make up things that others will quote.

    Or maybe stupid in an entertaining way:

    As a general comment on life: “90 percent of baseball is mental; the other half is physical.”[4]
    On why he no longer went to Rigazzi’s, a St. Louis restaurant: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”[4]
    “It ain’t over till it’s over.” In July 1973, Berra’s Mets trailed the Chicago Cubs by 9½ games in the National League East. The Mets rallied to clinch the division title in their second-to-last game of the regular season, and eventually, reach the World Series.[4]
    When giving directions to Joe Garagiola to his New Jersey home, which was accessible by two routes: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”[4]
    At Yogi Berra Day at Sportsman Park in St. Louis: “Thank you for making this day necessary.”[4]
    “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Berra explained that this quote originated when he witnessed Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly hitting back-to-back home runs in the Yankees’ seasons in the early 1960s.[4]
    “You can observe a lot by watching.”[4]
    “Always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise they won’t go to yours.”[4]
    “I really didn’t say everything I said.”[83]
    “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore”[84]
    “If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him.”[85]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yogi_Berra#%22Yogi-isms%22

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  229. @Twinkie

    I’ve been primed by reading Steve’s oft repeated observation that real special forces guys look a lot more like Krasinski (but shorter) than the cast of PREDATOR.
     
    They don't look like the cast of "Predator" (though Jesse Ventura was UDT), but they also don't look like Krasinski either.

    They look more... grizzled. Do an internet image search.

    but- why look at me, going back to my pre-Trumpening ways of thinking that I have some personal connection to someone I know only through media, when chances are good he’s really hypocritical scum. So on second thought f-him! (but I mean that in the nicest possible way it is to mean that :-)
     
    He's from Newton, MA, went to Brown, is married to a foreign actress, and is a Hollywood actor himself. The chance of him being a "badwhite" is very low.

    He’s from Newton, MA, went to Brown, is married to a foreign actress, and is a Hollywood actor himself. The chance of him being a “badwhite” is very low.

    That’s what makes Brody’s review so interesting. He’s saying that Krasinski, a standard Hollywood liberal, is unconsciously racist…..

    Also, calling Emily Blunt foreign seems a bit…off. Sure, she’s from a foreign country…..but the UK is part of the “Core” Anglosphere. Hence, she’s not foreign in the same way that, say, a French or Italian actress would be.

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    Also, calling Emily Blunt foreign seems a bit…off. Sure, she’s from a foreign country…..but the UK is part of the “Core” Anglosphere.
     
    Nit-picky.
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  230. @Rosamond Vincy
    What's wrong with her releves? Haven't seen either ABT or NYCB since I moved away from NYC years ago, although I was lucky enough to see late career performances by Heather Watts, Suzanne Farrell, and Rudolf Nureyev (now, THERE'S someone who kept his artistry even when he'd lost most of his elevation, and as it turned out, was already dying). Also saw Baryshnikov in Philly doing "Push Comes to Shove."

    I'm also curious about her clunky pointe shoes. I loved Ultimos (discontinued) because they suited my cliche duck-feet. There's usually a trade-off: long, narrow, tapering feet look graceful on stage, but short, stubby feet with a high insteps, wide ball-of-the-foot, and short, even toes mean you can stay on pointe all day. I used to be able to stand on pointe in sneakers or bare feet (actress, not ballet dancer, but with dance training). So what's Misty's deal?

    “What’s wrong with her releves?”

    I haven’t seen her dance. But I know someone who has (many times) and she is appalled at her substandard technique. She cannot execute the more difficult steps and leaves them out.

    She wears some kind of Bloch toe shoes – nothing wrong with them, but she doesn’t prep them properly the way all ballerinas do to be soundless on stage. They clomp and clunk around when she lands.

    The releves are wobbly and unstable and she has to literally heave herself on pointe. This is not classical ballet.

    She became a principal dancer because she started a media campaign, and got a Goldman Sachs partner to support her effort. The rest of the Board caved when she publicly accused them of racism. So at age 32, when most ballerinas are pushing retirement, she was promoted.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/misty-copeland-steve-harvey_us_590331a2e4b02655f83bd445

    “Copeland has devoted her life to disrupting ballet history’s of privileging white bodies and European traditions.”

    Apart from the idiocy of the concept, look at the grammar.

    Idiocracy!

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    she doesn’t prep them properly the way all ballerinas do to be soundless on stage. They clomp and clunk around when she lands.
     
    Gotcha. Most dancers beat the $#1+ out of a shoe before they wear it, even for class--I'm sure you've heard the stories about slamming in doors, getting them flexible with sweat, then manually bending the toe box towards the heel so the sole will dry with the arch, etc. It's not just so they'll be soundless; unless you're doing a pique, there's often a seamless rise through demi-pointe to full pointe. The audience may not even consciously see it, but it gives a flowing effect to the releves and, as you pointed out, is part of moving into and through that stability. They're not stilts.

    Copeland is probably letting the shoe do all the work. If you talk to your friend, ask if that's what's going on. It's the kind of thing girls do with their first pointe shoes, and most teachers won't let you get away with it for very long.

    Did some searching, and apparently Veronika Part left ABT after they didn't renew her contract last year (which is what they do instead of firing you). She was 40, but was the only principal dancer who could actually do 32 fouettes. Scroll through the comments below this article; many are frankly critical of Copeland's technique (or lack thereof). The ones who defend her seem to know more about Diversity than they do about ballet:

    http://slippedisc.com/2017/07/russian-star-quits-american-ballet-theater/
    , @Rosamond Vincy
    Never mind about asking your friend; I just watched Copeland dance on YouTube. Several videos, to make sure I wasn't just judging by one performance.

    Then I watched some of Margot Fonteyn, to get the taste out of my mouth.
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  231. @Buzz Mohawk
    Remember Polish jokes? I always wonder who started them. That was when I was in school and happened to have a couple of very smart friends with Polish names. They both became Ph.D.s and got their names on several patents. One works for Lockheed and the other designs electrical grids.

    Their fathers were the same way, in our town full of such people. There are a lot of smart, successful Polish Americans.

    I stopped Polish jokes once I saw how much smarter they are in regards to borders and immigration.

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  232. @Twinkie
    I know who he is. And he doesn't look like John Krasinski at all:
    https://www.ballisticmag.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/11/Kris-Tanto-Paronto-1.jpg

    Seriously in shape for a guy near 50…but photo might be from some years back. Krasinski looks close enough for the movies. Were you expecting a younger Dolph Lundgren type?

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    Krasinski looks close enough for the movies.
     
    I am not going to belabor the point. He just wasn't convincing to me. Then again, characters in military/intelligence community-related movies and hospital yarns on TV are very unconvincing to me, because I know the real things too well.

    Were you expecting a younger Dolph Lundgren type?
     
    No, I was looking for someone more grizzled... like the real thing. Not a comedian, and not an unmanly goofy-type character at that.

    I still remember in "The Office" when he was about to get his ass beaten by Pam's ex-fiancé and Dwight had to intervene with a pepper spray.

    Not just the character, but the actor looks like the type that scares easily. A