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From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:

Moments after actress Frances McDormand employed her victory speech at the Academy Awards to demand diversity quotas in moviemaking, she was taught a lesson in diversity, good and hard, when her brand-new Oscar was stolen by a black megalomaniac.

Terry Bryant, a.k.a. DJ Matari, posted on Facebook a selfie video of himself kissing her statue, thanking his “team,” and exulting, “This is mine.” …

Sure, Terry Bryant “stole” Frances McDormand’s Oscar. But he’s a black man. Haven’t you heard about #OscarsSoWhite? And what’s all this gender binary stuff about Best Actress? So, as explained by the Theory of Systemic Intersectionality, Mr. Bryant deserves a Best Actress Oscar more than a white woman like Ms. McDormand.

Just before her unfortunate encounter with diversity, McDormand had announced, “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.” This is a euphemism for stars demanding the imposition of racial and other quotas upon the people working on their movie.

Like so many famous actresses, Ms. McDormand is not exactly an expert on the nuts and bolts of getting movies made, with the 60-year-old admitting to reporters, “I just found out about this last week.”

Nobody seems to have inquired of Ms. McDormand if she’d asked her husband, Joel Coen, who has (with his brother Ethan Coen) co-directed McDormand in eight movies, what he thinks about her mandated diversity hiring brainstorm.

Joel probably considers “diversity” to be when he employs anybody outside his wife or his brother.

For example, Roderick Jaynes, the Oscar-nominated editor of the Coen Brothers’ movies, is not terribly diverse. In fact, technically speaking, Jaynes is not even even a separate and actual human being. Roderick is just Joel and Ethan editing their movies under an assumed name.

To the Coens, “inclusion” would be hiring Roger Deakins, their cinematographer on their last dozen movies. …

Moreover, another question for Ms. McDormand might be: “Have you actually watched many of your husband’s movies? If you have, didn’t you notice how intensely white they are?”

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  1. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Whitelib feminists are in for a rude awakening… I don’t say this in the Whiskeyesque sense of, “Cue PUAs to ride to wimmen’s emotional rescue” but simply to note that everyone is going to be really, really unhappy. The angry chicks are not going to endorse patriarchy, they’re just going to be more angry. Misery will be spread with increasing equality.

    There is a long article linked off Drudge sympathetically interviewing 2nd-wave feminists who want to piss all over 3rd-wave feminists–”We had it worse than you,” blah blah–written by someone evidently enamored with elite academia and all the tertiary credentials therewith. I’d be surprised to read such fawning over NYT’s Jill Abramson in even the wimpiest conservative magazine, but it was published in Kristol’s Beltwaytarian mag

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  2. I like your title here on this unz post better, but also I wouldn’t call a 60 y/o a Trophy Wife unless I were about 95.

    Anyway, as much as I’ve written here about hating, or just not caring, about Hollywood, and about any movie since the early ’90′s or so, I have always like the Coen Brother’s movies. I should say, at least the ones I’ve seen, so I thank you for the recommendations in the Takimag article.

    Maybe the fact that they don’t make any effort to be PC is why I like those movies, come to think of it.

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    • Replies: @Pericles

    I wouldn’t call a 60 y/o a Trophy Wife

     

    Participation trophy.
    , @European-American
    I also like and appreciate Coen brother movies, but they all have a kind of coldness that keeps me from loving them. I feel like they manipulate characters like toys in their perfectly tasteful and clever décors and situations. But they lack real emotion.

    Except for A Serious Man, which pace @Art Deco’s comments, I found more genuine and moving, no doubt because of the autobiographical elements. Maybe their growing up in Minnesota is what also makes Fargo more genuine.

    By contrast, a film like O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a lovely and somewhat loving homage, but it still ends up feeling more like shallow caricature.

    , @Reactionary Utopian

    I like your title here on this unz post better, but also I wouldn’t call a 60 y/o a Trophy Wife unless I were about 95.
     
    "Humor. It is a difficult concept."

    (Hint: what Frances McDormand had temporarily stolen from her was a t-r-o-_-_-y.)
    , @syonredux

    I like your title here on this unz post better, but also I wouldn’t call a 60 y/o a Trophy Wife unless I were about 95.
     
    It's a joke. She's literally a wife with a trophy.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    AEN, Even at 72 I find Frances, while a great actress, a little hard on the eyes. That's why I was shocked that she does a semi-nude scene in "Laurel Canyon." Don't need to see that.
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  3. whorefinder says: • Website

    Sad that McDormand exposed herself as a leftist white-hating groupthink follower. So glad she got her Oscar stolen, wish it had been permanent.

    I had thought that, as part of the secretly politically incorrect Cohen group, she wouldn’t do that. Now it makes me question whether the Cohens really are as non-leftist as we’ve thought.

    As a side note, don’t forget that Gary Oldman was picked by Nolan to be his Commissioner Gorden in all three Batman films, and his arc in those movies almost makes him the secret main character. His role is meant to parallel Bruce Wayne’s, and it does so in many striking ways. But the point I’m making is that Nolan’s Batman trilogy is anti-left wing, and Oldman almost certainly realized that, so the fact that he didn’t speak out about it is important.

    Also, Oldman was picked to play the bad guy in The Contender, but ended up being very critical of the film when the movie was edited to be a paen to Hillary Clinton and left-wing politics and morality and attack Republicans as two-dimensional.

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    • Replies: @Pericles
    The arc of Gary Oldman first telling a journalist that Jews run Hollywood, then being forced to repeatedly apologize by the ADL because they absolutely do not, was perhaps his funniest work.

    In an interview with Playboy magazine published Monday, the British actor remarked that, “Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him.”

     

    https://www.adl.org/news/press-releases/adl-condemns-anti-semitic-remark-by-actor-gary-oldman
    https://variety.com/2014/film/news/gary-oldman-apologies-for-remarks-about-jews-and-hollywood-1201246251/
    https://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/25/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/gary-oldman-rant-apology-playboy/index.html
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2670364/Gary-Oldmans-apology-tour-continues-admits-A-hole-insensitive-Playboy-interview-Jimmy-Kimmel-Live.html
    , @Anon
    Leftwing or rightwing, no one cares when watching Batwing fight some guy named Joker with cake cream on his face.

    Nolan's BATMAN is crap.
    , @Roderick Spode
    Gary Oldman once said that Hollywood is run by Jews.

    I think in the past he identified himself as a some strain of right-libertarian, but that could just be my brain cells dying.

    He equivocates very well in this video. Now that I think of it, K. Costner might have voted for Trump, too:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=BTLtA7mXnpc
    , @Dennis Dale
    I don't know. I'm just struck by the contrast between this soulless black sociopath and the affecting, human reaction of his white victim, who he apparently gets to torment because black people are so much better than us.

    There is a peculiar sort of humiliation, when a country that endures so openly malicious and destructive a population, one that produces too, too many characters like this, many of them genuinely dangerous (how often have we seen the same unique, buffonish shallowness this guy displays in recorded acts of black malice?), a profound and deadening humiliation, to suffer black malice and stupidity and yet be hectored endlessly for your lack of humanity compared to them.

    If something doesn't have to give eventually, it should. How much longer must we endure this sick farce?

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  4. Selvar says:

    Sorry Steve, my eyes saw the word “Oscars” and just sort of glazed over. Does anyone really care what thees inane virtue signalers think anymore? Personally, I’d save time and just do this:

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    • Replies: @Rod1963
    Spot on. Nobody cares anymore what those Hollywood creeps say or do. They made it clear they despise white Americans and their values. So f**k them.

    Same with the NFL.
    , @Anon
    What's really funny is how provincial these Oscarites are.

    They remind us that Hollywood has gone global, and it's about the whole world.

    But there is still the 'foreign film category' and 99% of best film nominations are English or American movies. Can't they at least call it'undocumented film' category?

    Also, Hollywood seems to think the WHOLE WORLD should care about American politics. Oscars is broadcast all over the world but the only concern is We Hate Conservatives.

    Btw, did anyone mention that Libya was most like Wakanda.. and it was destroyed by neo-imperialism of the US? While black Africa had nothing to destroy, Gaddafi had turned Libya into a semi-modern nation, one of the best in Africa.
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  5. MEH 0910 says:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ballad_of_Buster_Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an upcoming television anthology series written, directed, and produced by the Coen brothers. Joel and Ethan Coen announced the project in January 2017 as a collaboration with Annapurna Television. A western, it is the Coens’ first work as writers and directors for television.[2] The series will consist of six tales that will premiere on Netflix in 2018.[3]

    The series’ cast includes James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, Willie Watson,[4] and Ralph Ineson. Tim Blake Nelson and Stephen Root, both of whom have worked with the Coens previously, are also expected to appear, with Nelson appearing as Buster.[5][3] Liam Neeson and Brendan Gleeson will also be in the series.[6]

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is being filmed partly in the Nebraska Panhandle, and casting calls have gone out for “ordinary” Nebraskans to appear as extras.[7] Part of the series is also being filmed in New Mexico, location for the Coen films No Country for Old Men and True Grit.[8]

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    Neeson and Gleeson ...
    , @Buffalo Joe
    MEH, wait I thought James Franco was a serial sexual abuser. Does Frances know her husband is associating with a persona non gratis.
    , @Olorin
    2018 and still only Jews are allowed to tell whites' stories.

    Starring Jews I presume, and race-mixers like Tyne Daly.

    Okey dokey.

    Fneh, retconning others' histories is what Jews have done forever.


    casting calls have gone out for “ordinary” Nebraskans to appear as extras
     
    Kind of like the 1950s version of The Vikings, where the two heroes were Jewish (Bernie Schwartz and Issur Danielovitch) and fighting over the shiksa (Jeannette Helen Morrison), their dad was a wop (Ermes Effron Borgnino), and the only actual descendants of vikings were extras rowing the boats and waving around drinking horns. Also the bad-royal-guy Egbert was played by James Donald, a Scotsman.
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  6. tyrone says:

    potential post title : RACIST WHITE movie stars take oscar statue from black man , black panther axed for comment!……

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    RACIST WHITE movie stars take oscar statue from black man

     

    It's Baltimore all over again.

    http://i.imgur.com/QEVaXxG.jpg
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    Creflo Dollar?

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  8. MEH 0910 says:

    To the Coens, “inclusion” would be hiring Roger Deakins, their cinematographer on their last dozen movies. …

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coen_brothers#Collaborators

    The Coens similarly tend to work with certain crews as well, especially Roger Deakins, Jess Gonchor, Skip Lievsay, and Mary Zophres. They used cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld on their first three films, through Miller’s Crossing, until Sonnenfeld left to pursue his own directing career. Deakins has been the Coen brothers’ cinematographer for all their subsequent films except Burn After Reading, on which they employed Emmanuel Lubezki,[85] and Inside Llewyn Davis, on which they employed Bruno Delbonnel.[86]

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Maybe Lubezki, who grew up in Mexico City and introduced del Toro to Cuaron in the 1980s, qualifies as Diversity?
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  9. @MEH 0910
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ballad_of_Buster_Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an upcoming television anthology series written, directed, and produced by the Coen brothers. Joel and Ethan Coen announced the project in January 2017 as a collaboration with Annapurna Television. A western, it is the Coens' first work as writers and directors for television.[2] The series will consist of six tales that will premiere on Netflix in 2018.[3]

    The series' cast includes James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, Willie Watson,[4] and Ralph Ineson. Tim Blake Nelson and Stephen Root, both of whom have worked with the Coens previously, are also expected to appear, with Nelson appearing as Buster.[5][3] Liam Neeson and Brendan Gleeson will also be in the series.[6]

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is being filmed partly in the Nebraska Panhandle, and casting calls have gone out for "ordinary" Nebraskans to appear as extras.[7] Part of the series is also being filmed in New Mexico, location for the Coen films No Country for Old Men and True Grit.[8]
     

    Neeson and Gleeson …

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    You say Neeson, I say Gleeson, let's call the whole thing off.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Neeson and Gleeson …
     
    Gleason and Behan:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f2/Brendan_Behan_and_Jackie_Gleason_NYWTS.jpg
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  10. @MEH 0910

    To the Coens, “inclusion” would be hiring Roger Deakins, their cinematographer on their last dozen movies. …
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coen_brothers#Collaborators

    The Coens similarly tend to work with certain crews as well, especially Roger Deakins, Jess Gonchor, Skip Lievsay, and Mary Zophres. They used cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld on their first three films, through Miller's Crossing, until Sonnenfeld left to pursue his own directing career. Deakins has been the Coen brothers' cinematographer for all their subsequent films except Burn After Reading, on which they employed Emmanuel Lubezki,[85] and Inside Llewyn Davis, on which they employed Bruno Delbonnel.[86]
     

    Maybe Lubezki, who grew up in Mexico City and introduced del Toro to Cuaron in the 1980s, qualifies as Diversity?

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    Is that the Big Lubezki? That Mexican tied the whole movie together, man ...
    , @MEH 0910
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmanuel_Lubezki

    Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern, A.S.C., A.M.C. (Spanish pronunciation: [emaˈnwel luˈβeski]; born 30 November, 1964) is a Mexican cinematographer. He sometimes goes by the nickname Chivo, which means "goat" in Spanish.[1][2]
    ......
    Lubezki was born to a Jewish family in Mexico City, Mexico.[3][4][5] His father is actor and producer Muni Lubezki.[6] Lubezki studied film at Mexico’s Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC), where he met Alfonso Cuarón.[3]
     
    Cultural diversity?
    , @MEH 0910
    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BNTgzMTI2OTgxN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDUxOTU5Ng@@._V1_UX214_CR0,0,214,317_AL_.jpg

    Lubezki could pass as a Coen Brother.

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMTg3MjgwMzUzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODM5Nzk4MQ@@._V1_UX214_CR0,0,214,317_AL_.jpg

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMTI3NjIwNzQ2N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTY0ODkyMg@@._V1_UX214_CR0,0,214,317_AL_.jpg
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  11. It’s almost as if del Toro finding refuge north of the border while his father’s kidnappers are, at least for now, bottled up south of the border is what Trump meant by implying that our immigration system should be reformed so that Mexico is sending their best.

    Yeah, well, somebody’s gotta do it!

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    Man, I'm tired of playing with it - could not get it to start at 13 seconds. Any help from anyone for the next time? (tried ampersand start=13 at at end of "v=blahblah" and "t=13", put units in seconds ... no joy ... help)
    , @Anon
    LEBOWSKI's got some weird sexual dynamics.

    Some Latino named Jesus who is a child molester.

    Some old Republican guy who is married to a young porn actress who could be his granddaughter.

    His ditzy flakey bohemian daughter who sleeps with a hippie to have her 'baby jesus'.

    A Polish Catholic who ramboes the Vietnam War over and over by pretending to be Jew defending the Order... when his Jewish wife left him and uses him to watch her dog.

    And some dark force that serves as catalyst to the whole mess is some porno producer who is protected by the police as one of the upstanding members of society.
    In the 60s, the libertinists like Lebowski were for more nudity and legalization of porno movies.
    But fast forward to the early 90s, and the porno producer is the respectable member of society protected by cops. Sort of like GOP conservatives sucking up to casino sleazo Adelson.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNqLoFHJxM0
    , @Twodees Partain
    Aw, I was expecting the line, "STFU, Donny" from Goodman's character.
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  12. @Achmed E. Newman

    It’s almost as if del Toro finding refuge north of the border while his father’s kidnappers are, at least for now, bottled up south of the border is what Trump meant by implying that our immigration system should be reformed so that Mexico is sending their best.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkADiJCYS2k&start=13

    Yeah, well, somebody's gotta do it!

    Man, I’m tired of playing with it – could not get it to start at 13 seconds. Any help from anyone for the next time? (tried ampersand start=13 at at end of “v=blahblah” and “t=13″, put units in seconds … no joy … help)

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    • Replies: @European-American
    Don’t forget the units, as my physics teacher used to say :-)

    t=14s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkADiJCYS2k&t=14s
    , @Hippopotamusdrome
    Here's my cut and paste text file:

    &t=0m00s

    you tube.com/watch?v=XkADiJCYS2k&t=0m13s

    Best Comeback of All Time
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  13. @Steve Sailer
    Maybe Lubezki, who grew up in Mexico City and introduced del Toro to Cuaron in the 1980s, qualifies as Diversity?

    Is that the Big Lubezki? That Mexican tied the whole movie together, man …

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    I wouldn't be surprised if The Big Lubezki really did tie together the Three Amigos directors: they are very talented directors, but Emanuel Lubezki might be close to the best cinematographer in the world (he won three straight Oscars). Perhaps a lot of Three Amigos' success is due to emerging in the Mexican film industry about the same time as Lubezki did.

    In the U.S., there aren't a lot of Jewish directors of photography like Lubezki. My theory might be that Jewish guys who have a great visual sense, like Kubrick and Spielberg, typically become directors. For example, the Coens started out using Barry Sonnenfeld as their cameraman, but he moved up to directing (e.g., Men in Black). Maybe in Mexico, a Jewish visual genius like Lubezki is more likely to stay a DP than become a director.
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  14. MEH 0910 says:
    @tyrone
    potential post title : RACIST WHITE movie stars take oscar statue from black man , black panther axed for comment!……

    RACIST WHITE movie stars take oscar statue from black man

    It’s Baltimore all over again.

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    • Replies: @Truth
    All bullshit like everything else you people are encouraged to swallow, Old Sport.

    They actually staged the photo a few times, photoshopped and selected the best one.

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Baltimore-Riots-YouTube-Screenshot2.jpg

    , @Jim Christian
    That's Charles Street near the Inner Harbor. Long AGO, no country for a White man.
    , @Dennis Dale
    No, that's just one of Shonda Rhime's relatives re-appropriating one of the high-end swag bags they hand out at the show.
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  15. MEH 0910 says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Maybe Lubezki, who grew up in Mexico City and introduced del Toro to Cuaron in the 1980s, qualifies as Diversity?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmanuel_Lubezki

    Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern, A.S.C., A.M.C. (Spanish pronunciation: [emaˈnwel luˈβeski]; born 30 November, 1964) is a Mexican cinematographer. He sometimes goes by the nickname Chivo, which means “goat” in Spanish.[1][2]
    ……
    Lubezki was born to a Jewish family in Mexico City, Mexico.[3][4][5] His father is actor and producer Muni Lubezki.[6] Lubezki studied film at Mexico’s Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC), where he met Alfonso Cuarón.[3]

    Cultural diversity?

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  16. The OscarsSoWhite hashtag was started by a person calling herself April Reign. She used to be April Sands, an attorney at the Federal Election Commission who was fired for violating the Hatch Act (she was openly campaigning for Barack Obama from the FEC’s building). She then reinvented herself as some kind of activist. The nasty political motivations of OscarsSoWhite seem clear and should be more widely known.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2692218/Another-recycled-hard-drive-Former-Lois-Lerner-deputy-prosecuted-fundraising-Democrats-job-FEC-destroyed-evidence.html

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    This looks likely, but do you have a link proving that disgraced Obama Administration official April Sands and OscarsSoWhite founder April Reign are the same person?
    , @Hippopotamusdrome


    The OscarsSoWhite hashtag was started by a person calling herself April Reign

     

    #OscarsTooJoo
    , @syonredux
    April Sands


    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/07/15/article-2692218-1FA53D6700000578-182_638x606.jpg


    April Reign


    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/01/18/17/304EE70B00000578-3405245-image-a-29_1453137203423.jpg
    , @AndrewR
    The nastiness of that hashtag is pretty explicit. Not very subtle at all.
    , @Steve Sailer
    Thanks. But is there a more definite statement somewhere that April Sands and April Reign are the same person?
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  17. @Achmed E. Newman
    Is that the Big Lubezki? That Mexican tied the whole movie together, man ...

    I wouldn’t be surprised if The Big Lubezki really did tie together the Three Amigos directors: they are very talented directors, but Emanuel Lubezki might be close to the best cinematographer in the world (he won three straight Oscars). Perhaps a lot of Three Amigos’ success is due to emerging in the Mexican film industry about the same time as Lubezki did.

    In the U.S., there aren’t a lot of Jewish directors of photography like Lubezki. My theory might be that Jewish guys who have a great visual sense, like Kubrick and Spielberg, typically become directors. For example, the Coens started out using Barry Sonnenfeld as their cameraman, but he moved up to directing (e.g., Men in Black). Maybe in Mexico, a Jewish visual genius like Lubezki is more likely to stay a DP than become a director.

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    • Replies: @Anon 2
    Lubezki is a Polish name but he is Jewish, which means his ancestors
    emigrated from the territory of the former Polish-Lithuanian Common-
    wealth (mostly central and eastern Poland, western Ukraine, Belarus,
    and Lithuania). The vast majority of the American Jews (and Ashkenazi
    Jews in general) came from that region, despite their German sounding
    surnames.

    There is another famous cinematographer with a Polish name - Janusz
    Kamiński. He got two Oscars (for Schindler's List and Saving Private
    Ryan) and was nominated four times. But he is Polish Polish, i.e.,
    has a Christian background.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Don't take this the wrong way, Steve. Your blog site here on unz has been my favorite place on the web for well over a year now (excepting cough, cough, ahem, of course ...)

    That being said, I do like the older movies, but I never had much interest in who makes them, how they make 'em, how much money they make, and really even who acts in 'em. When I got to "... the best cinematographer", I couldn't like even literally, just, ya know?

    I always appreciate a reply from you, so sorry about that this time. Here's the thing, my idea of movie reviews are like this and this.

    Oh, lastly, no matter what I think of, or don't care about, Hollywood, your Takimag article was another great one. Great humor and interesting information in a sarcastic format (I loved all the stuff about the ex-Mexican director and his kidnapped Dad, though I read some of it already here.)
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  18. Anonym says:

    Moreover, the Coen brothers are—not surprisingly—male, and they make male-oriented movies.

    Unlike, say, the Wachowski brothers.

    Note that Coen and McDormand do not have biological kids. They have adopted children. My guess is that may have had something to do with the pro-diversity bit.

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  19. @Giant Duck
    The OscarsSoWhite hashtag was started by a person calling herself April Reign. She used to be April Sands, an attorney at the Federal Election Commission who was fired for violating the Hatch Act (she was openly campaigning for Barack Obama from the FEC's building). She then reinvented herself as some kind of activist. The nasty political motivations of OscarsSoWhite seem clear and should be more widely known.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2692218/Another-recycled-hard-drive-Former-Lois-Lerner-deputy-prosecuted-fundraising-Democrats-job-FEC-destroyed-evidence.html

    This looks likely, but do you have a link proving that disgraced Obama Administration official April Sands and OscarsSoWhite founder April Reign are the same person?

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    The screenshots at Duck's 2014 link show that April Sands used the twitter handle ReignOfApril to campaign in 2012. The twitter user today claims to be April Reign, founder of the hashtag.
    , @Brutusale
    The article states that April Sands' Twitter handle was Reign of April. Seems like more than a coincidence.
    , @Giant Duck
    She uses the same twitter handle for her current activism as she used for her illegal political activity, "@ReignofApril." She was campaigning for Obama with it in 2012:

    http://reason.com/blog/2014/07/15/fec-recycled-hard-drive-of-attorney-unde

    And she's campaigning for OscarsSoWhite with it now:

    https://twitter.com/ReignOfApril

    Amazingly blatant stuff, yet she's never called out for her past violations of the public trust. See for example this fawning profile:

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/april-reign-oscarssowhite_us_56d21088e4b03260bf771018
    , @D. K.
    April is not currently bogged down with legal work:

    https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/10477323/In_re_April_J_Sands

    There is no one named April with either of those surnames currently listed as a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. There is likewise no one with either name listed as an American attorney by Martindale.com.
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  20. MEH 0910 says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Maybe Lubezki, who grew up in Mexico City and introduced del Toro to Cuaron in the 1980s, qualifies as Diversity?

    Lubezki could pass as a Coen Brother.

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    In that picture he looks a bit like a cross between Matthew McConaughey and Ron Silver. Here's the latter:

    https://www.famousbirthdays.com/faces/silver-ron-image.jpg
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  21. Pericles says:
    @Achmed E. Newman
    I like your title here on this unz post better, but also I wouldn't call a 60 y/o a Trophy Wife unless I were about 95.

    Anyway, as much as I've written here about hating, or just not caring, about Hollywood, and about any movie since the early '90's or so, I have always like the Coen Brother's movies. I should say, at least the ones I've seen, so I thank you for the recommendations in the Takimag article.

    Maybe the fact that they don't make any effort to be PC is why I like those movies, come to think of it.

    I wouldn’t call a 60 y/o a Trophy Wife

    Participation trophy.

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  22. Art Deco says:

    The Coens gave the world A Serious Man. For shear, contrived, insufferable nihilism (not to mention the occasional howling anachronism), it can’t be topped. That’s cured me of ever wanting to see another film they’ve produced.

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    The only Coen Bros. film I did not finish watching.
    , @The Anti-Gnostic
    Your loss. They are astounding chroniclers of White Americana in addition to exploring the age-old tragedy of bad things happening to good people. They apparently see a very big hole lurking in modern Judaism, which they chronicled in A Serious Man.
    , @Grumpy
    "That’s cured me of ever wanting to see another film they’ve produced."

    Fargo had that affect on me twenty years ago.
    , @Mr. Anon

    For shear, contrived, insufferable nihilism (not to mention the occasional howling anachronism), it can’t be topped.
     
    .........contrived, insufferable.................howling anachronism?

    You top that every time you post.

    By the way, there is probably a reason that nobody is clamouring for you to write movie reviews.

    , @Antlitz Grollheim
    That's the point, it's the book of Job.
    , @Anon
    I didn't pay much mind to SERIOUS MAN the first time I saw it, but seeing it again, I think it's one of their best.

    F-Troop. LOL.
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  23. Pericles says:
    @whorefinder
    Sad that McDormand exposed herself as a leftist white-hating groupthink follower. So glad she got her Oscar stolen, wish it had been permanent.

    I had thought that, as part of the secretly politically incorrect Cohen group, she wouldn't do that. Now it makes me question whether the Cohens really are as non-leftist as we've thought.

    As a side note, don't forget that Gary Oldman was picked by Nolan to be his Commissioner Gorden in all three Batman films, and his arc in those movies almost makes him the secret main character. His role is meant to parallel Bruce Wayne's, and it does so in many striking ways. But the point I'm making is that Nolan's Batman trilogy is anti-left wing, and Oldman almost certainly realized that, so the fact that he didn't speak out about it is important.

    Also, Oldman was picked to play the bad guy in The Contender, but ended up being very critical of the film when the movie was edited to be a paen to Hillary Clinton and left-wing politics and morality and attack Republicans as two-dimensional.

    The arc of Gary Oldman first telling a journalist that Jews run Hollywood, then being forced to repeatedly apologize by the ADL because they absolutely do not, was perhaps his funniest work.

    In an interview with Playboy magazine published Monday, the British actor remarked that, “Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him.”

    https://www.adl.org/news/press-releases/adl-condemns-anti-semitic-remark-by-actor-gary-oldman

    https://variety.com/2014/film/news/gary-oldman-apologies-for-remarks-about-jews-and-hollywood-1201246251/

    https://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/25/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/gary-oldman-rant-apology-playboy/index.html

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2670364/Gary-Oldmans-apology-tour-continues-admits-A-hole-insensitive-Playboy-interview-Jimmy-Kimmel-Live.html

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  25. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Art Deco
    The Coens gave the world A Serious Man. For shear, contrived, insufferable nihilism (not to mention the occasional howling anachronism), it can't be topped. That's cured me of ever wanting to see another film they've produced.

    The only Coen Bros. film I did not finish watching.

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  26. Been says:

    Yes, I agree that it’s too bad Michael Shannon had to play the villain in The Shape of Water. In fact, watching it, I had a hard time seeing him as such.

    This is because, in interviews, Shannon has perfectly expressed civilized society’s thoughts on Trump supporters. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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  27. Clyde says:

    So he tried to appropriate a white woman’s Oscar statue. Terry Bryant is obviously a star struck nutter. I would not be tough on him. I see no racial dimension to his attempted theft and he will get off easy. Plus he provided added entertainment. Meanwhile Dormand asked the lawmen to not go after him.

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  28. Big Bill says:

    To address the serious lack of diversity in their movies (and to placate Frances) I suggest the Coen Brothers credit “Detravious La’Quanelle Washington” as editor of their future films instead of “Roderick Jaynes”.

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  29. JackOH says:

    “So, as explained by the Theory of Systemic Intersectionality, Mr. Bryant deserves a Best Actress Oscar more than a white woman like Ms. McDormand.”

    A Black Supremacist interpretation might have it that Ms. McDormand has no property right to her Oscar because property rights are a White scheme to deprive Blacks of the rightful fruits of their labor dating from ancient Egypt. The rightful fruits of Black labor dating from ancient Egypt are everything White folks mistakenly believe they’ve built on their own. Such as the modern film industry. Plus, if Ms. McDormand really owned the Oscar handed her, why did she allow it to be stolen?

    That boot stamping on a human face forever? Made by a Black Supremacist shoemaker. That would be a movie I’d see. A totalitarian, genocidal Black-run America liberated by, say, a revitalized Europe.

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    " A totalitarian, genocidal Black-run America liberated by, say, a revitalized Europe."

    The other way around is more likely, or rather, less unlikely.
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  30. Other Celts victimized by the English include Mel [Braveheart] Gibson and Daniel Day-Lewis.

    Don’t forget D. Day-Lewis’s range. He also played the ultimate anti-Celt, William “Bill the Butcher” Poole.

    https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/f74a84a1-5447-43d6-afc1-f955dfaee5e2

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  31. Jake says:

    I neither watch the Oscars nor read about them. Therefore this little fun ‘n’ games was new to me. It is no surprise. The Numinous Negroes have been taught that they are special, that they get to take from any non-blacks whatever they want, as long as they do so to make up for racism. They get to destroy your statues and take your awards.

    In no revolution has such a thing ever been restricted. The Bolsheviks not only cannibalized all Leftist groups that enabled them., but they also cannibalized themselves.

    The Numinous Negroes are just beginning the process of demanding the heads of their Liberal white creators/enablers.

    As for the Coens not having a ‘diverse’ movie crew: everybody knows that Jews are exempt from such things. The purpose is to make certain that never again can there be film makers like DW Griffith, John Ford, Howard Hawks, etc.

    And no more stars like John Wayne!

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  32. Kat Grey says:

    Who is Frances McDormand? Never heard of her.

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  33. @Art Deco
    The Coens gave the world A Serious Man. For shear, contrived, insufferable nihilism (not to mention the occasional howling anachronism), it can't be topped. That's cured me of ever wanting to see another film they've produced.

    Your loss. They are astounding chroniclers of White Americana in addition to exploring the age-old tragedy of bad things happening to good people. They apparently see a very big hole lurking in modern Judaism, which they chronicled in A Serious Man.

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    in addition to exploring the age-old tragedy of bad things happening to good people. They apparently see a very big hole lurking in modern Judaism, which they chronicled in A Serious Man.

    They weren't exploring anything. They were just piling one contrived scenario on another. The portrayal of the rabbis was just another contrivance, not a 'hole in Judaism'. When you write the dialogue, you get to lampoon people by putting words in their mouth.
    , @Yuck-o

    They apparently see a very big hole lurking in modern Judaism, which they chronicled in A Serious Man.
     
    They did the same with "nice NY Jewish boy meets real world" in the horror/comedy "Barton Fink."
    Legitimate Satirists go after everybody. Coen bros, whatever their politics, are legit satirists.
    Satirists have to be a-political, or they’re not satirists. You can be a hard-core liberal, or a dyed in the wool conservative, but as a satirist, you have to be a plain dealer who always deals above the table, to everyone. As perverse as they can be, at times, their existence is a strong sign of societal mental health.
    , @Twodees Partain
    Yes, they made some of my favorites. They also absolutely mishandled "True Grit". I like some of their films and have absolutely hated some.
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  34. Arclight says:

    Our cultural overlords like their diversity at a safe distance – they don’t actually want to live up against it or send their kids to schools overflowing with genuine socio-economic diversity. Having them operating some of the equipment on set or at craft service is enough to make them feel that they are superior human beings.

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  35. John Turturro’s homosexual character in Miller’s Crossing was a slimy sleasebag weakling coward. The Coen’s really captured that type character well.

    The Dude’s landlord neighbor and the bowling pacifist Indian (feather) were better characters than Moore, maybe even Flea also. Definitely the Real Jeffrey Lewbowski and Hoffmann’s characters were.

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  36. Anon7 says:

    McDormand’s crime of being a white Oscar winner was compounded by the fact that she created a situation in which Terry Bryant, a black man, was forced to use the only means open to him to get an Oscar, namely “theft” as defined by the white man. He was probably nabbed by some white person with a clipboard or a headset.

    Aren’t those statues made of vibranium?

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    Your comment is such perfect satire it could be a NYT lede. The next few years are going to be hilarious.
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  37. however, both California industries suddenly found themselves in trouble for not hiring enough blacks, women, and, uh, that other minority, the one nobody can remember.

    Mestizo/indigenous remain hilariously invisible to Hollywood; well, there was Stand and Deliver, and Colors. And Apocalypto.

    Speaking of Colors, Courtney Gains did his usual solid journeyman work in that.

    He seems like a pretty grounded guy but apparently zero personal life, or he keeps it very well hidden. Another great character actor with no personal life, Brion James, apparently worked himself to death.

    For all the virtue-signalling prima donnas, there seem to be a lot of actors with solid work ethics who stay in their range and do extremely well by it. I wouldn’t be surprised if the industry in the trenches skews more conservative than the folks at the top of the food chain.

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    Mestizo/indigenous remain hilariously invisible to Hollywood
     
    Not to Chuck Norris. The Viet soldiers in one of his movies all had Spanish names in the credits.
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  38. STOP THE TAKI’S MAG PIECES NOW!

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    STOP THE TAKI’S MAG PIECES NOW!
     
    It's not gonna work, dude! How in the hell can that work without a pound sign in front of it? C'mon, Thorfinnsson, whatdya need a refresher course? It's all pound signs nowadays!
    , @Twodees Partain
    You could always just stop reading here, Ms. Finnsdottir.
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  39. njguy73 says:

    The Coen brothers didn’t create the character of Mattie Ross. Charles Portis did.

    The Coens have created only three female characters that matter: Marge Gunderson, Maude Lebowski, and Ed McDonough (played by Holly Hunter in Raising Arizona.) All three defined by their reproductive abilities or lack thereof.

    And a hip-hop DJ steals Frances McDormand’s Oscar? Eat your heart out, Kanye.

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  40. McDormand was adopted out of Chicago and she lives in a mostly White fancy pants town. McDormand is a hypocrite sleazebag who says she loves “diversity” and wants that codified and contractualized in Jew-controlled Hollywood. She was recently photographed in some contortionary poses in the magazine or paper where I got the facts of her being adopted and living with rich White people.

    McDormand joins the list of hypocrite sleazebag baby boomers who scream about how much they love Blacks and non-Europeans and non-Whites but won’t live anywhere near them. Rob Reiner, Hillary Clinton and plenty of other hypocrite baby boomer millionaires are engaging in an attack on regular White people of modest means by pushing policies that destroy White towns and neighborhoods, but they won’t ever live in a town that has loads of non-Whites.

    Rob Reiner supports making Malibu a so-called “sanctuary city” for illegal aliens. Attorney General Jeff Sessions should arrest and incarcerate the government figures in Malibu, California who declared that Malibu is a safe harbor for illegal alien invaders. The plutocrat scum in Malibu want the illegal aliens for cheap labor, they don’t want them to live in Malibu.

    Hillary Clinton says she loves non-Whites, but she moved to the mostly White town of Chappaqua, New York, in order to live amongst her fellow plutocrat White people.

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    Along the lines of talking the talk but not walking the walk, it also seems the same crowd eschews diversity when it comes to marriage. It seems simple to observe that white people overwhelming marry white people and blacks to blacks and so on. To me if McDormand thought there needed to be so much diversity wouldn't wouldn't she be shacked up with someone non-white?
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Charles, apparently there are different levels of whiteness, that we will never achieve.
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  41. Inclusion riders. Pffft. How many movies (other than those where a diverse cast was already in the cards) will actually end up having them? My guess is that it will become little more than a contract negotiating tactic. Soon to be washed up 29 y.o. actress: “I demand an inclusion rider!” Producer: “We’ll pay you 1.3% more.” Actress: “Nevermind then. And how much more will you pay me if I sleep with you?”

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  42. Grumpy says:
    @Art Deco
    The Coens gave the world A Serious Man. For shear, contrived, insufferable nihilism (not to mention the occasional howling anachronism), it can't be topped. That's cured me of ever wanting to see another film they've produced.

    “That’s cured me of ever wanting to see another film they’ve produced.”

    Fargo had that affect on me twenty years ago.

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    I have given the Coen brothers more chances than I should have. Always the same reaction: Real talent combined with a determination to make life seem as sour as possible. (Although the screenplay for "Bridge of Spies" is an exception.)
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  43. MikeJa says:

    How are inclusion riders legal? If I set up a firm, I can’t have quotas for the racial or gender breakdown of my staff, so why is it OK if an employee/contractor insists on it?

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    That which is not punished is legal. We're ruled by the courts now.
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  44. rogue-one says:

    From the article:

    >In other comic events at the Oscars, the newly diversified Academy voters celebrated their #MeToo moment by handing a Best Animated Short Oscar to retired basketball star Kobe Bryant. Kobe spent much of 2004 on trial on charges of raping a 19-year-old white woman. But she eventually dropped her criminal accusation and settled out of court with him for an undisclosed sum. So I guess that makes it all right. Plus, she was white.

    The last sentence “Plus, she was white” deserves an Oscar for litotes of the year.

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    Kobe was found innocent, and appropriately so. She had 3 men's semen in her for the rape kit, and basically went uninvited to his room to have sex with him. Then she regretted it. It's a sin in the eyes of God, but not American law, for celebrities to have sex with groupies.
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  45. del Toro is a genius at imposing his childlike fanaticism about how red is his favorite color

    Wait, is del Toro the real Mr Jones? And is Adam Duritz white? It’s all so confusing..

    Mr. Jones by Counting Crows on VEVO.

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    Great tune! Great riff and rip-off of Mr Dylan. The song would not exist without Dylan. In fact it's better than anything Dylan has put out in 30 years.
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  46. I’d expect this kind of blather from a 20-something starlet, but Frances, you’re old enough to know better. Still love the Coen Brothers though — pure genius!

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  47. Art Deco says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic
    Your loss. They are astounding chroniclers of White Americana in addition to exploring the age-old tragedy of bad things happening to good people. They apparently see a very big hole lurking in modern Judaism, which they chronicled in A Serious Man.

    in addition to exploring the age-old tragedy of bad things happening to good people. They apparently see a very big hole lurking in modern Judaism, which they chronicled in A Serious Man.

    They weren’t exploring anything. They were just piling one contrived scenario on another. The portrayal of the rabbis was just another contrivance, not a ‘hole in Judaism’. When you write the dialogue, you get to lampoon people by putting words in their mouth.

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    Take a deep breath and ponder the parking lot.
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  48. Steve, you left out the best female role in all the Coen Brother’s movies. Marcia Gay Harden was fantastic as Verna in their 1920′s gangster flick Miller’s Crossing. Turturro, Buscemi and JE Freeman are all great as a murderous love triangle of Non-Saintly Gays.

    You should check that one out. Talk about an Ode to White Men.

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    Miller’s Crossing is a masterpiece. I would love to hear Steve’s thoughts on that film.
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  49. theMann says:

    A modest reply to the Oscars so White crowd.

    Suppose every White guy in the country just happened to, all at the same time, take his money out of the bank, and take a few weeks off from work. A National Strike of White males, if you like.

    We could hashtag it as: non-Whites so Screwed.

    Because in three days the country would shut down, within weeks there would be widespread famine. If you are unclear on why, try to figure out how many farmers, truck drivers, and technicians are White.

    If every race-baiter in the country wants to play this game, fine, lets play it to win.

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    I agree. Ultimately we will have to leverage our value in ways like this. We are the goose that lays the golden eggs.
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  50. rogue-one says:

    OT:

    Mark Cuban, billionaire, attention-whore, frenemy of Trump, seems to be implicated in #meToo.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/mark-cuban-sex-assault-allegation-2018-3?IR=T

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  51. I used to vacation in Mexico, but on a 1996 trip to Baja there were way too many guys with fifth-grade educations holding AK-47s for me to relax.

    The California state government and various other assorted jurisdictions in that state want illegal aliens to have the run of the place. How soon before the AK-47 Mexicans swarm across the border, make a deal with the Democrats like the Angles made a deal with the Danes, and begin claiming large parts of California as their own?

    I have said that White Core Americans should lay claim to Malibu in the same manner. California can be won very easily, and there will be plenty of nice real estate to reward the troops.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions should immediately arrest California Governor Jerry Brown for unlawfully giving safe harbor to illegal alien invaders.

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  52. @Achmed E. Newman
    Man, I'm tired of playing with it - could not get it to start at 13 seconds. Any help from anyone for the next time? (tried ampersand start=13 at at end of "v=blahblah" and "t=13", put units in seconds ... no joy ... help)

    Don’t forget the units, as my physics teacher used to say :-)

    t=14s

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    Believe you me, Euro, I am a BIG units guy. Without units any number (besides a count) is garbage, IMO. However, I tried with and without. I can embed vids at my site with "start=xxx" "end=yyy", where xxx and yyy are in seconds. However, I tried it about 10 times this morning, and each time I had to delete the post (after cntrl-a, cntrl-x, of course) and do it again (that was to keep the youtube video appearing at all).

    I see that you got it right. Unz's html source file is huge, so I could cntrl-f/scroll to find this, or we can do it the easy way, and you just reply to me. ;-}

    Thanks in advance, Euro.

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  53. @MEH 0910
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ballad_of_Buster_Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an upcoming television anthology series written, directed, and produced by the Coen brothers. Joel and Ethan Coen announced the project in January 2017 as a collaboration with Annapurna Television. A western, it is the Coens' first work as writers and directors for television.[2] The series will consist of six tales that will premiere on Netflix in 2018.[3]

    The series' cast includes James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, Willie Watson,[4] and Ralph Ineson. Tim Blake Nelson and Stephen Root, both of whom have worked with the Coens previously, are also expected to appear, with Nelson appearing as Buster.[5][3] Liam Neeson and Brendan Gleeson will also be in the series.[6]

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is being filmed partly in the Nebraska Panhandle, and casting calls have gone out for "ordinary" Nebraskans to appear as extras.[7] Part of the series is also being filmed in New Mexico, location for the Coen films No Country for Old Men and True Grit.[8]
     

    MEH, wait I thought James Franco was a serial sexual abuser. Does Frances know her husband is associating with a persona non gratis.

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  54. Mr. Anon says:

    If Guillermo del Toro is their best, then their best isn’t good enough.

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  55. rogue-one says:

    OT:

    America’s leading wit John Podhoretz provides his commentary on the decline on western civilization comparing the big finale of the Bachelor to Gary Cohn’s resignation. (How the fuck did a fucking moron like him end up in such position of influence? He comes off as an even greater moron on video than when he is tweeting.)

    “And for 20 minutes, America watched Becca, the brunette, cry. Cry and cry and feel humiliated, and say ‘go away’ and then he wouldn’t go away,” Podhoretz said.

    “The whole point is: it was 15 minutes of primetime of the humiliation of a person who was sandbagged by the show, humiliated, crushed, embarrassed, and ABC just let this run.”

    “That’s an awful lot like the way the president treated Gary Cohn,”

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/morning-joe-does-goes-in-depth-comparing-humiliated-bachelor-loser-to-gary-cohn/

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    America's Chief Witty Guy:
    "20 minutes, [I] watched Becca...cry."
    Seems like #DumbMeDownToo
    Doesn't have much to do
    Since dusty old books are too dry.
    , @MBlanc46
    He inherited his position.
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  56. Point taken, but I find McDormand’s refusal to strut around plastered in makeup and dripping in jewels and “dressed” by a stylist to be refreshing. She’s not beautiful and she knows it, but the photo in your TakiMag article shows that she has striking blue eyes. I believe that when she was young and a theater actress in NYC, this helped her get parts.

    Jennifer Lawrence is looking very bad nowadays. Way too much makeup.

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    Obsessive....Jennifer Lawrence has a certain "hotness", but not great looking. My favorite JL line is from "Silver Lining Playbook," "I'm not a slut. Well I used to be a slut."
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  57. @Achmed E. Newman
    I like your title here on this unz post better, but also I wouldn't call a 60 y/o a Trophy Wife unless I were about 95.

    Anyway, as much as I've written here about hating, or just not caring, about Hollywood, and about any movie since the early '90's or so, I have always like the Coen Brother's movies. I should say, at least the ones I've seen, so I thank you for the recommendations in the Takimag article.

    Maybe the fact that they don't make any effort to be PC is why I like those movies, come to think of it.

    I also like and appreciate Coen brother movies, but they all have a kind of coldness that keeps me from loving them. I feel like they manipulate characters like toys in their perfectly tasteful and clever décors and situations. But they lack real emotion.

    Except for A Serious Man, which pace ’s comments, I found more genuine and moving, no doubt because of the autobiographical elements. Maybe their growing up in Minnesota is what also makes Fargo more genuine.

    By contrast, a film like O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a lovely and somewhat loving homage, but it still ends up feeling more like shallow caricature.

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    Oops, that should have read “pace Art Deco’s comments”, but I put an at-sign in front of Art Deco’s name, and the whole thing got erased, but only after the article was published. A small #unzbug.
    , @JerseyJeffersonian
    Well, O Brother, Where Art Thou, is structured like Homer's Odyssey, so this accounts for the herky-jerky progression from one episode to the next. Not naturalistic, and the screenplay has no such intent at all. You can lay the two stories next to one another and compare the episodes. A little tongue in cheek, though...
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    To me, Fargo was so much funnier the first time, just because of the deep midwest accents, don'tcha know? The people were just too calm in whatever they were doing, and that and the accent made it hilarious. Upon 2nd viewing, some years later, I didn't think it was that funny.

    Yeah, as 2 here have said "O, Brother .." was a take-off on The Odyssey. What I liked were all the references to depression era stuff, like Robert Johnson at the crossroads, and the King Biscuit Flower Hour, Baby Face Nelson, and the rest. There aren't many movies around glorifying the 1930's in America, but I"m sure people herein can think of some You first, Steve.
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  58. Mr. Anon says:
    @Art Deco
    The Coens gave the world A Serious Man. For shear, contrived, insufferable nihilism (not to mention the occasional howling anachronism), it can't be topped. That's cured me of ever wanting to see another film they've produced.

    For shear, contrived, insufferable nihilism (not to mention the occasional howling anachronism), it can’t be topped.

    ………contrived, insufferable……………..howling anachronism?

    You top that every time you post.

    By the way, there is probably a reason that nobody is clamouring for you to write movie reviews.

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  59. @Art Deco
    The Coens gave the world A Serious Man. For shear, contrived, insufferable nihilism (not to mention the occasional howling anachronism), it can't be topped. That's cured me of ever wanting to see another film they've produced.

    That’s the point, it’s the book of Job.

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    That’s the point, it’s the book of Job.

    No, that's the pretense. Or perhaps it's a parody of the Book of Job.


    Flannery O'Connor offered that literature trades in the possible, not the probable. A talented wordsmith can incorporate the odd and fantastic into an engaging narrative. They don't do that. They rig every aspect of it down to the petty details and the result is an accumulation of twaddle.
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  60. Anon 2 says:
    @Steve Sailer
    I wouldn't be surprised if The Big Lubezki really did tie together the Three Amigos directors: they are very talented directors, but Emanuel Lubezki might be close to the best cinematographer in the world (he won three straight Oscars). Perhaps a lot of Three Amigos' success is due to emerging in the Mexican film industry about the same time as Lubezki did.

    In the U.S., there aren't a lot of Jewish directors of photography like Lubezki. My theory might be that Jewish guys who have a great visual sense, like Kubrick and Spielberg, typically become directors. For example, the Coens started out using Barry Sonnenfeld as their cameraman, but he moved up to directing (e.g., Men in Black). Maybe in Mexico, a Jewish visual genius like Lubezki is more likely to stay a DP than become a director.

    Lubezki is a Polish name but he is Jewish, which means his ancestors
    emigrated from the territory of the former Polish-Lithuanian Common-
    wealth (mostly central and eastern Poland, western Ukraine, Belarus,
    and Lithuania). The vast majority of the American Jews (and Ashkenazi
    Jews in general) came from that region, despite their German sounding
    surnames.

    There is another famous cinematographer with a Polish name – Janusz
    Kamiński. He got two Oscars (for Schindler’s List and Saving Private
    Ryan) and was nominated four times. But he is Polish Polish, i.e.,
    has a Christian background.

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  61. LeaNder says: • Website

    Thanks, Steve,

    interesting. While PR rules our world. People promoting themselves when a wider public perception is guaranteed are the masters in our instant fame universe:

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  62. Rod1963 says:
    @Selvar
    Sorry Steve, my eyes saw the word "Oscars" and just sort of glazed over. Does anyone really care what thees inane virtue signalers think anymore? Personally, I'd save time and just do this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W0MlUBFFxA

    Spot on. Nobody cares anymore what those Hollywood creeps say or do. They made it clear they despise white Americans and their values. So f**k them.

    Same with the NFL.

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  63. JimB says:

    It’s sad time for America when the Best Picture Oscar goes to a movie so obviously influenced by an old South Park rerun. You know, the one where Kanye West jumps off Santa Monica pier and begins copulating with fish because he doesn’t get the following joke?

    Q: Do you like fish sticks?
    A: Yes.
    Q:Are you a gay fish.

    The whole plot set-up is clearly channeling South Park as well.

    It’s one thing for life to imitate art — completely another when art imitates The Comedy Channel.

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  64. @Achmed E. Newman
    I like your title here on this unz post better, but also I wouldn't call a 60 y/o a Trophy Wife unless I were about 95.

    Anyway, as much as I've written here about hating, or just not caring, about Hollywood, and about any movie since the early '90's or so, I have always like the Coen Brother's movies. I should say, at least the ones I've seen, so I thank you for the recommendations in the Takimag article.

    Maybe the fact that they don't make any effort to be PC is why I like those movies, come to think of it.

    I like your title here on this unz post better, but also I wouldn’t call a 60 y/o a Trophy Wife unless I were about 95.

    “Humor. It is a difficult concept.”

    (Hint: what Frances McDormand had temporarily stolen from her was a t-r-o-_-_-y.)

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    As I replied to Syonredux, "duh, my bad". However, I still may need to buy a vowel. If vowels are too expensive, is there an "f"?

    (OK, I could solve it, but I just wanted to see Vanna White's rear end one more time.)

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  65. @Achmed E. Newman
    Man, I'm tired of playing with it - could not get it to start at 13 seconds. Any help from anyone for the next time? (tried ampersand start=13 at at end of "v=blahblah" and "t=13", put units in seconds ... no joy ... help)

    Here’s my cut and paste text file:

    &t=0m00s

    you tube.com/watch?v=XkADiJCYS2k&t=0m13s

    Best Comeback of All Time

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    I'll give it another shot, and thanks for your help, Hippo. I know the units just can be in seconds without an "s", as I have in my blog, when the vids are embedded. I just couldn't get any which way to work this morning.

    Wait, I had "&start=13" not "&t=12". Maybe that's it.
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  66. syonredux says:

    For example, Roderick Jaynes, the Oscar-nominated editor of the Coen Brothers’ movies, is not terribly diverse. In fact, technically speaking, Jaynes is not even even a separate and actual human being. Roderick is just Joel and Ethan editing their movies under an assumed name.

    When the Studio needs someone who meets the legal standard of personhood….

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  67. @Giant Duck
    The OscarsSoWhite hashtag was started by a person calling herself April Reign. She used to be April Sands, an attorney at the Federal Election Commission who was fired for violating the Hatch Act (she was openly campaigning for Barack Obama from the FEC's building). She then reinvented herself as some kind of activist. The nasty political motivations of OscarsSoWhite seem clear and should be more widely known.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2692218/Another-recycled-hard-drive-Former-Lois-Lerner-deputy-prosecuted-fundraising-Democrats-job-FEC-destroyed-evidence.html

    The OscarsSoWhite hashtag was started by a person calling herself April Reign

    #OscarsTooJoo

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  68. syonredux says:
    @Achmed E. Newman
    I like your title here on this unz post better, but also I wouldn't call a 60 y/o a Trophy Wife unless I were about 95.

    Anyway, as much as I've written here about hating, or just not caring, about Hollywood, and about any movie since the early '90's or so, I have always like the Coen Brother's movies. I should say, at least the ones I've seen, so I thank you for the recommendations in the Takimag article.

    Maybe the fact that they don't make any effort to be PC is why I like those movies, come to think of it.

    I like your title here on this unz post better, but also I wouldn’t call a 60 y/o a Trophy Wife unless I were about 95.

    It’s a joke. She’s literally a wife with a trophy.

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    I tried to write back earlier (but it didn't take) to say, "duh!". Yeah, it was too early in the morning, and I didn't catch "Oscar" = "Trophy". Anyway, she's not any kind of hot movie star. I had no idea she was married to the director(s), but then I don't keep up with this stuff, and I don't want to start keeping up with this stuff.
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  69. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer
    This looks likely, but do you have a link proving that disgraced Obama Administration official April Sands and OscarsSoWhite founder April Reign are the same person?

    The screenshots at Duck’s 2014 link show that April Sands used the twitter handle ReignOfApril to campaign in 2012. The twitter user today claims to be April Reign, founder of the hashtag.

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  70. Brutusale says:
    @Steve Sailer
    This looks likely, but do you have a link proving that disgraced Obama Administration official April Sands and OscarsSoWhite founder April Reign are the same person?

    The article states that April Sands’ Twitter handle was Reign of April. Seems like more than a coincidence.

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    Well, April is the cruelest month as you know.
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  71. syonredux says:

    Also, please keep in mind that Allen is in bad odor these days because of his inveterate white maleness. Nobody is apologizing for why Woody, a hardworking, Pete Rose-like talent but not exactly a transcendent genius, was so lavishly praised by critics for all those decades, which has something to do with his casting in Manhattan the granddaughter of the most prestigious arch-gentile of his youth, Ernest Hemingway, as the high school shiksa he’s shtupping.

    Ernest Hemingway from Midnight in Paris:

    Mariel Hemingway in Manhattan:

    One assumes that Woody deeply regrets that F Scott Fitzgerald doesn’t have a granddaughter in the business…..

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  72. syonredux says:
    @Giant Duck
    The OscarsSoWhite hashtag was started by a person calling herself April Reign. She used to be April Sands, an attorney at the Federal Election Commission who was fired for violating the Hatch Act (she was openly campaigning for Barack Obama from the FEC's building). She then reinvented herself as some kind of activist. The nasty political motivations of OscarsSoWhite seem clear and should be more widely known.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2692218/Another-recycled-hard-drive-Former-Lois-Lerner-deputy-prosecuted-fundraising-Democrats-job-FEC-destroyed-evidence.html

    April Sands

    April Reign

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    What are the dates on those photos? April Sands seems to have more regular teeth than April Reign.

    100% OT

    https://twitter.com/AmirSariaslan/status/969211572244623361
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  73. Whiskey says: • Website

    More proof that women are the eternal and natural enemy of White men. Not even being married to big time director matters.

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  74. Yuck-o says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic
    Your loss. They are astounding chroniclers of White Americana in addition to exploring the age-old tragedy of bad things happening to good people. They apparently see a very big hole lurking in modern Judaism, which they chronicled in A Serious Man.

    They apparently see a very big hole lurking in modern Judaism, which they chronicled in A Serious Man.

    They did the same with “nice NY Jewish boy meets real world” in the horror/comedy “Barton Fink.”
    Legitimate Satirists go after everybody. Coen bros, whatever their politics, are legit satirists.
    Satirists have to be a-political, or they’re not satirists. You can be a hard-core liberal, or a dyed in the wool conservative, but as a satirist, you have to be a plain dealer who always deals above the table, to everyone. As perverse as they can be, at times, their existence is a strong sign of societal mental health.

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  75. Vei says:

    Interesting, despite the unfortunate choice in final closing remark…

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  76. syonredux says:

    Speaking of the Oscars, here’s the last ten Best Picture winners:

    Shape of Water
    Moonlight
    Spotlight
    Birdman
    12 Years A Slave
    Argo
    The Artist
    The King’s Speech
    Hurt Locker
    Slumdog Millionaire
    No Country for Old Men

    Talk about forgettable flicks. I actually had to look up Spotlight to find out what it was about, and that film won only a few years ago.Of them all, only No Country for Old Men seems to have had a real impact on popular culture.

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    I've only heard of half of these, and seen zero.
    , @Bernardo Pizzaro Cortez Del Castro
    I have only seen 5 of these films , but agree they were all disappointing for Best picture winners
    , @whorefinder
    Spotlight is an interesting case, not because of the film (forgettable), but because it was another "Catholic priests are pedophiles, and the Church covers it up, those hypocritical conservatives!" that really had to cover up the truth: it wasn't pedophiles, it was homosexuals, and it was other homosexuals in the upper clergy covering up more aggressive homosexual underlings preying on confused teenage boys, not children.

    The homosexual corruption of the Church hierarchy since Vatican II is never the bad guy in Hollywood, and yet it is the cause of 99% of the scandals.
    , @whorefinder

    Of them all, only No Country for Old Men seems to have had a real impact on popular culture.
     
    Artistic director + serial killer=long impact.

    I recently rewatched the original Manhunter, made by Michael Mann in the 1980s. Still holds up, still an excellent serial killer film. It's criminal it took an other decade and a half for William Peterson to achieve stardom.
    , @Truth
    An impact that will be felt for CENTURIES!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-2lIF-of3s
    , @Detective Club
    In black neighborhoods of New York and Jersey City, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD WHITE MEN was a popular bumper sticker in 2008 - - - with photos of George W. Bush and John McCain prominently attached.
    https://youtu.be/5D3crqpClPY
    Barack Obama is THE MESSIAH (. . . and I mean it, Man!).
    , @njguy73

    Talk about forgettable flicks.
     
    Can you name eleven films made since 2006 that have had greater impact on popular culture?
    , @johnmark7
    You'd think that maybe once in a decade someone would try to make a film as big as Gone With The Wind, Ben Hur, even Forrest Gump. Nope.

    I suppose you could say someone tried with Legends of the Fall, Cloud Atlas, Interstellar, or Life of Pi, but no cigar.
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  77. OT, but illustrative of something important.

    Paul Allen again proves he is among the unsung heroes of our (or any) time. While Gates and Buffett toss billions into causing massive African overpopulation and ultimately incredible misery, Allen creates jobs and tech that may one day ensure survival of our species.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/03/06/why-is-paul-allen-building-the-worlds-largest-airplane-perhaps-to-launch-a-space-shuttle-called-black-ice/

    Was it his lymphoma that drove him to such greatness?

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    "Was it his lymphoma that drove him to such greatness?"

    Wonderful!
    , @PiltdownMan

    Paul Allen again proves he is among the unsung heroes of our (or any) time.
     
    I’m happy that Paul Allen funded the expedition that found the wreck of the USS Lexington this week, scuttled during the Battle of the Coral Sea in WWII.

    Adm. Harry B. Harris, the head of the Navy’s Pacific fleet, is happy too. His father was one of the survivors who had to abandon that ship. Interestingly, Adm Harry B. Harris is half-Japanese, and was born in Japan, after the war.

    https://i.cbc.ca/1.4564531.1520363474!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_620/shipwreck-found.jpg


    http://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/paul-g-allen-expedition-discovers-the-sunken-uss-lexington-and-her-aircraft.html

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  78. Also OT, CNN committing crimethink here? Parkland retard “racist” was “bullied” by his mulatto biological and adopted brother along with his (presumably) negro friends?

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/02/us/florida-school-shooting-brother/index.html

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  79. freebird says:

    I guess I am old-fashioned but I refuse to watch any movie that has a black in it in a leading role. The only exception is Denzel Washington who is fantastic. All the other blacks that get cast are bad actors, ugly, and are simply cultural and social tokens used by Hollywood to absolve themselves of what they really think about blacks. And remember paying money to see a movie is a personal choice no one is being forced to pay to watch this crap.

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    It’s not just as a leading role. I am increasingly turned off by the fakeness of casting blacks in most roles. Especially “token” roles, where it’s obvious the person was cast to satisfy a diversity requirement.

    Here’s an old example: I recently rewatched Terminator 2: Judgment Day. A fine scifi flick. But it’s a bit spoiled by having the computer genius character “Miles Dyson” played by the actor Joe Morton, who is black.

    I’m not saying it’s impossible for the genius who plays the key role in inventing the software and hardware that facilitates the rise of intelligent machines to be black. It’s just highly unlikely. And movies work better with typical characters, not atypical characters, unless the point of the movie is somehow related to the atypicality.

    This character should be a moving one. He realizes with horror what his single-minded dedication to the passion of his life, better computers, has wrought. And he sacrifices himself to try to stop it. This should remind us of the scientists of the Manhattan Project. Or of rocket designers. But this character doesn’t look like any of those guys, so the potential power of his character is diluted into silliness. He’s a fine actor but looks and acts nothing like a chip or software designer.

    These unspoken quotas in movies and TV... and everywhere ... are just sickening, an affront to reason and aesthetics and efficiency. They are a kind of fake news. Fake art. Something I thought would be used only in the service of totalitarian ideologies. Or in the service of trying to sell you something. I’d rather have my art reflect reality, please!

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  80. Bleuteaux says:
    @syonredux
    Speaking of the Oscars, here's the last ten Best Picture winners:

    Shape of Water
    Moonlight
    Spotlight
    Birdman
    12 Years A Slave
    Argo
    The Artist
    The King's Speech
    Hurt Locker
    Slumdog Millionaire
    No Country for Old Men

    Talk about forgettable flicks. I actually had to look up Spotlight to find out what it was about, and that film won only a few years ago.Of them all, only No Country for Old Men seems to have had a real impact on popular culture.

    I’ve only heard of half of these, and seen zero.

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  81. BenKenobi says:
    @Brutusale
    The article states that April Sands' Twitter handle was Reign of April. Seems like more than a coincidence.

    Well, April is the cruelest month as you know.

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    A phrase coined by someone who never spent a February in New England.
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  82. @syonredux
    April Sands


    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/07/15/article-2692218-1FA53D6700000578-182_638x606.jpg


    April Reign


    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/01/18/17/304EE70B00000578-3405245-image-a-29_1453137203423.jpg

    What are the dates on those photos? April Sands seems to have more regular teeth than April Reign.

    100% OT

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    The Chicago teacher definitely needs the modified AK.
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  83. AndrewR says:
    @Giant Duck
    The OscarsSoWhite hashtag was started by a person calling herself April Reign. She used to be April Sands, an attorney at the Federal Election Commission who was fired for violating the Hatch Act (she was openly campaigning for Barack Obama from the FEC's building). She then reinvented herself as some kind of activist. The nasty political motivations of OscarsSoWhite seem clear and should be more widely known.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2692218/Another-recycled-hard-drive-Former-Lois-Lerner-deputy-prosecuted-fundraising-Democrats-job-FEC-destroyed-evidence.html

    The nastiness of that hashtag is pretty explicit. Not very subtle at all.

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  84. @syonredux
    Speaking of the Oscars, here's the last ten Best Picture winners:

    Shape of Water
    Moonlight
    Spotlight
    Birdman
    12 Years A Slave
    Argo
    The Artist
    The King's Speech
    Hurt Locker
    Slumdog Millionaire
    No Country for Old Men

    Talk about forgettable flicks. I actually had to look up Spotlight to find out what it was about, and that film won only a few years ago.Of them all, only No Country for Old Men seems to have had a real impact on popular culture.

    I have only seen 5 of these films , but agree they were all disappointing for Best picture winners

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  85. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    An exception that proves the rule. Crazy Negro Ving gives his bling away… to a wasp white male.

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  86. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @whorefinder
    Sad that McDormand exposed herself as a leftist white-hating groupthink follower. So glad she got her Oscar stolen, wish it had been permanent.

    I had thought that, as part of the secretly politically incorrect Cohen group, she wouldn't do that. Now it makes me question whether the Cohens really are as non-leftist as we've thought.

    As a side note, don't forget that Gary Oldman was picked by Nolan to be his Commissioner Gorden in all three Batman films, and his arc in those movies almost makes him the secret main character. His role is meant to parallel Bruce Wayne's, and it does so in many striking ways. But the point I'm making is that Nolan's Batman trilogy is anti-left wing, and Oldman almost certainly realized that, so the fact that he didn't speak out about it is important.

    Also, Oldman was picked to play the bad guy in The Contender, but ended up being very critical of the film when the movie was edited to be a paen to Hillary Clinton and left-wing politics and morality and attack Republicans as two-dimensional.

    Leftwing or rightwing, no one cares when watching Batwing fight some guy named Joker with cake cream on his face.

    Nolan’s BATMAN is crap.

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    lol to both points.
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  87. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Did the guy at least say “I’ma let you finish” when he took her statuette?

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  88. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Selvar
    Sorry Steve, my eyes saw the word "Oscars" and just sort of glazed over. Does anyone really care what thees inane virtue signalers think anymore? Personally, I'd save time and just do this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W0MlUBFFxA

    What’s really funny is how provincial these Oscarites are.

    They remind us that Hollywood has gone global, and it’s about the whole world.

    But there is still the ‘foreign film category’ and 99% of best film nominations are English or American movies. Can’t they at least call it’undocumented film’ category?

    Also, Hollywood seems to think the WHOLE WORLD should care about American politics. Oscars is broadcast all over the world but the only concern is We Hate Conservatives.

    Btw, did anyone mention that Libya was most like Wakanda.. and it was destroyed by neo-imperialism of the US? While black Africa had nothing to destroy, Gaddafi had turned Libya into a semi-modern nation, one of the best in Africa.

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  89. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    It’s almost as if del Toro finding refuge north of the border while his father’s kidnappers are, at least for now, bottled up south of the border is what Trump meant by implying that our immigration system should be reformed so that Mexico is sending their best.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkADiJCYS2k&start=13

    Yeah, well, somebody's gotta do it!

    LEBOWSKI’s got some weird sexual dynamics.

    Some Latino named Jesus who is a child molester.

    Some old Republican guy who is married to a young porn actress who could be his granddaughter.

    His ditzy flakey bohemian daughter who sleeps with a hippie to have her ‘baby jesus’.

    A Polish Catholic who ramboes the Vietnam War over and over by pretending to be Jew defending the Order… when his Jewish wife left him and uses him to watch her dog.

    And some dark force that serves as catalyst to the whole mess is some porno producer who is protected by the police as one of the upstanding members of society.
    In the 60s, the libertinists like Lebowski were for more nudity and legalization of porno movies.
    But fast forward to the early 90s, and the porno producer is the respectable member of society protected by cops. Sort of like GOP conservatives sucking up to casino sleazo Adelson.

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  90. The guy who stole the Oscar looks a lot like Jackie Wilson. Frances McDorkman be like “You better stop yo doggin’ me around.”

    There was another “Stop Doggin’ Me Around” (an entirely different song) by Johnnie Taylor.

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  91. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Art Deco
    The Coens gave the world A Serious Man. For shear, contrived, insufferable nihilism (not to mention the occasional howling anachronism), it can't be topped. That's cured me of ever wanting to see another film they've produced.

    I didn’t pay much mind to SERIOUS MAN the first time I saw it, but seeing it again, I think it’s one of their best.

    F-Troop. LOL.

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  92. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Art Deco
    in addition to exploring the age-old tragedy of bad things happening to good people. They apparently see a very big hole lurking in modern Judaism, which they chronicled in A Serious Man.

    They weren't exploring anything. They were just piling one contrived scenario on another. The portrayal of the rabbis was just another contrivance, not a 'hole in Judaism'. When you write the dialogue, you get to lampoon people by putting words in their mouth.

    Take a deep breath and ponder the parking lot.

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  93. @Steve Sailer
    This looks likely, but do you have a link proving that disgraced Obama Administration official April Sands and OscarsSoWhite founder April Reign are the same person?

    She uses the same twitter handle for her current activism as she used for her illegal political activity, “@ReignofApril.” She was campaigning for Obama with it in 2012:

    http://reason.com/blog/2014/07/15/fec-recycled-hard-drive-of-attorney-unde

    And she’s campaigning for OscarsSoWhite with it now:

    https://twitter.com/ReignOfApril

    Amazingly blatant stuff, yet she’s never called out for her past violations of the public trust. See for example this fawning profile:

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/april-reign-oscarssowhite_us_56d21088e4b03260bf771018

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    This is an antisemitic—well, I’d call it more slur than dogwhistle at this point. In 2018 this is an official government statement.
     
    As all readers of this site know, Danya Ruttenberg is a actually real person and not an alt-right parody Jew troll account.
    , @Anon
    "Antisemitic" is code-word for "Worship Jews and never criticize them".
    , @EdwardM
    Mulvaney's statement is quite the non-sequitur. As if being a "globalist" is mutually exclusive from being the smartest, best co-worker he's had?

    One wonders if Mulvaney is just trolling -- which, I guess, might meet that the "rabbi" has a point?
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  95. Shape of Water
    Moonlight
    Spotlight
    Birdman
    12 Years A Slave
    Argo
    The Artist
    The King’s Speech
    Hurt Locker
    Slumdog Millionaire
    No Country for Old Men

    Talk about forgettable flicks. I actually had to look up Spotlight to find out what it was about, and that film won only a few years ago.Of them all, only No Country for Old Men seems to have had a real impact on popular culture.

    I actually liked eight those films (I never saw 12 YEARS A SLAVE, or MOONLIGHT), and yet I’m still inclined to agree. Ironically, I’d say SPOTLIGHT might be the one to track down and see, among the relative obscurities. It’s not entirely clear why relative obscurities are winning Best Picture awards these days, however.

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    Oscar voters try to be hip so they pick out oddities like "Birdman" to all get behind, but that just means that the reputations of the Best Picture winners suffer because it exposes weird movies where if you discovered it yourself, you might praise it in a Glass-Half-Full manner to tons of Glass-Half-Empty criticism.

    Oscar voters aren't any better than anybody else at predicting what will be influential in the future, especially because they are pretty old.

    They should just reward well-made traditional Oscarish movies like "The King's Speech," which is really funny and has excellent performances.

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  96. OFF TOPIC

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling the Democrats in California that harboring illegal alien invaders is a crime and an attack on the rule of law. The Democrats in California have declared that California is a so-called “sanctuary state” for illegal alien invaders.

    I say Attorney General Jeff Sessions must begin arresting the Democrats who have harbored illegal alien invaders or his words will be hollow.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

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  97. whorefinder says: • Website
    @Anon
    Leftwing or rightwing, no one cares when watching Batwing fight some guy named Joker with cake cream on his face.

    Nolan's BATMAN is crap.

    lol to both points.

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  98. Art Deco says:
    @Antlitz Grollheim
    That's the point, it's the book of Job.

    That’s the point, it’s the book of Job.

    No, that’s the pretense. Or perhaps it’s a parody of the Book of Job.

    Flannery O’Connor offered that literature trades in the possible, not the probable. A talented wordsmith can incorporate the odd and fantastic into an engaging narrative. They don’t do that. They rig every aspect of it down to the petty details and the result is an accumulation of twaddle.

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    Art, I watched a show, that played "Oh, Brother.....etc." and said it was based on Ulysses and the Odyssey. Actually made a pretty strong case for it.
    , @syonredux

    That’s the point, it’s the book of Job.

    No, that’s the pretense. Or perhaps it’s a parody of the Book of Job.
     
    Parody of Job plus the Tzadikim Nistarim



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tzadikim_Nistarim

    What I like about it, though, is how it marks the first time that the Cohen Bros have mined their own backgrounds for settings and characters.
    , @Antlitz Grollheim
    You make a compelling case, now I want to watch it again.
    , @middle aged vet . . .
    Art D., Flannery (Franny to her friends - did you know that?) was of course almost right in that quote - she is sort of the Platonic ideal of a second-rate writer with first rate ideas, and the idea in that quote is one of those first rate ideas- thanks for quoting her to such good effect. (And almost right is pretty good, in this world.)

    You couldn't have paid her to be a movie reviewer, not if you had a million bucks to offer her, because ...

    well, to change the subject, sort of ...

    I have never seen a "Coen Brothers" movie unless the Big Lebowski is such a movie; it wasn't bad, but ...


    Art, I wonder if you really think, in your heart of hearts, that there has ever been a "movie" which has attained the status of art, in a way that someone with the heart of a true artist would appreciate.

    I have nothing bad to say about John Wayne or Gail Russell, at the top of their game, or Jimmy Stewart or Ava Gardner, all magicians of the first order, but ...

    Imagine (or remember) a day when you truly understood a work of art that was created by someone who was a genuine artist.

    Then imagine the best movie you ever saw.

    The question answers itself. The best movie you ever saw simply was no more a work of art to compare with the true work of art that first impressed you (a poem, a novel, a painting, maybe even a well-told story by someone very intelligent whom you knew in real life) than the "gold medal" my ex-girlfriend's adopted son with Down's Syndrome (spelled that way on purpose) won at the Special Olympics compares with a "real gold medal" won by someone who won a "real gold medal" in a real Olympics event. God bless the kids who win gold medals at the Special Olympics, and most of us are not kind enough to people with special challenges, and we should praise the Special Olympics winners, and tell them they are great, and super inspiring, and tell them they are just like, in their way, the real Olympics winners, but let's face it, the Oscars are the Special Olympics of the world of art in Western Civilization.

    Thanks for reading. Live not by lies.

    There is no art that has been created in the last 2000 years that will last and be considered worth the time of future generations, except to the degree that the artist echoes the truths that Jesus Christ, the greatest artist of all, explained again and again, in story after story, in miracle after miracle, in saying after saying, in human action after human action. Not because Jesus Christ explained them - that is not the point - but because they are true. And as humans, we, unlike our fellow comedians the monkeys and the dogs and the cats and the boars and the dolphins (just to name a few I could talk about who are mammals - there are also the comic-capable cephalopods and the birds and the almost comic-capable higher insects to think about, in addition) - we were created to be first in line to denounce that which is insufficiently true (should the need arise, which it did ... sadly, back in the Garden of Eden - try and remember that!) --- to artistically denounce that which is not true. That, Art, is art, that is what art is all about, and that is what very few movies even try to be about for more than a few moments in every hour.

    But golly gee those special effects in Inception, and those tracking shots in the little beach town in Dunkirk, sure were impressive (sorry I am a few years belated). And Nolan is a pretty good little director, one of the best, maybe even.
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  99. Aardvark says:
    @Charles Pewitt
    McDormand was adopted out of Chicago and she lives in a mostly White fancy pants town. McDormand is a hypocrite sleazebag who says she loves "diversity" and wants that codified and contractualized in Jew-controlled Hollywood. She was recently photographed in some contortionary poses in the magazine or paper where I got the facts of her being adopted and living with rich White people.

    McDormand joins the list of hypocrite sleazebag baby boomers who scream about how much they love Blacks and non-Europeans and non-Whites but won't live anywhere near them. Rob Reiner, Hillary Clinton and plenty of other hypocrite baby boomer millionaires are engaging in an attack on regular White people of modest means by pushing policies that destroy White towns and neighborhoods, but they won't ever live in a town that has loads of non-Whites.

    Rob Reiner supports making Malibu a so-called "sanctuary city" for illegal aliens. Attorney General Jeff Sessions should arrest and incarcerate the government figures in Malibu, California who declared that Malibu is a safe harbor for illegal alien invaders. The plutocrat scum in Malibu want the illegal aliens for cheap labor, they don't want them to live in Malibu.

    Hillary Clinton says she loves non-Whites, but she moved to the mostly White town of Chappaqua, New York, in order to live amongst her fellow plutocrat White people.

    Along the lines of talking the talk but not walking the walk, it also seems the same crowd eschews diversity when it comes to marriage. It seems simple to observe that white people overwhelming marry white people and blacks to blacks and so on. To me if McDormand thought there needed to be so much diversity wouldn’t wouldn’t she be shacked up with someone non-white?

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  100. Coag says:

    Back in the late 90s and early aughts Errol Morris the filmmaker made a series of TV commercials for Miller High Life beer that was an affectionate caricature of the traditional Normal-American male, mining the Cold War-era middle class family man’s mannerisms and prejudices for gently humorous effect. He played up the solid and sober Apollo mission control chic in his characters who were mostly middle aged white guys with some middle aged black guys making an appearance too. He really captured a nice little bit of Americana. It’s really too bad today’s filmmakers will only put a Normal-American on screen as an object of derision and/or pure hate. Anyways this is a nice example of the Miller High Life commercials, really packing in the references to Woody Guthrie, Barry Goldwater, and with a narrator who sounds like he would be a dues-paying member of the John Birch Society:

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  101. Kylie says:
    @Stan d Mute
    OT, but illustrative of something important.

    Paul Allen again proves he is among the unsung heroes of our (or any) time. While Gates and Buffett toss billions into causing massive African overpopulation and ultimately incredible misery, Allen creates jobs and tech that may one day ensure survival of our species.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/03/06/why-is-paul-allen-building-the-worlds-largest-airplane-perhaps-to-launch-a-space-shuttle-called-black-ice/

    Was it his lymphoma that drove him to such greatness?

    “Was it his lymphoma that drove him to such greatness?”

    Wonderful!

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  102. Danindc says:
    @Sternhammer
    Steve, you left out the best female role in all the Coen Brother's movies. Marcia Gay Harden was fantastic as Verna in their 1920's gangster flick Miller's Crossing. Turturro, Buscemi and JE Freeman are all great as a murderous love triangle of Non-Saintly Gays.

    You should check that one out. Talk about an Ode to White Men.

    Miller’s Crossing is a masterpiece. I would love to hear Steve’s thoughts on that film.

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  103. whorefinder says: • Website
    @syonredux
    Speaking of the Oscars, here's the last ten Best Picture winners:

    Shape of Water
    Moonlight
    Spotlight
    Birdman
    12 Years A Slave
    Argo
    The Artist
    The King's Speech
    Hurt Locker
    Slumdog Millionaire
    No Country for Old Men

    Talk about forgettable flicks. I actually had to look up Spotlight to find out what it was about, and that film won only a few years ago.Of them all, only No Country for Old Men seems to have had a real impact on popular culture.

    Spotlight is an interesting case, not because of the film (forgettable), but because it was another “Catholic priests are pedophiles, and the Church covers it up, those hypocritical conservatives!” that really had to cover up the truth: it wasn’t pedophiles, it was homosexuals, and it was other homosexuals in the upper clergy covering up more aggressive homosexual underlings preying on confused teenage boys, not children.

    The homosexual corruption of the Church hierarchy since Vatican II is never the bad guy in Hollywood, and yet it is the cause of 99% of the scandals.

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    The most memorable part of "Spotlight" is when the reporters finally track down one of these monster Catholic priests and he turns out to be ... a lonely elderly alcoholic effeminate gay.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    WF, Buffalo Catholics are currently reeling over the revelation that a Diocesean priest molested, his words, "dozens of young boys." He was shuttled from parish to parish. I was in Cleveland this weekend but apparently the homily included reference to this fact, actually, crime. The Buffalo News published the names of all the known priest pervs and it was at least twenty.
    , @TheMediumIsTheMassage
    I think the Church attracts gay pedophiles because it's a surefire way of interacting with children as an authority figure and in the kind of dogmatic, oppressive environment where they are more likely to stay silent. I don't know if a study has been done on this, but I would not be surprised if it meant the rest of gays had a significantly lower proportion of pedophiles as a result. They all self-select into the profession that will allow them to carry out their desires.

    And on a side note, it's interesting how the highly gay world of Catholic priesthood has virtually no interaction with the 'mainstream gay world' (the Human Rights Campaign, RuPaul Drag Race, Anderson Cooper, etc), which, as the particularly attentive gay man that I am, I suspect is far more populated by what we call 'bottoms' and who certainly have no interest in anything resembling a small child, preferring Hugh Jackman look-a-likes instead (that's why when Mario Testino was recently me too'd, his muscled male model victim accused him of beckoning him to "play the man while he [Mario] would play the girl").
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  104. whorefinder says: • Website
    @syonredux
    Speaking of the Oscars, here's the last ten Best Picture winners:

    Shape of Water
    Moonlight
    Spotlight
    Birdman
    12 Years A Slave
    Argo
    The Artist
    The King's Speech
    Hurt Locker
    Slumdog Millionaire
    No Country for Old Men

    Talk about forgettable flicks. I actually had to look up Spotlight to find out what it was about, and that film won only a few years ago.Of them all, only No Country for Old Men seems to have had a real impact on popular culture.

    Of them all, only No Country for Old Men seems to have had a real impact on popular culture.

    Artistic director + serial killer=long impact.

    I recently rewatched the original Manhunter, made by Michael Mann in the 1980s. Still holds up, still an excellent serial killer film. It’s criminal it took an other decade and a half for William Peterson to achieve stardom.

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    I don’t think Anton Chigurh was a serial killer. He was death incarnate.
    , @syonredux

    I recently rewatched the original Manhunter, made by Michael Mann in the 1980s. Still holds up, still an excellent serial killer film. It’s criminal it took an other decade and a half for William Peterson to achieve stardom.
     
    I like it better than Silence of the Lambs.For my money, Brian Cox's Hannibal Lecter eclipses Hopkins':


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN244X4OiLQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuD9_Axxp1o
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  105. jim jones says:

    I am still waiting for the Chinese cultural juggernaut to roll over the Oscars

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  106. I am loathe to compliment authority figures, but I must say Steve Sailer’s above article was enjoyable, witty and insightful.

    The Coen brothers are another reason why I like American Jews.

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  107. J.Ross says: • Website

    If SNL still existed they would exploit the hell out of that line about a “team” of highly trained and carefully selected specialists dedicated to snatching a statuette out of an old lady’s hand.
    >It’s almost too easy.

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  108. @YetAnotherAnon
    What are the dates on those photos? April Sands seems to have more regular teeth than April Reign.

    100% OT

    https://twitter.com/AmirSariaslan/status/969211572244623361

    The Chicago teacher definitely needs the modified AK.

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  109. Truth says:
    @MEH 0910

    RACIST WHITE movie stars take oscar statue from black man

     

    It's Baltimore all over again.

    http://i.imgur.com/QEVaXxG.jpg

    All bullshit like everything else you people are encouraged to swallow, Old Sport.

    They actually staged the photo a few times, photoshopped and selected the best one.

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    Here is a video of the redhead stealing the poor black man's purse. You are saying that this was staged by crisis actors?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aNwSO2z4yA
    , @Dennis Dale
    Truth, you're making yourself the Alex Jones of low-end trolls. Come on man.
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  110. @MEH 0910

    RACIST WHITE movie stars take oscar statue from black man

     

    It's Baltimore all over again.

    http://i.imgur.com/QEVaXxG.jpg

    That’s Charles Street near the Inner Harbor. Long AGO, no country for a White man.

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  111. Truth says:
    @syonredux
    Speaking of the Oscars, here's the last ten Best Picture winners:

    Shape of Water
    Moonlight
    Spotlight
    Birdman
    12 Years A Slave
    Argo
    The Artist
    The King's Speech
    Hurt Locker
    Slumdog Millionaire
    No Country for Old Men

    Talk about forgettable flicks. I actually had to look up Spotlight to find out what it was about, and that film won only a few years ago.Of them all, only No Country for Old Men seems to have had a real impact on popular culture.

    An impact that will be felt for CENTURIES!

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  112. @syonredux
    Speaking of the Oscars, here's the last ten Best Picture winners:

    Shape of Water
    Moonlight
    Spotlight
    Birdman
    12 Years A Slave
    Argo
    The Artist
    The King's Speech
    Hurt Locker
    Slumdog Millionaire
    No Country for Old Men

    Talk about forgettable flicks. I actually had to look up Spotlight to find out what it was about, and that film won only a few years ago.Of them all, only No Country for Old Men seems to have had a real impact on popular culture.

    In black neighborhoods of New York and Jersey City, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD WHITE MEN was a popular bumper sticker in 2008 – – – with photos of George W. Bush and John McCain prominently attached.

    Barack Obama is THE MESSIAH (. . . and I mean it, Man!).

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  113. @Achmed E. Newman
    I like your title here on this unz post better, but also I wouldn't call a 60 y/o a Trophy Wife unless I were about 95.

    Anyway, as much as I've written here about hating, or just not caring, about Hollywood, and about any movie since the early '90's or so, I have always like the Coen Brother's movies. I should say, at least the ones I've seen, so I thank you for the recommendations in the Takimag article.

    Maybe the fact that they don't make any effort to be PC is why I like those movies, come to think of it.

    AEN, Even at 72 I find Frances, while a great actress, a little hard on the eyes. That’s why I was shocked that she does a semi-nude scene in “Laurel Canyon.” Don’t need to see that.

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    Don’t need to see that.
     
    I don't even need to hear about it!

    ;-}
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  114. OT: Jeff Sessions today in California.

    I hope Steve will write about this. His state is committing a kind of secession from the union, and here the Attorney General of the United States makes the point.

    (Though not the best or most complete copy of the speech, this one begins at a key point. What Sessions says here is particularly meaningful coming from a Southerner.)

    It is going to be interesting to see what happens between Steve’s state and our Union over the next few months and years…

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    Buzz, Visit SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle online for some eye opening comments.
    , @Anonym
    OT: Jeff Sessions today in California.

    Sessions must read Ben Garrison.

    https://grrrgraphics.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/stefan_sessions_ben_garrison-1024x775.jpg

    Roll in ths tanks!
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  115. @Charles Pewitt
    McDormand was adopted out of Chicago and she lives in a mostly White fancy pants town. McDormand is a hypocrite sleazebag who says she loves "diversity" and wants that codified and contractualized in Jew-controlled Hollywood. She was recently photographed in some contortionary poses in the magazine or paper where I got the facts of her being adopted and living with rich White people.

    McDormand joins the list of hypocrite sleazebag baby boomers who scream about how much they love Blacks and non-Europeans and non-Whites but won't live anywhere near them. Rob Reiner, Hillary Clinton and plenty of other hypocrite baby boomer millionaires are engaging in an attack on regular White people of modest means by pushing policies that destroy White towns and neighborhoods, but they won't ever live in a town that has loads of non-Whites.

    Rob Reiner supports making Malibu a so-called "sanctuary city" for illegal aliens. Attorney General Jeff Sessions should arrest and incarcerate the government figures in Malibu, California who declared that Malibu is a safe harbor for illegal alien invaders. The plutocrat scum in Malibu want the illegal aliens for cheap labor, they don't want them to live in Malibu.

    Hillary Clinton says she loves non-Whites, but she moved to the mostly White town of Chappaqua, New York, in order to live amongst her fellow plutocrat White people.

    Charles, apparently there are different levels of whiteness, that we will never achieve.

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  116. The Rev. Al : the Dem’s natural choice to beat Trump in 2020!

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  117. Anonym says:
    @Anon
    https://twitter.com/TheRaDR/status/971353311566860289

    This is an antisemitic—well, I’d call it more slur than dogwhistle at this point. In 2018 this is an official government statement.

    As all readers of this site know, Danya Ruttenberg is a actually real person and not an alt-right parody Jew troll account.

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  118. @Obsessive Contrarian
    Point taken, but I find McDormand's refusal to strut around plastered in makeup and dripping in jewels and "dressed" by a stylist to be refreshing. She's not beautiful and she knows it, but the photo in your TakiMag article shows that she has striking blue eyes. I believe that when she was young and a theater actress in NYC, this helped her get parts.

    Jennifer Lawrence is looking very bad nowadays. Way too much makeup.

    Obsessive….Jennifer Lawrence has a certain “hotness”, but not great looking. My favorite JL line is from “Silver Lining Playbook,” “I’m not a slut. Well I used to be a slut.”

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    Extensive leaks, spoiler reviews, and webms from "Russians are sooo evilll," or "Red Sparrow," suggest that Hollywood is really hoping there are a lot of people who still haven't seen her naked, and are also really sick. The marketing of this movie is interesting because here is an extended sadism fantasy being sold with interviews sniping at that "boil," Harvey Weinstein. Good thing we got rid of that awful sexist, so now we can pour cold water on a bound naked chick held in a stress position.
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  119. eric says:
    @rogue-one
    From the article:

    >In other comic events at the Oscars, the newly diversified Academy voters celebrated their #MeToo moment by handing a Best Animated Short Oscar to retired basketball star Kobe Bryant. Kobe spent much of 2004 on trial on charges of raping a 19-year-old white woman. But she eventually dropped her criminal accusation and settled out of court with him for an undisclosed sum. So I guess that makes it all right. Plus, she was white.

    The last sentence "Plus, she was white" deserves an Oscar for litotes of the year.

    Kobe was found innocent, and appropriately so. She had 3 men’s semen in her for the rape kit, and basically went uninvited to his room to have sex with him. Then she regretted it. It’s a sin in the eyes of God, but not American law, for celebrities to have sex with groupies.

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    Possibly. Or she was gang-raped by Kobe & friends.

    That said, the point Steve was probably making is that under identical conditions, if Kobe were a white, male, celebrity and the accuser were a "person of color", the media class wouldn't consider Kobe innocent.
    , @Twodees Partain
    Bryant was found not guilty, "Innocent" isn't the legal term for beating a charge..
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  120. @Art Deco
    That’s the point, it’s the book of Job.

    No, that's the pretense. Or perhaps it's a parody of the Book of Job.


    Flannery O'Connor offered that literature trades in the possible, not the probable. A talented wordsmith can incorporate the odd and fantastic into an engaging narrative. They don't do that. They rig every aspect of it down to the petty details and the result is an accumulation of twaddle.

    Art, I watched a show, that played “Oh, Brother…..etc.” and said it was based on Ulysses and the Odyssey. Actually made a pretty strong case for it.

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    Yes. They literally talk at one point about "Syrenes." The old blind black railroad guy at the very beginning is either Homer or the Seer. The sherriff is obviously a Fury.
    --------
    I love that Art is horrified at Serious Man's nihilism. I skipped it because I was afraid it would be like Mamet's Homicide, taking an indefensibly bucolic position and then abandoning its defense with pseudo-Dadaism. Guess I'll have to look into it now.
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  121. @Buzz Mohawk
    OT: Jeff Sessions today in California.

    I hope Steve will write about this. His state is committing a kind of secession from the union, and here the Attorney General of the United States makes the point.

    (Though not the best or most complete copy of the speech, this one begins at a key point. What Sessions says here is particularly meaningful coming from a Southerner.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9xKXesDdiE

    It is going to be interesting to see what happens between Steve's state and our Union over the next few months and years...

    Buzz, Visit SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle online for some eye opening comments.

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  122. Anonym says:
    @Buzz Mohawk
    OT: Jeff Sessions today in California.

    I hope Steve will write about this. His state is committing a kind of secession from the union, and here the Attorney General of the United States makes the point.

    (Though not the best or most complete copy of the speech, this one begins at a key point. What Sessions says here is particularly meaningful coming from a Southerner.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9xKXesDdiE

    It is going to be interesting to see what happens between Steve's state and our Union over the next few months and years...

    OT: Jeff Sessions today in California.

    Sessions must read Ben Garrison.

    Roll in ths tanks!

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  123. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-coen-brothers-the-oscars-are-not-that-important

    Oscar-winning duo Joel and Ethan Coen let out matching bemused groans at the mention of the hot-button #OscarsSoWhite controversy as we discussed their latest film, the 1950s-set backstage Hollywood comedy Hail, Caesar!, during a recent stop in Beverly Hills.

    “[That’s] assigning way too much importance to the awards,” said Joel, whose latest film with co-helmer and brother Ethan follows a day in the life of a Golden Age of Hollywood fixer (Josh Brolin) tasked with keeping his studio’s stars and scandals under wraps.

    “By making such a big deal, you’re assuming that these things really matter. I don’t think they even matter much from an economic point of view,” he continued. “So yes, it’s true—and it’s also true that it’s escalating the whole subject to a level it doesn’t actually deserve.”

    “Diversity’s important,” clarified Coen, who with his brother has won four Oscars and earned 10 more nominations including a Best Screenplay nod for Bridge of Spies, for which they’ll vie at this month’s 88th Academy Awards show. “The Oscars are not that important.”

    [...]

    Such overwhelming whiteness could conceivably be explained away by pointing to the milieu of Tinseltown circa the 1950s, when the industry’s racial demographic was far less diverse than it is today. I asked the Coens to respond to criticisms that there aren’t more minority characters in the film. In other words, why is #HailCaesarSoWhite?

    “Why would there be?” countered Joel Coen. “I don’t understand the question. No—I understand that you’re asking the question, I don’t understand where the question comes from.

    “Not why people want more diversity—why they would single out a particular movie and say, ‘Why aren’t there black or Chinese or Martians in this movie? What’s going on?’ That’s the question I don’t understand. The person who asks that question has to come in the room and explain it to me.”

    As filmmakers, is it important or not important to consciously factor in concerns like diversity, I asked.

    “Not in the least!” Ethan answered. “It’s important to tell the story you’re telling in the right way, which might involve black people or people of whatever heritage or ethnicity—or it might not.”

    “It’s an absolute, absurd misunderstanding of how things get made to single out any particular story and say, ‘Why aren’t there this, that, or the other thing?’” added Joel. “It’s a fundamental misunderstanding of how stories are written. So you have to start there and say, ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about.’”

    He continued: “You don’t sit down and write a story and say, ‘I’m going to write a story that involves four black people, three Jews, and a dog,’—right? That’s not how stories get written. If you don’t understand that, you don’t understand anything about how stories get written and you don’t realize that the question you’re asking is idiotic.

    “It’s not an illegitimate thing to say there should be more diversity in an industry,” concluded Joel. “But that’s not what that question is about. That question is about something else.”

    For the record, Joel Coen and Frances McDormand’s only child is an adopted Paraguayan son hilariously named Pedro McDormand Coen. The constant nettling that sangfroid, no-bullshit, intellectual Joel must receive at home from his obnoxious, sanctimonious wife and, shall we say, probably less high-minded son is the sort of domestic aggrievement that seems great for fueling the particularly resentful artistic creativity of the Coen brothers. It’s a good excuse to be out on location for months at a time, too.

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    https://youtu.be/kVqO-xdGtbk

    I think Gus Petch is my favorite Coen bros character, and a dignified entry in the diversity register.
    , @a reader

    probably less high-minded son
     
    Might be.
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  124. @European-American
    I also like and appreciate Coen brother movies, but they all have a kind of coldness that keeps me from loving them. I feel like they manipulate characters like toys in their perfectly tasteful and clever décors and situations. But they lack real emotion.

    Except for A Serious Man, which pace @Art Deco’s comments, I found more genuine and moving, no doubt because of the autobiographical elements. Maybe their growing up in Minnesota is what also makes Fargo more genuine.

    By contrast, a film like O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a lovely and somewhat loving homage, but it still ends up feeling more like shallow caricature.

    Oops, that should have read “pace Art Deco’s comments”, but I put an at-sign in front of Art Deco’s name, and the whole thing got erased, but only after the article was published. A small #unzbug.

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  125. njguy73 says:
    @syonredux
    Speaking of the Oscars, here's the last ten Best Picture winners:

    Shape of Water
    Moonlight
    Spotlight
    Birdman
    12 Years A Slave
    Argo
    The Artist
    The King's Speech
    Hurt Locker
    Slumdog Millionaire
    No Country for Old Men

    Talk about forgettable flicks. I actually had to look up Spotlight to find out what it was about, and that film won only a few years ago.Of them all, only No Country for Old Men seems to have had a real impact on popular culture.

    Talk about forgettable flicks.

    Can you name eleven films made since 2006 that have had greater impact on popular culture?

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    Talk about forgettable flicks.

    Can you name eleven films made since 2006 that have had greater impact on popular culture?
     
    Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008) and the first Iron Man movie (also 2008) come to mind.
    , @Anonymous
    Iron Man (herald of Marvel Studios' dominance)
    Christopher Nolan movies, especially Batman and Inception
    Twilight
    Frozen
    The Hunger Games
    The Fast and the Furious sequels
    Disney Star Wars
    Avatar
    Transformers
    300
    Pixar movies

    A pretty depressing list. RIP movies for adults.
    , @Nico
    The others’ responses were perfect.

    I’ll just add that I came from one of the first batches of millennials, graduating college in 2007. I have since noticed that 2007 seems to have been the last year there was a high concentration of watchable and reasonably intelligent films coming out. Since that time my generation has entered the work force (sort of) and exerted its influence, to the infinite detriment of everyone and everything, but especially of cultural products. That Lena Dunham is held up as “the voice of our generation” is all the reason I need to hate mine.
    , @bomag
    Well, let's look at the ten winners before these:

    The Departed
    Crash
    Million Dollar Baby
    Lord of the Rings, Return of the King
    Chicago
    A Beautiful Mind
    Gladiator
    American Beauty
    Shakespeare in Love
    Titanic

    Seems to be a little more gravitas.

    Has movie making in general become more "forgettable", or just nominees?
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  126. @European-American
    I also like and appreciate Coen brother movies, but they all have a kind of coldness that keeps me from loving them. I feel like they manipulate characters like toys in their perfectly tasteful and clever décors and situations. But they lack real emotion.

    Except for A Serious Man, which pace @Art Deco’s comments, I found more genuine and moving, no doubt because of the autobiographical elements. Maybe their growing up in Minnesota is what also makes Fargo more genuine.

    By contrast, a film like O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a lovely and somewhat loving homage, but it still ends up feeling more like shallow caricature.

    Well, O Brother, Where Art Thou, is structured like Homer’s Odyssey, so this accounts for the herky-jerky progression from one episode to the next. Not naturalistic, and the screenplay has no such intent at all. You can lay the two stories next to one another and compare the episodes. A little tongue in cheek, though…

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  127. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Buffalo Joe
    Art, I watched a show, that played "Oh, Brother.....etc." and said it was based on Ulysses and the Odyssey. Actually made a pretty strong case for it.

    Yes. They literally talk at one point about “Syrenes.” The old blind black railroad guy at the very beginning is either Homer or the Seer. The sherriff is obviously a Fury.
    ——–
    I love that Art is horrified at Serious Man’s nihilism. I skipped it because I was afraid it would be like Mamet’s Homicide, taking an indefensibly bucolic position and then abandoning its defense with pseudo-Dadaism. Guess I’ll have to look into it now.

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    JR, almost too cerebral for me, but the "Big Lebowski" had nihilists as the bad guys.
    , @sayless
    Last fall I watched A Serious Man with a friend who's going to die in the next year or two probably.

    As the credits rolled she said, That's my story. And it was, too.

    It moved me and made me laugh and it made her laugh too.

    Worth watching, yes.
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  128. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Buffalo Joe
    Obsessive....Jennifer Lawrence has a certain "hotness", but not great looking. My favorite JL line is from "Silver Lining Playbook," "I'm not a slut. Well I used to be a slut."

    Extensive leaks, spoiler reviews, and webms from “Russians are sooo evilll,” or “Red Sparrow,” suggest that Hollywood is really hoping there are a lot of people who still haven’t seen her naked, and are also really sick. The marketing of this movie is interesting because here is an extended sadism fantasy being sold with interviews sniping at that “boil,” Harvey Weinstein. Good thing we got rid of that awful sexist, so now we can pour cold water on a bound naked chick held in a stress position.

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    JR, funny, even with her "hotness" I don't think a nude will attract a larger audience. Are they hyping her nudity?
    , @Jim Don Bob
    I tried reading one of the books in the Red Sparrow series and gave up after half an hour. It was dreadful. I was surprised because it was written by an ex CIA guy who'd actually spend most of his career overseas. Charles McCarry's books are much better.
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  129. @Giant Duck
    The OscarsSoWhite hashtag was started by a person calling herself April Reign. She used to be April Sands, an attorney at the Federal Election Commission who was fired for violating the Hatch Act (she was openly campaigning for Barack Obama from the FEC's building). She then reinvented herself as some kind of activist. The nasty political motivations of OscarsSoWhite seem clear and should be more widely known.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2692218/Another-recycled-hard-drive-Former-Lois-Lerner-deputy-prosecuted-fundraising-Democrats-job-FEC-destroyed-evidence.html

    Thanks. But is there a more definite statement somewhere that April Sands and April Reign are the same person?

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    Not that I know of. I think that's why this is interesting. This person apparently committed a serious breach of public trust: she was a lawyer with the Federal Election Commission and was actively campaigning for a particular presidential candidate (Obama) from her government office. An FEC lawyer campaigning for a presidential candidate at work is like a Securities & Exchange Commission lawyer engaged in insider trading from the SEC's headquarters. Only worse, since it negatively impacts our democracy, which I had the impression was a huge deal right now.

    She then reinvents herself as an activist with a new last name, but uses the same twitter handle that got her caught campaigning for Obama. She succeeds in pushing "OscarsSoWhite" into the public discourse, and is now viewed as an expert in the "correct" racial balancing in Hollywood films. She recently launched some kind of racially-based casting service, to fight "whitewashing."

    There have been dozens of positive articles about her, and none of them draw a connection between her past malfeasance at the FEC and her current activism. The question is, why? With her apparent track record, is this a person we want influencing public discourse? At least, shouldn't people know the background and past actions of the person who is wielding such influence via Twitter and the media?

    Yet no one explicitly draws the connection. I'm not a journalist so I wouldn't know, but really, is it that hard to find? Has anyone asked her?

    , @Giant Duck
    The tweets that got her in trouble (as shown in this Daily Mail article) are still on her ReignofApril twitter feed - apparently she never deleted them.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2692218/Another-recycled-hard-drive-Former-Lois-Lerner-deputy-prosecuted-fundraising-Democrats-job-FEC-destroyed-evidence.html

    and

    https://twitter.com/ReignOfApril/status/209774386390114304
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  130. @freebird
    I guess I am old-fashioned but I refuse to watch any movie that has a black in it in a leading role. The only exception is Denzel Washington who is fantastic. All the other blacks that get cast are bad actors, ugly, and are simply cultural and social tokens used by Hollywood to absolve themselves of what they really think about blacks. And remember paying money to see a movie is a personal choice no one is being forced to pay to watch this crap.

    It’s not just as a leading role. I am increasingly turned off by the fakeness of casting blacks in most roles. Especially “token” roles, where it’s obvious the person was cast to satisfy a diversity requirement.

    Here’s an old example: I recently rewatched Terminator 2: Judgment Day. A fine scifi flick. But it’s a bit spoiled by having the computer genius character “Miles Dyson” played by the actor Joe Morton, who is black.

    I’m not saying it’s impossible for the genius who plays the key role in inventing the software and hardware that facilitates the rise of intelligent machines to be black. It’s just highly unlikely. And movies work better with typical characters, not atypical characters, unless the point of the movie is somehow related to the atypicality.

    This character should be a moving one. He realizes with horror what his single-minded dedication to the passion of his life, better computers, has wrought. And he sacrifices himself to try to stop it. This should remind us of the scientists of the Manhattan Project. Or of rocket designers. But this character doesn’t look like any of those guys, so the potential power of his character is diluted into silliness. He’s a fine actor but looks and acts nothing like a chip or software designer.

    These unspoken quotas in movies and TV… and everywhere … are just sickening, an affront to reason and aesthetics and efficiency. They are a kind of fake news. Fake art. Something I thought would be used only in the service of totalitarian ideologies. Or in the service of trying to sell you something. I’d rather have my art reflect reality, please!

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    I just saw a black man at an 1840s leftist meeting in Paris asking a tough question in "The Young Karl Marx."
    , @Anonym
    Before T2 there was some, uh, Pryor art:

    https://youtu.be/iLw9OBV7HYA

    That was back when green on black monochrome wasn't just the hacker/unix aesthetic on xterm windows.

    Here is Don Knuth, a renowned German-American computer scientist on why c̶o̶m̶m̶e̶n̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶U̶n̶z̶.̶c̶o̶m̶ email is a waste of your life. I like listening to him, but maybe Pryor has the sort of charisma to better suit a movie, and can dumb it down enough to suit a 85+ IQ LCD. Possibly they think "Hell, if Richard Pryor or Samuel L Jackson can't read the script, maybe it's going to sail over the heads of the audience."

    https://youtu.be/QS8qwMna8_o

    The black computer programmer/hacker is such a common trope, one wonders if there is some sort of memo that goes out to casting directors. Is there another reason for that? You know where I'm going with this - THE JOOOOOS lol - but besides Kevin Mitnick and the Stuxnet coders there are at least as many famous goy infamous hackers, probably more judging by the top ten lists out there. But certainly the devious computer hacker is something that Jews probably don't want to be associated with as a trope.
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  131. syonredux says:
    @Art Deco
    That’s the point, it’s the book of Job.

    No, that's the pretense. Or perhaps it's a parody of the Book of Job.


    Flannery O'Connor offered that literature trades in the possible, not the probable. A talented wordsmith can incorporate the odd and fantastic into an engaging narrative. They don't do that. They rig every aspect of it down to the petty details and the result is an accumulation of twaddle.

    That’s the point, it’s the book of Job.

    No, that’s the pretense. Or perhaps it’s a parody of the Book of Job.

    Parody of Job plus the Tzadikim Nistarim

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tzadikim_Nistarim

    What I like about it, though, is how it marks the first time that the Cohen Bros have mined their own backgrounds for settings and characters.

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  132. Anon7 says:

    Now that 75 cents of every movie dollar is made outside the United States, I thought that Hollywood has been trying to make their movies look more like the rest of the world (especially China). A generation or two ago, the rest of the world longed to see what white people were doing in the US, the better to learn English and acculturate (for that run to the border, perhaps).

    I keep thinking that’s the real driving force behind formulaic diversity in film.

    As for The Shape of Water, everything I’ve ever seen or heard about it is derivative. Isn’t it just The Creature From the Black Lagoon, where Abe Sapien from Hellboy (complete with Victorian accoutrements) fin-ally makes it with the girl?

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  133. syonredux says:
    @njguy73

    Talk about forgettable flicks.
     
    Can you name eleven films made since 2006 that have had greater impact on popular culture?

    Talk about forgettable flicks.

    Can you name eleven films made since 2006 that have had greater impact on popular culture?

    Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008) and the first Iron Man movie (also 2008) come to mind.

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    Talk about forgettable flicks.

    Can you name eleven films made since 2006 that have had greater impact on popular culture?

    Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008) and the first Iron Man movie (also 2008) come to mind.
     
    In terms of aesthetic impact, I would also add The Assassination of Jesse James
    (2007), Zodiac (2007), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
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  134. Anonym says:
    @Anonymous
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-coen-brothers-the-oscars-are-not-that-important

    Oscar-winning duo Joel and Ethan Coen let out matching bemused groans at the mention of the hot-button #OscarsSoWhite controversy as we discussed their latest film, the 1950s-set backstage Hollywood comedy Hail, Caesar!, during a recent stop in Beverly Hills.

    “[That’s] assigning way too much importance to the awards,” said Joel, whose latest film with co-helmer and brother Ethan follows a day in the life of a Golden Age of Hollywood fixer (Josh Brolin) tasked with keeping his studio’s stars and scandals under wraps.

    “By making such a big deal, you’re assuming that these things really matter. I don’t think they even matter much from an economic point of view,” he continued. “So yes, it’s true—and it’s also true that it’s escalating the whole subject to a level it doesn’t actually deserve.”

    “Diversity’s important,” clarified Coen, who with his brother has won four Oscars and earned 10 more nominations including a Best Screenplay nod for Bridge of Spies, for which they’ll vie at this month’s 88th Academy Awards show. “The Oscars are not that important.”
     
    [...]

    Such overwhelming whiteness could conceivably be explained away by pointing to the milieu of Tinseltown circa the 1950s, when the industry’s racial demographic was far less diverse than it is today. I asked the Coens to respond to criticisms that there aren’t more minority characters in the film. In other words, why is #HailCaesarSoWhite?

    “Why would there be?” countered Joel Coen. “I don’t understand the question. No—I understand that you’re asking the question, I don’t understand where the question comes from.

    “Not why people want more diversity—why they would single out a particular movie and say, ‘Why aren’t there black or Chinese or Martians in this movie? What’s going on?’ That’s the question I don’t understand. The person who asks that question has to come in the room and explain it to me.”

    As filmmakers, is it important or not important to consciously factor in concerns like diversity, I asked.

    “Not in the least!” Ethan answered. “It’s important to tell the story you’re telling in the right way, which might involve black people or people of whatever heritage or ethnicity—or it might not.”

    “It’s an absolute, absurd misunderstanding of how things get made to single out any particular story and say, ‘Why aren’t there this, that, or the other thing?’” added Joel. “It’s a fundamental misunderstanding of how stories are written. So you have to start there and say, ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about.’”

    He continued: “You don’t sit down and write a story and say, ‘I’m going to write a story that involves four black people, three Jews, and a dog,’—right? That’s not how stories get written. If you don’t understand that, you don’t understand anything about how stories get written and you don’t realize that the question you’re asking is idiotic.

    “It’s not an illegitimate thing to say there should be more diversity in an industry,” concluded Joel. “But that’s not what that question is about. That question is about something else.”
     
    For the record, Joel Coen and Frances McDormand's only child is an adopted Paraguayan son hilariously named Pedro McDormand Coen. The constant nettling that sangfroid, no-bullshit, intellectual Joel must receive at home from his obnoxious, sanctimonious wife and, shall we say, probably less high-minded son is the sort of domestic aggrievement that seems great for fueling the particularly resentful artistic creativity of the Coen brothers. It's a good excuse to be out on location for months at a time, too.

    I think Gus Petch is my favorite Coen bros character, and a dignified entry in the diversity register.

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    Gus Petch is gonna nail that ass...

    Intolerable Cruelty is one my favorites of the minor Coen comedies. Not much of a story but lots of funny throwaway lines and minor characters.
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  135. tsotha says:

    Seems like over time the Democrats are going to have difficulty keeping all the patches in the quilt working together. White women are the driving force in US politics – if blacks don’t play nice it’s going to spell trouble at election time.

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  136. @Steve Sailer
    Thanks. But is there a more definite statement somewhere that April Sands and April Reign are the same person?

    Not that I know of. I think that’s why this is interesting. This person apparently committed a serious breach of public trust: she was a lawyer with the Federal Election Commission and was actively campaigning for a particular presidential candidate (Obama) from her government office. An FEC lawyer campaigning for a presidential candidate at work is like a Securities & Exchange Commission lawyer engaged in insider trading from the SEC’s headquarters. Only worse, since it negatively impacts our democracy, which I had the impression was a huge deal right now.

    She then reinvents herself as an activist with a new last name, but uses the same twitter handle that got her caught campaigning for Obama. She succeeds in pushing “OscarsSoWhite” into the public discourse, and is now viewed as an expert in the “correct” racial balancing in Hollywood films. She recently launched some kind of racially-based casting service, to fight “whitewashing.”

    There have been dozens of positive articles about her, and none of them draw a connection between her past malfeasance at the FEC and her current activism. The question is, why? With her apparent track record, is this a person we want influencing public discourse? At least, shouldn’t people know the background and past actions of the person who is wielding such influence via Twitter and the media?

    Yet no one explicitly draws the connection. I’m not a journalist so I wouldn’t know, but really, is it that hard to find? Has anyone asked her?

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    Thanks.

    What are links demonstrating the two Aprils are the same person?

    , @Steve Sailer
    Thanks.

    What are links demonstrating the two Aprils are the same person?

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  137. syonredux says:
    @syonredux

    Talk about forgettable flicks.

    Can you name eleven films made since 2006 that have had greater impact on popular culture?
     
    Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008) and the first Iron Man movie (also 2008) come to mind.

    Talk about forgettable flicks.

    Can you name eleven films made since 2006 that have had greater impact on popular culture?

    Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008) and the first Iron Man movie (also 2008) come to mind.

    In terms of aesthetic impact, I would also add The Assassination of Jesse James
    (2007), Zodiac (2007), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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    Interesting choices.

    A film critic named Mark Harris put forth a theory about how edgy, provocative films (or "X" films as he calls them) usually lose Oscars to safe, anodyne films (or "Y" films.) The X ones ages better. Harris calls The Dark Knight an X film.

    Any thoughts on this?

    http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/oscars-academy-awards-2015-best-picture-crash/

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  138. njguy73 says:
    @syonredux

    Talk about forgettable flicks.

    Can you name eleven films made since 2006 that have had greater impact on popular culture?

    Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008) and the first Iron Man movie (also 2008) come to mind.
     
    In terms of aesthetic impact, I would also add The Assassination of Jesse James
    (2007), Zodiac (2007), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

    Interesting choices.

    A film critic named Mark Harris put forth a theory about how edgy, provocative films (or “X” films as he calls them) usually lose Oscars to safe, anodyne films (or “Y” films.) The X ones ages better. Harris calls The Dark Knight an X film.

    Any thoughts on this?

    http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/oscars-academy-awards-2015-best-picture-crash/

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    Crash was an edgy film (especially the first half) with lots of blatantly nonrealistic aspects that made it interesting when it was quietly released in May. Its problem was it won the Best Picture Oscar many months later, so everybody unloads upon it now. If it hadn't won Best Picture it would be better remembered today. Same with The Artist and a few others.

    If Big Leboswki had immediately been given the Best Picture, people would say bad things about it today. Same with Shawshank. They are helped in reputation by having been overlooked initially, then discovered on cable.

    , @syonredux

    Interesting choices.

    A film critic named Mark Harris put forth a theory about how edgy, provocative films (or “X” films as he calls them) usually lose Oscars to safe, anodyne films (or “Y” films.) The X ones ages better. Harris calls The Dark Knight an X film.

    Any thoughts on this?

    http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/oscars-academy-awards-2015-best-picture-crash/
     
    It's an interesting notion. The Academy has certainly picked a lot of entertaining-but-bland films over the years: The King's Speech, The Greatest Show on Earth, Oliver!, Gandhi, etc.....but this is balanced out by its desire to be "hip" and "progressive":Moonlight, Birdman
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  139. @Giant Duck
    Not that I know of. I think that's why this is interesting. This person apparently committed a serious breach of public trust: she was a lawyer with the Federal Election Commission and was actively campaigning for a particular presidential candidate (Obama) from her government office. An FEC lawyer campaigning for a presidential candidate at work is like a Securities & Exchange Commission lawyer engaged in insider trading from the SEC's headquarters. Only worse, since it negatively impacts our democracy, which I had the impression was a huge deal right now.

    She then reinvents herself as an activist with a new last name, but uses the same twitter handle that got her caught campaigning for Obama. She succeeds in pushing "OscarsSoWhite" into the public discourse, and is now viewed as an expert in the "correct" racial balancing in Hollywood films. She recently launched some kind of racially-based casting service, to fight "whitewashing."

    There have been dozens of positive articles about her, and none of them draw a connection between her past malfeasance at the FEC and her current activism. The question is, why? With her apparent track record, is this a person we want influencing public discourse? At least, shouldn't people know the background and past actions of the person who is wielding such influence via Twitter and the media?

    Yet no one explicitly draws the connection. I'm not a journalist so I wouldn't know, but really, is it that hard to find? Has anyone asked her?

    Thanks.

    What are links demonstrating the two Aprils are the same person?

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  140. @Giant Duck
    Not that I know of. I think that's why this is interesting. This person apparently committed a serious breach of public trust: she was a lawyer with the Federal Election Commission and was actively campaigning for a particular presidential candidate (Obama) from her government office. An FEC lawyer campaigning for a presidential candidate at work is like a Securities & Exchange Commission lawyer engaged in insider trading from the SEC's headquarters. Only worse, since it negatively impacts our democracy, which I had the impression was a huge deal right now.

    She then reinvents herself as an activist with a new last name, but uses the same twitter handle that got her caught campaigning for Obama. She succeeds in pushing "OscarsSoWhite" into the public discourse, and is now viewed as an expert in the "correct" racial balancing in Hollywood films. She recently launched some kind of racially-based casting service, to fight "whitewashing."

    There have been dozens of positive articles about her, and none of them draw a connection between her past malfeasance at the FEC and her current activism. The question is, why? With her apparent track record, is this a person we want influencing public discourse? At least, shouldn't people know the background and past actions of the person who is wielding such influence via Twitter and the media?

    Yet no one explicitly draws the connection. I'm not a journalist so I wouldn't know, but really, is it that hard to find? Has anyone asked her?

    Thanks.

    What are links demonstrating the two Aprils are the same person?

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  141. @Steve Sailer
    Thanks. But is there a more definite statement somewhere that April Sands and April Reign are the same person?

    The tweets that got her in trouble (as shown in this Daily Mail article) are still on her ReignofApril twitter feed – apparently she never deleted them.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2692218/Another-recycled-hard-drive-Former-Lois-Lerner-deputy-prosecuted-fundraising-Democrats-job-FEC-destroyed-evidence.html

    and

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    I think you are probably right just from reading the Daily Mail article alone. There are a couple of pics in the article distinct from her official airbrushed FEC pic that look exactly like the shot of
    April Reign taken from the Today show. Have you thought about just straight-up asking her in a non-confrontational way on Twitter? If she blocks you, you are onto something.
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  142. @Anon7
    McDormand’s crime of being a white Oscar winner was compounded by the fact that she created a situation in which Terry Bryant, a black man, was forced to use the only means open to him to get an Oscar, namely “theft” as defined by the white man. He was probably nabbed by some white person with a clipboard or a headset.

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=MzDyhhlz6_U

    Aren’t those statues made of vibranium?

    Your comment is such perfect satire it could be a NYT lede. The next few years are going to be hilarious.

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  143. @MikeJa
    How are inclusion riders legal? If I set up a firm, I can't have quotas for the racial or gender breakdown of my staff, so why is it OK if an employee/contractor insists on it?

    That which is not punished is legal. We’re ruled by the courts now.

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  144. @njguy73
    Interesting choices.

    A film critic named Mark Harris put forth a theory about how edgy, provocative films (or "X" films as he calls them) usually lose Oscars to safe, anodyne films (or "Y" films.) The X ones ages better. Harris calls The Dark Knight an X film.

    Any thoughts on this?

    http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/oscars-academy-awards-2015-best-picture-crash/

    Crash was an edgy film (especially the first half) with lots of blatantly nonrealistic aspects that made it interesting when it was quietly released in May. Its problem was it won the Best Picture Oscar many months later, so everybody unloads upon it now. If it hadn’t won Best Picture it would be better remembered today. Same with The Artist and a few others.

    If Big Leboswki had immediately been given the Best Picture, people would say bad things about it today. Same with Shawshank. They are helped in reputation by having been overlooked initially, then discovered on cable.

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    I do think that there is a case that Jeff Bridges should have won best actor for The Big Lebowski. That's a great performance.
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  145. @Art Deco
    That’s the point, it’s the book of Job.

    No, that's the pretense. Or perhaps it's a parody of the Book of Job.


    Flannery O'Connor offered that literature trades in the possible, not the probable. A talented wordsmith can incorporate the odd and fantastic into an engaging narrative. They don't do that. They rig every aspect of it down to the petty details and the result is an accumulation of twaddle.

    You make a compelling case, now I want to watch it again.

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  146. @European-American
    It’s not just as a leading role. I am increasingly turned off by the fakeness of casting blacks in most roles. Especially “token” roles, where it’s obvious the person was cast to satisfy a diversity requirement.

    Here’s an old example: I recently rewatched Terminator 2: Judgment Day. A fine scifi flick. But it’s a bit spoiled by having the computer genius character “Miles Dyson” played by the actor Joe Morton, who is black.

    I’m not saying it’s impossible for the genius who plays the key role in inventing the software and hardware that facilitates the rise of intelligent machines to be black. It’s just highly unlikely. And movies work better with typical characters, not atypical characters, unless the point of the movie is somehow related to the atypicality.

    This character should be a moving one. He realizes with horror what his single-minded dedication to the passion of his life, better computers, has wrought. And he sacrifices himself to try to stop it. This should remind us of the scientists of the Manhattan Project. Or of rocket designers. But this character doesn’t look like any of those guys, so the potential power of his character is diluted into silliness. He’s a fine actor but looks and acts nothing like a chip or software designer.

    These unspoken quotas in movies and TV... and everywhere ... are just sickening, an affront to reason and aesthetics and efficiency. They are a kind of fake news. Fake art. Something I thought would be used only in the service of totalitarian ideologies. Or in the service of trying to sell you something. I’d rather have my art reflect reality, please!

    I just saw a black man at an 1840s leftist meeting in Paris asking a tough question in “The Young Karl Marx.”

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    BBC produced "Troy: Fall of a City" will have a black actor cast as Achilles.

    Homer states that Achilles was a blonde man. («ξανθῆς δὲ κόμης ἕλε Πηλεΐωνα» = "she (Athena) grabbed Achilles by his blonde hair"; Iliad, 1.197)

    I guess Homer needs some lessons in diversity.
    , @Hibernian
    Marx referred to a Socialist named Lasalle as Jewish [African-American].
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  147. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @njguy73

    Talk about forgettable flicks.
     
    Can you name eleven films made since 2006 that have had greater impact on popular culture?

    Iron Man (herald of Marvel Studios’ dominance)
    Christopher Nolan movies, especially Batman and Inception
    Twilight
    Frozen
    The Hunger Games
    The Fast and the Furious sequels
    Disney Star Wars
    Avatar
    Transformers
    300
    Pixar movies

    A pretty depressing list. RIP movies for adults.

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    A pretty depressing list. RIP movies for adults.
     
    Thank you. No further questions. The prosecution rests.
    , @syonredux

    Iron Man (herald of Marvel Studios’ dominance)
    Christopher Nolan movies, especially Batman and Inception
    Twilight
    Frozen
    The Hunger Games
    The Fast and the Furious sequels
    Disney Star Wars
    Avatar
    Transformers
    300
    Pixar movies

    A pretty depressing list. RIP movies for adults.
     
    Worst of the list:The Fast and the Furious sequels (pure prole-feed ), Disney Star Wars,Transformers, Twilight.

    Best of the list:Nolan's Dark Knight series and Inception, Iron Man
    , @Intelligent Dasein
    How about Margin Call?

    The 2008 financial crisis was pretty culturally significant. The movie is well done with an ensemble cast of A-list actors including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, and Stanley Tucci.

    Towards the end of the film there is a short scene with the still-smoking-hot-at-57 Mary McDonnell wearing a nightie. That's the kind of MILFy goodness I dream about.

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  148. Lurker says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Neeson and Gleeson ...

    You say Neeson, I say Gleeson, let’s call the whole thing off.

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  149. johnmark7 says:
    @syonredux
    Speaking of the Oscars, here's the last ten Best Picture winners:

    Shape of Water
    Moonlight
    Spotlight
    Birdman
    12 Years A Slave
    Argo
    The Artist
    The King's Speech
    Hurt Locker
    Slumdog Millionaire
    No Country for Old Men

    Talk about forgettable flicks. I actually had to look up Spotlight to find out what it was about, and that film won only a few years ago.Of them all, only No Country for Old Men seems to have had a real impact on popular culture.

    You’d think that maybe once in a decade someone would try to make a film as big as Gone With The Wind, Ben Hur, even Forrest Gump. Nope.

    I suppose you could say someone tried with Legends of the Fall, Cloud Atlas, Interstellar, or Life of Pi, but no cigar.

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  150. rogue-one says:
    @eric
    Kobe was found innocent, and appropriately so. She had 3 men's semen in her for the rape kit, and basically went uninvited to his room to have sex with him. Then she regretted it. It's a sin in the eyes of God, but not American law, for celebrities to have sex with groupies.

    Possibly. Or she was gang-raped by Kobe & friends.

    That said, the point Steve was probably making is that under identical conditions, if Kobe were a white, male, celebrity and the accuser were a “person of color”, the media class wouldn’t consider Kobe innocent.

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  151. @J.Ross
    Extensive leaks, spoiler reviews, and webms from "Russians are sooo evilll," or "Red Sparrow," suggest that Hollywood is really hoping there are a lot of people who still haven't seen her naked, and are also really sick. The marketing of this movie is interesting because here is an extended sadism fantasy being sold with interviews sniping at that "boil," Harvey Weinstein. Good thing we got rid of that awful sexist, so now we can pour cold water on a bound naked chick held in a stress position.

    JR, funny, even with her “hotness” I don’t think a nude will attract a larger audience. Are they hyping her nudity?

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    They're hyping her suffering and humiliation. As a pervert this is some of the ugliest stuff I've ever seen done at this level of budget and care. Probably the studio is not deliberately or directly hyping her nudity per se, but it is getting around, and it's the only selling point for the movie (which did terribly at the box office).
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  152. rogue-one says:
    @Steve Sailer
    I just saw a black man at an 1840s leftist meeting in Paris asking a tough question in "The Young Karl Marx."

    BBC produced “Troy: Fall of a City” will have a black actor cast as Achilles.

    Homer states that Achilles was a blonde man. («ξανθῆς δὲ κόμης ἕλε Πηλεΐωνα» = “she (Athena) grabbed Achilles by his blonde hair”; Iliad, 1.197)

    I guess Homer needs some lessons in diversity.

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    http://jocksandstilettojill.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Dennis_rodman-blonde.png
    , @ChrisZ
    What’s worse, Rogue, is that there actually *is* a black guy in the story of the Trojan War.

    In an episode that takes place where Homer left off, King Memnon comes to the defense of Troy, leading an army of his fellow warriors from Ethiopia. He’s a fierce fighter, a rival to even the greatest of the Greeks. He’s also considered to be the most handsome man alive, and is renowned for his courtesy.

    Achilles kills him.
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  153. @whorefinder
    Spotlight is an interesting case, not because of the film (forgettable), but because it was another "Catholic priests are pedophiles, and the Church covers it up, those hypocritical conservatives!" that really had to cover up the truth: it wasn't pedophiles, it was homosexuals, and it was other homosexuals in the upper clergy covering up more aggressive homosexual underlings preying on confused teenage boys, not children.

    The homosexual corruption of the Church hierarchy since Vatican II is never the bad guy in Hollywood, and yet it is the cause of 99% of the scandals.

    The most memorable part of “Spotlight” is when the reporters finally track down one of these monster Catholic priests and he turns out to be … a lonely elderly alcoholic effeminate gay.

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  154. @J.Ross
    Yes. They literally talk at one point about "Syrenes." The old blind black railroad guy at the very beginning is either Homer or the Seer. The sherriff is obviously a Fury.
    --------
    I love that Art is horrified at Serious Man's nihilism. I skipped it because I was afraid it would be like Mamet's Homicide, taking an indefensibly bucolic position and then abandoning its defense with pseudo-Dadaism. Guess I'll have to look into it now.

    JR, almost too cerebral for me, but the “Big Lebowski” had nihilists as the bad guys.

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  155. Some apropos news – Serial killer could be close to release. This is a black serial killer whose dozen or more victims were exclusively white.

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  156. I think what he did was brilliant–just perfect. The right man for the job

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  157. njguy73 says:
    @Anonymous
    Iron Man (herald of Marvel Studios' dominance)
    Christopher Nolan movies, especially Batman and Inception
    Twilight
    Frozen
    The Hunger Games
    The Fast and the Furious sequels
    Disney Star Wars
    Avatar
    Transformers
    300
    Pixar movies

    A pretty depressing list. RIP movies for adults.

    A pretty depressing list. RIP movies for adults.

    Thank you. No further questions. The prosecution rests.

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  158. @whorefinder
    Spotlight is an interesting case, not because of the film (forgettable), but because it was another "Catholic priests are pedophiles, and the Church covers it up, those hypocritical conservatives!" that really had to cover up the truth: it wasn't pedophiles, it was homosexuals, and it was other homosexuals in the upper clergy covering up more aggressive homosexual underlings preying on confused teenage boys, not children.

    The homosexual corruption of the Church hierarchy since Vatican II is never the bad guy in Hollywood, and yet it is the cause of 99% of the scandals.

    WF, Buffalo Catholics are currently reeling over the revelation that a Diocesean priest molested, his words, “dozens of young boys.” He was shuttled from parish to parish. I was in Cleveland this weekend but apparently the homily included reference to this fact, actually, crime. The Buffalo News published the names of all the known priest pervs and it was at least twenty.

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    Did any molest girls, or were all the victims boys?
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  159. @Kevin O'Keeffe

    Shape of Water
    Moonlight
    Spotlight
    Birdman
    12 Years A Slave
    Argo
    The Artist
    The King’s Speech
    Hurt Locker
    Slumdog Millionaire
    No Country for Old Men

    Talk about forgettable flicks. I actually had to look up Spotlight to find out what it was about, and that film won only a few years ago.Of them all, only No Country for Old Men seems to have had a real impact on popular culture.
     
    I actually liked eight those films (I never saw 12 YEARS A SLAVE, or MOONLIGHT), and yet I'm still inclined to agree. Ironically, I'd say SPOTLIGHT might be the one to track down and see, among the relative obscurities. It's not entirely clear why relative obscurities are winning Best Picture awards these days, however.

    Oscar voters try to be hip so they pick out oddities like “Birdman” to all get behind, but that just means that the reputations of the Best Picture winners suffer because it exposes weird movies where if you discovered it yourself, you might praise it in a Glass-Half-Full manner to tons of Glass-Half-Empty criticism.

    Oscar voters aren’t any better than anybody else at predicting what will be influential in the future, especially because they are pretty old.

    They should just reward well-made traditional Oscarish movies like “The King’s Speech,” which is really funny and has excellent performances.

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    The Social Network was robbed that year though. The King's Speech is cute. Social Network is riveting. And it also means the main cultural representation of Zuckerborg is that of an autistic sociopath, which I am sure annoys him.
    , @syonredux

    They should just reward well-made traditional Oscarish movies like “The King’s Speech,” which is really funny and has excellent performances.
     
    My only problem with The King's Speech is that the movie is so blandly forgettable. Nothing stands out. Hence, its lack of a footprint in the pop-culture landscape.

    For example, compare it to another middlebrow Best Picture winner, Patton. Scott's performance in the flick is legend...and for good reason:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sv9XNFpRdhg

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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7ER08F9rGo

    Of course, once weakness where Patton is concerned is that Scott is the movie. Nothing else really makes an impression.
    , @The Last Real Calvinist
    Agreed w/r/t 'The King's Speech'. Helena Bellatrix-Carter is especially good, and although Geoffrey Rush can't help but chew the scenery a bit, he's mostly under control and used to good effect. We Calvinists thoroughly enjoyed it.
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  160. MEH 0910 says:
    @Truth
    All bullshit like everything else you people are encouraged to swallow, Old Sport.

    They actually staged the photo a few times, photoshopped and selected the best one.

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Baltimore-Riots-YouTube-Screenshot2.jpg

    Here is a video of the redhead stealing the poor black man’s purse. You are saying that this was staged by crisis actors?

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    Was it not the same female in the picture I posted above? She must have been having a really bad day.
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  161. Funny, Akira Kurosawa and Federico Fellini won Oscars using Japanese and Italian actors. Different times I guess but still great films.

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  162. A friend of mine commented while watching, “hey, Guillermo [Del Toro] doesn’t really look Mexican at all”. This was just as Del Toro embraced Jimmy Kimmel’s eponymous Amerindian-Mexican assistant on stage.

    http://www.bta.bg/en/gallery/showImage/?image=4755134

    I guess one of the consequences of diversity is importing other countries’ ethnic class divisions. It’s no coincidence that “doesn’t look Mexican” Guillermo Del Toro was the award winning director while “looks Mexican” Guillermo Del Jimmy Kimmel is a mediocre white comedian’s on-air ethnic pet/assistant.

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  163. @Steve Sailer
    Oscar voters try to be hip so they pick out oddities like "Birdman" to all get behind, but that just means that the reputations of the Best Picture winners suffer because it exposes weird movies where if you discovered it yourself, you might praise it in a Glass-Half-Full manner to tons of Glass-Half-Empty criticism.

    Oscar voters aren't any better than anybody else at predicting what will be influential in the future, especially because they are pretty old.

    They should just reward well-made traditional Oscarish movies like "The King's Speech," which is really funny and has excellent performances.

    The Social Network was robbed that year though. The King’s Speech is cute. Social Network is riveting. And it also means the main cultural representation of Zuckerborg is that of an autistic sociopath, which I am sure annoys him.

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  164. @whorefinder
    Spotlight is an interesting case, not because of the film (forgettable), but because it was another "Catholic priests are pedophiles, and the Church covers it up, those hypocritical conservatives!" that really had to cover up the truth: it wasn't pedophiles, it was homosexuals, and it was other homosexuals in the upper clergy covering up more aggressive homosexual underlings preying on confused teenage boys, not children.

    The homosexual corruption of the Church hierarchy since Vatican II is never the bad guy in Hollywood, and yet it is the cause of 99% of the scandals.

    I think the Church attracts gay pedophiles because it’s a surefire way of interacting with children as an authority figure and in the kind of dogmatic, oppressive environment where they are more likely to stay silent. I don’t know if a study has been done on this, but I would not be surprised if it meant the rest of gays had a significantly lower proportion of pedophiles as a result. They all self-select into the profession that will allow them to carry out their desires.

    And on a side note, it’s interesting how the highly gay world of Catholic priesthood has virtually no interaction with the ‘mainstream gay world’ (the Human Rights Campaign, RuPaul Drag Race, Anderson Cooper, etc), which, as the particularly attentive gay man that I am, I suspect is far more populated by what we call ‘bottoms’ and who certainly have no interest in anything resembling a small child, preferring Hugh Jackman look-a-likes instead (that’s why when Mario Testino was recently me too’d, his muscled male model victim accused him of beckoning him to “play the man while he [Mario] would play the girl”).

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  165. Svigor says:

    Legitimate Satirists go after everybody. Coen bros, whatever their politics, are legit satirists.
    Satirists have to be a-political, or they’re not satirists. You can be a hard-core liberal, or a dyed in the wool conservative, but as a satirist, you have to be a plain dealer who always deals above the table, to everyone. As perverse as they can be, at times, their existence is a strong sign of societal mental health.

    That’s like saying a moment of lucidity is a strong sign of individual mental health.

    How are inclusion riders legal? If I set up a firm, I can’t have quotas for the racial or gender breakdown of my staff, so why is it OK if an employee/contractor insists on it?

    You can announce that your firm is “inclusive,” people do it all the time. People sue companies for insufficient “diversity” all the time.

    More proof that women are the eternal and natural enemy of White men. Not even being married to big time director matters.

    She’s married to a Jew. Jews are “diverse,” hadn’t you heard? Ask any Zionist.

    OT, but illustrative of something important.

    Paul Allen again proves he is among the unsung heroes of our (or any) time. While Gates and Buffett toss billions into causing massive African overpopulation and ultimately incredible misery, Allen creates jobs and tech that may one day ensure survival of our species.

    Musk, Bezos, and Allen are putting Gates, Buffet, Brin and Page to shame. And the US gov’t an defense establishment too, for that matter.

    Here’s an old example: I recently rewatched Terminator 2: Judgment Day. A fine scifi flick. But it’s a bit spoiled by having the computer genius character “Miles Dyson” played by the actor Joe Morton, who is black.

    Blacks are a consistent turd in Hollywood’s pool, e.g., The Martian. I love that movie, but the odds that Rich Purnell would be a black guy are pretty small. The day-laborer pilot was more believable.

    The Coen brothers are another reason why I like American Jews.

    That’s like finding a diamond in a pile of crap and declaring your love of crap.

    Okay, not a great analogy. But it’s more vivid than something about dogs lapping up table scraps.

    I suppose you could say someone tried with Legends of the Fall, Cloud Atlas, Interstellar, or Life of Pi, but no cigar.

    Legends was an awfully long time ago. I remember watching the trailers and thinking it would be the worst, most overwrought chick-flick of all time. Never did watch it. I found Cloud Atlas unwatchable. Should I have hung in there? I like Interstellar a lot, even if the ending got a bit weird. Seemed way too spare to fill the Gone With the Wind role. Never seen Life of Pi.

    I suppose Steve’s explanation for why I wasn’t impressed by The Big Lebowski makes sense; by the time I watched it, it had been too built-up.

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  166. jtl170 says:
    @Buffalo Joe
    WF, Buffalo Catholics are currently reeling over the revelation that a Diocesean priest molested, his words, "dozens of young boys." He was shuttled from parish to parish. I was in Cleveland this weekend but apparently the homily included reference to this fact, actually, crime. The Buffalo News published the names of all the known priest pervs and it was at least twenty.

    Did any molest girls, or were all the victims boys?

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  167. syonredux says:
    @Anonymous
    Iron Man (herald of Marvel Studios' dominance)
    Christopher Nolan movies, especially Batman and Inception
    Twilight
    Frozen
    The Hunger Games
    The Fast and the Furious sequels
    Disney Star Wars
    Avatar
    Transformers
    300
    Pixar movies

    A pretty depressing list. RIP movies for adults.

    Iron Man (herald of Marvel Studios’ dominance)
    Christopher Nolan movies, especially Batman and Inception
    Twilight
    Frozen
    The Hunger Games
    The Fast and the Furious sequels
    Disney Star Wars
    Avatar
    Transformers
    300
    Pixar movies

    A pretty depressing list. RIP movies for adults.

    Worst of the list:The Fast and the Furious sequels (pure prole-feed ), Disney Star Wars,Transformers, Twilight.

    Best of the list:Nolan’s Dark Knight series and Inception, Iron Man

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  168. syonredux says:
    @njguy73
    Interesting choices.

    A film critic named Mark Harris put forth a theory about how edgy, provocative films (or "X" films as he calls them) usually lose Oscars to safe, anodyne films (or "Y" films.) The X ones ages better. Harris calls The Dark Knight an X film.

    Any thoughts on this?

    http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/oscars-academy-awards-2015-best-picture-crash/

    Interesting choices.

    A film critic named Mark Harris put forth a theory about how edgy, provocative films (or “X” films as he calls them) usually lose Oscars to safe, anodyne films (or “Y” films.) The X ones ages better. Harris calls The Dark Knight an X film.

    Any thoughts on this?

    http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/oscars-academy-awards-2015-best-picture-crash/

    It’s an interesting notion. The Academy has certainly picked a lot of entertaining-but-bland films over the years: The King’s Speech, The Greatest Show on Earth, Oliver!, Gandhi, etc…..but this is balanced out by its desire to be “hip” and “progressive”:Moonlight, Birdman

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    I liked Moonlight because it unapologetically shows how rampant and normalized violence and criminality are among urban blacks. They didn't even try to make the gay kid "soft"; he ends up a convicted drug dealer too.
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  169. @syonredux

    Interesting choices.

    A film critic named Mark Harris put forth a theory about how edgy, provocative films (or “X” films as he calls them) usually lose Oscars to safe, anodyne films (or “Y” films.) The X ones ages better. Harris calls The Dark Knight an X film.

    Any thoughts on this?

    http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/oscars-academy-awards-2015-best-picture-crash/
     
    It's an interesting notion. The Academy has certainly picked a lot of entertaining-but-bland films over the years: The King's Speech, The Greatest Show on Earth, Oliver!, Gandhi, etc.....but this is balanced out by its desire to be "hip" and "progressive":Moonlight, Birdman

    I liked Moonlight because it unapologetically shows how rampant and normalized violence and criminality are among urban blacks. They didn’t even try to make the gay kid “soft”; he ends up a convicted drug dealer too.

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  170. @European-American
    I also like and appreciate Coen brother movies, but they all have a kind of coldness that keeps me from loving them. I feel like they manipulate characters like toys in their perfectly tasteful and clever décors and situations. But they lack real emotion.

    Except for A Serious Man, which pace @Art Deco’s comments, I found more genuine and moving, no doubt because of the autobiographical elements. Maybe their growing up in Minnesota is what also makes Fargo more genuine.

    By contrast, a film like O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a lovely and somewhat loving homage, but it still ends up feeling more like shallow caricature.

    To me, Fargo was so much funnier the first time, just because of the deep midwest accents, don’tcha know? The people were just too calm in whatever they were doing, and that and the accent made it hilarious. Upon 2nd viewing, some years later, I didn’t think it was that funny.

    Yeah, as 2 here have said “O, Brother ..” was a take-off on The Odyssey. What I liked were all the references to depression era stuff, like Robert Johnson at the crossroads, and the King Biscuit Flower Hour, Baby Face Nelson, and the rest. There aren’t many movies around glorifying the 1930′s in America, but I”m sure people herein can think of some You first, Steve.

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  171. syonredux says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Oscar voters try to be hip so they pick out oddities like "Birdman" to all get behind, but that just means that the reputations of the Best Picture winners suffer because it exposes weird movies where if you discovered it yourself, you might praise it in a Glass-Half-Full manner to tons of Glass-Half-Empty criticism.

    Oscar voters aren't any better than anybody else at predicting what will be influential in the future, especially because they are pretty old.

    They should just reward well-made traditional Oscarish movies like "The King's Speech," which is really funny and has excellent performances.

    They should just reward well-made traditional Oscarish movies like “The King’s Speech,” which is really funny and has excellent performances.

    My only problem with The King’s Speech is that the movie is so blandly forgettable. Nothing stands out. Hence, its lack of a footprint in the pop-culture landscape.

    For example, compare it to another middlebrow Best Picture winner, Patton. Scott’s performance in the flick is legend…and for good reason:

    Of course, once weakness where Patton is concerned is that Scott is the movie. Nothing else really makes an impression.

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    Patton is one of my favorites, Syonredux, and probably comes even before Bridge on the River Kwai. Whenever I am on a long hike, at some point that musical score comes into head and stays a while. It's what's played during the march through the snow into Germany.
    , @Steve Sailer
    The other actors in "Patton" are remarkably bad. They just stand around admiring George C. Scott.

    But like I said, there's a lot to be said for just giving the Best Picture award to an obviously well-made, entertaining, classy movie like The King's Speech rather than attempting to anticipate which current movie will turn out to have been the most innovatively influential in the long run.

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  172. @syonredux

    I like your title here on this unz post better, but also I wouldn’t call a 60 y/o a Trophy Wife unless I were about 95.
     
    It's a joke. She's literally a wife with a trophy.

    I tried to write back earlier (but it didn’t take) to say, “duh!“. Yeah, it was too early in the morning, and I didn’t catch “Oscar” = “Trophy”. Anyway, she’s not any kind of hot movie star. I had no idea she was married to the director(s), but then I don’t keep up with this stuff, and I don’t want to start keeping up with this stuff.

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    Frances McDormand is actually married only to a single Coen Brother, Joel. But don't worry, it's a common perception that the Coen Brothers must live in one giant Coen Brothers house sharing all things in common.

    For example, once the Coen Brothers visited my son's college to accept an award, and all the students were stunned when their separate limos pulled up from separate directions, implying that they actually live in separate houses each with his separate family.

    My hunch is that the extreme lack of separation in the public mind between the two Coen Brothers is actually a brilliant strategy they adopted long ago to avoid the kind of sibling rivalry that so often tears apart creative brothers in the public eye, like the Everlys, the Davies, the Fogerty's, and so forth.

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  173. D. K. says:
    @Steve Sailer
    This looks likely, but do you have a link proving that disgraced Obama Administration official April Sands and OscarsSoWhite founder April Reign are the same person?

    April is not currently bogged down with legal work:

    https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/10477323/In_re_April_J_Sands

    There is no one named April with either of those surnames currently listed as a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. There is likewise no one with either name listed as an American attorney by Martindale.com.

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  174. @Reactionary Utopian

    I like your title here on this unz post better, but also I wouldn’t call a 60 y/o a Trophy Wife unless I were about 95.
     
    "Humor. It is a difficult concept."

    (Hint: what Frances McDormand had temporarily stolen from her was a t-r-o-_-_-y.)

    As I replied to Syonredux, “duh, my bad”. However, I still may need to buy a vowel. If vowels are too expensive, is there an “f”?

    (OK, I could solve it, but I just wanted to see Vanna White’s rear end one more time.)

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  175. @Buffalo Joe
    AEN, Even at 72 I find Frances, while a great actress, a little hard on the eyes. That's why I was shocked that she does a semi-nude scene in "Laurel Canyon." Don't need to see that.

    Don’t need to see that.

    I don’t even need to hear about it!

    ;-}

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  176. Hibernian says:
    @Steve Sailer
    I just saw a black man at an 1840s leftist meeting in Paris asking a tough question in "The Young Karl Marx."

    Marx referred to a Socialist named Lasalle as Jewish [African-American].

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    Marx referred to a Socialist named Lasalle as Jewish [African-American].
     
    Indeed:

    It is now completely clear to me that he, as is proved by his cranial formation and his hair, descends from the Negroes who had joined Moses’ exodus from Egypt, assuming that his mother or grandmother on the paternal side had not interbred with a n—–. Now this union of Judaism and Germanism with a basic Negro substance must produce a peculiar product.
     
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  177. @syonredux

    They should just reward well-made traditional Oscarish movies like “The King’s Speech,” which is really funny and has excellent performances.
     
    My only problem with The King's Speech is that the movie is so blandly forgettable. Nothing stands out. Hence, its lack of a footprint in the pop-culture landscape.

    For example, compare it to another middlebrow Best Picture winner, Patton. Scott's performance in the flick is legend...and for good reason:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sv9XNFpRdhg

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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7ER08F9rGo

    Of course, once weakness where Patton is concerned is that Scott is the movie. Nothing else really makes an impression.

    Patton is one of my favorites, Syonredux, and probably comes even before Bridge on the River Kwai. Whenever I am on a long hike, at some point that musical score comes into head and stays a while. It’s what’s played during the march through the snow into Germany.

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  178. @Anonymous
    Iron Man (herald of Marvel Studios' dominance)
    Christopher Nolan movies, especially Batman and Inception
    Twilight
    Frozen
    The Hunger Games
    The Fast and the Furious sequels
    Disney Star Wars
    Avatar
    Transformers
    300
    Pixar movies

    A pretty depressing list. RIP movies for adults.

    How about Margin Call?

    The 2008 financial crisis was pretty culturally significant. The movie is well done with an ensemble cast of A-list actors including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, and Stanley Tucci.

    Towards the end of the film there is a short scene with the still-smoking-hot-at-57 Mary McDonnell wearing a nightie. That’s the kind of MILFy goodness I dream about.

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    How about Margin Call?
     
    That was pretty good. I liked how the characters' intelligence was inversely correlated with their position in the hierarchy (literally rocket scientists at the bottom, middlebrow Alpha males at the top)
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  179. @Achmed E. Newman
    I tried to write back earlier (but it didn't take) to say, "duh!". Yeah, it was too early in the morning, and I didn't catch "Oscar" = "Trophy". Anyway, she's not any kind of hot movie star. I had no idea she was married to the director(s), but then I don't keep up with this stuff, and I don't want to start keeping up with this stuff.

    Frances McDormand is actually married only to a single Coen Brother, Joel. But don’t worry, it’s a common perception that the Coen Brothers must live in one giant Coen Brothers house sharing all things in common.

    For example, once the Coen Brothers visited my son’s college to accept an award, and all the students were stunned when their separate limos pulled up from separate directions, implying that they actually live in separate houses each with his separate family.

    My hunch is that the extreme lack of separation in the public mind between the two Coen Brothers is actually a brilliant strategy they adopted long ago to avoid the kind of sibling rivalry that so often tears apart creative brothers in the public eye, like the Everlys, the Davies, the Fogerty’s, and so forth.

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    Ha, our comments crossed somewhere under Utah on fiber-optic cable. Weird, wild stuff!

    I put that "(s)" there, just because I couldn't remember which bother it was, and was too lazy to look it up in your article. I figure they must be pretty close though to have worked together for so long, and not had their own names in lights separately, as you say.

    Yeah, it was a real shame about the Fogerty's. I am a big CCR fan, and will admit that John Fogerty made the band with what I think is the best voice ever in Rock music. When you say "the Davies" do you mean The Kink's Davie and Supertramp's Davie, or do I have that wrong?

    Well, may as well put one of my favorites:

    Supertramp with the last track from Breakfast in America (great, long instrumental fade-out ending, and lyrics from 1979 on the already unraveling American culture):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8Z2Upz_Be0

    "The dollar got you dancing,
    but you're running out of time."
    , @Reg Cæsar

    the kind of sibling rivalry that so often tears apart creative brothers in the public eye
     
    Don't leave out the ultimate example, the Dorseys. Tommy quit in a rage onstage.

    The Coens grew up in the same suburb as Al Franken, "St Jewish Park", the product of Minneapolis covenants.
    , @Z-man
    Like I said somewhere else, the way McDormand looks like these days at least one of those Coen brothers is cheating on her with some shiska intern in their production company. lol
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  180. @syonredux

    They should just reward well-made traditional Oscarish movies like “The King’s Speech,” which is really funny and has excellent performances.
     
    My only problem with The King's Speech is that the movie is so blandly forgettable. Nothing stands out. Hence, its lack of a footprint in the pop-culture landscape.

    For example, compare it to another middlebrow Best Picture winner, Patton. Scott's performance in the flick is legend...and for good reason:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sv9XNFpRdhg

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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7ER08F9rGo

    Of course, once weakness where Patton is concerned is that Scott is the movie. Nothing else really makes an impression.

    The other actors in “Patton” are remarkably bad. They just stand around admiring George C. Scott.

    But like I said, there’s a lot to be said for just giving the Best Picture award to an obviously well-made, entertaining, classy movie like The King’s Speech rather than attempting to anticipate which current movie will turn out to have been the most innovatively influential in the long run.

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    The other actors in “Patton” are remarkably bad. They just stand around admiring George C. Scott.
     
    Admittedly, there's a lot to admire; he's carrying the whole picture.

    I guess that the only other actor who makes any kind of impression is Michael Bates, the guy who played Montgomery. He was pretty good. He was also quite entertaining in A Clockwork Orange:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1UUZSXFlyc
    , @PiltdownMan

    The other actors in “Patton” are remarkably bad. They just stand around admiring George C. Scott.
     
    Even Karl Malden, who could have held his own playing Gen. Omar Bradley, just stands around looking wimpy. Malden won an Oscar for his role in A Streetcar Named Desire, acting alongside Marlon Brando.

    Granted, the script for Patton writes Bradley that way, but even so, Malden's not even trying.

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  181. syonredux says:
    @Hibernian
    Marx referred to a Socialist named Lasalle as Jewish [African-American].

    Marx referred to a Socialist named Lasalle as Jewish [African-American].

    Indeed:

    It is now completely clear to me that he, as is proved by his cranial formation and his hair, descends from the Negroes who had joined Moses’ exodus from Egypt, assuming that his mother or grandmother on the paternal side had not interbred with a n—–. Now this union of Judaism and Germanism with a basic Negro substance must produce a peculiar product.

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    I've seen that paragraph was cited in a latter-day woke article to help "prove" that Karl Marx was just another stale, pale, racist white male. I'll post a link if I can find it.

    Which is probably why the film-markers knew about Lasalle, or, at any rate, decided that a similar character needed to be included in the film.

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  182. @whorefinder
    Sad that McDormand exposed herself as a leftist white-hating groupthink follower. So glad she got her Oscar stolen, wish it had been permanent.

    I had thought that, as part of the secretly politically incorrect Cohen group, she wouldn't do that. Now it makes me question whether the Cohens really are as non-leftist as we've thought.

    As a side note, don't forget that Gary Oldman was picked by Nolan to be his Commissioner Gorden in all three Batman films, and his arc in those movies almost makes him the secret main character. His role is meant to parallel Bruce Wayne's, and it does so in many striking ways. But the point I'm making is that Nolan's Batman trilogy is anti-left wing, and Oldman almost certainly realized that, so the fact that he didn't speak out about it is important.

    Also, Oldman was picked to play the bad guy in The Contender, but ended up being very critical of the film when the movie was edited to be a paen to Hillary Clinton and left-wing politics and morality and attack Republicans as two-dimensional.

    Gary Oldman once said that Hollywood is run by Jews.

    I think in the past he identified himself as a some strain of right-libertarian, but that could just be my brain cells dying.

    He equivocates very well in this video. Now that I think of it, K. Costner might have voted for Trump, too:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=BTLtA7mXnpc

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  183. @Steve Sailer
    I wouldn't be surprised if The Big Lubezki really did tie together the Three Amigos directors: they are very talented directors, but Emanuel Lubezki might be close to the best cinematographer in the world (he won three straight Oscars). Perhaps a lot of Three Amigos' success is due to emerging in the Mexican film industry about the same time as Lubezki did.

    In the U.S., there aren't a lot of Jewish directors of photography like Lubezki. My theory might be that Jewish guys who have a great visual sense, like Kubrick and Spielberg, typically become directors. For example, the Coens started out using Barry Sonnenfeld as their cameraman, but he moved up to directing (e.g., Men in Black). Maybe in Mexico, a Jewish visual genius like Lubezki is more likely to stay a DP than become a director.

    Don’t take this the wrong way, Steve. Your blog site here on unz has been my favorite place on the web for well over a year now (excepting cough, cough, ahem, of course …)

    That being said, I do like the older movies, but I never had much interest in who makes them, how they make ‘em, how much money they make, and really even who acts in ‘em. When I got to “… the best cinematographer”, I couldn’t like even literally, just, ya know?

    I always appreciate a reply from you, so sorry about that this time. Here’s the thing, my idea of movie reviews are like this and this.

    Oh, lastly, no matter what I think of, or don’t care about, Hollywood, your Takimag article was another great one. Great humor and interesting information in a sarcastic format (I loved all the stuff about the ex-Mexican director and his kidnapped Dad, though I read some of it already here.)

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  184. @rogue-one
    BBC produced "Troy: Fall of a City" will have a black actor cast as Achilles.

    Homer states that Achilles was a blonde man. («ξανθῆς δὲ κόμης ἕλε Πηλεΐωνα» = "she (Athena) grabbed Achilles by his blonde hair"; Iliad, 1.197)

    I guess Homer needs some lessons in diversity.

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  185. @Stan d Mute
    OT, but illustrative of something important.

    Paul Allen again proves he is among the unsung heroes of our (or any) time. While Gates and Buffett toss billions into causing massive African overpopulation and ultimately incredible misery, Allen creates jobs and tech that may one day ensure survival of our species.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/03/06/why-is-paul-allen-building-the-worlds-largest-airplane-perhaps-to-launch-a-space-shuttle-called-black-ice/

    Was it his lymphoma that drove him to such greatness?

    Paul Allen again proves he is among the unsung heroes of our (or any) time.

    I’m happy that Paul Allen funded the expedition that found the wreck of the USS Lexington this week, scuttled during the Battle of the Coral Sea in WWII.

    Adm. Harry B. Harris, the head of the Navy’s Pacific fleet, is happy too. His father was one of the survivors who had to abandon that ship. Interestingly, Adm Harry B. Harris is half-Japanese, and was born in Japan, after the war.

    http://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/paul-g-allen-expedition-discovers-the-sunken-uss-lexington-and-her-aircraft.html

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    My grandfather served aboard the Lexington. Here are a couple of photos of her in better days:

    https://i.imgur.com/eugACtt.png

    https://i.imgur.com/fph4UFP.jpg
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  186. syonredux says:
    @Steve Sailer
    The other actors in "Patton" are remarkably bad. They just stand around admiring George C. Scott.

    But like I said, there's a lot to be said for just giving the Best Picture award to an obviously well-made, entertaining, classy movie like The King's Speech rather than attempting to anticipate which current movie will turn out to have been the most innovatively influential in the long run.

    The other actors in “Patton” are remarkably bad. They just stand around admiring George C. Scott.

    Admittedly, there’s a lot to admire; he’s carrying the whole picture.

    I guess that the only other actor who makes any kind of impression is Michael Bates, the guy who played Montgomery. He was pretty good. He was also quite entertaining in A Clockwork Orange:

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  187. @syonredux

    Marx referred to a Socialist named Lasalle as Jewish [African-American].
     
    Indeed:

    It is now completely clear to me that he, as is proved by his cranial formation and his hair, descends from the Negroes who had joined Moses’ exodus from Egypt, assuming that his mother or grandmother on the paternal side had not interbred with a n—–. Now this union of Judaism and Germanism with a basic Negro substance must produce a peculiar product.
     

    I’ve seen that paragraph was cited in a latter-day woke article to help “prove” that Karl Marx was just another stale, pale, racist white male. I’ll post a link if I can find it.

    Which is probably why the film-markers knew about Lasalle, or, at any rate, decided that a similar character needed to be included in the film.

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    Ferdinand Lassalle:


    http://circle.org/jsource/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/05/Ferdinand-Lassalle.jpg
    , @syonredux

    I’ve seen that paragraph was cited in a latter-day woke article to help “prove” that Karl Marx was just another stale, pale, racist white male.
     
    Marx is full of un-WOKE comments. My favorite is the one where he said that the lazy Mexicans do not deserve magnificent California.
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  188. @Steve Sailer
    Frances McDormand is actually married only to a single Coen Brother, Joel. But don't worry, it's a common perception that the Coen Brothers must live in one giant Coen Brothers house sharing all things in common.

    For example, once the Coen Brothers visited my son's college to accept an award, and all the students were stunned when their separate limos pulled up from separate directions, implying that they actually live in separate houses each with his separate family.

    My hunch is that the extreme lack of separation in the public mind between the two Coen Brothers is actually a brilliant strategy they adopted long ago to avoid the kind of sibling rivalry that so often tears apart creative brothers in the public eye, like the Everlys, the Davies, the Fogerty's, and so forth.

    Ha, our comments crossed somewhere under Utah on fiber-optic cable. Weird, wild stuff!

    I put that “(s)” there, just because I couldn’t remember which bother it was, and was too lazy to look it up in your article. I figure they must be pretty close though to have worked together for so long, and not had their own names in lights separately, as you say.

    Yeah, it was a real shame about the Fogerty’s. I am a big CCR fan, and will admit that John Fogerty made the band with what I think is the best voice ever in Rock music. When you say “the Davies” do you mean The Kink’s Davie and Supertramp’s Davie, or do I have that wrong?

    Well, may as well put one of my favorites:

    Supertramp with the last track from Breakfast in America (great, long instrumental fade-out ending, and lyrics from 1979 on the already unraveling American culture):

    “The dollar got you dancing,
    but you’re running out of time.”

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  189. syonredux says:
    @Intelligent Dasein
    How about Margin Call?

    The 2008 financial crisis was pretty culturally significant. The movie is well done with an ensemble cast of A-list actors including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, and Stanley Tucci.

    Towards the end of the film there is a short scene with the still-smoking-hot-at-57 Mary McDonnell wearing a nightie. That's the kind of MILFy goodness I dream about.

    How about Margin Call?

    That was pretty good. I liked how the characters’ intelligence was inversely correlated with their position in the hierarchy (literally rocket scientists at the bottom, middlebrow Alpha males at the top)

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  190. @Steve Sailer
    Neeson and Gleeson ...

    Neeson and Gleeson …

    Gleason and Behan:

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  191. @Steve Sailer
    The other actors in "Patton" are remarkably bad. They just stand around admiring George C. Scott.

    But like I said, there's a lot to be said for just giving the Best Picture award to an obviously well-made, entertaining, classy movie like The King's Speech rather than attempting to anticipate which current movie will turn out to have been the most innovatively influential in the long run.

    The other actors in “Patton” are remarkably bad. They just stand around admiring George C. Scott.

    Even Karl Malden, who could have held his own playing Gen. Omar Bradley, just stands around looking wimpy. Malden won an Oscar for his role in A Streetcar Named Desire, acting alongside Marlon Brando.

    Granted, the script for Patton writes Bradley that way, but even so, Malden’s not even trying.

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    The director might have had something to do with that.

    Ever experienced a director telling you where to stand, how to speak, where to look...?

    Didn't Hitchcock say that (to him) "actors are cattle"?

    This is like an equation with two variables, a = actor, and d = director. P is Performance. P = ad.

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  192. @European-American
    Don’t forget the units, as my physics teacher used to say :-)

    t=14s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkADiJCYS2k&t=14s

    Believe you me, Euro, I am a BIG units guy. Without units any number (besides a count) is garbage, IMO. However, I tried with and without. I can embed vids at my site with “start=xxx” “end=yyy”, where xxx and yyy are in seconds. However, I tried it about 10 times this morning, and each time I had to delete the post (after cntrl-a, cntrl-x, of course) and do it again (that was to keep the youtube video appearing at all).

    I see that you got it right. Unz’s html source file is huge, so I could cntrl-f/scroll to find this, or we can do it the easy way, and you just reply to me. ;-}

    Thanks in advance, Euro.

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  193. @Hippopotamusdrome
    Here's my cut and paste text file:

    &t=0m00s

    you tube.com/watch?v=XkADiJCYS2k&t=0m13s

    Best Comeback of All Time

    I’ll give it another shot, and thanks for your help, Hippo. I know the units just can be in seconds without an “s”, as I have in my blog, when the vids are embedded. I just couldn’t get any which way to work this morning.

    Wait, I had “&start=13″ not “&t=12″. Maybe that’s it.

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    &t=13s
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  194. @Achmed E. Newman

    It’s almost as if del Toro finding refuge north of the border while his father’s kidnappers are, at least for now, bottled up south of the border is what Trump meant by implying that our immigration system should be reformed so that Mexico is sending their best.
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkADiJCYS2k&start=13

    Yeah, well, somebody's gotta do it!

    Aw, I was expecting the line, “STFU, Donny” from Goodman’s character.

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  195. syonredux says:
    @PiltdownMan
    I've seen that paragraph was cited in a latter-day woke article to help "prove" that Karl Marx was just another stale, pale, racist white male. I'll post a link if I can find it.

    Which is probably why the film-markers knew about Lasalle, or, at any rate, decided that a similar character needed to be included in the film.

    Ferdinand Lassalle:

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  196. @Thorfinnsson
    STOP THE TAKI'S MAG PIECES NOW!

    STOP THE TAKI’S MAG PIECES NOW!

    It’s not gonna work, dude! How in the hell can that work without a pound sign in front of it? C’mon, Thorfinnsson, whatdya need a refresher course? It’s all pound signs nowadays!

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    How in the hell can that work without a pound sign in front of it?
     
    "Pound" has an unfortunate sexual connotation, with intimations of violence to boot.

    Down by the sea she knew a sailor who had been to war
    She never even knew a sailor before
    She never even knew his name


    He'd come to town and he would pound her for a couple of days
    And then he'd sail across the bubbly waves
    And those were happier days, but now…

     

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uwQa_Ot7ss8

    And don't forget Ezra, on the wrong side of history.

    "Pubic hatch" might be a better term for the thing.

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  197. syonredux says:
    @PiltdownMan
    I've seen that paragraph was cited in a latter-day woke article to help "prove" that Karl Marx was just another stale, pale, racist white male. I'll post a link if I can find it.

    Which is probably why the film-markers knew about Lasalle, or, at any rate, decided that a similar character needed to be included in the film.

    I’ve seen that paragraph was cited in a latter-day woke article to help “prove” that Karl Marx was just another stale, pale, racist white male.

    Marx is full of un-WOKE comments. My favorite is the one where he said that the lazy Mexicans do not deserve magnificent California.

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    It's often attributed to Marx as I found out googling, but it's from Engels:

    http://marxists.anu.edu.au/archive/marx/works/1849/02/15.htm

    Or is it perhaps unfortunate that splendid California has been taken away from the lazy Mexicans, who could not do anything with it? That the energetic Yankees by rapid exploitation of the California gold mines will increase the means of circulation, in a few years will concentrate a dense population and extensive trade at the most suitable places on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, create large cities, open up communications by steamship, construct a railway from New York to San Francisco, for the first time really open the Pacific Ocean to civilization, and for the third time in history give the world trade a new direction? The "independence" of a few Spanish Californians and Texans may suffer because of it, in someplaces "justice" and other moral principles may be violated; but what does that matter to such facts of world-historic significance?

    German original:
    http://www.mlwerke.de/me/me06/me06_270.htm

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  198. @The Anti-Gnostic
    Your loss. They are astounding chroniclers of White Americana in addition to exploring the age-old tragedy of bad things happening to good people. They apparently see a very big hole lurking in modern Judaism, which they chronicled in A Serious Man.

    Yes, they made some of my favorites. They also absolutely mishandled “True Grit”. I like some of their films and have absolutely hated some.

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  199. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Buffalo Joe
    JR, funny, even with her "hotness" I don't think a nude will attract a larger audience. Are they hyping her nudity?

    They’re hyping her suffering and humiliation. As a pervert this is some of the ugliest stuff I’ve ever seen done at this level of budget and care. Probably the studio is not deliberately or directly hyping her nudity per se, but it is getting around, and it’s the only selling point for the movie (which did terribly at the box office).

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    I feel sorry for Jennifer Lawrence that in her last two movies, Mother and Red Sparrow, she plays the part of a repeatedly and sadistically abused beauty.

    I feel sorry for her because she seems to be a woman with ambitions to be free and independent, but good roles must be hard to find, and those two roles are some of the most clichéd women roles you can find. And frankly, they didn’t really suit her: she seemed expressionless and a little dumb in both of them.
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  200. @SteveSailer

    Thoughts on London demographics being portrayed as South Africa circa 1995?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0j_CX1S2es&feature=youtu.be

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  201. @Thorfinnsson
    STOP THE TAKI'S MAG PIECES NOW!

    You could always just stop reading here, Ms. Finnsdottir.

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  202. Hosswire says:

    Once you begin to notice that the Coen brothers’ primary cinematic theme is that the goyim are ridiculous, it’s hard to enjoy their films as much.

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    Once you begin to notice that the Coen brothers’ primary cinematic theme is that the goyim are ridiculous, it’s hard to enjoy their films as much.
     
    Based on A Serious Man ,Barton Fink, and Hail, Caesar!, I would say that they think that Jews are also ridiculous.
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  203. @Achmed E. Newman
    I'll give it another shot, and thanks for your help, Hippo. I know the units just can be in seconds without an "s", as I have in my blog, when the vids are embedded. I just couldn't get any which way to work this morning.

    Wait, I had "&start=13" not "&t=12". Maybe that's it.

    &t=13s

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  204. KunioKun says:

    I forgot about the child molesting Jesus in the Big Lewbowski. Training the populous to enjoy it when you spit in their faces is quite a trick.

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  205. @Steve Sailer
    Frances McDormand is actually married only to a single Coen Brother, Joel. But don't worry, it's a common perception that the Coen Brothers must live in one giant Coen Brothers house sharing all things in common.

    For example, once the Coen Brothers visited my son's college to accept an award, and all the students were stunned when their separate limos pulled up from separate directions, implying that they actually live in separate houses each with his separate family.

    My hunch is that the extreme lack of separation in the public mind between the two Coen Brothers is actually a brilliant strategy they adopted long ago to avoid the kind of sibling rivalry that so often tears apart creative brothers in the public eye, like the Everlys, the Davies, the Fogerty's, and so forth.

    the kind of sibling rivalry that so often tears apart creative brothers in the public eye

    Don’t leave out the ultimate example, the Dorseys. Tommy quit in a rage onstage.

    The Coens grew up in the same suburb as Al Franken, “St Jewish Park”, the product of Minneapolis covenants.

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  206. @The Anti-Gnostic
    however, both California industries suddenly found themselves in trouble for not hiring enough blacks, women, and, uh, that other minority, the one nobody can remember.

    Mestizo/indigenous remain hilariously invisible to Hollywood; well, there was Stand and Deliver, and Colors. And Apocalypto.

    Speaking of Colors, Courtney Gains did his usual solid journeyman work in that.

    http://www.spectacularoptical.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/courtney-colors.jpg

    He seems like a pretty grounded guy but apparently zero personal life, or he keeps it very well hidden. Another great character actor with no personal life, Brion James, apparently worked himself to death.

    For all the virtue-signalling prima donnas, there seem to be a lot of actors with solid work ethics who stay in their range and do extremely well by it. I wouldn't be surprised if the industry in the trenches skews more conservative than the folks at the top of the food chain.

    Mestizo/indigenous remain hilariously invisible to Hollywood

    Not to Chuck Norris. The Viet soldiers in one of his movies all had Spanish names in the credits.

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    Mestizo/indigenous remain hilariously invisible to Hollywood

    Not to Chuck Norris. The Viet soldiers in one of his movies all had Spanish names in the credits.
     
    Weren't the Missing in Action films shot in the Philippines.....
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  207. @J.Ross
    They're hyping her suffering and humiliation. As a pervert this is some of the ugliest stuff I've ever seen done at this level of budget and care. Probably the studio is not deliberately or directly hyping her nudity per se, but it is getting around, and it's the only selling point for the movie (which did terribly at the box office).

    I feel sorry for Jennifer Lawrence that in her last two movies, Mother and Red Sparrow, she plays the part of a repeatedly and sadistically abused beauty.

    I feel sorry for her because she seems to be a woman with ambitions to be free and independent, but good roles must be hard to find, and those two roles are some of the most clichéd women roles you can find. And frankly, they didn’t really suit her: she seemed expressionless and a little dumb in both of them.

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    A while back, when Herschlag and Mila Kunis were both really hot (and on the chans, passed each other weekly as top JewFu), there were two forgettable, disgusting, and bizarrely similar movies that came out around the same time. They were both "implied nudity and sex scenes with this actress -- the movie!," one was with Kunis and one was with P. I was really taken aback by the McDonaldsity of that. I mean, not only exploiting them so brazenly, being so Avnettish, but doing one right after the other where this was clearly the same premise. And this is separate from the one intelligent moment of Arnofsky's life, exploiting them together in Black Swan. Seeing those two unfilms made and released like that really solidified modern Hollywood's lack of ability to me. Before that, I disagreed with and disliked some stuff, but I always imagined that there's some guy (like the thankless assistant to the producer in Barton Fink) to make sure the lens cap is off the damn camera.
    , @PiltdownMan

    I feel sorry for Jennifer Lawrence that in her last two movies, Mother and Red Sparrow, she plays the part of a repeatedly and sadistically abused beauty.

    I feel sorry for her because she seems to be a woman with ambitions to be free and independent, but good roles must be hard to find, and those two roles are some of the most clichéd women roles you can find.
     

    She chose to act in Mother and Red Sparrow. Since Jennifer Lawrence is reportedly paid in the high six figures or low seven figures per movie, how sorry can you feel for her?

    It's not like the choice was coercive—it wasn't, at those levels of compensation. And, if you consider the great wealth she has already earned, she can turn down any darn movie part she chooses to.

    , @Hibernian
    She's crying all the way to the bank.
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  208. syonredux says:
    @Hosswire
    Once you begin to notice that the Coen brothers' primary cinematic theme is that the goyim are ridiculous, it's hard to enjoy their films as much.

    Once you begin to notice that the Coen brothers’ primary cinematic theme is that the goyim are ridiculous, it’s hard to enjoy their films as much.

    Based on A Serious Man ,Barton Fink, and Hail, Caesar!, I would say that they think that Jews are also ridiculous.

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    In Barton Fink, the Jews are ridiculous, but the goyim are uncomplicatedly Amelekite evil. I don't think there are any Jews in Raising Arizona or Fargo, but there is inescapable coastal city disdain for the peasants.
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  209. @Art Deco
    That’s the point, it’s the book of Job.

    No, that's the pretense. Or perhaps it's a parody of the Book of Job.


    Flannery O'Connor offered that literature trades in the possible, not the probable. A talented wordsmith can incorporate the odd and fantastic into an engaging narrative. They don't do that. They rig every aspect of it down to the petty details and the result is an accumulation of twaddle.

    Art D., Flannery (Franny to her friends – did you know that?) was of course almost right in that quote – she is sort of the Platonic ideal of a second-rate writer with first rate ideas, and the idea in that quote is one of those first rate ideas- thanks for quoting her to such good effect. (And almost right is pretty good, in this world.)

    You couldn’t have paid her to be a movie reviewer, not if you had a million bucks to offer her, because …

    well, to change the subject, sort of …

    I have never seen a “Coen Brothers” movie unless the Big Lebowski is such a movie; it wasn’t bad, but …

    Art, I wonder if you really think, in your heart of hearts, that there has ever been a “movie” which has attained the status of art, in a way that someone with the heart of a true artist would appreciate.

    I have nothing bad to say about John Wayne or Gail Russell, at the top of their game, or Jimmy Stewart or Ava Gardner, all magicians of the first order, but …

    Imagine (or remember) a day when you truly understood a work of art that was created by someone who was a genuine artist.

    Then imagine the best movie you ever saw.

    The question answers itself. The best movie you ever saw simply was no more a work of art to compare with the true work of art that first impressed you (a poem, a novel, a painting, maybe even a well-told story by someone very intelligent whom you knew in real life) than the “gold medal” my ex-girlfriend’s adopted son with Down’s Syndrome (spelled that way on purpose) won at the Special Olympics compares with a “real gold medal” won by someone who won a “real gold medal” in a real Olympics event. God bless the kids who win gold medals at the Special Olympics, and most of us are not kind enough to people with special challenges, and we should praise the Special Olympics winners, and tell them they are great, and super inspiring, and tell them they are just like, in their way, the real Olympics winners, but let’s face it, the Oscars are the Special Olympics of the world of art in Western Civilization.

    Thanks for reading. Live not by lies.

    There is no art that has been created in the last 2000 years that will last and be considered worth the time of future generations, except to the degree that the artist echoes the truths that Jesus Christ, the greatest artist of all, explained again and again, in story after story, in miracle after miracle, in saying after saying, in human action after human action. Not because Jesus Christ explained them – that is not the point – but because they are true. And as humans, we, unlike our fellow comedians the monkeys and the dogs and the cats and the boars and the dolphins (just to name a few I could talk about who are mammals – there are also the comic-capable cephalopods and the birds and the almost comic-capable higher insects to think about, in addition) – we were created to be first in line to denounce that which is insufficiently true (should the need arise, which it did … sadly, back in the Garden of Eden – try and remember that!) — to artistically denounce that which is not true. That, Art, is art, that is what art is all about, and that is what very few movies even try to be about for more than a few moments in every hour.

    But golly gee those special effects in Inception, and those tracking shots in the little beach town in Dunkirk, sure were impressive (sorry I am a few years belated). And Nolan is a pretty good little director, one of the best, maybe even.

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    I don't get paid to listen to people free-associate, so I don't do it.
    , @middle aged vet . .
    My apologies if I did not explain, from the get go, that my comment was not a "free association" style comment.

    Rather, I slowly developed a not unfair description of the "cinematic arts," riffing here and there, but always with purpose, on the pluses and minuses of our celluloid-adoring age, and I carefully prepared the ground for the penultimate paragraph, which is one of the best short explanations you will ever read on this Earth of the profound aesthetics of the great theologian and all-around great guy Hans Urs von Balthasar --- followed by a very short coda referencing the futility of considering even one of the best of our contemporary directors (Nolan) to be a genius.

    Art, you probably would not like the Odes of Horace, which are constructed in a similar way, or the Four Quartets of Eliot or the Finnegans Wake of Joyce, not to mention the poem called "Eve" written by the greatest modern poet of them all, Peguy, all of them (Horace, Eliot, Joyce, Peguy) worth reading, if one can get over one's naive reluctance to wonder if what seems to one to be annoyingly free association is actually just a more accurate and profound argument about reality than we would have, before we considered the question in a fair and kind way, guessed (than we would have guessed) it to be.

    Finally, "Live not by lies" is a line of Solzhenitsyn's which I have often encountered on this specific website (Sailer, not just Unz) by the way.

    Thanks for reading. Don't respond, Art, but give some thought to what you need to do to understand the world better, and to say things that are more memorably true. You are one of my favorite commenters in the great weird huge world of American website comment sections, Art, and I am just trying to help.

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  210. ChrisZ says:
    @rogue-one
    BBC produced "Troy: Fall of a City" will have a black actor cast as Achilles.

    Homer states that Achilles was a blonde man. («ξανθῆς δὲ κόμης ἕλε Πηλεΐωνα» = "she (Athena) grabbed Achilles by his blonde hair"; Iliad, 1.197)

    I guess Homer needs some lessons in diversity.

    What’s worse, Rogue, is that there actually *is* a black guy in the story of the Trojan War.

    In an episode that takes place where Homer left off, King Memnon comes to the defense of Troy, leading an army of his fellow warriors from Ethiopia. He’s a fierce fighter, a rival to even the greatest of the Greeks. He’s also considered to be the most handsome man alive, and is renowned for his courtesy.

    Achilles kills him.

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    I said this when I heard about black Achilles right after they announced black Sherlock Holmes: they know nothing about these characters, they're just picking the most famous names.
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  211. sayless says:
    @J.Ross
    Yes. They literally talk at one point about "Syrenes." The old blind black railroad guy at the very beginning is either Homer or the Seer. The sherriff is obviously a Fury.
    --------
    I love that Art is horrified at Serious Man's nihilism. I skipped it because I was afraid it would be like Mamet's Homicide, taking an indefensibly bucolic position and then abandoning its defense with pseudo-Dadaism. Guess I'll have to look into it now.

    Last fall I watched A Serious Man with a friend who’s going to die in the next year or two probably.

    As the credits rolled she said, That’s my story. And it was, too.

    It moved me and made me laugh and it made her laugh too.

    Worth watching, yes.

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  212. JMcG says:
    @whorefinder

    Of them all, only No Country for Old Men seems to have had a real impact on popular culture.
     
    Artistic director + serial killer=long impact.

    I recently rewatched the original Manhunter, made by Michael Mann in the 1980s. Still holds up, still an excellent serial killer film. It's criminal it took an other decade and a half for William Peterson to achieve stardom.

    I don’t think Anton Chigurh was a serial killer. He was death incarnate.

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    In the book he gets more dialog, and in one scene does a walk-in job interview with a narco lord, in which he lays out his weltanshauung. He also develops his backstory with Harrelson's character (they were in the same special forces unit). Pretty much everybody in the story is ex-military and their experiences (and billets) inform their characters, but that's also normative for "flyover country."
    But there are at least three scenes where the Coens have him as less elemental, and more a fallible perfectionist, pretending to be elemental but getting caught out by what he can't foresee: keep that quarter, the widow defeating his system by refusing to play, and the (historically accurate) reckless suburban driver at the end.
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    @European-American
    I feel sorry for Jennifer Lawrence that in her last two movies, Mother and Red Sparrow, she plays the part of a repeatedly and sadistically abused beauty.

    I feel sorry for her because she seems to be a woman with ambitions to be free and independent, but good roles must be hard to find, and those two roles are some of the most clichéd women roles you can find. And frankly, they didn’t really suit her: she seemed expressionless and a little dumb in both of them.

    A while back, when Herschlag and Mila Kunis were both really hot (and on the chans, passed each other weekly as top JewFu), there were two forgettable, disgusting, and bizarrely similar movies that came out around the same time. They were both “implied nudity and sex scenes with this actress — the movie!,” one was with Kunis and one was with P. I was really taken aback by the McDonaldsity of that. I mean, not only exploiting them so brazenly, being so Avnettish, but doing one right after the other where this was clearly the same premise. And this is separate from the one intelligent moment of Arnofsky’s life, exploiting them together in Black Swan. Seeing those two unfilms made and released like that really solidified modern Hollywood’s lack of ability to me. Before that, I disagreed with and disliked some stuff, but I always imagined that there’s some guy (like the thankless assistant to the producer in Barton Fink) to make sure the lens cap is off the damn camera.

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  214. syonredux says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Mestizo/indigenous remain hilariously invisible to Hollywood
     
    Not to Chuck Norris. The Viet soldiers in one of his movies all had Spanish names in the credits.

    Mestizo/indigenous remain hilariously invisible to Hollywood

    Not to Chuck Norris. The Viet soldiers in one of his movies all had Spanish names in the credits.

    Weren’t the Missing in Action films shot in the Philippines…..

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  215. @Achmed E. Newman

    STOP THE TAKI’S MAG PIECES NOW!
     
    It's not gonna work, dude! How in the hell can that work without a pound sign in front of it? C'mon, Thorfinnsson, whatdya need a refresher course? It's all pound signs nowadays!

    How in the hell can that work without a pound sign in front of it?

    “Pound” has an unfortunate sexual connotation, with intimations of violence to boot.

    Down by the sea she knew a sailor who had been to war
    She never even knew a sailor before
    She never even knew his name

    He’d come to town and he would pound her for a couple of days
    And then he’d sail across the bubbly waves
    And those were happier days, but now…

    And don’t forget Ezra, on the wrong side of history.

    “Pubic hatch” might be a better term for the thing.

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    Well, then, that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase Pound(sign) Me Too, don't it?

    I do know the phrase from Office Space - being sent to "PMITA prison".
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  216. @European-American
    I feel sorry for Jennifer Lawrence that in her last two movies, Mother and Red Sparrow, she plays the part of a repeatedly and sadistically abused beauty.

    I feel sorry for her because she seems to be a woman with ambitions to be free and independent, but good roles must be hard to find, and those two roles are some of the most clichéd women roles you can find. And frankly, they didn’t really suit her: she seemed expressionless and a little dumb in both of them.

    I feel sorry for Jennifer Lawrence that in her last two movies, Mother and Red Sparrow, she plays the part of a repeatedly and sadistically abused beauty.

    I feel sorry for her because she seems to be a woman with ambitions to be free and independent, but good roles must be hard to find, and those two roles are some of the most clichéd women roles you can find.

    She chose to act in Mother and Red Sparrow. Since Jennifer Lawrence is reportedly paid in the high six figures or low seven figures per movie, how sorry can you feel for her?

    It’s not like the choice was coercive—it wasn’t, at those levels of compensation. And, if you consider the great wealth she has already earned, she can turn down any darn movie part she chooses to.

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    Darn it, I meant high seven figures or low eight figures.
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  217. syonredux says:
    @whorefinder

    Of them all, only No Country for Old Men seems to have had a real impact on popular culture.
     
    Artistic director + serial killer=long impact.

    I recently rewatched the original Manhunter, made by Michael Mann in the 1980s. Still holds up, still an excellent serial killer film. It's criminal it took an other decade and a half for William Peterson to achieve stardom.

    I recently rewatched the original Manhunter, made by Michael Mann in the 1980s. Still holds up, still an excellent serial killer film. It’s criminal it took an other decade and a half for William Peterson to achieve stardom.

    I like it better than Silence of the Lambs.For my money, Brian Cox’s Hannibal Lecter eclipses Hopkins’:

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    The photography in that alone is stunning.
    Also, Cox is Hannibal for grown-ups, Hopkins is a scenery-chewing Halloween costume, you see that right away with their shots side-by-side: Cox is naturalistic in washed-out flourescent light against white paint, and Hopkins is in a darkly colorful dungeon-looking set with chiaroscuro lighting fit for Marlene Dietrich's close-up.
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    @JMcG
    I don’t think Anton Chigurh was a serial killer. He was death incarnate.

    In the book he gets more dialog, and in one scene does a walk-in job interview with a narco lord, in which he lays out his weltanshauung. He also develops his backstory with Harrelson’s character (they were in the same special forces unit). Pretty much everybody in the story is ex-military and their experiences (and billets) inform their characters, but that’s also normative for “flyover country.”
    But there are at least three scenes where the Coens have him as less elemental, and more a fallible perfectionist, pretending to be elemental but getting caught out by what he can’t foresee: keep that quarter, the widow defeating his system by refusing to play, and the (historically accurate) reckless suburban driver at the end.

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  219. J.Ross says: • Website
    @syonredux

    I recently rewatched the original Manhunter, made by Michael Mann in the 1980s. Still holds up, still an excellent serial killer film. It’s criminal it took an other decade and a half for William Peterson to achieve stardom.
     
    I like it better than Silence of the Lambs.For my money, Brian Cox's Hannibal Lecter eclipses Hopkins':


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN244X4OiLQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuD9_Axxp1o

    The photography in that alone is stunning.
    Also, Cox is Hannibal for grown-ups, Hopkins is a scenery-chewing Halloween costume, you see that right away with their shots side-by-side: Cox is naturalistic in washed-out flourescent light against white paint, and Hopkins is in a darkly colorful dungeon-looking set with chiaroscuro lighting fit for Marlene Dietrich’s close-up.

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  220. J.Ross says: • Website
    @syonredux

    Once you begin to notice that the Coen brothers’ primary cinematic theme is that the goyim are ridiculous, it’s hard to enjoy their films as much.
     
    Based on A Serious Man ,Barton Fink, and Hail, Caesar!, I would say that they think that Jews are also ridiculous.

    In Barton Fink, the Jews are ridiculous, but the goyim are uncomplicatedly Amelekite evil. I don’t think there are any Jews in Raising Arizona or Fargo, but there is inescapable coastal city disdain for the peasants.

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    In "A Serious Man" the only sympathetic character is their dad who is beleaguered by all the Jews around him, like his obnoxious kids.

    If you are looking for an analog for where the Coens are coming from, their fellow Minnesota Jewish-American, Bob Dylan, would seem like a good start.

    , @syonredux

    In Barton Fink, the Jews are ridiculous, but the goyim are uncomplicatedly Amelekite evil.
     
    Studio Boss Lipnick is a complete monster....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeBM3nwwmlE

    And there's not much in the way of "uncomplicatedly Amelekite evil" in the characters played by Judy Davis and John Mahoney....

    And the most evil character in Miller's Crossing is John Turturro's Bernie Bernbaum, a creature so vile that he turns on the man who showed him mercy and saved his life....
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  221. J.Ross says: • Website
    @ChrisZ
    What’s worse, Rogue, is that there actually *is* a black guy in the story of the Trojan War.

    In an episode that takes place where Homer left off, King Memnon comes to the defense of Troy, leading an army of his fellow warriors from Ethiopia. He’s a fierce fighter, a rival to even the greatest of the Greeks. He’s also considered to be the most handsome man alive, and is renowned for his courtesy.

    Achilles kills him.

    I said this when I heard about black Achilles right after they announced black Sherlock Holmes: they know nothing about these characters, they’re just picking the most famous names.

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  222. Art Deco says:
    @middle aged vet . . .
    Art D., Flannery (Franny to her friends - did you know that?) was of course almost right in that quote - she is sort of the Platonic ideal of a second-rate writer with first rate ideas, and the idea in that quote is one of those first rate ideas- thanks for quoting her to such good effect. (And almost right is pretty good, in this world.)

    You couldn't have paid her to be a movie reviewer, not if you had a million bucks to offer her, because ...

    well, to change the subject, sort of ...

    I have never seen a "Coen Brothers" movie unless the Big Lebowski is such a movie; it wasn't bad, but ...


    Art, I wonder if you really think, in your heart of hearts, that there has ever been a "movie" which has attained the status of art, in a way that someone with the heart of a true artist would appreciate.

    I have nothing bad to say about John Wayne or Gail Russell, at the top of their game, or Jimmy Stewart or Ava Gardner, all magicians of the first order, but ...

    Imagine (or remember) a day when you truly understood a work of art that was created by someone who was a genuine artist.

    Then imagine the best movie you ever saw.

    The question answers itself. The best movie you ever saw simply was no more a work of art to compare with the true work of art that first impressed you (a poem, a novel, a painting, maybe even a well-told story by someone very intelligent whom you knew in real life) than the "gold medal" my ex-girlfriend's adopted son with Down's Syndrome (spelled that way on purpose) won at the Special Olympics compares with a "real gold medal" won by someone who won a "real gold medal" in a real Olympics event. God bless the kids who win gold medals at the Special Olympics, and most of us are not kind enough to people with special challenges, and we should praise the Special Olympics winners, and tell them they are great, and super inspiring, and tell them they are just like, in their way, the real Olympics winners, but let's face it, the Oscars are the Special Olympics of the world of art in Western Civilization.

    Thanks for reading. Live not by lies.

    There is no art that has been created in the last 2000 years that will last and be considered worth the time of future generations, except to the degree that the artist echoes the truths that Jesus Christ, the greatest artist of all, explained again and again, in story after story, in miracle after miracle, in saying after saying, in human action after human action. Not because Jesus Christ explained them - that is not the point - but because they are true. And as humans, we, unlike our fellow comedians the monkeys and the dogs and the cats and the boars and the dolphins (just to name a few I could talk about who are mammals - there are also the comic-capable cephalopods and the birds and the almost comic-capable higher insects to think about, in addition) - we were created to be first in line to denounce that which is insufficiently true (should the need arise, which it did ... sadly, back in the Garden of Eden - try and remember that!) --- to artistically denounce that which is not true. That, Art, is art, that is what art is all about, and that is what very few movies even try to be about for more than a few moments in every hour.

    But golly gee those special effects in Inception, and those tracking shots in the little beach town in Dunkirk, sure were impressive (sorry I am a few years belated). And Nolan is a pretty good little director, one of the best, maybe even.

    I don’t get paid to listen to people free-associate, so I don’t do it.

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    Your loss; you will never get more intelligent - and will never become a more interesting writer yourself - with that immature attitude.
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  223. @J.Ross
    In Barton Fink, the Jews are ridiculous, but the goyim are uncomplicatedly Amelekite evil. I don't think there are any Jews in Raising Arizona or Fargo, but there is inescapable coastal city disdain for the peasants.

    In “A Serious Man” the only sympathetic character is their dad who is beleaguered by all the Jews around him, like his obnoxious kids.

    If you are looking for an analog for where the Coens are coming from, their fellow Minnesota Jewish-American, Bob Dylan, would seem like a good start.

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    Ah, so they hate America, and would lose in a fight with Lou Reed or Alex Chilton. And Leonard Cohen follows them around doing a painfully obvious imitation of them for years. But then they're born-again Christians giving the finger to the Nobel committee.
    That sounds like a Coen brothers movie ...
    , @Art Deco
    In “A Serious Man” the only sympathetic character is their dad who is beleaguered by all the Jews around him, like his obnoxious kids.

    There are no sympathetic characters, although there are peripheral characters you might describe as neutral. (His lawyer, the physics department chairman, the puzzled dentist). The man and his brother are pathetic characters, not sympathetic characters. The son isn't obnoxious at all, just unedifying and intermittently pesky; it's the daughter who is obnoxious.

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  224. syonredux says:
    @J.Ross
    In Barton Fink, the Jews are ridiculous, but the goyim are uncomplicatedly Amelekite evil. I don't think there are any Jews in Raising Arizona or Fargo, but there is inescapable coastal city disdain for the peasants.

    In Barton Fink, the Jews are ridiculous, but the goyim are uncomplicatedly Amelekite evil.

    Studio Boss Lipnick is a complete monster….

    And there’s not much in the way of “uncomplicatedly Amelekite evil” in the characters played by Judy Davis and John Mahoney….

    And the most evil character in Miller’s Crossing is John Turturro’s Bernie Bernbaum, a creature so vile that he turns on the man who showed him mercy and saved his life….

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    No, the Jews are superficially ridiculous as a credibility break for being downright noble. Fink is pretentious about his life of the mind, but his intentions are good. The producer is self-parodically arrogant, but he's running a movie studio; even the wierd patronizing makes sense when we meet the other writers. The assistant-dog is a familiar character, a type with heroic dedication to his work, suffering even humiliation, masculinity denied recognition.
    And against that you have a bullying serial killer who inaugurates hell imagery and may have murdered the protagonist's mother, bigoted and menacing cops, a slimeball addict parasiting off a more talented and productive writer, and a favorite Jewish mythological archetype, the Pharoah's hot to trot wife whose bed means nothing but trouble.
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  225. @PiltdownMan

    The other actors in “Patton” are remarkably bad. They just stand around admiring George C. Scott.
     
    Even Karl Malden, who could have held his own playing Gen. Omar Bradley, just stands around looking wimpy. Malden won an Oscar for his role in A Streetcar Named Desire, acting alongside Marlon Brando.

    Granted, the script for Patton writes Bradley that way, but even so, Malden's not even trying.

    The director might have had something to do with that.

    Ever experienced a director telling you where to stand, how to speak, where to look…?

    Didn’t Hitchcock say that (to him) “actors are cattle”?

    This is like an equation with two variables, a = actor, and d = director. P is Performance. P = ad.

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  226. Whoever says: • Website
    @PiltdownMan

    Paul Allen again proves he is among the unsung heroes of our (or any) time.
     
    I’m happy that Paul Allen funded the expedition that found the wreck of the USS Lexington this week, scuttled during the Battle of the Coral Sea in WWII.

    Adm. Harry B. Harris, the head of the Navy’s Pacific fleet, is happy too. His father was one of the survivors who had to abandon that ship. Interestingly, Adm Harry B. Harris is half-Japanese, and was born in Japan, after the war.

    https://i.cbc.ca/1.4564531.1520363474!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_620/shipwreck-found.jpg


    http://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/paul-g-allen-expedition-discovers-the-sunken-uss-lexington-and-her-aircraft.html

    My grandfather served aboard the Lexington. Here are a couple of photos of her in better days:

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    Many thanks for sharing those!

    I'm no expert and I may be completely wrong but I think the top picture may be of USS Lexington (CV-16), the aircraft carrier that was commissioned in 1943. It was named after the USS Lexington (CV-2), which was scuttled the previous year in the Battle of the Coral Sea. CV-2 is the ship in the bottom picture, seen sailing through the Panama Canal. No offense.

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  227. J.Ross says: • Website
    @syonredux

    In Barton Fink, the Jews are ridiculous, but the goyim are uncomplicatedly Amelekite evil.
     
    Studio Boss Lipnick is a complete monster....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeBM3nwwmlE

    And there's not much in the way of "uncomplicatedly Amelekite evil" in the characters played by Judy Davis and John Mahoney....

    And the most evil character in Miller's Crossing is John Turturro's Bernie Bernbaum, a creature so vile that he turns on the man who showed him mercy and saved his life....

    No, the Jews are superficially ridiculous as a credibility break for being downright noble. Fink is pretentious about his life of the mind, but his intentions are good. The producer is self-parodically arrogant, but he’s running a movie studio; even the wierd patronizing makes sense when we meet the other writers. The assistant-dog is a familiar character, a type with heroic dedication to his work, suffering even humiliation, masculinity denied recognition.
    And against that you have a bullying serial killer who inaugurates hell imagery and may have murdered the protagonist’s mother, bigoted and menacing cops, a slimeball addict parasiting off a more talented and productive writer, and a favorite Jewish mythological archetype, the Pharoah’s hot to trot wife whose bed means nothing but trouble.

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    No, the Jews are superficially ridiculous as a credibility break for being downright noble. Fink is pretentious about his life of the mind, but his intentions are good.
     
    Fink is a no-talent hack who can only write Marxian agit-prop. As for his intentions......those amount to telling the masses what they should think.

    The producer is self-parodically arrogant, but he’s running a movie studio; even the wierd patronizing makes sense when we meet the other writers.
     
    He's a dictatorial slave-driver who produces vulgar trash.

    The assistant-dog is a familiar character, a type with heroic dedication to his work, suffering even humiliation, masculinity denied recognition.
     
    There's no heroism in his dedication. He's a spineless toady.

    And against that you have a bullying serial killer who inaugurates hell imagery and may have murdered the protagonist’s mother,
     
    Who, far all of his butchery, is far less powerful than Lipnick.

    bigoted and menacing cops,
     
    Insignificant in comparison to Lipnick, foot soldiers who will do what they are told.

    , a slimeball addict parasiting off a more talented and productive writer,
     
    Whose definition of the writer's calling (" I just like makin' things up") effectively deflates Fink's Marxian-derived feeling of bloated self-importance.

    and a favorite Jewish mythological archetype, the Pharoah’s hot to trot wife whose bed means nothing but trouble.

     

    Except that the true Pharaoh is Lipnick.....
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    @Steve Sailer
    In "A Serious Man" the only sympathetic character is their dad who is beleaguered by all the Jews around him, like his obnoxious kids.

    If you are looking for an analog for where the Coens are coming from, their fellow Minnesota Jewish-American, Bob Dylan, would seem like a good start.

    Ah, so they hate America, and would lose in a fight with Lou Reed or Alex Chilton. And Leonard Cohen follows them around doing a painfully obvious imitation of them for years. But then they’re born-again Christians giving the finger to the Nobel committee.
    That sounds like a Coen brothers movie …

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  229. J.Ross says: • Website

    OT a lot of 4chan’s /tv/ board is viral marketing or stupidity, but today there was this insane, hilarious, and never-ending fight over the film Batman Versus Superman.

    http://boards.4chan.org/tv/thread/95633443

    Samples from opposing sides:
    This was a Signs-tier plot device, who cares if it was foreshadowed ir not. The two had been trying kill each other the entire film, no reason or logic could convince Batman otherwise. Then he finds out their moms had the same first name, and it’s all cool? F*** you.
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    Movies really need f***ing Morgan Freeman narrating everything these days.

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  230. Truth says:
    @MEH 0910
    Here is a video of the redhead stealing the poor black man's purse. You are saying that this was staged by crisis actors?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aNwSO2z4yA

    Was it not the same female in the picture I posted above? She must have been having a really bad day.

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  231. Nico says:
    @njguy73

    Talk about forgettable flicks.
     
    Can you name eleven films made since 2006 that have had greater impact on popular culture?

    The others’ responses were perfect.

    I’ll just add that I came from one of the first batches of millennials, graduating college in 2007. I have since noticed that 2007 seems to have been the last year there was a high concentration of watchable and reasonably intelligent films coming out. Since that time my generation has entered the work force (sort of) and exerted its influence, to the infinite detriment of everyone and everything, but especially of cultural products. That Lena Dunham is held up as “the voice of our generation” is all the reason I need to hate mine.

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  232. @syonredux

    I’ve seen that paragraph was cited in a latter-day woke article to help “prove” that Karl Marx was just another stale, pale, racist white male.
     
    Marx is full of un-WOKE comments. My favorite is the one where he said that the lazy Mexicans do not deserve magnificent California.

    It’s often attributed to Marx as I found out googling, but it’s from Engels:

    http://marxists.anu.edu.au/archive/marx/works/1849/02/15.htm

    Or is it perhaps unfortunate that splendid California has been taken away from the lazy Mexicans, who could not do anything with it? That the energetic Yankees by rapid exploitation of the California gold mines will increase the means of circulation, in a few years will concentrate a dense population and extensive trade at the most suitable places on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, create large cities, open up communications by steamship, construct a railway from New York to San Francisco, for the first time really open the Pacific Ocean to civilization, and for the third time in history give the world trade a new direction? The “independence” of a few Spanish Californians and Texans may suffer because of it, in someplaces “justice” and other moral principles may be violated; but what does that matter to such facts of world-historic significance?

    German original:

    http://www.mlwerke.de/me/me06/me06_270.htm

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  233. @Steve Sailer
    Oscar voters try to be hip so they pick out oddities like "Birdman" to all get behind, but that just means that the reputations of the Best Picture winners suffer because it exposes weird movies where if you discovered it yourself, you might praise it in a Glass-Half-Full manner to tons of Glass-Half-Empty criticism.

    Oscar voters aren't any better than anybody else at predicting what will be influential in the future, especially because they are pretty old.

    They should just reward well-made traditional Oscarish movies like "The King's Speech," which is really funny and has excellent performances.

    Agreed w/r/t ‘The King’s Speech’. Helena Bellatrix-Carter is especially good, and although Geoffrey Rush can’t help but chew the scenery a bit, he’s mostly under control and used to good effect. We Calvinists thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  234. Clyde says:
    @Stan d Mute

    del Toro is a genius at imposing his childlike fanaticism about how red is his favorite color
     
    Wait, is del Toro the real Mr Jones? And is Adam Duritz white? It’s all so confusing..

    Mr. Jones by Counting Crows on VEVO.

    Great tune! Great riff and rip-off of Mr Dylan. The song would not exist without Dylan. In fact it’s better than anything Dylan has put out in 30 years.

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    Old Bobby Zimmerman lost his mojo when he stopped keeping Mastiffs. DBD exceptionalism.

    https://i.pinimg.com/736x/b8/bc/d6/b8bcd6f6238d14c5d50028b2ce3d9cf7--big-dogs-dog-photos.jpg
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  235. @Reg Cæsar

    How in the hell can that work without a pound sign in front of it?
     
    "Pound" has an unfortunate sexual connotation, with intimations of violence to boot.

    Down by the sea she knew a sailor who had been to war
    She never even knew a sailor before
    She never even knew his name


    He'd come to town and he would pound her for a couple of days
    And then he'd sail across the bubbly waves
    And those were happier days, but now…

     

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uwQa_Ot7ss8

    And don't forget Ezra, on the wrong side of history.

    "Pubic hatch" might be a better term for the thing.

    Well, then, that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase Pound(sign) Me Too, don’t it?

    I do know the phrase from Office Space – being sent to “PMITA prison”.

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  236. Anonym says:
    @European-American
    It’s not just as a leading role. I am increasingly turned off by the fakeness of casting blacks in most roles. Especially “token” roles, where it’s obvious the person was cast to satisfy a diversity requirement.

    Here’s an old example: I recently rewatched Terminator 2: Judgment Day. A fine scifi flick. But it’s a bit spoiled by having the computer genius character “Miles Dyson” played by the actor Joe Morton, who is black.

    I’m not saying it’s impossible for the genius who plays the key role in inventing the software and hardware that facilitates the rise of intelligent machines to be black. It’s just highly unlikely. And movies work better with typical characters, not atypical characters, unless the point of the movie is somehow related to the atypicality.

    This character should be a moving one. He realizes with horror what his single-minded dedication to the passion of his life, better computers, has wrought. And he sacrifices himself to try to stop it. This should remind us of the scientists of the Manhattan Project. Or of rocket designers. But this character doesn’t look like any of those guys, so the potential power of his character is diluted into silliness. He’s a fine actor but looks and acts nothing like a chip or software designer.

    These unspoken quotas in movies and TV... and everywhere ... are just sickening, an affront to reason and aesthetics and efficiency. They are a kind of fake news. Fake art. Something I thought would be used only in the service of totalitarian ideologies. Or in the service of trying to sell you something. I’d rather have my art reflect reality, please!

    Before T2 there was some, uh, Pryor art:

    That was back when green on black monochrome wasn’t just the hacker/unix aesthetic on xterm windows.

    Here is Don Knuth, a renowned German-American computer scientist on why c̶o̶m̶m̶e̶n̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶U̶n̶z̶.̶c̶o̶m̶ email is a waste of your life. I like listening to him, but maybe Pryor has the sort of charisma to better suit a movie, and can dumb it down enough to suit a 85+ IQ LCD. Possibly they think “Hell, if Richard Pryor or Samuel L Jackson can’t read the script, maybe it’s going to sail over the heads of the audience.”

    The black computer programmer/hacker is such a common trope, one wonders if there is some sort of memo that goes out to casting directors. Is there another reason for that? You know where I’m going with this – THE JOOOOOS lol – but besides Kevin Mitnick and the Stuxnet coders there are at least as many famous goy infamous hackers, probably more judging by the top ten lists out there. But certainly the devious computer hacker is something that Jews probably don’t want to be associated with as a trope.

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    Good point about black actors often being more charismatic than a more realistic nerd. So there's that. Just like the movies show unrealistically good-looking people, all other things being equal they will favor charismatic.

    In the Mission Impossible movies, Ving Rhames is preposterous as a computer nerd, but definitely entertaining:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv2l0VEPQUE

    But, come on, Wayne Knight in Jurassic Park is way more memorable as a nerd:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=me8ICrOghQw

    I was going to say his character borders on anti-Semitism, and I was getting mighty triggered just watching that old excerpt... but it looks like Knight is not Jewish. Phew!

    Nerdiness is a great uniter. Who cares about religion or color of skin, when we're all nerds inside? I've even known a few pretty legit black programmer nerds. There's also guys like the successful tech reviewer Marques Brownlee:
    https://youtu.be/J83sZrz9XTc?t=16s

    Another thing that makes blacks as nerds in the movies a bit ok is that black actors tend to naturally be nerdier than the average black person. It's like guys who do ballet are more feminine than the average guy. So a black actor as a nerd is slightly more believable, because only a nerdy black guy would consider an acting career.

    For example, über-intellectual and nerdy (and non-American) William Jackson Harper in The Good Place TV series works for me:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etJ6RmMPGko

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  237. Hibernian says:
    @JackOH
    "So, as explained by the Theory of Systemic Intersectionality, Mr. Bryant deserves a Best Actress Oscar more than a white woman like Ms. McDormand."

    A Black Supremacist interpretation might have it that Ms. McDormand has no property right to her Oscar because property rights are a White scheme to deprive Blacks of the rightful fruits of their labor dating from ancient Egypt. The rightful fruits of Black labor dating from ancient Egypt are everything White folks mistakenly believe they've built on their own. Such as the modern film industry. Plus, if Ms. McDormand really owned the Oscar handed her, why did she allow it to be stolen?

    That boot stamping on a human face forever? Made by a Black Supremacist shoemaker. That would be a movie I'd see. A totalitarian, genocidal Black-run America liberated by, say, a revitalized Europe.

    ” A totalitarian, genocidal Black-run America liberated by, say, a revitalized Europe.”

    The other way around is more likely, or rather, less unlikely.

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    Hibernian, thanks. I'd see that movie either way. I actually think the right producer and the right director and the right "spin" could make the story of a Black Supremacist America lording it over White Untermenschen sellable to money guys and movie audiences. (My practical knowledge of Hollywood is zilch, but I used to be a good enough salesman to know when an idea is not totally nutso.)

    Plus, there'd be a big-time cool opportunity to open "dialog" or have a "conversation" about race where the other guy has to go on defense right from jump street.

    Just a thought. Thanks again.

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  238. duncsbaby says:
    @Giant Duck
    The tweets that got her in trouble (as shown in this Daily Mail article) are still on her ReignofApril twitter feed - apparently she never deleted them.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2692218/Another-recycled-hard-drive-Former-Lois-Lerner-deputy-prosecuted-fundraising-Democrats-job-FEC-destroyed-evidence.html

    and

    https://twitter.com/ReignOfApril/status/209774386390114304

    I think you are probably right just from reading the Daily Mail article alone. There are a couple of pics in the article distinct from her official airbrushed FEC pic that look exactly like the shot of
    April Reign taken from the Today show. Have you thought about just straight-up asking her in a non-confrontational way on Twitter? If she blocks you, you are onto something.

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  239. Hibernian says:
    @European-American
    I feel sorry for Jennifer Lawrence that in her last two movies, Mother and Red Sparrow, she plays the part of a repeatedly and sadistically abused beauty.

    I feel sorry for her because she seems to be a woman with ambitions to be free and independent, but good roles must be hard to find, and those two roles are some of the most clichéd women roles you can find. And frankly, they didn’t really suit her: she seemed expressionless and a little dumb in both of them.

    She’s crying all the way to the bank.

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  240. @Grumpy
    "That’s cured me of ever wanting to see another film they’ve produced."

    Fargo had that affect on me twenty years ago.

    I have given the Coen brothers more chances than I should have. Always the same reaction: Real talent combined with a determination to make life seem as sour as possible. (Although the screenplay for “Bridge of Spies” is an exception.)

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  241. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Art Deco
    I don't get paid to listen to people free-associate, so I don't do it.

    Your loss; you will never get more intelligent – and will never become a more interesting writer yourself – with that immature attitude.

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  242. @Whoever
    My grandfather served aboard the Lexington. Here are a couple of photos of her in better days:

    https://i.imgur.com/eugACtt.png

    https://i.imgur.com/fph4UFP.jpg

    Many thanks for sharing those!

    I’m no expert and I may be completely wrong but I think the top picture may be of USS Lexington (CV-16), the aircraft carrier that was commissioned in 1943. It was named after the USS Lexington (CV-2), which was scuttled the previous year in the Battle of the Coral Sea. CV-2 is the ship in the bottom picture, seen sailing through the Panama Canal. No offense.

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    They are both CV-2. a) check out the stack. b) check out the wing insignia - obsolete by '42.
    , @Whoever
    Another way you can tell she's the Lady Lex besides what Jeff mentions is that if you look at the tails of the aircraft embarked, you can see that they are SB2U-3s. These belonged to VMSB-231, which the Lexington transported from Quantico to San Diego, and after some training on to Ewa, in 1941,
    Just before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, she sailed with 18 of the squadron's 24 planes for Midway. But with word of the Japanese attack, the Lex was ordered to attack Japanese bases in the Marshall islands and the SB2U's flew back to Ewa, finding that the six left-behind planes had all been destroyed. About a week later, these 18 SB2U-3s flew from from Ewa to Midway, an amazing feat, actually --more than 1,100 miles!
    Once there, VMSB-231 was renamed VNSB-241. Their SB2U-3s, participated in the Battle of Midway, quite a harrowing story. Eight were shot down on June 4 while attacking the Japanese fleet and the rest shot up petty badly. The next day, Capt. Richard Fleming, along with his radioman-gunner Pfc George Toms, were killed flying one of the remaining serviceable SB2U-3s while attacking the Mikuma. Fleming was awarded the Medal of Honor, Toms the DFC.
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  243. @PiltdownMan

    I feel sorry for Jennifer Lawrence that in her last two movies, Mother and Red Sparrow, she plays the part of a repeatedly and sadistically abused beauty.

    I feel sorry for her because she seems to be a woman with ambitions to be free and independent, but good roles must be hard to find, and those two roles are some of the most clichéd women roles you can find.
     

    She chose to act in Mother and Red Sparrow. Since Jennifer Lawrence is reportedly paid in the high six figures or low seven figures per movie, how sorry can you feel for her?

    It's not like the choice was coercive—it wasn't, at those levels of compensation. And, if you consider the great wealth she has already earned, she can turn down any darn movie part she chooses to.

    Darn it, I meant high seven figures or low eight figures.

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  244. @Anonym
    Before T2 there was some, uh, Pryor art:

    https://youtu.be/iLw9OBV7HYA

    That was back when green on black monochrome wasn't just the hacker/unix aesthetic on xterm windows.

    Here is Don Knuth, a renowned German-American computer scientist on why c̶o̶m̶m̶e̶n̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶U̶n̶z̶.̶c̶o̶m̶ email is a waste of your life. I like listening to him, but maybe Pryor has the sort of charisma to better suit a movie, and can dumb it down enough to suit a 85+ IQ LCD. Possibly they think "Hell, if Richard Pryor or Samuel L Jackson can't read the script, maybe it's going to sail over the heads of the audience."

    https://youtu.be/QS8qwMna8_o

    The black computer programmer/hacker is such a common trope, one wonders if there is some sort of memo that goes out to casting directors. Is there another reason for that? You know where I'm going with this - THE JOOOOOS lol - but besides Kevin Mitnick and the Stuxnet coders there are at least as many famous goy infamous hackers, probably more judging by the top ten lists out there. But certainly the devious computer hacker is something that Jews probably don't want to be associated with as a trope.

    Good point about black actors often being more charismatic than a more realistic nerd. So there’s that. Just like the movies show unrealistically good-looking people, all other things being equal they will favor charismatic.

    In the Mission Impossible movies, Ving Rhames is preposterous as a computer nerd, but definitely entertaining:

    But, come on, Wayne Knight in Jurassic Park is way more memorable as a nerd:

    I was going to say his character borders on anti-Semitism, and I was getting mighty triggered just watching that old excerpt… but it looks like Knight is not Jewish. Phew!

    Nerdiness is a great uniter. Who cares about religion or color of skin, when we’re all nerds inside? I’ve even known a few pretty legit black programmer nerds. There’s also guys like the successful tech reviewer Marques Brownlee:

    Another thing that makes blacks as nerds in the movies a bit ok is that black actors tend to naturally be nerdier than the average black person. It’s like guys who do ballet are more feminine than the average guy. So a black actor as a nerd is slightly more believable, because only a nerdy black guy would consider an acting career.

    For example, über-intellectual and nerdy (and non-American) William Jackson Harper in The Good Place TV series works for me:

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  245. @J.Ross
    Extensive leaks, spoiler reviews, and webms from "Russians are sooo evilll," or "Red Sparrow," suggest that Hollywood is really hoping there are a lot of people who still haven't seen her naked, and are also really sick. The marketing of this movie is interesting because here is an extended sadism fantasy being sold with interviews sniping at that "boil," Harvey Weinstein. Good thing we got rid of that awful sexist, so now we can pour cold water on a bound naked chick held in a stress position.

    I tried reading one of the books in the Red Sparrow series and gave up after half an hour. It was dreadful. I was surprised because it was written by an ex CIA guy who’d actually spend most of his career overseas. Charles McCarry’s books are much better.

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  246. bomag says:
    @njguy73

    Talk about forgettable flicks.
     
    Can you name eleven films made since 2006 that have had greater impact on popular culture?

    Well, let’s look at the ten winners before these:

    The Departed
    Crash
    Million Dollar Baby
    Lord of the Rings, Return of the King
    Chicago
    A Beautiful Mind
    Gladiator
    American Beauty
    Shakespeare in Love
    Titanic

    Seems to be a little more gravitas.

    Has movie making in general become more “forgettable”, or just nominees?

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    The industry as a whole is collapsing, so its ability fails and its ambition shrivels.
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  247. Brutusale says:
    @BenKenobi
    Well, April is the cruelest month as you know.

    A phrase coined by someone who never spent a February in New England.

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  248. Another Name for racial Hatred against People of Indo-European Descent could be Racial Marxism, which is merely the original Decree of Communist Ideology and Communism with a racial Face-lift.

    ( Source: http://www.renegadetribune.com/three-types-marxism/ )

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  249. @rogue-one
    OT:

    America's leading wit John Podhoretz provides his commentary on the decline on western civilization comparing the big finale of the Bachelor to Gary Cohn's resignation. (How the fuck did a fucking moron like him end up in such position of influence? He comes off as an even greater moron on video than when he is tweeting.)

    “And for 20 minutes, America watched Becca, the brunette, cry. Cry and cry and feel humiliated, and say ‘go away’ and then he wouldn’t go away,” Podhoretz said.

    “The whole point is: it was 15 minutes of primetime of the humiliation of a person who was sandbagged by the show, humiliated, crushed, embarrassed, and ABC just let this run.”

    “That’s an awful lot like the way the president treated Gary Cohn,”

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/morning-joe-does-goes-in-depth-comparing-humiliated-bachelor-loser-to-gary-cohn/

    America’s Chief Witty Guy:
    “20 minutes, [I] watched Becca…cry.”
    Seems like #DumbMeDownToo
    Doesn’t have much to do
    Since dusty old books are too dry.

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  250. Art Deco says:
    @Steve Sailer
    In "A Serious Man" the only sympathetic character is their dad who is beleaguered by all the Jews around him, like his obnoxious kids.

    If you are looking for an analog for where the Coens are coming from, their fellow Minnesota Jewish-American, Bob Dylan, would seem like a good start.

    In “A Serious Man” the only sympathetic character is their dad who is beleaguered by all the Jews around him, like his obnoxious kids.

    There are no sympathetic characters, although there are peripheral characters you might describe as neutral. (His lawyer, the physics department chairman, the puzzled dentist). The man and his brother are pathetic characters, not sympathetic characters. The son isn’t obnoxious at all, just unedifying and intermittently pesky; it’s the daughter who is obnoxious.

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  251. a reader says:
    @Anonymous
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-coen-brothers-the-oscars-are-not-that-important

    Oscar-winning duo Joel and Ethan Coen let out matching bemused groans at the mention of the hot-button #OscarsSoWhite controversy as we discussed their latest film, the 1950s-set backstage Hollywood comedy Hail, Caesar!, during a recent stop in Beverly Hills.

    “[That’s] assigning way too much importance to the awards,” said Joel, whose latest film with co-helmer and brother Ethan follows a day in the life of a Golden Age of Hollywood fixer (Josh Brolin) tasked with keeping his studio’s stars and scandals under wraps.

    “By making such a big deal, you’re assuming that these things really matter. I don’t think they even matter much from an economic point of view,” he continued. “So yes, it’s true—and it’s also true that it’s escalating the whole subject to a level it doesn’t actually deserve.”

    “Diversity’s important,” clarified Coen, who with his brother has won four Oscars and earned 10 more nominations including a Best Screenplay nod for Bridge of Spies, for which they’ll vie at this month’s 88th Academy Awards show. “The Oscars are not that important.”
     
    [...]

    Such overwhelming whiteness could conceivably be explained away by pointing to the milieu of Tinseltown circa the 1950s, when the industry’s racial demographic was far less diverse than it is today. I asked the Coens to respond to criticisms that there aren’t more minority characters in the film. In other words, why is #HailCaesarSoWhite?

    “Why would there be?” countered Joel Coen. “I don’t understand the question. No—I understand that you’re asking the question, I don’t understand where the question comes from.

    “Not why people want more diversity—why they would single out a particular movie and say, ‘Why aren’t there black or Chinese or Martians in this movie? What’s going on?’ That’s the question I don’t understand. The person who asks that question has to come in the room and explain it to me.”

    As filmmakers, is it important or not important to consciously factor in concerns like diversity, I asked.

    “Not in the least!” Ethan answered. “It’s important to tell the story you’re telling in the right way, which might involve black people or people of whatever heritage or ethnicity—or it might not.”

    “It’s an absolute, absurd misunderstanding of how things get made to single out any particular story and say, ‘Why aren’t there this, that, or the other thing?’” added Joel. “It’s a fundamental misunderstanding of how stories are written. So you have to start there and say, ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about.’”

    He continued: “You don’t sit down and write a story and say, ‘I’m going to write a story that involves four black people, three Jews, and a dog,’—right? That’s not how stories get written. If you don’t understand that, you don’t understand anything about how stories get written and you don’t realize that the question you’re asking is idiotic.

    “It’s not an illegitimate thing to say there should be more diversity in an industry,” concluded Joel. “But that’s not what that question is about. That question is about something else.”
     
    For the record, Joel Coen and Frances McDormand's only child is an adopted Paraguayan son hilariously named Pedro McDormand Coen. The constant nettling that sangfroid, no-bullshit, intellectual Joel must receive at home from his obnoxious, sanctimonious wife and, shall we say, probably less high-minded son is the sort of domestic aggrievement that seems great for fueling the particularly resentful artistic creativity of the Coen brothers. It's a good excuse to be out on location for months at a time, too.

    probably less high-minded son

    Might be.

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  252. JackOH says:
    @Hibernian
    " A totalitarian, genocidal Black-run America liberated by, say, a revitalized Europe."

    The other way around is more likely, or rather, less unlikely.

    Hibernian, thanks. I’d see that movie either way. I actually think the right producer and the right director and the right “spin” could make the story of a Black Supremacist America lording it over White Untermenschen sellable to money guys and movie audiences. (My practical knowledge of Hollywood is zilch, but I used to be a good enough salesman to know when an idea is not totally nutso.)

    Plus, there’d be a big-time cool opportunity to open “dialog” or have a “conversation” about race where the other guy has to go on defense right from jump street.

    Just a thought. Thanks again.

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  253. @PiltdownMan
    Many thanks for sharing those!

    I'm no expert and I may be completely wrong but I think the top picture may be of USS Lexington (CV-16), the aircraft carrier that was commissioned in 1943. It was named after the USS Lexington (CV-2), which was scuttled the previous year in the Battle of the Coral Sea. CV-2 is the ship in the bottom picture, seen sailing through the Panama Canal. No offense.

    They are both CV-2. a) check out the stack. b) check out the wing insignia – obsolete by ’42.

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  254. Z-man says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Frances McDormand is actually married only to a single Coen Brother, Joel. But don't worry, it's a common perception that the Coen Brothers must live in one giant Coen Brothers house sharing all things in common.

    For example, once the Coen Brothers visited my son's college to accept an award, and all the students were stunned when their separate limos pulled up from separate directions, implying that they actually live in separate houses each with his separate family.

    My hunch is that the extreme lack of separation in the public mind between the two Coen Brothers is actually a brilliant strategy they adopted long ago to avoid the kind of sibling rivalry that so often tears apart creative brothers in the public eye, like the Everlys, the Davies, the Fogerty's, and so forth.

    Like I said somewhere else, the way McDormand looks like these days at least one of those Coen brothers is cheating on her with some shiska intern in their production company. lol

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  255. Dignan says:
    @Anonym
    https://youtu.be/kVqO-xdGtbk

    I think Gus Petch is my favorite Coen bros character, and a dignified entry in the diversity register.

    Gus Petch is gonna nail that ass…

    Intolerable Cruelty is one my favorites of the minor Coen comedies. Not much of a story but lots of funny throwaway lines and minor characters.

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  256. Dignan says:
    @Steve Sailer
    Crash was an edgy film (especially the first half) with lots of blatantly nonrealistic aspects that made it interesting when it was quietly released in May. Its problem was it won the Best Picture Oscar many months later, so everybody unloads upon it now. If it hadn't won Best Picture it would be better remembered today. Same with The Artist and a few others.

    If Big Leboswki had immediately been given the Best Picture, people would say bad things about it today. Same with Shawshank. They are helped in reputation by having been overlooked initially, then discovered on cable.

    I do think that there is a case that Jeff Bridges should have won best actor for The Big Lebowski. That’s a great performance.

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    They gave Bridges a make-up Best Actor Oscar about a dozen years later for Crazy Heart, a movie that starts with him pulling up at a bowling alley and declaring how much he hates bowling alleys.
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  257. Whoever says: • Website
    @PiltdownMan
    Many thanks for sharing those!

    I'm no expert and I may be completely wrong but I think the top picture may be of USS Lexington (CV-16), the aircraft carrier that was commissioned in 1943. It was named after the USS Lexington (CV-2), which was scuttled the previous year in the Battle of the Coral Sea. CV-2 is the ship in the bottom picture, seen sailing through the Panama Canal. No offense.

    Another way you can tell she’s the Lady Lex besides what Jeff mentions is that if you look at the tails of the aircraft embarked, you can see that they are SB2U-3s. These belonged to VMSB-231, which the Lexington transported from Quantico to San Diego, and after some training on to Ewa, in 1941,
    Just before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, she sailed with 18 of the squadron’s 24 planes for Midway. But with word of the Japanese attack, the Lex was ordered to attack Japanese bases in the Marshall islands and the SB2U’s flew back to Ewa, finding that the six left-behind planes had all been destroyed. About a week later, these 18 SB2U-3s flew from from Ewa to Midway, an amazing feat, actually –more than 1,100 miles!
    Once there, VMSB-231 was renamed VNSB-241. Their SB2U-3s, participated in the Battle of Midway, quite a harrowing story. Eight were shot down on June 4 while attacking the Japanese fleet and the rest shot up petty badly. The next day, Capt. Richard Fleming, along with his radioman-gunner Pfc George Toms, were killed flying one of the remaining serviceable SB2U-3s while attacking the Mikuma. Fleming was awarded the Medal of Honor, Toms the DFC.

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  258. Olorin says:
    @MEH 0910
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ballad_of_Buster_Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an upcoming television anthology series written, directed, and produced by the Coen brothers. Joel and Ethan Coen announced the project in January 2017 as a collaboration with Annapurna Television. A western, it is the Coens' first work as writers and directors for television.[2] The series will consist of six tales that will premiere on Netflix in 2018.[3]

    The series' cast includes James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tyne Daly, Willie Watson,[4] and Ralph Ineson. Tim Blake Nelson and Stephen Root, both of whom have worked with the Coens previously, are also expected to appear, with Nelson appearing as Buster.[5][3] Liam Neeson and Brendan Gleeson will also be in the series.[6]

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is being filmed partly in the Nebraska Panhandle, and casting calls have gone out for "ordinary" Nebraskans to appear as extras.[7] Part of the series is also being filmed in New Mexico, location for the Coen films No Country for Old Men and True Grit.[8]
     

    2018 and still only Jews are allowed to tell whites’ stories.

    Starring Jews I presume, and race-mixers like Tyne Daly.

    Okey dokey.

    Fneh, retconning others’ histories is what Jews have done forever.

    casting calls have gone out for “ordinary” Nebraskans to appear as extras

    Kind of like the 1950s version of The Vikings, where the two heroes were Jewish (Bernie Schwartz and Issur Danielovitch) and fighting over the shiksa (Jeannette Helen Morrison), their dad was a wop (Ermes Effron Borgnino), and the only actual descendants of vikings were extras rowing the boats and waving around drinking horns. Also the bad-royal-guy Egbert was played by James Donald, a Scotsman.

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  259. J.Ross says: • Website
    @bomag
    Well, let's look at the ten winners before these:

    The Departed
    Crash
    Million Dollar Baby
    Lord of the Rings, Return of the King
    Chicago
    A Beautiful Mind
    Gladiator
    American Beauty
    Shakespeare in Love
    Titanic

    Seems to be a little more gravitas.

    Has movie making in general become more "forgettable", or just nominees?

    The industry as a whole is collapsing, so its ability fails and its ambition shrivels.

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  260. @eric
    Kobe was found innocent, and appropriately so. She had 3 men's semen in her for the rape kit, and basically went uninvited to his room to have sex with him. Then she regretted it. It's a sin in the eyes of God, but not American law, for celebrities to have sex with groupies.

    Bryant was found not guilty, “Innocent” isn’t the legal term for beating a charge..

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  261. @Dignan
    I do think that there is a case that Jeff Bridges should have won best actor for The Big Lebowski. That's a great performance.

    They gave Bridges a make-up Best Actor Oscar about a dozen years later for Crazy Heart, a movie that starts with him pulling up at a bowling alley and declaring how much he hates bowling alleys.

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  262. Dennis Dale says: • Website
    @whorefinder
    Sad that McDormand exposed herself as a leftist white-hating groupthink follower. So glad she got her Oscar stolen, wish it had been permanent.

    I had thought that, as part of the secretly politically incorrect Cohen group, she wouldn't do that. Now it makes me question whether the Cohens really are as non-leftist as we've thought.

    As a side note, don't forget that Gary Oldman was picked by Nolan to be his Commissioner Gorden in all three Batman films, and his arc in those movies almost makes him the secret main character. His role is meant to parallel Bruce Wayne's, and it does so in many striking ways. But the point I'm making is that Nolan's Batman trilogy is anti-left wing, and Oldman almost certainly realized that, so the fact that he didn't speak out about it is important.

    Also, Oldman was picked to play the bad guy in The Contender, but ended up being very critical of the film when the movie was edited to be a paen to Hillary Clinton and left-wing politics and morality and attack Republicans as two-dimensional.

    I don’t know. I’m just struck by the contrast between this soulless black sociopath and the affecting, human reaction of his white victim, who he apparently gets to torment because black people are so much better than us.

    There is a peculiar sort of humiliation, when a country that endures so openly malicious and destructive a population, one that produces too, too many characters like this, many of them genuinely dangerous (how often have we seen the same unique, buffonish shallowness this guy displays in recorded acts of black malice?), a profound and deadening humiliation, to suffer black malice and stupidity and yet be hectored endlessly for your lack of humanity compared to them.

    If something doesn’t have to give eventually, it should. How much longer must we endure this sick farce?

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  263. Dennis Dale says: • Website
    @MEH 0910

    RACIST WHITE movie stars take oscar statue from black man

     

    It's Baltimore all over again.

    http://i.imgur.com/QEVaXxG.jpg

    No, that’s just one of Shonda Rhime’s relatives re-appropriating one of the high-end swag bags they hand out at the show.

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  264. Dennis Dale says: • Website
    @Truth
    All bullshit like everything else you people are encouraged to swallow, Old Sport.

    They actually staged the photo a few times, photoshopped and selected the best one.

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Baltimore-Riots-YouTube-Screenshot2.jpg

    Truth, you’re making yourself the Alex Jones of low-end trolls. Come on man.

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  265. @middle aged vet . . .
    Art D., Flannery (Franny to her friends - did you know that?) was of course almost right in that quote - she is sort of the Platonic ideal of a second-rate writer with first rate ideas, and the idea in that quote is one of those first rate ideas- thanks for quoting her to such good effect. (And almost right is pretty good, in this world.)

    You couldn't have paid her to be a movie reviewer, not if you had a million bucks to offer her, because ...

    well, to change the subject, sort of ...

    I have never seen a "Coen Brothers" movie unless the Big Lebowski is such a movie; it wasn't bad, but ...


    Art, I wonder if you really think, in your heart of hearts, that there has ever been a "movie" which has attained the status of art, in a way that someone with the heart of a true artist would appreciate.

    I have nothing bad to say about John Wayne or Gail Russell, at the top of their game, or Jimmy Stewart or Ava Gardner, all magicians of the first order, but ...

    Imagine (or remember) a day when you truly understood a work of art that was created by someone who was a genuine artist.

    Then imagine the best movie you ever saw.

    The question answers itself. The best movie you ever saw simply was no more a work of art to compare with the true work of art that first impressed you (a poem, a novel, a painting, maybe even a well-told story by someone very intelligent whom you knew in real life) than the "gold medal" my ex-girlfriend's adopted son with Down's Syndrome (spelled that way on purpose) won at the Special Olympics compares with a "real gold medal" won by someone who won a "real gold medal" in a real Olympics event. God bless the kids who win gold medals at the Special Olympics, and most of us are not kind enough to people with special challenges, and we should praise the Special Olympics winners, and tell them they are great, and super inspiring, and tell them they are just like, in their way, the real Olympics winners, but let's face it, the Oscars are the Special Olympics of the world of art in Western Civilization.

    Thanks for reading. Live not by lies.

    There is no art that has been created in the last 2000 years that will last and be considered worth the time of future generations, except to the degree that the artist echoes the truths that Jesus Christ, the greatest artist of all, explained again and again, in story after story, in miracle after miracle, in saying after saying, in human action after human action. Not because Jesus Christ explained them - that is not the point - but because they are true. And as humans, we, unlike our fellow comedians the monkeys and the dogs and the cats and the boars and the dolphins (just to name a few I could talk about who are mammals - there are also the comic-capable cephalopods and the birds and the almost comic-capable higher insects to think about, in addition) - we were created to be first in line to denounce that which is insufficiently true (should the need arise, which it did ... sadly, back in the Garden of Eden - try and remember that!) --- to artistically denounce that which is not true. That, Art, is art, that is what art is all about, and that is what very few movies even try to be about for more than a few moments in every hour.

    But golly gee those special effects in Inception, and those tracking shots in the little beach town in Dunkirk, sure were impressive (sorry I am a few years belated). And Nolan is a pretty good little director, one of the best, maybe even.

    My apologies if I did not explain, from the get go, that my comment was not a “free association” style comment.

    Rather, I slowly developed a not unfair description of the “cinematic arts,” riffing here and there, but always with purpose, on the pluses and minuses of our celluloid-adoring age, and I carefully prepared the ground for the penultimate paragraph, which is one of the best short explanations you will ever read on this Earth of the profound aesthetics of the great theologian and all-around great guy Hans Urs von Balthasar — followed by a very short coda referencing the futility of considering even one of the best of our contemporary directors (Nolan) to be a genius.

    Art, you probably would not like the Odes of Horace, which are constructed in a similar way, or the Four Quartets of Eliot or the Finnegans Wake of Joyce, not to mention the poem called “Eve” written by the greatest modern poet of them all, Peguy, all of them (Horace, Eliot, Joyce, Peguy) worth reading, if one can get over one’s naive reluctance to wonder if what seems to one to be annoyingly free association is actually just a more accurate and profound argument about reality than we would have, before we considered the question in a fair and kind way, guessed (than we would have guessed) it to be.

    Finally, “Live not by lies” is a line of Solzhenitsyn’s which I have often encountered on this specific website (Sailer, not just Unz) by the way.

    Thanks for reading. Don’t respond, Art, but give some thought to what you need to do to understand the world better, and to say things that are more memorably true. You are one of my favorite commenters in the great weird huge world of American website comment sections, Art, and I am just trying to help.

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    You're operating under the illusion that dipso rambling is instructive and valuable. It is not.
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  266. Art Deco says:
    @middle aged vet . .
    My apologies if I did not explain, from the get go, that my comment was not a "free association" style comment.

    Rather, I slowly developed a not unfair description of the "cinematic arts," riffing here and there, but always with purpose, on the pluses and minuses of our celluloid-adoring age, and I carefully prepared the ground for the penultimate paragraph, which is one of the best short explanations you will ever read on this Earth of the profound aesthetics of the great theologian and all-around great guy Hans Urs von Balthasar --- followed by a very short coda referencing the futility of considering even one of the best of our contemporary directors (Nolan) to be a genius.

    Art, you probably would not like the Odes of Horace, which are constructed in a similar way, or the Four Quartets of Eliot or the Finnegans Wake of Joyce, not to mention the poem called "Eve" written by the greatest modern poet of them all, Peguy, all of them (Horace, Eliot, Joyce, Peguy) worth reading, if one can get over one's naive reluctance to wonder if what seems to one to be annoyingly free association is actually just a more accurate and profound argument about reality than we would have, before we considered the question in a fair and kind way, guessed (than we would have guessed) it to be.

    Finally, "Live not by lies" is a line of Solzhenitsyn's which I have often encountered on this specific website (Sailer, not just Unz) by the way.

    Thanks for reading. Don't respond, Art, but give some thought to what you need to do to understand the world better, and to say things that are more memorably true. You are one of my favorite commenters in the great weird huge world of American website comment sections, Art, and I am just trying to help.

    You’re operating under the illusion that dipso rambling is instructive and valuable. It is not.

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    I probably have at least two standard deviations on you with respect to measurable comprehension of art and language and philosophy.

    That is why you are confused.

    God bless you, and may you, one day, be less ignorant. I apologize for trying to communicate with someone so ignorant, and for not being able to reach that person in a way that did not make him so defensively unpleasant.

    Read a few pages of Peguy and a few pages of Balthasar: reread my long comment that you have just mocked: that is good advice.

    Post less for a while, and think, and reflect, more; and learn some humility. That is my best advice for you. Take it or leave it.

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  267. @Clyde
    Great tune! Great riff and rip-off of Mr Dylan. The song would not exist without Dylan. In fact it's better than anything Dylan has put out in 30 years.

    Old Bobby Zimmerman lost his mojo when he stopped keeping Mastiffs. DBD exceptionalism.

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  268. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon
    https://twitter.com/TheRaDR/status/971353311566860289

    “Antisemitic” is code-word for “Worship Jews and never criticize them”.

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  269. @Art Deco
    You're operating under the illusion that dipso rambling is instructive and valuable. It is not.

    I probably have at least two standard deviations on you with respect to measurable comprehension of art and language and philosophy.

    That is why you are confused.

    God bless you, and may you, one day, be less ignorant. I apologize for trying to communicate with someone so ignorant, and for not being able to reach that person in a way that did not make him so defensively unpleasant.

    Read a few pages of Peguy and a few pages of Balthasar: reread my long comment that you have just mocked: that is good advice.

    Post less for a while, and think, and reflect, more; and learn some humility. That is my best advice for you. Take it or leave it.

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    Art is really good with numbers, and aggressively ignorant with the unquantifiable, and nothing is probably going to change that.
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  270. syonredux says:
    @J.Ross
    No, the Jews are superficially ridiculous as a credibility break for being downright noble. Fink is pretentious about his life of the mind, but his intentions are good. The producer is self-parodically arrogant, but he's running a movie studio; even the wierd patronizing makes sense when we meet the other writers. The assistant-dog is a familiar character, a type with heroic dedication to his work, suffering even humiliation, masculinity denied recognition.
    And against that you have a bullying serial killer who inaugurates hell imagery and may have murdered the protagonist's mother, bigoted and menacing cops, a slimeball addict parasiting off a more talented and productive writer, and a favorite Jewish mythological archetype, the Pharoah's hot to trot wife whose bed means nothing but trouble.

    No, the Jews are superficially ridiculous as a credibility break for being downright noble. Fink is pretentious about his life of the mind, but his intentions are good.

    Fink is a no-talent hack who can only write Marxian agit-prop. As for his intentions……those amount to telling the masses what they should think.

    The producer is self-parodically arrogant, but he’s running a movie studio; even the wierd patronizing makes sense when we meet the other writers.

    He’s a dictatorial slave-driver who produces vulgar trash.

    The assistant-dog is a familiar character, a type with heroic dedication to his work, suffering even humiliation, masculinity denied recognition.

    There’s no heroism in his dedication. He’s a spineless toady.

    And against that you have a bullying serial killer who inaugurates hell imagery and may have murdered the protagonist’s mother,

    Who, far all of his butchery, is far less powerful than Lipnick.

    bigoted and menacing cops,

    Insignificant in comparison to Lipnick, foot soldiers who will do what they are told.

    , a slimeball addict parasiting off a more talented and productive writer,

    Whose definition of the writer’s calling (” I just like makin’ things up”) effectively deflates Fink’s Marxian-derived feeling of bloated self-importance.

    and a favorite Jewish mythological archetype, the Pharoah’s hot to trot wife whose bed means nothing but trouble.

    Except that the true Pharaoh is Lipnick…..

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  271. MBlanc46 says:
    @rogue-one
    OT:

    America's leading wit John Podhoretz provides his commentary on the decline on western civilization comparing the big finale of the Bachelor to Gary Cohn's resignation. (How the fuck did a fucking moron like him end up in such position of influence? He comes off as an even greater moron on video than when he is tweeting.)

    “And for 20 minutes, America watched Becca, the brunette, cry. Cry and cry and feel humiliated, and say ‘go away’ and then he wouldn’t go away,” Podhoretz said.

    “The whole point is: it was 15 minutes of primetime of the humiliation of a person who was sandbagged by the show, humiliated, crushed, embarrassed, and ABC just let this run.”

    “That’s an awful lot like the way the president treated Gary Cohn,”

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/morning-joe-does-goes-in-depth-comparing-humiliated-bachelor-loser-to-gary-cohn/

    He inherited his position.

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  272. J.Ross says: • Website
    @middle aged vet. . .
    I probably have at least two standard deviations on you with respect to measurable comprehension of art and language and philosophy.

    That is why you are confused.

    God bless you, and may you, one day, be less ignorant. I apologize for trying to communicate with someone so ignorant, and for not being able to reach that person in a way that did not make him so defensively unpleasant.

    Read a few pages of Peguy and a few pages of Balthasar: reread my long comment that you have just mocked: that is good advice.

    Post less for a while, and think, and reflect, more; and learn some humility. That is my best advice for you. Take it or leave it.

    Art is really good with numbers, and aggressively ignorant with the unquantifiable, and nothing is probably going to change that.

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  273. EdwardM says:
    @MEH 0910
    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BNTgzMTI2OTgxN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDUxOTU5Ng@@._V1_UX214_CR0,0,214,317_AL_.jpg

    Lubezki could pass as a Coen Brother.

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMTg3MjgwMzUzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODM5Nzk4MQ@@._V1_UX214_CR0,0,214,317_AL_.jpg

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMTI3NjIwNzQ2N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTY0ODkyMg@@._V1_UX214_CR0,0,214,317_AL_.jpg

    In that picture he looks a bit like a cross between Matthew McConaughey and Ron Silver. Here’s the latter:

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  274. EdwardM says:
    @Anon
    https://twitter.com/TheRaDR/status/971353311566860289

    Mulvaney’s statement is quite the non-sequitur. As if being a “globalist” is mutually exclusive from being the smartest, best co-worker he’s had?

    One wonders if Mulvaney is just trolling — which, I guess, might meet that the “rabbi” has a point?

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  275. @theMann
    A modest reply to the Oscars so White crowd.

    Suppose every White guy in the country just happened to, all at the same time, take his money out of the bank, and take a few weeks off from work. A National Strike of White males, if you like.


    We could hashtag it as: non-Whites so Screwed.

    Because in three days the country would shut down, within weeks there would be widespread famine. If you are unclear on why, try to figure out how many farmers, truck drivers, and technicians are White.


    If every race-baiter in the country wants to play this game, fine, lets play it to win.

    I agree. Ultimately we will have to leverage our value in ways like this. We are the goose that lays the golden eggs.

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