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Rian Johnson wrote and directed the amazing high school noir detective film Brick, although his subsequent movies, such as Looper, didn’t quite live up to his debut. Now he’s back with “Knives Out:”

Obviously, that raises the burning issue of how does the movie make a young Woman of Color [mostly blue] feel? The New York Times opinion page brings us this burning news:

Why I Left ‘Knives Out’ With Emotional Whiplash

What it’s like to watch a movie in which your greatest fears are played for giggles.

By Monica Castillo
Ms. Castillo is a film critic.

Nov. 27, 2019, 6:00 a.m. ET

In “Knives Out,” the writer and director Rian Johnson pays tribute to Agatha Christie and “Clue” in a star-studded whodunit that begins with the mysterious death of the wealthy author and patriarch Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer). Almost every one of his heirs falls under the suspicion of the private investigator Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) at some point, including Harlan’s caretaker, Marta (Ana de Armas), a woman so pure of heart, she can’t lie without becoming physically ill. …

Ana de Armas is a Cuban actress who played Ryan Gosling’s holographic girlfriend in Blade Runner 2049. To my eye, she looks slightly less Woman of Colorish than, say, Swedish starlet Alicia Vikander, but Ms. Castillo totally identifies with how Ms. de Armas’s is oppressed and erased.

Unfortunately Mr. Johnson’s ambitions on this front reminded me that sometimes, well-intentioned art can backfire and offend (and even hurt) those it’s intended to champion. Through the character of Marta, “Knives Out” has a tendency to exploit its story’s immigration angle, which left me feeling uneasy as strangers at the screening I attended laughed at real-life issues I’m genuinely frightened of.

Marta is someone the Thrombeys can show off to make them seem more progressive than they actually are. Eventually, their ease with quoting “Hamilton: The Musical” gives way to a full-on display of their prejudices. None of them seems to know or care where she’s really from, each time guessing a different country. This is played as a running gag that is ostensibly intended as a critique of white upper-class liberalism. Yet Mr. Johnson keeps Marta’s background a mystery to the audience as well, never allowing her any cultural specificity beyond being vaguely Latina. (Ms. de Armas is Cuban.)

I once suggested “Vaguely Latino” would be a good name for a rock band.

By denying Marta a part of her cultural identity, the movie perpetuates the myth of Latino homogeneity, that our countries and customs are interchangeable, mashed together to fit neatly into a census box.

The film takes pains to cast Marta as an outsider in other discomforting ways. During a family argument, the youngest in the family, an alt-right troll, calls Marta an ethnic slur. In another scene, she’s called upon to clarify whether her family came to the United States legally, or “the right way,” as one of the Thrombeys puts it. Another member of the family hints that he could have her mother deported because she’s undocumented. Several family members assert, patronizingly, to Marta that they have “always taken care of” her.

I can imagine Mr. Johnson views this pile-on as a way to call attention to the microaggressions working-class immigrants face daily, but the family’s cruelty felt stifling — it’s troubling to see Marta saddled with so much real-world baggage. …

Maybe Mr. Johnson, who is white and American-born, wasn’t apprehensive about pushing the matter of deportation so far — presumably, his proximity to the subject isn’t the same as it might be for a brown person who is undocumented. …

It’s not that art can’t take on difficult topics. It’s that creators have an obligation to consider some of the unintended effects doing so may have on their audience, especially those creators least likely to be directly affected by the issues they raise. Many of us dealing with these fears firsthand don’t want a vivid reminder on our way to work or in a darkened theater surrounded by the laughter of strangers at something that makes us cry or keeps us up at night.

The problem with using shock or repetition to drive the point home is that it can signal to those who are meant to feel visible that the creator doesn’t actually have them in mind. That alienation can make us feel like outsiders, but we’re in the audience, just like you, and this art can be made for us, too.

Finally, after 400 years of Women of Color being marginalized from The Conversation, we’re beginning to find out all the amazing subjects that are on their minds, such as Hey, Everybody, Let’s Talk About My Feelings and Hey, Everybody, Let’s Talk About My Hair.

Of course, Ms. Castillo will probably now get dragged on Twitter for using the word “Latino” rather than “Latinx.”

 
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  1. J.Ross says:

    That’s hilarious because the press for Knives Out apart from this pinkhair is that it’s The Hunt with snark and better costumes, explicit anti-Trump triumphalist Her Turn fantasy. Maybe they should have slowed the film down, added subtitles, and had a glowing orange arrow pointing out the bad guys.
    A week or so ago, someone claiming to be a film student tweeted a picture of a mostly empty auditorium for a lecture/Q&A/promotional appearance and said, “this is at a film school.”

  2. fish says:

    Of course, Ms. Castillo will probably now get dragged on Twitter for referring to “Latino” rather than “Latinx.”

    …….as she should.

    • Replies: @thejubbler
    , @um
  3. Anon[377] • Disclaimer says:

    I loved Looper.

    • Replies: @Percy Gryce
  4. El Dato says:

    Not amazingly, not everyone is comfortable with every movie out there.

    Unless theatres resort to showing only British slapstick fare.

    And even then, I wouldn’t be so sure.

    (Next: A movie on NATO’s glory in Lybia called “Knives In”)

    • Replies: @SaneClownPosse
  5. Dumbo says:

    Ms. Castillo is a film critic.

    Perhaps she is a “film critic” in the sense she talks with her girlfriends and discusses the movies and series that they watched?

    Because if she is a professional (paid) “film critic”, and gets so emotional about each film she watches that she can’t even talk about the film but just about “microagressions”, well…

    Still, one thing I’ve noticed is that film critics nowadays talk more about “issues” (some which are “problematic”) than about the movies themselves. The quality of critics has gone really down since Pauline Kael.

    Also, for the record, I consider blue hair a form of “microagression” against males.

    • LOL: BB753
    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @BB753
    , @Alden
  6. psmith says:

    the amazing high school noir detective film Brick

    Patrician taste.

    He directed some of the better Breaking Bad episodes, IIRC.

    • Replies: @thomasblair
  7. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    I haven’t read the NYT regularly in years – when did these “my feelings” columns become so prominent?

    • Replies: @Lot
  8. I don’t know what Miss Castillo’s problem is. Just get off your ass, Monica, drive over to the theater, and ask for your money back. There’s a good chance you’ll get it or at least a pass to go to another movie in the same Cineplex. No, they don’t reimburse used Juji-Fruits and large greasy gallons of popcorn. As a serious critic, you’re gonna have to eat that.

    Back in the days of renting movies on VCR tape, I got about 10 minutes into one and immediately was pissed off by some PC bullshit. I walked back over there (2 blocks away) and told the guy I wanted to return it. “Oh, is it washed out?” “No ..” “Tape get stuck?” “No, this movie just sucks, man.” “Oh, OK pick out another one.” It helps having diamond status.

    • Agree: Old Prude
  9. I’m impressed Steve managed to do a whole post about manbaby Rian Johnson and not mention his epic woke fail of Star Wars: The Last White Guy.

    I can’t tell if Rian is: (1) just a director who had one good film to make (Brick): and is now consigned to mediocrity/paychecks until his diminishing returns ejects him from big studio directing; (2) too weak to handle the studio system and gets all the woke crap shoved by the studios and has to defend it; (3) has just been so enthralled by becoming a big-studio director that he let all the fame and commie brainwashing go to his head and started to believe all the hype; or (4) they have something on him and he’s forced to put woke stuff into his movies or else be exposed.

    In any event, it was really, really hard after the prequels (and Mr. Plinkett’s nuclear takedown of them) for anyone besides George Lucas to be blamed individually for ruining Star Wars, but Rian , Jar Jar Abrams, and Kathleen Kennedy have managed to pull it off. George Lucas now has the shame of the prequels forgotten about and dwarfed by the epic magnitude of hate and fail falling on the Disney sequels.

    • LOL: BB753
  10. Lot says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    The old white management wants to avoid Twitter mobbings about “lack of WOC voices.” So they take whatever garbage obscure WOC freelancers send them. It costs very little and beats hiring these unstable nuts full time.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  11. Altai [AKA "Altai_4"] says:

    Neon hair=Untreated BPD. She doesn’t really believe anything she says, she just says it because it makes her feel validated and protected in a group. Her perceived risk of rejection and exclusion is a false belief and thus her sense of ethnic persecution is not rational if it isn’t just all a display to be a part of the SJW group.

    We give very little credence to men who make arguments when they’re even a little bit eccentric, why do we keep giving credence to these people with serious BPD who make it their business to make it obvious.

    Like I keep saying, the internet debate is shaped by those who show up and the extremes of it are defined by Aspergers syndrome and BPD shouting at each other eternally. Indeed, at it’s core, that’s exactly what GamerGate was.

    • Replies: @kihowi
  12. the myth of Latino homogeneity

    Yet only one race is classed as 100% non-diverse. Hint: unless criminal, it ain’t latino. So STFU.

  13. Jack D says:

    Why doesn’t my Latinx cleaning lady look like Ana de Armas? I know that Hollywood actors are always more attractive than the real life version of the characters they play, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a gap. Why would a woman with 99th percentile looks like Ana de Armas take a job as a menial?

  14. MEH 0910 says:

    Woman of Color

    • Replies: @syonredux
  15. Altai [AKA "Altai_4"] says:
    @R.G. Camara

    In fairness, Johnson only made sure the second sequel film was really bad, but it would have been a failure no matter what, JJ Abrams failed to set up and establish a world and purpose for the characters and any second film would be overburdened in trying to do this with just one film left to go for a finale. As a series, these films are a failure and as individual films they are dull and forgettable. (They don’t even go for cheap massive CGI space battles, they even left that money on the table.)

    Kathleen Kennedy gets a lot of flak, but really she just took all the criticism of the ‘Mr Plinkett’ reviews to heart and altered Lucas’ plan for the sequels to fit them. (Including a young female lead) This, combined with Abrams having any influence on the script was the final nail in the coffin. Apparently somebody in the room had to explicitly tell him how stupid it would be if they found Luke’s original lightsaber just floating in space with no explanation ever given of how it got there.

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
  16. J.Ross says:
    @Jack D

    Pretending our standard of living isn’t getting shredded like an underperforming minister under Saddam: I just realized that de Armas is supposed to be the update of the French maid character in Clue. The ice cream cartons have always been this size. The food turns to ash in our mouths. In the same vein, Chik-Fil-A has donated to the genocide enthusiast lawfare scam SPLC (widely reported, go to any right-leaning news site).
    Note: in my first comment, it should’ve been made clear that Rian Johnson came to a film school to promote this movie and answer questions about filmmaking in general, and like twenty kids showed up.

    • Replies: @Barnard
  17. fish says:
    @Jack D

    Why would a woman with 99th percentile looks like Ana de Armas take a job as a menial?

    The universe is throwing Ms. Castillo a bone by giving her something to whine about.

  18. MEH 0910 says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Star Wars: The Last Plinkett Review

    • Replies: @Hegar
  19. @J.Ross

    Geeze I hope not as I’m gonna see it this weekend with all my extended family as we’re all huge Whodunit fans.

    The trailer looks fantastic except for the bit stating that Rian Johnson was the writer-director of Last Jedi, yikes!

    After the brilliance of Joker I’m hoping for a 2 from 2 – and still refuse to see any of the Boomer epics of this year, The Irishman and the latest Tarantino cringe-fest.

    My own suggestion for aspiring writer-directors would be a modern Whodunit with the majestic Le Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin as detective, maybe The Murders in the Rue Morgue.

    Matter of fact any of Poe’s work is an untapped gold mine.

  20. anonymous[354] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dumbo

    “for the record, I consider blue hair a form of “microagression” against males.”

    The question is, does the carpet match the drapes? That would be awesome.

    • Replies: @Dtbb
  21. @Jack D

    Why would a woman with 99th percentile looks like Ana de Armas take a job as a menial?

    They’re out there. I once stopped for gas a few miles from NAS Fallon and saw a maid working at the adjacent motel. She was a slightly darker Claudia Cardinale.

    • Replies: @DCThrowback
  22. Harlan Thrombey… Benoit Blanc…

    These sound like stage names for porn actors.

    his proximity to the subject isn’t the same as it might be for a brown person who is undocumented…

    Or for the blue-haired film critic who underpays her to tidy the flat.

    I once suggested “Vaguely Latino” would be a good name for a rock band.

  23. @J.Ross

    That’s hilarious because the press for Knives Out apart from this pinkhair is that it’s The Hunt with snark…

    Already been done.

  24. Barnard says:
    @J.Ross

    The Chic-Fil-A donation to the SPLC happened in 2017. In the “purpose of grant or contribution” box on the 990 they have listed, “Civic/Community Programming.” Some tax preparer with a sense of humor should have seen if he could get away with putting “MD-gold toilet” on the form.

    Dan Cathy had to know what he was doing when he hired Rodney Bullard to lead the Foundation. Bullard obviously wants to bring the company into good graces with progressives. At least now they are finally being open about it.

  25. @Pat Hannagan

    Three reasons (not the only three) to see “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, which I recently enjoyed – more than I expected – at the New Beverly theater in Hollywood:

    1. seeing a dirty shirtless disgusting tire-slashing hippie getting fully punched directly in the face, not once but three times. (I actually clapped involuntarily)

    2. seeing a cocky blowhard munchkin Bruce Lee thrown into the side of a car by a White greatest genner whose backstory suggests he not too long ago murderfied a bunch of other East Aisers by hand while taking various Pacific islands from Imperial Japan.

    3. seeing three psychopathic, smug, murderous Manson-ites getting completely shredded, bashed and burned to a crisp by two straight White males and a pit bull.

    Bonus: enjoying the rare (these days) cinematic spectacle of two adult white men simply being unapologetically 1) white, and 2) male.

    • Agree: The Alarmist
    • Replies: @Pat Hannagan
  26. istevefan says:

    ,

    the movie perpetuates the myth of Latino homogeneity, that our countries and customs are interchangeable, mashed together to fit neatly into a census box.

    That myth was created by the census box in the first place. And it is perpetuated by those like you who purport to speak on behalf of all those folks in your attempt to guide them into becoming bloc-like, homogenous voters.

    • Agree: Dtbb
  27. anon[180] • Disclaimer says:

    By denying Marta a part of her cultural identity, the movie perpetuates the myth of Latino homogeneity, that our countries and customs are interchangeable, mashed together to fit neatly into a census box.

    Lol @ la chica tonta. That’s what the umbrella term “Hispanic” was supposed to do, somehow make Puerto Ricans stop hating on the Cubans who hate on the Mexicans who look down condescendingly on the Central Americans and call them “mija / mijo” etc. and so on. Make them all “Hispanics” in a big voting bloc so they could get their share of the goodies. LatinX hasn’t replaced it yet, either. Paging La Raza, paging La Raza Unida, cleanup @ the NYT.

    • Agree: Abe
  28. theMann says:

    I say this in all sincerity and from the bottom of my heart:

    FUCK HER FEELINGS.

    Seriously, if her feelings are that precious to her, then just get out of Dodge.

  29. J.Ross says:
    @Barnard

    What would a hypothetical Jew say about a donation to an organization that advocated for genocide of Jews — from two years ago?

  30. @Pat Hannagan

    I hate to tell you, Pat, but the Boomers were the players of the Clue bored game. Go watch that movie, and you’re supporting the Boomers, you traitor to your Ge-Ge-Generation. Poe was not a Boomer though, so that’d be OK.

  31. @Barnard

    It’s hard to retroactively boycott a Chicken chain, or anything else for that matter, but thanks for the heads up, Barnard. I don’t need that stuff anyway. I can get my four basic food groups (Fat, Salt, Sugar, and Caffeine) elsewhere, if I look around.

  32. Microaggression Triggering My Feelings as a Latina

    It is Thanksgiving week. She should focus on the advantages she has as a Latina:

    PROF. STARR’S RESEARCH SHOWS LARGE UNEXPLAINED GENDER DISPARITIES IN FEDERAL CRIMINAL CASES

  33. songbird says:

    I just can’t understand the enthusiasm for the movie Clue.

    • Replies: @HablaCarnage
  34. What did I just say yesterday — watch a movie or TV show and you’re somehow instantly qualified to fill up the NYT op-ed page. Of course it helps to be a person of color and gender, nobody is soliciting my thoughts on the 1970s TV work of director Sutton Roley

  35. But does Marta kill them all in the end, like Get Out or Django Unchained? If that’s the ending, it’s all perfectly fine, right?

    • Replies: @DCThrowback
  36. @J.Ross

    The Hunt portrayed the elites as the bad guys and the Deplorables as the good ones. ‘Conservatives’ blew that one. David Cole had a great column on this idiotic own goal at takimag.

    Knives Out is a great whodunit that is fun too watch w/ an amazing cast. Took me a few minutes to get used to Daniel Craig’s accent, but after it, the movie HUMS.

    The metaphorical level is slightly more worrisome/concerning, but I will not spoil it here. All readers of Steve will clearly see what Rian Johnson is implying w/ the resolution of the plot. Despite that, I recommend it highly for families over the holiday as entertaining, fun fare.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  37. J.Ross says:
    @Dcthrowback

    I have to correct you because there’s been a paradigm shift in how empathy works in propaganda and you’re working with the old rules. Compare recent Tarentino before Once. Picture Marlboro from the Wire evaluating film propaganda. Is he keeping track of who are the “bad guys” or is he keeping track of material strength? There’s no bad or good guys, it’s now an animal scale. There are the strong guys who kick ass, and there are the weak guys who are humiliated — and whose suffering is pornographically shot, and misinterpreted by people working with the old rules as deserving sympathy or whatever. But it don’t be two ways.

    • Replies: @Vendetta
  38. Hibernian says:
    @Jack D

    To find a rich boyfriend?

    • Replies: @DCThrowback
  39. syonredux says:
    @MEH 0910

    Of course she’s a Woman of Color! Look at those colorful eyes:

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    , @Pericles
  40. syonredux says:

    By denying Marta a part of her cultural identity, the movie perpetuates the myth of Latino homogeneity, that our countries and customs are interchangeable, mashed together to fit neatly into a census box.

    Completely agree. We need to scrap the Latino/Latinx/Hispanic census category immediately.

  41. BB753 says:
    @Dumbo

    “Also, for the record, I consider blue hair a form of “microagression” against males.”

    Hair-challenged men, that is the majority of us alopecic cis-gendered males, consider female manes a form of “microagression” to be suffered in silence.

    • Agree: bomag
  42. @syonredux

    When my adult daughter and I watched “War Dogs,” we were both struck by the over-the-top beauty of Ana de Armas, as in, “Wait–how does a loser like the character played by Miles Teller land a prize like her?” It was incongruous. Sometimes an actress is too pretty for her role, not that I minded looking at her.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  43. BB753 says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Nah, you missed the whole point of the movie, lol!

    • Replies: @68W58
  44. @fish

    what a pathetically dumb thing to say, although I guess it could be a joke.

  45. kihowi says:
    @Altai

    Women with blue hair know they’re ugly, so they adopt a decoy ugliness like blue hair or tattoos. Then when they get rejected they can hold on to an illusion of control. “If I had a haircut or laser treatment this wouldn’t have happened, but I just prefer it this way.”

    Not exclusively female, the Soy Gape and the Autist Beard are male equivalents.

    • Replies: @Alden
  46. 68W58 says:
    @BB753

    The Critical Drinker kicks ass.

    • Agree: BB753
    • Replies: @BB753
  47. guest says:

    Whatever gave anyone the idea that Daniel Craig should be an Agatha Christie detective? Especially a mock-detecrive in a spoof. He wasn’t even right for James Bond, but at least he could play the punching people in the face and shirtless parts.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
  48. Jonn says:

    “Woman of Color”

    Why do people always use this term to play victim and demand the whole world should cater to their specific needs? You can’t call yourself a film critic when all you can critisize is made-up issues about gender and skin color.

  49. Anon55uu says:

    Haven’t seen her mentioned much here but there’s a Ecuadorian-American congresswoman from Florida with about the blondest possible family

    https://www.debbiemucarselpowell.com/

    The pretty moderate Cuban GOP member she beat, Carlos Curbelo, is far darker looking.

  50. @Hibernian

    This is one of two flaws in the writing of this movie that the patriarch just has a platonic relationship with the maid-with-the-heart-of-gold when a femme fatale plotline is *much* more believable.

  51. @Urena Acuna

    Exception that proves the rule.

  52. Rahan says:

    Trigglypuffs on the rampage.

    The Big Bang Theory is huge among Russian sitcom viewers.
    https://otzovik.com/reviews/serial_teoriya_bolshogo_vzriva_the_big_bang_theory/
    They love it.

    And yet we all know there are episodes with not-very-gentle jokes about Russia there, including making fun of Russian science and scientists.

    Can you imagine the Russian viewer being so pathetic, as to make a thing out of this? Can you? Well, the viewers don’t. I haven’t found a single review that mentions this. They obviously concede to the creators the freedom to joke what they wish to joke about, and instead concentrate on enjoying Sheldon being a brilliant dumbass.

    Or the Chinese reader and Ian Fleming’s James Bond books.

    Can you imagine them being all triggered “Oh woe is me, the baddie in this book is Chinese, I am so traumatized, so traumatized…”

    And can you imagine the hypothetical Chinese or Russian trigglypuffs demanding that “measures be taken”?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  53. Alden says:
    @Dumbo

    Often the blue green pink hair color is the prettiest thing about these critters.

  54. Vendetta says:
    @J.Ross

    The protagonist of The Hunt was one of the deplorables, and the premise was that the hunters would end up becoming the hunted as she turned the tables and killed them all off. The female villain was a stand-in for Hillary Clinton, who no doubt would have met a gruesome end at the hands of our heroine.

    Boomer conservatives showed their true colors by teaming up with the left (as usual) to shut down a movie young right wingers would have enjoyed. No fun allowed!

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  55. You know what I learned from this “movie review”? A lot about Mx. Latinx.

    You know what I didn’t learn?

    Anything useful about this movie.

    Like Steve says, more or less, no matter what subject a woman purports to be writing about, she’s really writing about herself.

  56. Castillo has nothing to say about movies, so she, just like affirmative action professors, rants and raves about things she knows nothing about, mixing her racism with her lies (e.g., Hispanics as “hate crime” victims) and practiced hysteria.

    The most significant aspects of Castillo’s “thing” are:

    1. The Times editors have refused to permit any comments, even though it’s marked as an “opinion” piece; and

    2. On top of Castillo’s moronic opinions, the Times’ editors also want to tell you want to think.

    “Sign Up for Debatable

    “Agree to disagree, or disagree better? We’ll help you understand the sharpest arguments on the most pressing issues of the week, from new and familiar voices.”

  57. I forgot to mention that Monica Castillo is white. Privately, Hispanic whites put more stock in their whiteness than do most non-Hispanic whites. Most whites, if they heard a recording of Hispanic whites talk about race, would think they were listening to a bunch of white supremacists.

    Castillo is a fervent supporter of generic Hispanicdom. Without it, there’s no rationale for Hispanic affirmative action.

    Castillo has a grand future ahead of her as a professor of Film and Kleenex Studies, and as the author of best-selling, award-winning books that nobody, including the panels bestowing the prizes, or the college kids forced to buy them, ever reads.

  58. Dtbb says:
    @anonymous

    Girls don’t want the chemicals near their hoochie, so probably not.

  59. Anonymous[420] • Disclaimer says:

    This Cuban actress De Armas has a phenotype straight from Spain —-with no detours through Africa or the New World.

    If you go to a search engine and see her images she does the dusky jewel thing with darker hair olive skin and she also does the blondie thing with light hair pink complexion convincingly.

    So I would place her ancestry up north maybe Barcelona etc instead of down south Andalusia. Maybe it’s the old Visigoth genetics …

  60. Corvinus says:

    Why are you giving the blue haired author a platform, Mr. Sailer? Oh, that’s right, I know, never mind.

    Sailer’s iron rule of femme fatalism —> A sardonic, prototypical Alt Right piece in which a male author offers “staccato grievance commentary”™ about some obscure female writer’s vignette as “proof” of the widespread influence of an Ivory Tower concept.

    In the end, normies don’t care about the author’s feelings, nor even heard of her in the first place. We are going to go to the movie to be entertained.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @syonredux
  61. Anon[345] • Disclaimer says:
    @Corvinus

    So the New York Times is obscure now? I guess Top 50 universities are obscure too. They have hardly any influence at all. It’s not like Sailer is profiling a random Tumblr feminist’s blog. She is worthy of criticism because of the platform she’s been given. If she doesn’t want the criticism, she should give up the opportunities and notoriety that come with her position. Otherwise she’s fair game.

    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @Corvinus
  62. Stogumber says:

    As an Agatha Christie aficionado I was looking for parallels. There is one foreign housekeeper in her books (a woman from Norway), but unfortunately she is the murderess. Foreign house helps are mostly fortune-seekers, immigrating in order to find a husband, then leaving her duties as quick as possible. Even the British housekeepers and helps are rarely praised (an exception is the homely cook in “Sleeping murder”). The maid-with-a-heart-of-gold trope is definitely not of Christie’s making.

    • Replies: @schnellandine
  63. @Laurence Whelk

    Well why didn’t they just narrate that synopsis over a blackened screen movie trailer with only the sounds of hippies being head-belted to background music, maybe that song “I smell the blood of a hippy”?

    You’ve convinced me, Laurence. I *will* see it after all. You should get into writing movie reviews. Brilliant comment!

    A boomer biopic I’d love to see is the life of Don Glen Vliet aka Captain Beefheart brought to the big screen where he belongs. He’s easily becoming my favourite after many decades intermittently listening to his ouvre.

    Two great scenes from wikipedia:

    Eventually Beefheart, French says, threatened to throw him out an upper floor window. He admits complicity in similarly attacking his bandmates during “talks” aimed at them. In the end, after the album’s recording, Beefheart ejected French from the band by throwing him down a set of stairs, telling him to “Take a walk, man” after not responding in a desired manner to a request to “play a strawberry” on the drums.

    Johnny Carson also asked him the same question to which Van Vliet replied that one day he was standing on the pier and saw fishermen cutting the bills off pelicans. He said it made him sad and put “a beef in his heart”. Carson appeared nervous and uncomfortable interviewing Van Vliet and after the next commercial break Van Vliet was gone.

    For all my pisstake on the boomers it is just that, especially with the likes of our host, who shows glimpses of boomerism but at times a lot of Gen-X to balance the load.

    My tribute to the Boomers, and easily the best live rock performance ever on German TV:

  64. um says:
    @fish

    no one irl says “latinx” and most latinos hate that nonsense or have no idea it even exists. Spanish is a gendered language. It defaults male. Get over it, this is not a problem and it doesn’t need a solution.

  65. syonredux says:
    @Corvinus

    Why are you giving the blue haired author a platform, Mr. Sailer?

    Because the NYTIMES gave her access to their rather influential platform….

  66. Svevlad says:

    Oh they always have the weird colored hair.

    Which is kind of funny because here we have women (more like girls, zoomers) that look like that too, but would probably be mortally opposed to everything their western equivalents say at some point, except the older ones

  67. @Barnard

    Dan Cathy had to know what he was doing when he hired Rodney Bullard to lead the Foundation. Bullard obviously wants to bring the company into good graces with progressives. At least now they are finally being open about it.

    Yes, exactly. When we Calvinists were in God’s Country this past summer to visit the ancestral village, I made a special effort to find a Chik-Fil-A to try before we flew out of MSP. We’d never eaten at one before, and I thought it would be good to support them. Now I feel like a chump.

  68. @Anon

    I dunk on the New York Times and the Washington Post. They keep deciding that the Theory of Intersectionality porves that we need to listen to all the amazingly great ideas that young Women of Color must have come up with in their 400 years of marginalization, but then it turns out the young Women of Color are most interested in the same two subjects as young Women of Pallor: their feelings and their hair.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  69. J1234 says:

    What it’s like to watch a movie in which your greatest fears are played for giggles.

    Yeah, my greatest fear is that a bunch of Hispanics won’t know or care whether I’m of Czech or Polish or Swedish or Irish heritage. So I can really relate to her greatest fear.

  70. @Rahan

    Recent Hollywood sci-fi movies (e.g., Tom Cruise’s movie with 2 titles that’s a mashup of Groundhog Day and Starship Troopers) tend to portray Russia as grim but formidable, which I imagine suits Russian viewers just fine.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    , @J.Ross
  71. I once suggested “Vaguely Latino” would be a good name for a rock band.

    Should you update that to “Vaguely Latinx?”

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  72. @Harry Baldwin

    Right. It’s funny how in Miami “Latina” means hot and in L.A. it means not.

  73. @guest

    Read the early Bond novels. Craig is a perfect Bond.

  74. Pericles says:
    @syonredux

    Not guilty!

    They’re out there. I once stopped for gas a few miles from NAS Fallon and saw a maid working at the adjacent motel. She was a slightly darker Claudia Cardinale.

    A couple of years ago in Spain, I was served coffee by a younger, thinner and darker Jessica Alba. Well, they have to start out somewhere, I suppose.

  75. @Anon

    Yeah, Steve, what’s wrong with Looper?

    If you want to cite a Rian Johnson bomb, how about The Last Jedi?

    I have been meaning to watch Brick.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  76. @Steve Sailer

    Don’t those movies predate the New Cold War (this time it’s Progressive!)?

  77. A Latinx movie?

    As a cis-white-hetero-male it obviously wasn’t meant for me, so I can automatically take a pass on even considering going to it.

    Thank you in advance.

  78. Dissident says:
    @Jack D

    Why doesn’t my Latinx cleaning lady look like Ana de Armas?
    […]
    Why would a woman with 99th percentile looks like Ana de Armas take a job as a menial

    Remember when Don Imus got in trouble for allegedly saying, about Gwen Iffil,
    “Isn’t the New York Times wonderful? It lets the cleaning lady report on the White House.”?

    That, unlike most of the absurdities that Mr. Sailer calls-out, was something I absolutely would not begrudge any Black taking offense at.
    ————————–
    A Gut Khodesh to all my fellow Yidden in these parts.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @kaganovitch
  79. Corvinus says:
    @Anon

    “So the New York Times is obscure now?”

    Thanks for the strawman. I never made directly or indirectly that statement.

    “I guess Top 50 universities are obscure too. They have hardly any influence at all.”

    Another strawman.

    “It’s not like Sailer is profiling a random Tumblr feminist’s blog. She is worthy of criticism because of the platform she’s been given.”

    You do realize that the media, from Fox News to the New York Times, gives a platform to a wide range of ideologies in order to draw in a diverse audience. Some are hard news types, and some are entertainers for news. That is the point here. The multi-colored hair author is a blowhard. Why even bring her up in the first place? Regardless, I never stated she was other than worthy of criticism. In fact, had you NOTICED, I piled on.

    • LOL: Alden
    • Replies: @syonredux
    , @anon
  80. Corvinus says:
    @Steve Sailer

    “I dunk on the New York Times and the Washington Post.”

    You chide the extremist liberals on those two platforms. But what about the “Fake Conservatives” or “cucks” or “anti-whites” on Fox News or The National Review?

    You do realize that there are number of liberals who oppose her views, right? Do you not NOTICE their perspectives?

    Here, let me help you. Free of charge, of course.

    Chris Rock, a black comedian, said in 2016 “I stopped playing colleges…not for their political views–but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody. Kids raised on a culture of ‘We’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose’. Or just ignoring race to a fault. You can’t say ‘the black kid over there.’ No, it’s ‘the guy with the red shoes.’ You can’t even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive.”

    Here is a video on this topic.

    On another front, an Asian-American rock band named “The Slants” won an important Supreme Court victory.

    https://www.bestlawyers.com/article/the-slants-legal-case-decoded/1451

    Finally…

    In 2016, Williams College (MA) sophomore Zachary Wood headed up an on-campus lecture series called “Uncomfortable Learning”. Wood, an African-American who grew up in one of the poorer neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., is a self described liberal, devoted to learning and books. He liked inviting controversial speakers, usually from the political right, to challenge young progressives at a liberal arts institution. First, he invited Suzanne Venker, an anti-feminist author and lecturer. After a campus and social media outcry, fellow “Uncomfortable Learning” leaders disinvited her and then resigned from the organization. Wood then formed a club of his own and invited John Derbyshire, a British-American writer who believes that “black dysfunction is a result of genetics”.

    An hour after Wood advertised several speeches of Derbyshire, Wood was swarmed. He was accused of providing a space on campus for hate speech. When Wood replied to one critic “So you would never bring a speaker who challenges your preconceived ideas”, someone retorted “I’d rather sell crack first”. From Wood’s perspective, “What hate speech is what people don’t like to hear. With Trump running [for president], he says controversial things on national television. It is imperative that we confront offensive views and afford college students the opportunity to learn how to engage constructively with people they vehemently disagree with. Shielding students from microaggressions does not improve their ability to argue effectively, it coddles them. At a time like this, uncomfortable learning is vital”.

    “They keep deciding that the Theory of Intersectionality porves that we need to listen to all the amazingly great ideas that young Women of Color must have come up with in their 400 years of marginalization, but then it turns out the young Women of Color are most interested in the same two subjects as young Women of Pallor: their feelings and their hair.”

    Yet another false premise on your part.

    • Replies: @Paco Wové
  81. @Lot

    “The old white management ”

    I thought the place was still run by Jews?

  82. Ragno says:

    “Knives Out” left me feeling uneasy as strangers at the screening I attended laughed at real-life issues I’m genuinely frightened of…..Many of us dealing with these fears firsthand don’t want a vivid reminder in a darkened theater surrounded by the laughter of strangers at something that makes us cry or keeps us up at night.

    Funny; I was trying to enjoy a comedy, but I kept being distracted by the theatrical sobs of a blue-haired land whale in the audience who, once we’d begun to accept her presence there and could now ignore her, began loudly sighing “dios mio”, “lo tengo miedo” and eventually, out of ideas to annoy the paying audience, began humming the theme music from Sabado Gigante.

    I dread the Slow News Week that’s inevitably approaching when such “film critics” successfully pressure entities such as The National Film Preservation Foundation and Turner Classic Movies into going hog-wild with the scissors and whittling 80 or 90 years worth of celluloid history into a pile of politically correct banjo picks. But when I sob in the theater, regardless of my choice of wig, nobody gives a shit….least of all the NY Times.

  83. @Corvinus

    “there are number of liberals who oppose her views”

    Let us know when they get published in the current-day WaPo or NYT.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  84. @Jack D

    Why doesn’t my Latinx cleaning lady look like Ana de Armas?

    I’m truly grief-stricken to hear of your terrible misfortune.

    I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  85. BB753 says:
    @68W58

    Indeed, The Critical Drinker is the funniest YouTube movie reviewer, if you can get past his Scottish accent, and also a successful author of Tom Clancy – style books. Read his latest Q&A for more info.
    Sadly, he’s bound to get in trouble with YouTube for calling Rey “Mary Sue” and for the way he destroys woke filmaking without mercy.
    “Goo awee nauw!”

  86. Jack D says:
    @Dissident

    And a Happy Kislev to you!

  87. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Ana de Armas is a Cuban actress who played Ryan Gosling’s holographic girlfriend in Blade Runner 2049. To my eye, she looks slightly less Woman of Colorish than, say, Swedish starlet Alicia Vikander, but Ms. Castillo totally identifies with how Ms. de Armas’s is oppressed and erased.

    She looks like that Trevor Noah guy. The South African who was hired for the Daily Show.

  88. MEH 0910 says:
    @Altai

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | “Duel” TV Spot

    Published on Nov 28, 2019
    See Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in theaters December 20.

  89. syonredux says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Right. It’s funny how in Miami “Latina” means hot and in L.A. it means not.

    White Cubans vs Mexican/Central American Mestizos

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  90. syonredux says:
    @Percy Gryce

    Yeah, Steve, what’s wrong with Looper?

    Advances in forensics make murder impossible. The mob’s solution? Kidnap people and transport them back in time to a period where forensics are less advanced and people can be easily offed.

    The flaw: So, murder creates too much evidence…..but kidnapping doesn’t?

  91. syonredux says:
    @Corvinus

    You do realize that the media, from Fox News to the New York Times, gives a platform to a wide range of ideologies in order to draw in a diverse audience.

    Get back to me when the NYTIMES grants Steve access to their platform.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Corvinus
  92. @El Dato

    Looks like “Springtime for Hitler”, produced by the people who need to keep Hitler and the Third Reich alive.

  93. anon[322] • Disclaimer says:
    @Corvinus

    Needs more punctuation.

    You do realize that the “media”, from Fox News to the New York Times, gives a platform to a “wide range” of ideologies in order to draw in a “diverse” audience.

    FIFY.

  94. J.Ross says:
    @Steve Sailer

    I can confirm Russians positively enjoy being the bad guys as long as they’re badasses.

  95. J.Ross says:
    @Vendetta

    >let me get my demoralization propaganda in because, you see, toward the end there’s this plot twist
    No. Cinema is about what it is about by volume. Analysis here is a kind of joke. When you have a movie that is eighty per cent frightened underclothed young women, that’s because the filmmaker and the putative audience wanted frightened underclothed young women, even if one of them pulls a last act shift and bashes Freddie or Jason with an updated copy of Our Bodies Ourselves.
    And on principle, forever, no money to Blumhouse.

  96. criolle says:

    Aposematism (op e SEM e tis em) conspicuous markings or bright colors to warn that an individual is toxic, noxious or distasteful

  97. Alden says:
    @kihowi

    Very true note how the teal, black and royal blue hair detracts from her ugly face. She could even tie-dye a matching outfit in teal, black and royal blue to match her hair.

  98. @Jack D

    Why doesn’t my Latinx cleaning lady look like Ana de Armas?

    Cause your wife hired her.

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
  99. @Dissident

    Ah gutten Choydesh und ah gezunten vinter

  100. Harold says:

    ‘Woman of Color [mostly blue]’

    Steve are you blind? There’s as much teal and violet as blue.

  101. Not Raul says:
    @Steve Sailer

    It’s almost as if Cuba and Mexico were two different countries.

  102. @Stogumber

    As an Agatha Christie aficionado

    Foreign house helps are mostly fortune-seekers,

    Not an aficionado, but I recall two separate Poirot TV episodes in which foreign help was left largest portion of estate because each was far better than certain murderous family members. “How Does Your Garden Grow?” and “Hallowe’en Party”

    As I recall, both women were Russian or thereabouts. Time to cancel AC!

  103. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    Get back to me when the NYTIMES grants Steve access to their platform.

    Is Steve able to post in their Reader Comments section? If so, he should do so as often as possible.

  104. Anon[369] • Disclaimer says:

    “…creators have an obligation to consider some of the unintended effects doing so may have on their audience…”

    It is beyond arrogant for the movie “critic” to ASSume that because she was triggered, the creator did not consider any of the unintended effects of his “art.” It could very well be that the creator identified and considered a number of unintended effects, and decided to include the material anyway because it was funny, it highlighted some of the stupidity of some rich people, and some adults just need to grow the hell up and learn to laugh at themselves.

    • Replies: @anon
  105. She sounds like a very happy person.
    /s

  106. Hegar says:
    @MEH 0910

    This is the best review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Or rather, it’s the pitch meeting for making the movie.

    The pitch meetings are the funniest things on YouTube. When it comes to the new “Star Wars” movies and the Marvel movies, the pitch meetings are better than watching the movies.

  107. Corvinus says:
    @Paco Wové

    “Let us know when they get published in the current-day WaPo or NYT.”

    The people I mentioned have been published in those publications for their alternative views. Regardless, the point I made is apparently lost on you as well as Mr. Sailer.

    • Replies: @Paco Wové
  108. @Corvinus

    “the point I made is apparently lost”… on pretty much everyone, apparently. Maybe you didn’t make the point you thought you did.

  109. Corvinus says:
    @syonredux

    “Get back to me when the NYTIMES grants Steve access to their platform.”

    Then he would be part of their alleged Fake News machine, right? Besides, Mr. Sailer has a cozy, financially secure gig here at unz.com.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  110. Corvinus says:
    @syonredux

    Yet another false comparison on your part. Stack up an equally attractive, upper class women from EACH region, rather than a 1 percenter versus the 90 percenter.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  111. @psmith

    He did Fly, Fifty-One, and Ozymandias. The latter two are great. Fly was trash.

  112. anon[275] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    It is beyond arrogant for the movie “critic” to ASSume that because she was triggered, the creator did not consider any of the unintended effects of his “art.”

    Dude, the chica is a snowflake. Anything and everything can trigger her. She’s like a slimmer version of Trigglypuff.

  113. syonredux says:
    @Corvinus

    Yet another false comparison on your part. Stack up an equally attractive, upper class women from EACH region, rather than a 1 percenter versus the 90 percenter.

    I think that you need to understand that your beauty standards are hopelessly Eurocentric. Get WOKE and learn to understand Amerind beauty:

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  114. syonredux says:
    @Corvinus

    “Get back to me when the NYTIMES grants Steve access to their platform.”

    Then he would be part of their alleged Fake News machine, right?

    Not if the NYTIMES allowed him to say what he really thinks about IQ and immigration….

    Besides, Mr. Sailer has a cozy, financially secure gig here at unz.com.

    I think that Steve wouldn’t mind being a columnist for the NYTIMES…..

  115. syonredux says:

    From the review of Knives Out posted at Tor

    Marta, a working-class woman of color who lives at home with her mom and her sister, has been doing the hard work of caring for Harlan the whole time,

    https://www.tor.com/2019/11/29/knives-out-rian-johnson-the-last-jedi-follow-up-classic-whodunnit-review/

    Remember, never trust your lying eyes…..

  116. @Jack D

    Saw Knives Out today. Ana de Armas plays a registered nurse who takes care of Christopher Plummer. She has just about the biggest role in the movie, so I don’t see what all the bitching is about.

    I liked the movie, though like most 2 hour movies, it could have easily been 3o minutes shorter. The ending was kinda too cute for my taste, and Daniel Craig’s southern accent was dreadful. But it was worth $5.

  117. Corvinus says:
    @syonredux

    “I think that you need to understand that your beauty standards are hopelessly Eurocentric. Get WOKE and learn to understand Amerind beauty”

    No, standards of beauty are arbitrary, and they vary greatly both from one culture to another and over time. Such variations in ideals of beauty often reflect the roles women and men are expected to fulfill in a given society.

    The fact remains you did not employ an apples to apples comparison.

    “I think that Steve wouldn’t mind being a columnist for the NYTIMES…”

    As a purveyor of Fake News? Why on earth would he want that designation?

    • Replies: @syonredux
    , @syonredux
  118. syonredux says:
    @Corvinus

    No, standards of beauty are arbitrary, and they vary greatly both from one culture to another and over time.

    Excellent. Now you’re starting to get WOKE. With proper training, you will begin to realize that these

    Are more beautiful than this

    “I think that Steve wouldn’t mind being a columnist for the NYTIMES…”

    As a purveyor of Fake News? Why on earth would he want that designation?

    So that he can spread hard truths about immigration and IQ.The NYTIMES is a platform with a lot of reach.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  119. syonredux says:
    @Corvinus

    No, standards of beauty are arbitrary, and they vary greatly both from one culture to another and over time.

    Mind you, I’m not WOKE. Hence, I can see a lot of aesthetic continuity:




  120. anon[188] • Disclaimer says:

    Spoiler alert, Knives Out is replacement porn.

    Long story short the movie is about our replacement by Hispanics. The Wasp Patriarch cuts his entire family out of his will then leaves everything to his Hispanic helper. Bizarrely he then commits suicide to deflect suspicion from her when she mistakenly poisons him. Great pains are taken to establish the virtue of the helper, she throws up when she tries to tell lies for example. Her virtue is a constant theme. Greater pains are taken to establish the worthlessness of the heirs. The Jamie Lee Curtis daughter character who at the outset claims to be self-made is revealed to have got her start with a large loan from Dad which sounds familiar. At the reading of the will it is discovered that the entire inheritance will go to the Hispanic and a big deal is made of the house. In an impassioned speech an heir demands to keep the ancestral home but it’s pointed out that it was bought in 1980 “from a Pakistani realtor”. The house is a big deal.. an obvious metaphor.

    Basically – our ancestors choose suicide and we are not worthy of our birth-right and it will be awarded to Hispanics, by the chosen people presumably in whose eyes we fall short. Writer/Director Rian Johnson has a brother Aaron and a cousin Nathan so I am (((guessing))).

    It’s straight up in your face replacement porn.

  121. @songbird

    Agreed. Murder by Death was far better than clue.

  122. Corvinus says:
    @syonredux

    You’re continuing to double down on your apples to oranges comparisons.

    “So that he can spread hard truths about immigration and IQ.”

    What HE perceives to be truths.

    “The NYTIMES is a platform with a lot of reach.”

    It has been deemed “Fake News”. Again, I ask, why would he seek that platform if it has been generally discredited by the Alt Right?

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