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Black Panther is an above average comic book movie, and I haven’t seen the James Baldwin Beale Street movie, but Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman is groaningly bad.

The Golden Globes also gave BlacKkKlansman a Best Director nomination to Spike Lee, a Best Actor nomination to Denzel Washington’s son John David Washington, who is just amateurish, and a Best Supporting Actor nod to Adam Driver (who is the only good thing in the movie).

Spike has never been nominated for a Best Director Oscar due to his anti-Semitic portrayal of exploitive Jewish jazz club managers Mo and Joe Flatbush in his 1990 movie Mo’ Better Blues (and his creative decline after 1992′s Malcolm X). But all may be forgiven this year.

Note: “Plaques for Blacks” is lifted from Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities.

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  1. I haven’t seen any of the movies nominated for Best Picture.

    That said, I’m pulling for the gay Indian.

    • Replies: @usaf
  2. donut says:

    Spike Lee is an uppity house Negro . ((Hollywood’s)) dog whistle . To sit through most of his movies is reparations enough . He’s a perfect example of “How to Make It Big in the Art Biz”

    There are much better AA directors out there . People with talent in spades (LOL) but no political acumen . And it’s not White racism that’s holding them back . Well there’s always work at the Post Office .

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  3. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    Blangz for Kangz

  4. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    Like giving Einstein the Nobel for the photoelectric effect?

    Ed West on the general phenomenon.

    • Replies: @Coag
    , @Desiderius
    , @Seth Largo
  5. Dmitry says:

    “Black Panther” is below average for the MCU, but above average for comic book films in general (since the MCU has raised the general standard for comic books films to its highest ever level).

    A lot of MCU films were far better, even other origin ones like “Doctor Strange” and “Spider-man: Homecoming” are far better than Black Panther.

    But “Black Panther” has had the best marketing methodology of all MCU films, as they could give a political angle to the film through African themes and casting of black actors (even though actual film itself has a very politically conservative, monarchist, anti-revolutionary, anti-immigration story).

    The film with a more “multi-racial” story was “Spider-man: Homecoming”, where there is depicted a “multi-racial” nerd-utopia in the highschool (it is a highschool for geniuses only).

  6. Anonymous[399] • Disclaimer says:

    Let’s see, so 3/5 films are about blacks, and 1 of the 5 is about a homosexual Parsi. So basically, the film industry considers blacks about 10,000,000 times more interesting than Mexicans/Hispanics more broadly, even though there are already about as many Hispanics as blacks in the US and the numerical balance will be overwhelmingly tilted in favor of the former by 2050 or so.

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @Anon
  7. Dmitry says:

    And even “Spider-man: Homecoming”, despite basing in a “multi-racial nerd-utopia highschool”, and hero with a single mother, has a very conservative story (the evil in the film which Spider-man fights against, is a robber with a black wife, who wants to take things from the wealthy).

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Chris Mallory
  8. Clyde says:

    Plaques for Blacks. I never read the book but what a great 1987 phrasing, just 30 years ago, only now they want to call the shots. At least the cultural ones. Plaques not good enough these days. The black tail wants to wag the dog. _____ Gotta scroll down a bit for the Bonfire of Vanities excerpt.

  9. usaf says:

    He’s pulling for you

    • LOL: Cortes
  10. I never paid much attention in the first place, but with streaming content taking over from in-theater movies, the Oscars must really be losing cultural relevance. It doesn’t help that critical opinion is so obviously dictated by politics.

    • Replies: @Anon
  11. J.Ross says: • Website

    Who rips off a Chapelle Show sketch and then fails to understand the mechanism? The product of four generations of college education.

  12. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    Way off topic

    if you want a little revenge against the War on Christmas and live in and around Los Angeles.

    Go to the Freedom From Religion Foundatiin website. Look on that top strip of all their departments . Hit legal.

    Submit a complaint about about the City of Beverly Hills Ca putting up the religious symbol of Chanukah lights in the public city owned, funded. and operated park along Santa Monica Blvd; specifically the Santa Monica Vlvd 9400 to 9600 blocks.

    BH is extremely anti Christmas except for Christmas shopping. City buildings are closed on December 25. There are lots of city paid for decorations, but red green and gold are verboten as they are Christmassy. It’s mostly abstract designs to avoid offense to the perpetually offended.

    The Catholic and Episcopal churches are along that same strip of Santa Monica blvd the park is. There are continual attacks on their nativity scenes and Christmas trees but those decorations are on private property and even the 9th circuit can’t order them taken down, for now.

    For a few years the BH Hasids our up a 20 ft tall menorah in that park. Not a pretty menorah either plain old 8, 5 and 3 inch diameter pipes.

    It was deemed a violation of the establishment clause of the 1st amendment. It was never put up again. Menorahs being forbidden, the Jews have come up with Chanukah lights.

    It’s like a crown, a hollow circle with white lights. They look like a giant dahlia or a sea anemone. I had no idea what they were till someone told me.

    The Jewish fronts have destroyed public Christmas icons. So let’s us go after their Chanukah icons on public property tit for tat eye for an eye blow for blow bruise for bruise.

    As we all know those anti Christian symbol organization groups are anti Christian Jewish fronts going all the way back to the 1950’s atheist group.

    Freedom From Religion Foundation seems to be the only one that is anti religion, not just anti Christian.

    So, Freedom From Religion Foundation hit legal and submit a complaint

    City of Beverly Hills Ca public park along Santa Monica blvd 9400 9600 blocks Chanukah decorations. Be sure to state they’re not menorahs but Chanukah lights.

    Fight back.

  13. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    If you want to see good movies watch Turkish and Spanish (made in Spain) movies and TV shows on Netflix Hulu etc.

  14. Arclight says:

    I am not a huge consumer of first-run movies, but I saw this list and thought it seems like if these are truly the best (or even in the top ten) movies of 2018, it must have been a pretty awful year for film…so was the thought just toss a bone to ‘black’ movies this year?

    Beale Street might be OK, although I haven’t seen it. I thought Moonlight was a pretty good movie overall and didn’t flinch from a lot of very negative portrayals of black lives, even though Barry Jenkins is pretty anti-white in his worldview overall.

  15. Svigor says:

    Substantially better than Black Panther:

    Thor: Ragnarok
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Guardians of the Galaxy 2
    Deadpool 2
    Iron Man
    Captain America: The First Avenger
    Captain America: Winter Soldier
    Doctor Strange

    • Replies: @Pat Boyle
  16. IQRealist says:

    So where is the wall?
    1 Day Ago

    Ann Coulter understandably is pissed that Trump has made no progress on the wall.

    The lack of progress is not surprising. I predicted in August 2017 there would be no wall, although I knew even well before then it would not happen. A continuous, permanent 2000-mile border wall is a colossal undertaking. If completed, it would be the biggest man-made structure ever, second only to the Great Wall of China. Did anyone realistically expect such a thing would happen? Border military did however erect 170 miles of barbed razor-wire fence along common illegal entry points, which is probably good as it’s going to get, and in my opinion and in the minds of voters, a success. Trump can show footage of the wall, and voters will agree that it is indeed a wall. And it’s not like the left can hold Trump accountable for only building 170-mile wall instead of a 2000-mile one.

    As for an actual continuous and permanent border wall, Trump faces major hurdles. If he loses, then his successor will certainty scrap the project completely. Trump does not want to invest time , energy, and money into something that has a 50% chance of even getting off the ground. Construction of such a big wall will take years; what if Trump loses and the wall is only 1/6 built. Then what. For any hope of a wall that will outlast him, it needs to be codified into law. So there need to be a bill that would appropriate funds and set a timetable for construction, and undoing it would require fifty one percent of both houses of congress. Given the midterm results and that the GOP is divided regarding the wall, getting a wall construction bill through is extremely unlikely. Trump would have to convince Congress that illegal immigrants are a national security threat that necessitates a wall. I don’t see that working either.

  17. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    Watched one Oscar in my life, first year of college. Everyone was all excited and crowded into the TV room. I got so bored after about 20 minutes I left.

    I’ve been invited to parties to watch the Oscars. I never go.
    Who cares unless you worked on an Oscar nominated movie? I loved Braveheart and saw it several times. It was nominated for Oscars. Although it’s a favorite movie I didn’t care if it won or didn’t.

    While thing is borrrrrring. Is it interrupted by 2 minute ads every 3 minutes like the other TV shows?

  18. Coag says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    Well, Einstein’s work on the photoelectric effect, being a foundational advance in quantum physics, richly deserved a Nobel even though he had three other discoveries at around the same time each suitable for Nobels.

    It’s more like the Medicine Nobel awarded to Egas Moniz for pioneering the lobotomy.

    • Agree: James Speaks
    • Replies: @James Speaks
  19. Ibound1 says:

    Its easy to avoid movies. It’s when medical and civil engineering standards go – then worry. Or don’t cross any bridges.

  20. istevefan says:

    OT – Remember the supposed executive order on birthright citizenship? Remember the wall would be put off until after the election?

  21. You guys hate Hollywood for encouraging open borders etc and your vengeance is… give them your money and attention?

    The work of your high IQs is truly too complicated for my simple mind. I’d say just visit the library or if you want to watch something, watch a neighbourhood five-on-five. But what do I know…

  22. It’s almost like Hollywood doesn’t like most White people. Nah.

    Explain to me again why we’re trying to save what has become this country. I feel like Steve is trying to save a bad marriage.

    • Replies: @bomag
    , @Corvinus
    , @dfordoom
  23. Barnard says:

    I did not see many movies in the theater this year. Were there any actual good ones?

  24. Glaivester says: • Website

    I’d like to see a movie about a policeman assigned to a rapidly expanding chapter of the KKK as an undercover cop – as the movie goes on, the KKK gains lots of new members, so the cops send in an increasing number of undercover agents – until at the end they discover that everyone in the chapter is an undercover agent for some law enforcement agency or other and each one was adding more agents to respond to the growing membership. As it turns out, the original two people who had started the chapter had just wanted to complain and drink beer, and had left when people kept trying to entice them to do something violent (so they could be arrested).

    • Replies: @Pericles
  25. OT: R.I.P. Pete Shelley …

    Pete Shelley, who died Thursday at age 63, was a subversive songwriter who helped sharpen the leading edge of punk. The first incarnation of his band the Buzzcocks didn’t survive the punk era, but Shelley’s catchy, caustic songs endured.

    After the Buzzcocks were extolled by artists and bands such as R.E.M., Bob Mould and Nirvana, the quartet reunited nearly 30 years ago, and was still active when Shelley died in Estonia, apparently of a heart attack, according to the BBC. The singer-guitarist, born Peter Campbell McNeish in the English town of Leigh in 1955, succinctly described the band’s enduring appeal in a 1993 interview with the Tribune: “There’s a lot of noisy music out there. But there’s not much noisy music you can go away humming afterward.”

    • Replies: @duncsbaby
  26. BB753 says:

    How about “Blacketty Black Black awards”? For those still fighting against The Man.

  27. @Dave Pinsen

    To be fair, if all of sub-Saharan Africa decided to turn gay it would make Steve’s graph much less dangerous.

    All signs point to that being more or less the plan. Some meritocracy.

  28. @Dmitry

    Keaton’s character is intended to be alt-right. He’s not portrayed entirely unsympathetically.

    • Replies: @Dmitry
  29. @Barnard

    Here’s a pretty good small movie: “Leave No Trace” from the ladies who launched Jennifer Lawrence’s career with “Winter’s Bone.”

    It’s about a 13 year old girl who lives in the woods in the Pacific northwest with her military veteran father who has PTSD and can’t stand being indoors. The interesting thing about the movie is how kind and understanding every single character in it, 90% of them rednecks, is.

  30. I’ve perused the list of the current crop of Golden Globe nominees, and I’m genuinely puzzled by how few of these films I’ve seen (and of the many I have not seen, how few of those I’m actually interested in seeing). TULLY, FIRST MAN, and A QUIET PLACE, are the only three movies in any way associated with a nomination, that I have seen. And it’s not like I don’t go to see movies. I just got back from the cinema within the last four hours….

  31. OT: iSteve gold!

    I truly don’t know where to begin with this story. I laughed, I cried. Mostly, it just reminded me that it’s over. We’re done.

    One of the best lines of the story:

    Ms. Warren has also troubled advocates of racial equality and justice, who say her attempt to document ethnicity with a DNA test gave validity to the idea that race is determined by blood — a bedrock principle for white supremacists and others who believe in racial hierarchies.

    How could those Nazis think that race is defined by blood and DNA? It’s a social construct, which is why it’s wrong for Warren to claim to be the race of Native American.

    Native American critics, including Kim TallBear, a prominent scholar from the University of Alberta, said in October that Ms. Warren’s actions relied on “settler-colonial” definitions of who is an indigenous American and amounted to a haughty refusal to hear out her longstanding critics.

    So race isn’t a social construct, it’s define with Ms. TallBear. But it’s racist for “settler-colonial” definitions to define who is an indigenous American. That’s Ms. TallBear’s job.

    “Democratic candidates have a long history of not striking back fast enough when it comes to false narratives against them,” said Rebecca Katz, the New York-based progressive strategist. “Warren should get some credit for trying and pushing back hard, but we all have to be wide-eyed when it comes to race.”
    “Our 2020 candidates need to understand race and identity in a way that tripped up candidates in 2016,” she said.

    Shut up, Becky!

    In interviews, several left-leaning groups wondered if Ms. Warren’s decision to take the DNA test was indicative of a larger problem for several prospective presidential candidates: that their inner circles of advisers don’t reflect the racial diversity of the Democratic electorate.

    Hire more blacks and browns, and we’ll give you our stamp of approval . . . for a price.

    • Replies: @Anon
  32. Dmitry says:

    Infinitely Wars was best comic book film they’ve made until now.

    Also main instrument of American soft power – the whole world was obsessed about it (although this is obviously not an indication of good taste, even less than the American box office).

  33. Dmitry says:

    An alt-right robber, with the black daughter (and wife)?

    • Replies: @duncsbaby
  34. @Steve Sailer

    “Leave No Trace” from the ladies who launched Jennifer Lawrence’s career with “Winter’s Bone.””

    I interpret this to mean Lawrence was introduced to Harvey Weinstein in February.

  35. Dmitry says:

    A lot of MCU films were far better, even other origin ones like “Doctor Strange” and “Spider-man: Homecoming” are far better than Black Panther.

    I forgot (and we need edit function beyond 5 minutes): even such masterworks of film as the first Ant-Man and the first Thor, were better than Black Panther, although not the second Ant-Man and the second Thor.

  36. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Nigerian Nationalist

    Your country has a thriving movie industry. Any local movies you recommend?

  37. Which wins? Black or Gay? I’m going with Black.

    Follow the link for some awesome inoculation language from Mr Hart.

    Multiple reports have accused Hart of deleting offending tweets after it was revealed he was set to host the 2019 Academy Awards on Tuesday.

    According to E! Online, one of the deleted tweets in question reads: “If my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.’”

    Per the outlet, the post was from 2011, and the “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” co-star allegedly deleted it on Wednesday or Thursday.

    Buzzfeed reports that Benjamin Lee, an editor for the U.K.’s Guardian, was one of the first to address Hart’s controversial posts, writing on Wednesday, “I wonder when Kevin Hart is gonna start deleting all his old tweets.”

    Lee also shared screenshots of now reportedly deleted tweets from Hart, in which the actor called someone a “fat f-g” and asked why a social media user’s profile photo looks “like a gay bill board (sic) for AIDS.”

    As noted by Rolling Stone, Hart previously said during his 2010 “Seriously Funny” stand-up that “one of my biggest fears is my son growing up and being gay.”

    Let’s face it: if he were white he’d be out on his ass in a jiffy. If he said similar things about Jews he’d be out in a jiffy. I still can’t figure out if Asians or Jews will own the new century. So does Black trump Gay? Felt weird writing that phrase.

    • Replies: @Anon
  38. Lagertha says:

    This is the first year of: truly weird/embarrassing/pathetic/simplistic/non-nuanced/non-sublime/non-important or even, moving/devoid of beauty, films. It was just a mediocre year. A year full of super boring (and predictable identity-infused, cloying narratives) movies.

    Anyone, who is forced to go to any “Awards” this year, pretty much should bring a bunch of airplane bottle shots (to hide in their apparel) to get thru that god-forsaken evening. It will be all so phony and canned. What an embarrassing year full of dull, uninspiring, vapid movies full of vengeance and pride. And, movies that are supposed to be some sort of “teachable moments” for Deplorables and The Great Unwashed Whites. Many people across the country, will not pay 9-12 dollars for a movie ticket anymore…so, too little too late for the lessons from these movies that basically, condescend to the people who settled this country…developed it for 200 years….and, for Western Civ, in general.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Seneca44
  39. @Dmitry

    ‘…a “multi-racial” nerd-utopia in the highschool (it is a highschool for geniuses only)…’

    If that’s the setting, an absence of blacks would be unimaginable.

  40. Anonymous[261] • Disclaimer says:

    Left wing culture cannot produce great art. This list is more evidence of the obvious.

    Notice how the few quality artists that do remain in the western world mouth the party line in interviews etc, but when working on set or in the studio they make sure to not let the PC completely derail their careers.

    But in twenty more years all art will be 100% party line. No more interesting non-pc plots and stories.

    In standup comedy the new soviet era is already here.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  41. @Dmitry

    Spiderman lives with his widowed aunt, not a “single mother”.

    • LOL: Dmitry
    • Replies: @Dmitry
  42. MEH 0910 says:

    SCTV: ‘The People’s Golden Global Choice Awards’

    Unlike Saturday Night Live, SCTV couldn’t do topical material because of the delay between taping the show and when the episodes would be broadcast, which ultimately turned out to be a blessing in disguise because, thanks to this, SCTV has barely dated over the years. Besides, the cast and writers were not terribly interested in doing political or social satire.

    Show business was definitely fair game, however. So when Pia Zadora won the Golden Globe award in 1982 for Star of the Year in a Motion Picture for the little-seen flop Butterfly and her billionaire husband Meshulam Riklis was accused of having “bought” the award, this was too good for the SCTV gang to pass up. The result was The People’s Golden Global Choice Awards episode (originally broadcast on May 1, 1982) in which SCTV station owner Guy Caballero (Joe Flaherty) and tabloid National Midnight Star publisher Rawl Withers (Eugene Levy) conspire to ensure that SCTV sweeps the awards that night.

  43. newrouter says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Mr. Sailer

    I applaud you for watching propaganda. Me no thanks.

  44. Hail says: • Website

    the film industry considers blacks about 10,000,000 times more interesting than Mexicans/Hispanics

    How many Best-Picture-nominated films have been about Mexicans? (And not just any old Mexicans. The real-deal Mestizos.)

    Not seeing any in a casual glance at the list.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  45. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    The movie industry is a Jewish industry. Jews consider their 108 year old black Jewish alliance to be sacred. They’ll keep the Hispanic goyim out as they keep the rest of the goyim out.

    Most blacks under 90 don’t know that civil rights school integration and affirmative action were all Jewish, not black accomplishments.

    Hardly anyone in Los Angeles except Steve Sailor cares about the industry and the Oscars because almost everyone is an immigrant living in their immigrant world.

    • Replies: @Carol
  46. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Has anyone figured out what Ms Ellis Island Katz is trying to say? I read it twice. It was just a lot of words meaning nothing.

  47. anon[190] • Disclaimer says:

    “Black Panther” is below average for the MCU…

    Agreed. It’s basically the same story as Thor: dynastic struggle between a good brother and an evil brother, with the goodie being unworthy of the crown until he learns the true meaning of Christmas or whatever.

    But “Black Panther” has had the best marketing methodology of all MCU films, as they could give a political angle to the film through African themes and casting of black actors…

    Ironically, the most interesting characters in the film were the two white ones, especially Andy Serkis’s cheerfully amoral South African mercenary. I hope Marvel finds a way to bring him back, as he was the only character in the movie that was actually fun to watch.

    All the other characters were paper-thin zilches. Michael B. Jordan struggled manfully to imbue the terribly-named “Killmonger” with some life, but you can’t polish a turd.

    Actually, I do recall there being one other interesting character in the movie: the leader of the breakaway tribe that lived in the mountains.

    Overall, it’s like a 6/10. I don’t at all object to high-falutin’ types like the Academy honouring pulp fiction (nor Pulp Fiction) – they should do it more – but they should at least honour good pulp fiction. They’re just doing the same thing they do with arthouse movies: throwing trophies at some gay bullshit because it has the right politics. (Often literally gay.)

    • Replies: @Pericles
  48. J.Ross says: • Website

    When NPR isn’t blaming Trump for solar eclipses or normalizing trannies with “storytelling,” it’s giving free advertising time to “artists” you’ve never heard of and will not hear of again (although I once recognized a book promoted on NPR at Dollar Tree). The record holder for stupidest premise was a movie about black gay Muslim drug dealers and the struggles they face.
    But you bring up an excellent point: when you have time, seek out and sift through any cultural materials and media products that leftists called art (or were heavily promoting) from decades ago. Even when it’s somewhat good it will forcefully shoot its own foot with datedness. Generally the thing dating it will be some cause of the moment, that is now known to be bunk, or harmful.

  49. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:

    We deplorables have been developing the country for 411 years.

  50. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mr McKenna

    He’s out. The kids were watching TV. It was the first story on the news. Breathless excitement!!! I guess gays trump blacks and transgenders trump lesbians and woman athletes.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  51. @Anon

    Thanks for the intelligence. What a time to be alive!

  52. @Hail

    Treasure of the Sierra Madre?

    There were a fair number of Mexican characters in old time westerns, although Westerns didn’t get Best Picture nominations that’s often.

    • Replies: @hhsiii
    , @restless94110
  53. duncsbaby says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    What’s the West African equivalent for crickets?

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
  54. duncsbaby says:
    @Jack Armstrong

    He was the first punk rocker I was aware of to come out of the closet. Luckily for him he escaped the AIDS epidemic of the early 80′s. Lot’s of great, fast, pop-punk tunes. RIP indeed.

  55. duncsbaby says:

    One of the earliest proponents of Donald Trump that I know, long before I jumped on the bandwagon, is a white guy w/an African wife & 2 mixed-race kids. So yeah it happens. This is of course before alt-right had become synonymous w/white supremacy in the popular imagination.

  56. @Coag

    Agreed. Prior to that, no explanation to be had for the phenomena:

    Regardless of the intensity (# of photons per unit of time) incident, no electrons would be pumped to a higher level unless the wavelength of the light was small enough such that the energy per photon was sufficient to excite an electron from its bound state to an unbound state.

  57. hhsiii says:
    @Steve Sailer

    High Noon. It was nominated for Best Picture and Katy Jurado won the Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actress playing Helen Ramirez. She was Mexican.

    But yeah, Westerns often didn’t even get nominated. My Darling Clementine got shutout. And there the Mexican love interest, Chihuahua, is played by Linda Darnell.

    Viva Zapata. Quinn won an Oscar.

    The Searchers has Antonio Moreno as Emilio Figueroa. No nominations.

    They go to where, Bolivia in Butch Cassidy? Where they meet…Strother Martin.

    The Wild Bunch.

    The Good The Bad etc. Eli Wallach. No nominations.

    Buster Scruggs shoots up a cantina. That’ll likely get a nomination or two, maybe one for Zoe Kazan. Not for the Mexicans.

    Charlton Heston plays a Mexican in Touch of Evil. Akim Tamiroff too. Tamiroff could play every ethnicity except black or wasp. I’m not sure if Marlene Dietrich is supposed to be a Mexican madame.

    • Replies: @Nicholas Stix
  58. neutral says:
    @Nigerian Nationalist

    I am curious, do enjoy watching all these black nationalist movies coming out of Hollywood these days?

    • Replies: @Nigerian Nationalist
  59. Pericles says:

    Andy Serkis’s cheerfully amoral South African mercenary.

    Here’s a real South African mercenary:

  60. bomag says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    It’s never too late to start doing the right thing.

  61. Big Bill says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Thanks for the recommendation. I have been skipping over and not watching that movie for a few weeks now. The brief description set off vibrations in my PC-sensing antennae.

  62. Carol says:

    “Hardly anyone in Los Angeles except Steve Sailor cares about the industry and the Oscars because almost everyone is an immigrant living in their immigrant world.”

    Gee that’s almost…encouraging. The place was always a little too starstruck and name-droppy for me. From 12 on I wished I’d been born back in NY or PA, someplace serious, not Hollywood-adjacent.

  63. Mr. Anon says:

    I saw two I thought were pretty good: Chappaquiddick and First Man.

    The wife also dragged me to see a few others:

    Red Sparrow: Violent, stupid, and full of fashionable Russia-hatred.

    Crazy Rich Asians: meh

    A Simple Favor: A competently made thriller, but full of misandry and perversion. I was unsuprised to learn afterwords that it was directed by the man-hating degenerate Paul Feig. And I had vowed to never see one of his movies again.

  64. Corvinus says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    “Explain to me again why we’re trying to save what has become this country. I feel like Steve is trying to save a bad marriage.”

    Because YOU and few others falsely believe our nation is not worth saving, that this “marriage” must end.

    Feel free to leave my nation at any time.

  65. Pat Boyle says:

    I put in a Home Theater about ten years ago and since then have only seen two movies in an actual theater (both 3D films). So normally I have to wait a couple months until a movie gets released on Blu-Ray or cable. Most of the time this isn’t much of a hardship but there was all this controversy about “Black Panther”. I couldn’t wait till I could see it.

    What an anti-climax. It was boring. It wasn’t aggressively bad like the truly awful “Green Lantern”. It was just bland and stupid. I think it needed Wesley Snipes. Snipes had lobbied for the part and he is more authentically black than that guy they cast. After all Snipes is a real life felon and mad as a hatter.

  66. @Steve Sailer

    Watched this last night after seeing your comment. What a great (or at least very good) movie. I wonder if I would have caught your mention of the decency of all the people, but i certainly noticed appreciated the lack of violence and action (or whatever you call the tiresome cycles of tension & release in so many movies).

  67. anon[176] • Disclaimer says:

    “Let’s see, so 3/5 films are about blacks, and 1 of the 5 is about a homosexual Parsi. So basically, the film industry considers blacks about 10,000,000 times more interesting than Mexicans/Hispanics more broadly…”

    The fart-sniffing LA market maybe, but not the rest of the world, which is decoupling from the US culturally. Others have noted here that most recent Hollywood blockbusters released in Asia – apart from Transformers which had some cultural cache with the Chinese from the 80s toys – have crashed and burned. And a disproportionate number of American movies that have succeeded in countries like Japan come from the past. Moving forward, I expect that trend to continue; perhaps even Europe and Asia will invest more heavily in creating and sustaining their own industries – the Chinese definitely are. Hell, even the rest of the US is decoupling from these LA freakazoids as the Oscars ratings have declined significantly with no hope of increase.

  68. @Dave Pinsen

    I thought “Moonlight” was pretty good. It was honest about life in the underclass and didn’t blame whitey for anything, either explicitly or implicitly. It was by, for, and about those coming out of a black (gay) experience.

    The first two parts of the triptych worked really well. The third seemed force, though, and retroactively made the movie less than what it could have been.

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  69. Anon[144] • Disclaimer says:

    “Substantially better than Black Panther:”

    And those movies all sucked, too. I remember people having better taste in the past. What happened?

  70. Seneca44 says:

    …pay 9-12 dollars for a movie ticket

    Went to see “Green Book” in suburb of DC last weekend. Tix were $16.50 for a nice reserved seat in a comfortable theatre where I could have similarly overpriced adult beverages. The crowd, mostly Goodwhites, obviously loved the film, but my simplistic take was, “Black good, White bad”. What can you expect from a deplorable.

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  71. Black Panther is an above average comic book movie…

    “Black Panther” might be the very worst Marvel movie (soon to be completely eclipsed in that capacity by the forthcoming “Captain Marvel”, though).

  72. anon[623] • Disclaimer says:

    “Went to see “Green Book” in suburb of DC last weekend.”

    The movie bombed horribly, so I guess there isn’t much audience any more for self-hate. And as is common for these sort of films, the mob seeks a target to blame for the failure, because obviously the subject matter can never be to blame – lack of wokeness, the actor used the N-word, bad title, racism…

    It’s like that time when that lady director who made Zero Dark Thirty, I believe it was, decided to ruin her career by pandering to blacks by making a movie about a black riot. The movie bombed and she was blamed because she’s white or something; because it couldn’t be that whites and Hispanics greatly outnumber blacks and don’t want to see a movie depicting their tribe as bad and a tribe that has been pampered for decades despite low achievement and skyhigh crime rates as good at their expense. As the Variety critic has noted, Green Book has been assailed by critics. That’s what happens when you try to appeal to a mob of idiots. Best not to bother with them at all.

  73. “Best not to bother with them at all.”

    good advice for movies in general. not only are movies something we should all stop watching and paying money to our enemies for viewing, movies are now in decline in earnest as well.

    music, then movies, perhaps video games are next.

    beyond getting paid, not sure why steve still pays attention to this movie stuff. fascination, i suppose. as an amused outside observer with 50 years of historical perspective, watching and documenting the greatest civilizational decline in history. steve really could tell you with authority, that movies were better back in the day.

    when trump leaves office, that should be our attitude towards US politics as well. since it will no longer matter, we should no longer be paying attention seriously, and only offer snarky comments once in a while as the ship slowly sinks.

    black panther as academy award best picture material should cement this one.

  74. @Dave Pinsen

    None that I know of. I don’t watch their films, at best it’s antiquated Rom-Coms, at worst, it’s films slathered with western tropes in a bid to be edgy.

    I have deliberately tuned off from Entertainment and the general celebrity culture that goes with them.

    There was a film,– The Wedding Party– that was much buzzed about. You can watch that.

  75. @neutral

    I have only seen Black Panther. I thought it was enjoyable. Generally though, if I must watch something, it’s Asian. Anime and those overly earnest pro-CCP flicks.

  76. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Nigerian Nationalist

    You guys hate Hollywood for encouraging open borders etc and your vengeance is… give them your money and attention?

    Yep. Because white people love this stuff. There’s nothing white people love more than virtue-signalling. The liberals are bad enough but the worst are the conservatives. They virtue-signal twice as hard.

    Hollywood gets away with this stuff because white people support it.

  77. Dmitry says:
    @Chris Mallory

    Lol ok, that is why I was confused that his single mother was not the same story as the other Spider-man films…

  78. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Explain to me again why we’re trying to save what has become this country. I feel like Steve is trying to save a bad marriage.


  79. @Steve Sailer

    Just re-watched 1955′s “Vera Cruz” again. The Trivia Notes said that the Mexican Government felt the portrayal of the Mexicans in the film (which was about Civil War veterans working with the French who had conquered Mexico) was so negative that they forced Hollywood filmmakers to undergo a review for all their future films.

    For example, The Magnificent 7, where all the peasants had to wear clean and white outfits.

    These are two great films made in Mexico in the 50s-60s.

    As an aside, the trivia also said that Gary Cooper hated his scenes with his Mexican love interest because she smelled bad.

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  80. @restless94110

    John Wayne made a lot of movies in Durango in Mexico.

    Mexico was popular with Artistic-Americans before the 1960s because you didn’t really have to follow laws there if you didn’t want to and had some money. The ultimate example was novelist/drug addict/heir/beatnik William Burroughs shooting his wife in the head in Mexico City in 1951. The Mexican cops weren’t at all happy about that, thinking a gringo had finally gone too far, but the Burroughs family had lots of cash register cash so he only spent 13 days in jail.

    But after the 1960s, you didn’t have to leave home for non-homicidal indulgences, so Mexico pretty much disappeared from American culture.

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  81. @donut

    Well there’s always work at the Post Office .

    That was the final line of Robert Townshend’s first movie, Hollywood Shuffle, which came out about the same time as Spike Lee’s first movie. At the time it seemed great that black guys were scraping together the money to make their own movies. Spike got handed $25,000 to make his first movie from his wealthy grandmother. (I’m all in favor of black people saving up to aid their descendants.) Townshend made his first movie by applying for a million credit cards and running up a tab on each.

    A half dozen years later, it seemed obvious that Spike was the bigger talent.

    Three decades later it’s not so clear.

  82. @Steve Sailer

    True enough about Wayne, but those movies were shot in Durango because of its continued resemblence to the American Old West, whereas The Magnificent 7 and Vera Cruz were set in Mexico and shot there.

    As for Burroughs, it was said that he was drunk and decided to try and shoot an apple off his wife’s head (a la William Tell?), but missed.

    After his release from a Mexican cárcel, he flet to Tangiers, which American writer Paul Bowles had “discovered” some years before. Bowles saw the likes of other Beats such as Alan Ginsberg and even the young Truman Capote in those days, a wonderland for the Hip and the decayed asitrocrats of post-War Europe.

    Both Mexico and Tangiers sounds to me like it was a paradise in those days.

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  83. BB753 says:

    Tangiers was a paradise for artsy junkies and pedophiles like Burroughs, Bowles and Ginsberg. It was a sort of no-man’s land, under French and Spanish protectorate. Life was cheap, laws were loose, drugs were plentiful and young Moroccan boys were available for wealthy Westerners to rent and molest.

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  84. @BB753

    From what I understand, neither Bowles nor Burroughs were pedophiles. Ginsberg though was probably one.

    I read once a detailed history of those times. Boys were available, and females were not. Tbis is apparently a common practice in the Muslim world. That a couple of Westerners were attracted to that is obviously inconsequential. But Burroughs? No. And Bowles? No.

    Bowles was interviewed in RollingStone sometime in the 70s and talked extensively about the curses some women in Tangiers had tried to throw on him. Something about menstrual blood and pubic hair.

    Interestingly, Oscar Lewis in Children of Sanchez, his seminal work on the lower classes of Mexico in the 50s and 60s mentions the same fear in the men there that they may have been cursed by women who put their menstrual blood in some fluid that they would drink.

    In short, pedos in Tangiers yes, but most were Moroccans. Bowles and Burroughs? No not at all.

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  85. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Seth Largo

    Your “pretty good” is consistent with the audience ranking (79%). Ed’s quip is about the critics’ 98%. 2001 only got 93% from the critics.

  86. BB753 says:

    My bad, I wrote pedophiles when I should have used the term hefebophiles : men attracted to underage teenage boys. All gays lust after “twinkies” : boys between 14 and 18 years old. Which is only slightly less evil, if you ask me. Burroughs was definitely into that sort of sex, chasing boys in Mexico and Morocco, and possibly also in the USA. It’s well documented. If you read about the man behind the writer, Burroughs was a vile pederastic junkie, living off his family’s fortune. And no, he didn’t kill his wife by accident : he only pretended to be drunk and playing William Tell to get away with murder.
    Not sure about Bowles, but I doubt being a gay man in Tangiers at the time he’d have resisted the appeal of young boys in the hashish smoke.
    As for Ginsberg, he publicly supported NAMBLA, and as a grown man, took a disturbed 16 year old boy, Peter Orlovsky, as his lover, who went on to become his lifelong “mate”.

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  87. @BB753

    Never have heard the term hefebophiles ever. An underused (or invented?) word if ever I knew one. I was going to say earlier that the term most often used in those days was pederast, and the materials I have on Tangiers in those times does mention one or more of Bowles acquaintances as specifically saying they had come to Tangiers because of the Islam thing with boys. Not Burroughs, not Ginsberg, not Capote, someone else who was so obscure I forget who.

    Burroughs was obviously gay as he had a gay partner through most of his later life, but since he had just been married, I still don’t believe there’s any indication that he was in Tengiers for that purpose. He was already considered a Beat author by then and Bowles was on the map as an author of that generation (and that genre), too, so that’s enough reason to take a Tangiers sojourn.

    Bowles was married and clearly hetero in all of his bios and interviews. Ginsberg was gay from day one and yes did take a very young lover at the end of his life.

    I am curious though. You seem to know that Burroughs intentionally shot his wife in the head. How? It’s never been mentioned anywhere ever that I know of. Always been an accidental albeit drunken and stupid event. Were you there when it happened? That would make you about 100 years old or more.

    Likewise for all the pedophile hefebophile nonsense. How would you know the meanderings of the Beats in Tangiers in regards to their sex practices in the early 50s? Are you one of the lost Beats? Kenneth Patchen perhaps? Yes, I know. He’s dead.

    Got to tell you, it’s a bit irritating to read someone’s proclamations on motives and doings in some obscure places on Earth 70 years ago.

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  88. BB753 says:

    There you go:

    Check out any biography about Bowles. His wife was a lesbian who was “bearding” for him. He was mostly gay.

    As for the obscure name you were looking for, was it André Gide, Nobel Price in literature in 1956, a French author now largely forgotten, but until 30 years ago very popular? BTW, Morocco is still a favorite of Western pederasts looking for young flesh. Given the opportunity, a gay man will ditch any gay man his age for a heteresexual underage boy. All gays are pederasts, your word of choice, deep inside.

    As for the sordid details about the Beat Generation, it’s information I’ve gleaned over the years reading biographies and works by Beat authors. I used to like Kerouac, which I now find puerile and overrated. . Burroughs’ books are pure filth. Ginsberg was merely a pervert masquerading as a poet, a bad one.
    Just like an adolescent Lucien Carr really did kill his older admirer in cold blood, it’s widely known among Burrough’s inner circle: Ginsberg, Kerouac, etc, that he wanted to kill his old lady.

  89. Lagertha says:

    there, that there. You get it.

  90. Lagertha says:
    @Steve Sailer

    There is every type of blocking this movie I have had, for months.

  91. @hhsiii

    A much stronger category is “Movies Featuring Strother Martin.”

    The Asphalt Jungle (1950) was up for four Oscars, though not for Best Picture. A Star is Born (1954) was up for six Academy awards, though not for Best Picture, and won none. Cool Hand Luke (1967) was up for four Oscars, and won one, though it was not up for Best Picture. The Champ (1979) was up for one Oscar, though also not for Best Picture.

    1969 was The Year of Strother, as:

    • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid won four Oscars and was up for seven, including Best Picture;
    • The Wild Bunch was up for two Oscars, though not for Best Picture, even though it was by far the best; and
    • True Grit was up for two Oscars (but not Best Picture), and finally won John Wayne his Best Actor Oscar.

    Clearly all of the foregoing seven pictures’ success was thanks to that Martin magic.

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