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From the New York Times:

And the Oscar Goes to … White People

Also from the New York Times:

Another Oscar Year, Another All-White Ballot

And yet more on the Oscar Whiteness Crisis from the New York Times:

Oscars So White? Or Oscars So Dumb? Discuss.
By MANOHLA DARGIS, WESLEY MORRIS and A. O. SCOTT JAN. 15, 2016

Are these the whitest Oscar nominations ever? Or just the most recent Academy Award whiteout? For the second year in a row, the nominations failed to recognize any minority actors. Movies about black lives like “Creed” and “Straight Outta Compton” did receive recognition, but their nominations were for either white writers (“Compton”) or a white performer (Sylvester Stallone in “Creed”). The black directors of each movie along with their nonwhite actors were shut out.

Creed is a good movie, but that’s because it’s great when Stallone is onscreen playing Rocky Balboa and only pretty good when he’s not.

DARGIS Oh, I never thought “Straight Outta Compton” had a real shot for a best picture nod, even with the Academy’s recent — and laudable — attempts to diversify its membership. There’s just too much cussing, for starters, and the average age of the 94 percent white membership is 62 (as of 2012). And I’m guessing that when these dudes (77 percent) were teenagers, they were listening to the Beach Boys (nothing wrong with that!), whereas a new Academy member like Ava DuVernay knew exactly who Dr. Dre and N.W.A were when she was growing up around Compton. My point being that the lived, embodied experiences of the membership greatly matter and that sometimes even the most well-intentioned white people just don’t see the racism and sexism in front of them.

Which is why the NWA biopic got only 1 Oscar nomination, while the Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy got … uh … zero.

As I wrote last summer:

Granted, comparing Straight Outta Compton to Love & Mercy on aesthetics is like contrasting “F*** tha Police” and “No Vaseline” to “God Only Knows” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” But the hip-hop film, directed by veteran black hired gun F. Gary Gray (who also helmed Ice Cube’s Friday and Mark Wahlberg’s The Italian Job), is competent enough to trigger feelings of entitlement. As last year’s black complaints about Selma being handed one only Oscar suggested, when the Academy gave the Best Picture award a couple of years ago to 12 Years a Slave, it didn’t succeed in assuaging black demands for a few years as hoped. Instead, 12 Years’ Oscar seemed to convince racial spokespersons that blacks deserve to win Best Picture every year.

Because black.

This pattern could be a problem for the Democrats.

 

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  1. Would it be too clichéd to ask them to come back when the NBA “looks like America” … ?

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  2. Once again I have never seen any of the movies mentioned in your post. Nor have I ever heard a song by NWA or Dr. Dre. I’ve heard the Beach Boys (decades ago, and I’m only in my 40′s) and their songs are just silly, but rather harmless.

    America is a great country that we can all have our own tastes and be completely comfortable not knowing jack about other people’s tastes.

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  3. If your white, you just can’t win.

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  4. “Creed is a good movie” Oh man , oh man , what did I tell you about reviewing or recommending movies Sailer ? Didn’t I tell you to vet your reviews and recommendations with me first ? BUT NOOOO!! You have to push on ahead and embarrass not only yourself but all your subscribers and fans as well. Really I’m about to give up on you . As I’ve told you , only because I’m your friend and a qualified admirer your taste in movies questionable at best . Pls for the last time (well maybe not the last) Let me help you .

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  5. If you want a vision of the future, imagine a black person getting in your face – forever.

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  6. ” . . . [E]ven the most well-intentioned white people just don’t see the racism and sexism in front of them.”

    Urgent memo to cirrhotic, suicidal, drugged, over-educated, and down-market ofays. Please make sure to renew your membership in the unearned white privilege society. This offer expires soon.

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  7. Despite being a middle-aged white guy it’s blatantly obvious that actors of color (ie, other colors) have to be twice as good and still don’t get half as far.

    Hopefully, the changing demographics will spell the end of unfair institutions run by mediocre white men.

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  8. America is a great country that we can all have our own tastes and be completely comfortable not knowing jack about other people’s tastes, while dismissing them with an air of superiority.

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  9. Not at a Trump rally.

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  10. @If you want a vision of the future, imagine a black person getting in your face – forever.

    the future is now.

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  11. What’s the context of that video ?

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  12. Real scandal is TOMORROWLAND, SLOW WEST, BLACK SEA, and ANT-MAN were ignored.

    But then, Oscars are a joke, and it is an insult to be nominated.

    Remember Welles and Kubrick never won.

    And Scorsese finally won for… the dreadful THE DEPARTED.

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  13. Hey I thought Jews decided to stop being white a few months ago. Surely that changes the demographics of the Academy.

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  15. Who pays any attention to the Oscars?

    Who actually cares at all?

    I’ve never met anyone who pays any attention to this in my entire life. Never.

    Nobody I’ve ever spoken to has ever mentioned the Oscars ever in my life. Ever.

    What am I missing here? I don’t get it.

    Aren’t the Oscars especially really queer? Isn’t Hollywood glib and sociopathic, like a charming serial killer?

    Wouldn’t you have to have the mental age of a naive 10-year-old to be taken in by the “Oscars”?

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  16. From an interview with a director of Slow West:

    The good thing about calling the film Slow West is that all of the action has to go from right to left. All of the characters are moving physically West on the screen otherwise it feels like they’re going backwards. Once I realised that it was quite handy, and it was hard to get it wrong when I kept all of the characters moving right to left.

    In setting this principle where West is on the left, were you quite confident we would ‘feel that’ as Westward?

    Yeah. When you look at a compass, West is on the left. It felt that the audience would feel the characters going right to left were going to the West. I think that if we’d started going the other way the audience would either feel they had turned around and were going backwards or that they were somehow going East.

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  18. No, it’s not blatantly obvious. If it were, White people besides those who apologize for being White would have noticed.

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  19. Last year I looked into the demographics of the acting nominees over the last 15+ years. 10% of the nominees were black, only slightly less than their percentage in the US population.

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  20. Ah, what the director said may explain why the movie feels a bit odd.

    http://www.rogerebert.com/rogers-journal/how-to-read-a-movie

    “In simplistic terms: Right is more positive, left more negative. Movement to the right seems more favorable; to the left, less so. The future seems to live on the right, the past on the left.”

    Movies favor rightward movement in general than leftward movement.

    So a film that always goes leftwards breaks with film-making conventions.

    I felt something was odd about the film but only subliminally. Now, I know why.

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  21. Funny how the all-white supremist academy awarded the last three best director oscars to two Mexicans and a Chinese man. And Alexandro is favorited again for this year.

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  22. If you want a vision of the future, imagine a black person getting in your face – forever.

    But, Harry, that’s the problem. So many of them seem only interested in “getting…in your face” and in one another’s, I might add.

    If they were as interested in accomplishment as “getting in your face,” well, then, we’d all be sittin’ purdy.

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  23. If you want a vision of the future, imagine a black person getting in your face – forever.

    Let 1000 Orwell (Orwellian) variations bloom. My opinion, he was the one who best predicted this. He knew leftists because he was one, a dedicated British socialist.

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  24. The folks complaining about ‘too many white faces’ at the Oscars can always go here :

    BEFFTA awards http://www.beffta.com/news/?page_id=7

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  25. I’m only about a half hour into “Slow West,” but it’s kind of like a primitive video game in that everything keeps moving from right to left across the screen as the main character treks West.

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  26. Practically none of the acting nominees have been Chicano or Asian American, at least not since the 1980s, but nobody notices that.

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  27. True enough, I suppose.

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  28. The soft bigotry of low expectations.

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  29. One of the more bizarre Kubrick movie losses was that the “Planet of the Apes” makeup won over the ape-men that Stuart Freeborn created for “2001″. The bitterly sarcastic speculation was that the general roster of Academy voters thought that the “2001″ ape-men were real.

    (For the Kubrick and “2001″ fans out there in iSteve-land, go to Amazon right now and pick up the new Taschen book on the making of “2001: A Space Odyssey”; completely fascinating, with a treasure trove of photos and artwork.)

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  30. People are complaining movies are too white. Great.

    Is anyone going to have the guts to complain that movies are too Jewish?

    After all, if we want movies to “look like America” having 3% of the population head up 100% of the studios, looks bad.

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  31. As for blacks being unrepresented in the Oscars. There are tons of very good black actors. The problem is that no one writes good movie roles for them. They either get stuck in mediocre movies – like Creed or Spike Lee’s productions – or they shoehorned into generic white person roles – like Star Wars.

    Hollywood needs to make more good, authentically black movies.

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  32. ycmtsu

    http://news.nationalpost.com/news/fowl-therapy-airline-lets-passenger-bring-turkey-on-flight-as-emotional-support-animal

    ‘gay marriage’, ‘caityln jenner’, and now “emotional support animals” and “psychiatric service animals”

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  33. Practically none of the acting nominees have been Chicano or Asian American, at least not since the 1980s, but nobody notices that.

    That’s because in LA, the home of the movie industry, there are very few Chicanos or Asian Americans.

    No, it’s basically the nature of blackness – ugly, loud, large, demanding, intimidating, arrogant, extroverted, vulgar, stupid.

    That’l get you attention.

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  34. A song written by Donovan :

    And another one :

    and when your not wearing your love like heaven :

    and another :

    What do we have now ?

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  35. Arthur Miller famously didn’t know a single person who supported GW Bush, but Bush won. Twice.

    In many rural communities in the US, many people literally don’t know anyone who supports Obama. He, too, won twice.

    I once spent a few months in the late eighties putting in an automated system in a plant in central south Indiana in a factory in a moderately sized city (for southern Indiana, that is.) The plant employed about 600 people, about 400 day shift and about 100 each for the other two. Of that 600-of which all were white except three or four Asian females who were married to white servicemen-roughly half of them fell into an odd group the others called “rurals” or “bumps”, but never to their face. The people in this group were an odd lot, to me anyway.

    All the bumps had one of six or seven surnames. A typical bump was a man in his late 30s to early 60s, he brought his lunch and a green thermos to work in a paper bag, had a fairly large family, drove a Ford pickup or four door sedan, and mostly only socialized with the other bumps. They all went to one of two nondenominational churches, and the average bump didn’t have a TV set or a VCR, and didn’t have any books in the house except his kids’ schoolbooks, a King James Bible or a few of them, and a couple of car repair manuals. The bump women who worked all wore long dresses or skirts, never pants, and had long hair.

    They weren’t Amish or Mennonite, the men didn’t dress very differently, and they didn’t discuss religion or much of anything else non work related with anyone else. They had no interest in popular culture or sports except their kids’ school sports whatever. As far as I could determine, they were at work, at church, or at home doing carpentry and car repair and stuff like that.

    In the mid-90s the plant was sold to the Chinese and shut down. I always wondered what happened to all those people, but not enough to go back there to find out.

    I’m sure there are many other instances of fairly sizable atypical groups of people completely oblivious to major segments of the popular culture, and I would guess anyone not knowing anyone who would ever discuss the Oscars to be in one of those groups. But that could be quite wrong.

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  36. Will Smith was not going to get a nomination for the same reason Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg were not going to get nominated. They are movie stars, for better and worse, not actors.

    Idris Elba was not going to get a nomination, because the Upper Class White people of the Academy only like movies where they feel superior to OTHER WHITE PEOPLE particularly lower class Whites, in relation to treatment of Black people as sacred objects, credit to Larry Auster. Elba plays a horrific African monster victimizing African children, no White people involved. The movie, “Beasts of No Nation,” makes Africans look very, very bad. Because well, child soldiers. So no, that movie was not going to get nominated.

    Straight Outta Compton was not going to get major nominations, because it too made Black people look bad. There were no noble GoodWhites standing up for Blacks against BadWhites. Thus, the key elements of White People Crack: Status Competition, was not triggered.

    Really, how hard is this to explain to Black People?

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  37. The first part of your statement is somewhat true-there are some good black actors and actresses and no one does write very many very good roles for them. There is, strictly speaking, room there.

    The second part of that is false. Hollywood does not need to make authentically black movies, because authentic blackness is neither something they are good at nor something that is going to make them any money. Truly authentically black movies would just point out what people already know but which Hollywood is most disinterested in promoting as fact-blacks as a group are a dysfunctional and not very smart bunch. Exceptions occur, but they are that, and so such a film is going to be inauthentic by definition.

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  38. Then there’s Daniel Jose Older’s successful crusade to change the World Fantasy Award. Apparently, the fact the award was named after Lovecraft (“I read Lovecraft, and I enjoy him, but I find him repellent. We’re talking about weaponized literature, where people of color are literally demonized.”) was somehow stifling the creativity of Black authors. Now that Lovecraft’s disturbing name and visage have been banished, I’m sure that the Black fantasy community will stun the world with a veritable torrent of masterpieces….

    http://www.tor.com/2016/01/15/daniel-jose-older-and-victor-lavalle-in-conversation/

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  39. Straight Outta Compton was “problematic” anyway because it was accompanied by accuses of racism for its casting call for light skinned black girls, violence on set when Suge Knight followed and killed a friend with his car and injured another and for omitting misogyny by hiding Dre beating up women.

    So the Academy was damned if it did nominate Straight Outta Compton and damned if it didn’t.

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  40. Before I go to sleep: I have seen all the O/BAFTA movies (including the ones that didn’t make the cut) and, some of them were quite good as far as “diversity.” The new Star Wars actor was excellent but a newbie. Straight out of Compton was an ensemble cast with white screen writers; and, Idris Alba, a very good actor – loved him in Luther, was unfortunately, tied to the ‘dark side’ (Netflix ) – the Antichrist of the historic, established Hollywood studios: and, like, 12 Years a Slave won several awards a few years ago, yet there is no AA for ANY race or ethnic group in Hollywood.

    Hollywood is a country club – “write a good script, get some A list actors…we’ll have lunch and discuss.” I mean, it’s not Harvard as far as admissions (Harvard for money & investments, yes) ..but you have to have a “wow” factor, and, know, really know, that YOU ARE IN ART SCHOOL, and yeah it’s all subjective. Your film is either great (that day) or meh..that’s the reality in the arts, any art.

    Hollywood is not fair…hiccup, egalitarian….the idea of the starving artist is not a myth. Oscars are really just a love-fest of the industry, and, in no way, will “the academy” bestow any Brownie points to minority individuals, or at times, even the most breathtaking film of all time – the real deal. I mean, I’m kinda’ amused that we are all sort of swooning over “Rocky” again!

    When I think about it, I always thought Ingmar Bergman, and his producer, Jorn Donner, should have won some Oscars way, way back, if Hollywood had taken ethnic groups into account – didn’t happen then; never gonna happen…just write and create amazing stuff. Stop whining…art is not fair, never was, never will be.

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    There generally aren’t any Hispanic or Asian actors to begin with, whereas there seem to be lots of black characters in movies these days

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  42. The Oscars are in the spring sometime, right?

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  43. Straight Outta Compton was “problematic” anyway…

    Not the least for the “straight” in the title. This is Mollywood after all.

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  44. “There generally aren’t any Hispanic or Asian actors to begin with, whereas there seem to be lots of black characters in movies these days”

    There are a lot of Blacks in universities these days. Why are they not being awarded Nobel Prizes for Physics?

    Why do Asians get more Nobel Prizes than them?

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  45. Anyone read this?

    http://victorhanson.com/wordpress/?p=6534

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    When 2001 first came out, did people think that the apes in the movie looked real? I only saw the movie a few years ago, and I thought all the other space stuff in the movie looked real and great (except for the Earth from space, but the movie was made before we knew exactly what the Earth looked like from space) except for the apes. The apes were obviously guys in suits, and the suits did not look like real apes or anything real at all. They just looked like bad Halloween costumes.

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  47. Hollywood does make authentically Black movies. They’re pretty silly to me and to most Whites, but they’re reliable, low budget moneymakers. No, I can’t name any, but I see them advertised on the sides of buses. Wait, I remember one, “Big Mama’s House”, with Martin Lawrence.
    Leave the Blacks alone and let them have some harmless fun. You surely don’t want them sitting near you at your local art theater, yelling at the screen.

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  48. We could well have four years in a row where perhaps the most coveted Oscar – Best Director – goes to non-white people: Ang Lee, Alfonso Cuaron, and Alejandro Inarritu back-to-back.

    (I’m keeping with the pretense, as we’re all supposed to, that Cuaron and Inarritu aren’t really white.)

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  49. And with Chris Rock getting the call as host and his blatant anti- white rhetoric…. Pass

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  50. “Leave the Blacks alone and let them have some harmless fun. You surely don’t want them sitting near you at your local art theater, yelling at the screen.”

    I saw a pretentious, art house movie with some black main characters: “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” The main character was a black girl, all of about 5-years-old, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance. There weren’t any black people in the audience.

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  51. Thing about the movie industry … It’s about the fucking money nit feelings. You couldn’t tell me the names of four current black actors ( Denzel and Will dont count) that have done anything worth while in the last twenty five years. Authentically black movies would require consent to film in prisons. Wonder if Bill Cosby had his academy card revoked? Now that would make for some ” authentically black” entertainment don’t you think?

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  52. The apes were obviously guys in suits, and the suits did not look like real apes or anything real at all.

    Actually, I thought (1968) that they didn’t look like guys in gorilla suits, and did look like proto-hominids of some sort.

    I later read (circa 1975), in a book called ‘The Making of 2001′ (not the current Taschen book) that Kubrick went to great lengths to find actors who were exceptionally slender in order to avoid the typical gorilla suit look of old King Kong movies.

    Maybe it’s the way the fur looks, it’s dusty and matted in the way you would expect a fake fur suit to look when it has been stored away carelessly. But it is unlikely that Kubrick would have overlooked even that detail-it’s more likely that he determined that that is the way ape fur would look in a dusty, Kalahari desert setting.

    And thanks to the miracle of the internet, I recently came across an interview with one of those ape-man actors.

    http://www.vulture.com/2008/04/dan_richter_on_playing_the_ape.html

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  53. Was this the Fruit of Loom underwear facility by chance? Them Mennonite know how to make a pair of drawers

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  54. They are scoring brownie points due to the fact that the academy stewards have already promised to add many minorities to its voters ranks. The fix is in.

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  55. Well, 2+2 be 4 and all

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  56. How many certifiable nutcase comments does KOMMENT KONTROL never let see the light of day? Is it just Donut or is there a legion of dribbling crazies we just never see?

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  57. My uncle Kuresa Tuiasosopo ,was a Polynesian fire dancer from Samoa who migrated here in the 60′s. He danced at a club in Los Angeles ( the Tiki was the name I believe) and the gentleman who owned the club was the fella who did the make up for the Planet of the Apes as I’ve been told. Apparently he had some of the masks from the film at the Tiki and it wasn’t uncommon for them to be a part of the dance routine. Just the masks mind you.

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  58. Hold up a second. Why are folks complaining? I thought that Grand Bargain was that Hollywood would cast blacks into roles like Genius Scientist, Wise Judge, Efficient Police Captain, Heroic Military Officer and in return the actual contest of rewarding people for their talent would remain free from racial bean counting.

    Did I miss the memo and is the Grand Bargain no longer upheld?

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  59. I haven’t this book but I did read another book by him “Western Way of War” . If I recall his premise was that Europeans made war in so savage a manner that it put their Asian opponents off . It’s been years and gallons ago so I may be wrong about that . One counter argument I would make of many possible ones is the battle of Cannae where if IRRC the Semitic general Hannibal defeated a far larger force of Romans and “Polybius writes that of the Roman and allied infantry, 70,000 were killed” , “Livy wrote, “Forty thousand foot, two thousand seven hundred horse, there being an equal number of citizens and allies, are said to have been slain.” Either way that’s a hard days work , as savage as you can imagine especially considering that it it was all manual labor . Can you imagine 8-10 hours of hand to hand killing ? Hannibal’s troops were all Gauls , Spaniards and African mercenaries . Overwhelmingly non European and as savage a way of war as you can imagine . Hannibal , a non European was one of the greatest generals in history and a tragic figure as well. It’s a great loss to us that there is no surviving narrative of his campaign from his side although he had at least two educated Greeks with him throughout the 16 years campaign . What a brilliant and charismatic leader he must have been to keep that disparate force together for that length of time .

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  60. While we are on the topic of Kubrick’s 2001, here’s a curiosity.

    A 1960s promo documentary that was made before Kubrick completed the movie.

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  61. …blatantly obvious…

    “”The lady doth protest too much, methinks” is a quotation from the 1599/ 1600 play Hamlet by William Shakespeare. It has been used as a figure of speech, in various phrasings, to indicate that a person’s overly frequent or vehement attempts to convince others of something have ironically helped to convince others that the opposite is true, by making the person look insincere and defensive.”

    Hopefully, the changing demographics will…

    But they won’t.

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  62. Watch your mouth, son. The Depahdid was a great film, or at least a very good one.

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  63. No , just Donut .

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  64. Two white Mexicans.

    Although, granted, both of them have a phenotype that would seem a bit out of place in Germany or Sweden.

    Oh, wait…

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  65. Well I did respond but surprisingly it hasn’t been cleared yet .

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  66. But considering Cuaron and Inarritu white would help the SJW narrative by making the Oscars seem whiter.

    Conversely, considering them “PoC” hurts the White Supremacist Academy narrative.

    Or am I missing something?

    Either way, it’s amusing how none of these media pseudointellectuals point out how overrepresented Jews are in Hollywood. The Jews have done a masterful job getting people to think they are white while simultaneously heavily pushing an anti-white Zeitgeist. But what is their endgame?

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  67. Innaritu or however his name is spelled looks a lot like my Hungarian friend Lester. The great Lubezki is a Jewish Mexican. In the U.S., there aren’t that many Jewish cinematographers. My guess is that the Jewish Americans who would make good cameramen wind up being directors. Spielberg, for example, would be a hell of a cinematographer.

    For a long time, you could tell a cinematographer in Hollywood was good by how unpronounceable his name was: e.g., Vilmos Zsigmond who died on January 1. He and his pal Laslzo Kovacs got their start filming the Soviets invading their Hungary in 1956 then fled West with their film. They caught on in the late 1960s as Hollywood realized that Europeans had gotten out ahead of America in cinematography.

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  68. and the average bump didn’t have a TV set or a VCR, and didn’t have any books in the house except his kids’ schoolbooks, a King James Bible or a few of them, and a couple of car repair manuals.

    It seems strange to me that you ascertained this under those circumstances.

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  69. “It seems strange to me that you ascertained this under those circumstances.”

    Probably because he sounds a lot like the fiction writer formerly known as Albertosaurus, who is anywhere between the ages of 30-85 and has had approximately 93 careers in his lifespan, most but not all of which were in tech or finance. Great writer, but a horribly unconvincing liar.

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  70. also interesting that 21% of the Best actor winners have been British

    this year 40% of the Best Actor and actress nominees are not American…it seems the academy has always been biased against Americans.

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  71. Carealist,

    Same age as you, like the Beach Boys while admitting some of their songs are silly.

    You should see the looks of horror when I tell music snobs that I hate the Beatles and find most of their songs as silly.

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  72. Then rube of the year award goes to….me. I bought the narrative, but then I answer the Nigerian princes.

    Mennonite was my guess (if true), simple, stand apart from society, the somewhat ‘other’.

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  73. I listened to a radio show where the hosts were planning a stunt where one of them would bring a horse into a diner and call it a support animal. A local waiter or diner owner (i don’t remember) called the show and said a woman had already brought in a pony in the past.

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  74. Winter since 2003.

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  75. The paradise that these race-baiters truly want is a Bantustan paid for by the “racist” White tax payer.

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  76. Dude, your writing style is almost impossible to penetrate.

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  77. “…whereas a new Academy member like Ava DuVernay knew exactly who Dr. Dre and N.W.A were when she was growing up around Compton.”

    That’s probably true, since in addition to being born in 1972, and growing up in California, Ms. DuVernay (of whom I had never previously heard), apparently has a racial background much like that of our current President (based on her picture). But as someone only very slightly older (born in 1970), who also grew up in California, I can assure you that the only thing I ever knew about such undoubtedly august personages as “Dr. Dre,” and the membership of N.W.A., is that they’re Black. And that’s essentially all I know now, or likely ever will know.

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  78. Thanks!

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  79. “Read the discussion.”

    Haha! More like “listen honkey, YOURE RACIST”

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  80. The fact that the Ugandan Expendables movie did not get the nod is pure racism.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uYD5japaxsg

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  81. “Instead, 12 Years’ Oscar seemed to convince racial spokespersons that blacks deserve to win Best Picture every year.

    Because black.”

    Women and minorities think that they deserve a percentage of any numerically limited set. Once they get one of a set, they believe that it belongs to them. For example, one of the Supreme Court seats was given to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In women’s minds, this is now a female seat on the Supreme Court. Woe unto the president who fails to nominate a woman to that seat.

    Progress consists of getting one, then another, then all of a limited set. Because reparations must be paid owing to the Original Sin of White Masculinity.

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  82. When will we stop this nonsense of lumping Jews and whites together for statistical purposes?

    Jews certainly don’t consider themselves “white.” They clearly are a distinct and separate ethnic group. They wouldn’t have it any other way.

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  83. Persona is a very good movie, isn’t a commercial product but a work of art. No have fundamentally the necessity to be understandable for the masses to make some individuals richer, ;)

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  84. Those people sound like Pentecostals. The lack of TV, the women wearing dresses, the categorizing of their churches as nondenominational, and the sticking to each other all sound like stereotypical Pentecostal traits. The only thing that seems odd is using a KJV Bible, but I could be wrong about that.

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  85. Hard to believe that it took three “journalists” to write such tripe.

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  86. AMPAS was never going to show that much love to S.O.C., because one of the story lines was some Jew screwing the N.W.A. members out of money.

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  87. DARGIS Oh, I never thought “Straight Outta Compton” had a real shot for a best picture nod, even with the Academy’s recent — and laudable — attempts to diversify its membership. There’s just too much cussing……. sometimes even the most well-intentioned white people just don’t see the racism and sexism in front of them.

    Not giving best picture to a film in which every other word is the F-word is clearly racist and sexist. A future majority black Academy would not see anything offensive about this because it would reflect their “embodied experience”.

    Seriously, the Academy needs to learn how to play the AA game a little better. You don’t have to give a black film Best Picture every year (just like you don’t make a black woman CEO of your Fortune 500 – you make her head of HR where she won’t damage your bottom line (as much)) but you should at least nominate one. Mad Max: Fury Road (not to mention Room and Brooklyn) has zero chance of actually winning Best Picture so it could have been pushed aside for Compton without disturbing the order of the universe.

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  88. I have no idea who “bumps” are but the only groups in late ’80s America who didn’t have TVs were those who were forbidden from doing so by religious doctrine. The long dresses were also a clue as are the small # of surnames and the location. Probably these people were actually Mennonites or Brethren or some such who are on the liberal end of the Anabaptist tradition. There are many liberal (by Anabaptist standards) Mennonites who don’t wear distinctive clothing.

    What any of this has to do with Steve’s posting above, I dunno.

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  89. NAJALT!

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  90. Ah yes. I tuned into NPR this morning and there was some black activist going on about intolerably white Oscars. She gave a long list of black actors who, according to her, deserved an Oscar this year. The host was very sympathetic, of course. I really wanted him to ask the activist this question: Who of the current Oscar nominees should be dropped to make room for black?

    This is really the key question. I would really like to hear what the woman would say. But of course, this question was not asked, because neither the interviewer, nor the activist, nor anyone else in the NPR building is even capable of thinking in these terms.

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  91. “Granted, comparing Straight Outta Compton to Love & Mercy on aesthetics is like contrasting “F*** tha Police” and “No Vaseline” to “God Only Knows” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.”

    You overlooked gangsta classics as ‘Lick my ***hole’; as well as ‘doublin’ up’(reference to after viewing a lesbian porn vid, the homie decides to attempt to ‘doublin’ up’ at home with comical results.

    I mean, come on, Steve. These classics helped go a long way toward defining the entire gangsta misogynist aspect of rap. It was there at the foundation and can’t be overlooked.

    It’s okay, it’s all good. After all, according to the NYTimes reporters covering this controversy, white people simply can’t expect to understand the black experience of everyday life.

    A question of a more relevant nature: Let’s be honest. During the late 60s/early70′s with Civil Rights in vogue and all the rage, it appeared that black films or at least black actors were being either nominated or placed in more Alist budgeted films.
    The parallel is with Obama. In light of Obama becoming president in 2009, during the last 8 yrs there seems to be a prevalence of black oriented films that have been nominated for major Oscar categories. When Obama is out of office, who’s to say that this spate of black films won’t decline, just as they did when the late 60s/early 70s were over?

    You can say that some of these late 2000s/early 2010′s films were probably in the pipeline and perhaps to be slated for production before Obama took office, HOWEVER, with Obama the president since 2009, Hollywood decided to put its best face forward by “look at our best films, and they’re not only black directed but they’re mainly “black” oriented films and they’re winning major Oscar nominations!” Much the way that the Academy invited First Lady Michelle Obama to read aloud the best picture nomination a few yrs back.

    But, once Obama leaves office next year, and then given a few years down the road, especially with a Chinese billionaire purchasing a major Hollywood studio (and we all know how much China really cares about African-Americans), who’s to say that the spate of black oriented films will simply dry up during Oscar nomination time? In other words, yes, there will always be the blaxploitation films made a la Ice Cube; Perry what’s his name; etc. but the Oscars will return as before…mostly white.

    Also, it was very commendable to the NYT that they didn’t have any white writers to help on the article about Hollywood racism ’cause they’re not nominating more black films in all major categories. That they actually found three somewhat competent writers to do the story is simply amazing. ‘See? We found three black writers who more or less lived up to our standard of quality at the Times. It can be done, and we’ve come a long way since the days of Jayson Blair’ seems to be what they’re saying.

    Because if African-Americans wanted to make a stink about alleged racism, why stop at just movies? How about major newspapers proclivities of not hiring very many black writers? How come the NYTimes doesn’t take the lead and hire more black writers for all their stories and not just for race-oriented news?

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  92. “You don’t have to give a black film Best Picture every year ”

    Oh, why not? Hollywood has given Best Picture noms to black films for the last few years. And the can of worms remains open.

    Blacks aren’t going to see it that way. Either all or nothing, and if its nothing then obviously you’re the racist for not doing what you can to help the next generation of African-Americans diversify Hollywood and make it less institutionally racist. For every year that they don’t get a major nomination for one of their products the din will grow louder and louder. However, with Chinese owning a major studio and interested in what works globally which doesn’t usually include African-Americans per se, as well as not having a black in the White House, the noise level will be less front and center in the mainstream and relegated to the Root; World Star Hip Hop; etc. and of course trotted out during Black History Month as a way to guilt trip elite moneyed Hollywood leftists who will bow their heads and simply ignore it.

    However, now that they’ve been given a taste of the big time, having a black themed film nominated in a major category for several consecutive years, they now expect it to be always that way.

    Perhaps the new Jesse Owens film “RACE” will be nominated at end of ’16. This would help atone for “42″ not being nominated.

    I mean, I’m surprised that Black Lives Matter, as well as African-American leaders aren’t pushing the Democrats to nominate a black candidate for president every single election cycle, otherwise they might just accuse the party of institutional racism and decide to stay home in large numbers.

    Oh wait…

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  93. “If they were as interested in accomplishment…”

    I spent a lot of time playing basketball with black guys in my twenties, but it took me a long time to understand this problem. Black people have an honor culture, it’s hereditary and genetic in origin. It means that satisfying personal honor is what matters. When that is completed, they’re done. In that culture, “fronting” is as good as accomplishment, because other black people accept it as if it was a form of currency.

    The majority white culture doesn’t accept that currency, the exchange rate is effectively zero. This confuses and infuriates black people, it’s completely understandable. I don’t think black people understand how, for example, a white college can make a decision about admission just using numbers; GPA, APs, SAT, ACT. White people understand that these numbers translate to both native ability, self-discipline, academic accomplishment. (Back in the day, a college admission form was a half-page, along with scores and transcripts.) I think it makes black people feel invisible.

    Anyway, I’ve had it with the BLM movement. If you want, go check out Diamond and Silk if you want to see black ladies who really get it.

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  94. Is a Mad Max movie really being nominated for something other than special effects, costume, or maybe music? That’s sad. It really is the end of the world. Basically they are not making movies anymore. I expect to see a Zombie movie (The Weinstein Company) nominated someday. From the future, this year’s nominee for best picture: Friday the 13th, Jason vs Ronda Rousey …

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  95. Supa Bastard is the next Lee van Cleef.

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  96. Same age as you, like the Beach Boys while admitting some of their songs are silly.

    Another movie unjustly snubbed by the inbred (blackactivists call it “white,” I’d say SWPL and be more precise, same phenomenon) Academy, Youth, is among other things about just that experience.

    The two main characters agree to the pretense “levity is perversion” as a means of signalling to one another their membership in that very inbred class that gives and gets Academy Awards. The film proceeds to utterly dismantle that pretense, and thus also that class, by the end of the film.

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  97. The Academy did select an African American host this year…maybe they felt this was enough

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  98. I have no idea who “bumps” are

    a.k.a. Country Bumpkins.

    Their grandparents may have been Anabaptist of one flavor or another, but many now have gravitated to “non-denominational” churches as the SJWs invade the denominations. Lots of people are “cutting the cord” nowadays, but many folks in that tradition never plugged in in the first place.

    Call it “keeping it real.”

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  99. Yet, even in side scrolling video games the player almost always advances from left to right.

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  100. OT: Jeb Bush picked up another vote in South Carolina.

    Lindsay Graham endorsed him on Friday. Ba-dump!

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  101. By focusing on color in the Oscars, these critics overlook something far more important:

    That Hollywood produces too much crap, often great or excellent films don’t get nominated(SLOW WEST, TOMORROWLAND, ANT-MAN, BLACK SEA), and the cultural level of most non-whites is pretty low.

    The third issue is very important because Oscars generally favors middle-brow films of quality over big blockbuster hits or populist favorites(like Eddie Murphy movies and Animal House). Most people who appreciate ‘quality’ films are white audiences. Whether ‘quality’ films are about white or non-white characters, most people who show up at art house screenings are white. So, most ‘quality’ films tend to be about white characters. Of course, there are films like 12 YRS A NEGRO, but I’ll bet more blacks went to see DJANGO and 007 movies than 12 YRS. I think most audiences for Lee’s MACUM X were also white.

    As long as most blacks prefer dumb trashy entertainment, they are not gonna make up the audience for ‘quality’ films. And we know most Mexers prefer stuff like FAST AND FURIOUS 1, 2, 3, 4…. 99.

    Because of such lack of appreciation for ‘quality’ films, non-white communities don’t produce ‘art film’ writers and directors who might be able to work small and make interesting films. Of course, such people do exist, but most film-makers are Sundance are white.

    Another thing. People who really care about the true worth of something pay no attention to awards. The game is pretty much fixed and the rules are PC, ‘safe’, and narrow.

    Peckinpah never came close to winning an oscar, even at the height of his powers.
    But sometimes, the Oscars can do something surprising.
    Take 1969. I would say the best film of that year was THE WILD BUNCH, but MIDNIGHT COWBOY is also masterpiece(and in its own way, just as remarkable as Peckinpah’s film), and it won Best Picture that year.
    That such a film ran off with Best Picture back then is almost unbelievable.
    But I guess old-fashioned John Wayne getting Best Actor that year sort of balanced it out.

    But more often than not, Best Pic Oscars have usually gone to ‘safe’ movies.
    Of course, the concept of ‘safe’ changes over the years. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS would have considered shocking in an earlier time, but when it won the top prize in the early 90s, films like that were very much the norm.
    SILENCE was a perfect film for the industry. It was sensationalist and trashy but done with arty solemnity that fooled a lot of people that, gee, maybe it’s intellectual and philosophical and stuff.
    MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE also mixed pulp with art but it was more fun and provocative.

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  102. If you want a vision of the future, imagine a black person getting in your face – forever.

    The US will be Mexico with black people.

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  103. That may be so, but then again, Jews invented the industry. Why shouldn’t they dominate it?

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  104. There are already horse breeds that are no larger than medium sized dogs:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thumbelina_(horse)

    But there are none that are housebroken AFAIK – there’ s the rub.

    The whole “emotional support animal” thing is really a sad commentary on how sick our society is and how we have lost our ability to call BS on anything or anyone (who is not a normal white hetero male). It’s a tribute to the little remaining decency in our society that EVERYONE with a pet just doesn’t get a little vest for their pet to wear so they can take it on the plane for free, keep a pet despite a no pets policy in their apartment lease, etc. – there’s really nothing stopping you at this point. For $64.95 you can get a hokey certificate on the internet.

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  105. “Same age as you, like the Beach Boys while admitting some of their songs are silly.
    You should see the looks of horror when I tell music snobs that I hate the Beatles and find most of their songs as silly.”

    You really are a silly dammy. I mean who the hell wants to listen to a SERIOUS Beatles song? You want to listen to “I Wanna Hold Your Volume of the Fall of the Roman Empire” or “She Love Your Great Books Collection”?

    Of course they’re silly. It’s like McCartney’s song “Silly Love Song”.

    It is POP.
    Same with Motown. We want “Baby I Need Your Loving”, not “Baby, I Need Your Thesis on the Neurosis of Modern Man”.

    Sure, most Beatles stuff is fluff, but it is great honest fluff. It’s about the volume, the vibes. It’s about lovely melodies. Nothing they did was deep.
    Beatles ran into problems when they tried to get arty later. Though critics and fans hailed stuff like SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND — possibly the most overrrated piece of culture in the 20th century — , it hasn’t dated very well. In contrast, songs like “I wanna hold your hand”, “All my loving”, “She Loves You”, and “Ticket to Ride” have timeless appeal in their celebration of youth and fun.

    Rock music gets silly-in-a-bad-way only when it goes for higher stakes and attempts meaning beyond its grasp. To be sure, true artists like Dylan, Pink Floyd(at their best), Neil Young(at his best), and Joni Mitchell could strive higher and deeper and make it work on those terms.

    But Beatles were best when being fun and silly, like Dave Clark Five.
    Of course, it was great that their style matured and gained in musical complexity, but they were never meant for depth or meaning. Harrison’s Hindu groanings and Lennon’s ‘radical’ yammerings inspired by Yoko just got painful. Harrison was best at writing love songs like ‘Something’ and ‘Here Comes the Sun’. Lennon’s only ‘serious’ songs that really work are ‘A day in the life’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. Most of his other avant-garde experiments got pretty silly.

    Now, just because something is silly and simple doesn’t mean that it can’t suggest at meaning. Even simple ideas and feelings can be expressed in poetic way. The meaning of ‘Yesterday’ is trite. Some girl went up and left. But the lyrics and melody perfectly convey the mood of the moment. A day is made eternal.
    And Lennon’s ‘Norwegian Wood’ works because it’s done so simply, almost like a throwaway song about a throwaway feeling of a throwaway affair. But Lennon teases out the shadows and nuances of what should have been just another ‘bird’(surely among many others)that flew away. He stumbles upon truth in the trivial. (Maybe it inspired Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday”, a bruisy ballad if there ever was one.) Even simple moments and feelings can be made to cast strange shadows.

    Rock can affect some degree of artiness, but with few exceptions it should never go fully arty.
    But some Rockers got it backwards and began with complexity and tried to fit it with rock sensibility.
    This is why David Bowie was such a problematic figure. No doubt he wrote some of the finest songs in Rock. And he could be a very good rocker and pop stylist.
    But there was another side of Bowie that was very much the artiste, and this side was too avant-garde and highfalutin for Rock.
    He would touch on themes of philosophy, history, etc. But even his ‘intellectual’ side ranged from references to serious ideas to science fiction and homo-tranny-posturing.
    It was a series of masks. I don’t know if he was really homo, but there was a homo-ish side of him, and its vanity ran wild, much like Mishima’s.

    Because of his claims of being an artiste, his stakes were higher, and this is why some of his music, though amazing, tends to be annoying and ridiculous. Take ZIGGY STARDUST. It’s filled with one dazzling tune after another. If it were content to be pop, it’d be one helluva an album. But, like SGT PEPPER, it pretends to be about something fancier and higher… but what is it? Who is Ziggy? What is all this spaced-out stuff? Did Bowie take any of it seriously? Or was it meant to be campy fun like THE MONKEES? It’s fluff that pretends to be about stuff. So, as good as it is, I could never get into it.

    When Dylan, Floyd, Hendrix, Young, and Lou Reed(at his best) got down to brass tacks, you knew they meant it, whether you agreed or disagreed with their vision or ‘truth’.
    With Bowie, it was like Warhol mixed with Broadway. There was an element of sham, or sham-rock.

    Because of his claims of being an artiste, we are forced to judge Bowie differently than most rockers who were content to be fun and popular.
    And on those grounds, I would say a handful of songs like “Life on Mars”, “Quicksand”, and “Ashes to Ashes” lived up to aspirations of art.

    Also, there was the side of Bowie that was content to be a pop entertainer(like Elton John), and some songs work perfectly on that level: “Modern Love” and “Let’s Dance”.
    That was good too.

    But some of this stuff is like pop drag-costumed into art, and the confused sensibility serve neither pop nor art well.
    This is true of DIAMOND DOGS and ZIGGY STARDUST especially. Both are remarkable albums with Bowie’s prowess as a musical showman in full display. But the vision of Orwell’s 1984 as glam sci-fi rock comes across as silly-in-the-worst-possible-way. And ZIGGY STARDUST is like Magical Mystery Tour crossed with 2001.

    Sensibility matters in pop and art. It’s not enough to be good. Tarantino is a ‘good’ film -maker in terms of what he can do with his camera, dialogue, and etc. But his films after RESERVOIR DOGS are appalling because the sensibility is so out-of-whack, confused, and even retarded.
    His first film is about wrestling with pain, physical and emotional. His later films, though more elaborate and even impressive in style, are about laughing at pain.
    His sensibility serves his vanity, narcissism, and self-adulating hipsterism that the work at hand.
    Gilliam is another one whose films are made all the worse by his ridiculous sensibility.

    PS. Christgau is mostly right. (He originally gave ZIGGY a C+).

    http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=David+Bowie

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  106. The real problem is that Holocaust films get Oscars an awful lot. To the point that it becomes embarrassing

    Kate Winslet famously got one after appearing as an eponymous character in a Rick Gervais comedy show saying Holocaust films have “Oscars coming out of their arse”.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Extras_episodes 3 “Kate Winslet”
    Working as extras on the set of a Holocaust film, Andy and Maggie befriend the star, Kate Winslet, who hopes to finally win an Oscar with her role as a nun sheltering Jews during the Holocaust (coincidentally, she later won an Oscar for her role in the 2008 Holocaust film The Reader)

    Here is the clip https://vimeo.com/87786577

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/4227454/Kate-Winslets-Oscar-hopes-in-doubt-after-Hollywood-backlash-over-Nazi-role.html “Winslet’s cause was not helped by the comedian Ricky Gervais, who delivered a poorly-received joke at the Golden Globes ceremony when he said: “Well done, Winslet. I told you, do a Holocaust movie and the awards come, didn’t I?””

    Blacks start wondering why films about slavery and Selma are not entitled to the same consideration, and obviously generic ‘whites’ in Hollywood are the only target anyone dares mention.

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  107. Nestor Almendros got the Village Voice to turn on Cuba. Possibly the greatest achievement of any cinematographer away from the camera. It helped that he and they were homos.

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  108. It’s a tribute to the little remaining decency in our society that EVERYONE with a pet just doesn’t get a little vest for their pet to wear so they can take it on the plane for free, keep a pet despite a no pets policy in their apartment lease, etc.

    Smells like the Dred Scott decision to me. You can bring your pet anywhere, then take him home.

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  109. They’re worth around $100M but they aren’t recognized for artistic achievements.

    https://twitter.com/jadapsmith/status/688380460662050817

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  110. No, it was an ag equipment plant.

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  111. That was entertaining.

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  112. Lol!

    I had no idea Jada P. Smith was such a tease. And so funny.

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  113. “Hollywood needs to make more good, authentically black movies.”

    How would Hollywood do that? They can’t even make good, authentically white movies.

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  114. “Spielberg, for example, would be a hell of a cinematographer.”

    That’s probably why he actually pays attention to the cinematography, and makes sure he gets top-notch guys to lens his films. A lot of directors nowadays, don’t seem to care about………how the movie is actually filmed (which would seem to be important in a movie).

    Kubrick was also a great cinematographer

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  115. I never did figure these guys out. At the time I was more perplexed by the fact that they all drove Ford products, almost nothing else. I wish I had gone to one of the churches and listened to what was being taught, how they acted in the service, et al.

    They weren’t Amish or Mennonite-the names weren’t German and they had no beards or quaint dress. Cars were everywhere and weren’t black or otherwise specially plain, just old Fords, but not antiques. And they weren’t Pentecostal: we had those and they’d talk your ear off about their religion. The Pentecostals dressed modestly but in loud colors and in that area had an alliance with the “charismatic” Catholics. They were good workers, sent their kids to public schools, et al.

    And of course, I figured “bumps” was short for “bumpkins”, but these people were not Junior Samples types. They were clean, neat, had good dental work, well spoken.

    The men worked on their cars but they were not interested in hot rodding or modifying, just maintaining them. A couple of them had pickups with propane tanks in the bed.

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  116. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEHmM7IjSjE

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  117. “The bitterly sarcastic speculation was that the general roster of Academy voters thought that the “2001″ ape-men were real.”

    I would have voted for POTA.

    The ape makeup in 2001 are wonderful, but the effect is simple. Make humans look like hairy childish savages.

    POTA’s makeup had to achieve something far more difficult: creatures that are convincingly apelike but also very humanlike. They must have personality or apersonality.
    And POTA makeup is amazing.

    Some people today complain that the original POTA apes didn’t have lips that moved convincingly. But I see something like personality and individual soul in their faces that I don’t see in the new CGI apes of the reboot. They may look more real, but the effect is crude. They are just apes that begin to act human.

    In contrast, the original POTA apes strike us as so wonderfully strange because they are so simian and human at the same time.

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  118. The great Lubezki is a Jewish Mexican.

    Very Jewish. Full name:Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern

    They caught on in the late 1960s as Hollywood realized that Europeans had gotten out ahead of America in cinematography.

    For my money, Gordon Willis was the greatest American cinematographer of the ’70s. Some of his key films:

    Klute (1971)
    The Godfather (1972)
    The Godfather Part II (1974)
    The Parallax View (1974)
    All the President’s Men (1976)
    Annie Hall (1977)
    Interiors (1978)
    Manhattan (1979)

    The man defined an era in American film

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  119. You’re right. I did not make a peer reviewed statistical analysis, I just saw a bunch of them that all did that and said “your average”. A prevarication of willful and grievous intent.

    I’m just saying what I saw on an anecdotal level, but if you think I just concoted it for no reason, believe what you want. Doesn’t affect my paycheck or whether my dissertation gets approved.

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  120. Should you be required to free your pet if you take it across state lines? Are pets citizens of the United States?

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  121. Full name:Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern

    This is his Latin style name where Lubezki is his father’s surname and Morgenstern his mother’s. In American parlance he is just Lubezki.

    I think it is hilarious (but not unexpected) that while Mexico has a tiny Jewish population many prominent Mexicans are Jewish (or at least like Slim, not Latino). There is a nice Mexican Jewish lady named Pati Jinich who has a show on Mexican cooking on public TV (and then there is Rick Bayless, a Jewish American from Chicag0 who also has a Mexican cooking show). Somehow out of 120 million Mexican Mestizos and the millions of Mexican cooks they couldn’t find two who they could put on TV.

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  122. “…the Academy needs to learn how to play the AA game a little better. You don’t have to give a black film Best Picture every year (just like you don’t make a black woman CEO of your Fortune 500 – you make her head of HR where she won’t damage your bottom line (as much)) but you should at least nominate one. Mad Max: Fury Road (not to mention Room and Brooklyn) has zero chance of actually winning Best Picture so it could have been pushed aside for Compton without disturbing the order of the universe.”

    Its one thing to nominate (or even award) a film like “12 Years a Slave” or “Selma,” which at least purport to have something to do with American history. But a biopic about how great Kill Whitey “music” is supposed to be? For Best Picture nominee? No, I don’t think so.

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  123. Why doesnt MY youtube appear in a nice window?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEHmM7IjSjE

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  124. “Is a Mad Max movie really being nominated for something other than special effects, costume, or maybe music? That’s sad. It really is the end of the world.”

    In fairness, the first “Mad Max” movie from 1979, was a fairly serious movie. Its special effects/action sequences were nothing special, but there’s actual substance imbedded in the plot. But as someone who saw this “Fury Road” film, I’d be the first to agree that its not “Best Picture” material. The problem is, they increased the number of Best Picture nominees from five, to eight. And eight is just too damn many, so goofy nominees like “Mad Max: Fury Road,” are able to scoot in under the wire. Its embarrassing.

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  125. “Elba plays a horrific African monster victimizing African children, no White people involved. The movie, “Beasts of No Nation,” makes Africans look very, very bad. Because well, child soldiers. So no, that movie was not going to get nominated.”

    Then there’s The Last King Of Scotland, where Idi Amin’s white, British personal doctor is persuaded by the doctor’s African colleague to tell the world about the Amin regime’s crimes. Forest Whitaker wins Best Actor for playing Amin, who certainly makes Africans look bad.

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  126. There’s some limit to the number of Youtube videos that get preloaded per comments section to keep down bandwidth demands. Some people are paying cell phone rates for data so Ron came up with a compromise between the convenience of having a still frame from the Youtube appear and the expense and inconvenience of having them all appear.

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  127. Well, “Laslzo” is indeed hard to pronounce. Try Laszlo instead.

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  128. Full name:Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern

    This is his Latin style name where Lubezki is his father’s surname and Morgenstern his mother’s. In American parlance he is just Lubezki.

    Yes, I’m familiar with Hispanic naming conventions.

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  129. RE: White dominance in Mexico,

    IQ certainly has something to do with it:

    “Raven’s Standard Progressive Matrices test was administered to a representative sample of 920 white, Mestizo and Native Mexican Indian children aged 7–10 years in Mexico. The mean IQs in relation to a British mean of 100 obtained from the 1979 British standardization sample and adjusted for the estimated subsequent increase were: 98·0 for whites, 94·3 for Mestizos and 83·3 for Native Mexican Indians.”

    http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=266611

    Racial composition of Mexico:

    98.0: Mexican Whites
    94.3:Mexican Mestizos
    83.3: Mexican Amerinds

    According to the CIA FACTBOOK, Mexico’s racial breakdown is:Mestizo: 60%, Amerindian or predominantly Amerindian: 30%, white: 9%, other: 1%

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  130. Currently, there are a few Tuiasosopos playing in the NFL. Or at least there were couple yrs back.

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  131. Hold it, hold it. Don’t have to knock the greatest rock group that influenced and literally helped to change the course of western music of the last 75 yrs to make your point. Silly songs? Silly?

    One of Lennon’s greatest was the serious introspective “In My Life.” That was well ahead of his maturity at the time and Rubber Soul holds up quite well. And lets not forget the excellent ballad “Michelle”.

    “Yesterday” is a great song, and it speaks to a universal longing in men especially. What went wrong? What was said that shouldn’t have been spoken? Don’t know, can’t say. That’s why he wants to go back to the times when he was together with his girl, his best bird. For Paul, only 22 at the time he wrote it, its quite the mature song. “Hey Jude”; “Helter Skelter” even “Obla-di, Obla-da”. Excellent classics. Even the nod to the Beach Boys “Back in the USSR” remains a steadfast amazing piece.

    In point of fact, the more timeless eternal Lennon-MacCartney compositions are due to Paul more than John. Paul was always a realist, albeit a somewhat sentimental one at times.

    But to put down the greatest group to come out of England (certainly the one that has influenced more rock bands in history) by comparing them to DC5 is just plain ridiculous. Come on, comparing them to the banalities of the Dave Clark Five? Really? Seriously? Come on. Yeah, cause everyone today right now really remembers the DC5 for being such a seriously artistic gifted band and not a golden oldies mostly cover band. Talk about dated.

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  132. Ah yes, but recall that “Last King of Scotland” had a Goodwhite(tm) as main character. So it qualified to receive nomination.

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  133. i’m glad i don’t live in your world.

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  134. Beatles ran into problems when they tried to get arty later. Though critics and fans hailed stuff like SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND — possibly the most overrrated piece of culture in the 20th century — , it hasn’t dated very well. In contrast, songs like “I wanna hold your hand”, “All my loving”, “She Loves You”, and “Ticket to Ride” have timeless appeal in their celebration of youth and fun.

    Meh. I prefer works like Sgt Pepper. It’s more interesting, less insipid and stands up to repeated listens a lot better than the songs you mention. Similarly, I think the most brilliant work of the Beach Boys is also Pet Sounds and Smile, though the latter, much like “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” is both musically brilliant for the most part but also crazy. As such it is something to be enjoyed infrequently, it pains the brain to have too much exposure to such windows into madness. It is interesting to contrast with the Beatles, who were lucky enough to mostly keep their sanity as they experimented with LSD and the like. Barrett and Brian Wilson were not so lucky, and the evidence is those albums.

    I find musically interesting gibberish or pulp more repeatedly enjoyable than musically interesting politically drenched works, such as Animals by Pink Floyd. And despite the brilliance, the whininess of Roger Waters grates on me after a while in such albums as The Wall.

    The audio-visual medium is not something I enjoy as much for its own sake as one can with music. I find it harder to enjoy beautiful cinematography for its own sake… maybe I am a philistine in that regard. I like a gripping story. Rare is the movie I will watch more than once. Maybe Predator is the guilty pleasure in this regard, although I haven’t even watched that much in recent years. There is just something about that movie. And now that I think about it, probably a large part of that is in fact the soundtrack, which is brilliant and stands up to repeated listens in its own right. As to whether the cinematography is part of it, not sure.

    Interestingly enough, 2 of the 3 awards won by the film were for the music by Alan Silvestri. So it’s not just me then.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accolades_received_by_the_Alien,_Predator,_and_Alien_vs._Predator_franchises#Predator_franchise

    There are a few other movies I can watch again for various reasons – Tropa de Elite, 2001, Blade Runner, TTSS/Smiley’s People with Alec Guiness, and of course ZAZ movies (though not recently). In the first three, the aural component is key. Soundtracks of 2001 and Blade Runner are excellent, and the something about the voice of Moura is compelling. But both 2001 and Blade Runner were extremely visually compelling also. Maybe I do enjoy the cinematography more than I give it credit for.

    Interestingly, there are some really good game soundtracks these days, maybe on a par with the best movie sound tracks. Deus Ex Human Revolution’s soundtrack is something else. 4.8/5 stars on Amazon!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyG6YMLEWus

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  135. i’m glad i don’t live in your world.

    I wouldn’t mind splitting the difference.

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  136. Re NPR reporters interviewing black activities. . . I often notice that liberals treat blacks either as small children who must be cajoled and praised, or dangerously unstable people whom you have
    humor lest you set them off. They adopt an exaggeratedly respectful tone and never challenge their assertions. It reflects contempt, of course.

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  137. Absolutely ridiculous that “Straight Outta Compton” was not nominated. For its pathos, it’s realism, and its documentation of what was THE American aesthetic of the late 20th century, it was nearly flawless. It shows that the “Academy” is completely out of touch with both art and America. It’s as if they still think it’s 1954!

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    Of those movies listed, I’ve seen the Godfathers, All the President’s Men, and the Woody Allen movies. I don’t recall them being all that great in terms of cinematography.

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  139. You would think that 4 points wouldn’t be enough to make such a big difference. But obviously the progressive matrices measure non-verbal intelligence. I think that the gap on verbal intelligence would be larger. Amerinds (and therefore mixes) are famously non-talkative but have strong visual/spacial skills. Mestizos make great masons, tile setters, drywallers, etc. but lawyers – not so much. A lot of the steel workers who you see walking the high steel in old photos of NY skyscrapers going up were Mohawk Indians but not a lot of Mohawk TV hosts.

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  140. Oh yeah, I’ll tell you something
    I think you’ll understand
    When I’ll say that something
    I wanna hold your hand
    I wanna hold your hand
    I wanna hold your hand

    Yes – truly one of the great lyrics of the 20th century. Pure poetry set to music.

    My only hope is that the Beatles were writing a spoof of American pop music (“yeah”,”wanna”) and nobody got the joke.

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  141. Excellent points Darfur. I stand corrected by a guy who installed ceiling sprinklers in Indiana back in the 1980s.

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    (coincidentally, she later won an Oscar for her role in the 2008 Holocaust film The Reader)

    I’ve noticed that the more recent Holocaust movies tend to have more generic titles like “The Pianist” or “The Reader” that don’t immediately reveal that they’re Holocaust movies. A few times I’ve started movies I picked on Netflix that sounded like generic thrillers or dramas but turned out to be Holocaust movies.

    Blacks start wondering why films about slavery and Selma are not entitled to the same consideration, and obviously generic ‘whites’ in Hollywood are the only target anyone dares mention.

    Yes, it’s highly political.

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  143. It’s very strange. Isn’t it? How did Former Darfur gain access to this information? Really weird.

    Is Rod Serling smoking a cigarette nearby?

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEnjiGwVw6o

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  145. Of those movies listed, I’ve seen the Godfathers, All the President’s Men, and the Woody Allen movies. I don’t recall them being all that great in terms of cinematography.

    You don’t?

    Here’s what David Thomson has to say:

    Meanwhilee, you might reach the conclusion that in KLUTE, the two parts of THE GODFATHER, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, and THE PARALLAX VIEW, one cinematographer had established a kind of noir color look, rich in brown, amber, and shadow, that was a vital force in the noir movies made in Hollywood in the 1970s.This is not just a matter of recording the images efficiently, it is in the understanding of a new dramatic need and the technical ability to deliver it. Willis in the early 1970s is as important to film history as Henri Decae and Raul Coutard are a decade before.

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  146. Kubrick was also a great still photographer, becoming the youngest staffer ever at Look magazine when he was 17 years old. You can find many of these images online; clearly a major talent.

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