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A lousy year for movies, as shown by the Oscar nominations for Best Picture:

“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Roma”
“A Star Is Born”
“Vice”

BlacKkKlansman and Vice are bad movies with bad directing by Spike Lee and Adam McKay, respectively. Vice has good casting but McKay isn’t content to let his expert actors (Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, all nominated in their categories) carry his movie, but insists on loudly calling attention to his own shortcomings as a writer and director.

Black Panther and Bohemian Rhapsody are competent crowd-pleasers, but that’s about it.

The Favourite and Roma are decent upscale efforts, but they can be a little disappointing if your hopes are too high. I would rank The Favourite (about intrigue at the court of Queen Anne) as about as good as Iannucci’s similar The Death of Stalin. But the latter is a guy movie while The Favourite is a gal movie so in the current year The Favourite gets the nominations.

Roma is seen as anti-Trump because it’s message is assumed to be: What America needs is more Mexican maids.

I haven’t seen A Star Is Born, which just about everybody liked but it hasn’t been sweeping the awards season, or Green Book. The latter’s trailer is lame, but I hear it’s not bad. It’s directed by one of the Farrelly Brothers (Dumb and Dumber, Something About Mary). But neither director got a nomination, while Spike Lee and Adam McKay got nominations.

The only surprise in the Best Director nominations is Cold War, a black and white Polish romantic drama. The trailer looks terrific, a much better use of B&W than Roma, but I haven’t seen it.

In other categories, I liked Best Supporting Actor nominee Richard E. Grant (not Hugh Grant) in C an You Ever Forgive Me as a cheerful, not very bright extremely effeminate gay.

The rest of the movie, with Melissa McCarthy as a broke lesbian biographer who turns to forging letters by dead celebrities, didn’t do much for me.

Forging relics is pretty interesting both technically and philosophically, but the movie didn’t delve into either angle much. It mostly seemed obsessed with mid-20th Century celebrities who were either homosexual, bisexual, or whom homosexuals wish were homosexual, but it never quite got around to offering any insight into its obsession. The film would have been more entertaining with flashbacks to forged scenes of Noel Coward and Marlene Dietrich being witty.

I guess the main message is that the literary life is mostly for homosexuals because people with kids need to make more money.

The movie has its stars playing against type: McCarthy plays a high IQ writer and Grant plays a low IQ former pretty boy/petty criminal who got by on his charming English accent and high cheekbones, but is now old. It’s a great role for Grant, whom I was a big fan of when he was popular 25-30 years ago (e.g., Withnail and I, L.A. Story, Bright Young Things). Stupid people are often more appealing onscreen than smart people and casting Grant, who seems like a character out of a Waugh novel, as an 85 IQ character is pretty daring. But maybe the movie would have worked better playing to type with Grant as the high IQ master criminal and McCarthy as his not so smart helper?

Having two high IQ characters would have allowed for more interesting dialogue. But the usual way movies make good use of a high IQ main character and a low IQ supporting character is to have the dumb character laboriously come up with toward the end of the movie one shockingly insightful question that forces the smart character to confront his or her main self-delusion. (This is kind of a cliche, but it can be a great cliche. It’s rare enough that I can’t think of an example offhand.) But Can You Ever Forgive Me never quite does that.

 
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  1. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    Flush it all — twice.

    • LOL: bomag
  2. jim jones says:

    I usually download the screeners from TPB, this year I could not be bothered

  3. Anon[154] • Disclaimer says:

    Movie quality of any year should not be judged by Oscar nominations.

    AMERICAN ANIMALS is terrific but wasn’t nominated for anything.

    • Replies: @jim jones
    , @syonredux
  4. Hail says: • Website

    At Least “Crazy Rich Asians” Didn’t Get Any Oscar Nominations

    Politically relevant factoid:

    The name of this film was censored by the Federal Republic of Germany.

    The German release bears the title: “Crazy Rich.”

  5. Hey! What’s yer problem with Crazy Rich Asians!

  6. Lurker says:

    Richard E. Grant should play Dr Who.

    • Replies: @Pat Boyle
  7. Keypusher says:

    Green Book is well-done and has two terrific actors who DO get to do their stuff, so it’s worth seeing.

    The story comes from the son of the white (Italian) driver. The moral is that Italians can be redeemed, but white Southerners are pure evil. So it plays well to current prejudices.

  8. This was one of the best films i have seen in the films you note, it is one of the most subtle well performed films I have ever seen. Sublime and all of the performances are wonderful. I was totally caught off guard.

    Just an all around great film — and the Mrs McCarthy’s portrayal demonstrates a class “A” performance —

    I would disagree that the film is cliche’. And to its credit, it does not moralize to grand schemes of right wrong, the interplay or moralizing is subtle and localized, intimate —

    They should have kept the original book title and extended past the conviction to get a glimpse of just how in many ways Miss Lee Israel sees the world and responds to the same —-

    I was caught completely off guard, and delightfully so. (I sound, “So gay” as students constantly use the term. ) Mr. Grant is wonderful. This from someone, who opposes nearly anything and everything about the choice to indulge is same sex lifestyles. Nonetheless

    Great film – including every single supporting cast member.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
  9. Yarro says:

    Mr. Sailer, you should try to see Cold War, it can be downloaded easily. The mere love story gains seriousness from the main characters’ dilema–they don’t care for life abroad, even in Paris, and they can’t live in Stalinist Poland. Neither music nor drink can replace a home. It’s a serious and tragic movie, but much better than the one-dimensionally tragic Ida.

  10. WesTex says:

    “A Star is Born” was terrible… total lack of any character development or even a good plot. It’s a poor man’s Crazy Heart, although that main theme song is a bit catchy I have to admit.

    • Replies: @keypusher
    , @Anon
  11. Anonymous[364] • Disclaimer says:

    Richard Grant is hilarious in “The Player” as the British “message” director who recuts the original ending because “it bombed at the test screening in Canoga Park”

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  12. Anonymous[364] • Disclaimer says:
    @Keypusher

    From the trailer I was mildly into Green Book. It looked like a worthy buddy/road flick. Then I was distracted by the Weinstein-esque whispering campaign against it. I’m not sure why that would affect me seeing it or not but the black op controversy became more interesting than the film to me

    • Replies: @Jack D
  13. @Anonymous

    Richard E. Grant was in a large fraction of movies I saw around 1990. And then for years I barely saw him at all, even though he seemed to be working steadily. And now he’s back and is as good as ever.

    • Replies: @Luke Lea
  14. Jack D says:

    Green Book. The latter’s trailer is lame, but I hear it’s not bad.

    Green Book is so predictable that it’s ridiculous. The dumb Italian guy starts out as a racist but you know that by the last scene he is going to be best friends and filled with respect for the dignified highly intelligent black man (the old Sidney Poitier role). As they journey through the South, all the horrors of Jim Crow befall them in one set piece after another – hotels, restaurants, shops, the police – there are racists at every stop. Even my daughter, who is a garden variety liberal, couldn’t stand how the movie kept beating you over the head with its message.

    In the movie, Shirley travels with two other musicians – one is a Russian. They travel in a separate car so as not to interfere with the buddy chemistry and just disappear from the movie toward the end. They are allowed to give a few pithy insights into Shirley but their own characters are not developed. A real fail – in a great picture every character is written as a full human being and not just a cardboard cutout. Needless to say, the “Southern racists” are nothing more than cartoons.

    The one redeeming feature of the movie is that it doesn’t over idealize blacks (other than the hero) – they are shown as having their own bad side too.

    • Replies: @Prodigal son
    , @Anon
  15. Cortes says:

    The death of the idiot son of ?”Sam the Lion” in the “Last Picture Show” (killed whilst sweeping the street) causes the protagonist (played by Timothy Bottoms) to have his crisis towards the end of the movie and reconciliation with Cloris Leachman’s coach’s wife character.

  16. OT but David Reich is correcting (in a pretty robust fashion) the NYT about their last piece on him.

    https://reich.hms.harvard.edu/five-corrections-new-york-times

    I’m interested in Correction 4.

    “The article wrongly states that in 2015 my colleagues (and) I argued that the population of Europe was “almost entirely” replaced by people from the Eastern Europe Steppe…. in no ancient and in no present-day European population is there evidence of anything close to a complete replacement by Eastern European Steppe ancestry … we were clear that mixture was central to what had occurred”

    Now is he being a tad disingenuous here?

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2180923-every-man-in-spain-was-wiped-out-4500-years-ago-by-hostile-invaders/

    “A genetic analysis has revealed that, about 4500 years ago, part of southern Europe was conquered from the east. In what is now Spain and Portugal, the local male line vanished almost overnight, and males from outside became the only ones to leave descendants.

    David Reich of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts presented the results on Saturday at New Scientist Live in London, UK.”

    The pattern of conquest generally seems to have been “kill the males and take the females”, not “kill everyone”. Why would a conquering steppe barbarian want to kill that pretty Iberian maiden who’s lamenting her dead menfolk? She looks beautiful when she’s crying, and a chap needs some relaxation after a hard day’s fighting.

    But that pretty much seems like replacement to me, even if it’s technically “admixture”, a word which has overtones of peaceful interaction, of Iberian chaps marrying Steppe women and vice-versa.

    Maybe my assigned gender is showing here.

    (I’m not sure an Iberian “trans” woman would have “made the cut” when the Yamna arrived. She’d have been “for the chop”.)

    • Replies: @Jack D
  17. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    What are you referring to? Apparently Viggo tanked his own Oscar prospects (and the movie’s?) by using the n-word at a Q&A session where he said something like , “In the South in 1962, whites still called black people “n—-rs”. It seems that this is a word that white people are not allowed to utter under any circumstances. Was this the controversy your ar referring to or was there more?

    • Replies: @snorlax
    , @Pat Boyle
  18. Hey Steve, OT but related to your film reviews, you need to have a peek at Bezos’ Grand Tour Season 3 Episode 1 filmed here in Detriot.

  19. Rapparee says:

    The dialogue in “Black Panther” was distractingly on-the-nose- it was very clearly written for non-Anglophone international audiences. That’s no great sin in a disposable popcorn movie about a third-tier superhero, but shouldn’t Oscar-worthy dialogue be better than that?

    • Replies: @Abe
  20. A lousy year for movies, as shown by the Oscar nominations for Best Picture:

    Didn’t William Goldman used to have some line about how this always happens? I can’t remember the exact phrase, but it was something like, “Every new Oscar season gives us all the opportunity to see that in this past year the movies were the worst they’ve ever been.”

    Goldman passed on just a few months ago, but if the current news from Hollywood is any indication, his rule continues to stand.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  21. theMann says:

    Good Lord what an embarrassing collection of mega crap. Proof of the fact that Hollywood has zero capacity for self reflection, or they would through themselves on their (rubber) swords. And miss.

    I had a little free time recently and jammed some French martial arts films – Banlieue 13 etc. – and those were better films, and far more entertaining, than the Oscar nominees. Seriously, second rate martial arts films are now better than Oscar nominees.

    Hollywood needs to take its pwecious wittle feelings and its w-w-wacism and stick it where the sun don’t shine, because it sure isn’t improving film making.

  22. I rented crazy rich Asians thinking it would be Crazy “rich Asians” and it’s “Crazy Rich” Asians. It was a garbage movie that would have zero positive reviews if the cast was all white.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    , @Twinkie
  23. snorlax says:
    @Jack D

    Viggo’s lucky he’s not out of a job, like that Netflix exec or Paula Deen.

  24. My prediction: the two “Black” movies cancel each other out in the Best Picture race.

  25. Jack D says:

    Death of Stalin is a little hard for Americans to take because of the accents. In American movies, the convention is that in movies set in Russia, the characters speak English with a Russian accent (or maybe in very sophisticated movies, they speak Russian with subtitles but you couldn’t do a whole comedy movie this way). But Iannucci uses the British convention – people don’t speak their native language with an accent. Instead, what you do is assign the characters British accents according to social class – the upper class foreigners speak posh English, the working class characters speak Cockney, etc. Iannucci mixes it up even more – Marshal Zhukov has a Yorkshire accent, Khrushchev has a Brooklyn accent. Americans don’t know a Yorkshire accent (or what it is supposed to signify) from a hole in the ground and you really don’t know what to think about all of the accents – it really distracts from the action.

    Which is a shame because the court intrigue and the comedy surrounding it is well done. Iannucci sticks pretty close to the historical record, takes even blood monsters like Beria and makes them into fully rounded characters and gets laughs out of things that should be horrifying – Beria tossing off execution orders as casually as if he was doing the guest list for an impromptu dinner party: “Shoot her before him, but make sure he sees it. . . . On this one, kill him, take him to his church, dump him in the pulpit. . . . I’ll leave the rest up to you.” It’s not easy to do black comedy like this successfully, especially when it is based on true history, but Iannucci pulls it off. No one has (and probably no one ever will) pulled this off with Hitler – either he and his gang are played as complete clowns (The Producers) or as humorless monsters (most movies) but Iannucci threads the needle.

    • Replies: @Cortes
    , @Antonius
    , @syonredux
  26. peterike says:

    “Crazy Rich Asians” really should have added a fabulously gay black friend character, replacing the fabulously gay Asian friend character (played by a Filipino). They’d be swimming in Oscar nominations.

    Opportunity missed.

  27. Jack D says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    But that pretty much seems like replacement to me, even if it’s technically “admixture”

    When the Spanish conquistadors killed all the Indian men and took their women in Latin America, was that “replacement” or “admixture”?

    I suspect that if you could see the steppe barbarians and the native population that they massacred, Iberians today would look like a mixture of the two and not like one or the other, just like most Mexicans don’t look exactly like pure Indians but don’t look like pure Spaniards either.

  28. nglaer says:

    Ben is Back is a powerful little movie, my fave of what I saw this year. Julia Roberts one second long puking scene didn’t help it in awards consideration, I don’t think.

  29. It’s another lousy year for movies — and art and music and everything else — as the Great Cultural Stagnation becomes ever deeper and more obvious.

    • Replies: @Hail
  30. JimDandy says:

    “Black Panther”
    *Ta-Nehisi Coates’ coloring book.

    “BlacKkKlansman”
    *No description needed.

    “Bohemian Rhapsody”
    *Gay genius overcomes.

    “The Favourite”
    *’The Favourite’ puts feminists’ stated desire for edgy female characters to the test’–ABC

    “Green Book”
    *Cartoon Italian retard thug who can’t stop eating protects black artistic genius sophisticate from evil racist southerners.

    “Roma”
    *Mexicans good, poor Mexicans better.

    “A Star Is Born”
    *A movie only a gay could love.

    “Vice”
    *Neoconservatism’s horrors were all the evil Goyim’s fault.

    Cold War was good. Very anti-commie.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Anon
    , @Anon
  31. Anonymous[232] • Disclaimer says:

    Someone on this board wrote recently that Vice had concealed the influence of Israel and neocons on the Iraq war. How did it do that?

    • Replies: @JimDandy
  32. Death of Stalin was excellent. My wife loved it to, but she is Hungarian and grew up under the thumb of the ‘Great Liberators’. There was one scene where they have a bunch of young girls for a photo and she remarked about those ‘stupid red and blue’ scarfs she was forced to wear. I call her Elvtars (Comrade in Hungarian). She hates the nickname.

  33. Pat Boyle says:
    @Jack D

    When you write “n—–rs”, are you intending to convey the word “nigger”? If so why don’t you just write it out. It’s an archaic term now. In all my 76 years on the east coast and the west coast I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone actually say it in public. I’ve heard it in some movies of course, but no one actually uses it in common speech much less as a personal insult. It just isn’t done.

    If you can’t manage to make yourself even write it out – just don’t use it. Say rather black or negro or even African-American. All those terms are still OK.

  34. Luke Lea says:
    @Steve Sailer

    What does Steve think of the main thesis in Fritz’s recent book about Hollywood, The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies? Namely that big stars are not nearly as important as they used to be, and that it’s all about sequels to proven blockbusters, mostly big action movies, now? Could just be a temporary phenomenon, no?

    https://goo.gl/cPMnBb

  35. Pat Boyle says:
    @Lurker

    Grant doesn’t need any more roles. The guy has already been in everything. Tom Cruise has only been in 48 movies . Grant is currently at 127.

    Best role – “Mountains of the Moon”.

    • Replies: @Lurker
    , @Hunsdon
    , @njguy73
  36. Lurker says:
    @Pat Boyle

    He may not need another role but, by God, we need another Dr Who and a good one at that.

  37. anon[414] • Disclaimer says:

    Who cares about the Oscars seriously? It’s just another disgusting liberal love fest, to celebrate and promote the brain dead, banal, depraved garbage that Hollywood continues to pump out. The trailer for “The Favorite” looks positively horrid, a completely failed attempt to introduce “humor” to medieval English royalty.

    Stop watching all of the garbage coming out of Hollywood or your brain will eventually turn to garbage.

    • Agree: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Anon
    , @syonredux
  38. Lurker says:
    @Pat Boyle

    The word formerly known as N.

  39. keypusher says:
    @WesTex

    That’s funny, I loved it. Bradley Cooper sings surprisingly well, Lady Gaga acts surprisingly well, Sam Elliott is excellent, there’s a surprise Andrew Dice Clay sighting — you’d think all that would be enough to swing a few nominations, but not this year.

    Thing that makes me want to pull my hair out: Early in the movie Lady Gaga, who is 5’2″, punches a 200-pound cop in a crowded cop bar and sends him reeling. Would have been a one-punch KO except that the bar catches him. He’s supposed to be drunk, but he’s not drunk enough to repeal the laws of physics. And absolutely nothing happens to her afterwards. Why is that little episode even in the movie? By then we already know she’s tough and independent and takes no shit from anyone. Is “impossible feat of strength from 100-pound female” obligatory in movies now? Is it in the Hays Code?

  40. Roma is seen as anti-Trump because it’s message is assumed to be: What America needs is more Mexican maids.

    Well they are fortunate it’s about growing up in a Mexico City neighborhood, rather than about they actual Roma/Gypsies.

    A movie about those Roma, would not serve the narrative well at all. Gypsies are to be “noticed”–much less discussed–as little as possible, because any honest look at their behavior would start giving normies “bad thoughts”.

    It’s biology all the way down. Nations are like individuals. There’s a host population–that does the core useful labor that keeps the nation\host alive. But then there are potentially all sorts of other populations that glom on to extract a living from the host. The gypsies–while maybe at one time have some minimal use value (junk dealer)–are basically a parasitic criminal morph. Every gypsy is just “cost” that everyone else must support.

    Schengen was a boon to the Gypsies. (Open borders is great for parasites.) So now they are running their criminal scams everywhere.

    The way the West handles the Gypsy problem is to ignore it. Basically “we’re rich enough we can afford to get ripped off by these people”. No one has any good ideas. The assimilation thing has been tried numerous times in numerous nations without success. And is in any case out of fashion–“racist!”–in the minoritarian ethos that rules now. The left coughs up their tired bromides about “education”. Ridiculous.

    No the only humane response is separation. Pull the parasites off the host and make them live on their own–give them a nation. Then they must take on productive ways, or die. This is, of course, the correct/humane approach to dealing with any minority that can not or will not integrate. They belong in their own nation. Much unhappiness in history–including the inhuman approaches–could have been avoided if this approach had been taken.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  41. Hail says: • Website
    @Neill Massello

    the Great Cultural Stagnation

    Googling this phrase yields only eight results, all but one pointing to a 2012 Tyler Cowen TED Talk about economic innovation. There is overlap with what you mean.

    Excerpt:

    The other night, I was in my hotel room. I was watching a movie from about the early ’60s and it really looked quite familiar. It was striking to me how much what I was seeing on the screen, which was not about wealthy people, was still the basic world I lived in. The basic point is that, in this country, technological progress appears to have slowed down [i.e., 2010s-to-1960s vs. 1960s-to-1910s].

    [MORE]

    If you try to trace the number of important new ideas, it seems the period where the number of new ideas is strongest is something like 187o to 1890. If you try to measure economically with numbers what’s the period when the implementation of those new ideas economically was most active, it’s actually, believe it or, not the 1930s.

    He talks about median wage stagnation starting in 1973.

    Another major factor is simply that at this time [1970s], we had exhausted a lot of previous technological wondrous ideas like cars. There is today no flying car. Your car has a better sound system, it has a side airbag, it has GPS. It’s all nice. Those are real gains, but they’re nothing like getting a car compared to not having a car.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @PhysicistDave
  42. JimDandy says:
    @Anonymous

    Hey, don’t trust me, trust Haaretz:

    “The emphasis on Cheny’s villainy goes beyond the glorification of his power and intelligence, to the diminutization of others in his circle. The film creates the impression that Cheney operated in a vacuum: the vice president and a collection of dwarfs.”

  43. @Keypusher

    Green Book is well-done and has two terrific actors who DO get to do their stuff, so it’s worth seeing.
    The story comes from the son of the white (Italian) driver. The moral is that Italians can be redeemed, but white Southerners are pure evil. So it plays well to current prejudices.

    Why in God’s name would any white man go see that? Want to go see that?

    Hollyweird Jews have been shitting on white southerners non-stop my entire life. I’m not a southerner–even have a few ancestors with the GAR star on their graves–and i’m totally ‘effing sick of it.

    It’s analogous to whatever propaganda the Nazis pumped out about wicked scheming Jews to justify bashing them and putting them in camps. It’s propaganda to explain why white gentiles must be smacked down, have their nations stolen and be ground down under the boot. Only the Jews are doing it … so it’s virtuous! And, of course, they’ve pumped out a hell of a lot more propaganda than the Nazis ever did.

    Why in the hell would a white man want to see such filth.

    • Replies: @keypusher
    , @Rapparee
  44. snorlax says:
    @Pat Boyle

    No spelling out the n-word is one of Steve’s few unwritten commenting rules (i.e. he won’t approve comments that spell it out), possibly except for commenters (such as me, you and Jack) whom he’s given auto-approve privilege.

    It’s a good rule—it helps keep the blog and by extension us commenters from attracting too much Eye of Sauron attention, and the comment section from being dominated by low-IQ Stormfront types (as in fact dominate the comment section everywhere else on Unz).

    I don’t want to betray Steve’s trust (not to imply you were intentionally doing so) so I stick to his rules despite being auto-approved. Aside from Steve’s rule I try to avoid pejoratives, particularly the more offensive ones (such as the c-word in reference to women)—I see it as more of a civility thing than a PC thing.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
  45. Seems like all the Oscar best Picture nods this year are to ensure Black Panther wins.

  46. I have never seen a trailer more uninformative about the movie than the above trailer for “Cold War”. The music is not bad, but I prefer

    • Replies: @Anon
  47. The best movie I saw this year was The Magnitsky Act–Behind the Scenes. It was a documentary commissioned by Bill Browder, a member of the Jewish cabal that has plundered Russia in the wake of the Soviet collapse.

    The anti-Putin Russian filmmaker, Andrei Nekrasov, discovers during the making of the film that Browder was, in fact, pulling an enormous con and the director becomes the main character in the film. It has only been shown once publicly in the “free world”.

    • Agree: Hunsdon, CJ
  48. @EliteCommInc.

    I was caught completely off guard, and delightfully so. (I sound, “So gay” as students constantly use the term. ) Mr. Grant is wonderful. This from someone, who opposes nearly anything and everything about the choice to indulge is same sex lifestyles. </blockquote

    I'll take your word that it's well acted.

    But who cares? I'm sure there a fine videos on crocheting. I'll pass.

    Homosexuality–beyond my immediate disgust (and annoyance at having this crap shoved in my face)–is … *boring*. All the homosexual angst, coupling and uncoupling simply isn’t about anything important.

    Normal–heterosexual–romance and sex is (at least potentially) interesting, because it’s about something important–actually the most important thing to sustaining society–making and raising babies.

    Homosexuality–disgust, sure, but mostly “who cares”. Hopefully in a generation we’ll have figured out the failure modes and be done with it forever.

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  49. Mr. Anon says:
    @Keypusher

    The story comes from the son of the white (Italian) driver. The moral is that Italians can be redeemed, but white Southerners are pure evil.

    So, f**k it.

  50. I hope you review They Shall Not Grow Old.

  51. jim jones says:
    @Anon

    As it is snowing here in London I might watch this one.

  52. Mr. Anon says:
    @Darwinian Arminian

    Didn’t William Goldman used to have some line about how this always happens? I can’t remember the exact phrase, but it was something like, “Every new Oscar season gives us all the opportunity to see that in this past year the movies were the worst they’ve ever been.”

    If something gets steadily worse, then every year it will be the worst that it’s ever been.

  53. Abe says:

    I really enjoyed DEATH OF STALIN. Did not realize what a big part Zhukov played in the succession of Kruschev/purge of Beria. Thought he was relegated, in exchange for continued breathing, to this big wooden war hero role which would be completely outside of political concerns.

    The greatest part, though, was that it is obvious the creators were big LARRY SANDERS SHOW fans. The scene at the public funeral where Kruschev is too far away from Malenkov to whisper to him, so he tells him to move closer but make it look like the choreography of the funeral COULDA been straight out of SANDERS! The part where Malenkov/Jeffrey Tambour wears a man-girdle and everyone goofs on him for it IS straight out of SANDERS- Tambour did exactly the same shtick in an episode of SANDERS playing Larry’s sad sack show sidekick.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Jack D
    , @utu
    , @Anon
  54. JimDandy says:
    @snorlax

    So, do it like this?

    “When I go to the money machine tonight, I ain’t lookin’ over my shoulder for the media–I’m lookin’ for N-WORDS!”
    –Chris Rock

  55. keypusher says:
    @AnotherDad

    I don’t see things that way. Not quite, anyway. I offended/surprised acquaintances by being unwilling to see Get Out or Birth of a Nation (the second one), but I reluctantly agreed to see Green Book. There aren’t that many movies I, my wife, and my daughter (who don’t share my views) can sit through together.

    It was a good movie. Yeah, it got made so that a new generation could learn that there were once such things as Green Books and sundown towns. But no, it’s not the same as The Eternal Jew. And as someone pointed out above, it doesn’t sacralize black southerners — far from it.

    Everybody has to decide what they can tolerate. Sometimes my tolerance is very low. I recently saw the beginning of a PBS documentary on Edgar Allan Poe. Early on the voiceover says something like
    “Poe held up a mirror to the young nation’s flaws” and there’s a lithograph of a slave auction. And I was done, because I’m reasonably sure EAP never published a bad word about slavery in his life. But, for whatever reason, I tolerated Green Book, and I’m not sorry I did.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  56. njguy73 says:
    @Pat Boyle

    If so why don’t you just write it out.

    People like keeping their jobs.

  57. Mr. Anon says:

    I guess the nomination of Black Panther, a comic-book movie, is some kind of milestone. The Academy is finally giving up any pretention that it is an association of artists, and recognizing that they are just a cartel of dreck-peddlers. It is fitting that this juvenile garbage should be held up as something they are proud of.

    I find now that the only movies I remotely like are the B-movies that are not heavily advertised and which barely show up in the theaters at all. I saw a few fairly good movies this year: Chappaquiddick, 7 Days in Entebbe, and First Man. I also recently saw (on video) Anthropoid, which came out a couple years ago. That was pretty good too.

  58. Abe says:
    @Rapparee

    The dialogue in “Black Panther” was distractingly on-the-nose- it was very clearly written for non-Anglophone international audiences. That’s no great sin in a disposable popcorn movie about a third-tier superhero, but shouldn’t Oscar-worthy dialogue be better than that?

    I’m sure the argument will be made it’s no less serious a movie than RETURN OF THE KING. But, yeah, in a world where there were only 6 (or whatever) big budget super hero flicks made that year, BLACK PANTHER still managed to be only 13th best.

    • Replies: @Rapparee
    , @Wilkey
  59. For those who listened in 1969 on the radio, this wonderful scene from “First Man” puts visuals to what we heard:

    • Replies: @Jack D
  60. Anon[232] • Disclaimer says:
    @Craig Nelsen

    Browder doesn’t seem like a Jewish surname.

    • Replies: @fnn
  61. Anonymous[232] • Disclaimer says:
    @Abe

    How can you laugh about the Holodomor and the Red Terror?

  62. Mr. Anon says:
    @everybodyhatesscott

    I rented crazy rich Asians thinking it would be Crazy “rich Asians” and it’s “Crazy Rich” Asians. It was a garbage movie that would have zero positive reviews if the cast was all white.

    I went to see it in the theater, as Mrs. Anon had read the book and wanted to see the movie. The whole movie was an exercise in food-porn, luxury-porn, and wedding-porn, obviously designed to appeal to women. As you say, if it had been about white people, the movie not only would have been panned, it would never have been made. A movie about white people living in luxury and un-selfconsciously enjoying their wealth without condemnation, wouldn’t fly (unless, I guess, you portrayed them as being into S&M). But make them Chinese and it’s okay.

    And for a “comedy” it wasn’t even funny. Except when Ken Jeong was on the screen; he’s pretty funny.

  63. @Jack D

    Imagine making a film about a Social justice warrior who gradually becomes a racist as he travels across the country with a Black musician….

  64. Jack D says:
    @Hail

    Certain thing have even gone backwards. In 1969 you could take the Concorde from NY to London in a little over 3 hours (if you had the dough). In 2019, even if you are Bill Gates, it’s going to be 7 hours. If you fly on a 737 (Norwegian now flies these across the Atlantic) the cabin cross section is identical to the Boeing 707 of 1958. Compare the Wright Flyer of 1903 to the 707 only 55 years later – like night and day.

    And now jump to the present and basically nothing has changed in the past 60 years. The standards of cabin service have actually deteriorated because it would illegal nowadays to hire only sexy young single women as the service staff. You are going to get plastic cutlery, even in 1st class (if they feed you at all) instead of real silverware. Chances are you have less leg room. The planes are a little more fuel efficient and the pilot now looks at a screen instead of a bunch of “steam gauges” but the technology is more or less unchanged. If you took a 1950s airline pilot or aircraft mechanic out of suspended animation and put him to work in 2019, he’d be back up to speed in a couple of weeks because so little has changed. If you are talking about a small plane, then in some cases literally the same model planes are still flying .

  65. Hunsdon says:
    @Craig Nelsen

    It’s really quite amazing how many times I have had saved links to videos of this movie suddenly go bad. Quite amazing.

    • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
    , @J.Ross
  66. George says:

    The Vice trailer is really good, but the soundtrack for the movie does not include The Man – The Killers, so don’t go see the movie based on the trailer. They should consider a re-do on the movie hiring the person who did the trailer.

    VICE Official Trailer (2018) Christian Bale, Amy Adams Movie HD

  67. @Hail

    The Federal Republic of Germany

    Neither federal, nor a republic, nor especially German.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  68. @Hunsdon

    I don’t think it is possible to be more cynical than I already was when I watched it, and I found the movie shocking, and worldview-altering. It’s not surprising there is such a virulent campaign to quash it (without bringing it attention).

    If enough people watched this movie, it would alter history. The Truth shall set us free.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  69. Altai says:

    What’s interesting to note are the unusual snubs for a best picture nominee like Black Panther. No Best Cinematography, No cast nominations, No Best Director, No Best Editing, No Best Screenplay. (I’m not sure if Black Panther would qualify for adapted or not, but either way it got neither)

    It’s almost like they’re trying to tell us something…

  70. Jack D says:
    @Abe

    Thought [Zhukov] was relegated, in exchange for continued breathing, to this big wooden war hero role which would be completely outside of political concerns.

    Zhukov’s forced retirement occurs later, in 1957. From Stalin’s death until late ’57, he was very much in the thick of things politically. Zhukov supported Khrushchev in his criticism of Stalin’s personality cult and against the Anti-Party Group who attempted to depose him. His support was crucial. Zhukov indicated that he was willing to use military force to keep Khrushchev in power and even to physically liquidate the plotters just as he had personally taken a hand in Beria’s arrest and execution. Khrushchev (to his credit – he had been an enthusiastic supporter of the Great Purge) let the plotters keep their heads, but they were exiled far from Moscow and given extreme demotions – Kaganovich became director of a small potash works in the Urals, Malenkov became director of a hydroelectric plant in Kazakhstan, etc.

    However, and this is the strange part – shortly after that, Khrushchev pushed Zhukov aside while he was out of the country on a trip to Albania. Apparently, Khrushchev felt that Zhukov had too much power – even though he had supported Khrushchev, he could someday change his mind and he had shown that he had the power to act as kingmaker.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Johann Ricke
  71. Cortes says:
    @Jack D

    It’s working on the conventions laid down in the real classic

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Monarch

    A stunning piece.

    Iannucci is a tame “satirist” – were he to have a go at real present day figures of power he’d last about 30 seconds before recanting. A chocolate warrior.

  72. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @WesTex

    How many remakes has the industry made of Star is Born? 10? 12?

    • Replies: @syonredux
  73. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Thanks for the information.

  74. @Jack D

    However, and this is the strange part – shortly after that, Khrushchev pushed Zhukov aside while he was out of the country on a trip to Albania. Apparently, Khrushchev felt that Zhukov had too much power – even though he had supported Khrushchev, he could someday change his mind and he had shown that he had the power to act as kingmaker.

    That’s not strange at all. That is how power politics is played. All the time. Proteges upend their mentors. Crown princes force the very kings who appointed them heirs apparent to abdicate their thrones. The fairy tale plots we watch in the typical Hollywood blockbuster involve two coalitions that are diametrically opposed, but are each internally rock solid despite occasional bickering. In real life, coalitions are not only constantly shifting, former coalition partners can turn into bitter opponents. The root cause is the fact that each component of each coalition has its own distinct interests.

    • Agree: Twinkie
    • Replies: @Jack D
  75. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Well, if the planes function, why meddle? I never liked the in flight meals service except for overseas flights Contrast planes to Microsoft that creates irritating little changes constantly.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  76. @Pat Boyle

    If you’ve never heard that particular word used in public, then you’ve never spent much time around blacks. They use it freely in public, and, from my limited exposure, in private too.

    American whites don’t use it, of course.

  77. I agree with opinion of # 38 – It is obvious that Jewllywood is working for Plan Kalergi, to increase the mixture of races in white countries, they want to eliminate white race, so from some years ago they started giving Oscars to Mexican directors, to convince white society that Mexicans are the superior race, and that way USA opens its border for more Latins to enter leglaly but mostly, illegally. Years before they made many films in which the hero was always a black man and the stupids and bad guys were the whites. That was to encourage white women to marry men of other races and to breed, to have brown babies. Now, they want to convince the world that the best directors of all times are Mexicans and that all of them have higher IQ than NIkola Tesla. I bet they will give many Oscars to “ROme” that is a very bad movie, almost trash. I respect all races but Hollywood is racist trying to make people believe that whites are inferior, so they have to mix chromosomes with other races.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  78. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @keypusher

    A scene like that must be included in every script, no matter how irrelevant. It’s a maxim of movie making 101.

    OT. MLK day is done and I can watch TCM once again To have and have not is on again, when men were men and women were Bacall, wandering around the Caribbean with no visible means of support

  79. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    The Oscar show is the most borrrring show. It’s also who cares.

    • Replies: @Anon
  80. Twinkie says:
    @everybodyhatesscott

    I saw it on a disc (yes, I still do the non-streaming thing). Couldn’t finish it. That’s rare for me. In other words, yes, it was a terrible movie. It makes the last “all-Asian” movie, “The Joy Luck Club” seem like a masterpiece in comparison (which it isn’t).

  81. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Hunsdon

    Download everything
    Back up everything
    Don’t build your castle on an accidental concatenation of water vapor

  82. Twinkie says:
    @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    nor especially German

    Germans are not terribly German in that they tend to cluster genetically toward their immediate regional neighbors – in other words, Germany is more of a construct than other European nations.

  83. @Jack D

    Since the atmosphere hasn’t changed much, complaints about technology that takes advantage of it well not improving are a little myopic.

    Similarly, tele-screens are constrained by human sight. I think, basically, a movie screen across a room, a TV 2 meters away, and an iPhone you’re holding in front of your nose are all the same screen size because that’s what’s comfortable. So TVs? Yeah, not going to change much.

    Same with cooking technology. There are only so many ways you can denature proteins tastily.

    But take a doctor or a typesetter from the 1950s and put them to work today? They couldn’t function. A lot of our progress today is in things we can’t see as objects.

    There’s also a certain amount of “first mover advantage” in tech change which is due to economic efficiency rather than technological breakthroughs per se. The airline, auto, and TV industries seemed to make the 1960s so different from the 1910s because they created new logistical chains and changed our real estate in revolutionary ways. But remake the airline industry with all its airports? Or change the gas station and highways infrastructure? I think the replacement of books, documents, and newspapers with computers was actually pretty amazing, and I suspect it wouldn’t have happened so quickly if it weren’t for the big boner people got from the circa 1999 market bubble.

  84. Anonymous[232] • Disclaimer says:
    @Craig Nelsen

    What was so worldview altering about it?

  85. Hail says: • Website
    @Jack D

    The standards of cabin service have actually deteriorated because it would illegal nowadays to hire only sexy young single women as the service staff

    The various airlines of the Mideast and East Asia today have no qualms about “hiring only sexy young single women.” I am pretty sure quite a few of them even fire flight attendants who gain a little weight or having their 30th or 35th birthdays.

    By all accounts airports/flying is a better experience in almost every way in today’s Asia (/Asian airlines) than in the USA, where the air travel experience is generally considered to range from “lower-mediocre” to “terrible.” This is a major shift from 1969. Were there any ‘Asian’ airlines of note (excluding Japan) in 1969 that came even close to the USA’s?

    A person could really write an “American Decline, 1960s to 2010s” narrative focusing solely on airports as microcosm/metaphor. Perhaps Linh Dinh already has.

    • Replies: @Tyrion 2
    , @peterike
  86. Anonymous[232] • Disclaimer says:
    @JOhn Connorx

    Years before they made many films in which the hero was always a black man and the stupids and bad guys were the whites. That was to encourage white women to marry men of other races and to breed, to have brown babies.

    Yep.

  87. @AnotherDad

    “The way the West handles the Gypsy problem is to ignore it. Basically “we’re rich enough we can afford to get ripped off by these people”. No one has any good ideas.”

    No, that only happens if their victims are ordinary working people, with children that they don’t want sworn at and garden sheds that they don’t want broken into. The illegal site at Dale Farm ran for 16 years and cost taxpayers nearly £7m in eviction costs, plus untold intimidation and fear for the local residents.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-37628558

    On the other hand, when Roma gypsies started a makeshift camp in Park Lane in 2011, that was different as influential, wealthy people were affected, and they might tell their friends not to come to England. Within two years the police were arresting them in dawn raids, within three years the police found the manpower to do daily raids in the West End.

    Problem solved (the Irish also solved the problem by making trespass a criminal offence – which is why all the Irish travellers came to England).

  88. utu says:
    @Abe

    Zhukov was allowed to bring back to USSR seven railway cars full of loot from Germany for his personal use.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  89. anon[322] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    They don’t crash anymore.

    It’s been almost nine years since the last fatalities involving a U.S.-registered, scheduled passenger airline in the United States.

  90. Jack D says:
    @Joe Stalin

    I don’t think that looks anything like the reality. Here is the actual interior of the lunar lander:

    And here it is on film.

    I don’t think it had any numeric digital displays and if it did, they would have been Nikie tubes and not the (not yet invented) LCD displays that they show. Also why would the thing have been shaking like that in the vacuum of space? This is pure Hollywood melodrama and bears no resemblance to reality.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  91. @AnotherDad

    The film is not about the choice of same sex relations. It’s a biography and that issue is just a reflection of the interplay. And much to my relief — there are no scenes of graphic behavior — still hard on the senses, but that choice of expression was not central, save as to risky choices and nuance suggestion.

    Unlike, The Favourite, which takes historical fact and spins it om its head . Queen ANN was anything but a closeted tripster with females. And that gambit is played so unabashedly so as to lose any value to the politics in the film or that moment in history. Not even dressing the film up in avante garde fair was helpful. They hyper-focus the meaning of what is a real dynamic in social and political powerplays — soft power, best understood as “intimate power”.

    They missed opportunity after opportunity to describe what was a very important aspect of leadership influence or influence period – especially for women – and how that process very effectively and astutely , the role of womankind remained and remains relevant. Despite three very talented actresses: Rachel Wise, Olivia Colman and Emma Stone the film was tough to watch. Oddly enough, while I cannot applaud these women enough, at the end of the film, my very first sentence was, “These women were exploited to dance in someone else’s fantasy.” Interesting, but not incisive, or sharp as it wanted to be. There are some great lines and interesting moments , but as whole, it is so disjointed and choppy — I appreciate films that cause me to think, critically, even get ahead of me . . . but this film was hard work for a lot less.

  92. Jack D says:
    @Anon

    Well the main reasons to meddle would be speed. We are doing great on safety- better than ever. Now 12 or 14 hours to Asia beats a month long sea voyage. But still it is a long time to be cooped up in a sardine can eating bad food. Given the rate of progress from 1903 to 1958, when planes went from 35 mph to 650 mph (a factor of around 20) we should be up to 13,000 mph by now (approximately the speed of space flight) and NY to London should be a quick jaunt. I would even take 1,300 mph (Concorde speed). But instead it is exactly the same today as it was in 1958, perhaps even longer because of security procedures, airport crowding, etc.

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  93. Tyrion 2 says:

    I thought Tully was excellent. I greatly enjoyed Mission Impossible. The Incredibles 2 and the Death of Stalin were worth the cinema ticket. As was the Avengers – the coherent tying up of 20 films is a first time success. The Ballad of Buster Scrugs is a gem. I haven’t seen most of the others. I go to the cinema with my wife and we have similar tastes so often end up in our comfort zone, except I enjoy novelty and surreality more than her as she prefers true crime type stuff that I don’t get.

    The above is not exactly an admirable year in cinema. What have we missed?

  94. No one’s started #OscarsSoRoundEye yet?

  95. Tyrion 2 says:
    @Hail

    The Gulf State arilines house their flight workers in purpose built compounds. I’d love 6 months flitting in and out of said spots.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  96. it’s long since time to stop paying attention to this stuff.

    2011 seems to be when the divergence between this fake movie world awards show and mainstream normal society really began in earnest. no, they were never highly aligned, but that’s when a major fork in the road first appeared and then persisted.

    many people had already checked out before then, in the 00s, but the decline in viewership accelerated after 2010 or 2011.

    remember actors are professional frauds and liars who are pretending. pro wrestling is more real than movies. and most of the actors hate america. and they hate you. likewise for some of the producers and directors.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  97. Rapparee says:
    @AnotherDad

    Hollyweird Jews have been shitting on white southerners non-stop my entire life… It’s propaganda to explain why white gentiles must be smacked down, have their nations stolen and be ground down under the boot.

    It’s much simpler and less sweeping than that- it’s just an ancestral grudge over the half-remembered Leo Frank case of 1915, itself a century-old medley of many regular iSteve themes. (Might be interesting to see Mr. Sailer’s take in Takimag some day- cough, cough). Historical grudge-nursing isn’t exactly noble (it’s a very bad habit of my own people, the Race of Míl), but nor does it constitute a plot for world domination.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  98. Jack D says:
    @Johann Ricke

    I’m not sure it was really a good move by Khrushchev. Had Zhukov remained in place he might have been able to resist being deposed by Brezhnev but as it was, Khrushchev’s later military allies were not strong enough to save him. KGB Chairman Semichastny, whom he considered a friend and ally, double crossed him. Whereas, when Beria was deposed, Zhukov was able to use Red Army troops to take control from the security police. Zhukov was a straight thinker and not a double crosser – he was even willing to give Stalin his unvarnished opinions and Stalin actually respected him for that and preferred him to the toadies that otherwise surrounded him.

    • Replies: @anon
  99. for the aircraft discussion:

    Why planes don’t fly faster

    cliff notes: it doesn’t make technical or economic sense to fly faster than about 600 miles an hour

  100. Anonymous[290] • Disclaimer says:
    @Tyrion 2

    I’d love 6 months flitting in and out of said spots.

    How come?

  101. Rapparee says:
    @Abe

    Return of the King” had the advantage of dialogue originally written by an Oxford philologist who was intimately familiar with medieval literature and the history of the English language. Tolkien’s writing style certainly isn’t to everyone’s tastes, but it is highly distinctive and solemn.

  102. fnn says:
    @Anon

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Browder#Family_background

    Browder’s paternal grandfather was Earl Browder, who was born in Kansas in 1891.[1] He was a radical and had lived in the Soviet Union for several years from 1927 and married Raisa Berkman, a Jewish Russian woman, while living there.[1] After his return to the United States in 1931,[1] Earl Browder became the leader of the Communist Party USA, and ran for U.S. president in 1936 and 1940.[13] After World War II, Browder lost favor with Moscow and was expelled from the U.S. Communist Party.[1]

    Earl and his wife Raisa had three children, all sons, and all three became mathematicians who headed the mathematics departments of top American universities[1] including Bill Browder’s father Felix Browder who married Eva (Tislowitz).

  103. Anon[270] • Disclaimer says:

    I haven’t seen most 2018 releases, but I heard some good stuff about DAMSEL, GAUGUIN, JOURNEY’S END, and CHRISTOPHER ROBIN.

    Among the ones I did see, two really stand out. AMERICAN ANIMALS and HEREDITARY.

    AA, like KINGS OF SUMMER, is an instant classic. There are lots of skilled directors out there but with poor/weak material, with so much talent going to waste. Fincher is maybe the best example but hardly the only one. Because kids today grow up with so much high-tech gizmo, they have lots of stylistic savvy from cradle. They don’t so much learn to develop a style as grow up with countless pomo variations swirling all around, what with easy access to everything from youtube videos(made with green screen + effects) to Tarantino flicks to blockbuster movies(that are also Often omnivorous in their cultural references like the Beatles movie YELLOW SUBMARINE). A kind of reverse-dada-ism seems to be at play. If dadaism was about the freedom of breaking all the rules, reverse-dada-ism is about picking up the pieces from the endless melee to improvise new arrangements. It’s like Wimpy picking stuff from the food fight between Popeye and Bluto.

    If Dadaism smashed art forms into so many pieces, the current culture is inundated and bombarded with so much cultural junk(like space debris in GRAVITY) that the thing is to take and make of them whatever seems amusing for the moment. It’s a new kind of collage-ism. Among big-budget movies wallowing in hyper-pomo-sity is READY PLAYER ONE by Spielberg. Apparently, an old dog can learn new tricks, and Spielberg has proven time and again that he’s up with the latest styles and gadgets. In contrast, men like Ford, Hawks, and Hitchcock stuck mostly to their tried-and-true styles(though Hitchcock pushed boundaries with PSYCHO). If one missed Spielberg’s name in the credit, one might think RPO was made by some up-and-coming movie geek who grew up on videogames than Disney movies on TV. RPO alludes to everything and may be the most pomo-crazed big-budget movie ever. The hologram with Elvis and Sinatra in BLADE RUNNER 2049 is nothing compared to pomomania of RPO. More than any movie, it captures the kind of reality that kids now grow up with. In GHOST WORLD, the girl had to pay some weird kid to acquire weird cultural products, like a VHS of Bollywood musical. Today, via so many devices, so much of cultural history is at one’s fingertips, and kids can access every picture, sound, or motion clip from all times and places. Because there is so much stuff yet so little attention span, not least because of the effect of fast-paced video games, everything gets tossed and turned in a whirligig. Before anything is processed(let alone understood), the senses are assaulted with ever new(yet culturally recycled) stimuli. Because the emphasis is on the Initial Impression of WOW, most people fail to absorb much of anything. Before anything could be mentally processed, there is the constant rush of something new and new and new, a never ending mania of images, sounds, and effects. This is of course true with all those computer-animation movies where characters bounce around like rubber balls and talk at breakneck speed. As RPO restlessly moves back and forth between animation and live-action(which itself is heavily animated), the overall impact is like getting a whiplash. There was a time when Lucas and Spielberg were accused of making movies that worked like roller-coaster rides, but their works of the 70s and 80s now look slow and ‘classic’ by comparison to what goes on in RPO. Also, Spielberg and Lucas took on one genre at a time or carefully mixed together a handful of genre elements in movies like STAR WARS and TEMPLE OF DOOM, mostly an action-adventure with musical number as intro. On one level, RPO has the fireworks and schmaltz of most other Spielberg movies, and maybe the graphic novel(as source material) is much the same. But there is something dark and dystopian about the material that movie halfway addresses but mostly overlooks… which makes it different from AI where Spielberg did depart from his comfort zone(possibly because Kubrick’s pull was so strong). RPO tries to have it both ways. It is a total celebration, mindless but technically awesome, of the latest possibilities in CGI that favor fantasy and cultural pomo-miscuity, and there are some ingenious passages too. But it also tries to end with a message that we need to wake up from our escapism and face reality… but then, its idea of reality is as far-fetched as the one offered in MATRIX movies. As with ROGUE ONE, the evil villain is Paul Craig Roberts. He’s yet another waspy type who stole the idea from some Jewish-looking guy. The too-muchness of RPO makes it tiresome after awhile, but it is an amazing work that ups the ante in special effects. Even though CGI is now advanced and makes lots of sci-fi movies look impressive, ingenuity is still rare. RPO has what TOMORROWLAND, ANT-MAN, and remake of ROBOCOP have. Not just visual muscle but visual wit.

    In some ways, AMERICAN ANIMALS is the opposite of RPO. Its focus is a book of Audubon’s famous paintings of animals, a work where each image was carefully crafted by the author-artist. One of its leads is an art-student, a painter(specializing in an almost archaic artform), something of an eccentric who isn’t cut out for fraternity life. He admires the great masters and wants a taste of what made them feel and see beyond the ordinary. He hooks up with another kid, and together, they recruit two more guys who seem rather serious about life and study. They seem far more grounded than the pomo-maniacal gamers of RPO.
    And yet, the guys in AMERICAN ANIMALS were also weaned on pop culture and think it might be fun, cool, and hip to pull off a heist in the special collection library. Also, even as they pull off something tawdry and ridiculous, they have some of the frontier spirit that created America through ‘theft’ and violence of men of impulse and impatience. The ‘ringleader’ is Warren, the driving spirit. He’s the John Lennon of the ‘gang’. Without him, the others would not have entertained the idea. Indeed, the three seem to take part largely because they want to be liked by Warren, a bundle of energy. He’s like what Don Rickles said of Scorsese.

    The movie was certainly not meant as an allegory about the Iraq War — it is set around the same time — , but the heist and the war have one thing in common. They were both driven by power of personality. Warren has ‘vision’ and insistence. He marks himself as the Alpha of the pack. The other guys are not bad kids. If anything, they are from respectable families and seem normal(maybe not the coolest thing for a young male). But humans are animals, and especially young males(raging with hormones) respond most to the guy with the biggest hunger. As young males have yet to make something of their lives, they are in a state-of-being. As none of them have power or wealth of their own, they gravitate to the guy who possesses the greatest will for ‘power’, and Warren has that. This movie, which claims to be not just based on a true story but IS a true story, inter-cuts between the real-life persons and their movie counterparts. And the real-life Warren really has that cowboy spirit. He might have gone far in the frontier world of the 19th century but feels out of place in a ready-made world. He has excess energy because, unlike frontier men, he doesn’t have to hunt for food or build one’s own shelter. By coincidence or not, the guys with latent frontier spirit, end up stealing a book by man who captured North American wild life in his travels. (They sort of have something in common with the character of INTO THE WILD except the latter literally decide to become a neo-frontiersman in an all-too-discovered country. Maybe they should have just built a tree house or something, like kids in KINGS OF SUMMER. AMERICAN ANIMALS considers the difficulty of the American character in coming to terms with age and tradition. While younger than Old World civilizations, the US is no longer exactly a young country. Furthermore, it’s an extension of Old Europe. Yet, just like young males have his naturally rebellious propensity to break free from home and normality to go off and conquer, the mythos of America is that a people with youthful spirit came to the New World as virgin territory to conquer and claim as their own. So, even as the US grows older, the culture is stuck on youth[even more so than in the past due to rise of pop culture]. American history is an epic version of rebelling against parents and home to be ‘different’. Some have compared the founding of US with founding of Israel, but whereas Israel was about the return to ancient homeland, the US was about permanent detachment from the ancient homeland to reinvent oneself in a new land. Such being the mythos of America, so many Americans still crave for that dramatic move into Something Bold and New… and over time, what with US cultural hegemony, this view has come to infect even people in the Old World, what with Europeans welcoming the reinvention of their ancient homelands with multi-culti colonization by endless flows of Muslims and Africans. AA was directed by an Englishman whose emotional detachment from America allows for a keener perspective.)
    If young males without power are attracted to the guy with the most hunger, established older men are drawn to those with the most real power. It’s less a matter of hunger than fullness. People like Sheldon Adelson are belly-full of money, and so, politicians are drawn to such men. Many Jewish oligarchs are also belly-full of money, and furthermore, due to the holy cult of Jews(and ‘antisemitism’ being the greatest sin), Jewish power has the biggest gut. What the GOP has been most envious in regard to the Democratic Party was not that it had the black or brown vote. It had the rich, powerful, smart, and holy Jews. So, what could the GOP do to win over Jews? Neocons offered a deal. GOP would do a great thing for Israel by smashing Iraq, and maybe many more Jews will come over to the GOP. After all, even NYT, New Republic, ABC, and CNN were pro-war, just like Fox News. The plan turned out rather like the heist in AMERICAN ANIMALS, though the far bigger crooks of the Deep State didn’t go to jail. Justice is only for the little guys apparently. Still, it was a huge loss for the GOP as, even after 8 yrs of Bush II groveling to Israel, most Jews went with Obama.

    AA is not a political movie but offers a psychological glimpse into some of the reckless radicalism among the young from the ‘far right’ to the ‘far left’. It says something about the problems of boredom, the appeal of excitement & being edgy, and the allure of the dominant personality. Alt Right’s strength and weakness was the element of Alpha-male-ism. GOP’s manner of cuckservatism(also shared by white males in the Democrats) was about low testosterone, submission, and passivity. (In one scene, Warren is taken aback by the sight of his father weeping after discovering his wife wants divorce.) Among white male Democrats, it’s been about sucking up to POC. Among white male Republicans, it’s been about sucking up to Neocons. Also, white males need permission to be passionate about anything. Otherwise, they are derided as ‘angry white males’. Their anger is approved ONLY WHEN it’s directed at PC-approved targets or whatever-happens-to-be-hated-by-Jews. So, white males can hate ‘bad’ white males(like James Watson or the MAGA kid), resulting in a kind of Multi-Sclerosis of the white race: White nerve system attacking its own. Or, people like John McCain and Lindsey Graham are allowed to bark at Iran, Syria, Russia, and etc. to win doggy biscuits from their Zionist masters.
    In contrast, Alt Right was Warren-like in demonstrating agency and aggression independent of globalist master class. But such alpha-male-ism, especially when up against a much greater power, can recklessly shift into high gear on a difficult road and drive into a ditch. If you’re climbing up a hill to take the fortress, you have to be extra careful as the advantage of gravity is with those on top. They can just roll rocks down the slope. Also, men with independent aggression tend to be reckless, even borderline criminal at times, feeling bulletproof and rushing into action without much thought or preparation.
    But the guys in AA also say something about Antifa members. Many of these guys seem bored, listless, and lost UNLESS they have something to get all excited about and committed to. Even though they are idiots whose only score against The Man is smashing a few coffee shops here and there, they seem to get excited over being part of a Cause.

    AA is top-notch film-making with promising material. The director’s filmic grammar is amazing, stylistically ranging from meticulous brushstrokes — he has background in painting — to feverish licks, combo of an illustrator’s eye and guitarist’s ear.

    Based on the movie alone, few would think HOT SUMMER NIGHTS was made by a black guy. Spike Lee made a few all-white movies — SUMMER OF SAM and 25th HOUR — , but they were mostly unconvincing or infused with irrelevant stuff that applies more to black concerns. In contrast, the black guy who made HSN really seems to know the feel of white culture from inside-out. Maybe he was one of those Negroes who hung around more with whites and non-blacks. That was true of Obama as well, which is why his ‘black’ stuff usually came across as phony or strained. HBN is low-budget but stylistically impressive. Where it fails is in striving for significance that is either absent or missed. It has some of the drawbacks of young directors(as evident in early Coen movies). Sometimes, it tries too hard to impress, it is overly derivative of the masters(esp Scorsese), and it’s plays a bit cute, especially with tricks with voice-narration. But once the story finds its groove and tracks the fate of its character to sure doom, it’s often riveting. Especially impressive and unexpected is the emergence of the girl’s father as a minor but key character.

    HEREDITARY is a puzzle. Time will tell if it’s a genuine horror classic or merely a nice try, but it is clearly the work of someone with big ideas. Maybe the problem is it’s the work of 30 yr old Ari Aster, a Jewish director who seems to have Kubrickian ambitions. He might have done better with a simpler debut film and then worked toward something more ambitious. It took several tries for Aronofksy to finally hit a total homerun with MOTHER. It seems Aster went for THE SHINING the first time out. Not sure if even he understands what he’s aiming for, but it’s a remarkable piece of film-making. And very relevant in our taboo age of HBD. Another esoteric movie like ROSEMARY’S BABY about the power of blood and tribe. Far more impressive than the phony art film UNDER THE SKIN by Jonathan Glazer.

    THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS could have been more, but it’s pretty good for what it is.

    LAST RAMPAGE is yet another in the genre of White Psychopathy. Though set in the late 70s, it says much about the degradation and depravity now so common in white communities all across the nation. It lacks the directorial mastery of something like KILLER JOE — ultimately a sick demented work — , and it’s rather familiar material, but one can’t help feeling for the characters on some level. Like AMERICAN ANIMALS, it says something about the power of personality. The father-convict is a most terrible man, but he has what it takes to be a leader.. and his sons tag along in a state of awe, fear, and/or haplessness. Not great but pretty decent.

    Italian-Americans in trouble. PATERNO and GOTTI were made by different directors but could have been made by any professional. Levinson directed PATERNO in impersonal style, not always a bad thing. It is a TV drama about the fall of Joe Paterno, and it’s solid stuff and says something about power, truth, and celebrity. The movie overlooks one thing though. Based on what we know about People of Power, the question is no longer “who is the pervert?” or “who knew and when?” It’s really, “Who gets to decide who, why, and when someone falls out of favor?” That’s what the movie fails to ask. Look at the light sentence Jeffrey Epstein got. And how did Ed Buck get away with so much bad shi* over the years?
    Everything about GOTTI is similar in style and treatment as PATERNO. The latter is somewhat better due to its focus on a specific case. In contrast, GOTTI covers too much ground for a movie under 2 hrs. And even though Travolta does a creditable job, he’s always too likable to be convincing as a monster.

    WHERE IS KYRA? is an art film directed by a black guy of African origin. As with HOT SUMMER NIGHTS, one wouldn’t think it was made by a black guy based on the movie alone. Maybe a bit too arty and slow but a provocative work just the same about the problems of family, identity, and crime. The ‘crime’ here lacks the suspense of the one in AMERICAN ANIMALS, the sensationalism of ones in LAST RAMPAGE and GOTTI, or the grossness in PATERNO. Basically, a woman tries to steal her mother’s identity to gain benefits. There is both an element of fealty and desecration. Strange work.

    UNSANE starts out brilliantly, and I was hoping it’d be another masterwork like THE INFORMANT, the one film where everything just came together perfectly for Soderbergh. His use of odd angles is pretty effective. Much feels, than merely looks(as with Gilliam), genuinely strange and ‘off’. But for an admirer of Kafka, Soderbergh attempts something foolish here. He ultimately tries to make sense of his weird idea, and the story goes from warped to weary.

    DOUBLE LOVER by Ozon is a pretty solid movie but more a cold exercise than a story about anyone we might care about.

    OUTSIDE IN, PUZZLE, and SOLLERS POINT are well-made films I didn’t care for. I got through about 40 min of OUTSIDE IN before I couldn’t take it anymore. Idiot male character and stupid woman. I’m sure the film is true to life on some level, but it’s no fun watching a total moron.
    PUZZLE is a remake of some Argentinian movie. Well-acted and well-done all around. Another one of those true-to-life movies. But it also feels all-too-familiar, what with the housewife who feels unfulfilled and turns to puzzles to fill her void. It’s not long into the movie before she meets up with some Man of Dot as puzzle-partner, and all of a sudden, it felt less true-to-life. (Granted, the movie doesn’t vilify her white husband and kids as Bad People.) I began to wonder where this movie would go and just Fast-Forwarded and, yep, she ends up in bed with the Dot-Man. I don’t need to see Curry Fever, so all in all, I may have seen about 30 min of it. SOLLER’S POINT has some moron kid who looks like Andrew Anglin. Like the guy in OUTSIDE IN, he’s out from prison and lives in Baltimore with blacks and white ‘trash’. Overall, it’s true-to-life though it underplays black urban pathology, and of course, the nastiest characters are white ‘trash’ idiots with white power tats. After about 30 min, began to Fast-Forward, and it struck me as one of those dull ‘honest’ films about ‘reality’.

    BEAST is far superior to OUTSIDE IN, PUZZLE, and SOLLER’S POINT. It’s like a cautionary real-life version of TWILIGHT. The girl is less attractive and has serious personality problems. The boy, also less attractive, is truly disturbed. The film is either confused or complex in pulling our emotions in opposite directions with an ending that seems as dramatically unexpected as morally necessary. Whereas OUTSIDE and SOLLER pretend to favor truth but only in a half-hearted way, BEAST pushes its implications much further. But what it has in common with the other three is the sheer idiocy or repulsiveness of its characters. Such moronosity is dispiriting.
    In AMERICAN ANIMALS, the guys do something awful, but they still come across as recognizably human and sane. One hopes they can learn from the experience, make better choices, and regain membership in society. In contrast, one wonders if the fools of OUTSIDE IN and SOLLER’S POINT even belong to the same species as us.

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  104. Anonymous[329] • Disclaimer says:

    Have movies gotten as bad as I think or am I just getting older?

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  105. Yevardian says:

    ‘Burning’ was the best film of last year.

  106. Wilkey says:
    @Abe

    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was an incredible artistic achievement, and a find interpretation of a great work. Black Panther is disposable dreck in a franchise.

    It’s like the people who post video of Big Bang Theory or whatever without the laugh track. Replace all the black characters in B.P. with white ones and who would care about the movie? Absolutely no one but a few children and ridiculous adults who seldom watch anything beyond a 4th grade viewing level.

  107. Wilkey says:

    In the past Steve has argued that the only Best Picture nominees that matter are the ones that also receive Best Director nominees. That means Star is Born, Black Panther, Green Book, and Bohemian Rhapsody are out of the running (unless Farrelly was spurned because of his #MeToo moment with Cameron Diaz).

    Hollywood has grown unrelenting in its political posturing these days – which is (almost) as much a response to their MeToo humiliation as it is to Trump – so I would guess the smart money is on Vice or BlacKkKlansman, since those seem to be the most political of the remaining movies. I would suspect, however, that they’ve also grown tired of kissing the asses of “colored people” so often recently, so maybe Vice will be the winner.

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  108. Wilkey says:
    @Anonymous

    IMOH, the most ridiculous nominations are the two which “Mary Poppins Returns” received for score and song. It’s pretty depressing that the sequel to a movie best known and loved for its score couldn’t manage to produce a single song that was even memorable, let alone singable.

  109. Anon[270] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Last Oscar show I saw was…. when Eastwood won for UNFORGIVEN

  110. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    A Beech Bonanza of 2018 is about indistinguishable from the 1947 model. They did get rid of the V tail after massive negative publicity and litigation but never did fix the fundamental problem of why so many affluent owners killed themselves and their families in them.

    “Pwoduct wiability” is of course the excuse: the real reason is that the company is now a thoroughly spoiled contractor for the US defense industry.

    The throw over yoke and door haven’t changed at all. The new one has an engine that looks just the same, still a free air cooled direct drive flat six subject to shock cooling and requiring the attention that 1940s airliner engines did, but they had a flight engineer to do that for them. The airplane is very aerodynamically clean and has no speed brakes to slow it down, and pulling the throttle back could crack a jug or two at a couple thousand apiece. You could drop the gear, but it’ll lose the doors, ten grand to replace. Same old thing.

  111. Anon[270] • Disclaimer says:
    @Abe

    I really enjoyed DEATH OF STALIN. Did not realize what a big part Zhukov played in the succession of Kruschev/purge of Beria.

    Sort of fun movie but I quit after about 30 min. Too vulgar and low to be satire. It’s a SNL skit that runs for too long. Also, insulting to the victims of Stalin and there is also the ‘Russophobic’ element.

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  112. Anon[270] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    As they journey through the South, all the horrors of Jim Crow befall them in one set piece after another – hotels, restaurants, shops, the police – there are racists at every stop.

    Now, NO ONE would want to travel through many parts of the South because of black thuggery and crime.

  113. Anon[270] • Disclaimer says:
    @JimDandy

    Cold War was good. Very anti-commie.

    Communism saved Eastern Europe from Western decadence.

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  114. Escher says:

    “Crazy rich Asians” would never have been nominated, no matter its cinematic merits. It is about rich successful people who are not NAMs.
    The movie did generate some flak in Asia for only showing the lives of the “yellow” Asians and ignoring their brown skinned co-continentals. The SJW virus is spreading rapidly around the world.

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  115. Anon[194] • Disclaimer says:

    I enjoyed a little Netflix movie called “The Land of Steady Habits” with Ben Mendelson, though I don’t think it’s really awards material.

  116. nglaer says:
    @Craig Nelsen

    Browder I’m almost sure was not Jewish. The son of a gentile selected by Moscow to make the CP seem more “American”.

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  117. @Hail

    Hail quoted Tyler Cowen as saying:

    If you try to trace the number of important new ideas, it seems the period where the number of new ideas is strongest is something like 187o to 1890.

    I’ve wondered for many years why this is not obvious to everyone.

    The Internet is great and cell phones are useful (though generally misused). But… automobiles, telephones, electric lights… surely the period from 1870 to 1910 is the big period of innovation.

    My great-grandmother was born in the early 1880s and passed away in the mid-1970s. No airplanes when she was a child, but she lived to see a man land on the moon. Now, that was progress!

    And, in pop culture… well, I get a kick out of seeing the super-heroes and sci-fi (Star Trek) from my childhood, but can’t anyone come up with any new, entertaining ideas?

  118. Anon[270] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon

    Who cares about the Oscars seriously?

    Even as movie audiences have grown around the world and as Hollywood makes an ever louder fuss about Diversity, its political culture has become ever more tribal and narrow.

    Why is this?

    Jews were always dominant in Hollywood but did not control all sectors of elite society until the 90s. So, for much of Hollywood history, there was an attempt not to rock the boat too much. Hollywood self-censored to appease the Christian moralists. Hollywood was careful not to offend the South until the 60s.

    Since those days, given that the US has grown more diverse and global market-share has grown for Hollywood, one would think Hollywood values would be more aligned with the whole world. But instead, it’s only grown more Judeo-centric and globo-homo(an extension of Jewish Power).

    In truth, even though US has filled up with tons of non-white immigrants, most of them failed to reach the top to challenge Jews at elite levels. In the past, Jews had to share elite power with non-Jews, mainly white Christians. Also, white people were offended by assaults on Christianity or white identity. Jews had to be mindful of the white Christian community. Jews even made movies like WHITE CHRISTMAS… though Curtiz also made MISSION TO MOSCOW, an incredibly pro-Stalinist work. When HUAC looked into communist influence, Hollywood panicked at the top levels and blacklisted suspected radicals to appease the white conservative community(and also patriotic Democrats).
    Since then, white elites have collapsed. Many still occupy elite domains but lack pride and prestige in terms of identity and history. If anything, they must express apology for power and ‘privilege’. So, elite domains are now Jews-all-the-way and homos. Most of Diversity remains on the bottom or, at most, reached upper-middle class, not the elite realms. Also, those Asians who do make the grade and enter elite ranks are generally toadies who just suck up to existing power.

    So, we have a strange state of affairs. Movie market is bigger than ever and US is more diverse than ever. But the politics and culture of Hollywood is more ‘parochial’ than ever. It’s all about Jewish arrogance, contempt, anxiety, and paranoia, along with homo narcissism, dressed up with ‘progressive’ values. It’s telling that a black movie that won Best Movie was about a homo.
    And what pass for ‘progressive’ values? Giving an award to pro-terrorist White Helmet goons in Syria whose actions end up serving Israel’s interest of blowing up the Middle East.

    As for the black movies, it’s telling that one is pure fantasy. Wakanda indeed.
    And one is set in the Deep South of the past because it was easier to sympathize with blacks back then. I mean, what would a honest movie about the current black South tell us? How many blacks in the South now care about high culture? It’s all rap and ‘twerking’. How many blacks care about being a credit to their race? Because blacks were discriminated against in the past in a world where whites had most of the power and prestige, they had to prove their worth and be ‘nice’, and this is what the current movies about the South bank on. Interesting that movies like GREEN BOOK denounce the bad ole days but are almost nostalgic for them because blacks were nicer and better-behaved and because the morality of race issues was more clear-cut back then.
    Anyway, if blacks acted nicer in the bad ole days and act much worse now in the present, maybe not all was wrong with the past and not all is well today. (If progs care so much about blacks in the South, why are they for importing tons of immigrants to displace many black communities?) As for the KKK movie, it’s set in the 70s and based on lies. In some ways, Hollywood is even more deceitful with so-called Serious Movies. Because Serious Movies claim to tell the truth but can’t handle the real truth, they pass off lies as truth. In contrast, genre movies can freely use allegory to suggest at the truth that cannot be spoken.

    Now, if Hollywood is really for diversity of perspectives and about peoples and problems all around the world, how about…

    1. A movie about Nakba? Or the Intifadah? And all the problems faced by Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank?

    2. A movie about how Jewish oligarchs plundered the Russian economy in the 90s. And how Jewish mafia shipped tons of Slavic women to toil away as sex slaves in Israel.

    3. What REALLY happened in Ferguson after Eric Holder combed through all the details.

    4. UVA rape hoax, or Duke Lacrosse rape hoax. Or a movie about tons of ‘hate hoaxes’ all around the world.

    5. How the Clinton administration used sanctions to kill 100,000s of Iraqi kids. Israel has been accused by the world community of many human rights abuses, but imagine a sanction regimen against Israel that kills 100,00os kids. That would be called another holocaust, but all those dead kids in Iraq? Of course, it was ‘worth it’.

    6. How Apple and Nike have raked in billions upon billions be exploiting cheap Third World labor with no labor protections and hardly any benefits.

    7. A story about Harvey Weinstein and his funny ways. Meryl Streep can play herself and call him god.

    8. A movie about how Hollywood celebrities live in huge walled mansions around the world but insist on Open Borders for everyone else.

    9. A movie about the Gay Mafia and how it works as the arm of the Deep State. Homos are 10% of Washington DC, and that means they play a significant role in CIA, NSA, FBI, and other departments. They are totally in bed with the Military Industrial Complex and Zionist Imperialists.

    10. A movie about how all the goons in the US deep state worked closely with Saudis to spread terror all over the world.

    If Hollywood is indeed globally aware and interested in problems of human rights and injustice all around the world, the above suggestions should be made into movies.

    But with green screen and computer special effects(that are now so cheap), maybe an enterprising bunch can come up with mini-Hollywood that makes low-budget but informed movies about what is happening all around the world. In the past, only Hollywood was the effective movie industry. But semi-decent movies can now be made by just about anyone on any topic. To counter VICE, a bunch of guys can write a script about Neocon role in the war and offer it as Counter-Vice. Get some out-of-actors or go for amateur acting. It doesn’t have to be totally professional as long as it gets the message across.

    And maybe they can even make Correction Movies that tell the real story that was spun or masked by the Hollywood movie. BlacKKK can be made as a Correction Movie that tells the real truth of what happened. What I don’t understand is why no one in the Alt Right made a definitive Charlottesville documentary when there was so much footage. They could have collected and assembled all the footage, added narration, and done something like what Michael Moore does.
    They could have owned the narrative but no. After Jesus died, who wrote the accounts? His admirers, and that’s how they came to own the story.

    These indie movies might be amateurish, but they might make a difference by being shared on the internet. Take a movie like DEATH OF STALIN. A bunch of guys could have made a movie like that with a crisp script and green screen. Basically, a play with background effects. Sci-fi is harder to do, but the guy who did the mini-movie below did a creditable job.

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  119. Jack D says:
    @nglaer

    Silly rabbit, anyone who is bad or Bolshevik is “Jewish” even if he isn’t.
    That being said, Grandpa Browder really did marry a (Communist Atheist) woman of Jewish descent, and so did Bill’s dad, so Bill is 3/4 Jewish by blood.

    Grandpa Browder’s kids with Grandma Berkman were all mathematical geniuses – must have been that good home environment. I’m sure that if he had married an African woman the results would have been the exactly same since we (unlike the vile James Watson) know that intelligence has nothing to do with race.

  120. Wilkey says:

    At Least “Crazy Rich Asians” Didn’t Get Any Oscar Nominations

    Who’s picking the Oscar nominees, the Harvard admissions committee?

    • Disagree: Abe
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    , @J.Ross
  121. syonredux says:

    “Black Panther”: Even by comic book movie standards, very mediocre, and nowhere near as entertaining as the top tier MARVEL films (Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

    “BlacKkKlansman”: Oof. Really bad. Actually makes me miss the solid craftsmanship of Inside Man

    “Bohemian Rhapsody”: OK biopic.

    “The Favourite”:Haven’t got around to seeing it

    “Green Book”: Ditto

    “Roma”:So-so. Would have been pilloried by the SJWs if it had been set in the USA….

    “A Star Is Born”: ‘Nother OK flick. Acting and singing are good, but this is the fourth version of Star, and Cukor’s ’54 production is still the best.

    “Vice”: Gonna wait for cable.

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  122. syonredux says:
    @Anon

    READY PLAYER ONE …….The only time that I’ve actually fallen asleep while watching a Spielberg film…….

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  123. JMcG says:
    @Jack D

    Have you ever crashed an F9F Panther?

  124. njguy73 says:
    @Pat Boyle

    Christopher Lee had a 68-year career in acting and appeared in more movies than any English-speaking actor ever. It is he, and not Kevin Bacon, who can be connected to any other actor in the fewest number of degrees.

    And he was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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  125. Abe says:
    @Wilkey

    Meant LOL, again my big fingers, small mobile screen…

  126. njguy73 says:
    @syonredux

    READY PLAYER ONE …….The only time that I’ve actually fallen asleep while watching a Spielberg film…….

    Didn’t see Crystal Skull, huh?

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    , @Anon
  127. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Wilkey

    I laughed. I remember the Asian gambling cheaters not only getting whitewashed by the Kevin Spacey dramatization, but the token Asians were then made bad at math.

  128. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Wilkey

    they’ve also grown tired of kissing the asses of “colored people”

    No. Max Planck and Oprah agree on this: these people will die one day, but while living, they will not doubt their fetishes.

  129. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Wilkey

    Reminder that the original Mary Poppins turned that down in favor of voicing a racist sea monster.
    Cthulhu fthagn!

  130. syonredux says:

    But maybe the movie would have worked better playing to type with Grant as the high IQ master criminal and McCarthy as his not so smart helper?

    Nah. Brits are very good at playing idiots, especially when they have RP accents.

  131. anon[332] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Zhukov supposedly stopped or curtailed the massive raping of German women that the advancing Red Army soldiers were doing by public court-martials and executions of the rapists.
    I once met an elderly German woman who claimed to have met Zhukov as a little (8 y.o. or so) girl as the Red Army was closing in on Berlin and occupied her village en route. She claimed he sat her on his knee, and was nice to her and her family.

  132. Lurker says:
    @Jack D

    I’m amazed to note the USAF has been flying the T-38 for 58 years now. The C-130 has been operational for over 60 years.

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  133. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lurker

    The current C-130s flying are all much later models. I think the only very old ones still flying are the LC-130s with skis that operate in Antarctica.

    The T-38 is still a first rate fighter lead in trainer, but they all have been converted to digital flat panel cockpits. it is a challenging airplane to fly but much beloved: if I had a few million dollars I’d have Thornton put me one together out of parts.

  134. @Jack D

    In 1969 they most definitely had 7-segment incandescent filament displays:

    http://www.decadecounter.com/vta/articleview.php?item=218

    Why would Lunar Module shake in the vacuum of space? The Apollo Lunar Module Descent Engine (LMDE) apparently isn’t gimballed, so all control is assigned to the the quadruple thrusters that would fire quickly and sufficiently enough to counteract a quickly changing and significantly changing thrust vector.

    https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/822318.pdf

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    , @Joe Stalin
  135. syonredux says:
    @Anon

    Gordon Willis wasn’t even nominated for either The Godfather or The Godfather Part II….

    • Replies: @Anon
  136. syonredux says:
    @njguy73

    READY PLAYER ONE …….The only time that I’ve actually fallen asleep while watching a Spielberg film…….

    Didn’t see Crystal Skull, huh?

    READY PLAYER ONE is so bad that it makes Crystal Skull look like a flawed masterpiece, a latter-day The Magnificent Ambersons or Major Dundee…..

    • Replies: @Anon
  137. syonredux says:
    @Anon

    I’d love a Judah P Benjamin biopic…..Or maybe a family saga about the Cohens of Charleston….

    Jim worked as a hostler or a groom for David Cohen but also did field work. He described David Cohen as a man of relentless vigilance: “He was in the habit of walking about at all hours of the night to find out who stole wood, or turnips, or hogs, or any thing else.” When he suspected anyone of thieving, the punishments were dire. One old man, Peter, was found stealing a few sticks of wood from David Cohen. Jim testified that Peter was whipped for hours until he was unconscious and then doused with brine before being chained in the stocks kept on the plantation for just such occasions.

    After being on the receiving end of one especially cruel whipping by David Cohen’s overseer, Jim fled Soldier’s Retreat and hid with a community of black fugitives in the dense swamps. Recaptured after only few brief weeks of freedom, Jim was brutally punished with another whipping. When sympathetic interviewers later transcribed his story, they added a footnote testifying that the fugitive’s scars all over his body “appear as if pieces of flesh had been gouged out, and some are ridges or elevations of the flesh and skin. They could easily be felt through his clothing.”

    David Cohen came in from his estate and stopped by the Sugar House. As Jim remembered it, “He told them to whip me twice a week till they had given me two hundred lashes. My back, when they went to whip me, would be full of scabs, and they whipped them off till I bled so that my clothes were all wet.” The guards were instructed to alternate bouts of whippings with days on the treadmill for several weeks.

    https://forward.com/culture/205455/slaves-of-charleston/

  138. Anonymous[396] • Disclaimer says:

    How did Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight follow-up If Beale Street Could Talk get only three nominations? It seems like pure Oscar-bait. Was it that bad?

  139. syonredux says:
    @anon

    The trailer for “The Favorite” looks positively horrid, a completely failed attempt to introduce “humor” to medieval English royalty.

    late 17th-early 18th century…..

  140. syonredux says:
    @Anon

    Also, insulting to the victims of Stalin

    • Replies: @Anon
  141. syonredux says:
    @njguy73

    Christopher Lee had a 68-year career in acting and appeared in more movies than any English-speaking actor ever. It is he, and not Kevin Bacon, who can be connected to any other actor in the fewest number of degrees.

    And he was never nominated for an Academy Award.

    Bit limited as an an actor….Still, if Hammer had made a series of Solomon Kane movies in the ’60s, he would have been an excellent choice for the lead…..

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  142. Leftright says:

    “But the usual way movies make good use of a high IQ main character and a low IQ supporting character is to have the dumb character laboriously come up with toward the end of the movie one shockingly insightful question that forces the smart character to confront his or her main self-delusion. (This is kind of a cliche, but it can be a great cliche. It’s rare enough that I can’t think of an example offhand.)”

    Ben Affleck confronting Matt Damon at the end of Good Will Hunting is an example.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  143. Antonius says:
    @Jack D

    Remember Child 44; those half witted russian accents, and don’t get me started on K19. I think giving the characters regional English accents is a good idea, although “with respect” not to sure about the Yorkshire accent.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  144. Anon[149] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    Iron Curtain over Eastern Europe after WWII didn’t kill too many people. Stalin’s main victims were in the USSR in the 30s.

    Zion Curtain over nations like Iraq, Libya, and Syria killed many more than the Iron Curtain.

    • Replies: @syonredux
    , @syonredux
  145. Mr. Anon says:
    @syonredux

    Bit limited as an an actor…

    But excellent as a villain: Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man, Rochefort in The Three Musketeers and the eponymous Man With The Golden Gun.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  146. Anonymous[113] • Disclaimer says:
    @Rapparee

    It’s much simpler and less sweeping than that- it’s just an ancestral grudge over the half-remembered Leo Frank case of 1915, itself a century-old medley of many regular iSteve themes.

    Nope. It’s simpler still. It is part of zealous efforts to weaken or annihilate rival identity groups. Southerners have one of the strongest group identities among White Americans. (Although that isn’t saying much.) The Leo Frank case is seized upon and nurtured as a way to demoralize Southerners and at the same time stimulate Jewish feelings of group identity. It’s merely a convenient means to an end.

  147. syonredux says:
    @Anon

    Iron Curtain over Eastern Europe after WWII didn’t kill too many people. Stalin’s main victims were in the USSR in the 30s.

    Depends on what counts as “too many”….

    Kenneth Christie, Historical Injustice and Democratic Transition in Eastern Asia and Northern Europe: Ghosts at the Table of Democracy (2002)
    Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonians (1940-41): 85,000 deported, of which 55,000 killed or died
    Baltics executed during reconquest (1944-45): 30,000
    Postwar partisan war
    Lithuanians: 40-50,000 k.
    Latvian: 25,000
    Estonians: 15,000

    Then there’s Stalin’s role in the whole Korean War business……That’s, what, 3 million plus dead…..

    • Replies: @Anon
  148. syonredux says:
    @Anon

    How many remakes has the industry made of Star is Born? 10? 12?

    I think that there have been four versions. Curkor’s one in the ’50s with James Mason and Judy Garland is the best of the lot.

  149. syonredux says:
    @Anon

    There’s also the Greek Civil War…….estimates on the post-war “Third Phase” run to around 158,000 dead…..

    • Replies: @Anon
  150. syonredux says:
    @Antonius

    although “with respect” not to sure about the Yorkshire accent.

    Yorkshire accent is comedy gold.

  151. syonredux says:
    @Jack D

    Eh. I was OK with the accents. After all, the USSR was a multinational empire. The only thing that bugged me is that Stalin and Beria, as Georgians, should have had accents that were “orthogonal” to the Anglospheric accents used by the rest of the cast…..

  152. syonredux says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Bit limited as an an actor…

    But excellent as a villain: Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man, Rochefort in The Three Musketeers and the eponymous Man With The Golden Gun.

    Yeah, he was good at playing baddies…..Although he always had a yearning for the hero’s role, hence his disappointment when The Devil Rides Out (which featured him as the heroic Duke De Richleau ) did not succeed at the box office…..

  153. Anonymous[113] • Disclaimer says:
    @keypusher

    But, for whatever reason, I tolerated Green Book, and I’m not sorry I did.

    You should be sorry.

  154. @prime noticer

    “actors are professional frauds and liars who are pretending. pro wrestling is more real than movies. and most of the actors hate america. and they hate you. likewise for some of the producers and directors”

    In contrast, all of the screenwriters hate you.

  155. @Wilkey

    The music in MPR is truly dire – I kept imagining someone like Elaine Strich singing it on Broadway. The over-clever lyrics and the whole style are very New York. By contrast the first score was written by a top team who also gave us the Jungle Book score.

    1930s London was full of black people – who knew? There were only 7,000 “coloured people” in the entire UK before WW2, and still only 40,000 in 1954.

    (The Colin Firth villain seemed to be modelled on Kyle MacLachlan in the Flintstones movie – complete with black secretary who alas was no Halle Berry. If they must insult us, can’t they give us something nice to look at?)

  156. Ed says:

    The Academy caving to “OscarsoWhite” twitter movement was a big mistake. Blacks can’t be counted upon to maintain quality or standards. They’ll vote for black movies that were popular. Coming for America 2 will end up being nominated for Best Picture.

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @Anon
  157. Antonius says:
    @Wilkey

    Emily Blunt; not even a poor mans Julie Andrews’s, as for the diverse cast…..

  158. @Hail

    I feel a little triggered by “rich”. Wealthism is insidious and must be resisted and censured. Rich people were often “born that way”. And mocking the rich is a dog whistle for even uglier forms of prejudice. Fight bigotry. Be rich and proud, I say!

    As for “crazy”, that’s almost as bad as “retarded”. Unacceptable. By the way “Dumb and Dumber” was similarly offensive to the cognitively different and deserves to be memory-holed like the Dukes of Hazzard.

    I therefore nominate “” for a well-deserved Diversity Oscar.

    • LOL: Hail, Escher, Cato
  159. @Craig Nelsen

    Wikipedia has good info on the The Magnitsky Act — Behind the Scenes film.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magnitsky_Act_%E2%80%93_Behind_the_Scenes
    So does the film’s web site. Which also includes links that may allow renting or buying it.
    http://magnitskyact.com/
    It was recently deplatformed by Vimeo, though, due to libel and GDPR (!) claims by Browder representatives.

  160. Anon[120] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    The list of worthy un-nominated is longer than unworthy nominated.

    But then, all movie awards around the world are crap.

  161. Anon[120] • Disclaimer says:
    @JimDandy

    “A Star Is Born”
    *A movie only a gay could love.

    A homo version could be A MOON IS BORN.

  162. Anon[120] • Disclaimer says:
    @JimDandy

    “Vice”
    *Neoconservatism’s horrors were all the evil Goyim’s fault.

    I thought the Bush-Cheney-McCain War Machine was a good thing now that Trump is president.

  163. Anon[120] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)

    Isn’t this ironic since it is the (((West))) that restarted the Cold War against a Russia that gave up on communism? I guess it’s a bigger sin to reject predatory capitalism of the Tribe.

    Also, there were many Cold Warriors in the West who sided with the USSR. People like the Rosenbergs and communist agents and sympathizers in arts and entertainment. But didn’t Liberals tell us that they were actually noble victims of the McCarthy Witchhunt?

    According to Stephen Cohen, the current anti-Russia fever is higher than during the Cold War. The new cold war is entirely the doing of the West. It’s totally crazy because the Western media are now totally dominated by Jews and pretty much convey little other than Jewish likes and dislikes. Homos? The new angels. Russia, Iran, Syria, and white males with MAGA hats. Kill them all!!!
    Granted, Jews use their proxies to mask the fact that so much media animus is Jewish-driven. We are now in the age of the Gold War.

    This new movie was made to remind Poles that Russia is the bad guy.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  164. Anon[120] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wilkey

    IMOH, the most ridiculous nominations are the two which “Mary Poppins Returns” received for score and song.

    Ridiculousness is baked into these events. An entertainment industry pretending to care about art was ridiculous from the start.

    To be sure, excellent movies and great actors/directors have won over the years. But rarely has the truly best movie or second best movie won in any given year. The few exceptions are THE GODFATHER I & II, MIDNIGHT COWBOY(second best after the WILD BUNCH), IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO”S NEST(second best after BARRY LYNDON).

    But some notable wins were: The Hurt Locker, No Country for Old Men, Schindler’s List, The Last Emperor, Platoon, Chariots of Fire, The French Connection, Patton, Ben-Hur, The Bridge on the River Kwai, On the Waterfront, From Here to Eternity, All About Eve, All the King’s Men, The Best Years of Our Lives, Casablanca, How Green Was My Valley, Rebecca, Gone with the Wind, Mutiny on the Bounty, Cimarron.

  165. MEH 0910 says:

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  166. Hail says: • Website
    @Ed

    caving to “OscarsoWhite” … was a big mistake

    Race quotas for Oscar nominations:

    It’s who we are.

  167. @syonredux

    In response,

    Black panther is a fine film and as fancifully creative as the rest of the genre’. After all the birthplace of civilization is on the African continent, There’s no reason where their fancies should be any less appreciated than the fancies of Thor, or women with invisible planes. It was what it was a popular superhero movie loaded with steep unimaginable toys, sidekicks and plot twists. The color of the most of the characters didn’t change the formula. And it worked financially as to the liking of most audiences.

    BlackKlansmen, based on the memoir of Ron Stalworth is a very good and interesting film. It is intriguing because we rarely associate the klan with Colorado or anywhere else, where their ethos was accepted and many cases clandestinely practiced. Further making the matter a unique twist is how they were infiltrated and the juxtapositions of meaning and experiences. What hurt the film, were end references to President Trump. It simply took the power of the film out of whack, as it did in Vice. It shifted from telling a very unique, and intriguing take of a US staple sociopathy and made it propaganda — in my view, it was unneccessary and detracted from the premise. Solid film despite taking liberties with actual events. And it is funny.
    https://slate.com/culture/2018/08/whats-fact-and-whats-fiction-in-blackkklansman.html

    Bohemian Rhapsody, fun film, interesting, why they didn’t stick to the actual events and the band dynamics is unclear. That final scene – is pretty darn well done.

    Greenbook, a very good film. wrong and wrong title. There’s very little about what the green book was and who created it or why — that will require a different telling. This is a great buddy film about two guys from different sides of the world, much less tracks who develop a personal friendship that transcended their differences. And that is what makes it a profound commentary on the social conditions. This is the personal story of an Italian who worked as “bouncer” for lack of a better term, who got hired to drive an intellectual, even among intellectuals to concerts for whites in the south. There choices about those conditions and most importantly in relationship to each other makes the film powerful — because the film is advertised differently in conjunction with the titled actually diminishes the force of the film. Maybe it’s just me, but films this years that look at the personal had more resonance with me. There are some choices I don’t buy — the chicken eating for example — laugh. But all in all a very good film.

    Have not seen a Start is Born . . . however, of the remakes, nothing has surpassed the original black and white film, in my view.

    Have not seen Roma . . .

  168. peterike says:
    @Hail

    By all accounts airports/flying is a better experience in almost every way in today’s Asia (/Asian airlines) than in the USA, where the air travel experience is generally considered to range from “lower-mediocre” to “terrible.”

    True enough, but there’s a caveat. The problem with Asian airlines is the planes are frequently full of Asians. On a trip once to Hong Kong which was at least 90% Chinese (in coach), by the end of the trip the airplane bathrooms were absolutely disgusting. You had to wade through a pile of paper towels and toilet tissue ten inches deep just to enter. The sink and mirror smeared with filth. It was the filthiest thing I’d ever seen when flying. They complain a lot to the flight attendants too.

    There are plenty of low-rent Asian airlines that are just as mediocre as American airlines, and even worse. Sure, Singapore Air is great. But a lot of them are bad.

    And in all cases, the real difference is the quality divide between Coach vs. Business and higher. It’s never been wider than it is now.

  169. 1661er says:
    @Escher

    The criticism was pretty fierce within Singapore itself, rather than rest of the continent. The author of the books was de facto exiled from Singapore due to his draft/conscription issues, so he was describing about place he haven’t been for 3 decades and he would be sent straight to jail if he shows up there. But a movie called “Crazy Rich Singaporeans” won’t sell as much tickets, so he filled a lot gaps from K-Drama plot.

    A more charitable view of the author was that he left Singapore just at the optimal moment that the economic growth had made the few local “first families” from biggest fish in a small pond into biggist fish in a larger pond but eventually will make them rich both less dominate and had to share power with them being medium size fish at a huge pond.

    Like “Death of Stalin,” “Crazy Rich Asians” also use different English accents as the shorthand to how each local sub-group stands. And people are displeased with their choice for very good reasons.

    https://international.thenewslens.com/article/102551

  170. Anon[315] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    Depends on what counts as “too many”….

    Stalinism was evil. No doubt about that. Even Orwell the socialist came to see the utter brutality and mendacity of Stalinism and its web of lies, its oppression, torture, and mass killings. In fact, even the hard left came to disavow Stalinism. So, I’m not defending Stalinism as a moral good. But as Zhou En-Lai said of the French Revolution, “It’s too early to tell.” Granted, Zhou wasn’t being philosophical but merely mealy-mouthed as a diplomat and Mao’s lapdog. Say the wrong thing and you could get in big trouble in China then.
    Still, there was something to what he said. History works in weird ways.
    Stalinism, though dark and brutal in its time, may have done some good, even if this ‘good’ wasn’t intended by Stalin. (But then, so much of what happens in history is unintended. Mao’s far-left economic policies and the Cultural Revolution may have actually led to the rise of market economy in China. Mao’s craziness had such a devastating impact on the bureaucratic apparatus of the CCP and laid waste to so much of the economy that Deng and reformers let the people sort it out and regrow the economy through market means. And heaven knows Hitler, the arch-enemy and mass-killer of Jews, ended up doing them a favor by associating the anti-Jewish Right with total craziness of war and genocide.) As far as Stalin was concerned, the truth was Marxism and Leninism as processed by his own ‘genius’ and ‘destiny’.
    Now, from the end of WWII up to the 1980s, there’s no doubt that Western Europe was superior to Eastern Europe and Soviet Union by just about any measure. Freedom, quality of life, soundness of ideology, and etc. Also, as the East stood for radical leftism, Western Europe was forced to be ‘rightist’, even though the culture and ideology were generally liberal to leftist.
    Back then, I doubt if anyone really foresaw what would happen in the West. Rise of utter degeneracy, not merely as decadent freedom but as the New Morality, even New Spirituality. If someone told me in the 80s that the West would soon be worshiping holy homo, I would have laughed. Also, the rise of rap thuggery and utter skankery. And the loss of freedom due to PC. I thought the West stood for freedom and tolerance of different views. The denigration and rejection of one’s own identity and culture. Globalist oligarchs replacing national leaders. Even the mere desire to survive as a nation derided as ‘far right xenophobia’. The welcoming of millions of Muslims and Africans to mess up city after city.
    Now, if the current trends can be reversed, that’s all well and good. But if not, it will mean the end of Europe. In that case, I argue the Soviet Conquest of all of Europe and continuation of communist tyranny would have been better. It would still have been bad but, at the very least, Europe would have culturally and demographically survived. Before anything, survival of people and culture on their own territory comes first. Everything else is gravy. Now, it’d be best if a society can be Free and Survivalist. But if one had to choose between Freedom and Suicide and Tyranny and Survival, the latter is better. But what’s really demented about the current situation is it’s not even Freedom and Suicide but Tyranny and Suicide. The notion of ‘liberal democracy’ is now irrelevant in European nations. UK can imprison people for posts on Twitter. France fines and throws people in jail for speech. So, if one had to choose between Tyranny and Suicide and Tyranny and Survival, the latter is better. It’s true that Stalinism destroyed millions of lives in the USSR, but Stalinism and later forms of Iron Curtain rule over Eastern Europe did NOT violate the borders, identity, and cultures of the people. Sure, on occasion, Soviet tanks rolled in to quell uprisings, but once order was established, the tanks rolled off the streets. Communism suppressed economic growth and denied many civil liberties, but it did not deny the right of, say Poles or Czechs, to survive as a people and culture in their own homeland. But that very thing is now being denied to Europeans on a massive scale by globalist nuts.
    It’s like prison is bad, but if one had to choose between prison and life and freedom and death, maybe the former isn’t so bad. We want freedom but it has to be associated with survival and life. The current West is anti-life, or at least anti-white-life. Its message to white people is “don’t have kids and fill up your nations with foreigners”… cuz if you don’t, you’re a ‘xenophobe and nazi’. This is batshit crazy. I hope people like Orban succeeds because they favor Freedom and Survival. They know the terrors of the Soviet period and don’t want to return to that. But then, they joined the EU to be part of a union of free and proud nations. But the current EU is about white shame and suicide. Also, invasion of Hungary by Soviet Tanks was NOTHING compared to a demographic invasion of European nation by millions of foreigners who never leave, replace the native population, and bring over all their parasitic relatives.
    The question for European nations is Universal Zionization or Universal Palestinianization. Universal Zionics says each and every nation has a right to survive as people, culture, and territory… like Jews have in Israel. Universal Palestinianics says ONLY JEWS have that right whereas all goyim must end up like Palestinians who are denied right of nation, identity, and territory. It’s clear that people like Orban stand for Universal Zionization whereas the current cuck-collaborator elites of EU are for the Universal Palestinianization of EU. But most of these elites make an exception for Jews and Israel. And when someone like Jeremy Corbyn argues for either Zionization for Palestinians in West Bank or Palestinianization for Jews & Israel(to be judged by same standards as all the world), Jews go all out to condemn him.

    Anyway, I don’t support Stalinism or exonerate the ‘great man’ of all his evil deeds. But things are now getting SO BAD in the West that, UNLESS THINGS REALLY CHANGE COURSE, I believe all of Europe would have been better under Soviet Rule. And when it comes to leftist ideology, at least communism was about basic issues like dignity of labor and brotherhood of man. What globo-capitalists have done to leftism is utter garbage. Man is a ‘woman’? Children should undergo gender-transformation when they’re 4 or 5? Communism took some sound ideas and pushed them to extremes. It was ideology as theology, and just like theocracies end up badly, so do ideocracies. But the current ‘left’ is downright crazy at the core. Communism killed a lot of people but it wasn’t anti-life at the core. Current ‘left’ is anti-life. We are forced to believe nonsense like two men can be ‘fathers’.

    Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonians (1940-41): 85,000 deported, of which 55,000 killed or died

    I was talking of post-WWII. 1941 was a horrible year all around in the East. If the Soviets weren’t trampling all over you, it was the Nazis. Soviets rounded up suspected Nazi-sympathizers and rightists and had them killed or deported. Nazis targeted Soviet-sympathizers and Jews. They did this despite the Nazi-Soviet Pact. Once the war broke out between Germany and Russia, all hell broke loose. Also, many locals either collaborated with Soviets or Nazis to join in the bloodbath.

    Baltics were especially targeted by Soviets because so many people there had collaborated with the Germans. Some of the biggest anti-Jewish bloodbaths happened in Lithuania under German occupation. But we have to keep in mind that those were the war yrs or immediate effects of war. Also, from the Soviet perspective, all those peoples had joined with Germans in a genocidal war against Russia.

    Then there’s Stalin’s role in the whole Korean War business……That’s, what, 3 million plus dead…..

    Effect of war, not direct policies by Stalin. Also, how did Soviets gain a foothold in Korea? US initially offered all of Korea to the Soviets. Then, it changed its mind and divided in half and offered half to Soviets. So, the US was most responsible for the division. The US also denied the right of Koreans in the south to form their own government. US supported the landlord class that collaborated with the Japanese and installed its puppet. When national-left Koreans rose up, anywhere from 100,000 to 300,000 people were massacred by the puppet regime. Granted, there were purges in the north too because Kim Il Sung was also a puppet installed by foreigners. NK regime killed fewer people but was more tyrannical. SK regime had to kill more people because the relative freedom in the south allowed for more radical agitation. (Same dynamics between Cuba and Central American nations. Communist rule in Cuba was so tight that mass revolt was near-impossible. But in Central America and parts of South America, some measure of freedom allowed for insurgencies, and that required the use of ‘death squads’ to mow down 100,000s of people.)
    Anyway, even though Rhee and Kim were installed as puppets, they were nationalist enough to want a unified nation because the division had been imposed. So, Kim did nothing wrong in wanting to unify the nation. If China and Iran cut Israel in two without Jewish consent, would it be wrong for Jews in North Israel or South Israel to reunite the nation? Anyway, Rhee wanted to move north, Kim wanted to move south. They had different visions but both wanted a united nation. Kim committed no crime in moving south. The crime was in the division imposed mainly by US but also by USSR that went along with the plot.
    As for the millions dead, it could have been avoided. In two weeks, the north had most of the south. Without US intervention, the war would have been over with minimal casualties. But then, US entered and that set off the massive bloodbath which was prolonged even further by Chinese entry into the war. Stalin did give the green light to Kim, but then he was reacting to US green light. US had publicly declared that it would pull out all troops from SK and NOT defend it. So, naturally Stalin, Mao, and Kim thought the south was ripe for the taking. It was US schizo policy that really messed up the peninsula, but we see the same in Syria today. Without US giving the green light to Saudis and Turkey, Syria would be in one piece.
    After the Korean fiasco, US planted the seeds for another hell in Vietnam, needlessly dividing that nation when it was on the cusp of unity under the Viet Minh regime that had most effectively fought French Imperialism. And we know now that the US planted to seeds for the madness in Afghanistan to use it as bear trap for the Soviet Union, leading to a war that killed over a million people there. Now, the Soviets deserve much blame for the horrors, but a Soviet invasion may not have been necessary if the US hadn’t armed Islamic hotheads against the secular socialist government there. Zbigniew Brzezinski says it was worth it because the fall of the Soviet Union led to the liberation of Poland. So, a million dead Afghanis were ‘worth it’ for the sake of his Polish brethren. Sick. Sounds like Albright saying 500,000 dead Iraqi kids were ‘worth it’. But is it true that the Soviet Empire collapsed because of the Afghan War? Really? It seems the real reason why the system collapsed was greed. The Soviet elites, at least too many of them, got tired of taking care of the people and decided to go capitalist and hog all the national wealth for themselves.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  171. Anon[315] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ed

    The Academy caving to “OscarsoWhite” twitter movement was a big mistake.

    Someone should start a meme, ‘box office so white’. Too many white people determining box office results by buying tickets. It’s about time whites stopped using their white privilege money to influence Hollywood. That’s ‘racist’ cash, and Liberal Hollywood doesn’t want it.

    2019 should be ‘only non-whites go to movies’ year. White ‘racists’ need to stay home and keep their stinking dirty money earned through ‘white privilege’.

  172. Anon[315] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    There’s also the Greek Civil War…….estimates on the post-war “Third Phase” run to around 158,000 dead…..

    Very complicated affair. There is a terrific movie called ELENI about atrocities committed by communists. But all sides carried out atrocities. Now, given what we know about Stalinism, Greece would have been less free under communist rule.
    But there is a reason why the Greek Left was so powerful. Greece was under right-wing rule but was still invaded by Italy(that failed) and then by the Germans. This left the Greek Right with egg on their faces. It was anti-left but still invaded and terrorized by radical right Italy and Germany. So, naturally the Resistance came from the Greek Left, and once the Germans were gone, it was poised to take over. A bloody civil war broke out because the UK aided the anti-communists.

    Both Poland and Greece were right-wing but still invaded by the Germans. The Polish Right, to its credit, resisted the Germans and then, after the war, resisted the Soviets, which is why the Polish Right gained much respect. In contrast, the Greek Right collaborated and lost all respect, and this is why so many Greeks were angry at US and UK for preventing the ‘rightful’ victory of the Greek Left that had resisted the Germans.
    That said, there was a Greek-American high school adviser who was hard anti-left, and we used to argue in the cafeteria as I was pretty hard-left back then. What he said stuck in my mind. In Greece, everyone says Soviets are so great and Americans suck so bad, but if you ask where they want to move to, it’s always America and never Russia.

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  173. Anonymous[749] • Disclaimer says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    After all the birthplace of civilization is on the African continent,

    Of civilization?

  174. Anon[315] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    Yeah, as burlesque, it might have worked for 15 min, not for an entire movie.

    Also, I thought the movie was trying to have it both ways. Be almost Mel Brooksian & farcical and Grim & Serious.

    This guy liked it though:

    So did KMG:

  175. @Joe Stalin

    Note the digital displays on the Lunar Module display panel 1.

  176. Anon[315] • Disclaimer says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    After all the birthplace of civilization is on the African continent

    Near East and Egypt/North Africa, not Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Rest sounds like John Leonard.

  177. Anon[315] • Disclaimer says:
    @njguy73

    Didn’t see Crystal Skull

    Superb action film, maybe the best Indy Jones movie though I still go with the first one.

  178. Anon[315] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    RPO is great and awful. It has some of the most awesome ingeniously conceived special effects ever. But the movie is so busy celebrating what it is supposed to satirize that it’s a jumbled mess in thematic terms. And the plot is all over the map but hardly surprising since its sense of reality is so tenuous, especially with its weak characters.
    Usually, a dystopian sci-fi movie cast aspersions on the commoditization of society and culture. Like IDIOCRACY where Product Placement is the main culture. Or more ambiguously in BLADE RUNNER 2049 which presents a society run amok with electronica and fantasy but where one still finds personal meaning through interaction with the product. So, even though the virtual girlfriend is a generic program that can be purchased by anyone, the version belonging to the main character develops a special bond with him and only him. Commercial has been made personal. It’s like Rachel in BLADE RUNNER says she is the ‘business’ but still manages to become unique in relation to Deckard.
    But in RPO, ambiguity goes out the window as the virtual world is so saturated with pop culture from every era. One cannot stay afloat of this material. The tank is full. One must develop virtual gills and swim in it. Pop is everything and everywhere. There is no escape.
    The only dichotomy left is between industrial monopoly and individual piracy. But in either case, it’s about tug-of-war for pop culture. Should only Disney make STAR WARS or should fans make STAR WARS stuff too? Either way, both are totally immersed in the power of Pop.

    In a way, RPO speaks a certain truth. Pop can be liberating as well as fun and entertaining. There is an element of spontaneity, directness, and lack of shame in Pop that makes for more honest expression. Also, many pop stars began with independent dreams. John Lennon and George Lucas. They were affected by Pop Culture but did their own thing. But then, Pop Culture would be inconceivable without the power of industry to mass-market and mass-produce certain figures and fashions. Also, to maximize market share, the industry favors the lowest common denominator.

    Intellectuals have seen both the liberating and oppressive side of Pop Culture. Pop sensibility loosened up cultures weighed down by tradition, dogma, and/or snobbishness. It’s no wonder that the French intellectuals of the New Wave preferred American Cinema to the the Cinema of Quality that they found stuffy and stifling. And yet, Hollywood was a behemoth that suppressed much personal expression. So, naturally, the French intellectuals had to make a case for ‘auteurs’ who worked within the system but supposedly subverted the formula through the power of their personality. Or, they favored B-movies over A-movies. B-movies were funded less but also supervised less by the studio, and so the film-makers were freer to try new things.

    Unlike French intellectuals who fell in love with American Pop Culture, Lucas and Spielberg pretty much grew up with nothing but Pop Culture. Even their preference for foreign cinema was mostly about Kurosawa, the most accessible of the foreign masters who made action-oriented films. So, while someone like Godard navigated between high and low, Lucas and Spielberg tried to elevate the low to their concept of the new high. Lucas remade FLASH GORDON into STAR WARS, a new hope and myth. Spielberg mixed UFO cult and Disney fairytales in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, a quasi-spiritual fantasy of Aliens and Roy as the New Covenant. ET was his My Private Messiah movie.
    Still, back in the days, Lucas and Spielberg had one genre or formula to devote their energies to. But in our increasingly pomo internet-gamer age where culture isn’t just made by the industry but countless personalities on the internet(with their own take on pop culture), attention-deficit-disorder has become not only the norm but a necessity, a kind of attention-exit-order. A mental evolution in a world with too much stimuli, where we must constantly spit out the insta-old with insta-new, or, if ingenious, thread all these disparate elements of culture into new variations… like what a music DJ does.

    Of course, it’s rather amusing that Spielberg, an industry giant, should be making an anti-corporate movie about the power should really belong to gamers and hackers. But no matter which side wins, it seems it’s all Pop. A tug-o-war has two sides pulling against each other but all are holding the same rope. And the world of RPO is like that. No matter which side wins, it’s the triumph of pop and fantasy.

  179. syonredux says:
    @Anon

    Also, there were many Cold Warriors in the West who sided with the USSR. People like the Rosenbergs and communist agents and sympathizers in arts and entertainment. But didn’t Liberals tell us that they were actually noble victims of the McCarthy Witchhunt?

    According to Stephen Cohen, the current anti-Russia fever is higher than during the Cold War.

    That’s why the SJW version of McCarthyism is so insane. Say what you will about “Tailgunner Joe,” but he was essentially correct about the dangers posed by Soviet penetration of Western governments. And we’re talking about men at the highest level: Harry Dexter White, Kim Philby, Alger Hiss, etc

    But the Left calls that legitimate concern Cold War paranoia…..All while spinning fever dreams about Trump being a Russian agent….

  180. syonredux says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    Black panther is a fine film and as fancifully creative as the rest of the genre’. After all the birthplace of civilization is on the African continent, There’s no reason where their fancies should be any less appreciated than the fancies of Thor, or women with invisible planes. It was what it was a popular superhero movie loaded with steep unimaginable toys, sidekicks and plot twists. The color of the most of the characters didn’t change the formula. And it worked financially as to the liking of most audiences.

    The main character was dull and uninteresting (Just compare T’Challa to, say, Tony Stark). The action was bland (far inferior to what we saw in Winter Soldier). And the “African” accents got comical after a while (Seriously, I started to giggle towards the end). And that ending…..complete CGI crap-fest. Plus, most of the women were quite unattractive:

    BlackKlansmen, based on the memoir of Ron Stalworth

    Yeah, uhm, “based on”…..

    https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/aug/30/fact-checking-spike-lees-blackkklansman/

    is a very good and interesting

    Only if by “good” you mean bad. Seriously, as I noted upthread, this film had me missing the story-telling chops that Lee displayed in Inside Man

    Further making the matter a unique twist is how they were infiltrated and the juxtapositions of meaning and experiences.

    Yeesh. Counting paid informants and infiltrators, the Klan is practically a sub-division of the FBI…

    Have not seen a Start is Born . . . however, of the remakes, nothing has surpassed the original black and white film, in my view.

    The ’37 version is OK, but Cukor’s is still the best.

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
  181. @syonredux

    Black panther — opinions vary — I stand where I came in. It’s hard to debate the entertainment value of comic books brought the screen. Frankly, Superman, the original far and away tops most if not all that followed. Superman, Man of Steel was headed in a fine direction, until Superman stole clothes — nagged the entire film and undermined everything about Superman. But I found the film, Black Panther in line with the genre. his nemisis did have the more interesting dynamic and they did miss a real debate of benefits to disadvantages of minding their own business. Given colonialism one would think that an obvious debate to flesh out.
    _

    With my comments, I noted the article that juxtaposed the fiction from the autbiographical work. Laugh, I will tread lightly on the FBI aside, it has a history of problems when it comes to legal and or unsavory tactics, And one has to ponder with suspicion destroying the records.
    That too is another film.

    Laugh, I enjoyed “Inside Man”, however, by comparison Inside Man had the luxury of being total fiction.

    _

    Rare compromise — I will take either version over those that arrived later in the order delivered – sight unseen.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  182. @Jack D

    The limiting reagent, as it were, is physics: sonic booms cause all manner of havoc, and they won’t be eliminated, if ever, except by some fundamental breakthrough currently inconceivable.

    The earlier period of progress you cite did not face this obstacle.

    We’ve discussed the topic before in Steve’s blog.

  183. @Pat Boyle

    I use the word all the time…especially when watching TV commercials!

  184. @MEH 0910

    Just read the entire article. My takeaway is that Hollywood has this huge culture (it’s not just a sub-cuture) of predatory homosexuals whose primary motivation for success is to humiliate and abuse young men. All fueled by drugs and alcohol, of course.

    While I’ve dismissed most movies in the last 20 years or so, now I actively suspect all of them as just vehicles for manipulation and predation on young men and women.

    Bryan Singer sounds like the embodiment of pure evil.

  185. I think they should do every year the thing where they give the Best Picture award to the best picture, then take it away and give it to the Black Picture.

  186. @Joe Stalin

    Upon further research, the Lunar Module Descent Engine of the Lunar Module does include a gimball assembly.

    https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19760004104.pdf

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  187. Lagertha says:

    Isle of Dogs, Best Picture

  188. @Anon

    I thought the Greeks defeated the Italian invasion in 1941, so then the Germans invaded to bail out Mussolini. The Germans won easily as they tended to do in 1939-41, but Greeks deserve credit for stopping the Italians.

    This delayed launching the invasion of the Soviet Union by perhaps a few weeks, which might have made a difference.

    • Replies: @Hail
    , @Twinkie
  189. Anon[315] • Disclaimer says:

    I thought the Greeks defeated the Italian invasion in 1941, so then the Germans invaded to bail out Mussolini.

    True. And Hitler thought it was a stupid idea for Italy to move against right-wing Greece, but he was very sentimental about Il Duce and bailed him out by taking Greece for Italy. Hitler had a soft side, and it never served him well.

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  190. Lagertha says:

    Crazy Rich Asians was the last Block Buster. It deserved Oscar cred because it had everything, the old Hollywood movies “espoused”- it was really the Last Emperor with strong women and better clothes and architecture. However, in the GOT of today’s Oscar’s, it was possibly, too High IQ -privileged East Asians in a movie that was way more superior to all the schlock that will be at the Oscars.

    This is the worst Oscars evah – they are all, almost all, super shitty movies (too much ejaculating, vomiting, pissing, bleeding) – I hated most of them, except CRA. I don’t want to see vomiting, defecation, or urinating in a movie…or anyone shoving something up someone’s anus or vag – is that too much to ask?

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  191. syonredux says:
    @Anon

    I was talking of post-WWII.

    I gave post-War figures as well…..

    . And when it comes to leftist ideology, at least communism was about basic issues like dignity of labor and brotherhood of man. What globo-capitalists have done to leftism is utter garbage. Man is a ‘woman’? Children should undergo gender-transformation when they’re 4 or 5? Communism took some sound ideas and pushed them to extremes.

    One of the reasons why the Cold War is more interesting than WW2…..More shades of grey…..the intrinsic appeal of communism (social justice, etc)…..the ugliness of capitalism…….

    Effect of war, not direct policies by Stalin. Also, how did Soviets gain a foothold in Korea? US initially offered all of Korea to the Soviets. Then, it changed its mind and divided in half and offered half to Soviets. So, the US was most responsible for the division.

    Maybe we should have given Joe West Germany…..Of course, that would have basically given him the keys to all of Western Europe…

    And God knows how the Japanese would have reacted to a completely communist Korean Peninsula….

    Then there’s Stalin’s role in the whole Korean War business……That’s, what, 3 million plus dead…..

    Effect of war, not direct policies by Stalin.

    Uncle Joe gave Kim Il-sung the go-ahead to invade….

    As for the millions dead, it could have been avoided. In two weeks, the north had most of the south. Without US intervention, the war would have been over with minimal casualties.

    Probably not too minimal…..You know, once post-takeover purges and executions are taken into account…

    But then, US entered and that set off the massive bloodbath which was prolonged even further by Chinese entry into the war.

    Yeah, when you think about it, Genghis Khan isn’t really responsible for all the people that he killed….I mean, they could have surrendered and served the Great Khan…

    Stalin did give the green light to Kim, but then he was reacting to US green light. US had publicly declared that it would pull out all troops from SK and NOT defend it.

    Stalin was THE VULTURE……Maybe brinkmanship was a good idea…

    So, naturally Stalin, Mao, and Kim thought the south was ripe for the taking.

    Kim had been pressing for a while……

    It was US schizo policy that really messed up the peninsula,

    Dunno…..I mean the Kims are a pretty odd bunch….

    Still, there was something to what he said. History works in weird ways.
    Stalinism, though dark and brutal in its time, may have done some good, even if this ‘good’ wasn’t intended by Stalin. (But then, so much of what happens in history is unintended. Mao’s far-left economic policies and the Cultural Revolution may have actually led to the rise of market economy in China. Mao’s craziness had such a devastating impact on the bureaucratic apparatus of the CCP and laid waste to so much of the economy that Deng and reformers let the people sort it out and regrow the economy through market means. And heaven knows Hitler, the arch-enemy and mass-killer of Jews, ended up doing them a favor by associating the anti-Jewish Right with total craziness of war and genocide.)

    The Felix Culpa Theory of History…..It’s got its good points…

    . NK regime killed fewer people but was more tyrannical. SK regime had to kill

    Did it kill fewer? How can we know?

    And we know now that the US planted to seeds for the madness in Afghanistan to use it as bear trap for the Soviet Union, leading to a war that killed over a million people there. Now, the Soviets deserve much blame for the horrors, but a Soviet invasion may not have been necessary if the US hadn’t armed Islamic hotheads against the secular socialist government there.

    Had to be there…..My uncle told what a high he felt seeing the Soviets fight a people’s rebellion….All those bad optics….

    . But is it true that the Soviet Empire collapsed because of the Afghan War? Really?It seems the real reason why the system collapsed was greed. The Soviet elites, at least too many of them, got tired of taking care of the people and decided to go capitalist and hog all the national wealth for themselves.

    Creedal societies are quite vulnerable to collapse. Lose faith in the creed and…..Frankly, the USA needs to look quite closely at what happened to the Soviets in the ’80s…

    Incidentally, you really need to edit yourself. I just skimmed what you wrote. Hope that I didn’t miss anything important….

    • Replies: @Autochthon
  192. syonredux says:
    @Anon

    There’s also the Greek Civil War…….estimates on the post-war “Third Phase” run to around 158,000 dead…..

    Very complicated affair.

    True about nearly everything where communism is concerned. As I mentioned elsewhere, that’s why the Cold War is so much more interesting than WW2.

  193. syonredux says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    Black panther — opinions vary — I stand where I came in. It’s hard to debate the entertainment value of comic books brought the screen.

    It’s easy. There are good comic book movies (The Dark Knight, Iron Man) and there are bad comic book movies (Catwoman, Suicide Squad). Black Panther is in the middle, reasonably entertaining but thoroughly mediocre.

    Frankly, Superman, the original far and away tops most if not all that followed.

    It’s pretty good. Donner did a good job mixing in different genres and styles: His Girl Friday (the scenes at the Daily Planet), sci-fi epic (Krypton sequence), ’60s Batman tv show (stuff with Luthor). etc

    I would still rank it below Iron Man and Dark Knight, though. That time travel ending was a really bad idea….

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  194. Hail says: • Website
    @Steve Sailer

    According to David Irving, due to exceptionally heavy rains in eastern Europe in spring 1941, a panzer invasion would not have been possible until mid-June anyway.

  195. Cato says:

    Thanks for posting the trailers — The Death of Stalin looks hilarious. Of course, it may simply be more anti-Russian propaganda, but it still looks funny as hell.

  196. Wilkey says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    Black panther is a fine film and as fancifully creative as the rest of the genre’. After all the birthplace of civilization is on the African continent, There’s no reason where their fancies should be any less appreciated than the fancies of Thor, or women with invisible planes.

    There’s certainly no arguing with all the money it made for Disney, but the movie itself was forgettable cotton candy. Sure you can postulate a hidden advanced civilization, in Africa or anywhere else. That stuff happens in fantasy all the time. But it helps if the civilization actually makes some degree of sense. This, however, was an “advanced civilization” where people still lived in tribes, where the leader was determined by hand-to-hand combat, and where a large portion of the population appeared to live in huts. And let’s not forget that ridiculous tribal elder with the silly thing in his mouth that seems like it would render him completely unable to talk.

    Instead what you get is a still backwards civilization that is just lucky enough to have what is apparently just one supersmart scientist (a 16 y.o. girl, no less) and where pretty much everyone else goes about their lives as drearily as pretty mush everyone else in real Africa.

    I’m no great fan of superhero movies, but I can still appreciate the more intelligent, better executed movies in the genre. Black Panther wasn’t one of them.

  197. @syonredux

    Richard Donner deserves credit for making the first modern comic book superhero movie with “Superman” 40 years ago.

    I’d say that his Lethal Weapon was a step forward in action movies, as well, although it seems to have gotten overshadowed by Die Hard the following year.

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    , @J.Ross
  198. Twinkie says:
    @Lagertha

    Crazy Rich Asians was the last Block Buster. It deserved Oscar cred because it had everything, the old Hollywood movies “espoused”- it was really the Last Emperor with strong women and better clothes and architecture.

    You are drunk again. Or coked up. Or mentally ill.

  199. Twinkie says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Greeks deserve credit for stopping the Italians.

    Besides the Ethiopians, who couldn’t stop the Italians during WWII?

    Only two Italian divisions were even marginally effective (in North Africa) and only when the going was good and under German command (the Ariete armored division and the Trieste motorized infantry division). The rest was worthless and known for breaking on contact.

    • Replies: @Anon
  200. Twinkie says:
    @Anon

    he was very sentimental about Il Duce and bailed him out by taking Greece for Italy.

    What’s even worse was that Hitler got sucked into Mussolini’s ridiculous idea of an empire in North Africa and had to help him not get crushed by the British. The end result was a massive drain from the German war effort where it mattered – on the Eastern front.

    When the Germans intervened in North Africa, Hitler sent von Thoma, a mechanized warfare expert, to evaluate the conditions. Von Thoma reported that, given the strained supply conditions of the area, the Axis could only adequately and effectively supply a handful of armored and motorized divisions (foot infantry being nearly useless in the desert) and that ALL of them should be German. This, of course, would have ruffled Mussolini’s pride, so Hitler allowed only two German armored divisions (the 15th and the 21st Panzer) augmented by the 90th Light Division, with the rest being Italian units, with a predictable result.

    Hitler had a soft side, and it never served him well.

    He was sentimental. When Japan entered the war, he was apparently ecstatic about being allied to “people who have not lost a war in 1,000 years.”

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
  201. @syonredux

    The Japanese would have reacted to a communist Korea however the U.S.A. told – or, at any rate, permitted – them to react. The nation was occupied and utterly subjugated after the war, its armed forces completely defanged.

    I’m not sure I take your point.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  202. Richard Grant spent 7 years making Wah Wah, the story of his life growing up with a brutally alcoholic father and an adulterous mother in Swaziland. He then wrote a book about the experience. Grant is very loyal to Swaziland–when he was told of an AIDS cure that the royal family was investing in, he contacted the authorities to be sure that millions weren’t fooled into believing they could be cured.

    As he got older, apart from from Gosford Park and Christmas Carol (he was Patrick Stewart’s Bob Cratchit), most of the work was on British TV.

    Recently, he’s been the chief actors in the Players of Braavos in Game of Thrones.

    While he routinely plays gay men, he’s straight.

  203. Anonym says:

    But the usual way movies make good use of a high IQ main character and a low IQ supporting character is to have the dumb character laboriously come up with toward the end of the movie one shockingly insightful question that forces the smart character to confront his or her main self-delusion. (This is kind of a cliche, but it can be a great cliche. It’s rare enough that I can’t think of an example offhand.) But Can You Ever Forgive Me never quite does that.

    Narf!

    Alhough I can’t recall examples off the top of my head, one of the many genius things about Pinky and the Brain was that while on the face of it, Brain was the genius, the theme song never specified who was a genius and who was insane. This led to many occasions where Pinky does something that is in fact, smarter than Brain, to make you question the assumption. And given that it was a show that ran multiple seasons (I think), they got to explore a whole lot of the IQ 130+/IQ 85- dynamics, albeit with a comedy focus.

    Great, great show.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  204. Anon[218] • Disclaimer says:
    @Twinkie

    Besides the Ethiopians, who couldn’t stop the Italians during WWII?

    Albanians.

  205. Anon[218] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Richard Donner deserves credit for making the first modern comic book superhero movie with “Superman” 40 years ago.

    A time when prestigious directors were still too proud to take on such project. Sam Peckinpah was offered SUPERMAN and KING KING and said NO to both.

    All the 007 movies were made by competent professionals, not masters.

    In some ways, that was better. Those kinds of movies were just meant to be entertainment.

    But esp with Nolan and BATMAN, the stuff got arty. An art movie about some guy running around in a bat costume. And SKYFALL got art movie treatment too. Painful. I turned off after 20 min.

    Now, all the prestigious directors are lining up to make comic book movies. I sort of understand. If they have a hit, they are allowed to make more personal works. So, if Nolan’s BATMAN let him do INCEPTION and DUNKIRK, well…

  206. Anon[218] • Disclaimer says:

    Just watched DAMSEL. One of a kind Western. Surely one of the notable films of 2018.

  207. Anon[232] • Disclaimer says:

    JOURNEY’S END is excellent. Does for Trench warfare what DAS BOOT did for submarine.

  208. @Anonym

    Here’s a famous scene where the dumb guy (Affleck) tells the smart guy (Damon) the one thing he knows.

    William Goldman liked to hint he was involved with this screenplay.

    • Replies: @Anon
  209. Anon[274] • Disclaimer says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Scene where a smart guy put words into the mouth of the dumb guy to flatter the smart guy and justify his departure from the world of dummies. Also, a cliche heard in movies 1000x.

    GWH is the only movie I turned off because of F-words. I mean WTF.

  210. syonredux says:
    @Autochthon

    The Japanese would have reacted to a communist Korea however the U.S.A. told – or, at any rate, permitted – them to react. The nation was occupied and utterly subjugated after the war, its armed forces completely defanged.I’m not sure I take your point.

    Long-term. Occupation ended in ’52…..Think of the possibilities….The Japanese are prone to various forms of national hysteria…..

  211. “William Goldman liked to hint he was involved with this screenplay.”

    Really? That’s not my take at all. I think he’s mocking the thinking that has to go on in order to think he wrote the screenplay.

    Affleck has written two solid screenplays since then. Damon has stuck with acting, but the guy went to Harvard, his dad’s a stockbroker, mom’s a professor. Both have had successful careers despite Affleck’s obvious demons. I don’t think it’s odd anymore to think they wrote it.

    Now, I’ve been pretty certain for decades that Harper Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird with a lot of input by Truman Capote, and the release of that horrible second book seems to support my theory.

  212. Roma review, medieval life with cars and bad editing. Seriously, how did this get a nomination except for all the Wall news?

  213. J.Ross says: • Website
    @Steve Sailer

    You know who else likes it is Danes.

  214. @Joe Stalin

    In this Apollo 11 landing film you can see the camera going up and down between the moon and moon horizon as the Lunar Module is landing.

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