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From the Los Angeles Times:

New Oscars standards say best picture contenders must be inclusive to compete

By JOSH ROTTENBERG STAFF WRITER
SEP. 8, 2020 5:30 PM

And the Oscar goes to … inclusion.

In the latest step in its ongoing effort to boost diversity both within its own ranks and across the film industry, on Tuesday the film academy announced new representation standards for films to be eligible to compete for best picture.

Developed over the past few months by a special task force as part of the organization’s Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, the standards encompass both representation onscreen — in the types of stories being told and the actors involved — as well as behind the scenes in the makeup of the crew and in the inclusivity of the companies involved.

To be eligible for best picture, a film must meet at least two standards across four categories: “Onscreen Representation, Themes and Narratives,” “Creative Leadership and Project Team,” “Industry Access and Opportunities” and “Audience Development.” Within each category are a variety of criteria involving the inclusion of people in underrepresented groups, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people and those with cognitive or physical disabilities. (Other Oscar categories will not be held to these same standards, but the contenders for best picture typically filter down to other feature-length categories.)

Previously, the only standards to qualify for best picture involved a film’s running time (over 40 minutes) and specifics about how, where and when it’s screened in a public venue.

It’s hard enough to make good movies as it is. Is adding more bureaucratic obstacles to the process like these new Diversity guidelines going to help more good movies get made?

Most of the best movies of 2019 were close to all white:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 1917, Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Marriage Story.

Parasite was all Korean.

Joker had some nonwhite placeholder characters, but it was carried by a white man.

Good movies tend to be period pieces that are fairly honest in their depictions. How exactly are you supposed to wedge Diversity into times and places where it didn’t exist?

“Diversity” used to mean, well, diversity. But now it means Not Whiteness.

That’s what “diversity” used to mean: being diverse. Now, Diversity means: Black is best and white is worst.

A 100% Korean movie like “Parasite” represents Diversity. The only way “Parasite” could be more Diverse is if the cast were all black.

Under upcoming Oscar rules, Koreans are not white, so that makes them better than whites. Of course, Koreans are not as good as Blacks, who are the best, but at least they are better than whites.

In Tom Wolfe’s “Bonfire of the Vanities,” the NYC mayor asks his chief of staff what’s on the agenda: “Whadda we got this morning, Sheldon?” “Mainly plaques for blacks,” said Sheldon….

Mexican-Americans are definitely under-represented: they aren’t even in Fast & Furious movies. Puerto Ricans and Cubans are often cast as Mexicans (e.g., Jennifer Lopez as Selena, Benicio del Toro’s Oscar-winning Mexican detective in Traffic). But nobody cares.

Oscar movies are mostly a luxury product subsidized by the huge revenue on comic book movies and the like. You could argue that the nonwhite masses are unfairly paying for talented whites to make high quality movies that, lacking in capes and explosions, bore them.

The problem of the moment in culture is that most of the great things of the last 600 years were accomplished by today’s most hated minority, white men.

Wouldn’t it be simpler just to hand out an Oscar every year to “Best Black”?

 
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  1. “It’s hard enough to make good movies as it is.”

    I’d say this is a best a secondary goal in Hollywood today and that the primary goal is reinforcing the progressive (“woke”) narrative.

  2. To be eligible for best picture … LGBTQ+ people and those with cognitive or physical disabilities

    It’s already happening, but I bet plenty more actors are going to ‘come out’ as non-binary or bisexual very soon. These two labels are useful because the fill the quota, but also mean you can keep dating the opposite sex.

    • Replies: @DextersLabRat
  3. B36 says:

    “Within each category are a variety of criteria involving the inclusion of people in underrepresented groups, including women…” Finally! I mean when was the last time you saw a movie with women?

  4. Jake says:

    Hollywood is fully embracing Social Realism in its Cultural Marxist form. It will produce a whole lot of garbage and quite a bit of outright evil.

  5. Altai says:

    “The aperture must widen to reflect our diverse global population in both the creation of motion pictures and in the audiences who connect with them,” Academy President David Rubin and Chief Executive Dawn Hudson said in a joint statement. “The Academy is committed to playing a vital role in helping make this a reality. We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry.”

    Seems like Hollywood was making bank globally without doing this and nobody ever thought of complaining beyond the fact of American popular culture drowning out domestic sources.

    Surely if Hollywood was interested in this they’d push and advocate for other markets to make their own films to compete with them instead of sucking all the oxygen out of global markets. The US, per capita may even have a weak market with production centralised for a country of 330 million, Australia probably has the best given it has laws that mandate a certain level of film and TV be produced domestically. The relatively high proportion of younger Australian actors with shows on their CVs combined with the decline in the traditional Western European or Anglo phenotype for casting purposes may explain the ‘Aussie invasion’ in Hollywood recently. (Hollywood, like all employers don’t want to have to pay to train domestic workers and prefer to rely on credentialism.)

    It reminds me of Star Trek where they’d have every race and ethnicity so long as they spoke English with an American accent and were born in the US. Korean guy? Sure but his name is ‘Harry’ and he acts just like a So Cal gen X white guy from the mid 90s.

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
  6. Wake up says:

    Why would anyone support Hollywood or professional sports? They need us, we don’t need them.

  7. BB753 says:

    How about enforcing quotas to prevent over-representation by certain majority- minorities? We all know that Hollywood is over 50 % Jewish. Why not institute a 10 % maximum quota of Jews per films, including production, direction, acting, etc? Yes, we can!

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  8. Altai says:

    My prediction, Hispanics, South East Asians and Subcons will be ignored in favour of blacks and North East Asians. Hispanics, Subcons and Pinoys tend to be boring to look at.

    Also, do Icelanders or Finns count as underrepresented ethnicities?

    The Saved By The Bell reboot seems to be running on this premise already. The only white character is Zach Morris’ son who is ironically, more white than Mark-Paul Gosselaar and also Dutch. Every other character is either some kind of Central American Amerindian very black (No light skinned privilege here) or most impressively of all, a transgender MtF of Arab ancestry (Palestinian and Lebanese, I think some kind of Christian domination) playing a non-trans girl who is supposed to be the pretty popular one! I wonder if they’re allowed to have ethnic opinions on Israel?

    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
    , @Corvinus
  9. @Interested Bystander

    “I’d say this is a best a secondary goal in Hollywood today and that the primary goal is reinforcing the progressive (“woke”) narrative.”

    Yes, Hollywood cinema is full bore “alternative universe reality”: wise, benevolent, high achieving, altruistic blacks outsmarting, outperforming stupid, sadistic, selfish Whites.

  10. It’s hard enough to make good movies as it is. Is adding more bureaucratic obstacles to the process like these new Diversity guidelines going to help more good movies get made?

    Destroying Hollywood is worth more than whatever movies they might spit out.

    Liberal White actors have their careers ruined? Well that’s just icing on the cake.

  11. Ano says:

    Oh, you are so wrong Mr Sailer!

    There are plenty of Awards white actors- and only whites! – can win!

    You too can be in the movies! Would you like to be nominated for…

    Best actor playing evil disfigured baddie planning to destroy all the rain-forests/kill off all the dolphins but dastardly plan is thwarted by hunky Black Superhero

    Best actor portraying Trump as Hitler (or Hitler as Trump- it’s one and the same to Hollywood)

    Best actor in a role as a climate change denier or concentration camp guard (can be SS, ICE or border patrol- all the same to the Oscar committee)

    Best actor playing clueless NASA space engineer until problem solved single-handed by sassy Black mathematical genius (i.e. best history documentary)

    Best actor…

    • Replies: @Lockean Proviso
  12. theMann says:

    Slippery Slope Dpt, Supreme Court edition:

    If the Court says that I am whatever Gender I feel like identifying as, is it not clearly the case that I can identify as whatever Race I feel like being?

    Because if I can’t do that, then the Court is not just implying, but categorically saying, that there are objective racial criteria that are clearly definable. We should absolutely insist, through lawsuit after lawsuit, that the Court PRECISELY define what constitutes Black, Hispanic, Semitic, the absurdly broad categories of White and Asian, and so forth. Further, if Whites fall to less than 50% of the population, aren’t they, by definition at that point, a “Minority”? Isn’t “Minority” a lazy, sloppy, dishonest, means of saying non-European origin?

    We must demand precise legal definitions, not wishes, feelings, and opinions.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @res
    , @Wilkey
  13. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:

    They’ll make The Squad superhero movies with more sequels than Star Wars and Batman combined.

    And don’t be the first one to stop clapping at them!

  14. No mention of what to do about, um, (((over-represented minorities))).

    So, they’ve adopted sort of bizarro-world set of Nuremberg Laws. Huh.

    The worst (or scariest) part is, this comes not as any kind of sincere moral awakening, it is merely caving in to a shakedown. Turns out we DO negotiate with terrorists after all.

  15. Abe says:

    It’s all fake, Steve. I read the FORD VS. FERRARI book shortly after watching the movie; left out were such details- because they’d tend to undercut the narrative of Carol Shelby’s scrappy team of mechanics and drivers going up against and besting the elitist jerks of Ferrari- is that Shelby had the full backing of FORD and all its massive resources. On film they show Shelby’s team resorting to such ingenious hacks as taping little nylon strips to the body of their COBRA to get in-the-field wind tunnel results. What they don’t show you is the testing of the COBRA’s engine- the first one it can be said ever aided by a computer, and done with such detail that the electronic signals sent by FORD’s multimillion UNIVAC to the engine as it was being put through its paces on the testing block not only matched the layout of the Le Mans track in terms of straightaways and curves where the engine would be going all-out or idling, as the case were, but even taking into account Ken Miles’s personal shifting patterns.

    It’s a fascinating detail and piece of engineering, but is left out because it does not fit the conventional underdog sports movie narrative. It could just as honestly be said FORD VS. FERRARI is how the corporation that developed our everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink war-fighting strategy in Vietnam applied it to the world of F1 racing- and won!

  16. ChrisZ says:

    By staff writer Josh Rottenberg?!

    If anyone here were to speak that name, it would be a hate crime.

  17. So, a remake of any “Speedy Gonzales” cartoon could be in the running for Best Picture, but for some reason, not the “Song of the South.” Got it, I rarely go to the movies and never watch any award shows.

    • Replies: @Cloudbuster
  18. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:

    Spending your time and dime on “good movies” props up rotten Hollywood.

    Spit out the CircusBread, each and every crumb you’ve been setting for.

  19. usNthem says:

    Dindu Kevin hart is now the stand in for dinjew jerry Lewis for the mda telethon. I guess he can do some c(rap) version of “you’ll never walk alone” at the end.

  20. El Dato says:
    @Abe

    So it’s like to racing as the Cryptonomicon was to actual cryptanalysis during WWII?

    This is not unusual in the movie industry. For example, thanks to said industry we know that the US won WWII all on its lonesome.

    Recently on RT:

    Hollywood’s hollow virtue signaling in making random characters gay, does nothing to help progress the LGBTQ cause

    What is the LGBTQ cause in any case, other than pretending the universe rotates around you and to have the “right” to let it all hang out and dick people who don’t want to have nothing to do with you to the point where More True Islam looks appetizing? Help me out here, I don’t know any longer.

    The Netflix checklist seems to go as follows: Does the film have a trans or non-binary character? Check. Does the film have people of color? Check. Is the film’s villain rich, white, male, or all of the above? Check. Are women made to look superior or more capable than their male co-stars? Check. And most of all – is there a gay (preferably lesbian) character and/or relationship? If so, check, Netflix approves!

  21. Once Upon A Time There Was A Hollywood.

    • Thanks: Muggles
  22. Arclight says:

    There have always been politics in the Oscars that give a foot on the scale to this or that nominee. What will be interesting is whether after a few years of this being in force and plainly better films being passed up because of the diversity mandate, will critics have the balls to point that out?

    • Agree: Ian Smith
    • Replies: @J.Ross
    , @JimB
  23. Gordo says:

    Within each category are a variety of criteria involving the inclusion of people in underrepresented groups, including women

    Who traditionally never appeared in films?

  24. Alden says:
    @Interested Bystander

    The primary goal is scamming off enough money before and during the making of the movie. I believe it’s the only industry where the money’s made before the product is sold.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  25. I guess Viking sagas will be taking on a whole new look. Things certainly have changed from when CBS didn’t want Mannix to have a black secretary

  26. @Abe

    @ abe-
    say wha ?
    u r an idjit…
    while the movie did not DWELL on Ford’s open pocketbook to back a competitive racing team, it was damn sure made a point of in the movie… that they didn’t repeat it a bunch of times, means less observant viewers didn’t catch it, i guess…
    secondly, they most assuredly ALSO showed the super-duper new engine they dropped into the cobra, and ALSO mentioned specifically how they ‘ran it’ to simulate the le mans course, AND, as i recall, they mentioned something about they were going to have the engine run 4 le mans simulations in a row without a breakdown before they called it a success…
    sure, maybe it wasn’t repeated to your liking, or went into dense nerdly detail (you know, like all movies normally do, snort), but those two points in particular were in the movie…
    sheesh…

  27. MEH 0910 says:

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
    , @Corn
    , @Seneca44
  28. JMcG says:
    @Abe

    Well, just for starters, it wasn’t F1.

  29. Nothing says good art like political mandates! Right, comrades?

  30. @Percy Gryce

    … and a massive number of corporations move their incorporation address out of California. Unexpectedly.

    • Replies: @Excal
  31. turtle says:

    “Themes and Narratives,”
    “Audience Development.”

    “Catalogue of Approved Stories”
    “Rightthink Development”

    Unlike Ingsoc, Amsoc Minitrue is PrivEnt, not GovEnt.

    Meatsack “screenwriters” obsolete within 2 decades.

    However, they may have a strong union, in which case “union rules” may require a “diverse” meatsack “operator” to prevent inadvertent wrongthink by e-writers.

  32. @Altai

    …a transgender MtF of Arab ancestry (Palestinian and Lebanese, I think some kind of Christian domination) playing a non-trans girl who is supposed to be the pretty popular one

    The beatings will continue until straight men are attracted to men in dresses.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  33. Anon[207] • Disclaimer says:

    The U.S. has a tendency to develop world dominating industries and products, and then proceed to destroy them via antitrust, regulation, or whatever. California is pretty good at taking shots at the movie industry. But the woke have come up with more nefarious ways.

    =====

    Taking a close look at the new rules, they are chock fill of holes. Aspergy white male leading characters would seem to qualify. And if your marketing team is female, you’re halfway there,

    On the other hand, I wonder if you need to get approval from some sort of woke committee who will secondguess you, dirty of like happens with university diversity statements.

    And I wonder if some actors and production and promotion staff will begin to resent having to fill out inclusion forms, since it seems like everyone at every level will need to declare his identity and be included in statistical reports. Some grifters will happily promote their marginalized identity to get more work but others may feel is nobody’s business.

    I expect some marginal job categories will be packed with qualifying staff, such as the aforementioned marketing example. The rules seem to anticipate some degree of gaming: you can’t use production assistants (i.e. dry cleaning picker-uppers) to juice your numbers, for instance.

  34. Meh…. These are 21st C best films:

    2000 – “American Beauty”
    2001 – “Gladiator”
    2002 – “A Beautiful Mind”
    2003 – “Chicago”
    2004 – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
    2005 – “Million Dollar Baby”
    2006 – “Crash”
    2007 – “The Departed”
    2008 – “No Country for Old Men”
    2009 – “Slumdog Millionaire”
    2010 – “The Hurt Locker”
    2011 – “The King’s Speech”
    2012 – “The Artist”
    2013 – “Argo”
    2014 – “12 Years a Slave”
    2015 – “Birdman”
    2016 – “Spotlight”
    2017 – “Moonlight”
    2018 – “The Shape of Water”
    2019 – “Green Book”
    2020 – “Parasite

    A few watchable average films & nothing more.

  35. Alfa158 says:
    @Abe

    One correction, Le Mans isn’t Formula 1. Ford’s involvement in F1 was to finance Cosworth Engineering’s design and production of the DFV V-8 that became the most successful engine in the history of F1. It was a terrific deal for Ford, the money was a tiny fraction of what they spent on endurance racing, and in exchange the DFV had Ford logos prominently on the valve covers.

    There was a lot of fake stuff in the FvF movie. There is little evidence that Leo Beebe or anyone at Ford was hostile to Ken Miles and, specifically, Ken was not forced to stay home for the 1965 race. He was racing in a car that broke like the others not dancing with Mrs. Miles in the garage at LAX. The specialized big block V8 used to win was engineered by Ford corporate engineering in cooperation with the stock car team Holman-Moody for Le Mans and then shared with Shelby.
    In the 1966 race the FIA told Ford during the race that if the three cars crossed the finish line together they would be ranked by total distance covered. Ken knew that and followed team orders. In film of the finish you can see that he lifted and fell back to make sure the “winning” car would cross the finish line first.

    • Thanks: Abe
  36. Escher says:

    Not a problem.
    Julius Caesar: Gay
    Cleopatra: Black
    Tokugawa Shogun: biracial Japanese-African
    Queen Liz: black and gay
    George Washington: Trans woman (or is it man)

    Do pedophiles and bestialists(?) count towards diversity quotas?

  37. This will probably lead to more white Hispanics being cast to get around the requirements for historical films. Although with the trend of forced diversity, maybe Hollywood they will just go all in like the Brits and make half of medieval and Renaissance Europe black. Anyone ever looked into why there are SO many black actors? I swear drama schools must be half black. Does every artistic black young person with money in the Anglosphere get into acting?

  38. @Alfa158

    “There was a lot of fake stuff in the FvF movie.”

    Oh, I’m sure you’re right, and I trust everything you’ve cited (I’m not knowledgeable about any of this stuff).

    But it is, of course, a movie, and not a documentary. (And a rather good movie at that). And dramaturgy, well, that IS something I can tell you about.

  39. Copyright protection is ~150 years too long.

  40. Gunga Din says:

    The new criteria for best picture I think I read here recently is the same as what’s been done in Britain for their awards. Just PC nonsense. Thank God for Turner Classic Movies.
    Wakanda was aired on ABC recently. After all the hubbub about it, I DVR’ed it and tried to watch it yesterday. As it showed in the pre-film info, it was nothing more than a movie starring a comic book hero, the Black Panther, a negro. Had an almost all negro cast, with the few Whites shown as villains. It was over a 2 hour film, I got through 40 minutes before I threw in the towel. Why? It was INCREDIBLY BORING. Even with special effects and listening to it on a nice home theatre sound system.

  41. Wilkey says:

    The shitty Mary Poppins reboot probably featured more blacks than actually existed in all of 1930s England. Ditto for the climax of 1917. The Hollow Crown series featured a black Queen Margaret. Mary, Queen of Scots had several black and Asian characters. And the latest version of David Copperfield features an Indian title character (Dev Patel).

    Historical drama is already severely compromised for accuracy. Will it get worse, or will people simply refuse to watch it?

  42. Wilkey says:

    Just remember: “Diversity Makes Us Stronger” – which is why we must force it on you at gunpoint.

    • Agree: BenKenobi
    • Replies: @Abe
  43. BenKenobi says:
    @Altai

    The aperture must widen

    But not in the way you think.

  44. “And the Oscar for best Token Ethnic goes to …”

  45. So will the Grammys be cracking down on metal and classical?

  46. Abe says:
    @Wilkey

    Just remember: “Diversity Makes Us Stronger”

    Why do you assume whoever crafted that slogan meant average Americans by the pronoun “Us”? If “Us” means and was always intended to mean GloboHomo billionaires, Deepstate munchkins, and pedo pizzagate freaks, it makes perfect sense.

    • Agree: Wilkey
  47. Diversity in video games, too…

    In what is likely going to be viewed as peak virtue signaling, EA Sports has announced that in their latest edition of their hugely popular Madden 21 video game, users will be able to play as Colin Kaepernick.

    This is, of course, despite Kaepernick not having played in the NFL in four years. EA announced on Twitter on Tuesday: “The team at EA Sports, along with millions of Madden NFL fans, want to see him back in our game.”

  48. So any accurate pre-current-era war film would be impossible to qualify for Best Picture. Saving Private Ryan: The Reboot — The Tuskegee Airmen join up with a scrappy group of WACs to go undercover to save Private Ryn, the transgender Jewish soldier whose transgender brothers were killed while assassinating Hitler.

    • Replies: @Muggles
  49. @Buffalo Joe

    Ironically, Song of the South might just meet the requirements.

  50. Polynikes says:

    Personally, I thought the Irishman stunk. Typical Netflix indulgence film that needed an editor bad. The special effects were distracting too. As much fun as it was for Scorcese get the old geezers together and run it back one last time, everybody seemed like they’d seen their better days.

    With that said, a little diversity wouldn’t have saved it or any film. If anything it’s distracting.

  51. carol says:

    Hey Steve, see the story about all the diversity in Vegas last weekend? All you have to do is lower the rates!

    https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/las-vegas-strip-violence-causes-security-room-rate-increase-2113930/

    • Replies: @Jack D
  52. SIMP simp says:

    This is good news as it makes it official that Hollywood is leftist propaganda. Stop giving them your money. If you really have to consume their agitprop get a VPN and start piracy, but we are better off just ignoring them.

    • Agree: jim jones
  53. Fortunately Japanese AV Idol porn does not fall under this rubric.

  54. 1. There should be a “Rooney Rule” for all actor, director, composer, etc. slots.

    2. Beyoncé should have right of first refusal for all leading roles in any movie with a budget of 20 million or greater.

    3. Any and all projects can only be “green-lighted” by the Oprah or her duly authorized appointee-of-color.

  55. @Interested Bystander

    There are going to be a lot of BLACK executive producer credits. Pretty good scam for millionaires to make millions in the name of WOKE.

  56. So in a remake of “Pearl Harbor” a Japanesse pilot, played by an African American women, will dive on the Arizona and miss completely “they” is blind. That covers that.

    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian
    • Replies: @JMcG
    , @Alfa158
    , @techvet
  57. JMcG says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    Too bad Pearl Bailey is dead.

  58. If I don’t give a damn about Hollywood, and I don’t give a damn about the product that Hollywood produces, why in hell would I care about the various awards Hollywood people give each other?

  59. J.Ross says:

    At last, in the category of “people for whom the oscars do not exist,” maximum inclusion of every background type!

  60. J.Ross says:
    @Arclight

    Has the politics ever been spelled out in official rules?

  61. Wilkey says:

    What we need is a list of all the Best Picture winners and nominees that would not have qualified under the new rules. I’m guessing that would be at least 80% of them – The Godfather, LOTR, Star Wars, Schindlers List, ad infinitum.

    Maybe we could even compare Best Picture movies that qualified to those that don’t. They can have “Moonlight” and “Twelve Years a Slave” and “Parasite.” We’ll take “The Godfather,” “The Return of the King,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “Braveheart.”

    Hell, even a movie like “Titanic” by a good liberal like James Cameron wouldn’t qualify under this rule, at least not for the actors that were cast.

    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Altai
  62. Joeygee23 says:

    This include Spike Lee joints??

  63. @MEH 0910

    can you imagine telling Picasso what had to be in his fucking paintings.

    That is exactly what the Church did during the Dark Ages.

    That is why it was the Dark Ages!

    • Agree: vhrm
    • Replies: @John Long
  64. Will the next remake of Titanic have an all black cast? Will the aristocrats of the time suddenly become African Kings and Queens? Of course Captain Edward Smith will remain white as he was to blame in the sinking. Riots will break out in New York when the news wire gets the report. Pier 59 would be set ablaze. Black Life Rafts Matter.

    • LOL: usNthem
    • Replies: @Lurker
  65. Svigor says:

    It’s hard enough to make good movies as it is.

    Is it though? How do we know? As far as we know, it’s only hard to make good movies when you’re more concerned with jevvish ethnic nepotism (MUST have jevvish commissars as producers, best to have them as writers, strive to have them as directors) and conforming to the jevvish political agenda and keeping the “industry” in jevvish hands than you are with making good movies or even making money.

    It also helps if you don’t loathe your audience or hold them in complete contempt, a thing not at all in evidence.

    How about we hand over all producer jobs to blacks? How about writer and director jobs, too?

    That’d be diverse and inclusive. We could do that for TV too, I’d be all for that. 100% for that.

  66. Gordo says:
    @Wilkey

    1917 was a farce, a disgrace, an insult.

    • Agree: Dumbo
    • Disagree: Corvinus
    • Replies: @Wilkey
    , @Dumbo
  67. Mr. Blank says:

    I doubt this will have much practical impact in terms of the final product. The actual rules seem to leave a ton of wiggle room. It seems like they can meet the targets just by hiring a lot of blacks for menial tasks like fetching coffee and maybe giving a few impressive-sounding titles to seat-warming office staff of color. And of course, this is the industry that gave us “Hollywood accounting,” so they can probably figure out a way to hire a lot of blacks on paper without those black bodies technically, you know…existing.

    Of course, this will make it more expensive to make Oscar-bait movies — which will put such movies further out of reach for low-budget independent filmmakers. So, basically, another example of big players fencing off the market by imposing crippling start-up costs on potential challengers.

  68. @Wilkey

    BBC costume drama resisted it for a long time. The most recent one I remember watching (Vanity Fair) only had one non-white, as a servant (like in the book). But they will probably just stop making costume dramas at all (at least based on classic novels), because gammons and other despicable provincial people enjoy them.

  69. JimB says:
    @Arclight

    What will be interesting is whether after a few years of this being in force and plainly better films being passed up because of the diversity mandate, will critics have the balls to point that out?

    In the past decade, three films about blacks won a Best Picture Oscar: 12 Years a Slave (aka Skin Game), Moonlight, and Green Book. But apparently restorative justice demands 100% of Oscar winning pictures must be made by and about a race that comprises 12% of the population.

  70. anonymous[285] • Disclaimer says:
    @Percy Gryce

    Steve, here’s a slightly more consequential California piece of enforced diversity:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-31/california-lawmakers-approve-racial-quotas-for-corporate-boards

    Uh… I think they’ve lost their fucking minds, and hiring based on race has been against the law for quite some time now. This should be overturned before it gets any real legs.

    What puzzles me is the foundation of America is built on meritocracy. Never in the history of the world has a country been based on meritocracy. That’s what powers our excellence. That’s why people left their own shitty countries around the world. These idiots and maniacs want to turn California into a western European cesspool of what amounts to a perverse, low rent racial nepotism.

    Some might say it’s not nationalism as much as nepotism that creates the groundwork for great world wars. And these stupid fuckers are clearing the ground for our next civil war, while they pat themselves on the back!

    I recall Richard Dreyfuss appearing on Tucker Carlson a few years back, lamenting about our national ignorance of civics, and our country’s remedial knowledge at best of the Constitution. I think his observations are panning out disastrously.

    If there’s any riots that should be held, it should be at the front door of school teachers, school board administrators, and Union leaders. Let alone these mother fuckers involved with the authorship and passing of this bill.

    These fuckers are going to pay the price, sooner or later.

  71. syonredux says:

    To be eligible for best picture, a film must meet at least two standards across four categories: “Onscreen Representation, Themes and Narratives,” “Creative Leadership and Project Team,” “Industry Access and Opportunities” and “Audience Development.” Within each category are a variety of criteria involving the inclusion of people in underrepresented groups, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people and those with cognitive or physical disabilities. (Other Oscar categories will not be held to these same standards, but the contenders for best picture typically filter down to other feature-length categories.)

    Let me see, if I cast Gabrielle Anwar (25% South Asian) in a movie, does she count as diverse?

    How about Teri Hatcher? She’s 25% Syrian

    Catherine Keener’s half-Arab

    Morena Baccarin is from Brazil

    Jordana Brewster is the granddaughter of Kingman Brewster (President of Yale, Ambassador to the Court of St James, Master of University College, Oxford) and a direct descendant of William Brewster, but her mother is Brazilian sexpot Maria João, which makes her officially BIPOC

    And I could have Terrence Malick (half-Assyrian) direct

    • Replies: @tyrone
    , @syonredux
  72. techvet says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    So in a remake of “Pearl Harbor” a Japanesse pilot, played by an African American women womxn, will dive on the Arizona and miss completely “they” is blind. That covers that.

    there. fixed it for ya

    • Thanks: Buffalo Joe
  73. The greatest talkie ever made, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), could never be made today. (It won seven competitive Oscars at the time, and one honorary Oscar.)

    Ditto for Citizen Kane, On the Waterfront, the list goes on and on.

    Oh, well, you can’t commit genocide without minor costs.

    • Replies: @syonredux
    , @Bardon Kaldian
  74. cognitive or physical disabilities

    This could be a real gold mine. Imagine a talent agency that specializes in loaning out people with disabilities to take a Producer Fee on projects. Every actor will get a diagnosis of ADHD, bipolar disorder or dyslexia in order to qualify a film for a Best Picture Oscar. Most actors likely already have some possible form of diagnosable mental illness. I assume that substance abuse will be considered a disability that will qualify under this system.

    I imagine the real play will be the latter two categories which will be a goldmine for diversity and multicultural consultants and advisers.

    The diversity requirements will be relatively easy for studios to address, but could negatively affect low budget independent and foreign films.

    • Agree: R.G. Camara
  75. Can someone remind me how many Oscars they gave for Shaft? When they did diversity back then, they called it blaxploitation, so what will make this any different?

    I miss Isaac Hayes (Grammy, Golden Globe, and Oscar for Shaft), particularly his South Park stuff….

  76. This is gonna be great…

    While the Soviet Union did produce some good films in its time, its emphasis on rewarding the films that pushed communism the most made its output overall crappy.

    Hollywood is already suffering from a still-growing backlash against its obvious woke agenda. The destruction of the once-money making Star Wars and Star Trek franchises is finally hitting home, and the backlash against Girlbusters and Captain Marvel shocked a lot of lefties with its vehemence.

    But SJWs always double down.

    The Oscars were already increasingly irrelevant every year. The 2017 Best Picture debacle—when they literally announced the wrong Best Picture live on air, and had to reverse it—well, I feel like it will be pointed to years from now as a watershed historical moment in Oscar/movie history: when a far-left wing, anti-American, anti-Trump-preachers couldn’t even run their own awards show correctly, and gave their Best Picture to a gay black child molesting movie, and America began to tune out.

    I cannot wait to see them announce the first winner of the Most Woke Oscar.

    • Agree: vhrm
  77. Dave says:

    Ah, the Oscars, a TV show no one watches about movies no one watches.

    • Replies: @Alden
  78. syonredux says:
    @Nicholas Stix

    The number of great films that wouldn’t qualify for a Best Picture nomination is mind-boggling: 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Godfather, The Godfather II, The Seventh Seal, The Sweet Smell of Success, Sunset Boulevard,A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Crowd, My Darling Clementine, Red River, McCabe & Mrs. Miller , ……

  79. @Clifford Brown

    Yeah, this is going to turn into a huge racket for some enterprising agency. Along the lines of many political civil rights groups:

    –demand diversity
    –send professional protesters out if a movie or studio isn’t sufficiently diverse
    –get press to cover it.
    —studio then hires people from your agency to make movie diverse.

    Al Sharpton could have a whole new late-life career getting a producer credit on a ton of movies.

  80. e says:

    I guess you make a decent income off reviewing movies, Steve, but the best answer for all of us is to not watch movies and not write about them.

    It’s the dollars that count.

    I cancelled my Netflix this morning. I haven’t seen much worth watching anyway.

    Consumers really can change things if they act in large enough numbers.

    ESPN is hurting and it’s because so many have dropped cable.

    • Replies: @Kylie
  81. They forgot to write down the rule about never having a Chinese villain.

  82. Liberal and leftist plans are always a step behind technology.

    More movies will be made independently and sold directly like any other product. Improved rating systems that aggregate data will move even the smallest studios into the public eye.

    The people making these movies won’t care about the Oscars. Their target audiences will be more focused. Ironically this will bring in more diversity in terms of the people making the movies.

    So Hollywood can keep giving themselves awards for best scissoring scene in a WW2 reimagination starring Black lesbians.

    No one cares. Women and gays only watch those stupid award shows to see what celebrities are wearing.

  83. e says:

    Will actors now go before casting directors with their DNA tests or are looks all that count?

    “Oh, well, your hair is not kinky enough,” might be a common complaint. “Your lips not full enough, your booty not big enough.”

  84. @Clifford Brown

    Every actor will get a diagnosis of ADHD, bipolar disorder or dyslexia in order to qualify a film for a Best Picture Oscar. Most actors likely already have some possible form of diagnosable mental illness. I assume that substance abuse will be considered a disability that will qualify under this system.

    if a Hollywood star acquires a “pedophilic disorder” diagnosis, he then qualifies ?

  85. Clyde says:

    Hollywood is casting more light-skinned actors for major roles in blockbuster movies to appeal to a Chinese audience, report finds. Since 2012 filmmakers are said to have considered ‘Chinese society’s aesthetic preference for lighter skin’ when the Communist Party allowed more US films

    The study, published by Johns Hopkins University, was first reported this week It looked at 3,000 movies from 2009 until 2015 and found an an 8 per cent increase in the number roles filled by of light-skinned actors after 2012
    The report notes: ‘For 1 of every 3 films in this category, the film went from having 2 out of 3 as very light-skinned actors, to having 3 out of 3’
    It also suggests that the shift only occurs in movies set for the Chinese market
    But the report adds: ‘Colorism does not equate to racism’

    9 September 2020
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8714121/Hollywood-casting-light-skinned-actors-appeal-Chinese-audience-report-finds.html

    • Replies: @Lurker
  86. J.Ross says:

    OT Are the blue metropoli using wildfires to punish red hinterlands?
    Anon said:
    Looks like Kate Brown is finally getting her revenge on rural Oregon.

    NO ACTIVATION OF THE NATIONAL GUARD

    Man Charged with Arson [wildfires are native and common in the region, but an awful lot of them are officially attributed to arson and arrests are made]
    https://www.koin.com/news/wildfires/man-faces-arson-charge-in-connection-with-sweet-creek-fires/?fbclid=IwAR3FIg4Z8wAgvSrKBfer4eGfpW43HaMApBV4BWLQaGrx3hnz8s4qLgpVW6c

    Livestream
    https://www. the face book .com/story.php?story_fbid=3241796105868427&id=95214830735

    Cities Destroyed
    Mill City (OR)
    Phoenix (OR)
    Detroit (OR)

  87. Simple solution: Count Jews as non-white

    • Agree: Bardon Kaldian
  88. @syonredux

    Reading through these “criteria” is a mindscramble, but let’s consider some antique winners or heavy nominees and ask, how much wiggle room would today’s Oscars give them?

    Out of Africa
    ? There’s !Blacks! in it, treated sympathetically. A famous woman lead character, played by a famous woman actor, who stoically survives her lover’s death and carries on. And directed by a Jew!

    Dangerous Liaisons. Directed by a Jew. Screenwriter presumably gay. I think a casting director was a woman. Glenn Close is sexually empowered!

    Bugsy. Jewish gangsters can be visionaries who built America. Warren Beatty bestows his charisma upon a Jewish character. Annette Bening is feisty BPD femme fatale. Elliott Gould’s character is retarded. Cinematographer Allen Daviau died “of” Covid-19!

    Ordinary People. Uhhh . . . Jewish psychiatrist solves it all! The mother is so selfi–I mean, she’s strong and empowered because she just walks away from her family at the end! And grandma asked something about the shrink, “Is he Jewish?” or “He’s Jewish, right?” so this is a film about anti-Semitism.

    Now of course in present times they’re probably just going to go all Mira Nair Vanity Fair with all your historical productions and feature feisty high-yeller Leeza Bennett’s booty clapping, but this is not to say they won’t find escape clauses to hand out awards when so inclined to their faves, in case one of them decides to take the l’art pour l’art tack. Is it really too late for Polanski to win Best Picture?

  89. ‘…Wouldn’t it be simpler just to hand out an Oscar every year to “Best Black”?’

    Didn’t you just say that’s what they were going to be?

  90. @Clifford Brown

    You’d want the chief editor or continuity supervisor to be the one with ADHD

  91. anon[418] • Disclaimer says:

    This mandatory Wokeness is not just going to affect the big budget movies. The arthouse flix that want to have a slight chance will also have to bow down, or just accept they will be left out entirely. Boomer film fans might consider if Akira Kurosawa or Alfred Hitchcock would be able to function with color-of-skin-commissars constantly sniffing at them. Forget all the great French directors entirely.

    How about Di$ney’s new Mulan, where does it rank? Speaking of Parasite, does Train to Busan meet these DIEversity standards?

    How far down will the effects go? All the way down to the level of Sharktopus, Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs, etc. will have to be at least some Woke in order to get any financing.

    It’s as if someone decided to let Roger Corman run the entire film industry but with Spike Lee having final veto over him. Of course this will create a huge gap in the flick market for non-Woke storytelling. Might only be available when streamed through a VPN off of a pseudo-pirate host, though.

  92. Anon[638] • Disclaimer says:

    If studios have to choose between making money and getting awards, they’re going to make money. You can’t eat an award. Oscars will just become as meaningless as the Hugo Awards.

  93. Anon[638] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wilkey

    I haven’t watched TV for years. But the idea of putting blacks where they never were is so stupid that all whites should boycott it. Blacks don’t belong in historical movies, period. They weren’t there.

  94. Michael S says:

    I thought that actual explicit racial quotas were considered gauche. When it comes to affirmative action, you’re not supposed to talk about how the sausage is made.

    The left seems to lack cohesive organization these days. They’re not following the Harvard script anymore, it’s just a bunch of deranged social justice warriors running around like chickens with their heads cut off

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  95. Corn says:
    @MEH 0910

    This is a disgrace to artists everywhere…can you imagine telling Picasso what had to be in his fucking paintings. You people have lost your minds. Control artists,control individual thought .. OSCAR ORWELL https://t.co/QhM8e6msnj

    — Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) September 9, 2020

    Sad state of affairs when the Scientologist is the one talking sense.

    • Agree: bruce county
  96. @Interested Bystander

    If any major studio was truly woke, rather than just virtue signaling, it would cast Richard Gere.

    • Replies: @Stan Adams
  97. Alden says:
    @Wilkey

    Remember all the criticism of LOTR because it was too White ? Most of it was by Jewish looking Jewish women film critics and assistant adjunct part time college instructors who were jealous of the pretty women actresses.

    • Replies: @Jane Plain
    , @Known Fact
  98. I foresee the Academy Awards, and movies which compete for one, being completely irrelevant in 2024. Not one of the movies in the competition will be remembered the year after they are released. Movies in general were already culturally fading before the current age of negrophilia and the pandemic, as they’re longer than 15 seconds and don’t loop, and the eternally young people cannot tolerate that anymore. In fact, in an attempt to counter their path to irrelevance, I foresee Academy Awards being given to Youtube, Instagram and of course Tiktok videos.

  99. One problem: the world’s largest market prefers white people.

    https://mol.im/a/8714121 (DM)

    • Agree: Alden
  100. I detect the firm hand of fat,angry black women in this idiocy. Audience development, F you,you nitwit college graduate slob.

  101. @Paleo Liberal

    They sell black gerbils, don’t they?

  102. Excal says:

    The New Normal in Hollywood is Chinese money. In the old days, movies could be made for an American market and shopped to China. In the future, Hollywood will effectively make movies for the Chinese market and shop them to America. If the Oscars even survive this latest hit — which is far from clear — this is what will drive them, going forward.

    To the extent that a mass American movie market will even be possible, it will have to be served with products which have little to do with an ethnic culture — superhero movies can do this, so the industry will keep making those as long as they can. But the American market is fractured, risky, and shrinking. The Chinese market is homogeneous, growing, and already at least three times the size of the old American market. Hollywood has always been about making a buck. There really isn’t any contest here.

    There may be a silver lining. Some of the money that used to stay tied up in Big Hollywood will go back to the indie market. Many of the movies that do get made for Americans (whoever they are) will be actual films, not amusement-park rides. This could even start to look a little like the European national film markets: small, focused, able to support a certain amount of quality.

    Either that, or film really is the twentieth-century art — and that’s where it will always stay. The energy that drove those old European markets was a national, idealistic energy, and I’m not sure any of that exists in America today, which has long since ceased to be a nation at all. If people in America — particularly the young — are not excited about film and don’t see it as a relevant and important art, it won’t come back there.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    , @Wilkey
  103. Anon7 says:

    Wouldn’t it be simpler just to hand out an Oscar every year to “Best Black”?

    They don’t want your crappy black Oscars. They want the Oscars, you know, the famous ones.

    And if this years Hugos are any indication, they want all of them.

  104. Altai says:
    @Wilkey

    Next year’s best picture if it runs on enough screens in 2020.

  105. good. maybe this will get Steve to finally stop watching or caring about stupid, fake movies made by people who hate him and hate America, and starring professional pretenders who aren’t actually World War 2 heroes or astronauts.

    the movie industry crashing and burning during the virus is a great result. only the NBA ratings crating has been better. both of these things could go away forever and the country would be greatly improved.

  106. Old Prude says:

    “Audience development “. That says it all. Hey, jackasses, I go to the movies for entertainment. I graduated school thirty years ago and church is Sunday morning. Development ?from you degenerates? Get lost!

  107. Slightly OT: The Dune trailer is out and they changed ‘jihad’ for ‘crusade’, ostensibly out of fear of being cancelled for islamophobic appropriation and/or getting brutally murdered ala Charlie Hebdo.

    This is annoying not just because of the PC clown world censorship, but because it makes no sense in the context of the story. Jihad is supposed to be about eternal expansion, what the Fremen in the story are trying to do, whereas the Crusades were about one specific region. The object of the Crusades was never to turn the entire planet into Christian territory.

  108. Wilkey says:
    @syonredux

    The irony is that the most recent Best Picture winner – “Parasite” – may quite literally be the least diverse Best Picture winner in the last, oh, 50 years – and perhaps of all time. Literally everyone involved in the movie is South Korean by nationality and ethnically Korean.

    Even most pasty white British period pieces that get nominated have pretty ethnically diverse casts, by comparison. The most recent adaptation of Jane Eyre had a half-Japanese director (Cary Fukunaga), a half-Polish Jane (Mia Wasikowska), and an Irish-German Mr. Rochester (Michael Fassbender).

  109. @Interested Bystander

    Being a little slow on the uptake, i’ve only really understood in the decade or so how critical Hollyweird has been to the disaster in the West.

    For any normal people, tribe, race, nation, the stories in people’s heads are *their* stories.

    Their myths, legends, heroes. Their narratives.

    And 100 years ago in the West that was the case. Leftism was about workers rights, pay and working conditions–not getting bossed around by and getting a better deal from “the man”. Even the American progressive (WASP) establishment ideology was about Protestant work ethnic, education, sobriety, cleanliness, middle class values, conservation etc. (Later pollution and population control.) I.e. extending and preserving their own culture and values.

    Having white people’s headspace hijacked by Hollywood Jews–white people living their lives with their heads filled with Jewish minoritarian narratives and fables–has been an absolute disaster for our people. Maybe the key to the disaster.

  110. vhrm says:

    This strikes me as more deeply un-American and un-liberal than other affirmative action stuff. The conceit of movies, especially “awards” movies, is that they’re art and speech. Also they often say something new and at least a little bit shocking.

    These mandates are a weird prior-restraint censorship of art. Again it’s strange to see liberals arguing for things like this. The Hays Code (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_Picture_Production_Code) is not something that the left has generally thought well of.

    There’s also a crappy misunderstanding of “diversity”. My dinner might be diverse because i have a steak that has steak flavor and texture and a salad that has salad flavor and texture a beer that has beer flavor and texture and maybe some cake for desert.

    If i take these things and toss them into a blender and then just have 4 cups of the resulting mix, that’s not diverse!

  111. Mike Tre says:

    The ruling class really is like a virus. they don’t realize they are killing themselves when they infect and spread through their sports, entertainment, government and military hosts.

  112. Wilkey says:

    I think the ultimate goal of the Wokeists is to achieve race-blind casting in film, which has already been achieved (to some degree) in stage productions. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a production of an English play, by Shakespeare or anyone else, that didn’t include a couple of black cast members.

    It’s somewhat tolerable on stage because one doesn’t expect quite the same level of reality that one expects in a movie. Even then I’ve noticed that the black actors that are cast are quite often not nearly as good as the white actors in the production. That’s one thing that has caused me to believe that maybe blacks just aren’t as good as whites when it comes to acting. There just aren’t that many celebrated black actors, and I don’t think it has anything to do with racism.

    • Replies: @vhrm
  113. all the good movies were already made anyway. who cares about the crap coming out these days? especially, since tons of the actually good stuff was based on material written by serious authors who wrote what they wrote in books or articles decades before a script was made based on it. movie production is a lagging indicator of writing ability and literary talent of your best guys. and they’re all dead, or really old now.

    but especially it’s hilarious to hear people arguing that “Oh my god! Now the best movie cannot win!”

    when DID the best movie win? they already didn’t win half the time, before this diversity bullshit. the awards were highly political for 50 entire years in the pre-diversity era. the wrong movie used to win all the time. it was common for that to happen. the Academy didn’t even nominate the best movies sometimes because the guys who made it weren’t part of the right social cliques or they made a sci fi or horror, which is never allowed to win. it’s not like meritocracy is being is being negated here. it already was compromised in this industry.

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  114. I think the ultimate goal of the Wokeists is to achieve race-blind casting in film, which has already been achieved (to some degree) in stage productions.

    Yes and it has ruined staged productions by destroying the historical context. I don’t want to see a Black Hamlet anymore than I want to see a White Shaka Zulu.

    But there seems to be plenty of support to make stage plays colorblind. A lot of money was made from a rapping Hamilton.

    Liberals seem more likely to buy into the image of broadway. As if seeing a live play makes you more special than watching a movie.

    Most plays are crap just as most movies are crap. The main difference is that if you rent a crap movie at home you can change the channel.

  115. tyrone says:
    @syonredux

    Wait a second,are those finger scratch marks on Terrance’s left breast?……don’t worry ,I’m not going to speculate…….. two words……..body makeup

  116. You want diversity? I’ll give you diversity:

  117. @AnotherDad

    Go to the opera, young man. Motion pictures are just the distributable version of Wagner’s music drama. Those stories remain the stories of those people and their history.

    The Ring is rooted in Norse mythology but it really is a universal human exercise. The Japanese were mad for it, at least the ones I met in Bayreuth. Selection bias, to be sure.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  118. Muggles says:

    People still pay to watch films?

    Oscars?

    Like the awards given to the Best Dramatic Performance on Broadcast Radio?

    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian
  119. @Wilkey

    Historical drama is already severely compromised for accuracy. Will it get worse, or will people simply refuse to watch it?

    Embrace the power of and.

  120. PaceLaw says:

    Something tells me that we’re going to see a lot more Oscar-nominated movies featuring black homosexual dwarfs. A cheap and easy way to get around this clause is just to feature this guy in every movie. He’d make black people happy, right? Lol!

    • Replies: @Truth
  121. Truth says:
    @Interested Bystander

    Movies, are, were and always have been propaganda with a little bit of entertainment thrown in. “Hollywood” comes from the wood of the Holly tree, which is not native to Los Angeles, and was the wood used by druids to make magic wands.

  122. You practically need a law degree with a minor in actuarial science to avoid running afoul of those guidelines.

    “Any 2 of the following 4 criteria fulfilled entirely, but at least one component from a subgroup within each of those 4 criteria…”

    Sheesh, can’t we just make a damn movie?

  123. Truth says:
    @PaceLaw

    Wouldn’t be a bad start…

  124. syonredux says:
    @syonredux

    And if Terrance Malick isn’t available, there’s always Guillermo Del Toro. Remember kids, everyone from Mexico counts as non-White!

    • LOL: GeneralRipper
  125. @BB753

    Interesting.

    While I think that American Jews (or persons of non-negligible Jewish ancestry) are rightly over-represented in exact & social & humanist sciences- I don’t see them as specifically gifted as actors or directors (with a few exceptions). Screenwriters? I don’t know. Alright, as screenwriters, yes.

    They seem to be very good at high quality TV series, but as filmmakers?

    • Replies: @BB753
  126. tyrone says:

    At the risk of sounding like an old fogey, the movies today are crap……..TCM……thanks Ted……and for Gods and generals.

  127. @prime noticer

    good. maybe this will get Steve to finally stop watching or caring about stupid, fake movies made by people who hate him and hate America, and starring professional pretenders who aren’t actually World War 2 heroes or astronauts.

    I’ve never understood conservatives that review movies.

    So here is my 2 page review I spent all weekend writing about a movie that trashes Christianity and celebrates homosexuality.

    I didn’t enjoy it and felt like my $12 was wasted.

    Now tune in next week for another review.

  128. vhrm says:
    @Wilkey

    Decades ago this somewhat irked me, but i’ve mostly gotten over it at least in theory.

    Having a black actor playing a white character in a Shakespeare play especially is, imo, little more of a stretch than having a white actor do it considering how far removed we are from those times.

    I think it would be helpful if the race of the character, especially if it’s important to the play, were designated somehow, like maybe with blackface or whiteface or maybe some symbolic version of it.
    For example painting a square of the character’s color on the actor’s cheek.

    The bigger issue, imo, is inclusion of “diversity” characters and diversity themes where they don’t exist belong or fit.

    For example: “Memoirs of a Geisha” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoirs_of_a_Geisha )
    Set in early 20th century Japan with all Japanese characters.
    Written by a white guy
    In the movie many of the lead and supporting actors were Chinese.

    I’m mostly ok with all this. What would have been beyond the pale is if, the other geisha characters were, say, hispanic or black and you hear rap playing in the background… which is what the new woke requirements are.

    Here’s Steve Moffat, Doctor Who show runner for a while, back in 2016:

    “And we’ve kind of got to tell a lie: we’ll go back into history and there will be black people where, historically, there wouldn’t have been, and we won’t dwell on that. We’ll say, ‘To hell with it, this is the imaginary, better version of the world. By believing in it, we’ll summon it forth.’ …”

    (https://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/moffat-on-diversity-in-doctor-who-we-must-do-better-80637.htm )

    This is the demand now industry wide both in history and in contemporary stories. Gotta insert imagined “representation” and “diversity” OF CHARACTERS everywhere across time and space.

    • Replies: @Wilkey
  129. @prime noticer

    Academy didn’t even nominate the best movies sometimes because the guys who made it weren’t part of the right social cliques or they made a sci fi or horror, which is never allowed to win.

    They won’t give it to pure comedies either.

    It has to have some type of meaningful story in the background and it can’t have politically incorrect jokes.

    Movies that criticize Hollywood or liberal values are also ignored.

    So I’m in agreement that this really isn’t news.

    They’re just standardizing their existing bias.

  130. @Alden

    Hollywood accounting remains mysterious.

  131. @theMann

    Slippery Slope Dpt, Supreme Court edition:

    There are no Asians on the Supreme Court– yet. But that would be a good title for the biopic of some shady Oriental entrepreneur. Or corporate spy.

  132. Muggles says:
    @Cloudbuster

    So any accurate pre-current-era war film would be impossible to qualify for Best Picture. Saving Private Ryan: The Reboot — The Tuskegee Airmen join up with a scrappy group of WACs to go undercover to save Private Ryn, the transgender Jewish soldier whose transgender brothers were killed while assassinating Hitler.

    Didn’t Quinton Tarantino already make that one?

  133. res says:
    @theMann

    What is funny about the inconsistency is that sex is actually much more clear cut than race. Although there are some extremely rare special cases.

  134. @TomSchmidt

    The Ring is rooted in Norse mythology but it really is a universal human exercise. The Japanese were mad for it, at least the ones I met in Bayreuth. Selection bias, to be sure.

    Soichiro Honda’s number-two man, who masterminded that company’s entrance into the US market, took a week off every year to go to Bayreuth.

    • Thanks: TomSchmidt
  135. “Either that, or film really is the twentieth-century art”

    this is also my take, on a larger scale. art forms have a time and a place. they have a rise, a peak, and a decline. and the time of the movie is passing. the movie will be less relevant in the 21st century and may become largely irrelevant, moving thru the same process that radio moved thru as a medium.

    this explains ‘modern art’, to some degree. 300 years ago that was the ONLY medium. so of course, all the best guys in the world were working in paint and sculpture and pencil. who would deliberately choose to work in those mediums today, now that there are several digital mediums with vastly further reach, technical capabilities, and 100 times the financial payout? all you get are third rate talents. so of course modern art is garbage, strictly by talent participation, before getting into politics or corrupting influences. architecture could be going the same way.

    music is ending, in part because the prime heavy lifters, european men, are largely moving on to video games, leaving behind the africans, women, and homosexuals, who can’t make the technical leap to make the transition.

  136. Can you tell us something about these god-awful fires?

    We in the east are justifiably accused of being somewhat callous to the natural disasters in the real America. But this concerns me.

    Does anyone think they got out of hand because of the prisoner releases, or is it just “fires gonna fire”?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  137. syonredux says:

    The Dune trailer has dropped:

    Looks OK. Gotta say, though, the film’s aesthetic is a tad bland. Lynch’s adaptation had problems, but it was stunning in terms of costumes and set design:

  138. @Michael S

    The left seems to lack cohesive organization these days. They’re not following the Harvard script anymore, it’s just a bunch of deranged social justice warriors running around like chickens with their heads cut off

    They have completed their long march through the institutions–now it is time to celebrate with a drunk frat partee!

  139. @Bardon Kaldian

    2001 – “Gladiator”
    2004 – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

    Probably the only two which have actually been watched since winning the Oscar

  140. Does the fact that an oddly elongated humanoid alien played a Russian oligarch’s wife in Tenet count as diversity?

  141. @AnotherDad

    “Having white people’s headspace hijacked by Jews”

    Jeremiah Johnson (1972) written (John Milius) and directed (Sydney Pollack) by Jews. A quintessential American white man movie. Thanks, Jews. Then there’s 2001 (1968): white men in space, encountering the creator alien intelligence in the void. Another one by a Jew. Although Kubrick made an error in the film: the Starchild is not white and blue-eyed; it’s black and needs a nap. The infinite infant. Our gods will indeed be of colour. Thanks again, Jews.

  142. Anon[337] • Disclaimer says:

    Have been seeing about 1 movie per year for the last 10 years now. Its been over a year since Ive seen one. I suspect Im not alone in this. I just dont care about Hollywood or the MSM anymore. I dont want to financially support them. I want them, like the NFL, to experience financial catastrophe. So I dont watch. I made myself a promise to not even watch the super bowl this year. Im not going to get preached to by this bunch, ever.

  143. @syonredux

    “the film’s aesthetic is a tad bland”

    I trust Denis Villeneuve’s choice here: Dune could easily degrade into a Flash Gordon (1980). It is space opera. And whilst I’m a gigantic David Lynch fan, his Dune, whilst interesting, is rather Flash Gordian. Plus Villeneuve has an interesting and varied filmography.

  144. J.Ross says:
    @prime noticer

    Agree, let it die, there is nothing to save here.
    Just saw Sorcerer the other night. Nothing which has come out in the last ten or twenty years can touch it.

  145. Alden says:
    @Dave

    Exactly, a TV show no one watches about movies no one watches. Best description of the Oscars I’ve ever heard.

    Did anyone see the Ugly Woman Ghostbusters ? I tried to watch it a few years ago because I thought the kids might like it. They didn’t like it so we watched Cinderella and the Seth Rogen movie where he went to North Korea to kill the dictator again.

  146. theMann says:
    @Interested Bystander

    I don’t think it is hard to make a good film at all. You need a competent Director, a well written script ( you can steal the story from all human literature), and good Actors.

    And there is absolutely no shortage of any of that. Of course, most films are garbage.

    Either Hollywood is stupendously incompetent, or makes garbage on ourpose.

  147. @syonredux

    Looks OK. Gotta say, though, the film’s aesthetic is a tad bland.

    What’s with the fruity gospel soundtrack? Sounds like something lifted from Sister Act 4.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  148. The problem is- blacks. They don’t have many works of universal cultural significance that would appeal to others.

    In the US, they’re put on the pedestal & everybody bows down to their incessant whining. Whites are, of course, the norm in the US, but European cinemas are also the norm in other sense. Non-white minorities have their impressive film productions, such as Bollywood or various Chinese locations, as well as the Japanese. Hispanics/Mestizos don’t have a developed race consciousness in this area.

    One could say that blacks have Nollywood in Nigeria and Ghana, but there is no global awareness of its existence (although the level of production is sometimes good, you can check it on YouTube). And I doubt that US blacks know or care about Nollywood.

    The point is that you can’t put an actor of clearly different race in the role of a well defined person, belonging to a well known cultural-ethnic-historical-racial milieu, without looking ridiculous. Norse mythology films can only accommodate whites. Period. The same goes for so called classics.

    The big four (Western culture, India, China & Islam) have their own numerous narratives & can use actors from their big pool of talents; Mestizo Hispanics don’t care & are satisfied with some kind of Spaniards.

    It’s only blacks who stick out because they are absurd in any non-black role, and their cultural heritage, even if we take both Americas into consideration, is scarce. They cannot draw from their narrative heritage in Africa because it virtually doesn’t exist; and in the US, it is one-dimensional, stereotypical & mostly uninteresting to the rest of the non-black world.

    You can take Americans of Czech, Polish, Irish, Welsh, Scots, Jewish, Russian, Italian, Swedish, Croatian, Spanish, Argentinian, French, English, German…. extraction to play main roles in adaptation of fictions authored by Hawthorne, Howells, London, Sinclair, Norris, Dreiser, Cather, James, Wharton, Miller, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner (whites), Updike.. and the rest of the historical Anglosphere & the Western world.

    But with non-whites, it is absurd. Chinese-Americans or Indian-Americans don’t care they don’t belong to Henry James’ or William Faulkner’s fictive universes. Actually- blacks neither. But they will scream at the the top of their lungs because they’ve been passed over for the roles of Isabel Archer or Quentin Compson.

    Or, for that matter, Gregor Samsa, any shape, form or color.

  149. Kylie says:
    @e

    “I cancelled my Netflix this morning. I haven’t seen much worth watching anyway.

    Consumers really can change things if they act in large enough numbers.

    ESPN is hurting and it’s because so many have dropped cable.”

    Thanks for reminding me. This month is my ten-year anniversary of being cable-free. I did let a friend staying with me get a 30 day free trial of Netflix in 2018, canceled it before I had to pay.

  150. Wilkey says:
    @Gordo

    I actually really liked it. A bit of a ridiculous premise, to be sure, but still I can’t help but tear up whenever a WW1 film comes on screen. A bloody awful war, and yet it gets far too little attention compared to WW2, and there are just too many people who seem to think there were no “good guys.”

    The Germans were every bit the shits in WW1 as they were in WW2, and every bit as much to blame. Germany *chose* to invade the Low Countries. Germany *chose* to invade France. Germany *chose* to keep fighting when it was very, very clear it could not win. Oh, so you say that Germany felt lonely and “isolated” and without an ally in the Europe of 1914? Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and Adam Lanza probably all felt pretty lonely, too.

  151. @Anonymous

    DC Comics ‘Wonder Women Of History’ To Feature ‘Real World Heroes’ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib https://t.co/qeiSYWasKU

    I clicked the link and read further:

    DC Comics is releasing a new graphic novel celebrating the “Wonder Women of History,” and included among 17 female “real-world heroes” will be leftist darlings Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and even former presidential candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

    The list of “Wonder Women of History” also includes Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, tennis star Serena Williams, Beyonce, and alternative comedian Tig Notaro, as well as a number of social justice activists. No conservative women were included.

    “History” seems to be a lot shorter than I remember.

    OT- OT: I’m generally not a big believer in masks, but I can see where they might be useful in select cases, especially with a nice firm seal all the way around and a small padlock in the back. And maybe a red rubber ball right in the word hole?

  152. I don’t go to the movies, follow the Oscars, etc.

    In recent years, the news out of the motion picture industry has been wonderful, e.g. year-over-year, box office receipts (especially domestic) in steady decline.

    The industry’s latest initiative is more great news. Thanks for the heads-up.

  153. Wilkey says:
    @vhrm

    What it amounts to is an eradication of our history as it actually was. Of course they certainly won’t be “race-blind” when the character in question is a bad person. Nazis will always be white. Slave owners will always be white.

    But the good parts of our history will be cast as multiracial, because how dare they leave us with the idea that there might have been good times in our history that were non-diverse?

    Like I said, I get it in stage productions, to an extent. I don’t like it when I suspect they could have cast a better white actor or actress, but cast a black actor “to make a point,” but otherwise I am fine with it. But on screen – in some ways that’s just more real. You expect television and film to reflect reality just a little bit more than what you see on stage.

    As for the most recent iteration of Doctor Who…it’s all shite. The original Doctor Who took us across the universe. The latest version seems to be set only on or around Earth.

    • Replies: @Charles St. Charles
  154. For lovers of good old times….

  155. Charlotte says:
    @Wilkey

    I have no interest in watching historical dramas that replace white characters with obvious POCs for the sake of Diversity. Heck, even if you could justify the presence of non-whites historically, the racial dimension would, or rather should, change the interpersonal dynamics of the film. Or maybe all that systemic racism wasn’t a thing prior to the 20th century! Anybody learning their history from these will be left with some very odd ideas about European history.

    • Replies: @Lurker
  156. Wilkey says:
    @theMann

    I’ve already said this on this blog about a dozen times before now: lie about your race and ethnicity everywhere but on the US census.

    The census is what they base the quotas on, so you don’t want to lie about that. And it isn’t public knowledge, sfaik, for like 75 years.

    But everywhere else you need to just make shit up: when you apply for a loan, when you apply for a job, when your kid applies to college. Likely as not, the business hiring you won’t question you when you claim to be black. Hell, they’ll probably be glad to add another “black” employee to their numbers. So long as you claim it and not them, they can’t be charged with falsification.

    Ditto for loan applications. Banks want to get credit for loans to minorities. So long as you’re claiming it and not them, there ain’t nothing they can do about it. Again, they’ll probably be grateful for another loan made to a “minority.”

    College applications? Have your kid dye his or her hair black and get a really nice tan for their application picture, if one is required. Or just Photoshop the damn thing.

    Do you really think the government is going to start forcing us to take DNA tests? It’s time to start throwing all the monkey wrenches in this thing that we possibly can. We should not be accessories in discrimination against ourselves. How stupid do we have to be?

    • Replies: @Gabe Ruth
  157. guest says:

    “those with cognitive…disabilities”

    Hollywood goes full retard.

  158. guest says:
    @syonredux

    Why does that moody twink keep getting cast in lead roles?

    Oops, I answered my own question.

  159. I think I’ll celebrate Hollywood diversity by watching “Blazing Saddles”.

    But, I’ll try not to laugh.

  160. @Cloudbuster

    The beatings will continue until straight men are attracted to men in dresses.

    No need for violence old chap.

    Gals like this will be endlessly propagandized against less femme cis-women in the wokestream media, and relentlessly incentivized via the Chi-Com style social credit system our betters will implement under Generalissimo Harris.

  161. turtle says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    There are no Asians on the Supreme Court– yet

    No worries, mate.
    Sooner or later an appropriate left wing Oriental Jewish lesbian Federal judge will be found, to make the Court “look more like America.”
    These things take time…

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  162. Rob says:

    OT,

    Using google from the iPad address bar to get to Metapedia goes straight to Wikipedia, with no heads up that they defrauded you. Googling for Metapedia from Google domain does give a Metapedia link after warning that Metapedia is 195 proof BadThink.

    • Replies: @anon
  163. Lot says:
    @Wilkey

    Best WWI movie I’ve seen thanks to all the modern big budget film techniques plus very good writing and acting. A couple unobtrusive PC moments it had were just nothing like the absurd wokeness of main cast black and Chinese Tudors in Queen of Scots.

    This was great too, watched via torrent:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallipoli_(miniseries)

  164. Here’s a thought. Stop worrying about the Oscars and just make good movies and good money.

  165. Did anyone consult the Chinese investors? Do they really want to see more blackety-black movies in Beijing?

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
  166. @Excal

    They are already making Hollywood movies primarily for the Chinese market. Mulan is the latest example. Crazy Rich Asians before that.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  167. Wilkey says:
    @syonredux

    Looks OK. Gotta say, though, the film’s aesthetic is a tad bland. Lynch’s adaptation had problems, but it was stunning in terms of costumes and set design:

    It actually looks really good. The problem with Dune has always been trying to make any sense of the sequels. I gave up after the fourth book. There just wasn’t much there of interest. If the later books get any better please enlighten me.

    What I’m really looking forward to is the Tolkien/Middle Earth series Amazon is producing. They’ve committed enough money to it – supposedly $1 billion – that it damn well better be good.

    • Replies: @anon
    , @J.Ross
  168. Anonymous[132] • Disclaimer says:

    The Oscars are a joke anyway. They reward only American movies, when even Iran has better films than America. They have that one foreign film category which no one cares about, even though the foreign film is 90% of the time better than the Best Picture awarded film – “Parasite” being the exception of a foreign film winning best picture..

    And yes, Hollywood does favor white Americans massively over everybody else. Even white European actresses, like Monica Bellucci and Chatherine Deneuve, stated that if you have an accent your chances are slim of making it in Hollywood. If it is bad for white people from other countries to make it in Hollywood(Arnie notwithstanding), imagine how bad it must be for blacks, brown Latin Americans, etc. Jackie Chan said something similar, that agents told him he wouldn’t be able to break it as an action hero in HW because Americans don’t think Asians are manly and cut to be action stars.

    Hence, almost all HW big stars are white Americans, just like the U.S Congress to this day is 98% white and over 90% white male.

    But right-wing conservatives bring up reverse discrimination all the time. It’s a joke. Without white privilege Hollywood would be 75% non-American and 50% non-white and Harvard would be 90% Asian.

  169. @Alden

    Can you name names? I’m interested.

  170. anonymous[751] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Gladiator, Lord of the Rings, No Country for Old Men and The Departed will survive in terms of being watched decades from now. I’m confident it’s precisely those 4 and precisely none of the rest. Birdman might be what a layman thinks film school students would watch but I doubt it.

    “Middlebrow” is still almost generous.

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  171. Seneca44 says:
    @MEH 0910

    Guess we won’t be seeing much of Dean Cain or Kirstie Alley on the large or small screen.

  172. Wilkey says:
    @Excal

    To the extent that a mass American movie market will even be possible, it will have to be served with products which have little to do with an ethnic culture — superhero movies can do this, so the industry will keep making those as long as they can. But the American market is fractured, risky, and shrinking.

    The more that whites become a minority, the more we will look for things which reinforce our identity. Movies that cater to that will make money – so long as we can find a studio to produce them and a venue to distribute them. Perhaps making white culture less “mainstream” is exactly what we need to (re)solidify our cultural identity.

    I couldn’t give two shits about the superhero market. So far as I’m concerned every superhero in every superhero movie can be black or Asian. Superhero movies are like the books of phony chivalry that Miguel de Cervantes sought to satirize when he wrote Don Quixote. They are utterly inane.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  173. anon[571] • Disclaimer says:
    @Percy Gryce

    Steve, here’s a slightly more consequential California piece of enforced diversity:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-31/california-lawmakers-approve-racial-quotas-for-corporate-boards

    I predicted this years ago on this site in an argument on California with Ron Unz. Looks like I was right again. What’s that now, 100-0? Lol. The universe has to be simulated, and this has to be some kind of punishment for me. This can’t be real.

  174. Corvinus says:

    “Good movies tend to be period pieces that are fairly honest in their depictions. How exactly are you supposed to wedge Diversity into times and places where it didn’t exist?”

    Absolutely, Mr. Sailer. No snark, here. Just straight talk–these guidelines are an affront to the creative license of artists. As always, let’s provide some additional background here.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/09/09/oscars-diversity-previous-winners/

    The Post reviewed the last 15 years of best picture winners, dating back to 2005′s “Crash,” to see how much the new rules would change the landscape if those films came out now. That showed that the vast majority of winners — 73 percent — would have met the criteria without altering any casting practices or crew hires. Others could have done so with relatively minor changes…[And] publicly available information shows that most winners of the last decade and a half would have been vaulted into eligibility simply by meeting the first two standards of A and B — the forward-facing areas of actors and themes and the behind-the scenes realms of crew and department heads. At least 11 of the last 15 winners met those two standards without question and would have been eligible to compete.

    The only four winners that would present potential challenges because they did not meet the criteria of A (in front of the camera) or B (behind the camera) are: “Argo” (the winner in 2013), “The Artist” (2012), “No Country for Old Men” (2008) and “The Departed” (2007).

    Here is how they would have been adjudicated under the new rules:

    Argo” (2013)
    The movie would meet B thanks to a number of women as department heads and Rodrigo Prieto, a Mexican-born cinematographer, holding the camera. But with a heavily male lead cast and very few people of color in the ensemble, the movie would appear to strike out on the A requirements. Producers could argue that the main character of CIA officer Tony Mendez, of partial Mexican ancestry, gives it a person of color, though he was played by Ben Affleck. It could, alternatively, be argued that its Iran setting gives it a storyline or theme centered on an underrepresented group.

    “The Artist” (2012)
    The silent film out of France about period Hollywood would have little trouble with A, thanks to a high proportion of women in the ensemble cast, including Berenice Bejo and Penelope Ann Miller. But B could pose a challenge; a review of the 14 departments did not immediately reveal a person known to be of color. Producers could argue that it has 30 percent of its essential crew as women, an argument that would depend on how that crew was counted.

    “No Country for Old Men” (2008)
    The Coen Bros. movie about a killer on the loose on the U.S.’s southern border would be fine on the ensemble count, but would face a hurdle on B, with no known department heads who were people of color. The crew could make the difference, especially if producers could argue they staffed the movie with many people of Mexican descent for the scenes shot in Mexico. Still, the movie highlights a potential snag: white filmmakers who like to serve in multiple key roles, as do the Coens, who frequently write, direct, produce and edit their own films.

    “The Departed” (2007)
    Based on a Hong Kong hit and featuring the much-decorated Thelma Schoonmaker as editor, the film takes care of B without any issues. But with an overwhelmingly white male cast and its plot of police infiltration of an Irish gang, the Martin Scorsese film could run into obstacles with A, the requirement for underrepresented elements in front of the camera. The movie’s challenges suggest that the new rules could trip up films dealing with white masculinity. “The Irishman,” Scorsese’s mob drama that was nominated but did not win this year, would have faced similar hurdles given its principal white male cast and similar non-diversity-related themes.

    The changes could also face legal challenges. Attorneys say that under the Civil Rights Act and the 1978 Supreme Court decision in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, race can be a factor in an institution’s eligibility requirements but quotas are not allowed. This presents a problem for any of the hard percentages set by the academy, experts said.

    “The law is very clear on what organizations can do: they can take into account a wealth of circumstances, but those circumstances cannot be a determining factor,” said Sky Moore, a prominent entertainment lawyer and partner at the Los Angeles firm of Greenberg Glusker. “You cannot have quotas, and these appear to be quotas.”

    ““Diversity” used to mean, well, diversity. But now it means Not Whiteness.”

    Mr. Sailer, why are you ruining nice things with comments that are patently false?

    “That’s what “diversity” used to mean: being diverse. Now, Diversity means: Black is best and white is worst.”

    [Sigh], yet another false premise on your part, iSteve.

    “Under upcoming Oscar rules, Koreans are not white, so that makes them better than whites”.

    Now you are just flying off the reservation. Not a Chinaman’s chance you get back on track. But, I suppose no one can say you are niggardly when it comes to carrying the water for the Alt Right.

    “The problem of the moment in culture is that most of the great things of the last 600 years were accomplished by today’s most hated minority, white men.”

    It could also be argued that most of the horrific things within that time frame were also achieved by our group, Mr. Sailer.

  175. @B36

    B36, cue the theme music…”The Godmother” featuring Oprah as Donna Corleone.

  176. anon[372] • Disclaimer says:
    @AnotherDad

    Mississippi 19th century:
    Common folk had folk tales and home-spun stories. Educated class had Shakespeare and Dickens
    Everyone also had low entertainment such as the freak show at the county fair
    Culture doing okay

    Mississippi 20th century:
    Common folk still had folk tales and home-spun stories, plus movies in the golden age of Hollywood
    Educated class had William Faulkner and Walker Percy, plus the golden age of Hollywood
    Everyone also had low entertainment such as the Price is Right
    Culture doing okay

    Mississippi today:
    Everyone has Batman. Batman will soon transition to a woman and have a baby with Batboy.
    Time to walk out of the theater

  177. @Anonymous

    ThreeSixNine, and what have they accomplished?

  178. Corvinus says:
    @Altai

    “The Saved By The Bell reboot…”

    Is horrifically asinine. Thank you for enabling me to avoid this retread. I will keep the original close to my heart.

  179. @Wilkey

    Wilkey, more of a documentary than a movie, but search for “They Shall Not Grow Old.” WWI presented using voice over archival footage. Powerfull.

    • Agree: Polynikes, Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @anonymous
  180. @TelfoedJohn

    Or they may only “come out” to the diversity checklist people at the Academy, under the excuse that “forcing LGBT people out of the closet publicly is homophobic”. So it may turn out that the entire cast and production team is “LGBT”…but only when it concerns the diversity requirement, which the specifics of are then not made public.

  181. anon[132] • Disclaimer says:
    @Wilkey

    The problem with Dune

    Is Arrakis doesn’t make any sense. It just doesn’t. Frank Herbert was an OK writer, but his world building had some real problems. His knowledge of war and fighting was kind of anemic, too.

    has always been trying to make any sense of the sequels. I gave up after the fourth book.

    You tough! I barely finished the second one.

    There just wasn’t much there of interest. If the later books get any better please enlighten me.

    Far as I can tell he made money selling books, so he kept on cranking out books. Sorta like George R. R. Martin.

    What I’m really looking forward to is the Tolkien/Middle Earth series Amazon is producing

    Why? You know it’s gonna be Woke, don’t you? The lurve interest between Dwarf and Elf girl in the Hobbit movie was bad enough. What do you suppose Amazon is gonna do?

  182. @Corvinus

    Pretty comic.

    I was scanning from the bottom up and read this first:

    …“Diversity” used to mean, well, diversity. But now it means Not Whiteness.”

    Mr. Sailer, why are you ruining nice things with comments that are patently false?

    “That’s what “diversity” used to mean: being diverse. Now, Diversity means: Black is best and white is worst.”

    [Sigh], yet another false premise on your part, iSteve…’

    What an idiot…who is this?

    I scan up. Sho ’nuff. Corvinus.

    • Troll: Corvinus
  183. prosa123 says:
    @Wilkey

    The Germans were every bit the shits in WW1 as they were in WW2, and every bit as much to blame. Germany *chose* to invade the Low Countries. Germany *chose* to invade France. Germany *chose* to keep fighting when it was very, very clear it could not win.

    One very big difference: Germany in 1939 was a brutal tyranny, while Germany in 1914 was as free and democratic as any other European country.

  184. I’m waiting to see how the Fields Medal will be dumbed down to accommodate less-evolved populations

  185. JMcG says:
    @Wilkey

    Russia “chose” to mobilize. After years of reading, it seems to me that that act was most responsible for the Great War. They had no alliance or treaty with Serbia, yet they chose total mobilization in response to the Austrian ultimatum to the Serbs. Then the French threw in their hat, hoping to win back Alsace and Lorraine. The visit by Poincare to Russia just before the Russian mobilization is brushed aside more often than not.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  186. J.Ross says:
    @prosa123

    But more so: Jews were better treated in Imperial Germany than in the Alliance empires, with a violent contrast to France and Russia.

  187. J.Ross says:
    @Corvinus

    our group

    Oh nice, an Oleanna reference.

  188. Anon[304] • Disclaimer says:

    I wonder if the switch was made to counter this?

    ‘‘Mulan’ is the latest proof Hollywood has become a Chinese propaganda factory’

    China wants light-skinned actors.

    https://nypost.com/2020/09/08/mulan-is-latest-proof-hollywood-is-a-chinese-propaganda-factory/

  189. J.Ross says:
    @Wilkey

    What I’m really looking forward to is the Tolkien/Middle Earth series Amazon is producing.

    The one where they made diversity a primary commitment?

  190. @JMcG

    The Serbs really were guilty: the assassination of the Archduke was a big conspiracy headed by the head of Serbian military intelligence, Apis.

    • Replies: @JMcG
  191. @Jane Plain

    It was gigantically hot in California over the weekend: e.g., 121 F in Woodland Hills, an LA suburb that gets hotter and colder than other parts of the city. When it gets that hot and dry, fires break out and are hard to contain.

    Fortunately, a lot of cooler, moist ocean air has flowed into SoCal since late Sunday. Woodland Hills is currently 77 F at 7:30 pm.

    Other places on the west coast seem worse off.

  192. @John Johnson

    Most of the better movies of 2019 weren’t very woke.

  193. @Interested Bystander

    I’d say this is a best a secondary goal in Hollywood today and that the primary goal is reinforcing the progressive (“woke”) narrative.

    Sure, but the movies are much more effective as propaganda, if people have an actual interest in seeing them.

  194. Rob Gray says:

    Academy Awards are stupid, always have been. Impossible to compare pieces of art. 1977 e.g. Network, Rocky and All the Presidents Men. All good, maybe great films but not possible to compare.

  195. syonredux says:
    @syonredux

    On a non-visual note, Villeneuve/the studio seem to have cucked on the “jihad” issue. Note how the characters speak of a “crusade’” instead.

  196. syonredux says:
    @prime noticer

    Movies and TV shape our world. They are important.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  197. @Charles St. Charles

    No.

    An interesting study was recently published.

    There appear to be two types of movies— those movies primarily for Western audiences and those which expect a large Chinese audience.

    The skin colors of actors in the movies which expect a large Chinese audience are significantly lighter. If there are African American actors, they are more likely to pass a paper bag test.

    • Replies: @Charles St. Charles
  198. anonymous[356] • Disclaimer says:
    @Buffalo Joe

    Mr. Joe, I had one grandpa ( an Irish immigrant, wounded, survived until the 1930’s) and a step-grandpa, who both fought in France with the American army during WWI…I have been hoping that someone will make an American equivalent of that film. It would be a thrill to see either Patrick or Otis on film at the battlefield.

    • Replies: @Single malt
    , @Buffalo Joe
  199. anon[367] • Disclaimer says:
    @Rob

    Using googleGoogling for Metapedia from Google domain

    Well, there’s your problem.

  200. @anon

    There is a lot of potential for trouble with this new LotR series.

    According to all reports, it’s set in Middle Earth’s Second Age, i.e. the time of the Numenor (i.e. Atlantis). The Numenoreans, as described in the Silmarillion, are distinctly Northern European. The ‘Houses of Men’ they are descended from are described as mostly blond Nordics, and then later the Numenoreans/Men of Gondor are said to have dark hair and grey eyes. But they are taller, more intelligent and creative, and much longer-lived than other humans of the time. When they leave their island and land on the shores of mainland Middle Earth, they are essentially worshipped by the natives.

    I wonder how this is going to be depicted in the series — along with many other aspects of the story.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  201. @Paleo Liberal

    The skin colors of actors in the movies which expect a large Chinese audience are significantly lighter. If there are African American actors, they are more likely to pass a paper bag test.

    So, the Chiner movies will make big bucks but win no Oscars?

  202. @John Johnson

    movie reviewers, like music reviewers, served a useful purpose in the pre-internet world. most people didn’t have the time or money to check out everything, and reading a few reviews helped guide you. Steve comes from that world, and it makes sense that he does what he does.

    however, now they don’t. there’s little useful function to movie reviewers anymore, and no useful function to music reviewers. these are obsolete jobs, like lamplighter. what is the function of music reviewer when you can just go on youtube right this second and listen to something for yourself, for free?

    likewise for movie reviews. the trailers now are too long and give away most of the movie. not that there are many movies worth paying to see anymore. and you can gather a dozen reviews together for free and get a general sense of the reaction – indeed, this is what rotten tomatoes does for 100 reactions per movie. today, we simply check the score.

    or at least, you could do that, before the Cultural Marxism crept into the reviews. now the reviews are often worthless.

    • Replies: @GoRedWings!
  203. JMcG says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Without question. That’s why Russia’s decision to mobilize in order to defend Serbia is so inexplicable. Unless one views Poincare’s (The President of France) visit to St Petersburg to see the Russians in the days immediately preceding that mobilization as a guarantee of a French attack in the west. That visit is treated very lightly in the literature.
    The King of England, the Czar of Russia, and the Kaiser were first cousins. At Birth, Kaiser Wilhelm was something like sixth in line to the Throne of the United Kingdom. He seems to have genuinely disbelieved that his cousins would join with the French against him.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  204. @Steve Sailer

    … e.g., 121 F in Woodland Hills, an LA suburb that gets hotter and colder than other parts of the city. When it gets that hot and dry, fires break out and are hard to contain.

    Does Woodland Hills or LA County license pyrotechnic displays at “gender-reveal” parties? Anarchic San Bernardino County evidently doesn’t.

    Kinda OT (as are wildfires), an entertaining thought from Victoria Bassetti’s Electoral Dysfunction (2012):

    Unlikely as it is, Indiana, indeed any state, could pass a law to appoint its electors using a basketball tournament, scratch-off lottery cards, or at the sole discretion of the Governor.

    Hoops! Why didn’t anyone think of that? Even better, a bicycle race, à la Breaking Away. (Hey, we’re back on topic– too-white movies.) Call it “Tour de French Lick”.

    I was thinking the legislators could consult a dowser or feng shui master. Couldn’t be worse than the scam that is NPV. Which sounds like what teen girls are getting shots for.

  205. ziggurat says:

    Wouldn’t it be simpler just to hand out an Oscar every year to “Best Black”?

    This is what Chris Rock suggested when he hosted the Oscars:

    If you want black nominees every year, you need to just have black categories. You already do it with men and women.

    https://youtu.be/kqhVNZgZGqQ?t=258

    Plaques for blacks.
    https://www.takimag.com/article/plaques_for_blacks_steve_sailer/

  206. @Ano

    Best actor playing a dumb backwoods hick who calls the black doctor traveling through a rural town “boy” and gets together with all his dumb blackwood hick buddies to plot against him before the brilliant black doctor is recruited by a wise, determined Jewish teacher or newspaper editor to solve an existential local problem and win the love of the inexplicably beautiful and brainy white daughter of the dumb backwoods hick.

    • Replies: @Gunga Din
  207. Truth says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Yes, the only wildfires that every cut buildings in half…

    …Selected certain vehicles…

    …Changed course on a dime…

    https://steemitimages.com/p/368La1qZAv72bupVj8hYzCSuKKBFD1eQhrLZDvvP7f4dBBeK4a1ds8k4iXheEVFrErGxh36ERyFbGHnM6Tp2HCDt?format=match&mode=fit&width=640

    And melted steel while leaving trees standing…

    • Thanks: Cauchemar du Singe
  208. @anonymous

    Short companies that go woke! Very lucrative I can personally attest.

  209. Twinkie says:
    @syonredux

    Don’t forget the star-studded casting of the Lynch version.

  210. syonredux says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    Some of the cast members for the AMAZON LOTR series:

    Sophia Nomvete


    Ismael Cruz Cordova

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7631058/

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
  211. Twinkie says:

    Under upcoming Oscar rules, Koreans are not white, so that makes them better than whites.

    This is great. I can finally tell my wife that it is she who married up!

    As for Hollywood, let me repeat what I wrote earlier:

    I’ve developed a new rule – if you follow it, TV programs/movies make much more sense and are more realistic.

    1. See black characters onscreen (scientist or math genius sidekicks), imagine them as Asians.

    2. See white, esp. blond, blue-eyed male, characters onscreen (cartoon villains), imagine them as blacks.

    3. See Jewish characters onscreen (moral conscience, the good guy), imagine them as gentile whites.

    4. See Asian characters onscreen (gangsters, diabolical plotters), imagine them as Jews.

    5. See Hispanic characters onscreen (hapless, happy-go-lucky goofs), imagine them as Hispanics.

    • Replies: @vhrm
  212. @The Wild Geese Howard

    I was thinking it sounded like The Lion King, but would they actually do something so lame in its allusions?

  213. vhrm says:
    @Steve Sailer

    The SF Bay Area today had a downright apocalyptic feel.

    It’s not only that the sky was orange, but it didn’t get brighter than a “late dusk” all day. Strangely enough it didn’t smell particularly smoky outside. Apparently this is some higher level smoke from elsewhere in CA, not the plumes from the local fires which we’ve been smelling the last few weeks.

    I’ve never seen anything like it.

    https://www.sfgate.com/news/editorspicks/article/Bay-Area-sky-orange-wildfire-smoke-San-Francisco-15553461.php

    One of the pics from the article. This was ~9am

  214. @vhrm

    This happens in North Africa, seasonally I believe, due to winds blowing sands from the Sahara Desert. Then, when they cross the Mediterranean, it can cause red rain in southern Italy.

  215. @JMcG

    My vague impression is that elements of the British cabinet had given guarantees to the French but that came as a surprise to other members of the Cabinet. But nobody seems to have impressed upon the Germans the existence of these guarantees to the French, much like the Soviets in Dr. Strangelove had not gotten around to telling the Americans about the Doomsday Machine they’d invented as a deterrent against American attack.

    • Replies: @JMcG
  216. vhrm says:
    @Twinkie

    Hmm… there may be something to that.
    An observation: Let’s postulate an order of:
    Asian, Jewish, White, (Latino), Black

    You’re saying that Hollywood applied an encoding of Rot-1, ignoring Latinos. Every item got replaced with the item immediately to its left with wraparound and skipping Latinos.

    Your decoding algorithm is Rot 1, ignoring Latinos. i.e. every item is replaced with the item to its right with wraparound and skipping Latinos.

    (compare: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ROT13 though that one the encode and decode function are the same: rotate 13 chars forward)

    • Replies: @Twinkie
  217. Twinkie says:
    @anon

    You tough! I barely finished the second one.

    When I was a teenager and read the first book, I loved the triumph of the hero at the end, but didn’t like the “weird” narratives of the subsequent books. But in time, I really began to appreciate Herbert’s theses of the later books, one of which (from the second book) is that heroes are not the saviors of mankind – to quote Herbert, they “afflict” mankind. They control, distort, and cage humanity’s potential.

    Likewise, the second trilogy is about the nature of thirst for free will and autonomy – first that they are necessary for humanity to survive and flower, and, second, that such a thirst is only genuine, long-lasting, and strong as a reaction to oppression*, for that is the nature of man. There is no freedom without struggle.

    I have not read any of the books co-written by Herbert’s son but the first, and I found it execrable.

    *Which apparently is a perfect information (prescience) society with genetic reincarnation/no death (gholas).

  218. Twinkie says:
    @vhrm

    Yes!

    And poor Hispanics… they are ignored by Hollywood, they are ignored by everyone, except landscaping companies, gang task forces, and baseball scouts.

  219. @Wilkey

    What it amounts to is an eradication of our history as it actually was. Of course they certainly won’t be “race-blind” when the character in question is a bad person. Nazis will always be white. Slave owners will always be white.

    But the good parts of our history will be cast as multiracial, because how dare they leave us with the idea that there might have been good times in our history that were non-diverse?

    This reminds me of the feminist complaint of unequal representation in occupations, but only in high status, high paying, safe occupations. No women are complaining that they are underrepresented in garbage collection, offshore oil drilling and construction, just that they are not CEO’s, Hollywood producers and Nobel prize winners.

    • Agree: mark green
  220. Goatweed says:

    I expect to not like the Wheel of Time casting.

  221. Excal says:
    @Cloudbuster

    … and a massive number of corporations move their incorporation address out of California. Unexpectedly.

    When corporations reach a certain size, they move their boards to Delaware, or Ireland or Bermuda. California has certain advantages for certain kinds of businesses, but you can get many of those advantages from structures without boards, like LLCs.

    I guess the next step for California will be quotas for LLCs and SPs. Only a certain proportion of LLCs and SPs in the state will be allowed to be owned by “whites”. After that, general property.

  222. Dube says:

    Numerus clausus or numerus inclusio?

  223. @Corvinus

    Here’s Rodrigo Prieto, the Mexican cinematographer of “Argo:”

    His grandfather was the mayor of Mexico City.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  224. @Corvinus

    Here’s Rodrigo Prieto, the Mexican cinematographer of “Argo:”

    His grandfather was the mayor of Mexico City.

  225. @Wilkey

    Woody Allen can find people to subsidize his movies. Whit Stillman much less so.

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  226. anonymous[553] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    And because people watch them, our world is in bad shape.

    Grow up, move on, and help starve the beast.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  227. BB753 says:
    @syonredux

    I’m sick of sci-fi. What today’s youth needs is reality not fantasy. We need adaptations of Balzac, Tolstoy, Flaubert, Dickens, etc, of all the great European 19th Century realistic writers who described society and reality as it is/was. (No Jane Austen or Bronte sisters, thank you!)
    Of course, the powers that be would rather keep people unaware of their own past and ignorant of human nature, the better to soothe them into a dreamy, transhumanist, complying trance.

  228. @anonymous

    These predictions are problematic. Certainly, some specialists & aficionados will watch those movies. But- who, actually, watches now King Kong or Biblical epics of the 1950s & 1960s? Most films that loomed large in the 1940s-1970s period are now largely forgotten & nobody cares.

    These films are like 17th-18th C novels, readable mostly as a historical curiosity.

    • Replies: @D. K.
  229. @vhrm

    Keep us posted. I don’t trust the MSM on anything now.

  230. @Steve Sailer

    Thanks.

    I’ve seen stuff on the T conjecturing how these fires may be Antifa started. Yes, I know… farfetched, tinfoil, yada yada.

    But this is 2020. I would keep an eye on this possibility.

    Just saying.

  231. @BB753

    British TV, as well as American cinema, have done most of English-language classics adaptations from the 1990s on, I think. Dickens, Thackeray, Austen, Henry James, Eliot, Wharton, Bronte, Hardy, Hawthorne, Cather (I’ve seen a TV movie My Antonia). I think both Austen & Bronte-based movies are very good.

    I guess only Trollope got shafted, while Hawthorne was, cinematically & thematically, massacred.

    Russians have, after the fall of Communism, filmed virtually all their great novels & these are technically-visually very good films (and absolutely the whitest. Even by usual European standards, most Russian actors are your archetypal paleface). They’re all on YouTube & it is a pity there are no subtitled.

    The French… not quite. Though, they made a magnificent movie based on a Conrad novella, “Gabrielle”, which is totally un-Conradian & could have been written by Maupassant.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabrielle_(2005_film)

    • Replies: @BB753
    , @Ian Smith
  232. Lurker says:
    @Charlotte

    Anybody learning their history from these will be left with some very odd ideas about European history

    This was an issue with Doctor Who a few years back. In one story they get to have historical characters commenting on the black assistant, because blacks are a rarity. But then in another story it’s PoC all over the place and no one bats an eyelid – because we’ve always had DIEversity. So which is it BBC?

  233. Lurker says:
    @Clyde

    God forbid Hollywood cast more light skinned actors to appeal to the white audience.

  234. By the way…

    Pt. 1.

    ….

  235. Dumbo says:
    @Gordo

    A silly movie with a pointless gimmick instead of plot and video game aesthetics. The only interesting scene was the one with the French woman.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  236. BB753 says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    The film industry was just a convenient business niche they rushed into. Partly to launder mob money.

    • Replies: @Jane Plain
    , @Jim Don Bob
  237. JMcG says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Brigadier General Henry Wilson, the Director of Military Operations, seems to have given assurances to the French that the BEF would slot in to the left of the French armies. Those plans were in place by 1911 when they were described by Wilson to the Committee of Imperial Defence. There is evidence such plans were in place years earlier. But I’ve been going off topic long enough now.
    Have a great day!

  238. @Nicholas Stix

    But we can still dominate the worst movies ever made….

  239. Gunga Din says:
    @Lockean Proviso

    You just gave away the storyline to the next Best Picture winner.

  240. @Alden

    You raise a good point — will the new standards require not only the usual various oppressed groups but also actresses who are just downright fat and unattractive?

  241. RIP Diana Rigg, who always was worth watching

    Diana Rigg in The Avengers

    • Agree: bruce county
  242. @turtle

    Sooner or later an appropriate left wing Oriental Jewish lesbian Federal judge will be found, to make the Court “look more like America.”

    Jessica Krug has resigned GW and is available for the Puerto Rican slot on SCOTUS.

  243. @Paleo Liberal

    There was a gratuitous story line in the recent Midway movie about the Mitchell raid on Japan, which showed the Chinese who harbored some of the pilots being killed by the Japanese. The credits indicated to me that they’d gotten some Chinese money to make the movie.

  244. Gordo says:
    @Wilkey

    Journey’s End was so much better, no jarring anachronisms.

  245. Jack D says:
    @carol

    I love how the story does not mention the B word. They don’t even provide any video. However, the story REFERENCES a video:

    “A video titled “Fight in ENCORE HOTEL LAS VEGAS LABOR WEEKEND 2020,” posted to YouTube on Sunday, amassed nearly 31,000 views by Tuesday evening.”

    If you search for that video and see a bunch of diverse peoples fighting with each other, that’s on you buddy. Our non-racist credentials are intact.

    The video with that exact title seems to have been taken down but someone put up another one:

    We’ll see how long that stays up. Between now and November it is essential not to disturb the Narrative. Every video like this means a bunch more votes for Trump and the Left knows this and will do everything in their power to keep such scenes out of the MSM. Reporters are torn between their duty to report the news and their “duty” to depose Trump and the latter takes precedence every time.

  246. @Steve Sailer

    Ahh, Whit…

    True, later Allen had made 5-6 good movies, but nothing comparable to earlier excesses, especially a black in Russia:

  247. John Long says:
    @Justvisiting

    Any proof for that claim?

    BTW, if I am paying for something do I not have the right to get what I want?

    You’re just another low Prot Catholic history revisionist.

  248. syonredux says:
    @BB753

    I’m sick of sci-fi. What today’s youth needs is reality not fantasy. We need adaptations of Balzac, Tolstoy, Flaubert, Dickens,

    There’s a new adaptation of David Copperfield that’s making the rounds. Dev Patel plays David…

    Some of the other cast members:

    Benedict Wong

    Rosalind Eleazar

    • LOL: Bardon Kaldian
    • Replies: @BB753
  249. anon[269] • Disclaimer says:
    @BB753

    What today’s youth needs is reality not fantasy.

    Today’s youth sees the world through a phone screen and hears the world through a pair of Beats. Including your magic lantern show movies.

    • Agree: BB753, Jim Don Bob
  250. Dube says:
    @vhrm

    A note from a friend at the edge of the “Oak Fire” just north of Willits, northern CA:

    Yesterday (Tuesday) was like midnight from 2:30-5:00, really unbelievable, needed a flashlight to walk outside, no exaggeration. I am in an area deemed mandatory evacuation. My son and I and 4 others in the area stayed. The sheriffs came by with a siren out of your favorite dystopian movie and loudspeakers. They know we are here, but cannot force us to leave. The fire is a little less than 1 mile away, but the odds of it moving this way (over a ridge) are slim. We have 2 pickup trucks with water tanks and pumps on my land. The fire stalled because of the ultra-weird inversion layer and the ground crews have been working non-stop. No air support since Monday evening when the 747s were flying just above the trees (a rush). I thought about evacuating, but believe I can save myself if the fire comes here (which I am confident won’t happen). Counting Brooktrails (adjacent to this subdivision) thousands of people went into town. It is strange with no people here, only Calfire using the roads (if you exit Sherwood you are not allowed to return.) Today is burnt orange sky, loads of ash falling, still no air support.

    • Thanks: vhrm
  251. @prosa123

    Official Jive Gobbler And Puker Up sez…WHUT ?
    Germany in 1939 had war declared against it by International Jewry in 1933.
    Germany in 1939 had the strongest currency, debt free, in The World…a major embarrassment to the money jews in London and New York City…and their Rothschild/Warburg string pullers.
    Germany in 1939 told the jew run Euro, USA and UK “democracies” to shove it re: WW1 reparations.
    Germany in 1939 had Morgenthau and other Big Jews that surrounded Rosenvelt, plus the money jews in France and UK, salivating over the prospect of hammering THE ONLY Western European polity that knew what the Khazar nation wrecking scum were, and were not…and wanted them OUT.

    Go shove some “brutal tyrrany” up your shaggy ass/face…ya Shabbos Goyim or Kiker Yid bastid.
    Do it today.

  252. BB753 says:
    @syonredux

    Serious, historically accurate adaptations, not woke mockeries of works of art.

  253. D. K. says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    Turner Classic Movies has survived, commercial-free, for over a quarter of a century:

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

    AT&T must be a charitable institution….

  254. @anonymous

    I was a part-time cab driver in Salt Lake City in the early 70s. One day this old guy—maybe about 75–got in my cab and started talking about how he was a soldier in WWI, and the one big thing about it was “you wouldn’t believe how loud those big guns were!”. I looked at him in the rear view mirror and could see the anxiety and fear in his eyes. He still had to talk about it to whomever after all these years. We’d call that PTSD today.

    • Replies: @JMcG
  255. @B36

    The Women, Westward the Women, WonderWoman, Little Women and so on and so forth, etc, etc, ad infinitum …

    • Replies: @Bardon Kaldian
  256. BB753 says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    It’s a shame those Russian films aren’t readily available on demand.
    As for the lack of French classics, it’s really a tragedy. No writer equals Balzac or Flaubert, but we have countless film adaptations of Alexandre Dumas, a mediocre novelist, and Zola, a Marxist ideologue.

  257. @anonymous

    ThreeFiveSix, do it! Make it your life’s work.

  258. @syonredux

    Looks cheap rather than bland. Maybe they ran out of money for costumes. Nice looking actor though- glad he’s actually young and not one of those guys pushing 40 they always cast in everything.

  259. @BB753

    It’s clear neither of you know much about the film industry.

    • Replies: @BB753
  260. Corvinus says:
    @Steve Sailer

    That is a rather haggard look. Then again, he is working without his daily siesta, right?

    Here is Rodrigo Prieto all gussied up.

    https://www.cinematropical.com/cinema-tropical/mexican-dp-rodrigo-prieto-gets-his-third-oscar-nomination

    Perhaps he can use his clout to pitch the urban sombrero.

    https://uproxx.com/tv/seinfeld-urban-sombrero/

    • Replies: @syonredux
  261. JMcG says:
    @Single malt

    Years ago I worked with a guy who’d been a Bosun’s Mate on the Franklin. After the Japanese bombed it in March of ‘45, he’d been assigned to tie a rope to the 5” HVAR rockets that the Corsairs carried so they could be hauled up to the deck and thrown overboard.
    Dozens of his friends were dead and he was stuck in a compartment with dozens of rockets with live motors and warheads, never knowing if he’d be blown up or burned to death from second to second.

    When he was around 80, he had a cataract removed from one eye. When I asked when he was having the other eye done, he replied,”Never.” The anesthesia had caused flashbacks and nightmares so bad that he was afraid to go to sleep. For a month he spent his nights driving around the town where we lived. No way was he going through that again. That was around 60 years after the incident.

  262. @Wilkey

    Lawrence of Arabia was the designated WW1 golden boy – no muddy trenches!

  263. @Dumbo

    I was looking forward to 1917 because the trailer showed Colin Firth and Mark Strong. The never cut camera work was interesting, but the story made no sense. WW I had runners, and telephone lines and the entire front in any section was not twenty miles wide with rivers and hills and farms. It struck me as the WW I version of Saving Private Ryan, which, other than the first scene, was stupid.

  264. @BB753

    Netflix gave BHO $50+ million for some development deal which, like his book, has not happened. Netflix has perfected Hollywood accounting. See Art Buchwald and Coming to America.

  265. Gabe Ruth says:
    @Wilkey

    I hear you brother, but something in my soul recoils from this tactic. Probably my huwhyte privilege.

  266. @prime noticer

    what is the function of music reviewer when you can just go on youtube right this second and listen to something for yourself, for free?

    The function of a positive review was selling music. Critics were basically advertisers. Since music doesn’t sell anymore, critics are obsolete.

  267. BB753 says:
    @Jane Plain

    On the contrary, the mob/intelligence ties with Hollywood are well documented. Look up Jay Dyer’s books and podcasts on YouTube.

    https://books.google.com/books?id=KB17DwAAQBAJ&pg=PT33&hl=es&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=3#v=onepage&q&f=false

    Films have been used for dirty money laundering for over a century.

  268. fondolo says:

    Some hell needs to be raised about the exclusion of Jews and homosexuals from the list of favored minorities. That would also solve all Hollywood problems immediately.

  269. Ian Smith says:
    @Bardon Kaldian

    I thought the miniseries based on The Way We Live Now with David Suchet as Augustus Melmotte was pretty good.

  270. anon[497] • Disclaimer says:

    … no Whites allowed …
    … so the academy is segregating its awards … ? Am I wrong ?

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