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With the decline of mid-budget movies, Hollywood is making a fair number of low-budget high-concept movies like “Get Out,” “A Quiet Place,” and now in theaters “Searching.”

“Searching” is a more realistic take on the now standard Liam Neeson “Taken” thriller genre about a dad with a very particular set of skills looking for his missing daughter. John Cho plays a Silicon Valley Korean-American widower whose daughter never comes home one night.

His set of skills is that, unlike a lot of guys of a certain age, he’s not stumped by contemporary social media. If his daughter never shared her Facebook password with him, he can figure out how to get it.

My guess is that the screenwriters Sev Ohanian and Aneesh Chaganty might have got the inspiration from a locally famous 2009 incident that I’ve mentioned before, as in “Gold Chain Murder,” in which one Armenian youth was killed by another Armenian youth in the North Hollywood Sears parking lot in a stupid beef over an insulting text message. (One scene in “Searching” was filmed at the Regency $3 movie theater right across the street from the crime scene.) The killer sped off in a black BMW.

From the LA Times in 2011:

In the months after his son’s death, Art Yepremyan lost hope that police would find a suspect. He hired Nazarian, and together they began identifying individuals they believed might have been involved based on relationships with Jurian, Vardanian and others. They created a list of hundreds using online social networking sites and other sources, then began honing that list.

Armenian Americans hail from all over world, but the construction of their last names can reflect their origins.

Art Yepremyan, an Armenian immigrant himself, said he isolated names that could be traced to Armenia, where he believed his son’s killer was from. Using connections from that country, he further narrowed the names down to families that lived in a particular neighborhood there, where he believed the killer’s family had lived.

In an interview in his backyard last year, he scrawled a haphazard web of links from one supposed suspect to another. As unconventional as his methods may have been, he identified Manjikian as the man he thought killed his son, the same man the LAPD eventually accused.

The killer was tracked down lying low in a Puerto Rico beach town. But when he was arrested, the PR judge ignored the LAPD’s request and granted him $50k bail, which he promptly skipped out on. But eventually he got arrested and convicted.

I’m not accusing Ohanian, a Los Angeles native whose first film was entitled “My Big Fat Armenian Family,” and Chaganty of lifting their plot from this heavily reported North Hollywood true story. I didn’t notice any overlap of details. It’s just that the basic idea of a father delving into teen social media to discover what happened to his child is a great one and I’m glad that they executed it so well.

The entire movie is shown via screens, such as Facetime conversations and local news helicopter coverage of crime scenes. It was produced by the Russian director Timur Bekmambetov (2004’s “Night Watch“) who had a hugely profitable hit with the “screenlife” “Unfriended” and was looking for another screenplay that could be made in the same genre.

This sounds gimmicky, but it’s really well done. The film starts off with an 8 minute montage of a family’s videos saved on an old Windows XP PC, modeled on the famous opening montage in Pixar’s “Up,” that start off happily but turn tragic as the mom is diagnosed with lymphoma.

The filming of the live action scenes with Cho and Debra Messing as the detective only took 13 days, but then Will Merrick and Nicholas D. Johnson worked for a year on the screen effects and editing. You can’t actually film off of a screen for theatrical release because even 4K resolution is too coarse for a giant movie theater screen. So Merrick and Johnson created everything in resolution-independent Adobe.

But this gave them time to make sure that the seemingly extraneous screen space devoted to ads and teasers contributes to the plot in various ways. It might be a better movie to watch at home with the remote control in hand so you can freeze frame and read everything else that’s going on on screen besides the main action. In particular

I actually guessed WhoDunnIt about halfway through. Pay attention to the name of the animal that provides the team name of the daughter’s high school. But the main reason I guessed right was a shot that struck me as an aesthetic invocation of a very famous movie by the most classic director of thrillers.

 
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  1. Steve, did you doze off at the end of that post?

    • Replies: @Anon
    In particular ...

    What?
  2. Anon[681] • Disclaimer says:

    The podcast of John August, the screenwriter, regularly covers cases that arise over screenwriter plot similarity. Apparently it’s almost impossible to win a case against someone who “stole your idea.”

    What’s the deal with California eliminating cash bail? Apparently the judge either has to lock you up or set you free pending trial. This could backfire, depending on the judge. People who may have been let out under the old system may end up stewing in court until trial, unable to adequately assist their attorneys in trial prep. And with cells filling up, others who would have been jailed may be let out to enforce the snitches-get-stitches directive.

    • Replies: @Gozo
    Science Fiction scribblers and wacky characters A E van Vogt and Harlan Ellison had success getting money from the peeps who made Alien and Terminator.
    , @Big Bill

    What’s the deal with California eliminating cash bail? Apparently the judge either has to lock you up or set you free pending trial.
     
    No money. Jails stuffed. No space. Criminals can't pay.

    California is adapting to its changing cultures and populations. With so many people from alien cultures having no connection to English law and tradition, why not?
    , @Alfa158
    Next step in Anarcho-Tyranny. If the arraigning judge likes you you walk, if not you rot. It was put in place because people of color often can’t raise the money for bail, or the 10% or whatever paid to a bail bond company. On the other hand the White businessmen in three piece suits, who Dick Wolf knows actually commit all the crimes, can put up the money and go and have a round of golf and a drink at that country club Dick Wolf’s ancestors couldn’t get into.
    , @International Jew

    What’s the deal with California eliminating cash bail?
     
    They'll discover that even under the new criteria (probability of not disappearing and danger to the public but not ability to put up bail) the system will lock up blacks and latinos disproportionately. And then they'll go back to using bail.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    I recently watched the Pixar movie "Coco" (2017) and afterward "Book of Life" (2014), which Steve mentioned in his review of the former. I was surprised at how much "Coco" seems to have borrowed from the previous movie, including even to look of the after-world. I wondered if some sort of arrangement was made, but then, I suppose the producers of a movie can copy as much as they want from another movie. Did Sergio Leone have to pay off Akira Kurosawa for stealing the plot of "Yojimbo" for "Fistful of Dollars"?
  3. “Get Out” was high-concept?

    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
    Well, it didn't have burning crosses or white hoods, that's considered high concept when realistically depicting America's institutional racism.
    , @Lugash
    In this day and age, anything that's not a reboot or capeshite movie counts as High Concept. GET OUT was a semi cleverish throwback to an 80s horror movie.

    (All caps movie title in homage to capital movie title poaster.)
  4. Ohanian was the birth name of the late actor Mike Connors.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    Also of one Alexis Ohanian, one of the founders of Reddit and the husband of Serena Williams
  5. Bekmambetov is not Russian but Kazakh – of course, Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union when he was born and he did start his career as a filmmaker in Russia

  6. @Trevor H.
    "Get Out" was high-concept?

    Well, it didn’t have burning crosses or white hoods, that’s considered high concept when realistically depicting America’s institutional racism.

  7. If Armenians have that kind of tenacity then no wonder the Turks are nervous.

    Can’t stand closeups of ‘old’ guys (one myself), too…depressing.

  8. Anonymous[402] • Disclaimer says:

    Obligatory “guy connects the dots but nobody cares or worse” WTC Heist link:

    Ronald Paul Bucca

    Via Peter Lance

    1986: FDNY firefighter Ronnie Bucca falls five stories during a rescue attempt at a burning West Side tenement. He breaks his back and is not expected to live, but Bucca, an ex-Green Beret paratrooper, vows to return to Rescue One, the “special forces” of the FDNY. A year later, he qualifies back into the company.

    July 1992: Ronnie Bucca is sworn in as a fire marshal with the FDNY’s Bureau of Fire Investigation. From his military intelligence detachment in the Army Reserves, he hears that the FBI had a mole inside a [WTC] bombing plot, but cut him loose.

    February 26, 1993: Just after noon, Yousef parks the Ryder van outside Room 107 on the B-2 level between the Twin Towers. At 12:17:37 the bomb detonates, blowing a four-story crater down to the B-4 level. Monica Smith, a pregnant secretary in Room 107, is instantly killed along with her unborn child. The blast kills 5 others, injures 1,000, and causes half a billion dollars in damage. Kevin Shea, a close friend of Ronnie Bucca’s from Rescue One, is almost killed after falling into the four-story crater. Early the next morning, after visiting Shea in the hospital, Ronnie goes down to the B-2 level to photograph the edge of the ramp from which Kevin had fallen.

    February 27, 1993: Ronnie Bucca is determined to investigate the bombing, but the FDNY is effectively shut out of the probe by the FBI. So Bucca begins his own investigation, which leads him to the discovery of an unpublished warning from the bombers: They know what they did wrong in failing to topple the WTC, they say, and they pledge to return and finish the job. The morning after the blast, Yousef escapes to Pakistan. He is disappointed that the North Tower didn’t snap at its base and crash into the South Tower; he had expected 250,000 deaths. A fragment of the unpublished threat letter later discovered by Bucca reads: “Our calculations were not very accurate this time. However we promise you that next time it will be very precise and the Trade Center will be one of our targets.”

    1993: FDNY Fire Marshal Ronnie Bucca educates himself on the recent history of Islamic terror. With a TOP SECRET security clearance and operational experience as a Green Beret and decorated firefighter, Bucca wants to contribute to the Yousef hunt, but his application to the NYPD-FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force is rejected. The JTTF effectively excludes the FDNY.

    December 1994: Since the 1993 WTC bombing, Ronnie Bucca has developed a database of Islamic terror groups. One of them is the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), which operates out of the Philippines. When they take credit for the PAL bombing, Bucca becomes convinced Yousef is involved.

    January 1998: Despite Yousef’s imprisonment, Ronnie Bucca believes the threat from the bomb maker’s al Qaeda associates is ongoing. Now serving with the Army Reserve’s 3413th Military Intelligence Detachment of the 800th MPs at the Defense Intelligence Analysis Center in Washington, Bucca studies declassified DIAC link charts that show a direct connection between Ramzi Yousef and Osama bin Laden. He warns his colleagues and superiors in the FDNY of an ongoing threat to New York in general, and the WTC in particular.

    August 1999: Assigned to work on terrorism issues full-time for the FDNY, Ronnie Bucca learns that Ahmed Amin Refai, the Egyptian-American accountant with the FDNY, has submitted a false report for a lost ID. The second ID would have allowed access to fire department headquarters. After learning that Refai has told multiple lies to law enforcement officers relating to the “lost” ID, Bucca begins investigating. He learns that Refai has made frequent trips to Egypt (on a $35,000 salary) and had obtained the blueprints of the WTC prior to the bombing in 1993. Bucca, who believes Refai may be an al Qaeda mole inside the FDNY, later discovers TV news footage showing Refai acting as blind Sheikh Rahman’s personal bodyguard. Bucca turns over the file on the accountant to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task force, but detective Lou Napoli dismisses the evidence. He’s the same JTTF investigator who missed multiple meetings with Emad Salem in 1992, ended his probe of Islamic militant AK-47 training in Connecticut in 1988–90, and failed to follow Abouhalima and Salameh before the first WTC bombing.

    September 2000: On the 20th anniversary of the JTTF, U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White celebrates with Task Force members at Windows on the World, the restaurant atop the WTC’s North Tower. Citing “the close to absolutely perfect record of successful investigations and convictions,” White notes that in her seven years in the Southern District of New York she has put away twenty-five Islamic terrorists, including Ramzi Yousef and Sheikh Rahman. But in treating Osama bin Laden’s jihad as a series of legal cases rather than a global threat to U.S. security, the Feds have made a serious miscalculation. Now, as they party, Ramzi Yousef’s extended family of Islamic radicals begins finalizing a plot to take down the very building where the JTTF members are celebrating.

    September 11. 2001: Using box cutters and other short-bladed knives, nineteen hijackers seize control of four U.S. airliners. Mohammed Atta pilots AA 11 into the WTC’s North Tower. Marwan Al-Shehhi flies UA 175 into the South Tower. Hani Hanjour, aided by al-Midhar and al-Hazmi, crashes AA 77 into the Pentagon—despite their identification in 2000 by the Able Danger operation. FDNY fire marshal Ronnie Bucca, who warned for years that Yousef would attack the WTC again, dies on the seventy-eighth floor of the South Tower as he tries to beat back the flames, one of 343 heroic firefighters lost that day.

  9. “The hatred for Extraordinary Women is unbelievable” (Debra Messing, Blue Checkmark)

    Texas Education Board votes to cut Hillary Clinton’s name from student curriculum

    Students in Texas will not be obliged to learn about Hillary Clinton in their history class, but will discuss the impact of Moses on the nation’s founding documents, following a vote by the State Board of Education.

    The move, which is so far preliminary, is an effort to streamline the curriculum, according to the Dallas Morning News. Teachers told the outlet that students have too many figures to learn about, turning their studies into a mere memory exercise. So, a volunteer group of teachers has been appointed by the board to grade the significance of various people. Clinton scored five on the 20-point scale.

    The move has been touted by the board as a time-saving measure. The removal of Clinton is estimated to save teachers some 30 minutes, while Keller’s exit from the curriculum will allow them to save another 40 minutes.

    The curriculum will also require students to explain how the “Arab rejection of the state of Israel has led to ongoing conflict” in the Middle East.

  10. Should Biology Textbooks Tackle Race?
    The way high-school science classes talk about—or gloss over—the science of human difference could risk reinforcing students’ misperceptions.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/09/teaching-race-high-school-biology-textbooks/570319/

  11. What does “resolution-independent Adobe” mean, I use Creative Suite a lot and you always have to choose a resolution to work in.

  12. Armenian Americans hail from all over world

    Wait… What????????????????

    I am sure some people of Armenian descent, during their multiple generations in the US, have mixed with people of all sorts of different races and origins, but that’s a far cry from saying “Armenian Americans hail from all over world.” The stupidity hurts.

  13. @Anon
    The podcast of John August, the screenwriter, regularly covers cases that arise over screenwriter plot similarity. Apparently it's almost impossible to win a case against someone who "stole your idea."

    What's the deal with California eliminating cash bail? Apparently the judge either has to lock you up or set you free pending trial. This could backfire, depending on the judge. People who may have been let out under the old system may end up stewing in court until trial, unable to adequately assist their attorneys in trial prep. And with cells filling up, others who would have been jailed may be let out to enforce the snitches-get-stitches directive.

    Science Fiction scribblers and wacky characters A E van Vogt and Harlan Ellison had success getting money from the peeps who made Alien and Terminator.

  14. @istevefan
    Ohanian was the birth name of the late actor Mike Connors.

    Also of one Alexis Ohanian, one of the founders of Reddit and the husband of Serena Williams

  15. @Anon
    The podcast of John August, the screenwriter, regularly covers cases that arise over screenwriter plot similarity. Apparently it's almost impossible to win a case against someone who "stole your idea."

    What's the deal with California eliminating cash bail? Apparently the judge either has to lock you up or set you free pending trial. This could backfire, depending on the judge. People who may have been let out under the old system may end up stewing in court until trial, unable to adequately assist their attorneys in trial prep. And with cells filling up, others who would have been jailed may be let out to enforce the snitches-get-stitches directive.

    What’s the deal with California eliminating cash bail? Apparently the judge either has to lock you up or set you free pending trial.

    No money. Jails stuffed. No space. Criminals can’t pay.

    California is adapting to its changing cultures and populations. With so many people from alien cultures having no connection to English law and tradition, why not?

  16. I’m not accusing Ohanian, a Los Angeles native whose first film was entitled “My Big Fat Armenian Family,” and Chaganty of lifting their plot from this heavily reported North Hollywood true story. I didn’t notice any overlap of details.

    This is a wise disclaimer: we don’t want anyone else fleeing the country over an Internet-beef-driven murder.

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
    I might pay to see a low-budget, high-concept “My Big Fat Armenian Genocide
  17. “Why did you invite her to your study group?”

    “I’m trying to get into Berkeley next year”

    • LOL: AndrewR
  18. @slumber_j

    I’m not accusing Ohanian, a Los Angeles native whose first film was entitled “My Big Fat Armenian Family,” and Chaganty of lifting their plot from this heavily reported North Hollywood true story. I didn’t notice any overlap of details.
     
    This is a wise disclaimer: we don't want anyone else fleeing the country over an Internet-beef-driven murder.

    I might pay to see a low-budget, high-concept “My Big Fat Armenian Genocide

  19. …one Armenian youth was killed by another Armenian youth in the North Hollywood Sears parking lot in a stupid beef over an insulting text message.

    Whatever happened to “It takes two Turks… two Greeks… two Jews to swindle an Armenian”?

    Are we getting the dregs of that society, too, as with Latin America?

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
    Wasn't there also : Trust a snake before a Jew,and a Jew before an Armenian..or some such.
    , @International Jew
    I understand that it still takes two Jews to swindle an Armenian; we middleman minorities have slid down together, thanks to the cushy life in America.
    , @syonredux

    Whatever happened to “It takes two Turks… two Greeks… two Jews to swindle an Armenian”?

    Are we getting the dregs of that society, too, as with Latin America?
     

    The post-Soviet wave of Armenians has a distinctly thuggish quality;they are very different from the more respectable types who immigrated pre-1924.
  20. I detest the gimmick where all or most of the movie is just a long succession of social media computer screen shots. I saw one movie of this type and fast forwarded my way through the second half of it. After that, I simply didn’t watch any movie of that type. Thanks for the warning on Searching.

  21. For a bunch of white guys from Oregon, the Kingsmen were surprisingly funky.

    • Replies: @U-Bahn
    Reg Caesar writes

    For a bunch of white guys from Oregon, the Kingsmen were surprisingly funky.
     
    and Colin Firth held up well over the years.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y45q0lfEHfg
  22. @Anon
    The podcast of John August, the screenwriter, regularly covers cases that arise over screenwriter plot similarity. Apparently it's almost impossible to win a case against someone who "stole your idea."

    What's the deal with California eliminating cash bail? Apparently the judge either has to lock you up or set you free pending trial. This could backfire, depending on the judge. People who may have been let out under the old system may end up stewing in court until trial, unable to adequately assist their attorneys in trial prep. And with cells filling up, others who would have been jailed may be let out to enforce the snitches-get-stitches directive.

    Next step in Anarcho-Tyranny. If the arraigning judge likes you you walk, if not you rot. It was put in place because people of color often can’t raise the money for bail, or the 10% or whatever paid to a bail bond company. On the other hand the White businessmen in three piece suits, who Dick Wolf knows actually commit all the crimes, can put up the money and go and have a round of golf and a drink at that country club Dick Wolf’s ancestors couldn’t get into.

  23. @Reg Cæsar

    ...one Armenian youth was killed by another Armenian youth in the North Hollywood Sears parking lot in a stupid beef over an insulting text message.
     
    Whatever happened to "It takes two Turks... two Greeks... two Jews to swindle an Armenian"?

    Are we getting the dregs of that society, too, as with Latin America?

    Wasn’t there also : Trust a snake before a Jew,and a Jew before an Armenian..or some such.

    • Replies: @Hunsdon
    Orwell, from Down and Out in Paris and London: “Trust a snake before a Jew and a Jew before a Greek,but don't trust an Armenian."
  24. @Rob McX
    Steve, did you doze off at the end of that post?

    In particular …

    What?

    • Replies: @Rob McX
    He stopped in mid-sentence but he's fixed it now.
  25. Looking forward to the movie.

    I find it pretty depressing to think about how few movies today seem to be competent.

    How many directors and writers today have any real idea how to develop character, put together coherent and believable plot, and write sharp dialog? You know, the basics?

    Nothing is more boring than an incompetent movie. And they are almost all incompetent.

    Nobody knows anything, and now they know less.

    • Replies: @International Jew
    Yep. It's always mystified me, how Hollywood could be so competitive (most actors unemployed most of the time, etc) and yet produce such crap. I suppose the answer is that they're not targeting movies to people with my tastes.
  26. @Trevor H.
    "Get Out" was high-concept?

    In this day and age, anything that’s not a reboot or capeshite movie counts as High Concept. GET OUT was a semi cleverish throwback to an 80s horror movie.

    (All caps movie title in homage to capital movie title poaster.)

  27. Next step in Anarcho-Tyranny. If the arraigning judge likes you you walk, if not you rot. It was put in place because people of color often can’t raise the money for bail, or the 10% or whatever paid to a bail bond company.

    On the other hand the White businessmen in three piece suits, who Dick Wolf knows actually commit all the crimes, can put up the money and go and have a round of golf and a drink at that country club Dick Wolf’s ancestors couldn’t get into.

    Dick Wolf, the anti-White television propagandist/producer, is one half Jew and one half Irish.

    How can we be sure Mr. Dick Wolf, the anti-White TV propaganda producer, has any ancestors who were in anyway involved in the GOLFOCAUST?

    Golfocaust Denial is being monitored by the Jew-controlled ADL and other Jew-controlled outfits that are highly involved in censoring pro-White and pro-Christian voices in the electronic media and the internet media.

    All of you who have denied or diminished or in any way disparaged or made fun of the magnitude and scope of the GOLFOCAUST are being monitored and tracked by the Jew-controlled censors who have been put in charge of stopping any and all pro-White and pro-Christian voices from being heard or seen on the electronic internet and in the corporate media.

  28. It’s just that the basic idea of a father delving into teen social media to discover what happened to his child is a great one and I’m glad that they executed it so well.

    Sounds like George C Scott and Season Hubley in Hardcore, except that was “social media”, 1979-style.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    Today's response to shocked dad: "Pics or GTFO"

    OT:

    People unoutraged at The Economist, outraged at Bannon (who hasn't even done anything):

    Outrage on Twitter as Bannon appears at Economist fest, voices support for Orban & Salvini

    Courageous speaker confronts Bannon - “I am an undocumented immigrant and I want to know if you know you are lying when you blame problems on immigrants when the GOP gives tax cuts to the rich?”
     
    > Not being removed from premises
    , @Anonym
    That's a great movie.
  29. @Anon
    The podcast of John August, the screenwriter, regularly covers cases that arise over screenwriter plot similarity. Apparently it's almost impossible to win a case against someone who "stole your idea."

    What's the deal with California eliminating cash bail? Apparently the judge either has to lock you up or set you free pending trial. This could backfire, depending on the judge. People who may have been let out under the old system may end up stewing in court until trial, unable to adequately assist their attorneys in trial prep. And with cells filling up, others who would have been jailed may be let out to enforce the snitches-get-stitches directive.

    What’s the deal with California eliminating cash bail?

    They’ll discover that even under the new criteria (probability of not disappearing and danger to the public but not ability to put up bail) the system will lock up blacks and latinos disproportionately. And then they’ll go back to using bail.

    • Replies: @Whiskey
    Writing from the Communist People's Republic of California, I view that as unlikely. What is remarkable is that in California, spreading to every other part of the nation, is the process of Racial Communism. That team up between rich older White dudes (the Koch Brothers, Soros, Gates, Buffett possibly the most evil among them as he flies under the radar as a folksy grandpa, Meathead etc.), aging actresses (Anne Hathaway has had it up to here apparently with straight White men and so has Alyssa Milano, Ashley Judd, and Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist) and masses of non-Whites.

    The old Rich dudes get to enserf straight White males -- clearly life envisioned for straight White males is chained to some cubicle under the HR lash of enthusiastic Black Lesbians in Transitions (BLTs according to Terry Gilliam) to churn out wealth -- the aging actresses get to act out their psycho dramas in public which is their only motivation -- and the masses of non-Whites get special social privileges to mask the fact that they have lower standards of living than a White factory worker in Cleveland in 1955.

    Leaving aside the stupidity of enserfing straight White males -- White men don't reproduce much in captivity which is why Feudal Lords abandoned slavery in the 600s for serfdom which gave peasants some land and some incentive to reproduce and produce wealth that could be taxed/seized by the lord. Roman slavery was like the later Muslim slavery a population sink, particularly in the cities but even in the countryside.

    The White population decline which is catastrophic is in some ways echoing that of Roman times under widespread slavery. Unlike Africans, Whites in slavery just don't reproduce, which is why the "glories" of Islamic civilization faded fast when the Vikings became Christians and stopped raiding their neighbors and selling them off as slaves in either Al Andulus or Muslim slave markets on the Black Sea or Caspian Sea.

    But back to Racial Communism -- it seizes not things which are of direct monetary value (since that is mostly siphoned off for the permanent governing class one way or another -- salaries for bureaucrats and public health and welfare benefits for illegals through high tax rates and low public spending on White people) but special privileges:

    *Illegal aliens are not billed for hospital medical care.
    *Illegal aliens are not cited for drunk driving, nor are their licenses suspended or cars seized.
    *Blacks, Hispanics etc. are not cited for public nuisance, serious offenses such as assault and robbery are pleaded down, jury nullification makes convictions even in capital crimes nearly impossible.

    Far more likely is the legalization defacto of any crime committed against a White person by someone of sufficient Vibrancy. Racial Communism. Like an Edo period Samurai who had lost his warrior power now given the legal right to behead on the spot any peasant he encountered for any reason as a sop for loss of Emperor-making power on the battlefield.

    What exactly will our rulers offer the masses of Vibrants? The ability for a working man to earn enough to own a house, two cars, and have his wife stay at home and take care of the kids? The ability to have a two-week vacation in a national park without saving for years, i.e. the ability to do this pretty much every year? On a working mans wages? Surely not.

    But the Purge-Get Whitey Part Seven will surely play in San Bernadino, and South Side Chicago, and Detroit, and Baltimore, and New Yorico.
  30. @candid_observer
    Looking forward to the movie.

    I find it pretty depressing to think about how few movies today seem to be competent.

    How many directors and writers today have any real idea how to develop character, put together coherent and believable plot, and write sharp dialog? You know, the basics?

    Nothing is more boring than an incompetent movie. And they are almost all incompetent.

    Nobody knows anything, and now they know less.

    Yep. It’s always mystified me, how Hollywood could be so competitive (most actors unemployed most of the time, etc) and yet produce such crap. I suppose the answer is that they’re not targeting movies to people with my tastes.

    • Replies: @Rob McX
    I don't think actors are unemployed that much. If you look up any of their Wikipedia entries, you'll see dozens of films and TV shows they've appeared in that you've never heard of.
  31. @Reg Cæsar

    ...one Armenian youth was killed by another Armenian youth in the North Hollywood Sears parking lot in a stupid beef over an insulting text message.
     
    Whatever happened to "It takes two Turks... two Greeks... two Jews to swindle an Armenian"?

    Are we getting the dregs of that society, too, as with Latin America?

    I understand that it still takes two Jews to swindle an Armenian; we middleman minorities have slid down together, thanks to the cushy life in America.

    • Replies: @Lurker
    I mentioned here once before about my Jewish girlfriend dispatching me to haggle with the Iranian vendor of an Apple computer. I got it for what I think was a reasonable price. He tried asking for money than he's advertised it for (seriously?) And he made a further tactical error in asking for more money after I'd already loaded it into the car.

    Anyhow it was only years later that I reflected upon the oddity of me, Mr Anglo, haggling with a Persian on behalf of a Jew.
    , @Anonym
    I think a Jew must have popularised that version of the saying, because you'd need multiple of anyone swindling a Jew. Or basically another Jew, like Madoff.
  32. I am a big fan of this sort of low-budget, high-concept film. I wish there were more of them that were marketed through viral social media.

    Note that ‘The Blair Witch Project’ was itself a copy of a much more frightening film that was actually banned in the United States when it was released, and an arrest warrant was issued for the Director : Cannibal Holocaust.

    THAT is the most frightening film ever made.

  33. @Reg Cæsar

    It’s just that the basic idea of a father delving into teen social media to discover what happened to his child is a great one and I’m glad that they executed it so well.
     
    Sounds like George C Scott and Season Hubley in Hardcore, except that was "social media", 1979-style.


    http://theretroset.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Hardcore1.jpg

    Today’s response to shocked dad: “Pics or GTFO”

    OT:

    People unoutraged at The Economist, outraged at Bannon (who hasn’t even done anything):

    Outrage on Twitter as Bannon appears at Economist fest, voices support for Orban & Salvini

    Courageous speaker confronts Bannon – “I am an undocumented immigrant and I want to know if you know you are lying when you blame problems on immigrants when the GOP gives tax cuts to the rich?”

    > Not being removed from premises

  34. The Turtleboy Sports blog in Massachusetts does this with journalism. They take crimes and bad behavior and triangulate them with what these same people are posting on their FB and Instagram accounts. They catch them in lies all the time. It’s an entirely new model of journalism. The legacy media are so far behind in this stuff that it’s laughable.

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    The Turtleboys have been instrumental in the ongoing dismantling of the MA State Police.

    https://turtleboysports.com/state-trooper-leigha-genduso-admitted-drug-dealer-perjurer-and-tax-evader-friends-with-former-msp-colonel-marion-mcgovern-dated-lt-colonel-prior-to-being-hired/
  35. @International Jew

    What’s the deal with California eliminating cash bail?
     
    They'll discover that even under the new criteria (probability of not disappearing and danger to the public but not ability to put up bail) the system will lock up blacks and latinos disproportionately. And then they'll go back to using bail.

    Writing from the Communist People’s Republic of California, I view that as unlikely. What is remarkable is that in California, spreading to every other part of the nation, is the process of Racial Communism. That team up between rich older White dudes (the Koch Brothers, Soros, Gates, Buffett possibly the most evil among them as he flies under the radar as a folksy grandpa, Meathead etc.), aging actresses (Anne Hathaway has had it up to here apparently with straight White men and so has Alyssa Milano, Ashley Judd, and Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist) and masses of non-Whites.

    The old Rich dudes get to enserf straight White males — clearly life envisioned for straight White males is chained to some cubicle under the HR lash of enthusiastic Black Lesbians in Transitions (BLTs according to Terry Gilliam) to churn out wealth — the aging actresses get to act out their psycho dramas in public which is their only motivation — and the masses of non-Whites get special social privileges to mask the fact that they have lower standards of living than a White factory worker in Cleveland in 1955.

    Leaving aside the stupidity of enserfing straight White males — White men don’t reproduce much in captivity which is why Feudal Lords abandoned slavery in the 600s for serfdom which gave peasants some land and some incentive to reproduce and produce wealth that could be taxed/seized by the lord. Roman slavery was like the later Muslim slavery a population sink, particularly in the cities but even in the countryside.

    The White population decline which is catastrophic is in some ways echoing that of Roman times under widespread slavery. Unlike Africans, Whites in slavery just don’t reproduce, which is why the “glories” of Islamic civilization faded fast when the Vikings became Christians and stopped raiding their neighbors and selling them off as slaves in either Al Andulus or Muslim slave markets on the Black Sea or Caspian Sea.

    But back to Racial Communism — it seizes not things which are of direct monetary value (since that is mostly siphoned off for the permanent governing class one way or another — salaries for bureaucrats and public health and welfare benefits for illegals through high tax rates and low public spending on White people) but special privileges:

    *Illegal aliens are not billed for hospital medical care.
    *Illegal aliens are not cited for drunk driving, nor are their licenses suspended or cars seized.
    *Blacks, Hispanics etc. are not cited for public nuisance, serious offenses such as assault and robbery are pleaded down, jury nullification makes convictions even in capital crimes nearly impossible.

    Far more likely is the legalization defacto of any crime committed against a White person by someone of sufficient Vibrancy. Racial Communism. Like an Edo period Samurai who had lost his warrior power now given the legal right to behead on the spot any peasant he encountered for any reason as a sop for loss of Emperor-making power on the battlefield.

    What exactly will our rulers offer the masses of Vibrants? The ability for a working man to earn enough to own a house, two cars, and have his wife stay at home and take care of the kids? The ability to have a two-week vacation in a national park without saving for years, i.e. the ability to do this pretty much every year? On a working mans wages? Surely not.

    But the Purge-Get Whitey Part Seven will surely play in San Bernadino, and South Side Chicago, and Detroit, and Baltimore, and New Yorico.

  36. @Anon
    In particular ...

    What?

    He stopped in mid-sentence but he’s fixed it now.

  37. @International Jew
    Yep. It's always mystified me, how Hollywood could be so competitive (most actors unemployed most of the time, etc) and yet produce such crap. I suppose the answer is that they're not targeting movies to people with my tastes.

    I don’t think actors are unemployed that much. If you look up any of their Wikipedia entries, you’ll see dozens of films and TV shows they’ve appeared in that you’ve never heard of.

  38. @Reg Cæsar

    ...one Armenian youth was killed by another Armenian youth in the North Hollywood Sears parking lot in a stupid beef over an insulting text message.
     
    Whatever happened to "It takes two Turks... two Greeks... two Jews to swindle an Armenian"?

    Are we getting the dregs of that society, too, as with Latin America?

    Whatever happened to “It takes two Turks… two Greeks… two Jews to swindle an Armenian”?

    Are we getting the dregs of that society, too, as with Latin America?

    The post-Soviet wave of Armenians has a distinctly thuggish quality;they are very different from the more respectable types who immigrated pre-1924.

  39. I like this depiction of what happens when a real-life dad’s son is “Taken.”

  40. Anon[395] • Disclaimer says:

    o/t

    Tangible evidence of a labor “shortage”, probably not

    But that could be coming to an end. This year, Publix has been experimenting with letting male employees in some markets grow short, well-kept beards. Changing cultural perceptions, employee pressure and a shortage of workers are giving the grocery chain reason to rethink its rules for beards, some experts say.
    “There’s a changing set of cultural standards,” said Steve Kirn, a recently retired lecturer in the University of Florida’s retail studies program. “The people who had really strong feelings about not having facial hair are aging out of the customer pool, and Publix needs to attract young customers.”

    https://www.local10.com/news/florida/publix-has-no-beard-for-employees-but-that-may-change

    • Replies: @prusmc
    After Publix gave into extortion by David Hogg it lost my patronage for ever more.
    , @Reg Cæsar
    So Jesus couldn't work at Publix?

    Of course, if God meant for men to wear beards, he'd have given them facial hair, wouldn't he?
  41. @Reg Cæsar

    It’s just that the basic idea of a father delving into teen social media to discover what happened to his child is a great one and I’m glad that they executed it so well.
     
    Sounds like George C Scott and Season Hubley in Hardcore, except that was "social media", 1979-style.


    http://theretroset.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Hardcore1.jpg

    That’s a great movie.

  42. So there’s some pressure resulting in actual movies getting made, and not just re-imagining Batman again, good. That’s roughly similar to this excellent VDare story that, on the one hand the Sweden Democrats didn’t do as well as expected, but on the other hand that’s partially because they have successfully forced the centrist/leftist parties to accept some of their platform. It’s not everything we wanted but you can’t call it defeat. The story did have this remarkable segment:

    Danish observers were sent to Sweden to monitor the election, such was the concern about whether they were “free and fair”. A Danish conservative MP stated that he’d monitored elections in Russia and he’d never witnessed anything close to the undemocratic fiasco he saw in Sweden.

    You pick up a ballot for a specific party—each a different colour—in full view, before voting behind a screen. You can disguise your intentions by picking up lots of ballots, but if one of these is the Sweden Democrat one, then it may well be noticed. “Party soldiers” were permitted to stand at the doors of the polling stations to press voters to give them their parties’ ballots, which the “party soldiers” would then fill in and put in the ballot box [Venstre-ordfører: Svensk stemmesystem langt fra europæisk standard, Berlingske, September 9, 2018].

    This reminds me of the Union Army occupation election for the secession of West Virginia from Virginia during the Civil War: voters were surrounded by armed, uniformed occupation soldiers and voted in front of judges who kept track of their names. Why do these people lecture us about democracy again? Oh, right, because they think that welfare money can never run out.
    https://vdare.com/articles/why-didn-t-sweden-democrats-do-better

    Mean-spirited prediction: will East Asian movie audiences support this movie, and, if they don’t, will that come up in their discussion about Hollywood exclusion?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    American elections generally involved public voting until the secret Australian Ballot swept the country in the later 19th Century.
  43. @International Jew
    I understand that it still takes two Jews to swindle an Armenian; we middleman minorities have slid down together, thanks to the cushy life in America.

    I mentioned here once before about my Jewish girlfriend dispatching me to haggle with the Iranian vendor of an Apple computer. I got it for what I think was a reasonable price. He tried asking for money than he’s advertised it for (seriously?) And he made a further tactical error in asking for more money after I’d already loaded it into the car.

    Anyhow it was only years later that I reflected upon the oddity of me, Mr Anglo, haggling with a Persian on behalf of a Jew.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Ah, the ultimate sneakiness: innocent incomprehension. I remember being told in debate club about this sweet living-Whistler-subject who had starred in a previous year, who would, with infinite politeness, ask the other side if they could just paraphrase their question one more time.
    Turkey in happy days sent a very old comrade of Ataturk's to receive the negotiations of perfidious Albion. He exasperated his counterpart by simply leaving his hearing aid off.
  44. @International Jew
    I understand that it still takes two Jews to swindle an Armenian; we middleman minorities have slid down together, thanks to the cushy life in America.

    I think a Jew must have popularised that version of the saying, because you’d need multiple of anyone swindling a Jew. Or basically another Jew, like Madoff.

  45. Ex Machina is another example of a low budget high concept movie.

  46. @Father O'Hara
    Wasn't there also : Trust a snake before a Jew,and a Jew before an Armenian..or some such.

    Orwell, from Down and Out in Paris and London: “Trust a snake before a Jew and a Jew before a Greek,but don’t trust an Armenian.”

  47. Nice editing, lol.

    “In particular”

  48. @Anon
    The podcast of John August, the screenwriter, regularly covers cases that arise over screenwriter plot similarity. Apparently it's almost impossible to win a case against someone who "stole your idea."

    What's the deal with California eliminating cash bail? Apparently the judge either has to lock you up or set you free pending trial. This could backfire, depending on the judge. People who may have been let out under the old system may end up stewing in court until trial, unable to adequately assist their attorneys in trial prep. And with cells filling up, others who would have been jailed may be let out to enforce the snitches-get-stitches directive.

    I recently watched the Pixar movie “Coco” (2017) and afterward “Book of Life” (2014), which Steve mentioned in his review of the former. I was surprised at how much “Coco” seems to have borrowed from the previous movie, including even to look of the after-world. I wondered if some sort of arrangement was made, but then, I suppose the producers of a movie can copy as much as they want from another movie. Did Sergio Leone have to pay off Akira Kurosawa for stealing the plot of “Yojimbo” for “Fistful of Dollars”?

  49. @J.Ross
    So there's some pressure resulting in actual movies getting made, and not just re-imagining Batman again, good. That's roughly similar to this excellent VDare story that, on the one hand the Sweden Democrats didn't do as well as expected, but on the other hand that's partially because they have successfully forced the centrist/leftist parties to accept some of their platform. It's not everything we wanted but you can't call it defeat. The story did have this remarkable segment:

    Danish observers were sent to Sweden to monitor the election, such was the concern about whether they were “free and fair”. A Danish conservative MP stated that he’d monitored elections in Russia and he’d never witnessed anything close to the undemocratic fiasco he saw in Sweden.

    You pick up a ballot for a specific party—each a different colour—in full view, before voting behind a screen. You can disguise your intentions by picking up lots of ballots, but if one of these is the Sweden Democrat one, then it may well be noticed. “Party soldiers” were permitted to stand at the doors of the polling stations to press voters to give them their parties’ ballots, which the “party soldiers” would then fill in and put in the ballot box [Venstre-ordfører: Svensk stemmesystem langt fra europæisk standard, Berlingske, September 9, 2018].
     

    This reminds me of the Union Army occupation election for the secession of West Virginia from Virginia during the Civil War: voters were surrounded by armed, uniformed occupation soldiers and voted in front of judges who kept track of their names. Why do these people lecture us about democracy again? Oh, right, because they think that welfare money can never run out.
    https://vdare.com/articles/why-didn-t-sweden-democrats-do-better

    Mean-spirited prediction: will East Asian movie audiences support this movie, and, if they don't, will that come up in their discussion about Hollywood exclusion?

    American elections generally involved public voting until the secret Australian Ballot swept the country in the later 19th Century.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    At the opposite extreme, but just as good in its own way, is-- excuse me, was-- Appenzell's practice of having militiamen vote by raising their rifles in the village square.

    But this didn't mesh well with women's suffrage, so it had to go.

    https://swisswanderlust.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/23-1.jpg
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe

    ...the main reason I guessed right was a shot that struck me as an aesthetic invocation of a very famous movie by the most classic director of thrillers.
     
    I took my wife to see this today (based almost entirely on your recommendation), and while I also got a good idea who the primary antagonist was pretty early on, I have no idea which scene you're referencing here. It's obviously a Hitchcock thing, but I'm drawing a blank. Can you please elaborate?
  50. @Steve Sailer
    American elections generally involved public voting until the secret Australian Ballot swept the country in the later 19th Century.

    At the opposite extreme, but just as good in its own way, is– excuse me, was— Appenzell’s practice of having militiamen vote by raising their rifles in the village square.

    But this didn’t mesh well with women’s suffrage, so it had to go.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    So you arm the chicks. The solution is always more firearms.
  51. OT: 60 Minutes, in keeping with its tradition of breaking new stories, is reporting on Theranos.

  52. @Anon
    o/t

    Tangible evidence of a labor "shortage", probably not

    But that could be coming to an end. This year, Publix has been experimenting with letting male employees in some markets grow short, well-kept beards. Changing cultural perceptions, employee pressure and a shortage of workers are giving the grocery chain reason to rethink its rules for beards, some experts say.
    "There's a changing set of cultural standards," said Steve Kirn, a recently retired lecturer in the University of Florida's retail studies program. "The people who had really strong feelings about not having facial hair are aging out of the customer pool, and Publix needs to attract young customers."
     
    https://www.local10.com/news/florida/publix-has-no-beard-for-employees-but-that-may-change

    After Publix gave into extortion by David Hogg it lost my patronage for ever more.

    • Replies: @Anon
    Support, even passive, for right-wing ideas is probably in the single digits of the corporate executive class. The NRA has been flat-footed, never seeking to open up its own credit union in order to squelch the attempts by the banks to deny credit to the firearms industry. Almost no marketer ever wants to be associated with the right, or its retiree base. If you ever have the displeasure of watching Fox News, note the outrageous number of reverse mortgage ads.

    For all the talk about the need to build a seperate society, it's very hard to do. Even building one social network website (Gab) has been fraught with difficulty. And if that's hard, our own bank or university will be 1000 times harder.
  53. @Reg Cæsar
    At the opposite extreme, but just as good in its own way, is-- excuse me, was-- Appenzell's practice of having militiamen vote by raising their rifles in the village square.

    But this didn't mesh well with women's suffrage, so it had to go.

    https://swisswanderlust.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/23-1.jpg

    So you arm the chicks. The solution is always more firearms.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    So you arm the chicks. The solution is always more firearms.

     

    This is Switzerland. You'd have to draft the chicks.

    They haven't survived in a nasty neighborhood by adopting stupid fads like that.
  54. @Lurker
    I mentioned here once before about my Jewish girlfriend dispatching me to haggle with the Iranian vendor of an Apple computer. I got it for what I think was a reasonable price. He tried asking for money than he's advertised it for (seriously?) And he made a further tactical error in asking for more money after I'd already loaded it into the car.

    Anyhow it was only years later that I reflected upon the oddity of me, Mr Anglo, haggling with a Persian on behalf of a Jew.

    Ah, the ultimate sneakiness: innocent incomprehension. I remember being told in debate club about this sweet living-Whistler-subject who had starred in a previous year, who would, with infinite politeness, ask the other side if they could just paraphrase their question one more time.
    Turkey in happy days sent a very old comrade of Ataturk’s to receive the negotiations of perfidious Albion. He exasperated his counterpart by simply leaving his hearing aid off.

  55. @J.Ross
    So you arm the chicks. The solution is always more firearms.

    So you arm the chicks. The solution is always more firearms.

    This is Switzerland. You’d have to draft the chicks.

    They haven’t survived in a nasty neighborhood by adopting stupid fads like that.

  56. @Anon
    o/t

    Tangible evidence of a labor "shortage", probably not

    But that could be coming to an end. This year, Publix has been experimenting with letting male employees in some markets grow short, well-kept beards. Changing cultural perceptions, employee pressure and a shortage of workers are giving the grocery chain reason to rethink its rules for beards, some experts say.
    "There's a changing set of cultural standards," said Steve Kirn, a recently retired lecturer in the University of Florida's retail studies program. "The people who had really strong feelings about not having facial hair are aging out of the customer pool, and Publix needs to attract young customers."
     
    https://www.local10.com/news/florida/publix-has-no-beard-for-employees-but-that-may-change

    So Jesus couldn’t work at Publix?

    Of course, if God meant for men to wear beards, he’d have given them facial hair, wouldn’t he?

    • Replies: @üeljang
    That is NOT FUNNY! You are an evil, racist white supremacist. ~~\(>.<*)/~~
  57. Anon[395] • Disclaimer says:
    @prusmc
    After Publix gave into extortion by David Hogg it lost my patronage for ever more.

    Support, even passive, for right-wing ideas is probably in the single digits of the corporate executive class. The NRA has been flat-footed, never seeking to open up its own credit union in order to squelch the attempts by the banks to deny credit to the firearms industry. Almost no marketer ever wants to be associated with the right, or its retiree base. If you ever have the displeasure of watching Fox News, note the outrageous number of reverse mortgage ads.

    For all the talk about the need to build a seperate society, it’s very hard to do. Even building one social network website (Gab) has been fraught with difficulty. And if that’s hard, our own bank or university will be 1000 times harder.

  58. Unaware of the gimmick in this movie, I went to see it in order to relax and get away from a hard day working on my computer. Needless to say, I was not a happy camper. However, the movie was ultimately rather gripping and entertaining. The many plot twists were plausible.

  59. @Reg Cæsar
    So Jesus couldn't work at Publix?

    Of course, if God meant for men to wear beards, he'd have given them facial hair, wouldn't he?

    That is NOT FUNNY! You are an evil, racist white supremacist. ~~\(>.<*)/~~

  60. @Reg Cæsar
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR2FvrU-NIM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8RK7Kel45I

    For a bunch of white guys from Oregon, the Kingsmen were surprisingly funky.

    Reg Caesar writes

    For a bunch of white guys from Oregon, the Kingsmen were surprisingly funky.

    and Colin Firth held up well over the years.

  61. @Bragadocious
    The Turtleboy Sports blog in Massachusetts does this with journalism. They take crimes and bad behavior and triangulate them with what these same people are posting on their FB and Instagram accounts. They catch them in lies all the time. It's an entirely new model of journalism. The legacy media are so far behind in this stuff that it's laughable.
  62. @Steve Sailer
    American elections generally involved public voting until the secret Australian Ballot swept the country in the later 19th Century.

    …the main reason I guessed right was a shot that struck me as an aesthetic invocation of a very famous movie by the most classic director of thrillers.

    I took my wife to see this today (based almost entirely on your recommendation), and while I also got a good idea who the primary antagonist was pretty early on, I have no idea which scene you’re referencing here. It’s obviously a Hitchcock thing, but I’m drawing a blank. Can you please elaborate?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    A.P.
  63. @Kevin O'Keeffe

    ...the main reason I guessed right was a shot that struck me as an aesthetic invocation of a very famous movie by the most classic director of thrillers.
     
    I took my wife to see this today (based almost entirely on your recommendation), and while I also got a good idea who the primary antagonist was pretty early on, I have no idea which scene you're referencing here. It's obviously a Hitchcock thing, but I'm drawing a blank. Can you please elaborate?

    A.P.

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