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From my new movie review in Taki's Magazine: The U.K. Vs. U.S. Detective Debate Steve Sailer December 11, 2019 The mystery movie Knives Out is an allegory about how Americans deserve to lose our homeland to Latin American immigrants out of our self-destructive hatred for each other. But that’s a good thing, the film says,... Read More
Roma is a nice little black & white movie about growing up upper middle class in Mexico City in 1971.
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... Read More
From my new movie review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
Tully stars Charlize Theron as a 41-year-old mom having her third child with her suburban nice guy husband, played by Mark Duplass. It's from the team of screenwriter Diablo Cody (a ridiculous stripper name) and director Jason Reitman, who made the surprisingly insightful Juno in 2007. When Cody won the Best Screenwriting Oscar for her... Read More
The New York Times oped page takes on today's burning issue: Or, perhaps, "Get Out" didn't win Best Picture because it wasn't the, you know, best picture? Guillermo del Toro's fishcegenation movie was awfully stupid, but he at least put much effort into how it looked and hired some good actors. (This is not to... Read More
Phantom Thread is a low-key quality drama about the stresses of the artistic temperament starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a 1950s genius dress designer. It's a Paul Thomas Anderson movie so of course it's a sumptuous aesthetic experience. Anderson, along with Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino, is one of the last directors to work on traditional... Read More
Okay, apparently there's a new Star Wars movie out, which I haven't seen because I haven't heard anything that sounds like a good reason to go. And the more I hear about it, the less it sounds like it is even trying to be entertaining. From the New York Times: Isn't that illegal? The sentence... Read More
From the New York Times: "Law & Order" is of course world-famous for being completely un-figure-out-able. Who will the real killer turn out to be: the Puerto Rican transgender sex worker, the black felon with all the Crips tattoos who converted to Nation of Islam on Death Row, or coal industry lawyer Choate Saltonstall Crowninshield... Read More
From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
"The Shape of Water" is Mexican Conquistador-American Guillermo del Toro's art-directed-within-an-inch-of-its-life Oscar contender about how a heroic Coalition of the Fringes teams up to thwart the Evilest Evil White Man Ever from stopping a saintly disabled woman from consummating her Amphibious Marriage with a creature from the black lagoon.
Ferdinand is a new animated feature movie based on the 1936 children's book The Story of Ferdinand and 1938 Disney short Ferdinand the Bull. Due to the Spanish Civil War, the book was the biggest bestseller of 1938. Professional wrestler John Cena provides the voice of the gentle giant who would rather sniff flowers than... Read More
I saw this awhile ago somewhere, but I forgot to copy the link, so my apologies to the author. How the basic plot of "Star Wars" derives from the Books of Samuel in the Old Testament:
This comedy/drama written and directed by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh ("In Bruges") would be a fine sleeper hit if it didn't win a bunch of Academy Awards. However, Frances McDormand, Mrs. Joel Coen, is, with Meryl Streep in "The Post," a frontrunner for Best Actress. Conversely, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson are excellent too as... Read More
"The Disaster Artist" is actor/director James Franco's fairly good movie about the making of a belovedly bad movie called "The Room" that has achieved cult status and nurtured a bunch of "Rocky Horror Picture Show"-type customs among audiences at midnight movies, such as throwing plastic spoons at the screen. Franco plays the international man of... Read More
Pixar's animated movie "Coco" about a boy in Mexico who visits the afterlife on the Day of the Dead is another nice effort from the Northern California studio. On the other hand, it's a little dull and repetitious: Did you know that Mexicans care a lot about their families? If not, you'll learn that from... Read More
My new Harvey Weinstein-related column in Taki's Magazine, "The Overlord of Oscar Bait," argues that, just as Hollywood should no longer import chimpanzees to appear in movies like Bedtime for Bonzo because they can now be digitally simulated by putting Andy Serkis in a motion capture suit, we should consider banning professional child actors in... Read More
From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
From my movie review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
Movies usually take at least two years to go from conception to completion, even with all the money in the world behind them. For example, the sequel to the August 2014 surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy arrived in theaters in May 2017, 33 months after the original. So, it's obvious that all the Oscar-bait... Read More
From BoxOfficeMojo: Here's my review of Detroit about the 1967 riot in Taki's Magazine last week. Detroit, rather like Jordan Peele's hugely profitable Get Out from earlier this year, is kind of a horror story about white racism killing black bodies. But it had a number of strikes against it: - Directrix Kathryn Bigelow, unlike... Read More
From my review of the movie Detroit in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing
Our most celebrated thought leaders, such as Chancellor Merkel, have repeatedly pointed out for us that European values morally require the demographic inundation of the European peoples in The Other. Similarly, the New York Times film critic is highly enthusiastic about how humane values require human extinction in War for the Planet of the Apes.... Read More
From Slate: And from Fusion: For a more intelligent review of Jordan Peele's Kill-the-White-People horror movie Get Out, see Screen to Screed: Here's my review in Taki's Magazine.
From my new movie review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there. For an alternative view of Get Out, here's Cosm
Of course not! We all know, from first principles, that immigrants are Good. We also know that Sweden's natives are very, very white, and thus are Bad. Therefore, we know, both from abstract reason and from documentaries like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which people are the real problem in Sweden: the white nativist... Read More
Then Jessica Williams, the former “Daily Show” correspondent who was at Sundance as the star of Jim Strouse’s “The Incredible Jessica Ja
I finally got around to watching a couple of movies by the great French comedian / director Jacques Tati, 1959's Mon Oncle and 1967's Play Time. Tati, a successor to Chaplin and Keaton, made post-silent comedies without much plot or dialogue but with a lot of sound effects and visual gags. Tati liked the eccentric,... Read More
From my movie review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing at Taki's Magazine. By the way, here's video of the 2008 mushroom cloud over Tirana, Albania. It almost certainly wasn't Diveroli's fault, although it involved people he was involved with. Albania's paranoid dictator Enver Hoxha, who hated both the West and the Soviets, made... Read More
From my movie review of Ghostbusters in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
The hit Disney kids' movie Zootopia about a city where talking lions lie down with talking lambs came across to me as something that must have started out culturally rebellious but then got throttled by the test marketers and executives into the usual You-Go-Girl fare. Here the creative team talks about their original vision, which... Read More
I finally went to see two popular animated movies at the $3 theater: Disney's big budget / big hit Zootopia and the medium budget / medium hit Angry Birds based on the Finnish smartphone game. Like a lot of mainstream movies these days, both are allegories about classic iSteve topics like biodiversity. Zootopia is a... Read More
From The Hollywood Reporter: He teaches what at the what? There is a simple change that could be made so that Oscar voting would be weighted to correlate to the demographics of the moviegoing public. Each year, the Motion Picture Association of America publishes the Theatrical Market Statistics report. In it, they slice and dice... Read More
With a 17th Coen Brothers movie on the way this week, I return to an old question: How have the two middle-aged men gone over 30 years without the kind of public spats that are common among showbiz brothers (e.g., in rock music: the Everlys, the Davies of the Kinks, the Fogertys of Creedence, the... Read More
After an Oscar nominationless half century career of playing Mean Girls who don't give a damn, 69-year-old Charlotte Rampling refuses to be White Guilted over her first-ever nomination. From the
It's award season for the movies. Here, for example, are the Best Picture nominees from the Producers Guild of America, which tend to correlate decently with the eventual Oscar nominees, with links to my reviews: “The Big Short” “Bridge of Spies” “Brooklyn” “Ex Machina” “Mad Max: Fury Road” “The Martian” “The Revenant” “Sicario” “Spotlight” “Straight... Read More
Brooklyn is a pretty good although strikingly sedate movie that might snag one of the many Best Picture Oscar nominations, but won't win. It's a fairly realistic story of a pretty but not exceptionally beautiful Irish girl (Saoirse Ronan) in 1951 whose sister arranges for her to immigrate to Brooklyn, where a kind Irish priest... Read More
I finally saw the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, which is much like the old Star Wars movie of 1977. My hunch is that it was aimed in part to rope in the giant Chinese audience, which was too busy slopping the pigs down on the collective farm to get into Star Wars... Read More
From my movie review in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
There seems to be some kind of quiet rumor going around that there's going to be a new Star Wars movie. (Don't quote me on it, but that's what I'm hearing.) So I got interested in the perennial kvetching point about why so few movies with budgets over $100 million are directed by women. For... Read More
I went to the $3 theater and saw Sicario, an ambitious thriller about the FBI, CIA, and Delta Force battling a Mexican drug cartel on the border. Unlike Spectre, this film was presumably not subsidized by the Mexican government's tourist agency. The scenes set in Mexico will make you want to vacation instead in, say,... Read More
Creed is a worthy (if almost too respectful) addition to the canon of Rocky movies. The basic pitch by writer-director Ryan Coogler (who has the name of a white quarterback, but is black) was that his star from Fruitvale Station, Michael B. Jordan, should play Adonis Creed, a heretofore unknown son of Rocky Balboa's Muhammad... Read More
A growing genre of film is the nonfiction business movie, such as The Social Network and Steve Jobs (which goes into national release on Friday), and the upcoming The Big Short. Jonah Hill has had memorable supporting roles in a couple of recent such films, Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street. (A popular theme... Read More
From my review of the new film Steve Jobs at Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
From The News of Australia: In the movie, they gave the noble Dr. Kapor a Hindu father, like Nikki Minaj. But it's a dull role. The only supporting actor in the movie who gets to have fun is Jeff Daniels as the Possibly Evil White Man in Charge. Pretty soon we'll be reading denunciations of... Read More
Matt Damon plays a NASA astronaut stranded on Mars in Sir Ridley Scott's faithful adaptation of the ultra-hard sci-fi novel originally self-published in 2011 by Andy Weir. A lot of the Thursday night audience had clearly read The Martian (e.g., they were laughing at punchlines before they were fully delivered) and were very happy that... Read More
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