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I’ve barely seen any movies this year, but I still felt reasonably confident to write in my new review of The Irishman:

The Irishman is one of the most imposing movies so far this year, along with the neo-Scorsesean Joker, the Korean Parasite, and of course Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

By next week a likely fifth movie will be Marriage Story by Noah Baumbach, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. Baumbach makes Woody Allen-like Upper West Side movies, and he’s probably, on the whole, been better than Allen since his 2005 The Squid and the Whale. I quite liked his 2014 comedy with Driver and Ben Stiller While We’re Young.

At this point I’d vote:

Best Foreign Film: Parasite

Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time, over Al Pacino, The Irishman

Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker, over Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time.

Best Original Screenplay: Steve Zaillian, The Irishman (although Baumbach ought to always be a contender)

Best Director: Quentin Tarantino, Once

Best Picture: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

These films, by the way, are Not Diverse.

So what film is going to keep next year’s Academy Awards from being plagued by #OscarsSoWhite(andAsian) hashtags?

The most plausible woman director to nominate might be Greta Gerwig — whose autobiographical 2017 film Lady Bird with Saoirse Ronan as the high school Greta Gerwig, was quite entertaining — for the umpteenth Little Women remake. But she’s Baumbach’s girlfriend, for whom he left Jennifer Jason Leigh (an event that is presumably the subject matter of Marriage Story). Or maybe Olivia Wilde for Booksmart, who is some kind of distant relation of Evelyn Waugh. (Her English Communist grandpa Claude Cockburn, who wrote the John Huston-Humphrey Bogart movie Beat the Devil, was Waugh’s cousin.)

A movie that seems to be appealing to audiences in limited release is JoJo Rabbit, which is described as an anti-Hitler satire. The concept sounds dire, but audiences apparently like it (as they enjoyed last year’s Best Picture winner Green Book). And the last movie by its director, Taika Waititi (who is half New Zealand Maori and half Jewish), Thor: Ragnarok, was witty for a Marvel movie. So maybe we can expect to hear a lot during Oscar Season about how Hitler would have hated Maoris (if he were aware of their existence, although judging from Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel, the Maori were awfully Hitlerian toward the poor Moriori of the Chatham Islands).

 
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  1. Sorry, I doubled up the postings, so here are the previous comments:

    Clyde says:
    November 6, 2019 at 9:29 am GMT • 100 Words(Edit-3542844)
    Nolte: All-Girl ‘Terminator’ Projected to Lose $100 Million https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/11/04/all-girl-terminator-projected-to-lose-100-million/

    But for all the flaws in the previous three sequels, those were at least not sold to the public as social justice lectures about how the future is female, about how we should open our borders to anyone who wants to come here, about how the idea of fate is no longer about a mother protecting the future, but a GRRRRL-empowered Hispanic illegal alien Who *Is* The Protector of the Future — because in 2019 America, the toxic theme of all-about-me narcissism is what Hollywood’s selling.

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    Anon[159] • Disclaimer says:
    November 6, 2019 at 9:50 am GMT(Edit-3542856)
    I was kinda beat so I slept through it, but my wife loved Weathering with You

  2. Best Documentary: Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11.

    The movie uses found 70mm footage that NASA had forgotten all about, and to see Cape Kennedy (as Cape Canaveral was called for some years back then), the crowds, and the astronauts and technicians, in extreme high definition color, is to be transported back to a different America, even more than Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood does.

    Also superb is the carefully edited lower definition footage of the mission after launch, with cleaned up audio and more new footage and superb explanatory graphics.

    The movie is worth catching in an IMAX rectangular screen theater; it is still playing in a few.

  3. Anon55uu says:

    The Maori / Moriori “encounter” is pretty vividly featured in the Wachovski/Twyker movie Cloud Atlas.

  4. Franz says:
    @Steve Sailer

    All-Girl ‘Terminator’ Projected to Lose $100 Million

    Best movie of 2019 right there.

    Shows the emperor really has no clothes.

    Ain’t seen it, ain’t gonna, but damn it’s good to see the “Get Woke Go Broke” turn into the theme meme of 2019. All it took was Arnie showing his biggest muscle was always the one between his ears.

    Good job, chicks!

  5. Hans says:

    I think this short deserves consideration: Young British Girl Describes What White Girls Are Subjected to in Multicultural Britain – https://www.bitchute.com/video/lDzsC6RnHpA0/

    • Replies: @Kylie
    , @Alden
  6. Anonymous[751] • Disclaimer says:

    Olivia Wilde is a Cockburn. I remember talking to Alexander about his niece doing this silly Hollywood thing.

    I guess someone thought that wasn’t a great stage name. The rare gentile name change.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Johann Ricke
  7. El Dato says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Dammit Linda Hamilton looks like Hillary Clinton in “Deplorables II: Last Cough Attack”.

    Am I that old? (*Checks calendar*) Oh!

    From the LA Times:

    Cameron:

    “When you look at how Trump thinks of Mexico … it’s like, well, we’re going to tell a story about the most important person in the world,” he said. “She’s so important that they bend time to send an agent back to try to kill her to change the future. Let’s make her a Mexican national.

    Not “they”, it’s “it”. And you already told that story and how DOES Trump think of Mexico and why is it important? Why not buy an ad on Facebook instead?

    “How it’s questioning itself, I think, is amazing,” said Reyes. “As women, we’re always serving other characters. We’re the lover, or the maid, or wife. I actually think ‘Terminator’ always was the story of Sarah Connor, not John Connor. It was always about her struggle to survive and get stronger and fight.”

    Apparently there is forgetfulness that the movie was about, you know, an unkillable killer from the future (which is revealed to actually be a machine) with some Wendy’s waitress (white!) getting an early taste of OPEN BORDERS IN TIME. All of this before Predator drones started to roam the skies.

    Remember the glory:

    Anyway, stopped at T2, didn’t miss anything I would say.

    More from the LA Times:

    “I was like, ‘When am I going to die? I’m a Latino, we always die in the second scene,” said Reyes. “I was amazed. And I was like, ‘That’s [freaking] great.’ I didn’t grow up seeing that.”

    What ARE these people watching? Do they have private screenings in their head?

    In a former Cameron movie, Miss “She thought they said illegal alien and signed up!” kept going going till nearly the final scene. Trapped in the vents though!

    From The Guardian: Darkest fate: how the Terminator franchise was finally terminated

    While reviews were better than any Terminator film since Judgment Day (faint praise at best), they were still littered with reservations. It was seen by many as a lazy retread, giving audiences more of the same rather than adding anything particularly fresh to the franchise. The script is a product of a rather torturous-sounding process involving six writers and the final film is a product of a battle for supremacy between Miller and Cameron. “The blood is still being scrubbed off the walls from those creative battles,” Cameron has said of the production. “This is a film that was forged in fire … Tim wanted to make it his movie. And I’m like, ‘Yeah, but I kind of know a little about this world.’” It’s inevitable that the end-product bears its share of bruises as a result and the struggle between the old and the new is felt throughout.

    Some of the early negative buzz was focused on a fanboy-baiting twist that saw John Connor dispatched in the first scene (an idea that Cameron is taking ownership of) and the film’s shift towards the women that would be in charge of preventing a robot apocalypse instead. Many [who?] found this to be one of the film’s fresher angles, and performances from Hamilton and franchise newcomer Mackenzie Davis were rightfully praised, but some misogynist trolls took against the film from the outset, especially after the first image of three female characters together was released. Back in July, Miller claimed the film would “scare the fuck” out of sexist naysayers. “You can see online the responses to some of the early shit that’s out there … I don’t give a fuck,” he said. It’s foggy as to whether this backlash did end up impacting the box office but it’s yet another, admittedly depressingly dim-witted, problem that the film had to weather.

    Trolls. Trolls, I tell you! We could have made money!

    Hey, what happened to the funny Killer Ice QueenTerminator that appeared at some point. Was that future too female to be remembered?

  8. @Franz

    And the woman ,name is Hamilton(?),should’ve known better than to come back at such an advanced age. The previews are a bit comical.

    BTW,will Harriet Tubman ,directed by a black woman,get a bunch of nominations?

    • Replies: @Franz
  9. theMann says:

    None of the Above is the best film of the year so far.

    Zhang Yimou’s film Shadow is by far the most visually interesting film this year. The best film I have seen is the Finnish film Unknown Soldier, which was released last year.

    US films this year have just been beyond pitiful, when they aren’t making every effort to insult me as a White Male Catholic. And they are making every effort. Well, fuck Hollywood – a collection of degenerate garbage making truly vile films. Better options present themselves and I can watch all the Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Eastern European films I want .

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Alden
  10. Mr. Anon says:
    @PiltdownMan

    Best Documentary: Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11.

    Agree. It was the best documentary about Apollo I’ve ever seen. The best documentary I’ve ever seen. Exceptionally well made. I’m glad I was able to see it in the theater.

  11. Paul Rise says:

    You have to respect the scale and effort that went into the Avengers movies, especially 2019’s offer.

    The complexity of the story, the number of storylines, how the whole thing is able to chug along and remain fairly interesting.

    Now one wonders what sort of financial conspiracies are going on behind the scenes … is the whole thing just one last push to wring every last dollar out of movie theaters, which have to be on their way out as demographics die off and screen addicts millenials become the new baby boomers.

    Also – why does no one talk about breaking up Disney – does it have a monopoly now on profitable content?

  12. TWS says:

    The strength of Thor Ragnarok is the source material. Not the gay-ass movie. Once were Warriors was good. Thor Ragnarok merely ok.

  13. What Are the Best Movies of 2019?

    Movies that I like from other years.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  14. OT: Tucson overwhelmingly votes down a sanctuary city ballot initiative:
    https://www.azmirror.com/2019/11/05/tucson-voters-reject-sanctuary-city-initiative-in-landslide/

    This is on the same day the 36% Mexican city elected a Democratic Mexican female their new mayor.

    It continues to amaze how stupidly unpopular our de facto open borders policy is—yet it persists, because the elites want it, and some (((judge))) can just overthrow the results of “democracy” after the fact

    • Replies: @DanFromCT
  15. Totally off topic, but I believe Steve predicted this would happen just a month ago:

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/11/06/swedish-politician-sees-advantages-polygamy/

  16. I miss movies with grown-ups having real discussions about real problems. The best parts of Tarantino’s movie was watching American men talk to each other in a respectful manner.

    Has the technology evolved to the point we could start making movies outside of Hollywood?

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  17. What Are the Best Movies of 2019?

    They all stink.

    I hereby state that Joaquin Phoenix has turned his back on our doggy friends.

    This horrible Hollywood fiend named Joaquin Phoenix has put his little lovable doggy on a VEGETARIAN DIET OF MISERY and endless woe. I am too tired of all this agitation to remember, but I believe this Joaquin Phoenix creature is feeding his poor little pooch nothing but steamed sweet potatoes or some other similar non-meat substance.

    Joaquin Phoenix’s doggy wants to be a wolf ripping into some meat and chewing it real good, but this tormented meat-eater-by-nature doggy is down in the dumps depressively — and reluctantly — devouring steamed sweet potatoes. Some sneakily oblivious hatchling type turd who won’t admit that God’s creatures have primordial instincts might say that it doesn’t matter whether or not Joaquin Phoenix’s doggy eats steamed sweet potatoes or a big bowl of slightly cooked steak. WRONG! That dog of Phoenix’s is dreaming of chowing down on bloody pieces of meat and fat!

    There are three things that are not being discussed enough in American politics:

    1) Monetary Policy and 2) Immigration Policy and 3) The absolute villainy of Joaquin Phoenix denying his doggy its God-given right to wolf down a big bowl of meat.

    That multimillionaire Hollywood sonofabitch Joaquin Phoenix is frigging loaded with loot because he took some deferred contract provisions that lets him have good portions of gross profits from his most recent movie, so I don’t want to hear Joaquin Phoenix cry poverty as a reason to deny his doggy a proper meal of meat.

  18. neutral says:

    Hollywood increasingly picks the woke movies as Oscar winners. Which means that I expect none of Sailers picks to win.

    • Replies: @Altai_3
  19. OT but related to acting.

    Black guy does black(er)face to mock Trudeau, outrage and cognitive dissonance ensue:

    https://www.rt.com/news/472717-black-student-costume-trudeau-blackface/

  20. Jack D says:
    @PiltdownMan

    Much better than First Man which tried to hype up the drama by adding all sorts of phony camera shake in the space scenes when in reality things are pretty smooth in the vacuum of space. And of course the astronauts always tried to maintain their test pilot cool and never betray any emotion in their voices, which is the opposite of what Hollywood wants.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  21. WJ says:

    Hollywood hasn’t had an original idea in years. It’s all crap. In addition, they hate middle America so any “between the coasts” type of person that gives Hollywood money is a boob and slitting their own throat.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  22. A few years ago my oldest child asked me if 12 years a slave would win an oscar.In return i asked if there were any holocaust movies this year.When she replied she didnt know of any i said then yes 12 years definitely gets one.

  23. Django Unchained was the best movie ever.
    Loved the vengeance in the Black Hero.
    Spilling of White blood was and is necessary.
    Anyway, white birth rate, life expectancy and percentage of population is declining. That is what I would call good riddance.
    You guys are “Chutiyas”.

    • Troll: Dtbb, Tlotsi
    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  24. I quite enjoyed watching Bruce Springsteen’s directorial debut, Western Stars. It was a filmed performance of each track off his new album and before each track there was a mini film describing what went into the song and telling some sort of story. “The southwest lives in every American”. Bruce’s politics aside, his foray into country/western music has been interesting.

  25. Bernie says:

    I really enjoyed Midsommer. Almost zero diversity save for one black guy. His character was a grad student studying runes, so was almost certainly written as a white man.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  26. Saw Motherless Brooklyn, bad and preachy but very iStevey despite itself. Not to spoil anything but there is a plot point which strongly suggests that a person’s racial makeup can be reliably estimated by … looking at them.

  27. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    The rare gentile name change.

    In show business, it’s extremely common for people to change their names, whether gentile or Jew. Not rare at all. Cary Grant was Archibald Leach. Carole Lombard was Jane Peters. etc. etc. etc.

  28. Dakine says:

    Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople is an excellent film that mocks and beautifully transcends woke tropes. I’m afraid the whole thing is steeped in enough humility and humanity to make it very much a foreign film to miserable city folk. As a longtime resident of Polynesia it hits very close to home.

    • Replies: @Cowboy Shaw
  29. Attila says:

    What’s with a comic strip turned into a cgi “movie” being taken seriously? Seems like all movies are of the same superhero kindergarten crap in differing permutations being offered in recent years.

  30. syonredux says:

    the Maori were awfully Hitlerian toward the poor Moriori of the Chatham Islands).

    Yep. From what I’ve read, it would make a helluva movie…..

    In 1835 some displaced Ngāti Mutunga and Ngāti Tama, from the Taranaki region, but living in Wellington, invaded the Chathams. On 19 November 1835, the brig Lord Rodney, a hijacked[30] European ship, arrived carrying 500 Māori (men, women and children) with guns, clubs and axes, and loaded with 78 tonnes of potatoes for planting, followed by another load, by the same ship, of 400 more Māori on 5 December 1835. Before the second shipment of people arrived, the invaders killed a 12-year-old girl and hung her flesh on posts.[31] They proceeded to enslave some Moriori and kill and cannibalise others. With the arrival of the second group “parties of warriors armed with muskets, clubs and tomahawks, led by their chiefs, walked through Moriori tribal territories and settlements without warning, permission or greeting. If the districts were wanted by the invaders, they curtly informed the inhabitants that their land had been taken and the Moriori living there were now vassals.”

    A hui or council of Moriori elders was convened at the settlement called Te Awapatiki. Despite knowing of the Māori predilection for warfare, and despite the admonition by some of the elder chiefs that the principle of Nunuku was not appropriate now, two chiefs — Tapata and Torea — declared that “the law of Nunuku was not a strategy for survival, to be varied as conditions changed; it was a moral imperative.”[32] Although this council decided in favour of peace, the invading Māori inferred it was a prelude to war, as was common practice during the Musket Wars. This precipitated a massacre, most complete in the Waitangi area followed by an enslavement of the Moriori survivors.[33]

    A Moriori survivor recalled : “[The Māori] commenced to kill us like sheep…. [We] were terrified, fled to the bush, concealed ourselves in holes underground, and in any place to escape our enemies. It was of no avail; we were discovered and killed – men, women and children indiscriminately.” A Māori conqueror explained, “We took possession… in accordance with our customs and we caught all the people. Not one escaped…..” [34] The invaders ritually killed some 10% of the population, a ritual that included staking out women and children on the beach and leaving them to die in great pain over several days.[35]

    During the following enslavement the Māori invaders forbade the speaking of the Moriori language. They forced Moriori to desecrate their sacred sites by urinating and defecating on them.[35] Moriori were forbidden to marry Moriori or Māori, or to have children with each other. Which was different from the customary form of slavery practiced on mainland New Zealand.[36] However, many Moriori women had children by their Māori masters. A small number of Moriori women eventually married either Māori or European men. Some were taken from the Chathams and never returned. In 1842 a small party of Māori and their Moriori slaves migrated to the subantarctic Auckland Islands, surviving for some 20 years on sealing and flax growing.[37] Only 101 Moriori out of a population of about 2,000 were left alive by 1862.[38]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moriori#Invasion_by_Taranaki_M%C4%81ori_(1835%E2%80%931868)

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Cowboy Shaw
  31. DdR says:
    @PiltdownMan

    The movie uses found 70mm footage that NASA had forgotten all about, and to see Cape Kennedy (as Cape Canaveral was called for some years back then), the crowds, and the astronauts and technicians, in extreme high definition color, is to be transported back to a different America, even more than Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood does.

    Did you see many black female scientists in the scenes? Because purportedly they were the reason behind NASA’s excellence at that time.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
  32. JoJo Rabbit, which is described as an anti-Hitler satire

    Really cutting edge stuff!

  33. Trick question? Like asking what are the best movies made in Namibia or the best looking waitress at a Denny’s (substituting an unremarkable time for an unremarkable place)?

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  34. Pretty much agree with your list although I haven’t seen The Irishman yet. I would also add the following:

    Best Documentary: I’d putScorsese’s Rolling Thunder Review over the Appolo documentary;
    Best Art House film: The Lighthouse (after The Witch I think this proves Dave Eggers is the real deal as a new voice in creative horror);
    Best Film Almost No One Has Heard Of: Dragged Across Concrete (S. Craig Zahler is the most interesting director making Not Correct movies these days…he also composes all the music for his films).

    I’m pretty confident that your picks and my aforementioned ones are just about the only films that were worth seeing this year. Which is kind of a depressingly low number.

    • Replies: @Dtbb
    , @Anon87
  35. Jack D says:
    @syonredux

    Yes, the Maori were some badass mf’ers. Quite unlike the Aborigines of Australia. Very different history also. The Aborigines arrived in Australia 50,000 years ago . The Maori arrived from Polynesia circa 1300 AD and there were no humans on New Zealand before that, making it one of the last large landmasses settled by humans. The Moriori were themselves Polynesian also and had probably come from NZ maybe 300 years before the Maori arrived from 400 miles away to wipe them out.

    It’s believed that the Polynesians started out in Taiwan (which was originally not settled by Chinese at all – the Chinese are recent arrivals in Taiwan, having arrived after the Dutch) and gradually worked their way across the Pacific as far as Easter Island. They were pretty warlike everywhere.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  36. J.Ross says:

    >no “Dolemite is My Name”
    This is racism.

  37. danand says:

    Best Documentary: Dolemite Is My Name

    “Eddie Murphy returns to his R-rated comedic glory in a movie based based on the life/career of Rudy Ray Moore.”

    It’s a Netflix production, but had a theater run.

    (I tip my hat to J.Ross for bringing this film to my attention. See his comment on the film in a thread a few topics back.)

  38. This is the way the American Empire ends; not with a bang, but with some Hollywood sonofabitch named Joaquin Phoenix forcing his doggies to eat steamed and boiled sweet potato mash instead of rare roast beef piled high in a bowl.

    Joe Hagan in Vanity Fair:

    Joaquin Phoenix is, as he tells me at one point, “as sensitive as any motherfucker is.” When I show up to his mission-style bungalow on a steep canyon road in the Hollywood Hills, he’s in the kitchen boiling a pot of sweet potatoes for his vegan dogs, Oskar and Soda, the latter a large white pit bull mix he rescued from euthanasia 13 years ago. Soda has an allergy to direct sunlight, which means she must be kept out of the sun from nine to five. Phoenix bought her a specially made suit to go to the beach. “She looks so fucking cool but she doesn’t like it,” he says.

    https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/10/joaquin-phoenix-cover-story

    In the TOTALITARIAN VEGAN STATE of Joaquin Phoenix, sad hungry doggies eat sweet potato mash while their happy doggie pals across town eat rare roast beef piled high in the bowl!

    Give Your Dogs A Bowl Of Delicious Rare Roast Beef, Joaquin Phoenix, You Hollywood Sonofabitch Bastard!

    • Replies: @Alden
  39. syonredux says:
    @Bernie

    I really enjoyed Midsommer. Almost zero diversity save for one black guy. His character was a grad student studying runes, so was almost certainly written as a white man.

    You seem to have missed the anti-White subtext in Midsommar:

    There’s also the question of the predominate whiteness of Midsommar. As my allotted time with Aster nears its end, I make sure to ask about the whiteness of the film, of which there are only three people of color. Aster chooses to be late to his next appointment to chat about what’s a pretty blaring asterisk hanging over the film.

    You will notice that the white members of the visiting community are used for more than just their bodies to be sacrificed, whereas the others are thrown aside… It’s in the margins of the film and it’s kind of consistently in the periphery, so I don’t want to talk too explicitly about it because the film is not a polemic, although there are politics strewn in. But, yes, there are illusions to Swedish history, especially the last century,” Aster says. There is a Nazi book on prominent display in an early scene. The banner that you see in the trailer as the group travels to the village says, “Stoppa Massinvandringer till Hälsingland,” Stop Mass Immigration to Hälsingland. “That’s definitely there,” Aster says. “I’m glad people are catching it. It’s an important part.”

    https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a28262830/jack-reynor-ari-aster-midsommar-interview-nudity/

    • Replies: @El Dato
  40. Anon[414] • Disclaimer says:

    I liked Running with the Devil with Cage and Fishburne, Light of My Life from Casey Affleck and The Operative with Diane Kruger. Don’t know if they’re “the best” of 2019…. I mention them because they may be overlooked. I also thought Triple Frontier was worthwhile.

  41. Hans says:

    The discussion is over. THIS is undeniably THE BEST FILM of 2019 – Whiteness and the Rape of Deep Space – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=43&v=YjvmIFrX1xQ

  42. Jack D says:
    @Steve Sailer

    I don’t know what caused it to flop at the box office, but on Rotten Tomatoes it is well liked by the critics (71%) and even more well liked by the audience (84%), which is usually a good sign. So I think Breitbart is overstating how wokiness contributed to its failure. Black Panther and Wonder Woman were both ridiculously woke, with imaginary worlds where awesome blacks and women rule and yet they were both big moneymakers ($400 to $500 million box office). So I suspect that there was some other cause here – limited release, lack of promotion, people tired of the franchise, etc. IDK what.

    • Replies: @syonredux
    , @Glaivester
  43. You people are lame. Listen and learn.

    All movies suck. Especially nowadays.

    Drunk Parents is the best movie of this year.

    Why? No perversion. Very little violence.

    Notice. I didn’t say it was a good movie. Because all movies suck. It’s just the best movie of the year. Because the other movies suck worse.

    You, on the other hand, scream about the decay of Western values and then gush over utter perversion. You pathetic unselfaware hypocrites.

  44. Dtbb says:
    @kimchilover

    Dragged Across Concrete was a complete failure. Why was it made? Didn’t make a lick of sense to me. I was prepared to like it from what I heard and read. Junk.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  45. @Autochthon

    I believe you’ve got it.

    These people get excited about the darndest things.

    And they love movies full of decadence and perversion.

    And then moan about how society is being filled with decadence and perversion.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  46. @Franz

    Oh, this has nothing to do with woke or nonwoke.

    People just prefer men to women in movies.

    I don’t know why. Most of the female actors appear to have actual personalities, unlike Gomer Pyle lookalikes like Reynolds and Gosling (I had to look up their names).

  47. Keypusher says:

    I think you owe it to your loyal readers to see and review JoJo Rabbit. I’m sure you saw plenty worse when you were a professional critic.

  48. @PiltdownMan

    It is one of the most astonishing things I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing. I am sure in the future it will either not be believed or be banned.

  49. @Dakine

    It’s not a bad film. It’s full with all sorts of layered references to Kiwi culture (old adverts, obscure but famous in NZ films, locations, etc) that only NZers will pick up. He’s not without talent is Waititi. But he is a dick.

  50. @syonredux

    The little aside at the bottom of that is an interesting tale:

    “In 1842 a small party of Māori and their Moriori slaves migrated to the subantarctic Auckland Islands, surviving for some 20 years on sealing and flax growing.”

    That is a seriously miserable spot on planet earth. They must have had an awful time.

  51. El Dato says:
    @syonredux

    there are illusions to Swedish history, especially the last century

    Illusions???

    And … Sweden has a history? Not possible! History starts when coloreds arrive and roll back the oppressive fog of racism with handgrenades.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  52. Taika Waititi (who is half New Zealand Maori and half Jewish), Thor: Ragnarok, was witty for a Marvel movie.

    No. Thor: Ragnarok was an awful, dumb movie, one of the worst in the Marvel universe.

    It turned Thor from a brave warrior-leader into a cowardly, screaming quip artist for no reason.

    Every single character had the exact same lines and personality; everyone was Tony-Stark-Meets-Ant-Man. I challenge you to read any line from the movie and explain who said it. When everyone is being ironic, no one is, and the movie isn’t serious. Even the villain sounds the same as the good guys.

    And none of those quips were clever, unless you were a 14 year old boy.

    Loki changes personalities once again—for no reason other than the movie or scene needs him to be that way. You know, the man who murdered thousands in invading NYC is now considered a fine buddy to hang with.

    Ugly negro tough grrrl is the love interest? Are you serious? With Syf having been established in the first movie? Or if not her, better to have no love interest than that hideous lesbian. (The blactress is also the one that sank MIB: International).

    And Hulk….is basically a depowered side character whose years long transformation has no explanation.

    Thor: Ragnarok sucked beyond belief. It signalled to me that MCU was on a downslope. Endgame and Captain Manhater proved me right.

  53. Mark G. says:
    @danand

    I’m quite interested in seeing “Dolemite Is My Name” with Eddie Murphy. Part of the plot involves premiering the movie at a local movie theater. The theater was the old Uptown theater in Indianapolis which I lived two blocks away from and saw numerous movies at during my childhood in the sixties. It was nice to live in a big city as a child and be able to walk to the neighborhood movie theater and pay 50 cents to see a movie. By 1975 when this movie took place most of the white middle class in the neighborhood had moved out to the suburbs and the audiences were almost entirely black so this would have been a good location to premiere a blaxploitation movie. A few years after that the theater was torn down and became a parking lot of a newly built police station.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  54. @Steve Sailer

    But for all the flaws in the previous three sequels, those were at least not sold to the public as social justice lectures about how the future is female

    Well, from the commercials, at least two of them were sold that way in part. This is more overt, but as the kids say, its 2019.

    The only thing I remember about the Girl Terminator one was a story Arnold told about having a fight scene with her, and insisting that his character get to shove her head in a toilet, because in no other movie could you get away with a man doing that to a woman.

  55. El Dato says:
    @Jack D

    Which is why it is completely ridiculous when there are Maori who moan about colonalism and being discovered by the Denizens of Bongland and “muh oppression”.

    Amazing, nowadays whitey only is exceedingly aggressive in the vicinity of Israel. Wonder why.

  56. Dumbo says:

    The best American movie I saw in 2019 was probably Roman Holiday, from 1953 (Well, I hadn’t seen it before…)

    As for the others:
    – Joker was okay, not great. Much inferior to The King of Comedy which it tries to copy.
    – Midsommar was… strange. Not great. Not as good as The Wicker Man which it tries to copy.
    – El Camino (Breaking Bad movie), kind of disappointing. Original series is much better.
    – Won’t watch any Tarantino movie.
    – Looking forward to Scorsese’s Irishman, but will probably be disappointed (his last great film was probably Casino).

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  57. AnonAnon says:

    I have teen boys and a nice 4K big screen at home so I go to the theater mostly to see big “event” movies. That being said, this was a very weak year for movies overall but looking back at the ones I paid for I really liked Shazam. It had an “old fashioned” (meaning early 2000’s) sweetness and feel-goodness that’s getting more rare these days. The diversity didn’t feel forced and it wasn’t go-grrl anti-male like Marvel is trending. I’m waiting for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to hit RedBox but I’m planning to see Ford vs. Ferrari in the theater when it comes out. The Irishman is on my radar but DeNiro is such a pretentious ass in real life it’s a turnoff. As for theaters my local one has gone to reserved seating with fancy recliners, trays, and seat heat. It’s a nice development imo. There’s enough competition that a matinee on the XD high def screen is under $10. I’d go more if Hollywood put out better movies.

  58. @Dtbb

    Disagree. I liked Dragged Across Concrete. Yeah, parts of it didn’t make sense, but it was generally believable. Of course, I would watch almost anything either Gibson or Vaughn were in.

  59. @obwandiyag

    Did Tiny Duck get the day off today? Are you his substitute?

    • Replies: @Alfa158
  60. DanFromCT says:
    @Herbert West

    Prior to Felix Frankfurter the Supreme Court consistently held that religion in America, meaning only Christianity of course, was the most cohesive and salutary force in society. Thereafter it was and remains treated as the primary cause of divisiveness. This is well documented in William T. Cavanaugh’s Myth of Religious Violence. There’s a one-hour lecture by Cavanaugh on the subject on YouTube worth watching.

    Judicial fiat has brought us the legalization of abortion, buggery, and same-sex marriages. In the latter case the court presumes an obsession with male defecation to the point sodomites must ingest feces to experience sexual release is the moral equivalent of procreation. Activist judges, especially Jews as you point out, exist as a Sanhedrin in America with the right to override democracy and the supposed will of the people any time the latter is opposed to Jewish interests. This perversion of the Constitution and our history gives the Republicans cover. They wring their hands and cry crocodile tears while the country is turned upside down. The Democratic Party is evil, all right, but at least they’re not so low as the Republicans whose signature trait is betrayal.

    • Agree: Herbert West
  61. syonredux says:
    @El Dato

    there are illusions to Swedish history, especially the last century

    Illusions???

    Yep. Proofreading seems to have gone the way of the dodo…….

    • Replies: @Alfa158
  62. syonredux says:
    @Jack D

    So I suspect that there was some other cause here – limited release, lack of promotion, people tired of the franchise, etc. IDK what.

    Tired of the franchise sounds right…..Particularly when you bear in mind that The Terminator, unlike comic book superheroes, was never designed to be a franchise in the first place.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  63. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @DdR

    I saw one white female and one black man working at Mission Control. You can see the woman in the trailer.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  64. syonredux says:
    @Dave Pinsen

    Poppy Northcutt was kinda cute:

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  65. @RichardTaylor

    Yes. But the system will eventually draw you in even if you get funding from non-system sources. There is no escape.

  66. Tusk says:

    I actually quite enjoyed the new release ‘The King’ on Netflix. For a Netflix film it surprisingly had no black people (that I noticed) in 15th Century England. Really nice nature shots and I thought Chalamet did a pretty good job overall. The only thing I disliked was that some of the armour looked a little ‘fake’ at times which broke the immersion, but I think the overall narrative was great. Definitely an enjoyable film.

  67. J.Ross says:
    @Mark G.

    You should see it, there are multiple scenes dealing with distribution. Because nobody wanted the first Dolemite movie, a small local theatre offered what was essentially a “rental” arrangement (the moviemakers took all box office sales after paying an up-front fee for the time slot), with the result that it instantly became by far the most profitable entertainment product. There’s a lot of explaining the industry, it’s great.

  68. J.Ross says:
    @Steve Sailer

    One unique problem with the Terminator franchise (not totally unique, it was cleverly handled in the Back to the Future franchise) is that this is really the same damn story being retold to death.

    • Agree: syonredux
  69. @obwandiyag

    In order to be “woke”, you must ignore your own normal and natural preferences in favor of some SJW-mandated pose. You must pretend to believe the SJW-mandated lie.

    For example, according to “The Woke” the natural disgust that normal humans experience when encountering transsexuals must be suppressed and they must not only be accepted but actively embraced as preferable manifestations of humanity.

    When the story requires a character of physical strength, then normal people prefer to see a male since it is more realistic, rather than an SJW-fantasy female which could never fit the role. When retelling the Iliad, normal people prefer to see a white male playing Achilles.

  70. @The Alarmist

    “Movies that I like from other years.”

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) was a vacation from Woke. Time-travelling filled my dreams afterwards. Other than that, I’m with you: Zodiac (2007), Hell in the Pacific (1968), Suspiria (2018), and The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948) were the ones that stuck with me the past few months.

  71. Altai_2 says:
    @Franz

    In fairness all the other Terminators after T-3 (I actually like Terminator 3, but it is obviously not a James Cameron film) have flopped hard too and if you kept the same story but removed the wokeness from the film and marketing, it’d still have failed. The problem is a lack of space for the story to go in, they tried to fix this with the Christian Bale film, Salvation, being a war film set in the post-apocalyptic future fighting the machines but when it did poorly (Possibly partly due to sabotage of the budget from one of the production partners who wanted to buy out the rights for himself) they just literally remade the first film again with Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. And when that failed they got Linda Hamilton and Arnold back again to essentially remake Terminator 2.

    There’s only so many interesting ways you can do a story about people running away from a cyborg assassin and they got it so right with Terminator 2 that all the sequels are disappointments.

    By contrast the new Birds of Prey is fully woke (Jussie Smollet’s sister is one of the leads) and no matter if the film is bad will make a tonne of money, demonstrating that there is no substitute for the screen charisma of a pretty and charismatic woman of Western European ancestry. But that won’t be the lesson drawn. The film will be praised for it’s diverse female cast despite them all being utterly superfluous and only present to enforce the feminist themes of the film and so they can use the ‘Birds of Prey’ name.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @Jim Don Bob
  72. @J.Ross

    The screenwriters of Eddie Murphy’s Dolemite movie are the guys who wrote “Ed Wood” 25 years ago, which is very funny.

  73. @WJ

    There really is no such thing as an original idea. It’s all a variation on a theme. It’s what you bring to it. Don’t expect a diversity of variations from Hollywood; it’s a factory town.

  74. @Altai_2

    How does time travel work in Terminator movies? Can you change the past (like in Bradbury’s story about the time traveler who steps on a butterfly) or is everything fated (like in Heinlein’s time travel stories)?

  75. Altai_3 says:
    @neutral

    The anti-Joker hysteria has evaporated as they’ve seen the film’s theme appeals VERY broadly, this film is making bank. People are angry. I think it actually has a chance to win, it’ll be it or The Irishman. Phoenix will win best actor easily.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  76. syonredux says:
    @Steve Sailer

    How does time travel work in Terminator movies? Can you change the past (like in Bradbury’s story about the time traveler who steps on a butterfly) or is everything fated (like in Heinlein’s time travel stories)?

    T1: Fate

    T2: No Fate

    T3: Fate

    T4: No time travel

    T5: No rules of any kind. It’s pure Doctor Who style Timey-Wimey nonsense

    T6: Haven’t seen it.

  77. @syonredux

    The original Terminator was a near perfect modest-budget stand alone sci-fi film, Terminator II was brilliant at figuring out a second story that didn’t ruin the first story, and since then, well, James Cameron wrote the story into a superb box at the end of TII, so whaddaya whaddaya?

  78. J.Ross says:
    @Steve Sailer

    You may attempt to change the past, but inevitably, in a couple of years, a poorly thought out sequel will come out and undo your changes.
    The first one had a solid yes you can change it premise; the enormously popular second one worked within this. Profit-loving studio executives felt constrained. Every subsequent iteration has [either shoved this aside for the witticisms of a grown man who calls himself a letter of the alphabet or] had unsatisfying “and yet X happens anyway” dissolutions. The most recent one kills major characters and totally undoes their accomplishments for no good reason.

  79. a guy over the age of 7 who reviews movies has lost the lottery for IQ genes big time.

    the jews laugh at the dumb goy steve.

    • LOL: Tusk
    • Troll: Chris Mallory
    • Replies: @Jack D
  80. @Altai_3

    “Joker” has made $300 million domestically on a $50 million budget, and was still second last weekend in box office in its fifth week of release.

    That’s a popular movie.

    • Replies: @Bumpkin
  81. Altai_3 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    You can change the past (Otherwise there’d be no stakes or point to anything, although John Connor was fathered in an apparent pre-destination paradox) but they always come up with some new reason why the last time they stopped Skynet didn’t take. In Terminator 2 they supposedly stopped the development of Skynet but in Terminator 3 they realistically show that another contractor just stepped in to build the same system for the military just a few years later leading to the apocalypse being delayed not prevented.

    This new film (Set in 2019) disregards Terminator 3 (Where John Connor wasn’t killed and the world faced a nuclear apocalypse in 2003) but the same situation happens where another AI named Legion is revealed to have been created by a different company and gains control of NORAD and starts a nuclear war. The way the films relate to each other is a complete mess.

  82. J.Ross says:

    OT but cinematic nonetheless
    Mark Zaid, lawyer for CIA “whistleblower” Eric Ciamarella, called for President Trump to be illegally deposed in a “coup” as soon as he was inaugurated.

    https://archive.is/adfkj

    • Replies: @Jack D
  83. @J.Ross

    The Mafia guys who made Deep Throat (it was one of the Five Families, the Columbo family I think) made the same deal with theaters; it’s called “Four-Walls Distribution.”

    https://infogalactic.com/info/Four_wall_distribution

    Apparently, such a distribution method causes copyright issues, because it might not be “published” under such a method. Deep Throat was originally released without a copyright notice, which, under the laws as understood, meant that it might have been in the public domain if “four-walls distribution” was considered the same as regular distribution.

    Porn VHS companies in the 1980s and 1990s got into staring contests over it, with multiple companies releasing it and other four-walled distribution porn movies. No one wanted the courts to issue an unfavorable ruling as to copyright, so the porn companies reached “gentlemen’s agreements” whereas they would stop releasing movies they didn’t make and then release all their old movies with copy right notices attached to the VHS versions.

  84. Sean says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Sean Carroll seems to think there are zillions of universes branching off constantly.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Many-worlds_interpretation#Similarities_with_the_de_Broglie%E2%80%93Bohm_interpretation

    David Deutsch has proposed that the many-worlds interpretation could be one possible way to resolve the paradoxes that one would expect to arise if time travel turns out to be permitted by physics.[84] Entering the past would itself be a quantum event causing branching, and therefore the timeline accessed by the time traveller simply would be another timeline of many.

    Hence, there are myriad separate Universes where we are different individuals watching different Terminator films.

  85. Jack D says:
    @El Dato

    That was 13 not 11 but the same applies. “We’ve had a pretty large bang” at 10:07 but said in a completely flat tone. No dramatic music either. If you’re not tuned in you might not even realize that these men are at grave risk of dying in the vacuum of space where their desiccated corpses will orbit forever. They might as well be saying, “well that shot landed a little bit off the green”.

  86. Anonymous[135] • Disclaimer says:

    Some recent movies.

    ASH IS PUREST WHITE – Not an easy-watching experience but truthful about life and ultimately rewarding.

    THE OPERATIVE – Made by Israel director, I think. Watched about 15 min. Decently made. Seems like Zionist propaganda.

    ANNA – Garbage movie with Bad Russians again. 15 min was enough.

    MA – A Negress who looks like Oprah Winfrey butchers white young ones. 15 min was enough. FF-ed to the end. Dumb.

    MY SON – A French thriller about kidnapping. Same old same old. 15 min was enough. FF-ed to the typical ending.

    ANIARA – Swedish Sci-fi. Earth is facing destruction, and Swedes are transported to Mars in a ship with Negroes and where fat lesbians have orgies in the shower room. After 10 min, FF-ed to the end. Sweden needs to vanish. What morons.

    WILD ROSE – An obnoxious Scottish skank comes out of jail, reverts to skank behavior, and sings American country music without country values. Seems well-made but with utterly trashy characters. Watched about 10 min and that was enough.

    THE SOUVENIR – Boring. Quit watching after 15 min.

    INLAND SEA – Actually a 90s documentary based on Donald Richie’s musings but Blu-Ray released by Criterion this year. Remarkable.

    MEETING GORBACHEV – Another solid(and heartfelt) documentary by Werner Herzog.

    OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT. From 2017. – Another anti-white-male movie from Joseph Ruben, one of the most hostile Jewish directors ever. He came to prominence with STEPFATHER where a white man goes around killing good folks. He also made SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY where a white woman is beaten and stalked by her evil white husband. 15 min was enough. The usual PC cliches from the getgo.

    DOMINO – Latest De Palma movie has good mechanics of action and suspense but not a single character we come to care about. Still, pretty good show.

    EIGER SANCTION. Actually a 1975 Eastwood movie now available on Blu-Ray. Perhaps the most neglected Eastwood-directed movie. Not bad.

    THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD – Peter Jackson finally does something truly worthy.

    LITTLE STRANGER 2018 – Effective suspense thriller with an original twist.

    REPLICAS – Ridiculous but pretty entertaining sci-fi movie.

    ST. ELMO’S FIRE. 1985 now on blu-ray – Brat pack fest that was hated by critics for good reasons. It is BAD. But obviously a labor of love with so much potential. A good idea totally gone to waste. Contrast of ambition and result makes for interesting autopsy.

    MAY IT LAST: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers – These brothers are boring. 15 min was enough.

    HAL – Hal Ashby documentary. Just reminiscing talking heads yammering tributes.

    DAUGHTER OF THE WOLF – stupid movie but entertaining.

    ELIZABETH HARVEST – Retarded. After 15 min, FF-ed to the end.

    GLASS – Pretty entertaining closure to Night’s alt-superhero trilogy.

    AQUAMAN – Dumb story but SUPERB production designs and action scenes. FF-ed for the action scenes.

    DESTROYER – Nicole Kidman in a grubby role. 15 min was enough.

    BEN IS BACK – Julie Roberts is married to a Negro and wonders why her white son from previous marriage is messed up. Trash. FF-ed through the crap.

    DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE – docu about new cinema of 60s and 70s. Nothing but cliches overlayed with rock music.

    SHOPLIFTERS – Another winner from Kore-eda

    FIRST MAN – Solid work but Gosling’s Armstrong is shadier than the dark side of moon. Maybe woulda been better dwelling only on the work and ignoring his private life as the movie fails to take us into his heart. Still, good stuff.

    LODGERS – stupid horror movie about evil water that keeps rising from the basement. Call the plumber.

    MORTAL ENGINES – If Europe is now this multi-culti hell hole, let it die.

    CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? – Amusing real-life story of a failed writer who plagiarizes fake letters from famous authors for easy money. Useful metaphor for so much that is phony about the culture and economy. But as with WOLF OF WALL STREET, a Jewish story has been goy-ized.

    LADY BIRD – maybe this is a half-decent movie, but it’s hard to care about total idiots. 30 min was enough.

    THE ENDLESS – a sci-fi horror with BIG idea that is half-realized but ultimately crashes and burns. Still worth a watch.

    BLACK 47 – An Irish UTU that would have been much better with fewer caricatures and less ludicrous violence.

    GOLDEN EXITS – retarded gaggle of women. 10 min was enough.

    PRAYER BEFORE DAWN – trashy white moron ends up in prison with trashy Thai morons. They fight and make fools of themselves. 15 min was enough.

    CRAZY RICH ASIANS – 3 min was enough.

    THE TALE – 3 min into the movie, Laura Dern is in bed with a Negro. Who needs to watch that?

    MANDY – retarded

    ALPHA – lame prehistoric movie.

    GAUGUIN – not bad but nothing special. 15 min was enough.

    KILLING OF SACRED DEER – crazy white kid drives a stupid white family crazy. A fake art film. Total trash. FF-ed to dumb ending.

    WAKEFIELD – What may work conceptually on paper doesn’t work on the screen.

  87. @Steve Sailer

    Honestly, time travel in Terminator films seems to vary from film to film. The viewer’s concept of time travel in the films will also vary depending on which of the films they accept as canon vs. non-canon.

    The real missed opportunity with the Terminator sequels were a concept that appeared in some of the T2 sequel novels. That concept was Skynet-enhanced humans being sent back to ensure the creation of Skynet.

    Properly cast and executed, Hollyweird could have extracted one good film from such a concept.

  88. @J.Ross

    One unique problem with the Terminator franchise (not totally unique, it was cleverly handled in the Back to the Future franchise) is that this is really the same damn story being retold to death.

    It seems as if intricate time travel plots — i.e. ones in which future outcomes are altered, as opposed to simple, just-for-fun time traveling like Bill and Ted — are well-nigh impossible to sustain credibly over more than two or maybe three linked stories. This has been amply proven by the Terminator films, Star Trek, etc.

    Are there any books or TV shows or movies that prove me wrong?

  89. Anonymous[135] • Disclaimer says:
    @theMann

    Zhang Yimou’s film Shadow is by far the most visually interesting film this year.

    Looks like more of the usual computer-chipped Chop Socky or Chip Socky. Hong Kong chop-sockers from the 80s were light and fun. But these prestige ‘art house’ chopsockies are a pain. Why such heaviness with silly material?

    Better options present themselves and I can watch all the Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Eastern European films I want .

    The average movie of all those nations suck even worse than American stuff.

  90. Kylie says:
    @Hans

    That’s heartbreaking. These girls are the ones who are having their childhoods stolen, not that smug mouthy Greta Thunberg.

  91. @Dumbo

    Won’t watch any Tarantino movie

    This has been my MO for years. I have never seen Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, etc., because QT peddles violence porn. That said, The Wild Bunch is one of my favorite movies.

    Steve got me to go see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It is a slyly funny love letter to Hollywood as QT imagined it to be 50 years ago. Pitt and DiCaprio are excellent.

    Go see it.

    • Replies: @Lot
  92. @syonredux

    Poppy changed over the years. From Wikipedia:

    “Later in her career, Northcutt became an attorney specializing in women’s rights. In the early 1970s, she served on the national Board of Directors of the National Organization for Women.[4] Now, she works and volunteers for several organizations in Houston advocating for abortion rights. ”

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
  93. Alfa158 says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    Tiny Duck didn’t take the day off, he was post#25 under one of his alternate handles, M Krauthammar.

  94. @The Last Real Calvinist

    Time travel is the ultimate hack, so you have to handle it respectfully and keep the rules established. A big part of what ruined Avengers: Endgame was how they handled the time travel rules, which contradicted themselves at various turns, and even changed some things for the worse. Its a deux ex machina.

    A better method would’ve been the Back to the Future method, but for some reason they lapsed into making fun of that.

    What they could’ve done is, instead of claiming they could go back in their own timeline, the quantum verse could’ve make them travel back in time in another universe. They find one 99.9% the same as ours, which means the infinity stones could do 99.9% of what they do in ours, and then pull their time travel shenanigans and do the snap. This would explain why Gamorra and Black Widow don’t come back (they are the 0.1% difference in the universes), and also could be used to fix any plot holes going forward (“why didn’t this get fixed? Only 99.9% pure, my man”).

    And they also could’ve used it as an excuse to deep-six Captain Manhater. “Hey, where’s Carol Danvers? Sorry, man, she wasn’t part of the 99.9%.”

  95. Jack D says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    I can’t think of any offhand, but I think if you had a great screenwriter and commissioned him to write all the scripts in advance, you could sustain a time travel plot for more than 2 or 3 movies.

    BUT, that’s not how Hollywood works. You make The Pickle Maker expecting it to be just one movie, but it succeeds unexpectedly so you commission The Pickle Maker II. It’s hard enough to pick up all the threads that were cut in what is now called Pickle Maker I, but somehow you manage to do it. II does really well at the box office so now they want to make III. By now you are really running out of credible plot lines and have to start messing with the continuity – it turns out that II was really just a bad dream and so you are back to starting with I again. Rinse and repeat until the public finally gets sick of your shtick.

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
  96. Alfa158 says:
    @syonredux

    Or it was proofread by someone who doesn’t know illusions is different from allusions.

  97. Jack D says:
    @never posted by steve

    Right, it’s not like there are any Jewish movie critics.

  98. Escher says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Shouldn’t she (they) also be a transgender lesbian?

  99. Best movie of 2019?

    Trick question, there are no good movies.

    Boycott Hollywood!

  100. @Altai_2

    I’ve seen the trailer for this a few times now, and even allowing for it being aYou Go Gurl movie, it looks like it stinks. But then I am not the target demographic.

  101. @obwandiyag

    The thing is. action movies are romance movies in disguise. Die Hard Bruce Willis takes out X number of terrorists to win back the affections of his estranged wife, by proving he is the most manly and clever man in the tower in spite of his ho-hum blue collar background. Taken‘s Liam Neeson’s dad fantasy is very overt with this- Liam Neeson doesn’t get his women back, nor their respect, until he uses his particular set of skills to take out a whole gang operation. Or Mel Gibson’s Lethal Weapon where the line between violence and romance is completely blurred…

    The examples are endless but the point is, this is how one sells fantasy romance to boys: you symbolize it behind feats of strength and aggression and accomplishment. There may or may not be a ring of truth to it; but it is also probably not good for impressionable minds, just as the bodice rippers and fantasy romance sold to women are not all that edifying. Think of it this way, action movies play on viewers narcissism where Hollywood’s versions of average joe types suddenly can get any women he wants by performing incredible feats. But another subtext to it is that there is no romance out there for the young unless he performs those sorts of feats, like taking out a whole troop of people with a blow dart in jungles you’ve never been before.

    Which is where (most) female action movie characters come in- unless one is watching something like Sigourney Weaver in Aliens with the whole motherhood and female-specific undertones – that “female” character in one’s action movie is just the next step of romantic narcissism. Presented with the original problematic subtext, the Hollywood solution then becomes to convince the audience that it’s alright if the viewer can’t suddenly run 18 blocks and disarm a bomb with no experience; the problem isn’t the viewer but caring about and performing for other people altogether. A female action star is a male cypher who performs the male role in dating, and doesn’t need to be impressed by any accomplishment or actual work whatsoever. So, it’s taking women out of the equation all together- who needs a woman to sit there and judge one’s actions and accomplishments when one has a female action star beyond any of that to complete the fantasy romance? The audience both gets the girl without having to do or be anything or anyone but who they already are- the audience gets to leave the theater feeling special and wanting to go back.

    Thankfully, most of the world’s audience isn’t damaged enough to buy into this deeper narcissism. They may not understand why they don’t like it, and may come up with erroneous reasoning to explain what is wrong, but they get it at a gut level for why it doesn’t work or why what was once a mild vice of dipping into fantasy is suddenly much more vicious. Unfortunately, it seems to really hit the nerve center in the minds of those who do buy into it, and produce it, and present it. Add to that a mass of the audience who is largely indifferent to what they are watching, and these pictures make just enough (or show just enough demographically) for Hollywood to continue down this path.

    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  102. J.Ross says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    My impression of the first two Terminator situations (which, importantly, we never see), partly confirmed as a cross-movie rule in Back to the Future, is that time travel should be the space race or Manhattan Project of its world, it should be absolute cutting edge, and only even possible rarely. That automatically saves many headaches. This franchise could’ve saved itself more by not having time travel as a central element in every single movie.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  103. @J.Ross

    Dolemite is My Name is an enjoyable biopic in a 70s black funk/blaxploitation style about the making of a 70s blaxploitation movie. Thanks for mentioning it!

    As an aside, Dolemite is My Name, like other current movies, such as Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood or especially Scorsese’s The Irishman illustrates the problem that has crept up on Hollywood.

    The bench of truly bankable A-list male movie stars who can play interesting and complex male roles is aging. Leonardo DiCaprio is 45, Brad Pitt is 55. In Dolemite is My Name Eddie Murphy plays a guy in his mid-forties, more than a decade younger than Murphy is now, while Wesley Snipes, age 57, plays D’Urville Martin who was 38 when he made the original Dolemite.

    • Replies: @Lot
  104. @J.Ross

    Right. The idea that both the humans and the cyborgs have bet everything they had on sending one individual each back in time makes the original Terminator powerful.

  105. Jack D says:

    Especially since black don’t crack and middle aged men sort of look the same, its not a big stretch for an out of shape 48 year old to be played by a 58 year old in good shape. The amazing thing is that at 58 Murphy has been a star for 40 years.

    But your main point is correct. This is pervasive in our society – not just movies but politics, music, etc.

  106. Lot says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    Reservoir Dogs was written by QT when he was a 28 year old video rental clerk and made on a tiny budget. I thought it was fairly good, but not enough to see a second time.

    The fact that a nobody attracted a talented cast for his first movie is some good evidence it’s worthwhile.

    I never saw QT’s later movies because the reviews made them sound awful.

  107. @Steve Sailer

    James Cameron wrote the story into a superb box at the end of TII

    Not quite.

    T2 never explicitly shows the destruction of the arm Arnie lost at 0:48.

    This hasn’t been leveraged in the films, but has been in some of the other Terminator comics and novels.

  108. Thea says:

    A lot of movie theaters have bedbugs these days.

    An exterminator told me that The recent bedbug reinfestation occurred by two routes: 1) returning soldiers 2) immigrants.

    So invade the the world, invite the world strikes again.

  109. @Anonymous

    EIGER SANCTION. Actually a 1975 Eastwood movie now available on Blu-Ray. Perhaps the most neglected Eastwood-directed movie. Not bad.

    Eastwood did his own climbing sans stunt double on location in Switzerland. The climbing scenes are well-regarded because of their high degree of technical accuracy.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eiger_Sanction_(film)#Development
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eiger_Sanction_(film)#Pre-production
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eiger_Sanction_(film)#Filming

    Also, Brenda Venus as, “George.”

    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
    , @JMcG
    , @AnonAnon
  110. Lot says:
    @PiltdownMan

    “The bench of truly bankable A-list male movie stars who can play interesting and complex male roles is aging.”

    The number of big budget movies with complex male roles is dwindling pretty fast, so it probably doesn’t matter much.

    • Agree: PiltdownMan
  111. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? – Amusing real-life story of a failed writer who plagiarizes fake letters from famous authors for easy money. Useful metaphor for so much that is phony about the culture and economy. But as with WOLF OF WALL STREET, a Jewish story has been goy-ized

    .

    Yes, I enjoyed it. I don’t see how it was goy-ized other than by casting McCarthy as Israel. Hollywood has been casting non-Jews to play Jewish parts and vice versa since day 1 . The movie calls the main character by her real name (Lee (onore) Israel) so they are not trying to hide her Jewishness. Isreal was a secular Jew – there was not much Jewishness to hide. If you read her autobiography upon which the movie is based, there’s not much of a Jewish angle in it although being in NY she interacts with a lot of Jews. Most hilariously, she debunks Estee Lauder’s claim to be European royalty and a regular church goer.

  112. @Jack D

    Horror movies are really mystery movies with the killer coming after everyone instead of just the initial victim(s). So mystery movies plus a race against time to save yourself.

    That’s why later-sequel horror movies either become gross-out/shock murder stories (e.g. Friday the 13th, Saw) or else humorous meta-horror movies (Nightmare on Elm Street).

    Once the who, the how, the why, the what he looks like, the what he can do, and the how-to-defeat him elements have been flushed out, there’s no more mystery to draw you in. The flushing out is largely done in the first few movies in the franchise, so later, with no mythology left to explore, the movies change direction.

    But its the mystery that draws most people in at first.

  113. @The Wild Geese Howard

    Also, Brenda Venus as, “George.”

    Best climbing trainer ever. Especially when I saw it in HD. Wow.

  114. @Anonymous

    Olivia Wilde is a Cockburn. I remember talking to Alexander about his niece doing this silly Hollywood thing.

    I guess someone thought that wasn’t a great stage name.

    She could have phoneticized it to Coburn, but probably figured Wilde made better sense for a female actress. Also, maybe she did not want anyone thinking she was James Coburn’s offspring.

  115. Anonymous[135] • Disclaimer says:

    Yes, I enjoyed it. I don’t see how it was goy-ized other than by casting McCarthy as Israel. Hollywood has been casting non-Jews to play Jewish parts and vice versa since day 1 … Isreal was a secular Jew – there was not much Jewishness to hide. If you read her autobiography upon which the movie is based, there’s not much of a Jewish angle in it although being in NY she interacts with a lot of Jews.

    Looks matter. If a character is Jewish but looks Irish, we are more likely to think of that person as non-Semitic. Even though we know WOLF OF WALL STREET is about crooks led by Jewish characters, DiCaprio fails to convey the Jewishness of that kind of crime. This is why Pacino made a better gangster in GODFATHER than Robert Redford who was considered for the role. Redford can act, but he wouldn’t have convinced us that his character is really Italian. Now, James Caan, being Jewish, looked ethnic enough to pass for Italian. And Brando at his best had that magic to be anything. A good example of how looks matter is THE GRADUATE. Hoffman’s character is not Jewish but he is so Semitic in looks and personality that Jewish viewers couldn’t help but to react to him as kind of crypto-Jewish underdog hero.

    You say she was a secular Jew, or atheist Jew. Now think. Is there such a thing as a secular Christian or atheist Christian? No. If you don’t believe, you can’t be Christian. It’s a matter of creed. But even a Jew who doesn’t believe in the faith counts as a Jew ethnically. And as very much a creature of urban Jewish life, her ethnicity does matter. So, it’s not a matter of religion. Or even politics. Maybe she wasn’t into Zionism. But her obsessive personality, egotism, boldness, and chutzpah are rather typical of Jewish neurosis. It’s like Woody Allen movies work better with Woody Allen because he embodies his own neurosis that is so Jewish. It works less well when he hires goy Anglo actors to express his hangups. It feels like he’s using a front. And Beatty as Bugsy Siegel didn’t work so well either.

    • Replies: @syonredux
  116. Glaivester says: • Website
    @Jack D

    I don’t think Wonder Woman was particularly “woke.” Wonder Woman was an Amazon, from a mythological all-female society. The society was actually a lot less misandrist than some interpretations, and the Amazon mostly do not seem to care a lot about the sexual politics of the outside world.

    The major social themes of Wonder Woman were, in essence, life is complicated and not black and white, but you should always try to do the right thing as best as you can, and people are jerks but you should try to show love and kindness to them anyway (Steve’s last speech to her).

    One of the interesting character arcs of the movie was that Diana had a very black-and-white view of morality, and of who was honorable and who was not, but on finding out that the assassin was suffering from what we would now call PTSD, and that the Indian (feather, not dot) mercenary had lost his land to the forces of Steve Trevor’s people, she began to realize that people cannot always be easily divided into good guys and bad guys.

    • Replies: @Mister.Baseball
  117. @danand

    Best Documentary: Dolemite Is My Name

    Blackety. Blackety. Black.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  118. syonredux says:
    @Anonymous

    You say she was a secular Jew, or atheist Jew. Now think. Is there such a thing as a secular Christian or atheist Christian? No.

    Yes. Cf people like Charles Maurras. I’ve actually spoken to quite a few “alt-right” types who define themselves as “secular Christians.”

    Now, James Caan, being Jewish, looked ethnic enough to pass for Italian.

    Jews are good at playing Italians; Italians are good at playing Jews.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  119. Anonymous[135] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mister.Baseball

    action movies are romance movies in disguise. Die Hard Bruce Willis takes out X number of terrorists to win back the affections of his estranged wife, by proving he is the most manly and clever man in the tower in spite of his ho-hum blue collar background. Taken‘s Liam Neeson’s dad.., The examples are endless but the point is, this is how one sells fantasy romance to boys: you symbolize it behind feats of strength and aggression and accomplishment. There may or may not be a ring of truth to it; but it is also probably not good for impressionable minds…

    This is now a formula, especially due to working class anxiety in the Age of Globalism that favored the brains way over the brawn. There was a time when a white guy could feel a good deal of pride in a working class job and union card. But no longer. He’s now expendable. The mother of all such movies is WAR OF THE WORLDS by Spielberg. Before the aliens attack, blue collar Tom Cruise is under assault from all sides. “Half of Korea” is arriving through shipping docks. Invasive economy of globalism. His wife was taken by a yuppie who makes lots of money. His kids are estranged from him. They come to visit him but see him as a loser. His neighborhood, which we assume to have been blue-collar white, is turning more diverse. He’s an angry and frustrated man. But then, all hell breaks loose, and all of a sudden, survival depends more on instinct and strength than brains(as these aliens are impervious to the most high-tech of man-made weapons). He can’t beat the aliens but he can survive; he is a tough hombre. At the end, he doesn’t regain his wife but he wins her respect(and his son’s respect) because he was a trooper throughout the ordeal. (The son’s willingness to join the battle suggest he’s as much estranged from his ‘step dad’ as by his real dad. He wants to join the fight like Strelnikov wanted to join the revolution.) But then, WOTW is Spielberg’s DOCTOR ZHIVAGO. The escape from urban area to rural area is like the journey to the summer house in the Lean movie. The mob’s complaint that 20 people can fit into the car is like the commissar in ZHIVAGO saying the mansion could have housed 20 families. Spielberg, a right-wing Jew and a Liberal American, conveys anxiety about the goy mob. When order breaks down and people become angry mobs, they are dangerous. They will kill each other for a loaf of bread or a SUV. They look someone to blame. This is the Jewish fear of the pitchfork mob.
    Then, the question is “what can be done to steer this rage of the hoi polloi?” Their unity against the foreign enemy, and in that sense, WOTW is like a neocon handbook of political psychology. True, the mobs are out-of-control in WOTW but they are united against the space alien enemy. After the Cold War, Neocons directed American rage at another foreign enemy: the Muslims. Today, it’s the Russians. Also, there is Jewish anxiety over white middle class and working class who’ve lost out to globalism. Many such people want to blame someone. For now, their rage is directed at China and Russia, but Jews fear the ‘mob’ may begin to raise the JQ, which is why TPUSA is freaked about the ‘groypers’.
    The perverse thing is, just as Jewish power seeks to unite the American mob rage at the foreign enemy — The Russkies, the Chicoms, the Mooslims, the drug cartels, etc — , it also seeks to facilitate invasion by foreign elements whose envy and resentment are directed at ‘white privilege'(not of those whites who really have it but at ‘deplorables’ who got no privilege of any kind).

    Anyway, between super-hero movies and super-crisis movies, latter is preferable. In the former, a seemingly ordinary person gains superpower and just kicks butt all over. Too childish.
    In contrast, in a super-crisis movie, an ordinary person is pushed to his limits(that remain all-too-human) to somehow survive. He must be crafty and resourceful. That is more interesting and even a bit ennobling than suddenly flying in the air and kicking butt. Super-crisis movies can appeal to adults in the way that super-hero movies rarely can.

  120. I think the best way to understand “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is not as a movie, strictly speaking. What it is, is an incredibly funny, sophisticated joke, where the punchline (the big final set piece) is so elaborate and so complex, that it takes a two-hour-long prologue to set it up correctly.

    Thankfully the setup works perfectly, and the punchline is the funniest thing in years.

  121. @The Last Real Calvinist

    Time travel into the future doesn’t have to raise paradoxes of causation — eg. HG Wells’ “The Time Machine,” although if you keep going back and forth it will. E.g., The Time Machine ends just with the second trip into the future and the question of which books he took with him. A one time forward time travel story is similar to a suspended animation story: e.g., Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” could be a forward time travel story.

    Time travel into the past with a return to the present causes all sorts of problems, but can be interesting if kept limited. It probably works best in a short story rather than a novel: e.g., Heinlein’s best time travel tales are a long short story, By His Bootstraps, and then a short short story, All You Zombies. His novels with time travel strike me as not as good as his novels without time travel.

  122. I take it that Steve and others here don’t think much of Rambo: Last Blood? Stallone going after a Mexican drug gang to extract vengeance for the drugging/killing of his “granddaughter”?

    Yes, no? Anyone?

    Aw, shucks.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  123. Bumpkin says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Steve, have you seen the trailers for the new Top Gun and Jewell?

    Both play up the downtrodden white man, seem to be aimed right at you and your readers.

    “O: The end is inevitable, Maverick, your kind is headed for extinction.

    M: Maybe so, sir, but not today.”

  124. @Steve Sailer

    Best understanding (and explanation) of the true nature of time travel is “Slaughterhouse-five”.

  125. Lagertha says:

    so few. So many boring ones.

  126. JMcG says:
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    I think they shot The Eiger Sanction while Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler were doing the North Face in a day. I went to Grindelwald once just to look at the Eiger. Pretty terrifying to contemplate climbing it.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  127. AnonAnon says:
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    The climbing scenes are well-regarded because of their high degree of technical accuracy.

    Fun featurette of Alex Honnold critiquing climbing in movies. He mentions The Eiger Sanction at the very end.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  128. @Glaivester

    It was more of an assertion during the marketing blitz than anything in the film; though there was of course her rag tag crew of a Scotman, and Indian and someone else where they sat around the camp fire talking their oppression to Chris Pine.

    That was weird, but the whole “woke” aspect was weirder still in how eager the media was to echo it, because why? It had a female director? Warner Brothers insisted that it was? Because they had a few “you go girl” scenes?

    The movie I saw was about a disenchanted princess longing for adventure when a charming rogue drops onto her beaches and whisks her to a far away kingdom where everyone loves her, she plays dress up, she goes to upper-crust balls in ancient castles and she shares a romantic dance in picturesque France with her beau.

    By the end of the movie, she forgives the villainness because she was primarily motivated by her physical ugliness (did she have any other motivation besides having that cracked face?) ; she declares the war games boys play to be stupid; and then she decides her handsome and noble rogue is a worthy equal to her father who happens to be a deity-king. That rogue, by the way, is the one who goes on to save the day with his self-sacrifice as the hero of the picture.

    If it walks like a princess movie, and talks like a princess movie, well….

    …and I’m not knocking it. It was okay entertainment- Gal Gadot isn’t much of an actress but she possesses an infectious enthusiasm which jumps off the screen. You could tell she was having fun, and I imagine a lot of the positivity about the movie was mostly working off that energy. But it remains mystifying how few reviewers and critics, especially in the woke camp, were so quick to embrace this princess film as being something it was not. It’s almost like their poses are superficial and they’ll buy any story as long some corporation is a bit ingratiating towards them come press time.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  129. @Mister.Baseball

    Right. “Wonder Woman” was explicitly inspired by a couple of delightful 1980s Mermaid Princess movies: “Splash” and “The Little Mermaid.” All three are nice movies.

  130. @JMcG

    I went to Grindewald, Switzerland in 1980. The North Face of the Eiger is constantly shedding rocks when it’s not too frozen, so there were rock falls booming all afternoon. That strikes me as too random.

    If Alex Honnold falls off El Capitan on a perfect day in Yosemite Valley, well he can blame himself for messing up before he hits the ground. The two top Yosemite climbers of the 1950s, the guy who climbed Half Dome and the guy who climbed El Capitan both died in bed recently.

    But if a 100 pound rock hits you on the head on the Eiger … In Yosemite you choose how much risk to take on, but the Eiger is actively trying to kill you. There’s long been a suspicion that climbing the Eiger represents the point where European prometheanism starts edging into a death wish.

    • Replies: @JMcG
  131. Anonymous[280] • Disclaimer says:
    @syonredux

    Yes. Cf people like Charles Maurras. I’ve actually spoken to quite a few “alt-right” types who define themselves as “secular Christians.”

    Still, what they mean is “I don’t believe in the miracles but in the message.” So, it’s still not an identity but a matter of creed and values. In contrast, a ‘secular Jew’ is someone who ethnically feels Jewish. Big difference.

    Jews are good at playing Italians; Italians are good at playing Jews.

    Sometimes. Joe Mantegna is a fine actor, but I didn’t really buy him as a Jew in HOMICIDE, a very great film. But Hoffman made a great Italian in MIDNIGHT COWBOY. Pacino as Jew in MERCHANT OF VENICE wasn’t convincing. James Woods, though no Italian, made a great Jew in ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA.

    Now, some Jews look very European as, esp over the years, there are so many half or quarter Jews.
    Still, I had problems with AVALON and AMERICAN PASTORAL. Both movies are pretty good, but Aidan Quinn doesn’t convince as Jewish. Same with Ewan McGregor.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  132. Franz says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Terminator Genisys tried to fix this:

    Exposition at roughtly midpoint stated that if a “Nexus point” in time is reached, the past can be altered. I think this is why Genisys bombed.

    Unfortunately. If it had worked, they could have made Terminator movies that skip the Sarah Conner thing entirely.

    Would have been much better. They could have built new stories around people that were hanging around LA in 1984. Or the garbage truck driver, one of the cops, the kids in the gang… the prospects were all there.

    But Genisys was so lousy I’m not even sure I’m spelling it right.

  133. Franz says:
    @Father O'Hara

    The previews are a bit comical.

    Linda Hamilton made the cardinal boo boo of trying to work with her ex. And divorcing her cost Cameron fifty million bucks.

    Revenge, I think. Looks like it anyway.

  134. JMcG says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Yes, the Eiger is famous for objective hazard. The accident in the film is based on an accident in the thirties. The body of Toni Kurtz was left hanging by a rope near the railway tunnel window rather than being rescued by George Kennedy.

    I was on Mt Rainier in 86, descending after having summited, when a large section of rock fell from about 1000 feet above us. We were roped for the glacier crossing. A boulder the size and shape of an engine block struck between my partner and I, cutting the rope between us. That’s still the closest I’ve ever come to taking the dirt nap.
    On the other hand, a friend was on El Cap around the same time bivouacked on a ledge. One of the guys he was with caught a rock the size of a softball right in the sternum while sleeping. He never knew what hit him.
    Stupid hobby, climbing.

  135. Jack D says:
    @J.Ross

    I don’t think it’s any secret that a lot of liberal Democrats were unhappy with Trump and wanted him gone from day 1. Especially on day 1.

  136. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    Still, I had problems with AVALON and AMERICAN PASTORAL.

    Levinson de-Jewified Avalon in accordance with longstanding Hollywood custom. Movies are made by Jews not for their fellow Jews but for the goyim in Ohio so they have to be able to identify with the characters. Probably if it was made today it would not have to be so generic. Worse than Quinn was Mueller-Stahl – he had a German accent but not a Yiddish one. They are not the same thing, not even close.

    Philip Roth books have turned out to be pretty much unfilmable. It’s much easier to film a comic book than a great novel. Some BAD novels (melodramas) are easy to film but it’s tough to film a great one because the greatness tends to get lost on screen – the lighting in a bottle is elusive and escapes when it is uncorked on the movie set.

  137. Jack D says:
    @Laurence Whelk

    Not really. It takes place in a largely black world but it doesn’t depict blacks in an idealized way. They are just humans, good and bad, warts and all. They don’t live in a techno-utopia with flying cars. Some of them are deformed alcoholic bums.

    And the white people in the movie are not monsters, not even the slimy record and movie distributors that Moore has to deal with at his level. It’s a standard blackety black trope (see Spike Lee) that these (usually Jewish) businessmen rip off black artists but the ones in Dolemite are portrayed as honest. The white film students who he hires as the crew are more loyal and have more faith than his black director who talks down the movie and takes off the instant the last shot is filmed.

    So it’s a black picture but NOT a blackety picture. Not at all.

  138. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    I take it that Steve and others here don’t think much of Rambo: Last Blood?

    I saw it, and it was ok. Just another Rambo movie.

    • Replies: @Anon87
  139. I have yet to see THE IRISHMAN, but I doubt I’m going to prefer that to either JOKER or ONCE UPON A TIME…As to which of those latter two are better, I feel like I need to see each a 2nd time, before I could say. Both were great.

    I would also extend Honorable Mentions to MIDSOMMAR, and also (despite an overly convoluted plot, and an effort on the part of the woke to co-opt the film’s plot as some “#Resistance” parable) to CAPTIVE STATE.

  140. @Anonymous

    MA – A Negress who looks like Oprah Winfrey butchers white young ones. 15 min was enough. FF-ed to the end. Dumb.

    I made the mistake of seeing that. I thought it was going to be a fun movie, with some weird twist involving voodoo, or whatnot. But no. The plot is basically a wokefest about how mean Southern Whites once bullied a Black girl. Yawn.

  141. Best Pictures of the Year

    The Wizard of Oz
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    Gone with the Wind
    Wuthering Heights
    Destry Rides Again
    The Roaring 20’s
    Young Man Lincoln
    Stagecoach
    Ninotchka
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Honorable Mentions

    Love Affair
    Babes in Arms
    Of Mice and Men
    Goodbye, Mr. Chips
    Beau Geste
    Dark Victory
    (Plus, anything else starring Bette Davis)
    Drums Along the Mohawk
    Union Pacific

    And some of them pictures even has color!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  142. @AnonAnon

    Thanks bro, that was a really fun clip!

    I like how Alex is just having fun with all the different movies.

    The best part is all the praise for the Star Trek V opening.

    The second best part is where he recognizes, like all true bros do, that the Point Break remake is trash.

  143. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:
    @Nicholas Stix

    Jesse James
    Gunga Din
    Only Angels Have Wings
    The Four Feathers
    Jamaica Inn
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

  144. Alden says:
    @Hans

    Most of the celibate repressed gay misogynist women hating men on this site would say the girls deserved it because they entice the Muslim pigs somehow.

    The women hating on this site is astonishing. Maybe the other conservative White Nationalist sites censor the women hating posts.

    Liberals have an unreasonable hatred of Whites. UNZ readers have an unreasonable hatred of women.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  145. AceDeuce says:
    @danand

    That’s not a documentary.

  146. Alden says:
    @Charles Pewitt

    I don’t believe Joaquin is the child of his mother’s husband, the father of the other children in the family. Look at him. No resemblance to his siblings or putative father.

    I love sweet potatoes. But they’re full of sugar and high calorie. His dogs probably have doggy diabetes. At 13 his pit bull is too old to retaliate for the sweet potato diet. Too bad.

  147. Alden says:
    @theMann

    Netflix, Amazon Prime Hulu etc have a lot of Spanish movies and TV shows. They are excellent. There’s one called the clan or family. True story of an Argentine Family, outwardly respectable who were kidnappers. These are Spanish shows, not S American Excellent movies.

  148. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Alden

    IOW we have a lot of men here who feel about women what women feel about other women.

    I believe the critical thing is not “what is best for men” or “what is best for women”, but “what is best for our species in general and our subspecies, call it race, in particular”. Neither men nor women can have it all their way. Society that works is based on certain ideas such as “men and women are different and in mostly consistent and observable ways”.

    Men are physically much stronger but women are more emotionally resilient and can adapt to varying circumstances better in some ways, more disease resistant in some ways, etc. Reproduction puts most of the onus on women. Sperm is abundant and low value, uterus time and eggs precious.

    Men vary more than women in IQ and thus form most of the fringe outliers of the bell curve. And one man can sire many more children than any one woman could ever bear. For this reason, the razor edge of progress is mostly male. There is no female Johnny von Neumann, no female Bob Widlar, no female Kelly Johnson, no female John Moses Browning. There are women who do interesting and productive things but not on those levels. Women invented Liquid Paper, a woman doctor invented the Apgar score for newborns, her friend the violinmaker invented the Violin Octet.

    Those are nice things but do not compare to the IC op amp, the SR-71, the M2 machine gun and M1911 pistol.

    Most women’s highest best purpose is as wives and mothers, most men’s highest and best purpose is as a provider and father to his children and wife. This means outside the home careers are on average, not always, more important for men. A certain percent of both sexes should not breed. We have a society where many of our best women are barren does, though, which is bad for the species.

  149. Go see JoJo Rabbit. It is laugh out loud funny in parts, and very clever.

  150. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @Jim Don Bob

    “Pioneering NASA engineer works to abort Hidden Figures.”

  151. Anon87 says:
    @kimchilover

    Based on your choices, have you seen VFW yet?

  152. Anon87 says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    Yeah, you could see how much the budget was cobbled together from various international sources. Sit through the end credits for a hilarious list of foreign names.
    I thought it was ok as a very downbeat Taken (John Rambo’s world is almost hopeless) but much like Rambo its major downfall is the awful CGI gore. The series is 80s to the core so should have stuck with practical effects.

  153. @M Krauthammar

    I doubt you’ll spill any blood, though. Internet trolls like you never do anything except type words on a screen.

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