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Bruce Willis?
Apr 26, 2017 8:22 PM

Apr 26, 2017 8:18 PM
So what's the title of his next book?

Killing Fox

Killing My Career

Killin' it with the Ladies: Sexual Harassment, the Workplace, and how to Make Both Work for You

Apr 26, 2017 3:55 AM
Black PhilipDude this totally killed me. I had a big time crush on her.

You can still have a crush on her, you know.
Apr 26, 2017 3:52 AM
Oxnard Montalvo
Planet Terror
Surely, our president and his supporters will be moved by the subtlety and sublimity of the films mentioned in this thread.

I mean, they probably won't and you're right that these broad characterizations do not help cultural tensions no matter who they target. if Dirty Harry and Death Wish were reactionary, then so are Desierto and Brimstone. and I'll bet either side doesn't feel good when they are cast as the villain.

I recently finished Arlie Russell Hochschild's Strangers in Their Own Land about a sociologist trying to understand the ethos of rural white America. I know works like these are trying to bridge the empathy gap. at the same time, I know how hard it can be to want to build that bridge when you find untenable so much on the other side (in spite of the other side's visible sufferings).

also I don't take issue with Star Wars promoting a multi-cultural cast as its heroes. maybe it is not fair that the villains are homogeneous in their whiteness but it is not without historical precedent in the USA. and plenty of the hero characters are white so I see it as pro-multiculturalism and not anti-white.

A flaw of the original Star Wars was just how white it was. When I was a teen, one of my friends complained that it was "White People in Space" and with the exception of Lando, it really is and IIRC Lando only got written in after criticism of the '77 film's overwhelming whiteness. A multicultural cast of heroes is only natural in the 21st century.
The Force Awakens is fine in terms of race. Having a black storm trooper is fine. The dais scene is evocative of Nazi Germany, but Star Wars borrows from everything.
What got me, was that the creators felt the need to explicitly tweet that the Empire is a white supremacy group, which makes absolutely no fucking sense in a universe filled with fantastical sentient species of all varieties. Do white fish-people also get a seat with the Empire?

Apr 26, 2017 3:47 AM
Robin McDonaldI read today Scott Baio summed her life up as it you do drugs and alcohol you are going to die.

Chachi judges Joni
Apr 25, 2017 9:15 PM
Great, I was looking for computer AIDS! Thanks for the malware link (Hmmm, it seems that the fate of the furious is somehow linked to a crucial windows update I need to install...).?
Apr 25, 2017 8:50 PM
Special Agent Cooper
Planet Terror
Surely, our president and his supporters will be moved by the subtlety and sublimity of the films mentioned in this thread.

The dialogue is getting dumber all-around, no doubt. It just happens that the Hollywood machine tilts towards the left.

The only prominent right-leaning films are about super-patriot-snipers and the trickle of Godsploitation films that go direct to video #Godisstillnotdeadforreal.?


Godsploitation movies crack me up

I find them fascinating. They're so earnest and so terrible at the same time. Religious conservatives need artistically inclined liberal friends, because they're amazingly bad at making movies.

Apr 25, 2017 8:48 PM
Oxnard Montalvooh well.

at least us whites can take solace in having president who totally shares our values. #maga

Surely, our president and his supporters will be moved by the subtlety and sublimity of the films mentioned in this thread.

The dialogue is getting dumber all-around, no doubt. It just happens that the Hollywood machine tilts towards the left.

The only prominent right-leaning films are about super-patriot-snipers and the trickle of Godsploitation films that go direct to video #Godisstillnotdeadforreal.?

Apr 25, 2017 8:07 PM
Special Agent Cooper
Black PhilipI liked The Equalizer. It was about a dude kicking a bunch of Russian scumbag mafia guys asses who were prostituting out young girls. Hell I'd do the same thing if I were The Equalizer!

Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but I just picked up on strong racial overtones. All of the victims he helps are women and minorities just trying to make an honest living, while all the bad guys are corrupt white dudes. It's like an episode of The Pretender but far more malicious and violent, a white guilt wet dream.

Maybe if just one of the villains had been anything other than a white male oppressing the underprivileged I wouldn't have been so irritated. I miss Death Wish and Dirty Harry

I don't want to go back to Dirty Harry. This character represents the psychology of "get tough!" that led to our insane prison policies and the war on drugs. The Death Wish movies slide into darker waters with rape fantasies tacked on to the revenge fantasy. That stated, we've swung from a time period (Dirty Harry and Death Wish) where street thugs were typically black and gangsters were typically Italians into a new age of "Bubbaphobia" and a general unease with whiteness and masculinity. Note, for example, that the hit squad of baddies in Logan (a team which is based out of Mexico) is comprised of sweaty honkies covered in tats, dressed for desert warfare. Note the insistence of Chris Weitz (Rogue One writer), who states, "Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization" and the support tweet from the story's creator (Gary Whitta) in response adding "Opposed by a multicultural group led by brave women." That is, if you didn't get the coding in the film, LET US SPELL IT OUT FOR YOU IN OUR TWEETS.

I find recent southern/border stories to be interesting in how they handle all this. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada gives us white guilt and white redemption. We are confronted with the racist border patrol agent (Barry Pepper), but we also get a vision of the white knight (Tommy Lee Jones) who basically rubs the racist's nose in his own mess, forcing him to travel the back country (learning what it is like to have to suffer the elements like migrants) to give his victim a proper burial in Mexico. At the end of the film, Jones forces the racist border agent to beg for forgiveness for his crime, which he does. The film Beyond the Reach shifts gears from race into class. Michael Douglas plays the one-percenter trophy hunter who wants his last prize (a bighorn sheep) and suffers Jeremy Irvine to be his reluctant squire. Douglas accidentally kills a desert hobo and when he can't buy his way out of the situation, things turn deadly. Here we have both a noble and villainous image of whiteness. Douglas represents the institutional whiteness of ruling elites who drip with privilege and get away with it. Irvine represents the "good" downtrodden white-folks who hunt what they need with Remingtons and not fancy Steyr Scouts. Desierto offers no struggle for the soul of whiteness. There is no white hero to demand a proper burial or to insist on reporting accidents to the police. In this case, it's just a mass-murderering white racist and the migrants trying to survive him.

Apr 25, 2017 5:46 PM
TeamCanadaContext is a hell of a drug.

I did say that I don't agree with the title of the video. I do not think Hamill is simply shitting on Star Wars. That stated, this isn't just a brief comment extracted from it's context. When you're doing press interviews for your next big film, you have to know (especially at his age) that such comments will stir controversy. And the clips in that video follow sustained trains of thought. Mark is dropping some bombs (not a nuclear strike), but enough to make a statement.
Apr 25, 2017 3:04 PM
As our world polarizes, filmic subtext is gathering all the subtlety of gonzo porn.

Desierto (2015): A redneck gets drunk along the US Mexico border and starts killing migrants crossing the border - just for the fun of it. Jeffery Dean Morgan drinks Jack Daniels straight out the bottle and has a trusty dog "Trigger" with him to hunt down would be Dreamers. Murdering 8-9 migrants with a scoped rifle he utters one-liners such as, "Welcome to the land of the free". He goes back to his truck, drinks more Jack Daniels, and cheers his success.

Brimstone (2014): An evil preacher shows up in a peaceful Western town (Guy Pearce as angry preacher man) who preaches an angry sermon to his congregation about sin and damnation. Right after services, a humble midwife is forced to deal with a pregnancy in the small church. She must choose between the life of the mother and the life of the child and performs a partial-birth abortion to save the life of the mother. The men freak out and bad things happen...

And just in case you didn't know, the Empire IS a white supremacist organization (you know, because it isn't bad enough that they destroy entire planets for fun)...
Apr 25, 2017 5:14 AM

I don't agree with the title of the video, but the content is amusing.
Apr 24, 2017 8:39 PM
If Abrams never directs another Star Wars movie, it will be too soon. He has a habit of not putting anything good in his mystery boxes. He thinks that just having the box is enough. Sorry, lens flares and outrunning your plot holes with pathos and action sequences does not make for enduring story-telling. Rather, it is nothing more than the cheap and temporary satisfaction of a plastic toy out of a Happy Meal.
Apr 24, 2017 6:20 AM
He was just a tabloid guy, right? And then, somehow, he became a thing?
Apr 24, 2017 1:25 AM
If I had a memory problem a la "50 First Dates", I would hope my family would set up my computer to show me this trailer every morning.
Apr 23, 2017 7:14 PM
Obi Spenobi
And Whitaker was the most WTF?!? Star Wars character since General Grevious. Such an extreme design and implied backstory, yet we never see either of them do anything, ever. We never get to see how they generally operate, we're just introduced to them so we can watch them die.

They should do a film starring Whitaker's Garrera and Leto's Joker. Expendables 8?
Apr 23, 2017 6:58 PM
Black PhilipTFA and Rogue one both ate a pair of donkey balls.

Also, an acceptable answer. However, we might improve your figuration. You might say, for example, that the films ARE a pair of donkey balls. This would do much to mock the symmetry I have avowed between the two (i.e., even testicles have symmetry).

Apr 23, 2017 7:10 AM
Rated NCC-1701
MKSOne can easily love flawed films and films that are flawed in different ways from another.

In many cases, yes! But not in this case. In this case, there can be only one.

Okay, The Kurgan. I agree with some (SOME!) of the criticisms for Force Awakens, as well as my own hangups about Rogue One, but these don't diminish my excitement for them. Degrees, m'mensch.

.I am not saying you have to agree with me. I am simply offering my assessment. That's all.

But it's my curiosity to understand the Dredd-like assertion of your "annoyance" that empowers my sense of wonder, as in I wonder why this guy gets his knickers in a singularity over audience reactions. Don't go full Todd1700 on us, man. There is still chill in you, I know it.


I am sure there are some respectable people who love both movies. I will give you a pass and say you're one of them. I just happen to believe that most people who love both are undiscerning fanboys.

The flaws and strengths of both films are quite interesting. There is a symmetry in the pluses and minuses that speaks to different segments of the fandom. I am a Rogue One person. I would much rather dialogue with a TFA fan than a fan of both movies, as the fan of both didn't have the good sense to dislike at least one of them.

Guilty pleasures are fine. I have many guilty pleasures. Base pleasures, however, when reveled in as high pleasures are failures of aesthetic development and so too is the high appraisal of a brace of films that should have had at least one filtered out by one's own cultivated aesthetic screens (i.e., taste).

Apr 23, 2017 6:30 AM