Alright now, this does it! First Hollywood had the audacity to remake The Karate Kid, the closest to perfect movie this world has ever known. Then they remade Footloose, the movie that introduced us all to Kevin Bacon who inspired a generation of tousled hair and unstructured blazers and whithout whom we would never have had the six degrees game. Then they remade Red Dawn with the North Koreans as the villians. I don’t even have to explain why that was such a travesty. Now comes word that they are remaking Road House. What is Hollywood thinking? Have they no shame? LEAVE THE CLASSICS ALONE! And especially, LEAVE THE SWAYZE FILMOGRAPHY ALONE. As if Red Dawn wasn’t bad enough. If there is any justice in this world, the actor who plays the Swazye role will be struck deaf and dumb on day one of filming. What’s next? Are they going to remake Donnie Darko? I’m seriously contemplating getting out the pitchfork.
I’m so disappointed that Kill Gringos II … err … I mean Machete Kills tanked at the box office. Not!
Director Robert Rodriguez had a big bomb on his hands this weekend with Machete Kills, which flopped in 4th place with a paltry estimated $3.8 million debut. Machete Kills opened up on 2,500 screens and scored one of the worst openings ever for such a wide release, and was also one of the worst debuts of 2013.
Machete Kills grossed roughly 1/4 of what the first Machete opened with, and this sequel had the added star power of Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, Lady Gaga, and Sofia Vergara. Marketing alone for the film is reportedly in the $20 million range.
Attention Robert Rodriguez and Hollywood: a lot of the people who go to see movies in this country are white, and perhaps, just perhaps, they don’t like seeing movies that portray them as evil thought criminals in need of killing.
Ender’s Game is Orson Scott Card’s best novel. A movie version is about to be released, but the enforcers of approved thought don’t like it — not for ANYTHING said or done in the movie or novel, but because Card is a firm supporter of traditional marriage:
Orson Scott Card has been an outspoken opponent of gay rights for several years. In 2009, he joined the board of directors at the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which opposes same-sex marriage and was created to pass California’s Proposition 8. His own personal views on the LGBT community were expressed in a Mormon Times piece that same year: “Marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down.”
In that same op-ed piece, Card wrote that gay marriage “marks the end of democracy in America,” that homosexuality was a “tragic genetic mix-up” and that “allowing courts to redefine marriage was a slippery slope towards total homosexual political rule and the classifying of anyone who disagreed as ‘mentally ill.’”
The enforcers have therefore tried and convicted Orson Scott Card for his unforgivable thoughtcrime:
Geeks OUT has launched an online protest of the film due to author Orson Scott Card being an outspoken opponent of gay marriage. Called “Skip Ender’s Game,” the boycott urges potential audiences to steer clear of the film, which is based on Card’s popular 1985 novel.
“Do NOT see this movie! Do not buy a ticket at the theater, do not purchase the DVD, do not watch it on-demand,” Geeks OUT officials write. “Ignore all merchandise and toys. However much you may have admired his books, keep your money out of Orson Scott Card’s pockets.”
No thought that fails to meet the approval of these ruthless Inquisitors can be tolerated. That’s how thoroughly totalitarian modern America has become: Any person who states an idea that violates approved thought will be denied permission to make ANY OTHER statements, no matter how innocuous.
Welcome to the United Stasi of America.
When I saw this review I clicked on it because I knew the comments would quickly evolve into a debate about The War to Prevent Southern Independence. I wasn’t disappointed. It did so with the first post from The Mighty Lincoln Shill.
AmSpec deserves kudos for posting some dissent on Lincoln and the War, instead of the Jaffaite revisionist boilerplate that normally passes for history and philosophy at most mainstream “conservative” outlets.
Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen White House Down and intend to, then you may not want to read further. You have been warned.
I haven’t seen White House Down and don’t intend to. I never intended to because I just wasn’t that thrilled by the concept and the trailers, but if I had intended to I wouldn’t now. It turns out that White House Down is blatant obnoxious left-wing propaganda (as opposed to the slightly less blatant left-wing propaganda Hollywood usually turn out.) The newly elected President is a Black man (Obama by another name) played by Jamie Foxx. Turns out the people trying to kill him are conservatives who are want to install the Republican Speaker of the House (John Boehner by another name) as President.
First of all, the idea that John “Crybaby” Boehner would have the balls to orchestrate a coup against the President is laughable. Second, how delusional and out of touch do Hollywood screen writers, producers, etc. have to be to think that this is a credible plot that movie audiences would flock to see? You wonder if they just said “Screw it, we’re going to make a propaganda piece that demonizes Republicans and damn the consequences,” or if they really were so insulated and deluded that they thought this was an idea that was credible and would sell.
Fortunately, the movie tanked. (Note: I think this link might change every week.) I don’t think it tanked just because of the political angle, which was largely unknown before the movie was released. It tanked partially because it’s concept was so similar to Olympus has Fallen which was released earlier this year and over performed at the box office. (BTW, Gerard Butler is also a more credible leading man than Channing Tatum who suffers the curse of the pretty boy.) But word of mouth has been horrible, and it has divided people politically if the IMDB message board is any indication.
Note to Hollywood writers, producers etc. The people who go see action movies are disproportionally Reds. You might want to consider not shoving your Blue sensibilities down their throats if you actually want them to see your movie.
This is terrible news! What a shot in the gut. Was there ever a better TV character than Tony Soprano or an actor that came to embody a character more that James Gandolfini did Tony Soprano? In fact, Gandolfini was cursed by how well he played the Soprano role. People couldn’t disassociate him from his character after The Sopranos ended. I know I couldn’t. He couldn’t appear in anything after The Sopranos where I didn’t think, “It’s Tony Soprano.”
May he Rest in Peace.
Take a look at this provacatively titled article from TakiMag: “This Week in Epic Beta Male Faggotry”
First a disclaimer. This is not an endorsement of the amoral “game” concept from which we get the terminology Beta Male, but I’ll leave my Christian objections to ”game” for another post so as not to detract from the main point of this post. Nor is it an endorsement of the author’s use of the other F word, which is unhelpfully provocative. That said…
When did deliberately attempting to look … shall we say … less than masculine become cool? And why is that look cool?
I have a confession to make to all my straight male friends:
I thought you were gay.
Call it a hazard of big-city living: I’ve automatically assumed every guy I’ve met over the course of the last twenty years was homosexual, then I worked my way backwards as evidence of his straightness piled up. (Say, spontaneous, repeated expressions of appreciation for Monica Bellucci, Motörhead, or both.)
Can you blame me? Consider the allegedly straight dudes you see on the subway, at the office, and at the coffee shop, sometimes with wives and even offspring in tow. Add up all the man-purses, the too-visible hair “product,” the pretentious eyewear, the borderline anorexia, the Tintin hairdos, the finicky food fetishes, and the little dogs in adorable outfits. (The Marquess of Queensbury was accidentally ahead of his time.)
We started mocking this personal style as “metrosexual” almost twenty years ago, but that word was always problematic. The “metro” prefix is utterly apt; it’s the “sexual” part that’s off. These nominal heteros are consciously or subconsciously mimicking gay twinks, and those fellows usually want to get laid. Their fragile straight counterparts, in contrast, don’t look like they could manage it, or even want to.
I don’t have anything individually against hair products, retro eye-glass frames, thinness or even man-bags. (If Jack Bauer can carry a man bag, then they can’t be all bad.) It’s the overall gestalt that is the problem. No one would mistake Jack Bauer for a beta male, despite the man bag. No one would mistake Michael Corleone for a beta male despite the hair product. What is bothersome is this cultivation of an overall look that is deliberately unmasculine.
Our society has been emasculated. This is a symptom. I think conservatives should be deliberately counter-cultural (in the good sense) and fight this trend. I say bring back the power suit. Either that or dress like Dale Peterson.
Fox News continues to jettison some its most notable “contributors” and when I heard the news Dick Morris joined Sarah Palin on the Fox ash heap (but not Karl Rove? What’s up with that? Does he have pictures or something?) I got Palin’s fate stuck in my head and pondered it.
So I dug around online and saw Game Change for the first time last night and while I still think much of it is a self-serving attempt by people like Steve Schmidt and Nicole Wallace to shield themselves for future political employment opportunities, one could not help but feel sorry for Palin to be thrown into difficult situation. Both she and her family had to deal with a lot they weren’t completely ready for. Had the McCain people been a little more understanding of the situation, perhaps much of the unpleasantness could have been avoided.
That being said, where Palin realy screwed up was not so much in the campaign but in its aftermath leading up to her now apparent political exile back to Alaska. No can deny she has natural political talents that made her be able to connect to voters on an emotional level very few politicians have not to mention she’s one of the few Republicans, if not the only one, with the kind of star quality which transcend politics to pull the casual citizen into politics and campaign they normally wouldn’t pay attention to.
And yet, she squandered it all to point where not even Fox News wants her around anymore. People assumed she was going to run for President. No one would have begrudged her leaving the governor’s office early in term or any of her TV gigs or her campaigning on the Tea Party Express bus if it all done for a larger purpose, which was for the Oval Office. But when she didn’t run after so much teasing (including the fact she had people in Iowa trying their best to stir up a campaign for her on their own), she destroyed the link she had between the voters who loved her and herself. Not running made her just another celebrity, another talking head, another ex-politician trying to cash in. She made have thought it served her purposes better four to eight years down the road but it wound up wrecking such chances. And by leaving elected office and not doing anything which would have helped her prepare to be President only made her look less serious. She self-fulfilled everything the Schmidt and Wallace said about her in the book and the movie well after that campaign concluded.
Maybe she’ll get back into politics in Alaska to try rebuild her career but I have my doubts. I vacationed there in 2010 and even at that time I saw very little from Republicans or the public-at-large which wanted to acknowledge her existence outside of a few airport T-shirts. She became a parody of Conservative INC., more interested in profit than policy. That’s fine for her and family, but for those whose hopes and dreams she spoke to from her personal story and background (and I think we all know who I’m talking about), it doesn’t do much for them. They needed a champion and instead they got Mitt Romney. No wonder turnout was down. She may dream of comeback but who, even amongst the talk show hosts and other activists who would be her biggest fans, even speaks of her now or takes her seriously? No, Palin can dress fancier now but she’s also shrunk a few sizes in stature.
The way the list is organized here is a bit confusing, but it seems to include organizations, celebrities and then other influential people who aren’t celebrities. I haven’t had time to go through the whole thing since it is long, but it’s interesting (and discouraging) how many of the organizations are medically related. A while back there was an effort to make guns a “public health” issue. I wonder if this list reflects some of that activity. Also, I’m disappointed to see Sylvester Stallone’s name on the list. Not only does it demonstrate hypocrisy (Did anyone see Rambo IV [not actually called that] which Stallone co-wrote, directed and starred in?), but Stallone is often cited as one of the few Republicans in Hollywood.
Update: Here is the list straight from the NRA that makes the divisions in the list more clear. The list is also not new. It is from Aug 10. The attached article is new, and it popped up on my Facebook today.
Yesterday my daughter and I watched that whole gun control video frame by frame to identify all the participants. I think I did a good job identifying them based on my substantial fund of pop cultural knowledge, if I do say so myself. There were only a few that I didn’t know. My plan was to post the list here, but it turns out I wasted my time, because someone had already done it for me.
The heartfelt clip features Jon Hamm, Steve Carell, Jamie Foxx, Paul Rudd, Jason Bateman, Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Amanda Peet, Busy Philipps, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Adam Scott, Cameron Diaz, Courteney Cox, Christina Applegate, Zooey Deschanel, John Slattery, Debra Messing, Elizabeth Banks, Max Greenfield, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Brooke Shields, Joel McHale, Conan O’Brien, Rashida Jones, Will Ferrell, Aziz Ansari, Olivia Munn, Julianne Moore, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Selena Gomez, Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow.
As I said below, the two Mad Men actors sting a little. Who knew Roger Sterling was a gun control supporting wuss?
Addendum: This list appears to not be exhaustive. It doesn’t include Reese Witherspoon or Beyonce. Any other omissions anyone has identified?
And in other news, the Sun rose in the East this morning. What is it about actors that makes the vast majority of them braindead liberals? Some of these really disappoint me, especially the Mad Men guys. Also, I find it a bit hypocritical that the new Bourne guy wants gun control. Has he watched his own movie? Also Jamie “kill all the white people” Foxx. Has he watched his movie? I also find it interesting that they disabled the comments. They knew good and well that they would get slammed if they didn’t.
One word: SWEET!
Everyone’s up in arms about Jamie Foxx. Seems he went on Saturday Night Live to promote his latest movie, Django Unchained, and said, “I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that?”
Ohhh – scary! But has anybody seen Foxx’s character? Take a look at the clown costume he wears:
I busted a gut laughing when I first saw that picture. Yes, he’s trying sooooo hard to look baaad. But THIS is supposed to be a scary black cowboy? Jamie, you’re no Clint Eastwood. Django must be Swahili for, “Wears clothes his grandmother threw out.”
The rules for cowboy apparel are few and simple, all of which Foxx’s character tragically ignored:
1 – Cowboys do not wear jackets from the 1956 JC Penny catalog.
2 – Cowboys do not wear ANYTHING with buttons shaped like that.
3 – Cowboys DO NOT wrap sweaters around their necks. In fact, cowboys do not even own sweaters.
4 – Cowboys only wear gun holsters battered from countless gunfights and cattle drives. No cowboy would be caught dead sporting a holster fresh from the western wear supply store.
5 – Do. Not. Lose. Your. Right. Glove.
But the last rule of cowboy fashion says it all:
6 – A real cowboy doesn’t need to be told the rules of how to look like a cowboy.
A few things to look forward to as we await the inevitable approaching financial apocalypse. Don’t let anyone tell you that CHT is all doom and gloom. We support healthy diversions to temporarily take our minds off the economic, political and moral basket case that this nation has become.
Silvester Stallone continues to demonstrates that there really can be, at least physique wise, better living through chemistry.
And it looks like Bruce has one more in him as well. The last Die Hard was surprisingly good, BTW.)
It looks like we’re in for an entertaining January and February at the cinema.
I saw Red Dawn last night. It’s the first movie I’ve made it a point to see on opening night in a while. I thought it was good, and judging by the audience reaction, so did they. I’m in the process of writing a longer review, the point of which is that I think Red Dawn actually helps the case for non-interventionism. Some might think it promotes mindless flagwaving, but I’m not so sure. Anyone see where I’m going with this? Consider this a trial run of my thesis.
We Southerners know that history is on our side. Defenders of the Empire who try to cherry-pick historical facts usually end up looking rather silly. Yes, we say to apologists of empire, let’s debate history. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is the latest attempt to justify the president who mounted a counter-revolution to the Revolution of 1776, thus re-establishing the supremacy of the government over the people.
But the reaction of fans and critics hasn’t exactly been what Spielberg expected. For starters, Daniel Day-Lewis’s portrayal of Lincoln fails to create a believable, sympathetic character. One fan echoed the reaction of many others: “Is it me or does Abe Lincoln sound a lot like Mr Burns?”
Rex Reed’s review, entitled, Arid Abe: Lincoln Is as Wooden as Washington’s Teeth, not only rips Spielberg’s clumsy propaganda, but goes on to present facts about Lincoln and the real purpose of his crusade formerly seen only in pro-Southern circles.
The movie, says Reed, is a “colossal bore.” He finds it “so pedantic, slow-moving, sanitized and sentimental that I kept pinching myself to stay awake—which, like the film itself, didn’t always work.” Ouch.
And in response to the film’s heavy-handed Lincoln worship, which is really empire-worship, Reed observes:
In reality, Lincoln believed in equality under the law, but not racial equality; he had no use for blacks and maintained a strong personal belief that whites were a superior race. In his efforts to get his amendment passed, Honest Abe was not so honest either. He and his cabinet of rivals were not above bribery, lies, suspending habeas corpus or bending the Constitution to break the South’s economic infrastructure.
What’s that? Lincoln’s war was NOT about freeing the slaves, but just another war for power and treasure? Do tell.
I used to be a horror fan during my geek days just to gross out the girls in middle school and see their reactions. Nowadays I try to avoid horror films simply because don’t like sick or scary images stuck in my head for several days. But now and again I’ll partake in film or two, especially around Halloween, which is supposed to be the time to indulge in the macabre. There are a few movies I’ll watch. One I’d like to see again and one I would recommend is Wolfen, a story about a pack of shape-shifting wolves, living in the ruins of New York’s South Bronx in the early. The reasons I like it is that its a good story, scary without being gratuitous and because the best horror films have modicum of reality to them which only makes them scarier to think such things could happen as we are watching.
I saw The Expendables 2 on the first Friday it was out, but my computer has been on the fritz so I haven’t been able to get around to a review until now. Here it is.
Prior to seeing The Expendables 2, I rewatched the first Expendables on Netflix. If there was a criticism of the original Expendables, it was that it dragged before the climactic action sequence. While I was gung ho about the first Expendables and made my feelings known, on reviewing it, I can see that complaint. What was so great about the first one, however, was that the last 20 minutes or so was one of the best extended action sequences in cinematic history, which redeemed the movie and made you forget about the slow pace getting there.
Expendables 2, likely in response to the criticism of the first one, avoids this issue. It opens with a gun blazing rescue scene and mixes in enough action along the way to avoid dragging. The climactic action sequence, however, isn’t nearly as good as the first one. On the whole, I liked the first one better, but 2 is still a must see.
As for what the second one did well, I think Van Damme makes an excellent villain. The climatic mano a mano fight with Stallone was not as exciting as Stallone vs. Stone Cold in 1, but over all JCVD makes for a very hateble villain. I’m surprised he hasn’t appeared as a villain more often. I also think Chuck Norris was used well if sparingly. I’m not sure why he was used so sparingly (contract and/or age issues perhaps), but the scene when he first makes his appearance was very well done. My theater was cheering. There were also plenty of references to all the stars’ old action movies to keep 80′s action movie fanboys happy. And Jason Statham continues to solidify his place as the number one modern action star.
As for what the movie didn’t do as well, Jet Li had an inexplicably small part. (Was he filming something else?) I think Li brings a comic element to the group that none of the others can pull off as well. Also, I thought there were some pacing/editing issues. I know there was a deliberate effort to keep the running time down, so I’m sure that had a lot to do with it, but there were moments when the movie went from one scene to the next rather abruptly with minimal transition. It left me with the feeling that a lot of the movie must have ended up on the cutting room floor. There were no fatal flaws. The story was discernible, but the abruptness of some of the transitions left me a little unsatisfied. I know executives make a lot of these decisions and the creative people are left to deal with them, but would it have killed them to let the run time go a few minutes longer. (Shorter run times potentially allow for more showings.)
Anyway, go see it if you haven’t already, although I’m sure that the manly men who read this blog already have.
Also, I hope to go see the anti-Obama movie tonight or tomorrow. I’ll be back with a review of that after I do.
Breaking Bad is not getting a ton of love here.
So what are you watching then?
I watch a lot of TV, but I don’t watch a lot of TV if you know what I mean. I have the TV on a lot, but mostly while I’m on the computer posting and commenting. I haven’t until recently routinely watched many TV series. I don’t like being tied down at a particular time, and I find it hard to keep up with a series. Netflix has changed that somewhat. Before Netflix got me hooked, the last series I watched faithfully was the 24 seasons.
I am an AMC mark. I watched seasons 1-4 of Mad Men on Netflix. I watched season 5 on TV. I watched season 1 of The Walking Dead on Netflix. Season 2 on TV. I watched season 1 of The Killing on Netflix. Season 2 on TV. I watched season 1-4 of Breaking Bad courtesy of Netflix. I’m now watching season 5 on TV.
I am currently watching season 1 of Downton Abbey on Netflix, and I have season 2 DVDs in the queue.
Other than Downton Abbey and AMC fare, the only other series I watch is Longmire on A & E. Longmire, unlike the others, has self contained episodes and is not a serial drama, but I am a sucker for Western themed shows.
I don’t get HBO or Showtime, so I can’t watch Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, etc. on TV.
On the recommendation of C Bowen, I’m going to check out Damages. I’ll check out Game of Thrones since so many people have good things to say about it, but it really doesn’t seem like my sort of thing. I don’t much like fantasy. Season 1 is available on DVD.
Anyone watch Hell on Wheels? I’m considering it also.