Category: film

Nuns have no fun

The First Amendment will not be undermined by having Assange under oath.

My pronouns: I. Me. Mine.

Pelosi emasculated Trump yesterday.

What was really embarrassing was the geriatric Kudlow kowtowing to Trump like a cabana boy.

When Trump hired Don Giuliani as his TV lawyer, he thought he was getting Tom Hagen. What he got instead was Fredo.

The disaster of Naomi Wolf’s new book could have been averted. Such is the risk of going to a trade publisher rather than an academic publisher (which has more rigorous review processes).

Drake has become the new Nickelback.

There will be an answer

Julian Assange might be evicted from his posh Knightsbridge townhouse. Will he find refuge in Russia with Snowden and Yanukovych?

As Nietzsche said of Assange: Etwas stinkt.

The notion of “hidden histories” is a branding device.

Heathers is the best pop film of the 80s.

Maduro is a thug but Guaidó isn’t exactly World Spirit on horseback.

Waiting for a sign

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New Poll: A very old man trails an old man in Iowa.

Too bad journalists didn’t anticipate the impact of social media on the communication tactics of politicians, who can reach the audience w/o unfiltering and w/o the sometimes suspect “narratives” of profit seeking news corps. Perhaps they’ll find new ways to report.

Or not.

When it comes to journalism, verifiability is good. So is neutrality.

Journalists are in no position to decide which side is more legitimate, and have no means of justifying their judgment. Let the reader decide.

No one wants a pre-digested version of reality.

Captain Marvel is better than the comic book film that was nominated for Best Picture.

Only arms manufacturers want teachers to be strapped.

Fox News is indistinguishable from RT. They share the same business model.

I wonder if the Mar-a-Lago Madame was present when Trump held a “summit” with China’s Xi in 2017.

No shoe strings on Louise

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If losing is winning, then Trump is a big loser.

The descendants of Warren Harding are thankful for Trump.

Re his counterpart: what’s ironic is Sanders uses the Democratic Party when it is convenient to him, but then inveighs against the Party’s rules. He lacks the courage to run for president as an independent.

I’m not sure what power Rep. Omar has besides trafficking in reprehensible conspiracy theories. I don’t see any legislation coming from her corner, which would be what power in Congress entails, not just street corner cred.

Picking dumb fights using boorish rhetoric is not a winning strategy. Although it worked for Trump. Maybe he’s her political role model. She’s already started in on Obama.

Max Rose may be the only one of the newbie Democrats to amount to something in terms of legislation.

Kids is brills, as is Spring Breakers.

People ask me why Trump is consorting with the south Florida madame. Realize he can’t just pop into Scores like he used to.

The professional outragetariat are up in arms about Alyssa Milano, who identified herself in various ways.

I’m trans. I’m a person of color. I’m an immigrant. I’m a lesbian. I’m a gay man. I’m the disabled.

I’m everything. And so are you, Kirk.

Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know or understand. No one wants to hurt you. We are all just looking for our happily ever after.

Do they really think Milano needs their permission (or anyone else’s) to speak her mind and identify herself as she pleases?

I got no idols

I will never give up avocados. No virtue signaling here.

It has more to do with narcissistic self-hugging than practical politics.

When the professional outragetariat is put out of business.

Not if it’s pure and snortable.

2018: one of the worst years for film in decades.

What would Bentham do? I mean the full Bentham.

National Populism must be defeated wherever it pops up. Only barbarians ignore the rule of law.

In a true democracy, bad decisions are always reversible.

Midterm

The gutter press still satiates the libidinous needs of its audience.

Peter Grant was the Sir Alex Ferguson of rock music managers.

Work (particularly manual labour) has always been over-rated by Christian moralists and Marxists beholden to the debunked “labour theory of value.”

Historically, workers in “developed nations” benefited from imperialism in relation to workers in places like Sri Lanka or India. Now the situation has been reversed, with the latter rendering the former as surplus labour under conditions of globalisation and what Zygi Bauman called “liquid modernity.”

Pets are better than most people, so the upscale pampering is understandable (see Assange’s cat).

Biopics typically fail. I don’t know why they are made with such frequency. Lack of new ideas?

US culture is a festival of cultural appropriation. It is cultural appropriation, or hybridisation, all the way down. But then so are all cultures, at least the ones that progress as opposed to becoming museum pieces.

Adieu créature

An anonymous complaint about the previous post and an apology:

On behalf of the International League of Flying Primates, I do wish to formally condemn the prejudice put forth in this column against airborne simians.

We still combat the propaganda of 1939 put forth in a Hollywood film which portrayed us in a shamefully degrading manner. We were at the time a colony of a foreign power which, as it may be pointed out, sought remedy against an injustice perpetrated against the sister of our former leader.

Nevertheless, we are a stable, forward-thinking republic of freedom-loving brachypterous apes. To associate our legal skills with the Trump association is a grievous slight. Please understand that it causes our membership great offense to compare us with the hairless bipeds of the Trump racketeering organization.

That is your last counseling session. Should it occur again, you will be struck unawares with an aerial poo bombardment.

My sincere apologies to the ILFP and any unaffiliated airborne simians.

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Trump says Germany owes “vast sums” to NATO. Coincidentally, Trump owes “vast sums” to his former contractors.

A “conservative columnist” has been diagnosed with Maddow envy.

The southern border wall must be high enough for “the President” to have a great fall.