An Inadvertent Glimpse of What We Lost

An Inadvertent Glimpse of What We Lost

Not much of a spoiler here, so no real warning. One of the things that caught my attention in the film 1917 was the way that cultural touchstones were shared. Among them, there's a scene at the end where a soldier is synging a hymn, from memory, no songsheets, and everyone is sitting listening. Another is near the beginning where the General Erinmore, sending the Blake and Schofield off, explains his choice with a line of poetry. This of course brought to mind the Copy-Book Headings that Kipling wrote about. More importantly though, there's a point where Schofield, in a…

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Critics No More

Critics No More

The Dark Herald has an excellent post where he dissects some SJW word salad and points out something that is worth a reminder: that critics are no longer really, as a whole, evaluating whether or not movies are good entertainment and stories. Instead, as he puts it, they are telling you what you should be seeing - not the same thing. Dare I say he didn't go far enough? Not caring about craft has been obvious for a while. I'd been making posts about how the level of actual technical skill and polish was consistently high, that the only real…

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Life in a Box

Life in a Box

I've enjoyed the movie reviews over on the Blackpilled youtube channel. Some, like American Beauty, I'd caught wind of a good chunk of how awful it was despite being, at teh time, all in a "art and indie movies about weird shit are cool" immature phase at the time. Others, like Pleasantville, I had not. One that I had, and had never liked the movie, could feel how off and forced it was, was Forrest Gump. So yes, there is a sense where you never know what will come at you. After all, the vast majority of the universe out…

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Red Scare

Red Scare

On the recommendation of Cataline Sergius over at his new blog, I tried out "Death of Stalin". Glad I did. Not hysterically fun, it is an exceedingly black and dark company that transforms into straight-up dark near the end, and yet has a number of moments worth a chuckle as the actors and script manage to both play it utterly straight, yet slightly ridiculous. I'm also somewhat shocked - despite the black humor it is an utterly unfettered look at exactly how evil and kill-happy the communists were. If anything, the presentation as humor files a few edges off -…

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A Poisoned Cider House

A Poisoned Cider House

In a recent discussion of modern media I noted that while there was a fair bit of anime that I did like, I had gotten a lot pickier about what was actually worthwhile and what was just trash. In and of itself, so what. I followed that up though by noting that while there was a degree to which some old movies fell to childhood nostalgia disorder - they were fonder in my memory than the actual quality deserved - and others were better movies than I recalled, the number that were just outright ugly or propaganda, or excused or…

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Superversive Plays Bingo

Superversive Plays Bingo

Superversive plays virtue-signalling Oscar bingo so that I don't have to: I don’t think anyone cares about documentaries … (RGB? Zion? I can’t even find an IMDB page on some of these). Foreign language films … Poland did something about the Cold War, which probably slipped in because no one in Hollywood was looking. For the log of God Almighty — FIFTEEN musical score nominations? Fifteen… talk about overkill. I know they expanded nominee rosters to allow for their pretensions and for popular films, but this is insane. Besides, they all enjoy masturbating to Lin Manuel Miranda, so we know that…

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Solomon Kane

Solomon Kane

In our sadly simplified age we tend to either have overtly, almost desperately, happy or overtly grimdark (and these are sold as "intelligent", and "real"), and I know far too many who see a dark tale of virtue and hope and cannot see the light at the end, as if it's been trained out. I ended up watching the movie version of Solomon Kane due to the recommendation of Razorfist (and if you dig up the youtube video, the recommended book of collected stories is well worth every penny), and it was outstanding. First, the downside.…

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Daddy Warpig, at both Geek Gab, and at Castalia, reviewed the new Halloween release. He brings up mostly the same set of strengths and weaknesses in the movie in both, though in the (I presume) latter Castalia review, he comes across a bit less happy about the movie. Now, I'm a huge fan of his reviews, and usually find them spot on, but in this case, I have to differ with him. First - one of the things DW pointed out on geek gab is simply not true. I think this is in part because he hasn't seen the original…

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