Category: Hollywood

Searching for Sexism, Finding Extremism

A couple of weeks ago, the Wonder Woman movie hit the theaters. The movie opened to good reviews and, having seen it opening day, I can attest that it’s quite good. It’s well-directed. Gal Gadot is very good and she has a great chemistry with Chris Pine. The characters are likable, it has a much-needed sprinkling of humor and the action scenes are thrilling. The third act does descend into the CGI destruction that seems to be a requirement these days. But it does it well with the hinge of the plot being not whether Diana can do something but whether she should. I’d rank it in the upper tier of superhero movies, a solid 8/10.

As far as feminism goes, I would compare it to Fury Road, another excellent movie. If you want some feminism in your movie, it’s there. But it doesn’t have to be. You can just watch it as an entertaining action flick without any problem.

Of course, it’s been a focal point of a lot of SJW discussion, given that it’s the first female-led superhero movie in a long time (and the first really good one) and was directed by a woman. I don’t mind this chatter. It’s always good to have superheroes you can identify with and my own little girl loved it. But what’s been funny is that the people who are obsessed with the sort of thing have been desperately scrounging around for a sexist take on the movie. And from what I can tell, they haven’t really found any. Reviews have made oblique vague references to “men not getting it” even though every man I know likes the movie and the worst take I’ve heard is that the movie was just OK. But I have not found the kidn of “OMG! FEMINISM!” takes everyone wants to find. The dumbest Right Wing take was a Fox News segment complaining that Wonder Woman wasn’t American enough. Oh, and there was some minor and overblown kerfuffle over Alamo Drafthouse having a woman-only screening.

What I have found, on the other hand, is idiot leftist takes. And not in some obscure corner of the internet, but in mainstream liberal publications. So here’s Slate, missing the point as always, claiming the movie isn’t feminist enough. Here’s Ms. Magazine, complaining that the movie isn’t PC enough (and falsely claiming it wouldn’t pass the Bechdel test after the first 15 minutes, because Etta Candy was apparently removed from their cut). You can even expand that view to dumb takes assuming boys don’t like the movie. Or dumb takes from people who should know better accusing the movie of racism based on early publicity stills.

But that’s peanuts. The real idiot take on this is about Gal Gadot herself. Gadot is a former IDF soldier, an Israeli citizen and a patriot. This does not sit well with many on the Left who see Israel as the quintessence of evil. The movie has been banned in a couple of Arab countries and celebrities praising the movie have been criticized. Criticism has particularly focused on this facebook post where Gadot posted a picture of herself and her daughter celebrating the Sabbath and praised the IDF for defending Israel against Hamas. This was during the Gaza War, which started when Hamas kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenagers. Israel drew a lot of criticism for a bombing campaign that killed thousands.

Look, I’ve criticized Israel for their settlements in the West Bank and for some of their actions. But there’s little doubt in my mind that between Israel and Hamas, Israel are the good guys. Muslims can practice their religion in Israel. They have holy sites all over some of Judaism’s most sacred areas and those sites are respected. Hamas, by contrast, is dedicated to destroying Israel and, presumably, all six million Jews therein. This is not even close. And while one could criticize Israel’s actions in the Gaza War, expecting Gal Gadot — an Israeli and a veteran — to do so is insane.

And frankly, this is not a can of worms the SJWs want opened. Because if we start judging celebrities by their politics, it’s the liberal celebrities who will suffer the most. We’ve seen Hollywood celebrities voice support for brutal dictatorships in Iran, Cuba and Venezuela. They spent decades worshipping horrific Communist dictators like Stalin, Khrushchev and Mao. They’ve devoted enormous effort to trying to free murderers like Mumia Abu-Jamal. Right now, they’re up in Minnesota, wondering if female genital mutilation should be outlawed.

So spare me the gasps of horror over Gadot supporting her country when they were in the middle of a damned war.

Someone got it…

I bet you in the future, that’s exactly how they will react to these tantrums..

Dopey Dopes Try To Dope Our Political Process

This is just too precious for words;

Interestingly these “patriots” never had a problem with a 2 year Senator (one of those years spent running for president) whose only call to fame was voting present on anything that actually required reading the bill, a guy whose qualifications were so diaphanous, a guy so ill equipped to lead the nation, where was their concern then? Where was this call to subvert the process in the face of a wholly unqualified candidate?

Good thing they mentioned that hip hop rapper of a founder Hamilton, with a shout out to The Constitution, that will lend them some validation.

These crybabies, they never quit. I know, not their president, I get it. Me, if I was a democrat elector, I would be so embarrassed that I would think about changing my vote to Trump just to flip these folks off. After savoring the moment I would come back to reality, to do what I was supposed to do and vote according to the process.

They really miss Fidel.

Now, If Her First Name Was Hillary……….

One of the top candidates for social media villain of the year was a Playboy model who did a really really stupid thing;

Los Angeles prosecutors have charged a Playboy model who took a photo of a naked woman in a gym locker room and posted it to social media with insulting comments about the woman’s body.

The city attorney’s office said Friday that Dani Mathers faces a misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy. She is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 28. It wasn’t immediately known if Mathers has an attorney.

It is in my nature that when everyone zigs, I zag. Yes, I was hoping charges would be brought against her, mostly for the harm she did to one particular woman. But ever since this broke, the only question these twitter/facebook vultures had was whether Mathers should be boiled in oil or buried up to her neck in a red ant hole. None of these folks ever made a mistake in their lives, even a really atrocious one like this.

Hopefully, she will make a deal, no jail time and a $10,000 fine, with that money going straight to the woman in the photo.

Somehow methinks that if this was an average looking woman, the hate and vitriol would be much less. But when a nice looking (but so immature) women does this, feed her to wild dogs.

Hollywood Odds

A blind squirrel, a stopped watch, whatever euphemism works, sometimes Hollywood gets it right. I like to throw up non political posts from time to time, like “Whatcha watching?” for current TV shows, social community recommendations. With all the junk that passes for movies nowadays, and the ever increasing ticket prices, a discriminating movie critic can be a valuable commodity. First a disclaimer, I rarely (maybe 3-4 times a year) actually go to movie theaters. I would say it is a generational thing but I got a tennis buddy, a few years older than me, from Chile, he goes at least once a week and is always recommending stuff, 95% of which I dismiss out of hand.

First, one that I saw and recommend, then one that I am enthusiastically waiting for;

Kurosawa’s classic, remade. First off all, is there a better actor out there today than Denzel? This movie was just plain fun all the way through.

And then, this;

While in college I played basketball with a conscientious objector from the Vietnam War. I was too young for the draft and he was 3 years older, but I got a chance to talk to him at length about his faith. A Christian who risked imprisonment ( he did many hours of community service and volunteer work to avoid it), but he was no coward. He taught me how important it was to stay true to your faith, even at great odds to your own safety and freedom. Courage manifests itself in many forms and this movie reveals just one of them.

A word about Mel Gibson, yeah, he is a real tool, but he makes really good movies. Because of his shortcomings in his personal life I don’t think he gets the recognition he deserves in this area, I hope that changes.

As a bonus, 2 movies I saw this weekend on my free HBO preview (nope, still won’t contribute a dime to their bottom line);

The Water Divener. Russel Crowe used to be my favorite actor (one of his hidden gems A Good Year). And the other, Woman In Gold .

Next week I will do another installment of Whatcha Watching?, there is some really good Netflix stuff out.

So, seen any good movies lately?

The jokes write themselves…

People like this idiot that report a fucking treaty signed by an idiot whose presidency should go down in history as the most destructive and idiotic one to hit America in a century, are the ones today that basically encompass the media machine that is all angry that Hillary isn’t walking away with the presidential election this year.

Ron Allen was reporting from the White House, where President Obama spoke to the media about the agreement being ratified by the required number of nations.

When President Obama wrapped up his speech, Allen started speaking and tied the agreement to the current hurricane barreling towards Florida.

‘It’s very interesting that this is happening on a day when there’s a hurricane bearing down on the United States and in the Caribbean because these severe storms, beach erosions, intense weather episodes that we’ve had is perhaps the most practical sample of what the president was talking about as the threat that the planet faces,’ Allen said.

He went on to say that the agreement, which encourages nations to reduce their carbon emissions, ‘is designed to stop’ storms like Hurricane Matthew.

I particularly liked the tweet about this idiotic statement having as much validity as someone claiming Amazon will use unicorns to deliver their goods. Liberalism is about fantasy and myths more than anything grounded in any form of facts or reality. Unfortunately for humanity, most of the time they get away with saying the stupid shit they say to prop up their failed ideology because it isn’t blatantly obvious to most people that they are talking out of their ass like it was in this case.

Fucking morons.

You couldn’t make shit like this up..

Remember that activist that got all pissed at Trump for saying too many illegal immigrants were criminals, in particular rapists, a while back? No, well, here is a refresher. Guess what just happened to this dude? He just got charged with raping someone and tampering with evidence to conceal he had done that: an illegal alien to boot.

You may not be aware of it, but I am noticing that a ton of the predictions or comments made by people that were then excoriated by the left and their attack dogs in the media – Russia & China are dangerous, Obamacare is a disaster, Iran is playing us and what the Obama administration is doing about it is really scary, all this talk of rape on campus sure feels made up, Clinton is a lying crook, and something is definitely wrong with her medically, and so on – have not only panned out, but panned out so blatantly, that despite the DNC operatives with bylines’ attempt to disregard or even hide these stories, you couldn’t have missed them unless you wanted to. I am sure we will get hours and hours of coverage for this story like we do whenever the media hopes to convince you that the evil people that the left hate said or did something wrong. PSYCHE!

It’s almost as if reality is putting a major beatdown on these idiots and their fantasy world views and ideas. No, it isn’t almost like: it is! Reality is basically ripping the left’s narrative and agenda to shreds. You can’t change the laws of economics, of human nature, of mother nature, or physics, but these morons seem to think if the right people try, it somehow will happen. And they have the gall to make fun of people that believe in religion or other such items that others feel are fantasy. Heh!

I think it was Lord Melbourne that said: “What all the wise men promised has not happened, and what all the damned fools said would happen has come to pass.”

A Hit, A Miss, And As Opportunity Squandered

Last night I re watched The Adjustment Bureau ( no Olympics and just pre season football, what else am I going to do?) A smart romantic thriller, highly recommended, and in typical Hollywood style, never misses a chance to portray Democrats as principled, hip, compassionate, and ideally suited to run the country. This would be Senator (soon to be president if he just follows the plan) is seen schmoozing with the likes of John Stewart, Jesse Jackson, Hillary Clinton, and John Podesta. Between Hollywood, the MSM, and academia, all shaping (manipulating) the young minds of the low information voter, the GOP has no chance.

Subtle persuasions like this works, but sometimes they go full shark jumping and get it horrible wrong, hence their latest foray into the demise of the Second Amendment;

My guess, not a single ticket sold in Texas for this dopey movie, maybe California or New York, but Texas?

Some obvious contractions. Women like a) their guns, and b) sex as much as the guys. Hell, every married man knows that its usually the wife pestering about sex, we just want to be left alone on Monday night, accompanied by a well stocks fridge {Neanderthal here, raising hand}. The other fallacy, in Texas kids learn how to field strip and shoot guns way before they learn how to ride a bike. No kid is going to bring that estrogen screaming sissy handgun to school, then accidentally have it go off. That family would have to move immediately, out of shame.

Not all ideas coming out of Hollywood are bad. Now here is something with potential, then you read this at the bottom and realize you have been punked;

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It wasn’t really original anyway;

Still, the mind wanders.