Sunday, September 09, 2012

Three Movies

   At The Cinema                           

Three Movies of Interest
Res Ipsa Loquitor

Hey Babu Riba

(Bal Na Vodi)

In this story of young love set in 1950s Belgrade, four young boys -- Pop, Sasa, Glenn and Kicha -- share the same interests: big band music, rowing, American cigarettes and a sweet girl named Mirjana, who serves as their rowing team's captain. Years later, after their lives take a different turn, they convene again only to discover that one of them is the father of Mirjana's daughter. Jovan Acin writes and directs.
A rare movie, made in Yugoslavia. In 1953, Tito had just broken with Stalin and installed his own brand of Communism.  Anyone who had not supported Tito was a reactionary, and treated accordingly.  Physicians were forbidden a private practice, and the state's agents could confiscate property at will.  You know the drill.  We're about to experience it ourselves.

One of the characters, the "villain" in fact, is an ambitious party worker now plagued by tattoos of the now verboten Stalin on each arm.   His apolitical comrades, who despise him, take to calling him "Joe," which activates his "bully" button. 

The ingĂ©nue, Mirjana, drives the movie. Thanks to today's greatest video of all time, its easy to describe her charm.  She is Michelle Jenneke. 

I really liked this movie. (English subtitled)

House of Pleasures

(L'apollonide: Souvenirs de la Maison Close)

Director Bertrand Bonello makes life in an upscale Parisian bordello at the beginning of the 20th century the focus of this drama, which revolves around the working girls who ply their trade there, including one who's been disfigured by a client.

Yes, there are at least 5 minutes of this 125 minutes film where nobody is naked, but that's not a reason to like or dislike it.  I'll describe it as where  The Unforgiven meet Toulouse-Lautrec, the French artist who loved Paris's prostitutes, and used them as subjects for many of his paintings.

What I found fascinating was the intimate look at the life of a bordello prostitute at the turn of the 20th century.  You have to like all the girls, but the customers are a weird lot.  I did like it, though.  And despite all the naked flesh, I didn't find it at all, er, stimulating.  In fact, the "laughing girl's" travail (the Unforgiven reference) took care of that instinct early on.  (English subtitled)

The Devil's Double

In his fact-based drama, Iraqi lieutenant Yahia is forcibly drafted into being a body double for Uday Hussein, Saddam Hussein's depraved  elder son.
This was the most riveting of the three.  The first thing I did afterward was check pictures of Uday's corpse to make sure the sumbitch was really dead.  A true story of Saddam and his psychopathic sons.  Thank you President George W Bush.




Res Ipsa Loquitor

The Schultz E-Mail Rule aside, I actually posted this one that cuzzin  ricky just sent me before - back on  December 02, 2011 -  and I have had no reason to back off. any of it.  In fact, I am moved to embellish it with some more stuff that's true.

“I don’t mind cleaning up the mess that some other folks made, that’s what I signed up to do”Barack Obama (D-IL), October 20, 2009

“I think that the responsibility that the Democrats had may rest more in resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress, or by me when I was President, to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.” – Former President Bill Clinton (D-AR), September 25, 2008

“Like a lot of my Democratic colleagues I was too slow to appreciate the recklessness of Fannie and Freddie. I defended their efforts to encourage affordable homeownership when in retrospect I should have heeded the concerns raised by their regulator in 2004. Frankly, I wish my Democratic colleagues would admit when it comes to Fannie and Freddie, we were wrong.”
– Congressman Artur Davis (D-AL) , September 30, 2008

In a rather extensive article [Housing Bubble, Financial Crisis – What Happened, Who is Responsible] TJ Hancock meticulously creates a time-line of events that, literally,  destroyed the world we lived in. 

President Obama is using the financial crisis to make Americans doubt themselves, their values, and the very system they had believed enabled their specialness.  In the vacuum of this doubt, he is moving his agenda to radically alter the fiber of what it means to be American. – TJ Hancock (American)

I will include this article in my bag of stuff (Defining Articles) in case you want to spank some Liberal butt with it.  You can't change their minds, facts don't count with them, but you will plant in their minds a little land mine, a karma kernel that will detonate in their heads at their moment of death, which will cause them to reincarnate as a piece of corn in a wino turd.  It is written.

Army Bum Sniffer Dog

Working Dogs Smarter than Junior Officers
Army Bum Sniffer Dog

According to the Times, the top three smartest groups in the Army are brain surgeons, CBRN officers, and JAG Corps attorneys.

The bottom three? First lieutenants, followed closely by second lieutenants, and then military working dogs.

Pentagon sources have confirmed that in light of the article’s findings, Army brass has approved a policy to award Military Working Dogs the rank of Captain upon completion of basic dog training [FULL-Army Times: Military Working Dogs Smarter than Junior Officers]

          Tim W

High Hurdles as Art

Who Knew?

Michelle Jenneke

Who knew that so many of you loved track & field events?  Chris suggested that this too was "awesome."

Let's make something perfectly clear ...

INSIDER: Thing that's annoyed me for over a year—of the five choices, Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell should have won Greatest Driving Song of All Time in 2005. 

"liar's loophole."

"If you're trying to change minds and influence people it's probably not a good
idea to say that virtually all elected Democrats are liars, but what  the hell." TRKOF&S

Staggeringly Stupid Debbie Wasserman Schultz caught in a lie?—question mark?

An important lesson here, I think.

In 1992 Wasserman was an aide to Florida state legislator Peter Deutsch when he won a seat in Congress. Debbie ran for his vacated seat and became the youngest female legislator in the state's history. Famous liar Bill Clinton won that year's Presidential election. 

Political scientist Stanley A. Renshon, author of "High Hopes," a psychological biography of Clinton, speculates that the president rationalizes deceptions through his belief in a "liar's loophole." [WaPost 1998]

"My purposes are so noble, and the purposes of my enemies are so bad, that whatever I do to advance my purposes is justified," Renshon said in explaining his analysis of Clinton. "He always thinks he'll get away with it." It is this belief that allows Clinton to focus on winning the audience before him rather than long-term consequences"-

Clinton's legacy to the Democrat Party, then, is that the lie is a noble and beautiful thing when fighting Right Wing Extremists (nee Americans)—and the nation's media are allied with you so long as you never admit to the lie.   All Democrats since Clinton have followed suit, so one may safely assert, as I do,  that all elected democrats are liars. Especially this Party Chairman .