Thursday, January 15, 2015



Defiance is a 2008 World War II era film written, produced, and directed by Edward Zwick, and set during the occupation of Belarus by Nazi Germany. The film is an account of the Bielski partisans, a group led by Polish Jewish brothers who saved and recruited Jews in Belarus during the Second World War. The film stars Daniel Craig as Tuvia Bielski, Liev Schreiber as Zus Bielski, Jamie Bell as Asael Bielski, and George MacKay as Aron Bielski. The film is an adaptation of Nechama Tec's book Defiance: The Bielski Partisans (1993).
If you liked Red Dawn (original), you'll likely love Defiance (trailer).  Great acting, and factually based.  I give it an easy .

As an aside, I coudn't help wondering, as I'm sure many of you have before, and given the abject starvation these refuges experienced, what is the actual nutritional value of seminal fluid?  As it turns out (the scant 3/4 tsp aside), it's great for wrinkles, but prolly not life sustaining. Of course (most) men would rather starve. 


Helly said...

My 1st thought: Someone's slipping Drano into Rodge's coffee again.

There could be, of course, other plausible explanations.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

I have an inquisitive mind. I do hope that you never find yourself at the point of starvation however.

Helly said...

Speaking for the entire interwebs, we commend you for open-mindedness. Your concern for my personal welfare is also appreciated. Have no fear. <— last night

Let me tell you a little story about something you don't know about yourself. This week I Amazoned an antique book of 16th Century essays by Michel de Montaigne. The essays remain highly influential in Western Culture, but they are freely available online. This book is special because it was curated and illustrated by Salvador Dalí. Honestly, I bought it as a cheap way to get a bunch of rare Dalí prints.

Reading the text, I immediately understood what attracted the painter to the author. Montaigne develops his philosophical points through storytelling: Lots of stories melting into one-another, from around the globe and throughout the ages. Then he applies a smidgeon of this own insight to bind all these disparate allusions into an indisputable lesson.

This is exactly the paranoiac-critical method Dalí used. And which also defines your blogging style. As with the case at hand, it can crash and burn, but true artists thrive on this form of high-risk expression. That's why I am a faithful reader and why you are this year's Salvador Dalí Award laureate. ((Dint see that coming, didja?))

The aspect of paranoia that Dalí was interested in and which helped inspire the method was the ability of the brain to perceive links between things which rationally are not linked.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

I have a stiffy

DougM said...

^ That's very un-Dali like.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

ummm, not if you knew Dali like I knew Dali

Kim du Toit said...

Yeah, but Rodge's stiffie looks like a rhinoceros.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Helly, WTF, are you cooking for a soup kitchen?

Anonymous said...

A girlfriend once told me that in a perfect world, it would taste like chocolate instead of Clorox.

Helly said...

@Kim: Showoff.

No, Rodge, it would be an honor for me to serve The Hungry, but they don't allow poor people on Longboat. Sometimes we just get an urge to cook for 100 of our best friends.

Anonymous said...

In the words of Kenny "The Snake" Stabler, "Throw deep, baby."


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