Sunday, November 29, 2015
Do yourself a favor and go see Spotlight in your local movie theater as soon as possible. In the tradition of All The President's Men,this is a journalism movie. Now maybe the youth have no idea what journalism is because quite frankly it doesn't exist any longer, but by seeing this movie, they will understand what used to happen to bad people once the newspapers got a hold of your skullduggery. Spotlight tells the story of a special team of Boston Globe (thats a newspaper kids) who tackle the story of the Boston Archdiocese covering up pedophilia, paying off victims of the abuse, oh hell call it what it was, racketeering.
Strong performances from Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian D'Arcy James and great subtle performance from Liev Schreiber fuel this thriller. Yeah it's a thriller. Will they get the story? Will the church destroy them? Will Mark Ruffalo's rage make him turn green?
I used to work in newspaper rooms 100 years ago. I was of the generation of Woodward and Bernstein who thought we'd change the world and slay all the evil. Man we were wrong. Watergate is nothing compared to the open buying of these creeps in DC nowadays. Nowadays "journalism" is some TMZ busybody telling you so and so is screwing so and so and people actually giving a shit. But not that long ago, journalism was noble. It got bad guys. It made bad guys tremble. Now, we celebrate these bad apples.
Spotlight is a noble film. Period. I miss that.
Room is a movie that makes you glad to be a movie lover. Room is a tough watch for an hour or so. A story of a young woman kidnapped and held captive in a garden shed, the Room, who has a young son thanks to her rapist kidnapper.Their life in the room is a young woman making the best of it. Teaching her young son the ways of the world, lying of course, that outside is outer space and the room is perfectly normal. Brie Larson is wonderful as this young mother trying to keep her son, Jack, from the truth. Until the opportunity to escape comes along and Jack is forced to learn the truth, much to his dismay.
The final hour of this movie is Ma and Jack trying to assimilate to a world one had forgotten and the other has never known. Joan Allen as Ma's mother is a needed glue to keep this movie intact and she is brilliant as usual.
But I gotta tell ya. This little boy, played by an unknown child actor named Jacob Tremblay is one of the most brilliant performances I have ever seen. Not for a kid, but for anyone. There are certain performances by unknown to me actors and actresses in movies in history I can never get over. I remember Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I remember Meryl Streep in Julia. I recall seeing this guy named Robert DeNiro in Godfather 2. Benicio Del Toro in Traffic. Debra Winger in Urban Cowboy (I didnt say they were all good movies). Edward Norton in Primal Fear. Leonardo DiCaprio in Gilbert Grape. And now Jacob Tremblay in Room. This kid is THAT good. There isnt a false moment in his performance. He's 5 years old. And he acts 5 years old. Brilliantly.
Go see Room. Go see Spotlight. The more money these types of movies make, the more of them they will greenlight.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
There ya go. I've put some pictures up there in order of their scariness so as not to ruin Hung Over Saturday or whatever it's called.
Which one scares you the most? And by "you" I mean people who have no idea who any of those people are.
Well the top one is of doughy Chicago police officer
The second picture is of one Robert Lewis Dear. Yeah he looks nuts. Like all white gunmen. Ya see all white mass murderers are mentally ill, not politically or religiously motivated like all those other types. Mister Dear walked into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, a bastion of right wing nuttery, and personally saved 6,000 babies from being killed on that Planned Parenthood abortion assembly line. So for that, he is to be celebrated by fellow mentally ill white people. A cop was murdered, along with two civilians, but hey man, sacrifices have to be made, right? A million babies were saved just by that one act of love by Bob Dear. So maybe he's a bit off, but cetainly not all that scary.
Picture # 3. Oh those crafty, sneaky Muslims. Look at them with their peace and love bullshit. Ya know, deep down underneath those robes and t shirts all of them were packing suicide vests and Korans. A clever ploy, Islam people. But nobody is buying it. Look at that dude on the left for instance. Che Guevara on his t shirt? Commie. And that chick on the right? Whats underneath that black robe? You tell me, fellow christians. Very scary. All of them. Where's peace office Van Dyke when you need him?
Picture # 4. Ok fellow pale faces. We all KNOW for a fact that guy on the left is the scariest one of all. Look at him with his rage and his desire to kill whitey. All because of uhhhhhh oh I don't even know. What could that guy possible be mad about? I mean after all, he has all the advantages with his blackness and his getting ahead without talent and his blackish President looking out for him. And look at that poor policeman on the right. How scared must he be being stared at by a thug knowing that Obama has jammed up his gun by taking it away from him with all his laws against guns and his Obama laws against cops shooting unarmed black kids like that. Man, lighten up a bit there kid. Just think, in a year or so you will be given some CEO job someplace just cuz you asked for it and a white guy will get fired just so you can be accommodated cuz you're black.
Yep, that's Obama's Amurca. Where hero first responders get in trouble (not really) for shooting black thugs even after they fake being dead lying on the ground or start running away or some other threat to all white people everywhere. And while about 6 million babies are murdered every single day just in that one Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Clinic and who gets in trouble? A kindly old man with a rifle just protecting the cute lil babies who will become a burden on the same kindly old man after they are born and then he will hate them and complain about all the breeding going on.
And in Obummer's Amurca where Muslims are allowed to say they are against Daesh or Isis or whatever the fuck those assholes are called and the liberal media takes pictures and buys into it? Hey again look at that Che shirt? Commies all! Probably are hiding severed heads behind that sign.
And also in Nobama's America, where scary black youth are allowed stare, STARE, at a friendly Chicago policeman without being in fear of being shot. What has this nation come to?
Thanks Obama. No seriously, Thanks.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Back in the 1970's while the radio was blasting disco and manufactured garbage that even white people could dance to, there were some rock bands coming out of Illinois and the Midwest that I liked, not loved, but liked probably because there was so little rock to choose from. Ya know, the generic midwest rock band, the REO Speedwagons, the Styx's. the Kansas's and the Cheap Tricks. By the way, nowadays, if REO or Styx or Kansas comes on the radio (yeah I'm old, the radio, bahaaaa) I can't change the station fast enough. Carry on O Way.....click.....Ridin the Storm.......click.....Layyyyydeeee......click.....but...if I hear that opening riff to Surrender, or the high pitched squealing at Budakon, or even that hokey The Flame, I am not going anywhere for the next 3 or so minutes. Cuz Cheap Trick is better than mediocre, they are above average.
Cheap Trick opened yet another new arena we have here in Omaha last night. It's called the Baxter Arena and it exists cuz the University of Omaha wanted its own arena to play hockey and basketball in. It joins the Ralston Arena, the Century Link, the Mid American Center, the Sokol Arena, the Pinnacle Bank Arena and maybe another one I can't remember since the latest stats show there's an arena here for every 6 or 7 citizens. We love our arena here.
As I was saying before being rudely interrupted by my own ramblings, Cheap Trick showed up to christen the new place and see if it could rock the doors off without bringing the place crashing to the ground. And again, though I used to profess to only "like" them, I was again pleasantly surprised that I "liked" them this much. The thing about Cheap Trick, the Weezer of its day, is if you don't care for what they are playing, shit, just wait 3 minutes and they're done and onto another tune. Lots of 3-4 minute power pop tunes pleasing to the ear. Nothing that will make you go WOW, but something that will have you tapping your foot or moving your shoulders like yeah man I like that song.
Hey I have no idea how old lead singer Robin Zander is, he must be 60, but that guy can sing. Man, his voice is fantastic. He hasn't lost anything due to age. And Rick Neilsen, he of the sharp wit, the giant brimmed baseball caps, and the crazy guitars including a 5 necked monstrosity he struggled to carry, is a great guitarist. Tom Petersson, the bassist with the 12 strings to choose from, plucks the rhythm out with the best of them. And I must say, Tom, your cover of Waiting For My Man, the Velvet Underground cover, may have been the highlight of my night. Fucking great.
It was an hour and a half of the best Cheap Trick had to offer, all the hits, and some covers, including Doby Grays The In Crowd which was a pleasure to hear.
But man come on, some groups have one song that makes a career. And Surrender is that tune. For all the great songs to come out of the 1970's, some of which I cannot stand any longer, Surrender is in my Top 10. Sorry but it is. It's ear candy pure and simple. But come on, who doesn't like a little candy now and then?
Friday, November 20, 2015
Give me your poor and tired and huddled masses trying to escape murderous criminals who say this "Allahu" is all "Akbar" and shit right before they commit unspeakable acts that only a sick fuck like Eli Roth could think up. Yeah, unless of course you happen to be brown or browner or actually believe this "Allahu" is all "Akbar". That Statue of Liberty, given to us by those cheese eating surrender monkeys, the French, says it right there. However, tear the fucking thing down, boys. President Trump and his band of 289 bed wetters in the most disgusting band of politicians in the world, The United States House of Pussies have declared no more refugees from Syria cuz that dead 3 year old was probably faking drowning and has a suicide vest on already to blow up a Wal Mart or something. No no no, no more. Hey Fuck You Daesh, fuck you US House of Scaredy Cats and fuck you you cowardly Governors sucking your loud mouthed constituents cranks.
Look, I understand the fear. Since Fox News came on the scene, talk radio started up fueling the paranoia of really dumb people, and 9/11 occurred, America has become a nation of minorities. No not THOSE kind of minorities, a minority of really LOUD bigots and pussies who walk around packing heat, shouting at town halls, and disrupting local yokel city council meetings with whatever Mark Levin or that dumbfuck Andrea Tantoros told them to think that day. Right after they got done masturbating to Andrea's sand castle making abilities of course.
The LOUD have become the Daesh of this country. Though upwards of 90% of the people want background checks on fat guys buying guns to "protect" their families and maybe someday get to shoot a black guy legally, the LOUD screams and cries and buys off the bed wetting weasels that we all elect to that shit house in D.C. we call the Capitol. And as long as the LOUD, the bigots, the pussies, the paranoids, the religious kooks are allowed to get away with this intimidation, Daesh is already here. Cuz they fucking won. They're called Republicans.
Meanwhile, most of this nation's governors have clutched their pearls and said no Syrians in my state, Obummer! Though these weak kneed jellyfish have no legal authority to do anything about it, the LOUD ones know they still can fool the really dumb that put them into office. Like our esteemed yellow belly of a Governor. The esteemed trust fund baby, Peter Ricketts, a man so conservative with the taxpayers money, ya know cuz he's all tea partyee, he spends untold amounts of Nebraska tax money to haul a couple of knuckleheads along with him on his George W Bush like vacations so nobody can make him shit his Pampers by startling him with a Cubs joke. Ricketts, never a man to not let his money do the talking for him, is putting the screws to resettlement groups to "not participate" in the re locating of Syrian refugees. Watch out resettlement groups of Nebraska, when Pete starts to throw his wallet around to get what he wants, there's no stopping him. And if he runs out of money, he just calls Daddy to resettle more moolah into Petey's trust fund.
It is pretty disgusting what is going on here. This country has so totally soiled its drawers, well at least the tough guy right, because of something that didn't even happen here, the decline has begun.
A cartoon character leads the Republican field for President. A sleepy dimwit is second. A Canadian refugee is third. And a credit card thief is fourth. What the fuck, Republicans? We all know the hierarchy is worried, so worried some of them are contemplating allowing a former loser to lose again just to make it seem somewhat respectable. Ya know, like 55-45 respectable.
Wow, Americans have gone all French by surrendering to Daesh, Isis, Al Queda,and dead 3 year olds .
To the French, congratulations. You have come a long way from the days when really stupid American politicians decided a food you didn't even invent should be called "Freedom Fries". You were right then. And you are right now. You people are tough as nails, just like the writer of the constitution, Jesus Christ.
So to the cheese eating surrender monkeys I say, Je m'excuse........WE are the cheese eating surrender monkeys now.......just make mine Freedom Cheese!