Monday, July 24, 2017
British soldiers are bombarded with leaflets urging surrender courtesy of the advancing enemy in a small town in France in 1940. The gunfire begins and they run like hell. All are cut down except one who with the help of French defenders backed up to what turns to be the English Channel. This is the beginning of Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk and it only gets increasingly tense from there.
Now most people know the ending of this historic event of World War 2 but nonetheless this movie is breathtakingly tense. Combined with Hans Zimmer's musical score and the triangle of out of sequence stories this film will have you saying I have seen the best movie of 2017 and I'm not sure anything will overtake it.
The dialogue is almost non existent and when someone does speak the words are often overshadowed by the noise of dive bombers and explosions and the chaos of warfare. But I tell you that you will feel it and know exactly what is going on.
300,000 British and French soldiers are trapped on the beach of Dunkirk as the advancing Germans threaten to wipe the entire British Army out of the war. The British naval vessels are too large to pick anyone up, the Germans are picking them off from the air and their only hope is to have civilians sail over from Britain in their pleasure crafts to evacuate the trapped soldiers.
Mark Rylance plays an older man who takes his sons and heads for France to so his part. This is one story. Picking up a shell shocked Brit along the way only contributes to the difficulty of this mission.
Tom Hardy flies his Spitfire into action to take on the German bombers and fighter planes that are sinking ships and killing men on the beach. Hardy has only a limited amount of fuel and one mate to take on the Germans. The ticking clock in the soundtrack that hits you whenever the Spitfire is onscreen only adds to the edge of your seat tenseness.
And will newcomer Fionn Whitehead and his mates, including Harry Styles, survive sinking ships and increasing paranoia to get home?
This is great moviemaking. Nolan has done this kind of time warp stuff before with Inception and Interstellar but this time it seems so real because it was. I could be persuaded this is Nolan's best effort and I idolize Inception.
Look, there a few directors that hit a home run everytime. Fincher, Bigelow, and Nolan seem to do that. Dunkirk is a fantastic movie pure and simple.
I can imagine this film winning an Oscar without one acting nomination. The film itself is the star. Kudos to Nolan for that.
Paul McCartney hit the stage about 20 minutes late which is a hell of an improvement from the other two times Ive seen him. The show is basically the same but who gives a damn. The guy is THE legend. He's a Beatle for chrissakes and that is all that matters. To see Paul McCartney is to see history. The man, fairly or not, started it all. See him while you can cuz lets face it, people are leaving us everyday and it sucks. I missed Chris Cornell 3 days before the demons got him and I'll never get that chance back.
Paul hit the stage and that famous note from the beginning of Hard Days Night rang out and it was on. Almost 3 hours of hits, near hits, new songs, speed bumps, Wings stuff, Beatles stuff, Quarrymen stuff, a short rendition of Foxy Lady, exploding fireworks during Live and Let Die, acoustic versions of Blackbird, And I Love Her, Yesterday, oh my god it was wonderful, again.
Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan are the only two individuals I will see every single time I get a chance. McCartney satisfies my longing for my youth because he plays songs I know from the time I was 7 until now. He plays them the same way each time and sometimes thats what I want. Dylan is just Dylan. He may honky tonk his way through Tangled Up In Blue and thats fine with me cuz he's Dylan and he's earned that right. But Paul is Paul. A pleasant man with a longing to please. His voice is 75 years old and it shows on rare occasions. It cracks every now and then and it does not matter because he is who he is. Oh yes you can argue if you wish that it aint the same as 1964 or 1968 or 1972 or 1976 and its old and tired. Yeah if you are old and tired. I dont care if its not 1973 any longer and Band on the Run is being played for the millionth time, I still feel like a kid again. I dont care if its not 1967 any longer and Paul attempts a rendition of Being for the Benefit of Mister Kite that doesnt even make sense. It here and now and its Paul McCartney and I will like being alive and seeing and hearing it.
As stated before, I have seen him 3 times now. Being from flyover country we dont get to see him that often. So when we get a chance, its a must.
Max's Mom had never seen him before. She loved every second of it and knowing someone else is experiencing what I experienced the first time I was in the presence of greatness is mind boggling good. I mean when I saw Paul do A Day In The Life in Kansas City a few years back I honestly felt this right here is THE best moment of my musical life. I was almost in tears. Knowing John was gone but Paul was still here was just about too much. Im sure Max's Mom had that same feeling at some point.
Highlights for me
1) The last 10 minutes when Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight and The End are playing. Thats the pinnacle. Period
2) Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five..yes you have to put up with that snoozer Valentine but its worth it. Its my favorite Wings song
3) Being for The Benefit of Mister Kite...yeah it was weird and awkward but dammit he took that chance and it worked in my head
4) The piano songs......Maybe Im Amazed, The Fool on the Hill, Lady Madonna, Let it Be, Live and Let Die and Hey Jude
5) Love Me Do...I never ever listen to that song, but when its live I love it
6) Band on the Run...McCartneys ultimate voice challenge and he did it well
7) the entire rest of it....
NONE cuz he's Paul McCartney
Sunday, July 23, 2017
1) Sean Spicer is out. I mean out. He aint dead, he just finally had enough proving even a lapdog like Spicer has his limits. The appointment of an anti-Trump hedge fund creep to run the White House communications department because the moron in chief likes him on TV sent Spicer into a tizzy. Out he goes, apparently with a mini-fridge used by low level staffers without meal privileges under his arm. So stop with the praise for this liar finally standing up. The weasel lied for 6 months, got skewered by Melissa McCarthy, lied some more, and lied some more before the hillbilly Sarah Huckleberry took over for good. Spicer isnt a stand up guy, he's a thin skinned little man just like his boss. So fuck Sean Spicer. Good riddance.
2) Trump apologists are a funny lot. Not haha funny, none of them could ad lib a fart as Groucho used to say, but funny as in self delusion. The time line of this whole Russia meeting involving Junior and a bunch of collaborators like Jared and Manafort is fascinating. To Trumpers it goes a little like this.
a) there was no meeting with Russians
b) yeah there was a meeting with Russians but it was about adoption and the Traitor in Chief was in Florida
c) there were only 4 people at this meeting
d) no 5
e) no 6
f) no 7
g) no 8
h) Why didnt the Secret Service stop the Russians implying the Bitch in Chief was there in the building
i) yeah there was a meeting with Russians and Junior said via email he loved it cuz of the potential Hillary dirt
j) yeah so what if there was a meeting with Russians
k) ok so we met about dirt on the opposition, everybody does it
l) big deal, collusion isnt illegal anyway
k) it was Obama's fault
l) alls fair in love and treason
Yeah, a real "funny" lot
3) This whole health care deal is a fucking disgrace. The Republicans in the Senate are so content on winning they dont give a rats ass about throwing 32 million of their fellow citizens into the streets of poverty regarding health care. Dont forget they made goddamned sure they exempted themselves from this debacle. These immoral miscreants are so beholden to their donors and getting them more tax breaks that they have lost complete perspective on life. Oh I know none of them care because they know with every fiber of their devilish being that the red state Republicans who live in the dying towns and long for the 1950s will vote for them anyway no matter what they do to them. Take away my health care and give tax breaks to your donors? At least you are not a Demoncrat. Take away Medicaid so granny gets booted from the nursing home or the nursing home shuts down? Well at least you aint one of the libtards. This is rural madness. As usual. We have one of those here running in 2018. Her name is Deb Fischer and she is a as worthless as using logic on Trump. In other words, a shoo in.
4) The police shooting in Minneapolis of an Australian woman who had actually called 911 is another example of inept people being given a gun and told to enforce the law. Many in white America make judgement solely on the color of the cop and the color of the shootee. Philando Castile was shot because he reached for his ID and was a licensed gun owner. NO it was cuz he was black. Eric Garner was choked to death for selling smokes. Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by an Oklahoma police firing squad. The list is endless of cop shootings of unarmed black men and women and the subsequent acquittals of white cops. There is hope, however, since two cops who shot and killed a 6 year old boy in Louisiana were convicted of manslaughter. Oh wait. What was the difference there? The cops were black and the kid was white. Very different. I wonder what will happen to the black cop in Minneapolis who shot the white Australian woman? We shall see.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Ive never seen Iron Maiden live, Until last night in Lincoln. Now Bruce Dickinson's screeching vocals are something you either appreciate or you dont and I do but I went in wondering if his vocal talent had diminished over the years. It hasnt. At 58 years old Dickinson can still holler with anybody on earth and win and his sprinting around the stage made me jealous with me recovering from a busted leg and all.
Iron Maiden rocks. Period. The guitar interaction alone is worth the price of admission and the drumming of Niko McBrain on the largest drum set Ive ever seen keeps it all going. But Dickinson's vocals, even with the crappiest sound mix ever in the Vault, were amazing. Relying heavily on the latest album Book of Souls, the classics were generally ignored. We did get Dickinson in a military uniform waving the Union Jack during The Trooper and we did get Fear of The Dark and Iron Maiden before the encore of The Number of the Beast with a crowd chanting 6 6 6 at the appropriate times. The Book of Souls Tour is short on classics, damn I wanted No Prayer For the Dying or Run To The Hills, but it was long on musicianship. Screw those keyboards and horns, this was pure British metal and it was jolly good.
Swedish weirdos Ghost opened the show with a 45 minute set of Iron Maiden inspired lyrics and surprisingly melodic metal. Fronted by a masked skeleton pope hatted "Pope Emeritus II" and driven by masked demons on guitars, a keyboardist you could barely hear and a hard working drummer banging his skins like a 19th century blacksmith, Ghost won over the crowd quickly with Square Hammer, a I hate to say it, catchy little tune that had my foot tapping. This continued virtually the entire set until a growling song put an end to it. I hate growling songs, they are so uhhhhh American. Stop growling. It sucks.
I once had a coworker who loved Ghost, saw them numerous times, paid for VIP tickets, showed me videos and pictures ad nauseum. I dismissed her as a 20 year old chick with bad taste. Uhh I was wrong.
Now about the crowd. Never have I been around a nicer group of white trash, and I include myself in that description. Maybe because we are all now old and lack the energy to be an asshole. Oh there were some stereotypes living up to the moment, like the guy who was manhandled by the cops when he started a fight on the floor or the couple wearing t shirts for some shit band called Cradle of Filth that proclaimed "Jesus is a Cunt" and "Fuck Off" but all in all it was decent crowd of 8,000 or so.
Hey go big or go home? Both bands went big. And loud. My ears are still ringing.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Well there we are, America. All alone, ignored by the world, isolated, no friends, other bullies licking their chops at the opportunity, and all because of that lonely loser "elected" last by a substantial minority of greedheads, hillbillies, racists, and dopes.
Donald F Trump took the United States on a lonely path of obsolescence this last week when attended the
Trump began his week in Poland in front of a crowd of so called dignitaries and a group of hired, or rather coerced, group of non English speaking charlatans who chanted "Don-alt Trump" whenever directed to by a Polish thumb breaker. Trump spoke eloquently on how being crushed in two directions by Russians and Nazis must have been "tough". Wonder if he got permission from his Russian and Nazi "advisors"? It was during this scripted by Stephen Miller (Goose Stepper-NC) that the Whitey in Chief uttered the 14 words that give Trumpers a gigantic stiffy. "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children." Well he didnt really say that verbatim , Miller and Bannon arent that dumb, but thats what Trumpers all over the world heard. Bark Bark whistle whistle! Trump then got lost on a stage. Somebody get the nurse, Gramps is wandering again..
Trump then took America on a journey To Hamburg, where he was forced to meet the actual POTUS45, one Vladimir Putin. Attended by only 6 people, this meet and greet featured Russian puppet Trump, Greedy Sell Out Russian opportunist Rex Tillerson, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, a couple of translators and of course President Vlad. Trump allegedly asked Putin about Russian hacking of the election, with permission I assume, and of course Putin denied it and there my friends is all our beloved Puppet In Chief needed. It didnt happen or rather hey I dont know, it could have been a 400 lb guy on a bed somewhere. What else happend in that 2 1/2 hours is beyond me as US officials left outside attempted to break up the "meeting" and even sent Melania in to try and stop Trump from handing over the nuclear codes.
The implications of this are truly frightening. Trump trusts a Russian dictator over his own intelligence agencies, Or rather it is in his own selfish interests to "trust" the country that made sure he "won" the election. Wow what will we find out in the coming months that will shock us to our shoes, except of course the Trumpers who openly would collude with the enemy to make themselves feel powerful for once in their miserable lives. What else was "discussed" in that meeting?
Yet the moment that should truly disturb any true patriot would be the moment Putin, one who doesnt yell Fake News all the time when he hears something he doesnt like but instead is so lucky that the offending journalists end up dead, points at the press ans asks if these are the ones who insult you to which our Stooge In Chief said yes. Open the floodgates folks. Here come more death threats from the Trumpers to CNN or MSNBC or sick little children. I've always believed America had a substantial number of authoritarians, people mostly on the right, who cheer police brutality and riot police beating protesters and dead journalists, but I never knew it was so many. The coming to power of this tool of Russia has allowed these slithering creeps to crawl out from the darkness. When will anyone do something?
Trump, after getting his marching orders and pee tape threats from his handler, moved on to other things. Like being ignored. These
When Trump and his crime family left Europe the G19 all sighed in relief that the Patsy in Chief was gone. Now to get down to real business. Intelligent, detailed and nefarious discussions on how to divide the world's wealth among themselves rather than some bloated clown in a red hat pushed around by his Nazi advisers . Europe had enough of that shit 75 years ago. You could sense the relief of Angela Merkel as she realized the weight of the past being lifted off her shoulders as the American wannabe tyrant waddles away.
We must do something to rid ourselves of this incompetent fool, America. Unfortunately its up to a crowd of collaborators called the GOP Congress that has the power. Journalists, buckle up and get this done, fake news or not. As Press Hillbilly Spokeswoman Sarah Huckleberry says, ya'll gotta fight fire with fire, y'all.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
For the hundredth time it needs to be said, and its not fake news, that this man, Donald Trump, is a disgrace to the United States of America. Not only as President (shudder) but as an American citizen, and lastly as a human being. And now it's time to say this. If you still think this man is funny, or right about his classlessness, or an effective leader, or you just like him cuz he pisses off "libtards" well then you are also a disgrace to this nation and to your humanity. I wouldnt say you are all stupid, though woo, watching you Trumpers speak out loud on television doesnt help your IQ case much, but you do have a choice. You're either just plain dumb, or you're just a plain old bitter asshole. Your choice MAGA maniacs.
The pundits who proclaim that Trump's tweeting is just a diversionary tactic to take the attention off his Russian problems are incorrect. Oh that may be whats happening but its not because Trumpski has some sort of grand plan, its because his tweeting is who he is. A raunchy man child bent on revenge over every slight he's every received or thought he'd received. He is, after all, a pretend billionaire from Queens who moved to Manhattan living off Daddy's slum lord money and immediately was rejected a low rent and crass, which of course he is. His desire to be accepted by the very people he insults and trashes and lies about like a coward on Twitter is simply a primal lash out from a yucky Queens commoner who never will be welcomed by the Bloombergs, the Hamptons crowd, the Broadway crowd or the Hollywood types he pretends to loathe.
His appeal to the rich greedheads is easy to understand. They just want money. Lots and lots of money. If you are poor or middle class or hurting, tough shit, you should have just inherited money like they did. But the appeal to the poor white people is just baffling. Maybe not so baffling a year ago when their naivete may have kicked in and they thought this crass barroom brawler was on their side and was going to stop the browns and the blacks and the women from taking their 19th century jobs away when it was really just progress and greedy corporations ready to cut them loose. But now, after this repugnant pig has proved time after time its all about winning, no matter who gets hurt the support is just self destructive. And this complicit Republican Congress and its using this vulgar clown to dismantle government and enrich even further their stingy donors and thus enrich themselves is also ignored by these people who apparently have let their racism and every other ism take control of their sour minds.
Trumps personal tweets about a morning cable TV show started a storm of real outrage from decent people and a lot of phony outrage from his conniving Congressional conspirators. These Congressional pricks feigned their disappointment and within one day began to conspire to remove 50 million people from the health care rolls. See Ben Sasse (Dangerous-Ne). This soft talking goof wants to repeal the ACA NOW and not even replace it. Instead he proposes holding hearings in DC the entire month of August which of course he knows will never happen. And the vile POTUS jumped onboard that scheme because after all, Winning.
Trump is a gross mysogynistic monster. Ryan is a misanthropic monster. McConnell is an ungrateful monster. Thats why resistance to this pseudo fascist regime must continue. I know we all are tired of all of this shit and cant wait for 2018 when perhaps this can come to an end by cock blocking this Russian controlled sexual predator with one branch of government but we have to keep the energy alive. We have to fight.
Maybe the Russian thing will get him. Maybe his entire grifter family will go down for their obvious attempt to raid the Treasury and make themselves even more wealthy. From Donnie Junior's low minor league attempts to emulate his smutty father on twitter, to Eric's lame ass attempts to dehumanize his scuzzy father's opponents, to Ivanka's blatant attempts to pimp her Goodwill bound line of whatevers, to Jared's meddling into all sorts of things over his dumb ass to mask his real goal to become his debt ridden grungy father in law, to Barron's upcoming signing by Arsenal, this trailer park dime store billionaire brood of degenerates will never stop. They will not stop shoveling unearned money into the rental truck until they are stopped. The Congress wont stop them, hell they have their own rental over there, so its up to us.
Call your corrupt traitorous Congressional critter and leave them messages until the voice mail is full. Keep hammering. This country, and perhaps the world, is in deep shit.
Meanwhile, enjoy the "billionaire" hayseeds tweets about women and their bleeding. Could Canada grow a pair and just invade us?