It’s okay to love America. It’s okay to hate it too. The good doesn’t excuse the bad, the bad doesn’t nullify the good. There is nothing wrong with loving your home, even if those who rule it are repugnantly corrupt. There’s nothing wrong either in harshly criticizing the atrocities carried out in its name, even […]Read more "‘Murica"
To hear Western leaders talk of Russia breaching “international law” for invading Ukraine is to be verbally assaulted with the height of hypocrisy. For the best part of two decades, the US has used Ukraine as a pawn for NATO expansion. Big deal? NATO expansion in Ukraine is a direct threat to Russian security, and […]Read more "US and its allies equally to blame for war in Ukraine"
For three weeks the Canadian freedom convoys stood bravely against neoliberal, transhumanist tyranny and were rewarded with cynical police brutality and government overreach. Their mistake was expecting parley, recognition and basic decency from the goons of the same establishment that’s been abusing them for two years if not longer. What they achieved, while not exactly […]Read more "The revolution will not be televised"
The halls of the macabre grotesque are decked with plate glass views of the machinations of hell as you continue on to the pathos of heaven. Some can only stomach this film as a statement against eugenics, though it’s not exactly that. It’s more a warning against meddling with those who are best left alone […]Read more "Freaks (1932)"
When America goes to war in the modern era, the primary objectives are dubious at best. Amidst the popularity contest of a democracy, the story of brave soldiers dying in a foreign land to keep the populace safe is the basic presumed pretext for government and media unity regardless of political allegiance. Of course it’s […]Read more "Apocalypse Now (1979)"
Kubrick’s first relatively big budget film, seen in some circles as anti-war which is overly simplistic. Kubrick doesn’t make such blanket statements. Rather, it’s an examination of courage and cowardice while being totally realistic about 20th century warfare and its corruptions. It says anyone on any side of a conflict over power can be corrupt […]Read more "Paths of Glory (1957)"
You could call this lost gem of a classic film sentimental, but then what’s wrong with sentiment? You could call it naïve but when you recall the best times of your life they probably contained a fair amount of naiveté. It projects a world of morality, common decency and an infectious optimism in “defiance” of […]Read more "Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1939)"
Through a combination of luck, some talent, and an atypical level (for him) of applied artistic brilliance, the bozo who helped bring you the Resident Evil films and Mortal Kombat (1995) was also responsible, once upon a time, for a forgotten cult classic that ranks among some of the absolute best horrors not only of […]Read more "Event Horizon (1997)"
If all Marvel/DC related movies were even nearly as good as this, intelligent people who know film would watch them. But we don’t because they’re not, which makes this more than a breath of fresh air. It’s actually just a brilliant movie all of its own accord and really doesn’t deserve to be associated with […]Read more "Joker (2019)"
Democracy pretends the many are capable of deciding what is best for all. That with enough education, they will together make a rational decision, when instead they will take complex problems and reduce them to binary stupidities. There does not exist a world in which a throng of average intelligence people unable to discipline themselves will come up with better […]Read more "The Law Beyond"