Archive for April 20, 2010



Directed by: György Pálfi

Written by: György Pálfi , Zsófia Ruttkay, based on short stories by Lajos Parti Nagy

Produced by: Emilie Georges, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu

Starring: Csaba Czene, Gergely Trócsányi, Marc Bischoff, István Gyuricza, Piroska Molnár, Gábor Máté, Géza Hegedüs, Zoltán Koppány

Running Time: 91 min

Language: Hungarian, English Subtitles

The story of three generations of men, over two centuries, filled with oddities and cringe worthy moments is the only way to describe Taxidermia. This movie isn’t for the faint of heart nor is it for the typical foreign movie connoisseur. All the way from the beginning to the end, the viewer is taken through completely unique stories, each, leaving the viewer either traumatized, questioning who could possibly write a movie like this and where they got their inspiration. Taxidermia is the perfect movie for horror fans or for someone who craves a deranged story with a copious amount of gore and disturbing imagery.

The film takes place throughout three different generations and the settings reflect everything from a small Hungarian slum, decayed by years of neglect, to an old European sports ring, complete with everything one would picture from the communist era and finally the shops and markets modern society. The cinematography itself is beautiful and artfully done though the environments are visually unpleasant and strange which gives the viewer the best of both worlds. As dark as the settings are, there’s always a strange beauty brought out by contrasting colors, camera angles and special effects.

Just like the masterful use when it comes to settings and photography, the gritty and gory parts of the movie are just as brilliant. Taxidermia constantly and graphically depicts gore and bodily fluids in ways that haven’t been done in movies before. The slicing of flesh uses real meat, real (I think) inner organs, real vomit and other fluids which leave the viewer as disgusted as they’d be in real life if they’ve seen anything similar. The movie could never be made in the United States as it would violate numerous health codes not to mention the protests that PETA would bring for a scene where an animal is slaughtered. The imagery quite possibly makes the movie too extreme and graphic for the majority of people, let alone anyone under eighteen.

As if the imagery wasn’t enough, each characters story is extremely twisted and depressing. The grandfather works at a military outpost, where he lives in a small shack and is assigned menial jobs all while having deranged sexual fantasies. His son, a morbidly obese competitive eater, yearns to be with the one woman he loves. Finally we have the grandson, who runs a taxidermy shop and takes care of his father, who is too fat to move, and his giant cats. The generations of strange characters provide the viewer with an interesting story different from any that they’ve seen before.

If you’ve been having trouble finding a movie with a unique plot, strange characters, a mix of beautiful and horrific imagery, Taxidermia is for you. This movie proves that women producers can make a movie just as vile and gory as their male counterparts and that’s definitely a good thing for any fan of the horror genera. While the movie is way too much for most viewers, if you can bring yourself to endure the gritty stuff you’ll be treated to an entertaining and unique movie that isn’t common in a world of movie rip-offs and remakes. Taxidermia is absolutely worth a watch if you’re a fan of the horror, gory or off the wall movies.


Time to Pull the Trigger

On Wednesday, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing regarding Iran’s nuclear ambitions. For the last few years politicians in congress have attempted to reign in Iran’s nuclear program using everything from political pressure and sanctions, to the threat of an all out war with the state if it refused to stop refining nuclear material. One of the main arguments against Iran building nuclear power plants, which can produce enriched uranium, is the threat that a nuclear armed Iran would be towards our most important ally in the Middle East, Israel. Another argument is that Iran is a main sponsor of terrorist activity throughout the Middle East and has actively been supporting anti Coalition forces in our war on terror and in turn will give these weapons to terrorists.

Media pundits have long been supporting a third front in our War on Terror for years now and as time goes by it looks as if that’s more than just talk. Senator John McCain speech in front of the committee, where he spoke about sanctions, is a perfect example of the hard line that has been popular in United States. McCain stated:

“The list goes on and on of the threats we have—that we have made to the Iranians, and so far, no action. George Shultz, my favorite Secretary of State in all the world, once said his Marine drill instructor told him never point a gun at somebody unless you’re ready to pull the trigger. We keep pointing the gun. We haven’t pulled a single trigger yet. And it’s about time that we did.”

Since the administration, after being labeled as part of the Axis of Evil by George Bush, Iran has been under constant attack by the western media, politicians and covertly through Al Qaeda related terrorist groups funded by the US taxpayer. Like in all wars the first casualty is the truth and In the name of world peace and security, the propaganda mills in United States have been in full swing demonizing Iran with the exact same script that was used on its neighbor Iraq was before our invasion in 2003. In many ways the war with Iran started years ago with the media desperately trying to win over and prime the public into accepting a militant stance against the independent state who doesn’t share our view about how their country should develop.

Nuclear Hypocrisy

On April 9th Israel, the ally we’re protecting from nuclear annihilation, backed out of a U.S. nuclear summit which they feared would bring up damaging information about their own nuclear program. In one of the world’s worst kept secrets, Israel is thought to have produced the plutonium for 75 to 200 nuclear warheads. Since Israel did not sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1970 it has escaped the same inspections that it has demanded of Iran. Any agreement in the nuclear summit, even a non-binding one, would fly in the face of Israel’s defense policy where Israel is permitted to develop any type of weapon system it pleases.

If Israel has the ability to turn Iran into that much talked about glass parking lot, why does the United States need to protect and lead a war to defend them? Surely, if Iran did decide to attack Israel or support a terrorist group with the intent of a nuclear attack, Iran would quite literally be wiped of the map. There is no motivation for Iran to use offensively use a nuclear weapon against its already nuclear neighbors since that would result in the complete obliteration of Iran.

Secret Funding of Terrorism

One of the main talking points of the mainstream media is that the Iranian government is supplying insurgents in Iraq with weapons which are used against our troops but there has been a lack of evidence to support that assertion. In February 2007 Fox News reported that General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, who stated that there was no evidence of Iran directly arming insurgents in Iraq. While there has been a startling lack of evidence of Iran’s involvement in terrorism in Iraq, our friends in the British SAS have been caught attacking police and planting bombs in Basra. The arrests of the SAS soldiers resulted in a dramatic rescue which played out on televisions throughout the world. Government officials used the excuse that the soldiers were in deep cover in order to justify military attacks on our own allies.

Since diplomacy has proven ineffectual the United States has been busy propping up militant groups in Iran, some of whom carry out terrorist attacks. The London Telegraph reported, on February 25th 2007, in an article called “US funds terror groups to sow chaos in Iran” that the CIA is “secretly funding militant ethnic separatist groups in Iran in an attempt to pile pressure on the Islamic regime to give up its nuclear program.” In the article, former US state department counter terrorism agent, Fred Burton stated: “The latest attacks inside Iran fall in line with US efforts to supply and train Iran’s ethnic minorities to destabilize the Iranian regime.”

A few months later, on May 27 2007, the Telegraph released another story delving deeper into the United States policy of funding terrorist groups in Iran. The article titled “Bush sanctions ‘black ops’ against Iran” exposes the CIA providing an Al Qaeda related group, Jundullah, weapons and funding. The idea that we would support groups who are affiliated, no matter how loosely, with the September 11th attacks to destabilize other nations is sickening to say the least. The argument, that the United States needs to support terror in order to stop terror reeks of Orwellian double speak.

What Happens if the Trigger is Pulled?

In the propaganda war Iran has threatened, if they are attacked, that they’ll close the Straights of Hormuz which would effectively stop 40% of sea bourn trade. If the straight was closed oil prices could double until the shipping lanes are reopened and the safety of the shipments could be guaranteed (this may explain why the U.S. warships have been staging war games there). There are also many unknown consequences like how will the entire region react to the attack or how the American public will react to a fighting on third front, while the first two conflicts still aren’t stable? These are all aspects that need to be considered and debated before committing to any action.

Of course all the press about Iran may have some benefit; namely, it distracts people from the complete looting of the United States and the obliteration of civil rights by the same government sworn to serve the people. Take the “Enemy Belligerent, Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010,” which Senator McCain introduced which would enable the government to hold citizens without trial for as long as they’d like based on suspicious activities. Maybe McCain should write a bill to strengthen our boarder security which has been routinely crossed by the Mexican military but that might raise some red flags about a war next door which has claimed over 22000 lives since 2006. It becomes clear that McCain and the media would much rather point the gun at Uncle Sam and pull the trigger rather than to step up for the beliefs that made America a great nation.

Should the United States role be with other countries internal policies? Should we actively work to topple governments whom we don’t agree with? The government and media will tell you that we should. They’ll tell you that we need to spend our treasure, resources and lives on forcing others to live up to a standard that we can no longer achieve here at home. We need to bring democracy to the poor and oppressed of the world when our republic can’t afford to take care of itself. Luckily, the public has such a strong distrust towards the government that, unless something like a major terrorist attack happens, they won’t readily go along with plans for another war and years of nation building. It’s time to reexamine our foreign policies and it’s time for a change. Instead of policing the world, the United States must change its course to taking care of the problems we have at home instead of forcing our will upon other nations.