It’s always a sad day when a great career comes to an end but as we all know; everything that has a beginning, must have an ending. Luckily my awesome career that just ended wasn’t anything special in the first place unless incompetent management, low
Almost everybody can admire a nice car. Who wouldn’t admire the craftsmanship and beauty of a Lamborghini or a Ferrari? Even if your car isn’t the best, you can always make it look that way with a little bit of elbow grease and know how.
We’ve all seen it happen: a mild mannered man gets a promotion and suddenly things change. The once normal employee becomes drunk with power, even if the promotion is a small one. It doesn’t take long before he feels entitled to the control he has
I was reading another blog, which is attached to our local newspaper, where a woman was writing about how men didn’t approach her and whisper sweet nothings into her ear at bars. Now I have no idea if the woman is attractive or not, her
Every once in awhile I like to post a little something on Craigslist to see what kind of replies I get from the people frequent the more racy sections of the site. Here’s an unedited response to one of my ad’s which shows how horrible
Directed by: Sang-soo Im
Written by: Sang-soo Im (screenplay), Ki-young Kim
Produced by: Jason Chae
Starring: Jeon Do-yeon. Lee Jung-jae. Seo Woo. Yoon Yeo-jeong. Ahn Seo-hyeon. Park Ji-young
Run Time: 107 minutes
It’s hard to find the right words to describe The Housemaid. One description could be movie where a young woman becomes a maid for an ultra rich family, has an affair with the husband which in turn creates a dramatic conflict between the maid and the wife. Another way I’ve heard it described is as an “erotic thriller.” Personally I’d describe it as a high class soap opera which would appeal to people who think that a clueless man, bored wife and women trying to manipulate each other is somehow entertaining. Honestly, it’s even difficult to write a review about because The Housemaid doesn’t inspire hatred or any critical thought whatsoever.
The Housemaid has beautiful production. The setting as well as the photography is done extremely well and artistically. The overall message showing how cruel and inhumane those super wealthy are is a very accurate viewpoint of many people, especially after the economic slowdown.
While the plot of the story could possibly be made into an interesting movie, the characters themselves combined with plot holes really ruin any promise of entertainment. The biggest plot hole in my mind is that for the life of me I can’t figure out why the wife didn’t just fire the maid when she found out about her husband’s affair with her?
Parts of The Housemaid are entertaining for the completely wrong reasons. For instance, the maid’s first “erotic” encounter is meant to be sexy but of course it ends up being completely silly as the husband flexes his arms for no real reason while he holds a bottle of wine as the maid pleasures him. In another scene the maid suffers an accident where she falls cleaning a chandelier but, even though she falls straight down, which in real life would break her legs, she’s in a hospital with a simple neck brace during the next few scenes. Even if we could somehow justify the injury of her neck, her rehabilitation would take months but since the movie takes place in a strange time warp, the wife who continuously looks 9 months pregnant doesn’t give birth until it’s convenient for the story.
In the end the housemaid lacks the any real thrill and almost completely fails its attempt at eroticism. I’d like to say there would be a reason to go see this film since it can be fun to watch a movie that you hate but this isn’t one of those movies. In a way being an average movie is worse than being a horrible one since it really inspires little or no emotion. The Housemaid isn’t bad enough for a person to hate but on the other hand it isn’t good enough to actually enjoy either so it’s left in that black hole of truly dull films that no one will really care about.
My work rented a party bus for our big day in the city. For some reason, we got a bus with a stripper pole for crackheads and trainables.
Directed by: Tamra Davis
Produced by: David Koh, Lilly Bright, Stanley Buchthal, Alexis Spraic
Run Time: 88 Min
I’ll be honest with you; I think most modern art is pure rubbish. The last time I went to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was with my mom for her birthday to see a Yoko Ono exhibit. As I explored the museum, I found 3 blank canvases, a painting with some squiggly lines that you would see in a day care and a toilet in a glass maze which were all being debated by young people wearing sweaters that their grandparents gave them. Needless to say, I left the museum annoyed that I had wasted a day supporting talentless hacks and at the same time been forced to endure the sounds of people debating the social value of the “masterpieces” I had just seen. It didn’t take much time for me to realize the popularity of modern art, like the taste of wine(check out the studies showing how people think wine that costs more tastes better), is more subject to reputation and hype than it is actual talent. Why do I start off a review telling you about my opinion of modern art? I’m telling you because Jean Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child is a journey into the modern art community and basically reinforces whatever you already thought about modern art. If you’re an avid art buff you’ll think the film is touching and if you’re like me, it’ll solidify your predisposition that artists and art critics are complete snobby asses.
Jean Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child chronicles the rise and fall of Jean Basquiat starting from the time he left home in search of fame. The backbone of the film is a rare interview of Basquiat that his friend and director of the film Tamra Davis shot of him at the height of his career over 20 years ago. The movie is also packed with interviews with his friends and colleagues who either dated, worked or sold his art. The documentary itself feels more like tribute to the too short life of troubled Basquiat who some consider “the most influential artist of his generation.”
Tamra Davis has been directing movies for years and her experience shows with how well the documentary is produced and directed. Even though I’m not a fan of the artist, I am a fan of how the movie was structured. The music that played throughout the film fits perfectly and though I wasn’t wearing a beret was able to thoroughly enjoy it. The movie mixed archived footage with recent interviews seamlessly giving the film a terrific flow which kept it entertaining throughout its duration.
Perhaps my favorite aspect of the film is unsaid commentary of how fame and wealth effects people and their relationships. Basquiat seemed to be more stable in the beginning of the movie, when he was a young struggling artist, than he was after he achieved his goal of being famous which is something we see with celebrities in general. It’s an all too common tragedy when people achieve their dream but forget those little things that make life worth living, namely friends, family and what inspired them dream in the first place.
Jean Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child does everything well, the story is seamless, the editing is superb and it’s a perfect film for those people who appreciate modern art. My only complaints about the movie are personal ones derived from my intense dislike of the subject matter and my own personal opinion of the modern art culture. This movie did absolutely nothing to make me question or change my opinion but, since it’s more of a tribute to the artist, it doesn’t have to. Again, I’ll be honest with you; while the subject isn’t for me, it still makes for a very good watch and is perfect for just about anyone who likes modern art or documentaries in general.
Directed by: Sylvester Stallone
Written by: Dave Callaham, Sylvester Stallone
Produced by: Kevin King , Avi Lerner. Kevin King Templeton. John Thompson
Starring: Sylvester Stallone. Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin. Mickey Rourke
Run Time: 103 Min
Sylvester Stallone knows what men want in a movie; men want brutal action, manly jokes and none of that emotional nonsense that tries to trick them into wear skinny pants with tight turtle neck sweaters. Stallone said it best “‘I’ve done my ‘mind movies’ and I don’t think people are very interested in seeing me do that anymore. I think I’m past my prime in doing dramatic films; it would feel almost like a pathetic cry out to be recognized as a serious dramaturge.’ Now that’s what I want to hear from a guy who started off making the some of the most legendary action films and is content to stick where his roots lie. He proved it in Rambo 4 and proved it once again in The Expendables.
The plot of the movie, a team of mercenaries is hired to take on a corrupt South American General, isn’t anything new or innovative. What makes this movie special is it has almost all of the great action stars that people have grown to know and love throughout the years doing what they do best, kicking some ass. No one who likes action films wants a long drawn out plot or an in depth look into the geopolitics of a corrupt country; just show the basic story then get to the action. This kind of movie doesn’t depend on a plot that makes sense: it depends on things blowing up, one liners and the big name tough guys.
Needless to say The Expendables is full of explosions, fire fights and fists impacting people’s faces. The action scenes are nearly perfect and are choreographed better than most mainstream movies that have tried to pass themselves off as action in the last few years. The only problem I had was that Jet Li didn’t showcase his talents as much as I would have liked but honestly, most of his movies that have been made in America can’t compare to his older ones which were made in China.
If I had one word to describe The Expendables it would be “Brotastic.” I’m certain that a lot of men who watch this movie will want to go to the gym or do some pushups. This of course isn’t an artsy girly movie and unless you’re a woman who actually likes 80’s action movies don’t bother coming(there’s nothing worse than hearing “I don’t like this” or “We should have seen that Richard Gere movie” while you’re having a good time). Every guy should go see The Expendables, sneak some booze into the theater and have an amazing time watching a movie that’s actually meant for a male audience. Movies like this don’t make it to the big screen often and it’s our job as men to support action movies like this.
As we all know, Craigslist is a great source for cheap entertainment. One of my dirty little habits is posting strange personal ads and seeing what kind of responses I get from all of the loving women on the internet. From time to time you meet some cool down to earth people but other times you get responses from Greenlee Smythe. Greenlee is old, stupid, bigoted and did I miss incredibly stupid.
From: Greenlee Smythe
Sent: Thursday, August 05, 2010 9:29 PM
I do have to say this AD YOU ARE POSTING ON CRAIGSLIST… IS GETTING OLD…. will you PLEASE STOP PUTTING THIS CRAP ON HERE… NO WOMEN IS INTERESTED IN YOUR ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR, AND WHAT YOU WANT TO DO TO A WOMEN… IF YOU HAVE NOT REALIZED BY NOW.. US WOMEN NOW DAYS….WANT A MAN THAT IS LOVING, CARING, COMPATIBLE, AND UNDERSTANDING, ALONG WITH THE OTHER PERKS… NOW FOR YOU. YOU DON’T SEEM TO HAVE THESE QUALITIES IN YOU, YOU JUST WANT TO STRANGLE SOME WOMEN, rough treatment and being treated like a whore. AND YOU like things to be very degrading and am very aggressive physically AND MENTALLY??
SO TO BE HONEST AGAIN. US WOMEN DON’T LIKE TO BE TREATED THIS WAY.. AND YOUR AD IS GETTING FREAKIN OLD AND SICKENING… I HAVE TURNED YOUR AD INTO
NOVATO POLICE DEPT. TWICE TO A FEW OF THE PEOPLE I KNOW THERE AND THEY ARE INVESTIGATING YOUR AD, ALONG WITH FLAGGING IT ON CRAIGSLIST, AND EMAILING IT TO THEM…. SO GROW UP. GET YOURSELF A LIFE AND MOVE ON TO BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS.. you need a new life style.,., and if you think about it, this is why no one wants to answer your AD… SO GIVE UP AND BE A REAL MAN…
On Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 10:45 AM, James wrote:
I’m glad that I’ve finally found someone who has the knowledge to speak for every woman out there since I know every girl sees the world exactly like you. I hate to tell you this, I post my ad because it gets responses from women who need someone to talk with about sides of their sexuality that people like you would be appalled with. I have a novel idea for you, if you don’t like an ad skip over it dummy. Don’t try to lecture me about understanding when it’s obvious that you really have no idea or would even attempt to know anything about the darker side of a person’s personality. Your whole response wreaks of judgment and insecurity about your own inability to identify with someone of the opposite sex. Why would you see my ad all the time if you had a man who respected you? You see men don’t respect you because you’re a judgmental bitch who thinks that she’s smarter and better than she actually is.
Let me give you an example of how much of a dullard you really are: Lets pretend I’m as horrible as you think I am. Why on earth would you be telling me about an ongoing police investigation into me? That’s pure grade A stupid. Not only would I now know that someone’s looking into what I do, it would obstruct a police investigation which, by the way, is illegal. How retarded do you have to be to warn someone who you perceive as sickening about an investigation? If you were smart, you’d send me an email pretending to be a girl that I would be interested in so you could gather information about me but hey, you and I both know that you lack the intelligence to even pretend you could be what a guy wants.
Judging by your typing, close mindedness and sense of entitlement, I’m going to have to conclude that you are a sheltered older woman who considers herself a do-gooder but since she completely sheltered and ignorant, doesn’t have a firm grip on reality. I could be wrong and you might just be hypersensitive to my ad because something happened to you when you were younger that you’ve repressed and haven’t bothered to really deal with. If you want men to like you try shifting your mindset from one of a dunce to a strong woman with something to offer a guy. You have inspired me to put a disclaimer on my ad about the subject content as well as some common sense tips about meeting men on the internet.
From: Greenlee Smythe
Sent: Friday, August 06, 2010 1:45 PM
I HATE TO TELL YOU THIS DUMB SHIT ASSHOLE… BUT I AM SMARTER THAN YOU THINK… OK… I DON’T LIVE A SHELTER LIFE. I HAVE AN EXCITING LIFE AND A LOT TO OFFER A MAN… AND THAT IS NO PROBLEM THERE… SO YOU CAN THINK OR SAY WHAT YOU WANT… I JUST DON’T LIKE SEEING YOUR STUPID ASS POST ON CRAIGSLIST IT’S DEGRADING AND DISGUSTING, AND I HATE SEEN WOMEN GET ABUSED, IF YOU HAVE NOT NOTICE THAT DOES HAPPEN QUIT A BIT. YOUR JUST ANOTHER ASSHOLE OUT THERE THAT LIKES TO PROBABLY BEAT UP ON WOMEN AND YOU DON’T HAVE A BRAIN. PROBABLY NO MENTALLY LEVEL OF LIFE EITHER.
SO REALLY GET A CLUE, SO JUDGE A PERSON UNTIL YOU MEET THEM.. AND READING YOUR EMAIL TELLS ME A LOT THAT YOUR AN ASSHOLE, SELF CENTERED MALE CHAUVINIST PIG. AND PERSONALLY YOU WOULD NOT WANT TO ME, BECAUSE I WOULD MAKE YOUR HEAD SPIN AND SLAP YOU SO HARD AND MAKE YOU GET A GRIP ON LIFE… I AM AN OLDER WOMAN, YOUR RIGHT…BUT VERY SMART AND INTELLIGENT, I HAVE HAD MY SHARE OF MEN AND PUT THEM IN THERE PLACE, ALSO SET THEM UP IN TRAPS AND BUSTED THERE ASS…. SO DON’T TELL ME WHAT I AM. AND FOR YOUR INFO, A FEW OTHER WOMEN THAT I HAVE TOLD TO ABOUT YOUR STUPID AD, SAID “WHAT A LOW LIFE PIG THIS GUY IS…” HE NEEDS TO GET A LIFE AND GROW UP… SO DON’T BE SURPRISED IF YOU GET MORE NOT SO NICE EMAILS….. SO GOOD LUCK DUDE IF YOU THINK YOUR ALL THAT, BUT YOUR NOT…..
On Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 2:49 PM, James wrote:
I like the emails you send to me but I do have one piece of advice for when you compose these works of art that you send me; do a little proof reading before you send them to me. I’ll show you exactly what I mean by using your own incoherent babbling:
“BUT I AM SMARTER THAN YOU THINK… OK… I DON’T LIVE A SHELTER LIFE” This should be corrected to a sheltered life.
“I JUST DON’T LIKE SEEING YOUR STUPID ASS POST ON CRAIGSLIST” Did you try not clicking the ad? It’s really very simple; you see the title and just go on by without opening it.
“AND I HATE SEEN WOMEN GET ABUSED” It should be seeing dope.
“YOUR JUST ANOTHER ASSHOLE OUT THERE THAT LIKES TO PROBABLY BEAT UP ON WOMEN AND YOU DON’T HAVE A BRAIN.” Now this is a tricky one. You need to change your to you’re. Also, saying I probably like to beat up on women suggests you really have no idea of what I do, for if you did, you wouldn’t have used the word “probably” which shows that you’re just assuming something but aren’t really sure about what you’re saying. Lastly, my small meager brain sure seems to be able to pick apart your stupidity and lack of intelligent thought quite well.
Now let’s move onto your second paragraph.
“SO REALLY GET A CLUE, SO JUDGE A PERSON UNTIL YOU MEET THEM” Alright, I will absolutely judge you before I meet you just like you’ve judged me. Did you mean don’t judge someone before you meet them? If so, you should try following your own advice.
“AND READING YOUR EMAIL TELLS ME A LOT THAT YOUR AN ASSHOLE, SELF CENTERED MALE CHAUVINIST PIG. “ This should be changed to: “And by reading your email, I can tell that YOU’RE(way to mess it up again) an asshole as well as a self centered male chauvinist pig.”
“AND PERSONALLY YOU WOULD NOT WANT TO ME, BECAUSE I WOULD MAKE YOUR HEAD SPIN AND SLAP YOU SO HARD AND MAKE YOU GET A GRIP ON LIFE” Can we stop starting our sentences with and already? Now I’m not sure if you know anything about domestic abuse but a woman who uses violence against a man in a relationship is just as much of an abuser as a man who does the same. Basically what I’m explaining to you is not only threatening someone incredibly stupid and in some cases illegal, it also proves to me that you are a complete hypocrite. You are saying you think it’s ok to violently force someone to think the way you do. You are a very abusive person and that makes me a sad panda.
“I HAVE HAD MY SHARE OF MEN AND PUT THEM IN THERE PLACE, ALSO SET THEM UP IN TRAPS AND BUSTED THERE ASS” See there you go, admitting you are exactly what you hate, an abusive partner. You should take some anger management classes before someone reports you to the police for your abusive nature.
“AND FOR YOUR INFO, A FEW OTHER WOMEN THAT I HAVE TOLD TO ABOUT YOUR STUPID AD” Thank you for showing other women my ad. I’m glad you’ve thought it as something worthy to share with your friends and are drawing more women’s attention to it.
“SO GOOD LUCK DUDE IF YOU THINK YOUR ALL THAT” I’ve never said I was all that, I simply stated that you’re a closed minded, ignorant, hypocritical dullard who should be ashamed of herself for supporting nonconsensual abusive relationships.
Now I know that I’m not perfect by any means nor am I the most intelligent person in the world(that’s Steven Hawking) but I do know that you’ve already proven every point I’ve made about you and have discredited your own arguments in a way that I never could. While I’m not very certain why you’re so stupid, it could be contributed to lead paint or my personal favorite that you were born with a water head, I can absolutely ascertain that you do suffer from some kind of mental impairment. I hope for the world’s sake that you never have children so the rest of the world can be saved from the defective genes of your offspring.
Love you Sweetums
Directed by: Jessica Oreck
Written by: Jessica Oreck
Produced by: Jessica Oreck (Myriapod Productions)
Run Time: 90 Min
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
For thousands of years, mankind has been examining nature as a way to learn more about our self, our purpose and our destiny. The idea that everything in the world is somehow connected has inspired generations of Japanese philosophers, rulers and religious figures who look for answers in their quest to for the universal truths of mankind’s existence by looking at some of the smallest creatures on the planet: insects. The Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, even though it sounds like a B-Movie, examines Japanese culture and their fascination with insects, from the roles that these strange creatures have played in their ancient philosophies, to becoming modern day pets or collectors items.
The documentary primarily follows a bug catcher and several children, combining them with spectacular photography of Japan’s natural beauty as it tells the story of the insects influence throughout history. At the same time, the movie isn’t just about bugs or all of the deep philosophies passed down through the ages; it’s also about instilling the same sense of wonder and appreciation of nature that we all felt the first time we stumbled across a giant beetle on a hike or in our backyard. Even the tone of the movie is everything you’d expect out of eastern philosophy writings where calmness and being connected to the world around you almost makes the viewer forget the westernized world we live in.
The movie would be perfect except for that it might be difficult for some young children get into because they wouldn’t be able to read all of the subtitles. Luckily this flaw will be solved soon with the educational version of the film due to be released in the late summer complete with an English script. The $365 price tag of the educational version will however make it unobtainable for most people and is geared towards schools. Hopefully a more consumer friendly version of the film makes its way out so a younger audience or just those people who hate subtitles can enjoy it along with everyone else.
What else can I say besides I love this documentary? I know that not everybody likes bugs but I can’t picture a single person (even those squeamish people that hate spiders) who wouldn’t think some of the insects in this movie aren’t interesting. This movie is an awesome watch for anyone curious about exploring other cultures but I liked it for a completely different reason; it made me forget all of those things I don’t want to deal with in my everyday life. After a long day at work or just a day of watching the news, who wouldn’t want to leave all of that behind and go to a simpler place and escape for an hour or two? Now that I think about it, after watching this movie, I want to go outside with a net and see what kinds of weird bugs I can find. I hear you can make a good living selling them In Japan
The Lone Wolf is looking for a roommate. This is the real ad he posted on craigslist…. be warned, it’s gets better the more you read it.
$700 Room NOW for rent in sweet condo with awesome couple
Come live with us (Fletch & Meesh) in our 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath condo in cozy San Marin in northern Novato, next to the Mt. Burdell preserve(trailhead 1 block away). We live in the Madera Marin townhouses next to San Marin Plaza(Harvest Market, Mary’s Pizza Shack, Subway, Starbucks, China Palace, Twister’s, etc.) and Kaiser Permanente, all of which are 1 block away. Also Meridian’ s Rolling Hills Club is only a few blocks away. Other Nearby places include a fire dept, San Marin high, San Ramon elementary, Miwok park, Stafford lake, horse stables, and a local church, etc.
The room is available now. The deposit is $1500 and rent is $700 plus your share of utilities(water every 2 months & pge every month). You get a nice room on the second floor. It has a dual sliding door full size closet, a freshly cleaned carpet, and a window with a screen and sweet view of some trees, bushes, buildings, and the street if you dig that. You get your own full bathroom with a bathtub/shower, sink, and yes, your very own toilet(oh yeah!). We also have storage cabinets outside your door for towels and whatever you don’t want in your room or under the bathroom sink. You also get a shelf in the pantry for food and kitchen stuff as well as cabinents for your dishes, cup, and pots and pans, and drawers for your silverware and cutlery. We currently have free basic cable and wireless internet. Our house is fully furnished, but you get to share our kitchen, dining room, livingroom with futon couchbed for occasional guests, 1/2 bath, deck with outdoor seating area(420 o.k. outside). We have a dishwasher, electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster, toaster oven, washer & dryer, heater, ironing board, etc. There are community tennis courts, and a small park, most important is the swimming pool which you can bring up to 4 guests at a time. There is a small parking lot(12 spaces) directly across the street that is first come first serve.
About us: we are both 29 and have been living together for a little over a year and a half, and together for just under that. We are into all kinds of music from punk to jazz and attend concerts/shows on a regular basis. We also both play musical instruments. We love movies and are addicted to netflix. We have different schedules and so we each have our own rooms. Fletch is up very late at night and usually sleeps late, where as Meesh works early and doesn’t stay up as late or have as strange of hours as Fletch(Your room would be next to Meesh’s). We love to travel and love the outdoors, though Fletch is more of a homebody and a videogaming computer tech music fiend, where as Meesh is into hiking, yoga, knitting and going to museums. We work at the Hopmonk in Sebastopol almost every Thursday night, for the “Juke Joint”, running Meesh’s vendor booth. We are both artists and are way into photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, etc. We also like to party and have a good time and listen to lound music. Hopefully you are like minded or open minded or both. We’ve also been to one to many Burningmans, I think it’s finally over after last years hydroponics advertisment flying over head on the last day. I hear they are adding a McDonald’s this year and they are giving out cyanide shakes, mmmm.
About you: your not a slob, you don’t smell, you like a clean house and don’t smoke weed inside(Meesh is allergic, plus stale weed stench sucks), you don’t leave your dirty dishes in the sink, your not a drug dealer, you don’t take or use other people’s stuff without asking, your a friendly pleasant person to be around and you like to have a good time, you have a greencard, you can pay your bills ontime without having to be asked, you don’t preach about your beliefs, you are an understanding civil intelligent down to earth being with your mind and heart in the right place, and you can take a joke and don’t get too easily offended(Fletch is politically incorrect and him and all his friends have sick and twisted senses of humor), you don’t take yourself too seriously, your not wanted in any state or country, you have common sense, hah, etc.
Alright, it’s almost 3 a.m. and I’m going to Vegas for a bachelor party in 3 hours, so I’m going to bed. If your still reading this I assume your still interested in checking the place out and meeting us, so email us and with any questions or leave a phone number for us to call you and set up a visit.
Fletch & Meesh
P.S. If your still reading this even though you aren’t interested in moving in, get a life!!! Mwa Ha Ha!
Homely woman on the bus – 30
I see you on the bus all the time. You remind me of a homely woman who should be baking pie or watching a hockey game. I’m not sure why, but I think I love you even though you’re much older than I am. When I see your chubby face it completely enrages me and I fantasize about what it would be like to come home from a hard day of work and to smack you. You just look so punchable and it fills me with that warm feeling that a man has for a woman after years of marriage. I think we’re meant to be, your face, my fist and of course those muffins that I know you make. It takes most relationships years to develop to the level that we’ve already achieved by just looking at each other and I can tell by how much I want to mush your cartoon like face that we are indeed soul mates. If you’re reading this, send me a message my love….
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.
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.
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.