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    Trump vs Turkey & Kurdish allies....

    Kurdish forces in Rojava are largely Socialist atheists, not that Trump would like them anymore.
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    Recently Watched Mystery/Crime/Noir/Etc.

    Saw this one recently. Recommended
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    the democrat impeachment lynching scam

    "It's not lying, it's just adding a bit of color" I have to remember that one.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Yeah but you can count on Chicago's government to be incompetent. Plus it's not exactly in their business interest.
  5. Anyone else see the new film on the famous events? It is not as good as the 1967 classic but I enjoyed it a lot. It focuses more on the highwaymen who killed the couple whereas the guy is only a minor character in the 60s film. This film depicts Bonnie and Clyde in a much more negative light while the Faye Dunaway- Warren Beatty one, which is sympathetic to them and tries to whitewash their crimes. In the 1967 film they only kill people on accident (the guy runs out and latches onto the side of their car) while in this film they lure policemen by pretending their car is broken down and shoot them purely for the thrill of it. The Faye Dunaway one also shows Bonnie as more sympathetic and "fighting against the banks" while here she shoots the police in the head point blank and even points the gun at his head and laughs and says "Hi sweetie" before shooting him right there. This film does show the shantytowns of the era but it depicts it as an obstacle to be overcome by everyone and the banks are shown in a neutral light at best. A gas station attendant says something like "they rob the banks that rob us so they're alright" and then the titular highwayman beats him up and points a gun at his head and tells him to take it back. The difference in "moods" and themes between the two films is stunning. I thought this scene near the beginning where they stage a prison break was well shot. Of course, the real prison break was nothing like this but it is just a movie. This film is also noir influenced in some scenes. The scene where the two look over the dead body of a former member of the Barrow gang and vow to bring them to justice is shot with a use of shadows that brings some of the 40s noirs to mind. While the original 67 film is 10/10, I would say this one is probably 6/10 or 7/10. Not a great film but still enjoyable. Neither are necessarily historically accurate but most movies aren't anyways.
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    Trump vs Turkey & Kurdish allies....

    "Mandate of Heaven" Donald Trump is Confuciuanist now?
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    Democratic Debate

    The Democratic debate is tonight and I'm not even sure who half these people are and the half I do know, I despise. Uhhh... Yang is cool, I guess.
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    the democrat impeachment lynching scam

    Do you even have the channel anymore? You can't watch it anyways.
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    The Highwaymen (2019) vs Bonnie and Clyde (1967)?

    It's been shown at some film festivals but I don't think it had a wide release.
  10. I don't see feminism in it at all except for the fact that she's a woman.
  11. Decades? I think he said "never." Also while I tend to dislike Star Wars and sexualization in media I don't think it has anything to do with their casting choice.
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    Hong Kong protests....

    https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/08/mulan-boycott-liu-yifei-hong-kong-protests-police Mulan Actress Voices Support for Hong Kong Police Amid Protests, Sparks Boycott Calls As protesters fight for democracy, Liu Yifei, a naturalized American citizen, wrote on the Chinese social platform Weibo, “I support the Hong Kong police. You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong.” Protests in Hong Kong have been roiling for months, and show no signs of stopping any time soon. Demonstrators’ fight for democracy began with a now-defunct bill that would have allowed mainland China to extradite people from Hong Kong—which has seen its traditional autonomy diminishing in recent years. All of this has proven a sticky topic for some Chinese-American actors—most recently, Liu Yifei, who will play Mulan in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake. Yifei ran afoul of the protests’ supporters this week when she stated her support for Hong Kong police, whose use of force has been condemned by Amnesty International. The police have also been accused of using undercover officers to infiltrate the protests and make arrests. “I support the Hong Kong police,” Yifei wrote on the Chinese social platform Weibo. “You can all attack me now. What a shame for Hong Kong.” According to CNN, the hashtag #BoycottMulan quickly began trending on Twitter, which is banned in China. As CNN notes, Yifei is not the only Chinese-American celebrity to anger the protest’s supporters. Jackie Chan, who hails from Hong Kong, said during an appearance on Chinese broadcaster CCTV Thursday that the violence was “heartbreaking and worrying for many.” He referred to an incident in which the protesters threw the People’s Republic of China flag into the sea, and said he supported state TV’s campaign to protect the banner after it had been “desecrated.” “I feel the pride of being a Chinese everywhere,” Chan said in Mandarin. “The five-starred red flag is respected everywhere.” According to CNN, his nationalist tone courted criticism on Twitter as well.
  13. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/oct/04/martin-scorsese-says-marvel-movies-are-not-cinema The director says he has tried and failed to watch the new brand of superhero films, which he likens to theme parks Martin Scorsese, one of cinema’s most venerated current directors, has decried superhero movies – the dominant force in today’s industry. The director of films such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas told Empire magazine that his attempts to get up to speed with contemporary superhero films had failed. “I tried, you know?” the director said when asked if he had seen Marvel’s movies. “But that’s not cinema.” He continued: “Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.” Earlier this year, Avengers: Endgame became the highest grossing film in history after topping $2.8bn at the global box office (fifth highest after adjusting for inflation). Eight other titles from the same studio feature in the Top 30 (when factored without inflation). Marvel head Kevin Feige last year defended his films against the kind of criticism levelled by Scorsese, saying that the series’s lack of major awards was no indication of a lack of quality or ambition. “Maybe it’s easy to dismiss VFX or flying people or spaceships or billion dollar grosses,” Feige said. “I think it is easy to say that you have already been awarded in a certain way. [Alfred] Hitchcock never won best director, so it’s very nice, but it doesn’t mean everything. I would much rather be in a room full of engaged fans.” Scorsese’s latest film, The Irishman, won rave reviews from its premiere at the New York film festival last weekend, with critics praising the use of “de-ageing” technology. Out today is Joker, Todd Phillip’s revisionist take on the DC villain, which borrows much from the films of Scorsese, notably 1983’s The King of Comedy.
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    Democratic Debate

    Yeah, he's back. He's back from his heart attack at the hospital.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Chicago IS a complete garbage dump. As someone who lives near there, I completely agree. That said, the crime has been going down recently though only by a little bit.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    "uhhh... It was actually on purpose. Sure..."
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    Martin Scorsese says Marvel movies are 'not cinema'

    I'm not a huge fan of either but I agree with you here. That said, I'll still watch Watchmen over Rushmore any day.
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    Martin Scorsese says Marvel movies are 'not cinema'

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rome-martin-scorsese-laments-young-peoples-understanding-cinema-1248997 Martin Scorsese Laments "Young People's" Understanding of Cinema, Shoots Down Question on Lack of Female Characters "If the story doesn’t call for it…it’s a waste of everybody's time," said 'The Irishman' helmer about the discussion of showcasing roles for women in his films. Martin Scorsese presented his new film The Irishman at the Rome Film Fest on Monday along with producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff as the festival’s centerpiece event. The film, which details one of the most famous mob hits in history, that of Jimmy Hoffa, stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. Scorsese described The Irishman as a film about “mortality and the unraveling of a life,” and “the immediate human experience” that he hopes anyone could relate to. The director also continued his tour of widely publicized comments in criticizing theaters for throwing most of their weight behind Marvel and DC films. “The key that I’m hoping for is for theaters to continue to support narrative cinema of this kind,” said Scorsese, naming off other filmmakers including Noah Baumbach, Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson. He continued to criticize what is now viewed as cinema, and went further in lamenting how young people today experience life and understand (or fail to understand) the consequences of history. His main wish, he clarified, is that “the theaters support the films. But right now the theaters seem to be mainly supporting the theme park, amusement park, comic book films. They’re taking over the theaters. I think they can have those films; it’s fine. It’s just that that shouldn’t become what our young people believe is cinema. It just shouldn’t.” Scorsese said it’s “quite sad” that the life of Jimmy Hoffa is largely unknown today. “As well known as he was, time just wiped him away,” he said. “This is the world we live in. Our children are, I don’t know what they’re doing with those devices. They perceive reality differently. They perceive even the concept of what history is supposed to be [differently],” continued the director. “How are they going to know about WWII? How are they going to know about Vietnam? What do they think of Afghanistan? What do they think of all of this? They’re perceiving it in bits and pieces. There seems to be no continuity of history.” A member of the Italian press also asked Scorsese why his films’ protagonists are mainly men, showing few interesting female stories. The Hollywood Reporter’s review of the film called The Irishman “very much a movie about middle-aged men, and you miss the electric female energy of great roles that Scorsese shaped for Lorraine Bracco, Cathy Moriarty and Sharon Stone, among others.” A somewhat frustrated Scorsese immediately shot down the journalist's question. “No. That’s not even a valid point. That’s not valid. I can't…. That goes back to 1970. That’s a question that I’ve had for so many years. Am I supposed to?” “No,” chimed in Koskoff. “If the story doesn’t call for it…. It’s a waste of everybody’s time. If the story calls for a female character lead, why not?” “Alice Doesn’t Live Here,” chimed in Koskoff again. “Oh, that’s only one film. They don’t count that. Age of Innocence, they don’t count that,” said Scorsese. “Casino,” said Koskoff. “Casino. Sharon Stone’s great in that. They don’t count that. Forget it,” said Scorsese. “‘It’s all these men,’” he continued, implying he was being unfairly targeted, which prompted larger applause from the Italian press. “Sure, I’d like to do,” said Scorsese. “But you know what, I’m 76 now. How am I going to have the time? I don’t know what’s going to happen. We don't know. I don’t have time anymore.”
  19. The extremely PC probably dislike it because it has "man" in it.
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    Any 'must-see' TV ?

    https://www.nydailynews.com/snyde/ny-john-cho-injured-set-cowboy-bebop-20191020-n5ffppyx7vanbjz6lpp2gqiree-story.html John Cho injury on ‘Cowboy Bebop’ set expected to halt production for seven to nine months Production for the Netflix series “Cowboy Bebop” will reportedly be put on hold for a while after star John Cho suffered a knee injury on set. Cho is set to have surgery after getting hurt while taking part in a stunt during filming in New Zealand, Variety reported, citing a source. Production for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the Japanese 1990s cartoon series is expected to go on a seven-to-nine month hiatus in the aftermath of the accident, according to Variety. Cho, 47, is reportedly back in Los Angeles, where the surgery will take place. - The original is one of my favorite series but I do not have high hopes for this Netflix version.
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    Trump vs Turkey & Kurdish allies....

    Withdrawing from the region puts the Kurds in danger and is a risk to US security. It's a gift for Erdogan and Assad who want control there but not for us.

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