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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.
  2. 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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    Somewhat Off-Topic: What have you been reading lately?

    Bloom generally disliked 20th century and 21st century literature. I remember he said something along the lines of "Pynchon's Mason & Dixon is one of the last great novels." Then there's also his "no discernible talent" remarks about DFW.
  4. Okay true but their government policies fall within the "Capitalist mode of production" which is what is usually implied by the phrase. They are also members of the Bourgeois class at the very least.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    Singapore (1960) Shakti Samanta, India & Malaysia - 6.5/ 10 - Ramesh disappears after inheriting a rubber farm with a hidden treasure on it and his friend Shyam must find him. Shyam has the help of his woman and Lou Costello-type comedic sidekick "Cha-Choo." It is soon found out that Ramesh has been kidnapped by a Fu Manchu style Chinese gang and they must get him back. This one is silly fun and of course like many of these films has the characters wearing thin disguises that the enemy gang is miraculously fooled by. The musical numbers are usually catchy but one problem is that there are too many of them. The plot is also a bit convoluted and the film could have been shorter. Overall, this is fun and a good way to spend two hours.
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    Live Updates Ahead of Tonight’s Democratic Debate

    "A miscarriage is the exact same thing as an abortion." What was that woman on about?
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    It was fairly successful earning 3.3 million roughly and was one of 8 German movies nominated for the "Foreign Language" submission from Germany but it did not win (I think Toni Erdmann was submitted that year?) I would have probably voted for it if I was on that committee though.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    Also the bits on reality TV and mass media I really connected to Donald Trump and Boris Johnson and AFD and the way those groups try to use those forms of media to their advantage. Especially the part where Hitler rants about "foolish" forms of entertainment being used to distract the people. That's how I saw it. I think the movie has a very good message about politics and media in our current age.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    I really like the part where the studio head's rant over his show ending is done in a style of the famous Der Untergang, Hitler rantscene. Yeah, the dog shooting scene was a bit much but it was mainly to set up his downfall in the press and being accused of an animal abuser. The irony of ofcourse is that it's the real Hitler and the only thing they accuse him of wrongdoing is hurting an animal.
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    Martin Scorsese says Marvel movies are 'not cinema'

    My OP post was just a link to the article on what Scorsese said. Also no, I was not trying to imply Marvel or "superhero movies" should be banned or anything. I really like Watchmen for example.
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    Martin Scorsese says Marvel movies are 'not cinema'

    Scorsese was asked what he thought of those movies and he gave the honest answer that he thought they're dumb and childish and the equivalent of a "rollercoaster ride." He was asked for his opinion and gave it. He can't criticize something you like ever now? Nowhere did he say people can't enjoy Marvel films or that Marvel films should be mass burned and their fans shamed. All he said they were not serious films and were degrading the art of movie making, an opinion shared by many film makers in his same craft.
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    Somewhat Off-Topic: What have you been reading lately?

    Come on, V. He just died yesterday. I thought this interview of his is pretty good. He defended literature from the School of Resentment and people who interjected politics from both sides. Who will defend the Western Canon now? I don't think there is a literary scholar like him around today.
  13. Bernie is at best a Social Democrat. He is a Capitalist too. I don't think either of them are going to be nominated though, Bernie particularly for his age and health concerns.
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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    That's how you lose viewers in today's TV watching climate. I don't like it either but that's how it is.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    Deprisa, Deprisa (1981) Carlos Saura, Spain - 3/10-Drugged up Spanish teens mess around Madrid and plan robberies to get by on. Things go bad during a botched robbery attempt. This is like a proto-City of God film except more boring and less graphic. Supposedly it used real criminals and drug users from lower class Spain.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    My Fuhrer (2007) Dani Levy, Germany - 5.5/10- In late 1944, Adolf Hitler is extremely depressed about losing the war with the USA and Russia so Goebbels plans to cheer him up for his next rally by bringing in his favorite Jewish comedian. Of course, things aren't as simple as that as the comedian's family tries to push him into assassinating Hitler. Things are also complicated when Heinrich H1mmler comes back from the Eastern Front and wants to kill the comedian. I thought this one had a great set up but the jokes themselves were just not that funny and could have been done better. I did think it was a bit funny though that H1mmler is shelled so his arm is in a cast permanently in a "Sieg Heil" salute.
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    Somewhat Off-Topic: What have you been reading lately?

    A bit off topic to this thread but the literary critic Harold Bloom died today. He's famous for defending the traditional canon of western literature (Kafka, Cervantes, Freud, Kant, etc.) I've read his famous book on the western canon and recommend it. Harold Bloom, author of 'Anxiety of Influence,' dies at 89 NEW YORK — Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal "The Anxiety of Influence" and melancholy regard for literature's old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89. Bloom's wife, Jeanne, said that he had been failing health, although he continued to write books and was teaching as recently as last week. Yale says Bloom died at a New Haven, Connecticut, hospital. Bloom wrote more than 20 books and prided himself on making scholarly topics accessible to the general reader. Although he frequently bemoaned the decline of literary standards, he was as well placed as a contemporary critic could hope to be. He appeared on best-seller lists with such works as "The Western Canon" and "The Book of J," was a guest on "Good Morning America" and other programs and was a National Book Award finalist and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A readers' poll commissioned by the Modern Library ranked "The Western Canon" at No. 58 on a list of the 20th century's best nonfiction English-language books. His greatest legacy could well outlive his own name: the title of his breakthrough book, "The Anxiety of Influence." Bloom argued that creativity was not a grateful bow to the past, but a Freudian wrestle in which artists denied and distorted their literary ancestors while producing work that revealed an unmistakable debt.
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    Faust (1926)

    Or he could just watch them online for free like most people.
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    Yeah, he wanted slaves to work in his gold mines. I remember reading about how he would put them into the mines and if they tried to escape he would cut their hand off. This was in Hispaniola or one of the other colonies, I believe.
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    Still crying about blacklisting

    TCM's current hosts and staff very clearly have a political bias but blacklisting is an important topic of discussion behind the film's creation.
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    Martin Scorsese says Marvel movies are 'not cinema'

    Maher himself did also echo similar sentiments regarding Marvel movies a few months ago. Scorsese does tip into the mob theme a bit too much but Silence is pretty good.
  22. I've never been a huge Fonda fan but I like her segment in Spirits of the Dead.
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    Faust (1926)

    It's up on YouTube for free.

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