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  1. Gershwin fan

    Faust (1926)

    It's up on YouTube for free.
  2. 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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    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    Mine was removed a bit later than most of your's. It was removed earlier today and I was going to watch In the Mood for Love on TCM on Demand too. I wish they would at least leave us that option if they have to take the channel. Really though I try to find films for free online (usually through Mega service if I can). In this day, there are many options available to find films where you don't even have to pay a cent.
  4. Gershwin fan

    Films in 2019

    https://jacobitemag.com/2019/10/12/jokers-trick/ JOKER’S TRICK Not in recent memory has going to the movies been pervaded by such a looming sense of potential death. The lead-up to Todd Phillip’s Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role, was met with widespread media outcry that the film could be a target for a mass shooting like the one at a 2012 screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. The villainous Joker wasn’t in that particular Batman movie, the sequel to Heath Ledger’s Academy Award-winning Joker performance in The Dark Knight—but he turned up nonetheless in the form of James Holmes, who killed twelve people and left many more injured. Now the Joker is back—and not in the form of Ledger’s gritty-but-witty gangster kingpin that executes a spectacular bank robbery at the beginning of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Phoenix’s Joker is not the supervillain who meets his match in the vigilante aristocrat Batman. Not yet at least. Now we see the Joker getting his own superhero-origin-story treatment. And the Joker’s origin is that he is a pathetic incel. At least that’s how the hype would have it. In our age when news is just an inventory of the most-mentioned social media outrages at any given moment, “all press is good press” reigns especially true when corralling the lazy masses off their couches and into the cinemas. Nothing is more seductive than the possibility that one could be senselessly murdered.
  5. Gershwin fan

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    Female Agents (2008) Jean-Paul Salomé, France - 7/10 - Basically an all female version of the Dirty Dozen. In 1944, an English geologist doing a test to prepare for D- Day is captured by the Germans and an all female team of prisoners and soldiers is made to go behind enemy lines and bring him back. They are headed by a man but soon he is captured and they are left alone in enemy controlled France with the mission of killing the evil German general Heidrich who has him prisoner and is going to reveal the D- Day plans to the Fuhrer. This film is very well acted and the guns and weapons are mostly accurate. Sophie Marceau is good in the role of the main female who tries to keep them together after their male leader (who also happens to be her brother) is captured. The only problem I have with the film like with the Dirty Dozen is the implication that the resistance fighters were forced into it because they were prisoners instead of heroes who willingly signed up to liberate their nation. This is a very beautiful film and I recommend it.
  6. Gershwin fan

    TCM Premieres

    I haven't seen it in a while but iirc like half of it is a dream sequence.
  7. It's weird to see you guys go from hating muslims to being their biggest defenders when you can smear an enemy country.
  8. Gershwin fan

    Draft evasion

    I mistyped. I meant Desmond Doss was MORAL. I was on my phone. I agree he was moral. Also no, I am not medically eligible
  9. Gershwin fan

    Draft evasion

    Uhhh... Okay. I never claimed it was against the law. The law is irrelevant to the Categorical Imperative.
  10. Gershwin fan

    Draft evasion

    As far as Conscientious Objection, someone like Desmond Doss who actually helped his country as a medic could hardly be described as immoral. To me, it is only immoral if your country is in clear and urgent danger and you refuse to help at all (WWII as an example). I don't really think Sanders fell under that though.
  11. Gershwin fan

    Draft evasion

    I certainly do not like the Church, especially their frequent cover up of the sexual abuse of young boys by their priests but I just do not think it is really ethical. Legal things like adoption should really be between man and woman because children need male and female role models in their lives. You are all free to support what ethical structures you choose as others are allowed to disagree as well.
  12. Gershwin fan

    Draft evasion

    The genetic component is not dominant though (8 to 25 percent?). Even if it were entirely genetic, it does not make it moral. Pedophiles try to rationalize what they do as being "just how my brain is wired." You could say the same of a lot of criminals that what they do is because their brains are just wired that way. You're really lost... And people have the right to oppose it and hopefully it will be overturned one day.
  13. Gershwin fan

    Draft evasion

    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/no-evidence-that-gay-gene-exists https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/massive-study-finds-no-single-genetic-cause-of-same-sex-sexual-behavior/ You are free to believe in what you see true as is everyone else.
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    The 20 Worst Films of 2012

    My vote would go for Fetih 1453. Terrible CGI-laden movie with hammy acting and pro-Ottoman propaganda (like most films from the region). Just look at that fake fire.
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    Draft evasion

    Okay, race is something you are BORN into and it is not an action. "Being White" or "being Asian" are NOT actions. Homosex IS an action just as much as master bation is and both actions fly in the face of Deontology. The ACT of being with the same gender is an action that violates the Categorical Imperative and as such, all people of good morals can not condone it.
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    Draft evasion

    The entire debate was about marriage specifically and asking the bakers to make cakes for the wedding. If you consider that a deviant idea and mockery of marriage and sexual union then it stands to reason that you would refuse service.
  17. Gershwin fan

    Draft evasion

    From a Deontological perspective, yes, that is the case. It is literally Deviancy by definition. No, of course not. An ACTION is not the same as racial background. An action is something you physically choose to do while a race is something born into. They choose to violate the Categorical Imperative and it is on their ACTIONS that moral judgment fall.
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    Trump vs Turkey & Kurdish allies....

    https://thehill.com/policy/defense/465105-congress-set-for-showdown-with-trump-over-kurds Congress set for showdown with Trump over Kurds President Trump is barreling toward a showdown with Congress over his decision to pull back U.S. troops in northern Syria despite widespread opposition. The announcement, which caught leadership and traditional GOP allies flatfooted, sparked a wave of condemnation, with Republicans calling it a “disaster in the making,” a “catastrophic mistake” and a “terrible decision.” Lawmakers are already weighing how to respond to Trump’s decision, setting the stage for a high-profile clash with Trump as soon as Congress returns from a two-week break on Monday. “Congress must and will act to limit the catastrophic impact of this decision,” said Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), a member of House GOP leadership, adding that Trump’s decision was having “sickening and predictable consequences.” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) warned that unless Turkey changes its behavior “everything is on the table,” including “suspending arms sales, to suspending economic aid to even considering their status in NATO.” Lawmakers, scattered across the country for a two-week break, are having behind-the-scenes talks about potential legislative action and publicly throwing out a myriad of ideas ranging from a resolution opposing Trump’s actions to sanctions against Turkey to inserting language into a mammoth defense policy bill. “Multiple committees are looking at possible legislative efforts to put the House on record against the President’s outrageous decision,” a House Democratic leadership aide told The Hill. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y) separately predicted that “Congress will take some form of action” given the “broad condemnation” sparked by Trump’s decision.
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    Trump vs Turkey & Kurdish allies....

    The story is civilians are dying as a result of Trump's policies. The "terrorism" claim is just an excuse by Erdogan to kill all the Kurdish civilians. As Turkish planes pounded Kurdish positions from the air and with artillery, CNN reporters on the ground in Syria reported smoke billowing from several large explosions as desperate civilians -- women, children and men -- fled the area on foot, some pushing others in wheelchairs, many crammed into the back of pickup trucks. With humanitarian groups reporting the bombardment could displace as many as 300,000 people, Erdogan's top adviser told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that Trump knew in advance about the scope of the Turkish attack.
  20. Gershwin fan

    Draft evasion

    Well the government has made a very sorry judgment as is often the case. I don't see how it would be unfair to turn away a sex offender or a pervert or any deviant.
  21. Gershwin fan

    Draft evasion

    Stores CAN discriminate for some things and not others already as it is. And he's famous for being against slavery and mistreatment of women. That's *literally* the entire point of his works. Just agree to disagree on this. What you see as normal others do not. If people think marriage should be a certain way then why would they want to cater to those who do not?
  22. Gershwin fan

    Comcast moving TCM to Sports/Entertainment Package

    You can still get it online if you have an app and you really want, I think. I haven't tried it though.
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    Trump vs Turkey & Kurdish allies....

    https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/09/politics/turkey-syria-us-anger-ramifications/index.html Republican anger grows as Trump disavows Kurds by saying they didn't help during WWII Washington (CNN)Republicans savaged President Donald Trump Wednesday for allowing Turkey to attack US allies in Syria as the President offered varying reasons for giving Turkey the green light, including the fact that Kurds did not fight alongside the US in World War II. Turkey launched its military operation to flush Kurds allied with the US out of northeastern Syria sparking outrage in Congress, creating rare bipartisan unity about the risks to the Kurds, US national security interests, regional stability and the fight against ISIS. Trump apparently gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the go-ahead on Sunday to proceed with his long-planned move against Kurdish fighters who make up part of the Syrian Defense Forces and who lost thousands of men fighting with the US against ISIS. As Turkish planes pounded Kurdish positions from the air and with artillery, CNN reporters on the ground in Syria reported smoke billowing from several large explosions as desperate civilians -- women, children and men -- fled the area on foot, some pushing others in wheelchairs, many crammed into the back of pickup trucks. With humanitarian groups reporting the bombardment could displace as many as 300,000 people, Erdogan's top adviser told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that Trump knew in advance about the scope of the Turkish attack. "President Trump and President Erdogan have reached an understanding over precisely what this operation is," Gulnur Aybet said from Ankara on Wednesday. "He knows what the scope of this operation is." The news trickling out of Syria fed increasing Republican anger, as lawmakers, former officials and analysts reacted throughout the day, and the US military stayed conspicuously silent.
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    Trump vs Turkey & Kurdish allies....

    "The ALLIES are terrorists" Do you even hear yourself?
  25. Gershwin fan

    Trump vs Turkey & Kurdish allies....

    So it's okay to let Erdogan massacre them then?

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