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  1. 1 hour ago, mot925 said:

    I bet Robert would be SO DISAPPOINTED! Perhaps if TCM would stop showing some the 70, 80, etc crap movies and go back to the CLASSICS they wouldn't of had to raise the rates and lose viewers?

    Turner purchased these classic movies for a steal according to his interview!

    That's how you lose viewers in today's TV watching climate. I don't like it either but that's how it is.


    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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    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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  4. 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.


  5. 28 minutes ago, TheCid said:

    You mean Happy Irish and Italian Catholics Day. They created it to honor themselves.

    Columbus' main selling point for the "New World" was that it had  many natives who could be enslaved.  Unfortunately it actually resulted in most of them dying.

    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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  6. 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.



    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.


    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.

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  9. 1 hour ago, TheCid said:

    Back to the draft topic.  Did you ever serve in the military?  If so, when and what doing?  Thanks.

    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 

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  10. 33 minutes ago, Arturo said:

    Pedophilia is against the law for good reason.  Homosexuality is no longer illegal in the U.S.  So any sexual acts between two Consenting Adults is very different, and treated very differently, by the law.

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

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  11. 31 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:


    I'd also like to point out that a what-about-ism thread on Bernie Sanders registering as a conscientious objector somehow morphed into Immanuel Kant and the immorality of gay-wedding cakes. :lol:

    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.

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  12. 5 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

    Why are you hopeful that it will be overturned? What will you gain by it being overturned?

    I'm not trying to get a rise out of you, but I'm just surprised that someone that has been so vocally anti-religious is also this worked up about homosexuality. Trying to lump it in with pedophilia, which includes non-consenting minors, is particularly egregious. 

    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.

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  13. 3 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

    The study cited does not prove that sexuality is a choice. Here's another take on the same study:

    "The study shows that genes play a small and limited role in determining sexuality. Genetic heritability — all of the information stored in our genes and passed between generations — can only explain 8 to 25 percent of why people have same-sex relations, based on the study’s results.

    Moreover, the researchers found that sexuality is polygenic — meaning hundreds or even thousands of genes make tiny contributions to the trait. That pattern is similar to other heritable (but complex) characteristics like height or a proclivity toward trying new things. (Things like red/green colorblindness, freckles and dimples can be traced back to single genes). But polygenic traits can be strongly influenced by the environment, meaning there’s no clear winner in this “nature versus nurture” debate."

    You seem to be applying the same kind of absolutism as a number of religious fundamentalists. 

    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.

    2 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

    So you support discrimination based on one's 'actions' regardless of where or when these 'actions' took place.

    To me that isn't a sound social policy;  instead the 'actions' needs to be something the business observed.   

    E.g.  a business should be allowed to refuse service to those that look and act like clowns,  but not Bozo dressed up in street-cloths.  

    You're really lost...

    7 minutes ago, TheCid said:

    So, I can believe in same sex marriages and the government can "believe" in it and protecting the rights of same sex couples as equal treatment under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.  Thank you.

    And people have the right to oppose it and hopefully it will be overturned one day.

  14. 3 minutes ago, Princess of Tap said:

    Aren't some people born with a predisposition to homosexuality?

    Haven't there been scientific studies done on this?

    2 minutes ago, TheCid said:

    OK Gershwin.  How about let's use 21st Century concepts and not something from the dark or near dark ages.

    You are free to believe in what you see true as is everyone else.

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