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  1. 3 hours ago, Vautrin said:

    The writer hints that Bloom only named one book of Updike's,

    The Witches of Eastwick, on his expanded canonical list, as possible payback for Updike's torturous 

    comment. Who knows. There were a few things in the NYT's obituary that might come under the

    heading of exaggeration if not actual pomposity

    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.

  2. 1 hour ago, Vautrin said:

    If one is using a narrow definition of a capitalist as the owner of a business who

    hires workers and seeks profits, neither Warren or Sanders is a capitalist. 

    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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    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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  4. 2 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

    It's gutsy that the movie was even made. I wonder how big a release it was in Germany?

    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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  5. 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. 

  6. 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. :lol: 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.

  7. 16 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

    Scorsese didn't, but some posters said as much. Speedy was responding to them, as well as the OP, or at least that's how I took it.

    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. 

  8. 5 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

    I don't appreciate this idea that adults who enjoy comic books and the like are not "grown up."  My husband reads comic books, or graphic novels as they're known, and is also an avid gamer.  He's every bit of a grown up as anyone else. He owns his own vehicle.  He owns his own home.  He's held a steady job since high school. He was working as sous chef and now as a kitchen supervisor.  He's in line to become a regional kitchen manager in the Portland Metro Area.  He's also an avid reader and has read everything from Alexandre Dumas' four novels about the Three Musketeers to Desi Arnaz' autobiography (which I recommended to him) to Nikki Sixx's Heroin Diaries.

    I enjoy watching animated films and shows.  I've had the same pair of Chucks since the seventh grade and they are very comfortable.  I wear flip flops in the summer, though I do not buy the $2 Old Navy ones as they hurt my feet.  I also don't buy the ones that make the flip flop noise as you walk, because those are annoying. I don't think liking these things makes me any less of an adult than anyone else.  I have some graphic tees, but none with Looney Tunes. I also don't wear slogan shirts unless you count my hilarious Golden Girls shirt with the "I'm Ready! Take me hurricane '91" statement. I also don't have any tats or body piercings either. 

    I think an adult is someone who is self-sufficient and can make their own decisions about what they do and do not like. If their love of comic books isn't hurting themselves or anyone else, why does it matter?

    If someone doesn't like superheroes, Marvel, and anything else of that ilk, don't watch them. Who cares?

    I'm honestly just tired of this trend of everyone trying to police what everyone else enjoys and does.  As long as they're not promoting free-basing cocaine or animal abuse, or anything else horrific and dangerous, why does it matter to you what people enjoy doing in their free time? 

    Scorsese just needs to stick to making the same old gangster movie featuring Joe Pesci, Robert DeNiro, and Leonardo DiCaprio, and let everyone else do what they want. 

    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.

  9. 26 minutes ago, Vautrin said:

    Harold Bloom, the sad-eye professor of pomposity has died. Oh no, how will we ever be

    able to understand texts without the near divine guidance of the Martha Stewart of literature.

    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.

  10. 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.

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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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  12. 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.


  13. 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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  14. 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.

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