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  1. Quite frankly it's not a close contest for me - SPARTACUS all the way. The cast of the Kubrick film is vastly superior, with supporting portrayals by Ustinov, Laughton and Olivier vivid and even complex. At the same time the two leads, Kirk Douglas and Jean Simmons, bring a poignancy to a few of their scenes together. Speaking of Douglas, not only is he sufficiently physical in the lead role of Spartacus but he brings a sensitivity to the part, as well, as opposed to the constant macho glower of Russell Crowe in Gladiator. So much of Gladiator is taken up with the predictably psychotic portrayal of Joaquin Phoenix as crackpot Emperor that, at almost three hours, it becomes a bit tiresome to watch him after a while. As entertainment, he hardly compares to the enjoyable theatrics of the three British supporting players in Spartacus. Furthermore Spartacus has a message in its screenplay, not overplayed, about respect for the individual, in particular, the oppressed under dog in an authoritarian society that still rings true, even if some today might regard it as leftist propaganda. The 1960 film, which further benefits from an impressive, sweeping musical score by Alex North, also dares to have a downbeat yet poignant ending based on history. In contrast to that I thought the melodramatics of Gladiator's ring finale and its outcome uninvolving and really quite hokey. SPOILER: All that business with the dead warrior floating to join his deceased family waiting for him? Come on! Is anyone actually emotionally involved in whatever happens to any of the characters in Gladiator? If any were, I was certainly not one of them. Overall, I thought Gladiator an okay but overlong time waster. Spartacus goes on too long, as well, but, for me, stands up as arguably the most intelligent of Roman Empire epics and a model of its kind. One more thing, I'm always impressed by the elaborate battle or action scenes done in a film, such as Spartacus, in which you know real people and real stunt men participated in what you see on screen. All of the CGI work in a film like Gladiator, while superficially enjoyable enough to watch, still leaves me a little cold knowing that so much of what we are watching on screen is coming from a computer.
  2. Good to see you in agreement with Joe Biden, MM!
  3. Then Johnson asked, "How'd you know which rock I was under?"
  4. How often has Trump expressed admiration for various dictators? He really likes their style!
  5. Then there was Bill Cosby, whose name became Mud.
  6. He isn't talking much like that these days. Now he's more concerned with calling in the army. Oh, yeh, he'll also say, "Toss me a Bible" if anything looking like a camera is nearby.
  7. MM, you change positions whenever it's convenient for you. Previously you were protesting against the social distancing restrictions on Americans that "wanna have fun." Now you're concerned because those same concerns aren't being exercised by protesters, transparently because it gives you a chance to take a shot at the protesters (of whom I doubt very much you give a damn). In any event the protesters will pay a price (along with others who come into contact with them) in the weeks to come for their close proximity to one another. This will go down as one of the tragic consequences of a nation being traumatized by the brutal murder of a black man by a rotten cop during a pandemic. Not only that but there are images around, too, of cops siding with the protesters in some cities and even exchanging hugs with them. It's a beautiful gesture of solidarity and an attempt to reach out that may have dire consequences for those involved from a killer virus that shows no mercy. I hope this cop, one of the many good ones, and this protester don't pay a price for this gesture during a pandemic. Not only that but there may be deadly consequences with those coming into contact with these two afterward, as well.
  8. There is no mob. There's protesters and there's looters, two different things. Don't lump the protesters in with criminals and any extremist groups that try to take advantage of the situation. The protesters have a right to be heard with grievances of police brutality against blacks that go back to, well, when didn't some bad cops oppress/murder them? Unfortunately you now have a President who, his eyes on the November election, tramples over peaceful protesters' first amendment rights with tear gas and stun grenades. YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO USED POLICE TO TURN AGAINST HIS OWN PEOPLE!!! DO YOU NOT KNOW AN AUTHORITARIAN LEADER IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY WHEN YOU SEE IT? IF THIS HAPPENED IN ANOTHER NATION YOU WOULD SAY IT'S UP TO THE PEOPLE THERE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WHEN IT'S IN YOUR OWN NATION, YOU ATTACK ANYONE WHO DARES TO CRITICIZE HIM.
  9. Grow up, both of you! No wonder you idolize the superficial male chauvinist child now in the Oval Office fearful of women of power and accomplishment.
  10. Say little people who hide in their homes while watching this on TV.
  11. Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 100% Correct. Thank you Tom!
  12. In the movies . . . "Strength and Honour" In the White House today . . . Fake Strength and No Honour Reports are that this "warrior" President was embarrassed with media coverage that he had hid in a White House bunker when protesters were outside the WH gates so demanded a photo op outside the WH grounds. This involved trampling on the first amendment rights (which he claimed to protect) of peaceful protesters by clearing them out of the way with tear gas and stun grenades. I repeat, this President turned police on HIS OWN PEOPLE!!! Shades of Tiananmon Square! By the way, the Chinese and Russian press are loving all of this, as well as every authoritarian leader in the world.
  13. In the movies . . . "Strength and Honour" In the White House today . . . Fake Strength and No Honour Reports are that this "warrior" President was embarrassed with media coverage that he had hid in a White House bunker when protesters were outside the WH gates so demanded a photo op outside the WH grounds. This involved trampling on the first amendment rights (which he claimed to protect) of peaceful protesters by clearing them out of the way with tear gas and stun grenades. I repeat, this President turned police on HIS OWN PEOPLE!!! Shades of Tiananmon Square! By the way, the Chinese and Russian press are loving all of this, as well as every authoritarian leader in the world.
  14. "Look at me, my evangelical base, I stand me for you, I ignore the problems of blacks, and even I hold a Bible in my hand (without getting struck by a bolt of lightning). Remember this image and vote for me in November."
  15. I wonder if P. T. Barnum laughed at all the yokels who paid money to see his shows. Sure as heck he didn't want to hang out with them.
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