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BYOB 051217


19 Responses to “BYOB 051217”

  1. Sideshow Bill says:

    Any of the horror fans here see A Dark Song, from IFC Midnight? I VOD’d it about 2 weeks ago and loved it. I found it quite frightening and even moving towards the end. IFC Midnight has a pretty good track record. The House On Willow Street was a rare miss.

  2. Michael Bergeron says:

    liked A Dark Song a lot … definitely found a fresh way to spin an occult thriller

  3. EtGuild2 says:

    I’d never seen the last KING ARTHUR remake with Clive Owen and Keira Knightley, but the supporting cast caused me to do a triple take….Stellan Skarsgard, Ray Stevenson, Mads Mikkelsen, Joel Edgerton, Hugh Dancy.

    What in the world? Of course it was prior to a lot of these actors breaking out. That’s a lineup a movie would kill for nowadays, the three leads (aside from possibly Knightley) aside.

  4. leahnz says:

    here’s a little poem i wrote, you might want to learn it note for note:

    liar liar
    pants on fire

    cheater cheater
    pumpkin eater

    traitor traitor
    putin fellator


  5. hcat says:

    Right with you Leah, not sure who is in charge of planning the Fourth of July Fireworks display this year, but I would like to suggest Roland Emmerich.

  6. leahnz says:

    i don’t get the fireworks reference hcat, did i miss something?
    (hard to keep up at this rate, it’s – as the great J demme said in his unique way of speaking – “…a nightMERE”)

    adding a verse:

    fire fire
    reichstag tryer

    (either via provocation or DIY it’s the playbook, take care out there peeps. who was it that said, “sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a freight train”)

  7. leahnz says:

    so weird the lack of political discussion on the hotblog now, did DP ask that it be put on the back burner or something and i missed it?

    (Sarah Kendzior is my on-going crush in the twittersphere, anthropologist and expert in authoritarianism, depressingly accurate in her predictions of this kakistocracy of crims and fuckwits from the start)

  8. Pete B says:

    Leah, I find it interesting that the most vocal and ardent Trump basher on the Blog doesn’t even live in the States.

    And to answer your question, I don’t think Dave said anything about political discussions. If he did, I missed it too.

    Since politics seems to have taken over every other outlet, I assumed people here just want to focus on movies.

  9. Pete B says:

    Non-movie related, but Chris Cornell dead at 52? WTF?
    Strange, if it’s a suicide (like being speculated), to do it in the middle of a Soundgarden tour.

  10. Ray Pride says:

    Cornell contributed to movies, so it’s movie-related. Several links on front page, more if they’re as good as Mark Olsen’s appreciation (linked).

  11. Ray Pride says:

    The Amanda Petrusich piece linked on front page is also v. good

  12. Stella's Boy says:

    I saw Cornell in 1999 on his Euphoria Morning tour. He played a small, rundown theater in Milwaukee. It was just him and a guitar. I remember it like it was last night and get chills thinking about it. I arrived early and made sure I was at the front of the stage. He was maybe ten feet away. The best live show I’ve ever seen. That voice. Jesus. I’ve never heard anything like it. The highlight was an acoustic performance of Fell on Black Days. Such sad news. RIP.

  13. leahnz says:

    really, you find it ‘interesting’ Pete B?

    half of my family lives in the US, and my beloved great gran and fave person ever was lakota sioux

    (oh wait i forgot, you white boys are the REAL americans, let’s do an interview about your ‘economic anxiety’)

  14. palmtree says:

    Speaking of DP and politics, that pull quote from Rush Limbaugh is just the worst. Why DP? Why???????

  15. Ray Pride says:

    That was a voice that would depict the legend of Roger Ailes, beyond the chorus rightfully recalling decades of predation.

  16. Pete B says:

    Not sure why the snarkiness Leah. It was an innocent observation.

    {And how do you know if I’m white?}

  17. leahnz says:

    your comment reads passive-aggressive to me, pete B (re-reading it, still does). seems like you could word it differently if you were making some other point than what it sounds like. if i misinterpreted then my bad, tone is difficult to grok sometimes in this written medium

    part 2 – the things you say, pete, lots of stuff — off the top of my head, such as defending steve bannon as a ‘nationalist’ and not a ‘white nationalist’ (nonsense); like watching fox/bill o’reilly for balance/’both sides’ (o’reilly is a sexist bigot and a fucking asshole, what is it with needing the asshole’s perspective and thinking it’s ‘balance’?); like suggesting hclint is as bad as trump, seemingly deluded by the usual right-wing propaganda – most disappointing propagated by wilfully ignorant so-called progressives during the campaign – without actually knowing anything about her (such as you didn’t even know the repub smear campaign started with their outrage over her cookie-baking stance while first lady; or that her secret service nickname is ‘hermione’) or much about her platform for that matter, which was pretty much the most progressive in US history. just typical white-boy stuff (and if you’re not, i guess you might as well be)

  18. Pete B says:


    Yes I am white, white as Wonder Bread and vanilla ice cream. Didn’t know it was that obvious.

    My post wasn’t meant as passive-aggressive. That makes me scratch my head. I just found it ironic, as you yourself mentioned the lack of politics on the blog.

    My comment about balance was between Bill O’Reilly (who was more of a centrist when compared to Hannity, but is now off the air) and Rachel Maddow. Flip back & forth between Fox & MSNBC and its like you’re on 2 different planets. Somewhere in the middle is the truth.

    As for the other stuff, we’ll have to agree to disagree. Hence why I normally stick to just films here.

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