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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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What do you make of the criticism directed at the film that the biopic genre or format is intrinsically bourgeois? That’s the most crazy criticism. That’s an excuse for not engaging with the content of the movie. Film critics sometimes, you know, can be very lazy.

Come on, formal criticism is valuable too. But I’m amazed when this is the thing they put in front of the discourse. My situation is that I’m dealing with a highly explosive subject, a taboo subject that nobody wants to deal with.

Karl Marx? Yes, this is the first film ever in the Western world about Marx. And I managed to make an almost mainstream film out of it. You want me at the same time to play the artist and do a risky film about the way my camera moves and the way I edit? No, it’s complicated enough! The artistic challenge — and it took me ten years with Pascal to write this story — was the writing. That was the most difficult part. We were making a film about the evolution of an idea, which is impossible. To be able to have political discourse in a scene, and you can follow it, and it’s not simplified, and it’s historically true. This is the accomplishment. So when someone criticizes the formal aspects without seeing that first, for me, it’s laziness or ignorance. There’s an incapacity to deal with what’s on the table. I make political films about today, I’m not making a biopic to make a biopic. I don’t believe in being an artist just to be an artist. And by the way, this film cost $9 million. I dare anyone in the United States to make this film for $9 million.
Raoul Peck on The Young Karl Marx

“The Motion Picture Academy, at considerable expense and with great efficiency, runs all the nominated pictures at its own theater, showing each picture twice, once in the afternoon, once in the evening. A nominated picture is one in connection with which any kind of work is nominated for an award, not necessarily acting, directing, or writing; it may be a purely technical matter such as set-dressing or sound work. This running of pictures has the object of permitting the voters to look at films which they may happen to have missed or to have partly forgotten. It is an attempt to make them realize that pictures released early in the year, and since overlaid with several thicknesses of battered celluloid, are still in the running and that consideration of only those released a short time before the end of the year is not quite just.

“The effort is largely a waste. The people with votes don’t go to these showings. They send their relatives, friends, or servants. They have had enough of looking at pictures, and the voices of destiny are by no means inaudible in the Hollywood air. They have a brassy tone, but they are more than distinct.”All this is good democracy of a sort. We elect Congressmen and Presidents in much the same way, so why not actors, cameramen, writers, and all rest of the people who have to do with the making of pictures? If we permit noise, ballyhoo, and theater to influence us in the selection of the people who are to run the country, why should we object to the same methods in the selection of meritorious achievements in the film business? If we can huckster a President into the White House, why cannot we huckster the agonized Miss Joan Crawford or the hard and beautiful Miss Olivia de Havilland into possession of one of those golden statuettes which express the motion picture industry’s frantic desire to kiss itself on the back of its neck? The only answer I can think of is that the motion picture is an art. I say this with a very small voice. It is an inconsiderable statement and has a hard time not sounding a little ludicrous. Nevertheless it is a fact, not in the least diminished by the further facts that its ethos is so far pretty low and that its techniques are dominated by some pretty awful people.

“If you think most motion pictures are bad, which they are (including the foreign), find out from some initiate how they are made, and you will be astonished that any of them could be good. Making a fine motion picture is like painting “The Laughing Cavalier” in Macy’s basement, with a floorwalker to mix your colors for you. Of course most motion pictures are bad. Why wouldn’t they be?”
~ Raymond Chandler, “Oscar Night In Hollywood,” 1948