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Free Speech Impediment

Poor Phil Robertson, patriarch of the Duck Dynasty. He said some things about homosexuality that echo my comments of December 24th, 2005 in my review of Brokeback Mountain. I wrote:

The cinamatography was stunning. The mountains in Wyoming were very tall, rugged, untamed, exactly like the men you would expect to inhabit such grandeur. Only these two rugged men, living isolated watching over a flock of sheep, decided to make the sheep safe, and fell in love with each other. Then after the tryst, with Jack Twist, Ennis went off and married a beautiful woman and had kids and Jack went off and married a beautiful woman, had a kid and sneaked off to Mexico for male prostitutes. Sure, the poor boys pined for each other, enough to recall every lost love you’ve ever had. Every other month or so over the next ten years, Jack and Ennis, would leave all family responsibilities behind and get together for manly love.

 Needless to say, my wife enjoyed the movie more than I did. I have a few “nits” with the film. It seemed that Jack Twist was experienced sexually and Ennis Dalman was a virgin. I base this conclusion on a conversation the two had around a camp fire. Ennis was talking about sin and going to hell. Jack thought both would go to hell, since we are all sinners. Ennis disagreed since he was without sin, unlike Jack. Now, I am inexperienced in the nuances of gay love, but the two’s first sex is anal sex performed by Ennis on Jack. Wouldn’t you just play around the first time. If you are horny, living out in the mountains with sheep, wouldn’t you predict that the sheep would be first to be tried.

Phil Robertson has been fired for his comments, quickly I might add, while Martin Bashir’s comments about Sarah Palin only caused his resignation after weeks of protest by conservatives. It’s dangerous to your career to exercise your right to free speech only if you’re not a liberal.

Movie Review: The Butler

We finally saw “The Butler,” because it was our best choice of movies at the box office last night. I had dithered on seeing the film, because Jane Fonda was chosen to play Nancy Reagan by director Lee Daniels. I mean lets take a conservatives face and shove it in shit.

The film begins with Cecil Gaines as a boy leaning about picking cotton from his father in the south. Right away he learns vividly that you don’t challenge the white man. He grows up as a “house nigger” and leaves home well trained to work in the service industry. He is picked to work in the White House as a butler and begins with Eisenhower played by Robin Williams. Forest Whitaker is a treat to watch as he ages through the movie and his wife is played by Oprah Winfrey. Both are wonderful in their parts. Except the kissing! Oprah kisses like a woman who doesn’t care for men, although they do have two sons.

It’s tragic to me to see president after president let the black people down. Ike was slow to help blacks get into white-only schools in the South. JFK watched as blacks were brutalized in Selma. Nixon as VP came to the black staff in the White House and promised reforms if he were elected. Then came LBJ who was instrumental in getting the Civil Rights Act passed over Democrat objections, yet used the “n” word all the time away from the public. The Nixon again as president, breaking his pledge to help the black people. Then came Carter from the south and the peanut farm, no friend to blacks and finally Reagan who wouldn’t support the actions in this country to end Apartheid. He did however keep Nixon’s pledge and invited Cecil Gaines into the seats of power.

The fight between Cecil, go along and get along, and his son Lewis, demanding freedom, instructed and terrified the older generation of blacks. Yet out of all that turmoil came the first black president. It must have been very emotional for all black people to see one of their own ascend to the seat of power.

It’s was hard to see again all that took place in our nation from Ike onward. Martin, Bobby and John assassinated; Viet Nam, the sexual revolution, the sit ins, the Nixon impeachment. It was also hard to see the hope that was invested in Obama, so thoroughly abused by his feckless behavior. Too bad, the election of the first black president couldn’t have turned out better for the people themselves and the nation. We have more black people unemployed now than when he was elected, more poverty, more out of wedlock babies being born and aborted, a declining income for the middle class, more overt racism, more black on black killings and more black on white violence.

I was reminded of our racist past, and came away with some hope. The audience was half black and I felt the movie strengthened the bond we have as people all loving freedom. I wanted to apologize for all the wrongs done the black people by our white ancestors and I wanted to hear words of forgiveness from those the children of those harmed. As we walked out of the theater, no one that I saw made eye contact.

Nora Ephron R.I.P.

We lost a most entertaining journalist, blogger, essayist, novelist, playwright, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and movie director — a rarity in a film industry –famous for “Sleepless in Seattle,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “You’ve Got Mail” and “Julie & Julia. Nora Ephron was 71.

“Prometheus” Is Here

I’m trying to convince my wife who is not a fan of SciFi, to see “Prometheus” with me in IMAX 3D. She’s not particularly enthused.  Prometheus was reported to have stolen “fire” from the Gods and given it to mankind.  One definition of “fire” is knowledge.

Shannon Dorey has studied and written extensively about the Dogon and their religion. The Dogon believe the Nummo came to earth and through manipulation of DNA created us, thankfully not in their image.  Think “Alien.” Dorey however said the “,,,Nummo are actually purely spiritual, immortal beings who are very compassionate.”

The Nummo are expected to return again and the controllers here (the evil, psychopathic bloodline descended from Merovee, the child of the “unauthorized” mating) are terrified of this upcoming event, known by them simply as The Return. So terrified, that major media efforts – particularly Hollywood movies, using archetypes and symbolism that affect our subconscious – are currently underway to brainwash us all into believing that the Nummo are evil and demonic. This will not be difficult as the Nummo are ugly and green, with long fish-like or serpent-like tails. They look nothing at all like us.

Since I don’t believe in coincidences, why is Prometheus coming out now? Are the Nummo coming back?

Hollywood Is So Funny!

First, we had liberal Meryl Streep play conservative Margaret Thatcher in “Iron Lady,” now check this out:

In the midst of recruiting an all-star ensemble for his long-gestating passion project “The Butler,” director Lee Daniels has tapped Jane Fonda to play Nancy Reagan.

Based on a Washington Post report by Wil Haygood, pic follows Eugene Allen, the White House butler whose career started with Harry Truman in 1952 and ended in 1986 with Ronald Reagan.

Better Red than Dead Jane Fonda playing Ronnie’s wife. LMAO!
Give me a break!

Thoughts On “The Hunger Games”

We paid our money for “Hunger Games” last night. Bev and I gave the movie high marks. I’ve read all three books and Bev none of them, and she wasn’t lost, so don’t feel like you can’t see the movie without reading the books.

I was introduced to the “Hunger Games” by Quintin who rides the big yellow bus to Lincoln High and back. He was right when he said I wouldn’t be able to put the book down. It seems that most who ride my bus have read the book(s) and were anxious to see the movie.

I wonder if this is the book for the young as Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” was for my generation. I wonder if the book is signaling and end to the government power over us. Are we finally going to stand up and say, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Will we finally say, “I will not comply!”

How large can the government grow, how much intrusion into our lives will we take before saying, “Enough!”

It is searing to see the government force parents to sacrifice a child between the age of 12 and 18 for the entertainment of the wealthy few. It is horror to see the government use force to contain chaos resulting from their policies.

These students know about Greece, and Syria. They live with a powerful government that can send them to war at a whim. They know the fear a letter from the IRS brings to their parents. I think they know that things are not getting easier. I think they fear that they will be saddled with college debt, searching for jobs that aren’t there.


Our Evening With Marilyn

Are you looking for a new way to experience the latest movies? If so try the Laurelhurst Theater on 28th and East Burnside. Here the ticket prices are $4 for adults and $3 for seniors and just like home, you can sip your beer or wine while watching the movie.

Saturday night my wife and I watched “My Week With Marilyn” which is nominated for two 2012 Oscar performances by Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe and Kenneth Branagh as Lawrence Olivier. We each had pepperoni pizza adult beverages while sitting in comfortable seats and our own table.

Sure the screen isn’t as big as those at the multiplexes and there’s no stadium seating, but the price is right. The audience was appreciative and gave well-earned applause when the movie ended.

Also showing currently are;

‎1hr 38min‎‎ – Rated PG‎‎ – Comedy‎ – TrailerIMDb – : Rated 4.4 out of 5.0

‎1:40‎ ‎4:15‎ ‎7:30‎ ‎9:25pm‎

‎1hr 39min‎‎ – Rated NC-17‎‎ – Drama‎ – IMDb – : Rated 3.8 out of 5.0

‎4:30‎ ‎9:05pm‎

‎1hr 28min‎‎ – Rated PG-13‎‎ – Comedy/Romance‎ – TrailerIMDb – : Rated 3.9 out of 5.0

‎1:20‎ ‎7:00pm‎

‎1hr 40min‎‎ – Rated R‎‎ – Action/Adventure/Drama‎ – IMDb – : Rated 4.3 out of 5.0

‎4:40‎ ‎9:50pm‎

‎2hr 10min‎‎ – Rated R‎‎ – Drama/Scifi/Fantasy/Suspense/Thriller‎ – TrailerIMDb – : Rated 3.9 out of 5.0

‎1:50‎ ‎3:50‎ ‎6:45pm‎

‎1hr 38min‎‎ – Rated R‎‎ – Comedy/Drama‎ – IMDb – : Rated 4.3 out of 5.0

‎9:35pm‎


‘Atlas Shrugged’ Now Out in Blu-Ray and DVD

PJTV has an interview with producer Harman Kaslow

“Take Shelter” Movie Shocks!

Are you crazy if you see bad things coming down the road (in America) or are you really seeing “something evil this way comes.” “Take Shelter” by Jeff Nichols is on one level a look at Curtis, played exceptionally well by Michael Shannon, a man slowly going crazy like his mom before him. Your heart might break at the hurricane he brings into his loving family’s life.

But, on another level, what if the doctor is wrong and Curtis is really seeing the future? We know that the majority of Americans feel the country is on the wrong path. Incomes for the 99% are stagnant, unemployment is near depression highs, debt is almost unmanageable, countries are on the verge of bankruptcy. I’m tempted to say, “Dogs and Cats sleeping together!” The New Yorker writes that Nichols “…has caught the way the dangers of the world intersect with insanity…”

My wife and I liked the movie. The audience, not so much. We heard a few boos at the end. Maybe, it’s easy to be in denial about the consequences of our actions here in the U.S. Maybe, it’s a liberal crowd of people who would vote for Obama again. Whatever, it is hard to be the nail that sticks up. We don’t respect or even listen to the views that go against the MSM’s doctrine. For me, though, it feels like we are running out of time!

“Seven Days in Utopia”

I just ordered “Golf’s Sacred Journey” by David L Cook and soon to be in theaters starring Robert Duval and Lucas Black.


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