#1961
i watched "the endless", it was ok, i quite enjoyed it; 2018 had some horror films but i havent really been keeping up, i liked hereditary and i think everyone else did as well, also i watched annihilation and some other less than memorable films, did any good horror films come out in 2018?
#1962
i went and saw the brad pitt spaceman movie with the parents. it was okay but i don't need to see it a second time. think it had the same problem as blade runner (1982) where the moviemakers didn't think the audience would get the obvious bummed-out subtext so they have the actor announce it via internal monologue. brad pitt swimming in a dark tunnel / monologue: "i was going into a deeper, darker hole..."

i liked how they presented the political economy of a near-future colonization of the moon and mars in brutal terms; it's still in first-wave colonization mode with private gangsters working on behalf of resource extraction firms shooting each other over turf. also there's applebee's.

wish the movie was more about that than the spaceman's daddy issues. i can't escape my impression that these movies exist as personal vehicles for powerful, older A-list actor-producers -- space movies especially because there are many opportunities for close-ups of the actor's face in isolation inside their spacesuit... floating in space... acting
#1963
everyone’s watching Exorcist 3 now and saying it’s good as I watch contentedly from a throne and eat a giant turkey leg
#1964
i'm getting into like a flowing river. it follows a few entrepreneurial forerunners to illustrate the changes in production policies from right after mao's death through reform and opening up. 14 episodes in it's really quite good

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#1965
watched the breaking bad movie, El Camino. like most US media, this movie is a story about lumpen interacting with other lumpen. as background, the lumpen is the class that lives by direct theft, 0 -> C -> M -> food, or 0 -> M -> food; the lumpen-peasantry founded El Camino's country during the north amerikan holocaust; media celebrates and re-tells lumpen stories thru 2 main genres, the western and the cop drama. breaking bad, and El Camino, is a blend of the two genres, cop and western. breaking bad is highly celebrated in amerikan culture, it has a spinoff show and now a movie.

El Camino starts when white slave jesse "science bitch" pinkman is liberated from slavery, by his former wage-paying employer, walter the white. the process of liberating this particular slave is told like how whites generally re-tell civil war history: the slave was helpless, until a determined white hero came to the rescue, to kill the racist slavers (in the show, the slavers are neo-nazis). the actual history is that southern slaves usually liberated themselves, stormed their big houses and killed their own masters, when the union army was near.

white slave jesse's next scene, his shower scene, drives home the point and then some. he takes his shirt off to reveal whip-scars on his back, like that famous picture we've all seen. in the shower, he freaks out, flashes back to a time his slavers pummeled him against the wall with a water cannon, like in civil rights movement footage. we all get what the movie's up to here. his lumpen/proletarian friends give him some money and the show gives him an excuse to leave (cops are on his tail).

next scene, he's robbing the apartment of his former slaver. shows love playing this card: long story short, the police roll in, and in the middle of a western gun standoff (the first of two), jesse realizes, they aren't cops at all! they're criminals like him, and they bought their uniforms at a surplus store. this is the "we're not so different, you and i" card, where police engage in criminal behavior, but it's flipped a bit here, criminals engaging in police behavior. he finagles to split the loot at gunpoint, lumpen honor system.

jesse's big plan for the money is -- really -- a new identity in "the last frontier", alaska. lumpen were traditionally tossed out of europe to do dirty work as frontiersmen, in canada amerika and australia. jesse's a bit short on cash for the trip, so he tracks down the false cops, kills them in the 2nd western standoff ("your .22 against my .45"), and takes all the money. let's talk about this money. the money is surplus-value created by jesse's labor, expropriated by his slaver, who had access to the market. his slaver gone, and the money sitting in the empty big house, all jesse needs to do, to re-appropriate the full value of his labor, is to just walk in and take the reparation.

there are three ideas about slavery reparations in the US lumpen state: none (the dominant one), cash payout (the liberal one), and land (the communist one). white slave jesse, in El Camino, gets #2, and he uses it to start a new life. he gets short of the full value of his labor, in cash, but it's enough to reset his relationship with the police on his tail, and his social relations in amerika. because the new african nation produced SO much value, it's impossible to produce sufficient cash payment; the antebellum industrial textile economy, and all industrialization after, was enabled by re-invested slave profit. the real full value of the black reparation is arguably the entire US economy, which today would be a european semi-colony like argentina or brazil, if not for slavery. so, short of that, the value of the reparation is the old confederacy's land. what'll actually happen is whites (the major political question whites talk about today is whether it's okay to say the n-word) will threaten mutiny over a half-semester-of-college worth of reparation cash. in El Camino, there's a long scene, right after he gets the money, where Walter The White's telling jesse the slave he needs to go to college to better himself.

jesse the slave makes it to the frontier. it ends with a little scene where he makes amends for his past lumpenry. this one's kind of rich: the letter's to brock, brock's mother was killed by jesse's slavers, because of jesse. so white slave jesse gets his reparation, for a couple years of servitude, but this chicano kid grows up an orphan, and he gets a letter.

overall it's a pretty good movie if you liked breaking bad.
out of 5
#1966
todd is fat now
#1967


"A Veterans For Peace UK Film challenging the British Army's policy of recruiting 16 year olds into the most dangerous army jobs. More details at www.battlefieldcasualties.co.uk"
#1968
GOd loves dead soldiers.
#1969
Ive been watching "sailor moon"
#1970
i'm watching a shitload of Terrace House, the season before the ones on netflix that you have to torrent fansubs of. it's cute enough but one woman on there had a baseball cap that looked like a third reich bird logo and i was like "ok weird choice but surely the symbol on it is differe--" and then they cut to a close up and hoo boy it's a full on swastika inside that bird logo
#1971
thats sailor moon
#1972
there are NO swastikas in sailor moon!
#1973
here's my review of the first 10 minutes of The Watchmen:

they tried to hamilton the settler play 'oklahoma!' w/ an all-black cast, the play about stealing land a second time. don't transfer that shit onto black people! this is assimilationism put to image. and they put a race war re-enactment on premium cable. i don't trust that whitey picked the trump/obama era to stop making racist TV, so i only assume they're showing this history to promote it, like the history channel with hitler. who is supposed to enjoy or be entertained by these images? this was all made instead of good tv, like a big foam obstacle course set up over a pond, where your family can watch you and a friend hop around. or like a story about a soldier who got his dingle severed by an iraqi prostitute, and has to register as a sex offender for his sex crime abroad, and it's about him moving to a new neighborhood and telling people about his ken doll crotch. who watches the watchmen? hopefully no one
#1974
The show seemed to imply that black people got land reparations and their own fascist heroes but actually the fascist heroes are correct about who they extrajudicially torture because the pupil-dilation test showed that they loved swastikas. It goes against pretty much every theme in the comic right away. For anyone who didn't watch, the second scene of this dumbass show is a black cop trying to haphazardly get his gun "buzzed" out of his holster because they need authorization to HQ every time like it's some Republican's nightmare, then getting merc'd by a white supremacist who throws cabbage on his body.
#1975
not watching it and don't know anything about it but reminds me of apocalypse now where it's presented as "anti-war" but the audience turned out to be people who actually like watching helicopters slaughter villagers to wagner, based as it was on conrad with vietnam / africa as the antithesis of civilization and full of savages and you better be careful because you might turn into a savage yourself!!

#1976
i think the marines in that scene like apocalypse now because it’s cool.
#1977
#1978
https://vimeo.com/17431354
#1979
midsommar was a ultra kitsch trash tradcath propaganda flick for gbs nerds i cant believe people thjought it was some kind of intelligent commentary on volkisch fascism or something. saw relatively intellligent people gushing over it and it's just a big piece of shit with ehavy handed liberal individualist commentary also really ableist etc trash that didn't handle anyting well. ari aster loves the pope and mussolini and is afraid of drugs and 5th century caricatures

e: terribly acted and written too of course doesn't help

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#1980
the pope? love that guy! mussolini? not so much
#1981
woman who has the bipolar disorder murders parents then does suicide, a bold statement in 2019 film making, i look forward to watching the film "midsommar" in 12 to 18 months
#1982

serafiym posted:

The show seemed to imply that black people got land reparations and their own fascist heroes but actually the fascist heroes are correct about who they extrajudicially torture because the pupil-dilation test showed that they loved swastikas. It goes against pretty much every theme in the comic right away. For anyone who didn't watch, the second scene of this dumbass show is a black cop trying to haphazardly get his gun "buzzed" out of his holster because they need authorization to HQ every time like it's some Republican's nightmare, then getting merc'd by a white supremacist who throws cabbage on his body.



its obvious that the twist is that the people leading the cops and the white supremacists are the same and the cops just serve as a false security for the black population and they're probably going to play that rage against the machine song during the big reveal

#1983
getting really into "analysing" "celebrity" "culture"

#1984
this some of the worst, most amazing content i have ever sat through

#1985
he's up to several chainz at least

clearly this is the mark of either denial or a puckish sense of irony
#1986

damoj posted:

this some of the worst, most amazing content i have ever sat through



they ripped up that beautiful volcanic/glacial valley's old oaks and put their fuckin vineyards. there used to be huge trout and otters in the river that runs the valley till about the 70s, when all the new wine pesticides ran off into it. now it's sterile of mesofauna. decolonization means decolonization means no more napa wines. up against the wall motherfucker!!!

i'd never been but we went on honeymoon and got fleeced... actually we won $50 on a $2 scratcher bought there so not 100% fleeced, not to boast... at one spot, there was a chalk wall w/ the prompt 'when i grow up, i want to:' and i wrote like END ALL AGRICULTURE END THE SETTLEMENT and wife wrote DESTROY ALL PRISONS and someone else wrote BE A CEO...

those who work the land shall own the land, that entire valley belongs by right to the migrant workers

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#1987

damoj posted:

getting really into "analysing" "celebrity" "culture"



#1988

toyotathon posted:

i'd never been but we went on honeymoon and got fleeced... actually we won $50 on a $2 scratcher bought there so not 100% fleeced, not to boast... at one spot, there was a chalk wall w/ the prompt 'when i grow up, i want to:' and i wrote like END ALL AGRICULTURE END THE SETTLEMENT and wife wrote DESTROY ALL PRISONS and someone else wrote BE A CEO...

those who work the land shall own the land, that entire valley belongs by right to the migrant workers



the place is gonna be sterilized by wildfire in a decade or so. well, what the fires start the insurance companies will finish by arbitrarily denying coverage. i think. i dunno. maybe that only applies to poor schlubs who have a fuckin house and no walnut orchards

#1989

littlegreenpills posted:

the place is gonna be sterilized by wildfire in a decade or so. well, what the fires start the insurance companies will finish by arbitrarily denying coverage. i think. i dunno. maybe that only applies to poor schlubs who have a fuckin house and no walnut orchards



i met some such folks once and they were kind, polite, friendly, makes me sort of sad to think of them being burned to death out of avarice, but that just proves that human empathy is bourgeois ideology or something. you murder millions by biting into a dairy milk and murder yourself by walking by a Lexus and not keying it

#1990

Gssh posted:

Starting end of November I will work on an effortpost to meticulously go through the film, point out what is has been left out, contextualise/correct facts it does include and present a more accurate analysis. I'm not an expert so will be learning as I go. It will be far easier, more interesting/fun, and the results of much better quality if some of you want to hop on to a collaborate document and contribute also. It's already online with the film transcript, so PM me for the link.



hows this going :p would be cool to read

#1991
#1992

Belphegor posted:

hows this going :p would be cool to read



lol. i decided it was healthier option to give up watching tv programmes entirely instead.

#1993
theres a new season of Flavorful Origins, subbed food documentary produced in China on netflix. its really nice to have a laid back cooking show that is actually about ingredients, people, and culture. and instead of slavering over some fuckoff celebrity chef, its all about the labour that goes into food, can you fucking imagine!!!

cooking shows made by americans are shrill unwatchable garbage, everything has to be constantly exploding race against the clock action and gloating misery porn. 15 seconds is enough to make me want to murder the entire production team.

im a sophisticated intellectual so when i want a change of pace from cooking shows i mix it up a bit with highbrow stuff like Kitten Rescue
#1994
baps!
#1995
Game Changers is on Netflix, all about the positive health effects of a plant-based diet
#1996
A Corn tv show called “Grain Grangers”