Thursday, December 14, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Among us, it seems, lives a class of men who call to mind Caligula and Elagabalus not only in their depravity, but in their grotesque sense of impunity. Our debauched emperors, whether enthroned in Hollywood, media front offices, or the halls of Congress, truly imagined their victims had no choice but to shut up, take it, and stay silent forever. Many of these men are so physically disgusting, too—the thought of them forcing themselves on young women fills me with heaving disgust. Enough already.
All true; yet something is troubling me. Recently I saw a friend—a man—pilloried on Facebook for asking if #metoo is going too far. “No,” said his female interlocutors. “Women have endured far too many years of harassment, humiliation, and injustice. We’ll tell you when it’s gone too far.” But I’m part of that “we,” and I say it is going too far. Mass hysteria has set in. It has become a classic moral panic, one that is ultimately as dangerous to women as to men.
The #MeToo moment has now morphed into a moral panic that poses as much danger to women as it does to men.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
yeah sure, it's a grotesquely unethical media monopoly, a creative-inhibiting stricture, and a ruthless narrowing of outlets... but as long as stupid nerds get more stupid nerd junk, who cares, right?
i'm confidant in my abilities to find the proverbial "good shit", so i don't depend on the Disney Factory for my entertainment fixes, but stories like this just don't excite me, and what may or may not not come out of this morose coupling of corporate entities, (whose influence and presence is already beyond-the-pale ubiquitous and monstrously overvalued) does not stimulate my imagination toward anything fruitful or positive.
i'm not 10 years old anymore. back then i might have given a fuck if Wolverine and the Hulk could be in the same cinematic universe, but with the benefit of hindsight i can say with an assured abundance of confidence that no on-screen interaction would recreate the monster-mash joy i felt seeing them tangle on the cover of a Len Wein scripted Herb Trimpe illustrated comic book, and any attempt would be little more than a callow re-staging, devoid of the image's initial impact. but i digress...
point is, i'm not really that anxious to see every property under one umbrella, and i'm eternally weary of people who are so thirsty to be hermetically sealed in childhood queries of who might win a fight between Darth Vader and Doctor Doom that they'd be willing to give up even more of their already scarce freedom of choice.
now that i think this over... i'm barely interested in these properties under separate umbrellas. i mean, are there still people hard up for more Predator or Alien movies? i was sick of Rocket Raccoon about 3 seconds into the opening credits of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2.
i'm more interested in what A24 planned for the future, or where Black Mask Studios is headed.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
“He would always talk about his girlfriend and how beautiful she was. He would show us the nice dresses he bought for her but we never got to meet her,” expressed his mother in tears.
“The suspect has made claims that he assisted members of a satanic cult to have sexual intercourse with a number of dead bodies in exchange for money,” said Police Officer, Alan Clayborn.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
A major reason not to take The Big Lie seriously is D’Souza himself. By mainstream standards, D’Souza’s career has been a comical embarrassment. D’Souza first found notoriety while an undergraduate at Dartmouth, where the student publication he edited outed members of the Gay Student Alliance. He became a prominent conservative pundit with his book Illiberal Education, but by the 2000s he had, in the words of Vanity Fair, “eaten away at his respectability in intellectual circles” with extreme and often bizarre claims. He blamed 9/11 on Hollywood liberals, saying that Osama bin Laden was primarily motivated by a hatred of Western sexual decadence, an argument that put off conservatives with its implication that bin Laden shared their values. His The Roots of Obama’s Rage argued that Barack Obama was a conduit for his father’s radical anti-colonial politics, with the “philandering, inebriated, African socialist [Obama, Sr.] now setting the nation’s agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son.” Even the conservative Weekly Standard called this “lunacy.” Further embarrassments followed. In 2012, he was forced to resign as president of a Christian college after allegations of adultery. In 2013, D’Souza recorded an infomercial for pop-up Christmas trees. And in 2014, he pled guilty to a felony campaign finance violation, spending 8 months at a halfway house. (D’Souza alleged political persecution by the Obama administration, tweeting: “MLK was targeted by J. Edgar Hoover, an unsavory character; I was targeted by the equally unsavory B. Hussein Obama.”