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Dec 042013
 




Why does God bestow upon us a sexual desire that he then wishes us to resist.

The thing is, I didn’t even know I had a clitoris, Martin.
- From the remarkable film Philomena, based on Martin Sixsmith’s book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee

I was in Washington DC yesterday with some time to kill.

So I took a long walk circumambulating the White House, walked past the ubiquitous Secret Service agents and the scowling DC police officers and eventually ended up at E Street Cinema (intersection of 11th St NW and E St) to watch Stephen Frears’ new film Philomena.

Philomena is a Lovely MoviePoster in Lobby of E Street Cinema
Washington DC

Philomena features the nonpareil British actress Judi Dench (of M fame from the James Bond movies) along with Steve Coogan and a bunch of no-namers.

Christians -  Bastards Über Alles

As the peerless SI has often said, all religions are evil and, paradoxical to their tenets, bring out the worst in humans.

But some religions like Christianity are infinitely worse than the others.

The horrors inflicted by Hindus, Jews, Muslims and people of all other faiths combined pale into insignificance besides the untold suffering imposed on the world by Christians for the last two millenniums.

Jesus, if indeed such an idiotic masochist even existed, would be appalled at the supreme inhumanity of his followers, both the laity and the clergy.

Catholic priests find their jollies in buggering and traumatizing young boys while Catholic nuns get their orgasm by inflicting maximum cruelty on young girls placed in their care.

Our eponymous heroine Philomena Lee was one of countless victims of the heartless Church, cruel to the end.

Beautiful Story

Philomena is an extremely moving account of our Irish Catholic protagonist’s search for her son Anthony.

And the unholy, cruel, deceitful obstructions placed by the Catholic Church to Philomena’s search even 50 years later.

Anthony, the illegitimate son Philomena had in 1952 when she was but a young girl with little knowledge of the world,  was taken away from her by the Convent and sold to wealthy Americans.

Yes, yes, yes, Catholic nuns are no different from you and me in their insane greed and unseemly love of money. Continue reading »

Nov 222013
 

For me, the 75th Hunger Games proved to be as tiresome, and no less unfulfilling, as the 74th.

Barely have Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her cohorts returned to their impoverished District 12 after their victory in Hunger Games 74 and embark on the victory tour when they’re caught up in President Snow’s plot to destroy Katniss for inspiring rebellion in the districts.

Kill or Be Killed

Snow is beset by the same worry that besets all tyrants, from Stalin to Kim Jong-un.

The constant fear that rebellion could lead to an uprising that could bring forth the dreaded revolution.

Along with a violent crackdown on the districts, Snow orders all current champions to compete in the Quarter Quell, a once in 25-years event a.k.a. 75th Hunger Games.

Katniss and her boy-toy Peeta get the dire warning from their mentor Haymitch Abernathy:

Last year was child’s play. This year, we’re going to be dealing with disciplined killers.

The rest of Hunger Games Catching Fire is a regurgitation of the wild, Darwinian kill or be killed adventure in the forests.

Escape from the poisonous fog; Escape from the wild baboons; Escape from lightning; Escape from blood rain; Escape from the rivals.

None of which I found stirring.

Meanwhile, I prayed for escape from the endless tedium but to little avail. Continue reading »

Nov 212013
 

America has gone mad over the second installment of Hunger Games – Catching Fire.

Starting Thursday, theaters across the U.S. are running a gazillion shows for Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

I watched the first episode of Hunger Games and wasn’t impressed.

But then I’m among the rare few that can distinguish class from crass!

Why the Madness

Frankly, I don’t understand the hysteria behind Hunger Games (although I’m a big fan of Jennifer Lawrence, the heroine of the two Hunger Games movies).

I suppose one must be young, White, born in America and have an IQ below 75 to enjoy a movie where the central theme of the first episode was children killing other children in a vicious fight to death.

The audience in the hall where I’m writing this blog post, waiting for Hunger Games: Catching Fire to start, is mostly White, 75% below 25 years.

I’m guesstimating 65% of the people in the hall belong to the distaff sex.

There’s still another 30 minutes for the movie to start and the hall is already 85% full. And this is just one of the 11 halls where Hunger Games: Catching Fire is playing tonight.

SI will have the review of Hunger Games: Catching Fire later tonight.

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Nov 082013
 

By Madmax673

While I didn’t stock up too much expectations for this movie, I neither expected this movie to be bad.

Story

Begins with Asgardians storming against the Dark Elves, whose leader Malekith wants to destroy the universe when all the nine realms converge using a thing called “Aether”.

Asgardians win. As they can’t destroy aether they decide to hide it way too deep so that no one can find it.

Cut to present Asgard: Loki is being brought into Asgard as a prisoner of war crimes he committed on Earth – presumably from Avengers as it’s not shown. His father Odin puts him in prison and asks a victorious Thor, from a battle far away, to rule, enjoy, drink and revel in others’ success.

Down to Earth in London: After a few gravity defying, teleporting revelations, Jane Foster comes in contact with the dreadful aether and wakes up Malekith. Thor shows up and takes her back to Asgard to cure her.

Malekith and his general Algrim attack Asgard and kill Frigga.

Finally the plot arrives in revenge form. Thor has to disobey his dad and commit treason to follow his quest and to stop/kill Malekith and save the universe from being destroyed.

Bad Part

- The plot doesn’t start until 45 minutes approx. I am willing to bet it’s more.

- Most of that time is consumed with too much fighting. The fight scenes had no focus. No detail.

- One of the problems with those early minutes were the lack of setpieces that show how the action affects people as characters, resulting in poor character windows. Continue reading »

Oct 252013
 

There is no sin. Man does what he pleases with his property.
- Cruel plantation owner Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave

Based on a true story, 12 Years a Slave is a remarkable microcosm of cruelty and perfidy inflicted on Blacks during a sordid period in American history.

Tricked Into Slavery

What makes the story of 12 Years a Slave more poignant and touching than other slavery stories is that the protagonist Solomon Northup was once a free man, living happily with his wife and children in Saratoga (New York) plying his trade as a violinist and carpenter.

Two conniving White men lure Solomon to perform at a music event in Washington DC from where he is kidnapped, held in a slave pen, savagely whipped and transported along with other unfortunate fellow Blacks to the deep south, Louisiana, in chains by boat.

Directed ably by British director Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave features a talented cast of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and the Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o.

The film is based on Solomon Northup’s bestselling book Twelve Years a Slave published in the 1850s.

Against his will and to his immense daily agony, the free man Solomon Northup has been turned into the slave Platt and forced to pretend he’s an unlearned being, no better than an animal. Continue reading »

Oct 112013
 

$30,000?

What am I?

Do I look like a beggar?

- Pirate captain Muse sneers at Captain Phillips’ offer to take $30,000 from the ship’s safe and disappear in the new Hollywood film Captain Phillips

I seem to be enjoying a remarkable run of luck these days with Hollywood movies.

Although in two minds whether the drive would be worth it, SI still braved the heavy rain on the East Coast today to watch Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi).

Great Entertainment

Boy, am I thrilled to inform you that this piracy on the high seas movie turned out to be absolutely riveting in its hold over the audience (the hall was only about 60% full but I blame it on the heavy rain).

Pleased as punch! ;)

Even the usual White trash bozos noisily dipping into their big popcorn buckets were quiet today in the movie hall.

So gripping, so thrilling, so engaging is Captain Phillips!

Based on a real life story, Captain Phillips (directed by Paul Greengrass) is the exhilarating story of a pirate attack on the commercial freighter Maersk Alabama while carrying 2,400 tons of cargo and some humanitarian aid from Salalah (Oman) to Mombasa (Kenya).

Except for Tom Hanks, the other main characters (the four pirates) are no one you’ll recognize, all first-timers.

The four guys playing the pirates are Somali refugees from Minneapolis.

And these four characters are so superb in their first film that it’ll blow you away! Continue reading »