Gay marriage, gay everything… So we're not simply going to get gay marriage, gay sit-coms, gay propaganda; as Chick-fil-A's situation shows us we're going to get a totalitarian enforcement of speech, using social ostracism, economic warfare, and censorship. This should come as no surprise.
Conservatives have been crouching under the sink while liberals looted their house for years, every now and then shaking an emaciated fist (as quietly as possible).
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Managerialism and effeminacy… I think there is a logic in managerialism that produces a feminized culture, because what managers do requires less creativity, aggression, and problem solving and more process, social manipulation, and consensus building. You can see how the managerial imperative would lead to more women and feminized men shaping the business culture.
The Dark Knight Rises… I don't want to write out a long review right now, but I will say this is definitely a "see it first weekend" film. It's a spectacular end to Christopher Nolan's Batman movies. The character of Bruce Wayne has been very well developed through the series. I also thought it was interesting that Nolan carried on the physical deterioration of Batman, which is one of the more realistic touches.
The script is also unusually good for action-adventure fare. There are nice touches, like the explanation a character gives that fear can be a vital motivation, or the sharp exchange between Commissioner Gordon and one of his officers over just how clean his hands are. This script doesn't let its characters coast by on expectations.
Great physical acting by Tom Hardy. He's almost unrecognizable and he apparently modeled his voice after an Irish Traveller. It's a very distinctive and intimidating accent. And I always like it when an actor's body movements play a strong role in the performance. When he smashes someone he throws himself so violently into the swing that you imagine instant coma. Personally I think the result is every bit as impressive as Ledger's Joker and would hate to see Hardy fail to get proper credit for it.
Levitt is the other standout performance. This guy has impressed me in everything I've seen him in, including some crap. Levitt is just a smart actor, and he seems to have a perfect sense for what level of performance to give in each role. He's not showy or stylized and seems to fit into everything. A real chameleon, you would never dream he got his start on a three camera sit-com.
A note on critics. A minority of the usual suspects have called Dark Knight Rises "clunky", which is simply inept criticism (I mean that it's inept for reasons other than that "clunky" is lazy snark used in place of acceptable critical description). The movie flies by and is skillfully structured; its incidents proceed naturally and in proper proportion to one another. There aren't many 2 hour 45 minute movies you can say that about. But most critics can't write, so it's little surprise when they make expressionist stabs at language in their effort to get the jumble of almost-adult thoughts out of their heads. (For a painfully bad demonstration, read this.)
Much more could be said about the abysmal state of film criticism, which is useless even disregarding the reliability of the critics to enjoy meaningful movies in our present film desert. The biggest indictment of any decaying society is the low standard its elite set for themselves--not only do they promote triviality and self-indulgence, they do it with so little skill! It is insulting to be lorded over by these people.
The Man With No Filter… He's still at it. He's still writing that goddamn blog daily. He still has no filter.
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QUESTIONGATE… The Atlantic Wire -- President Obama spoke from the Rose Garden about his new executive order, a DREAM Act-like policy that grants work permits to many young immigrants who entered the country illegally as children, and it was punctuated with a mildly dramatic exchange between the president and a reporter. The Daily Caller's Neil Munro, identified by several reporters on the scene, seems to have shouted a question in the middle of the president's remarks, and Obama rather angrily stopped his address to say, "Excuse me, sir, this is not time for questions. Not while I'm speaking." Obama later began a sentence addressing Munro to say "and in answer to your question." Munro used that occasion to speak over him and the President, once again flustered, replied, "I'm not looking for an argument" and "The next time I prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask a question."
PRESIDENT INTERRUPTED IN RACIST NEWS SHOCK
DAILY CALLER HACK "TRAYVONS" PROUD AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT
VOICE ANALYSIS CONCLUDES IT WAS PRESIDENT OBAMA SCREAMING FOR HELP
"ARREST HIM!" SHRIEKS MSNBC STAFFER IN TEARS
TIME MAGAZINE: ARE QUESTIONS RACIST?
WHO WILL BE THE NEXT AFRICAN-AMERICAN VICTIM OF VIOLENT "QUESTIONING"
NEW "QUESTIONING" ATTACKS REPORTED IN MAJOR CITIES
"FLASH QUESTIONS" STYMIE BLACK MAYOR
"NEVER IN ALL MY DAYS" - CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER DECLARES AMERICA HAS HIT "NEW LOW IN RACISM"
PRESIDENT FORCED TO JABBER BOILERPLATE RESPONSE AFTER RACIST QUESTIONING ASSAULT
BEER SUMMIT 2 CALLED
MICHELLE OBAMA CUTS SHORT EUROPEAN SHOPPING TOUR AFTER "QUESTIONING" ROW
SECRET SERVICE FIRES INTO CROWD OF REPORTERS, BUT "QUESTIONER" MAY HAVE ESCAPED
MASTURBATING KEITH OLBERMANN SURVIVES MAJOR HEAD WOUND
CNN VOWS TO STAY ON THE AIR UNTIL CRISIS IS OVER
CNN PREXY: "ANDERSON COOPER WILL NOT CASH PAYCHECKS FOR THE TIME BEING"
WOLF BLITZER WAR ROOM TRIANGULATES "QUESTIONER'S" POSITION DURING RACIST TIRADE
MADDOW: ELECTIONS ARE INSTITUTIONALIZED QUESTIONING
ROMNEY "QUESTIONED" "PROBABLY GAY" STUDENT IN HIGH SCHOOLDOG WHISTLE QUESTIONING ABOUT DATE TO PROM
Prometheus… It has taken 30 years, since 1982's Blade Runner, for Ridley Scott to return to the science fiction genre. Finally, one might add, for Prometheus represents a considerable rejuvenation of the 74 year old director after a long career spent doing polished, small-think popcorn movies only superficially more artistic than his brother Tony Scott's action flicks. Why did it take so long, and why did his genre return involve revisiting his most successful film? (It is a first for Scott, who has never directed a prequel or sequel prior to this.)
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