Monthly Archives: November 2012

OPEN THREAD – MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS

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Martial Arts >>> emphasis on Artsy when possible exquisite violence and retribution or merely good  choreography:  War of the Arrows – Medieval Martial Arts tenacious hero http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2025526/

Ip Man – –  martial arts – A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1220719/
Ip Man 2 – – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386932/  teacher of Bruce Lee – Donnie Yen in both is very appealing thoughtful hero.

(comedy) Punching the Clown – –  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1192624/ Oddball indie I found really funny – not important or heavy just a nice diversion and I laughed out loud.  – tells the story of Henry Phillips, a hapless modern day troubadour who grinds his way through the heartland, living out of his car and singing his twisted satirical songs to anyone who will listen.

(Drama) Citizen X – brilliant movie about hunt for Russian Serial Killer – great story and true story stupidity grind of for Soviet Union  and Stpehen Rea (Crying Game) was really good. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/citizen_x/

(war) We Were Soldiers 63/84 on rotten tomatoes – normal people loved it, reviewers not so much – one of my personal standards for probably worth a look – http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/we_were_soldiers/

(war) Winter in Wartime http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795441/  Bad Nazis. – – Near the end of World War II, 14-year-old Michiel becomes involved with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. With the conflict coming to an end, Michiel comes of age and learns of the stark difference between adventure fantasy and the ugly realities of war.

Charlie Bartletthttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423977/ – I always liked quirky quality teen angst movies. Even though they present the adults as stupid, this one has a nice twist.
SPEAKING of: 5 or 6 out of 10
Just Peck http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/just_peck/
HottieBoombaLottie http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hottieboombalottie/   – – might appeal to people who liked Napolean Dynamite.
The Rage in Lake Placid http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rage_in_placid_lake/
I’m Reed Fish http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464061/

School Ties – A Jewish boy goes to an elite prep school in the 1950’s and hides his religion until a jealous bigot forces it out in the open-  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105327/   I love this one

Violent movies with British accent:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1653700/  The Veteran – needs subtitles – if free worth watching

1984 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087803/ Nice production. Read the book, of course.

Brilliant!! The lives of Others – – more modern – – same deal but “real” as 1984 in East Germany – Brilliant crushing depression of soviet bloc : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405094/ –  In 1984, secret police agent Wiesler is assigned to eavesdrop on a successful but possibly disloyal playwright in East Germany. As the lonely Wiesler learns more about the man and his lover, a prominent actress, he becomes fascinated by their lives.

50 Dead Men Walking – – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1097643/ Based on Martin McGartland’s shocking real life story. Martin is a young lad from west Belfast in the late 1980s who is recruited by the British Police to spy on the IRA. He works his way up the ranks as a volunteer for the IRA whilst feeding information to his British handler and saving lives in the process

The Boondock Saints — crazy worthless entertainment http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0144117/ Quirky antihero redemption. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0144117/

The Guardhttp://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_guard_2011/ funny movie about “an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational and crass personality and a subversive sense of humor. A longtime policeman in County Galway, Boyle is a maverick with his own moral code”

(from Michael)

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels –http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lock_stock_and_two_smoking_barrels/

Restrepo http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/restrepo/ US troops in Afghanistan

Layer Cake – – http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/layer_cake/   It’s a little bleak, a little twisted, a little gory, and a lot funny. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087803/

The Long Good Friday – – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081070/
Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his action, and Harold wants to know who they are. He finds out soon enough, and bloody mayhem ensues.

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The Kid Has Gone to Colors

The kid has gone to the Colors
And we don’t know what to say;
The kid we have loved and cuddled
Stepped out for the flag to-day.
We thought him a child, a baby
With never a care at all,
But his country called him man-size
And the kid heard the call.

He paused to watch the recruiting,
Where, fired by fife and drum,
He bowed his head to Old Glory
And thought that it whispered:”Come!”
The kid, not being a slacker,
Stood forth with patriot-joy
To add his name to the roster,
And God, we’re proud of the boy!

The kid has gone to the Colors
It seems but a little while
Since he drilled a school-boy army
In a truly martial style.
But now he’s a man, a Sailor,
And we lend him a listening ear,
For his heart is a heart all loyal,
Unscourged by the curse of fear.

His dad, when he told him, shuddered,
His mother-God bless her!-cried;
Yet, blest with a mother-nature,
She wept with a mother-pride.
But he whose old shoulders straightened
Was Grandad-for memory ran
To years when he, too, a youngster,
Was changed by the Flag to a man!

by W. M. Herschell

Last outpost?

Post election commiseration with Edmund Burke. I am at some moments confident that events will quickly overtake the ability to MSM spin and we in the reality based mathematically literate will have Schadenfreude upon the inevitable failure. Though I have a lingering fear the path we have taken by this election will destroy the sole remaining observation point (USA), from which we have watched the wretched and failed political experiments of the past few hundred years. Britain was looking at the French Revolution. We are looking at our own. 

from Natalie Solent
…when ugly effects of Obama’s second term become impossible to ignore, people like you and me will get no credit from those to whom their occurrence is unexpected because we were against him “anyway”.

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The consolations of philosophy: Edmund Burke was a prophet without honour in his own time