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CASH FOR CLUNKERS – subsidizing the wealthy(-er)

What happens when you have economic illiterates running the government. The rub on progressives is that they have a zero sum mentality. As in wealth is finite and must be divided. I think its worse than that…

Every time they venture into economic stimulus they suffer from one step thinking. The behavior they can predict and effects they can foresee only goes one step.

No idea about second order much less complex n-order effects.

This is particularly infuriating because I’m looking for a cheap 5 year old/75k mile Explorer or similar, and they used to be disposable (under 10k). Now they are 1.5 to 2 time more for the same vintage. Oh yeah, the mid-range new cars have gone up too…  Odd how that works.

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I Went Down (1997)

This Irish-British road movie follows the misadventures of some Irish ex-cons. When Dublin hood Tom French (Tony Doyle) comes down hard on slow-witted Anto (David Wilmot), Git (Peter McDonald) intervenes and then is assigned a mission. He is ordered to travel to Cork to bring back French’s friend Frank Grogan (Peter Caffrey) and the money Frank in holding. Along for the ride is French’s associate Bunny (Brendan Gleeson). The two rescue Grogan from gunmen, but Grogan claims to know nothing about any money, only about his 18-month affair with French’s wife. Thus, uncertainty looms on the horizon as the three drive back to Dublin. Shown at the 1997 Edinburgh Film Festival.

Nice film about nothing much at all – doubt I’ll rem the plot 10 yrs out but nice performances of Gleeson and Peter McDonald. Funny and endearing diversion.

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.