Be your own superhero.

Superhero movies are always popular and lately abundant.  And the question is so often asked, why?  Is it because we as humans so often feel powerless?  We often imagine God or some magical comic book character coming along to “save the day” as if there were simple answers to complex issues that dog us at every turn.  But, if we knew what life was worth we would seek our Heaven on Earth.  Most research into art effecting life has show that art reflects life, not the other way around.  At best, the arts can inspire individuals.

My siblings and I would often stare into the sky as children.  I can’t help but think that we were (and still are) like babies in a crib looking for someone to come along and lift us up out of our miserable existence.  *sigh* But, it has become apparent in the last 30 years or so that no one is coming to save us.  We must become our own superheroes.

I have composed here an incomplete list of films that point in that direction.  Experimenting with a simpler, less youtube based format here, fo the sake of all the clutter.  As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Superheroes
These guys are vigilantes at worst, mildly misguided philanthropists at best.  If you’re a voyeur who actually glances at reality TV or even mentions celeb gossip in passing you are bound to enjoy this actually unscripted still interesting documentary.

Super
How about that rape scene?  I mean srsly Juno, why you gotta rape Dwight so hard?  that’s just wrong.  If that gave me an erection, what does it say about me?

Defendor
Deepest role I’ve ever seen Woody play.  Couldn’t stop laughing at this very serious film that delves into the way archetypes are used to redefine situations so that ppl can understand them better, and how much can be misinterpreted within that process.

Inseparable
Most asian films get an absurdly high rating on IMDB because their countrymen vot them up for patriotism.  This one actually deserves it.

Alter Egos
As does this one.

Casablanca
Best propaganda of the 20th century.

The Message
Best propaganda of the 21st century, so far.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Ai Weiwei is the motherfucking truth y’all.

Life of Pi
First half is way too preachy and up its own ass.  Secound half redeems.

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Hushpuppy might be the greatest hero of them all.

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Untold History of the United States

We’re all watching Homeland and The Walking Dead. But in case you haven’t noticed, I’m all about letting you, dear reader, know about interesting things you haven’t seen or heard of, yet.

Oliver Stone’s new project, The Untold History of the United States, is a ten hour long documentary about the history of these United States.  It’s not something that pretends to be anything else, and, that’s what i like most.  Expect to sit and hear Mr. Stone narrate over old black and white video and photos.  It’s kind of like how PBS or History channel used to be, in the before time long long ago.  It will only be as exciting as a great lecture on history can be, which I find extremely stimulating.

There is no 3D dinosaur killing robots.  No actors doing historical reenactment to make history more exciting.  If the story of the world being told by an old man in a way that makes people appear to be a little bit more complicated than two dimensional cardboard cutouts cannot hold your attention, then you are what is wrong with the world.

taco, out.

 

EDIT (11-22-12)

Some criticism of the series has surfaced.  I guess we can’t expect too much from the maker of such historically perfeck films as JFK or Natural Born Killers.  I’m still trying to watch the whole series anyway.  i like it.  noone seems to be capping and releasing it much but that’s sure to change.  i mean, they gotta release it on DVD and then that’s bound to get ripped, amiright? hope so…

Consumerism

So after six weeks of absence I’m back. got a lot of lists for posts started up but just haven’t gotten around to posting with like words and stuff.  Coffee has changed my perspective slightly. You know sometimes you try to strike up a conversation with strangers in public and shit just doesn’t go as well as you’d hoped.  I’m not sure if no one understands me because I’m fucked up or because they’re fucked up or if the whole society as a whole is the culprit.  Thought I’d throw some titles about it out here right quick.

ReGeneration (2010)

I am too awash in ennui to write anything.

Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2011)

http://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/  We know almost nothing about cancer in general.  Cancer is a lot more complicated than people would like to think.  even detecting breast cancer and treating it may very well be shortening the lives of women as a whole, but is certainly shortening the lives of individuals in the population, which isn’t to say you shouldn’t get a mamogram, but is to say that life can’t be boiled down into a 30 second sound bite.  No one knows where ‘the cure’ will come from.  But, We do know that buying pink crap, and walking en mas will not help.

One Way to Valhalla (2009)

why do we live the lives that we do?  eating the same boring food.  taking the same drugs.  buing the same crap, that we just throw away.  days turn into decades.  still, the same meaningless goals take priority over our lives.  Then one day, BAM! head injury.

99 francs (2007)

Ahhhhh… cynical surrealism, how you comfort me so.

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)

The far right and the far left have so much more in common than most people would admit.

Yo  holler back!  Have you been watching anything?  Or, just drawing and writing?  Somebody write a comment about this!  Recommend further watching and books and articles and shit.

Detention

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1701990/

Scary Movie meets Donnie Darko

i liked it.  An interesting little commentary on modern film and culture is riddled with lots of pop culture references that you won’t get unless you’re fucking 30.  A sardonic horror/comedy features time travel, teen angst, and lots of stupid costuming from the 90’s.  Dane Cook plays a supporting role, but don’t let that discourage you from watching.  I also recognized a poker player and a porn star doing cameo roles.

Incoming: Sci-Fi series ‘Incursion’ on Starz

Almost Perfection.

First: Battlestar Galactica (the 2004-09 remake) has to be the best show of the century so far.  I know, you thought I was going to say it was Viva Laughlin.  That was the best show of the Millenium!

But seriously, strike the sing-song, so-so ending BSG had due to Ronald D. Moore’s sudden love of giant mysteries and Bob Dillon (as opposed to character-driven stories) in the big season three reveal, and you have a science fiction work of art that diverges so far from the original material, you might as well call it something else.  I’m thinking “Battlecar Orgasmatica,” but when am I not?  As the final notes of Bear McCreary’s Dillon-tribute, “All Along the Watchtower” faded and the end-credits wrapped, TV-land was left with very few options for good sci-fi.  If you could even call it that.

Skip to 1:12.  This song still makes me want to shoot a Cylon in the face.  Love it.

To illustrate, here are the first five “sci-fi” series since 2009 that pop into my head: Chuck, Terminator: Sarah Conner Chronicles, Kings, Fringe and Dollhouse.  Fringe is the only show that can lay claim to a spot on the Fall 2012 schedule and it’s only going to be 13 wrap up episodes to keep me from doing something insane with outrage.

Chuck was barely sci-fi, and mostly terrible.  Yet I watched the entire first season due to unemployment.  Terminator had its moments, but sort of forgot what it was supposed to be doing mid-second season and was terminated.  Kings was kinda cool, I gotta give it to NBC on this one.  I adore Ian McShane.  I would have stuck around for another season or two of that.

Cheers, mate.

Dollhouse made it to the ripe age of 27 episodes, but only held my interest for two of them.  I’m formulating an idea here.

These shows, save the one that is still on the air, were small-idea Sci-Fi.  Their scope was limited to the predicament of whatever zany phenomena or interpersonal conflict that was in the script for the week.  Sure, there was a big idea behind every one of them, but who cares, it never attempted development of said idea!  It was all: “Chuck’s gonna wear a tuxedo, learn Kung Fu from a computer AND get promoted to Best Buy manager!  Tune in!”

Fringe on the other hand managed to weave the characters into a big idea that was given legs and developed over several seasons.  The characters literally walk to other realities like it’s nothing, explore theories of “self” and consciousness through interaction with parallel universe dopplegangers and manages to present a love story that I can care about.

Battlestar Galactica proposed an entire mythos that ties directly into humanity’s origin story and did it well…with robots…in SPACE!.   Now THAT’S some quality sci-fi!

At best, I think the Sci-Fi genre needs to seek answers to the big questions, and not get too bogged down with  fantasy/supernatural as well as offer predictions of what life’s going to be like in the future, or what it could be.

Anything less should be cancelled, or left in a Hollywood notebook.

Now that Fringe is 13 hours away from completion sometime in 2013, what will be the next big-idea Sci-Fi show?  Is it Falling Sky?  I have the entire first season, but I’ve never made it through an episode without nodding out (admittedly, I’ve been watching them just before bed, so it’s not boredom zonking me out…I think.)

Maybe Incursion.  There’s not much to say about this series other than what Variety released  on Wednesday:

“Incursion” comes as part of Starz’s overall deal with “Spartacus” creator Steven S. DeKnight. Project, which is a sci-fi action-thriller that centers around soldiers battling an alien race on exotic planets, comes after the announcement that “Spartacus” will be shuttered following its upcoming third season. Decision to end the show was made by the pay cabler in tandem with DeKnight.

via Variety.

God Bless America (and killing too, very very much)

Firstly I’d like to thank the owner for letting me be a part of this.

CYANLIANAS you are awesome.

onto more important matters.

Awesome new movie that’s hardly got any press. Have you ever wanted to see a middle-aged suicidal man become bestest best friends with a 13 year-old girl and then go on a cross country killing spree, like together, as a team? HAVE I GOT A MOVIE FOR YOU!

See the thing is

I WANT TO KILL PEOPLE

I WANT TO SMASH THEIR HEADS AND WATCH THEM BLEED

And, watching people kill other people on the screen makes me happy. Jhonen C. Vasquez wrote a lot of super anyltical smart guy crap that i don’t really neccessarily agree with in introductions to some of his releases of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. But who cares about all that crap. Let’s talk muvee!

OFFICIAL SITE:
http://www.magnetreleasing.com/godblessamerica/

Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr

Joel Murray and Tara Lynne Barr

Starring Joel Murray(the crazy dad with the clowns that calls his daughter a whore and kills himself in Shameless US) and Tara Lynne Barr(It’s okay if you want to have sex with her she’s eighteent folks)

From the press package:

Frank (Joel Murray) has had enough of the downward spiral of American

culture. Divorced, recently fired, and possibly terminally ill, Frank truly has nothing left
to live for. But instead of taking his own life, he buys a gun and decides to take out his
frustration on the cruelest, stupidest, most intolerant people he can imagine — starting
with some particularly odious reality television stars.

Frank finds an unusual accomplice in a high-school student named Roxy (Tara Lynne
Barr), who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement. Together they embark on a
nationwide assault on our country’s most irritating celebrities . . .

Written and Directed by taboo-busting filmmaker and comedian Bobcat Goldthwait
(Shakes the Clown, Sleeping Dogs Lie, World’s Greatest Dad), GOD BLESS
AMERICA is a truly dark and very funny comedy for anyone who’s had enough of the
dumbing down of our society.

Bobcat Goldthwait,

Bobcat Goldthwait,

Written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait who i rly only think of as Mr. Floppy from Unhappily Ever After.  Apparently him and Jimmy Kimmel have some sort of semi scret homoerotic relationship going on.  Dude hasn’t worked without him for like at least a decade.  And, when did he get a haircut?  His voice still sounds distinctively like shit though so i guess there is that.

So, it has two of the elements of a great film; there is violence and fire.  But, not nearly enough sex.  Although there is sexual tension.  Two out of three!!