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- Explicit subversion of the white saviour trope everyone was afraid of (tricks you into thinking they won’t at first, keep watching)
- Really gorgeous visuals courtesy of Zhang Yimou
- Female soldiers (!!!) at the forefront of battle and being the face of the army
- “(Soldier, in Mandarin) [snickers] Can they even pull him up? Men are too heavy.” “(Matt Damon) what did she say” “(General Lin) [bland smile] She said, ‘men have so much to teach us’.” “(Matt Damon) …i don’t think that’s what she said”
- A Good and Pure Young Soldier on the Wall who is Trying His Best
- Matt Damon awkwardly trying to mimic the bows to be polite, failing miserably every single time
- Interesting contrast and development of Matt Damon and General Lin as two similar, but different types of warriors-from-childhood (mercenary and soldier)
- Surprisingly funny banter
- Everybody speaking the languages they should be speaking at appropriate moments
- Dumb action-movie blockbuster fun (seriously don’t go in there expecting a narrative masterpiece but enjoy the ride)
- Actual Hero is not Matt Damon, but General Lin, this lady, and I would frankly die for her:
Like seriously, I’m so glad that I decided to give it a chance after seeing Zhang was directing it. It’s not a perfect movie but it’s huge fun, and probably the first time I’ve seen the white saviour trope just subverted completely. If nothing else, watch it for General Lin, played by Jian Tian…who’s also going to be in Pacific Rim: Uprising.
THEY PULLED A FURY ROAD
I was going to go see this today but then my car died.
Maybe I can catch it on the cheapskate Tuesday.
FUCKING KNEW IT!
Seriously if y'all know anything about Zhang Yimou you knew Lin was going to be the lead because man loves him some badass female leads.
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Taiwaneese ANSI in original, in HTML, and googletranslated into English. The original is Metal Upa by emptie@ptt.
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A freezing cold #NotOneInch protest in front of Chuck Schumer’s home.
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The Infamous West Wing Butterball Call
An Image Oscillite holiday tradition since 2010.
View, enjoy, then visit sacredstonecamp.org.
Sun, 13 Nov 2016 13:44:19 -0500Louisiana U.S. Senate Results: John Kennedy and Foster Campbell Headed to Runoff:
If you live in Louisiana, if you know anyone who lives in Louisiana, for God’s sake encourage them to vote blue in this run-off! It won’t give us control of the Senate now, but it will make it one seat easier to do in two years!
Election day is 12/10.
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Louisiana’s election season isn’t over yet.
Give Foster Campbell a Senate seat and help keep Donald Trump in check.
This is huge. I gave $100. I need to do more.
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Today Show Interview with Hillary Clinton (April 1992) 👍
Essential viewing for both Hillary fans and reluctant supporters.
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“I was taking a law school admissions test in a big classroom at Harvard. My friend and I were some of the only women in the room. I was feeling nervous. I was a senior in college. I wasn’t sure how well I’d do. And while we’re waiting for the exam to start, a group of men began to yell things like: ‘You don’t need to be here.’ And ‘There’s plenty else you can do.’ It turned into a real ‘pile on.’ One of them even said: ‘If you take my spot, I’ll get drafted, and I’ll go to Vietnam, and I’ll die.’ And they weren’t kidding around. It was intense. It got very personal. But I couldn’t respond. I couldn’t afford to get distracted because I didn’t want to mess up the test. So I just kept looking down, hoping that the proctor would walk in the room. I know that I can be perceived as aloof or cold or unemotional. But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that’s a hard path to walk. Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don’t want to seem ‘walled off.’ And sometimes I think I come across more in the ‘walled off’ arena. And if I create that perception, then I take responsibility. I don’t view myself as cold or unemotional. And neither do my friends. And neither does my family. But if that sometimes is the perception I create, then I can’t blame people for thinking that.”
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The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby
The film is a sequence originally used in the movie Yellow Submarine", released in July 1968. With it’s surreal, ground-breaking visuals it both brought a new concept of creating a visual video to accompany a song and also ushered in a new style of animation which helped to inspire Terry Gilliam’s animations for the TV comedy series, Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
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Here are three reasons why you should buy my wife Sarah’s new book.
1. Entertainment Weekly once called her “gracefully furious”.
2. The New Yorker says she “has reignited the genre with a bolder edge”.
3. The Stig once read a Russian translation of one of her books on Top Gear.
Pre-order @ http://amzn.to/1PPHhOn
Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:50:10 -0400(image)
Hmmm…I’ve been to a lot of PTV shows in my life, but I stopped going a few years back. Is it time to return?
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This continuing ed class just gets weirder and weirder.
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zo·e·trope - a 19th-century optical toy consisting of a cylinder with a series of pictures on the inner surface that, when viewed through slits with the cylinder rotating, give an impression of continuous motion.
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As a teenager in the late 1980s, James Dewitt “J Dilla” Yancey worked as a junior police cadet for the Detroit Police Department. Several years later however, after suffering through one too many many incidents of police harassment and racial profiling as young adult, his opinion of the police would change as he would record “Fuck the Police” in 2001.
In an interview years later, his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, gave further detail on Dilla’s reason and motivation for the song: “That song was totally true. He caught so much flack from the police for being a clean young man. The police department was down the street from where we lived, and every time he pulled off they’d stop him and harass him. They even tossed the car once looking for something; because he was young and clean-cut, they thought he was selling drugs. [D12 rapper] Proof was at the house one evening when James had another run-in with them. He had only gone to the gas station which was three doors away. I told him not to get upset because he was hurt to tears. He was so angry and just tired of being harassed, so I told him, ‘Look, this is what you do: you go downstairs and make a song about it, and you laugh in their face.’ And that’s when he came up with the 'F the Police’ thing. And people are still singing it today! Every time I go somewhere, that’s one of the songs they play.”