Recent Movies and TV

Mank: Wow, I loved this -- it's gorgeously shot, the cast are amazing, the flashback structure mirrors Kane in a very cool way.... And I can't imagine how this got made. Was the pitch, "We've got that film major market cornered! Well... not just any film major, but the ones who have deep knowledge about the players in the studio system in the 30s. Long tail. Oh and it's black and white." If you aren't a total movie nerd will you even understand what's going on without regular Wikipedia pauses? Anyway it's fucking brilliant, and the best technical recreation of a movie from that era that I've ever seen. They even included the cigarette burns and reel-change flutters!

Kingfish calls this "painting the feet" -- "When you paint the little pilot's feet, and then glue closed the cockpit of the model airplane, and only you know, for all time, that his little feets are painted."

Tenet: I remember that sinking feeling when they finally found the MacGuffin. "Fuck, that means it's only half over??" You know how they say Trump is a poor person's idea of a rich person? This movie is a stupid person's idea of clever. Much like Inception. I mean, Bill and Ted 3 had better use of its cosmology. The camera tricks with the backwards fights weren't even any good, or even comprehensible. And a backwards person sitting in a forwards car makes it backward? The stupid, it burns like inexplicable frostbite.

This movie was better when it was the Sugar Water video by Cibo Matto, which was mercifully only 4 minutes long. And had better physics.

The Flight Attendant: She wakes up in a hotel in a foreign country with a corpse in her bed and isn't sure if she murdered him, like you do. It started off much stronger than it finished, but it was ok.

Mad Max Fury Road, Black & Chrome Edit: In memoriam of the passing of Toecutter, I watched the black and white version, which I hadn't seen before. It's brilliant. Interestingly, not entirely black and white, but sometimes graded in blues instead. I think it also would have worked really well as a silent movie (well, not silent -- but not a "talkie". Score and effects, but title cards instead of dialog!)

J. R. "Bob" Dobbs and the Church of the Subgenius: This was fun a fun documentary about a cult that was very important to me in my formative years.

The Queen's Gambit: Poorly socialized addict plays chess, pouts. I loved this.

Superintelligence: An AI trying to decide whether to wipe out humanity uses Melissa McCarthy as a guinea pig, and then the plot kind of just gives up on all that and the AI tries to set her up on a date instead, while the DOD and NSA peek in the window like the ineffectual chaperone from an 80s movie? It's fluff, but I enjoy her style of comedy and this is more of that.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: I watched an actual Thanksgiving movie, near Thanksgiving. I forgot how funny this was! I was still chuckling about it the next day.

Lego Star Wars Holiday Special: I've never watched any of the other Lego movies, but this was one of the worst, least-funny things I've ever seen. I didn't last 15 minutes. I was expecting Robot Chicken. It is not that.

The Stand-In: Drew Barrymore chews the scenery as two different shitheads. It's predictable but kinda funny.

Archenemy: Hobo Superman helps some kids beat up some drug dealers. It's ok.

Radium Girls: It's depressing, and then their faces fall off. Capitalism!

Castle Freak (2020): Breaking my rule about remakes, this was a pretty entertaining horror movie. It went Lovecraft, whereas the original didn't (even though Stuart Gordon, director of the original, made all the Lovecraft movies.)

Castle Freak (1995): I couldn't remember if I had ever seen the original. It is complete garbage, probably Gordon's worse. And... that's something.

Wonder Woman 84: Oh mah gawd this was soooo bad. Let us never speak of it again.

Parallel: Tech shitheads find a magic mirror to parallel universes and act like shitheads about it, taking advantage in the most shitheaddy ways they can imagine. Pass.

Soul: It's really good.

Tesla (2020): This was fantastic. It had a fourth-wall-breaking ahistorical aspect to it, like the I, Tonya of alternating current. (There's even skating.)


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jwz mixtape 224

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Modern Retro Computer Terminals

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Meanwhile, Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett wins permission for meditation room at her haunted £4.9m Sussex mansion despite discovery of bat colony.

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House Democrats introduce impeachment resolution

Surveillance footage of the House impeachment proceedings, 5 days after they were nearly executed on livestream by Trump's Brownshirts.
Charging Trump with incitement of insurrection:

House Democrats formally introduced their resolution to impeach President Donald Trump on Monday, [PDF, text] charging him with "incitement of insurrection" for his role in last week's riots at the US Capitol.

The single impeachment article, which was introduced when the House gaveled into a brief pro-forma session Monday, points to Trump's repeated false claims that he won the election and his speech to the crowd on January 6 before pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol. It also cited Trump's call with the Georgia Republican secretary of state where the President urged him to "find" enough votes for Trump to win the state.

"In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government," the resolution says. "He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States."

The resolution, which was introduced by Democrats David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Ted Lieu of California, also cited the Constitution's 14th Amendment, noting that it "prohibits any person who has 'engaged in insurrection or rebellion against' the United States" from holding office.


I just murdered my neighbor's family dog. His kids are crying. The parents want to call the cops on me, but I don't know how that would unify the neighborhood.
What does the party of "unity and moving on" have to say? Let's check in:

Democrats on Monday sought to take up a resolution from Raskin urging Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment. Hoyer asked for unanimous consent to bring up the resolution, but West Virginia GOP Rep. Alex Mooney objected to the request. Pelosi has said the Democrats will move to bring the resolution for a floor vote on Tuesday. [...]

A Senate impeachment trial beginning on January 20 -- Biden's inauguration -- would grind the chamber to a halt, unable to confirm nominees or enact legislation until the trial was finished.

One option being considered is waiting until later to send the articles to the Senate: House Democratic Whip James Clyburn said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday the House might wait until after Biden's first 100 days in office before sending the impeachment articles to the Senate to begin the trial. But Hoyer's comments Monday seemed to suggest that was an unlikely move, since it would cut against Democrats' argument that removing Trump is an urgent priority.

I don't get the "urgency" argument -- my understanding is that there is no path to removing him from office before Jan 20 via impeachment. Only the 25th Amendment can do that. And Pence -- the guy who Trump's goons intended to lynch on Wednesday -- won't do that.


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