Archive for May, 2013



Well I was pleasantly surprised by this one, certainly a great popcorn movie, more comedy than drama.  But, I was wrong on which direction they were heading from the initial teasers.  Seems JJ and crew managed to pull it off, and even left some simmering issues to ponder over.  Thumbs are up (thanks Roger Ebert, maybe I’ll use this distinction in the future).

So, let’s get spoiling!

But wait – a lot of my gripes are just sort of dumb scenes, perhaps hastily written in order to milk the character developments that occur later on.  I get that.  It’s more Fi than Sci.  As a space comedy it’s up there with Spaceballs and Galaxy Quest, and so the added perspective on war and vengeance is delivered with even more resonance.





John McCain poses with known jihad kidnappers in Syria


Business Insider, of all places, wants to tell you how awesome marijuana is…


All The Reasons Pot Is Good For You


This is surely the wildest baseball story you ever heard in your life.



My new White House petition, full text:

Federal Representative Surveillance Act of 2013

This act shall mandate that the offices of the President, the Vice-President, appointed Cabinet Level Secretaries, Senators and Representatives be wired with listening devices and live streamed to the Internet, so that the public may listen in and record the activities of these public servants. Further the email and web browsing activities of all federal executive and legislative public servants shall be made public on the Internet in real time.    Further, surveillance drones equipped with listening devices and real time high definition camera systems shall be implemented where feasible to escort the aforementioned public servants and to monitor their activities as they pertain to the public interest.


Al Nusra terrorists arrested in Turkey, 12 taken into custody delivering Sarin to Syria.



Jihadi-nervegas copy


It took freshmen girls in Denmark to actually test this?

Not sure the details of the actual experiment, but…


According to Kim Horsevad, a teacher at Hjallerup Skole in Denmark were the cress experiment took place, a neuroscience professor at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, is interested in repeating the experiment in controlled professional scientific environments.


Cress Collage

Student Science Experiment Finds Plants won’t Grow near Wi-Fi Router


From Dangerous Minds.



I have quite mixed feelings about the “Occupy” movement, right on down to the name itself.  The arguments are presented here:

2013 Unoccupied

Sun Tzu’s Messages to the Occupy Movement




Spring Breakers (2012)

Posted: May 30, 2013 in -


Generation Gone-Wild


Well it seems an awful lot like an assault by crazy ass stupid bitches… but the real blame goes to this man:



Harmony Korrine single-handedly created this monster, and it’s quite flawed.  It had so much potential.  The trailer is so good, but as a film it really failed with a capital F.

So, we’ve got crazy ass dumb bitches who go on an armed robbery spree to pay for Spring Break, the spiritual pilgrimage of the American youth.  While excessing themselves into oblivion in the land of skin and shaking asses, eventually the four brats get popped by the man.  Sprung by a sleazy local gangsta, they join up with his drug and murder exploits.  The end.

Yeah, it seems a little thin on story doesn’t it?  Oh yeah, sex and drinking and snorting and smoking and armed robbery and arguing with rival gangstas.  The most annoying sin is Korrine’s choice to replay dialogue clips over and over.  Perhaps that’s only mildly less annoying than the shaky abused camera work and blurry out of focus world through half the movie.  It is an assault, an intentional assault.  A repetitive gun cocking sound repeatedly jumps out much louder than anything else.  It’s meant to annoy the shit out of audiences, and in that respect is successful.


It even comes up short as exploitation, a little up its own ass with style to remember to throw in enough screwing and actual naughtiness.  Half the film is just a rehash of Girls Gone Wild, pointless stupid drunkenness and dancing.

Now I’m sure there’s a point in there somewhere, some kind of statement about the latest youth culture, but the end of the movie is so stupid, tactically speaking as well as logically, that any pluses are swiftly washed away.

I so wanted to like this film, but it failed to tell an interesting story or provide any interesting characters.  In the end it’s hamming up the place by James Franco and some really dumb mindlessly violent girls.  Could it have come up with a perspective to play off of?  There’s no sounding board really, and it winds up being an awful mess of a bunch of disturbing bad behaviors, and not much more.




Congress Investigates Lies of Attorney General

The DOJ seems to have taken a sizable gamble in exercising the Espionage Act to keep its surveillance of members of the press a secret, and the Daily Mail’s source into an ongoing Congressional probe indicates that the Attorney General may still bear the brunt of the blame


Blue is the Warmest Color’ Stirs Up Feminist Controversy
Julie Maroh wrote the graphic novel that was adapted into the film…

“Because — except for a few passages — this is all that it brings to my mind: a brutal and surgical display, exuberant and cold, of so-called lesbian sex, which turned into porn, and me feel very ill at ease. Especially when, in the middle of a movie theater, everyone was giggling. The heteronormative laughed because they don’t understand it and find the scene ridiculous. The gay and queer people laughed because it’s not convincing, and found it ridiculous. And among the only people we didn’t hear giggling were the potential guys too busy feasting their eyes on an incarnation of their fantasies on screen.”


Also film crew complains of being cheated out of overtime pay during the production.


stunning! Bill Rood photography is … wow.