Posts Tagged ‘homosexuality’

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A so-called Anerican scholar of “Islamic jurisprudence.”

 

I certainly hope THAT guy is on the Watch List and would be arrested if he tries to return to the United States. But, who knows?

Shaykh Hamza Sodagar is an American scholar raised in Washington, DC. He currently resides in Qum, Iran and has been studying for over fourteen years, specializing in Islamic Law and Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence as well as Islamic Philosophy. Currently, he is attending the dars-e-kharij of the renowned scholar, Grand Ayatullah Shubairi Zanjani. Over the years, Shaykh Sodagar has travelled to many places around the globe to speak on matters concerning the Muslim community. As a result, he is deemed a role model by young Muslims all around the world.

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Sitora Yusufiy, the ex-wife of Orlando shooting suspect Omar Mateen, gives a statement to the media at their home outside Boulder, Colo. on Sunday, June 12, 2016.(Autumn Parry/Boulder Daily Camera)(Autumn Parry/Daily Camera via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

FBI Told Orlando Shooter’s Wife Not to Tell US Media He Was Gay

She may be indicted for having knowledge before the attack and potentially helping Mateen. Here is her story:

In an interview with Brazilian TV, the ex-wife of Omar Mateen claimed the U.S. agency told her to keep quiet about his homosexuality.

…Dias told the Brazilian television station SBT Brazil Tuesday that Yusufiy believed Mateen was gay and that his father called him gay several times in front of her. However, “the FBI asked her not to tell this to the American media.”

 

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Orlando killer searched for Facebook updates during rampage, ranted about ‘filthy ways of the West’

Mateen also reportedly posted: “The real muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west” and “You kill innocent women and children by doing us airstrikes… now taste the Islamic State vengeance.”

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Censored satire…

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A film 50 years past its expiration date?

I got the feeling that this didn’t translate well, and that the main draw was in the poetic language of the prose. The characters are dismal and pointless for the most part. The plot is slim to none.

What the book is famous for is opening up new possibilities to the squares of the early 50s. It was a stifling time of conformity and blinkers. Kerouac is credited with going the opposite way and pushing the boundaries of what people expected America to be. Obsessed with jazz and inebriation, he made an homage to this counterculture in the form of a rambling poem/journal.

Kerouac was apparently smitten with his friend, a charismatic grifter type who felt no responsibility to anyone or anything, named Dean Moriarty. The story seems to take a perspective on Moriarty, painting him as an immature sociopath.

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Only, it’s not enough to keep this thing interesting. I may be jaded in the modern age where a lot of shit happens on screen. In that I’m not alone. This story was simply aimed at another time and another place. The revelations weren’t particularly shocking or poignant. The statements made weren’t particularly groundbreaking.

What’s more it felt episodic and repetitive. A lot of driving around the country, endless miles, but why? A pointless randomness guides these people, and that was once hailed as revolutionary or unique, but it seems more lame and wasteful now. I don’t mind the idea of going out exploring, but these characters don’t find anything, not anything noteworthy. Their little lives are sad perhaps, but not the stuff of legend.

So in the end it felt like much ado about nothing.

2/5

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One of the trippiest movies, ever…

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The infinitely watchable Juno Temple takes on what she does best: a messed up, too hot to handle obsessed teenager.  A Brit brat playing Yanks, Juno was seen recently in Killer Joe and Little Birds among quite a few others.

There is surprisingly little sex in this buddy road trip movie.  The reputation is enough, establishing Danielle (Juno) as a pariah on the edge of society. Danielle’s mom, a similarly gorgeous Milla Jovovich, whom I didn’t even recognize in her 80s blow-dried hairdo, has hooked up with Mormon head case William H. Macy.  The surrogate father figure is intent on converting Danielle over to his fairytales.  Danielle’s mom is spineless, and she allows the “tough love”(sic) routine.  Danielle’s bedroom is invaded, with her mind next on the platter.

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The third element, Clarke, is also sentenced to the “retard class” at the tyrannical Texas high school, his crime being homosexuality.  The two misfits are stuck together on a class project, with hilarious repercussions that play throughout the rest of the film.  The story takes on discrimination levied at homosexuals and promiscuous girls, the double standards and the oppressive social climate, all of which seeks to dominate and force conformity.

It also does it with hilarious situations and an emotional payoff.  Dirty Girl elevates beyond high school by the end and earns its place on the esteemed Under the Radar list.

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Everybody tosses about their end of year top films lists. Such a cliche. I’ll just say that if I had one, Circumstance would be on it somewhere, as very little else this year moved me at all. Then again I don’t see as many films as a lot of the other guys. Where do they get the time?

Circumstance is a beautifully shot film set in Iran under the current regime. I know, bashing the Iranian regime could be considered propaganda and part of the push to start a suicidal and psychotic World War 3 drawing in Russia and China and ending all life on earth.

Having said that, Circumstance is not like that. It’s more honest and authentic, its writer/director Maryam Keshavarz a product of living in Iran and immersing herself in the world of the underground homosexual community there. The story could actually have been set in any theocratic society that persecutes homosexuals (Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, the Nazis, Mississippi).

Basically Circumstance tells a coming of age tale whereby a brother returns home to find his sister and her friend, but both the brother and the sister are attracted to the friend. In the puritanical society only the brother can prevail despite his unworthiness, and the sister must fail despite her true love for her friend. There are more twists than that, but you get the point that the strict social framework is the target here, and that the characters are victims of this circumstance.

Politically, Keshavarz has opened a can of worms and she fears for her safety, knowing the DVD will be bootlegged and spread throughout Iran. A funny scene in the movie actually concerns bootlegging DVDs in Iran, particularly Milk and Sex and the City. In her DVD commentary the writer/director admits she cannot return to Iran now, and she has lost her homeland. The film itself could not be filmed there but was shot in Lebanon instead.

Circumstance gets high marks for its watchability and strong central conflict, its flawed characters and its theme. This is definitely worth a spot on a rental queue.


Article originally appeared at Counterpunch

Clint Eastwood’s Befuddling “J. Edgar”
Springtime for Hoover

by MICHAEL DONNELLY

Clint Eastwood is one of Hollywood’s top movie directors. He’s directed (and starred in) many movies; from the great, redefining-the-genre western The Outlaw Josey Wales, the Oscar-winning Unforgiven, the preposterous Million Dollar Baby and the brilliant Gran Torino to such underwhelming fare as Invictus, Space Cowboys and Hereafter.

He’s added to his oeuvre with J. Edgar, a biopic of the late FBI Director. J. Edgar is a complete mess. Instead of the usual guns-blazing-G-man-gets-his man tripe, J. Edgar is a weird, tepid love story. With only passing nods to the many significant events of the Director’s 48 years at the helm of the agency, the movie’s focus is on an anti-social, damaged man who lives with his controlling, passive/aggressive mother until she dies and who finds love of a sort with Clyde Tolson, a subordinate he promotes to his top aide and lifelong companion.
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Seeing Brüno Twice
Guilty Laughter in the Dark

By KIM NICOLINI

Believe it or not, I have seen Brüno twice at the movie theater since it opened two weeks ago. I went the first time not really knowing what to expect because I had never seen a Sacha Baron Cohen movie before. I knew it would be funny. I knew it would be outrageous. I knew it would push buttons. I was pretty sure I would get some good laughs out of it (even if they were politically incorrect laughs), but I really wanted to see it because I wanted to see what all the controversy was about. I’ll be honest with you. I laughed my ass off both times I saw the movie, but I also will concede that my laughter was not without a minor dose of guilt lurking over my shoulder from all those people who see Brüno as cinematic gay bashing. Every time I laughed at, say, Brüno getting his anus bleached or swapping his iPod for a black baby, I had to ask myself, “Am I wrong for finding this funny?” In fact, that needling voice of controversy even led me to believe that I wasn’t enjoying the movie as much as I was. By the end of the movie, I had proclaimed that there were even too many ass jokes for me in the movie (and that’s saying something because I love a good ass joke.) By the time I finished watching 81 minutes of Sacha Baron Cohen bending over or baring his butt thong or squirting a fire extinguisher up his pygmy flight attendant boyfriend’s arse, I thought that even I had my fill of butt jokes. When the movie closed with its uplifting celebratory gay-positive song performed by the likes of Snoop Dog, Sting, Bono, Elton John and Brüno, I was reluctant to embrace Brüno, and my response to the movie remained tepid. I wasn’t sure what my stand on it was. Did I like it? Did I not like it?
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