Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Soap



I hadn't seen it in since its original broadcast, but I was recently lent a set of DVDs of the full TV series, Soap. Makes me glad that we live in an era of one-camera sit-coms and that they've gotten rid of laugh tracks and live studio audiences.

Back in those days, they warned viewers that it was intended for mature audiences. It was offensive at times. One son breaks into a house and is confronted by a young woman who wants him to rape her and Billy Crystal plays a gay guy who tries to get a sex change and attempts suicide.

Knowing that one star went on to appear in Tony Danza's sit-com and that the butler, Benson, got his own family-friendly spin-off makes it harder to take the filth seriously.

I didn't like the narration by Rod Roddy.

Scott Baio's less successful cousin, Jimmy, plays the youngest son who speaks in a different regional accent than the rest of the family. His character played no role in the plot.

Poor Jimmy Baio.

 It was no Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and the live audience/laugh track made it hard to binge watch. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Anthony Weiner, Jared Fogle


If they prosecute him, maybe Anthony Weiner could get Jared Fogle as a cellmate. It may not be a good idea to put two hopeless sex addicts together, but they're both Zionists---Fogle had his Bar Mitzvah in Israel and Weiner denies that the West Bank is under Israeli occupation and was constantly trashing Palestinian people---and they both appeared in Sharknado movies. Fogle was in Sharknado 2 and he and Weiner both appeared in Sharknado 3, but Fogle's part was cut when he was arrested.

As his cellmate, Weiner could coax Fogle into the prison gym. Fogle had been enormously fat and lost a huge amount of weight, but he was still in terrible shape. As long as nobody murders him, he could come out of prison a new man, for all the good it would do him.

They're both washed up. They were third-rate to begin with, Weiner a pandering, race-bating politician and Fogle a porn addict who only came up with his "Subway diet" because there was a Subway on the first floor of his college dorm and he was too lazy to get anything else. They were incredibly lucky to have gotten as far as they did in life. They should have crashed and burned a long time ago.

Friday, February 17, 2017

James Franco, John Steinbeck, In Dubious Battle


Click here for a review on Counterpunch.org by Louis Proyect of James Franco's new movie based on a John Steinbeck novel. Points out the shortcomings of both James Franco and John Steinbeck.

About Franco:
...Everything I have heard from Franco in the past five years or so persuades me that outside of acting he overestimates his talents, whether it is writing poetry or teaching classes in the NYU film school. If he wants to become a renaissance man, it would probably be best for him to stick to projects he is qualified for, like being named the face of Gucci’s men’s fragrance line.
 About Steinbeck:
All in all, Steinbeck can barely suppress his disgust with working people that seems to be akin to Eugene O’Neill’s portrait of Yank, the steamship engine stoker in “The Hairy Ape”: barely human. One worker is a “ruminating cow”. Strike leader London has the eyes of a gorilla. Challenging the boss turns them into virtual werewolves. The “stiffs don’t know what’s happenin’, but when the big guy gets mad, they’ll all be there; and by Christ, I hate to think of it. They’ll be bitin’ out throats with their teeth, and clawin’ off lips. . . . That big guy’ll run like a mad dog, and bite anything that moves. He’s been hungry too long, and he’s been hurt too much”.
For Steinbeck, the solution to inequality was a paternalistic leader like FDR who set up beneficent camps like the one depicted in the end of “The Grapes of Wrath” as part of the Resettlement Administration. As the 1930s came to an end, Steinbeck’s views hewed close to that of the New Deal old guard that followed in FDR’s footsteps, including LBJ and Hubert Humphrey—prosecutors of the war in Vietnam that Steinbeck supported.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Maybe they'll prosecute Anthony Weiner after all

 
I thought they had forgotten all about Anthony Weiner, but prosecutors are reportedly thinking about charging him with manufacturing child pornography which would get him fifteen years. They're apparently trying to use the more serious charge to force him to plead guilty to receiving child pornography which would get him "only" five years. The sinewy New York Zionist had been molesting a 15-year-old shiksa over the internet when the cops raided his home. The girl had become jealous and blew the whistle on him after she saw on the news that he had also been sexting a grown woman.

I said before he should flee to Israel. He's 52. They might draft him into the Israeli Army reserves and he might be asked to murder Palestinians, but that's something he's always supported.

I think it would be a nice gesture if his former roommate John Stewart would contribute something to his defense. Weiner was reportedly too broke to finish sexting rehab.

Go Down Death (2013)

 

I was reminded of what Jerry Lewis said when he finally gave in and spoke openly about The Day the Clown Cried. He said it was bad...bad...bad. But, he added, it could have been wonderful.

Go Down Death was filmed in an abandoned paint factory in Brooklyn. It was set in a town somewhere maybe during World War One. We hear artillery in the background.

The director said in an interview that there WAS a plot---every scene made perfect sense to him---but he withheld information. There was a plot, but the audience didn't get to know what it was.

He also said that the actors didn't get paid, but one thing I've noticed with low budget movies made in New York is that the actors are often very good, and when you look them up on imdb.com, a lot of them have pretty good careers going even though they're working for free. I don't know how they get unpaid actors to do nude scenes.

Filmed in grainy black and white, something like a Guy Maddin movie although the cinematography was more conventional, which may not be a bad thing. It looked great.

According to the director, they had to Fed Ex the film to LA to get it processed. It took a week to get it back, so by the time they got their "dailies", the sets for those scenes had already been torn down. It's too bad they couldn't have left the sets up and filmed another movie on them. One where you could follow the plot.

Available on Fandor.Watch it and judge for yourself.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Trump supporter Mitch Albom


Elderly sports writer Mitch Albom lashed out at football players who don't want to go to the White House to meet Donald Trump.

Albom is also the author of Tuesdays with Morrie and some semi-religious stuff.

The aging millionaire wrote:
But these days, few people just go about their business. Not when a statement can be made. So even though a dated invitation has yet to be made, some Patriots felt compelled to tell their fans how repugnant the idea was to them
It is surely their right to do so as Americans
It is also rude.
No one is asking them to endorse a candidate. And taking a photo with your nation’s elected leader doesn’t mean you surrender your right to disagree with every single thing he does. That’s the beauty of America. In fact, the visit may give you a rare chance to express your views to the leader himself.
He writes in the short simple sentences favored by simple-minded rubes who go for that kind of crap.

Well, I for one am glad that he wrote this.

If an elderly relative ever tries to make ME watch Tuesdays with Morrie or The Five People You Meet in Heaven, I'll tell them the books were written by a dirty stinkin' Trump supporter.

Someone who looks like Hitler

Austrian police are looking for a suspect in the crime of looking like Hitler. He's been seen lurking about Braunau, Austria, where Hitler was born. They say he dressed like Hitler, but I'm not sure what that means. Glorifying Nazism is a crime in Austria.

After World War Two, it was suspected that Hitler was still alive. There were thousands of Hitler sightings reported to the FBI. There must be lots of people who look like Hitler. It would be terribly humiliating for the poor wretch in this case if he isn't doing it on purpose.

Michael Cera (left) looks like Hitler's mother.

There was the movie Sherman's March. The filmmaker hears that Burt Reynolds is in town filming a movie. He goes to the hotel where Burt is staying. Then he spots him! Burt Reynolds! He goes to talk to him. Burt Reynolds tries to hide in a phone booth. The filmmaker talks to him and discovers it's just a local who looks like Burt Reynolds who came down with a vague idea of being hired as a double. 

So, I really have nothing to say about it. I just hope they catch that son-of-a-H√ľndin.