Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Django; The ‘D’eath Is Not Silent

Watched “Django Unchained” [7/10], and realized that bodies were exploding because it was a Tarantino movie. It went about as expected. Some parts should not be watched, or it will cause trauma; Like the dogs ripping someone apart. However, I was pleasantly surprised to hear this Jim Croce song. Before arriving at the Golden Mile ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: WikiLeaks: Hollywood Hatchet, Swedish Swindle

The problem with how Sweden, the UK, and the United States have been treating Julian Assange of Wikileaks, has dragged on for years. It’s left the foremost journalist in the world stuck in a London apartment building that houses the Ecuadorian Embassy where Assange is trapped as a political prisoner. He sought asylum from the ...

Politics and Entertainment: Why a completely unremarkable film called Argo won the Oscar

How ironically fitting that Michelle Obama announced the Oscar for the winning picture. Argo is a putative “true” story from the not too distant U.S. past – a past to which American viewers can easily relate – a feel good story of American perseverance, ingenuity, courage, an inspiring version of U. S. exceptionalism resulting in a bloodless American victory ...

Politics and Entertainment: Why a completely unremarkable film called Argo won the Oscar

How ironically fitting that Michelle Obama announced the Oscar for the winning picture. Argo is a putative “true” story from the not too distant U.S. past – a past to which American viewers can easily relate – a feel good story of American perseverance, ingenuity, courage, an inspiring version of U. S. exceptionalism resulting in a bloodless American victory ...

Politics and Entertainment: Why a completely unremarkable film called Argo won the Oscar

How ironically fitting that Michelle Obama announced the Oscar for the winning picture. Argo is a putative “true” story from the not too distant U.S. past – a past to which American viewers can easily relate – a feel good story of American perseverance, ingenuity, courage, an inspiring version of U. S. exceptionalism resulting in a bloodless American victory ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Killer Robots From Earth

I grew up thinking that Killer Robots From Venus was a pretty amusing song. Now that we’re living in 2013, the ‘future’, we have to seriously contemplate the implications of building robots that can kill as their intended purpose. Our next-future expectations depend upon what we choose now. I’m not okay with building Terminators, just ...

Politics and Entertainment: Zero Dark Thirty Leaves Plenty of Space for Viewer’s Moral Judgment

Spoiler alert: The U.S. Navy SEALS murder Osama Bin Laden and several others in his Pakistani compound without mercy and with vengeful malice. Most of the controversy swirling round the film revolves around whether the filmmaker, Kathryn Bigelow – positioned as auteur by most commentators –  endorses torture or  whether the film’s narrative raises the moral issue of ...

Politics and Entertainment: Zero Dark Thirty Leaves Plenty of Space for Viewer’s Moral Judgment

Spoiler alert: The U.S. Navy SEALS murder Osama Bin Laden and several others in his Pakistani compound without mercy and with vengeful malice. Most of the controversy swirling round the film revolves around whether the filmmaker, Kathryn Bigelow – positioned as auteur by most commentators –  endorses torture or  whether the film’s narrative raises the moral issue of ...

Politics and Entertainment: Zero Dark Thirty Leaves Plenty of Space for Viewer’s Moral Judgment

Spoiler alert: The U.S. Navy SEALS murder Osama Bin Laden and several others in his Pakistani compound without mercy and with vengeful malice. Most of the controversy swirling round the film revolves around whether the filmmaker, Kathryn Bigelow – positioned as auteur by most commentators –  endorses torture or  whether the film’s narrative raises the moral issue of ...

The Canadian Progressive: CBS bans breasts, buttocks, genitals, this Pink stuff at Grammy Awards

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 9, 2013: Nearly ten years after Janet Jackson’s famous wardrobe malfunction, the CBS is on high alert concerning nudity. A “Wardrobe Advisory” email the network’s Standards & Practices department sent out to representatives of stars scheduled to perform at Sunday’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards is warning performers to adequately cover their breasts, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Flight

I’d suggest people watch “Flight” [9/10] if you like deep movies about alcoholism. You might end up cheering for the drunk and feeling bad for doing so.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Looper Movie

I rode the bus, ended up at another mall, decided on a movie, found out it was Tuesday and only $2. Win! “Looper” [8/10] bent my brain a little, but wasn’t a time travelling classic I fear. It was trying to be complex, and although I didn’t predict the ending, I probably could have. It ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Movies

I caught some movies lately, including “Lincoln” [9/10], and “Perfect Pitch” [6/10]. “Life of Pi” [9/10] was much better than both of them, however. “Lincoln” was an interesting history lesson, it just didn’t feel like it was more than a mini-series condensed. UPDATE Dec. 14 – Watched “Lord of the Rings – Return of the ...

The Equivocator: Uranowski’s First Law of Involuntary Suspension of Disbelief

Uranowski’s First Law of Involuntary Suspension of Disbelief Even if you didn’t know that the 1999 masterpiece “Deep Blue Sea” was about super-intelligent sharks before hand, Saffron Burrows’s character (Dr. Susan McCallister) interacts with a 3D computer model 14 minutes into the movie showing us all that the sharks mentioned in the previous expository scene have ...

The Equivocator: Giving the Devil the benefit of the law

A Man for All Seasons (1960) —————————————————————————————————- Roper: So now you’d give the Devil benefit of law! More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? Roper: I’d cut down every law in England to do that! More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: 1st Bite

I’ve seen a few movies the last few weeks, and haven’t yet reviewed them. Tonight I happened upon a Canadian film named “1st Bite” [5/10] which is extremely artsy and doesn’t make much sense. It was slightly interesting though, and showed Thai cooking. “Taken” [9/10] was an exciting movie, with a lot more gruesome action ...

Left Over: (Almost) The Last Picture Show….

Granville’s last movie theatre closes CBC online Oct 10,2012   I was shocked to read that this is the last of the Granville theatres..when I left Vancouver a few years ago, they were all still in business; the truth is, after having gone almost weekly for many years, home video and the grossly expensive demands ...

Canadian Progressive: Innocence of Muslims: Pathetic Movie Responsible For Ambassador Stevens’ Assassination

Here’s an extended trailer of the ”Innocence Of Muslims”, the shitty anti-Islam movie that unleashed riots in the Muslim world, leading to the assassination of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens. Earlier today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton distance the U.S. government from the movie, and labeled it “disgusting and reprehensible”.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: No Go Argo

When I saw the trailer for Argo, I had a flashback to the Tommy Douglas Story. It was obvious from the focus of the plot that the CIA was going to get credit for saving the American hostages in Iran, 1979, instead of Ken Taylor, the Canadian diplomat. That’s the problem when you let Americans ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Run from Hit & Run

If you have an option to not see “Hit & Run” [4/10], take it. If I’d written this review last night, I might have given it a 5 and said it could be worth rewatching, but thinking about it a bit more it’s not really worth the time. There are some sweet spots, and some ...

Trashy's World: Watched Pulp Fiction

I have been off cigarettes for over 8 years and haven’t had the urge to smoke for years… until last night when I watched Pulp Fiction. What is it about that flick? And what ever happened to Uma Thurman? (5) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Show The Cards Elections Canada #RoboCon

A lawyer is trying to compel Elections Canada to release more public details of its super slow investigation into the election fraud from May 2011. Apparently the next date we’ll have any news from the Federal Court is August 8th. In the meantime, the greatest crime against this country in modern times goes unpunished, as ...

Canadian Progressive World: The “Life of Pi” Movie Will Probably Rock Your World

Canadian novelist Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi” is one of the few novels I’ve started with enthusiasm and but couldn’t finish. I simply failed to connect with this award-winning wrenching fantastical story of loss, adventure and hope. But the movie, directed by award-winning director Ang Lee, promises to be something special. The movie, starring newcomer ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Batman

I’m not a fanatical comic book movie watcher. I did go to see “Batman The Dark Knight Rises” [10/10] Tuesday though, and it was great. It would have helped to have recently viewed the previous movie which is mentioned to some degree, but the story can stand on its own. If you trust your comic ...

Canadian Progressive World: Match.com Paired Colorado Woman With Aurora Shooter James Holmes

A perfect example of one of those WTF moments we encounter in life. A Colorado woman, “Diana”,  says that Match.com paired her with James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people at the Friday screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Diana claims that she discovered Holmes’ profile among her suggested matches on the same day he committed ...