Every so often we are reminded of our roots – back on the old Hollywood lot. The Federal Observer has posted this video in the past, yet it seems even more relevant today. There are great lessons in movies – not all – but the true classics – and this is one of them. Thanks to the good folks over at Zero Hedge for reminding us. See you at the movies… (Ed.)
Every now and then, it is good to refresh knowledge of what is truly important in life. So it’s time to post “The Greatest Speech Ever” by Charlie Chaplin. Charlie Chaplin was known as the greatest silent actor ever. The most powerful excerpts from his speech, still very relevant today, in my opinion, are below:
“And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.” Continue reading →
Hedy Lamarr, Old Hollywood sex symbol, had a brain. It’s a fact that may be nearly as overlooked as the inventor’s wartime creation: landmark technology that was a precursor to Bluetooth.
It’s not surprising that she’s known best for her sultry persona, given her film role that made everyone sit up and take notice. In 1933’s “Ecstasy,” a Czech film, she raised eyebrows and drew condemnation around the globe when she appeared nude in one part of the film and simulated an orgasm in another.
Lamarr is seen going skinny-dipping and, still without a stitch on, chasing a runaway horse. The orgasm scene comes later, and, yes, she does smoke a cigarette afterward. “Ecstasy” is considered the first theatrically released movie to feature an actress simulating an orgasm on screen. Continue reading →
A television movie like An American Story couldn’t get greenlit today. In fact, it’s still surprising the Hallmark Hall of Fame and CBS joint production actually got broadcast back in 1992.
Yet this fictionalization of the Battle of Athens, the last and best modern example of American citizens forcefully asserting their Second Amendment rights, was actually shown only 21 years ago. The telepicture earned two Primetime Emmy nominations, one for music and another for cinematography.
This well made TV movie, starring Brad Johnson and directed by John Gray, depicted the last time in modern American history when a large group of decent, ordinary citizens were involved in an armed confrontation with criminally corrupt representatives of their own government. Continue reading →
Western character actor Harry Carey, Jr. dies aged 91 Carey’s career spanned more than 50 years and included such John Ford classics as She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Searchers and The Long Gray Line. (Read Full Story)
I saw the new Les Misérables film this week. It was rather like being hit by a truck, which then kept reversing and ploughing resolutely forward again.
Generally, I prefer my musical politics a tad more Nixon in China. Still, the decision to shoot the numbers largely in single shots means the singers are forced to act, not simply bawl X Factor-style. Brit Eddie Redmayne is revealed to boast not just cheekbones, but a sterling tenor, too, the old hoofer, and Sacha Baron Cohen will be wasted if he is not booked for panto next Christmas.
I’m not sure how it’s going to play in the US, though. For a start, the bromance is subdued for a nation that brought us Top Gun’s bros riding bros’ tails.
Moreover, the various poxes, STDs, boils and not just British but also French teeth are likely to inspire hysteria in the neurotically sanitised US of A. And this before the male leads spend several scenes literally covered in shit. Still, it will serve to confirm everything Yanks feel about contemporary Europe.
“Let me tell you about Florida politicians. I make ’em out of whole cloth, see – just like a tailor makes a suit.
Yeah, that’s right – I get their name in the newspaper. I get ’em some publicity and get ’em on the ballot, then after the election, we count the votes… and if they don’t turn out right – we recount ’em – and recount ’em again until they do.” – Edward G. Robinson as ‘Johnny Rocco,’ Key Largo, Warner Bros Pictures; 1948
Paint Your Wagon! Clint Eastwood just dropped another nuke on Obama. In the latest issue of The Carmel Pine Cone (Sept 7-13, 2012) American’s favorite actor said,
“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”
The Pine Cone is the weekly newspaper for Carmel and the Monterey Peninsula. Clint Eastwood was the Mayor of Carmel, California from 1986 to 1988 and didn’t run for a second term. Clint was elected in a landslide with 72% of the vote. President Ronald Reagan called Clint to congratulate him on his victory. Mayor Eastwood accomplished all of his campaign promises while in office and cleaned out a lot of the bureaucracy and red tape that riled him enough to run for office in the first place. You don’t mess with The Enforcer.
Maybe Obama should look up from his teleprompter and take a peek at the High Plains Drifter riding his way. The Pale Rider told the Pine Cone in last Tuesday’s interview,
“Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.” Continue reading →
For decades Warners films have frequently put the studio in the middle of a perpetual and unresolved debate over violence in the cinema and in real life. That debate has been revived after the deadly shootings last Friday in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater at an opening night showing of The Dark Knight Rises, from Warner.
While the box-office success of Dark Knight seems assured the opening weekend produced $160 million in North American sales Warner executives have decided to delay the planned Sept. 7 release of another film, Gangster Squad, according to a person who was briefed on the studios plans on Tuesday and spoke anonymously because the change has not been officially announced. The film is a hard-edged cinematic portrayal of the police war on mobsters in mid-20th-century Los Angeles. Continue reading →
Now that President Obama is out of the closet and stands revealed as a petulant and resentful socialist, who values the collective over the individual and sees the productive class as vampires feeding on the weak and the downtrodden, lets give equal time to Ayn Rand, via her architect, Howard Roark, in The Fountainhead.
First, the president:
“If youve got a business, you didnt build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
Yeah, right. Only someone whos never accomplished a thing in his life except get elected to various offices could say something like that. His statement bespeaks anger, pettiness, jealousy, destructiveness and rage in short, everything weve come to expect from the Parasitical Left.
Contrast Obamas Kinsley gaffe (defined as when a politician inadvertently blurts out the truth) with Roarks famous defense speech from the 1949 movie starring Mr. All-America himself, Gary Cooper. You dont have to be a Randian to cheer sentiments like these:
“The creator stands on his own judgment. The parasite follows the opinions of others. The creator thinks; the parasite copies. The creator produces; the parasite loots. The creators concern is the conquest of nature. The parasites concern is the conquest of men The parasite seeks power. He wants to bind all men together in common action and common slavery.
Look at history. Everything we have, every great achievement has come from the independent work of some independent mind. Every horror and destruction came from attempts to force men into a herd of brainless, soulless robots It is an ancient conflict. It has another name: the individual against the collective.”
So there it is, Election 2012 in a nutshell: the individual vs. the collective.
We know which side the president is on. Which side are you on?
Written by Michael Walsh and published on the PJ Media, July 19, 2012.
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“Instant gratification is the name of the game today. No foreplay – no after play. Let’s just get it on ‘for the moment!'” – Jeffrey Bennett, Editor
For young people, the focus seems to be on what can be talked about now new movies serve an immediate social function. Old films are being forgotten.
A lot of folks have wondered whether it is too soon, just 10 years after the release of the original film and five years after the third installment, to relaunch Spider-Man. When questioned, a producer of the new picture snapped that anyone who asked that is “too old.” He may have been dismissively arrogant, especially to geriatrics over 30, but he may also have been right. Continue reading →
It’s 1929 all over again and “Mr. Hammer” is at the auction bloc over at Cocoanut Manor in the Jewish neighborhood. “Why a Duck?” Because it quacks! (Ed.)
When Buddy Persaud promised his investors the moon and the stars, he wasnt kidding.
Persaud, an Orlando-based financial broker, believed the markets were affected by lunar cycles and gravitational pull.
When surprise, surprise the heavens failed him, Persaud paid out their promised high rates of return (up to 18 percent) by simply recruiting new investors and using their funds to pay off the old ones, the Securities and Exchange Commission alleges.
Put simply, he ran a Ponzi scheme the non-sustainable pyramid fraud that invariably ends in ruin.
In the dirty world of Florida Ponzi schemers, Persaud is a small-timer. His enterprise, which totaled $1 million, was a comparable pittance. Continue reading →
NEW ORLEANS A federal jury late Thursday rejected claims that Kevin Costner and his business partner duped fellow actor Stephen Baldwin and a friend out of millions of dollars from a BP contract for using oil cleanup devices in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.
The panel deliberated for less than two hours before delivering the verdict in the lawsuit brought by Baldwin and his friend, Spyridon Contogouris. Their lawyer had asked the eight-member jury to award the plaintiffs more than $17 million in damages.
Sykes: [laughs hysterically] “They”? Why, ‘they’ is the plain and fancy ‘they’, that’s who “they” is! Caught you, didn’t they? Tied a tin can to your tail. Led you in and waltzed you out again. Oh my, what a bunch! Big tough ones, huh? Here you are with a handful of holes, a thumb up your ass, and a big grin to pass the time of day with. They? Who the hell is “they?”
….in other words, make sure you get their names while its happening to you, so when the time comes, you don’t have to keep hunting for them the rest of your life…
Every libertarian owes it to himself the see this movie. It is so shot through with libertarian messages, both overt and subtle, as to be an unintentional, non-intrusive ideologic primer on the philosophy for every American. It has just been offered free by Comcast. Ive watched it again. Continue reading →
I cant see from one eye, Ive been paralyzed. Ive fallen down and broken a hip. Stubbornness gets you through the bad times. You dont give in.”
Patricia Neal, the molasses-voiced actress who won an Academy Award and a Tony but whose life alternated surreally between triumph and tragedy, died at her home in Edgartown, Mass., on Sunday. She was 84 and lived in Manhattan and Marthas Vineyard. Continue reading →
“He’s just institutionalized…The man’s been in here fifty years, Heywood, fifty years. This is all he knows. In here, he’s an important man, he’s an educated man. Outside he’s nothin’ – just a used-up con with arthritis in both hands. Probably couldn’t get a library card if he tried…these walls are funny. First you hate ’em, then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, it gets so you depend on ’em. That’s ‘institutionalized’…They send you here for life and that’s exactly what they take, the part that counts anyway.” ~ Andy Dufresne
In the great movie The Shawshank Redemption, Brooks Hatlen, the prison librarian (James Whitmore), is the totally institutionalized man. Hes carved out his safe little niche. He no longer knows how to survive outside the walls and he realizes hes unfit for the real world. Continue reading →
No telling yet how this will turn out;…perhaps it will tell the truth, or maybe it will continue the government cover-up of what really happened. But while the involvement of libertarian rabid gun-rights actor Kurt Russell and James McNulty (the producer of the acclaimed documentary Waco: Rules of Engagement) would seem to bode well for the telling of the facts, there are reasons to beware as well. Continue reading →