November 30, 2008
I saw Baz’s epic ode to the nation recently and I couldn’t help but like it, damn it!
Yes, its a camp epic musical without songs essentially forged around a quasi fascist myth of Aboriginal and European ownership of Australia itself. I found the film irresistible in its desire to forge a blood pact with Anglo Saxon Aussies and original Aboriginal Australians. I found the presentation of this blood and soil mythology deeply moving. The Aboriginal characters were well handled. The young boy, while going into Spielberg territory a bit too much, was a lot of fun with his “cheeky bulls” catch phrases and his emotional adoption by the Aryan Prince and Princess Of Australia, Nic Kidman and Hugh Jackman. The spiritual heart of the film is Uncle King George a connected to the homeland Aboriginal deeply suspicious of white fellas, who seems to be getting the blame for a few nefarious murders committed by David Wenham’s character. Wenham is a great villain, giving us a slimy, conniving, racist back water ne’er do well out to usurp Bryan Brown’s monopoly of the meat packing trade. Brown is great fun as the meat tycoon, smoothly running his scenes and dominating them. Jack Thompson is good too as the drunk accountant with a heart of rum. Look out for a eugenicist Bruce Spence, an aristocratic Barry Otto and a digger John Jarrat, all adding spice to the ensemble cast. Oh, and Ben Mendehlson makes a great come back as a second male lead in Australia as the brave Captain defending Darwin from ‘the dirty Japs’.
The film is also about the Stolen Generation, that paradoxically goes onto support the adoption of an Aboriginal Child by a white couple. Throw in some fun racist characterisation’s like Sing Song (nee Ching Chong), the Chinese laundry dude in middle of the outback, Rolf Harris wobbleboard and you have a humourous non PC experience, sure to upset many.
The attack on Darwin sequence was superb. Its great to see large historical events of import like this recreated on the big screen. Luhrmann’s mixing of this historical incident and crisis (the Darwin attack and the stolen generation) with a love story… and the Wizard of Oz myth is astounding. Baz shows a real talent for mixing plot and myth that make this clearly his most accomplished work to date.
Its all made with true passion and dedication by all involved. The romance, while a little corny, soon wins you over. Some cynics have dismissed it as fascist kitsch, but failed to see its ontological dimensions of nostalgia and myth founding resonance.
Its not too long either at 2 hour and 40 minutes. Its an epic like Gone with the Wind or the more recent There Will Be Blood, just done in Baz Luhrmann’s inimitable semi-camp style.
The film is beautifully shot and is truly epic. Its a shame it cost so much, but it works! It may not perform as expected at the B.0 due to its odd nature and the over hyped ad campaign it has received, but that’s the way the way the cookie crumbles.
The CGI is a bit over used but these are minor issues. Luhrmann has delivered nothing less than a work of art bonding the ownership of Australia to Aboriginals and Europeans, signed in cinematic blood. In fact the film will stand as an artifact in this actual myth of reconciliation for years to come.
As the young boy goes off for his dreaming with his cool Uncle King George you can’t help but be moved. The revised ending works well and is a real crowd pleaser with a brave Aboriginal pal of Hugh Jackman’s fighting and shooting at Japs and sacrificing himself, as they come to murder the innocent orphans.
This film has major political and cultural significance for this country and due to its audacity and myth making agenda its is bound to be rejected by some. Do not reject it! As I’m afraid some of this actual country, at least a period of it, is captured here in all its nationalistic flamboyance and truly epic power. “Australia” is Australia, a least a part of it!
November 30, 2008
The Bombay terrorists came from Pakistan. Al Qaeda’s main hide out is in Pakistan. Pakistan is a hotbed of terrorist nutcases like the Deccan Mujahideen. Its clear Pakistan must be destroyed.
An Obama lead coalition should and will ‘do an Iraq’ on Pakistan. Invade, destroy, destablise, divide. Contracts, money, bloodshed, new geopolitical significance and coordinates. Clear the slate.
This is gonna be BIG! The Paki’s have nuclear weapons so hold onto your seats, The War On Terror 2.0 is just getting started.
I’m thinking America will be hit with a dirty bomb or something as significant soon after Obama is sworn in (6 months). We’ve got our black President ala Jack Bauer’s 24. So the next attack is a coming…
Australia is surely going to be hit at some stage…
For now the West is circling Pakistan like a hawk examining its prey…
Zbigniew Brzezinski waits in the wings as the new grey eminence, to the former Dick Cheney.
Dick, we are gonna miss you. See you on the flip side, brother. You have given us an extraordinary rendition of what its like to work the “dark side”, as you so aptly put it.
November 28, 2008
Over the next eight years of Obama’s presidency we will be destablising India, Pakistan and many other countries between the Middle East and Russia and China.
I hope you all enjoy the show and be wary of any major five star plus hotels in these areas, railway stations and public transport or anywhere wealthy Westerner’s might meet or hang out.
Jihadist’s International (with help from C.I.A and ‘friends’)
November 25, 2008
This year and next sees an onslaught of Holocaust films and films about the Nazi’s at the box office, as if this period has not been covered enough in cinema! But is it not a fun period to revisit on the big screen? Will one of them provide any new perspectives or fresh approaches to the Nazi screen? I doubt it, but lets hope so…
See here for article.
I love Holocaust movies, bring ‘em on. Wasn’t The Counterfeiters tres cool? That slippery dude making all that money to fuck up the British pound. It was also morally ambivalent too, which is a plus for these kind of films.
The Schrader film Adam Resurrected looks interesting. Valkyrie looks like a hoot, full of fascist chic care of Bryan Singer, the director of Nazi ode Apt Pupil. Also, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards, the script I read recently, gives plenty of screen time to Nazi ideas, cinema trivia and mayhem.
But I gotta ask a question on cinema and atrocity here. How many films are there about Stalin’s atrocities? A small hand full. How many on Mao? Even smaller. How many on Pol Pot? 2 or 3. How many films about Rowada? 2 or 3. How many films about about the Armenian Genocide in Turkey? None (…that I know of). How many films about Belgium’s Congo genocide? 1 or 2 (if you include Heart of Darkness adaptations).
How many films about the Holocaust? Thousands and still shooting…
What is it about the Nazi Experience that seems to fascinate the cinema screen so strongly? Its got to be more than the sexy uniforms? It seems to resonate far beyond its historical uniqueness as event.
Some highlights of Holocaust and Nazi movies coming to a Uberkinoplex near you to follow, from the article linked to above:
David Thewlis, playing a death camp commandant in “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” will be joined by Willem Dafoe, who takes on a similar role in “Adam Resurrected,” Paul Schrader’s new film. In “The Reader,” directed by Stephen Daldry and based on Bernhard Schlink’s best-selling novel of the same name, Kate Winslet plays a former concentration camp guard tried for war crimes. Tom Cruise, the star of Bryan Singer’s “Valkyrie,” wears the uniform of the Third Reich though his character, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, was not a true-believing Nazi but rather a patriotic German military officer involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler.
And of course there will be plenty of room on screen for the victims and survivors of Hitler’s regime. Adam, the title character in “Adam Resurrected,” is a Berlin nightclub performer, played by Jeff Goldblum, who finds himself, after enduring the camps, confined to an Israeli asylum. And in Edward Zwick’s “Defiance,” Daniel Craig plays Tuvia Bielski, the real-life leader of a group of Jewish partisans who fought the Germans in the forests of Belarus. Meanwhile, the wave of European cinema dealing with Nazism and the Holocaust – most prominently represented on American screens in recent years by “The Counterfeiters,” which won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film back in February, and earlier aspirants like “Downfall” and “Black Book” – continued this autumn with the U.S. releases of “A Secret” and “One Day You’ll Understand,” two quiet, powerful French-language films exploring themes of memory and its suppression.
November 23, 2008
Saw Saw V. I liked it. Its one of the best in the growing series. I then saw Saw 4 to fill in the gaps on DVD as I missed its theatrical. Here comes Tricky Dicky’s analysis of the saw Pentalogy of films, that shows no signs of stopping as it moves next year onto a hexology!
The Saw films are about torture. But they also claim to about existential authenticity. The Saw films are presented as a caveat about the dangers of not appreciating life in its fullest existential dimensions. I have commented elsewhere that while the Saw films offer us a picture of ‘torturing for your own good’, they have failed to meet up to the challenge of their own thesis on occasion. The problem? The Saw film series premise often has tortures that no one would care to survive alive. So, built into the ‘torture for life’ motif is its own erasure with the ‘you will be tortured until you don’t want to live or sustain injuries to be sure you won’t’ motif.
This negative dialectic is part of the series charm and appeal, I suspect. Its extreme nihilism has resonated with the under 30’s of today. The torture conundrum of its plot they must relate to on some deep level, as it probably best condenses the emptiness of their lives into short torture porn vignettes.
The Saw series is highly original in its theme and gruesome nature all the same. It presents a metaphysics of torture that is both disturbing and prescient, albeit negative.
The new movie Saw V is one of the best of these films. The director of Saw V is David Hackl. The name Hackl recalls to my mind the early proto-fascist biologist and eugenicist Ernst Haeckel who believed and advocated the scientific guidance of all nature coming together to form the perfect organism; i.e. the monism. Interestingly a Haeckel motif is at work in Saw V! That of perfecting the organism. Jigsaw does it through torture. Haeckel did his work and theorising through science. The desired result: Nature perfected!
Hackl, the director, weaves two stories together in Saw V. The first concerns a detective hunting down a renegade psycho cop who is now carrying on Jigsaw’s work. The second is about a group of five people who have to survive the Jigsaw advocate’s games. A third element concerns more Jigsaw back story, which is always fun if you like Tobin Bell, as I do. The torture scenes in the second segment slowly apply Social Darwinistic laws to the five folks under Jigsaw’s world view made flesh. Soon only two are left. The challenges up to now have been believable and challenging but leaving the all important room for survival unscathed. The last torture though is absurd and revolves around ripping your arms to shreds to feed blood into a trap to release you. Again here the return of nihilistic motif of complete and utter hopelessness and defeat.
The metaphysics of the Saw series could be and should be more fertilizing with its clever premise. Still after five films they are still Nihilista par excellence. Maybe this metaphysics of nihilism is the key to the series success? It is now the biggest horror franchise in US history. James Wan and Leigh Whannell can be very proud of that fact. My favourite Saw film is still Number one, where Jigsaw’s games had some semblance of possible escape and a more fertilizing mythology of violence.
But at bottom it seems the films and their makers are aware of the twisted nihilistic logic of the Saw pentalogy and are afraid to fix something that ‘aint broke. Financially, that is of course, due to the films continued dominance at the B.O. every Halloween. With future installments could the franchise be moved in the direction of a more fertilising orgy of positive violence? And less the cul de sac of unending nihilism? I would hope so…
Whatever happens these films need to receive more serious critical attention. They are often dismissed as ‘torture porn’ or just gruesome, going over the heads of most reviewers afraid to confront what the films might actually portend. This dismissal from critics only goes to show the disturbing intellectual and cultural issues at the heart of the Saw series. Issues that I hope would receive more serious attention from film critics world wide.
November 21, 2008
More news from those progressive Imam’s who have invaded our Muslim community’s to spread terrorist family values. It appears that Imam’s in accord with their enlightened religious belief’s condone rape, domestic violence and polygamy. The later is not so bad, as long as what’s good for the men, is good for the women. But I think you can guess the answer to that one? See here.
Islam is a decidedly sexist religion. Medievally so…and the Lefty Age is right we must draw the line here.
Can you imagine a Priest or a Rabbi getting way with practices and statements like these?
Yes, its a front page of The Age story, and not the Herald Sun, so you can be sure its upset even the PC crowd, that don’t know how to reconcile woman’s rights with multicultural reality inconveniences.
Its clear that if the Muslim community want our support and tolerance, they must accept our values and show their own tolerance. Otherwise its intolerance all round I’d say. For a start I’m all for discouraging the repressive burkha and female head wear as divisive and un-Australian items of clothing in this country. Thoughts?
November 20, 2008
I called Winston Churchill a traitor, below, and I thought I might clarify my thoughts a little better. I have been reading Patrick Buchanan’s book “Churchill, Hitler, and “The Unnecessary War”: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World”.
I am not a Pat Buchanan fan normally, as he is too much of an old school Republican fascist for me, but his new book makes some sentient points. While the tome is a little laboured in parts, Buchanan’s main thesis is sound; that disastrous English leaders like Churchill completely ruined the British Empire by dragging the West into two civil wars, that it could have avoided, i.e., WW1 and 2. That premise is indeed true. England could easily have allied with Germany, the poor man of Europe, at the start of the 20th century, and ended any conflicts before they began. A united central Europe could have then squashed Lenin as soon as he appeared, or rid the world of Stalin in the 30’s, thus ending any Cold War before it began!
Here is a blurb on the book:
Were World Wars I and II—which can now be seen as a thirty-year paroxysm of slaughter and destruction—inevitable? Were they necessary wars? Were the bloodiest and most devastating conflicts ever suffered by mankind fated by forces beyond men’s control? Or were they products of calamitous failures of judgment? In this monumental and provocative history, Patrick Buchanan makes the case that, if not for the blunders of British statesmen—Winston Churchill first among them—the horrors of two world wars and the Holocaust might have been avoided and the British Empire might never have collapsed into ruins. Half a century of murderous oppression of scores of millions under the iron boot of Communist tyranny might never have happened, and Europe’s central role in world affairs might have been sustained for many generations.
Among the British and Churchillian blunders were:
• The secret decision of a tiny cabal in the inner Cabinet in 1906 to take Britain straight to war against Germany, should she invade France
• The vengeful Treaty of Versailles that muti- lated Germany, leaving her bitter, betrayed, and receptive to the appeal of Adolf Hitler
• Britain’s capitulation, at Churchill’s urging, to American pressure to sever the Anglo- Japanese alliance, insulting and isolating Japan, pushing her onto the path of militarism and conquest
• The 1935 sanctions that drove Italy straight into the Axis with Hitler
• The greatest blunder in British history: the unsolicited war guarantee to Poland of March 1939—that guaranteed the Second World War
• Churchill’s astonishing blindness to Stalin’s true ambitions.
Its a complex issue, but it would seem hard to deny that British hubris in the 20th century has practically destroyed England’s standing in the world, and apropos Western Civilisation itself.
Well, almost! Its never too late, like the Laibach song goes, “Let’s go!”.
I have always seen 20th century fascism as primarily a bulwark against a worse form of oppression – Communism – manifested in its purist form under Stalin and Mao. I believe you have to understand that the likes of Mussolini, Franco and Hitler and co., could see the winds of history and built their own third path national revolutions to fight this Left ideology. An ideology whose manifestations have been so openly disastrous. Its worth considering that Hitler launched the first battle of the Cold War with Barbarossa, taking a bloody fight to the Reds. Respected historian Ernst Nolte looks upon Hitler’s regime favourably for this aspect of their foreign policy.
So, I do believe to some extent Churchill helped sell the British Empire down the toilet, and for that I think him a traitor. While England still sails in a lesser sea, as one of Western Capitalism’s leading bastions, its role has certainly diminished. This I believe is unfortunate given its glorious history before WW1, a history that forged the very nation we all live in here in Australia!
This raises a contemporary salient question, will our and the next generation sell the West down the same dunny this century, as England did her domain in the last?
“Yes”, I’d say, looking at the shoddy non historical, non aggressive and non political generations of today! The weak apathetic Westerner is being breed as Legion in the 21st century Western World. We need to again live and enjoy ideologies of superiority, elitism and domination in the West. But there is hope, maybe one day the young people of the world will awake toward a real ‘new dawn’… and not some Obamaniac’s bullshit dream of a continued blind Capitalist hegemony, that is going nowhere…
Check out the Buchanan book if your interested, there’s life in the ‘old salty old dog’ paleoconservative yet!
November 19, 2008
“People have learned to love the smell of shit” – BR
November 18, 2008
November 16, 2008
A little reality check, perhaps. Here is a video that riffs on Obama’s connection to various conservative capitilaist think tanks and New World Order thinkers including the infamous geopolitical strategist Zbigniew Brzezinski. More on him later…
Take a look, like shit through a goose, to see maybe what Mr. B.O might be standing for…