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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:19 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:27 pm

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Lyssa wrote:
This was expected...

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This one looks interesting.
I see it happening soon.
Indeed it is; scary and funny...

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“It is the 41st Millennium. For more than a hundred centuries the Emperor of Mankind has sat immobile on the Golden Throne of Earth. He is the master of mankind by the will of the gods and master of a million worlds by the might of his inexhaustible armies. He is a rotting carcass writhing invisibly with power from the Dark Age of Technology. He is the Carrion Lord of the vast Imperium of Man for whom a thousand souls are sacrificed every day so that he may never truly die. Yet even in his deathless state, the Emperor continues his eternal vigilance. Mighty battlefleets cross the daemon-infested miasma of the Warp, the only route between distant stars, their way lit by the Astronomican, the psychic manifestation of the Emperor’s will. Vast armies give battle in His name on uncounted worlds. Greatest amongst his soldiers are the Adeptus Astartes, the Space Marines, bio-engineered super-warriors. Their comrades in arms are legion: the Imperial Guard and countless planetary defence forces, the ever-vigilant Inquisition and the tech-priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus to name only a few. But for all their multitudes, they are barely enough to hold off the ever-present threat to humanity from aliens, heretics, mutants – and far, far worse. To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruelest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times. Forget the power of technology and science, for so much has been forgotten, never to be relearned. Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the grim dark future there is only war. There is no peace amongst the stars, only an eternity of carnage and slaughter, and the laughter of thirsting gods.“

The Official Introduction to Warhammer 40,000

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Dystopia incites a person to fight. Dystopia incites a person to face the ever-present possibility of death. Dystopia incites pessimism, but it also incites feelings of courage and martial virtues. In other words, Dystopia is Cryptofascist. Judge Dredd, Frank Herbert’s Dune, Niven and Pournelle’s The Mote in God’s Eye, and of course, George Orwell’s 1984 are all good examples of dystopian fictions, and they can be said to have Fascist, or at least, anti-modern themes. The following article will deal with one of the most popular Dystopian fictions in popular culture, and that is Warhammer 40,000.

If you’ve been around the nerdy parts of the internet, you would know what I’m talking about. Warhammer 40,000 (sometimes called Warhammer 40K, Warhammer 40 gay, Warhammer or simply Nazi Medieval Fascist North Korea/Medieval Europe/USSR in Space) is set 40,000 years in the distant future, where war is constant and humanity – ruled over by a crumbling and hyper-militaristic empire – is on the brink of extinction.

Games Workshop, the company that owns Warhammer 40,000, first introduced this franchise as a tabletop game in the 1980’s, and since then, it has expanded into a complex story that can be said to have a fanbase every bit as dedicated as the two royalties of Science Fiction: Star Wars and Star Trek. These days, Warhammer exists in various mediums – in video games, in books, in movies, and of course, in tabletop gaming.

However, the importance of Warhammer 40K goes beyond its more obvious characteristics as a dystopic version of Lord of the Rings set in outer space. One also needs to consider the appeal that Warhammer 40K has with regards to its overall aesthetics, its values and the worldview that it represents. Warhammer takes the values usually associated with science fiction (e.g. technological progress, material progress, social progress, interstellar cooperation, and interspecies sex) and inverts them in the most painful and ridiculous ways possible. My purpose here is to analyze this inversion as well as the overall appeal of the entire franchise.

What is Warhammer 40,000 About?

War.

The setting of Warhammer 40,000 is one of constant warfare. The aliens, the human “protagonists,” the worlds they fight on and even the galaxy itself is in a state of constant and unremitting war. There are no Rebel Alliances, Galactic Republics or Interstellar Federations for fair minded egalitarian liberals to identify with – only various empires trying to exterminate each other, each one every bit as brutal and ruthless as their enemies. There’s even a joke in the fandom that Warhammer is not a setting where the conflict is between good and evil, but between evil and blood-thirsty maniacal sadism.

In this bleak age, the focus of much of the story is centered around the Imperium of Man, a dystopian, totalitarian, xenophobic, theocratic and heavily militarized galactic super state that spans countless worlds. During this “grimdark” age, science and technology are all but forgotten and all thoughts of progress or individual rights are considered ridiculous, if not dangerous. Most of the citizens of the Imperium are (by our standards) oppressed and abused by their leaders. Plague, insurrection, death, genocide and most of all, war are the norms for those who live in the dark millennium of the year 40,000. For a more detailed explanation on how messed up being a citizen of the Imperium is, read this.

But wait. It doesn’t end there. Aside from looking like a crumbling, oppressive and totalitarian bureaucracy, the Imperium is also at war with:

Extra-dimensional entities that wish to corrupt and devour the souls of all life
Ancient robots that seek to harvest all life
Space bugs that will consume all life
Green skinned sentient space orcs who wish to maim all life
Powerful psychic space elves who look down on all life
Powerful space elves who who want to torture and rape all life
Blue skinned space communist aliens
Every other non-human sentient species in the galaxy and beyond

The Imperium fights against these enemies… All at the same time, and in some cases, they even win (at the cost of several millions of men in mass attrition warfare).

As you might guess from this presentation, the setting of Warhammer is so over the top that it’s considered by many of its own fans to be a joke, a cynical ploy by Games Workshop to get nerds to buy overpriced plastic figurines, and pretend for a few moments that they are Space Napoleon. However, what makes Warhammer relatively unique as a fictional setting is that it is the direct opposite of those sci-fi settings which project an optimistic and happy future for the whole human race. By trying to find a niche that is outside of the optimistic milieu of conventional science fiction, Warhammer has created a cultural space where certain repressed emotions of modern society (e.g. tribalism and religiosity) are given expression, albeit in a caricatured manner.

This is expressed in the story of the Imperium, which is the story of a fallen empire. The Immortal God Emperor of Man, the founder of the Imperium, had actually intended to create a totalitarian atheist human supremacist superstate as opposed to a totalitarian theocratic human supremacist dystopia. He carried out his plans by launching a galaxy-wide military campaign to subjugate all the far-flung human colonies and also to eliminate or neutralize all of humanity’s foes (e.g. aliens). Unfortunately, after a terrible event known as the Horus Heresy, the Emperor was reduced to a half-dead corpse, and from that point on the Imperium began its painful decline into oblivion.

This decline is what makes the Imperium interesting. It’s like staring at a train wreck, and seeing artistic tragedy. So in order to explain the appeal and significance of this particular train wreck, I will now describe the three most important aspects of Warhammer 40,000 as I understand and perceive them.

The Boundaries of Human Civilization – Unlike most other science fiction settings, the Human Imperium is not an expanding state. Its boundaries are determined by a powerful psychic beacon which is the basis of space travel, the Astronomicon. Beyond the Astronomicon is Astra Incognita, the empty reaches of space, offering not promises of glory, prosperity or brave new worlds, but death, terror and demonic monsters.

The limits of the Imperium are symbolic of the limits of the human will and of the human intellect in the face of nature. As such, it is the direct opposite of other science fiction settings that promise endless discoveries and possibilities. This inversion however, goes much deeper than the distinction between optimism and pessimism. It also touches on the nature of nature itself.

Modernity treats nature (including human nature) as a malleable object that is subject to the will of the human mind. This is true for numerous science fiction settings. A good example of this is the world of Pandora in the sci-fi movie Avatar, where despite the threatening nature of the world, it is still presented in the movie as being at the mercy of stereotypical corporate fat cats.

However, for a fictional setting to present nature as hostile, powerful and un-tamable creates an alternative narrative where technology, and by extension human civilization, are presented as weak and ephemeral. In a universe where humanity is presented as weak and at the mercy of aliens, morality ceases to be the issue, and survival takes center stage.

Indeed, in Warhammer, the Imperium, despite its military might, is presented as a besieged state that is fighting a losing war against the terrors of space (i.e. nature). This decline as well as the limits of the human Imperium can be thought of as a cautionary tale for all civilizations. Decline is inevitable. Empires fall, but only nature remains. In the end, morality, ethics, science, peace and politics do not matter. Only that which is primal matters. For the Imperium, it’s not technology or space ships that’s keeping it alive. It’s the ruthless, primal brutality of its soldiers.

The Regression of Technology amd the Cyclical Narrative of History – Warhammer can be called an Archeofuturist setting in that it integrates the high powered technology of science fiction, and combines it with pre-modern values. The Human Imperium, through the Adeptus Mechanicus and its Techpriests, treats technology as a religion, calling Artificial Intelligence “machine spirits,” and using complex rituals to operate technological devices. This is because most of the technology found in the Imperium is left over from a previous age, the “Dark Age of Technology.” The Dark Age of Technology ended with the Artificial Intelligence centuries and a massive rebellion which ended with the technological and scientific regression of the entire human race centuries before the rise of the Imperium.

However, Warhammer’s Archeofuturism exists mainly because of the nature of the setting itself. The universe in 40K is unstable, and is often hostile. Even the alien empires which had preceded humanity have fallen, thus setting the precedence for humanity’s own inevitable decline and those that would succeed it.

This narrative is contrasted with the technological optimism which exists in most sci-fi settings, and where science and technology are seen as the solution to all of man’s problems. Without this type of optimism, expressed in materialistic and technological terms, science fiction could hardly exist, but then again, one can also say the same about modernity. For how can modernity exist without the vision of the future that it strives to create.

Indeed, this begs the question that if one were to take away all of modern man’s fancy gadgets and fast cars, what would be left of him? In the Human Imperium, technology plays a secondary role, for in a galaxy where space demons exist, and where the ephemeral nature of progress is revealed for all to see, faith and instinct are more important tools for survival.

The Overcoming of Man – Despite the name “Human Imperium,” the humans of the Imperium are very inhumane, both on an emotional level as well as on a physical level. The soldiers, citizens, priests and even bureaucrats of the human Imperium can be called to some extent super-human in that they engage in genetic enhancement and robotic augmentations.

However, what truly makes many of the people in the human Imperium inhumane is that they do not equate human with “humane.” “Man is something that shall be overcome,” as Big N would say. In a galaxy where humanity is at the brink of extinction, humanity defines itself in terms of brutality and ruthless will. This is what allows them to survive physically and psychologically in a galaxy plagued by aliens and demons.

This has a revolutionary subtext in that it presents human nature beyond the confines of modern values, and replaces it with a Hobbesian outlook. Thus, due to the necessity of survival, the very concept of humanity ceases to have a moral or ethical definition. For in a hostile universe, only hostile and dangerous humans can survive, and that certainly requires a reassessment of what it means to be human.

Comparing Warhammer With Star Wars and Star Trek

In order to better appreciate the uniqueness of Warhammer as a pop-culture internet phenomenon, it’s important to compare it with the relatively optimistic settings of Star Wars and Star Trek. Both franchises allow their respective fans to immerse themselves in an imaginative galaxy that is vastly more exciting and entertaining than our own.

In the case of Warhammer however, it’s not just a matter of stepping out of our everyday lives into a galaxy far far away. It’s also about stepping into a new metaphysical and moral system, along with the new collective experiences that go along with them. One of the most important characteristics of Star Wars and Star Trek is that they are both a projection of Americanism and Liberal Modernity onto space. For one thing, they took many of the experiences of 20th century America, such as economic and industrial expansion as well as the civil rights movement, and projected them onto outer space, with aliens taking on the role of the “other” (i.e. people from different cultures, races, religions and nationalities), and the galaxy took over the place of the wild west. Star Trek was even called “the wagon train to the stars.”

In contrast to this, Warhammer’s morality must be contextualized within the setting, a setting that is brutal and where happy endings, like Luke Skywalker blowing up the Death Star with a lucky shot using the Force, are not allowed. Moreover, the “other” are not aliens who are open to diplomacy, but inscrutable monsters (with few exceptions) which are so inhuman that they exclude the possibility of long term interstellar diplomacy.

In contrast to Warhammer, in the original series of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry could afford to have his characters wag their fingers at all the strange customs of racial stereotypes/aliens that they met on their long voyages, because the set up is structured in such a way that the heroes and the values that they represent are always right, whereas the values of the Klingons, the Romulans, the Cardassians, and all the other bad aliens are either wrong, or at least misguided. Likewise, Picard, Kirk and the Jedis almost always win, and even if they don’t win the battle, there is always the implicit recognition in their respective settings that they’re right, and the enemies are wrong.

Star Wars and Star Trek are more conducive to a liberal and modern mythos because their stories take place in settings which are conducive to a particular type of story telling. In both Star Trek and Star Wars, it is assumed that in the future, science and technology would have the same role and impact on the galaxy as it does in our present world, that material progress can be sustained, and by extension the values of progressivism. Also, in both stories, it is widely assumed that the galaxy will be able to support the consumption of an ever expanding human race, and that warfare would be an anomaly and peace would be the norm. In Star Wars and Star Trek, it is assumed that aliens have a lot in common with human beings, and that expansion into the outer reaches of space will have the same outcome as the expansion of the entire human race throughout the entire world. This is an obviously optimistic worldview, rooted in the idea that the galaxy could be explored, understood, and ultimately subdued, mainly through the application of human understanding (i.e. science), not unlike the worldview that is being fostered on a global level today.

It’s easy to identify with the heroes of Star Wars and Star Trek because they have the same values as peoples of the modern world. One can even say that among the reasons why Star Wars and Star Trek have become so famous is the fact that they are projections of modern culture into a wider and more exciting setting (i.e. a technologically advanced galactic civilization). They are the myths of globalism and Americanism.

This is not the case with Warhammer 40K. Most of those who deplore the ideas of Right would most likely consider the Imperium as the archetypal manifestation of those ideas: brutal, pitiless, hierarchical, militaristic and reactionary, and they would be correct. However, even though Warhammer 40K and the Human Imperium are mere caricatures of these values, the appeal is still there, and this appeal represents the human will to fight and overcome mediocrity, stagnation and defeat. These values – even in their twisted forms – say no to those values presented by Star Wars and Star Trek. It is traditionalist counterculture at its finest.

I believe that the brutality of Warhammer is among the reasons why it has become so famous as of late. People’s instincts in the West, at least on a subliminal level, are fascinated with what’s beyond modern values and modern morality, which is to say the “galaxy far far away,” with the battle between the Forces of Light and the Dark Side getting a little old now.

The “grimdark” setting of Warhammer, aside from presenting and justifying an anti-liberal morality, also presents a particular worldview. A worldview that is centered around the idea that the galaxy is hostile, that the world is hostile, and that it cannot be conquered. Death is a constant threat, and the new worlds and new life that humanity will encounter are likely to try to slaughter humanity itself.

Because of this worldview, the liberal morality widely used in Star Wars and Star Trek, would not apply in Warhammer 40K. In truth, the application of liberal and egalitarian morality in Warhammer renders a person susceptible to death, at best, and Chaos Corruption by interdimensional entities, at worst. It is for these reasons why those of us who subscribe to anti-modern and anti-egalitarian values should take these stories seriously.

At the core of one’s feelings towards a particular overarching fictional setting are these two questions: “How does the world work?” and “What kind of world do you want to build?” Star Wars and Star Trek gives one set of answers to these questions, while Warhammer gives something else entirely different.

“Every doctrine tends to direct human activity towards a determined objective,” as Mussolini said. Although very few people would want to live in the Human Imperium, I also believe that there are also a lot of people who don’t want to live in Gene Roddenberry’s Federation or George Lucas’ Galactic Republic, yours truly included. Despite its obvious caricaturization, the Human Imperium represents a society where courage, valor, instinct and the will are more valued than equality, compassion and progress. It is a society that is not driven by the shallow morality of egalitarianism and individuality, but by the Will to Power as expressed by the Will to Survive.

The Significance of Warhammer 40,000 in Pop Culture

Warhammer 40,000 is what right wing science fiction ought to be. What this means is that the characters and personalities which exist in the 40K universe are an extension of the setting in which they play their parts. It’s basically fictional Dasein, because the cruel and brutal nature of 40K as a setting is reflected by the brutality of its own characters – one reflects the other. In other words, the stories are harsh, and the characters are often subjected to certain death and defeat. One cannot approach or appreciate such a setting with a liberal mindset because it is too alien for contemporary modern society. So for people to start appreciating or empathizing with the characters of Warhammer also means that they have stepped out of the liberal worldview, and that is very important.

Although many fans of Warhammer 40,000 understand that the Imperium is evil or at least brutal and cruel to the extreme, such brutality is also justified given their circumstances. This results in the relativization of modern morality, because given the nature of the Imperium’s enemies, fans are introduced to a setting where the moral values of more liberal science fiction settings simply do not apply. Without this moral dichotomy of Good and Evil as expressed by liberal morality, those who immerse themselves in the lore of Warhammer 40,000 are forced to approach the values and mentality of the Impreium from the perspective of the Imperials themselves: Kill or Be Killed. Indeed, any system which relativizes modern morality opens up niches for anti-modern and anti-egalitarian values to come in.

And it’s not even about morality alone. Even though it is widely acknowledged that the Imperium is evil by modern standards, a lot of fans still can’t help but feel a sense of affinity for the soldiers and warriors of the Human Imperium, many of whom fight against impossible odds and are driven exclusively by a fanatical will to fight and survive. I suspect that this is because 40K, like any good fiction, allows us to go beyond ourselves and our everyday lives to embark into an experience that is profoundly different to what we are used to. This experience is crucial, because it offers a vision of a society that may be created in the future. In other words, it inspires, and that is one of the key functions of any culture.

So, despite its terrors, the Warhammer galaxy calls forth instincts of glory, courage, faith, and transcendence. Warhammer allows the expression of those instincts of man that have been repressed by modern liberal morality. It is a galaxy where the raw, animalistic rage, and the deep yearning for transcendent courage, hidden deep within modernity’s civilized veneer, is given full expression; where prosperity and progress must be contextualized within the rise and fall of societies; and where peace, plenty and technology are not enough to keep humanity alive. Warhammer 40,000 may be a caricature, but it is a caricature of those aspects of humanity that seek a path beyond the confines of modern consumerism, egalitarianism and globalism.

“Praise the Emperor and Strike Down His Foes!”



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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:00 am

^ I liked that game.

If I remember correctly then the W40K world, all those stories and so on, were invented after the board game was released. Bit by bit that 'mythological' background was established.

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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:32 am

Watched Homeland...
A propaganda series, where the "bad" elements in the CIA are blamed, and the "good" ones are augmented as being the norm.
The President has a godly figure, underneath whom the daily services of human, all too human agents and agencies, battle to maintain the American illusion of benevolence.

In the meantime, subtle messages as to who really bombed the twin towers are reinforced, and the "evil" Muslims, versus the secular "freedom loving" Westerners, with a Jew included in the predictable role of excluded, but righteous, firmness, is repeated.
Other than that it was a terrific thriller with many twists and turns to keep the bored dullard excited.

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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:18 pm

I liked the first season of Homeland, the devotion of Carrie to Brodie despite everything, the ending was really good.  But once that love story died off, the story became more of another CIA drama without some sort of transcending element...However, now that Saul( the Jewish father figure) has turned on Carrie at the end of season 2, I imagine Quinn will come back and they'll become closer as now they'll only have each other to fight the "bad" CIA elements.  A better show than Sleeper Cell, but all the same stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:37 pm

"American Sniper," Now that movie laid the propaganda on thick

A quote from the movie:

“There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep. Then you’ve got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. They’re the wolves. And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression, an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog."
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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:32 am



Best recent Hollywood. Just through and through a great satirical thriller. As it would turn out corporations are literally people my friend.

Very likeable main characters as it were. I think partially because so clearly their virtues and thus utility are set up as dependant on their perceived vices, hence they become knowable, realistic and non-disapointable to the mind. People never really change, or at least the fictional ones that do seem annoying.

Aspect of the intertwined message kind of reminded me of this article:

http://www.radixjournal.com/journal/keep-calm-and-ride-the-tiger
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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Sat May 16, 2015 3:15 pm

Saw the new Mad Max movie last night... Like everyone has raved, it is a visually stunning, post-apocalyptic desert fever dream, complete with giant dust storms, flaming tornadoes, and the monstrosity of demonically customized moving machines.  The main "bad guy" is some sort of heavy metal villain ( the "father") who hoards the only remaining resources in this bloody and barren world.  His warriors, his "war boys," will ride with him "forever on the highways of Valhalla."  The war parties (thundering masses of various cars and trucks) are complimented by heavy drumming and distorted electric guitars.  Life in this world is short but incredibly loud.  "I live, I die, I live again!" is the philosophy of these hyper-inflated viking hybrids, calibrated to meet a messy and violent end with the enthusiasm of a PCP user who doesn't fear being on the wrong side of the law.  They live a hard life and go out harder.  

Now, our hero, Max.  He's typically handsome with "easy eyes" in contrast to his flesh-modified, ghostly pale captors who fashion a deeply panicked look, hollowed out by repeated exposure to death.  But max has a dark mystique all his own as he shoulders the weight of a haunting past and a family tragedy.  While the war boys are intensely focused on a jacked up moment, Max battles his inner demons with a slowly churning rage and brooding intensity.

Max soon teams up with the female lead, Furiousa, who has just rescued the father's prized "breeders" (a group of well-nourished, almost angelically touched women with the most healthy milky skin (a veritable human oasis in a world battered by the intense heat of the sun and the unchecked violence of man).  They're headed toward the "green place of many mothers" to start again.  The Father is extremely protective of his "property," making clear to his war boys that no harm should come to them (this soft spot only serving to make him even less redeemable, the tyrant with a gross appetite for beautiful things).

Basically, the movie starts with the fury of the father and ends with the return of the loving mothers(assisted "naturally" by the most handsome and capable male).  What could of been a truly badass journey to hell with motorized viking themes and those notorious Australian tempers, becomes another lesson on the redemptive powers of the liberated woman.
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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Thu May 21, 2015 7:10 pm

This one looks good.

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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Fri May 22, 2015 10:05 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:27 am

My Jurassic Park review


Genius children
Know how to survive in the Jungle
Bad ass man with connection to animals
Control-freak woman becomes good shooter
Nice pure negro man
Evil White money-orientated fat man
Chinese and Indian geniuses knowing how to create dinosaurs but genetic differences do not apply to human breeds

Genetically-modified Dinosaur
Raised in complete isolation due to protective measurements for the caretakers
No connection to other animals
Pretends to have escaped and through such pretence escapes
Due to not knowing otherness it does know what it is itself
Needs to find its place in the food chain
Bloodshed

Bad ass man has connection with his raised Raptors
Hunts down monster dinosaur
Monster dinosaur becomes new alpha – reversed hunt
Bas ass man regains status – Raptors attack monster dinosaur

Control freak woman releases T-rex to lead it to monster dinosaur
She can run very fast on heels
All dinosaurs turn against monster dinosaur
Out of the sudden a Mosasaurus, like how an Orca hunts seals, cast itself upon the land and swallows monster dinosaur

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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:45 pm

Far From the Madding Crowd

It is a good movie for a one time watch. bascially about the attraction a few men have along the way they meet her, for a woman who can take care of her own responsibilities and isn't afraid from dirty hands.

Three men; 2 you can see as the artificial men and one as the Natural.
One uses guilt and shame to try to get the woman and even admits it to her; another performs a whole act with his sergeant's mannerism (playing with a sword he probably had never used in an actual fight) and gentleman pretence. The Natural man is the one who is calm, has emotions but is not steered by them, his still to be trained shepherd dog directed his sheep into death; he, without feeling for revenge shot the dog without making the dog know that he did wrong, what use would it be if you will shoot him anyway. He lost his property and has to sleep on the streets, has been offered to join the army but instead of joining the army and have a ''safe haven'' (increased probability on what to expect) he wanders on.
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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:32 pm

I'd like to watch it, but with those inchoate host servers coupled with Southern California internet connectivity, it is proving futile.
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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:07 pm

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http://polarcosmology.com/essays/vertiginous-twisted/

Interesting bits on the green. In pdf?

That looks a lot influenced by Joscelyn Godwin's Polar Myth.

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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Sun Aug 16, 2015 7:12 pm

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perpetualburn wrote:
http://polarcosmology.com/essays/vertiginous-twisted/

Interesting bits on the green. In pdf?

That looks a lot influenced by Joscelyn Godwin's Polar Myth.

I'm not sure, I just stumbled upon it there.
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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Sun Aug 16, 2015 7:14 pm

"Chasing Mavericks" (2012)

Frosty (Gerald Butler) is the reluctant father who finally fulfills his role as guide and mentor to our young surfer prodigy Jay (Jonny Weston). Under the wise wing of Frosty, Jay learns to soar on the terrifying face of the ocean sky. This is not another soulless family drama with empty moral notes that always tend to ring out unsettlingly, but a well-pieced together look into the challenges that go along with any harmonious father-son relationship. The innocent blond appearance of Jay stands in working contrast to the darker and more direct handsomeness of Frosty. While Jay has incredible potential and is ready to absorb all the wisdom that the ocean offers, he still needs to learn the most important lesson: attention to detail. And under the stern eye of Frosty, he eventually does. Unlike other surfer themed films that focus on teenage rebellion and the laid back beach lifestyle, “Chasing Mavericks” dedicates itself to showing the discipline required to ride these large, dangerous waves. Jay commits himself to every task that Frosty sets, showing himself to be both a responsible son to an out of sorts mother and loyal friend to some not so loyal buddies along the way. The straight path of Jay manages to realign everyone around him as they witness his transformation into living legend.
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Antichrist ( 2009 )

A very fucked up film, but chock-full of interesting symbolism.

In summa, Christianity made women into sexually repressed, neurotic messes by demonizing their sexuality, no, their very existence as females.

J.-Xt. Patriarchal misogyny

The woman protagonist = subconscious mind

The male protagonist = conscious mind

They quarrel with each other. She tries to communicate with him about her feelings about the death of their son, but he is very cold, nonchalant about the whole thing. Their son died, while they were having intercourse. She knew that he was going to fall out the window, but she was having such an intense orgasm that she didn't want to get up. She later seriously regrets this; it haunts her, and makes her feel ashamed of her sexuality.

The guilt she has for her son's death is symbolic of the guilt that women feel for the death of Christ, which was ultimately the result of woman's immorality ( Eve in the garden ).

The woman protagonist gets involved in the occult, witchery.

Will let you figure out the rest.

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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:54 pm

All associated with the latest Iranian film issued a fatwa...


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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:42 pm

Attack on Titan

It has been a long time that I have felt actual attachment to characters and felt meaning in a series, potential, something of value as I did watching the 2 seasons of Attack on Titan, and I just finished watching the movie too.

Firstly I recommend to watch the series otherwise you cannot expect any meaning in the movie since it is much more abstract, no growth of characters to witness - of course since it is only 1 and a half hour long compared to the still unfinished series already a spending of days watching.

Very shortly said, it is about being sheltered within walls as cattle, a trapped bird in a cage, the titans break through, a lot of losses and through such growth, to out-monster the monsters, a hatred; to be careful not to become a monster fighting them but still have self control to project your destructive hatred upon them, selectivity.
The settings of the series is European, the landscapes, characters, names, buildings, Titans.
All the other races have been wiped out during the time when the Titans showed up for the first time; except for a few half-blood Asians, such as Mikasa, she stands out for her black hair. She was intended to become, as a child, a sex slave with her full blood asian mother, one of the last though killed during the capturing. But she was saved by a boy from the, seemingly Jewish traffickers (episode 6 or 7 season 1).


Here a list of racial inheritence of some main characters:
http://seireina.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-nationality-of-shingeki-no-kyojin.html
http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=653197
https://www.reddit.com/r/ShingekiNoKyojin/comments/1o2wtt/nationalities_of_characters_based_on_names/

And here they are claiming ''racieeezt'': https://www.reddit.com/r/ShingekiNoKyojin/comments/20zczh/no_black_peopletitans_in_aot/ speculating ''where muh black titties''.

And of course the cult of the wall, their little Utopia protected from evil uncaring outside world.
http://the-artifice.com/attack-on-titan-fan-reception-religion-race/

The movie is worth a watch only after the series I would say to connect many dots, though it feels strange to miss a lot from the series and everybody is Japanese (made by Japanese of course, in Japan).
The Titans are unsatiable who feed only on humans, many humans themselves have been led into the war with them just to make space within the inner walls, otherwise many would starve after having lost so many farm lands.
The movie is more of a setting as post-destruction of our current world, more accurate to show the poor sides in the outer circles, but too grey compared to the series.
I like the scene however how all went inside a church and kept others outside out of angst and then they where the ones wanting to get outside the church again for they were an easy prey for the Titans.

The Titans look like Moderns, always smiling without value, always this look of blissful ignorance on their faces.


Really short what I write, see yourselves if time and interest.
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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:20 pm

I couldn't stand Attack on Titan, I watched 3 episodes and just got sick of that cable tricking masturbation (like in a typical steampunk anime obsesed with their animations) and I didn't like that "protecting the humanity" message, but I guess there are no other races left. But I might give it a chance after reading all that "speculation" since I really doubt the makers of that anime put that much thought into it.
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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Tue Dec 15, 2015 4:47 pm

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Spotlight: The catholic sex scandal


I saw this recently.  It got rave reviews, but I couldn't bear it.  The life of a journalist in Boston is even more boring and depressing when re-imagined on film.
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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:19 am

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I saw this recently.  It got rave reviews, but I couldn't bear it.  The life of a journalist in Boston is even more boring and depressing when re-imagined on film.


Right now, anything would be better than "By the sea".

I think movies like that are simply made to amass money for charity purposes, else why would they do such a film That way?
It was a horror of one' own time being wasted so bad as that.

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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:26 pm

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Right now, anything would be better than "By the sea".

I think movies like that are simply made to amass money for charity purposes, else why would they do such a film That way?
It was a horror of one' own time being wasted so bad as that.

See the new Macbeth with Fassbender if you haven't already. I saw it a couple of nights ago(it was just released here). Think Valhalla Rising in terms of style but with Shakespearean dialogue. The ending is incredible. I'd also recommend re-reading Macbeth first before you see it for a more fluid experience (so you can catch the entire meaning of each scene without spending any unnecessary time processing what the characters just said)
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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:02 am

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Lyssa wrote:

Right now, anything would be better than "By the sea".

I think movies like that are simply made to amass money for charity purposes, else why would they do such a film That way?
It was a horror of one' own time being wasted so bad as that.

See the new Macbeth with Fassbender if you haven't already.  I saw it a couple of nights ago(it was just released here).  Think Valhalla Rising in terms of style but with Shakespearean dialogue.  The ending is incredible.  I'd also recommend re-reading Macbeth first before you see it for a more fluid experience (so you can catch the entire meaning of each scene without spending any unnecessary time processing what the characters just said)


I haven't, but I will; thanks.


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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:06 am

'The Imitation Game' [2014] uses the same trick of using exceptional individuals "who happen to be" homosexual to push the agenda for the tolerance of homosexuality.

"You never know" is the mantra repeated three times in the film.

Using the exception to level down the rule is part of modern propaganda.

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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:43 am

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See the new Macbeth with Fassbender if you haven't already.  I saw it a couple of nights ago(it was just released here).  Think Valhalla Rising in terms of style but with Shakespearean dialogue.  The ending is incredible.

That background music was abs. the wrong choice; I think it totally spoilt the film. But the ending was spectacular.
The cinnabar winds were beautifully directed. I remember 'Strangerland' had an unsettling red dust landscape… a diff. kind of uncanny.

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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:05 am

Watched 5 minutes of the Shannara Chronicles; it had an MTV label so something was wrong already.
Within the first 2 minutes, a skinny elf girl is about to spit on ancient tradtions and challange the most strong and athletic men to out-perform them in a running contest through the Woods.
She reminds the elven men that ''there are also female commanders, times have changed.''
So it starts with a good dose of feminist glory porn.
She gots beaten down the first second but still wins the contest together with the other 6..

Well, there was feminist propaganda, a skinny girl beating big men; the actual essence and depictions have been lowered to mere ''pointy ears'' to consider a being as ''elf'' or to represent a mythical creature in accordance to Hollywood - just superficial men and women with plastic ears..
At least, in so far, there were no negro elves; the whole contest were with healthy Whites with not a single nigger; ok, I can stand to watch another minute..
Minute 5...
A negress in a ''bad ass'' dominatrix costume and her pointy ears covered in steel harnass as to say ''she is in charge'' and the best of the best was shown.

God damn it. Im outta here.
Continue to watch Macbeth (my 3rd day now that I continue), now, that is so far a great movie and relationship to Shakespeare.
White people clearly idenitifiable to a certain ethnicity; all in poetry, great sceneries, beautiful historic representations and well choreographed.
And the battle depiction in the very beginning makes you feel every move and wound yourself.

http://streamcloud.eu/73sr9foj0ij9/Macbeth.2015.BRRip.XviD.AC3-EVO.avi.html
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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:22 pm

Bone Tomahawk.

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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:04 am

Based on a real story.


Very good movie depicting the Modern condition.
Narcissism meets materialism.
Jihadi-like secret cells of disillusioned males planning ways to stand out within the uniformity presenting itself as Nihilistic multiplicity.

The male beta/omega dream of being appreciated (highly) constructing plans of utter hypermasculine detachment from reality, and teenage incompetence.
Appearance with little substance - tokens of their worth substituting for their lost past/nature.  
Same types can also get recruited into ISIS: lost, shallow, adolescent in their psychosis, meeting to plan their drug-fuelled takeover; an adult father figure exploiting them.
Young males gathering to compensate for impotence, with materialistic icons, symbols of their underdeveloped manhood, chemical aids - men-children.



Narcissist's ambition: to make others see you as you see yourself, and how you see yourself is always inflated, buff.
Capitalism's idea(l).

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PostSubject: Re: Modern Popular Culture Reviews and Latest Film News Mon Mar 28, 2016 5:32 pm

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Narcissism meets materialism.
Jihadi-like secret cells of disillusioned males planning ways to stand out within the uniformity presenting itself as Nihilistic multiplicity.

The male beta/omega dream of being appreciated (highly) constructing plans of utter hypermasculine detachment from reality, and teenage incompetence.
Appearance with little substance - tokens of their worth substituting for their lost past/nature.  
Same types can also get recruited into ISIS: lost, shallow, adolescent in their psychosis, meeting to plan their drug-fuelled takeover; an adult father figure exploiting them.
Young males gathering to compensate for impotence, with materialistic icons, symbols of their underdeveloped manhood, chemical aids - men-children.

 
this is the exact same case i see here with the drug cartels
is just the shallowest of youngster that get pulled into that by promises of shiny objects
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