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Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of The Spook Who Sat By the Door

I remember seeing Spook years ago on a rough videotape with horrible audio at the Soap Factory - shortly thereafter it was possible to obtain the DVD, based on a negative long-hidden in some film vault under a false name.

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Spook is one of those incredible movies - a 1973 narrative of a black CIA agent turned domestic revolutionary. The FBI bullied United Artists into dropping the film -- based on an earlier book by Greenlee, which covers the global guerrilla strategies more deeply -- and the actors got blacklisted. Why would the FBI have a problem with a film where black gangs organize to demand autonomy, attack the police & seize military hardware?

Another key element, well done for such a low budget guerrilla project: the portrayal of the US military as a domestic civil repression force -- at least roughly similar to GARDEN PLOT National Guard style deployments seen more frequently back in those days. (GARDEN PLOT has been replaced with USNORTHCOM CONPLAN 3502 "Civil Disturbance Operations" as research here has documented)

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There are plenty of funny moments in this film as well - the sense of humor strikes like a Cobra.

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TRAILER:

FULL MOVIE! YAY - The Spook Who Sat by the Door by Director & producer Ivan Dixon, written & produced by Sam Greenlee, 102 mins.

I found this followup documentary via the film Hidden Colors' FB. Need to see this!! Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat by the Door | Award Winning, Independent Documentary

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Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat by the Door is an award winning independent documentary on the controversial and FBI repressed 1973 black film The Spook Who Sat By the Door. The Spook Who Sat by The Door is widely hailed as a cult classic and one of the most important underground black productions of the era. The film was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 2012.

Through interviews, with author Sam Greenlee, Berlie Dixon, widow of director Ivan Dixon, Academy Award winning editor Michael Kahn, Melvin Van Peebles several actors from the film, investors, academics, Todd Boyd, Ed Guerrero, and Eric Pierson; archival footage and production documents, Infiltrating Hollywood tells the story of The Spook Who Sat by the Door from its inception as a novel to its release and repression.

San Diego Black Film Festival: Best Film, Sacramento International Film Festival: Best Film, Cine-Soul, Athens International Film Festival: Honorable Mention, Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival: Finalist HBO Documentary Competition, Saatchi and Saatchi Producer’s Award, International Black Film Festival of Nashville: Best Documentary, Hollywood Black Film Festival: Honorable Mention.

The Rise and Fall of The Spook Who Sat By The Door :Infiltrating Hollywood -Trailer for Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat by the Door, a documentary on the making of the cult film classic. A Film by Christine Acham and Clifford Ward.

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"The Spook Who Sat By the Door" filmmaker, writer and community activist SAM GREENLEE Answer questions from callers and talks about his LEGENDARY MOVIE. He speaks on the struggle and obstacles when trying to releasing the controversial movie, why they were banned from shooting in Chicago, the reason he and Jesse Jackson dislike each other and more!!!!

// pt 1 of 4 "Project Brotherhood Power Hour" Shot by Lyle Muse

// Pt 2 Spook interview/

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Sam Greenlee on black filmmaking today (posted in 2008):

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Anyway these items are just excellent. Thanks Mr Greenlee & the actors who got blacklisted as punishment, good careers crushed including lead Lawrence Cook or "Dan Freeman". And screw Hollywood for papering over how they let the government suppress a film without any accountability.

Smut, censorship & conspiracy! "The Bank Job" is a pretty good action movie

Yeah it kind of surprised me, but "The Bank Job" (IMDB) is worth seeing if you want a reasonably good action movie: it seems more interested in establishment British deviant behavior, blackmail, censorship and MI-5 covert political management than the heist itself.

Well that's not quite true - the heist takes its fair share of time, but the characters' motivations revolve around the notion that the array of Lloyd's safe-deposit boxes contain tons of destabilizing dirty secrets: Mainly dirty photos of Labor politicians in S&M clubs, a randy royal princess, etc. The heavies in MI-5 want to bring down Michael X, a black radical thug/revolutionary who is holding blackmail photos of said bad princess, and they get a foxy babe to trick Jason Statham's character into robbing the safe deposit vault where the photo resides.

A corrupt angle unravels... and it's funny that both this movie and 2007's "Cleaner" with Samuel L. Jackson (IMDB) revolve a bit around ledgers of corrupt police payoffs. (I also caught that one recently. Jackson was good, it was also a corruption/cleanup thriller, and worked well intermittently, though the ending seemed pretty pat.)

The true story of the real bank job certainly involved the classic British government news suppression order known as a "D Notice," which killed all news coverage within three days. The robbers themselves are a bit crestfallen, then frightened, when their story abruptly gets dropped from the British tabloids.... The UK Telegraph adds some background: Revisiting the riddle of Baker Street - Telegraph Revisiting the riddle of Baker Street:

"Obviously, we've changed the names," says Clement, "and large parts of our story are invented - they have to be, because no one knows the exact details. All we could rely on what was George McIndoe told us." And what George McIndoe told them - whether truth or fiction - is quite remarkable. He claimed that "Terry" and his walkie-talkie gang, as they became known, had found sexually compromising photographs of Princess Margaret inside one of the deposit boxes.

'The idea of the photographs was based on a direct conversation I had with George," explains Clement. "He told me the story, but obviously I can't prove that it's true." Indeed, the real ham radio operator, Robert Rowlands, has spoken out against the film's insinuation. "The film is an amusing series of misconceptions, dragging in royalty," he says. "I am in touch with the princess's solicitors."

In the film, these photographs are placed in the possession of a shady, real-life character called Michael X, a slum landlord and pimp who tried to present himself as a British version of the activist Malcolm X. His ownership of the pictures bestowed upon him a "get out of jail free card", whereby the courts overlooked his criminal activity.

After in-depth discussions with McIndoe, Clement and Le Frenais suggested in their story that the robbery was masterminded by MI5, which was eager to get its hands on the photos and thereby neutralise Michael X's threat.

"That is all conjecture," continues Clement, "but certainly the Caribbean connection [to Princess Margaret] is a fairly obvious one. And while we've become so used to royal scandals since then, in 1971 it would have been a much bigger deal. There was a lot of sensitivity because of the Christine Keeler affair and they didn't want another scandal dancing around like that.

"That's the theory, anyway. But what is curious is that I have seen something that says that Michael X's file is buried until 2054, which is extraordinary. I mean, what the hell he had that was keeping him out of jail, and which was so important that they don't want it known about for another 50 years - well, it boggles the mind. Even if it was photographs of the Royal Family, you'd have thought that that wouldn't have had such a long after-life."

True to smutty tab form, the Daily Mail has the actual HAM radio recordings of the bank robbers - it's kind of fun to hear the actual audio, though much of it is quite fuzzy. FOUND: Radio Ham's sensational tape of the bank heist 'that rescued compromising pictures of Princess Margaret' | Mail Online

Here's the HAM radio clip.

My favorite characters were the totally amoral kinky British establishment bastards, who would stop at nothing to recover their photos, stage crimes, and put themselves into highly blackmailable situations. SPOILER: The whole media gets suppressed, Statham's character cleverly slips the establishment setup-patsy noose, and ends up rich and happy. Lulz.

Link Barrage!

A Carlin routine pilfered from the excellent JuanCole.com

' I don't like words that hide the truth. I don't like words that conceal reality. I don't like euphemisms, or euphemistic language. And American English is loaded with euphemisms. Cause Americans have a lot of trouble dealing with reality. Americans have trouble facing the truth, so they invent the kind of a soft language to protect themselves from it, and it gets worse with every generation. For some reason, it just keeps getting worse. I'll give you an example of that.

There's a condition in combat. Most people know about it. It's when a fighting person's nervous system has been stressed to it's absolute peak and maximum. Can't take anymore input. The nervous system has either (click) snapped or is about to snap.

In the first world war, that condition was called shell shock. Simple, honest, direct language. Two syllables, shell shock. Almost sounds like the guns themselves.

That was seventy years ago. Then a whole generation went by and the second world war came along and very same combat condition was called battle fatigue. Four syllables now. Takes a little longer to say. Doesn't seem to hurt as much. Fatigue is a nicer word than shock. Shell shock! Battle fatigue.

Then we had the war in Korea, 1950. Madison avenue was riding high by that time, and the very same combat condition was called operational exhaustion. Hey, we're up to eight syllables now! And the humanity has been squeezed completely out of the phrase. It's totally sterile now. Operational exhaustion. Sounds like something that might happen to your car.

Then of course, came the war in Viet Nam, which has only been over for about sixteen or seventeen years, and thanks to the lies and deceits surrounding that war, I guess it's no surprise that the very same condition was called post-traumatic stress disorder. Still eight syllables, but we've added a hyphen! And the pain is completely buried under jargon. Post-traumatic stress disorder.

I'll bet you if we'd of still been calling it shell shock, some of those Viet Nam veterans might have gotten the attention they needed at the time. I'll betcha. I'll betcha.'

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A whole barrage of things to click around on. I am not sure whether there is any order to this chaos, but it should lead you to some interesting areas.

Antiwar.com and its many commentators:

Don't Wait for World War III- by Justin Raimondo

Truthdig - Reports - The Nuclear Expert Who Never Was

Zionism's Dead End - by Jonathan Cook

Antiwar.com Blog · GOP Rep. Gilchrest on Iran Sanctions Bill

Antiwar.com Blog · Greenwald Challenges Obama and Olbermann

Remaking the Middle East - by Philip Giraldi

Change We Can Believe In? - by Charles Peña

Can the Air Force Be Reformed? - by Ivan Eland

Turning the Recurring Joke of a New European Defense Policy into Reality - by Doug Bandow

Return of the Reds - by Nebojsa Malic

The Media Did Fail Us - by Alan Bock

The Supreme Court Gets One Right - by David R. Henderson

The US and China:<br /> Unsettling Similarities - by Sascha Matuszak

Meanwhile, Keith Olbermann pivots on a dime to support the Telecom Orwellian Bailout, which I think technically makes it a DoubleThink Double Bank shot:

Keith Olbermann's reply and Obama's secret plan to protect the rule of law - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

Keith Olbermann: Then and now - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

Some new tasty docs on WTC7 came out. However I will warn you that one of the docs has a Word Macro in it, which might be a virus or something: If you dare: Index of /WTC7Report

Leaked NIST Docs: "Unusual" Event Before Collapse Of WTC 7

9/11 First Responder Heard WTC 7 Demolition Countdown

YouTube - The Third Tower 1/2

YouTube - World Exclusive: WTC7 Survivor Barry Jennings Account

Ray McGovern on the Alex Jones show warns of "false flag attack" and possible nuclear strikes on Iran | 911blogger.com

shocked! Shocked at all this heroin, i tell you!

AmericanDrugWar's blog | 911blogger.com

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Shocked! Shocked, I tell you! Afghanistan drug trade hits $4 billion a year | theage.com.au

YouTube - The Post-9/11 Afghan Heroin Explosion

The military-industrial-congressional-complex: Report Shows Lawmakers Heavily Invested in War

More miscellany:

Daily Kos: The neuroscience of false beliefs

Firedoglake » Fed’s Credibility “Below Zero”

MI5 spy quits over scandal | Herald Sun

Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan - Military operation launched in Khyber Agency

Talking Points Memo | Pentagon: Taliban a resilient force in Afghanistan

Further evidence that Capitol Hill Democrats are dragging their feet: TPM | Conyers Finally Subpoenas DOJ For Documents

Bloggingheads.tv - diavlogs featuring Firedoglake lady Hamsher and Libertarian prez. candidate Bob Barr!

Ruthless Reviews.Com: Where Pornographers Debate Nihilists About Pop Culture

TPMMuckraker | Talking Points Memo | Sen. Norm Coleman Rents Cheap Crash Pad From Political Pal

Le Téléprésident: Sarkozy tightens his grip over French state TV | World news | The Guardian

American Buddha Online Library and Western Cultural Bazaar (American Buddhism)

YouTube - DoZo

Some notes on the doomed media industry:Source is Romanesko, who knows what's up! Poynter Online - Romenesko

Firedoglake » Max Frankel’s Ghost

reduction in force - a set on Flickr <- MUST SEE!

Is Lara Logan being smeared for her criticism of Iraq war coverage | Philly | 06/26/2008

Alhurra Paid Former White House Aides, Washington Journalists - ProPublica

Alhurra, ProPublica, Media Ethics and Me - David Corn

globeandmail.com: I killed Tim Russert (on Wikipedia)

Poynter Online - Forums Sam Zell's comments on CNBC

Recovering Journalist: Death of Almost 1,000 Cuts

Etaoin Shrdlu: Time is the fire in which we burn

Ed Asner Reintroduces "Lou Grant" and Talks Mary Richards, The Media & More (Fancast: Inside TV)

New AP Stylebook Cuts the 'Malarkey,' Brings in the 'WMD'

The Courant To Make Deep Cuts, 'Reinvent' Paper -- Courant.com
New-Media Focus Splits Associated Press Members - WSJ.com

They're brill on Fleet St. - The Boston Globe
Poynter Online - Forums Hartford Courant details staff, content cuts

Bloggers: Big Media Is Watching

Non-profit Groups Financing Independent Journalism | Online NewsHour | June 24, 2008 | PBS
Intern or Die

Meet the make-believe strategists of TV - Politico.com
To Our Readers - washingtonpost.com
techPresident – Open Systems, Closed Systems and Trauma in the Press
The Beachwood Reporter The [Tuesday] Papers
Awkward Questions for...Arianna Huffington - Media Blog - Jeff Bercovici - Mixed Media - Portfolio.com
At Google, Slow Growth in News Site - NYTimes.comNieman Watchdog > Commentary > I.F. Stone's lessons for Internet journalism
The Official Website of I.F. Stone
I. Lewis Libby Trial - The Washington Back Channel - Max Frankel - New York Times

Firedoglake » FDL Book Salon Welcomes Myra MacPherson: All Governments Lie: The Life and Times of Rebel Journalist I. F. Stone
Dan Froomkin - Washington Journalism on Trial - washingtonpost.com
Firedoglake » Access Journalism

Five films of action propaganda

Cracked.com has five kick-ass action movies that are pure Propaganda. Both Shooter and Kurtlar Vadisi Irak (Valley of the Wolves: Iraq) are on there, and indeed, both are pretty damn sweet political propaganda. Kurtlar Vadisi: "Let's face it, this is a fucking jihad of awesome." I had one of the first reviews of Kurtlar Vadisi out there, made from a crappy screener that didn't even have English. It was that awesome.

Shooter Trailer: The best Oswald-vs-the-conspiracy movie conceivable.

More clips from Shooter:

Unwinding recent deception; Tillman & Lynch cases exposed; Moyers "Buying the War"; Rosie quits; other random bits plus the Filthy Critic!

These things stacked up over a couple weeks. Check it out, it's interesting stuff!

An Unwinding of deceptive recent historical episodes: The last couple weeks have shaken loose some info on key war turning points, continuing to add and add onto the great cognitive fault line in modern American politics. In some ways it's no surprise that the backstories about Iraq keep turning out to be frauds, but its also interesting that there's been a steady drip-drip-drip about major turning points, and "Office of Special Plans" is still a big buzzword all over. Check this out on Framing the Debate. Right now a lot more frames are subject to assault than usual:

Books are soon coming out about the Niger uranium Yellowcake forgeries, and the Italian intelligence agency SISMI's role there. The Yellowcake has names like Rocco Martino, Niccolo Calipari, the AIPAC/Larry Franklin angle that goes over to Harold Rhode and the secret meeting with Ghorbanifar and Michael Ledeen. Check out journalist Larisa Alexandrovna taking us deep into the serpentine world of Italian neo-Machiavellian information laundering. Also bits on the site about fixing the facts around the policy, the nitty and gritty about how presentation slides about Iraq intel got spoofed. Also a chunk on the nasty rightwing Republican Jewish Coalition, with intersections in lobbying and Dumb Hawkery (hi Clifford May).

 Moyers Journal Btw Images Buying War Title"Buying the War": Bill Moyers exposes war media deception on PBS; War propaganda episodes attacked by Jessica Lynch, Tillman family! A pretty good week for exposing the sinister theater of war - by proving past episodes really were staged scenes of heroism, fabrications of valor. On slower news days this might have had more impact, but really any story will get ignored if it dares expose the extreme shadiness of general media practices, and the strutting TV practicioners who never have paid the price for their folly. The New York Times refused to even review Moyers' special! But you can watch in on QT or Windoze Media here.

Here's a great overview of the Tillman and Lynch frauds from Glenn Greenwald, as well as the dish on Moyers and media bastards. If you read any links, hit these!

 Newshour Images Military Jan-June07 0424Heroes BhDem investigations of PR manipulation were called for, and held, with shocking testimony. AP: "www.azstarnet.com ®">Tillman, Lynch heroism fabricated, panel hears: Ranger ordered to hide Tillman's friendly fire death." Pat Tillman's brother Kevin:

Somehow those afraid to fight an illegal invasion decades ago are allowed to send soldiers to die for an illegal invasion they started.

Somehow faking character, virtue and strength is tolerated.

Somehow profiting from tragedy and horror is tolerated.

Somehow the death of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people is tolerated.

Somehow subversion of the Bill of Rights and The Constitution is tolerated.

Somehow suspension of Habeas Corpus is supposed to keep this country safe.

Somehow torture is tolerated.

Somehow lying is tolerated.

He went on to give blockbuster testimony on Capitol Hill... Media ran away from the exposure of its role in another farcical, foolish and immoral episode. Big ups to Knight Ridder's troopers from E&P.

More shadiness around military investigations to smear whistleblowers with character assassination. Clintonite Sid Blumenthal on the Rovian abuse of the bureaucracy.

 Images April2007 090407Bioattack2DHS: Homeland Security Developing ‘Hostile Intent’ Technology. Can we use this tech against politicians? Revolution, flashmobs, and brain chips. A grim vision of the future from internal UK planning documents (PP reacts). Also Big Brother and 1984 meet at Mount Holly as Google gains power.

North Korean Money Laundering: offshore banking is interesting.

14 centuries of family Buddhist temple construction ends. Wow what a story of family capitalism. "The world's oldest continuously operating family business ended its impressive run last year." Economic rumbles from a lack of corporate capital spending.

Iraq and walls therein: They don't like em. More on that. Juan Cole on it. Christian revivalism comes to US Army chaplains in Iraq. Iraq now has dual Sunni and Shiite spy agencies, as occupation causes refraction of forces. Robert Parry (a key iran contra journalist) on why a damn timetable would really help a lot. CIA secret prison overview.

Dems owning up to the war, or hiring Hack Hawks? Looks bad, but then again they are trying to pass a pullout, which counts for something. The big talkers have found other things to do. Bill Maher on Valerie Plame and traitors (via wotisitgood4). Ex-CIA Phil Giraldi on the possibilities of Iran war from early April. Dems earn their stripes in war party, he says. The politics of useful Threats and the party of brownshirts. Israeli leftist Uri Averny says blood on our hands.

The Wolfie World Bank flap: Who might replace him? See WorldBankPresident.org! Another sweet issue: how did his chickie get those security clearances? Spy loophole?? Hmm... Wolfie's hanging at good ol Bilderberg in Turkey this year.

Paranoia bits: France warned CIA before 9/11. Naomi Wolf on 10 steps to Fascist America. One of the actors on CSI outs himself as a 9/11 conspiracy believer (mp3). WTC7 continues to pop up in the media this week as Rosie O'Donnell checks out on The View. PrisonPlanet claims ABC producer Bill Geddie was censoring O'Donnell's statements about controversial stuff. She was even ordered not to talk about dead American soldiers. Nothing inspires fear and hatred among pundits as deeply as a couple stray questions about WTC7. TV talking heads all start seething. I haven't seen anything else like it. Danny Bonaduce calls for killing Rosie. Why? It would be funny if it weren't more than a bit suspicious...

Other random stuff: Mysterious 9/11 car bombers. Oddly Giuliani was caught making this odd WTC 7 statement:

"It looked like at some point the top of the building would come off, and then maybe the middle of the building and then maybe there'd be a shell left....the way number 7 came down 4 or 5 o'clock in the afternoon - over a period of time - but the idea that it would implode, the implosion that took place, I actually didn't realize that until much later."

More victim families supporting 9/11 skepticism. If you want more 9/11 stuff try this bloglines page. Prof. Jones responds to skeptics of 9/11 skepticism. US Rep. Ron Paul warns of dictatorship - that must be why they keep him off TV. What on earth is CODEX? The UK Telegraph on the expanding conspiracy online video thing:

Then there is the internet's loudest documentary-maker, Alex Jones. Jones is vocal and impassioned; Michael Moore, but angrier. His site, infowars.com, is a sweet shop of conspiracy theories and political subversion. Jones' following is huge - he even had an animated part in Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly, in which we see Jones being bundled into the back of a dark van after ranting into a megaphone about oppression by the US government.

Not only are many of these new internet documentary-makers giving us alternative perspectives on the news, but they're also presenting us with extremely well-crafted films in the process. Some are thought provoking, others are utterly unbelievable, but at least most are entertaining. So, should you fear the latest conspiracy theorist with his copy of iMovie? Yes, he might just convince you he's right.

The Tinfoilers advise seeing the new flick 'Shooter' because its a sweet Oswald-style setup where the Patsy gets Even!

 Filthy Images FilthyheadReturn of the Filthy Critic: probably my favorite internet movie critic is the foul-mouthed and angry Filthy Critic. The current review only gets One Finger. See rare positive reviews on Zodiac, Casino Royale and Science of Sleep. If you're in a terrible mood you'll laugh.

Saudi-BAE Military-industrial corruption: check out the story of major Brit weapons manufacturer BAE and bribery for the Saudis. Al Jazeera produced this roundhouse punch of a video because they have an ongoing feud with the Saudis. This is serious stuff! Trail of the Dove (part 1), and also see the Wikipedia for Al Yamamah. See more here about the Black Dove case. (that site also had some reports about the Baghdad al-sarafiya bridge being intentionally destroyed by the US, or more likely the usual)

Makeup boy looks like Nick: really suspicious: how to apply makeup as a man:

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A lot of good material at First-draft.com. They were doing a liveblog chatbox thing for a Gonzales hearing. Interesting use of blogspace.

Taxes on airline tickets are directed towards private aircraft facilities. Trickle up!

Night Watch (Nochnoi Dozor): Russia's biggest flick is totally sweet

I just wanted to make a quick note in favor of Russia's biggest film ever, Night Watch. Basically it's a kind of Moscow vampire apocalyptic Matrix with a lot of blood, vodka, whirling vortices of evil birds, and an exploding nuclear power station. As with many Russian stories it starts with a witch meddling in the supernatural domain, which triggers the moral downfall of the hero. Tarantino called it a masterpiece. Made on only $3.5 million!

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Here's the Curse Vortex!

Basically there are two eternal moral forces of "Others" locked into a truce: the evil guys who patrol the world on Day Watch, and the good guys who patrol on Night Watch. And the Day Watch can turn people into vampires by biting them. So everyone stomps around Moscow, get beat up and fight invisible enemies who are on an alternate plane called the Gloom.

In the first scene, the evil spider doll pops up and runs off. It returns for a crucial role in the sequel, Day Watch, which is a lot more downbeat - a typical worried second act of any trilogy.

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The Night Watch: More like Jeff Lebowski than Neo:

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Obligatory crazy mediaeval apocalyptic showdown opens the film:

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There are a lot of sweet throwaway bits that Hollywood might try to base a whole film on. One character is a were-owl. The Good and Evil individuals still live in shitty apartments across the hall from each other. And one character has an apocalyptic curse that attracts all doom - when she calls a guy who works at the nuclear plant, he goes nuts and the plant explodes.

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Reviews of Night Watch on RottenTomatoes and 1 2 3 4 5. From #5 the best quote:

What finally lingers past all of the fangs and borscht and explosions, though, is the endearing oddness of its tone, a downbeat, slogging feel to all the derring-do that's somehow distinctly Russian.

Both Night Watch and the more downbeat Day Watch can be located via BitTorrent and Fox has released Night Watch on DVD. Some fan translated Day Watch with subtitles - IE fansubs. Thanks internets...

BlueStar: The Turkish hacker // for Islam: The new Polat Alemdar, plus: Kurtlar Vadisi on Google Video!

i don't really know how I ended up here, but there was a barrage of patriotic Turkish music and the following message appeared:

Mass Attack..!

Hacked By bLueStar

Turkish Hacker//FOR ISLAM.

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I mean, what can I say? Clearly this guy has the right attitude about the life in 21st century Anatolia. Banner4

bLueStar also did the sig up there in the corner of a forum banner. So I might be blowing all this out of proportion. But the awesome music made me laugh.

If you had a half dozen Turkish hackers for Islam, you could seriously start some shit. Fuck yah.

I actually get quite a few hits from Turkey every month, probably due to the other material here about Sibel Edmonds and the American-Turkish Council espionage scandal that no one really knows about.

However, having known a few Turks, I think they are a good people and I like them more than the Kurds. For all the espionage scandals around Washington, it seems like a lot of typical bribery stuff and not very violent. They are trafficking a lot of narcotics to finance the state (and its military-industrial complex) but they have basically been a loyal ally of the United States through many decades (against the Russians), which is more than you can say for most countries.

  Lib Images Kurtlar-Vadisi-Irak-Mvcd-(Front)-61Also Turkish people are generally attractive and stylishly dressed. And they drive BMWs when they can. Fortunately the Kurtlar Vadisi TV series has a lot of episodes on google video, because Kurtlar Vadisi Irak (Valley of the Wolves Iraq - the one with Gary Busey and Billy Zane as "cartoonish evil Jew and American") was an awesome movie, as we previously reported. (that post actually picked up interesting international comments that got nuked when i switched servers)

Sam Marshall (Billy Zane): Stop pestering me! Just lay off! I'm -- y'know how taxed I am? Ya got any idea? Stop bugging me about these trivial matters.

The Doctor (Gary Busey): All I want is for the prisoners to be treated well. I need them. I don't care who you kill, why you kill 'em, how many you kill. That doesn't matter to me. But if you're going to bring me bodies, I need you to order your men to stop shooting them on the road! I need the organs ALIVE!

Sam Marshall: When Jesus departed this world, he gave it to you. And we've been chosen by him to show you the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Doctor: Well, I have no objection to that, but my people are the only people who made a covenant with God. And because of that, he anointed us to be the chosen ones. How can you beat that?

Sam Marshall: Morphine.

Fair enough! According to Wikipedia, "The US Army recommended that Army personnel not watch the movie nor even get close to cinemas in which the movie is played. "

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Polat Almedar: He gets the chicks, rolls in a Beamer and always has a crisp collar.

In the course of the series, Polat started as a secret agent and entry-level gangster who goes on to defeat the Illuminati, the Mossad, and finally the Kurds. Now that's what I call television.

If you have any doubt about why Kurtlar Vadisi was Turkey's most popular television show ever, (ratings share of 46%!!!) this clip literally blows it away:

Lohan's memorial for Robert Altman: adequite?

As noted in the UK Independent:

"I am lucky enough to of been able to work with Robert Altman amongst the other greats on a film that I can genuinely say created a turning point in my career," she began, less than certainly. "He was the closest thing to my father and grandfather that I really do believe I've had in several years... He left us with a legend that all of us have the ability to do."

A little lower down, she fell into improv philosophy, apparently riffing on the notion that life is too short to waste: "Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourselves' (12st book) - everytime there's a triumph in the world a million souls hafta be trampled on. - altman Its true. But treasure each triumph as they come." And she signed off, "Be adequite. Lindsay Lohan."

The Parallax View: There will be no questions

Don't ask any questions. Watch this clip of 1974's The Parallax View, a hyper-paranoid thriller about Warren Beatty vs. the sinister Parallax Corporation.

we will have more on the Parallax View shortly. Highly recommended.



By the way this also brings the return of embedded videos. Sorry they were gone for so long. :)

Pawlenty: Shrewd Moves in MN transportation, Borat movie on the way

The long promised Lots of Goodies:

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Dear Leader Pawlenty has seen the massive 35W-Highway 62 crosstown rebuilding/redesign fall apart, because for some reason he thought that since the state doesn't have the money, he could convince contractors to shoulder the costs themselves, and pay them back later.

I am drinking two cups of coffee now so I can drill through all-a this. First of all see the Ali G video with TV news anchor Sam Donaldson. He's a game guest, in particular with repeating Cohen's obscene gestures. There was a trailer for a new Borat movie this fall but it got taken down by Fox within hours. JAGSHEMASH! Can Cohen stay sharp with Borat and Ali G, or will people be sick of it by then? I don't know, but the many Borat clips on YouTube are sweet.

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