Bad Samaritan

A little thriller called “Bad Samaritan” slipped into cinemas eight days ago, and it looks like it’s going to close just as quietly. That’s a shame because this is a well-crafted thriller that really does thrill.

It’s about an Irish valet with a hot girlfriend and a nice family who, along with his friend and fellow valet, runs a scam job on the mean and rich by robbing petty things from their homes while their clients are out having a good time. It seems like a great scheme because no one gets hurt, the targets “deserve” it, and only petty things are stolen that these rich jerks don’t need. All goes well until one night, invading mean snob’s house, our hero finds a woman bound and gagged and, if that wasn’t bad enough, a look at other rooms in the house indicate that this man (played by David Tennant of “Doctor Who” and “Jessica Jones” fame) is almost certainly a serial killer. What should our “bad Samaritan” do?

This is a good thriller because screenwriter Brandon Boyce (“Apt Pupil”) and director Dean Devlin (“Geostorm”) are far less interested in gore and jump scares than they are in surprising the audience with unexpected twists and suspense. The film refuses to use a predicable “Don’t Breathe” scenario and instead gives us a surprising cat-and-mouse battle of wits. By the end of the film, we feel like we’ve been through a journey at least worthy of a James Patterson novel and film.

The acting is pretty good down the line in the film, with Tennant being the standout as a psycho who enjoys messing with people’s heads as much as killing them. In that sense, “Bad Samaritan” is a welcome revival of the 1990’s serial killer thriller . It’s not going to be in theaters long, so if you like fun thrillers with smart characters, don’t miss “Bad Samaritan.”

Netflix Hires Obama – Unbelievable!

The Obama-nistas have inked a deal that will let Obama help Netflix with original programming. This obviously sucks, and a backlash has started. After 8 years overlooking Netflix’s monopoly tactics, now its time for the Obamas to be repaid for their bribery. Please allow me to suggest some show concepts which I think the Obamas would do really well with.

A reality show about Michelle’s life as a Tranny I assume would be a big hit with the younger generation, who remain confused, to say the least. 50 Shades of Tranny. Or Real House-Trannies of Washington D.C. Or they could do a Tyler Perry Momma’s House type thing , but with Michael, um I meant Michelle. Or they could have Wheel of Gay Fortune. How to be a Commie Spy. How to be Raised in Indonesia, but not admit it. Hawaii Guy-O. I can think of a lot of big hits. Maybe Gay Empire could work. Tranny boxing. Gay Ink Shop. “I ran. I ran. Iran.” Has a good ring to it. How about ‘My Life as a Closet Muslim’. Or A ‘Sunny Day in Tropico.’

Primus is Still Good These Days

Primus put out a masterpiece last year, which I recently found a copy on cd of at the store:

The first thing you notice when you buy it is that the album cover is hilarious, with little gnomes or goblins. And the back and inside has a bunch of rainbow and gold stuff. The whole album is themed from that, believe it or not. It starts off on a subtle note with subdued bass, guitar, and vocals murmuring funny little things. The music sounds more like a musical than a rock or funk album. Indeed, their previous release where they rearranged Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory took this same approach.

There are many simple, but interesting fretless and stand-up bass played. Les Claypool uses way more sliding techniques than a normal bassist does on these, in order to produce a more interesting and organic tone. He emphasizes the lower-mid range, so that the listener feels his groove in their gut, mashing around like a psychedelic mushroom.

As the songs progress, things turn more towards a Sailing the Seas of Cheese type of sound, where the songs start to take on more of a rock and funk element. A clear Jaco Pastorious influence emerges on the third tracks. Here is a link to Jaco so you can compare:

Driving eight note bass modal playing illuminates these passages, and the drums pick up. The chord changes are interesting, like a good Grateful Dead tune, and with that little bit of twang. Later in the album, some of the songs take a bit long to get into a strong beat, which gets a bit frustrating at times. Song 5 takes almost four minutes to launch the real beat. This is due to a lot of tremolo guitar picking, with the guitar sliding around like a Jimi Hendrix part at Woodstock.

Finally, when the beat comes in Claypool does some cool 12th note styled riff, reminding me of their old hit song ‘My Name is Mud”. Claypool’s vocals have always been very unique and strange. He chirps and almost raps in a weird hillbilly mushroomed out voice. Song 6 is the most impressive song, playing wise. The song starts off with a strong groove from the outset. There are these really cool stops, with bass and drum fills which are unusually intricate and well-timed. The album ends with song 7, which is hilarious. They keep singing “Rainbows Don’t Touch the Ground”, over and over.

In short, this is a really strange and enchanting album. While not perfect, it manages to maintain your attention the entire time. The main thing to buy this album for is the originality and lucky charm of the album. That, and the awesome artwork and theme.

Traffik: A Good Exploitation Flick

A little movie called “Traffik” slipped into movie theaters a few weeks ago. While not the greatest movie in the world, it’s a lot better than you would think. Based on true events involving sex trafficking in Northern California, the film is about a young black couple (played by Omar Epps and star Paula Patton) who pick the EXACT wrong place to go to for a romantic getaway. Although they were hoping to have fun and solidify their relationship, instead they end up in the middle of a gigantic conspiracy.

See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz-XiYNCo7o

It doesn’t help that Epps’s brother and his fiancĂ© show up and have a fight with the local Hells Angels chapter. When Patton discovers that a young woman has slipped her a phone and possibly a password that gives her a gateway to evil, she decides to use her desire for justice as an excuse to do a lot of stupid horror movie things. Her boyfriend and his brother and his fiancĂ© are all even dumber, fighting and carrying on while death looms nearby.

The film is best viewed as a racially flipped “Deliverance” or “Straw Dogs,” where now black people have to face up to a white trash nightmare. In this case, the nightmare includes a motorcycle gang that answers to William Fichtner, a white trash, understaffed police department led by Missi Pyle, and a trafficking scheme too big for the movie to really deal with. If you’re looking for serious thriller about sex trafficking, “Traffik” fails because it just can’t be taken that seriously. If, on the other and, you want a rousing thriller where you can yell at the screen, “Traffik” delivers.

The actors are convincing, the pace is fast, and the film is exciting. As guilty pleasure thrillers go, this is a pretty good one. At bargain matinee prices, this is worth seeing! You just have to filter out those couple of BET video make out scenes though. But try out this bizarre mix of Sons of Anarchy, crossed with a BET video, and a touch of Chainsaw Massacre (at the wrong gas station in the wrong town). The bad guys are super eager to kill everyone, and this movie has a high body count. William Fichtner excels as the nemesis. He was also previously great in Drive Angry. This film is worth seeing for his performance alone.

Democrats Slip into Political Trap

Dems complaining about Cohen taking $ just opened a big can of worms for them. Where did they get Cohen’s bank info from – Mueller? Mueller was not supposed to even look at the evidence seized in Cohen’s office until special magistrate does first, therefor Mueller committed 2 crimes right there, and Avenetti at least 1 crime. Also, by complaining about Cohen using influence to gain $1.5 million or so , the left has foolishly walked into a trap , since this re-opens questions as to why the Clintons were able to reap hundreds of millions personally through their own foundation in pay to play schemes.

Also , the money Cohen took did not buy any influence, as evidenced by the failed AT&T merger, whereas with the Clintons it was just the opposite, going all the way back to Loral Space in the 90s elections, but continuing through Uranium One and many other schemes the Clintons did until they lost the presidential. I would add that many Swampers have been canned or retired disgracefully lately. Prosecutions following the IG report could very well be eminent. The right has simply waited for the left to ensnare themselves, and is preferring to counterpunch – Trump style (for the win).

Sexbots Need More Animatronics

The second generation of sexbots is soon approaching. A company in China is creating sex robots with some animatronics in the facial features. And their second batch will have arms that are robotic too. The problem is the body is still going to lie there like a dead fish. Whereas, most men want a woman who will also ride them on top etc. The price tag is not terrible, at roughly 3k British Pounds. I assume it is not completely finished or ready for sale yet, since she only has a bust at this point, but no arms or legs. She speaks only Mandarin at this point, which sucks. By using more animatronics, the sexbots will become increasing realistic in the future. Men also want their sexbot to strip and pole dance for them, as well as cook them a steak and get them a beer (plus clean the house too – and laundry). Using a Siri like type of AI is also on the horizon according the company execs. See the full story here:

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/702128/sex-robot-doll-full-body-movement-in-action-video-china-ds-doll

How Trump Can Serve Three Terms

Prepare to get Machiavellian. Here is the ultimate foolproof impeachment defense to the Mueller witch-hunt:

1) Fire Mueller, Rosenstein, and Sessions
2) Announce that any impeachment proceedings would be met by temporarily resigning for Pence pardon (blanket alleviation of any criminal liability from witch hunt).
3) Announce that Trump’s first term will not count as a complete term, therefor Trump will run again and win, in both 2020 and 2024.

In short , due to the shenanigans of the left, Trump will basically be in office for three terms , more or less, instead of two.

Meanwhile, Pence will be the left’s worst nightmare for the next two and a half years, especially on social issues such as abortion. Trump can be brought back on as advisor to Pence immediately meanwhile, and be running the country , but without the official title or legal liability.

The Ethics of Children of the Mind

I recently finished reading the last book in the epic Ender’s Game sci-fi series. The plot involves an A.I. program (named Jane), which transports three alien races to colonize outside the galaxy. This is due to the fact that they are non-central ‘edge’ groups, according to the author Orson Scott Card, which seek to challenge human primacy. Meanwhile, the human race is ruling and xenophobic, solely determined to maintain control over everything. Jane loses her life force as she strives to save the alien races. Ender himself has died at this point in the series, but his descendants decide to use their equivalent of the Atom Bomb to attempt to decimate their challengers. A race ensues by the opposition to steal and disable that weapon. The characters engage in a great amount of philosophy throughout the story, as Japanese culture is again brought to the forefront.

It must be said that the story is very hard to follow. There are way too many characters, each of which sharing all their most inner thoughts, which also becomes a bit hard to follow. The plot , regarding moving entire colonies of aliens between galaxies, is awesome, yet hard to believe at the same time. Somehow I give the plot a pass, due to its creativity.

The author is mostly concerned with questions concerning military ethics, as well as with the concept of balance of power. Power politics and game theory seem to figure into his thinking. The idea of whether or not to use WMD pre-emptively, killing many now, for a quick and decisive victory, in order to prevent even more from being killed later (in an inevitable and prolonged war of attrition) is a constant theme in the series. The conflict between great powers, and second tier rising powers , is also constantly on display. Card posits that hegemons like the US were meant to rule. Second tier nations , wanna-be world powers , such as Japan should leave the colonizing to the US since the US is exceptional, in that we rule through spreading freedom and democracy, rather than through deifying military hierarchy, as the Shinto Japanese military did in WWII.

Cujo Score: Under-rated Classic

The score to Stephen King’s Cujo is an unusually complex masterpiece. The melodies are surprisingly optimistic and hopeful sounding for the most part, ironically. The strings and piano weave around each other playfully. Another thing I love about this score is that the dog attack scenes with the throbbing low bass swells are unusually listenable as a stand-alone.

I have the rare limited edition CD by Intrada. It is simply magnificent to listen to as I drive up 101 from the coast in the Springtime. Some of the piano work is just lovely, with some parts even sounding like the Simpsons theme song or something, but with feeling. There is a strong influence by Beethoven evident in the composer Berstein’s style, as he switches back and forth from major to minor key rapidly. I highly suggest adding the Intrada limited edition CD score of Cujo to your rare soundtrack collection.

Cinemax Classics Vol. 1

Remember the ’80’s? Well, whether you do or you’re too young to
care, it’s time to revisit the should’ve-been cult classic “Bright
Lights, Big City” from 1988. Based on a best-selling novel by Jay
McInerney that was written in the second person (As in: “You.. did
this …You woke up this morning, etc.”) the film was released to a
flurry of excitement, then forgotten about. Well, it’s been 30 years
since the release of the film, and it’s time to look back on this
unheralded gem.

The movie stars Michael J. Fox as Jamie Conway, a very smart and
likeable but very unhappy and hedonistic young man. He is an aspiring
writer who works as an editor and fact checker at a New Yorker type
magazine, He hates his job and his wife, a model played by Phoebe
Cates, has left him two months prior without explanation or
acknowledgement. The movie is about Fox’s attempts to keep his job
and sanity while constantly drinking, clubbing, and using cocaine. It
is a testament to the skill of Fox, author McInerny (who wrote the
screenplay), and director James Bridges (“The Paper Chase,” :The China
Syndrome”) that we never know how this struggle is going to turn out.

Fox’s performance is really amazing. Although considered
miscast at the time, his amazing, effortless charm makes his problems
with addiction, writer’s block, a tough, thankless job and not fitting
into the club scene of the ’80’s that much more poignant. Kiefer
Sutherland, as Fox’s rather amoral friend and drinking buddy, radiates
sleazy charm and amorality. Jason Robards has an unbilled role as a
writer gone to seed that is possibly his best screen performance.
Dianne Wiest is amazing in a one-scene cameo as Fox’s mother. Phoebe
Cates is not particularly memorable in her role, but her performance
is the only weak link in a cast that also includes Frances Sternhagen,
John Houseman, Swoozie Kurtz, Tracey Pollan, William Hickey, and
Charlie Schlatter.

The film captures the ambiance of the ’80’s club scene
really well. The music is by Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, and the
soundtrack features songs by New Order, Depeche Mode, and Prince,
among others. The movie makes the night life look stylish but never
fun, and so we understand Fox’s despair.

This was almost a really shitty movie. The studio wanted the
drug use cut from the film and they wanted a happy ending. They also
fired the first director after a week of shooting. Fortunately,
replacement director James Bridges knew how to make a realistic,
emotionally resonant movie, and the result is a film that stands the
test of time. Finally, the subplot/gag about the coma baby is
brilliant! “Bright Lights, Big City” is available on DVD and is highly
recommended..