Who Will Survive?

Inspired by the heights of our New Years’ Eve VHS Marathon featuring such classics as “Wheels of Terror,” Deplorable Steve and I decided to continue our VHS marathon with “Massive Retaliation,” a 1984 movie about the dangers of nuclear war. As a fan of such films as “Threads,” “Testament,” and “The Day After,” this film was impossible for me to resist. Comparing this film to the other three, how does it stack up?

Well, the setup for all four films is much the same. In all of these films, a nuclear war is imminent, and people prepare. In this one, a group of survivalist families retreat to their bunkers while waiting for other family members, such as Jason Gedrick (from “Iron Eagle” and “The Heavenly Kid”) to arrive. Because of the seriousness of the situation and the graphic nature of the similar TV movies, we anticipate mass nuclear carnage but this flick goes in a different direction. It’s about how nuclear tensions lead to violence. We know we are in heady territory when Bobcat Golthwait, in his first “serious” role, appears and gets in a violent standoff with the other survivalists.

Another memorable thing about this movie is how it shows 1980’s nuclear tensions. But this film’s main strength and weakness are the same: because the nuclear crisis is evaded, the film is to be commended for avoiding cliché but called to the carpet for not being serious or gory enough. It’s not a bad little movie, but it doesn’t live up to the video box. Then again, what could?

California Porn Exodus

The California porn exodus continues, with Kink.com shutting down film production in SF.


Kink was filmed in a former giant military barrack called the Armory, a giant brick building by what used to be the presidio. Skaters were always doing tricks on the wide stone stairs in front of the building. I’ve been there a few times, and the building itself (mostly vast, empty, and having been abandoned very creepy Silent Hill-like atmosphere.


Having worked in the porn industry, it is sad to see all the companies leaving the state or shutting down altogether. First all the southern California studios moved to Vegas ( after the condom law was passed). I never really liked Kink (for reasons I will explain), but it still makes me sad to see a whole industry wiped out in our state. The Armory will join other landmarks in the Bay Area, like the Mitchell Brothers’ Burbank Theatre, (now abandoned) which is on Bascom next to 280 in San Jose.

When I was working in porn, early in my career I was told I should apply at Kink. I did, and they called me in a for an interview. They wanted to cast me for all their sites practically, but all their sites were way too messed up for me. Ended up doing a pissing/bj shoot there. Found it hard to pee live on camera! I guess that was my bad. Had no experience with that. I showed up ready to shoot though, and (as studios often do) there was an hour or two of waiting around during delays while the girls did makeup. I think had we just got down to business I would have performed better. They also were asking me to fool around before the scene and stuff that I wasn’t used to.

At one point they asked me to refer some female models I knew. So I referred some high end models I was friends with at the time like Shyra Sheer and Torri Paige. I put them in touch with Kink, but they didn’t want to shoot with them , since their shoots were crazy. After i started getting them in touch with hot amateur female models instead Kink started complaining that I wasn’t sending them ‘nice’ girls. I thought that was ironic since hardcore BDSM doesn’t always draw the nice ones as much.


Later I was invited to a party there. And it was supposed to be an orgy. It was setup a lot like the orgy in Eyes Wide Shut. Problem was that the women there were prudes that year , and only the paid performers were doing anything. Party’s end was nearing , and when I got my date to head out, the Aceworth jerk who runs the company began to stand between me and the girl, trying to block her from leaving – though she wanted to. I blew a lid at the guy and then as we were leaving I kicked a big full garbage can across the room. Oh the memories.

While I didn’t like much of what they shot there, I must admit they were innovative. They had live crowds at many of their events, and did a good job of inviting the bdsm community to parties and such. One site called Ultimate Surrender (if I remember correctly) featured women wrestling nude in front of a crowd and then the loser getting fucked with a strap on in front of the crowd!

The bottom line is that the porn industry is just one of a series of industries that has been regulated (condom laws and inspections of studios) and cheated (piracy) out of existence in California. Our state keeps adding more and more people to the population. Yet we keep chasing industry after industry out of the state. Its no wonder so many damn Californians end up on welfare. We can also thank technology for making pirating so prevalent that there’s no profit in that industry hardly anymore. Good job Apple and Youtube – you have killed porn as well as the music industry.  Maybe the Hollywood sign will also become a symbol of an industry which USED to thrive in the Golden State. Piracy and  over-regulation also threaten Hollywood. Some of the recent Star Wars films were intended to be shot in California, but were moved due to it being hard and expensive to get permits. Can’t track that link down (due to the Mandela effect), but here is similar evidence: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/How-George-Lucas-bid-for-a-Presidio-museum-6232165.php

Meanwhile, China has bought AMC, and is moving much more aggressively into film production, including having built the world’s largest studio and sets.



Men’s Rights


1. No person shall make men lift heavy objects while women stand by commanding them without helping.

2. No man shall be made to pay for babies they did not agree for the woman to have.

3. No man shall be forced to listen to Dave Mathews band in any public place, at any time.

4. No business shall discriminate against hiring men because of facial hair, since that is a sexist principle.

5. Women shall pay their exact share of the bill and percentage of tip (as proportional to their order).

6. Men who are physically attacked by women will be taken seriously by authorities, and women will be charged accordingly.

7. Sexist comments against men in the workplace will be considered sexual harassment, and men will be paid through cases of beer (after arbitration).

8. Any woman who wishes to see the latest romantic comedy shall pay for both the tickets, and the refreshments, as well as any additional fees incurred by the male, including any subsequent parking tickets or DUI’s.

9. The government shall charge and prosecute razor blade companies with anti-trust violations, since they have conspired in causing razor prices to be unbearable.

10. Valentine’s Day shall be abolished, since it violates the Equal Protection clause and 13th Amendments of the Constitution.

Robot Rights Passes E.U.


A European Union commission voted 17 to 2 to grant robots certain rights, including to be free from beatings. There were some developments on this back in June, and now things are progressing. Now, robots in the E.U. will officially be considered to be ‘electronic persons’ under the law. I suppose this means you can ride with a sex-bot shotgun and drive in the carpool lane now!


The bill, which has been compared as a robot ‘Bill of Right’ also designates that humans are to reign over robots (not vice versa). And also includes a stipulation that kill switches be installed on robots, as a weird form of mercy-killing. That idea was based off of an old Asimov concept apparently.

Failed Utopia Cinema

At a time where many on the left are spinning doomsday scenarios as Trump gets inaugurated, it is useful to remember that a liberal utopian fantasy can be just as dangerous, if not more, than conservative ideas taken to their extreme. By looking at the real-life inspired film “Patty Hearst” from 1988 and the fictional but still relevant 1986 film “The Mosquito Coast,” we can see how radical leftism, rather than leading to a glorious utopia, instead leads to shattered dreams and chaos.

“Patty Hearst,’ for example, shows us the lengths that radical leftists, in this case the Symbionese Liberation Army (or S.L.A.), will go to indoctrinate someone into their group fantasy, or cult. Patty Heart is a nice, conservative woman going to U.C. Berkeley who is kidnapped, blindfolded, and then tormented and indoctrinated for months. She is repeatedly raped and loses all connection to the world. Once she loses her sense of identity, she becomes an ideal candidate to be indoctrinated into beliefs and fantasies of equality that she does not share, in part because the alternative is death. She becomes a puppet for a radical leftist organization and assists in robbing banks. It is only when she leaves this radical group and is arrested that she regains some semblance of herself. She ends up (probably unfairly) in jail but has regained her identity.


“The Mosquito Coast,” on the other hand, is about a brilliant but mentally ill inventor named Allie Fox (played by Harrison Ford) who believes that society is on the verge of ruin. Tired of the rat race, he takes his wife and children to the fringes of Africa, where his invention leads to a utopian existence for a time. He scorns religion and believes not only that he is his own man but that everyone else should follow his beliefs. Unfortunately things go wrong and his deteriorating mental state makes it impossible for him to adjust. He tells lies to keep his fantasies going and he ends up dead.


Basically, one can see facets of Obama in both characters. Like Patty Hearst, he has been indoctrinated into a rigid left-wing cult that believes in bringing down the elite and making everyone “equal.” And like Allie Fox, he is clinging to his left-wing ideals long after it should be obvious that they do not work. The S.L.A. would applaud his open-borders and universal requirement of health care for every American. And Allie Fox would applaud his scorn of basic Christian values in favor of an “I am right, dammit!’ approach.

We thought we were getting a pragmatist and we ended up getting a radical ideologue, Thanks, Obama! Check out these two movies to see where things went wrong. And remember, the road to radicalism begins with good intentions, so stay vigilant!

Sex Apps Nymphomania

Apps like Tinder are leading to widespread nymphomania. Some people are anonymously having sex with as many as ten partners a day (though I have trouble believing that’s not slightly exaggerated). Not just hookers, but supposedly normal people are doing this too. I am wondering if this is more of a thing in the gay community than straight because I dunno anyone who does this shit. Anyhow, this article blames the trend on social isolation and drugs. Also, how about the possibly the trend of people working from home may be playing a role? And also the breakdown of traditional dating should be taken into account. The link also says people are failing to use condoms (not even as water balloons), while increasing in promiscuity.  So much for the information highway! And I guess its not time to invest in condom manufacturers:





Young Pope Rules


After the success of “Westworld” I was intrigued to see where HBO would go next. “The Young Pope” is probably less commercial but may end up being even better. The show is about a very flamboyant new American Pope who may be bisexual and agnostic. Jude Law is outstanding in this role in the first episode. Diane Keaton is promising as the nun and his most trusted advisor who brought him up after his parents died in his youth. The viewer is left wondering why his character was chosen to be pope, as well as what role and motivation Keaton’s character had in actualizing Law’s ascent to the papacy.


This show has some very memorable moments such as imagined speeches that the Pope gives where he tells the crowds who came to see him to do whatever the hell they want. He appears to be conflicted about what message he wants to give his followers. The director has a sly way of showing that the personal interest of the ruler pope is not what is similarly in the best interest of his followers.

What makes the Young Pope so interesting is that it is very unpredictable. The viewer has no way of knowing his intentions. What is clear is that he is highly ambitious, cunning, and ruthless. He smokes cigarettes, and crosses over taboo subjects in his conversations and in his daydreams. There are hints of a dark past.

It will be fascinating to see if this show generates controversy in America. Will this show’s cynical take on the Pope amuse or repel audiences? Well, it amused me and held me in thrall. I think this kind of intelligent entertainment is what we need right now in the wake of our political landscape being so dumbed-down and partisan. “The Young Pope” is not for everyone, but it is a must for the thoughtful viewer. This show airs new episodes Sunday and Monday nights on HBO.


Bye Bye Man : TeenieSlayer


I went to check out this flick because the trailer made it look like a cool rip-off of the 90’s classic Candyman. Knew there was a chance that there would be a bunch of annoying teens at the theatre because this film is only PG-13. So while standing in line there were a bunch of 14 year olds buying tickets in big groups ahead of us, one after the next. The film was pretty basic, a boogieman of sorts exists, who shows up and kills you when you become aware of his existence. Well actually he gets you to kill yourself and anyone else who knows by causing hallucinations. The Bye Bye Man appears as a tall skinny mute albino demon looking type thing and he has a burley hell-dog that munches on you after you perish. That part is pretty effective, and the visuals are good.


And a lot of people die in this film (for a PG-13).

The down side of this film are that there is no character development. The main character’s only personality is that he wears different punk rock t-shirts everyday. The Bye Bye Man is killing teen after teen, and for better or worse, the viewer is indifferent to their plight since they are just another pretty face. Another minus is that the crowd of pubescent teens are talking over this film about the various 9th grade parties going on later that night, complete with their puberty fantasies , while the movie is playing. I would recommend going to see this film after curfew so that you don’t have to deal with annoying teens. The lady from the Matrix has a small part as detective, which is well acted. The acting in the flashback scenes was a bit weak though.

Some might say that the film fails to give an explanation for the Bye Bye Man’s origin. I think its good that it avoids that cliché. The film is from a pretty acclaimed director. And its pretty good overall for a teeny bopper film. It could have been better had it been rated R and took more time with character development and took itself more seriously, because the villain is horrific.

White Man to Play Michael Jackson

Joseph Fiennes is set to play Michael Jackson in a film about a road trip he took with Marlon Brando, and Elizabeth Taylor (back in the day). People are pissed!



But Fiennes makes a good point that Michael Jackson had his skin pigment lightened, so therefor its right for a white man to play him. Jackson suffered from a rare immune disease that attacks the skin and leaves pigment appearing bleached. He bleached the rest of himself to mask the discoloration.

I applaud the casting of this film. It gives the left a taste of their own medicine. It has been impossible to watch pro sports without being inundated in (contemporary) urban black culture. It wasn’t always this way, but these days watch an NBA game or the Super Bowl, and one is almost guaranteed to see Beyoncé or Dr. Dre perform at half time. What I am saying is that pro sports has been taken over by rap culture. So for one of urban culture’s beloved (morally questionable) idols to be mimicked by some white guy for a change is the flip side of that coin. On that note I am going to have a drink!

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The left has been throwing The Hamiltons play in our face all year, a play in which all the founding father’s roles get played by blacks. They even stopped performing so they could yell at the Vice President. That is one more reason why a white guy playing Michael Jackson is poetic justice. Lets face it , a person who doesn’t belong in the role at all just makes a movie or event more interesting. For better or worse, it is by stepping into roles and perspectives that we don’t belong in, that we learn about each other.