The Magus : An Occult Film

Leonard Maltin gives it a BOMB and Michael Caine hates it. Nevertheless, “The Magus” is one of the most interesting films of the 1960’s. Caine plays a man who ends up on an island presided over by the great Anthony Quinn, an island where nothing is as it seems. Quinn’s character, who seems inspired by Alastair Crowley and Prospero from “The Tempest” in equal parts, puts Caine and the audience through a constant psychological and intellectual mind.

Assumptions are continually uprooted, as Candice Bergen and Anna Karina romance and bedevil Caine. By the end, both Caine and the audience have been on quite a journey. This little-seen gem, written by John Fowles from his famous novel, comes from 1968, when it was considered OK to challenge an audience. This film is strange enough to rival “The Prisoner” and David Lynch. If you enjoy the cast and Bizarro Cinema, by all means rent or buy the DVD and give it a go!

All Eyez on…

Rather bored with what is on Netflix, I decided to go to the local cinema and check out two films with interesting subject matter. The first film, “Beatriz at Dinner,” stars Salma Hayek and John Lithgow and is a dark satire about how two strangers from wildly different ethnic and economic backgrounds end up meeting and clashing at a fancy, uncomfortable dinner at a mansion. Hayek plays a hard-working Mexican lady having a very bad day, and Lithgow plays a Donald Trump-like real estate mogul. Both actors bring shadings to their characters so that they are more complex than you might expect. Hayek subtly suggests that her character may be TOO good for this world, and Lithgow’s character, though clueless and boorish, makes a real attempt to connect with and understand her. This is a strange film and at first I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but after about half an hour of reflection I figured out that I really liked it. It’s short, unpredictable, and has real sting. I’ll not soon forget it.

“All Eyez on Me” is the new Tupac biopic, and it’s interesting though uneven. It covers, though it rarely reflects on, the tragic life of Tupac Kapur, mentioning his family connections to the Black Panthers, his success as Hamlet in school, his struggling but sincere mother, his trouble with the law, his friendship with Jada Pinkett Smith, his tumultuous tenure at Death Row Records, and his tragic and mysterious death. This is way too much for a 140-minute film to cover,, and as a result parts of it come off better than others. I did appreciate, however, the demystification of the gangster lifestyle. The last third of the movie is a trip through Hell, and the filmmakers deserve credit for depicting it frankly. Overall, however, this film is not good enough to recommend. Although a good attempt has been made, the film just doesn’t work. Very few characters are portrayed in-depth, and as a result the film becomes confusing. The actor playing Tupac is OK but not great. Still, if the subject matter interests you, you might want to check it out.

In conclusion, although I only liked one of these two indie films, they are both a nice break from summer Hollywood fluff. I hope interesting indie films continue to get wide releases because they can be worthwhile. “The Beguiled” is an another example that I will review soon.

The Sexbot Enigma

 (photo from the Guardian London)

A new study on the future of sexbots points out that the elderly and disabled will benefit. However , women will become objectified and consent will become a less important concept.

In theory this supposedly will lead to an uptick in maltreatment of women. And an uptick in fetishes.

Probably the study is wrong and that with many individuals currently sexually frustrated, that mass popularity of sexbots would cause people to be more fulfilled and happy, hence less problems. Totally utilitarian! As to the uptick in fetishes – who knows!

The Problem with Rough Porn

Rape allegations against James Deen are popping up again in a new documentary. I was in a scene along with him where we took on some chicks in a shoot at Kink. Honestly , it was a scene I didn’t do great at because it was so bizarre to me scene wise and also I get vertigo from the hills of SF and the giant ghostly, abandoned brick halls of the Presidio.  Deen was their big star.

After my audition I was told I could possibly be their next big star there, however I didn’t feel comfortable to do any of their websites basically because I was straight and vanilla (by comparison) . Kink was the biggest bondage studio in the world at the time basically. I ended up driving down to the studios in San Fernando instead, so I could do more normal scenes with my gf’s at the time to make some extra cash.

I remember standing in the hallway of the Presidio , next to one of the female talents and she was saying she hoped they didn’t try and fit her into this weird steel contraption that looked too small for a human and was animal shaped.

At the time I heard bad rumors about bdsm studios (one on Treasure Island stuck out) that some models were getting fucked while tied up for film shoots by a director who wasn’t tested and without permission etc.
Another time a model friend of mine signed up for a rough shoot (I was told they pay more ) and then came back brying saying she had been pinned in all these weird positions and almost raped.
(This was all many years ago.)

Having had a martial arts background which was about self-defense , I was never into rough sex. To me it violates the spirit of self-defense as a value to enact rough sex unless specifically asked for .

Bondage as a genre will always have legal liability problems especially involving consent due to models being tied up. Actors who cross over between bdsm and traditional shoots are likely to carry over their rough habits from domming into normal shoots, because switching (domming and subbing) is not common or highly valued. There will always be a grey area between where the viewers push for more roughness , and the actors get carried away. For that reason it is perhaps better to stay away from bdsm altogether , as it tends to draw unbalanced people to it.

That said, it is possible that serious married or monogamous couples could benefit from using bdsm as a fantasy type thing. It is something that should be eased into gradually so that there is not any question about consent.

Rough Night (at Bernie’s?)

I wasn’t expecting “Rough Night” to be very good because the reviews have been mixed to negative. Surprisingly, though, it was good. The film chronicles five women on a bachelorette party, including Scarlett Johansson as the bride-to-be and Kate McKinnon as an oddball chick from New Zealand. While the straight-laced husband-to-be is having a riotously dull bachelor party, the women are determined to party it up with sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll. Unfortunately, one of the women is so high that she knocks a male stripper to the ground, accidentally killing him. From that point on, the women conspire to cover up their accidental crime, while the husband frantically drives toward his wife, clad only in his underwear, to “win her back” because he erroneously thinks she dumped him.

What I liked about this movie is that it is funny, tells a story, and isn’t afraid to take some dark turns. I was worried this would turn out like “Bad Moms,” but it is closer to “The Hangover” meets “Weekend at Bernie’s” and “After Hours.” The actors are all very good and the film only slightly cheats on its premise. I felt that I had seen a wild but well-thought-out comedy. The Demi Moore cameo is fun too. Watch for the parody of the ending of “The Lost Boys”; it’s great! In short, if you’re looking for politically incorrect hilarity, check out “Rough Night,”

Sharks Should Trade Thorton

The San Jose Sharks have re-signed possible future Hall of Famer Joe Thorton to a one-year $6.5 million contract. The Sharks first signed him like a billion years ago, after he failed to make the Boston Bruins competitive. For many years Thorton has played hard and consistent, but there is little reason to believe the Sharks can win a cup with him (even at a good priced contract) because he refuses to stand on front of the net and screen the goalie on offense. Ever since the NHL shrunk the distance behind the net , it has negatively impacted Thorton’s ability to play Wayne Gretzky style , dishing the puck for assists from behind the opposing net. This also explains his success in international play tournaments as opposed to NHL action.

Thorton has had many years to find a way to compensate for the rule change behind the net. Also the era he has led where the team has long hair and beards (like homeless people) has a negative effect on the team, which lacks focus. The Sharks would do well to deal Thorton to a team where he could have better chemistry. He never recovered from having Jonathan Cheechoo get injured into being a minor leager. Thorton needs a Cheechoo (in his prime ) type player to feed the puck to in front. Thorton and Pavelski used to have this magic somewhat, but it has faded.

Hollwood Lacking Boobs

Note: I was going to put tits pic in this article but I get nothing but shit from people hence this will be my last post

An actress is saying large breasted women are not landing acting roles in Hollywood anymore:

I saw a film called ‘Rough Night’ last week with four female stars at a wild bachelorette party, and there were sex innuendo jokes through the whole film, but no tits. Demi Moore was in the film in a cameo and she remained clothed too. America’s bipolar Puritanical streak results to where everyone makes sex innuendos, but skin is increasingly hidden like a Middle East regime. No wonder all of the sexual repression in America these days results in a battle of the sexes, as well as lots of anger throughout society of the sexually oppressed. Personally, I fight back by having sex upwards three times a day with my girlfriend when possible. My gf has an amazing body.

Ward v Kovalev II: Low-Blows


I caught the replay of the Ward / Kovalev fight last weekend. I don’t pay $50 for the fights but thank God I have a friend with Showtime. Though Ward is more of the Bay Area guy (Oakland) I have been a big fan of Kovalev’s heavy hands and gritty style. I was surprised that Ward was able to go the distance with him in the previous fight because Ward is the naturally smaller quicker fighter, as opposed to the brute force and size of Kovalev.

Going into the rematch I expected a similar match as the first , the classic boxer versus bruiser and a somewhat even match. This fight had a different rhythm though. Though Kovalev pressed forward physically, Ward was able to land many hooks and body shots at a higher percentage. He definitely had an edge on the scorecard for landing more clean shots. The end of the fight was a surprise TKO where Ward socked Kovalev in the balls 3 times and Kovalev did not receive even a standing 10 count.

Clearly Ward’s corner knew the rules were set up for an easy win and instructed him that Tony Weeks (Ref) wasn’t big on keeping the punches up. This match once again went to show to never bet against the house on pro boxing, but it sure is good entertainment. There also tends to be some bias towards US boxers in general, but with the 4th of July coming up I guess that is not something I can complain about.

Flight of the Jailbird

Remember Joey Cramer, the star of the heartwarming 1986 Disney classic “Flight of the Navigator”? It was a charming film about a little boy who gets abducted by aliens and travels through time 8 years into the future. Things look bleak for him due to the government studying him until he gets a chance to break onto and pilot a spacecraft with the help of an alien voiced by Paul Reubens. It’s a cute film.

But would Joe “Joey” Cramer, who was also the little boy in “Runaway,” the Michael Chrichton-directed robot classic with Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons, go on to live a happy, carefree life? Apparently not, since last year he was arrested on several charges including bank robbery in Canada.

He even stooped to using a wig! Yes, like Haley Joel Osment and Corey Haim before him, Joey Cramer is a child star Gone Wrong. One can only hope he gets appropriate counseling and real but compassionate discipline so his life turns around. Maybe it’s Paul Reubens and Gene Simmons’ fault; they are eccentric co-stars to say the least. In any case, it makes “Flight of the Navigator” more interesting. Maybe he needs to travel BACKWARD next time so he can change his present. We still like you Joey; we’re just disappointed! Here’s hoping for a comeback!

Gold and Silver

Gold and silver perform freaking awesome when there is a banking or serious national security crisis. Or during hyperinflation or stagflation.

The economy grew slow for the last years but it still grew. So those complaining about the price declining do not understand the cycle.

Once the next crisis hits gold and silver will go up a lot (silver to $40). Until then I am buying, and not complaining about the good deals am getting. I balance this with some stocks that are undervalued and cheap, especially with giant dividends like Carlyle Group.