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9 years ago @ Commentary Magazine - Marxism, Forever · 0 replies · +21 points

I also think you shouldn't have apologized. All that will be remembered is the capitulation, not the nuanced explanation.

10 years ago @ Big Hollywood - 'The Confession' DVD R... · 0 replies · +1 points

People who were introduced to Kiefer Sutherland through "24" may be surprised, but Sutherland had about 18 years of film experience before "24." When I saw him in "Stand By Me" and "The Lost Boys" in 86-87, he blew me away.

11 years ago @ Big Hollywood - Sophia Bush: Latest Ce... · 0 replies · 0 points


11 years ago @ Big Hollywood - Golden Globe Recap: Wi... · 0 replies · +1 points

Kate Beckinsale's discussion on Conan of Seth Rogen's joke was hilarious:

"What was so sad was, it was barely discernible."

11 years ago @ Big Journalism - Homeland Security Spyi... · 0 replies · +1 points

Given that
A) no one who has sufficient security clearance to actually know what is being monitored and how is going to say word one to the press, and
B) the Obama administration has authorized lying about the existence of relevant documents in FOIA requests
C) the referenced Privacy Compliance Review was constructed in an entirely self-serving fashion (you don't ask the Fox to construct his own "Hen House Access Review.")

I think it is early to be very sanquine about what the Federal government is or is not monitoring.

Understand that the technologies involved go way behind "what you and I would do simply by firing up our browsers."

There is on-going research into expert systems that parse through large amounts of freely-available information to draw inferences and create associations about user behavior on the internet. This is stuff that you can't do unless you have several racks of distributed systems in your rec room. The individual info is innocuous, but the big picture that they're able to build from it is Orwellian. Check out Narus, Inc., for an example.

11 years ago @ Big Hollywood - Golden Globes: In Whic... · 0 replies · -1 points

I have no interest in Hollywood's self-indulgent parade of self-congratulation festivals. It's gotten to the point where "Oscar Winning" or "Award Winning" attached to a film actually makes me less interested in seeing it.

11 years ago @ Big Hollywood - 'Carnage' Review: Pola... · 0 replies · +2 points

You know, there ought to be a way to rate authors on the Big sites, not just comments. If there were, I think we'd see that Mr. Hanlon's rating in the toilet right about now.

11 years ago @ Big Hollywood - 'Carnage' Review: Pola... · 0 replies · +3 points

How dare you even post a review of that child rapist's film here? You owe the whole Big community an apology. The implied attitude is despicable, "Well, it's Roman Polanski, and his films are important enough to review positively despite the fact that he's an unrepentant child rapist." That's exactly what we hate in mainstream Hollywood, that they're willing to give Polanski a pass. Don't bring that garbage here!

11 years ago @ Big Hollywood - Gibson's Upcoming 'Vac... · 0 replies · +7 points

Alec Baldwin, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Charlie Sheen -- all of them have shown themselves to be utterly despicable human beings, but are still accepted by the Hollywood elite. Not Mel Gibson. They will never allow him to atone, never forgive him, not because of his behavior which pales in comparison with the men I mentioned, but because of The Passion. Jodie Foster's practically the only one among them with some honor and integrity.

11 years ago @ Big Hollywood - Mickey Rourke: 'I Thin... · 0 replies · +1 points

Just a word about Rourke's looks. We have way too many pretty boys in Hollywood as it is. His ravaged face is far more interesting than DiCaprio's.

Was Ernest Borgnine's face ever pretty? Or Edward G. Robinson's? Bogart was actually a pretty darn ugly guy, and if John Wayne was handsome, it was due to a certain craggy manliness, not classic good looks. I smile every time I see Rourke's face, because it reminds me that he could pick up half the current generation's crop of pretty boys and beat the other half to death with them.

ETA: And if the thought of listening to Shia LeBeouf scream "Oh, God! Please! Stop! Put me down!" while Mark Ruffalo screams "Oh, God! Please! Stop beating me with Shia LeBeouf!" doesn't make you giggle a little, you're probably a racist.