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This Annoyed Me Today: Spike Lee’s Instagram

I use Instagram for a combination of interests: first and foremost, seeing and being inspired by great photography (which doesn’t seem to be the priority for most users), but then for following filmmakers, actors, musicians and athletes so I can actually SEE what they’re up to away from their work (and while they’re at work- both interest me), a few brands that I like who post good photos and video, LOL’ing at some comedy/meme accounts, and of course looking at pictures of fitness and bikini models and not buying a single thing they get paid to promote. Oddly enough, my last priority on there is following people I actually know and “socializing.” I prefer to use Facebook for that. Instagram is for photos first, and if I know you and you don’t post interesting photos, I’m not following you on there. It’s what it is.

So as I scroll through the ‘gram, there’s absolutely no logic to it (thanks, algorithm), which I guess is part of the appeal. Instagram is like a box of chocolates; I never know what I’m gonna get. I might see a post from the Boston Celtics about last night’s game, then something from one of my favorite photographers that makes me jealous, then an Australian model wearing a bikini in her bedroom (as one does), a video from Jessica Chastain goofing around on the set of whatever movie she’s currently shooting, then something random from a filmmaker like Spike Lee. Well, Spike Lee did show up for me the other day, posting an odd photo, and I just had to read what nonsense he came up with for a caption. He did not disappoint:

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You Know What I’d Like to See?

I’ll tell you what I’d like to see. A lot of things. But let’s start with these random 25 things, in no particular order. We’ll cover sports, movies, television, politics, current events, and one sexy automobile.

WARNING: Since many of these turned into their own mini-rants, this post is rated R for language.

-I’d like to see the Boston Red Sox win their third World Series in 9 years, with the most likable team since 2004, and have them win this one at home at Fenway Park. What’s that? DONE, DONE, AND DONE? Excellent!


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Dumb Twitter Reactions to the George Zimmerman Verdict

I knew that the instant the George Zimmerman verdict was announced, Twitter would become the most annoying place on Earth. And yet, I couldn’t resist looking and watching people react. I had to. At first, the mass ignorance made me physically angry, but after a few hours, I started pitying the fact that so few people had any clue what the fuck they were talking about when it came to the merits of the case.

The fact is that George Zimmerman, despite not being sent to prison, is still going to live a miserable life for the foreseeable future. He’s virtually unemployable, has no money, will have to fear for his safety at all times in public, and as a result of all these factors, he’ll more than likely have to leave the state of Florida. Among other things.

Sidenote: read an interesting piece about the uncertain future for George Zimmerman.

I’m not going to defend the verdict, although I’ll make my position clear that based on the EVIDENCE and the burden of proof being placed on the prosecution (that’s how it works in America, sorry folks), the verdict was the right one. You can’t convict someone of murder with no eyewitnesses and no proof of intent. It’s that simple. This doesn’t mean I approve of Zimmerman’s actions or support him going forward, but in my view, justice, as spelled out by the law, was served. But that’s not enough for emotional liberals, race pimps like Al Sharpton and the elites in New York and Los Angeles, who presume to know for a fact what happened that night. The only “justice” that matters to these people is someone going to prison for the death of Trayvon Martin.

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Things I’m Sick Of

This is a list of random things that have been annoying me lately. Basically, a series of mini rants that aren’t worth doing as their own posts but put together might give you some amusement. It’s also nice just go get this stuff off my chest, which is the primary reason this blog exists.

Here are nine (9) random things driving me bonkers:

-I’m sick of the lame ideas we’re hearing about the potential Star Wars spinoff movies. If rumors are to be believed, LucasFilm/Disney is considering doing standalone films for Han Solo, Yoda and Boba Fett in addition to J.J. AbramsEpisode VII. I’m a lifelong Star Wars nerd, and I’m sorry, but these ideas couldn’t be less interesting from a creative standpoint. It’s like they took a focus group, and 25 people were asked, Who is your favorite Star Wars character? And of course, aside from Darth Vader, most people would answer Han Solo, Yoda or Boba Fett. When given this information, predictably, Disney’s response was, “Oh, well then let’s make separate movies about each of those characters! Ka-ching, mothafucka!”

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Extremist vs. Bully: Chris Kluwe vs. Emmett C. Burns (and lamenting the apparent death of civil discourse)

Before you read this post, you kinda need to be familiar with what we’re talking about here. As such, you need to read THIS and then THIS in that order (both are fairly short, don’t worry), the second of which is what inspired me to write this ‘response to a response’.

Let me make one thing perfectly clear before I respond to what Chris Kluwe had to say; yes, Emmett C. Burns‘ letter to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, essentially demanding he enforce censorship over his players, was arrogant, ignorant, disgraceful, utterly stupid, and above all else, un-American. Is that clear? I’m about to criticize Chris Kluwe’s rant, but I don’t want anyone thinking I’m doing so in defense of this Burns guy. Hell no. I am not easily offended, but that letter is offensive. However, so too, I believe, was Chris Kluwe’s response to it.

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HBO debuted its newest original film this past weekend to much hype in the political realm. Game Change is based on journalists John Heilemann & Mark Halperin‘s 2010 book Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, which, as you can guess, chronicled the behind-the-scenes action of the 2008 presidential election. The film was directed by Jay Roach and adapted by Danny Strong, both of whom were the primary creative forces behind HBO’s 2008 film Recount, about the 2000 election and its aftermath. Part of the reason I was so excited to see Game Change was because I thought Recount was absolutely fantastic, and perhaps most importantly, I found that movie to be very fair to both Bush and Gore‘s sides of that very polarizing story. Sarah Palin is an equally divisive figure, and telling the story of her rise to prominence honestly but accurately was to be a tricky road to navigate.

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Quickie: In Hollywood, gay is the new retard.

WARNING: Politically correct, “sensitive” readers who are “offended” by everything should immediately fuck off.

I just finished watching Beginners on Blu-ray via Netflix. This movie was written and directed by one Mike Mills (best known previously for a movie called Thumbsucker, which I haven’t seen). It’s about a guy in his mid-30’s (Ewan McGregor) who finds out that his 78-year old father (Christopher Plummer) is gay, has a lover who’s much younger, and has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He’d been married for decades, but apparently knew he was gay all along. McGregor’s character, who has struggled maintaining relationships, falls for a French girl (the lovely Melanie Laurent, best known to most of us as the vengeful Shosanna in Inglourious Basterds) and tries to not fuck that up while trying to take care of his sick father. The film was in theaters last summer, and is now finding new life because Plummer has been nominated at every big awards show for Best Supporting Actor. Not only has been nominated everywhere, but he’s pretty much been sweeping the trophies as well, winning the Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA awards to go along with a bunch awards from various critics groups. You put all of this together, and he’s all but a lock to win the Oscar Sunday night.

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