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The Incredibles 2

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Appreciating Pixar’s The Incredibles 2 really is all about perspective, and that perspective comes only after experiencing the giddy nirvana of watching the first Incredibles movie. Going into the sequel, I was prepared to forgive it for not quite living up to the original, but would not forgive if it did not remain true to the spirit of the original. I’m fairly easy to please in this regard given that the spirit of the original was such a unique and wonderful thing.  Read more …

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Unbreakable

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Unbreakable (2000) is many people’s least favorite M. Night Shyamalan film, but I think it is his best: brilliantly conceived and scripted, beautifully acted and filmed, and quite moving. Since the film is almost two decades old, I trust nobody will complain about spoilers.

Unbreakable is a superhero film, but it does not contain any computer animation, strobe-fast editing, or deafening crashes and booms. Read more …

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Batman:
The Dark Knight Returns

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is an animated movie adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns. Released in two 76-minute parts in 2012 and 2013, then combined into a 148-minute edition DVD and Blu-ray, this is lame, sclerotic, constipated, Z-grade animation drawn out to paralyzing lengths, completely lacking the visual style and dynamism of the original graphic novel, which is more animated on the printed page than in this adaptation.  Read more …

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Superhrdinové, suverenita a stát ve státě

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Poznámka autora:

Poněkud zkrácenou verzi následujícího textu jsem přednesl na druhém setkání New York Forum 16. července 2016. Rád bych tímto poděkoval týmu NY Forum i všem přítomným. Read more …

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Justice League

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Watchmen is the greatest superhero movie of all time, and when it was released, its director Zack Snyder was poised to follow Christopher Nolan into the first rank of directors working today. But instead, he has directed an ever worsening series of turkeys: Sucker Punch, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and now Justice League, which is one of the worst movies I have ever seen: derivative, dumb, and dull. An assault on the senses and an insult to the intellect. It is also one of the most expensive movies ever made, costing an astonishing $300 million. It is really rather amazing that a director of Snyder’s proven talent, with a solid cast and a $300 million budget, could not have turned in a better movie. Clearly, there’s a lot of rot and a lot of ruin still left in Hollywood, and the sex scandals are just the beginning.  Read more …

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Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets

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Valerian? Isn’t that a root one chews to fall asleep?

I saw Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element near the end of its run in the theaters, and it was love at first frame. I loved its Manichean/ancient astronauts plot, unique and dazzling visual style (imagine the Coen brothers remaking Barbarella), the madcap action, blond Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman’s Zorg (an evil Ross Perot with slightly displaced Hitler hair and Fu Manchu’s wardrobe), Read more …

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Watchmen

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Watchmen is one of the most thoroughly Right-wing, even fascistic works of recent popular culture, despite the right-thinking Leftism of the creators of the original graphic novel, Alan Moore, who wrote the story, and Dave Gibbons, who illustrated it—and of Zack Snyder, who directed the movie adaptation, which to my mind is the greatest superhero movie of all time, a movie that not only does justice to the original novel but actually improves upon it in fundamental ways.

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The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

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Howard Pyle
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
New York: Scribner’s, 1883 (and many subsequent editions)

“Merry, old England.” Such a turn of phrase sounds preposterous to our post-modern world. Yet, with Howard Pyle’s The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, the reader is thrust into a world that is both familiar and foreign. A world that is centuries gone, but could also be the day after tomorrow.  Read more …

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A Dark Knight Without a King

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Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy deserves its large audience among White Nationalists. Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises all comprise a canon in the superhero genre that stands above the rest, perhaps only succeeded by Watchmen in its representation of Right-wing themes and philosophy. Much has been said about the emphatically Right-wing character of Batman’s villains, especially the League of Shadows, but less has been said about the Rightist aspects of Batman himself.  Read more …

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Superheroes, Sovereignty, & the Deep State

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justice-league-part-one-who-will-be-the-big-bad-justice-league-part-one-352195Author’s Note:

This text was presented in somewhat abridged form at the second meeting of the New York Forum on July 16, 2016. I want to thank the NY Forum team and everyone who was present.  Read more …

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Caesar Without Gods:
Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy

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Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) begins with the evocation of fear which becomes the motivational impulse for Bruce Wayne’s story. As a child he accidentally falls down a disused well, and, whilst he lies trapped and injured, he is terrified by a flock of bats that appear like a chthonic force of nature from the bowels of the earth. Read more …

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Temný rytíř povstal

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Konečně se mi povedlo dostat se do města s kinem a zhlédnout třetí a závěrečnou část Nolanovy epické batmanovské trilogie Temný rytíř povstalRead more …

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Batman začíná

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Film Inception režiséra Christophera Nolana mě ohromil, a tak jsem se rozhodl dát jeho staršímu počinu Batman začíná (2005) další šanci. Napoprvé se mi nelíbil. Vůbec. Musel jsem však být při sledování něčím rozptýlený, protože napodruhé mi přišel skvělý. Nolan odložil kýčovitý styl předchozích snímků o Batmanovi a soustředí se na vývoj postav a jejich motivace, což film Batman začíná a i jeho pokračování Temný rytíř dělá psychologicky temným a intelektuálně i emocionálně strhujícím.  Read more …

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The Dark Right Rises:
Christopher Nolan as Fascist Filmmaker?

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Conservatism’s League of Stupidity

The egalitarian Left isn’t just evil — it’s boring. Unfortunately, the conservative “Right” doesn’t have anything better to offer. Read more …

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Outbursts of Everett True

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A. D. Condo and J. W. Raper
Outbursts of Everett True
Introduction by Trevor Blake
Baltimore: Underworld Amusements, 2015

There are many things about Chicago of which I am not proud: our glum acceptance of the ten percent sales tax; liberal North Siders’ wheedling attempts to be “down” with the South Side (while avoiding that part of Chiraq out of pure self-preservation); or our continual reelection of machine politicians, Read more …

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A Different Kind of Holocaust Commemoration

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x_men__magneto_by_andrewkwan-d52b77jIn the early 1980s a young German Jew arrived at the Auschwitz concentration camp. His name was Erik Magnus Lehnsherr (or perhaps Max Eisenhardt), and he would eventually become, after his escape from Auschwitz, the most powerful Holocaust survivor in history. As leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, as well as an occasional nazi-hunter for the Israeli government, this profoundly unusual Holocaust survivor dedicated himself to protecting those who, like himself, were both different and superior from the intolerance of all those who, like most of humanity, detested their difference and feared their superiority.  Read more …

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Green Nazis in Space!

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Green Lantern
(2011); 114 min.
Director: Martin Campbell
Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern; Mark Strong as Sinestro; Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond  Read more …

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Man of Steel 
Superman & the White Christ

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American, Alien, or God?

Superman is the most American of heroes – and the most foreign. Read more …

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Man of Steel

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I have never liked the character of Superman. He is not a man who has transcended humanity toward something higher. He is simply an alien, who looks like one of us, and who comes equipped with a whole array of superpowers. From a Nietzschean and Faustian standpoint, that translates to zero appeal. I am not interested in being rescued by a superior being. I am interested in becoming a superior being. Furthermore, none of the Superman movies or TV shows ever managed to make this character compelling to me  Read more …

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Batman Begins

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Après avoir été bluffé par l’Inception de Christopher Nolan, j’ai décidé de donner à son Batman Begins (2005) une nouvelle chance. La première fois que j’ai vu ce film, je ne l’ai pas aimé. Pas un seul instant. J’ai dû être distrait, car cette fois je l’ai apprécié. Nolan rompt avec le style kitsch des premiers films de Batman, se concentrant sur l’évolution et les motivations du personnage, Read more …

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Jonathan Bowden’s Last Interview, Part 2: Transcript

Jonathan Bowden, in the moment

Jonathan Bowden, in the moment

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Transcript by V. S. and S. F.

Greg Johnson: You are an author as well as a reader of comics and graphic novels.  Read more …

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The Dark Right Rises:
Christopher Nolan as Fascist Filmmaker?

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Conservatism’s League of Stupidity

The egalitarian Left isn’t just evil – it’s boring. Read more …

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The Dark Knight Rises

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I finally got to a town with a movie theater and saw The Dark Knight Rises, the third and final film of Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy. Read more …

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The Ponderous Weight of the Dark Knight

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze in the Fourth Age of the last Batman cycle

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Reviewers of the new Batman movie on various alt-Right sites have been reasonably led to ask why comic books — excuse me, “graphic novels” — have come to dominate Hollywood. Since both industries were founded by and are dominated by You Know Who, the answer seems easy — ethnic networking — why pay royalties to the goyim?

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The Order in Action 
The Dark Knight Rises

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MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW. DO NOT READ THIS BEFORE SEEING THE MOVIE.

The Dark Knight Rises is beyond Left and Right, beyond good and evil, beyond any frame of reference that this society can understand. Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy closes with a vision of weaponized Traditionalism certain to be misunderstood by movie reviewers and talking heads who think in terms of Republicans versus Democrats. Read more …

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Christopher Nolan’s Batman Movies:
Weaponizing Traditionalism, Transvaluing Values

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Editor’s Note:

Unless you’re living in Tora Bora, you probably know that Christopher Nolan’s third Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, is coming out this week. Read more …

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Catching Up with Kevin Sorbo

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Actor Kevin Sorbo, 53, starred in two popular television shows, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995–1999, 111 60-minute episodes) and the sci-fi series Gene Rodenberry’s Andromeda (2000–2005, 110 60-minute episodes). He starred as Hercules in the first and Captain Dylan Hunt in the second.

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Batman Returns:
An Anti-Semitic Allegory?

Danny DeVito as the Penguin

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Soon after the release of director Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992) starring Michael Keaton as Batman, Danny DeVito as the Penguin, Read more …

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The Avengers

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Film is a weapon, but not all film is alike. A documentary is like a rapier, capable of small, precisely delivered blows that can be shrugged off unless the target is precisely hit. Read more …

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Civil War & The Big Lie

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Civil War
Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Steve McNiven
Marvel, 2007

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