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Piffle, Whimsy and Games / Re: Yo Oso
« Last post by Luce on Today at 03:13:38 AM »
I see a bit of grandma in that beautiful little face!!

Why, thank you, kind lady! LOL

I don't see it myself, but others have pointed it out, too. (Luce blushes in happy modesty ...)
Guardian Article

Ready? Here goes then: Line of Duty (now BBC1), volume four. And a woman is hit by a car, then bundled in. Kidnapped. Already the heart rate’s up. She needs help, quickly. The police – led by DCI Roz Huntley (Thandie Newton, about whom more later) – are on it, and they have already decided it’s the same balaclava-wearing abductor of two other women.

The car is traced to an estate. The trail leads to a house. Boom, there’s an explosion, but the suspect has escaped out the back. (Why didn’t Roz the rozzer send someone round there?) Wait, there’s a shout from inside the house, which is now on fire; a woman – the kidnapped one, Hana – is chained to the radiator. Bolt cutters! Quick!

Phew, she’s out, just in time. And one of the registered residents of the property is a young man called Michael, described as a loner and on the sex offenders register. Bingo! He has just started his night shift, quick, pick him up. Gotcha!
Line of Duty’s Jed Mercurio: ‘

We’re less than 10 minutes in, and I’m a wreck. He likes to start a series using jump leads and a defibrillator, does LoD creator (he is now directing as well as writing) Jed Mercurio.
Piffle, Whimsy and Games / Re: My neighbor
« Last post by genie on March 29, 2017, 03:52:13 PM »
Yowza!!!  That is one enormous gator!  So it just hangs out in the park and eats other gators and pets and any animal that comes within striking distance?

I would say that is an accurate assessment.

Piffle, Whimsy and Games / Re: Yo Oso
« Last post by Oso on March 29, 2017, 02:26:35 PM »
I see a bit of grandma in that beautiful little face!!
Piffle, Whimsy and Games / Re: My neighbor
« Last post by Oso on March 29, 2017, 02:24:59 PM »
Yowza!!!  That is one enormous gator!  So it just hangs out in the park and eats other gators and pets and any animal that comes within striking distance? 
Interesting.  I wonder if Nath has any comments?!
YES!!!!!   :fav302:
Social Media is going to ring in a new Russia, I think. Link

Russia’s protests show that a new generation is finding its voice
By Yevgenia Albats March 28 at 8:07 PM

Police officers detain an opposition supporter during a rally in Vladivostok, Russia, on Sunday. (Yuri Maltsev/Reuters)

Yevgenia Albats is editor-in-chief of the Moscow-based independent political weekly the New Times. She is the author of “The State Within a State: KGB and Its Hold on Russia — Past, Present, and Future.”

On Sunday, more than 60,000 protesters took to the streets across the Russia, proving that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s much-vaunted “stability” is actually fragile. Many international commentators were surprised by this open expression of discontent. They shouldn’t have been. Putin’s romance with the nation is coming to an end.

In 82 locations around the country, from Vladivostok in the far east to Yekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains, Russians came out to demonstrate against corruption, responding to a call by opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The country hasn’t seen anything like this since the end of the 1980s, when the Soviet Union was collapsing. (Though Russia did experience large anti-Putin protests in 2011 and 2012, they were concentrated in a few big cities, above all Moscow and St. Petersburg.)

Opinions illuminating the challenges facing democracy around the world

It’s telling that, for most of the day, state-run broadcasters (and even some privately owned information agencies) ignored what was going on across the country.

Most of the demonstrations were unsanctioned. “Unsanctioned” is something of a euphemism, since freedom of assembly is guaranteed by Article 31 of the Russian Constitution. The authorities must give to their approval to protest venues, and as a rule they refuse to allow demonstrations wherever it has been the custom to hold them over the past 30 years — such as Tverskaya Street in the center of Moscow, for example. Those who take part in unsanctioned meetings know that they are likely to be beaten, arrested, carted off in special police buses and taken to police stations. Some will get off with a fine, and others will receive a prison sentence of seven to 15 days, or even longer. Following the demonstrations of May 6, 2012, several dozen people ended up with sentences of three to four years in prison camps, losing their jobs and any hope of future careers.

This time, more than 1,030 people were arrested in Moscow alone. Unlike their counterparts in some countries, they didn’t throw smoke bombs and they didn’t set off flares. They simply gathered peacefully and walked. Many of them, such as my colleagues, fellow reporters Timofei Dzyadko and Alexander Plyushchev, weren’t even holding placards. (And it’s not at all clear why authorities decided to detain Guardian reporter Alec Luhn.) Navalny himself was arrested. A court sentenced him to 15 days in jail (not his first sojourn in prison by any means) and a fine.

At some point, in the very center of Moscow, the police simply began to arrest people, packing them into buses with metal grilles over the windows, beating some of them quite badly. None of the protesters had been blocking traffic or causing any sort of disruption to public life.

This random brutality, however, wasn’t the key thing about an event that is unprecedented in Putin’s Russia. For the first time, a generation that was born after the fall of the Soviet Union — a generation that has no personal experience of totalitarian rule — came out to demonstrate.

This generation doesn’t watch the Russian propaganda channels that tell of the great Putin and the horrible West. Its members live on social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Vkontakte and YouTube. It was on YouTube that they watched an investigative film by Navalny, the founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, about Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s sumptuous villas, located on the banks of the Volga River, in the holiday resort of Sochi and even in Italy. The film described vineyards owned by certain charitable funds run by Medvedev’s childhood friends. It showed us the incredible luxury of the prime minister’s homes, surrounded by impoverished Russian villages.

Needless to say, there have already been numerous investigations into corruption in Russia, which is ranked among the most corrupt countries in the world. Meanwhile, about 25 million people live below the poverty line.

Navalny, a talented politician, presented this investigation to the greatest possible effect. He has a very keen sense of the moment. Over the past two years, thanks to sanctions and collapsing oil prices, the real income of the population has fallen by 15 percent. At the same time food prices have gone up by 36 percent, utility fees by 28 percent.

At the same time, people see the authorities, from governors and national leaders down to mayors of cities and towns, wallowing in wealth.

What we are seeing now is that young people born after the end of the Soviet Union have reached an age when they want to influence politics in the country. They’re less concerned about prices than they are about the fact that in Russia there is a total absence of any opportunity for social mobility. If you don’t belong to the clan that has developed out of the KGB, then you have only the slimmest of chances of making a career for yourself or running your own business. It’s not just incredibly difficult, it’s also dangerous. The prisons and penal camps are packed with tens of thousands of businesspeople who have ended up behind bars simply because their businesses were successful and caught the eye of the secret police or some other state organization.

It was precisely this post-Soviet generation that came out into the streets all across the country on Sunday. And suddenly it became clear that Putin does not have 86 percent support, as the court pollsters would have us believe. A generation that never knew the brutal restrictions of the Soviet authorities is now declaring its right to take part in politics.

Yes, this remarkable development will probably be followed by a new wave of repression. And yet we suddenly have cause for hope. On March 26, the future of Russia showed itself on the streets of cities across the nation.
Piffle, Whimsy and Games / Re: My neighbor
« Last post by Luce on March 28, 2017, 07:57:41 AM »
OMG! Are you sure it's not a leftover dinosaure?
Piffle, Whimsy and Games / My neighbor
« Last post by genie on March 27, 2017, 03:29:44 PM »
Polk county is center of the state just a bit south of my county.

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* BBC Films

* The Guardian (Film)

  • post Raw director Julia Ducournau: 'Cannibalism is part of humanity' - 30 March
  • Her flesh-eating horror movie attained notoriety when two people fainted at a screening. But, says the French feminist film-maker, no one talks about the other 998 in the audience ?Early on in Julia Ducournau?s Raw, a group of veterinary students are shown how to sedate a horse. It?s distressing, watching the beast collapse after being administered ketamine, and more so because Ducournau presents it so matter of factly: she got permission to film a sedation that was already scheduled to happen at a veterinary school, and just stuck her actors in the frame. She wanted to show how even these majestic creatures are at the mercy of their bodies, she explains, and becomes defiant as she links that back to Raw?s central character, 16-year-old Justine (Garance Marillier).?I didn?t want to glamorise anything, especially with the girls? bodies,? she says. ?A body is a body. In every movie we see, women have to be beautiful and fit or whatever the hell, and they have to fit a certain box, and no: women fart, poop, pee, burp. This is why you can relate to them, because they are not these heavenly creatures; they are real people with real feelings, and when they go down, they go down. This is something we don?t see enough of. Always in movies when people cry, they cry like this? ? she mimes a sorrowful weep ? ?like Saint Mary crying. We?re all equal with our bodies, so fuck off.? Continue reading...
  • post Man Down review ? Shia LaBeouf in a postapocalyptic shambles - 30 March
  • The story of a marine who returns from Afghanistan to find an unidentified disaster has made a wasteland of the US is unbearably self-importantAn oppressive cloud of macho self-pity hangs over this muddled and overwrought movie, which involves a cliched narrative device that is glib and unsatisfying. Shia LeBeouf is Gabe, a US marine corps veteran traumatised by service in Afghanistan, where he has been involved in a brutal incident with civilians and upset by a personal discovery during his Skype calls home. To his horror, he returns to the US to find it has been overtaken by some unnamed catastrophe ? rendered by pretty standard-issue, digitally created wrecked landscapes ? and sets out with his army buddy Dev (Jai Courtney) to find his young son somewhere in this no man?s land. Continue reading...
  • post Who should direct Donald Trump: the Movie? Step forward, Werner Herzog - 30 March
  • With his yen for monomaniacal oddballs and love of an unhappy ending, the German film-maker is surely the perfect person to tackle a Trump biopicAs we inch towards day 100 of his ignoble reign, it is becoming increasingly clear that Donald Trump is going to remain president of the United States for a fair while yet (bar a sudden and unlikely show of courage from Republican politicians). Which means at some point we?ll have to start thinking about those big questions around the legacy of POTUS 45. What, for example, will a Trump presidential library look like? Will it contain three books or four? Which of the faces on Mount Rushmore is Trump going to replace with his own visage? And most importantly of all, for film fans at least ? who will direct Trump: The Movie?Because make no mistake, there will be a Trump movie. We?re only a few months into his presidency and already HBO have announced that a miniseries about his election win is in the works. From cable news to late-night chat shows, television has turned the Trump presidency into a licence to print money, which you have to imagine is attracting envious glances from the film industry. Surely it?s not a question of if but when ? and of who should direct it. Continue reading...
  • post Free Fire review ? warehouse shootout is bang on target | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week - 30 March
  • Ben Wheatley?s thriller about a protracted gun battle, starring Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy, has no plot ? but it?s smart, stylish and dazzlingly put together The restlessly inventive director Ben Wheatley gives us the crime-thriller equivalent of a violently atonal jazz suite lasting an hour and a half, like a Sam Peckinpah movie storyboarded by Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra. Gunshots here are as frequent, numerous and noisy as an avant garde drumroll. The film turns out to be plotless, formless, shapeless, McGuffinless, directionless and ruthless, but it is dazzlingly well put together, with some lethal zingers amid the gunfire and a droll use of John Denver on the soundtrack ? alluding subtextually, I suspect, to the urban myth about Denver?s war service in Vietnam.It?s supremely stylish and smart, and the melee becomes so disorientating that you forget, almost, that the whole thing is taking place in just the one place. In some ways it resembles a stage-play production of Tarantino?s Reservoir Dogs, like the one that Michael Fassbender was said to have mounted in his student days: although if Tarantino were to rewrite this, he would slice in some alarming flashbacks exposing fissures of personal history and bad faith. Some have declared themselves impatient or exasperated with the sheer non-narrative relentlessness of Free Fire. But that is part of the point and the joke, if not exactly the charm. As in their brilliant adaptation of JG Ballard?s High-Rise, Wheatley and his co-writer, Amy Jump, have unilaterally declared their own kind of independence from an expected mode of storytelling. Continue reading...
  • post Christopher Nolan and Sofia Coppola urge fans to watch films in cinemas, not on Netflix - 30 March
  • As studios reckon with the rise of streaming, the two directors ask audiences to watch their movies on the big screen, where they?re ?meant to be seen?Christopher Nolan and Sofia Coppola have urged audiences to see their films in the cinema at a time when the movie industry is reckoning with the growing popularity of video on demand and streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon.Presenting their forthcoming films at CinemaCon, the annual convention organised by the National Association of Theatre Owners, the directors said that they hoped fans opted to watch them at movie theatres, where they were ?meant to be seen?. Continue reading...
  • post Paramount looks to Disney model to recover after string of flops - 30 March
  • Hollywood studio to make more family movies and rebrand TV channel after duds such as Ben-Hur and Star Trek BeyondWith Star Trek Beyond failing to hit warp speed and Zoolander 2 and Ben-Hur bonafide box office bombs, Paramount racked up one of its biggest losses last year. The $455m (£365m) loss, the worst in the 12 years Paramount Pictures had been run by Brad Grey, prompted parent Viacom to make a change at the top and pledge to bring the studio behind Titanic, Braveheart and The Godfather back to its former glory.
    Continue reading...
  • post Fear Eats the Soul review ? love versus racism in Fassbinder's exquisite tale - 30 March
  • Cleaner Emmi loves immigrant Ali, 20 years her junior ? to the chagrin of 1970s Munich ? in Rainer Werner Fassbinder?s heart-rending and extremely prescient dramaRainer Werner Fassbinder?s 1974 movie Fear Eats the Soul is as quietly amazing as ever, nationally re-released as part of a retrospective at London?s BFI Southbank. It?s the gripping tale of courageous romance between Emmi, a white Polish-German woman, and Ali, a young Moroccan man: a simple, clear story and yet with its own sophisticated moral intelligence. The film takes place among the resentfully racist anständig middle classes of postwar Munich, all of them with fear-eaten souls. This is partly a homage to the 50s domestic dramas of Douglas Sirk, but given that Sirk was still alive and working when this was made, the perspective now is different. Quite unlike Todd Haynes?s Far from Heaven (2002), a masterpiece for different reasons, it is not a pastiche, and not something in which modernity is in ironic contradistinction to a past genre. Fear Eats the Soul is urgent and contemporary: it means something relevant in 1974, and in 2017. (If it comes to homage and pastiche, I?m only just coming to terms with the way Aki Kaurismäki?s bar-room scenes are a tribute to this film.) Continue reading...
  • post Cannes film festival accused of airbrushing star Claudia Cardinale - 29 March
  • Festival?s 70th anniversary poster features a young Cardinale, whose waist has been narrowed and thighs made slimmer The official poster for this year?s Cannes film festival has been criticised after Italian actor Claudia Cardinale appeared to have been airbrushed to make her look thinner.
    French media poured scorn on the festival for seemingly tampering with a photograph of Cardinale swirling her skirt on a Rome roof in 1959. Continue reading...
  • post Academy bans cellphones for PwC accountants after Oscars fiasco - 29 March
  • After the biggest flub in Oscars history saw La La Land wrongly named best picture, accounting firm in charge of balloting faces new backstage protocols PwC accountants will not be allowed to have their cellphones backstage during future Oscar telecasts.Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, sent an email to academy members Wednesday detailing the new protocols for announcing Oscar winners developed after the best-picture flub at last month?s Academy Awards. Continue reading...
  • post First trailer for Stephen King's It: the child-devouring clown is back - 29 March
  • The first look at a new adaptation of the horror classic suggests a nightmarish update with a hint of Stranger ThingsThe first trailer for the latest version of Stephen King?s It has landed, suggesting that yet another generation of children will be haunted by visions of an evil, sewer-dwelling clown.It?s the first of a proposed two-part adaptation of the 1986 novel that was originally turned into a mini-series in 1990, starring Tim Curry as Pennywise, a clown that kidnaps and eats children. Continue reading...

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