January 11, 2015, - 5:04 pm

Belated Wknd Box Office: Taken 3, Selma, Inherent Vice, Force Majeure, Predestination

By Debbie Schlussel

Sorry for the belated movie reviews, as I was a little sick on Friday afternoon and didn’t finish them in time to put them up before the Jewish Sabbath. But you didn’t miss much, as January is one of the two pet cemeteries for crappy movies (the other is August). You can always hear my movie reviews first thing every Friday morning on “The Mike Church Show” on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 after 7:05 am Eastern and on “The Pat Campbell Show” on KFAQ 1170 AM Tulsa at 7:35 am Eastern. I do my movie reviews on both, as well as some discussion of current political issues and pop culture topics on both shows. So here’s what’s new at theaters, this weekend:

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* “Taken 3“: This wasn’t screened for critics, but I braved the Michigan snowstorm Thursday night to see it for myself and review it here. And it wasn’t half bad. It’s the relative best of the bunch this week, with a strong emphasis on “relative.” It’s not a great movie, but it’s okay, entertaining, not boring at all, and full of non-stop action. I could say I’m sick and tired of the hackneyed Russian mobster and evil White businessman as villain narratives coming out of Hollywood and front and center in this movie, but the previous two “Taken” movies had Muslims (however subtle) as the villains, and so I give this movie a pass on that. As I’ve noted on this site, Neeson has since become a fan of Islam like his insane former mother-in-law, Al-Qaeda and Arafat whore Vanessa Redgrave. The first “Taken” movie is still the best (read my review), but this one is okay.







The story: former CIA agent Liam Neeson’s wife (Famke Janssen) is murdered, and Neeson is framed in the crime. He spends the rest of the movie outsmarting Southern California police, figuring out who did it and why, and trying to get the murderer(s). Lots of stunts that aren’t believable, but you get the same in the typical James Bond movie. And as I said, it’s entertaining and a decent escapist way to spend two hours at the movies.

Neeson and Maggie Grace (who plays his daughter) swear that this is the “final” Taken, but this movie sets up for “Taken 4,” so don’t bet on it. Hollywood lies and its stars always fall back on easy fat paychecks.

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* “Selma“: It’s time for “Grievance Theater at the Theater” #1 of the year and #554,187 (or more) coming out of Hollywood. I struggled to stay awake during this long, boring two hour innacuracy about Freedom Summer, President Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the march at Selma. It greatly distorts the role of Annie Lee Cooper, Oprah’s character, methinks in order to give us multiple ugly side profiles and front-and-center looks at Ms. Winfrey’s angry visage. The movie shows Cooper in virtually every scene, including in court and in the Selma march, when there is no evidence Cooper participated in anything, except trying to register to vote. And, though the movie shows many events in Freedom Summer–the summer during which Blacks tried to register to vote and organized protests (and many Whites helped them in this endeavor), the movie completely skips the murders of Jews Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. who tried to register Blacks to vote.

How do you make a whole two-hour long movie about one civil rights march? Well, you make things up, and that’s mostly what this movie is, whether it’s about Cooper or about President Johnson, making it look like he opposed civil rights, when supporting the Civil Rights Act was one of his hallmarks. A lot of conversations the veracity of which we’ll never know are the main content of this movie. That and a lot of scenes of ugly White cops beating Black people. Yes, that happened, but it seems interesting that this movie comes out now as a seeming justification for Blacks to attack and kill White cops today. It gives excuses for today’s misplaced and unjustified anger against White police officers (and Asian and Hispanic officers). Also, the movie is a repetitive jumble of infighting between various violent and non-violent Black groups. Like I said, it’s a bore.

While the end of the movie, featuring real life footage of the march on Selma, was touching, what wasn’t touching were the captions telling us what became of all of King’s allies and organizers in the march. For instance, Andrew Young is portrayed as a hero, when in fact he was a Jew-hating, anti-Israel, pro-Arafat piece of crap who was an apologist (and still is) of Islamic terrorism every step of the way. Yay, civil rights! And this radical, Jew-hating, Islam-apologism befell many of King’s acolytes. James Bevel is played by Muslim rapper Common in the movie, but the film never tells you much about him. He was an odd duck. While disowning Black radicalism and campaigning for Ronald Reagan, he was also a friend of the Nation of Islam, helping Louis Farrakhan to organize the anti-Semitic, anti-American, racist “Million Man March.” He was convicted of molesting his daughter–one of the many he fathered with many different women–and died in prison. Again, this is what they marched at Selma for?

Yes, it is fact and history that Black Americans were denied the right to vote and subject to brutal, murderous violence. And they deserved and do deserve every civil right afforded to any other American. But that age is in the past. Today’s age is one of racist affirmative action in their favor, ObamaPhones, ObamaCare, record high levels of welfare and entitlements, most Black kids born out of wedlock, unparalleled Black racism against Whites, especially police, and the era of a Black President elected out of racism and White guilt, who has made even more of a mess of America than ever.

I’m still waiting for that movie. But we’ll all be waiting a long time for that one.

FOUR MARXES PLUS FOUR OBAMAS PLUS FOUR AL SHARPTONS PLUS FOUR JESSE JACKSONS
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* “Inherent Vice“: Absolutely awful. A long, boring, complete waste of time. It’s as if someone on psychedelic drugs wrote the world’s dumbest, most nonsensical shaggy dog story that takes place in the ’70s, and got a bunch of A-list and B-list stars to take a paycut to act in it for “art’s sake.” That’s what this is–a boring, non-sensical, uninteresting shaggy dog story in which nothing ever really happens. Oh, and then, throw in a little depraved sexual stuff, including a “massage”/sex parlor, called the “P-ssy eaters club.” Classy.

The “story”: Joaquin Phoenix plays a drug-addled private detective in Los Angeles in the ’70s. He’s looking for his ex-girlfriend, who has disappeared, as well as some rich, married guy she’s sleeping with who was supposedly the target of a murder plot by the rich guy’s wife. In fact, nobody is missing and nothing ever happened. The end.

2.5 hours of total crap. You were forewarned: Inherent Vice = Inherently Stupid.

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* “Force Majeure“: Mainstream (a/k/a liberal) movie critics are raving over this horrible Swedish movie (with English subtitles). I hated this feminist propaganda telling us that men are weak cowards and cheaters. Should’ve been called, “Men Are Cowards, Wimps & Evil.” That’s the message here.

The story: a Swedish family is on skiing vacation in the mountains. One day, they are eating lunch at the ski resort’s outdoor restaurant when an avalanche happens and appears to be coming their way. The father/husband looks for his iPhone, grabs it, and runs away instead of making sure his wife and two young kids are safe. The whole rest of their vacation is spent with the wife bitching, moaning, whining, and crying to anyone who will listen–friends, acquaintances, total strangers–that her husband is a coward and her description of how he abandoned the family in the face of impending disaster. In the end, the husband goes into a childlike tantrum and cries inconsolably like a girl, admitting what a horrible husband, father, and all-around person he is, and thus he’s completed his Oprah-dictated repentance.

But just to make sure you know that men are evil, before the crying session, one of the husband’s friends comes to visit. In his early ’40s, the friend has left his wife for his young, 20-something, blonde girlfriend. And when he sticks up for the “cowardly” husband, his girlfriend tells him that he’s just as much of a jerk and a coward because he left his wife and has a younger girlfriend (she apparently has no blameworthy role or part in that).

What a waste of my life.

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* “Predestination“: Long, boring, slow, and, most of all, incredibly warped and depraved. This movie, starring Ethan Hawke, is about a time-traveling secret agent, who travels to the past to stop criminals and crimes. He’s trying to find the “Fizzle Bomber,” and is assigned to go to the past to meet and help a woman and reunite her with her baby. It turns out the woman was turned into a man by doctors who discovered she was a hermaphrodite and turned her into a man after she gave birth to a daughter. It then turns out that the daughter was conceived with herself–that the man she had sex with was herself sex-changed into a man, who time travels back, and then that the kid is also her. And the same person is basically almost every character in this warped, sickening, and incredibly pointless waste of time parading as a movie. Um, no thank you.

The movie is also now available on Video on Demand. If you demand this, you’re not demanding at all. Just horrible.

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28 Responses

Well, I guess if there is a movie about Selma, there should also be a movie in a few months about Watts — the wanton destructiveness and criminality of this riot.

LBJ is like Nixon in this regard. Just as Nixon will never be forgiven for sending Hiss to prison, LBJ will never be forgiven for the Vietnam War. If one thing is said good about LBJ people might wonder if there is something good about his other actions, such as trying to fight Communism ()no matter in how ineffective a way).

And the Black movement is antisemitic today, so don’t have anything in a movie that might cause a reexamination of that tenet either.

Little Al on January 11, 2015 at 5:43 pm

And, as in the 30s, anti-semitism is pervasive in large sections of society today, so it might hurt the box office returns if Jews are portrayed positively.

Little Al on January 11, 2015 at 6:02 pm

And then there is the aptly named Vannessa Redgrave.

Little Al on January 11, 2015 at 6:12 pm

I can’t watch Taken now without thinking about action hero tough guy Liam getting distracted on his “crusade” to save his daughter from Arab sex slave traders by the Muslim call to prayer.
Won’t be watching Taken 3. Taken 2 was a bore.
Thanks Liam. I know that’s why they call it acting and I rate you more as an actor but less as a person.

japple on January 11, 2015 at 6:35 pm

These are all crap. I couldn’t get past 5 minites of the first “Taken”, so I doubt the third (turd) installment would hold my attention.

Not sure if Debbie reviewed “Birdman”, but I forced myself to watch it over three nights to see what the fuss was about – a 2 1/2 hr.-loooong,self-congratulatory crapfest.

DS_ROCKS! on January 11, 2015 at 11:14 pm

Anyone know why Debbie is refusing to review American Sniper?

J: Huh? Where on earth did I say I’m refusing to review it? I’m not allowed to post my review until Friday. But if you were a regular reader of my site, you’d note that I mentioned in the preamble to my review of “Unbroken,” that I didn’t like it. I never “refuse” to review a movie. DS

Jackie on January 12, 2015 at 10:16 am

    My apologies Debbie, I didn’t know you couldn’t review it this until this week as I don’t know what rules you must deal with. It appears that you usually review movies the same weekend they come out and American Sniper has been out for weeks and hundreds of amateur and professional reviewers have already reviewed it and it debuted in 2014 so I thought if it were good you would have also included it in your top movies of 2014. I wrongly assumed there was something you really didn’t like about it such as them distorting the real life character or something so you were refusing to review it. Again my apologies, I am one of your biggest fans.

    J: It is only out and playing in a few major cities, like NY and LA. It is only in a total of 4 theaters and not out nationally. I’m not allowed to post a review until it debuts in Detroit. Thanks. However, your assumption about whether or not I liked it is correct. Though I’m not refusing to review it and the review will be up Friday. Thanks. DS

    Jackie on January 12, 2015 at 1:37 pm

You deserve hazard duty pay for sitting thru this filth.

Darrell Hicks on January 12, 2015 at 11:22 am

Debbie and her readers, you are aware that in Selma, all images of Jews were airbrushed out? http://forward.com/articles/212000/selma-distorts-history-by-airbrushing-out-jewish-c/
Also, you are too smart to have missed the fact that at the Golden Globes last night, Tina Fey praised Amal Clooney for investigating human rights violations perpetrated by Israel in Gaza – a total lie. When this part of the monologue was played on CBS This Morning, the Gaza reference was edited out. Listen again. Here is the unedited monologue. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw-wODbjmZI I will never pay to see anything Fey and Poehler do again. I already came to that conclusion about Clooney when he hooked up with the Muslim antisemetic cretin he married. Jews of Hollywood have no shame and their self hatred no bounds. Even in the face of what happened last week, they support Hamas. Did you see any Jews wearing pro Jewish buttons in response to the Kosher Market killings in France? Nor did the christian antisemites and pro Hamas element either. They just supported Charlie.

Susan on January 12, 2015 at 11:34 am

Debbie, if its in your neck of the woods, do see Whiplash. The main character is supposed to be Jewish – its in the dialogue. Great movie and J.K. Simmons was amazing. I’m a graduate of the Tisch Film of the Arts (NYU Film School) and also a lawyer and I love your blog. Do you still appear on the Howard Stern Show? I don’t subscribe to Sirius radio so I no longer listen to him so I wouldn’t know if you still appear on his show. I’m lucky to live in a suburb of NYC so I get to see all the independent films. Everything makes it to NYC. St. Vincent was good too – did you see it. The only incredible thing is that Melissa McCarthy was cast as a Jewish mother! Bill Murray was awesome in it as was Naomi Watts.

S: Do you read this site? I already reviewed all of these movies. DS

Susan on January 12, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Susan, Dear lady: Debbie already reviewed Whiplash and called it one of her best of the year.

    Your comments are right on. No one cared about the Jewish supermarket issue. Further, there were mass discussions about how to avoid “islamophobia.” Puh-lease.

    There are “no-go” areas in Paris for police. This has been known FOR YEARS. Bill O’Reilly just found out about them.

    Debbie has a brain. Debbie sees things clearly. That’s why Debbie annoys morons.

    Occam's Tool on January 12, 2015 at 12:53 pm

I saw Taken 3 over the weekend. The first half of the movie is boring. It picks up after that. It seemed choppy. The ending was not believable because Neeson’s character was never charged with anything, despite the fact that all the action took place in the states. And there was a lack of continuity from the previous 2 movies. But then again, Famke Janssen looked great but was in the movie only for a short while.

My teenage son and his buddies went to see it. They are big fans of Neeson and enjoyed the movie more than I did.

I just saw the list of the Golden Globe winners. Liberalism prevails again in some categories. True Detective should have picked up at least one award.

Concerned Citizen on January 12, 2015 at 1:10 pm

I watched Predestination an ode to the narcissism of the self.
Pretty standard left wing cinema but what isn’t these days?

No, we aren’t all the same or we’d be committing incest with ourselves on a daily basis. Some people would kind of find that reassuring though apparently.

japple on January 12, 2015 at 4:02 pm

No, we aren’t predetermined to be eternally locked in conflict with terrorists who are actually us by standing up to them.

japple on January 12, 2015 at 4:03 pm

I didn’t need to see this meme

japple on January 12, 2015 at 4:05 pm

in yet another celluloid instalment but it seems it’s predetermined that I will whether I like it or not.

japple on January 12, 2015 at 4:06 pm

Somewhat off topic, but Allan Ryskind’s book on Hollywood Traitors is now available. An understanding of the history of left-wing subversion in Hollywood is helpful in understanding the depravation that exists today.

Little Al on January 12, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Oops, of course I meant depravity.

Little Al on January 12, 2015 at 6:42 pm

It’s time for “Grievance Theater at the Theater” #1 of the year and #554,187 (or more) coming out of Hollywood.

Is that what it is called “Grievance Theater?” Good to know because whatever its called, we have had enough. Once again, another Black film regarding the “Past” It is as if Hollywood is unable to make a film with Black characters of modern times.
This Black theme tiring, old, repetitive, boring, stirs anger pointlessly, refuses to move on, and not current.

So we have “The Help, The Butler, 12 Years A Slave, Django, and now Selma” Good Fu*king Grief!

I’m sure Mr. Occam-knows a Black doctor or two, I’m sure Debbie knows a Black attorney or two, but Hollywood only knows Black servitude, yes way to go Hollywood, keep it alive, keep the drama alive.

Then they think they are doing society a favor by “hey lets take a White hero and make him Black-James Bond. Instead of just making a Black Spy hero themselves, lets replace the White one. Dumb.

Ha on the flip side, lets take Shaft and replace him with Mark W.? Oh hell no, can’t have that, its racist. Shaft is Black, how could you. Lol. Trust me, that is exactly how it would go down too, I asked my mother this question, at first she said, it was fine, but a few minutes later, she started twisting and squirming in her chair, lol, and came up with reasons why doing the switch a rue on James Bond and Shaft isn’t the same.

End the end she knew it was nonsense and laughed, we just laughed.

The Side Eye on January 12, 2015 at 7:01 pm

Deb –

Your quick summary of ‘Predestination’ sounded REALLY familiar; the plot was totally stolen (Hollywood stole much of his work) from the late Robert Heinlein’s time travel paradox story “All You Zombies” :

http://cla.calpoly.edu/~lcall/303/heinlein_all_you_zombies.pdf

NF: I believe the movie is based on his story. But great spotting of that, as I’d never heard of this author before. DS

nick fury on January 12, 2015 at 10:54 pm

I’m breathlessly awaiting the first real movie about the Islamists and their terror-fest across the World. I won’t hold it too long, however.

JeffT on January 13, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Selma, another 1 of those movies. When will it end? These kind of Black movies are the only movies Hollywood puts energy into. They are unable to show current real time depictions of Blacks.

Just repetitive movies that show subservient B.S. Or constant replays of the “Struggle” ad nauseum.

I’m not watching any of them, from the Help to Selma and all the stuff in between. Oprah can be more creative than this stuff. Shit tell her damn story instead of this over-kill

Eye Roll and Yawn on January 14, 2015 at 1:16 am

    “Oprah can be more creative than this stuff. Shit tell her damn story instead of this over-kill
    Eye Roll and Yawn on January 14, 2015 at 1:16 am”
    …you mean how she became a multimillionaire off of a bunch of ignorant liberal white women?
    Ain’t gonna happen.
    How she snookered half the population to vote for Obama?..No way.
    …creative?…that I will give her, in a Barnum and Bailey sort of way.

    theShadow on January 14, 2015 at 1:31 am

@ Shadow- Yes, but its real time, up to date, that’s all I’m looking for, that’s all. Not this continual “Whoa is the Blackman and Woman, Whoa, Whoa”

Eye Roll and Yawn on January 14, 2015 at 2:14 am

I meant Woe, not Whoa. Ha Ha @ me.

Eye Roll on January 14, 2015 at 4:09 pm

I can’t bring myself to watch any of the Taken movies. Neeson’s real age must be in the 70’s now and he is so out of shape that they have to cover him in multiple layers of clothing and shoot most of the scenes from his chest up—he just cannot convincingly pull off a portrayal of some ex-CIA badass. Neeson also plays the same character now in most of his movies—a gruff, gravelly-voiced American (yawn).

King David on January 14, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Liam Neeson is actually 62. He only LOOKS 10 years older. I enjoyed the first “Taken” movie, but #2 was awful and I can’t imagine that #3 will be any better.

    Debbie, I think you are mistaken that Lyndon Johnson was ever a champion of Civil Rights. In fact, when he was in the Senate it was well known that he fought every civil rights-related legislation that was proposed. It wasn’t until he was President that he realized he was going to have to suck it up and sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964. His rationalization was that if they passed it they’d have the n______rs voting Democrat for the next 200 years. This is NOT a man who was a champion of Civil Rights. He was a boor and a pig.

    MIGirl on January 16, 2015 at 12:59 pm

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