October 27, 2012, - 8:41 pm

Wknd Box Office: The Other Son, Cloud Atlas, Chasing Mavericks, Fun Size, Liberal Arts, Pusher

By Debbie Schlussel

Sorry I didn’t have my reviews up Friday, but with six movie reviews to post and other stuff, I ran short of time before the Jewish Sabbath. So many new movies at theaters this weekend, so few worth seeing (if any at all). And then there’s pro-Palestinian propaganda (made by–who else?–leftist Jews), parading as a movie.

* “The Other Son [Le Fils de L’Autre]“: You’d think French Jews–who are constantly under deadly attack from Muslims in their own neighborhoods (see Ilan Halimi) and at their own schools (see Toulouse Jewish school)–would have something better to do than to make pro-Palestinian propaganda and fantasy movies. But in the case of Lorraine Levy, the self-hating French Jew who wrote and directed this fictional BS, you would be wrong. Just as you would be wrong in the case of “Cohen Media Group,” the name of which kept flashing on my screener DVD of the movie (apparently, Cohen Media Group produced this). So, that means idiotic Jews, named Levy and Cohen, are the propagators of this crap. No surprise. This leftist Jewtopian, moral equivalency movie is, unfortunately, interesting and well made (if slow). But there’s nothing real about it. The filmmakers act as if Palestinian Muslims are not Islamic terrorists and Islamic terrorism supporters, but kindly loving people with so much in common with the Jews. It’s just baloney, albeit halal baloney. I breathe, eat, and sleep, just like Palestinian Muslims, but our similarities end there. They are Nazi savages, except in this movie. Oh, and did I mention that the Palestinians are the heroes of the movie, who save an innocent Israeli from certain death by stabbing?

An Israeli family (headed by an IDF Colonel) and a Palestinian family learn that their 17-year-old sons were accidentally switched at birth during the first Gulf war, when a scud missile hit near the hospital where they were born and the babies were quickly moved to a safe room at the hospital. The Israelis find out when their son takes his physical to serve in the IDF, as all Israeli Jews are required to do for two years. His blood type makes it impossible that he is the son of those who’ve been his parents for the last 17 years. It’s just not credible that a boy in Western, industrialized Israel–where they have some of the top doctors in the world and where many medial innovations are made–would not have his blood taken at any time from birth until age 17, which makes the entire movie a joke. But, as with all other things connected with reality, the filmmakers don’t let facts like this get in the way of their cinematic screed.

Soon, both families learn of the mistake, meet each other, and–miracle of miracles!–are both fluent in French with strong connections to that country. They have soooo much in common! YAY!

The nebbishly-looking Israeli son is a hippie who wants to become a musician. Upon learning he’s a Palestinian, goes to the rabbi to ask if he is Jewish. The rabbi says no and that he must go through a Jewish conversion. In contrast, he then goes to the West Bank to hang out with the Palestinians who gave birth to him, where they welcome him. He and they sing an Arab song and are all happy together. We are the world, we are the children. Blah, blah, blah, blah. The good-looking Palestinian son, who is really a Jew, has just returned from France, where he is in medical school. He gets a pass to go to Israel and meets up with his Israeli counterpart on the beach, where he is unsuccessful at selling ice cream. The Palestinian (really a Jew) asks if he can sell it, and he’s very, very successful. His Palestinian brother, at first, tells him he hates him because he is a Jew and not Muslim blood, but, then he joins his brother (who is really a Jew), on the beach of Israel and they save the Jewish son (who is really a Palestinian) from being stabbed to death on the beach. Oh, the humane Palestinian heroes who risk their lives to save the Jew! If only that actually happened in real life. Sadly, it doesn’t. Even more sad, they are usually rushing to rip apart and murder the Jews. Also, the Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint harass the Palestinian son (who is really a Jew), by looking into the car to see what he looks like and making rude comments. We also hear constant banter from the Palestinians about how bad the JOOOS are, how “they took our land,” and other bullcrap.

In fact, a better, more realistic movie on “switches” in the Arab Muslim and Jewish worlds would be a movie about a milion Jews who had homes and property in all of the Muslim nations, but their houses and property were stolen from them after they were kicked out by the Muslims. But don’t expect anyone named Levy or Cohen to be making any such movie anytime soon, when they can specialize in Jewish self-hatred instead and know they will have all the financing and distribution for such films.

Like I said, the movie is leftist Jewtopian fantasy that has nothing to do with real life. But the ghost of Yasser Arafat is laughing all the way to his next session with one of his 72 male virgins.

FOUR MARXES PLUS FOUR ARAFATS PLUS FOUR NOAM CHOMSKYS (for the Excessive Jewish Self-Hatred Involved in Making This Movie)

Watch the trailer . . .

* “Cloud Atlas“: When I watched this horrible and horribly long movie, I kept thinking, “Help! I’ve been locked in the Church of Scientology movie studio, and I can’t get out!” No, it’s not made by Scientologists, but it might as well be. It has that science fiction, absurdist, New Age vibe throughout and makes no sense. It’s like something L. Ron Hubbard might have written. The movie is high on style–costumes/wardrobe, sets, and definitely make-up–but absolutely empty on plot. It’s six separate stories set in different times over a period of 500 years, and all six stories are diced and sliced and plopped together, cutting back and forth between them in no particular order. The same actors–stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry–are in all six stories. And it’s just ridiculous. I laughed out loud, mostly at times that humor was clearly not intended by the filmmakers. It’s just that absurd. And none of the stories are interesting in the least. None of them are even really fully realized or resolved either.

Nearly three hours long, this is boring and silly to the max. Don’t waste your time and money on this overhyped, expensive piece of excrement. This movie is a joke. Sadly, the joke’s on you if you paid with money and time to see it.

FOUR MARXES PLUS FOUR CRYSTALS (For Excessive New Age Claptrap)

Watch the trailer . . .

* “Chasing Mavericks“: I had mixed feelings about this movie It’s not violent, doesn’t have sex in it, and it’s fine to take your kids and whole family to see. Plus, the main character in the movie is a good kid who works hard and avoids drugs. On the other hand, it’s about a kid who sneaks out to learn to surf a dangerous, giant wave, and risks his life (and his alcoholic mother encourages him to do it, even though the chance of death is great). Plus, it’s based on a true story, and in real life (and in the movie), the kid dies later on, diving in other water, so I’m not sure what the point was. And, while I didn’t like that in this, as with typical Hollywood fare, the boy’s father abandoned him, there is another father figure in the form of the man (Gerard Butler) who teaches this kid how to surf and is a good disciplinarian. I did like that. The kid (Cooper Timberline) who plays the main character as a young kid (at age eight) was very, very cute and heroically saves the dog of the girl he likes. Plus, the surfing scenes were very cool.

The story: Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston, who resembles ’80s star Christopher Atkins) is a young kid living in Santa Cruz. At age eight, he almost drowns trying to save the dog of the older girl on whom he has a crush. He is saved by a neighbor (Gerard Butler), who is a surfer and a contractor. Soon, the neighbor is teaching him how to surf, and, now, at age 15, he’s become a great surfer but wants more. One day, he follows his neighbor to a secluded beach miles away and sees his neighbor and a few others surfing giant waves that were then thought to be a myth. The waves are known as “Mavericks.” Moriarty convinces his neighbor to train him for this death defying feat. Meanwhile, Moriarty’s mother (Elisabeth Shue) is a neglectful alcoholic, who is always losing her job. So, Moriarty works at a pizza joint to make money and pay for surfing-related and other expenses. All the while he pines for the girl whose dog he saved, as they remain great friends. He is also trying to avoid the bad kids who do drugs.

The movie has some great messages about working hard and overcoming obstacles and bad circumstances. But, again, it also teaches kids to take dangerous risks.

The movie was a little slow, but it is somewhat uplifting.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Fun Size“: I found this movie long, boring, derivative, and appalling because it has blatant sexual themes, even though it is made by Nickelodeon and aimed at tweens and young teens. Plus it co-stars the absolutely annoying Chelsea Handler as the mom. Uggh.

A teen girl (Victoria Justice) gets invited to the Halloween party of a popular guy in school. But her immature mother, who is dating a man twenty years younger than the mother, insists on going to her boyfriend’s Halloween party and forcing her teen daughter to babysit her brother, the mother’s young son. The teen girl then loses her brother and spends the rest of the night with two nerds in their car, trying to find the lost brother. The movie is chock full of bad jokes, sexual humor, and obnoxious but not funny scenes, such as when a giant robotic chicken falls off the roof of a fast food joint and simulates having sex with the car it falls on. This is for kids? Sadly, that’s at whom it is aimed. I’ve seen a gazillion other, better babysitting movies from which this borrows heavily. The only funny part–and it wasn’t that funny–is when one of the nerdy kids takes everyone to his pretentious two (lesbian) moms’ house, and one of the moms discusses the other mom’s third Ph.D. in “pre-natal psychology.” That probably went over the heads of anyone seeing this crap. Anyone who is smart enough to get that shouldn’t be wasting his/her time and money at this movie. It ain’t aimed at them.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Liberal Arts“: I had mixed feelings about this movie, too, though I mostly hated it. It’s long, slow, and boring. On the other hand, I liked the message, that if you are a 35-year-old trying to “date” (euphemism) 19-year-old college students, it’s time to grow up. Long past time. Didn’t need this movie or it’s long way of saying that short message, though.

Writer, director, and star Josh Radnor plays a 35-year-old Kenyon College grad living and working in New York City. He and his girlfriend (or wife–they don’t tell you) have just broken up, and he’s depressed. He returns to Kenyon for the retirement party of his favorite professor, a Marxist nutjob. There, he meets a 19-year-old, pretentious, beautiful daughter (Elizabeth Olsen) of the professor’s friends. She’s a freshman at Kenyon, and they begin dating. She tells him she’s a virgin and wants him to take her virginity, but he pulls back, knowing it’s not right. He also realizes that it’s time to grow up and settle down with someone his own age. That’s a rare thing from Hollywood, and I should applaud it. But still, I found the movie boring and a little annoying. Sorry.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Pusher“: As with many such movies from England, I needed a translator for some of the fast cockney dialogue in this. A lower-level London drug dealer owes a lot of money to a Russian mobster kingpin because of a drug deal gone bad. He needs a lot of cash fast to pay the kingpin back or he will be murdered. He has a lot of drug user loser friends from whom he’s desperately trying to collect the cash. A drug dealer’s life is rough. Gee, thanks for the tip. Nothing new here that you haven’t seen in a million other garbage movies on the same topic, even though lead actor Richard Coyle is very good. And I didn’t need to see the torture and blood. No thanks.


Watch the trailer . . .

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Debbie…If you have never seen the documentary “Riding Giants,” (which is usually available for free in most local libraries), I highly recommend it. It’s the true story of (among other beaches), Mavericks in central California, and how it went undiscovered for years. It’s one of those documentaries that’s so well made and photographed, that even if you’re not particularly interested in surfing, it really grabs and holds your attention. It’s also available for viewing on the web at this link, but really has to be seen in high definition to be fully appreciated:


Irving on October 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm

The other son must’ve been horrible to sit through. Even more so than most of the usual crap you are subjected to.
Surfers are a strange breed. I can relate to the adrenaline junkie part of it but like anyone over 35, there’s a certain amount of triviality it represents too much. Then you mix in the very real variable of the unpredictable shark attack. No thanks.

samurai on October 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Hmmm… what’s on Netflix?

Then again, I gotta get ready for Sandy. Damn you, Sandy!

The Reverend Jacques on October 28, 2012 at 3:53 am

THE OTHER SON would have been better- if extremely done-before, if they had played it for laughs. Lorraine Levy and Cohen Media Group are either in denial up to their eyebrows or hoping that if they butter the Arabs up NOW, then, when the Arabs seize power in France, they will spare the lives of sorry sell-outs.

By the way, Debbie, you missed a chance to point out that there is, historically, no such thing as “the Palestinian people.” They are ARABS.

Miranda Rose Smith on October 28, 2012 at 4:21 am

Regarding LIBERAL ARTS, I personally know of a case where a woman married a 49 year old man, when she was 19, and they were very happy together.

Miranda Rose Smith on October 28, 2012 at 4:25 am

Debbie, your generalization about French Jews is wrong. There is currently a HUGE French aliyah happening. Far more French Jews have fled than have American Jews. They have a well structured support system here and in France and are getting out while they can still afford to buy flats in Netanya and other parts of the Central region. They are very strongly helping each other in whatever ways are necessary and there are many professionals; dentists, lawyers etc. ready to provide services here. They have several French language publications which are given out free and cover a range of topics from Parashot ha Shavua to Johnny Hallyday. Very interesting and there is some political perspective not available in the Anglo press.

I also think that while the “babies switched at birth” is a hokey and creaky plot device, the dynamic portrayed, based on the trailer, is probably closer to the reality of Jewish/Arab daily interaction than what Americans think goes on here. SCUDS did fall practically ON RamBam hospital in Haifa. They got some of the worst of it and in those circumstances, it really is not all that impossible for a switch to have occurred. I was living in Carmiel at the time and the explosions and ground shaking were pretty upsetting at 25 miles distance. As the daughter of a doctor, you should know that blood typing is not routinely done during medical exams. There would be no reason to doubt parentage. Another question; were these “palestinians” or Israeli Arabs who dominated the population of Haifa at the time?
Having said all that, I can’t imagine what would happen if this was real but hopefully it would be an epiphany for two families at least although any “peace” with the corporate group is not about to happen via “understanding and tolerance.”

Italkit on October 28, 2012 at 4:57 am

    The ability to write comments on this blog is a privilege, and not a right. Commenters should keep this in mind, and extend at least a minimal amount of courtesy to Debbie.

    This is a general rule of civilized life, but it is especially true when Debbie is gracious enough to let you continue writing the type of comments you are prone to write.

    Little Al on October 28, 2012 at 8:08 am

      LA, there was nothing rude about my post and is it a discussion forum or a Debbie Schlussel Fan Club? I have every right to disagree and if she doesn’t like a post she can delete it or block me if she feels it’s repetitive inappropriateness. She hasn’t so much as issued a warning. Who are you to attempt intimidation, as if I care?
      I don’t have a problem with disagreement but I do have a problem with lashon ha’ra, scandal mongering and presenting error as fact. If this were a true story, there is nothing in it that would lead either set of parents to have their child’s blood type verified during his childhood and yes, Debbie should know that blood typing is not a part of routine health care unless the possibility for transfusion exists. However, it’s fiction and plot devices are permitted a certain amount of license so there’s no reason to pick on that issue. It would have been much more insightful to point out as I did that while this is probably more routine interaction between secular Jews and the Average Israeli Arab than Americans want to believe, the story of two families and their dealing with it is not going to be the road to peace in the region and is definitely not an excuse to create a separate Arab state called Palestine. As a movie, it actually looked quite well done. The doctor was totally credible. Just walk into any hospital here and you’ll find his clones. I also didn’t think the “Jewish” kid was that much of a nebbish. 17 is a funny age for boys in terms of maturity but “Arab” kids do mature faster generally and a lot of that is nurture, not nature.

      Italkit on October 28, 2012 at 9:09 am

        Oh, and LA, if you don’t like my posts here, two things: 1) stop reading and replying to them and 2) go start your own blog and block me from it.

        Italkit on October 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

          There is a third alternative — I can continue responding to your comments, as posters do every day to other posters. I still have that option, even though many with a liberal political framework seek to abridge rights of free speech, ether in the public forum, or in more contained settings.

          You are again betraying your intolerance of those who disagree with you. It seems to be an all-or-nothing situation with you.

          Little Al on October 28, 2012 at 10:39 am

        Italkit, you gave yourself away. You pinpointed immediately the rude comment contained in your long-winded post — I didn’t refer to the specific comment, but you knew what it was without any prompting on my part.

        Of course you can disagree, but there are many ways to express a disagreement. I think it aids discussion if you can do so with civility, and not bring someone’s personal situation or relatives gratuitously into the discussion. And it would be nice once in a while, if, when you disagree with a poster, you can do so without adding insults to your disagreement.

        Yes, Debbie can block your comments, but I guess she is a little more tolerant of disagreement, no matter how crudely expressed, than you are.

        Little Al on October 28, 2012 at 10:35 am

          No, LA, it is you who are the intoerant one by trying to intimidate me into not posting and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand what a narrow mind would see as a slap at Debbie, which it wasn’t. You claimed that I was rude to her and the only comment I addressed to her was the one about blood typing so DUH!

          I furthermore do not label MYSELF as a “liberal” or “conservative.” I may choose to identify a specific opinion on a particular issue as such but I am a complex being. So you can’t take strong opinions unless they come from you or Debbie, I see; therefore I am the intolerant one. If you think that, you don’t understand the word. It is perfectly possible to have definite beliefs and opinions and yet have understanding and tolerance for those who don’t share them because one has lived long enough to learn that people are complex and contradictory.

          Italkit on October 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Interesting though, that Muslim aggression is so profound that the makers of this film cannot avoid it — it unintentionally seeps in with the scud missile hitting the hospital when they were born. The aggression is so endemic that even when the film makers are anti-semitic they cannot make a movie without introducing it.

Little Al on October 28, 2012 at 7:58 am

    PLease stop trying to conflate what other Arab nations do to us with what our own CITIZENS do and how they live. Our Arabs join the rhetoric to protect themselves and their families. They don’t love us but they are pragmatists and know that for now, they have it good. You have worse citizen vs. citizen violence there in the US, only it’s called crime and comes from within. Any random violence that happens here is incited from without and often carried out by those from without (Egyptian and Jordanian squattters). Again, we’re not going to have real peace until Moshiah comes but we can manage to get thru the day by day without hiring nannies who slaughter our children, fathers who bash their newborns to pieces and cops who fantasize about sadistically cannibalizing women as well as all the other horrors that I read about every day in the NY Daily News. America has a far worse problem with violent perpetrators that Israel ever has and you are focusing on someone else’s business rather than cleaning your own house.

    Italkit on October 28, 2012 at 9:20 am

      @It, America has a worse problem with violence? We actually haven’t suffered from the kinds of bombings and missle attacks from mexico you are afflicted with from your “nice” tolerant neighbors. If it’s so bad here, why do so many unsuitable arabs immigrate here? Because they like it better than the kitty litter shit holes they come from. If you like them so much, feel free to immigrate to a growing shit hole call Dearborn Michigan. Your kids can be given unlimited access to the third world savages you seem to have such affection for.

      samurai on October 28, 2012 at 11:15 am

        I didn’t say my neighbors are “tolerant.” I’m saying the “terrorist” shtick worked because you’re so afraid that you can’t see that in one week 2 pre- teen girls got murdered by teenaged boys in their own neighborhoods, one in NJ and one in CO and that you aren’t safe in your homes from your own “tolerant” neighbors. We, on the other hand, can let our children play outside, take bike rides and women are not afraid to walk in the streets or be alone at home because someone might invade their house. Women can actually ride trains and buses and the Arabs will leave them alone, unlike on the NY subways. Terrorism is just that but it’s very rare. In the US, there is crime and mayhem multiplied every day in every major city and small town. And it IS being done by those you consider neighbors. You don’t see you have a hostile presence in your own society, crouching at your doorstep and it’s not the Muslims alone.

        Italkit on October 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      Italkit, I don’t see how you can maintain that the problems with “Israeli Arabs” come from outside agitators. R’ Kahane filled much of a book with detailed analyses of “Israeli Arabs” killing Jews, and this was in the “quiet time” before Oslo. Nowadays, “Israeli Arabs” regularly attack Jews.

      “Israeli Arabs” overwhelmingly see themselves as “Palestinians.” When Fakestinians actually do get “Israeli Arabs” to murder Jews, the ease of influencing them shows they are one people.

      Of course, given the Shin Bet, Fakestinian citizens or quasi-citizens are typically cautious in their predation.

      The crime problem in the US is real. Granted. But we do not have 20% of our population believing that they are not American. These criminals, in other words, are a blight but are not a fifth column.

      I am glad, though, that French Jews are leaving France, even though they would be much safer in the US than in Israel. There is no doubt that they are not safe at all in France.

      skzion on October 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

        sk, this is what I mean. You’re not meeting these people at the bus stop daily and you’re not working with them and you’re not seeing beneath the surface on a real time, day to day basis. I don’t trust them as far as I can throw them but I have to live with them for now and that’s the reality.

        BTW, breaking news: The cow that slaughtered an Arab in Gaza was specially trained by Mossad for the operation.

        Italkit on October 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

          Italkit, I expected nothing less from the Mossad. Those guys are good!

          The rest of your response actually supports my own. When you say you don’t trust these Israeli Arabs at all, but that you are stuck with them, doesn’t that undermine an Israeli Arab vs. Fakestinian distinction? And weren’t you making just that distinction?

          My point about the lack of Israeli identity of these Muslims also distinguishes them from American criminals.

          I fully grant that were it not for the Muslims in Eretz Israel, violent crime would be a non-issue. But the Muslims are there. That you can once again ride a bus and be reasonably safe is because Israeli spies and law enforcement have escalated their efforts. When they aid the Muslims in Yosh–and they do–the results are obvious.

          As I see it, Debbie’s take on the Muslims of Eretz Israel is dead on, and her point about self-hating Jews writing of a kinder, gentler Fakestinian is as well.

          skzion on October 28, 2012 at 4:48 pm

“FOUR CRYSTALS (For Excessive New Age Claptrap)”


DS_ROCKS! on October 28, 2012 at 9:08 am

    We absolutely NEED a “like” button.

    Italkit on October 28, 2012 at 9:12 am

OT feel-good story of the day:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – A spooked cow killed a Palestinian man who was trying to slaughter the beast on Saturday during the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha, a Gaza health official said…. In all, he said some 150 people were hospitalized in the Palestinian territory with knife wounds or other injuries caused by animals trying to break away.

skzion on October 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Yes, I noticed the story about the cow. Where is PETA when we need them?

    Little Al on October 28, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Good question, Little Al. The Eid slaughter is extremely cruel to the animals.

      My understanding is that this bloodbath is a stand-in for the slaughter of unbelievers after Mo’s first winning battle.

      skzion on October 28, 2012 at 11:25 am

Hi Deb! As long as Pro Terrorist muslims(not all Muslims!)ascribe to their meaning of Jihad, we must stand against them!
Just as God wisely doesn’t listen to me when I ask Him to send Lightning for my Absalom acting son,so we must not condemn all Muslims for the sick muslim leaders of Terror! wallyworkswell@yahoo.com

wallyworkswell@yahoo.com on October 28, 2012 at 11:17 am

I’m looking forward to next week when DS reviews a film she said was very good!

“Cloud Atlas” sounded a bit interesting on the “Fresh Air” movie review but I should know not to trust those Liberal yobos…(they mentioned something about cannibals, which seemed creepy to me). Plus I don’t find Tom Hanks interesting AT ALL. Never jumped on his annoying bandwagon. I liked him in “Bosom Buddies” and that’s IT! Some actors don’t deserve the status of “super-actor” they mistakenly have (like Hanks) and there are many, many great ones who are ignored and not appreciated (like M. Emmett Walsh). I personally think Cam Neeley’s short scene in the bathroom in “Dumb & Dumber” shows waaaaaaaay more good acting chops than ANYTHING Tom Hanks has done. Tom Hanks is the U2 of the acting world! (And I don’t mean that in a positive way!)

I enjoyed DS’ review of the Fakestinian movie. Those of us who are not Jewish are very annoyed by Jewish Moooooooslim apologists. The best we can do is to know our facts so we don’t get cowed by people who are Jewish but are anti-Jewish. I have never been Jewish a day in my life but knowing that the Mooooooslims are in the wrong (and worse) has been quite elementary to me.

Italkit, we don’t need a “Like” button. Arguments that are sound and truthful should always stand alone whether a bunch of people agree or disagree. If I had zero “likes” it would NEVER make me rethink my argument. Only knowledge, truth and reason (when applicable) will do that.

Wally, I STILL don’t know what you’re ever talking about!!!!!

S: Well, I’m not sure the movie I alluded to on Twitter (and which I’ll review this week) is “very good,” though it is in some respects. I said it “blew my mind.” I guess, I just am not sure what to think about it and had mixed feelings on it, but the things they did in the movie kinda blew my mind in a number of ways. Stay tuned. Thanks. DS

Skunky on October 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Skunky, I was referring to DSR’s comment about crystals. I loved that too and sometimes someone will make a comment that is so perfect, it doesn’t need reiteration.

    Italkit on October 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    DS, @ the gym I saw a commercial for the NEW Russell Crowe film (with Lucy Lui) and at first I blanched (my default reaction to old RC) and then I said…”Oh, could that possibly be the movie…?” and now I think it may be but that is just a guess. Yep, will stay tuned.

    It looked very Tarantino-esque but I am getting ahead of myself. Next week at this time we’ll know for sure. 😉

    Skunky on October 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    “Saving Private Ryan,” “Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump….” I think if you asked Hanks about “Bosom Buddies,” he would cringe. Actors are liberals for the most part, as are most singers; Springsteen comes to mind. As DS pointed out in one review, it is possible to appreciate talent and to separate it from politics.

    WilliamMunny on October 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

      WM, I AM judging him by his acting. I never liked him. Even in “Big”. He’s boring to me and I am not moved by his acting at all. But that is just me.

      If I judged by politics, I would not be a Samuel L. Jackson fan. Now THAT is a great actor!

      Skunky on October 29, 2012 at 11:21 am

As I usually say I only watch Turner Classic Movies. I will not support any movie made in Hollywood today. They make movies to brainwash people and push their agenda. Movies made 50 years ago have class, good dialog, better stories and classy good looking people. It is a shame what has happened in America. Slowing doing downhill. TV is the same. BOYCOTT TV AND THE MOVIES.

Fred on October 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    You must not see too many movies.

    First of all, one can’t generalize about “today’s movies.” Their emotive, thematic and stylistic range is so wide — much wider than in the imagined “Golden Age” — that any sort of generalizations, for better or worse, would be absurd. There is, literally, something for everybody. You would know this by making the effort to grasp cinema. Even within the animation feature films, there is tremendous variety.

    Second, by every reasonable measure, film of the last couple decades looks and sounds better. The acting is particular is far superior to the hammed-up, machine-gun cadence that passed for most acting in American movies during the mogul-driven Hays Code era. And the plot lines of today are more sophisticated and less subject to easy, sentimental cliche.

    Boycott? No way.

    As for “gratuitous” sex and violence, all sex and violence is gratuitous. We owe our lives to two people having gratuitous sex.

    Seek on October 29, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Well done, Miss D. The reviews are about what I expected. BTW – I agree with “Riding Giants”. Irving, if you like that one I guarantee you’ll love “Dust To Glory” look for it.

In fact, Debbie? I’d love to see you review Dust To Glory.

Jack on October 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Ok and Samurai, why would I immigrate to Dearborn or any other American city? I left permanently in 2008 and live in MY LAND, not an alien and hostile place.

Sk, if you understood the French olim, you would know that if anything, Israel will be safer because of their presence. What can the US offer a French Jew? More Ashkenazi racism against “brown Jews?”

Italkit on October 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Oh come on, Italkit! The overwhelming majority of those “racist Jews” voted for a black president.

    The US is a better choice for French Jews because it has much bigger guns and is a democratic republic (however flawed).

    skzion on October 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm

These Francophones make R. Kahane look like a leftist.

Italkit on October 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm

OT Deb –

Some fresh red meat from the AP:


Nick Fury on October 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Nice try, Italkit, but not good enough. Your whole post was an attack on Debbie — everything you said was aimed at her, but you’re right — it is not hard to see the part of it that was the most personally insulting to her. It was quite easy, and it should have been similarly easy for you to express yourself, as I said, without gratuitous insults.

While I do think the discussion on this blog would be better without your comments, I am not trying to suppress your right to discuss, only to ask you to be more courteous, and express your disagreements without personal insults. But I now see that this is a lost cause.

I don’t know whether your 3:07 comment was a joke or whether you have completely taken leave or your senses. But your naivete reminds me of the foolish Jewish people in the US that refuse to recognize the anti-semitism of black people.

And if someone is part of the oppressor class as Debbie is in your view, you believe you have the right to say whatever you want to her. And your hatred for those who do not realize your secret greatness or that of other oppressed Jews consumes your existence and, in your mind justifies any insults you can think of.

But all it does is make your ‘contributions’ obnoxious, and like other deluded halfwits, your tolerance for those who are trying to destroy your co-religionists as soon as they get to the tipping point makes your comments difficult to endure. The vitriol behind them seems to be never-ending.

You are oppressed by the evil Israeli rulers, just like the poor Arabs, and it is apparent that you have a chip on your shoulder, and like most leftists, you think you are being ‘objectively’ insulted by Debbie — so you have the right to be equally insulting.

And if you were really in the upper 1% in intelligence, or anywhere near it, it would not be hard for you to see that there is not a threat that non-white people in the US would join an armed attack on the United States by outside enemies (except of course for Muslims, but that is not who you were referring to). Equating violence by isolated criminals with a real strategic threat of 20% of inhabitants of Israel joining attacks on the country initiated by Iran, Hamas, or whoever else, exhibits a total lack of proportion and understanding, and if your intelligence is, indeed above average, which I have seen no evidence of, it has been completely subsumed by emotion.

I guess Debbie has gotten used to it though, as she has been reading garbage like that since the inception of her site.

Little Al on October 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Pusher is a classic trilogy. This one’s a remake. Basically made it exactly the same with different actors (but a few the same). Another film that shouldn’t have been remade.

bomb on October 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm


Bladgen on October 29, 2012 at 2:34 am


In Israel, there are no routine blood tests if your child isn’t sick. Yes, it’s entirely possible that NO blood was taken at any time from birth until age 17!

Laurie J on October 29, 2012 at 8:38 pm

First, two comments about “The Other Son”: There’s some research suggesting that mothers quickly learn their newborn’s smell. So if the nurse hands her little Aaron (really Achmed), she’ll know something is amiss. Perhaps someone up on the latest studies can comment.

Debbie rightly points out the “milion Jews who had homes and property in all of the Muslim nations, but their houses and property were stolen from them after they were kicked out by the Muslims”. In the last week or so I’ve seen reports of a massive cache of documents someone was trying to smuggle out of Egypt – all related to property owned by Jews driven out of Egypt. Unfortunately, that cache was seized by Egyptian authorities.

Additionally, in response to Nick Fury’s pointer to an AP article claiming more Americans believe Obama is JEWISH than believe he’s Muslim, that report has already been debunked. As the Times of Israel has pointed out, that was simply a CLERICAL ERROR in the summary table of findings. Just 2 out of 1,000 or so polled believe Obama is Jewish. Perhaps like the Arab Israeli sherut driver I encountered back in ’05 who thought Roosevelt was Jewish, those two were Arab and/or Muslim.

Raymond in DC on October 29, 2012 at 11:42 pm

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