Lion of the Blogosphere

The big three Best Picture nominees

These are the three pictures most likely to win, in descending order of likelihood:

1. La La Land

An enjoyable movie that pays homage to a type of movie that Hollywood made a lot of in the 1940s and 1950s but disappeared completely before I was born.

Nothing to dislike here. In fact, whenever there’s a movie with nothing to dislike, you hear people calling it racist. In this case, La La Land is racist because it culturally appropriates music invented by blacks, and shows that it takes a SWPL white person to open a successful retro Jazz club.

SWPL #116: Black Music that Black People Don’t Listen to Anymore

My take on the movie is that the Emma Stone character was a real bitch to the Ryan Gosling character. First she nags him about not having a real job, and then when he gets a job in a successful band that plays some sort of Jazz/Pop/NewAge mix which was pretty cool, and it’s a job he seems to enjoy, she gets mad at him for abandoning his original plan of opening a Jazz club and not spending enough time at home with her.

2. Moonlight (spoilers)

Because this was an all-black production, they are able to show the dysfunction of the black ghetto, whereas if a white person tried to realistically depict the black ghetto it would be considered racist.

The problem I have with this movie is that it’s about this shy skinny kid Chiron (pronounced like Shyrone) getting bullied in the ghetto, and then all of a sudden out of the blue he’s doing gay stuff with some other black ghetto guy (Kevin, his long-time sort-of friend). Where did the gay stuff come from?

I appreciated the twist in the ending. You assumed that Chiron would have a happy Hollywood type of ending (or at least you thought it was a possibility), but instead he becomes this huge ultra-muscled drug dealer thug at the end, while Kevin winds up becoming a guy who takes care of his kid and works at a legit job as a short-order cook and even loses some of his Ebonics accent. But maybe Chiron himself considers this a happy ending, because he becomes the sort of person he wished he could be growing up as a kid. Maybe the Hollywood Ending is biased in favor of white norms?

I think this movie has a good chance of winning even though La La Land is favored, because it’s an authentic black movie plus it has gay stuff, so they can tick off two SJW boxes with one movie.

3. Manchester by the Sea

This is the best of the three movies, and I recommend it to all of my readers.

It’s a masculine tearjerker, which is a rather rare thing. All of the main characters are heterosexual men. The women are all gone because they were alcoholics or they had mental problems or something like that.

It’s a successful tearjerker. I cried. Don’t watch this in the presence of someone you’d be embarrassed to cry in front of.

The movie does show the dysfunction of white proles, they get into fights, they have domestic arguments with cursing and screaming that we would never see from SWPLs. They get drunk. Patrick has no interest in going to college. But it’s not as bad as the dysfunction of the ghetto blacks in Moonlight. There’s no extreme violence or children left to fend for themselves. The fights are broken up before anyone is seriously hurt. Everyone has legit jobs, no one lives off welfare. People keep their homes, which they own, neat and tidy.

As observed by some reviewers, the characters have white privilege that they take for granted. Manchester by the Sea is this idyllic all-white town devoid of any minorities except for the Asian doctor. Lee lives in Boston at the movie’s beginning, where he has to take orders from minorities, as a self-imposed punishment. He doesn’t think he deserves the prole white Eden of Manchester by the Sea.

When Patrick gets into a fight at school, the hockey coach gives him a fatherly talk instead of calling the police. After Lee is questioned by the police, he is simply let go instead of prosecuted for a serious crime. Some liberals who see racism everywhere believe that if blacks had been in those situations they would have been treated as criminals.

I think this movie has no chance at the Academy Awards because no one will want to give awards to a movie that glorifies the kind of people who voted for Trump. SJWs are outraged that the movie manipulates people into feeling sorry for privileged whites when immigrants who are in genuine need of our sympathy are being deported.

Flashback: Spotlight

I can’t believe I never reviewed last year’s Best Picture winner. That movie sucked. There’s nothing more boring than watching journalists at work. The only reason it could have won any awards is because the good deed of exposing the Catholic Church as an organization of evil trumps the cinematic qualities.

All three of the movies favored to win this year are better than Spotlight.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 24, 2017 at 10:11 am

Posted in Movies

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  1. Lion just sold two more tix to Manchester by the sea. I’ll bring a hanky because if he cried, I’m sure to.


    February 24, 2017 at 10:51 am

    • PS, Moonlight was produced by Brad Pitt’s company.


      February 24, 2017 at 10:52 am

      • Good review, Lion, of Manchester by the Sea. Still, the “Catholic Church as an organization of evil” ? You should be ashamed of yourself. You are smart enough to know that members of the “Catholic Church” are no more evil than members of “Jewish synagogues”. There are bad people in every denomination – and there are just as many, if not more, bad people among those who belong to no denomination. Seriously, please retract that comment. If I said something as nasty as that about Jews I would feel terrible.

        howitzer daniel

        February 24, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      • I am stating why the liberals in Hollywood gave it an Academy Award for Best Picture and not my own personal opinion.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 25, 2017 at 12:15 am

      • “I am stating why the liberals in Hollywood gave it an Academy Award…” Glad to hear that – I should have understood that. I apologize, my mistake. I have had a long day (funeral for a friend and several other problems).

        howitzer daniel

        February 25, 2017 at 12:24 am

      • Condolences. Hope your problems resolve.


        February 25, 2017 at 4:35 pm

  2. Black musical accomplishment raises questions about ‘differing intelligences.’

    I like a fair amount of 60s black pop and 70s funk.


    February 24, 2017 at 11:10 am

    • I suck at playing music. Musical talent is to a large degree separate from the general factor of intelligence.

      Music, however, is a talent and not “an intelligence.” Dictionary definition of talent: natural aptitude or skill.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 24, 2017 at 11:11 am

      • Well then intelligence is a talent as well, since there is a natural aptitude involved.
        In any event, there is a difference between someone who is skilled at playing an instrument, and someone who can compose music. Session musicians can make a decent, middle-class life. Skilled composers tend to be well-rewarded.
        I’d also add creative performers vs adequate performers to the distinction.

        Half Canadian

        February 24, 2017 at 11:41 am

      • I prefer the phrase “functional abilities” which includes both talent and intelligence and many other things we don’t really have names for.


        February 24, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      • Music is like math in the sense that some people are just naturally good at it. But it’s also like math in the sense that practice makes a huge difference. There was a study at some fancy music school (can’t remember which) that ranked incoming violinists at the beginning and at the ed. The ones who were best at the beginning weren’t necessarily the best at the end. The ones who put in the most hours practicing were.

        I think musical ability is separate and different from g. General intelligence has increased as a result of agriculture and civilization. Those conditions select for it. That’s why primitive hunter gatherers have low g. But primitive hunter gatherers are often as good or better at other things, For example, many primitive populations have better visual acuity and even have a larger part of their brains dedicated to vision. That’s because their environments select for it more. I’m not sure what conditions select for musical ability.



        February 24, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      • Is musical talent separate from general intelligence? Pitch recognition and rhythm are highly correlated with g, from what I remember.


        February 24, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    • I like a fair amount of 60s black pop and 70s funk.

      Yes! And ’60s & ’70s R&B. Just download several Staples Singers hits!

      I suck at playing music.

      Me too. I took guitar lessons in my late teens and late 20s, and worked at it, but could never make any progress.

      E. Rekshun

      February 24, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      • Learn CAGED system on guitar. That’s a good place to start. Guitar is one of the easiest instruments.


        February 24, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      • I’ll charge you $5 an hour for guitar lessons and make you really good in three weeks. I’ll send you my email if you want it.


        February 24, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      • That’s very tempting, but I’m too lazy now. I also gave up practicing my Spanish a couple of years ago.

        E. Rekshun

        February 24, 2017 at 6:37 pm

  3. my mom said Manchester by the Sea was the most depressing film ever. But no way a film that celebrates Trump voters will get best picture.

    It seems like the people want Hidden Figures but I could see the Academy going with Moonlight.

    Lala Land is not just seen as racist but also people just hate it. Don’t think it has any chance.

    I’m guessing that Hidden Figures gets Best Picture and the wife in Fences gets Best Actress. Not sure who gets Best Actor though, that’s wide open.

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 24, 2017 at 11:32 am

  4. Phillip Glass and composers in general strike me as having very high IQ. Seems many of them could be mathematicians etc.,


    February 24, 2017 at 11:40 am

    • If you listen to some of Leonard Berstein’s lectures on music (youtube), you’ll realize that he, at least, was super intelligent.


      February 24, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      • Didn’t prevent him from falling for the Black Panthers.


        February 24, 2017 at 10:29 pm

  5. The thing that I enjoyed about Moonlight was that it wasn’t preachy about anything black or gay. I kept waiting for the annoying speech about race or sexuality that would have wrecked the movie entirely, but it never happened. The second part of the movie is Oscar worthy. The first and third aren’t. 7/10

    IMO, Hell or High Water was the best movie of 2016. It’s a great southern tragedy.

    Horace Pinker

    February 24, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    • Indeed, ghetto black dysfunction is realistically portrayed, but nowhere in the movie are white people blamed for any of it.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 24, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      • Among themselves, some blacks will acknowledge black dysfunction and not blame the white man entirely for it; however when whites are around, blacks will almost exclusively play the victim/racism card.

        Lewis Medlock

        February 24, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      • The guy who directed Moonlight has said in interviews that he doesn’t really care if his film gets Best Picture and he wasn’t trying to break down any barriers or walls by making it. Like Lee Daniels, he seems to be more of an aesthete than an activist.

        Seth Largo (@SethLargo)

        February 24, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      • Most black readily acknowledge blacks (or a least other blacks) are fucked up, at least amongst themselves.


        February 24, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      • @Lewis: Among themselves, some blacks will acknowledge black dysfunction

        Blacks refer to black dysfunction as “crabs in the bucket.”

        E. Rekshun

        February 24, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      • @Lewis and Gondwana

        Horace Pinker

        February 24, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    • Hell and High Water was preachy about banks. I’m very sympathetic with regards to that issue but the movie seemed really confused.


      February 24, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      • I thought it was pretty straightforward and primarily focused on familial relationships, and brothers in particular, with a side story about buddy cops. The bank stuff seemed peripheral. It was somewhat formulaic, but it felt original all the same, and I found it very affecting. It also made me want to buy an AR-15.

        The screenplay was written by Taylor Sheridan, who also wrote Sicario, which I thought was the best movie of 2015. Sheridan seems like someone who might be remembered as one of the best screenwriters of his time.

        Horace Pinker

        February 24, 2017 at 7:05 pm

  6. OT: Supposedly the Trump admin is going to go after pot smokers, with special attention to the states that have legalized it. That would be really stupid. We already have our hands full with the fights on immigration, trade, health care and the courts, and this is adding to our list of enemies just to run the ball on an issue that no Trump voter actually based their vote on.

    It’s terrible politics. We need to be expanding our coalition to win reelection and hold our ground in the midterms, and this seems like a deliberate attempt to alienate the largest unaligned vote out there, the 3.3% who voted for Gary “muh weed” Johnson.


    February 24, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    • I previously told you that Trump would be anti-drugs.

      “Trump is personally anti-drug. He doesn’t even drink alcohol. He has fifties values, and in the fifties no one smoked weed. I don’t think Trump is going to be libertarian on this issue.”

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 24, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      • I grew up in the fifties in Greenwich Village. Beatniks smoked weed! People probably smoked in Morningside Heights and what is now Chelsea and elsewhere.


        February 24, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      • Trump grew up in Queens.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 24, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      • Trump grew up in a Queens suburb known as Jamaica Estates, which would be “prole” to any Manhattan or Brooklyn SWPLite. However, Jamaica Estates has a lot of upper middle class families, unlike other outer borough White neighborhoods, where the demographics are usually middle class and lower.


        February 24, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      • Trump would really suck if he’s anti-weed.


        February 24, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    • Trump knows that weed turns people into lazy, government dependent Democrats. I actually like the fact that he is tough on drugs because it only contributes to the moral degeneracy of our nation. Drugs are a dead end and he knows it. Who cares what left leaning libertarians kooks think. They voted for Gary Johnson because they are just drug addled cucks.


      February 24, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      • Libertarians usually get only half of one percent of the vote, so 85% of Johnson’s voters will presumably drift back to the two major parties over the next four years. Trump’s wins were so narrow in the Blue Wall and Florida that a tilted shift of Johnson’s voters into the D’s could flip them easily.


        February 25, 2017 at 10:33 am

  7. The recent cover of the New Yorker featured an illustration of an Oscar statute that is altered to depict a black woman. Guess what film they’re cheering for?

    It never ends.


    February 24, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    • Well, duh. Once blacks are in the running for something, snubbing them is considered racist. (Cf. the 2008 Presidential election.) Without having seen any of these movies, just based on all the hoopla last year about the Oscar’s being too white, I’ll bet the Academy picks Moonlight out of a sense of obligation. Or Hidden Figures.


      February 24, 2017 at 1:49 pm

  8. “Because this was an all-black production, they are able to show the dysfunction of the black ghetto, whereas if a white person tried to realistically depict the black ghetto it would be considered racist.”

    HBO’s Wire was produced by two white guys and the SWPL crowd (see the Guardian) loved it.

    I will keep in mind Manchester by the Sea.

    I thought maybe Hollywood was trying to get the bobos to have a little empathy with the proles. Hate Hate Hate then.


    February 24, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    • Yes, I was going to point out the Wire. As a black man, I also loved it.

      Lion sometimes makes generalizations that are wrong.


      February 24, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      • The Wire was all about glamorizing drug dealers and blaming poverty on tha man. There is a famous scene where the sympathetic drug dealer gives a Marxist inspired speech about how the guy who invented chicken nuggets is probably still in the basement working out how to make the fries taste better.


        February 26, 2017 at 2:22 pm

  9. The movie does show the dysfunction of white proles…Everyone has legit jobs, no one lives off welfare. People keep their homes, which they own, neat and tidy…Manchester by the Sea is this idyllic all-white town devoid of any minorities except for the Asian doctor…the prole white Eden of Manchester by the Sea…no one will want to give awards to a movie that glorifies the kind of people who voted for Trump.

    I grew up 20 miles from Manchester-by-the-Sea. Unless they’re spill over from nearby fishing community Gloucester, there are no proles or Trump voters in Manchester-by-the-Sea. It’s 97% white, 0.1% black, median household income of $96K, $1 million+ homes. All highly educated, well paid, white collar professionals that commute 20 – 30 miles to Rt. 128 and Boston for work. Two-parent households, kids play soccer and lacrosse, and shoot for the Ivy League.

    E. Rekshun

    February 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    • Lonergan says he chose it because he thought it would make a good title. I was able to suspend my disbelief and imagine it was set in Gloucester. (A character buys beer at 2:30 AM — as if!)


      February 25, 2017 at 12:14 am

  10. Lion, go see “Nocturnal Animals” and do a post on it please. I’d like to hear your thoughts on it.


    February 24, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    • Very interesting movie that nocturnal animals. Slightly obnoxious at times, but I think very good.

      Two in the Bush

      February 24, 2017 at 9:19 pm

  11. 1. I haven’t seen any of these movies, and I want everybody to know that.

    2. I would guess that something black is going to win a bunch of major Oscars. The one-two punch of #OscarsSoWhite and virulent Trump hate will be decisive. Of course, this is more proof that blacks aren’t very bright, because if Trump does manage to fix immigration and trade, it will be the best thing economically to happen to blacks in ages. Trump really IS their friend, but they don’t know it.

    3. I do want to see “Manchester.” Kenneth Lonergan is a great director (a Bronx boy and half-Jewish, incidentally, and he identifies very Jewish). FYI, “Manchester” is coming to Amazon Prime video in the spring, so if you can keep your powder dry until then you may be able to avoid paying for it.

    4. Speaking of Kenneth Lonergan, “Margaret” is a really good New York City film. It’s a bit of a mess, film wise, but totally worth seeing. You do get to see just how horrible some NYC SJW types can be.

    5. “Hidden Figures,” a dumb fake history film, will probably win a bunch of stuff because black wimmin.

    6. Speaking of black movies, I just re-watched, after many years, Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.” Man, I bet that film would be considered racist if it came out now. It certainly doesn’t paint blacks in a flattering light, except maybe by comparison to the cliched Guido Italians. It has its moments, though, and is pretty fun to watch.


    February 24, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    • I like Hidden Figures. But as far as, “Do the Right Thing”, yes it’s funny how much more politically correct things have become in just the last 30 years.


      February 24, 2017 at 6:16 pm

  12. Because this was an all-black production, they are able to show the dysfunction of the black ghetto, whereas if a white person tried to realistically depict the black ghetto it would be considered racist.

    True, but one real-life show – The First 48 – reveals the very real black affinity for committing homicide, near one after the other.

    “Greed” seems to profile a high number of Jewish white-collar financial scams.

    E. Rekshun

    February 24, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    • Good shows.


      February 24, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    • I love The First 48. Really a spectacular program. The most uncompromising portrayal of American society ever put on film.

      Two in the Bush

      February 24, 2017 at 9:22 pm

  13. Who cares? Trump is pulling new shtick every day. Trump is the greatest show on earth and should get the Oscar, the Emmy and whatever. Trump should get everything. He is more fun then Hollywood.


    February 24, 2017 at 4:03 pm

  14. “It’s a masculine tearjerker, which is a rather rare thing.”

    That’s because men don’t like to cry or see others crying. Women don’t like seeing men cry. But they love to cry and see other women cry. My wife is a cryer. And not just about movies either. It gets on my nerves. When she starts that crap I go out to the shop and build furniture. Sometimes I think she does it just to get a new dining room suit!

    “It’s a successful tearjerker. I cried.”

    Pull your panties up and act like a man.


    February 24, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    • Bill Gates says he cried watching Manchester by the Sea.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      • I teared up a little bit watching the movie, but didn’t cry, thank god. If the tear leaks down your cheek, you’re done. Hand in your man card.


        February 24, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      • I’m surprised to hear Lion cries. Very surprised.


        February 24, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      • Yeah. And if Bill Gates jumped off a bridge….

        I’m just yanking your chain, Leon. :P”


        February 24, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      • I almost teared up watching Deadpool (2016). It’s a love story about a man dying of cancer. Very touching. It should have been nominated.


        February 24, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      • I like that Lion is honest with us.


        February 24, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    • A man who doesn’t occasionally cry at good art isn’t living life to the fullest.

      Horace Pinker

      February 24, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      • I’m not sure what crying like a little girl has to do with “living life to the fullest”. But if you need “good art” to get your cry on then I don’t know what to tell you.


        February 24, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      • I don’t need good art to cry. Sometimes it’s something that just happens. The point is that most normal human beings feel a normal range of emotions, which include feeling very sad. I’d agree that blubbering like a child is embarrassing and that men should mostly try to keep crying to themselves, but if you never let yourself cry, at least in private, well, I wonder who abused you.

        Horace Pinker

        February 24, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      • I don’t do “sad”. I think it’s genetic. Depression is genetic, too. And I don’t have those genes. I think that might be a different thing than crying over movies though. Only about 20% of the population cries over movies. With women being 3 times more likely than men.


        February 25, 2017 at 3:12 am

  15. I expect Hollywood will stay true to form and make this the blackest Oscars Evah! Yeah you just know they will. Maybe some hands up don’t give YT the trophy, or some good old fashioned BLM race baiting. You don’t have to be able to foresee the future to see this coming. For some reason they have a Late Night TV talk show host hosting this thing. Remember when TV and Movies were all about not even getting together unless they had to? Kimmel is hardly very popular. He does his show in New York too so that seems strange. I would have thought one of the LA hosts would have gotten this before him. They never let Letterman or Leno do this. This Academy has long since lost Main Street. That slumdog millionaire episode was just bizarre. They seem to be going further and further away from America all the time. It doesn’t seem that long ago that Hollywood wanted to appeal to Americans, but now its like Hollywood is just another foreign import. These black awards should just suck. Anyone who still has the misguided impression that this award has anything to do with talent should be pissed off enough to never go to the theaters ever again. I expect it to be even worse than anyone expects. That Trump hatred has not yet reached the crescendo. I expect the whole show to be nothing but bash Trump all night.

    Joshua Sinistar

    February 25, 2017 at 12:18 am

  16. I found Hell or High Water to be the most enjoyable of the Best Picture films. A pretty decent Western. Not Oscar worthy, but none of the Best Picture Films this year were. I’d respect the Academy a lot more if in down film years they simply didn’t nominate anybody in particularly categories if there were no worthy nominees.


    February 25, 2017 at 8:28 am

  17. Goes without saying that I had not watched nor do I intend to watch any of these movies. I’m not interested in seeing either black of white disfunction, I want to see normal function. And the award for showing that goes to a good (not great, but just good) patriotic movie ‘The State Border’. In its dozens of episodes the patrol keeps out illegals, criminals, drugs and fights human trafficking and Islamic terrorism while exhibiting the best masculine and patriotic qualities. Respect to Belarus for producing this series here and now.


    February 25, 2017 at 7:18 pm

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