Category: Arts & Entertainment

The Ongoing War Against Beauty

 

“Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.”

In yet another battle in the ongoing war against beauty and Western Civilization puritanical feminists who run a Manchester, England Art Gallery decided to remove the exquisite  Hylas and the Nymphs by the Victorian Pre-Raphaelite JW Waterhouse. halasnymphs.jpg

In the typical culture warrior forked tongue double-speak Clare Gannaway, the curator of the gallery said she removed the painting because it was “very old-fashioned” because it depicts women as “either as passive beautiful objects or femmes fatales.” The intention was never to censor art, but only to provoke conversation and replace it as part of a “thought-provoking” installation by the artist named Sonia Boyce, who seems to be known for crayon drawings that imitate the talents of elementary school children and stage pieces about men in drag.

This latest attack by the Cult of Resentment hits close to home. John William Waterhouse is one of my favorite painters. Whenever I lack inspiration for my writing I let myself wander through his work taking in the images of the romantic idealized age the Pre-Raphaelites dreamed of. To see vile attacks on the beauty of his work by post-modern, trash peddling harpies disgusts me more than I can put down in words.

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For far too long us men and women of the West have allowed the poisonous snakes of post-modernism to coil and slither, choking the very pillars of our civilization. We have stood by as they tore down the beautiful art and architecture of our ancestors, replacing it with soulless and ugly monstrosities, rejecting harmony and beauty. We have allowed them to conquer the education of our children, poisoning their minds against the great writers of the past, with ridiculous anti-western ideologies that spit on the very foundations of our culture.

No more. I believe it’s time to pick up the sword and shield of beauty and take back the battlefield of art and literature and drive the serpents back to their filthy holes. We cannot sit by as they replace everything beautiful with the ugly excrement birthed from their sick ideology.

We must embrace the Western Canon in art, music, and literature, and educate the men and women around us by showing them the beauty and truth that they are starved of in this modern world.

Rehabbing Wonder

Misha Burnett captures exactly how I feel. I haven’t seen the last five Star Wars, the last few Star Treks, and other remakes because I just want new stuff. Star Wars was great when I was a kid, but if I want Star Wars I will pop in my old DVD. I don’t need or want new Star Wars, I want new Science Fiction.

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Two films that I saw recently, Justice League and The Last Jedi, left me with very similar feelings that I have been trying to put into words.

As usual, I find that for me the most natural analogies are drawn from my day job. So I want you to imagine a building constructed in, say, the middle 1970s. The architect has very definite ideas about what the building is for and how it will be used. There is a plan.

But over time, things change.

The dry cleaner on the ground floor moved out and a candy store rented that space, so that the washing equipment was taken out and the piping cut off flush with the walls and capped.

An accounting form on the third floor needs a server room, with holes punched in the walls for cabling and new air conditioners, and a new high voltage electrical…

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Stranger Things 2 a Stunning Failure

 

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If only the show actually focused on these characters.. but nooo.. 

 

This past Friday I got off of work, ran to the store where I picked up some snacks, a pizza, and went home to begin the much-awaited binge watch of Stranger Things season 2. The wife and I loved season 1. It touched all of the themes I like in supernatural horror storytelling. Isolated children, massive supernatural conspiracies, well-acted characters, all wrapped up in a pseudo 80’s flavor.

Unfortunately, season 2 was a complete disappointment.  The show’s writing was pathetically poor, filled with nonsensical plots that went nowhere, emotional beats that were out of tune, and filled with cheezy new additions that felt jarringly out of place. It’s like the creators of the show took everything that made the first season likable and focused on the exact opposite.

 

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Bootleg Suicide Squad cringing up yo television since 1983!

 

The season’s sole accomplishment is providing the world with what must have been the shittiest hour of television in the past decade with the giant turd that was the 7th episode. It was an episode so incongruent with the rest of the show and so poorly written and acted that I almost turned off the whole damn thing and called it right then and there. Linnea Berthelsen’s dorky, poorly acted, horrible accented character was so lame I almost stopped watching the show out of embarrassment. Nauseatingly cringeworthy nonsense. If you read this and haven’t watched the second season do yourself a favor and skip episode 7. You will lose nothing and avoid the poor taste of garbage that ends up poisoning the last two episodes that follow it.

I don’t think I have been this disappointed with a movie or television since they allowed that hack J.J. Abrams to lens flare his way across Star Trek and Star Wars.

 

 

Blade Runner 2049

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A sequel that matched and in some parts surpassed the original in creativity and quality. It actually continued the interesting conversation on what it means to be human and added a few more questions and insights. Most of all it was gorgeous with amazing cinematography and a great soundtrack. I can’t wait for more people to go see it so I can discuss it without spoiling anything.

I really liked the Jared Leto and Sylvia Hoeks characters. They made downright creepy fantastic antagonists, and the final confrontation was an awesome setpiece.