12 July 2020

WE SUPPORT THE GRAT JOHN WAYNE

Here at Necrotic Cinema
we support the great
American actor John Wayne. 
And we do not  support one single, stinking Korean actor. 



05 July 2020

HAPPY 4th OF JULY USA!

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY 
 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! 
MY FAVORITE COUNTRY


PLUNGE INTO THE DEPTHS OF DESPAIR

I WILL NEVER WATCH THE KOREAN FILM PARASITE!


Recently somebody asked if I had seen the big Oscar winning film Parasite.I am sure you have heard of it. I told the person no to which they quickly responded with "Oh you have to! It's great! Won all the Oscars!" I told the person I might. But as time went on I resolved that I was not ever going to watch it. So can I comment on or review the film? Of course not. I have seen trailers and many clips of the movie on YouTube. It looks well made enough to me. In terms of the scenes I watched, probably a random half hour or so of the movie. In fact I had (before the Oscars debacle) downloaded the movie and had planned to watch it with my wife. She went and watched it on her own after the Oscars. She said she liked it but did not see what all the fuss was about. She said I would probably have liked it had it not won all those Oscars. She knows me well. Here are a few reasons, in no particular order, why I will not ever (most likely) watched the Korean film Parasite.

1) It's Korean. I don't like Korean movies really. I have seen my fair share with most of them being horror or action related. A few dramas. I don't like them and that is about it. I had never heard of this director before, Bong Joo Kimchi or whatever his name is. I remember watching the film called Old Boy and thinking to myself "what the fuck is this shit?" And while Last Train to Busan was good and I watched it twice, once with the wife, it still had to have those goofy Korean/Asian cliches that make me roll my roll up like a dying zombie. I can get more into why I don't care for those movies or Korean music and weird Korean food but just  suffice to say I am not a fan of the culture really.And I don't have to be.

2) A foreign movie should not win the best picture category. And that may well be the number one issue although that in itself would not a be a reason to not see a movie. I know the woke ass liberal pussies thought this was the greatest thing to ever happen in Hollywood. "History was made!" Good Lord. For me it was the final nail in the Oscar coffin. They had been other driven in for a long time but I held out hope. That and the fat lady at the beginning running around in the front screaming she is a "proud Lesbian black woman". Fuck all of that.  I am through with the Oscars for good. It will be a cold day in hell that the Korean motion picture organizations gives a "Grand Bell" to a foreign film. Those xenophobic racists. But woke ass America is on a virtuous mission and this, no doubt, is only the beginning of the end not only of the Oscars having even a vestige of relevance to American cinema but of Hollywood films, once the best movies in the world, being worth a shit anymore. I do not give a damn about recognizing the achievements of other cultures. I do not even live in the USA anymore. For sixteen years now I have lived and traveled throughout Asia. They have their own awards and celebrations to hand out to their labors of mediocrity. It is utter condescension for liberal Hollywood to imagine they can bestow some America honor on another culture that has been neglected and that culture will feel risen up. They haven't been neglected. They shower themselves with awards all the time. They all think they are the center of the world already. Only left wing Americans want to feel like the doormats of civilization.

3) I really don't like subtitles. To be honest I feel most people don't. I have no problem with reading them if the movie interests me. I have seen hundred of movies with subtitles and so it is not that I am a dumb redneck and can't read subtitles as goes one point by people defending the film. Huh? By the way reading subtitles does not make you special and unique. I live in China and I have had all manner of movie experiences here and in other Asian countries. I have watched many movies in other languages with no subs. Yea, that sucks. But if I like the film or genre I will endure them and prefer them over dubbed movies. I like older Japanese movies for example and it is no problem for me to do subs on those films. I like some Indian films (but no songs and dancing please) and subs are great. I have been to both Japan and India and so I can relate. I like to listen to Spanish and know some phrases. And so on with other European films. But I do not like to hear all languages. I do not even like all dialects and accents of English. I cannot stand a Scottish or Irish accent. Shit, it's grinding on my ears and I feel I need subtitles even though they are supposedly speaking English. I can speak some Chinese and even can read some. Little a menu. I have learnt new phrases from watching and reading Chinese movies even though I do not like most modern Chinese cinema. So it is fun to watch Chinese movies for that reason.

Hahaha. I go get plenty drunk now on kimchi wine!
 So the point here is I need some interest or connection to the film other than just wanting to appear like a woke hipster. Not all the time. of course I have seen plenty of stuff I had little or zero connection to culturally. Not able to relate to in anysense. Usually I don't enjoy the experience either but sometimes I do. Recently watched a nice Mongolian film with subs. Great story. But I do not really like Korean culture or the sound of the language the way I do Japanese or Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. I don't care for it and I don't have to. If I must endure trying to read subtitles with my poor eyesight then I must like the sound of the language, film itself and the culture it is representing. When I watched the clips on YouTube I just found myself winching at that Korean intonations. Jesus. If you like those "groundbreaking" Korean movies (or if you just say you like them to sound hip and well read) then good for you. Watch all you want.

4) I felt with this film there was a pressure on people to see it that stemmed from being woke and not being possibly perceived as a racist by others. You know what I am talking about here. "I didn't see it." "Really? Why? You're racist?" Or if one saw it and did not praise it the same issues could arise. I don't think history was made myself. If history was made by giving an Oscar for this film I am terrified to imagine what history making events still loom for humanity in the future. I don't want to see the movie even if it is good. I have a credo that I live by. I don't want to go see a schmucky ass movie so I can sit around with my woke pals over a latte and praise it over and over. Laughing and mocking people who didn't see it or didn't like it. "Oh I bet they can't read subtitles!" Praising other cultures and debating the various hidden social implications and metaphors in the film. Ooohhh! "Who was really the "parasite?!" I'll pass. I have been told I am out of touch. Behind the times. Not with it. Cool. I want to keep it that way.  I was going to say more but I think I have said enough. Only American movies should win the big prize. A foreign director directing an American movie for Hollywood that wins is okay. The Oscars are for American films and already, as I have stated, Hollywood is one of the few motion pictures institutions in the world that recognize foreign films with an award. No Kimchi Cinema for me, thank you.

Korea's sole contribution to civilization. Well okay, those cool Samsung things too. And dog meat. But this is number one.

THE RISING FROM THE GRAVE OF NECROTIC CINEMA. AGAIN!


The main thing here, for me personally, is that I ran a stake through the heart of my old blog The Uranium Cafe. I am sure that nobody reading this has ever heard of the blog or could give a flying fuck one way or the other. But for me it is big thing. The Uranium Cafe dated back to about 2006 when i was living in Beijing and blogging itself was relatively new. website back then were not yet blocked in China. That would not last too long but it opened the door for me in any case. After Google and Blogger and every other website you can imagine began to get blocked here began the battle for me to figure out ways to still write and publish posts. It was a sheer labor of love. I was sometimes working long ass days trying to teach English to Chinese college students who didn't give a shit about English. Time marches forward and I had to quit working and am now on a marriage visa. My dear Chinese wife lives in another apartment where she searched for the meaning of life and existence. I am an obstacle to her quest and I stay here in this apartment with a garden outside my window and my animal friends. Two cats, three dogs and a guinea pig. My best friend in the world died last year from cancer and I later had a breakdown and wound up on anti-depressants. Again. And I came to a realization that my blog meant zero shit to anybody anywhere but myself. That realization in a big sense set me free. And so I killed it off. I did transfer my data to this blog. This blog is actually pretty old too but I stopped maintaining it years and years ago. I kept the blog name and transferred it to this new account but deleted my Uranium Cafe blog. 

So why the morbid backstory? Do you need to know any of that? No. But this is my blog and I can do what I want. One issue I had before with the Uranium Cafe was that I always compromising myself. Deleting posts I felt might offend somebody. Usually some rant post on woke entertainment culture and how movies and TV shows anymore simply suck ass. The production value seems great but the stories are sissy ass pandering to the ever growing woke mobs. I want nothing to do with it other than to defecate on it all. I almost deleted my last post on the new movie Midway. I felt I was too "opinionated" and some flipped out extreme liberal types might take offense that I felt like it was bullshit for the director to honor the evil Jap soldiers who died in the battle. Well fuck off if that is offensive to you. And let me hug you if it is not. 

I will do now as I like because... well... why not? So with this post of 4 July 2020 (Happy Independence Day America, the Greatest country on God's green Earth!) I begin blogging again with this resurrected blog: NECROTIC CINEMA.

Bill

14 May 2020

MIDWAY/2019/AN ALMOST OLD SCHOOL WWII MOVIE THAT ENDS WITH A WOKE SLAP IN THE FACE


Higaisha Ishiki: The Japanese term for "victim's consciousness" and pertains often to the sense that the peace loving Japanese were pushed into being noble warriors.

Watched the Emmerich WWII drama last night with the wife. We both liked it actually and had a good time but something has been eating at me all day today. I'll get to that shortly. Important to note my wife is Chinese and that the Chinese people have a different take on WWII and the Japanese. At best we can say it is a less forgiving attitude of the events of the time. I think it is important to realize this, that there are more than two points of view on any situation in the world. The American view vs. the point of view of whomever is on the other side. For example the Vietnam War. It is still seen as some sort of lone American military excursion for which the US is entirely culpable on on counts. But the truth is it was a UN led operation and other countries have their own histories of the war and even their own movies. Both Australia and South Korea have made Vietnam War films with stories that focus on their troops and their loses. The reason I bring up this point is because this movie was okay in a big budget b-movie fashion. It had the feel and vibe of one of those war epics that may have starred John Wayne, Henry Fonda or Charlton Heston. In fact over all it was better than most of those in terms of the special effects (no stock footage) and editing and such. Some reviewers are pretty picky in these areas and I think they are unfair. In terms of acting it is okay enough. Woody Harrelson and Dennis Quaid seem to be the big names and the rest are a lot of faces you spend time trying to place from other movies or TV shows. But not a big deal deal there. In the end we liked the film and found it rousing and exciting in places even. At spots even rooting for the "good guys", just like in old time movies. When there were good guys and bad guys. Maybe the good guys weren't always good and the bad guys weren't always bad but they pretty much stood firmly on one side of the fence or the other. Maybe the bad guys didn't call themselves bad of course, but the good guys knew they were evil and that in the end an event like WWII was a battle between good and evil. Or so you would think, right? But in the topsy turvy world of today maybe that isn't case at all.

I am not a historian but I have read a few books on WWII on both the European and Pacific theaters. I have seen a crap load of old movies and these days there are so many short and/or long documentaries on YouTube to watch. Most of what I saw in the film rang enough bells and seemed close enough to what I remember to make it solid enough for a Hollywood movie. One expects a certain license with a film that is going to skim over pearl Harbor, the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Doolittle raid before finally getting to the titular event, the Battle of Midway. There seems to be little doubt that after Midway, only about a half a year into the war with Japan, the eventual outcome favored the US. Japan continued to fight to the bitter end either out of fearsome bravery or reckless, face saving  stupidity. Maybe a little of both but maybe more of the latter.

The film to its credit is not anti-American and does not portray the Americans in any bad light as so many war films do any more. No unarmed prisoners were executed by American troops for a change. The story didn't go on preaching about how women were treated unfairly or black sailors were discriminated against. It also showed the Japanese military in a way that gave them a bit of sympathy and even understanding. I feel Hollywood has for the most part avoided the Pacific War conflict in films in the last few decades, with a couple exceptions, and it has down so out of fear of "stereotyping" the Japanese military of the time. As if that is some greater crime than what they,  the Japs*, were guilty of. Oh in reviews many pussies are more offended by that term being used in the wartime context than by American sailors being killed while still in their bunks sleeping at Pearl Harbor. And so then what about the "woke slap in the face"? What is that all about? At the very end of the film's credits there is the statement:

The film is dedicated to the American and Japanese sailors who fought at Midway. The sea remembers its own.

This is a totally What The Fuck remark and for me, and others, and it abruptly pulled the carpet out from under our feet. This movie was released on Veterans Day even and why it had to include a "woke" ass commemoration of our wartime enemy who killed thousands of American soldiers and sailors in a chicken shit sneak attack is beyond me. Roland Emmerich seems to feel since he is German it allows hi to see the "other side"of the story or something. Here is a quote by Emmerich explaining his reasoning for humanizing the enemy (as if Hollywood has never done that before) and including the dedication at the end  to the enemy:

When asked about the rationale for his portrayal, Emmerich replied: “Well, it’s maybe because I’m German. I know this from my father who was in [the Second World War] as a 17-year-old. It’s just like, all people do their duty and do what they have to do. It’s the politicians who screw up and start wars, and not the normal soldiers… I didn’t want a war movie that kind of reinforces old enemy images… They were as brave and noble as anybody. Their society is quite different to the American society… Nevertheless, I didn’t want to make them you know, kinda like bad guys, because they weren’t bad guys.”


Yes, they were bad guys. They were THE bad guys of THAT time. In other places he makes it clear his dad (above quote) wasn't a member of the Nazi Party. He just served in the Nazi Army. Not the same thing you know. did his noble duty. Yup, that's what he says. He also says that the Japs were as brave and noble as the American, British and Australian troops they waged a savage war against. That is bullshit. They were the bad guys and fuck them. At the bottom of the Pacific Ocean at Midway are two types of soldiers and sailors: Brave Americans and a bunch of Japs. As the credit cues roll by take note of one that says the bloodthirsty Japs killed over 250,000 Chinese farmers and villagers as punishment for helping the crews of the Doolittle raid who parachuted into the Chinese countryside. 250,000 just for that alone. See? Bad guys. Evil. It is a movie worth seeing but there are, of course, some mixed up unAmerican ideas all through it. But the movie was made, ultimately, by liberal Hollywood by a german guy whose father may have shot Americans and British soldiers for all we know. This is as good as it gets anymore folks. And it will only get worse. I personally would like to see a film about the Bataan Death March and how cruel and evil the Japs really were to the prisoners. But these days you can't do that. You can make another film about Japanese living in the US during the war being interned in internment camps (or concentration camps as the cry babies like to call them now)but you cannot make a realistic movie about how the Japs treated their prisoners of war. That would, for some reason be racism. The world is needlessly upside down anymore. You cannot have good guys vs. bad guys. Either both sides are bad (especially the American side) or, in this case, both sides are good. I can see a war between good and bad. I can see a war between bad and bad. But I just do not have the vision of Roland Emmerich to envision a war between between good and good.

* And yes I think it is okay to use a derogatory term to describes one's wartime enemy who is hellbent on killing you and who you are equally hellbent on killing. Hopefully you kill them first and in greater numbers. That the the term is on par with the N word is absurd.  I have lived a quarter of my life in Asia (and am am living in an Asian country now) and three of those years were spent in Japan. The Japanese of today are not the same animal that they were back then, as are modern Germans. But back then they were Nazis and Japs. And while modern Germany has made great strides to try and atone for and distance itself from past misdeeds Japan really has not. They are the poor, poor misunderstood victims and their lovely cities, much of them made of paper and wood, were firebombed and nuked. Executed war criminals are still venerated as near religious deities, war crimes against the Chinese (like Nanjing) and Filipinos are denied or dismissed and a new crop of jingoistic Japanese war films, mostly unheard of outside Japan,  shows the evil Japs in a brave new light. Forced into saving their motherland by outside forces like America. And this is hinted at the beginning of Midway. Who says history is only written by the winners?

GOOD ARTICLE ON "JAPAN AS THE VICTIM" WAR FILMS