Teh Squeaky Wheel
Avian Assault Wednesday; wooo!
Cheers for the Spaulding Gray video; I’m mostly unfamiliar with him and will have to remedy that.
In addition to the “recent rocket unpleasantness” in Israel, some supporters of the Paleostinians apparently tried to lynch a Jew in NYC right across the street from the main Public Library; JFC.
Also saw video of the IDF rolling tanks to the border last night.
I’m mighty sick of that shit; once again, I wish my peeps would take a lesson or two from the Mohammedans re intimidation.
Happy Wednesday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa!
In re Israel: Pres. Trump managed to aid in the execution of four peace treaties between Israel and ME countries. Pres. Biden has managed to return to the status quo of Obama, Bush, Clinton, et al. If we had a properly functioning press, this would be headline news.
Good morning, Fatwa, and Paddy.
Thanks for the youtube links, Mac -- on my list to watch, but man, that’s a long movie! May try it in bits and pieces. The last really long Japanese movie with subtitles that I watched was Ran…and at 2.5 hours it’s shorter than Seven Samurai.
Spalding Gray is somewhat of an acquired taste, but I’d try watching Swimming to Cambodia to get a good idea of his performance style and storytelling skills.
It’s hard not to say that what’s happening in Israel right now is a consequence of Biden winning last year. That man cannot leave office soon enough.
Good morning, Sven. It is a long movie but I am always amazed how quickly it goes by and how I want more. I have Ran, I think that was King Lear if I recall. I preferred Kagamusha, a story that is very familiar but is well done. Like Ran it is in color and it is a truly great movie. I think my favorite Japanese monie after Seven Samurai is Yojimbo. It is in B&W but is one of his classics. It is another one that had a famous western remake, A Fist Full of Dollars, as well as a gangster era movie with Bruce Willis, Last Man Standing. If you like Seven Samurai I highly recommend Yojimbo.
I have seen Seven Samurai dubbed but I much prefer subtitles, there is just too much expression in spoken Japanese that is lost with dubbing.
Are you seeing gasoline shortages in your area, Fatwa?
Hey, Paddy, Sven and Mac!
I’ve seen reports that a lot of local gas stations are either out, have long lines and/or are limiting purchases. Also have heard reports of panic-buying; that’s to be expected, I suppose.
Glad I filled-up the Yukon Monday; that’s enough to last us several weeks of local errands. Hopefully, the supply problem will be resolved fairly quickly if Colonial can restart their pipelines by the end of this week as they said they expected earlier today.
I reckon it’ll still take a couple of weeks after that to resupply gas stations. Also read that about 25% of U.S. gas tanker trucks have been idled due to a lack of trained drivers caused by COVID and extended unemployment benefits.
It’s getting to be like the Carter administration 2.0…without the warm, fuzzy cardigans.
I can hardly wait for the malaise and high interest rates to kick in…
I started watching Seven Samurai. I’m confused. The farmers are Japanese, but the robbers also appear to be Japanese -- I thought for sure they’d be white colonial racists, no?
“Your head is on the block, but you worry about your whiskers.” Good line.
“Whatever your burden, talking may ease it.” Another good line.
I have several versions of subtitles, but this one struck me as very good, maybe the best I have seen. I have not watched this version completely yet, if it is the one I linked, but I will just to check it out. If it is that good all the way through I will try to download a good copy and burn it to a DVD. I hope you like the movie.
One of my other favorites, which I have watched countless times, is the 1950 version of Cyrano de Bergerac. I have read a translation of the play and the movie stands up well. That is not common.
It’s not a bad movie at all -- more of an experience than just watching a movie if you know what I mean. Thank you, Mac.
I’m curious as to how it was received in Japan when it came out -- I’ll have to look that up.
How did it compare with the western for you?
The 1950 Cyrano de Bergerac is fantastic! I haven’t thought about that movie in decades.
It is another movie I often go to play a favorite part and end up watching it through and then starting at the beginning. So many great character portrayals. I have several copies as I tried to find the best sound. I also have a colorized copy but prefer the sound on one of the B&W copies. So many great lines I think of all the time. He well deserved the Oscar.
I am downloading it as it seems a good copy. I was surprised at the picture quality when I put it on full screen yesterday, but now I understand. It is almost 2 GB so it is rather high resolution for a B&W movie. Always good to have another version. Having an online link makes it easy to share.