Clint: 4.4/5 stars, 8.4/10.
Carolyn: 4.4/5 stars, 8.4/10.
Native ratings: 3.1/5 stars Netflix, 5.5/10 IMDB (seems low, but IMDB is usually low).
What a premise: The government allows all crime to be legal for a period of 12 hours every year.
Carolyn thought it was an interesting commentary on human behavior and preventing crime, but then I had to interject that it was not a commentary on that at all. It was a commentary on using crime prevention as an excuse for class warfare: A phenomenon that is very real and happens in the real world today. Very often -- in the real world -- the vaunted public interest of stopping crime or making people safe is used as an excuse to reduce personal liberty. And this is the ultimate example of that.
In that sense, this is a political commentary along the same lines as The Hunger Games, but in a more decentralized, less post-apocalyptic, less futuristic way. The society seems to be a present-day society, whereas Hunger Games seems to be 50-100 years in the future. But the message is the same: Class warfare is entertaining for the upper class, hell for the lower class, and is designed to destroy everyone but the rich.
So the movie had political ramifications for me, regardless of how good it was otherwise. And I liked that.
Clint: 3/5 stars, 7/10.
Carolyn: 3/5 stars, 7/10.
Native ratings: 6.5/10 IMDB. Not available on Netflix.
This was an interesting Christmas choice! A completely subversive christmas message counter to all the bullshit family movies that are usually forced down our throat this time of year.
This is one you want me to spoil the premise of, beucase you've never heard of it, it's not on Netflix, and you likely will never watch it anyway. And I think the spoiler is in the actual 1-line IMDB summary. I.E. You're supposed to know what happens before going on. So here we go.
This is a movie about 4 siblings whose cool grandfather dies, so they kill their FUCKING ASSHOLE parents. Seriously... Their parents are just awful. Incredibly awful. In every imaginable possible way. They don't dwell on the awfulness too much: Just enough to establish that each parent is a total piece of shit to at least 2 of the 4 kids. Most of the movie is focusing on the siblings. Ergo the title.
This is listed as a black comedy, and that is definitely true. It's mostly not funny -- and you don't really laugh out loud -- but the way everything works out is slightly uplifting in a dark, morbid way. Sometimes murder is good. Sometimes killing your parents is good. Merry Christmas.
Even if the guy had a knife and lunged at the cops, they should still be tried for murder. A trained professional can do nothing but kill a person in the easiest possible way? These are not heroes, these are cowards.
Average deaths in a shooting rampage when stopped by police: 14.3
Average deaths in a shooting rampage when stopped by civilians: 2.3.
It should be noted, though, that that includes unarmed civilians.
So really, a civilian actually doing something reduces the average from 14.3 to 2.6 -- 11.7 people saved on average. Them being armed only saves 0.8 lives a shooting (1 life every 4 out of 5 shootings).
The point being: Doing something is better than doing nothing, and waiting for the police is what will give you the lowest odds of surviving. And if someone is going to be a hero - they will a better job at doing so if they have the tools available.
Yup. Jaywalking = death sentence. You can see it in the video. A man running away is not a threat, and certainly a man that's been shot in the back 4 times is not a threat either.
Supposedly they found a gun on him, but there were none of his fingerprints on him. Doesn't matter if he did have a gun -- carrying a gun is our constitutional right.
Imagine how much more this happened before we had surveillance cameras everywhere -- back when the violent crime rate was higher than it is today.
Isn't it funny how the cop's name is protected from the public, but people who are arrested are a matter of public record? One set of laws for us, another set of laws for them.
Freshly released: Actual video of police killing a homeless man. The video is FORTY MINUTES IN LENGTH, with TWENTY MINUTES OF BRUTALITY.
If 6 officers couldn't take this guy down in less than 20 minutes, none of them deserve to keep their job.
For once, the pigs are actually charged with murder and manslaughter. But wait. Only 2 of the 6 officers were actually charged. Seems to be that if you mindlessly dogpile onto an existing situation, you're just fine. They never charge everyone who actually did it.
"I just started smashing his face to hell" -one of the officers
Yes people -- there is a literal bounty on our head. When you wonder if that cop is going to shoot you, just be reminded that he'll get paid $300 to $500 if he does kill and shoot you. As if the pigs need more incentive to shoot people. This is ridiculous.
Anyone paying a modicum of attention has seen how bounties in Afghanistan resulted in innocent people sent to Guantanamo for years (and not released for years even after the government realized they were innocent).
The amazing thing is all the comments supporting this practice. A literal bounty on the head of taxpayers. Shoot us and you get a reward. Our tax dollars at work. PUBLIC unions at work.
To those who said that NDAA would not be applicable to American citizens...
To those who said that because the law did not modify previous law, it meant that Americans could not be assassinated...
To those who defended the Obama administration, and his appointee, Eric Holder...
...Here is our attorney general directly arguing that assassinating american citizens without judicial oversite is perfectly constitutional.
You see, existing law never needed to be modified. Just clarified by Bush's actions and Obama's legitimization of those actions.
And here is our attorney general directly saying it.
There's no denying it.
At least one state was considering a law that said that when a police officer committed a crime, they automatically get the maximum sentence because they are a represenative of the government and are not supposed to be breaking the law.
Wow. Looks like I'm voting Republican. A 1st.
In 50 years, only 3 times did the former prosecutor decline to personally present a case to a grand jury for indictment,& this was 1 of them.
In case anyone didn't notice, there is some foul shit going on in Burma/Myanmar.
Does China give a fuck?
No, and here's why.
Don't expect the U.N. to save them either.
Or America... We're too busy protecting our energy supply to care about freedom.
Because of course they would have shot him with a guno therwise, and tasers are so great they allow cops to use less-lethal force, right?
No, I don't think a cop could shoot you in this situation. Tasers invite MORE force to be used, not less.
Nice police we have these days. Not letting someone merge in really is not a reason to even initiate a conversation with someone... You have a right not to let someone merge. It's a jungle out there, and letting someone merge is a VOLUNTARY civility.
I left a comment at this story, too.
Hey Anthony Blake ... Nice shooting job. How'd you shoot him in the back of the hands if he was holding a weapon (which didn't have his fingerprints on it)? That's all you have to do to get away with murder?
Cop goes free. Cops have special powers. Even off-duty, they can do whatever the fuck they want, and completely get away with it.
This cop deserves to be shot, as far as I am concerned. Let's hope that jurisdiction does not offer bullet-proof vests.
I love how there is a law protecting the public officials from self-incrimination. I guess if you're on the side of the establishment, you get additional protection beyond the constitution? They literally kicked his asshole open before killing him.
"You wanna hear something funny? He's still alive"
I'm all for deporting 100% of illegals NOW, but this is completely fucking unacceptable. Constitutional rights are for all people, not just citizens. Not that we need law/religion to know this is wrong.
Excellent OpEd by Anothony Wade about the state of tasers today.
This was a GOOD quick read. I'd read the whole bible in middle school, but didn't remember ANY of these stories.
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