“Logan” Movie Review

I grew up on a steady diet of Marvel comic books, toys, video games and Saturday morning cartoons.  It should come as no surprise then, I’ve always been a fan of Wolverine.

Today I caught a matinee showing of “Logan” and was blown away.

To me, the hallmark of a great performance is not being able to imagine anyone else playing the part, and Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the titular character is nothing short of perfection.  I can neither imagine nor would I have any interest in seeing anyone else in the role.

I don’t go to the theater as often as I used to, but I’ve seen almost every X-Men movie on the big screen:  The good (“X-Men,” “X2: X-Men United,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), the bad (“X-Men: First Class,” “X-Men: Apocalypse”) and the ugly (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”).

Speaking of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” when I first discovered they were making a Wolverine spinoff film I was excited, but less so once I found out it was an origin story.  In my view, they’d already done a stellar job of detailing enough of his backstory in “X2: X-Men United” to further develop the character, but omitted enough to preserve his enigmatic past.

In seeing that film, I thought it started off great, but it was clear too much executive meddling ruined it.  Fox seemed more interested in setting up unnecessary characters for spinoff films than in doing Wolverine’s story justice.

The second solo film, “The Wolverine” was a marked improvement over the first and found Logan battling his foes in Japan.

“Logan” was a completely different animal, no pun intended.  It was dark.  Depressing.  The film was incredibly well done, with equal parts action and heartbreak.  As the credits rolled, I felt a piece of my childhood had died, in the form of an old friend, a character I’ve known and loved since I was a kid.  I left the theater feeling sad and a little empty.

I’ll miss seeing Jackman’s Wolverine on the big screen, but respect his decision to walk away from the franchise and always leave us wanting more.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, I definitely recommend watching it, although I’ll admit I don’t know if I could watch it again.

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Joe Bob Briggs & “MonsterVision”

Who else besides me remembers “MonsterVision”?

For those of you not in the know, “MonsterVision” was a TV show on the TNT network that ran from early 1991 to late 2000.  It primarily featured horror, sci-fi and fantasy films although occasionally other genres would slip in as well.  During its run, it was originally hosted by a Claymation-style moon character, and later by magicians Penn and Teller before finally receiving its permanent host, the legendary Joe Bob Briggs.

Joe Bob Briggs is the pseudonym of syndicated film critic, writer and comic performer John Irving Bloom.  Bloom was born in Dallas, Texas but was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He attended Vanderbuilt University on a sports-writing scholarship and later began his writing career at Texas Monthly and the Dallas Times Herald.  While at the Herald, Bloom created the comedic persona of “Joe Bob Briggs” to review b-movies and other cult films.

The Briggs character is, essentially, a humorous, unapologetic Texas redneck with an undying love for drive-in theaters.  Originally, his reviews were reserved only for movies showing at the local drive-in, but later he began reviewing films available on VHS and DVD.

In the early 80s, Bloom lived in New York City where he encouraged film fans to engage in a “Postcard Fu” campaign in opposition to the city’s plans to renovate and redevelop 42nd Street, which would inevitably lead to the closure of many of the Big Apple’s ’round the clock grindhouse theaters.

In 1985, Bloom debuted his one-man show, “An Evening with Joe Bob Briggs” (later retitled “Joe Bob Dead in Concert”) in Cleveland.  After its success, Bloom took the show on the road and performed in more than fifty venues over the next two years.

It was the stage show that led to Bloom being invited to guest host “Drive-In Theater,” a late night show featuring b-movies on The Movie Channel (TMC).  Briggs was such a hit, he was later signed to a long-term contract.  The show (now retitled “Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theater”) became the highest rated show on the network and ran for nearly a decade.

“Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theater” ended after TMC decided to change its format in early 1996.  Bloom wasn’t without a gig for long, however, as he joined TNT as the new host of “MonsterVision” just four months later.

“MonsterVision” typically aired two movies a night, with the better known title usually receiving top billing.  The second movie was billed as “Joe Bob’s Last Call.”  Briggs host segments typically took place both in and outside his trailer and featured his usual comedic commentary including his trademark “Drive-In Totals,” a humorous list of a movie’s highlights, as well as other trivia about the film.

Unfortunately, “MonsterVision” was canceled in July 2000 with its final episode airing in September of that same year.  Gone but certainly not forgotten, “MonsterVision” will always hold a special place in my heart.  I still hold out hope we haven’t seen the last of Joe Bob hosting all-night monster movie marathons.

As the man himself has said, “The drive-in will never die.”

 

 

 

The Prince or President?

It seems a lot of people in the media (and elsewhere) have been surprised by the quickness of President Donald J. Trump’s actions recently, even going so far as to call his maneuvers “chaotic.”  They really shouldn’t be surprised by what he’s doing, though.  Allow me to explain…

“It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them.”

― Niccolò Machiavelli, “The Prince”

If the above quote doesn’t accurately describe what Donald Trump has been up against since first announcing his candidacy on June 16, 2015, I don’t know what does.

“One can reach the position of ruler through the favor of either the common citizens or the nobles, because the two classes are found in every city. The nobles want only to oppress the people, and the people want only to avoid oppression…When the nobles feel pressure from the people, they try to make one of their own the prince in order to protect their privileges. When the people feel they cannot resist the nobles, they try to make a fellow citizen prince in order to protect their rights. You can never satisfy the nobles by acting honorably, but you can satisfy the people.”

The People’s Champion

Donald J. Trump ascended to power on the promise of returning power of the U.S. government to its citizens. Trump is loathed by the elite, our modern day nobles, which is why they oppose him so viciously.

One of Their Own

Crooked Hillary Clinton was not chosen by the people. If the libtards had their way, Crazy Bernie would’ve been the democratic nominee. Clearly, the elite was unsure of how cooperative and/or capable Sanders would be in such a role and decided instead to confer that position upon Clinton, an unscrupulous puppet, ready and willing to do their bidding, to protect their interests not ours.

“Regardless of how a prince comes to power, he should make every effort to win the good will of the people, or in times of trouble, he will have no hope. A prince must not delude himself about the reliability of the people, but nonetheless, a prince who makes good preparations and knows how to command will never be betrayed by them. A wise ruler will contrive to keep all his citizens dependent on him and on the state, and then he will be able to trust them.”

At any point, Trump could’ve chosen to pander to any number of the Left’s bread and butter groups: racial minorities, the LGBT community, Muslims, etc. But he didn’t. Instead, he chose his constituents masterfully — aligning himself with law and order by association with the military/police and 2nd Amendment supporters, morality by association with Christians and Pro Life advocates, the hardworking everyman by association with those who lost their jobs through outsourcing or illegal immigration, etc.

Which begs the question, which constituents did the Left choose to court?  The worst our society has to offer — criminals, illegal aliens, domestic terror groups like Black Lives Matter and their sympathizers, Welfare cases, sexually irresponsible Pro-Choice advocates, feminists, etc.

The contrast couldn’t have been more stark.

If the lamestream media is truly “surprised” by Trump’s actions, it’s only because they’ve been used to dealing with all talk, no action politicians, and Trump’s a completely different animal.

Personally, I don’t think the media is surprised by what Trump’s doing, or at least not to the degree they’re letting on.  They know just enough to try and put their own #FakeNews spin on everything he does, in an effort to undermine what he seeks to achieve.

You want to know the real reason Trump’s been so busy since taking office, and why he’s getting so much done so quickly?

“Cruel acts may be justified when they are done all at once to establish a prince’s power (but not repeated) and turned to the benefit of his subjects. Cruel acts are done badly when they increase over time. A conqueror should decide how many injuries he must inflict up front and do them all at once to keep his subjects from constantly resenting them. But benefits should be handed out gradually, so that people savor them. Above all, a prince should live with his subjects in such a way that no good or bad situation can force him to change his conduct.”

If you’re going to rip off a Band-Aid, what’s the better way to do it?  Doing it quickly and all-at-once, or dragging it out so you can feel every little hair get pulled out by its root?

Exactly.

Trump is following the advice laid out in “The Prince” to the letter.  You may have seen this same sort of Machiavellian stratagem of “settling all business at once” at the end of a little movie called “The Godfather”:

*SPOILER ALERT*

 

#FakeNews can try and claim President Trump’s actions are “chaotic” all it wants, but make no mistake, no actions taken by Trump are willy-nilly.  They’re all part of an elaborate strategy, his master plan to make America great again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Trump’s Red Pill Marriage Advice

Twitter user Portfolio Playboy (@Galanteador1189) tweeted:

Trump does this often.  Would b interesting to hear u gentleman’s view

“The person I hired to be my personal representative overseeing the construction, Barbara Res, was the first woman ever put in charge of a skyscraper in New York. She was thirty-three at the time, she’d worked for HRH, and I’d met her on the Commodore job, where she’d worked as a mechanical superintendent. I’d watched her in construction meetings, and what I liked was that she took no guff from anyone She was half the size of most of these bruising guys, but she wasn’t afraid to tell them off when she had to, and she knew how to get things done.

It’s funny. My own mother was a housewife all her life. And yet it’s turned out that I’ve hired a lot of women for top jobs, and they’ve been among my best people. Often, in fact, they are far more effective than the men around them.

– Donald J. Trump, “Trump: The Art of the Deal”

Illimitable Man (@IllimitableMan) with what I found to be an interesting response:

He hires high energy high testosterone women with little person syndrome’s need to prove itself. Great employees, but not wife material.

This, in turn, reminded me of something Trump himself had said, so I (@MrLeoneVolpe) decided to chime-in with:

Trump has also said he will not involve future wives in his business like he did Ivana, as he now considers it a mistake to do so.

I then added an image containing the following Trump quote:

“My big mistake with Ivana was taking her out of the role of wife and allowing her to run one of my casinos in Atlantic City, then the Plaza Hotel. The problem was, work was all she wanted to talk about. When I got home at night, rather than talking about the softer subjects of life, she wanted to tell me how well the Plaza was doing, or what a great day the casino had, I really appreciated all her efforts, but it was just too much…I will never again give a wife responsibility within my business. Ivana worked very hard, and I appreciated the effort, but I soon began to realize that I was married to a businessperson rather than a wife.”

– Donald J. Trump

I remembered the quote but not verbatim, so whilst looking for it online I stumbled across a link (which I found to be hilarious) from none other than Huffington Post.  Its title?

17 Of The Most Absurd Things Donald Trump Has Said About Marriage

Before I share the content of that post, let me just say I don’t pretend I have all life’s answers but I do believe I’ve stumbled upon two maxims which, if adhered to, will produce positive results in one’s life:

  • The opposite of whatever leftists say/do is the truth

If you’re ever unsure of what to think about a topic, simply find out what the left’s position is on it, turn that 180 degrees and you’ll be a whole hell of a lot closer to finding out what’s true.

  • Heed advice espoused by President Donald J. Trump

I find Donald Trump to be endlessly fascinating.  “The 48 Laws of Power” could be re-written citing only recent examples of things Trump has said and done.  Additionally, and perhaps unexpectedly, he may very well be one of the greatest sources of red pill marriage advice.  This, of course, makes it all the more ironic yet unsurprising a publication like Huffington Post would consider his remarks, “absurd.”

Without any further ado, I present red pill marriage advice courtesy of the God Emperor himself:

17 Of The Most Absurd Things Donald Trump Has Said About Marriage

Thrice-married Donald Trump may not be the best person to dole out marital advice — or any advice, for that matter — but that hasn’t stopped him from giving it through the years.

The Republican presidential candidate and “traditional marriage” advocate has been married to third wife Melania Knauss since 2005. His first marriage to Ivana Zelnickova lasted from 1977 to 1992, reportedly ending in a $25 million settlement for Ivana. He was married to second wife Marla Maples from 1993 to 1999.

Below, some of the most questionable things Trump has ever said about marriage in his books and in interviews.

1. If she won’t sign a prenup, she’s not the wife for you.

“The most difficult aspect of the prenuptial agreement is informing your future wife (or husband): I love you very much, but just in case things don’t work out, this is what you will get in the divorce. There are basically three types of women and reactions. One is the good woman who very much loves her future husband, solely for himself, but refuses to sign the agreement on principle. I fully understand this, but the man should take a pass anyway and find someone else. The other is the calculating woman who refuses to sign the prenuptial agreement because she is expecting to take advantage of the poor, unsuspecting sucker she’s got in her grasp. There is also the woman who will openly and quickly sign a prenuptial agreement in order to make a quick hit and take the money given to her.” (Trump: The Art of the Comeback, with Kate Bohner, 1997)

2. Don’t ever marry a “ballbreaker.”

“If he doesn’t lose the ballbreaker, his career will go nowhere.” (Trump: The Art of the Comeback)

3. Stay clear of women who “gripe” and “bitch.”

“Often, I will tell friends whose wives are constantly nagging them about this or that that they’re better off leaving and cutting their losses. I’m not a great believer in always trying to work things out, because it just doesn’t happen that way. For a man to be successful he needs support at home, just like my father had from my mother, not someone who is always griping and bitching. When a man has to endure a woman who is not supportive and complains constantly about his not being home enough or not being attentive enough, he will not be very successful unless he is able to cut the cord.” (Trump: The Art of the Comeback)

4. To avoid disagreements, simply tell your wife what to do.

“There’s not a lot of disagreement because, ultimately, Ivana does exactly as I tell her to do.” (on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in April 1988)

5. Don’t make the mistake of giving your wife business responsibilities.

“My big mistake with Ivana was taking her out of the role of wife and allowing her to run one of my casinos in Atlantic City, then the Plaza Hotel. The problem was, work was all she wanted to talk about. When I got home at night, rather than talking about the softer subjects of life, she wanted to tell me how well the Plaza was doing, or what a great day the casino had. I really appreciated all her efforts, but it was just too much … I will never again give a wife responsibility within my business. Ivana worked very hard, and I appreciated the effort, but I soon began to realize that I was married to a businessperson rather than a wife.” (Trump: The Art of the Comeback)

6. Seriously, do you want a wife or an executive?

“There was a great softness to Ivana, and she still has that softness, but during this period of time, she became an executive, not a wife… You know, I don’t want to sound too much like a chauvinist, but when I come home and dinner’s not ready, I’ll go through the roof, okay?” (as quoted in TrumpNation by Timothy L. O’Brien, 2005)

7. But if you do employ her, give her a fair wage.

“My wife, Ivana, is a brilliant manager. I will pay her one dollar a year and all the dresses she can buy!” (as quoted in Vanity Fair, September 1990)

8. Don’t give your wife “negotiable assets.” That’s a yuuuuge mistake.

“I would never buy Ivana any decent jewels or pictures. Why give her negotiable assets?” (as quoted in Vanity Fair, September 1990)

9. Take a lax approach to fatherhood.

“Cause I like kids. I mean, I won’t do anything to take care of them. I’ll supply funds and she’ll take care of the kids. It’s not like I’m gonna be walking the kids down Central Park.” (in an interview with radio host Howard Stern in 2005)

10. And never touch a diaper.

“No, I don’t do that. There are a lot of women out there that demand that the husband act like the wife, and you know, there’s a lot of husbands that listen to that. So you know, they go for it.” (on the Opie and Anthony show in November 2005)

11. Keep your “experiences” with married women on the down-low.

“If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best-seller (which it will be anyway!). I’d love to tell all, using names and places, but I just don’t think it’s right.” (Trump: The Art of the Comeback)

12. Cherish it when you find someone with both beauty and brains — it’s highly uncommon.

“I knew from the start that Ivana was different from just about all of the other women I’d been spending time with. Good looks had been my top — and sometimes, to be honest, my only — priority in my man-about-town days. Ivana was gorgeous, but she was also ambitious and intelligent. When I introduced her to friends and associates, I said, ‘Believe me. This one’s different.’ Everyone knew what I meant, and I think everyone sensed that I found the combination of beauty and brains almost unbelievable. I suppose I was a little naive, and perhaps, like a lot of men, I had been taught by Hollywood that one woman couldn’t have both.” (Trump: Surviving at the Top, with Charles Leerhsen, 1990)

13. Consider an open marriage.

“I even thought, briefly, about approaching Ivana with the idea of an ‘open marriage.’ But I realized there was something hypocritical and tawdry about such an arrangement that neither of us could live with — especially Ivana. She’s too much of a lady.” (Trump: Surviving at the Top)

14. After leaving a marriage “for a piece of ass,” know that you’re bound to be cast as the bad guy.

“When a man leaves a woman, especially when it was perceived that he has left for a piece of ass—a good one!—there are 50 percent of the population who will love the woman who was left.” (as quoted in Vanity Fair, September 1990)

15. Don’t let your wife persuade you into accepting a work-life balance.

“Marla was always wanting me to spend more time with her. ‘Why can’t you be home at five o’clock like other husbands?’ she would ask. Sometimes, when I was in the wrong mood, I would give a very materialistic answer. ‘Look, I like working. You don’t mind traveling around in beautiful helicopters and airplanes, and you don’t mind living at the top of Trump Tower, or at Mar-a-Lago, or traveling to the best hotels, or shopping in the best stores and never having to worry about money, do you? If you want me to be home at five o’clock, maybe these other things wouldn’t happen and you’d be complaining about that, too. Why would you want to take something that I enjoy and change it?’ I always viewed her whys as being very selfish. But the fact is, in a marriage both sides have to be happy.” (Trump: The Art of the Comeback)

16. To keep the romance alive, don’t fart or “make a doody.”

“I’ve never see any, it’s amazing. Maybe they save that for after marriage.” (Trump in 2004, when Howard Stern asked if then-girlfriend Melania Knauss ever “makes a doody.” )

17. Acknowledge your spouse’s advice — then ignore it.

“I can tell you, [Melania]’s told me a couple of times during the debates she was very happy with my performances — if you can call it a performance — but she’s said you could tone it down a bit on occasion, which I understand.” (in an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters in November 2015)

And there you have it, some of the best red pill advice on marriage you’ll ever get courtesy of our 45th President by way of Huffington Post, one of the shittiest #fakenews sources of all-time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finding Your “One Thing”

I believe the meaning of life is to give your life a meaning.  I’m reminded of a scene from “City Slickers”:

That “one thing” is going to be different for everyone.  What gives one man a sense of fulfillment may not give another the same feeling.  Essentially, your duty in life is to find that one thing that really speaks to you and do it.  Don’t feel badly if you can’t find that thing, whatever it may be, right away.  Keep trying new things until something “clicks.”

Learn to enjoy your life as you would a song, which isn’t all about the final note (or where things ultimately end up), it’s about appreciating the journey the melody takes you on along the way.

 

Never Let a Woman Be Your “Everything”

Women aren’t goddesses deserving of worship.  They are meant to be companion pieces to a man’s already full, well-rounded life.  A woman mustn’t be a man’s raison d’etre, and if she is, she won’t be his woman for long.  A woman would rather play “second fiddle” to a man with higher priorities than be “everything” to a man with nothing else going for him.

If you’ve been neglecting other important aspects of your life, MGTOW might be an effective short-term solution but it is not a lifestyle to be admired in the long run, as it deprives a man of the enjoyment that can be found in women when they’re correctly managed/properly prioritized.

As with most things in life, there are pros and cons, benefits and drawbacks.  Women are certainly no exception.  A “9” or “10” might provide you a boost of pride when walking with one on your arm, but due to their inevitable sense of entitlement and greater propensity to cause drama you may not be as happy with one in a long-term relationship as you would a woman of lesser physical attractiveness.  Sure, you won’t be as proud to show off a “6” or “7” but if she’s a loyal companion and would make a good mother to your children, it may be a worthy tradeoff.

Generally, upper echelon chicks are better suited as great one-night-stands, fuck buddies or mini long-term relationships, but could, in rare instances, be better relationship material than a 6 or 7, it just depends on the girl.

Bottom line:  No girl should be regarded as “one in a million” but “one of a million.”  If she leaves you, your life isn’t ruined.  As most modern-day women offer little value to a man’s life outside the bedroom, she can be easily replaced.  The more value a woman is able to offer you in other areas, (e.g. cooking, cleaning, child-rearing, etc.) the less expendable she is.  But even then, as a man whose constantly looking to improve himself and thus raise his own value you should be able to find plenty of women capable of fitting that bill.

Risky Business

If there’s an attractive woman you’re interested in, and you’re unsure of how best to proceed, remember this:

Never treat a woman as if she’s some goddess deserving of worship, treat her like your bratty kid sister.

If you worship a girl who is used to getting worshiped by thirsty guys, you’re not going to stand out from the pack, and you’ll never get to where you want to go.  Stand out by not giving a fuck, or at least appearing not to.  How can you do this?

  • Don’t agree with everything she says
  • Tease her

If she says something stupid or makes an unfunny joke, playfully call her out on it and/or don’t laugh.  Also, you mustn’t be afraid to escalate things with her both verbally and physically.  If you’re too afraid to “make a move” she’ll know her value exceeds yours and you’ll be left dead in the water.

As Curtis Armstrong’s character in “Risky Business” once said:

“Every now and then, say ‘what the fuck.’  ‘What the fuck’ gives you freedom.  Freedom brings opportunity, opportunity makes your future.  Say ‘what the fuck’…If you can’t say it, you can’t do it.”