The Interview – Crap with Political Crap

If you haven’t heard of The Interview – you either live in North Korea or you don’t use the internet -either way, the chances are that you aren’t reading this – so, never mind. Just in case you fall into some third category – here it is in a nutshell. Seth Rogen and James Franco … Continue reading “The Interview – Crap with Political Crap”

If you haven’t heard of The Interview – you either live in North Korea or you don’t use the internet -either way, the chances are that you aren’t reading this – so, never mind.
the interview
Just in case you fall into some third category – here it is in a nutshell. Seth Rogen and James Franco made a farce film about a pulp entertainment magazine show which lands an interview with Kim Jong Un, the real life North Korean dictator. The CIA enlists them to kill him. Things go awry and gay jokes and anus jokes and sodomy jokes ensue. The film was made through Sony Pictures and as a result – Sony was hacked by real life North Korean hackers who stole tons of valuable data and threatened to blow up any theaters that showed the film because of the portrayal of Kim Jong Un in the film. As a result, major film chains refused to let the movie open on Christmas day and President Obama and many others said that Sony should not bow to the will of dictators and terrorists and so the film was released on Youtube and other sources online and screened in thousands of small theaters nationwide. With all the free press – a great many people who would not have seen this film probably watched it and many who would have watched it probably did not. And that’s the background on this. I watched it on YouTube which cost me $5.99 and robbed me of the chance to see a bunch of gray hairs being offended as Seth Rogen shoved a giant silver phallus in his rectum. More spoilers will follow so if that isn’t something you want to see – dont read on.

The only thing really political about this film was the real life drama that surrounded it’s release. Mostly it’s just a bunch of fart, shit, gay, penis jokes disguised as a buddy film. If you are looking for substance – you won’t find it. If you are looking for intellectual satire, you won’t find it. If you are looking for plot – you better look elsewhere. If you are looking for smart, edgy, funny, or thought provoking – it’s not there. If you are looking for Franco to hint at being gay, Eminem to come out of the closet, or Rogen to shove a bloody silver phallus up his anus – this is your film. There was some nudity, but none of it worthwhile – though the Korean party girls in bikinis were a momentary treat. The jokes didn’t really work in almost every case.

The violence was needless and way over the top with blood spattering worthy of a zombie flick but without the enjoyment of watching a zombie bite the dust.

The only good part about this movie was actor Randall Park’s portrayal of Kim Jong Un. Park brings multiple dimensions to a character that the world knows little to nothing about – a character that is real! A person who controls the fate of an entire nation and has his finger on a nuclear button. Park’s portrayal was sympathetic at times, crazy spoiled at times, and downright scary at times. This, if anything, is the value of the film and the reason why the film struck a nerve with North Korea. I’d like to see Park in a biopic about Kim Jong Un. A serious film. But that wasn’t what this was.

Ultimately, if the North Koreans had succeeded in suppressing this film – it probably would have been doing a favor to the people who ultimately went to theaters to see it. I saw some of them walking out of a Christmas Day screening and frankly, none of them looked like they were happy about paying ticket prices to see this crap.

Running, animal porn, North Korea, Food, and Suicide

I’m sick of getting comments with links to animal porn.

This is one of the most viewed posts on this site of all time. Why? Animal porn.

I went running this morning for the first time in a while. I think the walking helped a lot. I felt like I was running faster and better than before. The bummer is that it seems like every time I get motivated to start running, I encounter some sort of injury. This morning it is my left calve muscle, now I’m limping around the library. Oh well, I’ll just run a little slower tomorrow and be sure to stretch.

I have to say that I appreciate the comments that have been showing up lately. Sometimes with blogging it starts to feel like the only ones reading what you write are yourself and your mom (Hi Mom!) so it feels especially good to get some interaction. I’m changing things up a little bit , trying to incorporate more of me into my posts while still giving you links to stories that catch my interest or I think will catch yours.
As to the comments, I have to moderate them pretty close or we end up with links to animal porn and other foul internet areas. So the deal is that every comment has to be approved by first time commentators, after you are approved though, you can comment at will. I know it can be frustrating to make a comment and not see it immediately, but I do it because of the animal porn. Just say no to animal porn.

Here’s a bad segue into North Korea where they are saying that up to 800,000 people have starved

People dying while working in factories, exhausted from hunger; policemen stealing food from the people; lack of food, starvation: while world leaders discuss the food problem at the FAO summit, the population of North Korea faces an unprecedented decimation. The annual famine, together with the disastrous flooding last year, has made food impossible to find in the regime headed by Kim Jong-il. According to South Korean non-governmental organisations, the only groups still allowed to bring necessities to the north, 800,000 have already died from hunger.


There is nothing more horrifying than mass starvation, especially when it can be avoided. This is almost a million human beings who are dying in the worst possible way. I would classify this as genocide.
Food shortages are striking world wide and prices are spiking for a variety of reasons. What can you do to keep your own grocery bill lower? Here are 10 ways from Gimundo

1. Shop the bulk bins.
2. Eat less meat.
3. Buy cheaper cuts of meat.
4. Eat your leftovers and take your lunch.
5. Vegetables cost less when they’re in season, and they taste better too.
6. Eat your eggs and demand humane treatment of chickens.
7. Join a co-op or buying club. Or start your own. Find one near you.
8. Plan your menus and shop with a list.
9. Grow your own and learn to dehydrate, freeze, and can foods for the winter.
10. Know when to scrimp and when not to.

On to other things, I am happy to see that anthropology isn’t listed as one of the ten most worthless degrees. It’s funny because I almost majored in film, but had a very similar thought to what they say there.
Also am happy to say that a French judge ruled that lying about one’s virginity is grounds for annulment of a marriage. It should be. So should uncontrollable accidental bowel syndrome. And chronic bad breath.

Another abomination is what is happening to once great American cities like Detroit. Despite all the negatives in this article, it makes me think that moving there may actually be a good idea. Maybe that’s just because I am poor. lol. The rapture is coming.
Don’t worry though, according to wired.com you can now leave a note for your loved ones.
. If you want to just rappture yourself, you can always buy the newly popular German suicide pills. Leave it to the Germans to perfect euthanasia.
And finally on this post of bad segues…if you want to run your car on water, here is the way that the internet claims you can do it.

The Kims – Jong Il and Jong Un.

(an odd note: I’ve noticed that when I try to post new stories to the Kim Jong Il category, they don’t show up on the blog, so I’ve decided to put this in machinations of power instead…very odd…it’s the only category that does that…perhaps the Kim’s have noticed and bugged my site?)

This is not Kim Jong Il or his son and successor Kim Jong Un. Instead he is a South Korean construction worker who runs an online fortune telling business. (from Gawker)

Kim Jong Un – The Brilliant Comrade

Strange things are happening in Korea…did anyone else not hear about the nuclear test conducted last week in North Korea?

More about Kim Jong Un and his brothers.
Kim Jong Un sounds like a nice guy. His brothers sound like the brothers from Lion in Winter. One sneaking out of the country to go to Disneyland and the other (according to a Sushi chef) too effeminate to lead. You better be careful of those guys Kim Jong Un!

Kim Jong Un studied at the International School in Bern, Switzerland, in the 1990s. The Swiss weekly newsmagazine L’Hebdo reported that he used the pseudonym Pak Chol and learned to speak English, German and French.

A classmate recalled him as timid and introverted but an avid skier and basketball player who was a big fan of the NBA star Michael Jordan and action film star Jean-Claude Van Damme. He was humble and friendly with the children of American diplomats and often helped break up fights between classmates, a former school director said.

A car arrived every day after school to pick him up, the report said; classmates and school officials thought he was the driver’s son.

The eldest son, Jong Nam, 38, was considered the favourite to succeed his father until he was caught trying to enter Japan on a fake passport in 2001. He reportedly told Japanese officials he wanted to visit Tokyo’s Disney resort.

Mr. Kim considers the middle son, Jong Chol, too effeminate for the job, according to his former sushi chef.