Showing Tag: " cinema" (Show all posts)

Kangaroos get revenge at Hanging Rock horse-race hate-fest

Posted by Derek Sapphire on Thursday, January 27, 2011,
Fellow travellers, as international socialists we can all agree that patriotism is an ugly emotion. And it brings out other malignant sentiments, for example the flagrant, insensitive and deeply racist waving of Australian flags (still, revoltingly, including the Union Jack) by drunken revelers at various Australia Day events and gatherings.

Not surprisingly this brutal nationalism often dredges up the vile prejudice of speciesism as well. Take this regular Australia Day horse racing event tha...
Continue reading ...

Animal Kingdom, bad box office and speciesism in the cinema

Posted by Derek Sapphire on Monday, December 13, 2010,
Fellow travellers, as any of us who has worked in Australia's thriving arts sector knows only too well, Australian films are without doubt the best in the world! But sadly, local audiences are usually too stupid to appreciate them. Consequently they often fail to attract substantial crowds and lose money.

Of course, I don't consider box office failure a problem in itself, since I am against the profit motive in principle. However, it is undeniably unfortunate that every time an Aussie movie l...
Continue reading ...

Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and the cinematic rape of the beaver

Posted by Derek Sapphire on Sunday, December 5, 2010,
Fellow travellers I am sure that you are as shocked and offended as I am that the appalling Mel Gibson has another movie out at all, let alone so soon. But that's not the most worrying thing about The Beaver. The film's storyline is perhaps even more disturbing than its star.

You see, it focuses on a depressed man who gets his mojo back by putting a beaver puppet on his hand and letting it speak for him. Now, while some people may find this a charming plot device, I am not amused.

I do find it...
Continue reading ...

I am divine, but not in an elitist way

Derek Sapphire
Derek Sapphire

Protected by Copyscape Web Copyright Checker

Re Comments: I'm open to reader input - even from right-wingers. But I will not tolerate sexist, racist, or speciesist abuse. (Actually, these are the only things I won't tolerate.) You know the magic words. Don't use them! If you do, comments will be edited or deleted entirely. (Click on post title to see comment box.)

Bookmark and Share
Follow dereksapphire on Twitter