April 19, 2018

Central Casting Part VI: Finest Hour



Gary Oldman, the World's Greatest Living Artist, as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. Oldman's portrayal was the best screen performance I've ever seen.  Churchill's iconic mannerisms often lead to caricature distracting viewers into focusing on the mechanics of impersonation rather than a protagonist who "mobilized the English language and sent it into battle".
Loyal Den readers have long known our high regard for Gary Oldman.  It's became a cliche for Oscar recognition going to an actor playing a mentally handicapped character (Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot and Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man among them) and actress for playing a hooker such as Liz Taylor in Butterfield 8 and Jane Fonda in Klute along with 11 others anticipating  young women tarting up for Halloween. We think it is a far greater Artistic Achievement to convincingly play a Great Man such as a Churchill or Beethoven as Gary Oldman has done so brilliantly. Of course the same is true for a woman and GSL wishes more movies were made about great and highly intelligent women portrayed by great and highly intelligent actresses.

Elizabeth Taylor as a hooker in Butterfield 8 winning her an Oscar among a parade of supposedly 'serious actresses' that have played a hooker to critical acclaim. Old Soul GSL would prefer to see top notch actresses portray characters from a newer profession.
Editor's Note: As mentioned in comments section below, above pic is from Liz in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof not Butterfield 8 per Eagle -Eyed Jill.

Speaking of Liz Taylor, I remember her quoting Old Hollywood screenwriter Frances Marion: "an actress is something more than a woman and an actor something less than a man" which Liz said she largely agreed with. That certainly isn't the case with Gary Oldman and wouldn't be the case for women with better casting and screenplays better written to showcase a great actress's talent.  By the way, Ms. Frances Marion was the first screenwriter to win two Oscars  back before World War II when women had more power than men in Hollywood....at least according to Helen Klumph. How did we go from that to #MeToo?

Movies about great women The Den would like to see:


Madame de Stael: A brilliant conversationalist she was a central figure during the French Revolution and Napoleon's reign.
We'd mount a global search to find an actress with enough gravitas to play a woman upon whom it was remarked: "...there are 3 great powers struggling  against Napoleon for the soul of Europe: England, Russia, and Madame de Stael"

We'd love to see a fabulous ensemble cast depict the Bluestockings, the mid to late 18C literary salon of women and men(!) who met to discuss the important cultural and political issues of the day. The group was founded by Elizabeth Montagu and Elizabeth Vesey with my personal hero, Samuel Johnson often in attendance. GSL would canvass the theatres of London, New York, Chicago, and Toronto cherry picking those worthy of portraying that impressive group of women. A new generation of Maggie Smiths, Joan Plowrights, Vanessa Redgraves, and distant cousin Phyllida Law would be discovered with Ms Law's daughters Emma and Sophie Thompson featured prominently.

Portraits in the characters of the Muses in the Temple of Apollo by Richard Samuel. The sitters are members of the Bluestockings.

The Central Casting series is among The Den's most popular features. For other installments click for Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5.



March 13, 2018

Beta Males and Tone Deaf


Aren't they just darling?
No doubt these boys observe the courtesy of a reach around.
Hard to argue with HR's premise.
*Caution over above link from Full Metal Jacket. Quite profane.

Recent events have provoked GSL.

I can't remember the last time a minor incident bothered me more. Anna's whole life has been about visual presentation and style and this misstep was colossal.  Imagine if she had those sunnies in her left hand while sharing a giggle with one of History's Greatest Women.  QE2's robin's egg suit is sublime. An instantly iconic moment is lost by Anna's idiocy.


As many longtime Den readers (across 6 continents and counting) can attest, we have long been in Anna Wintour's corner but there is a limit.

Anna, this is how the most powerful woman in the English Speaking World since QE1 chose to address QE2.

Aren't they just darling?

As previously noted, The Den thinks Sophie's Choice in hats is wanting


We were right about The Backroom Boy of the G8 too. From admired World Leader to International Laughing Stock in less than 2 years crushed The Den's Over/Under line of  30 months.


Prince George, having received GSL's scouting report, gave the PM a Royal Snub
on this pathetic High Five Diplomacy Gambit.


Did you hear about this?
P


Or this?

'Colossal Failure' doesn't sound very promising does it.

It seems the darling of Charmed Life Progressives can't get out of his own way.  How he delivers for ordinary Canadians will far outweigh tone deaf pandering to Pampered Elites.

Of course we know in certain quarters our DJT is thought of as a joke and much worse but is delivering in spades for those most in need...working class Americans.  Job growth and manufacturing job growth in particular is surging and Black Unemployment lowest since they began keeping record back in 1972. Trump's poll numbers continue to climb but not among those Charmed Life Progressives that have long held sway over popular opinion from their power centers in the Media-Academic Complex. Nowadays nobody outside their cosseted Echo Chamber pay them any mind.

Back to Beta Males.  They certainly are ascendant and we find nothing wrong with this recent development but The Den's first order of business has always been to Make Fair Maidens Swoon and we have yet to see a Beta Male do that!

The Den will be far more active in the coming weeks.

We have updated The Den's Avatar to reflect a more assertive posture on upcoming posts.
Girls, no more patty cake.

High Time for some GSL Pushback.

August 09, 2017

The Nation and their Bombshell

Katrina vanden Huevel: editor, publisher, and part owner of The Nation perhaps the most prestigious Progressive/Liberal
publication in America.;  while extremely smart, sexy,  and accomplished, Ms  vanden Huevel is not the bombshell
                           to which GSL refers.  
The term bombshell is too often used on our cable news shows but it appears the very Left leaning, and highly respected magazine, The Nation, only minutes ago, dropped the biggest political story since Watergate written by veteran reporter Patrick Lawrence.  Official Washington and Establishment Media may soon be doing damage control.

Here is the article hot off the press:

https://www.thenation.com/article/a-new-report-raises-big-questions-about-last-years-dnc-hack/

*This thoroughly researched piece of increasingly rare actual journalism very strongly implies that those notorious emails that were hacked from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) couldn't have been downloaded from a  remote location at the speed they now know it occurred.  Those emails had to have been leaked (downloaded) locally and onto a thumb drive or similar device thus destroying the whole "Russia hacked the election" narrative.  Journalist Patrick Lawrence offers convincing evidence it was an inside job.

*This article sheds new light on why the DNC wouldn't allow the FBI to do forensic analysis of their servers.

Ace Journalist Patrick Lawrence, photo by Deanie Perna


Not mentioned in article but worth considering:

*Former DNC Chair Deborah Wasserman Schultz's IT vendors were Pakistani brothers who had ties to Hezbollah and are now under criminal investigation.  They had access to DNC servers.

*According to some reports, these Pakistani brothers/vendors  were with DNC staffer Seth Rich (who The Den introduced you to here) the night he was murdered.  The DNC has gone to great pains to say this was a botched robbery with no witnesses, no suspects, and no personal items such as wallet, phone, watch taken.

Many Intel Community reputations may soon be in tatters and New York Times and Washington Post staff may need to be put on suicide watch.

It will be fascinating to watch this unfold.

ADDENDUM

**After receiving breathless communiques from our Paris based Franco-Russian Temptress, perhaps a little GSL analysis would be helpful to our vast audience (across 6 continents and counting) who may lack GSL's sophistication in all matters Realpolitik.

This story as reported looks quite strong and will be a massive help to Trump. It makes the whole Russia collusion story collapse.  Taking huge hits will be virtually everybody associated with the Obama Administration who have been screaming from the same Russia Collusion Hymn sheet. Former Intel Hierarchy may face legal consequences and Obama himself would at the very least have a whole lot of explaining to do.  Top DNC staff are lawyering up this very minute if they haven't already.

The strange Donald Trump Junior meeting with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary always seemed like a set-up.  This entire Russian bogeyman narrative has been an orchestrated shama-lama ding-dong of duplicity lapped up by the 4th Estate like buttermilk gravy.  Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, whose house/financial records were raided by FBI a couple weeks ago, likely took some under the table cash (not paying federal tax) during previous consulting/lobbying work for Ukraine, and the FBI was going to use that to try and squeeze him to flip and offer evidence of Russian collusion to implicate Trump....which looks silly if/when there was none.

And remember what will give this story such credibility is not only the quality of the reporting but The Nation is very anti-Trump and very pro-Obama/Hillary.  They can't just shrug this off as a Fox News/Alt-Right wacky hit piece.