“There is something heartening about the company of funny women who know how to build their own fires, chop their own kindling, tear down camp in record time. About women who have earned strength and grace and irreverence through their own trials and yet are not defined by them. Who rarely complain and are never defeated. I don’t know the last time I spent so many hours laughing with people who were also content to let me wander off to the woods alone for an hour, lie in the grass and watch the sky grow bluer without saying a word. I don’t remember the last time I felt so fortified. So contented.
And of course, isn’t that what we lost along the way and go back to nature to find?”—
We are never persuaded by anything but love. Only love and friendship make us honest, real, true to morality. Nothing gives us quicker cover for our misdeeds and flaws than the contempt or cruelty or enmity of others.
This is why it is never useful to attack someone or criticize them without loving and understanding them, not because we are so soft and caring but because it doesn’t work.
If anything, Inglourious Basterds is the most mature, emotional, classical film Tarantino has put up on screen to date, a hyper-verbose and slowly drawn-out film with a good deal of its dialogue in French and German, a film where Tarantino crafts his most memorable villain to date (Col. Hans Landa), as well as one of his most realistic female characters (Shoshanna, seen above). If you choose not to see it, to write it off as a mere revenge fantasy or a lesser version of Pulp Fiction set in Europe during WWII, well, you do so at your own peril.
I have said this verbatim to anyone who’ll listen. Read the rest of Chad’s review here.
“In the summertime, I don’t know if the stars were aligned, we’d stumble onto something we would like but I’m afraid I lost the words tonight. And in your summer dress I was holding you but you were holding less. It’s not the words it’s the ones you stress. I love you as I love you just don’t love me less. And once in a while I know our hearts beat out of time. And once in a while I know they’ll fall back in line.
And when we’re middle-aged you’ll tell me I loved you like a renegade and how I say the things that make you sway. I mostly told you you did the same. Once in a while I know our hearts beat out of time. And once in a while I know they’ll fall back in line.”—In The Summertime, The Rural Alberta Advantage
“And I think of how we’re basically destined to spend the rest of our lives second-guessing ourselves and constantly turning over in our minds every last “what if?”, and how this exercise is only going to become all the more oppressive the longer we live, and how every passing year puts a little more distance between ourselves and the time in our lives when we never had to speak those two unfortunate words, “if only”.”—Matt Langer
Can you explain the political importance of Blackwater in three sentences?
It’s State Dept’s largest private security contractor, taking at least 90% of its’ revenue from government contracts, of which two-thirds are no-bids.
It’s linked to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and there’s plausible evidence that Blackwater is a religious crusader organization, or is secretly run by the Knights of Malta: it’s been testified that the founder, Erik Prince, views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe, and from Blackwater:The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, in Scahill’s account, Prince believes that Blackwater is an important vehicle for ensuring the central role of Christianity in US foreign policy.
CIA has acknowledged hiring Blackwater for their planned secret assassination program, which was withheld from Congressional oversight.