Uh-huh. Shut up Melissa Parry Lacewell Harris Lieface. We don't need you. I get it. You hate your White mommy. I get it, you hate a Black man you can't push around. I get that everything you do is based on your childhood dynamics.
I wish you lots of luck exploring them with a therapist, probably in a year or two when your latest marriage falls apart.
You should really explore your claim that Barack's marriage to Michelle makes him "Black" in light of the fact that you also are mixed and have chosen to marry a Black man. You should explore that in great detail.
Because, Melissa, you are one SICK, TWISTED F**K.
But what you need to do right now is stop speaking for the Black community.
You are NOT the Black community and you are NOT part of it.
You are mixed. You are bi-racial.
You can go speak for your community. I urge to do so. But you cannot speak for my community.
And what pisses me off about that media whore is that she repeatedly and constantly tries to silence conversations within the Black community by attacking a Black person and insisting that she can do so because she's Black.
She is not Black.
She is 50% Black (actually less than that according to her remarks). She is 50% White.
She needs to shut her damn mouth about what the Black community needs to do. She is not of us, she will never be of us.
Okay, that's politics. Let me go to the movies.
Reese e-mailed Monday with something and I told him I'd write about it on our movie night. He just joined Netflix and did so with the subscription that lets you check out one DVD and stream as much as you want (of what is streamable).
He found that a lot of the films he wanted to stream weren't available. That's true of not just most new releases but most films period. We've written of this at Third and I've written of it here. But, to give an example, of Bette Davis' classic films, you can stream "Of Human Bondage" and "All About Eve." Her classics from the forties -- "Now Voyager," "Dark Victory," etc. -- are not available. Now her 40s films really are the foundation for her fame (deserved fame). You get two of her classic performances, but you're missing the body of her work. So that should give you an idea of what's available and what's not.
While important films aren't available, a lot of unnecessary films are. Reese feels that way and I agree. But it's also true that there are some films worth seeing in that lot. They may not be great (they may be) but they will entertain you.
To test that out, I chose three films I'd never heard of to stream this week with no big stars that I enjoy.
"Unmasking the Idol" is a super hero, super spy movie (with a baboon as a sidekick -- I'm not making that up) from 1986 (and apparently from England) that was rated PG so it made it to some theaters. It was the worst. It was so bad I wanted to stop it repeatedly. 30 minutes in, the thing begged to be destroyed. A waste of time.
"Contract Killers" was from 2008 and rated R. It starred people I didn't know and a director I never heard of. It's an action-adventure. I wasn't expecting a great deal. It was a standard story. CIA agent (female) is having dinner with her loved one when he's killed and she's declared the killer. She has to go on the run and the CIA burns her and tries to kill her. It's a standard story, I know. But the acting was fresh and the visuals and twists were interesting enough to keep the story movie. I actually would give that film four (out of five) stars.
"Scandalous" is from 1984 and rated PG. It stars Robert Hays (who I like in films like Airplane) and Pamela Stephenson (British comedian I didn't know but she was briefly on SNL years ago) and was directed by Rob Cohen (XXX, Fast and the Furious). Hays is a reporter (for Canada) and Stephenson is a con woman. Murder takes place and assorted hijinx follow. A lot of the film was truly unexpected and it made for a strong comedy.
Now if "Confidence Man" -- for example -- was streamable, I would have been streaming that. (I love that movie for Jodie, Denzel, Clive and just about everything.) And if 20 other films were streamable, I'd have never watched those three.
In the case of "Unmasking the Idol" that might have been a good thing. (Although maybe not, that film is awful and I've entertained friends at work all week with tales of various scenes.) But I did like the other two and am glad I saw them.
If Reese wants to drop Netflix, he should. Money's tight for everybody these days. But if the problem is that you're not getting what you want, you might need to figure out what you want?
I like seeing movies I wouldn't normally and that's what the stream choices force me to do.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"