From The Trailer Park - Seoul Searching

A coming-of-age teen comedy/drama set in 1980s Korea about a group of foreign-born teenagers attending a government-mandated summer camp designed to help them integrate into Korean society.

Between the punny title, the obvious nods to John Hughes, and the great buzz this is generating out of Sundance (it was the popular hit of the year there, and according to IMDB it got 3 standing ovations from festival attendees), this looks like it could be a really fun watch.

Sunday Open Thread

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My granddad in 1959, a POW in WW2 at the grave of his brother Jack who was killed by mortarfire in Italy in October 1943.

No Apologies

If there’s any uncertainty about why we do not owe Japan an apology for Hiroshima, Bill Whittle breaks it down brilliantly here.

This video was the gateway drug that got me hooked on both Whittle and PJTV back in 2009. If you’ve never seen it, it’s well worth the watch. Back then, Whittle taking on Jon Stewart definitely felt like a David-and-Goliath situation, but here we are 7 years later, and which one of them still has a show, huh?

Saturday Open Thread

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Now He’s Intestate

An Australian woman has received permission to remove her dead partner’s testicles. From The Daily Mail:
A woman has won a legal battle to remove her late partner’s testicles from his dead body in the hope of using his sperm to have a child. 

The Toowoomba woman was granted permission to remove his testicles in the Queensland Supreme Court.

The woman lodged an urgent application to perform the procedure the day after her fiance died unexpectedly in April, the ABC reported.  

Rufus Explains That Everyone Else is Wrong

OK, maybe I could have chosen some words better and maybe you’re not
all, technically wrong, but my hyperbole got you to read this post.

My “Innovation Stagnation” post turned into a debate over the
definition of paradigm shift in technology instead of the larger point
I tried and failed to make.

JimmyC and Lars were blaming government regulation and intervention on
their perception of a slow down in innovation. While I agree
government intervention and regulation are detrimental (except where
minimally required for safety and taxation), and I’d love to blame
anything within reason on the Obama administration and it’s
over-reach, I can’t agree with them on this one. And this is one of
the rare instances where I disagree with Mark Steyn. He and I agree
that innovation in the past half century is much less than most people
laud, but, like Lars and JimmyC, Steyn blames in on government
changes. I do not.

People living in 1750 lived fairly similarly to people in 1550 and
1350 and 1150. A time traveler going back and forth from either era
would struggle with some things, but they would understand the
technology available. Except for movable type printing, most
everything was the same. Messages were written with quills and ink and
transported by couriers on foot or horseback, People, goods and armies
traveled on foot or with the aid of horses, oxen, mules, goats or
other beasts of burden. Buildings were built as high as manual cranes
and wooden scaffolding could lift men, wood, stone and iron. Aside
from water powered mills there were no “power” tools.

Now, take someone from any one of those eras and transport him or her to 1950…
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The 22 Most Conservative Foreign Movies of All Time (Part 2)

Note: this is the second part of a two-part list. You can see part 1 here. Following is #s 12-22 on the list, in random order:

12. Brazil (England, 1985)

“This is your receipt for your husband…and this is my receipt for your receipt.”

Coming out only a year after the famous “1984”, Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” combines Orwell’s vision of a totalitarian Great Britain ruled by the State with his own trademark surrealism and Monty Python-esque dark humor. The result is a maddening, fascinating, and beautifully unique look at the individual vs. the Government system. It’s an irrefutable truth that more government equals more bureaucracy, and “Brazil” shows us a world of absurdly massive bureaucracy run amok. The tyranny we don’t always see, but every aspect of society has been buried under impenetrable layers of regulations, paperwork, and vaguely-defined government procedure. A never-better Jonathan Pryce stars as Sam Lowry, a meek mid-level bureaucrat who discovers that a clerical error has caused an innocent man to be taken away by government thugs and murdered. Against his better judgment, he defies his boss (a great Ian Holm) and investigates the error, only to meet the government’s intended target, a renegade plumber (Robert DeNiro) who defies the State by fixing things without paperwork. Eventually Lowry also comes into contact with another rebel, a beautiful woman (Kim Greist) who has been appearing in his dreams, and in doing so seals his fate.

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“Brazil” is not a perfect film – there are some scenes where it simply spins its wheels, and as with most Gilliam’s films, the relentless surreal intensity becomes tiresome. But as our own Western civilization slips further and further into relentless Nanny Statism, his bizarre journey through a world of stifling, soul-killing bureaucracy becomes more and more relevant. (Anyone who’s tried to start a business or get a permit for anything lately knows what I’m talking about.) And along the way Gilliam takes some entertaining shots at consumerism and plastic surgery that are just as timely now as they were over 30 years ago, but his main focus remains trained on a government-run bureaucratic nightmare that can crush any individual that dares get out of line. Created with the best of intentions, of course.
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