Roald Dahl Was A Spy

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And a fucking good one too. I’m not being crude. This a simple statement of fact.

The beloved author of children’s books and macabre short stories we all grew up with, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (twice made into popular movies) James and the Giant Peach (which became a Walt Disney – Tim Burton production) and The Witches (which also made it to the big screen), was a major operative in the British spy ring operating in Washington D.C. during World War II. The group included Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond. The U.S. was an ally, but there were many isolationists and anti-British groups and personages that needed to be spied upon and, whenever possible, neutralized. Continue reading “Roald Dahl Was A Spy”

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Homophobia and Sexism in Chicken Guyland

The new Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial, touting a new shrimp tempura product, is annoying, insulting and sexist. I’m not one to rant over television commercials, the intelligence level needed to grasp the point of most spots not being much higher than a worm. I mean, what do you expect, it’s just T.V., right ? And the last person to make an issue of political correctness would be me, being guilty of many intemperate and unjustified jabs on marginalized groups and persons over the years.

But this KFC commercial is just plain stupid. It shows executive-type yuppies, all male, young and good-looking, gathered around a conference table. The alpha-guy, from appearances, is at the head of the table and says ominously that someone in the group in keeping a presumably dark secret. He then brings out some KFC shrimp tempura, and this one dork suddenly and involuntary squawks like a chicken, like a stereotypical fag actually, thus revealing what is hinted at as his homosexual predilections. He is effectively “outed” by the group and the last scene shows him stuffing his face with shrimp and the guys smirking and condescendingly saying that they “accept” him as he is after all. Continue reading “Homophobia and Sexism in Chicken Guyland”

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The Mummy Moves to China

The Mummy franchise serves up the same storyline in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, about ancient megalomaniacal warrior-kings coming back to life, but in a different locale. Not a problem, even if you’re a fan of the two previous Mummy movies, as long as you leave all your preconceptions and expectations behind. For one thing, there are no mummies here, in the technical sense. Continue reading “The Mummy Moves to China”

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