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The Ghostbusters trailer currently has 507,610 dislikes on YouTube. To put that in perspective, the Fantastic Four trailer from last year has only 20,175 dislikes. The Ridiculous Six trailer, which has an impressive 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, has only 5,803 dislikes. Could Ghostbusters be that much worse than either of those two movies?

‘Ghostbusters’ Remake the Most Disliked Trailer of All Time

Even among those, like us, who are excited for the Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig film, it was a poorly put together trailer that did little to inspire confidence in the finished product. And then there are those who have been angrily and, at times, violently against the Ghostbusters movie since the original announcement that it would star four women and they really did not like the new trailer.

Evan Knows

No doubt you saw the apocalyptic post about Ken Ham and that other chap.  This thing’s becoming an epidemic, for here is a review to float your boat, via Chuckles:

evans' ark

‘A comedy of biblical proportions!’ Those masters of hyperbole, the movie-tag-line-writers, at it again; the sequel to 2003’s Bruce Almighty, raises barely a chuckle. The only thing which raises my interest in this movie above total indifference is its dogmatic Christian undertones. Sorry, make that overtones.

SJWs say women have vastly less dialogue in films

That’s apparently meant to be bad.

The gender warriors are hard at it again. Here they’ve analysed the dialogue of 2000 or so films for gender bias. Yes, I know but bear with this.

They do make an admission:

This project was born out of the less-than-stellar response to our analysis of films that fail the Bechdel Test. Commenters were quick to point out that the Bechdel Test is flawed and there are justifiable reasons for films to fail (e.g., they are historic). By measuring dialogue, we have much more objective view of gender in film.

Many of the findings are anecdotally obvious to women in the film industry. But nobody wanted to do the grunt work of gathering the data.

Anecdotally obvious, eh?  To a feminazi or pussy?

Also, there are two other issues. They still made the selection of those 2000 films to produce their result, no one else selected them, plus we’re meant to take the collating and counting at face value, their honesty, given their obvious bias to begin with.…

Newspapers versus online news

The Z Man [H/T Chuckles] writes on newspapers versus online news and you can read that here. As usual, comments were interesting:

#  James LePore

When I called the NY Times in 2000 to cancel my subscription, the gal on the phone asked me why I was cancelling. I told her because the Times didn’t even pretend any more that it was an objective newspaper, that it had become an out-and-out propaganda sheet. There was a pause. I asked the gal if she was writing that down. She said no, she heard it all the time.

#  Dutch

On-line, when the BS meter goes off, you can be gone, immediately, no questions asked. Or if you suspect BS, never call up the site in the first place. It takes more than a moment of frustration over the BS in print to unsubscribe. Instead the paper keeps coming, but it gets read less and less.

Three brief reviews and a moan


Truly [yawn] exciting

As Netflix sheds thousands of films, Chuckles sends details of three films and the aim is to run occasional or even regular reviews.

Against that, I’ve not seen them and looking into them, am not likely to.


ACTORS Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stephen Moyer, Alec Baldwin, Eddie Marsan, Hill Harper

DIRECTOR Peter Landesman

GENRE Drama, Sport

Faulty Towers

Interesting one, inclined to think Cleese has a point:

“I had absolutely no idea this was going on until about a year ago,” Cleese told Fairfax on Wednesday from New Zealand. “I think people will find that very hard to believe, but if people don’t tell you, how do you know?”

Maigret with a twist

As a Maigret fan, there are things to be said for Rupert Davies’ early TV version, far more to be said for the Michael Gambon version than the British public gave credit for, my favourite is the Bruno Cremer version but it’s hard going in French and now there is this:

I’d like to cut Rowan Atkinson some slack here and give him a chance, don’t know about you. One of the better stories is being run as a TV movie, presumably to start proceedings.…

The loss of our national character post-70s

What began as a lament about the lack of good musical composition since the turn of the C20th, going into composers such as:

John Adams, Frederic Rzewski, Ann Cleare, Thomas Adès, Angélica Negrón, Klas Torstensson, Roger Zare [fractal miniatures], Wolfgang Rübsam [ambient music], Robert Lombardo [rubbish for mandolin] and Mark Adamo [slightly better].

Forgive them, Father, for they are bleedin’ idiots


‘World peace’ hitcher is murdered

Pippa Bacca (left) and Silvia Moro hitchike in Lubiana  (14 March 2008) (Photo: Pippa Bacca/FotoUp)

Ms di Marineo (L) was hitch-hiking to the Middle East with a fellow artist

An Italian woman artist who was hitch-hiking to the Middle East dressed as a bride to promote world peace has been found murdered in Turkey.

The naked body of Giuseppina Pasqualino di Marineo, 33, known as Pippa Bacca, was found in bushes near the northern city of Gebze on Friday.

She had said she wanted to show that she could put her trust in the kindness of local people.

Turkish police say they have detained a man in connection with the killing. Reports say the man led the police to the body.

Key words: woman, artist, world peace, put her trust, kindness of local people, murdered.

Here is a similar tale, courtesy Chuckles:…

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