a) the impetus for the investigation is sedition on social media.
b) the investigation starts with a guy named Adam Fox, who, following a meeting in Ohio, reaches out to a militia that has already been infiltrated by the FBI.
According to the Buzzfeed article, the affidavit is backwards.
Buzzfeed’s story starts w/ the militia, called the Wolverine Watchmen. Dan, a veteran, joins it blindly and is alarmed: his new buddies aren’t just interested in fun gun stuff but in potentially killing cops.
Watched CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962) on @Shudder and dug it — simple story, atmospheric filmmaking, great sense of rising dread.
Also, it made me realize an interesting edge for filmmakers in flyover country (like industrial filmmaker Herk Harvey, who directed): novel locations.
CARNIVAL OF SOULS was shot in studios and on location in Lawrence, Kansas, on location in Salt Lake City, Utah, and at the wildly atmospheric, unforgettable, but never seen on film Saltair Amusement Park in Magna, Utah.
Never seen on film because *it’s in freakin’ Magna, Utah!*
Just shooting in Utah means CARNIVAL OF SOULS offers a great, eerie, memorable location that you’ve never seen!
Think about all the times you’ve seen, say, the Bradbury Building in LA — OUTER LIMITS, BLADE RUNNER, WOLF, you name it. Now imagine you’d *never* seen it.
Very interesting thread (as is Parson's stuff on the early Klan in general), though I disagree w/ her on the elaborateness of the Klan's costumes showing deliberate strategy, any more than (say) drag queens' do. The early Klan did a lot of stuff they just thought was fun & funny.
As Parsons notes in her fascinating book KU-KLUX, the Ku Klux Klan started out as a freakin' band (like, a *literal actual band,* as in *a garage band with musical instruments*) from Tennessee who amused themselves by shitposting in their newspaperman friend's comment sections!
The first Klansman (mostly well-off dudes disenfranchised by Reconstruction) were exactly the sort to figure that if something funny was worth doing, it was worth overdoing.
The Moose-feeding movie of the last few days: THUNDERHEART (1992), with Val Kilmer as a quarter-Sioux FBI agent sent to be diversity on an Indian reservation murder case despite the fact that he has run as far from his heritage as he can get. With Sam Shepard and Graham Greene!
For most of its length THUNDERHEART is a quiet little mystery drama, but in the last act it goes *off the chain* with a terrific action sequence involving Val Kilmer and Graham Greene in a car chase/shootout with corrupt feds, tribal government thugs, and goons in a technical!
The movie is so heavily inspired by (and enraptured by) American Indian Movement stuff in the seventies that it’s honestly kind of wild that it wound up getting made.
SPONTANEOUS (2020) is on Prime and everybody was right: it is terrific, the HEATHERS of the 2020s in that it’s a bantery movie about teenagers dying horrible deaths, but it’s also not the HEATHERS of the 2020s because it’s not about high school at all.
SPONTANEOUS is a movie that’s about what it’s like to get old. It’s just that it stars young people.
At first one of your contemporaries dies, and it’s a shock.
Then you lose a couple more. You try to stem the tide.
Then people start going in waves.
By telling a story where young people experience the loss of their compatriots in a way that mimics the effect on old people of losing their friends to old age, SPONTANEOUS puts fresh eyes on what that process feels like. It’s a novel way to purify the problem.
24 hours from getting the instructions for payment in an extortion scheme as part of an FBI investigation and you blow the whole thing about your dad secretly cooperating with the feds BECAUSE YOU GET MAD OVER A NEWS HIT IN THE NYT?!?!?!?!?!
RIGHT BEFORE THE GUYS EXTORTING YOU COMMIT THE NEXT STEP IN THE FEDERAL CRIME THAT WILL SEND THEM TO POUND-ME-IN-THE-ASS-PRISON?!
YOU CAN’T WAIT ONE FUCKING DAY, YOU TROLLFACED GOBSTOPPER?!?!?!?!!!
The Moose-feeding movie of Saturday night/Sunday morning (he woke up late night and was fussy) was LET'S SCARE JULIE (2018) on @Shudder, a well-meant but muddled ultra-low budget horror flick that falls short for a whole lot of reasons.
Premise: teen girls at a slumber party decide to scare the new girl across the street, who is home alone; this is a bad idea.
Gimmick: it's shot as one long take! Sort of!
Problem: The gimmick adds nothing to the movie, and is not competently executed.
Real talk: any attempt to shoot a feature film in one take inevitably bumps into real-world limitations imposed by the medium: hard drive space, or battery power, or (in the case of Hitchcock's ROPE (1948)) the size of a can of film.
Today’s Moose-feeding movie is HIGH MOON (2019), wherein an Old West cowboy kills a werewolf outlaw gang before being dispatched by his interdimensional ninja mentor only to be resurrected in the present day where the also-resurrected werewolves have become a *motorcycle* gang.
JOE BOB BRIGGS VOICE. “Sure we’ve seen it before, but have we seen it *like this?!*”
Writer/director Josh Ridgway serves up a bit of a mixed bag: the premise is lunacy, the gore makeup is good, the werewolf makeup is terrible, the fights are decent, the cinematography is dull, all the scenes are too long.
The interesting part about Gosar and King attending AFPAC is the part afterwards where we’re gonna be finding out how much they’re really into it vs. how much they didn’t realize what they were in for by going.
Didn’t watch the speeches, but watched the reactions of people.
(For those who don’t know, AFPAC is the white nationalist event run by Nick Fuentes that piggybacks on CPAC to draw the clandestine and the curious — they got Steve King and sitting Congressman Paul Gosar to show up this year)
The white nationalists were either a) very excited to be validated or b) bristling, bc King’s speech twice used the term “Judeo-Christian” and Gosar has posted a ton of pro-Israel stuff, and Fuentes is of the branch of white nationalism that dislikes Jews more than black people.
For those few of you who missed the days of actualfa news, the current happening is a rerun of that favorite white nationalist sport
specifically Nick Fuentes and Patrick Casey are now on the outs, and as Fuentes is of late the bigger figure that means Casey is on the outs with the Fuentes crew and allies, from Jaden McNeil to Michelle Malkin
tl;dr: people were asking Patrick Casey if he was going to Nick Fuentes’s AFPAC event and if not why not
so he cut a stream about how he wasn’t going because Nick Fuentes had had his bank accounts frozen and is under surveillance due to being investigated by the FBI
ME. “And you’ll never guess what the Boogaloo Bois did next!”
EVERYBODY WHO READS MY TWITTER, dully and in unison. “They kept using Discord”
ME. “THEY KEPT USING DISCORD” leftcoastrightwatch.org/2021/01/citize…
“well, there’s the official proof the Boogaloo is a right-wing movement”
“the content of their Discord, huh”
RADICAL RIGHTIES. “The entire platform of Discord is compromised!Let’s go elsewhere”
ME. “Gonna make one big chatroom?”
RR. “Uh, yeah”
ME. “Gonna advertise it via general publicity in public forums?”
RR. “Of course”
ME. “Gonna let anybody join?”
ME. “...carry on”
Very interesting after-action report from the Hard Lefty side of December 12 in DC. Quite unlike Hard Righties’ comments in similar circumstances: Hard Lefties are very tactically minded and are also willing to admit failure when they fail. itsgoingdown.org/d12-report-bac…
Hard Lefties also think socially, in terms of making friends.
Lots of frank thought about successes and failures, with ideological shoring-up after having had to rely on police protection.
Watching Dario Argento’s PHENOMENA (1985) with Jennifer Connelly (!!) as a movie star’s daughter who sleepwalks and has a psychic link with insects
and Donald Pleasence (!!!) as the entomologist who enlists her talents to catch a psycho killer
and, for some reason, a chimpanzee
PHENOMENA is clunky, but the gimmick is interesting, and the Swiss locations are gorgeous and unusual.
The scene chemistry between Pleasence and Connelly is interesting. It’s not avuncular, and it’s not creepy; it’s a little distant but respectful.
Jennifer Connelly is bullied by her boarding school classmates and amasses a goddamn enormous horde of flies to unnerve them and this movie was a formative inspiration for the webnovel WORM, wasn’t it?
Today’s background movie is ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE (1973) with Robert Blake as a tough but sensitive motorcycle cop who wants to move up to homicide. Really good so far!
Nothing much happens in the first half hour but establishing Blake as a gentle weirdo — but that’s adorable.
ELECTRA GUIDE IN BLUE has one of those scenes where a cop’s instincts about a case are ignored — except instead of the usual tough cop being ignored by wussy superiors, he’s a sensitive cop whose instincts are ignored by the tough guys!
It’s a dynamic you’ve see a million times, but swapping the personalities on either side makes it fresh and compelling.