Reviews of Napoleon (film) 

Claudio and I were discussing whether or not to see Napoleon on the big screen. He shared the well-written review from The Federalist (below). I went yesterday, bought a large soft pretzel and a Diet Coke and watched for myself. It’s three hours of my life and $9 + snacks that I’ll never get back. The battle scenes, while cool enough, were highly fictionalized. Joaquin Phoenix is a good actor but was miscast as Napoleon IMHO. I give it a generous two stars of a possible five. It cost roughly a quarter billion dollars to make, and it was boring. I don’t know who wrote the screenplay, but they did a lackluster job.


To be fair, I’ve seen worse movies than Napoleon. The blackwashing of characters for the sake of political correctness is what I anticipate in every movie going forward, so that was expected. Joaquin Phoenix made Napoleon look like a pussy, which Napoleon was certainly not. Joaquin has never been accused of toxic masculinity. Make of that as you will. Vanessa Kirby, on the other hand, portrayed a good Josephine, but it wasn’t enough.


The Federalist

(read the whole review) Instead of focusing on Napoleon earning the love of France, expostulating his motivations, or adding in more battles like Marengo and Leipzig, he chooses to spend over half the movie on dull, nonfactual romantic drama. None of Napoleon’s myriad accomplishments off the battlefield are mentioned, which is a shame given his paramount influence on European governance and law. His leadership in government was transformative, he fundamentally reshaped the map of Europe — arguably creating the German and Italian unification movements — and he rescued France from this mismanagement of the Revolutionaries. This is all ignored in favor of awkward romantic scenes. That’s a bad trade.


I watched the movie trailers of coming attractions and don’t think that I’d watch any of them on the television at home. So much for the glitz and glamor of Hollywood’s movie magic.

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Black Guns Matter


BREAKING NEWS: Seventy-Two Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation In Massachusetts

National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, had links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement.

Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order.

The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed the widespread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.

Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.

One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.”

Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government’s plans.

During a tense standoff in the Lexington town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the white, male, patriarchal, right-wing extremists.

Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.

Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces overmatched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops.

Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as “ringleaders” of the extremist faction, remain at large.

And this, fellow bloggers, is how the American Revolution began on April 20, 1775.


For Mike_C

“Where can I find our leader?”

“Queen Hillary called for a pick-up. We sent a mother ship to retrieve her, and I’m having some difficulty locating her. We found Kerry, Soros, and Klaus at Davos and beamed them up, but no Hillary.”

Lizard people…in skin suits.


    • 458 SOCOM 325gr. Hornady FTX Flex Tip

      1,600 FPS (16″)
      Hodgdon powder
      Starline brass

      Sometimes 5.56×45 (NATO) with a 55gr. bullet is simply the wrong cartridge for the job at hand.

      • And thus .30-06 was created, when you want to kill a horse and/or rider at a 1000 yards.

        Or go with the semi-Euro version in .308.

        Of course, if you want to go bigly, an M1 chambered in .458 Winchester Magnum definitely says FU to the target, the 10 guys behind the target, your shoulder, Mother Gaia and, well, the Universe itself.

        • There are a lot of options. The 458 SOCOM rounds can be loaded into single stack in a standard M-16 magazine (but it’s better if you use dedicated 458 mags).

          • I used dedicated metal mags. The plastic stiffening rib in the center of 5.56 PMAGS has to be ground out so it just made more sense to have dedicated mags. I went with the metal mags to give me a better chance of differentiating between the mags in the dark. The 500 grain bullets, while slow (about 1000 fps if I recall) are very effective. Fun to shoot.

        • Different loads for different things.

          I hand load 110 gr Sierra hollow points in 30-06 at about 3200 fps. Nothing I’ve shot in pigs and goats has got up yet.

          Nothing like that in factory ammo.

          On the other end of the scale I use 240 grain 30-06 for buffalo and scrub bulls. Wild cattle are usually close up and not afraid of humans.

          I keep .223 for foxes and small game. Though did head shot a lot of kangaroos with it when helping processional shooter friend back in the 1980’s.

        • It looks sweet and impressive.
          And I’m sure it thumps.
          This is where I get in trouble.
          The sights are high off axis for my tastes.
          The ammo is a little labor intensive.
          I just took delivery on another case of 7.62 (x39 to be honest).
          The poor mans goto.
          Often, 5.56×45 (NATO) with a 55gr. bullet is simply the wrong cartridge for the job at hand.

          Imagine the lads at Lexington with.458

  1. Thank you for your honest review of “Napoleon.” Soh the commercials made it look good and fast paced, yet the actual movie sucked moose juevos.

    Reminds me of “Dead Poets Society.” Advertised as a comedy starring Robin Williams, instead was a total snoozefest and boooring.

    • Phoenix comes across as a “creeper.” He was cast as a creeper in other roles, such as the Joker or Commodus in Gladiator. I don’t think that the historical Napoleon gave off that vibe. His men loved him, and if he came across as “Chester, the molester,” I don’t think that they would have. Naturally, Phoenix is beloved in Hollywood.

      • Phoenix is a creeper, perfect as Commodus in Gladiator (Connie Nielsen may have emotional scars from some of their scenes).

        Well they surely hosed an opportunity with this Napoleon mess. Maybe it was AI generated to cover all aspects of DEI, surprised they didn’t cast Kevin Hart.

  2. Gun confiscation seems possible, until those that don’t like the idea push back. In the end, those enforcing the illegal laws find they’re not welcome, their families aren’t welcome, being involved can be dangerous, and public officials become targets of law suits…if not something else.

  3. That was a good interview and i’ll have to admit MJT appears to be a lot more grounded than i thought. Its no wonder they hate her.

  4. Thanks for the Napoleon review. Another movie on the why waste money to go see it list.

    MTG comes across very well in this interview. Unlike many in DC even when she sounds a bit crazy she at least comes across as honest

  5. That must be a female alien. The man-aliens are why we have UFO sightings: they’re just randomly flying around desperately hoping to see something they recognize rather than ask for directions.

    April 1775: let’s raise a glass to Samuel Whittemore.

    Elon Musk is not “our guy” (or likely not MY guy at any rate) but he discomfits those who need to be knocked off their self-proclaimed pedestals. His GFY to Bob Iger (and Iger’s fellow-traveler CEOs) gave me a big smile.

  6. A friend of mine was badly let down by the Boney movie, by you inspired me to post on Josephine. He said it was “rubbish.”

    Nice Revolution point.

  7. Among things that are a bitch about getting old is eyesight. All these scary black rifles and me able to hit the side of barn only from inside.

    I am considering a shotgun, probably an Ithaca Model 37 Home Defense in 20 Gauge. Spendy, but I like the bottom ejection. 20 Gauge for my old body plus 8 rounds so I can spray and pray. Burris, which is made locally, has a shotgun sight that should help. Also spendy.

    My late son, the Medic, had an AK-47 platform in 12 Gauge. What a ripper! Too much for me at my age.

    • 20ga is an excellent choice for a lot of shooters. One of my training classes had a little Filipino girl, about 5 foot nuthin’, and she smoked all the guys on the course with her 20ga semi-auto.


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