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.
(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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Ep. 43 You think elected Republicans in Washington are craven frauds who’d sell your children for a steak dinner at the French Laundry? Actually, says Marjorie Taylor Greene, it’s worse than that. pic.twitter.com/F9Q0Xvo9m2
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) November 30, 2023
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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.
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“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.