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Reply to comment by /u/ziq in Films you've watched this week by /u/Freux

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selver wrote (edited )

At first I thought they were going to head towards a more symbiotic relationship between the dogs & humans, right? But then the stray just accepts a master, the dogs get assimilated back into human culture, & the human's dominator culture is never addressed. The beginning of the movie mentioned "before the age of obedience", and I thought it was going to have a cool radical message for sure. Never really came.

Big letdown, I think the more I think about this movie, the more I'm going to dislike it.

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selver wrote (edited )

I watched Isle of Dogs last night. It was pretty good entertaining. I love Anderson's style, but I'm not sure how I feel about the themes of the film yet.

Has anyone seen it? If you're an anarchist, what's your take on the ending? Am I wrong in thinking it was liberal as fuck?

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selver wrote (edited )

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is what I was referencing, really not his best. It has the least plot & least interesting themes imo.

Dogtooth is brilliant, one of my favorite movies. The Lobster is really good too.

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selver wrote (edited )

I went to see Lanthimos' new movie The Favourite the other day, and it was really fucking good. Liked it way more than that last film he did.

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selver wrote (edited )

What you do is you tell your next employer you need to give the current employer 2 weeks notice. Then you don't and take some nice vacation time.

Works best if you also take whatever vacation time you have at your job right before quitting, then quit on your day back.

If you aren't desperate for the hours/money that is.

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selver wrote (edited )

Work Christmas parties should be paid. I'd almost rather just work. Being forced into a drinking situation with bosses is not my idea of fun.

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selver wrote (edited )

No, I would not have. I'm mostly a pacifist when it comes to wars of nations.

If the US gave a shit about Jewish people & the others the Nazis oppressed, they could have opened their borders to refugees. They didn't, instead they allowed millions to be murdered. So I would have been working on that somehow.

I don't believe there's ever a valid reason for anarchists to join in on the killing of masses of regular people on behalf of political/economic elites. When it comes to preventing wars from happening or aggressive expansion by a foreign power, I'd be much more into linking up with anti-war activists from the enemy country.

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selver wrote (edited )

Sort of. They are acceptable in some contexts, but that context makes it not racist, because the relationship to the audience (or the setup) is such that the joke has a different meaning than if a racist person said it. If a person finds themself defensively saying "it's just a joke!", then it was probably racist cause the proper context didn't exist for it to not be.

For example, more offensive jokes are more acceptable around people you know very well, because they have a deeper understanding of what your intentions & beliefs are. They have background information that makes the joke different than if a random stranger said it. Good comedians can also do this by building a relationship with the audience throughout the set, so that a joke that would be unacceptable at the beginning of the set, is then acceptable after laying some groundwork.

But arguably doing all that just makes it a not racist joke so maybe not relevant here. I don't see what the justification could be for just being a racist.

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selver wrote (edited )

I really think this is more a problem with the way you approach the topic. If you are trying to understand a topic like this that does not affect you personally, that affects other people very deeply, then ask don't tell. Don't begin with an ignorant opinion that is likely to offend/hurt people, expecting someone to politely correct you. Radicals who this affects have thought about it much more than you, and are generally tired of people who haven't done so being publically ignorant, so try to understand their position rather than debate them. If you need to ask a question about something, leave your own opinion out of it.

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selver wrote (edited )

Movie about the 1988 Chilean referendum that ended Pinochet's dictatorship. Love this director, he also did Tony Manero which is a very odd film about a psychopathic John Travolta impersonator, as a way to satirize Pinochet.