Friday, May 24, 2013

Gay Boy Scouts, But Only Up to a Point

So, the Boy Scouts of America is going to let in openly gay Scouts, but kick out all of the gay Scout Leaders.

I know that this is ultimately good news, but it still pisses me off. And I know, I'm the guy who's always saying that even one mind changed is good, and that even small victories are victories, but I'm not convinced this is any kind of victory. At best, it seems like a minor concession.

All I can think about is that the Boy Scouts of America is telling gay kids that they can be a Scout, but they can't really devote themselves to it. Because no matter how good and how dedicated they are, they can never be leaders in the organization simply because of how they were born. And I think that's just needlessly cruel and diminishes whatever achievements they'll make as Boy Scouts.

It's just pointlessly shitty, and it's still built on this idiot fear that kids aren't safe around gay adults. That's an insult to my intelligence as a human being capable of thought.

This won't last forever, of course. This really is the first step, because one day a gay Scout will want to be a Troop Leader and enough people will think it's an injustice and the BSA will be pressured to give in.

One day.

One day all of this idiotic talk of "giving" gay human beings the equal rights they're born with as American citizens will be a remnant of the past, and we'll either be ashamed or embarrassed (or both) that there was ever a fight over things like using the courts to determine whether or not certain people were entitled to their dignity.

Este es un Mensaje Agradecimiento Lupe Vélez

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Film Week

A review of the films I've seen this past week.

ICE CREAM (1993) ****
THE LETTER V (1998) ***
THE LEGEND OF WILLIE BROWN (1998) ***
UGLY REVENGE (1998) ***
HIGHJACKER (1998) ***
HELLO THERE (1998) ****
BRUNCH (1998) ***
SEARCHING FOR NIXON (1999)
PERSONE NELL'AQUA (1999)
A bunch of short films by Louis CK. They're all worth seeing--they really got across his surreal sense of humor and wonder, but the real standouts to me were Ice Cream and Hello There, which are skewed looks at societal situations. I don't feel comfortable rating the last two, as by CK's own admission they were merely experiments in film exposure. Still, all of them are worth seeing if you're a fan, and especially Ice Cream and Hello There.

PURPLE NOON (1960)
Excellent, gorgeous-looking adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley, starring beautiful Alain Delon. This story is really engrossing, and I love that director Rene Clement approaches it as a character study rather than a thriller. ****

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (2013)
I was going to write a whole thing, but just judging by all of the extremely annoying posts and reviews I'm seeing, it is apparently impossible to talk about it rationally. Suffice to say that I loved it, I enjoyed it more and had a better time than I did at the previous film, and leave it at that. ****

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Song of the Week: "Les langues de chat"

A bit of cute silliness with Jane Birkin from 1972. Saw it on Tumblr and just couldn't resist it.