Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Taylor Swift wins a dollar

taylor swift wins lawsuit

Lost in the insanity of this weekend's festival of hate was a tiny victory for celebs who get treated like ATM's by unscrupulous parasites.

After losing his job over complaints by Taylor Swift's mother and management, DJ David Mueller sued Swifty for $3 million, claiming the charges that he groped Swift during a photo session were false.

Instead of backing down to avoid publicity, Swift counter-sued for $1.00 and went to court looking for a fight.

Mueller must have hired his attourney from upstairs law school (hat tip: The Simpsons), because this bozo did such a bad job questioning Swift that her own attourney didn't bother presenting a case, just asked for a ruling and got it from the jury.

Despite whether you're a fan of her music or not, it's hard to deny that Swift is a talented writer. And if you've watched any of the silly celeb stuff about her, one thing is obvious -- she isn't afraid to take a shot at anyone she feels has disrespected her, usually doing so in song. So how Mueller and his folks wouldn't think she'd show up prepared to perform at a trial is a headscratcher.

I personally liked the fact that she didn't play wilting flower on the stand, stating forcefully at one point that she wasn't going to be made to feel responsible for being groped. And later pointing out that no, the front of her dress didn't look disturbed by the groping because her ass is located in the back of her body (the photographic evidence is pretty damning and available everywhere right now).

Pretty awesome stuff. Not sure whether that will earn her cred with the girl power set, but it ought to. Also not sure whether this was just the result of an incompetent lawyer on Mueller's part and a well prepared Swift, but it may just be that under that carefully maintained public visage, Taylor Swift might just be a lot harder edged than anyone realizes.

Katy Perry and others might want to tread a bit more lightly next time they decide to start a cutesy music feud with Swifty. Just a suggestion.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Not exactly a movie review -- Atomic Blonde

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Atomic Blonde is a cold war spy movie set in Germany about a week before the Berlin Wall comes down in 1989.

The plot is fairly basic -- there's yet another of those ubiquitous "lists" that someone seems to have compiled, of every agent on every side that is working in and around Germany and western Europe. For this movie, the compiler is an East German Stasi agent who wants to trade the list for safe passage for him and his family to the west. And he's made a deal to trade it with MI-6. Problem is the MI-6 agent gets killed and the list is gone. The Brits send Lorraine somethingorother, Charlize Theron, to West Germany to retrieve the fallen agent, retrieve the list, and oh by the way the list has the name and identity of a double agent, code named Satchel, who's been raping MI-6 for information for years and giving it to the Russians and those damn Yanks. So capturing him as well would be nice, but putting a bullet in his head . . . better.

The movie is played out in flashback format via a debrief of Lorraine at MI-6 headquarters where her superiors are implying that something not only went wrong with the mission, something may be very amiss with Lorraine herself.

The movie starts out at full throttle and never lets up with jarring action, wonderful imagery of late 80's West Germany and good twists and turns and double and triple crosses that aren't nearly as obvious as some reviewers (I'm looking right at you Christian Toto) would have you believe. It's well worth the watch, but it's R rated for a reason -- brutal violence, nudity, and a bit of lesbian sex between Theron and Sofia Boutella. Plus enough bad language and that evil cigarette smoking to get puritans on both sides of the political spectrum clutching their pearls in anguish.

But this movie is more than just another action flick for some of us. The director, David Leitch, was the second unit director on the John Wick movies. Which is to say, that he was the guy in charge of the action and stunt sequences of the movie -- basically the parts of those movies that made them such fan favorites.

He's also the guy who is slated to direct the next Deadpool movie. And fans like myself have a vested interest to see how Leitch does with his first turn in the big chair. Answer -- pretty f*cking well.

Besides the overall look of Atomic Blonde -- set design, wardrobe, cinematography and so on, there's a hip atmosphere to the movie and some clever touches that show some style. The soundtrack is all Big 80's from the MTV era and though it is literally too loud in some points, it gave the film the requisite retro touch. You could lose yourself in the time period easily while watching the film.

But it's the action sequences that make this movie, just as in John Wick. Theron never seems to make those endless fanboy lists online of favorite female action stars, and I never understand why. Sigourney Weaver had about 10 minutes of tough girl action in the second Alien movie and she's on the top of everyone's pedestal for action goddess. Theron's been getting it done for years on screen in numerous roles and simply doesn't seem to get the fanboy love she deserves. Go figure.

And she continues here. In interviews, Leitch said he wanted the action brutal and unapologetic and he delivered that in spades. Theron doesn't just dish out the punishment, she gets the sh*t beat out of her as well. Plenty of times. In fact, another of the things I like about her is that despite her jaw dropping beauty, she doesn't need to look like a runway model on screen at all times. See her portrayal in the last Mad Max movie for proof. Find another current female star that would have accepted that look on screen.

Charlize may start the flashback looking great, but by the time her debrief ends, she's literally covered in bruises, her hands are bruised with tape over her knuckles, she's sporting a split lip and a black eye with a contact lens in there to make the eye look swollen and hemorrhaged. There's a realism in her appearance that's refreshing -- she looks like she's been thrown down ten flights of stairs and done her best to cover up the results with make-up, like any woman would. That's a nice touch in film making, I think.

And the fight sequences themselves are breathtaking. Grounded in a more real world vibe, they don't evoke a superhero feel with wild impossible moves and indestructible combatants. In the movie, Lorraine comes across as a well trained, talented agent who, though not as strong as her male adversaries, may have better skills and takes advantage of any casual weapon within reach. And we also learn that she's not just wearing those stunning thigh high boots with stiletto heels as a fashion statement . . . they're a deadly weapon as well. Clever.

But as I said before, she takes as much punishment as she dishes out. Especially in her two encounters with one of the Russian's top thug/agents. Played by Daniel Bernhardt (you'd recognize him as the top thug in the first John Wick movie) these two go at it furiously with Theron losing their first encounter convincingly and their final battle was so brutal I was actually turning sideways in my seat. It was hard to watch. But shows that in an "action" Director Leitch is going to bring it on screen.

So for those of us wondering if he's going to have the chops to do the next Deadpool movie justice . . . I think we can relax and wait for it to hit the big screen.

aside: As I write this, Josh Brolin who will be playing Cable in the next Deadpool movie has posted an image of himself showing his new buffed up physique for the part. He looks amazing. So he won't be the big hulking version of Cable as we've seen in the comics, but he's got the superhero physique handled. And he's a talented actor, so I think we're okay going forward.

And just because I have them, here's a few pics of Chalize from her 1999 appearance in Playboy:

*click on the thumbnails for full-sized images*

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Did you find this discussion helpful? Check out my other not exactly a movie reviews for my thoughts on the flicks and the occasional gallery of hotness that accompanies them:

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Rule 5 Sunday -- Gabrielle

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So I take the occasional look around my stats to see what folks are looking at, searching for etc. This isn't a high traffic blog, and I'm not posting as regularly as I have in the past, but I'm always curious about the metrics of who and why and so on.

A number of years back, I did a Rule 5 posting on this model Gabrielle, and oddly enough, there is a fair amount of continual searching going on for her that that silly little post generates enough traffic to rank it in the top ten month after month. Go figure.

I looked around the recesses of my hard drive, and I had some unused images of this model, substantially more racy than the ones I posted before (that was back when Blogger was hinting that they were going to crack down on R-rated imagery), so for those who keep looking for this girl . . . here ya' go. Enjoy.

*click on the thumbnails for full-sized images*

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Taylor Momsen is still alive . . . and topless

Haven't heard much from actress/songbird Taylor Momsen in a while. Last thing I posted about her was the video for Heaven Knows, a pretty decent rocker that got some serious airplay at the time.

I was just thinking the other day that she seemed to have dropped off the radar since then, but lo and behold, a pic turns up online today of her prepping for what looks to be a video shoot for a song. Naturally she's topless, I guess the A&R guys think that's the only was people will pay attention to her.

Frankly, though I have nothing against a little skin from my female celebs, if Taylor could get some decent songwriting going and churn out some good rock, she could appear in a burlap bag and I'd be happy.

Anyway, here's the pic:

taylor momsen topless for video shoot

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Chloe Bennett in a bikini

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hottie Chloe Bennett is doin' the vacay thing in Hawaii with her new (I think) boyfriend, and some enterprising pap got some fairly decent shots of her in the surf:

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I've written before about Bennett's low profile vis-a-vis her public appearances in this overexposed famewhore society celebs live in these days. Bennett has an active Instagram account full of images that could be pretty much anyone as she constantly slathers graphics over herself or has pics taken out of focus or overexposed by direct sunlight. So these are a bit of a treat.

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chloe bennett nice ass in a bikini
chloe bennett hard nipples in a bikini
chloe bennett nice hard nipples in a bikini

I cropped the boyfriend out as much as possible for obvious reasons, but major points off for the young man's use of a selfie stick.


If those things ever had a "cool" factor, it disappeared the second former President Obama was seen using one.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Gillian Anderson in and out of her bikini

X-files alum and red-haired fantasy girl of fanboys everywhere Gillian Anderson has made a bit of a public resurgence since her appearance as the God Media, in the trippy STARZ series American Gods recently. She's a bit botoxy looking for my taste, but it's hard to deny that her 47 year old body is looking pretty rocking in a bikini, as evidenced by these paparazzi shots that appeared online over the last week:

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gillian anderson bikini

And in this case, the pap was actually rewarded with a few delightfully uncensored images of the usually modest Anderson:

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Her husband appears to be not half a naughty bastard, as they might have said in RocknRolla (one of my favorite movies), as he takes advantage of a distracted Gillian whilst she puts up their umbrella:

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I love her bemused expression as he goes exploring, it's a playful side we rarely seem to see of Anderson in her movie roles or interviews. If that's more like her real personality, she should show it off more, imho.

To round things out, here's some imperfect screen caps from some movie she did a few years ago that no one probably saw, and a magazine shoot where she looks sexy, but a bit . . . botoxy, as I said before. Maybe that's just her natural look, I don't know:

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So-called gender equality ruining shooting sports

The average person probably did not notice last week, but the International Sport Shooting Foundation, the governing body for Olympic shooting events, decided they needed to implement their own version of Title IX parity in the Olympics.

As you may know, Title IX was intended to insure that girls in high school and college were being given equal opportunity to compete in sports while in school. However, as is usually the case, the NCAA and other organizations controlling high school and college sports took the "kill a mosquito with a sledgehammer" approach to enforcing the rule. So gone were men's swimming and wrestling and other legendary college sports teams to make way for competitive tumbling and cheerleading teams . . . that is, when the schools could manage to entice girls who weren't really interested in sports to get involved anyway.

Like most efforts in social engineering, it's a f*cking mess.

And so is this current debacle.

In the name of diversity and inclusion and every other buzz word popular with today's SJW crowd, there will no longer be a Men's Double Trap competition or a Men's 50 meter prone rifle competition or a Men's 50 meter pistol competition. Seeing a pattern here?

It's not known to the average viewer, but the Men's 50m pistol event, commonly referred to by competitors as Free Pistol is one of the oldest and most famous shooting events in the Olympics, dating back to the 1890's. The f*cking 1890's!!! That's a 120+ years of Olympic history folks!!

Yes, yes, by all means, let's toss a historic shooting event on the trash heap simply because women can't or don't care to compete in it!

It should be noted that there are women's pistol events in the Olympics -- air pistol and sport pistol, the latter being a version of what men compete in as centerfire pistol (not in the Olympics though, only women's sport pistol is an event), the difference being women shoot a .22cal pistol in sport pistol where men use a pistol chambered for centerfire cartridges. Also, in my competitive experience, in state championships and smaller matches, the ladies compete on equal footing with the guys in all disciplines, the exception being the previously mentioned sport/cf pistol division.

But to replace those three venerable Olympic shooting competitions we now have the ridiculous events of Mixed Gender Team events in Trap, 10 meter air rifle, and 10 meter air pistol.

ISSF President Olegario Vázquez Raña breathlessly let the world know that his organization conducted an exhaustive two year study to come up with this abomination, noting that this was a fundamental step forward for shooting sports and that promoting inclusion and gender equality by insuring that there are exactly the same number of events available to men and women will support further growth in shooting sports around the world.

No words of condolences have been offered to the 30 Olympic hopefuls who won't have the opportunity to realize their dream of becoming an Olympian because the number of athletes will drop from 390 to 360 under this change. And I may have missed it, but to my knowledge, there hasn't been some anguished outcry from female athletes that they are not fairly represented in the shooting sports in the Olympics. I mean, basically what the ISSF is doing here is adding three women's events to the schedule. Why not just add a Women's 50m pistol, prone rifle and double trap to the list of events.

You know the answer to that, and it has nothing to do with inclusion. Quite the opposite in fact.

I'm also wondering what will come when we have a mixed gender team totally composed of biological males but with the supposed female member(s) being someone who only identifies as female. We have to be inclusive after all, right Mr. Rana? And in my experience as a competitive shooter, I've seen some good women shooters, but for the most part, the guys are better, far better, at the pistol events than the gals.

This could start to look like these city and state track and field events where boys are winning the girls events and championships, because they supposedly identify as female.

What bullsh*t! Almost makes me glad I cannot compete anymore. By the way, to their credit, USA Shooting, the sanctioning body for US Olympic shooting sports categorically opposes these changes and notes they had nothing to do with the decision to alter the make up of the Olympic shooting schedule of events.

Good for them.