#2Kevins Podcast 16: San Bernadino, etc

The 16th iteration of my podcast with Kevin Steel is now posted here. It features

1. The first 2Kevins fundraiser. Please give if you can.

2. San Bernadino: The Last Straw. The terrorist attack by an “American” Muslim and his Pakistani bride has changed the debate forever. Donald Trump says no more Muslims, and his popularity continues to increase (0:53).

3. Kevin Steel presents Installment 4 of his memoir, Ma valise mal à l’aise, The Tale of The Toeless Man, a remembrance of Bartley and Gayle, two characters he met while hitchhiking on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula (48:32).

4. Hollywood’s Death Wish. After the death of rocker Scott Weiland, his ex-wife argued that we will see more fatal drug overdoses among entertainers “because as a society we almost encourage it.” We examine why this is so (58:58).

Tashfeen Malik, Syed Farook: Y'all go back now.

Tashfeen Malik, Syed Farook: Y’all go back now.

A Year of Cinema, Week 13: Ikiru


My #2Kevins co-host Kevin Steel has posted on YouTube a visual essay to complement my spoken praise of Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 drama Ikiru. Kanji Watanabe has been a bureaucrat for 30 years. He has earned the commendation of his superiors, but his life is loveless, meaningless and will soon end. This film is a kind of Japanese Divine Comedy. Watanabe meets a Virgil and a Beatrice, who lead him through Hell and Purgatory, but he must venture alone in search of Paradise.

The A Year of Cinema: My 52 Favourite Films master list has been updated accordingly. As has the YouTube playlist.

Ikiru Poster

#2Kevins Podcast, Episode 15

The 15th iteration of my podcast with Kevin Steel is now posted here. It features

1. A short, contemptuous dismissal of the Ottawa Citizen‘s presumptuous demand that the Edmonton Eskimos change their name. (“Cultural appropriation,” sob!)

2. The first 2Kevins fundraiser. Please give if you can (5:32).

3. The Female Rage Machine: Why are the SJW shitlibs primarily female? It might have something to do with the relentless demonization of masculinity by our elite (8:56).

4. Maurice Strong, a remembrance by Kevin Steel. He worked to wreck the world, but he was awfully polite (48:48).

5. A Year in Cinema by Kevin Michael Grace. Week 13: Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 film Ikiru, the search for humanity in a world dominated by status, sensation and selfishness (60:22).

6. SCALE (Size, Complexity, Atomization, Liberalization and Elitism). Our way of life leads to sickness, and medication of that sickness creates monsters (71:54).

#2Kevins Podcast, Episode 14

The 14th iteration of my podcast with Kevin Steel is now posted. It features 1. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Crashmas: Could this be the last (consumerist) Xmas? 2. Kevin Steel’s Ma valise mal à l’aise (My Uncomfortable Suitcase), Installment 3 (45:27) 3. America, Land of Second Chances: Part 1: Hillary Clinton: More Lives Than a Cat (57:41); 4. America, Land of Second Chances: Part 2: Rachel Marsden: From the Abode of the Damned—The Damned Good-Looking! (86:47)

A Year of Cinema, Week 12

Now posted on YouTube, an audiovisual consideration of the struggle between being and becoming in John Frankenheimer’s 1966 horror fable, Seconds. My essay references Saint Thomas à Kempis, Henri Bergson, Wyndham Lewis, Hugh Kenner and Caitlyn Jenner. (Yikes!)

tldr; Those who embrace flux as a governing principle attempt to build on a foundation of quicksand.

The A Year of Cinema: My 52 Favourite Films master list has been updated accordingly. As has the YouTube playlist.

#2Kevins, Lucky Episode 13

The 13th iteration of my podcast with Kevin Steel is now posted. It features Paris: Empty Words and Empty Gestures; Ma Valise mal à l’aise: Installment 2 (51:44); A Year of Cinema, Week 12: Seconds: John Frankenheimer’s 1966 fable of being versus becoming (61:45) and 1968 Redux, Mizzou and Yale: American colleges embrace the stupid (72:55).

#2Kevins, Episode 12

The 12th iteration of my podcast with Kevin Steel is now posted. It features Donald Trump vs the Shitlibs; Sia, A Star For Our Time (32:26); Ma valise mal à l’aise: the first installment of a new feature by Kevin Steel (45:14); A Year of Cinema, Week 11: After Hours by Martin Scorsese (55:24); and James Bond vs Star Wars: Archetypes, Myths and Religions (64:34).