Alright, who’s up for a game where you find out how biased the search engines are? It’s easy, as you’ll see.
For this entry, you just need to do 2 different searches. Image searches. Type in “white couple”, and see how many images pop up of a white couple. Then type in “black couple”, and see how many images of a black couple show up.
Bing results of “white couple” image search:
Actual white couple count: 28/30 (including 1 gay couple with a black baby, and 1 lesbian couple)
DuckDuckGo results of “white couple” image search:
Actual white couple count: 43/53
Google results of “white couple” image search:
Actual white couple count: 27/40 (including an image of Trump and Hillary, and some woman going to prison [doesn’t have to do with a “couple”])
Bing results of “black couple” image search:
Actual black couple count: 30/30
DuckDuckGo results of “black couple” image search:
Actual black couple count: 56/56
Google results of “black couple” image search:
Actual black couple count: 39/40
What other biased/inaccurate searches can we come up with?
Not sure I have very many followers yet, which is why I should take this opportunity while I can before the number grows so high I can’t do this anymore without resorting to something like Patreon (something like that could eventually happen in the near future). So, you all have seen me review films, but is there a film you are interested in having me review that I haven’t reviewed yet? If so, this month is your opportunity to get me to review almost any film you desire. Any film from any year that is readily available for me to watch one way or another (whether it be youtube, a rental service, or a purchase for a reasonable price), I’m willing to review it.
But there’s a catch.
I review the film if, and only if, you also watch and review one of the following films I will have listed below. The reason I do this in August should be apparent with the first film on the list. These are films that I believe should be reviewed that haven’t gotten anywhere near the attention they deserve. I’d imagine that would be the same reason you would want me to review whatever you would want me to review.
So once you watch and review one of the below films, post on this page that you have done so, and provide a link to your review (it can be a video review, podcast review, written review on whatever platform, anything so long as it’s a review open to the public, not just me) so I can read and confirm that you’ve watched it. And don’t make it a half-assed review that only consists of a couple paragraphs. Get into it. Make it at least 3 paragraphs.
You have until the end of August to make the review and the recommendation. As for me, I will post reviews in response at my leisure. It could happen on the same day you made your review, it could happen a month afterwards. But one way or another, unless something really drastic happens in my life, I will review your recommendation and post it on my blog.
Anyway, without further ado, here’s the 7 films I’d like to see get reviews (why 7? Because I like to go three steps amid.):
The Path to 9/11
No official DVD/VHS/Blu-Ray/Digital release. Banned in America courtesy of Disney and the Clinton Administration, but there are ways out there to go about seeing it. 2-part miniseries that is as historic and informative as it is tense and thrilling. Seek it out if you dare. My 3-part review of it is available here: https://theanomaloushost.org/2016/09/01/the-path-to-911-reviewanalysis-part-1/
The Blood of Heroes (aka Salute of the Jugger)
This is one of the very few films on this list that actually has a DVD release in America. No blu-ray though, that’s asking for too much. I recently did a review of this along with Atomic Blonde. Great post-apocalyptic arena fighting film.
Frankenstein & Me
VHS release, no official DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital. Unknown gem of a film that is family friendly. About a group of kids who get a hold of Frankenstein’s monster’s body (or is it?). Currently available on youtube.
Streets of Gold
Only got a VHS release, good luck finding it anywhere else, except on youtube. A hidden gem of a boxing film which should be a classic up there with Rocky (it’s not as good as that film, but it’s definitely up there).
Death of a Soldier
VHS release. One of the very few films where Reb Brown actually acts like he gives a damn, to the point where he was nominated for Best Actor by the Australia film awards. Based on a true story, about event(s) that many would like to keep on the down-low. Events that threatened to harm the relationship between USA and Australia during WWII. Available on youtube.
Tiger on the Beat
No official release in the USA. This film has one of the greatest action finales I’ve ever seen. I won’t say anymore.
Once Upon a Time in High School: The Spirit of Jeet Kun Do
No official release in the USA. Basically a coming of age high school drama, and it’s told well enough. But what sets it apart from most films of that genre is the martial arts that are thrown in. Not enough to make this into a martial arts genre, oh no, there’s only a couple small/brief fight scenes, and one moderately big one near the end. The martial arts aspect is very minor, nowhere near enough to make this considered a martial arts film. What martial arts there is is very grounded and very realistic, never over-the-top.
So those are the films. For legal reasons, I cannot explicitly say how you can get a hold of some of these films if they’re not on youtube or available through some rental service. But I expect those who take on this challenge to be creative. And remember, I reserve the right to refuse a recommendation for any reason, the main one being if I’ve already reviewed the film before, the other being if it’s too difficult to get a hold of the film (and if I don’t think it would be worth the trouble). One other thing to remember, if you ask me to review a film that you know is a steaming pile of shit, fully expect me to watch and review it knowing that it’s impossible to view it as anything other than a steaming pile of shit, then I reserve the right to trash both the film and the reviewer who recommended it to me. I’ll be putting off my adventure into the early 90s until August is over.
No review for now. Just wanna mention why I’m not currently making a blog post about a movie. It’s because my buttfucking computer decided not to boot one day, and had me go through countermeasure after countermeasure trying to get the computer back up to speed.
For anyone who’s not interested in half-assed computer tech speeches, in a nutshell, I had to do a bunch of tech shit to get my computer back up to speed to I can make this blog post, but it will take me a little longer to create animated gifs again (though to be fair, 80% of my posts are images taken from other web sites, but the movie reviews I wanted to do demanded me being more original goddamnit!).
So, the tech stuff. I start up the computer one afternoon, it gets through the BIOS booting. But when it gets to the part where it’s supposed to boot Windows 7 (could’ve purchased Windows 10 when I first built this thing, but didn’t, mostly due to compatibility issues with older games, but mostly because of all the unnecessary tacks and tracking and assistants and all those other bullshit bells and whistles Windows 10 comes with), it decides it’s not going to do that. So I’m left staring into the black abyss of a blank computer screen, wondering if my soul is getting corrupted like the hard drive. Eventually I tell the Abyss to go fuck itself.
The computer comes up with this screen:
Normally just starting Windows normally tends to work fine and it fixes itself. Not this time.
I choose Safe mode. That doesn’t fair any better.
Well, time to do Windows Repair. While I have a Windows 7 disc, my computer doesn’t have a disc player. I originally installed Windows using a reformatted USB stick with the Windows 7 installation files on it. So I insert that, eventually get to this screen:
So of course I choose Startup Repair. It does it’s thing, and then…
It doesn’t fix shit. It’s at this point I started to get a little worried, not to mention pissed off. I’m especially pissed off because I have 2 hard disk drives, 2 terabytes in size each, working together using RAID 1. The whole fucking point of RAID 1 is that if one hard drive fails, the other will still work, and I could attempt repairs from there. That sounded good in theory which is why I chose that fucking configuration in the first fucking place, but apparently it’s not as good in practice for situations like this. It’s at this point I decided that it would be a good idea to store all the memory that is on these drives into an external hard drive, wipe the drives, make them non-RAID (just 2 separate drives that work independently off of one another), and set one drive to be a backup drive manually by having Windows do it’s backup process on that drive in case something goes wrong. Then eventually make a mirror copy of the main drive onto an external hard drive in case something like this happens again.
So, I had to go shopping for a 2 TB external hard drive, which ended up being on sale at OfficeMax. Now, while I don’t believe I used even 1 TB of memory initially, I wanted a 2 TB external hard drive just for the sake of the future. There will come a day when 1 TB likely isn’t enough.
Anyway, booted up the computer again, and determined the best way to go about backup up the memory on the hard drives using a process that doesn’t require booting up the operating system. One way is to use that windows repair screen (see above) and choose the Command Prompt, type in “notepad” (without the quotations), which opens up Notepad. From there I can go to File->Open, which will bring up a Windows Explorer type of screen where I can navigate files and folder with a GUI instead of Command Prompt text, and copy paste files and folders from there. Well, there’s 2 problems with this method (one of which I would discover until later on).
The biggest issue is that it take a long goddamn cocksucking time to finish pasting the folders to the external hard drive. In fact, it won’t even allow me to copy-paste an entire drive, so I have to copy-paste-wait one folder at a time. I eventually got around to copy-pasting Program Files (x86), but eventually got sick of waiting for it to complete after 3 FUCKING DAYS!
This time I just skipped the whole Windows 7 disc boot altogether, and went straight into booting using just the Command Prompt (see image above). From there, I did the xcopy method.
xcopy C:\ F:\ /H/I/C/K/E/R/Y
Not sure if that’s the exact text I typed in, but anyone familiar with xcopy and Command Prompt pretty much knows what that does. In a nutshell, it copies everything from drive C to Drive F (which was the external hard drive), and HICKERY makes sure it copies everything, all folders and sub-directories, etc. Couldn’t copy it into a folder I setup on Drive F apparently, it had to go straight to the base of the drive (or maybe there’s some method/text I was missing for that to work). Anyone, it got started, and it was rolling. Hauling ass compared to the notepad method. In fact, it finished in about 12 hours or so (maybe 8, I wasn’t watching the entire time, I’m not a cocksucking zombie).
So, everything was backed up, I was clear to wipe the drives. So, I boot up the Windows 7 disc, and choose the Install Now, Custom Installation (I tried the Upgrade option, didn’t work, I don’t remember the details, bit fuzzy on that).
So, chose “Delete” for both drives, but kept the System Reserved for both drives. Then chose “New” to make the drive ready for Windows 7, then “Format”, then began the installation. Installation (almost) completes.
So here I’m thinking I’ll get the Windows 7 login screen. Nope. Instead I get this:
It’s at this point my irritation became full blows rage, in which I yelled at the computer, “Go fuck yourself!”
So, back to letting Windows 7 do Startup repair. And here’s basically how it went down.
Do the installation on the 2nd drive, only with deleted the System Reserved as well.
Reinstall Windows 7.
Finally get Windows 7 to properly install. So, to get it back up to speed, I start installing the motherboard software (from a disc, which I also put on a USB). It starts off fine, restarting the computer off and on, and successfully booting back to Windows, but then when it installs this thing called “Intel Rapid Storage Tech and Driver”, which is something that was necessary if using RAID on hard drives that exceed 1 TB in size, that causes an error on startup. Won’t boot windows. Try to repair, it fails. Well, back to the monotony (see above).
So after that monotony, eventually something happens that really started to scare me. It wouldn’t go past the BIOS boot. It was stuck there, at the first screen that comes up when I power on the computer. It wouldn’t even attempt to try and get to the part where it tries to boot up the operating system. It’s at this point I should mention what kind of motherboard I have.
This particular motherboard comes with something it calls Dr. Debug. Dr. Debug shows 2 digit code numbers/letters on the bottom-right side of the screen (and on the motherboard itself) when starting up. These let me know what the problem is in case something goes wrong. I was getting error code 9C. 9C, in this case, means this, and I quote from the manual:
Problem related to memory. Please re-install the CPU and memory then clear CMOS. If the problem still exists, please install only one memory module or try using other memory modules.
I was beyond angry at this point. As in I was no longer angry or frustrated. I was just tired. I was in one of those, “Oh what’s the use, I’m sick of working on this shit,” sort of moods. I hadn’t felt that way since watching Ghostbusters: Answer the Call.
So I stayed away from it for a couple days, using my dad’s computer (which I also built myself, many years ago) to check my emails, and spent the rest of the time watching movies and playing board games solo, and working at my place of employment.
But I had to try to repair it again. At first I thought I was going to have to take apart the computer so that I could hit this so-called CMOS switch (which I believe wipes the memory straight off the motherboard, which means I have to reconfigure it from scratch). Apparently, that’s not the case. There’s a tiny little button on the part of the motherboard that juts out of the back of the computer (along with USB plugs and such). Well, I pressed it, went back in and reconfigured the BIOS. Used the Windows 7 disk to wipe the hard drives (both of them), install Windows 7 on one of them. It works.
Get back into Windows 7, install the Motherboard hardware (this time without the Intel Rapid Storage Tech and Driver), which finally goes off without a hitch or a glitch. Seemed like I was back in business.
Installed the graphics driver, the wireless ethernet driver (don’t have the luxury of using a wired connection at this current point in time), and the Windows Updates. That latter part is a bit of a hassle. It wouldn’t just download the updates normally. So, to fix that issue, I open windows explorer and navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download, deleted all folders there (ie the currently installed updates Windows 7 initially came with), and then attempted to get it to download updates, which it finally did. Installed all the ones I deemed necessary.
And that was the last of the major hassles. Figured I mine as well as blog about it in case anyone else suffers from a similar situation, so they can learn from my mistakes, and so that there will be a record of how to overcome these errors. And that’s also why I haven’t made a review when I wanted to. And I’ve got some films in store for you. When I get around to them.
Okay, I know it’s not “technically” a film but the furore and controversy surrounding the showing and the subsequent refusal to ever broadcast the show again, meant that, I felt, it warranted inclusion.
And has been shown several times at the British Film Institute.
Stephen Volk’s television drama is one of, if not THE, most controversial programmes ever broadcast.
Ghostwatch was a one off live broadcast about an investigation into a supposedly haunted house.
Michael Parkinson and Mike Smith were in the studio taking phone calls and messages while his wife Sarah Greene and Craig Charles were on location at the house.
The occupants of the house was a mother and her two teenage daughters.
They reported instances of unexplained banging, chills and other, usual, activity associated with poltergeists.
Throughout the broadcast, the supernatural occurences got worse and threatened the lives of all involved.