Cunt Post: The Film for the Cunt (female and male)

Directed by Niels Arden Oplev

Written by Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg

Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson

Cast: Lisbeth Salander, Noomi Rapace, Mikael Blomkvist, Michael Nyqvist
Erika Berger Lena Endre, Henrik Vanger, Sven-Bertil Taube, MartinVagner, Peter Haber and Lawyer Peter Andersson

A film centered around a feminist hero? Abso-fucking-lutely. An attempt of de-eroticizing the depiction of rape in Hollywood? Thank god yes. Swedish?! My favorite!

The internet buzz on this film has exploded. It has reached my fingertips and I’m now left hoping and praying that this film at least makes it to Calgary. I’m willing to drive the two hours to see a female wiz computer hacker, investigated the 40 year-old mysterious disappearance of a woman. Since, as the reviews tell me so, it is so much more. But in the mean time I’ll just read the book (the original title of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was “Men who Hate Women”).

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The Ultimate Insurance Man

Cruising the film-o-sphere on the internet I stumbled upon this baby:

Title: World’s Greatest Sinner

Directed by: Timothy Carey

Starring: Timothy Carey

Info: The film was written, directed and starred by Timothy Carey. The whole premise of the film is about Timothy Carey’s character leaving his Insurance job to start a rock’n’roll band. The rock’n’roll band is used for a political platform that turns into a religious cult. The religions cult is financed by the seduction of widows (the film is noted by the numerous make-out scenes Timothy has with older women). Timothy Carey’s character goes out of control and starts referring to himself as God…

Oh jesus, whose panties are wet?

There is nothing I love more than self-directed, self-starred and most likely self-financed movies. They usually have the most out-of-this-world plot and best quotable lines. I cannot wait to get my hands on this picture.

A Remix Manifesto

I just recently watched RiP: A Remix Manifesto. Here is what I learned about culture being controlled by the few:

Copyright laws, as we all know, have been getting out of hand. Napster is old news, the countless law suits that have been filed against children have come and gone – distribution companies have been going crazy trying to control that thing labelled INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. This is essentially the control of ideas.  Right now there is a war over ideas where the battleground is on the internet. Internet’s purpose to share information and communicate ideas, to create a media literate culture, where our  language has become mash-up. Consumers have become creators. But the people who OWNED the culture that we have started to remix have been freaking out over their payday. They have been using infinite money and power to protect the culture that supposidely own.

1. The Future Always Builds on the Past

This is essentially saying that new ideas are based upon old ones – well duh. But this is what is at stake, the possibility of new ideas being created. Artist do this all the time – just look at Girl Talk or even Thomas Edison. This is dependent on a healthy Public Domain but our public domain is not a healthy space. Just look at the Birthday song, it does not exist within the public domain (now all the time that people sang Happy Birthday to me in a restaurant makes sense). In order to HUM this song in public you are legally bonded to pay, not Patty Smith Hill (1868-1946) or Mildred Jane Hill (1859-1916); you would be paying Warner/Chappell. Where that song alone brings in millions of dollars of revenue for that company.

How did this happen?

Well it all started out with the printing press, where the concept of spreading out ideas across the globe began. The dilemma was that those that came up with new ideas needed to find a way to profit from themselves. This solution was the first copy right law; which was created in1708, as the Statue of Anne. The law made it so that for 14 years that new idea belonged to its owner but after that it fell into public domain. Where anyone can take it and play around with it. Of course over the years new copying machines have been invented. Each disrupting the business model that has come before. Each technology has been copying ideas that didn’t pay the copyright owner. This could all be seen in Napster. Where the control has been completely disrupted. But this is the difference, Napster became a peer-to-peer file sharing tool and it has now involved into torrent sites, such as pirate bay, to individual files being uploaded for users to download for themselves. We have built up the biggest library in user history. We have let go of the record industry because we ourselves have become DISTRIBUTORS. This has made the RIAA and the Motion Picture Association of American very angry since they represent: Disney, Timewarner, Viacom, NewsCorp, BMG and General Electric, who own more than 90% of media holdings in the United States. Six giant companies own culture.

2. The Established Power of the Past will ALWAYS try to Control the Future

This is seen in all the countless lawsuits that have been issued against citizens. 52 millions have been touched by this plague. In comes Lawrence Lessig author of FREE CULTURE (a book that inspired RiP: A Remix Manifesto and has set this blogger’s blood on fire). This man has been setting off the alarm all over the world  about American policy. A policy that has harmed FREE SPEECH. Copyright is out of control and has been manipulated to just generate maximum profit. What these lawsuits represent is the six giant companies that are not allowing YOU to criticize what they have done; are not allowing YOU to look at culture and play with it; but most importantly they are not ALLOWING YOU to create.

Lessig believes that this remixing that we see through youtube, vimeo – girl talk, gives birth to a new democracy even a new literacy. This is what the established power want to control. Who do we have to thank for this? The Disney Empire: the Disney Empire extended the years of copyright to the individual and to companies up to 75 years. Everything has become locked up because the bill the Disney initiated into a law. So basically, if you want to be a mash-up artist you need to work outside of the law.

3. Our Future is Becoming LESS Free

Digital Rights Management! Ever heard of this? This is a corporate software that decides what you can and cannot copy onto your computer. Cracking the vault to this software means jail time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Copyright has gone out of hand, it has started to put locks on citizens – children (WTF). Entertainment lobbyist of the United States have pushed for tougher laws against copyright infringement ever since the internet has become public. United States citizens (and I’m sure Canadians) have been sued and forced to settle for downloading songs. This is all happening because these companies do not want to change with the times – they can’t fathom a world where consumers are in control, where the power is given back to the people.

This whole copyright issue does not just affect artistic domain but it affects all different parts of culture. Let’s look at the scientific culture. Where broad ideas are patented – yes. In order for a scientist to do his or her job accurately they need to do come up with new ideas. By doing this they need to do research, some research and perhaps some more research. Through this research they need to take samples and see what works. But as I mentioned before, some broad ideas have patents on them (they belong to somebody else = copyrights), which means that if you come up with a slightly different idea, after doing all that research, if its core lies within a patented idea, that new idea is discarded. Discarded, they can’t use it.Oh, does that mean that a cure for Cancer and Aids could have been made already? Yeah, probably.

The 21st Century has become a century of intellectual property where our ideas are being controlled. The United States Government has a branch that is invested in the economy of ideas which has to do with intellectual policy. This has affected global trade. How? Well just look at shopping malls where everything is made outside of the United States (China). The United States Government convinced the worlds economies to adapt laws that prohibited the copying of American ideas without American permission. In exchange it required all the companies that wanted to manufacture things and export them to American to adopt AMERICAN copyright laws. If they didn’t they would not be able to sell physical goods in America. This all happened in the 1990s. Thank God that not all of the WORLD ECONOMIES followed this law, just look at the ripped off Disneyland in Beijing. A decade later they are still continuing to look at intellectual policy. Well their TRADE DEFICIT HAS GONE UP. Do we not think it is time for them to focus on fair trade agreements and environmental laws? Oh right, the Copenhagen Summit thing failed.

4. To Build Free Societies You need to LIMIT the control of the PAST.

Hope is breed down south. Just look at Brazil, where they defied patented American laws (Intellectual POLICY) on HIV medication and produced their own copy of the drug at a fraction of the price. Finally, an act of life from Government. We can either choose to take control or be raped by corporations. I for one do not want to live n a world full of digital billboards. There needs to be a balance of intellectual property where the public domain needs to be re-stablized. Copyright laws need to be loosened. Giant corporations need to evolve with the rest of us because I can’t live in a world where I need to beg to listen to Girl Talk.

So please join the movement. Join the Manifesto. We are made up of collaborators where we can create, share, change laws and act. The future may look bleaker than black but I truly believe that if all voices are put together, something will happen. I’m not big on looking upon one hero to make a change; I’m big on seeing multiple heroes. The only way that I can think of is to open up your voice.

B.A. Johnston and the Crucifiction

Tonight was the Moby Dicks and B.A. Johnston last leg of their mini tour which included Medicine Hat, Canmore, Calgary and Lethbridge. I arrived late since I was having greasy Chinese food with a friend who just defended her fucking thesis, so I missed the Dicks. But arrived in time to the beginning of B.A.’s show. It was indeed the first time I’ve experience B.A. Johnston; for a one man show he’s pretty entertaining. His best song was indeed Hobo 4 Life but everything else I could either take it or leave it. The man does have charm and knows how to direct a crowd. Unfortunately the crowd got a little to rowdy which resulted in this:

Blood on the Holy Ground
Tarentino does not exaggerate on Blood Splatter

This is the result of a fight that broke out during one of B.A.’s songs, some intoxicated person punched a glass entrance door; which lead to the whole of Henotic becoming evacuated. Not good. Regardless a pretty decent Thursday night. Listen to this before going to sleep

Cunt Post: Riot Grrrl manifesto and call

There is nothing more powerful than the word, written or spoken. Here is the Riot Grrrl Manifesto:

By Kathleen Hannah

BECAUSE us girls crave records and books and fanzines that speak to US that WE feel included in and can understand in our own ways.

BECAUSE we wanna make it easier for girls to see/hear each other’s work so that we can share strategies and criticize-applaud each other.

BECAUSE we must take over the means of production in order to create our own moanings.

BECAUSE viewing our work as being connected to our girlfriends-politics-real lives is essential if we are gonna figure out how we are doing impacts, reflects, perpetuates, or DISRUPTS the status quo.

BECAUSE we recognize fantasies of Instant Macho Gun Revolution as impractical lies meant to keep us simply dreaming instead of becoming our dreams AND THUS seek to create revolution in our own lives every single day by envisioning and creating alternatives to the bullshit christian capitalist way of doing things.

BECAUSE we want and need to encourage and be encouraged in the face of all our own insecurities, in the face of beergutboyrock that tells us we can’t play our instruments, in the face of “authorities” who say our bands/zines/etc are the worst in the US and

BECAUSE we don’t wanna assimilate to someone else’s (boy) standards of what is or isn’t.

BECAUSE we are unwilling to falter under claims that we are reactionary “reverse sexists” AND NOT THE TRUEPUNKROCKSOULCRUSADERS THAT WE KNOW we really are.

BECAUSE we know that life is much more than physical survival and are patently aware that the punk rock “you can do anything” idea is crucial to the coming angry grrrl rock revolution which seeks to save the psychic and cultural lives of girls and women everywhere, according to their own terms, not ours.

BECAUSE we are interested in creating non-heirarchical ways of being AND making music, friends, and scenes based on communication + understanding, instead of competition + good/bad categorizations.

BECAUSE doing/reading/seeing/hearing cool things that validate and challenge us can help us gain the strength and sense of community that we need in order to figure out how bullshit like racism, able-bodieism, ageism, speciesism, classism, thinism, sexism, anti-semitism and heterosexism figures in our own lives.

BECAUSE we see fostering and supporting girl scenes and girl artists of all kinds as integral to this process.

BECAUSE we hate capitalism in all its forms and see our main goal as sharing information and staying alive, instead of making profits of being cool according to traditional standards.

BECAUSE we are angry at a society that tells us Girl = Dumb, Girl = Bad, Girl = Weak.

BECAUSE we are unwilling to let our real and valid anger be diffused and/or turned against us via the internalization of sexism as witnessed in girl/girl jealousism and self defeating girltype behaviors

BECAUSE I believe with my wholeheartmindbody that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can, and will change the world for real.

Now, I’m not the maker of music but I do believe in creating environments that foster dialogue and work towards change. I cannot stress enough that change is still needed within our society. With the Health Care Reform Bill passing it just proved that bigotry, racism and sexism still exist predominantly within our society (but it was a giant step for our Neighbours). Just do a search on Tea Party, Obamacare, HCR on twitter and be catapulted by messages of hate. Turn on your television and be subjected to women being judged on how beautiful and sexy they look in photoshopped images. Turn on your radio and listen to young starlets who have just turn legal scream about their immature sexuality. Read a newspaper and hear a politician make a sexist remarks. Above all that you still hear the ramblings on debate towards Women’s Choice where conservatives want to take away the right to choice and de-legalize abortion.

This is a call for the first step. To all who are in a creative scene, who are pissed by an overt masculinist society and would like to see magazines like cosmopolitan go out of print. It is time for the masses to wake up and stop being a cog for the well oiled capitalist machine. If not the masses then the individual.

Here is what I’m thinking:

1) We start an online zine that is geared toward Southern Alberta

2) We start holding monthly meetings to discuss the things that piss us off, to create art, music, dialogue.

3) We write it all down. Keep record of everything.

If interested e-mail me: copious.wren@gmail.com

Feminism is an inclusive movement where it seeks to include all races, sexes and sexualities. It tries to push to give voice to minorities. If your thought process lies within these frameworks then contact me.

This is nothing new, I know, but I know that many of us are itching to do more then what we are already doing. I know I’m. I know that I would like to highlight what the people close to me are doing to change the aspects of society that they are not sastisfied with. And also, help a bitch out.

Bikini Kill

CKXU SPOTLIGHT: Non-Stop Psychotic Cabaret

I’ve decided that I’m going to do a CKXU Spotlight every week. Where I tune into a show, pick a song that clawed its way into my heart and rate the show (legit rating or not). This week the spotlight is shined upon “Non-Stop Psychotic Cabaret”.

The show is hosted by Martine Ménard and Evan Van Reekum both musicians and lovely specimens of human beings. The show features the very best in punk rock to garage but it is the dialogue between this couple that make this show amazing. Did I mention that they are a good-looking couple? Not only that but both of them play in bands you wish you were in (at least I do) the Myelin Sheaths (Martine) and the Moby Dicks (Evan). The show happens Wednesday nights at midnight to 2 AM. Make sure to tune in on CKXU 88.3 Fm or http://www.ckxu.com.

On tonight’s show Evan was unfortunately in Calgary for a Moby Dicks show at the Ship’n’Anchor in Calgary. So Martine was left to her own devices. Endearing moments where: when she just made a one syllable sound for at least a minute, when her background music kept cutting off and when she found a new background music. I truly enjoy it when CKXU DJ’s have background music to go with their dialogue. Charming.

Song: Baby Don’t Go

Artist: Dum Dum Girls

Bio: The band Dum Dum Girls was lead by a chick named Dee Dee and started out as a solo project. The name Dum Dum Girls is a reference to The Vaselines album, Dum Dum and Iggy Pop’s song, Dum Dum Boys. She self-released the first album on her own record label Zoo Music. Dee Dee would later turn to friends to expand the project. In comes the girl gang: Jules (guitar and vocals), Bambi (bass) and Frankie Ross (drums and vocals). The band is driven by Dee Dee’s writing and she collaborates on few tracks. If you want a further account of their story visit their Sub Pop page.

I promise you don’t have to wear a leather jacket to join in on the fun.

The show gets a rating of 5 out of 5 cigarette stacks.

The saga ends.

I can’t stress enough how much I hate Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” but to be completely fair to criticism I cannot elaborate since I did not finish the movie: I walked out. There was nothing enjoyable of the hour I spent in that dark theater. A walk-out is a walk-out. I needed to end my ride with 3D.

To end things with an optimistic note I leave you with two videos that I feel everyone should watch  (examples of great filmmaking):

A short:

A trailer: