Guest Contributor – The Fat Man – Movie Review – Ford v Ferrari

Ford v Ferrari is the true story of the effort by Ford Motor Company, led by Carol Shelby, to build and race the first American car to win the Le Mans Gran Prix, the most prestigious road race in the world. The film was directed by James Mangold, starring Matt Damon as Carol Shelby and Christian Bale as Ken Miles, the lead driver for the Ford team. The movie is something of a small miracle; a mostly live action Hollywood film shot on real locations. Also, there is no political agenda. All the actors are who they actually were, white men, and they fight, lie and cheat, which is to say they compete, for the purity of winning. How did this happen in 2019 America?

It is a wonderful spectacle to behold. Matt Damon as the Texan Shelby battling the soulless suits, led by Josh Lucas, who has made something of a specialty out of playing dastardly weasels. The movie is unconcerned with cultural appropriation, casting the Jewish Jon Bernthal as the Italian-American auto industry icon, Lee Iacocca. He does a fine job. Even Henry Ford II has a substantial role played by Tracy Letts. And to top it off, the film is centered on Miles’ intact heterosexual family of three, a supportive, if somewhat feisty wife and his heartbreaking 10-year-old son, who will witness his fiery death.

Now the movie aims for iconic myth-making but I’m happy to report it is at least soundly competent. I have been wondering the last few years if the industry was still capable of making a real movie. Apparently in some corners, it is. The racing scenes are fun, much of it CGI, but still enjoyable. Grown men past sixty, as were many in the audience, will have a different experience from everyone else. If you were around in the 1960’s but still too young or too working class to be in college, cars was the most important thing in life. They are the material and cultural medium that ties the suits to the cowboys and the Brits to the Italians. They hate each other in all the deplorable ways we make believe is unnatural. It is the very nature of men and it is their crafts and creations, mechanics, racing, auto making that channels their animal spirits to a higher plane. They compete, they innovate and even when they lose they tip their hats to the winner, as Enzo Ferrari does to Miles.

Bale and Damon go a little over the top now and then as does the film itself when the Ford scion is reduced to a sort of weeping orgasm at his first experience of real racing at the hands of Shelby. But these flaws are welcome and authentically quixotic in their ambition. If the film ultimately misses the mark myth-making, it doesn’t matter. It succeeds at something more important, reminding us what real movies and real men once looked like.

17NOV2019 – OCF Update

It’ll be busy at work this week because I’m taking the whole Thanksgiving week off.  But I’ll try to do my part to make OCF an interesting site for my loyal readers.

Of course there is the last installment of ShatnerKhan 1 and the weekly Star Trek episode mockery.

And I’m just dying for some info to come out on Horowitz’s report or John Durham’s investigations.  It might have to wait until Thanksgiving week but I can always hope for something sooner.

I believe we’ll have to wait for the British General election in December for the rest of the Brexit saga but maybe something interesting will surface sooner.

The Fat Man will bring his inimitable review style and cinematic acumen to bear on the recent release of Ford v Ferrari.

I will have something to say about the Sony FE 100 – 400mm f/4.5 – 5.6 GM OSS telephoto lens.  In fact currently all the Photo of the Day selections beginning with the bald eagle today were shot with this lens.  This includes the “macro” dragonfly shots which are actually enormous crops of a much larger image.

I’ll have a review of Sturgill Simpson’s two most recent albums but unfortunately for Country Music fans there’s nothing there to look forward to.

So stay tuned.

The Silicon Valley Monopolies Must be Splintered and Wrenched Away from the SJWs

Back in 1982 the United States federal government decreed that American Telephone and Telegraph Company was a destructive monopoly and for the good of the country needed to be dismembered.  Their sin was that they were so big and successful that no other company would ever be able to successfully compete against them.  Now AT&T was a heavily regulated company and was controlled by a network of government regulations about how they did business and how they had to treat the American public.  In many places phone service was treated as an entitlement that not even non-payment by the consumer justified AT&T disconnecting the service.  And in the hundred plus years of service AT&T never once asked what the consumer’s politics, ethics or even criminal activities were.  They just wanted you to pay the bill every month.

In 2019 Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon are the phone company.  We talk to each other and sell things to each other and organize with each other over their networks.  And they are more than the phone company.  They are now also the equivalent of the newspapers, television networks, radio stations, movie theaters and more.  Now Amazon has become Sears and Kmart and even the grocery store, the hardware store, the bookstore, the drug store, the music store, the electronics store, the shoe store, the clothes store and almost every other retail establishment that has ever existed.  Other than a few megastores like Walmart and Home Depot no one can compete with Amazon.  The shopping malls and retail streets of every city and town in America have been emptied and shuttered by this business behemoth.

These companies are the very definition of monopolies that the anti-trust laws were written to guard against.  They cry out for some kind of action.  And if they had no other agenda than to make money by the tera-buck they would need to be busted up.  But that’s actually the smaller problem.

The real problem is that they have taken sides in the culture war and have indeed formed an overarching conspiracy to crush anyone and everyone who disagrees with their radical progressive agenda.  And their monolithic control allows them to banish anyone they disagree with from access to the audience needed to communicate, organize and resist the progressive narrative.  And even that’s not the worst of it.

They have joined forces with corporate America to literally destroy the lives and livelihoods of those they dislike.  With the help of social justice warriors on-line they can get a man fired from his job, SWAT-ed by the local police, have his guns confiscated, ejected from his bank and deplatformed from his own web-business.  So far, they haven’t been able literally throw you into a gulag but I’m sure they’re working on it as we speak.

So, imagine if back in the day AT&T or the local electric company or gas company had sent you a letter that said that because they didn’t like your politics or things you said they were turning off your service.  How long would it be before the Feds put the screws to that utility company and fined them until they desisted from discriminating against American citizens?

The Anti-Trust Division of the Department of Justice works for William Barr.  Barr works for President Trump and he works for me because I voted for him.  I want President Trump to tell Barr to take Amazon and bust it into a thousand pieces.  I want him to cut off all federal funds to Facebook, Google and Twitter and then fine those lousy cretins into bancruptcy for discriminating against non-progressives of all stripes.  I want him to investigate Pay Pal, Stripe, Wells Fargo, Chase Manhattan and any other financial institution that deplatformed any non-progressive businessmen just because they don’t like their politics or religious beliefs.

Sure, there are plenty of other things that the President needs to do but these things will strengthen his supporters, weaken his enemies, take money away from the Leftists and besides everything else it’s easy to do because it’s exactly what the law tells him he should do.  It’s low hanging fruit and it’s a no-brainer.  And besides everything else it will be fun.

So, do it!

Colin Kaepernick Punks Out

The NFL is desperate to show that they aren’t denying Colin Kaepernick the opportunity to be the superstar he knows he is.  But unfortunately, Kaepernick doesn’t intend to interrupt his crusade by having a football career.

https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2019/11/16/nfl-disappointed-at-kaepernick-for-not-appearing-at-workout/

Could it be that he really is a mediocre athlete and after three years of inactivity wouldn’t be able to compete at all at the NFL level?  He instead had his own work out for eight teams at a high school field where he could control the camera crew and the footage that would be released.  My guess is that even he knows he’s not good enough for an actual workout.

I read that Dallas Cowboy fans have deluged management of the team with declarations vowing to drop their support of the team if they sign Kaepernick.

I’m guessing that Colin wants a team to sign him to a contract where he will get paid not to play but to perform a kneeling act before each game,  sort of like the high priest of wokeness for the NFL.  Hey it’s their money.  Since I don’t have to watch the NFL anymore I hope they do sign him.  It’ll make the game suck that much more.