Critic: “21 Movies I’m Embarrassed to Admit I Love”

Germain Lussier wrote (Source: 21 Movies I’m Embarrassed to Admit I Love):

‘We all have them. Our guilty pleasure movies. Movies we like that we don’t like to tell other people. Films that bring us unbridled joy while making others cringe in pain. Films so many people hate but you just, somehow, for whatever reason, love. This is my list. Here are 21 movies that I’m embarrassed I like at all, let alone as much as I do, in alphabetical order…’

I have seen five of the movies on this list and am not embarrassed to say that I liked all five. Moreover, I agree with Lussier that one — Cloud Atlas — was overwhelmingly good, not at all a guilty pleasure but a pure pleasure. But perhaps that was because David Mitchell’s book, from which it is adapted, is even more of a pure pleasure, on my list of the very best modern novels. It is one of those books about which I say that the most likely reason you did not like it is that you did not really understand it.

(PS: Beyond the five I have seen, I cannot conceive of having any desire to waste my time seeing any of the other films on the list.)

Republicans Actually Named an Obamacare Replacement Bill the ‘World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017’ and I Think I Might Be Losing My Mind Oh Fuck This Can’t Be Real Life 

‘You know how Obamacare’s real name is The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? Well, guess what Republicans recently submitted as an official name of what might eventually become known as Trumpcare? The World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017. That’s what it’s really called…’

Source: Matt Novak, Gizmodo

‘Blue whale’ game: Russian teens killed by social media fad

‘A sick suicide game called ‘Blue Whale’ is being probed by Russian cops after being linked to 130 teen deaths. Fears have been raised that the sinister game is just the tip of the iceberg in the country — which has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, reports The Sun.

Blue Whale involves teens completing daily tasks for 50 days including self-harming, watching horror movies and waking up at unusual hours.But on the 50th day, the controlling manipulators behind the game reportedly instruct the youngsters to commit suicide.

Mental health professionals and activists are calling on Russian politicians to probe the reasons youngsters are being attracted to these games. There are concerns the suicide rate could worsen in the country which saw 24,982 suicides in 2014. Last week, two schoolgirls Yulia Konstantinova, 15, and Veronika Volkova, 16, fell to their deaths on Sunday from the roof of a 14-storey apartment block…’