Two things …

On Netflix search for a movie called Love, directed by Gaspar Noe. The opening scene by itself is shocking, and later in you will find real, not simulated sex, even a threesome. It is hardcore porn, any ten-year old can easily access it. What is going on here? Netflix is pushing the envelope.

Not that I watched it or anything. The lead actor plays a morose and depressed self-centered loser, and I got tired of listening to him, never making it to the end. “STFU, more sex, less talking!” was my only thought.

Jerry Seinfeld does Comedians in Cars Having Coffee, a series I enjoy. In other interviews he says that after wealth and fame arrived, he could have easily become a show business asshole. He wants to be a regular guy, and I enjoy him, think he is genuinely that, funny and self effacing with a sharp mind and quick wit.

One of his episodes is with Jerry Lewis, then in his 90s and soon thereafter to die. Seinfeld paid him a nice tribute, blew some smoke up his ass, even saying “If you don’t get Jerry Lewis, you don’t get comedy.”  Fair enough. I get Lewis, just never much cared for his brand of slapstick, personal taste and all of that.

Here is what is interesting, to me: Go to the Lewis episode on Netflix, and see what you can make of the conversation that transpires at 13:40 forward. I cannot show it here as it is walled off. But it is something like one insider signaling another, as I viewed it.

Otherwise, you won’t be bored. Seinfeld is always about comedy first.

19 thoughts on “Two things …

  1. I want to watch that Cars show but don’t have Netflix. Our library system gets a ton of stuff but not that. Really don’t want to sign up, so have to either find a friend who has it or request it at the library maybe.

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      1. I have watched that, but it quickly grew old on me. I also don’t watch old Seinfeld episodes. But I do like Seinfeld himself and have enjoyed Comedians in Cars … comedians ‘get’ each other and so tend to harmonies. Don’t bother with Season 6, other than Eddie Murphy. He ran out of guests.

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        1. I too enjoy Comedians in Cars with my favorite episodes being the ones with Sarah Jessica Parker (“You gotta tip show-business!”) and Alec Baldwin who I thought was an absolute riot, especially when talking about how lazy his younger brothers were.

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      2. Comedy is an individual thing, and I have a list of those I like and those I do not. If you take those I like you will find that they have in common that they are not terribly angry, very observant, and clean. As Seinfeld has noted, it is much harder to write clean comedy than off-color stuff. Any jackass (Dave Atell comes to mind) can drop all of the barriers and go straight to shock value. It takes not much talent.

        That said, Sara Silverman can drop some obscene bombs and still make me laugh … here’s one of her lines: “Last night I was licking jelly off my boyfriend’s penis, and I had to stop and think … ‘Oh my God! I’m becoming my mother!'”

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      3. Serious? MASH was the first big sit-com, with Cheers taking it to the next level. Seinfeld then came along and blew everything else (before and since) out of the water, in my opinion. The writing on that show was stellar with the magic that culminated in the interplay between Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I would argue that if you gave Seinfeld a chance and never found it funny, then you don’t get comedy. (I feel the same way about Dumb and Dumber.)

        (I also thought Newhart and Wings were somewhat underrated as high-quality sit-coms. )

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        1. Humor often doesn’t transcend generations. I am yet to understand what is so funny about Mel Brooks’ 2000 year old man. But Newhart, to me, was a great comedian whose bits all of the way back to to 60s make me laugh.

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    1. By the way, since many people can’t or won’t see the Jerry Lewis episode, the two of them are talking about comedians and sets, and Lewis says poignantly that he has 11 comedians he likes, and then something about 8 minute sets or something. It seemed wink-wink to me, inside baseball stuff.

      Reminds me … Billy Crystal on the Tonight Show talking about a series of road shows he was doing, and for no reason turns to the audience and say “33 cities.” It appears to be some kind of Masonic secret handshake. I don’t regard them as dangerous or spooky, but it does acknowledge that they got breaks along the road to fame that others would not have.

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  2. Not surprised at all – the movie is just porn with better production values but the same bad writing. It is that the movie is easily accessible for everyone – it should be walled off, like all porn is, on television channels.

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  3. “On Netflix, if you are 21 or older, search for a movie called Love, directed by Gaspar Noe. The opening scene by itself is shocking, and later in you will find real, not simulated sex, even a threesome. It is hardcore porn, any ten-year old can easily access it. What is going on here? Netflix is pushing the envelope.” Because the PADEO agenda is being embraced by the Gay-Lesbo organization as legit. They are wanting NAMBLA to be the norm. Lowering the age of consent considerably to further the decline of what is left (no pun) of ‘merica.

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  4. Hi Mark,

    Your site is amazing! I find something to read in it everyday!

    Just wondering, If I had a comment that was awaiting moderation and then it disappears does that mean you did not like it? I had asked about the missing pictures on the Lee/Ito page. Inappropriate?

    Thanks for putting together such a great site!

    James

    On Thu, Aug 29, 2019 at 8:28 AM Piece of Mindful wrote:

    > Mark Tokarski posted: “On Netflix, if you are 21 or older, search for a > movie called Love, directed by Gaspar Noe. The opening scene by itself is > shocking, and later in you will find real, not simulated sex, even a > threesome. It is hardcore porn, any ten-year old can easily acc” >

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  5. the damned porn show isn’t even rated…no warning, not rated R, PG or XXX….it’s NR so there is no warning what so ever…as I scrolled through there wasn’t just a three-some….there was a whole gang scene..very shocking!

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    1. I never got that far into it. Annette, would you like to do a movie review for the blog? I’d be glad to publish it!

      But seriously, this is my only point in bringing it up, the one that you just made that I didn’t even think about – they don’t warn you that you are about to view hard core pornography. It reminds me of the extreme discomfort I and my brothers and elderly very straitlaced parents felt was we watched some SNL highlights one afternoon, and lo and behold they put on the NPR sweaty balls skit. We all sat there in silence, none of us thinking just to turn the damned set off. Eesh!

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  6. Mark porn is means to an end. Rewind and pause buttons are man’s best friend in porn world. Screw waiting for the next scene. That’s what I do. Tina too. I’ve seen Lovers. With my own Tina locked tight right next to me. Soon I took over the lead and nailed her hard and I mean rock hard. As I’ve gotten older stiff as board is like taxes. No pills for thrills either. I just teach ’em what I like and exit room if they stray from it. I’m sure it’s been streamed or viewed straight through my TV somewhere out there. My last Ex sees to that. I believe Tina does too. Neither of us care. And either should you. Jerry Lewis is the biggest stud to ever guest a talk show. Calm cool collected intelligent handsome heartfelt funny serious dynamic empathic giving unselfish well spoken best dresser best hair best walk best talk best everything. A perfect god of Hollywood if there ever was one.

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  7. Much as I love your theory, and could never understand how Jack produced such a beautiful young man if you look up Jackie’s father as a young soldier the resemblance is pretty striking.

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