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Milo swoons over Cernovich doc Silenced: “Technically, the film is sufficient for its purpose”

Mike Cernovich, Auteur
Mike Cernovich, Auteur

These are exciting times in the world of cinema. Mike “Juicebro” Cernovich’s new film long video Silenced — a documentary about a bunch of people who have not actually been silenced, as far as I can tell — has finally hit theaters Vimeo! And it’s getting rave reviews!

Well, technically I’m not quite sure if it is, because I’ve only seen one review, from Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos, who also happens to be in the film, though for some reason this doesn’t count as COLLUSION and no one is making giant graphics featuring little red arrows pointing from Milo to Milo to show HOW DEEP THE CORRUPTION GOES.

Anyway, Milo liked the film, declaring it “great.” He said a lot of other things about the film, but, as I didn’t bother to actually read the review, you’ll have to find out what they are for yourself.

But I did notice one VERY IMPORTANT PARAGRAPH in which Milo set forth one of the reasons he, or whichever intern he got to write the piece (allegedly), think the film is so totally awesome.

Technically, the film is sufficient for its purpose. Almost all the interviews are static, tight shots, which do a good job showing expression and even at times emotion.

Did you hear that!!?/!

TECHNICALLY THE FILM IS SUFFICIENT FOR ITS PURPOSE.

That’s the line that’s going on the movie posters for sure.

Milo does have some mild criticisms of the film, though.

My biggest complaint is with the graphics, a staple of documentary films these days, which feel clunky. In most cases these take the form of a tablet or cell phone used to show headlines or streaming video, but I found them distracting. While I preferred the tight interview shots of Silenced to The Red Pill, the latter uses graphics much more effectively.

Apparently, Silenced and The Red Pill are the only two documentaries ever made. Who knew?

 

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Terrabeau
Terrabeau
3 years ago

showing expression and even at times emotion

That bar couldn’t hang much lower if it was a hurdle at a pre-K track and field club.

Mels
Mels
3 years ago

That beautifully backhanded quote gave me a much-needed laugh, thank you.

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
3 years ago

And, of course, when every actual critic either pans or ignores this thing, he’ll just claim Silenced is being silenced. And his asshole fans will believe it unreservedly. Ugh…

The Adjunct
The Adjunct
3 years ago

My biggest complaint is with the graphics, a staple of documentary films these days, which feel clunky.

LOL. I’m sure that’s the only problem with the film.

Bina
3 years ago

Technically, the film is sufficient for its purpose. Almost all the interviews are static, tight shots, which do a good job showing expression and even at times emotion.

You guys! They show EMOTION! Why isn’t this thing nominated for an Oscar? Or something?

(Honestly, if that praise gets any fainter, it’ll pass out.)

weirwoodtreehugger: communist bonobo

This sounds like it could be the most important film since The Sarkeesian Effect.

dlouwe
dlouwe
3 years ago

Holy shit, Scott Adams is in the trailer:

It was a little hard going from “creator of beloved cartoon” to uh, you know, “most hated person on the internet.”

God complex much?

Mea
Mea
3 years ago

@Terrabeau

That bar couldn’t hang much lower if it was for Earthworm Track & Field.

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
3 years ago

I just watched the trailer and my favourite bit was our good friend Scott Adams saying, “It was a little hard going from creator of a beloved cartoon to most hated person on the Internet.”

I must admit, I shed a tear. /s

@Terrabeau, Mea
*snort*

eta: ninja’d by dlouwe! Ah well, at least I get ninja’d by the best 🙂

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
3 years ago

It was a little hard going from “creator of beloved cartoon” to uh, you know, “most hated person on the internet.”

Trump is a Scott Adams character?…

… That makes a bizarre amount of sense.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
3 years ago

the graphics, a staple of documentary films these days

Yes indeed, I will never forget the beautiful graphics in Jiro Dreams of Sushi. They were the highlight of the film and definitely the part that sticks with you after the film is over.

Subtract Hominem, the Renegade Misandroid
Subtract Hominem, the Renegade Misandroid
3 years ago

In most cases [the graphics] take the form of a tablet or cell phone used to show headlines or streaming video

Only the Manosphere would use graphics telling their audience to turn on their phones while watching the movie.

Bina
3 years ago

It was a little hard going from “creator of beloved cartoon” to uh, you know, “most hated person on the internet.”

Sorry, Scotty, but Violentacrez still has you beat.

Viscaria
Viscaria
3 years ago

“This piece technically meets the definition of a film, in that Cernovic did capture stuff on camera. He even managed to point the thing in something like the right direction most of the time. All in all, 10/10.”

Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
3 years ago

Huh. Milo and Tcherno are two of the alt-right’s most “controversial” figures. Well, more like pariahs at this point, really.

But they’re still trying to capitalize on that association.

… whatever.

Blanktie
Blanktie
3 years ago

Good lord, they sound like robots trying to human.

In all seriousness, thank you for all that you (and the others that also contribute) do on this site. In light of things seeming to be fast speeding out of control within the US political system I sometimes feel like I’m one of the few looking for balanced, compassionate views that make sense. I think this site helps me to realize I’m not alone in my thoughts and feelings. Thank you so much for sticking it out and taking ignorance on they way that you do. 🙂

Paradoxical Intention - Resident Cheeseburger Slut

“The graphics were clunky“? What the fuck does that even mean Milo?

“Clunky” is not a word I’d use to describe graphics ever because it makes zero sense. “Clunky” are for things you actually use, like controls or tools.

“Heavy”, or “boxy” or “flat” would be a word I would use to describe graphics, you know, things you see with your eyeballs that you aren’t using with your hands.

Stop trying to co-opt gaming language, Milo. You’re not a gamer, no matter how many GGers pander to your sorry ass.

Falconer
Falconer
3 years ago

Did they ask Scott Adams about the Dilbert Principle, at all, considering that they’re amply demonstrating that they have reached their own level of incompetence?

eleventy
eleventy
3 years ago

While I preferred the tight interview shots of Silenced to The Red Pill, the latter uses graphics much more effectively.

Milo, your review reads like a barely adequate high school multimedia class assignment. Speaking of adequate, you spent too much time Googling “synonyms for good enough” and not enough time explaining exactly what was silenced. For crying out loud, your boss and biggest booster has the President-elect’s ear.

Milo is a capital-d Deplorable, but he and his interns usually muster up a lot more enthusiasm than I can detect in this…thing.

(‘Sup, everyone. Long time listener, first time caller.)

Kat
Kat
3 years ago

If a client said that the quality of my work was “sufficient for its purpose,” I would worry.

Despite tight deadlines and not-large-enough paychecks, I try to make my work stand out. I try to give the client a little extra for their money.

So if a client said that my work was just “sufficient,” I would have to rethink everything.

Mels
Mels
3 years ago

the Dilbert Principle

Oh my god, I forgot about that. And now he’s helped to promote the USA’s most incompetent “employee” to the top.

Scott Adams killed irony and looted its corpse.

Nerag
Nerag
3 years ago

“It was a collection of moving pictures in color, accompanied by sound.”

Epic.

Falconer
Falconer
3 years ago

@Mels

Scott Adams killed irony and looted its corpse.

Oooh, did he get anything good? Bad D&Der! No level!

Rhuu
Rhuu
3 years ago

For some reason in a game we played, we looted *everything*. I think the dm put a stop to it after we had taken the pants off the orcs we just fought, and pulled apart a barrel for the metal.

So now i inagine Scott Adams stealing irony’s pants. NO SCOTT PUT THOSE BACK! You are a hated man on the internet, after all! (Most? Ehhhh.)

I also love the description of the ‘static, tight shots’. That sounds AWFUL. I know documentary film making is a different beast than other types of films, but you need variety.

I guess if you have a bar of the sarkeesian effect where things are awkwardly in the frame, anything even vaguely composed will look really good.

Steampunked
Steampunked
3 years ago

As someone who did film at uni, I would describe a film like that if I was trying to pan it without obviously looking like I hated it. But I’d be confident from that review that no one would go to it.

“…even at times emotion.”

http://www.nerdophiles.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/tumblr_nb1rcgMRNJ1r3mf8lo4_r1_500.gif

Dr. Thang
Dr. Thang
3 years ago

I recently saw Doctor Strange. It was technically a movie, it had a plot and characters, it had a beginning and a middle and an ending, it sufficiently portrayed a visual form of media. I gave it a score out of ten.

Being a film critic is tough work but it’s my passion in life!

LankyYankee
LankyYankee
3 years ago

I dunno guys, I kinda wanna watch it now. It sounds delightfully awful. To be fair, my idea of a great Christmas movie is Santa Clause Conquers the Martians, so maybe don’t take my recommendation… 🙂

Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
3 years ago

@LankyYankee

There’s an xkcd for that (because of course there is).

On a totally unrelated note, you doing anything this Christmas ?

IBH Ardipithecus
IBH Ardipithecus
3 years ago

From the comments…

I created a vimeo account and bought this film, not rented, sight unseen to put more money in Mike’s pocket; because I’m a fan of his.

Mug!

brian
brian
3 years ago

so what’s this dumb movie about?

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
3 years ago

@brian

Without having even heard of it before this thread, judging purely by the title and the so-called “Director,” I’m going to say “Bawling and stomping like a T rex with a stubbed toe about his FREEZE PEACH.”

Now I’m going to Google it, and… Yep.

calmdown
calmdown
3 years ago

I know nothing about it, but I’m guessing Alt Right assholes complaining that they’re” silenced” even though….fucking Trump happened?

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
3 years ago

(Man, I can’t even make a joke about being psychic, because Juicebro only has four trains of thought – “FREEZE PEACH,” “I HATE [string of random slurs against every group imaginable],” “LEGALISE RAPE AND MURDER” and “I AM SO GREAT” – so it had to be one of them.)

David Gerard
David Gerard
3 years ago

The Breitbart comments are … can you guess what they are? …. all about DA JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOZ

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 years ago

Technically, the film is sufficient for its purpose.

I’m reminded of an old Judge Dredd story where Dredd has to deliver the eulogy for one of Mega City One’s leading citizens.

“He made trousers for the justice department. Mine seem to fit ok.”

Frantic Caps
Frantic Caps
3 years ago

It was a little hard going from “creator of beloved cartoon” to uh, you know, “most hated person on the internet.

Scott Adams, by “creator of beloved cartoon” do you mean “creator of that cartoon most people know from seeing it pinned to the wall of the office douchebag’s cubicle during the 90’s”? And by “most hated person on the internet” do you mean “vaguely notorious professional dickhead”?

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
3 years ago

Good to see Juicebro’s ex-wife’s money being wasted on a “movie” nobody will see.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 years ago

I had a delve into the comments. Must confess, this one made me giggle; especially as I don’t think they’re being ironic.

Yeah, i’m not a fan of movies that trumpet free speech then charge you to watch it.

EJ (The Orphic Lizard)

@SFHC:
Would you say that Cernovich is so set in his ways that it would take a paleontologist to predict them?

snork maiden
3 years ago

Apparently, Silenced and The Red Pill are the only two documentaries ever made. Who knew?

You mean he doesn’t make reference to The Sarkeesian Effect??? Outrageous.

Handsome "Punkle Stan" Jack

@Blanktie

Your icon is magical.

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Christina Nordlander
Christina Nordlander
3 years ago

Maybe Silenced left him… speechless? Yeaaaah! meet the new boss etc.

Hate to break it to Scott Adams, but he’s not even among the five most hated people on this very site. Maybe not even the ten most hated.

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
3 years ago

@Christina Nordlander,

I agree. I’m not sure he’s worth summoning the energy required for actual hatred. I mean, that’s a pretty big commitment.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 years ago

Welcome, eleventy!

So, this is a documentary about people who won’t go away and be quiet?

weirwoodtreehugger: communist bonobo

We need an alternative to the term wing nut welfare that doesn’t have ableism in it. Because that very clearly describes how the notables of the manosphere make a living.

ColeYote
ColeYote
3 years ago

Man, I am a film theory major and let me tell you how awesome Milo Yiannopoulos’ movie reviews aren’t! We are talking suburban public transit levels of quality!

Anarchonist
Anarchonist
3 years ago

@Viscaria

“This piece technically meets the definition of a film, in that Cernovic did capture stuff on camera. He even managed to point the thing in something like the right direction most of the time. All in all, 10/10.”

This and the actual review makes me want to write a review of my own for this movie without ever having seen it.

“This is technically a documentary, if your definition of ‘documentary’ is not too strict and unforgiving. It features such elements as something to look at and something to listen at, both staples of classic cinema. It has been produced and directed by people, as documentaries often are, and it has been shot on location, presumably with a camera. It also features people who talk using (mostly) their mouths. The mouths produce sounds that our brains interpret as information, if, again, your definition of ‘information’ is not too strict and unforgiving. At times, the people on camera may show something resembling emotion.

All in all, this is a documentary, although your mileage may vary, as we established earlier. It is about a thing its makers considered worthy of making a documentary about. You might ask whether or not it is a good documentary. My answer would be that answering that question would, by necessity, begin with asking whether or not you consider existence a virtue, as opposed to non-existence, but then we would be getting into philosophical debates and that’s not what we’re here for. Stop derailing. Anyway, what were we talking about? Oh yes, drinking vodka is fun. Unless you don’t drink alcohol for whatever reason, and ain’t nothing wrong with that.”

I should really start that blog of me writing reviews while drunk. This is fun. At least for me.

EJ (The Orphic Lizard)

@Anarchonist:
That sounds an awful lot like the sort of “objective” reviews that the #GGers were in favour of.

Ariblester
Ariblester
3 years ago

This almost reminds me of the Platonic idea of an ‘objective’ video game review that the GGers were screaming for, except that this review fails that criterion by allowing subjective judgements and opinions in.

Edit: Ninja’ed by EJ. Almost the same sentence structure to boot, holy wow that’s spooky. Although I was referring to the review as produced by 40 Interns d/b/a Milo.