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American History X (1998)
Cycle of violentia continues
This is a story that, ahead of its time, predicted struggles of the working class of all races that elected the great Donald in 2016 to the presidency of a failing superpower. In the Cilton years prison racialitst reform was filling prisons with minor offenders of wrong colour, while affirmative action was turning hard working Amuricans into hatte filled monstuers . A growing, ambitious guy of high IQ and later questionable tattoos has an inspiring black teacher that sells his woke agenda, while his policemen racialist father is against it. Black violentia kills the dad and a foster father figure is found in local corrupt republican-leaning manipulator. This causes guy to shave his head and when a gang of melanin rich drifters try to rob his car after losing control of the basketball court due to movie hero being an awesome, if melanin challenged, athlete, he stands his ground and uses some excess force to whack a couple of them here and there. For that he gets some prison sentence but whilst in jail he befriends a dark skinned comedian and rejects his ideology of republican nativism, all while getting some stitches for snitches and books from his ideologically possessed O-bama wannabe former teacher. After being brain-washed he gets out of prison to try to imprint some liberal woke bs into his impressionable younger brother. But, alas, as left wing indoctrination portrayed as sincere repentance for white privilege of being an orphan whose daddy policemen (also white privilege) had a privilege of being shot on duty by some gang members with excess access to drugs and melanin after protesting incompetence of his co-workers that got jobs via affirmative action, was beginning to work, there is a new problem. The violentia wins again as a bullet is shot again from a minority member into his brother, killing him on spot. So, violentia wins the day, and the circle continues, since no matter how many republicans repent for their white privilege, problem is not solved, since the root of the problem is was on the other side all along. This visionary message predicted presidential wins in 2016 in 2024 about 20 years ahead of its time.
Dara iz Jasenovca (2020)
First story about a notorious dea th camp for children that appalled even the SS
Bob Dylan famously said "If you have slave running through your blood or are a descent of the Klan, black people can sense that. It remains to this day. Just as Jews can sense Na zi blood, or as Serbs can sense Croat blood." He knew what he was talking about.
Croats committed the most vici ous part of the Holoc aust - they were authors of the first dea th camp in WWII, and their cruel methods inspired Na zis to both make dea th camps and make them less bar baric, because even for the most hardened SS, what Croats did was appalling. Croats had a goal to exter minate one third of Serbs, convert one third to Catholicism, and expel the rest, an ongoing policy that also includes Croatian statewide holo caust denial and minimization, that puts Iran to shame. The only regime that had dea th camps specifically made for children, Ustashe are sadly celebrated and genoci de is denied.
There is another famous poet, Jovan Ducic, who during his exile in US during WWII made a comment about Croats and the vici ous genoc ide they were all to merry to perpert rate. He said "Croats are the bravest people in the world, not because they have no fear, but because they have no shame!" The campaign against this movie, sponsored by the Croatian state, confirms that he, too, like Bob Dylan, knew what he was talking about.
Messed up people in shallow egotistic system
This movie tells a story of a grieving father of young murdered daughter, who finds psy-cho-pathological outlet in sponsoring two babysitters of her late kid. One works in a strip-club, a place where typical anglo-saxon parenting "skills" have sent many a young girl, while the other, possibly his niece, still fake babysits dead child in fact using his nice apartment for flute rehearsals while her father is possibly a brother with whom protagonist wife cheated him, later to die in car crash whilst brother remains wheelchair ridden. Another thread is about a flaming hom-osex-ual boy who is also a smuggler of exotic endangered pets, for imperial-ist benefit of Canadian conformist hypo-crites, who lives his promi-scuo-ous petty life by picking up people at the operas, once picking a ne-gro-officer policeman who steals his exotic eggs. The main protagonist is in fact auditor who is about to bust the smuggler boy, but ends up using him for his private purposes. In the mix is also a former lover of the babysitter-turned-go-go-dancer, a failed radio-host now employed by the stri-pclub madam who contracted him for impregna-tion purposes. The sick-to-the head relationships are only slightly off compared to anglo-saxon messed up shallow standard of interpersonal "humanity", whose sickness to the head is exported through the world on NA-TO airpl-anes, targeted assa-ssinations and other perks of living imperialist legacy. The director, in order to create some tension, puts pieces out of chronological order, trying to manipulate us into assuming pe-do plot but while q-an-on type reality is indeed normalized in anglosa-xon elite society, feeling that something is amiss is present through the movie and keeps some interest. The film is a highly stylized and mildly successful attempt to generate some empathy for the sick society and its enablers, director included.
La chambre bleue (2014)
Toxic femininity, French way, meets Gallic judicial incompetence in this realistic and stylistic piece
This is a story from which one can see how desperately poor French justice system is. Their policemen are notori ous, but potential for injustice is even worse. In a small French village provincial town, a couple unsuccessfully tries to hide their affair. A family man is caught into adultery in a leg-web by cold and predatory female lover who had a crush on him since high school, but because of the rigid class system he never approached her. She contorts a way to get him between her spread legs (expl icitly shown several times), and replace her unloved but well off dying husband. She is married into pharmacy, and when a husband dies it is unclear if foul play is at play. But her mother in law has no doubts and decides to avenge her offspring by poisoning his son wife lover's family via convenient fact that they get plum jam from her. Weather the depiction of the obnoxiously unjust and plain stup id court and investigation system of France is realistic (and yes, it is that horrible, if not even more so, especially if you are a minority, and police is even worse), this is a stylistic attempt to say something about passion and such things. But toxic femininity - French way, wins the day, and a confused male victim, who is not manly enough to counter the horrible forces of female venom in all its editions, gets destroyed. His leggy lover, guilty or not (point a bit moot) fares better, as in her feminine mind she won them a life together as lifetime jailbirds if not lovebirds. Horrible - if only for a system, that convicts based on close to zero evidence, maximum prejudice and Gallic investigative incompetence, is an insult to intelligence - but in France, incompetence and arrogance go hand in hand together with a solid web of sensationalistic tabloid press and trial by ordeal level of judicial primi tivism. In addition, French provincialism has not changed much from the time of "The Raven", brilliant portrayal of true French mentality that remains unchanged at least from their glorious Vichy days circa 1943.
Down with Love (2003)
Corny but amusing over the top parody
This parody of the 60s movies has zero subtlety, but is amusing and full of references. It is somewhat analytic, has some nice jokes and a lot of in-jokes, but is concerned more with commenting and it is not terribly sophisticated. Still, worth a watch, especially if you know the work Rock Hudson and his magnum opus of trivial love. Extra credit for being prescient about the absurdities of the upcoming age of over the top woke hys teria.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020)
A powerful play about bad-bottom black lady standing her ground
This movie is very good for a Netflix production, as it is based on a play, and at times it feels much like a play. It has a dramatic structure of a play, but excellent acting and limited but appropriate budget somewhat can take you straight into the period it depicts. In the end we see how main actor tragic fate is achieved while his music was used by the oppressors who do not care for trumpeter, an entirely invented character in the play that depicts some truths. The combative nature of the heroine, on the other side, is very instructive, and necessary in life - if one does not use one's leverage, a fate of the lamenting trumpeter is there, otherwise, good leveraging of your creative powers can be a tool so powerful, that even rac eist white men will have to respect black artist in the rac eist 20s Chicago.
The Road meets Walking dead attempt with Tolstoyevsky wannabe and WWII overtones
This miniseries got lucky with COVID-19 outbreak so it was bought by Netflix. A run-of-the-mill Russian version of some apocalyptic moving imagery that made a little more sense in the context of corona virus outbreak, it mostly concerns a couple of people on the road in the cold Russian showy wilderness - a feisty mother of little kid, recently divorced, turns zombified mother from her door; her ex-husband, muzhik like all the men over there, and main male protagonist for several episodes has a mathematician dad who used to be a drunk that shot him in the leg by accident, which was never forgiven but its ok, the dad dies eventually, and is now married to a contriving-outwardly moral-but-essentially-a-bi-tch man stealing calculating used-condom-placing for a wife doing laundry (yes, this is still a reality in Russia, females do that) to find worst couple therapist psychologist, with a somewhat autistic son, good at chess and nerdy science. The adolescent son is a bit misunderstood by the writers and other characters, but despite of his social impairment ultimately has a lot of sex-ytime with his love interest, an alcoholic teen blonde rebellious somewhat cynical belle who is later given emotional depth as she is an orphan who lost her mother to brain death and daddy turning her off the life support whilst planning funeral arrangements, all in front of his daughter and still breathing mom, a coincidentally brain-dead level of subtlety at writing. The daddy is a somewhat selfish FSB-like officer who was later caught by another contriving female, namely a go-go stripper, with a woman-hole wider than the other females who did give birth in the group as was revealed and discussed in detail in one sauna based episode, that got pregnant by a random stranger before she met the guy, but used his sugar daddy provider ability as a little cuckoo birdie, which he learns in the end but - stillborn - so all is well. Now there is a refresher character, a woman-shy up to then twice-girl-friended mid-series middle-aged goody doctor, love interest of the feisty-hysterical from the start of the review, doc whose blood conveniently has antibodies for the virus, that makes occasional but unimportant appearances through the show, whose blood is used to save one of the characters who gets infected. The apocalypse has additional authenticity level as Russia did have an experience with Leningrad blockade, flesh eating cannibalism and other nice traits of the famed Russian soul that comes to attention as people are always more scary than the virus. There is also a homage to the Partisan movies and Wehrmacht-like military hazmat suited massacre perpetrators, a very Russian phenomenon experienced many times in real life. But in the end, it is the Chinese hazmat suited military who will be hinted as the ultimate villains, to be explored in potential continuations - a foe that Amuricans and Ruskies can agree is blameworthy certainly post Wuhan disaster that they unleashed upon the world pandemic-wide. Otherwise, a series has almost a happy ending, with the FSB-like sugar-daddy thug marrying the prosti tute and drunkard teen marrying the autistic/Asperger science/chess savant/idi ot nerd, in a makeshift ceremony with makeshift key rings but with real yurodivy monk-mechanic with real beard and fake (or rather, failed in its shabbiness) Dostoyevsky-like christian excursion at the end. Overall, a nice soapy binge for the long cold quarantine dayz, and a fleshy reminder that with Tolstoy and other weakly publishers from the 19th century, Russians invented soap operas long before the TV, but also, they don't make tolstoyevskies any more over there, though they can still match, twist for twist, any walking dead or similar zombie inspired saga - and when dystopian plots are concerned, there are loads of authentic experiences from WWII to Holodomor to Gulag to Chernobile to Yeltsin, that the commercial series can be based upon.
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Perfect uplifting movie
This cult piece of film-making is a masterpiece of uplifting court drama, underdog story which celebrates true if hidden talent of the unassuming protagonist. If you want your spirits lifted, this humor filled movie is an excellent choice - a timeless, flawless gem that will serve the purpose perfectly.
3 Idiots (2009)
Significant and entertaining
This is a significant Bollywood movie, but for European or American viewers, it is best compared to a binge-watched colorful Hollywood miniseries by style, melodramatic and light in tone, but much more filled with meaning. It celebrates Gypsy style music and ingenuity in poverty while criticizing strict education systems of high Asiatic pressure and parental authority which stifles creativity by senseless rot-learning even at top institutions. Quite entertaining and watchable, and different in style - but not at all inferior in quality - to the top Hollywood production, it has some authentic light humorous touches and some intense melodrama - an over the top Bollywood type soap opera that is somewhat a significant social critique at the same time.
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Meltingpot of celebrity monsters meets human Amurican
The movie, mostly for kids, is quite lame. But it redeems itself a bit in the second half where roles are somewhat reversed. However, it does not have much to offer, except maybe for little kids. Still, it is not the worst cartoon there is.
Hillbilly Elegy (2020)
A decent movie about hardships and empowerment, deplored by the smug elites
This is a movie which just tells a real life story of a young boy from the hills and emotional hardships that lead his family, and mother in particular, down the road of addiction. The best bit is when he takes control of his young life, understanding that taking personal responsibility can get you far. While intelligence runs very high in this particular hillbilly family, their lives get wrecked time and time again. Managing emotions is tough in the part of the USA deplored by the so-called elite, though there is no politicizing in this authentic tale - just a real life empowering story of how you always have a chance to overcome your inner demons, but you have to try and slay the dragon, no-one is going to do it for you, though a family is a great if sometimes thorny resource. Help is certainly not gonna come from class to which the smug hypocrite critics belong, they know that full well and they deplore the movie all the more for it - and the people it tells the story about. But one can certainly give extra points to the perfectly decent movie (and quite above average for a Netflix production) - and this movie does not pretend to be more than it is, a retelling of an authentic, inspiring story about real problems and how they can be conquered - to counter the horrible, despicable critic panning.
He Never Died (2015)
A charming movie about a tortured immortal soul
Cain in the Old Testament was convicted to wander the earth as Jack of all trades and never die. This fate worse than death was portrayed in a Terminator meets The man from Earth movie in which a Bingo playing phlegmatic oddball meets his supposed-to-be-aborted sllut daughter, gets in some silly revenge-and-mafia subplot and has some divorcee waitress as "love interest". It is not really a horror film, but a quirky and covertly upbeat life affirmation story for the 50+ and indeed 500+ crowd out there. Namely, if you have a suitcase filled with millions in hard cash and some hand cannons along the way, plus are invincible, you may be cooler than you think, extra points for style and taking it slow and easy. It's not as bad as those screams from hell make it seem, even if the ever moralizing Lord from the good ole Bible is pestering you from time to time - and your coolness might grant you a bit of a reprieve as surely there are those more worthy of damnation, no matter how many livers of unkind dudes you gobbled up Hanibal Lector style (filmmaker is some sort of Canadian so unkindness is the ultimate crime, alas at one point of desperation, only kind people worthy of life are encountered). A silly, but harmless and partially mindless fun, just like the main actor and musician of (some) substance...
Romcom-Italian version of Take the right one in
Cthulhu meets Take the right one in meets The (wo)man from Earth aka Italian werewolf in Naples born in Pompeii and waiting for the American white savior bum to realize the true love, as none of the men from the ages and lands compare to that Californian sincerity and easy-talking charm of young and dreamy screenwriter's alter ego. The most horrifying thing about the movie is that it is a realistic take on dating Italian women, who if impregnated need to be catered for the rest of your life (even if she dies) lest they turn into a monster - which her body, not mind, decides based on oxytocin and other suspicious science. Apparently, eating hostile man's te sticles and innocent rabbits makes for a nice source of stem cells. A bit naive and plot-hole filled mishmash somewhat saved by nice on the location shooting, slow art-house style spending time on atmosphere and not dwelling too much into junk stem-cell pseudo-scientific "explanation" that is also thrown into the pot, with some hints of redeeming humor makes overall an OK watching experience.
Cold Pursuit (2019)
Brilliant dark comedy
The movie is an excellent dark comedy with some action and over the top violence. Similar to the Norwegian original, In Order of Disappearance, and by the same director, it is in fact improved in some details, while some details make a bit less sense as they are transferred from the context of the original. In the original, Native Americans are Serbs, equally prideful people, so while the choice of Native Americans was as good as you get, some jokes do not make that much sense in the new context. Other jokes not present in the original were added, most notably Fargo overtones that are added and make sense in the American context alone, and the remake is in fact more polished, but very very close to the original. In any case, despite of the better rating, you do not gain much from watching the original. The point of the movie is in its dark humor, but the Cold Pursuit version also has Liam Neeson, who is the most logical casting choice, but this is a bit different kind of movie, much more sophisticated and artistic than his average revenge flick, there is over the top violent action flick but with additional quirks and layers. Rewatchable, memorable and very entertaining, quite rewarding for those paying attention.
The Art of Self-Defense (2019)
The dog gets avenged
This flawed Fight club meets Social Network meets John Wick comedy is somewhat marinated in woke mis andry nonse nse and propag anda, but if you are willing to look pass that it contains some nice touches. It starts of in a pedestrian way, but then has a brilliant turn in the middle, only to proselytize mi sandry towards the end, but the very end, when the little dog gets avenged and earns its rightful place near the old master, softens the idio tic woke prop aganda a little bit and allows for a more sensible interpretation. So the movie is a few punches short of great, but manages to be interesting. While it somewhat lacks open mind, it requires it in order to be enjoyed - too bad its agen da is a bit dir ty, and its originality is limited by narrow perspective and lack of a layer of self awareness that could have made it into a more intelligent piece. Still, worth a watch for some of the other elements that are enjoyably twisted.
Unpleasant and tense Ringu ripoff
This ghostly drama about power of images and children killers was a big commercial success. It skillfully builds atmosphere, jams a few jump scares and non sequiturs, but overall it almost makes sense. Though essentially a Ringu ripoff, it has enough novel elements to be an interesting and unnerving viewing. Overall, a decent scary supernatural film, somewhat based in reality, but on closer inspection, more kitschy than artsy.
I'm Not There (2007)
A tribute to Dylan
This movie can be difficult to follow if you are not familiar with Bob Dylan, but it is in fact a carefully and lovingly crafted tribute, that aims to reflect the essence of the artist's work and life. It is a fun take on its subject, though in order to be fully appreciated, one has to know what is being explored. Otherwise, it may seem a tedious watch, but perhaps that is appropriate as in order to fully appreciate Bob Dylan, one has to pay attention, and then it becomes quite rewarding. The shape-shifting nature of Bob Dylan has been portrayed, quite fittingly, by several actors of various backgrounds, ages, sexes and races - in that respect, it is as original and unexpected as its subject. All in all, an interesting, artistic and original but perhaps somewhat inaccessible - to an uninitiated viewer - tribute to one of the greatest artistic geniuses Americana has ever reared.
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Exposing egotistic society
This Coen brothers take on the legendary US folk scene in the early 60s, through a down on his luck protagonist, gives nice touch of Greenwich village atmosphere and struggles of an aspiring musician. The musician, based on some of the later famous folk personalities whose music was used, is talented, not mediocre or anything like that, though he has had a tough moment in his life, losing his singing partner to suicide, due to cruelties that he is also exposed to. He struggles without money, and amused Coens take a dark look at the heroic battles of an aspiring artist, who finds little understanding and all the condemnation in his surroundings. Judging by the many condemning comments on this site, subtleties have been lost on the masses. It is a cruel society that equates success with moral virtue, and considers poverty as a moral sin. The artist due to his integrity refuses some chances for commercial success, but even that is construed as his failing by some of the comments, and therefore much of vulhgar mob. Thus, the joke is again turned on the shallow members of the public, who celebrate reality stars while condemn a clearly virtuous, but struggling actor, just because he lacks success. In the end, we get a glimpse of Bob Dylan, who had a powerful gift that was ultimately not possible to deny, but only after he was discovered by some wise people, and who famously snubbed the booing mob and the shallow journalists and could afford to follow his own path. Instead of celebrating the success, Coens shed light on the struggle, and provide an opportunity for the unsophisticated non-creative consumer mob to demonstrate their monstrosities and in some case appallingly complete lack of empathy and absolute inability to distinguish poverty from lack of virtue, bad luck from lack of talent, terrible circumstances from moral deficits. The conclusion is again, that people who do get, through the sheer combination of power of their talent, personality and good luck, to the top, have every reason to shun the shallow hating mob that would, no doubt, shred them to pieces with gusto if they had fallen to bad luck.
The Punisher (2004)
This is a cool movie based on a comic book, but with a lot of interesting details added making it a cult favorite. Panned by ideologically possessed critics due to its endorsement of vigilante justice, this movie has such cool original details like country music guitar assassin, Russian cartoon-like strongman, a bit dim north of the eyebrows, and some wooden acting by JohnTra volta. Criminally underrated, so I am giving extra points for that.
Clearly a different movie than the Argentinian one
Do not believe the hype by the but thurt Argentinian nationalists. This movie is quite different from the Argentinian movie, Man Facing Southeast, as well as from One fly over cuckoo's nest or Bowie movie about a man who fell to Earth, with all of them it has similarities, but the emphasis is different, and the story is much simpler and cleaner than the Argentinian movie, which might have been an inspiration from some of the ideas but is clearly not the only source.
The plot is kept simple, with two possible interpretations of the events, both of which are explored in detail. The movie is great as it explores nature of mental illness, human beliefs, delusions, empathy, also there are parallels but not only to Catholicism as its more pretentious and pedestrian Argentinian cousin, but to a wide range of belief systems from Abrahamic religions, to eastern religions to Scientology, though this is done indirectly. A good food for thought piece, with a heart. One not particularly gifted, but obnoxiously plain psychiatrist claimed that those suffering from mental illness have a gift of empathy for fellow mental ill. While he might be misinterpreting messages of movies like this or the Forman's masterpiece, and that is of oppression by coldhearted Mengeles of his vocation, which leave the oppressed to their own devices, rather than normalising his lack of empathy for his clients, by methods that outlawed homos exuality well into the 1970s in USA and performs lobotomies to this very day, this movie clearly does not portray the good doctor as a monster. But the rationale for the forcible institutionalization of a random passenger on the Central train station is probably more of a plot hole than condemnation of such probably mostly extinct practices.
This is one fine movie for those who like to think, peppered with small details, yet deceptively simple and overall quite intelligent, as it allows double interpretation with great ease, which serves more purposes than just to intrigue us. Relatively straightforward but lean with unnecessary detail, it has this quality of the best religious movies, but being rooted in sci-fi, while, like religion, speaking really about depths of human soul. In short, an elegant gem.
Walk the Line (2005)
Excellent biopic of a great artist
Johnny Cash has quite a few things in common with the actor who plays him in this movie. This is a worthy portrayal of the great American singer-songwriter, a man who was always on the side of the downtrodden and those who, like himself, were tortured souls. The music is pretty faithfully reproduced, and the movie is measured, dignified and entertaining. This is a fascinating and authentic film about a fascinating and authentic person.
Makes zero sense
The movie fails to be a satisfactory experience. The supposed AI has the same desires as a human, while this would make sense as a simulation, it is played as a real thing. In the end, AI leaves human for other AI, like that would be allowed. The movie is shallow, pretentious and not at all self aware. It does not work as a scifi movie. It works perhaps as a romcom melodrama, written by people who understand nothing about technology, and not much more about human nature, but a lot about how to impress the critics. Skip it.
A hatefest of Russian imperiallist prejudice
This movie flashes some of the worst stereotypes that Russian masses are prone to. Two British actors are captured by Chechens for ransom, and a brave Russian soul saves the day sacrificing nobly for other people, whilst committing some atrocities that we are meant to applaud. Balabanov, who had more subtle moments, is just an old vet who has seen some stuff in Afghanistan, ergo his famed cynicism, that made it possible for him to rationalize war crimes he participated in. Bitter man, bitter, nationalistic, one sided movie for the masses hungry for pandering. At one moment, a westerner shouts to the Chechen "savages" - "that is against my human rights", while clearly no westerner could be that silly. But that is precisely how Balabanov wanted to see it, to soothe his crime ridden Afghan record. This movie sheds such an unflattering light on the late director, and reveals him as far less intellectually honest or profound as some might assume, had we not known that his Checkered Afghan vet record and rationalizations of war crimes in which he participated no doubt explain his not so noble cynicism...
The movie is a somewhat obscure take on Norwegian folklore. It has some in-jokes but is otherwise quite pedestrian Blair witch ripoff. Nice nature shots are a plus.
The Hunt (2020)
Fun and plothole filled
This movie does not take itself too seriously, and has in your face humor with zero subtlety. Shabby work shows, in particular, let me point out something that will surely be missed/lost in translation, but is in turn pretty hilarious. Movie is supposed to happen in Croatia, and tries to use the appropriate language, but fails miserably. "This end up" sign on a box becomes "ovde zavrsiti" which actually means "finish here", did they rely on google translate or on some local illiterate? Having a Croatian plate under US plate makes no sense, as you can drive using foreign plates in other countries. Yet when asked where does she think she is, the main character replies "judging by the plates and the accents, Bosnia? Serbia? Croatia?" How did the character associate a plate indicating he precise country with the whole region, makes zero sense. Most likely, the lazy writers did not want her to guess all at once as that might
seem unconvincing, but then threw in a line that makes 0 sense.
While such mistakes reveal poor attention to detail, acting is fine, movie is fun to watch if over the top, and the story, while far fetched, makes some sense, both on metaphorical and literal levels, though organizing a hunt where prey is likely to kill you serves little purpose, except if film maker wanted to point out the arrogance of the liberal elites which was in this case not too effective. The movie just does not take itself too seriously. It is not a horror movie, but a cartoonish satire aimed at political divisions in USA and internet culture. One side is painted as unsophisticated, while the other receives even harsher, if well deserved treatment. While the movie tries to punch both sides South Park style, looking from the outside it seems that liberal elites get a far more potent deconstruction, showing just how really des picable and hypocri tical they are, and their mastermind is played by none other than actress by the name of Hillary itself.