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File: 7bfaa4f5358f28d⋯.jpg (1.18 MB, 1496x1504, 187:188, baba-yaga-design-on-a-russ….jpg)

 No.140758

>>Nadezha Teffi, Baba Yaga (1947 article)

>People came to her of their own accord to discover various wise secrets, and they always managed to cheat her. She knew only too well that every human approach brought with it deception and hurt.

>'I can smell the blood of a Russian' meant she could expect trouble.

>Some 'brave young hero would tell her a pack of lies, make some false promises, discover all that he needed to know, cheat her and somehow manage to slip away. She could expect neither gratitude nor honest payment.

>And every time she heard the words of a spell, every time the hut turned round on its chicken's legs, Yaga knew there was going to be trouble. And yet every time, she still stupidly believed in the honesty of the human soul:'It' s just not possible. They can't all be like that. '

I'll try not to give too many plot spoilers away, but the notorious witch of Russian folklore gets cheated by the big red Fed in the new (2019) Hellboy movie, too.

Here' s a film which has been universally panned by the critics. But is there anything that might appeal to a /leftpol/ audience?

I took myself off to an otherwise deserted screen 3 of Fulham cineworld yesterday afternoon to find out.

It's pretty funny, right from the off. Ian McShane narrates the backstory/intro in his patented "Deadwood" blend of swearing and high falutin' language.

But a few minutes further in, after a Mexican wrestling scene, there's a sudden death. The way its treated is good, its like someone I know who died. More of a "fuck, is that it?" angsty sentiment, than the usual heroic Hollywood death.

It's a visceral film. There's blood and gore throughout.Makeup and prosthetics are done well. Hellboy played by David Harbour does look demonic, like a steroided-up cross between Max Hardcore and Nacho Vidal. There's less CGI, or it's done better, than the previous hellboy movies. The leopard man moves and leaps like a feline.

The Blood Queen has a few semi - interesting lines about ushering in the apocalypse. (But you really need to look at the Marxism and Religion thread here on /leftpol/ for that.)

There's less of the (in my view overdone) Catholic free will versus predestination theme that was in the previous hellboy films.

Instead, in this iteration , Hellboy is more in the position of the pulp author Dashiell Hammett, who had been a pinkerton private cop involved in breaking IWW organised strikes, and had a bad conscience about it afterwards. He has some good lines about if we didn't kill the monsters maybe they wouldn't want to kill us. (A theme that goes back in fiction to Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein novel.) He says we kill the monsters, then what? Kill more monsters? Then what?

London scenes, in particular a chippy called "Codswallop", delighted me as a Londoner. If there isn't one in London now, there probably will be after the film.

A few nice touches hinting at the proletarian labour behind the BPRD. Sasha Lane's character hires a man with a van, or really four men in a van, to transport an unconscious Hellboy. (The secret society in the film aiming to disappear hellboy should have got her to use one of the sketchy logistics firms I've had the displeasure of working for.

Telephonist: We can't locate the package.

BPRD agent: You mean you've lost the package.

Telephonist: We haven't lost it. We just can't locate it.)

Cool music, heavy like 70's British rawk, Slade and such. Cum on feeel tha Noize. (It goes well with the Black Country accented Changeling pig man.)

In places this is a beautifully shot film. Rich colours and contrasts with light and textures.

In summary, probably not deep enough to be a repeat watcher, but worth seeing once. If you are legendary YouTuber and /leftpol/ poster Adolf Stalin, skip going to the restaurant, go with your roommate to see it. If you're more like me, it might be you and the usher.

 No.140888

File: 69b8dacae4bfcc4⋯.jpg (218.33 KB, 1247x888, 1247:888, pancakes.jpg)

First of all, format your posts better. Put spaces between paragraphs.

>Makeup and prosthetics are done well.

>There's less CGI, or it's done better, than the previous hellboy movies.

These are the real hot takes.

>the big red Fed

>A few nice touches hinting at the proletarian labour behind the BPRD

Joking aside, strictly speaking Hellboy is a member of (Hell's) nobility and a class traitor to them. The main series recently concluded >>>/co/1057102 (read last issue here), and it's a pretty dialectical/materialist ending. Despite his good intentions and actions, Hellboy is still a part of his class and acts out the role of that class (in his case bringing the apocalypse). He manages to help the common people a bit in spite of this, which is really the best you can hope for from a (ruling-)class traitor. The conflict between Hell's nobles and the people of the world have their final conflict which transforms the world into something new, taking elements of both. By defecting and fighting for humans' "national liberation" Hellboy does at minimum manage to help preserve some of humanity, which he accepts as enough. In context, Hellboy is a force for liberalism against feudal imperialism, supporting the commoners/indigenous against colonists acting on behalf of nobility. Ultimately, though, the conflict has to play out destroying both sides as the system collapses, not because of any individual will or political ideology, but because that is the nature of the system is to collapse and a new one to replace it. This isn't metaphor or interpretation, but what literally happens in the text of the work.

>Hellboy is more in the position of the pulp author Dashiell Hammett, who had been a pinkerton private cop involved in breaking IWW organised strikes, and had a bad conscience about it afterwards. He has some good lines about if we didn't kill the monsters maybe they wouldn't want to kill us. (A theme that goes back in fiction to Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein novel.) He says we kill the monsters, then what? Kill more monsters? Then what?

In the comics the monsters are actively colonizing the human world. Hellboy regularly fights traitors to humanity (humans serving the interests of Hell). The BPRD are basically the human liberation front against Hell's imperialism and would merit critical support like anybody beset by US imperialism IRL would be. Unlike somebody who feels vague guilt over being a "race traitor" as you suggest he's portrayed in the movie, in the comics he consistently chooses to be a class traitor because he's conscious of the ongoing class struggle since he sees the human cost of it directly, and he empathizes with humans.


 No.140894

>>140888

Very interesting! I hadn't read the comics.

Thanks for your post.


 No.140900

>>140758

this has nothing to do with leftism


 No.140907

>>140900

>this has nothing to do with leftism

It's cultural criticism.

Same as the Morning Star has jazz reviews.


 No.140914

>>140907

>Socialist newspaper reviewing fascist music

Red-Brown alliance confirmed


 No.140959

>>140914

>bollocks

bollocks


 No.140972

>>140907

Which has nothing to do with leftism. Culturist libs need to leave.


 No.141469

140972

>Which has nothing to do with leftism

Marx mixed politics with the cultural in Das Kapital

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2006/jul/08/politics

>Culturist libs need to leave.

Have you considered starting a dirtbag leftist podcast, instead of posting on /leftpol/? (Think of the patreon money.)




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