Johnny Mad Dog

For you New Yorkers, at the Anthology Film Archives  until Thursday of this week:

This movie will never get a theatrical release in the U.S.

The Lion King it’s not!

Johnny Mad Dog was made in 2008, shot in Liberia, starring mostly ex-kid soldiers. It doesn’t get much grimmer than this.  If you can’t see the film, try the book by Emmanuel Dongala.
The DVD is available in the U.K., any unscrambled player or computer should be able to read it.

The next clip is a look at the real thing, this ran a few years back on the sadly defunct NY Times/Discovery Channel, great purveyors of snuff TV.   It’s called Liberia: An Uncivil War and the only way to see in nowadays is in ten minute clips via YouTube.  About half way though if I remember it correctly is perhaps the most brutal scene ever filmed. Thankfully the war is over in Liberia, Charles Taylor is still on trial. Didn’t Lars from the A-Bones date his daughter way back when?  It’s unlikely Taylor will ever experience even an iota of the suffering he has caused.  but these things can happen anywhere in the world, at any time. How soon until it happens here?

Me, sorry, but I’m gone until spring. See you then.

13 thoughts on “Johnny Mad Dog”

  1. Shit. This is my favorite blog. I think it must be the weather over there or something. Come on over to the West Coast, what it lacks in culture (Oregon lacks ALOT) it makes up for in weather!

  2. Thanks for another great post…and thanks for a great blog. I really appreciate your mix of topics, always intelligent and unified by a great voice. Whether it's something I already know and love, or something I should need to know about, your blog is always an example of what should be a standard for the net. Just great stuff. I sincerely hope that your time off is well spent taking care of you and your family, and that all is well in the Hound's lair. Thanks for everything, Jim!

  3. Ahhh Spring, I can't wait. I assume you're a Mets fan, Hound, so I'll leave 4 good tix for you for April 7, it's a day game, and I'll probably be on the mound. Get a pint of Yards and a Schmitter. Tell Wright he's getting chin music if he wears that dumbass helmet.

  4. Wide, just like Sabathia's fastball and ass…. Thanks for the bad news Brendan, any cot damn Yankees fan can pay for his tix. Guess I'll knock down A-Roid instead, that's a worthwhile national pastime.


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