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Basic Instinct 1992, iMDB rating 6.9. Should probably be less then 6. Director:  Paul Verhoeven shot "Basic Instinct" chock full of the sleaze he had become renowned for.

Perhaps I should start by saying that  Basic Instinct is very close to a complete trash with nothing residing beneath its glitzy surface. I find Michael Douglas pompous and annoying and Sharon Stone only slightly better -- shallow and vain.  This movie does not has any serious storyline rather than mere sex. In this sense Basic Instinct 2  is somewhat better.

Michael Douglas, who play sex addicted, substance addicted, trigger happy cop  Nick Curran gave only mediocre performance  in this movie (outside of sex scenes ;-).  Douglas (born September 25, 1944) was way too old for the role, despite his valiant attempt to demonstrate vigorous sex, almost a rape, in the the  scene where Nick Curran comes home to his female colleague, a psychologist Beth Garner(Jeanne Tripplehorn).  Who just saved his from troubles in the bar (a fight with a colleague). And as a reward he demonstrates (35:48) what he is capable for in sexual plan :-).  These scenes  projected on   Michael Douglas an image of an old, possibly infused with cocaine, uncontrolled sex maniac. It might well partially ruined his first marriage to Diandra Luker. If they wanted to shoot so many sex scenes, they could've picked someone much sexier and younger.

Both Sharon Stone and Jeanne Tripplehorn look very unconvincingly with their attraction to this old shoe. Who actually in 2000 he managed to marry Catherine Zeta-Jones (25 years younger, born September 25, 1969), but we do not know how much this was about the money and glory and how much this was about love.

It's a little bit strange that such a beautiful young lady as  Jeanne Tripplehorn feels attraction to such an old, worn out guy, who already lost most of the male attractiveness he used to have in his better years (see Fatal Attraction, 1987) and in 1992 unfortunately became just an old shoe.  

I will not go deeply into plot details, but in summary a "problem" cop Nick Curran(Michael Douglas) falls in love with murder suspect Catherine Tramell(Sharon Stone) who may, or may not, have brutally murdered her lover with an ice pick. She is a cocaine addict so she by definition has some sociopathic features, typical for cocaine addicts ("cocaine induced sociopathy"). He is too (at least a former one).  But actually she is more sociopathic then that. 

At the centre of the film is Catherine Tramell "adventures" (and Sharon Stone's performance). Stone has found the role of a lifetime: one in which everything about her persona, her acting abilities and her charisma come together and form a cogent performance.  Catherine Tramell is a writer of sleazy novels, who the stage murders according to the  pulp trash she has written.  Tramell writes about sex, murder and betrayal.  She's accused of murdering her Rock-star boyfriend. Who was brutally killed with an icepick after she had sex with him. Like all sociopaths she feels no guilt and no sadness. But she is so transparent and so obviously a totally immoral human being that she's not doing a very good job of it all.

But she becomes boring after the first 40 minutes. And  when she becomes involved with Michael Douglas, her character almost completely loses her mystique.  Generally she is too schematic: she loves coke, sex and Jack Daniel's... She is enigmatic ('How does it feel to kill someone?'), cool ('I like men who give me pleasure.'), frank ("What are you going to do? Charge me with smoking?") penetrating ("I've always had a fondness for white silk scarves"'), in complete command of herself...  A bisexual heiress, who teases, tempts and commands… That's way over the top and looks grotesque.  Stone depiction of a female sociopath Tramell, sexy, cruel, devoid of compassion, pervert, is very good. The problem is that she is just too obvious. This is not how female sociopaths typically operate. She does demonstrate some sociopathic charm...

And as Detective Nick Curran noted such people can pass a lie-detector test with filing colors. As many female sociopaths she is also a sex addict. 

If the plot sounds familiar its probably due to the fact that Basic Instinct is essentially a combination of writer Joe Eszthera's film 'Jagged Edge' and director Paul Verhoeven's film 'The Fourth Man', both of which had their fair share of sex and violence.

Take out the leg-crossing scene and the sleek, admittedly well-filmed and thunderous sex  scene (almost a rape) between Nick Curran and Beth Garner away from Basic Instinct and you get a third rate junk movie.

The most interesting and somewhat educational scene with her is the interrogation scene (aka  the leg-crossing scene). In this scene she is just superb!  She coolly turns the tables on cops and prosecutors by exploiting their libidos and reducing them to drooling idiots. She also uses her knowledge of Nick Curran  (she is writing a book about him) to her advantage. While totally unrealistic it is easily the film's best scene and certainly one that is not going to be soon forgotten. In this scene she does have that psychopathic-siren charm that is dangerously alluring and thus right for her character. Her sex scenes with Nick Curran are just boring, while quite explicit. Nick Curran actually should think twice getting in bed with such a woman, even if he is trigger happy cops with low rating as for self-preservation instinct (which is more basic instinct then sex :-).

Take out the leg-crossing scene and the sleek, admittedly well-filmed and thunderous sex scene (almost a rape) with Jeanne Tripplehorn and you get a third rate junk.

Jeanne Tripplehorn deserves special mention for her impressive supporting role of  a psychologist Beth Garner (this was her first important role).  This female psychologist ends up being an interesting, edgy character in some way superior to Stones.  This character is also sociopathic, but in much more subtle way. She is very difficult to decipher. Viewers do not suspect her being a villain until the very end of the movies, which gives the movie somewhat of  Hitchcock flavor.  Also in the scene when she gets into her car after talking to Nick Curran we can learn something about psychopathic woman. The mask is just thrown out immediately and completly. We see a different woman in an instant.  She is also highly educated and phychically is more attractive then Stone, which makes her quite dangerous personality on her own right.  It was she leaked damaging files on Nick Curran, who was her lover, to Catherine Tramell(Sharon Stone) and not only to her.

Her connection to  Catherine Tramell(Sharon Stone)  and the level of their cooperation in those crimes is never made explicit in the film outside the fact they they know each other and even were lovers in Harvard. It was she who probably killed Douglas friend Gus played by George Dzundza (the only good guy of the film) in the elevator in the final scene of the movie. Trigger happy and somewhat stupid Nick Curran kills her on the spot, when she refuses to take her hand out of her coat pocket. Probably suspecting the she has a revolver in it, but there are only keys. After her killing arrived cops found a blond wig and ice pick with which Gus was killed on the scene. After searching her apartment cops also found a revolver, with the caliber that was used in another murder of a cop.  That implicates her but we never know for sure. As we know that she impersonalized  Catherine Tramell  on several occasions in college, it might be she who killed Catherine Tramell Rock-star boyfriend and her role in the murder from which the movie starts is unclear.

Her scheming is very subtle, not noticeable to outsiders, unlike Stones overplayed role of a brazen bisexual heiress, who is a female bully who always teases, tempts and commands. Her other film roles include The Firm (1993), Waterworld (1995) and Sliding Doors (1998). On television, she starred as Barbara Henrickson on the HBO drama series Big Love (2006–11) and as Dr. Alex Blake on the CBS police drama Criminal Minds (2012–14), and she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her performance as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the 2009 HBO movie Grey Gardens.

Determined to find the truth among Catherine Tramell's web of deception, Curran falls into her world of sin and seduction. Already a "damaged good", as he was involved in several shooting with victims, he underwent some transformation and got rid of his nasty habits. But they came back to him.  The drinking, the snorting cocaine, the smoking... that was strange development. All because of this femme fatale. This is not very believable.

I love Stone's look when she heard about the first murder. The implicit references to Hitchcock's "Vertigo" were noticeable in Stone's outfits.  

 

Starring Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza, Jeanne Tripplehorn


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Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland
28 August 2005
Apart From The Sex Scenes What's The Fuss About ?

In 1992 BASIC INSTINCT was a media event in itself with right wingers and gay groups standing side by side picketing outside cinemas and mainstream critics gasping as to what Hollywood studios would depict next on screen . Ah you see you'd forgotten all about the controversy hadn't you ? Perhaps that's because the people who called this movie " depraved " or " homophobic " quickly woke up and smelled the coffee and realised they'd made fools of themselves while Paul Verhoeven , Joe Eszterhas and the studio bosses laughed all the way to the bank

I suppose somewhere down the line BASIC INSTINCT was planned as a modern film noir but it's important to note that film noir is a sub genre that is darkly lit . Why then does Verhoeven and cinematographer Jan De Bont insist on using bright and garish colours throughout the movie ? Remember the neon lighting in TOTAL RECALL ? That's the exact same style we see here and you do have to wonder if anyone involved in this production had any inkling of the literal _expression of " Film noir " ? But lets not be too critical since this movie was hyped as containing " the most explicit sex scenes ever seen in a Hollywood production and you can even see a front bottom if you look closely enough " . You do get the feeling that some people need to get out more

All in all a very average movie that without the controversy would have probably disappeared quickly from the box office and seems lame and cynical in the 21st century . You might be surprised to learn that there's a sequel planned for release next year which will no doubt be released straight to DVD

Jagged-11
3 August 2003
sleazy, amoral and worryingly entertaining

How does one begin a review of what is arguably the most controversial movie of the 90's? Perhaps I should start by saying that although Basic Instinct is complete trash with nothing residing beneath its glitzy surface(despite the claims of Camille Paglia there are NO subliminal meanings and the phallic symbolism of the ice pick is purely coincidental) it's also a riveting psychological thriller with Doublas and Stone providing an impressive double in a refreshingly gripping film.

I will not go deeply into plot detail, as the story is practically part of hollywood folklore, but in summary volatile cop Nick Curran(Michael Douglas) falls in love with murder suspect Catherine Tramell(Sharon Stone) who may,or may not, have brutally murdered her lover with an ice pick. If the plot sounds familiar its probably due to the fact that Basic Instinct is essentially a combination of writer Joe Eszthera's film 'Jagged Edge' and director Paul Verhoeven's film 'The Fourth Man', both of which had their fair share of sex and fashionable violence. Despite this Basic Instinct still is enjoyable and having seen either of those films will have no affect on the unpredictability of the film.

At the centre of the film is Stone's performance which is actually quite superb(though in the long run this film's been more of a curse than a blessing to her film career)as although she's easily the least probable femme fatale ever to grace(or poison to be more accurate) the silver screen, Stone plays her with such zeal that we can't take our eyes off her. That said it should also be pointed out that she becomes rather less intriguing after the first 40 minutes when she becomes involved with Michael Douglas, as her character loses a great deal of her mystique and her personality has less bite. Then of course is the infamous scene (which practically every other reviewer has mentioned and I am going to be no exception) where Tramell is being interrogated by the police and coolly turns the tables on them by exploiting their libidos and reducing them to drooling idiots, totally ridiculous but easily the film's best scene and certainly one that is not going to be soon forgotten (no doubt to the chagrin of Sharon Stone).

The rest of the cast are fine, with Michael Douglas doing the character he does best (the rather thuggish white male who constantly gets involved with the wrong kind of woman), Jeanne Tripplehorn doing an adequate job as Nick's psychologist and George Dzunda manages to be the only half-way likable character in the movie as Curran's best (and only)friend. Unfortunately Leilani Sarelle is under-used as Catherine Tramell's enigmatic girlfriend(I forgot to mention Catherine's Bi-sexual).

The film is, of course, not without flaws. No-one (not even the director) could deny that Basic Instinct has such big plot holes you could park a car in them as for some of the events in the film to make sense characters would need to be either clairvoyant or in possession of other-worldly powers. The endings also a bit of a cop out (no I WON'T reveal it) as it was clearly engineered so that it could be easily changed with a single edit if preview audiences were unsatisfied with it.

It is also impossible to ignore the huge controversy that surrounded the films release with a particulair furor being caused by feminists and lesbians over their portrayal in the film. In truth the jury's still out on whether Basic Instinct is homophobic, but I personally don't think it is as the characters' sexuality is never really an issue although in fairness it is used as a somewhat cheap plot device to titillate the audience. The case made by feminists is much stronger as all the women in the film are portrayed as dubious and potentially dangerous. The main defence against all this is that, frankly, all the characters are unpleasent and devious , with perhaps one exception, and no discrimination is given in any way. The other issue was, of course, the sex scenes which ,although explicit, are really rather passé these days.

The film is stylishly filmed, expertly paced, brilliantly directed and has a superb music score from Jerrry Goldsmith. I'll give it a high score(by my standards) of 8 out of 10

Author: tmensamaster-2 from Calgary, Alberta
1 November 2002
Classic Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven is one of my favorite directors. His movies are so damn entertaining. They always, well I should say most of the time, have wit and intelligence [Forget 'Showgirls' and 'Hollow Man', any director can make mistakes] and have either graphic sex or violence or both. 'Basic Instinct' is in the latter category. It is so erotic and Stone and Douglas have so much sexual chemistry that when you look at an Adrian Lyne film, you see them for the crap they are.

Basic plotline has Stone's character, 'Catherine Tramell', accused of the vicious sex murder of a retired rock and roll star. Douglas's character has a strange attraction to her, which may not lead to good things..... Paul Verhoven has openly admitted that this film is a homage to Alfred Hitchcock's classic masterpiece 'Vertigo'. In fact, Stone wears, in sequence, the same wardrobe as Kim Novak did [which makes you wonder, was she wearing panties under her clothes]. That brings us to the interrogation scene, which is the best in the movie. Stone shamelessly flirts with the cops' libidos until the buildup of sexual tension is so great, Stone releases it by playing 'peek-a-boo' with the space in between her legs. Every male viewer cherishes that scene, simply because it is so sexy. That word can be used throughout the film, as Stone and Douglas do the mattress mumbo.

At the time, the sex scenes were so realistic that the press went wild and debated whether or not viewers were witnessing un-simulated sex. The film is still quite sexually daring today and has an intriguing spider's web plot too. The plot's twists and turns manage to make the movie sexier as the viewer wonders whether Sharon is innocent or guilty..........

The film's only misstep occurs at the end, with an unsatisfactory ending that makes the whole film seem like some stupid, contrived game. But it's not. It keeps it's fascination and it's sexiness and its suspense right up till the end, which is what a good erotic thriller should. Actually, the ending for some will lead to a lot of discussion if you watch the film with someone, as the film toys with two of the film's characters innocence or guilt and does not give up all its secrets.....

The film is great Verhoeven. It has his usual, hilarious, seemingly inappropriate kinky humor and extreme sex and violence to match. The fact that Verhoeven is actually able to balance the film and make it funny and sexy is wonderful film-making. Well, have I said 'sexy' enough times? Then go rent it.........8/10

P.S. If you like this one, check out Verhoevens' Dutch film ''The Fourth Man''. It has a similar plot and even a similar character that resembles Catherine Tramell. If the ending of 'Basic Instinct' leaves you wanting, check that film out. It is even better than 'Basic' and is more 'arty'. It is also a little bit more daring erotically.

Old Joe from Hamilton, Australia
31 January 2002
A brutal murder. A brilliant killer. A cop who can't resist the danger.

The 90's was a decade that was blessed with many great movies, yet there are none greater than that of Basic Instinct. It is a truly great film. With Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone heading a wonderful cast, this was one of the great thriller movies I can remember watching. It had everything a movie could want, a bit of mystery, sex, intrigue and murder. There will need to be a pretty good movie to replace this classic from the top as one of the greatest all-time thrillers.

Nick Curran is a disgraced San Francisco police detective who helps investigate the murder of a prominent city official. Curran has a history of alcoholism and drug abuse although he is clean now. Catherine Tramell, the chief suspect, a spoiled rich girl with a background in psychology is toying with Curran's mind. When Curran is taken off the case, he enters into a dangerous relationship with Tramell, which could have bad implications. Soon everyone Curran comes into contact with turns into a suspect.

Undoubtedly, this movie is most famous for it's high level sex scenes that it contains. While I did enjoy them, they are overrated just a fraction. I must admit Sharon Stone has an incredible body and she certainly knows all the moves. These scenes also turned Michael Douglas into a sex manic of sorts and partially ruined his first marriage to Diandra Luker. Yet they create quite a mood for this film and are the main reason why it was the success it was.

The cast was great in this too. Michael Douglas is a Hollywood legend and this film only made him even more popular. His role as a the down and out cop was great. Douglas has some great films to his credit. These include Romancing the Stone, Fatal Attraction (not to similar to Basic Instinct), A Perfect Murder, and of recent Traffic (alongside his second wife Catherine Zeta Jones) and Don't say a word. Then what do you say about Sharon Stone? Before this film she was virtually an unknown, then she stormed on to our screens, without letting audiences take a breathe. Her film credits include The quick and the dead, Total Recall and The Specialist.

Other cast members include Jeanne Tripplehorn, who played Curran's ex-wife and Psychologist Dr Elizabeth Garner. Her role made me feel very anxious to realize what was going to happen. The sex scene involving her was a little hard to take. Then you have the good guy of the film, Gus, played by George Dzundza, but the way we see him go is also too much to handle. One other actress I did recognise, was Leilani Saralle, who played one of Catherine Tramell's gay lover's, Roxy.

Basic Instinct had a very good director, that being Paul Verhoven. He made this film extremely well and any other director might have got it wrong. He has made some other good films including Robo Cop, Starship Troopers and Total Recall. He did do one big flop, that being Showgirls. He commented on that film by saying `I think it was bad too'. I am sorry Paul, but you were right. Basic Intinct's script was pretty good in how it left you dangling. It was like you were in a big game of cat and mouse. I can understand that some people might not like it for that reason, but I thought it was good. The movie also had a great musical score attached to it, giving the movie a chilling feel to it.

So, all in all Basic Instinct is a film that I will always remember. It was so controversial that where I come from, I remember people needed to show there ID to get into the local cinemas, because of its sexual and violent content. I don't blame the cinemas for doing so, because it is not suitable for young eyes to see. If you want to watch a great thriller, then sit down and watch Basic Instinct. Trust me its ‘nice'!

(fandangonoir)
30 March 2001
It'll Wear Ya Out

It'll wear ya out. Those were the words uttered by an old guy who was walking out of Basic Instinct that I overheard. A woman asked if the film we just saw was any good and that's what he answered. I did feel worn out by the experience of seeing this film. It was a first rate crackerjack erotic thriller. A triple degree black belt in modern movie thriller cinema. Dutch director Paul Verhoeven proves himself to be a first rate filmmaking madman with this monster work.

Sharon Stone became one of my fave rave movie stars after the release of this flick. All her other work has pretty much been second rate. And Mikey Douglas once again pushes the envelope in Hollywood where everything these days must be safe and non-offensive. This is badass dangerous filmmaking, daddy-o, and it's apart of what I call The Evil Three. The Evil Three Of Filmmaking. Or the the three sexual films that really p***ed a lot of people off. The Evil Three consists of: Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal. Too bad Mike didn't play Redford's part in Proposal. That woulda REALLY honked those uptight squares off.

And don't listen to the stiffs who hated this film because of its so called negative portrayals of lesbians. I think most intelligent folk knew before going to see this movie that most lesbians don't have a thing for ice picks and crotchless underwear. A word to the wiseguy...

Thomas Jolliffe (supertom-3) from Marlow, England
23 July 2004
More than just sex scenes!

Sure its dirty minded, and extremely violent, but underneath all of Paul Verhoevens trademark sleaze there is a great film noir thriller to be seen. The film has a sense of an old 40's or 50's film noir, but of course with the 90's boundaries in taste and graphic nudity. The story is quite involving and there are plenty of twists and turns and unresolved endings. Michael Douglas is good in his role and must have really enjoyed film shagging Jean Tripplehorn and Sharon Stone, while it is Stone who steals the show as the writer Catherine, whose books write about murders that are apparently being copied by a murdering female. Its very steamy but the cinematography and the score are all very good and the film is more clever than merely T&A. It is a film that has spawned many inferior clones, usually TV movies starring melon chested playboy queen Shannon Tweed. ****

> 8/10
Author: johnbernardbooks from Ontario, Canada
27 September 2001
Thriller which achieves screen magic of the golden age.

Paul Verhoeven has created a masterwork from Joe Eszterhas' controversial script. Several sex scenes become a leitmotif, as the participants appear to pummel, rather than love, one another with their nether parts. But the most rugged and the most erotic scene occurs between Detective Nick Curran, Michael Douglas, and his colleague, Beth Garner, portrayed by Jeanne Tripplehorn. He throws her against a wall and then against the back of a chesterfield. That is only the foreplay. In this film sex is violence, and that is Verhoeven's theme.

But there is more. Sharon Stone as Catherine Tramell has a beautiful blonde form in that Beach Boy / California girl manner. She plays her 'flashing' scene in the police interrogation room with wit and a touch of class. Throughout the film she is arch, intelligent, electric. Her foil, Nick Curran, a troubled detective, realizes she might be a murderer, but finds her personality and her allure, irresistible. Douglas' performance is driven, masculine, affecting ... yet he would be well advised to keep his trousers on henceforth, for his sagging bottom is simply too comical.

There are several echoes of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (58). Both pictures have as a setting the picturesque San Francisco area. Jerry Goldsmith's music recalls Bernard Herrmann's symphonic score. The stairwell in Curran's apartment building resembles the vertiginous staircase of the Mission bell tower. And as with Hitchcock the dialogue is often simultaneously risque and humorous, although more vulgar in keeping with the tenor of modern times.

Eszterhas' script is carefully crafted, and it does not cheat. Life proves ambiguous at many levels, and so does art. The mystery is dark; the action, including a car chase, thrills; and the locale continually shifts, from a cop station to Catherine's lovely seaside house to a colorful bar where Catherine's jealous female lover and Curran engage in a sensual battle for her charms.

Day, night, sun, rain, streets, highways, scenery, ocean, sex, emotion, confrontations, death ... the film envelops everything, perhaps even love. Here, Verhoeven, Eszterhas, Douglas, Stone, have achieved some screen magic of the past.

Basic Instinct

$&# Like Minks,Raise a Few Rugrats,Live Happily Ever After. By Mr. VINE VOICE on September 29, 2001

Format: DVD Basic Instinct is certainly a film that has not only aged well with time, it makes you wish they could still make a sexy erotic thriller this good today. With so much political correctness going on these days, a film like Basic Instinct would never be made quite the same way, had it been made today. Attacked while it was being filmed for it's quote "negative depictions of the Gay community" as well as a so called "date rape" scene, the film became controversial practically the day it became green lit.
Sharon Stone became an overnight sensation portraying the rich, seductive & powerful Catherine Tramell, a role that seemed tailor made for the actress. But in fact director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Starship Troopers) had to fight hard to prove to both Carolco Pictures and actor Michael Douglas that she was in fact the only person suited for the role. Having worked with Stone on his last picture, Total Recall (1990), Verhoeven knew that Stone had something special to give to the part and he finally got that message through to all those mentioned. I'd go so far to say that with the exception of her Oscar nominated performance in Martin Scorsese's Casino, Catherine Tramell is still Sharon Stone's best performance.
So what's the big deal between the R-rated & Unrated versions of Basic Instinct? Basically a little more violence and a little more sex. There's more stabs with the ice pick in the Unrated version (about 3 or 4), more shots of the victim actually being stabbed (courtesy of a man made puppet designed by Rob Bottin) and that's about it for the violence. The added sex has mainly to do with the first encounter between Michael Douglas's Nick Curran, and Sharon Stone's Catherine Tramell. The added scenes are hot & very well done, but overall, the result is still the same. The only other difference is the Unrated version includes an audio commentary with director Paul Verhoeven and director of photography Jan De Bont. This commentary is not available on the R-rated version. But both versions do include the 2nd commentary by Feminist critic, Camille Paglia, who praises the film as one of her all time favorite movies. Her commentary is quite informative and really gave me a lot of insight into the film that I never noticed before. Those of you who own the Special Edition Laserdisc that came out a few years back should be urged not to get rid of it. It's special features are quite different from those on these DVD versions. Even the Paul Verhoevan Commentary is different from the one on the DVD. Plus the DVD doesn't give you the option of viewing the final shot of the film with the alternate scoring conducted by Jerry Goldmith, although it is shown during the making of documentary. Still worth keeping.
I personally love how much the movie feels like an Alfred Hitchcock film. The dress Sharon wheres for the interrogation scene is very similar to the one Kim Novak wore in Vertigo. There are many references to Vertigo in the film, as well as The Birds, North By Northwest, Rear Window and a few others. This adds a lot of class to the picture that only enhances its creativeness. It may be a long time before another picture comes close to matching it.
Basic Instinct..destined to become a classic!
"I hate rugrats". - Sharon Stone as Catherine Tramell

[Oct 12, 2016] Compare Clinton accusing Trump with schene from Basic Instinct when Sharon Stone just after passing a lie detector test said to Nick in reference to his killing civilians while on cocaine: You see Nick … were both innocent.

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"... I better like the reasoning in Basic Instinct when Sharon Stone just after passing a lie detector test said to Nick in reference to his killing civilians while on cocaine: "You see Nick … we're both innocent." ..."
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timbers October 11, 2016 at 2:27 pm

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"The Case for a 'Two-Faced' Hillary Clinton" [The New Republic]. "In an election in which one of the nominees is promising he'll make great deals-that he'll deliver everything under the sun, without remotely explaining how any of it would be politically possible-there's something bold, even radical, in espousing such a practical philosophy for political deal-making. Maybe it's not a popular message in this populist moment, but it would have the virtue of being honest."

I better like the reasoning in Basic Instinct when Sharon Stone just after passing a lie detector test said to Nick in reference to his killing civilians while on cocaine: "You see Nick … we're both innocent."

Yikes:

"We therefore hold that the CFPB is unconstitutionally structured,' the court said" … PHH said the law creating the CFPB gave an unaccountable director too much authority."

Can we get this same judge to rule on the constitutionality of the AUMF, Patriot Act, or any case brought regarding NSA spyiny?

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Fifty glorious years (1950-2000): the triumph of the US computer engineering : Donald Knuth : TAoCP and its Influence of Computer Science : Richard Stallman : Linus Torvalds  : Larry Wall  : John K. Ousterhout : CTSS : Multix OS Unix History : Unix shell history : VI editor : History of pipes concept : Solaris : MS DOSProgramming Languages History : PL/1 : Simula 67 : C : History of GCC developmentScripting Languages : Perl history   : OS History : Mail : DNS : SSH : CPU Instruction Sets : SPARC systems 1987-2006 : Norton Commander : Norton Utilities : Norton Ghost : Frontpage history : Malware Defense History : GNU Screen : OSS early history

Classic books:

The Peter Principle : Parkinson Law : 1984 : The Mythical Man-MonthHow to Solve It by George Polya : The Art of Computer Programming : The Elements of Programming Style : The Unix Hater’s Handbook : The Jargon file : The True Believer : Programming Pearls : The Good Soldier Svejk : The Power Elite

Most popular humor pages:

Manifest of the Softpanorama IT Slacker Society : Ten Commandments of the IT Slackers Society : Computer Humor Collection : BSD Logo Story : The Cuckoo's Egg : IT Slang : C++ Humor : ARE YOU A BBS ADDICT? : The Perl Purity Test : Object oriented programmers of all nations : Financial Humor : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2008 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2010 : The Most Comprehensive Collection of Editor-related Humor : Programming Language Humor : Goldman Sachs related humor : Greenspan humor : C Humor : Scripting Humor : Real Programmers Humor : Web Humor : GPL-related Humor : OFM Humor : Politically Incorrect Humor : IDS Humor : "Linux Sucks" Humor : Russian Musical Humor : Best Russian Programmer Humor : Microsoft plans to buy Catholic Church : Richard Stallman Related Humor : Admin Humor : Perl-related Humor : Linus Torvalds Related humor : PseudoScience Related Humor : Networking Humor : Shell Humor : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2011 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2012 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2013 : Java Humor : Software Engineering Humor : Sun Solaris Related Humor : Education Humor : IBM Humor : Assembler-related Humor : VIM Humor : Computer Viruses Humor : Bright tomorrow is rescheduled to a day after tomorrow : Classic Computer Humor

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