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The Movie Industry and 2021 Oscars

There’s no business but woke business

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You’re not going to watch the Oscars telecast on Sunday night, and I don’t blame you: Leftist Doctrine has infiltrated the movie industry to the degree that there is no business but woke business. Nonetheless, I’ve briefly reviewed the eight nominated films, and some others:

The United States vs Billie Holiday

This film is captivating. On par with Renée Zellweger in Judy, singer Andra Day in the title role, is quite convincing. Along with Carrie Mulligan, in Promising Young Woman, I think she shares the lead for the best female actor award.

As with four of the other nominated movies for the April 25 telecast, in arguably the worst line-up of nominated films in Oscar history, the upshot is the same: All white men are bad, all black people are exploited.

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Judas and the Black Messiah

Starring the British Daniel Kaluuya, and Lakeith Stanfield, both of whom who have excellent futures in the movies, Judas and the Black Messiah is a surprise despite the ultra-clunky title. I was expecting a heavy philosophical overlay of how the Black Panthers’ experience then, somehow translates to Black Lives Matter today.

Indeed, 300+ movie reviewers fervently want to connect the two experiences but they differ vastly: 50 to 55 years ago the FBI, Chicago Police, and other police departments were verifiably hostile to black people. Today, the FBI knowingly and blatantly shields Black Live Matters crimes, be it rioting, looting, mayhem, and even murder.

While a handful of regrettable “death by cop” cases arise each year, in general, police are not out to get black people, who are given more leeway and understanding than anyone from the 1960s could presume. And minority officers now represent 40% or more of many city police departments.

Of note: Martin Sheen hits a new low, not helped by the makeup director, playing an unconvincing J. Edgar Hoover.

The Trial of the Chicago Seven

Although it take liberties with the actual events, this is a reasonably good movie with many excellent supporting cast members, good pacing, and humor, and is worth viewing. Afterward, look up the fact and fiction within the film.

Minari

Set in the 1980s in rural Arkansas, Minari offers an endearing portrayal of what one generation does for the next, as viewed within a single family, in this case, Korean immigrants. This film is garnering rave reviews from every quarter. The ensemble cast performs well, led by Yuh-Jung Youn who adds spark and verve.

The Father

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Coleman, and Olivia Williams, The Father is a 93-minute movie that is 63 minutes too long. You could watch the first 15 minutes and the last 15 minutes and be no less informed.

We should all be thankful if our parents, or our future selves, do not suffer from the level of dementia portrayed here: He can’t recall what happened yesterday, sometimes an hour ago, and sometimes minutes ago.

The film shows reality from the father’s perspective, which is a constant jangle of dates, times, people, situations, and places; and the reality of those around him who have to deal with his constant ramblings, false assertions, obstinance, proud declarations, and outright inaccuracies. Save time, watch the trailer and read a long review.

Mank

Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried star in this biopic about Hollywood screenwriter Frank Mankiewicz. Strattling the 1930s and 40s, while penning Citizen Kane, ‘Mank’ has a fondness for alcohol and for saying whatever he thinks.

Charles Dance, as the preeminent but affable William Randolph Hearst is notable. This is an insider’s movie for the thankfully shrinking number of people who know or care about Hollywood.

Nomadland

Starring Frances McDormand, Nomadland offers a view of the American west and people who choose to no longer have permanent roots. The film presents one brief encounter after another, moving to the next scene, and the next.

It does impart the sense of loneliness and in some cases emptiness of the people who have chosen this lifestyle and so is somewhat engaging while watching it, but otherwise totally skippable.

McDormand has been nominated for an Oscar, however, this is not among her best. The film itself is regarded as profound by many reviewers, but then so was The Shape of Water and Roma (!)

Promising Young Woman

With Carey Mulligan, in an Oscar worthy turn, this movie represents a new step in her acting career. Without giving away any of the plot, it is both compelling and lingering.

Produced by Margot Robbie, who seems to have a knack for the zeitgiest, you really can’t forget this movie.

Sound of Metal

An inside and gripping portrayal of what it’s like to go deaf, as experienced by a drummer for a heavy metal band. Rapper and now actor, Riz Ahmed, in the lead role, offers moments of denial, rebellion, and poignancy.

 

Not nominated, fittingly, is this film:

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

This forgettable movie, nominated for several acting Oscars no less, is as revolting as its regrettable title, surprising for a film produced by Denzel Washington. The makeup and wardrobe to make Viola Davis look 40 pounds heavier and decades older is ridiculous.

The first 20 minutes of the film is nearly unwatchable, like a bad Eugene O’Neill play, all staged-dialogue, in one room. As the braggadocio horn player, the non-stop banter by the late Chaz Boseman, to whom the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will posthumously award an Oscar, is simply irritating.

The use of blatant stereotypes – black and white – in this ‘woke era’ is mindboggling: Ma’s white manager is a milquetoast, the recording studio owner is exploitative, the Klansmen (only referred to in a soliloquy by Bozeman) vicious, Ma’s niece is promiscuous, the black band members are accommodating, etc.

 

Finally, here is one movie that is an under-seen gem:

The Courier

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, this is a Cold War era spy movie, par excellence, a bit reminiscent of the German film, The Lives of Others. Overlooked by the ridiculously woke AMPAS, and probably way too subtle, The Courier is a great movie, easily among the best five pictures of the year, if not the best.

A friend said, “Loved The Courier. It deserves consideration especially with the unpatriotic events unfolding.” And I replied, “but woke Hollywood would object to the less-than-vocal wives and to no minorities in the film. So it had no chance to be nominated for an Oscar.”

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Give Me Liberty or Give Me The Vaccine

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Patrick Henry Speaking About Freedom

The American history books use to teach of a patriot named Patrick Henry.  Patrick Henry was a founding father of American.  Yes the term founding father is a term that Google still finds worthy as they identifies Henry as one.  Patrick Henry was a man who stood up to the oppression of King George.  In the second Virginia Convention in 1775, he proclaimed “give me liberty or give me death.”  In days past, Patrick Henry was a symbol of the American spirit of freedom.  His passion and his ability to communicate his desire for freedom are powerful words that continue to motivate bold and courageous leaders for the last 200 years.

Today it would be wise for patriot Americans who value freedom to again pick up this sentiment.  The call that freedom is the most essential component of existence which brings life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Vaccine Manipulation:

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President Joe Biden now declares that Americans who do not take the Covid19 vaccine are “not as smart as he thought they were” and that they (American citizens) are “a real problem.”

Many Americans believe in the vaccine, but they believe more in freedom.  Donald Trump, the leader of the Republic Party has also encouraged people to get the vaccine.  The vaccine is not a Republican or Democrat issue, but how the vaccine is administered very much speaks to how the political leaders look at freedom.

Free Americans should believe that the Government should not be able to dictate the health decisions that an individual should make.  They believe that they should have the ability to review facts and data and not be forced to make a decision about their health based on strawman arguments like you “if you care for your pet, you should get vaccinated.”

Maybe instead of shaming people or trying to bribe people into getting the vaccine, lawmakers should convince people on the merit of the issue and allow them to exercise their freedom to make the best choice for themselves and their country, after all that is what freedom is about.  Maybe President Biden could try to solve the real problem in the vaccine issue.  He could do that by answering the questions that many Americans are still looking for as they analyze their decision about their own health.  Answering any or all of the following questions would be a start:

Vaccine Questions About Covid19:

  1.  What are the top 3 risks that a person might experience with the Covid19 vaccine?  Instead of answering this simple question, those that are in charge get offended when people seek good answers to health.  It has been the history in America to outline the potential health hazards to the choices that people make such as a warning on a pack of cigarettes.  But this concept seems foreign to those that would like to manipulate the public to make a decision without a choice – that just seems wrong.
  2. Why does everyone need the vaccine, including those that already have had Covid19?  This is an honest question and one that Senator Rand Paul has asked.  There may be a case to be made for those who have had Covid19 to receive the vaccine, but it seems like no logical or rational person is making one.
  3. Is there anyone who should not get the Covid19 vaccines?  Health issues are very personal issues and often are different for people with different issues and demographics.  There has been very little talk in main stream media about exceptions to the vaccine and more and more talk about how even babies should be getting the vaccine.  John Hopkins recently misled their readers with statement on their website about children getting the vaccine – “Yes. Experts, including those at Johns Hopkins, believe that the benefits of being vaccinated for COVID-19 outweigh the risks. Although COVID-19 in children is usually milder than in adults, some kids can get very sick and have complications or long-lasting symptoms that affect their health and well-being. The virus can cause death in children although this is rarer than for adults.”  Further the CDC is now recommending the pregngnant women and new mothers who are breastfeeding should receive the vaccine.  They state on the website “Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. If you are pregnant, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19.”  These kind of one sided statements, should be carefully read to consider the political biases of the organization.  One has to wonder if they are really concerned about the health of the individual or the health of the whole.  I would be very hesitate to recommend a trial vaccine to a pregnant woman when there has not been studies to show that no impact will be made on the mother of the child.
  4. Where did Covid19 orginate?  An essential question in the vaccine conversation, should be consideration as to where Covid orginated.  If Covid19 orginated in a lab as a way to kill off a part of the communist elderly in China, then that would dedicate who needs the vaccine.  The idea a communist country was developing a method to kill off part of their population for population control should be considered and explored.  Americans politicians on the left seem to forget that just a few years ago communist China limited the number of babies that their people could have and would kill a child if it was born and was above the number that the government dictated as acceptable.  It is fair for the American population to wait to understand where Covid19 began before making health choices about their own health.

These questions and many more still deserve an answer.  It is the responsibility of the leaders and press in a free country to answer the fair and honest questions of free people.  Until those questions, millions of Americans will still cry out “give me liberty, or give me the vaccine.”  These Americans still choose freedom first.

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Out-of-Context ‘Journalism’ Prevails

Liberal publishers and reporters revel in anything that lambasts, lampoons, and demonizes any view that strays from the liberal narrative

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Aided and abetted by a gullible populace, the ‘mainstream’ media, 24/7, 365 days a year, for decades, knowingly misrepresents any viewpoints that differ from its own. Indeed, many media outlets do this, all the time. They take sound bites and out-of-context material and run with it.

Making broadsweeping generalizations is often fraught with danger, but the evidence is ample and non-stop. Simply click on HuffPost.com, Daily Kos, or The Daily Beast, or any of dozens of other left-leaning sites, at any given time.

Not an Even Playing Field

Do right-leaning news outlets and websites do the same? Less so if only because the GOP does not control the narrative as do the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and the major papers in Boston, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, ad infinitum.

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As a lifelong registered independent and I have voted on all sides of the political spectrum. In recent years, I’ve seen the ‘progressives’ go too far on a range of issues.

I recognize that some in the GOP are behind the times. However, consider that most of the press votes Democrat (85% to 88% in every election) decade after decade, across all jurisdictions, regardless of the candidate, the issues, or the platforms.

The U.S. press, in the main, slants everything to the left. Life-long liberal publishers and reporters revel in sound bites and out-of-context journalism that lambasts, lampoons, and demonizes anyone or any view that strays from the liberal narrative.

Indoctrination Nation

The journalism schools, from Columbia in Missouri, on down, invariably steer students to the left. To sell newspapers, advertising, or other services, the Left’s sound bite, out-of-context approach works as well and, as quickly, as anything.

The Left predictably is most vicious and displays its unbarred racism when characterizing right-leaning African Americans or other minority individuals – those who have the temerity to form their own opinion. Think Condoleezza Rice, Allen West, Armstrong Williams, Larry Elder, Jason Whitlock, Clarence Thomas, the late Herman Cain, Alan Keyes, Senator Tim Scott, and Candace Owens, among legions of others.

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