Trains & Trickle Down Economics & Those Who Challenge Dysfunctional Systems

This is one of the best films in recent years that deals with a dystopian future caused by human beings who destroy the balance of things. There seems to be a lot of films that embrace this theme: DIVERGENT, 28 DAYS LATER, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, EQUILIBRIUM. It’s a lengthy list. It’s almost as if there is a collective fear that this will happen within the near future. The only question seems to be which proposed scenario will be the cause of the collapse of life as we know it?

My cultural/political filters also see bad management & the evil political manipulation that makes ‘Trickle Down Economics’ (the stuff of Ronald & Nancy Reagan and Margaret Thatcher) as critical underpinnings to a full understanding of this endless train ride. The selling of a system that elevates mediocrity at the expense of the basic needs of the vast majority of humanity is the branding that we have settled for. Waves of eye-level, published nostalgia about Ronald Reagan give credence to the brilliant salesmanship of bad government. The same holds true for the selling of Margaret Thatcher as a visionary. These were dreadful people who gave not a tinker’s piss about the Commonweal. As long as they got their votes & had their ducks in order for their supporters, the rest of us could rot.

This film is a metaphor, first class, second class, third class–each person in his/her PRE-ORDAINED place, never to change, never to experience the true abundance of Mother Earth. Mother Earth is destroyed to provide elephant tusks for paperweights. Such cynical politics contains the seed of discontent, always to be placated by lies, deception, and (in this case) literal cannibalism.

Full of irony & brilliant performances (is there ANYTHING that either Tilda Swinton or Ed Harris can’t do & do splendidly?), this film is a wonder of eye opening surprises & an ending that leaves the audience wondering: Will we make it? Will we survive the self-absorbed, destructive habits of our nature? Will we continue to enslave ourselves to the Donald Trump prototypes of the world & the endless bad photocopies of his corporate whoreish ways?

This train ride is a thought-provoking experience…and watch out for squeaky-clean, elementary school teachers. That’s where the indoctrination starts.

YOU TUBE TRAILER FOR SNOWPIERCER-2013-Released 2014

Happy Birthday To Judy Garland: Who Could Go On Singing….

Just to take a brief, belated (late-in-the-day) moment to think about today being Judy Garland’s birthday. Words are not needed.

Here is a You Tube from her last film, I COULD GO ON SINGING–a film not given proper respect during her lifetime.

Enjoy!

MALEFICENT WAS MAGNIFICENT

With a story line that was simple, easy to follow, accessible, we now can see that MALEFICENT was not always like the Duchess of Windsor. In fact, she started life as a normal little fairly, a little girl fairy. She had fun, played in her natural habitat, and was altogether a charming & sweet creature.

Broken promises & a broken heart took their toll. This story is told from Maleficent’s point of view, showing us what meanness can do to the spirit, even the spirit of a fairy. She was mutilated by the one she loved, her wings taken, clipped. That was when everything changed for her, and she cast a spell on one whom she would come to love quite profoundly.

Angelina Jolie has never looked more enticing. Her performance wisely avoids the maniacal antics of frustrated, mid-level managers who wear power suits. As a fairy, even with her wings cut off, she’s a bit better balanced than what we see parading around in our offices these days. She keeps it together enough to have a believable purpose in life. Unlike her human counterparts, she still knows the difference between right & wrong, and while revenge is in the air (the one thing she does seem to share with bad managers), she manages to see through this, and there is redemption that saves her from drowning in her own hurt.

You Tube Trailer of Angelina Jolie as MALEFICENT

The finding of balance, in terms of mending her life wounds, is what I think we see happen with Maleficent, as the story unfolds. This, is one of the more important themes of the story.

Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte, generously gave of her time & advice to Angelina Jolie in preparing for "this role of a life time.  I had turned it down, it was too much like my own life, plus I am too young to play the part, so I was so happy to help Angelina Jolie with the part."

Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte, generously gave of her time & advice to Angelina Jolie in preparing for “this role of a life time. I had turned it down, it was too much like my own life, plus I am too young to play the part, so I was so happy to help Angelina Jolie with the part.”

Angelina Jolie poster without the Imperial Princess. We are certain that Princess Melita Bonparte’s influence will make the film a huge success.

The Official Poster/Standee, as inspired by Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte.

The Official Poster/Standee, as inspired by Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte.

彼はアパートの家賃レートを見たときゴジラは、サンフランシスコの逃亡!

私は自分に会った(と彼らが私についてのすべてをブログ作らない私に言っておくと、私はとにかくそれをやり続ける!)良い友達、ゴジラが今日。彼は遮断器ベイについて私に思い出させるのを忘れたので、それは1000年ヴァネスを満たす&ポップコーン@ AMCに挨拶&取得することは全く不可能であった。ゴジラは中学2年生の頃、私は最初にここに着いたとき、私は本当に&本当にそれがベータ遮断器、酒に酔った大学の女子学生クラブや友愛の人々のランだと思った。それは、持ち上げて、その問題についての霧のために約10年かかりました。なぜ私はそう学習障害のでしょうか?しかし、ゴジラは大丈夫だった。彼の最新映画の役割で彼の歯をシンクする、彼は本当にでき。私はそんなにはすべて死んで人々に最後の儀式を与えるためにしようと、右彼を側面に沿って多分爬虫類動物のトレーナー、またはストレートジャケットのカトリック司祭として機能したいと考えました。
私の貧しい友人は素晴らしい景色を望むすべての水·フロントアパートメント·ペントハウスの最初のDIBを得ることに計画を持っていた巨大な肉を食べる、厄介な鳩のこれらの2家系と競合しなければならなかった。それは、全てのサイズによっては台無しにしまった。彼らはミリオンダラーに700平方フィートのマンション収まらない、双方向の人間はこの辺り行う叫び。

いや、それは少し混沌とした。大きな鳥は皆のために物事を汚さが、爬虫類の反乱によって生成された音楽は素晴らしいでした。あなたは、次のことができ、地震にそれをサンフランシスコを引き裂くと、オーバーサイズのトカゲが来ていると彼らの核廃棄物過食を演じていますが、いくつかのあいまいさせずに、ここで製造されたフィルムを閉じ&高揚とそれが起こっただけで何のことはできません。
見に行く、これを – し、それを信じて!それが起こるのだろう。ゴジラの生活に来た理由を遅ればせながらの参照は、、があります。物事はバランスが崩れているので、その理由がある。あまりにも長い間見つめていたされてあまりにも多くの携帯電話は、ストリップ鉱山のうち、木工から巨大な爬虫類をもたらすでしょう、と彼らはおそらくリサイクルセンターから出てくるだろう。ゴジラの場合:2014 – どのようなラスベガスから来たことはロサンゼルス、ラスベガス、またはホノルル、あるいはパリに滞在しませんでした。終わりに向かって、我々はすべてのデトロイト、都市のゴジラとの1になりました。
ゴジラのあなたチューブトレーラー:2014
「あなたはそこに何かを隠している…そしてそれは石器時代に戻って私たちを送信するために起こっている… ”

「待機してください。「カメラマンはいつも最後に笑うの持っています。

ゴジラのあなたチューブトレーラー:1998
物事が判明したように、コンテンツはサイズ以上に重要だっ。しかし、それはまだゴジラでした!

ゴジラのあなたチューブトレーラー:2014分の1954マッシュアップ
画像は2014年版からのボイスオーバー、元からのものである。

ゴジラは、我々はそれから、恐怖が私たちの不信仰の目の前で繰り広げ...これは映画だった最初は思ったが、セットに雷鳴。彼はビジネスを返さ&意味していた!

ゴジラは、我々はそれから、恐怖が私たちの不信仰の目の前で繰り広げ…これは映画だった最初は思ったが、セットに雷鳴。彼はビジネスを返さ&意味していた!

The Immigrant–AMC Metreon-San Francisco

Take a break from the franchise blockbusters, romantic comedies, and the man-boy genre, that have been entertaining & fun, but not desert island films. THE IMMIGRANT has the makings of a story that will stand the test of time. It is a beautifully told story about two young girls from Poland who are supposed to meet relatives in the New York City area. Things go horribly wrong & it becomes a story of survival.

It’s wrong to give away the story line, even an inexperienced reviewer (such as I am) knows this. So, I won’t. It’s also about Redemption, a theme that when handled properly, needs no special effects. One scene in particular was a surprise. For the last 25 years, the Catholic Church has been under almost relentless attack from issues ranging from priests who abused altar boys, to financial mismanagement & intolerance towards homosexual persons. Much of this lambasting has been long overdue. But, for once, a film depicts the Church in a positive light, and not by using saccharine. The female lead, Ewa (Marion Cotillard) manages to break away from her confinement, to make Confession. What she has to confess is that she has become a woman who sells herself in order to help her sister, who is undergoing medical confinement. The priest who heard her Confession does not judge her. Instead, he urges her to “get away from that man as soon as you can…” If was as if he understood that she was in over her head, and he gave her the best advice he could under the circumstances. He did not condemn her to Hell, as she thought. She followed his instructions, when she could.

This film explores corruption surrounding the immigration policies of the time, 1921, Ellis Island, New York. The labyrinth of deception is overwhelming. Joaquin Phoenix (as Bruno Weisss) was just as trapped in a world of his own making as those he conscripted to perform in this sordid entrapment. It was Jeremy Renner, as Orlando the Magician–a cousin to Bruno, who is most deceptive of all. Jeremy Renner was stellar in this part, seemingly innocent, till light is shed upon his darkness.

The issues surrounding immigration to this place where a young Polish girl dresses as The Statue of Liberty in a libertine review have always been complex, fraught with moral compromise. From the Landing of the earliest Pilgrims, the confusion of religious freedom with liberty to take land from the indigenous, fast forward to our bi-polar relationship with Mexico & many other countries. The Immigrant does not attempt to tap into all these areas of immigration history. But it is another important part of the continuum of literature that addresses the loss & sacrifices that so many had to make in order to call this place home. (Directed by James Gray).

Cast:
Marion Cotillard as Ewa Cybulski
Joaquin Phoenix as Bruno Weiss
Jeremy Renner as Orlando the Magician / Emil
Yelena Solovey as Rosie Hertz
Dagmara Dominczyk as Belva
Maja Wampuszyc as Aunt Edyta
Angela Sarafyan as Magda Cybulski
Ilia Volok as Voytek
Antoni Corone as Thomas MacNally
Dylan Hartigan as Roger
DeeDee Luxe as Bandits Roost Tart
Gabriel Rush as Delivery Boy
Kevin Cannon as Missionary

YOU TUBE TRAILER OF THE IMMIGRANT-Released 2014

This was a gem that might be overlooked in the rush for "BIG" blockbusters.  It was a fine film & deserves an appreciative audience.

This was a gem that might be overlooked in the rush for “BIG” blockbusters. It was a fine film & deserves an appreciative audience.

HOW DO YOU SPELL S-T-U-P-I-D???

Today, rumour has it, more than 300 MUNI Drivers called in sick. Is SEIU part of the spelling bee?

This was a total calamity, a particularly nasty act–just the kind of thing inept middle managers do to get even with people they don’t like. Doing harm, and this was harm, does no one any good. All it did was make people very angry & even more frustrated with MUNI than ever before.

In a moribund system like this, all that’s missing is the embalming fluid.

Here is an idea I got from the Internet that might help MUNI out, but we would need at least one person willing to drive!

Here is an idea I got from the Internet that might help MUNI out, but we would need at least one person willing to drive!

Come to think of it, this was a huge public relations miss for all those white, sleek, techie buses that have multiplied like gerbils during the last couple of years. Had they been more Pubic Relations savvy, their managers would have jumped up, called in all their drivers, and given the transit-abandoned people a gratis lift. It would have made good business sense.

This whole MUNI thing got me into a foul mood. I felt sort of underrated & overlooked by a nasty transportation system.

This whole MUNI thing got me into a foul mood. I felt sort of underrated & overlooked by a nasty transportation system.

DO YOU LIKE HORROR STORIES?

This is supposed to be a MUNI bus stop, located @ Laguna Honda.  In reality, it's a fetid toilet.  No 'Saniflush' going on here!

This is supposed to be a MUNI bus stop, located @ Laguna Honda. In reality, it’s a fetid toilet. No ‘Saniflush’ going on here!

I think we get the message loud & clear, passengers don't count for a damned thing, not at all!  Shame on MUNI & SEIU!!!

I think we get the message loud & clear, passengers don’t count for a damned thing, not at all! Shame on MUNI & SEIU!!!

WHEN YOU SEE THIS SIGN, BELIEVE IT!

Now you know, without doubt, per MUNI--Sick Days Are A RIGHT!

Now you know, without doubt, per MUNI–Sick Days Are A RIGHT!

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