You Scream, we scream, we all scream in bad dreams!!!!!

There is nothing like a send up of an iconic work of art to send a communal shiver up the spines of Sentient Beings. Here is my Throwback Thursday:

Edvard Munch's iconic masterpiece, THE SCREAM, attained this status because its unique take on the horror of life (rather than the fear of death) caught our collective imaginations so brilliantly.  For Throwback Thursday, my toss from the Bush Era, ripple effect from the Reagan Era.

Edvard Munch’s iconic masterpiece, THE SCREAM, attained this status because its unique take on the horror of life (rather than the fear of death) caught our collective imagination so brilliantly. For Throwback Thursday, my toss from the Bush Era, ripple effect from the Reagan Era.


YOU TUBE OF ANOTHER INTERPRETATION OF THE SCREAM!

Jerry Vale–Uomo con una bella voce (1930–2014)

18 May 2014: We lost Jerry Vale, a man with a beautiful voice, a singer who did what a singer does, without gimmicks, and did it well. Not many from younger generations appreciated or knew of him. I was lucky enough to learn about people like him through the observations of my mother.

Somehow, I find the genre term ‘crooner’ a bit condescending. People would not call Linda Ronstadt a crooner. Nor was this moniker hurled at Rosemary Clooney. Known but to God, let a man with a good voice make a living by singing beautiful songs, and he gets called a crooner. It seems unfair, the first complete sentence many children utter when acquiring language.

Also unfair, and perhaps for vaguely related reasons, was the enforced name change. Born Genaro Louis Vitaliano, his name was changed to Jerry Vale, the only name most of us knew to call him. Hopefully, the culture behind these unfortunate & disrespectful name issues will change. Perhaps some day, a boy named Genaro will have a beautiful voice & be called a singer. In reality, that’s what we lost.

Rest in peace: Jerry Vale/Genaro Louis Vitaliano…

YOU TUBE TRIBUTE TO JERRY VALE

Jerry Vale Mala Femmina, Oh Sole Mio, Come Back to Sorrento LIVE recording

Godzilla Flees San Francisco When He Looks At Apartment Rent Rates!

I met with my (and they keep telling me NOT to make blogging all about me, and I keep doing it anyway!) good friend, Godzilla today. It was utterly impossible to meet & greet & get popcorn @ AMC 1000 Van Ness because he forgot to remind me about Bay To Breakers. When I first got here when Godzilla was in 8th grade, I really & truly thought it was Beta Breakers, a run of drunken college sorority or fraternity people. It took about 10 years for the fog on that issue to lift. Why I am so learning impaired? But Godzilla was fine. He really able to sink his teeth in his latest film role. I just wanted so much to act right along side him, maybe a reptile animal trainer, or a Catholic priest in a straight jacket, trying to give Last Rites to all the dying people.

My poor friend had to contend with these two antecedents of giant, meat-eating, pesky pigeons that had plans on getting first dibs on all the water-front apartments & penthouses with great views. That got all messed up due to their size. They just won’t fit into Million Dollar 700 Square Foot condominiums, the way humans clamour to do around here.

Nope, it was a bit chaotic. The big birds fouled things up for everyone, but the music that was generated by the reptile rebellion was terrific. You can tear up San Francisco, you can earthquake it, and have over-sized lizards come & act out their nuclear waste binge eating, but you can’t close a film made here without some ambiguity & uplift-and that’s just what happened.

Go see this—and believe it! It will happen. There is a reference, belated, to the reason for Godzilla’s coming to life. That reason is because things are out of balance. Too many cell phones being stared at for too long will bring giant reptiles out of the woodwork, out of the strip mines, and they will probably come out from recycling centers. In the case of Godzilla: 2014–what came from Las Vegas did NOT stay in Los Vegas, or Honolulu, or even Paris. Towards the end, we all became one with Detroit, the Godzilla of Cities.

You Tube Trailer of Godzilla: 2014
“You’re hiding something out there…and it’s going to send us back to the Stone Age…”

“Please stand by.” The cameraman always has the last laugh.

You Tube Trailer of Godzilla: 1998
As things turned out, content mattered more than size. But it was still Godzilla!

You Tube Trailer of Godzilla: 1954/2014 Mashup
Images are from the original with voice-over from 2014 version.

Godzilla thundered on the set, we thought at first this was a film...then, the horror unfolded before our unbelieving eyes.  He had returned & meant business!

Godzilla thundered on the set, we thought at first this was a film…then, the horror unfolded before our unbelieving eyes. He had returned & meant business!


Even baby Peeps were not safe. Were they made from nuclear waste? Were they from Las Vegas? They were so innocent, so cute!

Three little Peep huddle in terror, too little to fly away.  They did not know that Godzilla has a 'thing' about flying creatures.  Poor babies...

Three little Peeps huddle in terror, too little to fly away. They did not know that Godzilla has a ‘thing’ about flying creatures. Poor babies…the 4th one did not make it!

Their baby brother is sadly missed.  You can visit his other family members via Facebook.  They are not big enough to withstand Godzilla!  He just does not take kindly to peeps, human or otherwise.  He rules!

Their baby brother is sadly missed. You can visit his other family members via Facebook. They are not big enough to withstand Godzilla! He just does not take kindly to peeps, human or otherwise. He rules!

You Tube of Death Scene From Godzilla: 1954
The original film has something that the remakes did not quite get: beauty, poetry, sublimity. The original Godzilla leaves the viewer with a sense of pathos & empathy for this wronged creature. The compelling music, and the simple gesture of the woman who removed her hat says it all so perfectly. Her eyes fill with tears…because of loss.
That is the great theme of Godzilla, loss. The first film captures that with a majesty unmatched by the others.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman–Rest In Peace–1967-2014

He had everything an actor could have dreamed of having–and, now, gone–because of drugs & needs that could not be fulfilled, even by such standards of success as a career with few gaps, fame, fortune, and Awards. He was even married with children, but that was not enough. It is a terrible loss & it is sad that peace of heart & mind did not come his direction. We have lost a brilliant actor–and the dreadful irony: Heath Ledger was nominated for the Academy Award that went to Hoffman, and died basically because of the same reasons.

Peace to the family & friends, and professional colleagues of this uniquely gifted man.

YOU TUBE TRIBUTE; PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN 1967–2014

NOIR About Post World War II Germany-Film Noir Festival 2014

Post World War II Germany was the background for double feature, represented by THE MURDERERS ARE AMONG US & BERLIN EXPRESS.

The Murderers Are Among Us deals with the attempt of people in the war shattered environment of Germany to move on & resume their lives. But they cannot do this without confronting their recent past. This creates conflicts, huge conflicts, about personal responsibility, collective guilt, and the horrors that a once-dominant culture imposed upon those minority populations who were locked within its boundaries. The murder of millions of civilians under the command of NAZI government cannot be overlooked. This film made in 1946, the first Post World War II German film production, focuses upon these profound issues. Hildegard Knef plays a displaced Jewish woman who successfully stops further injustice on the part of her friend who wants to avenge war crimes by taking matters into his own hands, and ending the life of the Captain who caused murders that were not related directly to the War. In the end, it is Susanne Walkner (played by Hildegard Knef) who has the inner strength to say “We cannot pass sentence.” This simple statement represents the restoration of authentic law & human rights to all Germans, and begins the healing process in the middle of the rubble, that was once Berlin. Now, a true rebirth is possible, claiming justice under law & freedom from the oppression that structured personal & collective ruin.

YOU TUBE ANALYSIS OF Die Mörder sind unter uns-1946

BERLIN EXPRESS–1948–was an American production, shot-on-location, in the ruins of Berlin & Frankfurt-am Main. It’s focus was the impending conflict over how the Allied victors of World War II, French, English, American, and Soviet (now Russian), were going to deal with administering to the division or reunification of what was left of Germany. These issues loom in the background while the most of the action and specifics related to the film’s story line take place on the passenger train (which gives the film its title). For a tiny amount of time, there seemed some hope that the “COLD WAR” could be avoided & that hope is touched upon in this film. Alas–such was not to be…but the film does illustrate that this huge wasted chapter of political, military, social, and economic history that came to be known as the “COLD WAR” could have been avoided, had the various Allied governments been more open to a higher level of thinking.

YOU TUBE OF BERLIN EXPRESS 1948/Frankfurt-am-Main

Pray For All Marked Souls That They May Be Spared!

It is greatly feared that, 2013, a year of physical attacks upon the Imperial Princess, is just the beginning of a series of Paranormal activities to prevent her from her attempt to help Restore the Greek Monarchy.  Pray for her, that she may not be a Marked Soul!

It is greatly feared that, 2013, a year of physical attacks upon the Imperial Princess, is just the beginning of a series of Paranormal Activities to prevent her from attempting to help Restore the Greek Monarchy. Pray for her, that she may not be a Marked Soul!

Today, this first day of a New Year, 2014, pray for Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte. It is feared that she may be a MARKED SOUL. Two photographs, and a statuette, all of her likeness were left with flowers @ this gravesite, inside the AMC 14 Van Ness Avenue. Please pray for her that no harm may come to her. Pray that she may continue to live to serve others.

What we fear most is the leaving of flowers @ this gravesite. Someone wishes her dead! She has survived a recent attack from a trained elephant, and literally on Christmas Day, the Christmas Rabbit came from out of nowhere, and attempted to kill her. Now, these flowers, beautiful as they are, fill our hearts with fear. Are they a warning sign that she is to be marked, A MARKED SOUL?

She was promised by no less that the Orthodox Metropolitan of the North Pole that her efforts to establish world unity under her benevolent rule would be met with complete joy--but now that joy turns to fear!

She was promised by no less a source than the Orthodox Metropolitan of the North Pole that her efforts to establish world unity under her benevolent rule would be met with complete joy–but now that joy turns to fear!

Her connection to Napoleon I remains complete-her hopes for Greek Monarchy undiminished despite death threats.

Her connection to Napoleon I remains complete-her hopes for Greek Monarchy undiminished despite death threats.

Pray for Princess Melita Bonaparte, as you did for Rosemary's Baby...that she may live to fulfill her Destiny.

Pray for Princess Melita Bonaparte, as you did for Rosemary’s Baby…that she may live to fulfill her Destiny.

PRINCESS READY TO ACCEPT TITLE ‘COUNTESS OF OXNARD’ TO HELP OFFSET IMPENDING HORROR! SHE WILL ACCEPT HER FATE TO SAVE OXNARD FROM THIS TERROR!

A Doll Named YaYa!-Corn Gourd Doll by M. Miller

For Christmas, a new household member, YaYa, the doll that belonged to the late Princess Antoinette Bonaparte, arrived. She had been missing since the 911 call went out, and later, the Princess was found, her lifeless body providing no clue as to who had done her such harm.

But YaYa is back with us, now. A testimony of the love we all felt for Princess Antoinette, a symbol of the future. YaYa will greet all who gather here.

THE TRAGIC FUNERAL OF PRINCESS ANTOINETTE BONAPARTE EARLIER THIS
YEAR

And now, her beloved YaYa, has been returned–a silent witness to the Memory of Princess Antoinette, whose voice has been forever silenced, but never forgotten.

YaYa, the beloved doll of the brutally murdered Princess Antoinette Bonaparte.  YaYa remains the only witness to what happened to the beloved Antoinette. YaYa will be here to greet everyone with joy & hope for all time.

YaYa, the beloved doll of the brutally murdered Princess Antoinette Bonaparte. YaYa remains the only witness to what happened to the beloved Antoinette. YaYa will be here to greet everyone with joy & hope for all time.

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