Category: Movies

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The movie adaptation of George Orwell’s “1984”

Forgive me in advance.  Sometimes I don’t know when to shut up.

I watched it last night.  I liked the movie, but as expected it was a bit disturbing how people just so readily accepted what the authority figure (Big Brother or BB) said was true.  I couldn’t help but to draw parallels with the War in Iraq.  Big Brother told the people that the citizens of Oceania were at war with East Asia and they believed it.  The Oceanese people believed that there was always a conflict between the two countries because it was so widely reported as being true.

So many people immediately believed President Bush when he claimed that Iraq was a threat to the USA because the “experts” said so.  Now we know that it was all a bunch of lies.  The President has carefully manipulated the information to make most people believe that Iraq had something to do with 9/11.  It seems that more and more people are starting to understand that the President has designs on changing the regime in Iraq for reasons other than “The War on Terrorism” or “The Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism”.  Choose your preferred term carefully because one is PC and the other is just plain stupid.

Anyway, back to “1984” because the movie went so far as to show that BB would have no problem imprisoning a person because they thought differently than BB wanted them to think.  If you go so far as to question authority, not only will BB take your freedom, BB will take your mind from you too.  The Patriot Act has people thinking and saying, “If you’ve done nothing wrong, why are you worried?” I’m worried because this Act is making people afraid to speak their minds for fear of government retaliation.  Nevermind that our Constitution is supposed to allow a person the freedom to speak their own mind, but to remain free after speaking their mind.  That part isn’t important anymore because all it takes is to have one person pissed off at you to submit your name to authorities and you can be under surveillance for speaking freely.

I don’t care about the Constitution, because GOD gave me the right to speak, not a piece if paper in a hermetically sealed container in Washington, DC.

Does anyone feel safer now that Saddam Hussein is in jail?

That’s all.  I’m going back to sleep now.

Posted by SPN on 08/10 at 12:19 PM in Movies
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Friday, July 22, 2005

Hustle & Flow

After hearing buzz and reading a review about the movie and Terrence Dashon Howard, I think I am going to have to figure out a way to see this movie in the theatre.  Since becoming a mom, I don’t get to see movies in the theatre much (gotta love Netflix).  But there’s nothing quite like seeing a film on a large screen in a dark theatre.  If someone sees this movie and has comments, please post them.

Posted by Nuttshell on 07/22 at 10:49 AM in Movies
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Thursday, July 14, 2005

I saw “Team America: World Police” Tuesday night.

I’d like to say that I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.

The movie starts off with the standard R rating text except that it adds this line, “GRAPHIC CRUDE & SEXUAL HUMOR, VIOLENT IMAGES & STRONG LANGUAGE, ALL INVOLVING PUPPETS”.

That should have been enough information right there for me to decide that I was in over my head.  But I wasn’t brave enough to approach the DVD player.

The movie was hilarious.  Sure there were weak parts in the movie, but they were so short-lived to make them practically nonexistent.

My favorite parts were:
1.  When the actor puppet gets drunk and pukes for a full 60 seconds on screen.  This scene I didn’t fully see the first time because my eyes were closed too tightly because I was laughing so hard.

2.  When Kim Jung Il sings about how lonely he is to be the King of Korea.

3.  The looks on the faces of all the people in the world that are “saved” from the WMD’s by Team America.  Team America is too arrogant to realize how destructive and egotistical they are.  The producers make this a direct statement on the US’s foreign policy to go in shooting with or without the agreement of the world’s governing body, the UN especially when there is proof to the contrary of their beliefs.

4. It was just funny to see the puppets fighting and trying to walk in a straight line.

I say that this is a definite movie to watch.  Especially if you are in a mood for a completely over-the-top, adult themed movie with lots of explosions and extravagent sets and costumes. 

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that there is puppet sex in this movie.  So don’t watch this in your family room unless the children or immature adults are absent.  The puppets are completely nude and are there is no doubt what they are doing.

Go to your local library and enjoy yourself by checking this movie out.

Posted by SPN on 07/14 at 08:56 AM in Movies
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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Movie Review! “Hotel Rawanda”

This will be a hard review to write.  I waited a while to see this film/DVD and it surpased my expectations right away I will tell you that my rating for this film is a 6 out of 6 stars and I believe everyone should set aside some time to view the film not only will it possibly change your views on humanty but it just might have a gigantic opportuntiy at wedging some love in your black hearts for you family as well ~ this film may hold they very key to success in the modern world around us; that key - compassion the film spells it out cleanly and in a dignified way. 

The main character Paul ,the hotel manager, is so obsessed with stockpilling favors from his military friends that frequent his five star hotel and love his scotch.  Quickly Paul’s attitude changes from neccesity when he returns home from work and finds his wife and 15-20 neighbors hiding in his upper middle class paddock/home.  They are hidding in the safe-room from the soliers that are storming the streets and looting and pillaging the neigborhood.  Soon a miliraty vehicle shows up and demands his presence at the hotel because there is a disturbance P aul realizes he can not leave any of these people behind or they will be murdered.  He pleads for thier passage and packs them all into his passenger van enroute to the Hotel Rawanda.  On the wa the make a stop at a local bank where Paul is forced to get some keys that are of special interest to the sargent.  in the time that it takes to fetch the keys from the vault the sargent has changed his mind about the extra travelers: he demands 5,000 francs for each ones life.  Of course Paul does not have that kind of money on him there are too many people but quick thinking saves his travelers and family.  He begs the sargent for the lives of his family for a fair sum and offers the rest of the money for the rst of the people and asks that he allow them to pay what they can - of course money watches chains etc come forward imediatley.  Paul also promises 10,000 Francs for the lot and the sargent agrees.  they travel off to the Hotel Rawanda once inside Paul opens a safe gets the money exchanges for the people and brings them inside.  By this time its a full war zone outside the Hotel and inside its more of a triage and refugee camp.  He manages to find accomodations for all of his family and friends.

It was this one scene in the movie that really got a hold on me the deep compassion that Paul showed his fellow man so deep that he was willing to risk everything his job, everything, to save thier lives, and i asked my self would i do that?  I would like to say that I would - untill faced with the challenge I’ll never know exactly what I’m made of, but I sure would like to think that GOD blessed me some courage like that, now that man saved some lives not just some lives some lineage, some stories, he saved some roots, some deep roots.

I still insist that this is a MUST watch film.  For me it was much less about the battle between the Tutsis and the Hutus; Although that was extreemly educational for me.  For me it was the tender relearning of what compassion really is and why it is SO important!

Again 6 out of 6 stars.  And a strong reccomendation to watch if not to purchase

Posted by bbeard on 05/28 at 12:13 AM in Movies
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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Movie review : “The Manchurian Candidate”

It gets just 4 out of 6 stars.

I felt that this movie didn’t do justice to the first movie which I really enjoyed.

The movie is about brainwashing soldiers in time of battle to to further the ends of politicians fearful that the USA will change into a society that the politicos aren’t welcome in.

I say they do it everyday themselves.

Posted by SPN on 04/19 at 11:19 AM in Movies
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Monday, April 18, 2005

Movie Review “The saw”

Quite a good THRILLER. not at what I was expecting from the title of the movie.  Most of the movie takes place in what seems to be a sports arena or other public facility type restroom gone vacent for quite some time.  The movie “onions” itself in time layer after layer of stressfull suspence.  Akiller has made a game of watching and recording ordinary people do and perform extraodinary things to and on eachother.  If I were to define this in a sentence.  This is a one on one NAZI comon denominator of human desire to live and the conditioning of society to “not to kill” your fellow man/person.  This touches every facet of our daily societel views

4.5 out of 6 stars

Posted by bbeard on 04/18 at 04:57 PM in Movies
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Movie review : “The Believer”

This is an adaptation of a real life event in which a jewish guy became defacto leader of a large racist, neo-nazi skinhead group.

The guy struggled on a daily basis with his own beliefs about religion and his hatred for those that follow the Torah.  His internal struggle ultimately leads him towards his destruction.

4.5 out of 6 stars.

The story about the movie is that the “jewish run” hollywood machine blocked this movie from being released in theaters.  It was ready for release in 1998, but the machine refused.  It was just recently released on video six years later.

Posted by SPN on 04/18 at 04:03 PM in Movies
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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Anybody ever see “The Jerk”?


Posted by SPN on 04/12 at 01:48 PM in Movies
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Friday, April 01, 2005

Movie review “Irreversible”

2002’s French production of “Irreversible”

Dark with precious love/revenge as the driving force behind the main character.

This is NOT a movie to watch with anyone squeamish or under 35.  Hell, I was squeamish watching this movie.  The movie is unrated

This is a difficult review to write.  I want people to watch this movie but the beginning is so disturbing that it makes its viewing it in its entirety a test for the strong willed.

Basically the story is about how a person can be placed in such a cold emotional state that there is but one thing to do.

Posted by SPN on 04/01 at 09:26 AM in Movies
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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Movie Review “Ray”

Music historically has moved us socialy, spiritualy, physically, mentally, as to us, it were wind to the trees.  I expected quite a bit from this movie and was eager to watch the tribute to Ray Charles Roberts lifetime - WOW! was I ever BLOWN completeley away.  See ( an odd choice) I had known that Ray was a blind entertainer and had had a strong affect on the “sound” of music but I had no idea that he was SO profound, wicked, and tormented.  I have to say Jammie Fox did a hell of an acting job in this one.  the movie really leaves the viewer with the joy of recovery and triumph but also its a sad realization of profound loss once the movie expires.  A fine movie.
5.5 stars out of 6

Posted by bbeard on 03/31 at 05:53 AM in Movies
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