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Heaven or Hell?

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It’s hard to impress me with a sci-fi series. Most, I think, lack some imagination. OK, I did like The Fifth Element. And who can forget the charming “Multipass” Leeloo?

Just finished a 10 part first season show  on Netflix called Altered Carbon. You are introduced not to a universe where simply science has advanced along largely predictable lines (I’m talking about  you Gene Roddenberry! – not that they didn’t have some excellent writing) , but a completely different universe with completely different terms.

It is a world where some people, called “Meths” are at the top of society and think of themselves as human gods.

Where people can die, cast off their old sleeve, and become needlecast into a new world and different body.

A universe in which there were a Envoys and Elders all in the past.

I don’t wish to have spoilers, but that isn’t my idea of Heaven.

If you have Netflix, I recommend it.

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A Screenwriter’s Responsibility

I have been a fan of Robert Avrech’s Seraphic Secret for a number of years. He has really given me an appreciation for classic Hollywood. Plus, he is an Emmy award-winning screenwriter. He knows his subject, which is movies.

Something he said that has stayed with me. I will have to paraphrase it. As an industry, Hollywood is a tremendous force for molding public opinion. for good (as they did in WW2) or bad (in my memory from Vietnam through today).

That’s why when they report on history and use too much “artistic license” they are doing a disservice to the viewer.

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Success is not final, failure is not fatal:

it is the courage to continue that counts.

That quote is attributed to a man I have long admired – Winston Churchill. He was truly a man for the times in 1940. With the foreign policy of Neville Chamberlain an abject failure, the decision to pick Churchill as the next Prime Minister was far from unanimous. The movie I saw this afternoon, Darkest Hour,  filled in some facts that I did not  know.

Churchill had 25 years of political failure that prepared him for his greatest role. Years that would have crushed virtually any other politician.

I remembered a wonderful BBC production from 1981 called The Wilderness Years, when during the 1930s at an age he was expected to retire from politics, he was ridiculed as the lone voice warning the country about the coming of Hitler.

Well worth seeing to remind one of Britain’s precarious times, and the remarkable man fate chose to shoulder the burden.

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Propaganda

By lex, on February 28th, 2012

Very much in the eye of the beholder, according to the admittedly partisan Hinderaker, who surveys the legacy media’s response to “Act of Valor“:

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Wind River

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This has been an unusual year, as far as movies go. I have seen 2 memorable movies this year, which is 2 more than the average year. The first was Dunkirk, of which so much has been written nothing more need be said. Well, one more thing.

If seeing it at an IMAX theater (recommended), don’t buy your ticket 30 minutes before the show and expect a good seat. I sat in the 3rd row craning my neck ever upwards at the 6 story screen. Which necessitated my seeing it again.

On the advice of a fellow Lexican (MarineMom) I went to see Wind River. It is a limited release movie but if your area has it I’d recommend it. It is about the death of a young Indian woman, and the interaction of the young urban FBI agent (who had jurisdiction), played by Elizabeth Olsen) and the Wyoming Fish and Game tracker, played by Jeremy Renner.

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Besides the beautiful cinematography of the Wyoming landscape, it has a wonderful screenplay with many memorable lines and scenes.

Dealing with grief was one of the subplots.

Recommended.

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Resurrection Of An Archaic Term

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Just saw a wonderful movie today and the screenwriter(s) introduced a term not used in 60 years.

Computers. 

Yes, before they became made of tubes, then transistors then silicon, “computers” were a job title reserved for people, usually women, adept in math who did many mundane (but necessary) mathematical computations.

Just saw a movie that dealt with a very special computer, Katherine Johnson and 2 of her friends who were instrumental in getting manned spaceflight a reality for NASA. And they were African-American.

Johnson was a math protege at the age of 6 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Wonder how they computed the orbital reentry point at 17,000 mph to place the capsule within 20 square miles of ocean? How they were able to develop heat shields to withstand thousands of degrees in reentry?

Johnson was at the center of it.

It’s a wonderful story of perseverance of 3 women (overcoming the barriers of being female and black) and being a major influence in early NASA.

Hidden Figures. Worth seeing.

 

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Sully

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These days, I am rather jaded when it comes to driving to the cineplex to see a movie. I don’t really need some screenwriter’s social message or a recycled comic book hero.

There are a couple of exceptions – if it is made by Ron Howard, or has Clint Eastwood on either side of the camera, it automatically passes my filter test. Tom Hanks in any movie usually guarantees a decent movie.

This movie, directed by Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks took a subject that just about everyone not living in a cave the last 10 years is familiar – and made it into a movie both thoroughly entertaining and informative. In fact at the end the audience in the nearly packed theater applauded.

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