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You boys done lost the Civil War, oh, long about a hunderd fifty years gone now. 150, and you still cling to that damned seditious rag like ants on an ice cream cone that hit the dirt and melts into the soil, slowly turning to a sticky, filthy mush.

You know a lot a shit transpired over that century and a half, a lot indeed. Science done figgered out that them “darkies” is just as smart as you and yours, more so if you neglect your own intellectual development. And who’s fault is that? Surely not the Mexicans, the blacks or the Lithuanians. God them Lithuanians are takin’ over everything. Where was I?

Oh yeah: inbreeding. Perhaps not the literal kind, but the intellectual, stunted inbreeding of those who cling to antiquated, outdated and frankly immoral concepts of racial superiority, these are an embarrassment to the nation, frankly. Not much different than radical Islamic ISIS types: they just have different irrational biases. That’s all. Swap one set of crazy beliefs for another, add violence, stir.

And this stirring has got to stop. Take a look at what you’re trying to get the rest of us to accept. More Americans died in that not so Civil War than in any other conflict, including WW2. It’s 2015, and your 16th century paradigm just doesn’t fly anymore. Slavery bit the dust, as well it should. No amount of ugly–and it is fucking butt ugly–ranting and raving about the Confederacy is going to change that. Move on, Bubba, Jethro, whatever the fuck you call yourself. There’s a new world to study and to understand. We ain’t gonna rehash the one from 150 years ago. That’s just too stupid to even argue about.

The world changed, and you need to change with it.

 

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Yes I did give George Miller the benefit. For the first hour I might have said something like: ‘Miller is one of a handful of guys in the world who should be allowed to make action movies.’

The film opens with breathtaking sequences, an apocalyptic cult world that amps up everything we’ve seen before to new heights. When Furiosa takes off on her dash to escape the insanity, it’s a welcome twist and completely understandable.

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Charlize was great, fitting right into this post-civilization, but bringing a tender, feminine humanity to contrast against much of what happens.

All I can say about Tom Hardy is that he’s no Mel Gibson. Part of that has to do with his hulking presence, too much muscle. He isn’t given much to play after the opening rallies. He’s silenced and other actors take center stage. Max is a pawn, and the events carry him along for the most part. This is the Mad Max formula. Max is always an outsider caught up in the survival struggles of others, but destined to wander the desert wastelands alone in his madness.

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It seemed we would get a bigger taste of Max’s madness this time. Flashes of characters dead and gone haunt him, disrupt him, and cripple him. It looked like these ghostly flashbacks would be building to something, but they became repetitive with all the focus turned toward giant action sequences rather than any progress with Max’s insanity. It felt like a loose end that never developed.

Miller’s innovations, The Road Warrior on crack, were primarily in the area of tactics and stunts. The story initially went on its own path, only to become predictable by the third act. For that reason I could fault Miller for running out of Guzzoline before reaching the next level.

My audience, an almost packed house in N. California, froze at closing credits. Were they going to applaud? Tense seconds passed. People rose up. Silence mostly. A couple of smarmy jibes. A handful of us remained seated through the several thousand names, content to relax and avoid any exertion after such a kinetic experience.

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I’m a bit stunned that 98% of critics have applauded, outstripping audiences at 92% today on Rotten Tomatoes. The initial immersion into Miller’s cult scavenger civilization leaves such a strong impression, and it’s been decades since Max has roamed the desert wastelands. People are craving more. So there you have it.

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The economics game is rigged from top to bottom. Having been force-fed this crap for years now, at university, it’s clear that schizophrenia is at the heart of the endeavor.

Economists, such as those who pen the overpriced textbooks, all concede that there are major problems: pollution, global warming, resource depletion, etc.

However, every single one of them prays on the altar of “Growth.”

Everything they do, everything they recommend, everything they dress up in pseudo-scientific justification is in the service of unlimited “growth.”

The word “growth” is the very cornerstone of our failing paradigm. Infinite growth is cancer. Cancerous expansion is what these people preach, these high priests of Globalization. It is the basis for their world view, despite the monumental problems directly caused by this growth.

While lamenting the gobbling up of the world’s arable lands, the over-fishing of its seas, and the rising thermostat, nearly everything discussed by these people concerns how to do more of it, not less.

That’s schizophrenia, and that’s what has gotten us here. So, this Earth Day say “Fuck you” to an economist. At least you’ll feel a bit better as we sink together into the hell flames.

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I had forgotten that I’d already seen this years ago, which usually doesn’t portend a positive review. In this case, we have the exception. Underrated genius I’ll call it.

This elite high school satire / black comedy is in the nasty genre of films like Heathers, Cruel Intentions, To Die For, andAmerican Psycho. With a deliberate, formalist approach to the cinematography and sound, it begins like a dark fairy tale.

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With a disturbed Evan Rachel Wood the main character I couldn’t possibly look away. Ms. Wood is so stunningly gorgeous and talented that I’ve simply loved every role she’s ever inhabited. This time she plays a sociopath who takes a new Middle Eastern girl under her wing and shows her the lay of the elite landscape.

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“There is nothing about Transfixion that won’t excite you and keep you reading late into the night. So if you’re ready for an ‘end of days’ novel with a one-of-a-kind experience, I say you order now and buckle up.”
“This book was AMAZING! …I loved this story! It was action-packed, constantly moving, and definitely worth the read!”
“Every so often, you read a book that makes you stay up till all hours of the morning just so you can finish it. Transfixion is that book.”
“Fast paced page turner!!!!! Can’t wait to see more by this new author!!!!”
“The plot was brilliant. Kaylee is both brave and resourceful, showing strong characterization. This book is well worth its price.”
“Loved it!!! I couldnt stop reading!!!”
Transfixion is a window into a world gone insane and asks us how long we could fight against insanity before falling prey to it ourselves. It’s The Hunger Games meets The Walking Dead! More than worth a look.”
“I found that I could relate well with Kaylee Colton… The fact that she returns to her book is that she isn’t ready to realize what her new reality is. She would rather hole herself up in literature.”
Transfixion held my attention from the start. A fight to survive against extreme odds with the heroine of the hour nose buried in a book more often the not.”
“Great YA thriller – be hooked!  …The story is cleverly elaborated, focuses on Kaylee and her personal growth. I was drawn in, felt like a member of her comrades.”
“It will have you questioning what you would do if in their situation.”
“She has enough drive to keep you on her side and enough smarts to stop you looking down on her or her choices without Kaylee turning into some kind of action hero movie star.”
“At its core, the novel is a thought-provoking science fiction thriller. At the same time, however, Giambrone weaves in elements of paranormal fiction.”
Transfixion is an action-packed novel that will leave you breathless and full of adrenaline. You might need to stop and take a breath every third page or so. At least, I did.”
“Giambrone’s integration of Kaylee’s coping mechanism with the storyline is a nice touch that could be missed if you aren’t reading too closely. As it is, I think that it enhanced the story and the characters, and definitely made me smile at the end.”
“This book is a great YA book, the violence is not so descript that I would fear young teens reading it, it did not have a lot of sexual content and I have actually already recommended to several teens in the 12-15 age range. I really enjoyed this book, it moved very quickly and had a great flow to it.”
“J. Giambrone did a great job of building up the depth of the confusing emotions the characters were experiencing as they muddled their way through a scary turn of events. He gave the teenage characters faults that were realistic and true to their development.”
“This is a good read, great for YA. I will be seeing if my 13 year old son wants to read it.”
Lastly, this analysis by Kieran Kelly is fascinating:
“Fast-paced, thought-provoking and at times moving.”

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