Posts Tagged ‘critics’

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Cancel Culture and the Dangers of Policing Art

 

Not a great article, but kind of timely. Not sure where I stand on this issue. Malignant art should be called out and critiqued. If that means the audience rejects it, then good.

 

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Bezos runs Amazon. Bezos contracts with CIA. Coincidence?

 

Amazon’s Jack Ryan Focused on Venezuela Denounced as ‘Over-the-Top and Ridiculous’ US Propaganda
Did Not Know It Was Possible For a Show to Be This Stupid

 

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Linked to pro-war propaganda/asylum “Mother Jones.” We’ve seen enough unhinged nonsense from MJ to conclude some linkage to covert intelligence, a la “Project Mockingbird.”

In February of last year, Mother Jones senior reporter and pro-war propagandist Shane Bauer publicly demanded for the popular blogging site Medium to ban anti-war journalists from its platform.

Medium Shuts Down Rainer Shea’s Account

The offending piece:

4 Reasons Why The White Helmets Are A Front For War Propaganda

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“1-They were created for advancing propaganda

2-Their members have been caught assisting in public executions and sympathizing with Islamist terrorists

3-Their leaders have also helped the group collaborate with terrorists

4-They’ve been shown to neglect their “humanitarian” duties so that they can advance propaganda”

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It wouldn’t be the first time Amnesty International created war propaganda for the US and UK.

Amnesty International had no access whatsoever to the prison, nor did any of the witnesses it allegedly interview provide relevant evidence taken from or near the prison.

Amnesty International’s report lacked any actual evidence, with its presentation consisting instead of admittedly fabricated images, sounds, maps, and diagrams. Amnesty – lacking actual evidence – instead abused its reputation and the techniques of classical deception to target and manipulate audiences emotionally. What Amnesty International is engaged in is not “human rights advocacy,” but rather politically-motivated war propaganda simply hiding behind such advocacy.

2014 Alternative Films List

Posted: December 21, 2014 in -
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I don’t always agree with Louis Proyect, but I did put about 5 of these onto my Netflix queue.

2014 The Year in Film

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After an uncharacteristically swift (and passionate) response to the bad Lone Ranger reviews I posted here yesterday, I figured I’d look a little more into this masked man and his crow-accessorized companion.

Some critics are calling it genuinely subversive, misunderstood and other sorts of praises.

Luke Thompson:

“This will not likely come as a shock to anyone, but lest there was any doubt, yes, it adds fantasy elements and makes many of the major characters insane, while not being remotely accurate to real history. What may surprise you is that there is a legitimate in-story reason for this, one that also accounts for its mood-swings, tonal shifts, and occasional plot holes that the story quite deliberately calls your attention to.”

More:

The Lone Ranger’s Lonely Defenders: Critics Ride to the Maligned Blockbuster’s Rescue

With  the Tomatometer in freefall at 23% and with audiences at 68%, quite the split, we have something to think about here.

I’m inclined to listen to what Native Americans think of it before taking the word of middle aged white guys.

Native Appropriations:

“It’s 2.5 hours of a film with an identity crisis, not knowing if it’s supposed to be funny, campy, dramatic, “authentic,” or what. At points it was very hard to separate the stereotypical and hurtful from the bad script, bad editing, and bad character development of the movie itself.”

Apparently its defenders are pulling a Pee Wee Herman:

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THE LONE RANGER

Some funny put downs…

“The scene in The Lone Ranger in which the slaughter of Tonto’s former tribe, fighting back against the men who have framed them for killing innocent women and children, is paid off with a gag about a horse standing on the branch of a tree, so the movie has downplaying genocide going for it.”

“But put aside the notion that children shouldn’t see this film. No one should. The Lone Ranger is a movie for the whole family… to avoid.”

“I hate The Lone Ranger as much as The Lone Ranger hates The Lone Ranger.”

 

There’s a follow up post:

 

Battle Over the Lone Ranger