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J. Giambrone

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This British import arrived, and I knew not how nor why. But it’s a marvelous period piece, and the period is 1940. It’s also a movie about making a movie, and the characters are the screenwriters.

This nuanced tale tackles the sexism of the day. The main character is a Welsh girl who is suddenly called up by the Ministry of Information to help write “the slop,” which is female dialogue for their propaganda films.

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When Dunkirk inspires a heroic rescue story, the plot kicks into gear. A news article praises a pair of sisters who stole their drunken dad’s boat to join in the rescue. The government functionaries decide this is grade-A propaganda to inspire the working class to go fight the Germans.

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As Catrin develops the story with her co-writers, many tangents appear. Many obstacles to production too, and some are hilarious. Catrin grows as a writer…

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J. Giambrone

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Anyone who’s studied WW2 knows the story of Dunkirk. Nolan takes the epic FUBAR situation and personalizes it to a handful of characters, while maintaining that massive scale and raw gut action.

This was a welcome relief from the quasi-fascist propaganda in the film trailers that preceded it. Hollywood continues its plummet into the abyss.

But Dunkirk has that distinctly British character in every frame. Nolan took his big action lessons and returned home to make the second world war come viscerally alive. Little dialogue interrupts the pure dogfight scenes over the English Channel. It is visual and audible without a need to explain.

One of the main characters is a perfect amalgam, a kid unrestrained by protocol or oversight, and he’ll do anything to get off that beach. He’s the perfect war movie hero, as getting out of the German’s ever-closing trap is the entire cricket match.

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Great crime thriller, well done, tight story, jumps all over without jumping the shark. It’s old-Hollywood styled, with femme fatales, insurance scams, hitmen and abusers.

I liked the vibe, and it reminded me of Disorganized Crime, Seven Psychopaths, Pulp Fiction. Rotten people with amusing problems.

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I’m not a Simon Pegg fan, truth be told. Here, though, he delivers. I’d say his best, of the ones I’ve seen, since Shaun of the Dead.

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But it’s an ensemble, with a group of awesome actors, and so many dirty deeds done dirt cheap, but the price steadliy rises. So, a near-perfect crime thriller, and you should get it if you like those. Of course not a US production. Hasn’t been a decent crime story here since Tarantino.

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I’ve waited quite a while for a zombie film that did something different. So much rides on the concept. As you may have guessed, my view is that we need more serious stories told from the perspective of younger people.

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Finally, we have an interesting divergence from the usual, and it came out of Britain. These chompers are a bit like the 28 Days Later variety, but with head fungus. There’s a fungus among us. And that’s just the start.

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I liked that the Girl was completely a wild card. The title makes sense by the end. So, no spoilers. Get the film and support a zombie.

 

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The Horror of North America

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“The system is screwed. It’s fixed, and I hate it.”
-Greg Palast

Greg Palast has made the most important documentary of the past few years. He also posted it to Facebook to watch forfree. Three and a half thousand people saw the live stream when it aired, but that’s simply not enough. Not only has Palast produced the documentation, but he has revealed the connections: proving that election 2016 was outright stolen by the Republican/libertarian state governors financed by the Koch brothers.

Seven million minority voters were purged from voting rolls.

Palast proves the kakistocracy, or the oligarchy if you prefer, that truly corrupts every governing institution in this country. Numerous schemes are implemented to disenfranchise American voters, particularly low-income and minority voters. The film climaxes with a roundup of all the various election fraud machinations, and the propaganda lies that sell them to the ignorant. US propaganda is well-financed, and the Koch brothers are the main source in this arena.

The billionaires have been unleashed via Citizens United, and they put their bets on Donald Trump to deliver the government to their hatchet men. The game plan is to slash and burn for the next four years, to disempower citizens and to eliminate regulations or even entire cabinet departments.

Economic devastation for Americans and obscene and increased wealth accumulation for the owners, that is the plan. The contempt with which the Kochs and their ilk hold the American people is sick and depraved.

Trump’s “Drain the Swamp” con has been so successful, despite all evidence to the contrary. The swamp overflows today like a clogged up toilet, with Donald Trump’s extreme-right radical and super-rich cabinet appointees. Their agenda couldn’t be clearer, and it is class war. Shots have been fired.

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Palast’s film has his over-the-top satirical stylings woven throughout. He’s a character, and he does try to make it fun. That’s a good thing, as these are complex plots, which is the reason they get away with them, that and the open bribery of high officials. The finest moments of the film are when he catches the perps directly lying, cuts to the truth, and then back for the next lie.

As Palast is capable of exposing these high crimes against our country, so we might want to ask why Barack Obama’s Justice Department (sic) did absolutely nothing about them. Nothing.

It is the rampage of the billionaires. It’s criminal. It’s ongoing. And these are not victimless crimes. It is nothing short of the rise of fascism in America. Every American needs to see the evidence. Hurry while the film is still streaming.

Bad Moms – My Review

Posted: November 18, 2016 in Joe Giambrone
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Before the horrible opening sequence even ended I was hoping for an atomic detonation to wipe out the entire plastic, bullshit town, and hopefully take out the filmmakers as bonus. The tone, the vapidity, the falseness, the obviousness, and the assault on intelligence did not portend pleasant experiences.

There is always a possibility that it was a setup, and that it might flip the script and become recognizable as tethered to the real world. Not the first scene, not the second, and her annoying voice-over continued its unfunny, unnecessary narration.

I imagined that Bad Moms was the type of material Guantanamo might play for captured Taliban, to break them. How much of this could I stomach? Smartly, I kept pausing its onslaught in order to articulate my disgust.

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This was the strategy that pulled me through Cloud Atlas as well.

And so we continue…

Bad Moms is like a Perfect Storm

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