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More thoughts on Passengers (2016)

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Spoilers this time

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January 21, 2018 at EST pm

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Passengers (2016)

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I enjoyed watching this movie. Two attractive white people, a very interesting space ship, robots, no SJW crap, what’s not to like?

Oh, but critics HATED it, because they didn’t agree with the message, not because it’s an unenjoyable movie.

Sorry for this digression from watching current movies headed for the Oscars.

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January 20, 2018 at EST pm

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The Shape of Water (2017)

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Total spoilers ahead.

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January 15, 2018 at EST pm

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Get Out (2017)

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I think this is schlock B movie that is considered Oscar-worthy because it has racism in it.

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I suppose a more sophisticated way to look at it is that it’s a movie about racists that pays homage to B-grade horror movies.

Starring Allison Williams who played Marnie in Girls, and the black guy from the Black Mirror episode that takes place in a dystopian future where people are paid “merits” to ride a stationary bike all day.

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January 12, 2018 at EST pm

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Why did critics pan Bright (2017)?

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At Rotten Tomatoes a 28% critics score and 87% audience score.

Commenter “bomag” writes:

The critics are just tools of the Narrative; they were told that the movie mocked the modern religion of Oppressed minorities by casting Orcs in the role of Blacks; thus they dutifully went out and scribbled negative reviews.

This must be the reason.

Not to say that Bright is a deep movie, but it’s deeper than typical action dreck, and deeper and more creative than the recent Star Wars movies. The recent Star Wars movies are just unoriginal and uninspired rehashes of the older movies, with confusing subplots, but instead of all the heroes being white and male, they have been replaced by sexually and racially diverse heroes. It’s pretty pathetic that the critics rate big-budget action movies solely on diversity and SJW checkboxes.

Trying to figure out why Bright violates the Narrative is in itself sort of difficult. The main star of the movie is Will Smith, a black guy. And his orc partner, whom the other police officers are racist against, proves himself to be an honest and competent police officer. Clearly the message is that the police force was wrong to be racist against the orcish cop. There is also an implied message that orcs are in their situation because of stuff that happened 2000 years ago and not because of innate racial differences, corresponding to the liberal belief that blacks must be forgiven for not behaving well because it’s impossible for them to overcome colonialism and slavery, at least not when combined with continuing white racism.

So what did Bright do wrong to violate the Narrative? I can only guess: (1) The movie showed blacks, Hispanics and Asians being racist against orcs. Only whites are allowed to be racist. (2) The Will Smith character mocks the slogan Black Lives Matter. (3) They did too good a job of showing why humans would have reason to dislike orcs. The only good orc seen in the entire movie was Will Smith’s partner, and other orcs hate him for acting human.

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January 6, 2018 at EST pm

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Bright (2017)

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This was the most enjoyable action movie I’ve watched in many years. I don’t know why it only got a 28% postive rating from the critics. This is the best of its genre.

Los Angeles buddy-cop movie starring Will Smith meets orcs, elves, and magic.

The orcs are the blacks of this alternate reality. The cops are racist against the orcs, giving them extra-judicial beatings when they arrest them, etc.

The elves are the elites of this alternate reality, but we don’t learn as much about them as we do about the orcs.

Will Smith’s partner is the first orc to become a police officer.

There’s lots of hand-to-hand fighting, shootouts, car chases, plus magic.

That’s really all there is to say about it.

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January 5, 2018 at EST pm

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TV and movie advice here

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I’ve had many suggestions for TV series and movies I should watch and review, but lost track of many.

In the comments, give me your suggestions.

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I’m more likely to watch and review a movie. A commenter asked me several times about the Showtime series Brotherhood, but I didn’t watch enough episodes to get a feel for the real meaning of the series, so I don’t have anything to say. Except that everyone in the series was criminal, but the white-collar corruption of the politician brother seemed more palatable than the direct criminal violence of the mafia brother.

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January 5, 2018 at EST am

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The rest of the review for Goodbye, Columbus

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The title refers to a song from Brenda’s possibly-gay brother’s alma mater Ohio State. The brother was shown as not being Ivy material like Brenda.

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Brenda invites Neil to stay in a guest bedroom in her family’s house for the last two weeks of the summer before she heads off to Radcliffe, and the day before she heads back to college will be the day of her brother’s wedding.

They have sex with each other while their parents are sleeping or something like that, and that whole subplot must be something that’s very 1960s. I mean how can the parents be so stupid as to NOT realize what’s going on? In the year 2018, people are considered LOSERS if they don’t have sex, but back in 1969, a lot of people, especially the older generation, actually believed that young people should remain virgins until they get married, and Brenda’s parents apparently expected that of her.

There’s an important scene in the movie where, at the wedding, Brenda’s father, played by Jack Klugman, tells Brenda how proud he is of her good behavior and how knows he can trust her, and Brenda cries because she knows that she has violated that trust by having sex with Neil.

In the final scene of the movie, Neil goes to visit Brenda in Boston. Brenda tells Neil that her mother discovered her diaphragm in her drawer in her bedroom at home, and thus she knew because of that discovery that they were having sex, and Brenda is all upset. But Neil is mad at Brenda. Why the hell would she leave that at home unless she WANTED her mother to find it for some reason involving guilt or wanting an excuse to break up with Neil? She blubbers about saying that’s not true, but Neil acts totally alpha and just walks out on the crazy bitch. He’s not going to put up with that crazy illogical female behavior. The end!

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The other thing I want to note about this movie is how Ali McGraw is only half Jewish, doesn’t look very Jewish at all, and plays her character very WASPy. So even though Brenda is technically Jewish, at the same time she represents the forbidden shiksa goddess who is free and wild and unburdened by Jewish neuroses and mannerisms (although still crazy and illogical), unlike Neil’s annoying female cousin who we saw on two occasions at the country club.

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Despite all of the potentially interesting stuff with prole Jews vs wealthier Jews who are transitioning from prole to upper class, I didn’t really feel that the movie had any point to it.

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January 3, 2018 at EST am

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Goodbye, Columbus (1969)

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This is hard movie to digest.

Neil Klugman is played by Richard Benjamin. That’s right, the same Richard Benjamin who plays Adam Quark, in the TV series Quark!

Neil’s love interest, Brenda, is played by the very beautiful Ali McGraw.

Brenda’s father is played by Jack Klugman. The guy who played Oscar Madison in the TV series The Odd Couple.

It’s hard to figure out what motivates Neil. He lives in the Bronx with his extended prole Jewish family (because his parents moved to Arizona), but he knows how to dress very preppy, and he gets his female cousin to invite him to a Jewish country club in Westchester, where he meets Brenda, a Radcliffe student home for the summer.

How does Neil win the heart of a girl out of his league? By negging her. About her nose job as well as other things.

Neil knows how to mingle with wealthier Jews, but he also looks down on them. Maybe this is defensive, because if he can’t join them then he can feel better about himself by looking down on them and not even trying to pursue better paying careers.

Brenda’s mother hates Neil because he’s a poor boy with no ambition. He was drafted into the army while in college, and never finished college after completing his military service. He works in a public library in the Bronx, where he’s kind to black kid who likes to look at art books, but no bigger point is ever made about the black kid.

Maybe Brenda likes Neil because she likes him, or maybe she likes Neil because it antagonizes her mother.

Brenda’s family is very nouveau Jewish riche. They are trying to act like their rich WASPy betters, but they don’t do it quite right. Their house is decorated too gaudily, and there’s way too much yelling in the household. Brenda’s father earns his money by owning a prole business (a plumbing company), so can never truly be upper class.

But Brenda, for the most part, acts like a rich girl who attends Radcliffe, demonstrating how you can’t escape proleness yourself by hitting it rich, but you can use the money to buy a higher social class for your children.

And then there’s the character of Brenda’s older brother Ron. He gives off a massive gay vibe. Probably, straight people watching the movie in 1969 had no clue, but it’s clear that the opera-loving Ron who gives weird looks to Neil and keeps slapping him on the butt is supposed to be a closeted homosexual. But this is a hint that goes nowhere. Ron gets married to a girl whom Brenda supposes he’s never had sex with, and that’s that.

I was really surprised to find gay themes in a 1969 movie. I figured that with an old movie like this, I’d be going back to a time when that stuff was verboten, but it turns out that the gays have been seeding movies with hidden gay messages for a lot longer than I had realized.

Let’s talk about the wedding. They make Jews look really bad. Maybe it’s a case of the Jewish people producing the movie making fun of themselves, but I worry that anti-Semites who watch the movie will hate Jews even more for their vulgar Jewish ways (which barely exist anymore 48 years later).

The part of the movie that makes the least sense: Neil being invited to live in their house.

OOOPS

This is an unfinished review, I thought I saved it as a draft. Looks like I accidentally published it before going to sleep.

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January 2, 2018 at EST pm

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Ex Machina (2015)

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I am going to talk about the movie’s ending. My advice is to not read this post until you watch the movie. It’s a pretty good movie. If you like movies in general, and like my blog posts about AI and robots, then this is a highly recommended movie to watch.

SPOILERS AHEAD

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December 27, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Movies, Robots

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