Thursday, June 27, 2013

42, The Purge, Thanks For Sharing, Percy Jackson Sea Of Monsters 2 & News

42 is the only number retired in baseball.
I simply can't believe it.
42 is as capitalistic as you can get.
Because racism had been so highlighted in the trailer, and it's so easy to be classified as a racist by socialists, all the energy of popular culture seemed to point to a pro-Obama take on Moneyball, but it was the exact opposite, and a tribute not only worthy of the great Jackie Robinson, but baseball, capitalism and America as well. The acting by the majority of the cast is excellent--Harrison Ford could easily pick up a Oscar nom for Best Supporting Actor for his role as owner of the Dodgers--and there is an even distribution of characters with whom you want to bond and share their struggles, and that is an accomplishment. Why is it pro-capitalist? For three reasons. First, baseball is about money, and making money is one of the driving reasons for signing Robinson; secondly, it's not about skin color, but who has the skills to pay the bills: "If Robinson can do a better job at short stop than I can, he deserves my job," and seeing that short stop is all ready taken, Robinson adapts to play first base.
Harrison Ford portrays Dodgers' owner Branch Rickey. Initially, he claims the reason he wants a black player on the team is to tap into the black demographic attending baseball games. Later, he reveals to Robinson that a black catcher was on a team he had played on in his youth and he didn't do enough to help him so he was making up for it now with plans to recruit more black players into his team. The film employs creative symbolic schemes--like how Robinson's wife discovers she's pregnant--to deepen our understanding of the effect Jackie Robinson has had on American history. This film focusing on the game of baseball is possible because when a person has a talent--like hitting a ball with a piece of wood--they can make big money and earn a respectable living as a professional. Like the skateboarders we saw in in Dredd, capitalism is about a person discovering their true talents and how those talents can benefit themselves and society at large, not about the government deciding who will do what (as discussed in Man Of Steel).
Being in a position to do something, Branch Rickey (Ford) makes up for all that hasn't been done in the past. Rickey--a model of what a good capitalist is and does (like Tony Stark with Harley in Iron Man 3)--patronizes Robinson (symbolically, all of black baseball) by Rickey using his own capital and position in the league to change what has been inherently unfair to the black population and inherently hurting the baseball league simultaneously although they think their racism protects them but really it's damning them. Likewise, 42 slaps liberals in the face by demonstrating what real racism is and what real racists do rather than not liking a lying, corrupt, dictatorship. There is more to discuss on the film and we will, but let's take a moment to skim over The Purge.
"All emergency services will be suspended" should have told me right off this would be a pro-socialist film because, who doesn't want to be able to call an ambulance when you are hurt? The problem is, like with all socialists, they can't make a point without lying about their opposition. You want guns to protect yourself? You can have guns but that's all you'll get. You don't want struggling businesses to be "floated" by the government bail out programs? No one will get any assistance, so see if you don't come begging for socialism then. Yes, that's how the film goes. 
This would be a great film to go see with friends (there are two brief make-out scenes, no nudity, some foul language but plenty of violence). Not that films like Man Of Steel, Iron Man 3 or Star Trek Into Darkness aren't great films to go see with your friends, but when you see a film like The Purge, you want to talk about it with someone because there are numerous moral decisions made in the film and it will bring out the truth in audience members just like the film's characters. Another title for The Purge could have been The Hunger Games Continued. Both films rely upon sanctioned murder to convey the evil of capitalism, because letting a business that can't make it go out of business is like committing murder,... to socialists, except that it isn't murder, because a business doesn't have a soul like a human does, but socialists don't believe in a soul anyway and that's how they want us to see it.
Why do the attackers in the film wear these strange masks? Socialists contend that's the "mask" capitalists and the wealthy wear all the time, a mask of happiness and perfection, hiding our real animal instincts to kill and take revenge because we are terrible people and money has done that to us. This is an important point, because the film never suggests that the absence of money will make us better people which is what they want us to naturally conclude even though they know themselves that isn't the case, but what does it matter as long as they win? So, when you see something like this poster, that's how socialists see Americans who worship God and want free markets and a family and home so, therefore, we deserve to die, and they want all socialists to know it, but they also want us, the capitalists to know it, so we will willingly offer ourselves as sacrifices as the film puts it. We should add that, although the film only cost $3 million to make, it grossed around $36 million its opening weekend; I guess capitalism works for the film makers.
The reason the film is "confusing" is because the term "purge" is used to describe what socialists/communists do to their own citizens/Party members when someone doesn't agree with them or threatens their power. Cleverly, however, the socialists are dis-associating themselves with it and applying it to capitalists; remember in Evil Dead when the blond girl cuts her arm off after being bitten? A perfect example of what capitalists do when a business isn't performing, you cut off the infected member to save the healthy whole (we see the exact same device used in World War Z, but with the exact opposite meaning). In The Purge, the film argues that capitalism is "purging" because the rich are protected by their wealth but the poor are the ones who suffer because they are exposed (the film says this blatantly with "experts" on the news shows in the film). 
After all these years, Bill Murray has officially approved a script for the third installment of Ghostbusters and the film has been given the green light to start production. Armie Hammer (J. Edgar, The Lone Ranger) will not be cast as Marvel's Ant Man but Vin Diesel is in talks for The Avengers 2. Opening this weekend is The Heat with Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Identity Thief) and Sandra Bullock. Also opening is White House Down with Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum (I might add, for at least the second straight day in a row, the film's interest level has been at 0%).
This might not be a film a lot of people would go see, however, Thanks For Sharing is one more definite sign that popular culture is learning its lesson and starting to retract about promiscuous sex and the consequences it has on a person:
Why is this important?
It's revolting against the idea that humans are animals, we are not controlled by our instincts, we control our actions and we have to take personal responsibility for our actions and we have to help each other do it. That's a pretty great moral lesson from Hollywood, huh? It's demonstrating that sex isn't just sex, like going out to a restaurant to have dinner, sex has spiritual, moral and psychological consequences that are real and need to be realized and corrected in our behavior.
Dwayne Johnson with three Oscar-winning make-up artists on the set of Hercules the Thracian Wars now filming for release next summer.  Why the long hair? Perhaps Hercules will more closely resemble the Biblical figure of Samson (who had long hair because un-cut hair was the sign of a prophet/one dedicated to God in Biblical times) rather than a football lineman. It's reported that Hercules will be merely mortal rather than the demigod and his main enemy is going to be a "revolutionary" who is also a "barbarian." I like the sounds of that so far! In other news, Will Smith will not be joining the cast of Independence Day 2 (it has been confirmed that there is a gay character in the film) because Smith is "too expensive."  Liam Neeson has been paid $20 million for Taken 3. In Kenneth Branaugh's remake of Walt Disney's Cinderella (2015), Cate Blanchett has been cast as the step mother and Helena Bonham Carter will be playing the fairy godmother who will first appear to Cinderella as an old beggar woman before revealing her true identity. If you haven't heard, Robert Downey Jr has officially signed for The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3; Tom Hiddelston's Loki, however, will not be returning for The Avengers 2, fueling my own speculation that Loki dies in Thor the Dark World.
I have to admit, I am looking forward to Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters 2 (out August 7). Why? Kronos has been unleashed, we learn in this new trailer, just as he was in Wrath Of Titans (Sam Worthington), and Kronos--being the universal symbol of chaos and anarchy--is what gave birth to the Olympian gods who each represent something that imposes order on society and humanity. The "invisible dome" we see in the trailer, protecting Camp Halfblood, invokes the TV series Under the Dome and the dome protecting the Land of Oz in Oz the Great and Powerful
Why is the storyline the releasing of Kronos so the Olympians will know death? Well, doesn't this all rather reflect what has happened in America? Our protective "dome" shielding us from the attacks of the world fell on September 11 and the enemies of America have been pouring in since as we have been betrayed by those who said they were "on our side" and offered hope and change. Think I am exaggerating? What does Grover say: "Let me make sure my health insurance is paid." Grover is taking responsibility for his health insurance, he isn't leaving it to Obamacare to take care of him (it was also Grover's character who mentioned the "recession" in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightening Thief). Overall, as Pan (Stanley Tucci) says, their plight calls for the strongest and the bravest, so we see how a "challenge" is met by bringing out the very best in the inhabitants of Camp Halfblood.
Luke Evans and Orlando Bloom star in The Hobbit the Desolation Of Smaug. As in the upcoming 2 Guns with Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, the second part of The Hobbit forces factions unwilling to work with each other to work with each other and, knowing the third film will focus on the epic Five Armies history referenced in both The Hobbit and The Lord Of the Rings, it's reasonable at this point to surmise that the future allies are being revealed in all their distrust and rivalries now so they can be united later, rather like what we have seen in Monsters University.
I am still working on the post for World War Z; as often happens, as I work and am forced to recognize and articulate images and events in the narrative, more of the hidden reveals itself and I now recognize it to be the most evil film supporting socialism and condemning democracy, religion and freedom ever made. For example, in the trailers, we have seen the wife ask, "How do we know they're coming?" and Brad Pitt's Gerry replies, "They're coming." Who else has said, "They're coming" recently? Tony Stark in Iron Man 3 (the reason he can't sleep at night and has prepared the whole army of Iron Man suits) and John Malkovich's character in Red 2: "They're coming, I can feel it." What Red 2 and Iron Man 3 are afraid of coming, is what Gerry wants to come in World War Z: the United Nations. What is "salvation" for the socialists is death and destruction for the capitalists.
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