Friday, January 16, 2015

TRAILER: Penny Dreadful Season 2 & Al Sharpton's Oscar Stance

Really, I will get The Woman In Black post up; it's just really good, and I keep getting lost in all the different threads and have had a lot of editing to do on it so it's palatable for you; tomorrow I am going to see Blackhat with Chris Hemsworth (more on that below) so I will get WIB2 done by tomorrow. Maybe you've noticed: I haven't said anything about this awards season. For one, it's so pro-socialist that I just can't stomach it, but two, it's going to be hosted, once again, by a spokesperson for the gay and lesbian community, Neil Patrick Harris, and I will not be watching it. Al Sharpton, better known in America today as a "race-baiter" than anything else, has announced he's going to hold an "emergency meeting" to consider what actions to take against the Academy Awards for nominating "all whites." Am I wrong? Is this not an example of affirmative action and forcing awards recognition based on something other than talent and worthiness? Actually, it doesn't matter, because now, the monster Hollywood has created, has come knocking on its own door, and boy, do they look white and rich.
Why don't big-budget action thrillers like Captain America the Winter Soldier, or Skyfall, win Oscars? There are numerous reasons for this and we might as well take a moment to review. First, the actors lucky enough to get franchise roles, like Captain America, are guaranteed fame and fortune; so what about the thousands of other Hollywood actors who didn't get franchise roles? They get roles in indy films, and have a shot at an Oscar, even though they don't get fame/fortune. This balance helps to insure that good actors have a reason to do small, tiny budget films so there will be (according to theory)greater diversity in films and talent coming out each year. Additionally, Hollywood doesn't want to get stuck in a bad equation of, "The more money you throw at a film, the more Oscars you will win." (It does appear to be true that the more liberalism you throw at a film, the more Oscars you get, however). On the other hand, if Hollywood was really being fair, films like The Avengers and Skyfall should have equal chances of winning (acting) Oscars and not just for special effects, make-up, costume and sound editing.  What it comes down to, then, is a discrimination against actors who get those lucky breaks the others didn't. Likewise, people are more apt to go see films such as The Avengers and Skyfall, not because they are big-budget, but because they still retain the values that Americans retain; not awarding these films Oscars is a way of punishing them for leaning conservative rather than liberal; awarding smaller, liberal films with Oscars is a way to tempt audiences to watch films that probably don't go with their traditional value base. 
"This call for an emergency meeting," in the words of Sharpton, because Hollywood failed to nominate black actors according to Sharpton's standards (and make no mistakes, this is according to 1 individual's standards, because it's not written down anywhere that Hollywood has to make a quota of minority nominees) indicates severe in-fighting in the liberal group; and why shouldn't there be? They are all arrogant and going after their own individual agendas. Is Sharpton going to turn LA into Ferguson? He might threaten that. He's feeling awfully powerful right now, having gotten cops murdered, so what will he not try to get what he wants because he wants it? For conservatives, this is good, because Sharpton criticizing Hollywood means that Hollywood is going to bite him back, in one way or another, I guarantee it, and the bastion of power is starting to crumble. Onto other issues. Blackhat with Chris Hemsworth opens tonight, and I am very interested to see the film, not only with literary devices being employed (such as noise in various ways), but also who the villain is going to be and what his motivation is.
Did you catch it, at 1:35?
Him wrapping magazines around himself. Where was the last place we saw that? World War Z. Why did Brad Pitt's character do that? He was going to battle the zombies. Linking Blackhat to WWZ like this suggests that they want us to be thinking about zombies (or zombie-behavior) and the type of character that Pitt played in that film. This is one of the devices that films use in order to expand its vocabulary and communication platform with the audience. Opening next weekend is Strange Magic and I'm excited to see that as well (not as excited over that as I am The Kingsmen: Secret Service) but we'll talk about Strange Magic next week. In the meantime, a new horror film trailer has been released for Unfriended, and this looks good:
This does present an interesting dilemma: all of us, without exception, have something in our past we did that we would like to forget, and even though it might not be forgotten--by ourselves or others who happen to know what happened--it's still "contained," it's in the mind or the heart, but it's not published. The video being online, and still being online, and everyone becoming a participant in it to some degree or another so it's never buried, is an unnatural aspect of social interaction. This reminds me of Ouija, which I really enjoyed, and the main characters all appearing to be Millennials suggests the two films will have quite a bit in common. Now, the first trailer for the second season of Penny Dreadful has been released and, unlike this past year, I will be watching it each week so I can post on the newest episode which will air for my birthday, April 26 (my birthday is the 27th, but close enough):
The lovely song is The Unquiet Grave. Like any good teaser trailer, this leaves us with lots of questions: who is that blind girl touching Caliban's face? It's possible (but I am probably wrong on this, it's just a  guess) that it's Sarah Greene who is reported as portraying Hecate, the daughter of Madame Kali, you know, the one soaking in her blood bath, a reference to Elizabeth Bathory, a kind of Dorian Grey without the portrait  (did you notice the feet of the skeletons hanging down from her wall?). Who is the man at 1:19, with the leather across his face? It could be the Phantom Of the Opera. In an interview, Helen McCrory, Madame Kali, aka, Evelyn Poole, has said that Madame Kali is more powerful than anyone suspected, and it's probably in the realm of black magic (to me, "black magic" is redundant, and if you are a member of Wicca, and feel you need to explain the difference to me,... don't.).  The part at 0:47, where a woman's hands part clothing and we see a pentagram branded on a person's flesh, I am guessing that is Ethan (Josh Hartnett), again, I could be wrong about this (it might be a character we haven't even met yet) however, like most forces of evil, werewolves are closely aligned with the devil and the mark is a brand, which is what is done to animals (a werewolf). So, now the big question,...
"When Lucifer fell, he did not fall alone."
What does THAT mean?
Pretty much what we were taught in Bible school: Lucifer led a rebellion of angels against God, and they were defeated and all fell to hell where they have been kept and work to lead us poor humans in rebellion against God also. This seems off the subject, but it's not: why do I like this series? Because all these sins--promiscuity, homosexuality, magic, seances, adultery, etc.--are all being done by monsters. If that is not a clear indication of what the moral position of the film is, I don't know what we can say (although we can say the same about SALEM, when the girls get abortions and sell their souls to the devil in the process, and become witches, that's pretty bold writing in this liberal country nowadays). So, I am very excited and can't wait and, anything else that gets posted--which it will--I will be posting asap.
Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner