Wednesday, January 21, 2015

TRAILERS: The Woman In Gold & Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

I saw Blackhat with Chris Hemsworth yesterday and it was totally pro-socialist; I got stuck at work and haven't been able to get the post up; I am sorry. My mom is nearly devastated that I didn't "like" American Sniper: "Is there any chance you're wrong?" she asks me this when she's really disappointed, and it makes me feel like I robbed her of Christmas or something. Dracula Untold and Annabelle are both now available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, by the way. There are two trailers I would like to briefly discuss: the first stars Helen Mirren, the second, Anthony Hopkins. The Woman In Gold really touches my heart because I was originally going to go into International Law with an emphasis on art and artifact reclamation:
"We should be re-united with what is rightfully ours," it's a nice line, isn't it? I have a bad feeling about this film: there are several points which makes this rather murky: the aunt's family would have undoubtedly been in the top 1% of Vienna's rich elite, and the Nazis kicked them out and took their possessions and drove them out of the country or put them in concentration camps--so why am I not obviously thrilled about this film?
Because of another line in the trailer.
You can find information about the true story, and the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I here.  Rather like The Monuments Men and Fury (and I could be wrong), I think the Left, again, is trying to re-write the history of the Nazis and make them appear to be "other than the socialists they really were" so Americans will be more embracing of socialism. 
"People see a masterpiece by one of Austria's finest artists. But I see a picture of my aunt. A woman who used to talk to me about life. We should be reunited with what is rightfully ours." This shift from masterpiece to a picture of my aunt, doesn't really seem to reflect the object itself, rather, a shift in how we perceive Gustav Klimt (I don't want to get into a discussion/debate about  Phenomenology  or  Ontology). Is Klimt a great artist, or a craftsman of the intimate? The reason this bothers me--because this film isn't about justice, this film is a vehicle--is because of The Lego Movie, and how the class of "Master Builders" (Michelangelo, Donatello, Abraham Lincoln, all these great historical heroes) were lowered so the "proletariat" could be exalted; one of the arguments of capitalism is that we see the great builders and inventors being able to freely work and pursue their passions for a free market, and this doesn't happen in socialism, so that's why I fear this might be a ruse. On the other hand, Kidnapping Mr. Heineken looks quite promising:
I could be wrong, but it appears that this is rather a morality lesson about wealth redistribution, because this group of friends that want to get themselves set-up for life by threatening the life of someone else will ruin the life they had. Why yes, he is the owner of Heineken beer and, this is also a true story, like the trailer above. There are two more films I am going to try to see this week: The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch, and Strange Magic, opening this weekend. I'm going to get the review of Blackhat up real quick because there are some interesting devices used, and then finish The Woman In Black 2 (it's nearly done, really, I just needed to walk away from it a bit).
Eat Your Art Out,
The Fine Art Diner