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Pretty to look at characters, not much else
The characters are pretentious, the story lines ridiculously out of touch with reality, and the acting is pretty poor.
First, the lead character, is definitely easy on the eyes, but acting abilities...not so much. The show itself, seems to have zero fact base in what the FBI does and mixes it up with NSA/CIA type operations, and on top of it they would like you to believe that FBI recruits come out of the academy, with super human abilities, super human intelligence, and are immediately given positions above all those serving in the field for many years. Not to mention everyone in the academy is a terrorist, has terrorist ties, is a suspected terrorist, or has some desire to act as a terrorist. Apparently the TV FBI is worse at vetting than a potato.Apparently Quantico is just a college dorm full of annoying but cute children, the only thing missing is STD's. Or maybe the pretty is all that matters...
The show focuses around one agent and it is as though she is the complete center of the world. At first this fits because hey, every show has a star but this show does it in such overblown annoying way that you just scream "WTF!" every 2 mins.
Excessive dialogue is used to cover shoddy acting but that actually makes it worse. The only thing this show has going for it is pretty actors, and a fast pace. Other than those 2 things...it's crap.
Emerald City (2016)
Cheap, make a quick buck TV
This show had all the promise of a good show, but ends up being nothing but cheap hype.
The acting is so-so at best but you would think Vincent D'onofrio would be able to pull a decent performance, but no, it's crap. Ana Ularu as "West" probably has probably the only decent performance. The lead, Dorothy is played by Adria Arjona, who is a beautiful girl, and I'm sure may be able to act, but this is just a stepping stone to minor movie roles at best. Not her fault, she doesn't have much to work with. The look and feel is bad. I kind of got the gist that it would be, but thought MAYBE they would exceed my expectations, but no.The sets are cheap looking, the effects bad, and the script, just blah.
If you want to pull off something like a fantasy, worthy of Oz, go big or go home. In an era of great fantasy like Game of Thrones, you just can't do this. I don't know why anyone rates this garbage at a 7+ at the time of this review, but maybe they like stage acting. This feels like it's just on a stage, and any minute you think you are going to see a stage hand walk onto the screen by accident.I think plays on a stage are great, but if your going to make a play, with sets for a play, keep it on the stage. Disappointing.
The OA (2016)
Boring new age yoga BS
This show is stupid, period. I do have a bit of a prejudice after seeing other Brit Marling junk, but this was a series and I thought I would give it a try. I was hoping it wasn't more of the same crapola, and disappointingly it was just that. Don't waste your time. I find myself disappointed in the human race to see this rated (at the time of this review) at an 8.1. Please people, you need a severe need for a rise in expectations if this rates over a 5. Maybe people are embarrassed they watched the whole 8 painfully, mind-numbingly, boring episodes and rating it over 3 was just their mind trying to justify it, I don't know, whatever.
You might like it if you spend way too much time talking about new age crap, your favorite yoga poses, and other crap most real people don't give two craps about while you sip down your organic pumpkin spiced soy latte. Otherwise, leave it alone. Brit Marling always plays the same new age, ridiculous, cult leader like character in absolutely everything she does and it is just plain annoying more than anything. Give it a rest cupcake!
Oh, I won't give away the ending, but to be honest, it was stupid. I give it 3 stars because it at least will keep you in for 4 or 5 episodes, after that you pretty much have to watch the rest to see what kind of dumb ending is going to pop out of it. So, go ahead, waste your time...
Oliver Stone trying to destroy Joseph Gordon-Levitt's career?
Why in the world is this rated over a 7? I guess we really do have a dumb population. The story would be half way decent if Oliver Stone actually hired someone to advise on the inner workings of the army, government, domestic vs. international espionage. etc. But no, we are left with Ollie's ridiculous conspiracy theories. You know, Oliver Stone knows it all these days.
Within the first 5 minutes you just have to accept that Oliver Stone has bought his own media raves from his early career and has parlayed that into movies that lack even the smallest effort (see Savages, yes, savagely horrible is what that was.). Then, like that isn't enough, on cue, Nicholas Cage walks into the movie.
Whatever you feel about the Snowden revelations (and I think the stuff about the domestic spying program coming out was a good thing), this movie is just expensive crapola for Oliver Stone to put out his own tin foil hat opinion. I could be fine with that, but the lack of effort to even gain some kind of understanding of certain things before you put them on film is just so blatantly cheap, and dumb, that this movie isn't worth the effort of watching.
All I know is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt always seemed like a decent capable actor, but this movie should be a negative in his career and whoever advised him to take the role should probably go back to Venezuela with Mr. Stone and stay.
Naive but interesting piece of work.
I won't complain too much about this one because it is what it is, and to some degree it explains why our country , right now (2015) is hurting today. We have become a country of know it alls who are actually really naive to the rest of the world and Mike Shiley's journey proved it. I think he has valid points of view and I do commend him for going out there when many in our own media will not, so kudos there.
I give a 4 because it is straight forward and isn't a big slick operation. Mike Shiley's feelings are pretty much made known throughout but at least he had one torture victim and told a little about the Kurds. Much of what he shows though is a fairly naive kid who had zero idea what happens in war, and this film way to fa above the surface to really show any understanding. He doesn't understand the military, he doesn't understand warfare, and he doesn't understand how wars are fought. I believe he suffers from movie ideas of war, and what war is. The sort of world war II front battle line wars with John Waynes and throngs of happy people welcoming soldiers with flowers, and no civilians get hurt or killed. no buildings are demolished and it's cut and dry, nice and clean, good guy on bad guy. In reality it is far different from that and by the time this documentary is over, had been finally edited, etc, etc, you still get the feeling he is still very naive.
Dark Legacy (2009)
A film for the mentally challenged
This is a film that will have all the tin foil hat crowd all up in arms. It's proof that stupid has no bounds. I always have to laugh at conspiracy theories that idiots come up with to hate Bush. People that were born before the end of the cold war have been buying this stupidity for years. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, plain and simple. He was a mentally unstable. He was the kind of communist that communists would run from. If you ever see some of the forensic evidence and recreations.The "magic bullet" reacted just like most bullets do with that rifle. One shot took out an electrical cable. The car was a parade car so Kennedy was elevate. All reputable forensic investigations say the Warren Commission got it right. Please stop believing in magical unicorns. This film is best watched by people that need a good laugh.
As far as Bush goes, idiots come up with theories of some evil plot because they are to stupid to think for themselves and look at reality. The real problem with Bush the elder was that he didn't get a second term. The whole "New World Order" and "Shining light on the hill" wasn't some corporate conspiracy. The fact is that the guy ran the CIA before being Vice President. His term came when the Cold War ended. This "new world order" conspiracy is bunk and what he was really saying is that we did business with and backed some really bad people to keep us safe. Now that the Soviet Union was out of the game, we could start to make things right, and better for everyone. That is why he went after Noriega and Saddam. CNN and Ted Turner, big anti-war nut jobs cause Saddam to be left in place. Had that not been the case, the world would be a much better place.
Part legitimate, part trash
SO this little film is based around U.S. whistle blowers in regards to the NSA's information gathering programs. I will say that overall it is interesting and a decent film. There are some parts of this that are absolutely legitimate, and another part that is ridiculous. It also features Ed Snowden.
The NSA data collection is a bit of a tricky subject. The NSA collecting data on U.S. citizens is something I think is absolutely wrong and an invasion of privacy. Snowden, in my opinion should not be treated as a hero. I do, however think exposing the domestic spying program was a noble thing and I have no problem with him for that. This is something that should not be done, especially when they lied to Congress in hearings over this. This has been going on for years and I am almost baffled on why people did not know about this before Snowden because PBS did a documentary on this years earlier. That and the questions of privacy are legit.
Now let's get into the weeds a bit. Snowden did not expose JUST the domestic spying program He also exposed operations outside the United States on foreigners and other nations. Why are people upset over that? The NSA is a spying organization. God forbid they actually spy... It also represents a double standard. After 9/11 intel agencies had to shoulder a lot of blame with a lot of people thinking they should have known about 9/11. A lot of people blame intel agencies for having bad intel when it comes to Iraq. Well, what do you want? They are not doing enough if something happens, but they are doing too much when nothing happens and we are safe. I understand foreign countries getting angry that we spied on them. Then again every country spies on others. It's part of securing your own country and when another world leader acts shocked, it is faux shock.
Although I a do not condone this gathering of U.S. citizen data, non U.S. citizens in foreign nations are not subject to the U.S. constitution and to get out raged about spying abroad is just plain idiotic.
Another part of this is an overblowing of what is going on. I agree personal communications should be off limits (when done on U.S. citizens) but the meta data collection pales in comparison to the amount of that can be gathered legally from things like social media. When you post something on social media you are pitting it out to the world. It is very easy for someone to just send a friend request and a lot of people play the "Lets see how many friends I can get," and will approve any and all requests. This makes a lot of things very public. Most sites you join come with disclosures that no one reads. So the NSA has no problem gathering info on us without invading your privacy.
The going after reporters thing is also wrong. We have freedom of the press and the press isn't going to turn down leaks. Publishing is simply what they do and should do. In defense of the NSA though, the existence of these data gathering programs are a genie you cannot put back into the bottle. They exist and because they exist and have the potential to stop some violent acts, the government will do with the tools they have at their disposal. Given what we have seen with the Boston Marathon bombing, two men who the Russian government actually warned us to keep an eye on, it's likely that this is not as big of a threat at this time in comparison to the reach and abilities that Snowden has attributed to it. I will also say that Snowden comes off as paranoid, somewhat delusional and reeks of a young idealist who was intent on trying to make a name for himself in these disclosures. Don't sit and tell me the merits of what you exposed when you expose things other than domestic spying. Especially when it has national security implications. Every U.S. ctizen should have zero problem with a spy agency keeping an eye out on other countries unless you take for granted the relative safety we enjoy.
...and people still refuse to accept facts.
Why does this currently only have a 5.9 star rating on IMDb. I guess stupid is forever, even in the faces of so-called "facts" being obliterated, people will not accept fracking is not destroying the environment.
This whole thing is a result of the digital age of stupidity. Nobody ever finds the need to fact check anymore. There are so many sources for info today so if someone doesn't want to accept facts they just go out and find a source that will just give them facts they want to hear.
This is a great little documentary film unlike the fake documentaries that are so persistent today. An interesting subject that wasn't taken very far popped up which should lead to a bigger discussion. It's the Russian influence in the anti-fracking industry/special interest group.
Is "Climate change" real? I believe it is, but grossly exaggerated as the climate always changes. The big push is an EU creation. Here's how. The "Climate Change," or global warning back then, took center stage at an interesting time. The Berlin Wall had fallen and the Soviet Union was economically defeated. Soon the EU formed. Why? The EU was formed for economic viability, namely, to compete with the U.S.. There was 2 problems the EU had in order to compete. 1, the need for economic aid to combat the USSR was over and this could effect gas prices. 2nd, Europe's oil supply was still controlled by the Russians. This led to a hard truth. No matter how hard the EU tried, Oil prices would hold them back. The U.S. has it's own oil, and Canada to the north is another source for the US. We also refine a lot of the worlds oil. Fuel is cheaper in the U.S..
This lead to the carbon credit, and climate change schemes that not only cost a lot of money, but make no sense because proposals have little to no impact. They do make sense though when you realize that the scheme involves massive U.S. spending, and basically the U.S. doling out tons of dollars to destroy their own economy, while the EU kicks back, and becomes an economic leader because they engineered the whole scam.
This documentary on fracking is worth watching and deserves much better than the ridiculous activist's that are suppressing it, will lead you too believe.
When it comes to intellectual brilliance we sometimes come to the conclusion that an intellectual is infallible and unable to make mistakes. They are too smart to mislead. They are to smart to have their own agendas. That their agenda, and or credentials mean that what they say is the absolute must. Sorry the world doesn't work that way. Let Einstein get in the ring with a heavy weight boxer and the only way out for him would be not getting in there in the first place. Chomskey is a bit like that.
I do agree with most of his theory but it seems too me he missed the mark in one place. He subscribes to the corporate evil theories out there and it puts his theory in a box which is then punched with holes. It is true that Companies want to put ads in newspapers that report stories in ways that fall along their way of thinking. That is common sense, and logic. Where things go astray is the idea that it must follow that because ad money supports newspapers, than those companies are running the newspapers. That is incomplete.
The incomplete part is to assume the ad money is used to leverage papers. That sounds good but no paper is going to get ad money if no one is reading it. Not only that but plenty of companies buy ad space on TV networks that have a seemingly opposing view point.This is not an evil conspiracy by corporations. The simple fact is that corporations have money and are willing to pay for advertising. Those companies would like the world to agree with their point of view and be like minded, but they are far more engaged with making money. You cant make money if they advertise no one is reading/listening/watching where you advertise.
Chomskey is an agenda man just like anyone in politics. Yes, he had an agenda. He wasn't a right wing, or left wing guy. He was a bit libertarian in many things, but here, is where he slews to the left. He liked social "justice" (another name for theft) He liked the idea of the government being a bully...as long as it supports his point of view. So that is where he pushes this off to. He wants to blame corporations because that way he skirts the left by not saying the government is the bad guy, and skirts the libertarian by saying business is good but undue influence and cronism needs to go.
Chomsky, he was mostly a pretty good guy, not all left, not all right, but Ayn Rand is much better than Chomskey The parts about media having an effect and trying to control the public is on point though. Just watch MSNBC, NBC, CNN, ABC, or CBS. They pretty much buried anything that could cost Obama and election....twice.
Standing Army (2010)
The mindless conspiracies of the blind deaf and dumb
Just rewrite history & ignore facts. Here is just a few of the dumb things presented:
Osama Bin Laden developed his hate for the U.S. because of the the First Gulf War.
Bin Laden hates Saudi's for choosing the west's help in Kuwait. He went to the Saudi's begging to let Al Quaeda liberate Kuwait and Iraq. The Saudi's were justified in their decision because had they taken the offer, we would have seen what is going on now. A terrorist army committing crimes against humanity. Saddam would have used chemical weapons, and Iran would have streamed in on mass.
The war for oil theme is in full effect.
War for oil is actually a legitimate. The problem with crying about that? Oil is a commodity that effects every aspect of every thing. Not just the USA. Why do you think Russia annexed the Crimea and will do the same to the rest of the Ukraine. Why do you think the EU pushes "Climate Change." The EU pays more for oil.M ost of our oil is bought from our own sources and Canada. We have oil but our strength keeps the entire market stable.
We have bases everywhere but no other countries have bases in the U.S.
That is because we have the resources to do so, and since the end of WWII we have felt a moral obligation to make sure a WWIII doesn't happen.German lost a war and that is why we are there. We learned from WWI and spent a lot of our money rebuilding those countries and making sure the Soviet Union didn't do to western Europe what they did with places like Poland. I didn't see a lot of West Germans trying to climb the Berlin Wall to get into East Germany.
Bases in Korea.
Our bases in Korea are there because the Korean War never ended! The North Koreans threaten war on a daily basis. South Korea has a darn good economy and standard of living and when they have a recession they know we have their back.
Again, like German Japan lost a war in which atrocities were committed on a scale never seen before. The were not signers of the Geneva convention and used POWs as slave labor, starved them, and executed them and that isn't even touching what they did in China. Now, China is in major disputes with Japan. We are again protecting a country that a lot of blood and money were invested to rebuild.
Lastly, the grand "military industrial complex."
That is a real thing. Not always a bad thing either. We got caught with our pants down on 2 world wars. A lot of lives may have been saved if we didn't start from scratch. No where in this trash is it acknowledged that the MIC quite possibly saved an untold number of lives. Cuba allowed Soviet Nukes to be parked 50 miles from our coast.
The fact that the U.S. has bases all over the world is to protect us and our interests. Host countries benefit deeply from it as well. How well did those Warsaw Pact countries do in comparison to NATO countries. Who would have stopped the Genocide in the Balkans? We waited so long on that one because we were hoping Europe would intervene. Instead they ignored it. People also forget that a majority of operations the Military has run in peace time, and places you never hear about were of the Humanitarian missions. People cry a river about the evils of sending "Special Ops," into foreign countries. DO you know what a majority of Army Special Forces missions are in peace time and in war? Training foreign armies to defend themselves, conducting vaccinations, and building bridges, and irrigation.
The Military industrial complex does keep people employed. The right is always portrayed as the bad guy but it is the left that support the Unions that are manufacturers of Military equipment. So it would cost jobs to cut forces and operations. That is a truth, but that is one of the things that the Constitution expressly tasks the government with, defending the nation. Not entitlement programs, not Climate change, not hand outs, not birth control pills, but defense.
Look around, because you are seeing what happens when the U.S. doesn't get involved. Russia with Putin are on the march, Syria still is bogged down into a 3 way war and none are good guys. Iraq is being turned into a 13th century/Mad Max scene out of some nightmare. China is conducting cyber warfare against us and buzzing our ships with their fighter jets, of which they created through the use of spies. Obama negotiates with Iran with the same strategy Clinton used to keep a nuke away from North Korea, which failed. England tried in the past to negotiate with Hitler and 100 million deaths later we can safely say appeasement is a failed strategy. Since the rest of the world refuses to stand up to anything, then someone needs to do it. I've been to some of these bases. The sampling of locals they used for this piece of anti-U.S. garbage, are not representatives of the majority of those people.
I give it one star for the fact that watching it you can see who the deaf, dumb, and blind people who have no understanding of the world come up with the things they do. If you like this trash, you probably where a tin foil hat to bed in your mom's basement.