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The Platform (2019)
Government Power critiqued
13 November 2019
I have seen the two writers discuss this film. It is interesting, each is from an area opproessed by the central govnrnment in Spain, one from Catalonia, wherre there is a populare indpendence/autonomy movement; and one from Bilbao in Basque country controlled by Spain.

I think their perspective/parable on oppressive government and "the powers that be" at the top government levels, out 'betters" in central and ever oppressive and controlling government, deciding who gets what in "the Platform" dystopia is quite well done.
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The Walking Dead: Bonds (2019)
Season 10, Episode 6
After the season nine (worst) season ever, finally better story lines from season 7/8 return
11 November 2019
I had read that the AMC was sick of the inept story lines of Angela Kang, and the result of season nine saw the largest hemorrhage of viewers. It is clear her unbearably boring "vision" is being sidelined and this was one of the better episodes returning to earlier season's themes.
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The Kill Team (2019)
Pearl clutching nonsense
25 October 2019
Let's deal with numbers and facts: US military personnel in war zones have profoundly lower murder commission rates than same age cohort men in Chicago, Newark NJ, Baltimore, LA and San Francisco suburbs of Compton, Oakland or Stockton, the UK cities of London, Belfast or Manchester -- or Zurich; or dozens EU of EU cities including Paris, Naples, Brussels, etc.

3.1 million different US service members have served in the 6 million conflict zone deployments since 9/11. This includes 1.5 million in Afghanistan. If you took the cohort of 18-30 year-olds in Chicago, who had never been in the military, that Chicago cohort's murder commission rate, extrapolated to three million over 15 years would be in the tens of thousands. Tens of thousands of murders by an equivalent age/gender population cohort. That is just from hanging out in Chicago and not being in an international war zone. Same for a cohort of civilian non military personnel in Karachi Pakistan -- tens of thousands .

Yet it is the US military "creating monsters" when despite being shot at and armed those US service personnel are murdering at rates profoundly lower than Chicago gang bangers or Madrassa students in Pakistan?

This film implies a systematic coverup and a "whistleblower." How is a murder that is immediately reported up the chain, aggressively investigated and prosecuted a "coverup?" Average time served for homicide by a US servicer person is also 80% longer than a homicide committing civilian in the UE or US -- and there were multiple life sentences imposed for these murders in Afghanistan.
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The Walking Dead: Ghosts (2019)
Season 10, Episode 3
When you don't count the reviwers whose only activity is to give TWD episodes a 10 or 9, remaining reviewers average to 3 to 4 stars.
21 October 2019
Let's face facts. Season nine was the most appallingly bad and laughable season ever, and as a direct result of audiences running away in the season nine botch, season ten kicked off with the LOWEST viewership premier EVER for TWD and viewership of episodes two and three fell to all time lows as well.

The people who are genuine fans of the show are the ones who have been giving season nine and ten episodes its low ratings. We ARE fans of this show which has lost its way completely. The people who are giving it "10" ratings are just extreme fanboys who are blind to, and in denial of the major problems everyone, including the broad audience of longtime fans that has fallen 25% just this year, are warning about. in fact roamersandlurkers walkingdeadforums thespoilingdeadfans readership is down 40% compared to this point in season nine. Yes, down 40% in less than a year as the result of one mess of a season ands signs of repeating the mess.

The leadership of both the protagonists and the antagonists is now laughable. who would have thought that all the fans would be now nostalgic about Negan. In season nine the guns disappeared. The choice of weapons against threatening humans, eg avoiding guns in conflict with humans and axing their heads instead, makes NO sense. LOL, where the fk are the guns? One person with a gun wins against a sword, spear and bow group in this no rule of law world! Why doesn't any of the protagonists just shoot Alpha? Given the extreme hierarchical structure of the whisperers, it would end their threat. It is just mind numbingly dumb now and the disappearance of firearms is moronic.
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Dull mashup
18 October 2019
I like dark comedy. But there is a difference between dark comedy and just nastiness and Art of Self Defense devolves into just plain nastiness fairly early in the film.

Essentially this is film takes nebbish victim, played by Eisenberg and uses the self defense training education as a red pill vs blue pill extreme dichotomy, which it shows as toxic masculinity vs normality. Really that is just idiotic and shallow. Intelligent people know that there are extremes on both sides of this and the extremes are not representative of the majority.

Eisenberg's initial victimhood isn't just about getting poorly treated at work or in relationships where a full on "red pill" can be an over the top response. He is not just subject to name calling or non violent bullying where turning the other cheek can be ok. he is also the victim of several violent criminal assaults brought on by his passivity.

The peer reviewed work shows violent criminals are looking for and attuned to testing for passivity. They are not looking for a fair fight -- they are looking for the most passive victims. Basic signals of situational awareness and capability to respond to violence with violence are what make them avoid victimizing you.

I really felt like a nebbish screen writer had taken a couple of hours training, expected magic powers and been turned off by an instructor telling them what their dad should have taught them, which is: deescalate when able, flee when able, but fight and know how to do so with initiative and best use of force if unable to de-escalate or flee. And, sorry but that requires some training and a mindset.

It is a shame the film devolved into the binary with the implication that any ability to protect one self is an expression of extreme toxic masculinity. It isn't.
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The Walking Dead: Lines We Cross (2019)
Season 10, Episode 1
Off the rails into silliness
7 October 2019
The show keeps going downhill. Why are people so surprise that the ratings keep doing so badly in the 18-49 demographic? This episode was childish and shallow, whether it be headshots with unsighted compost bows, absurd risks, or the fire trope. Samantha Morton's whisperer leader has the guile of a kitten. Less and less make any sense.
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Almost all of the nine and ten star reviews are single review accounts. Now that is shilly!
28 August 2019
Downvote that factual observation all you want. But it doesn't change the fact.
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Push (I) (2019)
One sided, shallow, debunked Marxist views on housing, no solutions
22 August 2019
Really this is just a sick and digusting take by people like Leilani Farha who have a self interest in exploiting those who are victims of th "public housing" scam. There was so much debunked nonsense that it qualifies as a tin foil conspracy thoery screed. Not once is there mention that advanced countries and jurisdictions are reducing this public housing dependence scam because it has been shown to keep people in poverty.

To start with I don't say "Marxist" here as some kind of hyperbole. The people proposing "solutions" in this documentary are quite literally proposing a Marxist view against private ownership, that is you and I, owning our own homes. This despite a mountain of evidence, worldwide, that private ownership of housing is the single largest wealth and asset building venue for the working poor, and middle class. On average those populations living in "public" housing are less likely to take jobs, less likely to work, less likely to advance at work than otherwise same demographic cohorts who own or are private stakeholders in their housing or those who rent from private owned housing. Public housing also has nearly double the rate of crime victimization of residents than same jurisdiction privately owned housing. Double the rate of robbery, double burglary, muggings, yes even double the rate of sexual assault. Yet there are some desperately clinging to Soviet Marxism even today

Please do also note how people walk away from this documentary completely disinformed by tis falsehoods. The reviewer who gave this a "10" states that corporate (private) interests are "diametrical opposed" to renters. That is completely debunked zero sum nonsense that has been proven wrong in housing markets over and over. Why is it the ratio of public housing in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Canada and the US is falling? Is socially conscious Sweden reducing its ratio of public owned (government owned) housing for no reason? No. It is doing so because the data indicate that public housing actually harms most of the residents in such housing.

Finally, why no views at all from the other side? The makers claim to have asked one person from the other side, when there are literally thousands of academics from the other side? There in fact are many center left experts, academics and politicians in Nordic countries who have promoted reductions in public housing. Why not their take?
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They Fight (2018)
This "sport" as about as healthy as prostitition
19 July 2019
Boxing isn't just associated or correlated with lower IQ and higher crime commission rates -- we know it is causal to those effects. It results in about 10x more brain damage than football. These kids will have a higher incidence of Parkinson's, earlier onset dementia, stroke, and a host of other TBI (traumatic brain injury) related disease. Even sparring with sparring equipment including head gear results in brain inflammation and any brain inflammation causes brain damage.

Is it really helping kids to give them lifelong loss of cognitive function?

As another reviewer noted this was something widely understood to correlate for a century, but today the science has made the association starkly clear, the mechanism understood and the causality clear as well. With each drop of thee points in IQ by three points the likelihood of committing violent crime goes up.
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The President Show (2017– )
The more upset Trump haters are, and these are some very morose Trump haters -- the Better!
15 July 2019
Oh Trump had 6 bankruptcies among the 722 corporate entities he helmed. Oh wow! Do the writers of this show even know that puts him in the top 10% most successful in the real estate development and hospitality industries? Oh Trump said he could shoot someone on fifth avenue and everyone throws a fit when it turns out this is something progressive icon Fiorello LaGuardia said.

Seriously if this show weren't so morose it would be fun to watch just for the extreme butthurt it demonstrates. Don't you guys realize conservatives LOVE the whining and crying you guys are wallowing in? Trump pops a kids balloon on the show. Wow that is great writing!
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We Are Boats (2018)
Actual reviews pan this terrible film, yet the "critical reviews" section is all unkown reviwers who give everything a ten for clicks
28 March 2019
Seriously, read the LA times review. I agree, it is a muddled mess. It is Lifetime ,movie level attempt at metaphysics, and frankly, lead by actors/actresses who can't act. As Variety mentions the press notes for this film don't lead with the setting, plot notes, etc, but led with the following: *"first completely vegan set." * The cast is 50% female and 41% people of color, with a 45% women crew.

Oh wow, virtual signaling is bad enough but that is really really pitiful. No wonder all the major outlets did not pick this up and it ended up free on Vimeo. It is idi otic. simple minded, has laughable cringe worth script and delivery, and beyond tedious.
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Yet another film with 4/5 of reviews single one time use accounts. ie junk film shilled up by fake accounts
23 March 2019
This is yet another film with 4/5 of reviews single one time use accounts. ie junk film shilled up by fake accounts. It is unwatchable with endless cringeworthy scenes
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I Am Mother (2019)
Interesting start, pedestrian middle, shallow denouement.
8 March 2019
This film is difficult to review without spoilers. Let's just say the premise is interesting and promising, but shortly thereafter falls into predictable derivative tropes interrupted by a series of somewhat implausible twists.
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London Fields (2018)
Is there a caegory for worst lead actress in history?
14 February 2019
If so Amber Heard wins. I mean really I agree with the concencus here, she destroyed one of the best characters ever written. How did she make Nicalo six one of the most seductive femme fatals ever written in a novel so vaccuous?
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Complete revisionism, it was never about morality, it was about Hart's judgment and arrogance
10 February 2019
This film is stunningly bad and really purveys a completely false narrative when it comes to Hart. Making his problem seem to be about what it was not. Hart's problem was in fact stunningly bad judgement which was highly relevant to his qualification as president candidate.

Lets set the record straight. Hart was "front runner" really only before the primaries, only during the exploratory phase when the party wanted to draft Mario Coumo and Hart was virtually unknown except for his airbrushed photo. Hart only polled well against OLD Democrats. Physically old and old idea ones like Mondale and Mario Coumo. When they were out, Hart actually became the "old guy." He was not going to beat Dukakis in primary votes or in primary delegates even before he destroyed his own candidacy. The lost prince narrative is completely bogus.

Even if he won the primary, Hart was also never going to be president. The 1988 electoral vote spread was Electoral vote 426 to 111. George Bush won a higher margin of electoral votes than all but five other elections in US . In fact no US election since the 1998 George Bush landslide has the winner won by as much popular or electoral votes as Bush did in 1988. Clinton never got that proportion of popular or electoral votes, Bush's son did not, Obama did not, Trump did not. Go to Wikipedia and put in 1988 presidential elections and look at the map of electoral votes.

The ONLY thing actually interesting, dramatic or meaningful about Hart as a US poltical figure was him having affairs while married, denying it while under the deep scrutiny of national electoral politics. This was not a private citizen, or even solely a legislator this was a guy running for president who was carrying on affairs while doing so. He showed profoundly bad judgement, an amazing amount of arrogance and to top it off betrayed everyone who supported him. He was not "set up."

As far as the press, the press mostly covered for him, never reporting a string of lies and rumors until he was caught red handed --twice.

Lastly the film scene with the discussion in the Washington Post newsroom about covering "rumor" is bogus. At that point the Post KNEW hart was an inveterate liar and dishonest to his core lying continually about many aspects of his own life and bogus myths he had created.. He had even been lying about his AGE constantly claiming to be 1 to 4 years than he actually was routinely filling out forms with different ages and birthdates. What was going on at the Post was the junior editors and reporters were all Democrats and in love with Hart.

The films conceit that that Harts problem was a tabloid phenomena followed by the mainstream press getting down in the mud is just an inversion. This problem was all Harts. By the way his own campaign staff blamed Hart and Hart alone -- and still do.
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Beautiful Boy (I) (2018)
The "boy" is narcissistic utterly dishonest even before addiction
26 January 2019
There are scores of films about addition that are much better than this. Frankly the addicted character is a nastily piece of work when not on drugs, and even before his habit. Really it is a "made for TV level soap opera.
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RRRrrrr!!! (2004)
Lost in translation
23 January 2019
The humor in this film is about 90% puns. My French is not native, but it is fluent and highly practiced, and I caught most of them even if they were cringeworthy. If you are watching this at below fluency in French, or dependent on poor translation subtitles most a the attempts at humor are going to go past you.

It is 2019 and by now we know there are some actors like Depardieu who we thought were great but are in fact mediocre, and who in fact simply take so many roles that they are occasionally in really great films despite in fact in they are not great actors. De Niro is a good example of this too.

I would avoid this film.
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Picks and chooses influence efforts according to its own bias
12 January 2019
This is not a serious effort. The data, the science, show that people are MORE independent minded and rationally skeptical than ever as education levels have risen. Sure there are sophisticated efforts, and use of big data, but the makers of this documentary ought to have spent more time looking at the actual results, when we know for a fact that these even increasingly powerful mechanisms actually work less and less well. The peer reviewed work shows people are LESS, not more, influenced by social media, than they were by television a couple of generations ago. And despite TV seeming powerful in the 1970's people were less influenced by TV in the 1970's than they were included by radio in the 1940's and the printed word in the 1920's. What we know for a fact is people don't really buy or change their vote on what they read on facebook, twitter or social media. This documentary ought to have looked at the actual studies on how little these influence efforts work
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Missed opTotally ignores the even greater corruptive synergy of charities and foundations with poltical parties (6:1 to the benefit in the US of the Democratic Party)portunity
12 January 2019
What a shame. this Documentary starts with a look at the increasing influence of foundations and charities, looks at how they relate to for profit corporations -- and then ignores the much larger role they are playing in political sphere.

EG the "Citizens united" ruling gets a lot of press and ire, but foundation and non profit money into poltical issues is more than 30 TIMES the amount of citizens united type money per year, and citizens united type donations are not tax deductible, and they are also 100% transparent with the FEC showing the contributor and the recipient. Whereas 501c3 money givers are hidden.

There is new data for example out of stanford (hardly right wing) showing the gun control lobby, which is funded about 80% c3 charity, outspends the NRA 17:1.
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Biased documentary blames the pharmaceutical business for an issue that they are taking advantage, but which is caused by increasing left PC attacks on resilience.
12 January 2019
Certainly the pharmaceutical business is taking advantage of the increased anxiety, lack of emotional resilience we are seeing as a neurosis and pathology.

But this documentary fails utterly to address the causal factors, which an increasing number of therapists and researchers are seeing as rooted in modern PC, outraged/offended by everything, everyone is a winner, indoctrination coming out of our schools. Kids who have been thought no resilience, who have no idea or exposure to real competition develop deep anxiety when exposed to the real world.
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Lead Actress gets a "10" but director did an aweful job.
11 January 2019
I am sorry but Barry Jenkins seems to have sleep walked through this mess. it is shocking considering this is the director of the near masterpiece "Moonlight." Not to mention that that Beale street is one of Baldwins better and more original works.

Despite the problems with directing and adaptation though, the lead actress' work is a tour de force. KiKi Layne is extremely talented and more than carries the film.
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Vikings: The Most Terrible Thing (2019)
Season 5, Episode 17
More of Floki's Jonestown, with someone in iceland doing what we all would do to get out of that narrative; Ivar's attrocious acting, Bjorn the lovelorn. WTF?
11 January 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Well friends, just when you are thinking: 'how far can our once, if not Shakespeare, passable acting and lots of fun series fall' -- it falls even more.

Not sure where we are going to go with Iceland. Really that last death there was supposed to be tragic or heartbreaking? Compared to what? Staying in that squalor of starvation? vengeance cycles that make Sicilian vendettas seam pale? or worst of all being stuck in a narrative cycle that feels like it was written by a five year old?

I think that poor Icelandic girl's death there is unintentionally ironic portrayal of how badly we ALL want to get ourselves and one of the few people who can act, Floki portrayer, OUT -- PLEASE god, OUT of Iceland.

The drama and murder at Alfred's court is even worse. Seriously, Alfred could be representing the viewer too in the tantrum. In his vase because of his brothers murder, in our case because of how tropey that was handled.

Then we get Bjorn and besotted Harold's love triangle with some woman who has demonstrated zero reason to be a compelling prize. Does she have land? no. riches? No. A title and inheritance? no. A good conniving mind for a power struggle? no. Young enough to bear a bunch of children? Doubtful. Is she even loyal? Nope. Exactly why would either of our Viking leaders want her or be whining about it at all?

And of course we have to be treated to Kattagatand and an actor playing Ivar who can't act for his life. A dozen actors who can act (ok a half dozen), in the show and we have to sit though this wild eyed loser? His brother is worse for not just killing him. I mean please!

None of us went into this expecting top quality drama. the show is fun with some decent intrepid exploring, raiding, a couple of decently done set piece battles per season, yes some good looking people. sure it has a completely bogus portrayal of women as fighters (the peer reviewed history says NO such thing at all). It has plot holes galore. But it was not until this season insulting to the audience. Yet now it is
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Brexit (2019 TV Movie)
Completely ignores that both sides used big data and influencers
9 January 2019
Firstly this entire "docu-drama" completely ignores that both sides used social media big data exploiters. It ignorers the fact that lots of influential institutions with a direct self interest in remain (including for example BBC itself which content analysis studies have shown used "experts" opposed to Brexit at an 3:1 ratio) also positions themselves as neutral despite strong anti-brexit self interests and messages.

It also implies that people voted based on facebook or twitter, when while liberal voters tend to want to be with the "pack," this is not the case for independent or conservative voters who are much less likely to vote based on perceptions and psychological need to be within groupthink norms.

Lastly the producers of the film themselves have a direct self interest in remain. The fact is a majority of people in the UK do not have such a self interest. But the elite today are no different than the feudal lords. Feudal lords were the expert class of their day. They after all were the educated and literate. Does that mean their decisions were in everyone's interest? hardly. They had a self interest in preserving their class over their nation and all its classes, just as the makers of this propaganda film do.

Oh Brexit was a product of propaganda? Well what is this film if not propaganda from the other side??
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Surviving R. Kelly (2019– )
Sadly expose sends R.Kelly sales way up. The criminal courts are where this needed to be solved, not a Docum. that serves as an advert for Keely
9 January 2019
Look the problem is the COURTS, especially the jury members who refused to convict R. Kelly, because they thought he was targeted for his race.

When it comes to this documentary I suggest people google news articles showing R, Kelly is helped by this documentary and his recording sales are up as a direct result. Billboard reports his sales are up, he is up more than 50% on Spotify in just three days.

The fact is his audience has never been mainstream, it has ALWAYS been people who enjoy songs about denigrating women. His behavior is no different than similar genre artists who kill or shoot someone for "street cred." They are not harmed by their fans knowing their behavior -- they are helped by it That is why Vic Mensa could be arrested for committing THREE gun felonies last year. Three. And go up in the charts. Why Cardi B can say she wants gun control but thinks her kids rapper father should not be charged with gun crimes after himself committing TWO gun felonies in the last year alone.

To people saying this is in all news and an "eye opener"...have your eyes bee that tightly clamped shut? There are scores and scores of major rap artists who are major gun criminals and serial abusers of women -- both in their music and in the lives they lead..

Where wsa the outrage when he won three Grammys in 1997 whee he had just dispicalbe songs and his interest in very young women was already known?
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Black Panther (2018)
The most forumulaic and conservative super hero film of the decade
6 January 2019
Come on now, this is on long toy commercial. I wanted to like it, I was hoping it would be somewhat fresh, but it is without a doubt the most formulaic super hero movie I have seen in a very long time -- and since I have teens I have seen them all. It is literally childish as if made for a audience of five-year-olds. Did the film's makers assume their audience was less intelligent than the typical audience? The dialogue is laughable in parts and everything is telegraphed with a neon sign.
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