Thoughts while watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- Leia gets Han Solo killed by convincing him that their son is not lost and pleads with him to bring him home.
- Kylo Ren must be a pretty inferior dark lord to get his ass handed to him repeatedly by a simple scavenger with no training (Rey). This guy destroyed Luke Skywalker’s new generation of Jedi???
- The first twenty or so minutes are some of the best scenes since A New Hope, the last good movie. After everyone meets up with Han Solo and they go see Maz Kanata it’s totally hit and miss.
- Poe Dameron was extremely underutilized and/or at least one of the continual bright spots in the entire movie.
Sorry, but I have disliked Mamoudou Athie in every role he has played
JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass – Wikipedia
I plan on streaming this and Django Unchained on hourback.tv ad nauseam when I finally get things going again.
Just the first 10 or 15 minutes of this film is enough to wake up the viewer. Every single person who casts a vote in this country should be forced to watch this and weigh in with an opinion. Unfortunately, simply viewing something doesn’t demonstrate the viewer’s capacity or will to accept it as discernible fact.
How do you feel living in a country where your government executes people who want to create a better society for everybody, and not just old, rich, white people? Are you foolish enough to think that this wouldn’t happen again today? It happened to Bernie Sanders. It happened to Julian Assange. It happened to Edward Snowden. People who tell the truth and want to improve things in this country are apparently considered to be expendable and a vulnerability, in fact.
And Barack Obama is probably the anti Kennedy. What a failure and complete corruption of a person he is and exemplifies. It’s all smiles and glimmer. No depth, no truth, no justice. What a fucking shame. I think we’re still waiting for our first black president.
Breaking Bad says a lot about white male capitalist supremacy
First of all, this is fiction. Fiction is written by humans. Fiction is not necessarily coherent in any way, especially written as a TV serial, even if it was on classy AMC (or whatever).
Having said that . . . !
Gus Fring is an honorable man. Walter White THINKS he is an honorable man. But he succumbs to hubris. Jesse Pinkman is the working-class everyman who actually has a conscience and can see things clearly. However his innate, noble instincts are subverted by the system that has captured him, that ensconces him. Finally, the entire enterprise is captured by the actual white supremacists in the story, who have no class, no honor, no savvy, no brains, just greed. Life has no value at this point. The white male capitalist supremacist who started the whole story finally bites the bullet and it is Jesse Pinkman who escapes, we hope to something better.
Even Mike Ehrmentraut (sp?) who was honorable to the nth degree ended up being unceremoniously put down by a greedy, arrogant WASP who thought he knew everything. The connection between Mike and Jesse is meaningful because they both get it.
To be continued, maybe. . . .
A good list of yoga mats
Man! Seems like there are a lot of good yoga mats out there. Decisions, decisions.
Since moving to Portland, Oregon, from Jackson, Mississippi, several weeks ago, I’ve started eyeing yoga opportunities around town. I’ve seen at least a couple yoga studios that do live yoga classes and I’ve joined two yoga Meetup groups. So, I need a mat! I had a great couple mats in my old life but I had to leave them behind after my bitter ex-wife chased me out of town. 😀
I was glad to see that so many mats are eco-friendly. They mostly seem high-quality also, durable. I guess it comes down to which ones feel the best to that particular person. So you just have to try some out and see which one you like the most. Since I am on a super-tight budget right now I will go for the cheapest good mat.
If you utilize your ability to skip past vast amounts of useless exposition (at least) I think you’ll find Gladiator to be a reliable view this year.
It seems to be a timely piece, depicting principled individuals speaking truth to power, power both amoral, unethical, disjointed, disorganized, unreasonable, illogical, unenlightened, dishonorable, delusional, and corrupt . . . among other things.
But anyway! I do think this is a useful watch for getting your brain ready for what’s necessary in the next stage of our national/global development if we are to survive as a species. Watch closely, learn your lessons well, and practice in your own life.
The Rental – Wikipedia
The critical reception to this movie indicates that this culture no longer has the ability to properly assess what it perceives through its own eyeballs. This is one of the worst pieces of garbage I’ve ever watched.