VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: The Campaign (2012)

4/5 stars, 8/10 from both of us.
Native rating: 3.5/5 stars Netflix, 6.3/10 IMDB.

Yea, pretty frickin’ funny! Great cast.

The political commentary kind of held the comedy back a bit, but that’s an okay price to pay to add political awesomeness to comedic awesomeness.

After all, it is election season.

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1790886/

VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: In Time (2011)

5/5 stars from both of us, 9/10 from Clint, 9.6/10 from Carolyn.
6.6/10 on IMDB.

Written & director by the writer/director of The Truman Show and Lord Of War — who also directed Gattaca.

This movie wins based solely on its incredible concept — a world where everyone has a 1-year death-clock countdown starting at age 25, and the only currency used to buy things is time. More time to be alive.

People in the ghetto with one day left to live, struggling to earn another day. Muggers who steal your time. Rich people who have thousands of years of time. There’s a metaphor for Occupy Wall Street in this, and this movie also has some parallels to The Hunger Games: A future, freedom-crushing society that benefits some at the expense of others.

Like the real world. But with a currency based directly on consequences, rather than hiding behind the complication of dollars-and-cents currency.

Also, it’s neat to see Amanda Seyfried as more than just a ditzy blonde… Here she looks like a red-headed girl from Tron. Didn’t even realize it was her. She rocks the medium-red hair!
And Justin Timberlake has slowly become tolerable, which is in itself an utterly amazing feat.

In the end, never in my movie-watching life have I seen so much macroeconomic justice dispensed by two people. Yay.

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1637688/

VIDEO: MOVIES: REVIEW: Superman vs. The Elite (2012) (animated)

5/5 stars, 9/10 from both of us.
Native rating is 4.0/5 stars, 7.2/10.

Pragmatism clashes with idealism in a battle that is as much about current-world 2012 politics as it is about superheroes.

When the hell did Superman become politically relevant in a post-911 world?

Among other things, Bialya == Libya, and The Elite are pretty much a direct metahpor to the post-911 way of thinking and handling criminals, while Superman represents the pre-911 way of handling criminals.

The so-called Bruce Timm-verse of animated DC comics has been an amazing thing to experience over the past 20 years, but he is only one of 4 executive producers. He didn’t get directly involved with this one, and it has a very different (incongruous to Timm’s direct productions) feel because of that. THIS IS A GOOD THING. Variety is nice.

Seeing a whole new team of superpowered individuals that I’d never heard of was pretty cool too. The character design for Managerie was awesome!

It’s hard to fail us with these animated comic movies. They are a good substitute for the three superhero cartoons we miss the most: Batman:TAS (1990s), Superman:TAS (1990s), and Justice League (2000s).

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2224455/

POLITICS: The Top 25 Most Censored Stories of 2013-2014

The single most important link for you to read this year.

The single most informative link for the year of 2014 in terms of telling you news you SHOULD know, but don’t.

I was surprised by some of this, actually.

LINK URL: http://www.projectcensored.org/category/top-25-censored-stories-of-2014/

THIN BLUE LINE: Florida trooper arrested a cop, then was stalked & harassed by the Thin Blue Line | Police State USA

Apologists apologize for bad cops by saying they’re just a a bad apple — nevermind that the idiom of bad apple actually means “1 bad ruins them all”, because you barrel apples, and 1 bad apple in the barrel ruins every apple. NEVERMIND THAT.

It looks like we finally have a quantifiable ratio of good cop to bad cop — and it looks that the bad cops are well over a 100:1 ratio of the good cops.

This woman dared to arrest a speeder who gave chase for 6 minutes. He was a cop. She had to eventually move away in fear of her life. Gang stalking. It’s a thing. Thin Blue line at work.

The cop she arrested’s name is FAUSTO LOPEZ, AGE 35. He made excuses, then seemingly hid behind the blue line.

Gee, will I get harassed for posting this, Fausto?

LINK URL: http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/florida-trooper-arrested-a-cop/

FREEDOM: The Police State in Review, 2013

I agree that these stories are far bigger than the bullshit that typically makes the news rounds. This article is far more worthy of being read than the combination of every CNN and Fox News article that comes out over a week.

I had forgotten how police dumped 100+ bullets into multiple vehicles full of complete innocents who did nothing to provoked simply because they were on a bloodhunt for Dorner.

Their names were never even released – That is not democracy or freedom. Government shooting innocents without releasing the name of the people who did it is exactly why every American needs to own a gun. Not a musket. An assault rifle. Not advocating sedition here – but simply put, the power needs to be squarely in the hands of the people.

A government is supposed to fear its people: Thomas Jefferson said this for chrissakes. When people are scared of the govt, it is tyranny.

Very sad article.

Anyone know what happened to Robert Trudell?

LINK URL: http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/police-state-review-2013/

FUKUSHIMA: ENENews.com – Energy News

In case you need a  news source that consists solely of the most alarmist articles related to Japan’s Fukushima disaster, here it is.

This won’t make you feel good to read. But I think it’s an important counterpoint to what mainstream media is posting about this.

Especially in light of Japan enacting new laws that reduce freedom of speech — laws designed to make it illegal to tell the world what is actually happening there. Laws decried by journalism organizations but advertised as “protecting the people” by the leaders.

Such censorship dictates that a site like this must be read — for spite reasons alone.

LINK URL: http://enenews.com