The Despicable Oliver Stone and His Terrible Movie JFK

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Two months ago I blogged about the despicable Oliver Stone and his terrible movie JFK. Since my comments were made in a post about a television show, they would likely only have been read by those interested in the program. For this reason I decided to restate my arguments in this new blog post. Back in January I wrote:

“Oliver Stone knew when making his movie JFK that Jim Garrison had been diagnosed with “severe and disabling” mental illness “of the type that will require long-term pyscotherapeutic approach.” Stone was aware that Garrisons was corrupt and unethical as they come, had been known to have slept with a loaded gun under his pillow and his conspiracy theory related to President Kennedy’s assassination had zero merit and destroyed the lives of innocent people. Yet just as social justice warriors told us that “the facts don’t matter” after the UVA rape case was demonstrated to be a fraud, Stone, if he were to be honest, would say the same when defending his movie JFK.  From Stone’s perspective, that JFK is a pack of lies is not important. The point of his movie was to communicate to his audience a “greater truth.” This is the basic notion that the American government is horrible and the U.S. is a force for all that is terrible in the world. In the postmodernist tradition, Stone wants to help to rip down the United States so that something he perceives will be better can be created in its place.

Stone wants to undermine the American system as we know it today by causing people to lose faith in it. Only then, can it be overturned and replaced. Nuts to Oliver Stone.

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Random Thoughts and Questions Inspired by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

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Hearing the opening “Star Wars” theme caused an endorphin rush and made me feel like a kid again.

Harrison Ford as Han Solo

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Harrison Ford’s performance as Han Solo, who was my favorite character in the “Star Wars” movie series, was uninspired and lethargic. I read that he had long wanted George Lucas to kill off Solo. He obviously decided at some point he was none too keen to appear in any more films in the franchise beyond “Return of the Jedi.” Maybe he was never too enthusiastic about being in any of the” Star Wars” productions. Perhaps he insisted that Solo die in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as a condition for his appearing in the feature.

Chewbacca

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How come Solo’s best buddy Chewbacca comes across as a whiny crybaby in the movie? I remember him as a tough “guy.” Did the 2016 version of “Star Wars” call for him to be in touch with his Wookiee feminine side? Why did he not have any gray hairs like the rest of the returning cast members from the first three “Star Wars” films?

British Accents

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How come so many inhabitants in this “Star Wars” production’s universe had British accents?

Blasters

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Why is it that one does not need to aim a blaster to hit what you are shooting at? If everyone who is hit by a blaster is thrown back twenty feet why does the same thing not happen when one fires the blaster? (It is just basic Physics.)

Lightsabers

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Why are they called “lightsabers” when a saber is by definition a curved weapon that is designed to be wielded by a man on horseback? Could it not have been called a lightsword? The knights of old used swords not sabers.

Diversity

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Those behind the feature made a point to be diverse in writing and casting good guys fighting for the light side.  I have no problem with this. My young daughter loved Daisy Ridley’s character Rey. It could be that my memory is failing me, but I think with a single exception, all of the movies’ bad guys were white males. The exception I can remember noticing was a lone woman. Since she had blond hair, she was presumably white as well.  How come the villains of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” were not as equally diverse as its heroes?

Kylo Ren

star wars 2.jpgKylo Ren (portrayed by Adam Driver) looked more like Marilyn Manson’s son than Han Solo’s son. His wardrobe looked like it was designed by someone from the cast of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”

Action Packed

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I do not recall seeing a film that was more deserving of the term “action packed.” It was a very good flick, but I do not believe it deserves to be ranked the most popular film ever released. Since it will go on to be the world’s highest grossing feature-length production, it will be able to lay claim to the title.

Poe Dameron

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The look and mannerisms of Oscar Isaac, who played Poe Dameron, seemed more suited to an NYC police drama than a “Star Wars” movie. I was, for a short time, happy when he appeared to die for the cause. There was nothing wrong with his acting performance. He was just a bad fit for a “Star Wars” movie.

Luke Skywalker

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How come Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker aged so much better than the rest of his fellow cast members from the first three movies? Does mastering the force slow down the aging process? Giving Luke almost no role in the production was a good strategy because it made me look forward to his presumably very large role in the next installment of the saga.

Subtle Visual Touches

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I very much want to see the feature again since there was so much going on at almost all times I am sure I missed some of the film’s more subtle visual touches.

Homages

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The homages to the first three movies, and the 1977 release in particular, were great.

Father Time

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Father time is an unforgiving S.O.B.!

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Why Everyone Who has Used the #OscarsSoWhite Hashtag is So Racist

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For two consecutive years only white actors have received Oscar nominations for acting awards. Soon after the announcement of this year’s nominees, social justice warriors had a melt down. They took to Twitter and began tweeting the hashtag “#OscarsSoWhite.” Everyone who has used this hashtag is so racist.

Those who have tweeted #OscarsSoWhite believe the reason for the lack of nominations of people of color is that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members whose votes determine which thespians are nominated are overwhelmingly white. Implicit in this argument are three beliefs:

  • White racism is the only possible explanation for all of the nominees being white,
  • White people are inherently racist and so cannot judge the acting talent of people of color fairly, and
  • People of color are never racist and so the voting would be more fair if more of them voted.

It is also true that on a basic level if you use the hashtag you are grouping and distinguishing people by race and declaring that you believe people are different as a result of their race. This fits the classic definition of racism.

It is undeniable then, that if you tweet the hashtag  #OscarsSoWhite you believe that whites are racially inferior to people of color and so you are a racist. If you do not accept this it means that you are so blinded by your own political ideology that you cannot see the double standard you embrace.

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