In this article, we will be looking at 2019’s book “1001 Movies to See Before You Die” and going through each film in a random order that I have chosen. We will be looking at what constitutes this film to be on the list and whether I think this film deserves to be here at all. I want to make perfectly clear that I won’t be revealing details from this book such as analyses by film reporters who have written about the film in question, so if you want the book itself you’ll have to buy it. But I will be covering the book’s suggestions on which films should be your top priority. I wouldn’t doubt for a second that everyone reading this article has probably watched many of these movies anyway. But we are just here to have a bit of fun. We’re going to not just look at whether it should be on this list but we’re also going to look at why the film has such a legacy at all. Remember, this is the 2019 version of the book and so, films like “Joker” will not be featured in this book and any film that came out in 2020 (and if we get there, in 2021). So strap in and if you have your own suggestions then don’t hesitate to email me using the address in my bio. Let’s get on with it then.
My wife and I just saw Borat 2 aka Borat Subsequent Moviefilm on Amazon Prime Video. As with the first Borat movie in 2006, it was at turns and sometimes all together (and altogether) hilarious, horrifying, over the top, sobering, and vulgar. And there's the already infamous Rudy Giuliani scene near the end.
My wife and I saw The Trial of the Chicago Seven on Netflix on Saturday. Having lived through the real trial of the Chicago Seven (originally Eight) in 1969-1970, we thought there was a little too much fiction in this docu-drama to be 100% successful and effective. Nonetheless, it was powerful viewing.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 has been in development for 12 years. Steven Speilberg originated the idea and recruited writer Aaron Sorkin to write a screenplay that would capture the chaos, turmoil and excitement behind one of the many so-called ‘Trial of the Century.’ In 1968 a group of Left Wing Activists were put on trial, accused of deliberately starting riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. The subsequent trial was a tyrannical farce that could be adapted into a dozen different movies. That Sorkin has distilled the trial to the most essential, and essentially entertaining elements makes the achievement of The Trial of the Chicago 7 so impressive.
As you've all likely heard by this point, a grand jury has decided against bringing charges against the officers responsible for the shooting death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor. Of the officers involved (Brett Hankison, Jonathan Mattingly, and Myles Cosgrove), only Hankison will be facing charges--and those charges are limited to first-degree wanton endangerment for the bullets that went into the neighboring apartment. In other words, none of the officers involved in Taylor's death will be facing homicide charges. With this tragedy being only one of a number of police-related homicides against Black individuals (other victims include George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery), this unbelievably lenient decision has sparked plenty of outrage.
"I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed. I hate most people. There are times when I look at people and I see nothing worth liking." - There Will Be Blood (2007) dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
Thomas theorem is a theory of sociology, formulated in 1928 by William Isaac Thomas. The former suggests that “If men define situations in real, they are real in their consequences.” In other words, the cause of an action depends upon an individual’s subjective interpretation of a given situation.
The new to Apple TV documentary Boys State is at once a major achievement and a dystopian, nightmare hellscape. Why? Well, because it’s the clearest indication yet of the damage we’ve done to our children with our ugly, thoughtless and needless political rhetoric. This documentary that should be an inspiring look at politically engaged young people seeking to become the future leaders of this country turns a harsh, unforgiving, light on the bankrupt and corrupt version of politics and leadership we are passing down to the next generation.
“The desire to be a politician should bar you for life from ever being one.” – Billy Connolly
Since 1935, The American Legion has sponsored Boys State (and Girls State, which is somehow a separated event, even in the 21st Century, but we’ll get back to that), a national civics program designed to immerse seventeen-year-olds into the nuts and bolts of public governance.
The months leading up to the 2016 United States presidential election were undeniably bitter and divided. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton ran a campaign that brought forth her credentials and experience as U.S. First Lady alongside Bill Clinton, U.S. Senator from New York, and U.S. Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. On the Republican side, Donald Trump ran a campaign based on his career as a businessman and real estate mogul, defiance of conventions and norms, and rhetoric that was seen as daringly bold or rudely insensitive depending on one's political stance. The strongest critics of Trump would express either disgust about his juvenile behavior or fear about the damage he might cause if elected president. The latter included a coalition of mental health professionals whose psychological evaluation of Trump deemed him to be unsuited for the highest office. They even published a book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, expressing their concerns in an effort to warn people about Donald Trump before Election Day.
The issue with our current 2020 presidential election is that both Joe Biden and Donald Trump are the two most perfect candidates. They are both the most equally qualified people in the country to be president, and neither candidate has done or said a single thing that could be considered offensive or improper.
The will for life and the passion for death, what that means I believe for people of honor and that have a logistical understanding of life and death see that the will or want of life is a luxury to have first and foremost; while death becomes the climax and rejoice of those that understand and are comfortable with the fact of such a “glorious sensation”. The Spartans main look at life is to live life to complete fulfillment and when the end comes, embrace the times had and the moments to come; they pushed their own comfortability with death farther than where I believe most would ever venture to be. Leonidas I was the King of Sparta during the Battle of Thermopylae, Greece in 480 BC and led the noble 300 Spartans to the “Hot Gates” a small narrow passageway where Southern and Northern Greece meet; it is called that because of the natural hot springs that are in the area and at the time was believed to be the entrance to Hell or Hades.