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American Ultra, Men In Black, and Hollywood desensitizing propaganda


I must preface this article with the fact I haven’t yet seen American Ultra. I’m sure I will at some point, but I’m in no hurry. I think I get the gist.

So in American Ultra Jesse Eisenberg’s stoner lead character is unknowingly a sleeper agent and the CIA-like agency that created him decides they want to kill him off. I saw it described on a forum as The Bourne Identity on weed, and that’s kind of what I expected judging by the trailer. Sprinkle a bit of love interest in with Kristen Stewart’s character and we have the recipe for a typical lacklustre Hollywood action comedy.

It isn’t the mediocre nature of the plot that worries me here. It is the clear correlation of the themes and plot with the true accounts of the CIA mind control program MK Ultra. Even in so much as the title, which is a clear reference.… Read the rest

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Hackers Watch “Hackers” The Movie

Simon Chetrit via Hopes&Fears:

The cultural impact of the mid-nineties tech revolution is still being felt today. Cell phones, email, webcams, the Hubble Space Telescope, the World Wide Web and HTML, digital cameras—all came about within a relatively short time span. A newly computerized world brought with it fears from the general public about the potential for technological abuses. This paranoia was keenly exploited by the filmmakers of the day.

Hackers, The Net, Virtuosity, GoldenEye and Johnny Mnemonic all came out in 1995, when just 14 million American adults were using the internet. Of these films, few stand the test of time. The flicks faced a unique challenge in attempting to make a fundamentally uninteresting, unfamiliar activity into something captivating. Hackers was a financial flop, but its hilariously over-the-top early CGI visuals, oddly prescient view on technology, and glam-cyberpunk aesthetic rendered it a cult classic.

To honor its 20th anniversary—at a time dogged by newfound fears about what the future of technology holds—we thought it would be fitting to bring together a group of actual hackers to screen and discuss the film.

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The ‘Kingsman’ Scene That Could Shock and Awe Audiences


In a highly suspenseful scene in the new blockbuster action and spy-parody film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, an interlude occurs just before the final fight sequence. This interlude is quite memorable because it depicts the actions of Obama and several other world leaders.

Warning: Major plot spoilers ahead.

Sony’s The Interview will go down as one of the most controversial films ever produced, given the firestorm over its plot about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. So we are curious to watch how the world — and the U.S. in particular — reacts to Fox’s new action movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service.

(Seriously, stop reading here if you don’t want any of the film’s plot spoiled for you.)

The film stars newcomer Taron Egerton as Eggsy, a rebellious teen recruited into the titular U.K. spy agency by Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Meanwhile, a billionaire named Valentine (Samuel L.

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Bowe Bergdahl! The Movie! And The Other Movie!



The Hurt Locker‘s Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal are tackling The Bowe Bergdahl Story ©, but they’re not the only ones. Fox Searchlight is working on a Bergdahl film, too. Next? Bowe Bergdahl action figure! Don’t want to wait until next year for the Taliban kidnappers action figures playset? No worries! Just substitute these “Duck Dynasty”figures! The American Taliban’s First Furry Family is happy to step in!

Well, if there was ever any doubt, we can say now firmly that Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal are not afraid of controversy. The director/writer pair had a certain amount of backlash from “The Hurt Locker,” but nothing compared to their follow-up “Zero Dark Thirty” — willfully misread by some as being pro-torture, and well-researched to the extent that some wanted to investigate where their sources come from.

But that may have been the tip of the iceberg compared to what might come next, as Deadline report that the pair, through Boal’s new Megan Ellison-backed company Page One, are planning to make a movie focusing on the story of Bowe Bergdahl.

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Review of David Lynch’s ‘Inland Empire’: a Psychedelic Trip Report

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Staying with the theme of the previous post, a review of Joon-ho Bong’s ‘Snowpiercer’, thought I’d share a review of David Lynch’s ‘Inland Empire’ that I posted on my previous site in 2007 after watching the movie for the first time – I ended up going back to the theater 2 more times within a week of making this post so that I could experience it again. Suffice it to say, I highly recommend the movie.

I walked out of ‘Inland Empire’ seven hours ago and was too exhausted to tackle this recommendation. I ended up getting something to eat and after five hours of restless sleep I think I’m ready to at least pique your interest enough to consume David Lynch and go for a ride.

I want to get one thing out of the way before I go any further. The actors in this movie will blow you away.… Read the rest

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May I Recommend a Post-Apocalyptic Movie, a Brilliant Thesis about Society: Joon-ho Bong’s ‘Snowpiercer’, Based on the French Graphic Novel ‘le Transperceneige’

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Note: If you are a post-apocalyptic movie aficionado and appreciate the ones that provide an in-depth critique of our civilization and the problems that we face, then you should skip the write-up below and just watch Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Snowpiercer’, especially if you enjoy accessible Korean movies – the dialogue in the movie is mainly in English.

If you do plan on reading what’s below, please keep in mind that I don’t like providing spoilers, so I’ve refrained from discussing too many details, but instead have approached this write-up as a recommendation. The write-up will probably make more sense post-viewing.

There is a certain intensity about Koreans. I realized this during the early 1990’s while attending university. One of my roommates was Korean and he was kind enough to introduce me to his world. We became very close and he and his friends welcomed me into their midst.… Read the rest

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‘The Hobbit’ as Anarchist, Anti-State Manifesto

Jeff Berwick has written a case for the interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit as an anarchist manifesto.

Via LewRockwell.com:

I am looking forward to the release of The Hobbit on December 14th. Its author, J.R.R. Tolkien, was essentially an anarchist. He once stated:

“My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning the abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) – or to ‘unconstitutional’ Monarchy. I would arrest anybody who uses the word State (in any sense other than the inanimate real of England and its inhabitants, a thing that has neither power, rights nor mind); and after a chance of recantation, execute them if they remained obstinate! If we could go back to personal names, it would do a lot of good.

Government is an abstract noun meaning the art and process of governing and it should be an offence to write it with a capital G or so to refer to people … The most improper job of any many, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men.

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Rush Limbaugh: The Motion Picture

Know what the world really needs? Not a Rush Limbaugh movie.

Actor and outspoken liberal John Cusack is developing a movie about conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, Cusack’s production company said Friday.

The working title is “Rush,” Cusack’s New Crime Productions confirmed, offering no other details.

Hollywood director Betty Thomas, who’s set to work on the film, said the production company is putting finishing touches on a script that will star the actor. Production is set for next year, Thomas said.

Maybe the movie will devolve into a Rocky Horror kind of thing where people throw cigars and Oxycontin at the screen…

Read more at CBS News.

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DreamWorks Studio Buys Rights To WikiLeaks’ Book

wiki4It was only a matter of time there was a movie about Assange. Looks like Spieldberg’s studio got to it first. The Guardian reports:

Steven Spielberg‘s Hollywood studio looks set to oversee WikiLeaks: the Movie after securing the screen rights to WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange‘s War on Secrecy, the book by Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding.

Reportedly conceived as an investigative thriller in the mould of All the President’s Men, the film will be backed by DreamWorks – the studio founded in 1994 by Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.

Leigh and Harding’s book charts Julian Assange’s life and times, from his itinerant childhood through to the creation of the WikiLeaks website in 2006. It also provides the inside story of Assange’s explosive partnership with the Guardian and the release, last December, of more than 250,000 secret diplomatic cables.

Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media, said: “The Guardian’s unique collaboration with WikiLeaks led to what some have described as one of the greatest journalistic scoops of the last 30 years.”

[Continues at The Guardian]

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