Political Content from dvds released on March 16, 2010: Did You Hear About the Morgans?, The Princess and the Frog, Astro Boy, The Fourth Kind, Armored, Order of Chaos, Bandslam
1. Did You Hear About the Morgans? [Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and momentary violence]
summary from yahoo movies:
Romantic-comedy regulars Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker finally unite in this fish-out-of-water laugher. The actors play Paul and Meryl Morgan, a Manhattan couple whose marriage is in danger. But it turns out all they may need is a change of scenery: when the Morgans witness a murder and are sent by the government to small-town Wyoming to hide from the killers, their marriage shows signs of recovery.
starring: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen, Wilford Brimley
Big Hollywood article: Did You Hear About the Morgans Trashing Sarah Palin?
Mrs. Morgan: ummm… what do i have tomorrow?
Mrs. Morgan’s assistant: that PETA lunch…
Mr. Morgan: okay, look… see that woman? guess what’s in those bags?
Mrs. Morgan: ummm… french bread?
Mr. Morgan: guns… big guns… she’s coming…
Mrs. Morgan: oh my G–… it’s Sarah Palin…
Emma: actually, the name’s Emma… Emma Wheeler… but you can call me Deputy Wheeler…
Clay: just what you needed, huh, a couple more guns…
Emma: i love’em! do you hunt, Meryl?
Mrs. Morgan: just for bargains… actually, I’m a member of PETA… People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals…
Emma: so am I… except mine’s People For Eating Tasty Animals…
Mrs. Morgan: i was just wondering… would you mind terribly blowing smoke in another direction? thank you…
Earl: Chicago… i don’t know how you do things in Chicago… i’ve never been there… but this is God-fearing American country… we don’t take kindly to outsiders trying to tell us how to live…
Mrs. Morgan: well… people in Chicago are just as American and God-fearing as people in Wyoming… i mean not me specifically, i’m an agnostic…
Earl: next thing you’ll be telling us you’re democrats…
Mrs. Morgan: well, there’s gotta be a few of us in town…
Earl’s granddaughter: 14… and we know who they are…
Earl: 13, honey… Bill Hare died a month ago…
Mr. Morgan: of natural causes? or…
Earl: you’re not getting smart with me, are you tea-drinker?
Mr. Morgan: you know what i did to the last man who called me that? i stole his crumpet…
from Hollywood, STFU:
Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker play Paul and Meryl Morgan, a narcissistic, upper west side Manhattan, power couple. They run their own companies. They have their own doting assistants. He’s a corporate attorney. She’s a real estate agent who hosts charity fundraisers and appears on the cover of The New Yorker. Yada, yada, yada./They must suffer the indignities of a latte-less life amongst the hicks while their corporate assistants try to cover for their absence. It’s hard for me to say if the formula or the pretension was worse./Sam Elliot and Mary Steenburgen play Clay and Emma Wheeler, a Wyoming small town couple who host the Morgans at their safe-house. Director Marc Lawrence tries to portray the Wheelers as down-to-earth folksy and uncouth gun-nut bumpkins at the same time and fails at both. He succeeds only in displaying the same tired stereotypes which Hollywood and Manhattan hold of the people who live in “flyover country”. Every wall of every building in Wyoming has at least one trophy head mounted on it. The Wheeler’s refrigerator is overfilled with locally butchered game meat. Meryl Morgan first sees Emma Wheeler inspecting a bolt-action rifle at a store counter and comments, “My God, it’s Sarah Palin”. Meryl Morgan asks a diner proprietor, played by Wilford Brimley, not to smoke in his own establishment. Brimley’s character snarks back, “Next thing you’ll be telling us you’re Democrats”.
2. The Princess and the Frog [Rated G]
summary from yahoo movies:
Set in the city of New Orleans comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana , a frog prince who desperatelywants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on an adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.
voices by: Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, John Goodman, Emeril Lagasse
besides, you and I both know the real power in this world ain’t magic… it’s money… buckets of it…
aren’t you tired of living on the margins? while all those fat cats in their fancy cars don’t give you so much as a sideways glance…
yes… i am…
opposing views: Christian Toto says that this movie is “Conservative at Heart”:
The film also relies on a conservative message – one featuring hard work, perseverance and the reality of the American dream.
It’s a far cry from recent kid’s films with their slams against the U.S. military (”Monsters vs. Aliens”) and the decadence of humanity as a whole (”Battle for Terra”).
“Frog” stars Tiana (voiced with elan by Anika Noni Rose) as a young woman who dreams of opening her own restaurant. She doesn’t scratch lottery tickets or beg and borrow from her second or third cousin to make it happen.
She works, and works, and saves every penny possible for a down payment on her dream.
And if that means skipping fun social events, so be it. It’s what her daddy would want her to do. […]
It’s a pleasure to take in hand-drawn animation again, and it’s even more enjoyable to watch a film celebrate American values without equivocation.
while “Hollywood, STFU” gave it 3.5 hammer and sickles out of 5 and says:
Anika Noni Rose voices for Tiana a poor woman living in pre-depression New Orleans and brought up with her father’s optimism, work ethic, and dream of owning a restaurant. Tiana is the first Disney Princess of African descent. I point this out because there are many to whom this was an issue of importance. So much so that more attention was given to Tiana’s race than to her more important qualities of hard word, focus, determination, thrift, and pluck. So much so that one movie reviewer actually stated that he felt racially cheated that Tiana spent much of the movie as a green frog rather than as a black person. So much so that another movie reviewer actually complained that Prince Naveen, voiced by Bruno Campos, appeared Brazilian and not African. So much so that the Disney Studios actually changed the name of the project from its original adaptation of the Grimm, “The Frog Princess”, for fear that the PC police might accuse them of implying that Tiana was an ugly frog. I’m serious.
What made all of this ridiculous posturing even more so is the fact that American audiences love Disney Princess and Princes regardless of what “race” they are drawn as. Americans loved the Native American Disney Princess, Pocahontas. Americans loved the Arabian Disney Princess, Jasmine. Americans loved the Polynesian female lead, Lilo. Despite all this, Disney still bought into The Left’s constant and offensive narrative of “Racist America” and changed the name of the movie.
I suspect that Disney even went a couple of steps further than this name change to inoculate themselves from PC criticism. Conspicuously missing from the movie is a single “white” character with a redeeming feature. There was a group of vicious, buffoonish, toothless, gun-toting swamp rats. There was an effete, power craving toady and back stabber. There was a pair of racist, condescending, and paternalistic property owning business men who could only be reasoned with through threats of grievous violence. There was a trifling, gold digging, bimbo beauty queen. Finally, there was a pampered, corpulent, and corrupt boss politician. So, Disney, let me ask, were there no admirable working class or poor white people in pre-depression New Orleans? Were there none who would have been Tiana’s friend? Were there none who disagreed with the racial injustice of the time? In Huey Long’s Louisiana? Where the influence of The Klan was a heavily debated election issue? Really? OK. […]
Consider that all of this baggage comes in a movie which features a heroine who champions self-reliance and a villain who foments class hatred against the “Fat Cats” and who advocates the easy but obviously wrong path. These characters and their qualities, who and which would have made a great movie, are lost amongst the trappings, the cliches, and the baggage. Tiana deserved better.
3. Astro Boy [Rated PG for some action and peril, and brief mild language.]
summary from yahoo movies:
Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist named Dr. Tenma. Powered by positive “blue” energy, Astro Boy is endowed with super strength, x-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly. Embarking on a journey in search of acceptance, Astro Boy encounters many other colorful characters along the way. Through his adventures, he learns the joys and emotions of being human, and gains the strength to embrace his destiny. Ultimately learning his friends and family are in danger, Astro Boy marshals his awesome super powers and returns to Metro City in a valiant effort to save everything he cares about and to understand what it means to be a hero.
voices by: Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage, Charlize Theron, Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Freddie Highmore, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy, Ryan Stiles, Moises Arias
Crude posters of Lenin and Trotsky adorn the threadbare walls of an office in a desolate part of town, and a group of outcast revolutionaries hatch a scheme to overthrow the ruling powers and bring equality and a classless society to mankind. The beginning of an Eisenstein film? Bunuel? Renoir?
Try ‘Astro Boy,’ the upcoming animated film featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage and Kristen Bell about a boy robot (Freddie Highmore) that leaves his scientist father after finding out he isn’t human. Ostensibly a film for children — with a fringe following of fanboys, thanks to its comic book series — the movie features very adult ideas of ownership and class structure that will most likely be future fodder for college philosophy classes around the country.
While it’s no secret that Hollywood films tend to skew left in general, ‘Astro Boy’ may be the first animated blockbuster to discuss, if not necessarily endorse, explicit Marxist ideologies (albeit in cute robot form, of course.) In the movie, the aforementioned outcasts, led by Robotsky, form the Robot Revolutionary Front, stenciling their logo on city walls and chanting “Viva La Robotolution” at anyone within earshot. On the whole, it’s played for laughs, but makes us ponder the question:
Have animated films gotten more leftist in recent years?
With rising technology and increased consumption turning the world into a virtual landfill/state-of-the-art robots cater to humans, doing all the dirty work people no longer want to do./and the snarky, right-wing manipulation of a president (Donald Sutherland) seeking reelection. Political propaganda has no place in a loopy kid’s flick.
Even more dire is the offensive treatment of a plot that doesn’t seem to realize how macabre it truly is. Bowers and co-writer Timothy Harris are negligible in their handling of what it might really be like if a man were to bring his son back in robotic form. Toby is so precocious at the onset that it is greatly sobering to watch him get killed off, his father bawling as he holds onto his son’s hat (the only thing that physically remains of him). That the viewer is supposed to rally behind Astro, then, is a tough pill to swallow, and more than a little creepy. The exceedingly similar “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence” tackled this premise wonderfully, portraying the robot boy’s gradual journey from machine to someone who had evolved into having genuine feelings and emotions. By comparison, Astro does not really change at all throughout, Toby’s memories programmed into him. Sure, he turns to fighting evil forces when he discovers his superpowers, but the fact remains that Astro does not have an all-important soul to make him whole. When his father, Dr. Tenma, abruptly turns around at the end and tells Astro, “You might not be Toby, but you’re still my son,” the statement is (1) utterly senseless and (2) a flimsy excuse to give the proceedings a sloppy, superficial happy ending.
when Astro Boy gets carted off to compete in a robot death-match, and his Earth friend Cora (Kristen Bell) turns on him when she finds out he isn’t human. This brutal scene of humans applauding the utter destruction of robots for mere enjoyment seems familiar but still proves compelling, and even humorous, as Astro Boy pummels the other robots with a giddy enthusiasm./Metro City, the birthplace of Astro Boy and a fitting metaphor for man’s wastefulness, is a floating island of technological prosperity and efficiency, sitting high in the sky, dumping discarded, damaged robots onto a polluted Earth’s surface, which is also inhabited by countless orphaned and misplaced humans./However, Astro Boy succeeds at creating a complex world filled with second-class robots and sometimes careless, greedy humans, providing food for thought
hmmmm… red bad, blue good! (also from Slant):
Toby is trapped behind the protective glass after a sinister President Stone (Donald Sutherland) installs a recently discovered, highly powerful energy source—the clearly temperamental Red Core—into Tenma’s robot, culminating in Toby’s untimely death. Wrecked, Tenma feverishly constructs a replacement android son using the all-powerful, more stable Blue Core, but later cruelly rejects Toby for his mechanical inadequacies. Now known as Astro Boy, the dejected robot discovers his incredible abilities and gadgets, but soon crashes on Earth when fleeing from the power-hungry president, who is after the Blue Core.
Reborn as a robot, Astro Boy is home-schooled with Immanuel Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason.”
That’s probably best summed up when Astro Boy (still learning he’s an artificial boy) rejects Immanuel Kant in favor of studying Leonardo da Vinci./Also, Astro Boy features an annoying President who seems to be a perfect cliché of everything the Left loathes in George W. Bush.
Dr. Elefun is an esteemed colleague of mine, Mr. President… he may be resistant to having his discovery used for military purposes…
Dr. Elefun: ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present: blue core energy… blue core energy… a new self-sustaining power source, much stronger than nuclear energy… and infinitely cleaner… the raw materials came from space… […] unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a free lunch… when we extracted the positive blue energy from the fragment, we were left with this highly unstable byproduct, negative red energy…
the violence-happy President: oh i like that one… women voters are partial to the color red, you know…
[the evil president confiscates the red and blue cores]
Dr. Elefun: this is outrageous… what are you intending to do with it…
warmongering President: i’m gonna give the people of this city a reason to re-elect me…
Dr. Elefun: how?
butt-kicking President: the only way you can, doctor… i’m gonna kick some butt…
Dr. Tenma: load the blue core…
President who keeps getting in the way: hold on… this blue core… it’s all sweetness and light, right? save the dolphins, give peace a chance and so forth?
Dr. Elefun: it’s pure positive energy…
the dreaming President: call me a dreamer but i think we’ll get a bigger bang for our buck using the red one…
Dr. Elefun: ha ha… oh, you’re not joking…
Dr. Tenma: sir, we’re not putting something that dangerous into something that dangerous…
the Evil Electioneering President: Listen, Tenma… I’ve got an election to win… I need my robot to be a fighter… not a lover… load the red one…
lady technician: i won’t…
President: then i’ll do it…
the Prez: the surface dwellers are firing at us? oh this is what i’ve been waiting for… declare war on them… this is gonna get me re-elected…
adorably wacky Marxist Robots! (complete with adorable little red raised fists printed on their bodies):
Viva la robot revolution!
What just happened?
Did you see the human’s face?
They were quaking in their capitalist boots.
Don’t worry, brother. You are safe.
You’ve been rescued by… The Robot Revolutionary Front.
I’m Sparx, the brightest.
– And I’m Robotsky, the muscle.
I’m Mike, the fridge. I’m the fridge.
You are now liberated.
Go ahead, comrade.
Take your first step as a free robot.
Take it! Take it!
It feels different, doesn’t it?
It feels wetter. – It feels wetter!
Yeah! What are you doing?
I’ll… I’ll pick it up. – Yes, please.
You look like a pretty advanced model, if I may say so, robot.
Just out of interest, there’s no peculiar reason for me asking…
Laws of Robotics?
Hm, remind me?
A robot cannot harm a human…
…be the cause of any harm to a human.
Blah, blah, blah,
boring, boring, boring.
Well, I don’t really wanna harm anybody.
The RRF is dedicated to freeing robot kind from human’s slavery,
…by any means necessary.
Any means! Any means necessary.
What is your name, comrade?
That’s not much of a name, now you must add bit more to it.
Something like… The Ice Maker!
Yeah! Or The Annihilator.
Well, I guess…
Hey, we haven’t come up with a new name for you yet.
What about Astro?
– Oh, be quiet!
If you can’t come up with a sensible suggestion…
…then kindly, mind your own business.
– Think. Think.
I got it!
– Oh, that’s marvellous. That is…
It’s modern, little space age. I love it.
Well, I’d better get going.
Show, Astro, the plan.
As you wish, comrade.
This is the Ham Egg.
– The likes of him enslave our kind.
We need to make an example of Ham Egg.
We wanna do something so horrible, so frightening, so shocking…
…that the humans will be forced to free all the robots.
What are you gonna do?
– We’re gonna sneak into town…
And lie and wait for Ham Egg.
And when he shows…
Let me remind that we’re forced to follow the Laws of Robotics.
– We’re gonna…
…just tickle him with a feather!
Viva la robot revolution!
– That’s the plan?
We are ready to go in purchasing the feather.
– You okay?
How did you find our secret hideout?
You guys really need to work on your camouflage skills.
Don’t make us dismantle you, we just want the kid back.
Kid? What’re you talking about?
He is a…
You want a piece of me, Tin Man?
I’m a undercover robot from Metro City.
Yeah, I knew it!
Viva la robot revolution!
These guys aren’t doing any harm.
Let’s just leave them.
– Whatever you say.
Thank you, brother. The RRF are forever in your debt.
President Stone’s approval ratings reached new low today when he failed to show up for his televised debate with Robert Logan. The man many pundits are picking as the next President of Metro City.
No darn dirty hippie is gonna sit in my Oval office eating mung beans and stinking of patchouli oil. I’ve got the blue core. My Peacemaker’s gonna start a war with the surface. It’s bound to get me re-elected.
Fighting comrades, to arms!
I’ve got three arms.
Where is he?
Is he really be okay?
– I hope so.
We demand immediately that you cease oppressing our Comrade Astro.
We may not be allowed to harm humans but there’s nothing that say we can’t do some serious damage to a monster.
Because that robot had more humanity than most of us.
4. The Fourth Kind [Rated PG-13 for violent/disturbing images, some terror, thematic elements and brief sexuality]
summary from yahoo movies:
1n 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. This encounter has been the most difficult to document-until now. Set in modern-day Nome, Alaska, where–mysteriously since the 1960s–a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered. Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented.
starring: Milla Jovovich, Will Patton, Elias Koteas
Poli-Bits: nothing political detected…
5. Armored [Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence, some disturbing images and brief strong language.]
summary from yahoo movies:
A crew of armored truck guards execute a meticulously planned robbery of their own security firm, but when their seemingly foolproof plan unravels, the men turn against each other as they desperately try to save themselves.
starring: Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne, Fred Ward, Milo Ventimiglia, Skeet Ulrich
Poli-Bits: innocent people killed in Iraq war, child welfare agent, blue-collar vibe/debt/financial crisis/pending house repossession by bank
see, not everbody’s a hero, soldier-boy… so… when are you gonna tell us about all them kills you got over there in Baghdad? we’d like to hear about that…
you should be proud of what you did over there…
i’m not… a lot of innocent people died out there…
right, right, but you were… but you were just tryna protect the guys in your unit… those guys are your brothers… anybody woulda done the same thing…
so you think…
and you go off to Iraq and you serve your country… and you earn a silver star… and for what?
an unsympathetic white child welfare agent (Lorna Raver) shows up and explains to him that his younger brother James (Andre Kinney) has missed lots of school, had a few brushes with the law, and that The State is considering putting him into foster care.
No, Armored is a simple story of a group of blue collar workers/Balancing work life with family life is hard enough as it is, but making matters worse is a bank hungry to reposes Hackett’s parent’s house.
There’s a brief flirtation with depth for the first interminable forty five minutes when it is established that working class neighborhoods in Los Angeles suck because all the jobs left, leaving piles of debt and hopelessness. Don’t worry though, they don’t bother showing any drugs, gangs, or crime. It’s far more effective just to show empty streets full of run-down houses and no people. An old lady social worker who just doesn’t understand how tough it is to make ends meet or how important it is to keep families together threatens to take New Guy’s brother away though, because in the movies, social workers are required either to be small-minded judgemental a######s or naive saints just trying to save the children.
the wonderfully wacky “World Socialist Web Site” was not overly-pleased with their viewing of this movie… but they thought it was pretty good… read their review over here.
and now… some highlights from their review:
the work does contain some surprises both in its effort to say something about the social misery thrust on the working class by the economic crisis and in its ability to avoid many of the pitfalls which plague so many current films which fall into the action or thriller category. It is not a great film, but there’s something to it./Ty Hackett (Columbus Short) is an Iraq war veteran struggling to find work. Since the death of his parents, he’s also taken on the responsibility of caring for his teenage brother. They live together in a modest house that their bank is about to foreclose on. Child services are also threatening to place Ty’s brother in foster care./The filmmakers behind Armored want to say something about the conditions millions find themselves faced with today. In their efforts, they aren’t always successful or convincing. One often feels something missing in their portrait of working class life, something preventing the viewers from being moved to the extent that we should by the crises faced by these characters. There is the sense that while the filmmakers may be outraged by the hardships facing workers, they either do not have an intimate knowledge of it themselves or have not been able to work through it in a sufficiently critical way. We never quite feel the weight of it all./Nimród Antal and his collaborators deserve some credit, however, for exploring these matters at all, and one shouldn’t be unduly harsh in criticizing them. As many artists urged on by the developments in the economic crisis begin to enter the territory of social criticism, many will inevitably take their first steps on unsteady feet. Antal has at least turned his eyes in the right direction./Some of this is done affectingly. Among the more memorable scenes in Armored is Ty’s confrontation with the social worker threatening to remove his teenage brother from the home. Columbus Short performs the scene with feeling without going overboard or descending into melodrama. The sequence is performed simply enough, but communicates the anguish of the situation with sincerity and compassion./In another scene, Cochrane tells Ty he should be proud of what he did in Iraq. Ty shakes his head and corrects his friend, “A lot of innocent people died over there.” When Cochrane interjects to let him off the hook, saying the young man had only done what was necessary to protect himself and his “brothers” in the US military, Ty says somberly “So you think. That’s what you think.”/The images that perhaps make the strongest impression are those of the guards going about their regular duty, retrieving and hauling enormous sums of money from different banks. They nervously escort the money with guns drawn, eyes surveying the streets, fearing danger from all sides. The entire operation has a militaristic character. These sequences suggest something about the nature of the current social order in the US that the filmmakers are perhaps not entirely aware of themselves./It is also interesting to note that much of the story takes place in a dilapidated abandoned steel mill, a symbol of the collapsed manufacturing industries in the US.
6. Order of Chaos [Rated R for sexual content, pervasive language and some violence.]
summary from yahoo movies:
A law-abiding, respectful, naive attorney and husband has his character put to the test when a smooth-talking, deceitful colleague and neighbor challenges him at home and at the office.
starring: Rhys Coiro, Milo Ventimiglia, Samantha Mathis, Mimi Rogers, Susan Ward
***a voice over the phone at the very beginning talks about the following (though i could only make out certain patches of the dialogue):
the Federal Reserve is the world’s bank loaning us money… and our federal government has had to bail them out… with the deficit… the interest alone… federal taxes… with a 401K gets defaulted… banks and housing are going to look like a picnic in the park once the sheep learn of the derivatives… and don’t even try explaining what that is now because ?those clerks? are so dumbed down….
***scrolling across the tv screen as a character watches the news: “the end of posse comitatus sends shock waves through communities where the impoverished…”
also scrolling: “martial law is imminent and the groundwork laid out…”
i want you to look them in the eye and tell them: “everyone cheats on their federal income taxes… nobody wants to pay them and thanks to the internet, everyone knows that there’s no law requiring them to do so” but tell them that your specialty as a tax attorney is creating the loopholes while appearing under the radar… which equals money…
*** “9/11 was an inside job” written on stall in bathroom… as well as “war is for nerds”
*** steak cooked on a grill and somebody asks for the veggie burgers to be cooked also followed by a comment about “working for The Man”…
*** voice on a car radio: “…more use of chemical weapons… this is how they give their statements to the public and to the world… not how they came to this conclusion or anything or the think-tanks that are paid millions to go through these scenarios… and then he goes on to say information chips implanted in the brain… electro-magnetic pulse weapons… the middle class is becoming Revolutionary… taking on the role of Marxist Proletariot… population of countries in the middle east increasing by a hundred and 32 percent… while Europe’s drops as fertility falls… flash mobs they love the lingo… flash mobs which are groups rapidly mobilized by criminal gangs or terrorist groups… now let’s just go over this little paragraph here… they say hey look at how this is presented to the public… this is standard predictive programming… it’s giving you fear on one hand and without explaining exactly why they’ve come to these…
*** a character watches a news channel with the following shown on the screen or scrolling across on the chyron:
[house with the sign:] BANK OWNED
the FDA has voted to allow the use of scorpion venom in genetically modified figs…
if you’re gonna sit here you have to feed the meter…
uhh.. i’m sorry, i’m just on the f###ing phone… thank you… just stop writing the ticket… fine, whatever… it’s less money for me to spend on immigrants, right?
we were here first…
no no no no… the Indians were here first… then we came and raped you and you became a Mexican…
have a good day, senior…
you’re a f#### parasite…
*** a character’s police record is looked at which shows he committed an assault and a hate crime… using racial slurs…
*** back to the voice on the radio:
now let’s just go over this little paragraph here… let’s look at how this is presented… to the public… this is how they give their statements to the world… middle classes becoming Revolutionary… giving you fear… giving you conclusions… fear… programming… conclusions… conclusions…
the following are scrolled across the screen during the radio voice part:
“…allow the use of scorpion venom in genetically modified figs…”
“…itself is poison, making it safer for America’s children…”
“…martial law is imminent…”
For a little while, Order of Chaos is merely dim-witted malarkey, as Vieluf strains to orchestrate an edgy, Bret Easton Ellis–style decadence — editor Jennifer Mayer seems to have been paid by the flash cut — but soon it becomes painfully clear that the filmmaker actually envisions this mano-a-mano revenge tale as some sort of tortured commentary on the corruption of the American Dream.
Vieluf aims to make soul-crushing, angry and eventually violent points about the American competitive mind-set. (Close-ups of the word “America” on TV news screens being the first clue./Ventimiglia at least has a few tricks in his bag in creating the dangerous allure of a play-to-win corporate attack dog
7. Bandslam [Rated PG for some thematic elements and mild language.]
summary from yahoo movies:
When gifted singer-songwriter Charlotte Banks asks new kid in town Will Burton to manage her fledgling rock band, she appears to have just one goal in mind: go head-to-head against her egotistical musician ex-boyfriend, Ben, at the biggest event of the year, a battle of the bands. Against all odds, their band develops a sound all its own with a real shot at success in the contest. Meanwhile, romance brews between Will and Sa5m, who plays a mean guitar and has a voice to die for. When disaster strikes, it’s time for the band to make a choice: Do they admit defeat, or face the music and stand up for what they believe in?
starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Alyson Michalka, Gaelan Connell, Lisa Kudrow, David Bowie
movieguide.org Christian review
Poli-Bits: just this one sentence:
School today was like Guantanamo with a lunch period.