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TV/Movies (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Vanity: Period Drama Review – Belgravia (2020)

    01/19/2021 2:57:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 19, 2021 | Me
    Almost all of my period drama viewing is based on books from Austen during the Regency to the Edwardian E.M Forester. Given these are stories that say something about the human condition you do hope to extract something edifying. Then you have your books and period dramas that are analogous to grabbing a gallon of your favorite ice cream and just enjoying it as a guilty pleasure. Belgravia is an example of the second. I must admit when I saw the opening shot indicating we are in Brussels in 1815 I immediately paid attention. Yes, yes…they are going to re-create...
  • Media Impeding Dr. King's Dream

    01/18/2021 12:21:48 PM PST · by kathsua · 8 replies
    Janitor's view ^ | January 18, 2021 | Reasonmclucus
    The biggest impediment to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, dream of a society in which color is not considered important is the continued used of the extremely racist term "African-American". The term implies the descendants of slaves are a separate race whose members belong in Africa rather than the United States even though many have ancestors who were living in North America long before the American Revolution. The term "African American" arbitrarily segregates people by skin color. The term treats people with dark complexions as if they only had African ancestors even if more of their ancestors came from somewhere...
  • Matthew McConaughey Shreds Cancel Culture – Gets Accused Of Verging On ‘Alt-Right’ By Media

    01/14/2021 12:23:48 PM PST · by MJacks4 · 13 replies
    The Mix ^ | 1/14/2021 | James Conrad
    Oscar-winning Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey spoke out against cancel culture once again this week during a sit-down with Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson. The actor then found himself being slammed by The Daily Beast in a scathing op-ed called “Matthew McConaughey Keeps Flirting With Alt-Right Darlings.”
  • Lockheed Martin’s SR-72 Mach 6 Darkstar: What We Know

    01/12/2021 6:13:51 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 24 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/12/2021 | Peter Suicu
    It was over twenty years ago the Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” was retired by the United States Air Force, and while surveillance satellites can provide that eye in the sky for intelligence gathering there is still a need for such high flying, ultra-fast aircraft. Such a platform would complement other manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), providing flexibility in how intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) is gathered. Back in 2013, Lockheed Martin proposed a follow-up to the SR-71. Fittingly, it was the SR-72, which has also become known as the “Son of the Blackbird,” and it was suggested that the...
  • I Still Believe (Jeremy Camp Movie)

    01/11/2021 4:05:39 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 6 replies
    MSMB ^ | December 2020 | Rob W. Case
    The film begins in Lafayette Indiana, where a young man by the name of Jeremy Camp (KJ Apa) heads to Calvary Chapel College in Murrieta, California. The first night he gets settled in, Jeremy goes to a Christian concert to see a Canadian band called “The Kry”, and meets its lead singer, Jean-Luc Lagoie (Nathan Parsons). Jeremy asks Jean-Luc how to make it. Jean-Luc tells Camp that “it’s not about making it. It’s about what our songs give people.” Then he asks Camp, “So what do you want to give people?” This question forces Camp to see where his priorities...
  • Kirstie Alley Unloads On Jack Dorsey After Twitter Bans The President

    01/11/2021 1:07:54 PM PST · by MJacks4 · 30 replies
    The Mix ^ | 1/11/2021 | James Conrad
    Kirstie Alley is questioning why Twitter banned Donald Trump and some of his associates when it hasn’t suspended others whom she thinks have been inciting riots for months. In fact, she unloaded on Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey.
  • Christian Movie ‘Gun And A Hotel Bible’ Receives High Praise From Unlikely Sources

    01/11/2021 11:07:10 AM PST · by MJacks4 · 7 replies
    The Mix ^ | 1/11/2021 | Erin Perri
    A faith-based film that is targeted to doubters has earned some substantial awards at film festivals is now available for the public to watch. Gun And A Hotel Bible is seeking to break ground in untraditional way as a Christian movie. This movie definitely doesn’t preach to the choir. Rather than mimicking stories of people who are strong in their faith, this one is intended for those people who have more questions than answers about religion.
  • Vanity: Period Drama Review: Emma 2020

    01/10/2021 2:42:22 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | January 10, 2021 | Me
    As a disclaimer, fans of 19th century British literature tend to be broken up into camps. One is the Janeites; fans of all things Jane Austen and genteel. The other is the Charlottans, in reference to Charlotte Bronte; fans of passionate romance and the Gothic. I am in in the 2nd camp. Another disclaimer is I have not read the novel. This is my 3rd adaptation of the Jane Austen story. I have seen the 1996 version with Kate Beckinsale before she made her name spraying on latex all over body and playing a vampire. The other is the 2009...
  • Vanity: Period Drama Review -Amazon Prime’s Carnival Row

    01/10/2021 5:03:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 10, 2021 | Me
    I finished season 1 several weeks ago and it took me awhile to process this. I guess I will just have a list of what I enjoyed and did not enjoy: The Bad: Gratuitous Explicit Sex: There was so much bonking it was ridiculous. One would think with all the sex, including interspecies, some disease like syphilis would be spreading like wildfire. In this alternative universe of the Late Victorian era there is still no effective birth control as there are several characters whose dubious parentage plays a key role in the plot. On top of it, it strains credulity...
  • MSNBC's Nance Fears Rogue MAGA Secret Service Agent Could Pose Threat to Biden Admin

    01/09/2021 11:49:00 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 87 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On her MSNBC show today, Tiffany Cross, citing a Washington Post article, expressed concern about QAnon believers or MAGA supporters "infiltrating" the Secret Service. MSNBC terrorism analyst Malcom Nance replied: "What I'm afraid of as a counter-terrorism specialist is that they're going to get an Indira Gandhi situation, where one of her bodyguards killed her. Rajiv Gandhi, one of the guests, one of the bodyguards allowed a woman with a suicide bomb next to him, and blew him up. All bets are off now, right?" Get the rest of the story and view the video here.
  • 10 English Period Dramas To Watch If You Like Netflix's Bridgerton: Netflix's Bridgerton has caused a stir amongst fans of the historical romance genre. For similar viewing experiences, here are other dramas to try.

    01/09/2021 5:45:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Screen Rant ^ | January 7, 2021 | Jake Dee
    The 19th-century English period drama Bridgerton, based on the series of bestselling novels written by Julia Quinn, has caused quite a stir among fans of the historical romance genre. Bridgerton refers to the large family navigating the high-society of England's lavish Regency Era. As young Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) comes of age and strikes up a romance when entering the marriage market, her life is forever changed. For similar cinematic experiences that deal with this historical age, scroll below.
  • Star Trek: Discovery Just Challenged the Federation’s Fiscal Hypocrisy

    01/08/2021 5:50:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Den of Geeks ^ | January 6, 2021 | Ryan Britt
    `Remember that time when Admiral James T. Kirk pretended to be a socialist so he didn’t have to pay the bill on a pizza date? In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Dr. Gillian Taylor (Catherine Hicks) rolls her eyes as Kirk is taken-aback about having to pay for the pizza and one round of Michelob (yes, Michelob) beers. Gillian says, “Don’t tell me that they don’t have money in the 23rd Century.” Kirk replies faux-innocently, “Well, we don’t!” Even by that point, Trekkies knew that Kirk was playing dumb. This is the same Kirk who successfully staged a hostile...
  • Vanity: Period Drama Review - BBC Dickensian 2015

    01/08/2021 5:08:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 8, 2021 | Me
    I checked out this BBC mini-series free for Amazon Prime members. It is a mish-mash of characters from various Dickens novels, especially "A Christmas Carol", "Great Expectations", "Bleak House", and "Oliver Twist", thrown in together with a murder mystery as the pivot point. Besides the murder of Jacob Marley, the other main storyline is why Miss Havisham became the old woman before her time reckloose decaying at Satis House. I really enjoyed Stephen Rea as Inspector Bucket, the first detective portrayed in a fictional work. He has this bloodhound quality about him. For me, I could not stop ogling at...
  • Jimmy Kimmel Jokes About Trump Supporters Killing Themselves On Live TV

    01/07/2021 11:31:52 AM PST · by MJacks4 · 19 replies
    The Mix ^ | 1/7/2021 | James Conrad
    On Tuesday night, the radically liberal late night television host Jimmy Kimmel launched a truly vile attack on supporters of President Donald Trump where he joked about them “killing themselves”. This was a particularly crass choice given one of Wednesday’s rioters, an unarmed married female Air Force veteran, was shot and killed during inside the Capitol. While another three died of undetermined medical emergencies.
  • Parents Outraged To Find ‘Inappropriate’ Content In Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa Game For 6-Year-Olds

    01/06/2021 10:32:48 AM PST · by MJacks4 · 6 replies
    The Mix ^ | 1/6/2021 | Erin Perri
    Parents say Nickelodeon and child star JoJo Siwa have some explaining to do after one mom blew the whistle on a game marketed for young children that contains adult content. The co-branded board game “JoJo’s Juice” is recommended for children 6 and up but the content is anything but appropriate for kids that age. Seventeen-year-old Siwa rose to fame on the hit Lifetime reality show “Dance Moms” before turning into a YouTube sensation. The dancer, singer, and actress signed with Nickelodeon when she was just 13.
  • Vanity: Period Drama Review - The Go-Between - 2015

    01/06/2021 4:40:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 6, 2020 | Me
    This period drama came up on my recommended list on Amazon Prime video free for members. A greatly simplified plot is a boy, Leo Colston, who is a charity case at a public school, public being the UK definition, spends the summer at the estate of his wealthy school friend. As he is entering the journey into manhood he falls under the spell of the stunning Miss Marian Maudsley. The title of the movie comes from the role he plays passing along messages between Miss Maudsley and a farmer, Ted Burgess, neighboring the estate. Mr. Burgess and Miss Maudsley are...
  • Zack Snyder’s Vicious Wonder Woman Photo Reflects Warner’s Early Internal War

    01/06/2021 3:52:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Den of Geek ^ | January 5, 2020 | Joseph Baxter
    While the bellwether day-and-date HBO Max release of Wonder Woman 1984 left audiences divided, there can be no question that the sequel’s storyline reinforced writer/director Patty Jenkins’s vision for Gal Gadot’s version of the DC Comics heroine, reflecting ideals of compassion and mercy with pathological nuance. However, shockingly vicious imagery from an early concept photo displayed by the character’s first directorial steward, Zack Snyder, presents a stark contrast to her current ethos of unbridled optimism.
  • ‘Grease’ Caught In Cancel Culture Crosshairs: It’s ‘Rapey’ And ‘Homophobic’

    01/05/2021 8:15:11 AM PST · by MJacks4 · 37 replies
    The Mix ^ | 1/5/2021 | Erin Perri
    This week, online activists are taking aim at the classic musical Grease calling it “rapey” and demanding Hollywood cancel it. Grease, which stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, takes place in a 1950s American high school and so it doesn’t subscribe to modern cancel culture’s “acceptable” standards. As demonstrated time and again, the political correctness police don’t just want to change the way we act today. They also want to erase things from the past that don’t stand up to their standards.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Anniversary Edition)

    01/04/2021 3:20:53 PM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 12 replies
    MSMB ^ | December 2020 | Rob W. Case
    C.S. Lewis and accomplished author J.R.R. Tolkien sat down and had a talk about children’s stories in their day. Douglas Gresham, the stepson of C.S. Lewis’s, elaborated on this conversation between them. He said, “[Lewis and Tolkien] sat down and had a discussion about children’s literature that was being produced in those days. They found that they both agreed that children’s literature of that time was really not good enough for children. It didn’t say the things that children needed to hear. And it didn’t say the things that children would like to hear and enjoy. So, they both decided...
  • Is Your Hisense TV (Partially Owned By The CCP) A Threat?

    01/04/2021 11:23:40 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 11 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 01/4/2021 | Stephen Silver
    Throughout the last year, there’s been a great deal of rancor related to Chinese-owned tech companies that do business in the United States. The Trump administration spent the better part of 2020 attempting to ban the Chinese-owned TikTok. The U.S. government has also devoted energies in recent years to cracking down on Chinese-made smartphone manufacturers Huawei and ZTE, with the FCC, last summer, declaring both companies threats to national security. More recently, security researchers discovered what they described as a “Chinese backdoor” in TCL’s Android TVs that are sold in the United States. The acting secretary of homeland security, Chad...