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Movies you shouldn’t have overlooked: Locke

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As always, no spoilers.

Tom Hardy in a car having conversations on the phone for 85 minutes. That doesn’t sound like the kind of movie anyone would want to watch, and, as it turned out, very few did. Locke grossed $1,375,769 at the domestic box office, which is less than many movies make in the first two or three hours after they’re released.

But when I saw it received a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and noticed that I’d never even heard of the movie, I knew it was worth checking out. One thing that should be noted to anyone considering seeing it is that it’s listed as “Drama, Mystery & Suspense” on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s a drama. One can say that it’s a little suspenseful, but not the way most “suspense” movies tend deliver. Go in knowing nobody’s trying to hunt him down, there are no dead bodies in his trunk, and if he breaks the speed limit while driving, we aren’t made aware.

As true dramas go, it’s stellar.

Some may say it’s too gimmicky. After all, being able to hold an audience’s interest for an hour and a half with a man driving a car and talking to people is some feat. In this case, the execution of the gimmick itself is excellent because Hardy is able to deliver. His smooth transitions between private rage and soothing calm when he takes a call is magnified by a flawless Welsh accent. We believe that he’s passionate when he rages and we accept his sincerity when he’s calm.

The film was essentially a play that was performed over and over again with cameras in different places inside and outside the car. Then, they’d piece it all together for the finished product. It’s one of the few films where direction was much less important than good writing, which is why it’s a good thing that writer/director Steven Knight is much better known for his writing than directing.

Hardy’s acting is complimented by a strong mix of voice actors, including some pretty heavy hitters like Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, and Tom Holland, but of the voices on the other end of the line, it was Ruth Wilson who stood out as exceptional.

If you go in thinking a man in a car having phone conversations sounds too boring to watch, then Locke probably isn’t for you. There’s a Marvel movie or another installment of Fast and Furious coming out any moment that better suits your tastes.

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Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson has charmed Alyssa Milano

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Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson has charmed Alyssa Milano

Hollywood’s favorite social justice warrior has committed to attend a Democratic candidate’s fundraiser, and it’s raising eyebrows of even the most “woke” in Tinseltown. Charmed actress Alyssa Milano is starting her elect-any-Democrat tour by fundraising with spiritual guru and debate enthusiast Marianne Williamson.

But even as she announced her intentions to visit with Williamson, Milano made sure to hedge her bets and be as inclusive as possible by saying she loves everyone running. But it’s clear Williamson’s talk of the “collective” and the “soulful ache of the nation” has Milano sincerely interested in getting the guru attention, including on he popular progressive podcast, Sorry Not Sorry.

Williamson has been moving up in the polls, which is to say she’s not at zero anymore. Other notable candidates are.

But the jokes on Milano and Williamson’s supporters who clearly cannot see this candidacy is about building name recognition and public relations for the guru. Her message is one that can resonate with a very particular group of Americans, but her policy proposals are a combination of textbook 2020 Democrat and off-the-wall attention-grabbers. She’s obviously intelligent and is running a real campaign, but she’s doing so knowing the end result will be more appearances on talk shows and paid speeches that she’ll be able to ride long after the Democratic nominee is selected.

At least she got on Dave Rubin’s show.

Alyssa Milano has become completely unhinged. It would be hard to find an actor who has committed as much to politics in recent months, shifting her branding from entertainment to activism. But backing Williamson won’t help in that regard.

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Hollywood defends mediocrity, elitism, with 32 Game of Thrones Emmy nominations

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The only two places where being nominated for something is close enough to winning something are Hollywood and the Democrat Party. With that said the 2019 Emmy nominations came out in strong defense of the final season of Game of Thrones which was the most poorly received season in the show’s run. Despite the petitions and the negative press the final season received, it went on to receive a whopping 32 Emmy nominations, beginning with Outstanding Drama Series.

Acting

The first nomination that is strikingly unmerited was Kit Harrington for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, despite an awful performance as Jon Snow. He was best known for recycling the following three lines: “she is my queen.”, “I don’t want it”, and “You are my queen.” There was no noteworthy performance on his part and quite honestly, Kit Harrington should be sent down to the minor leagues of acting to rehabilitate after that performance. Emilia Clarke, despite unprofessionalism of leaving coffee cup on set, narrowly deserves a nomination for the female equivalent for her recitation of Josef Stalin in the show’s final episode.

Game of Thrones has a total of seven nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in between the male and female categories. Deserving are Peter Dinklage for his performance in “The Bells” and perhaps Maisie Williams while she was running through the library of Winterfell in the Battle of Winterfell if we are to judge the best male and female. Lena Headley, despite acting prowess and mastery of the Cersei character, was practically footnote in the final season, hardly having any lines which is a real waste of her talent. The pretentious Sophie Turner received nomination despite having neither performed well nor capturing Sansa Stark as a character. During the course of the season she portrayed at least two different versions of the same character. Gwnedoline Christie was someone else who doesn’t really deserve to be on the list, having the third best performance of the four female nominees.

Carice van Houten was nominated for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series raising concerns as to what the rules actually are. Her character is rooted enough in the plot to question whether she was really a guest. Guest actor/ actress in a drama should be like the patient in House, or the criminal in NCIS, right? I think being in 29 total episodes far exceeds what constitutes a guest appearance.

Bad Writing Nominated

The most egregious nomination was by far Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the final episode, “The Iron Throne.” While the episode was perhaps the most well-written in the final two seasons, it contained glaring writing errors caused by the set up. Quite honestly, the episode was swallowable only because it wasn’t the worst it could have been, ie a Republic ending. And by the final episode people already assumed it would be bad. So, why was it nominated again?

Bad Directing Nominated

Three episodes were nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. “The Iron Throne” is the most deserving of the three. “The Last Stark” was a dog turd of an episode where a dragon got shot down from the sky by a ballista that was behind a rock island but still able to land two bolts in the neck. This episode was poorly written but also poorly shot as shown in the aforementioned example. “The Long Knight” was an abomination from a tactical military perspective, which falls on the Director who spent fifty-five nights shooting something people couldn’t see.

Final Thoughts

After running through all these nominations, the more technical nominations withstanding, most of the ones listed and ranted about are undeserved. When these categories are stacked with multiple nominations, it’s worth wondering how many shows got snubbed, how many actresses overlooked so four Game of Thrones actresses can get nominated based on name ID. The eight season of Game of Thrones was objectively bad and has been set up to be bad for a long time coming but it’s worth wondering whether TV as a whole is so bad the final season still ranks on top. Is compelling and gritty story telling becoming so lost an art? Or is popularity supreme? While being the most watch television phenomenon in an era with so much competition, the series was poorly received in its final seas, most notably for the writing and directing decisions. Yet the poorly written and directed episodes received nomination. This isn’t even a popularity contest. It’s a middle finger to the fans who saw the final (two) season as the garbage that it was for well articulated reasons. They think they know what’s good and we don’t. It’s Hollywood’s latest rejection of meritocracy, rewarding mediocrity for reasons that ultimately culminate into elitism.

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Washington Post op-ed links ‘The Lion King’ to fascism

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Washington Post op-ed links The Lion King to fascism

As Disney animated movies hit their stride of awesomeness in the 1990s with Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King (and The Little Mermaid, though it was released in late 1989), I am among a minority who didn’t think The Lion King was the best of the batch. In fact, I thought it was behind the previous two, but that’s not a knock against the Hamlet-inspired tale of growth and revenge. It’s a testament to how good those movies were.

But as the historical revisionist left continues their attacks on culture and anything from the past that wasn’t 100% social justice warrior approved, it was inevitable that someone at the Washington Post would come out calling The Lion King a tale of fascist Nazis spreading racism in a non-socialistic society. After all, it’s about survival of the fittest, a class hierarchy, and the strong literally eating the weak.

Of course it’s bad in the eyes of progressives. It had a story and conflict and differences between people. These aren’t things the left appreciates or accepts.

In this video, Fox News host Martha MacCallum was joined by Michael Knowles and Richard Fowler to discuss he lunacy of classifying The Lion King as anything other than an entertaining kids’ story with some adult themes.

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