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The ghost of George Sanders reminds you to link your films, and that one should feel free to move on if bored.
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So did he merely reestablish that an individual can make a difference or did he actually make a difference? In the film the Hoffman character claims to have helped stop the Vietnam war (I don't know if the real Hoffman made this claim). Even if he did help stop that war it didn't change the condition that brings about wars in the first place. Wars, racism, greed, etc. are symptoms of man's unconsciousness. As more and more people raise their level of consciousness these symptoms will disappear.
As I look back in my fading memory I don't think Hoffman changed anything. HE believed things, but he had a serious psychosis. Just like the protestors didn't really levitate the Pentagon.
He was, however, a part of a large anti-war counterculture movement that did influence the country and in a minor way helped end the Vietnam war a bit sooner. But Nixon let the war trail off after promising to end it right away - Same as Obama with Iraq. Promises, promises.
You know how you can tell when a politician is lying? His mouth is open.
The real revolution is a change in the consciousness of man
What are you? Some kinda fucking communist?
Is that you're favorite word today?
Don't communists deny the existence of consciousness?
See? See what I mean?
You fucking Reds are everywhere !
Chaplin's Essanay Comedies: Vol. 3 (1915 - 1918)
The plots are more sophisticated than his earlier efforts, even those made earlier in 1915. Good prints and the musical accompaniment is better than usual especially those by Robert Israel.
A Night In the Show (1915) with Fatty Arbuckle
Carmen (1915) The excerpts from Bizet's opera don't make good background music for a comedy.
Police (1916) My favorite on the disc
Triple Trouble (1918) Assembled by Essany after Chaplin had left the studio. It is almost identical to "Police."
After a heart attack, a morbidly obese Brooklyn bus driver moves to the wilds of ? New Jersey ? to live in a trailer and get his act together. This is pretty much as you would imagine it - his best friend is a junkie (snorting heroin?), his Italian family and parents always want him to eat more. It crawls along like the TV movie it aspires to be (it's made by the two lead actors). It ends as you can easily imagine. Don't waste your time. 0/10
David Cronenberg directs this historical biography of Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and his relationship with patient Sabrina Spielrein (Keira Knightly) and fellow inventor of psychotherapy Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Who'd a thunk it? A film starring all psychiatrists! While interesting to a point, the film gets lost along the way and could have been more cohesive. The offshoots with Vincent Cassel as another pshrink, this time a completely immoral sex addict, just seem to appear out of the ether for no reason. Jung's wife also appears to just be pasted in. So, while it's a true story, it's also a dull film. 2/10 When do I get to spank Keira through to orgasm? Speaking of which, I can't tell is she's flat out over the top or some of the best acting ever! A few nips for Sev.
The Man Nobody Knew - In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby. Whew! What a title, kid.
A biographical doc by his son Carl which is pretty straight forward - from the '50's fighting the Commies in Italy to Vietnam in 1959 and finally his stint as Director of the CIA - overseeing it's destruction by the war criminal and traitor Sen. Frank Church. All Church accomplished was take 99% of the CIA's functions away from them so now they are hidden behind the black budgets of the NSA, the military - nobody knows nowadays.
One thing - I think for the first time the culpability of the Kennedy's is laid out for all to see. Jack Kennedy thought the Vietnam War and the spy business was some kind of game without consequences. Both Jack and Robert often joked about it all being a James Bond movie. Finally the truth put to film! Hard to believe as the creative side of Hollywood worships the Kennedy's as if they were Gods.
As far as Colby - this film portrays him as a man of integrity who took his job seriously and paid the price for being an honest man in this snake pit I live near called Washington, D. C.
Well made film. Informative, never drags. 10/10