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Unread post by Vrede too » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:43 am

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Not a problem for me. There are limitations to what can be done in a two-hour story, particularly regarding situations as complex as racism and race relations in the 50's-60's,

Wiki also discusses that point at length, including the presumably accurate book author's tolerant perspective on liberties taken.

but if the central authenticity about it is that despite the racism, the women played an important role in the project, then I'm happy.

I like that there were a few points in the movie that highlighted sexism while ignoring the racism.
'You can't because you're . . . a woman.'


I'm still amazed to realize that we've all got more computing power in our mobiles than all the computers that sent off the moon crew. To think a few years before that, there were people doing manual calculations to send somebody into space and hopefully get them back is nothing short of mind-boggling.

Moon >>> Twitter in Chief. Where did we go wrong?
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Re: The Cinema Thread

Unread post by O Really » Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:05 am

Vrede too wrote:
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Moon >>> Twitter in Chief. Where did we go wrong?
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I'd say somewhere around Little Bush, when war became eternal and all the related societal and economic damage. Probably having Obama as a ready target for overt racists didn't help, either. You have to wonder what life would have been if Gore had followed Clinton.

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Unread post by Vrede too » Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:09 am

O Really wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:32 am
... I'm still amazed to realize that we've all got more computing power in our mobiles than all the computers that sent off the moon crew. To think a few years before that, there were people doing manual calculations to send somebody into space and hopefully get them back is nothing short of mind-boggling.
O Really wrote:
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Vrede too wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:43 am
Moon >>> Twitter in Chief. Where did we go wrong?
I'd say somewhere around Little Bush, when war became eternal and all the related societal and economic damage. Probably having Obama as a ready target for overt racists didn't help, either. You have to wonder what life would have been if Gore had followed Clinton.
Agreed, but I was too vague. I meant specifically in our use of that "more computing power". ;)
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Unread post by billy.pilgrim » Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:51 am

O Really wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:05 am
Vrede too wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:43 am


Moon >>> Twitter in Chief. Where did we go wrong?
I'd say somewhere around Little Bush, when war became eternal and all the related societal and economic damage. Probably having Obama as a ready target for overt racists didn't help, either. You have to wonder what life would have been if Gore had followed Clinton.
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Or if the actor president hadn't started dismantling our government and economy in 1980.

We were on a pretty good path
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Unread post by Vrede too » Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:54 am

billy.pilgrim wrote:
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Or if the actor president hadn't started dismantling our government and economy in 1980.

We were on a pretty good path
Jerry Falwell came to mind for me.
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Unread post by Vrede too » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:14 pm

The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener is a 2005 political thriller film directed by Fernando Meirelles. The screenplay by Jeffrey Caine is based on the novel of the same name (2001) by John le Carré. The story follows Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes), a British diplomat in Kenya, as he tries to solve the murder of his wife Tessa (Rachel Weisz), an Amnesty activist, alternating with many flashbacks telling the story of their love....

The plot of the film is loosely based on a real-life case in Kano, Nigeria involving antibacterial testing on small children....
Another white savior (and villains) narrative, but very well made and engrossing nonetheless. Perhaps the talent pinnacle of Rachel Weisz' career until 2018's The Favourite, though The Mummy movies may be her biggest box office haul.

It's the genius and tragedy of Western culture that the truth can be openly told about evils like Big Pharma mostly without censorship and repression, and often without having any real world effect. The Wiki pages don't mention Big Pharma even bothering to react to the film or book.
John le Carré, in the first edition of the 2001 novel on which the film is based, provided both a dedication and a personal afterword. The dedication and part of the afterword (amended) are reproduced in the closing credits of the film. The first states: "This film is dedicated to Yvette Pierpaoli and all other aid workers who lived and died giving a damn". The latter continues (in the next credit): "Nobody in this story, and no outfit or corporation, thank God, is based upon an actual person or outfit in the real world, but I can tell you this, as my journey through the pharmaceutical jungle progressed, I came to realize that, by comparison with the reality, my story was as tame as a holiday postcard". The text appears over John le Carré's name.
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Frailty (2001 film)

Frailty is a 2001 American psychological thriller film, directed by and starring Bill Paxton, and co-starring Matthew McConaughey and Powers Boothe. It marks Paxton's directorial debut. The plot focuses on the strange relationship between two young boys and their fanatically religious father, who believes that he has been commanded by God to kill demons disguised as people.
Whoa. :thumbup:
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