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The Minimalists: Less Is Now
(2021)

The sad story of people wanting to belong
This is the sad story of people wanting to belong. Too uniform, too average, too not special. But at least they can follow Marie Kondo and stick it to the consumerist scourge.

Cops and Robbers
(2020)

Nice try
Nice try, but the sudden and often change of style made me tune out. Killer Mike constantly has superior value both in lyrics and videos. Seek Run the Jewels.

Home Game
(2020)

Apparently anyone can make a documentary.
Apparently anyone can make a documentary. Or not. Just having an idea and making interviews with whomever might speak to you is not enough.

Ultras
(2020)

Some guy in Italy thought he can make "This is England"
Some guy in Italy thought he can make "This is England". And failed. A story that is a blend of cameos. Some stock characters that come from nowhere to go nowhere. And the morals of State Religion: the problem lies with the mother who is trying to have a life in the Getto, and not with the Government who made the mess and cultivated the violence.

Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana
(2018)

10 stars for the idea
I got here by searching for Neil Gaiman on Amazon Prime Videos. And even if it's dramatic that the opinions of a governmental bureaucrat called judge have a precedence over the Constitution or any Laws, this is a happy case. After all Diana seems to be aligned with the mainstream collectivist art-house crowd. If Diana would have been say pro Consumerist or pro Capitalist Romero, Biafra, Gaiman, ACLU wouldn't have touched him with a 10ft pole. Worse, probably they would have helped the Concerned Breeders of America to protect the children.

Fear the Walking Dead
(2015)

A very conventional Zombie series
Quite uncreative, a very conventional Zombie series. It's bad. But people don't see how it is. Bla bla bla. Maybe there is a reason why the original series fast forwarded past this.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond
(2020)

The Walking Dead was about autonomy
The Walking Dead was about autonomy. This series is about the belief in Government. Without it, wow, the bad guys are going to kill grandma.

As for the zombies, there aren't many. Just melodramatic characters, a sort of The Walking Dead Kids. And not much else, besides lots of crying.

Capitani
(2019)

Quite good by European standards
The series is quite good by European standards. And it's reasonable polished, as much as European script writers can. It's interesting how it starts as each episode is one day. But by the 5th episode they lose track and can't keep up.

Also it is captivating, yet who is telling this story? Some times it's the foreign detective. But every ten minutes the writers lose track and have to inject something from a god-view perspective. Which is rather idiotic as it would have been easier to just tell the story instead of all meandering if they have the god-view of what happened.

Finally, I am biased as I was quite curious on the strange Luxembourg language and habits. Yet the substrate of the story is typical European gulag: total submission to the State and its representatives. Yes, the State representatives make mistakes and have their excesses, but that is only because they are merely human and lack the perfection of the Governmental Gods. And, the worst part how the taxpayers are petty vulgarians who needs an outside messiah to bring them to the light.

Beverly Hills Cop
(1984)

I don't remember this one
I have seen it a couple of times. And Murphy was all the reason to see it. Watching it again today and it's clearly a script I am going to forget soon. Yea, Murphy is funny. And the script is not.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
(2011)

The stereotypical Hollywood
If you have a lab coat you are a scientist.

If you "run a business" you must be evil.

Science is a god that doesn't take no.

Profits are evil, hence the special effects and marketing to sell the patchy script.

Genetics are as bendable as the laws of physics, because English majors are equally ignorant in both fields.

It is at times like this when I wonder at the simplicity and honesty of a story like Harry Potter. Because this is a Harry Potter story, but they digitally removed the magical wands and green-screened a Sci-Fi theme.

Live by Night
(2016)

Steam powered high speed car chase and unlimited bullets
The Harry Potter of the crime world: Steam powered high speed car chase and unlimited bullets. It was so ridiculous, at one point I couldn't care less what happens to the characters.

Legend
(2015)

England's attempt at Goodfellas: Lame
The script is rather slow and quite uninteresting. Yea, they had gangsters in the UK as well.

Lascars
(2009)

A mixed bag
The backgrounds are nicely done. The fonts are well done. The story is badly made and it's pretty much what rich white boys expect to have in the Getto. Also, the characters don't have much of a story because they are stereotypical stock characters. Cute, yet the film reaches a rather boring end. Or who cares when all it takes is to please some governmental commissions that will also make sure to impose the mediocrity with the quota system?

ReMastered: Tricky Dick and the Man in Black
(2018)

Unpleasant government propaganda piece
Cash is okay in all sequences, but the gossip around, always ready to explain the "good" side of politics. Ironically, the Nixon adviser is the most decent, and the "biographer" is the most disgusting. After all the Cash family was poor, but he will feel the need to explain how they had no hope without FDR giving them government handouts.

Tonari no Totoro
(1988)

Cute, but during production the have lost the story
The characters are quite believable. The premise is quite interesting. And it all falls flat as it ends up without any evolution.

Bajocero
(2021)

Racist fairy tales
Sure, the mobsters are from Eastern Europe. And the prison is the writer's grandma's inn. Prisoners are doing whatever, in sync with the strong right wing agenda promoted by the movie. How do you know a guy is bad? He has 200 prostitutes from Eastern Europe. Of course, they will announce the prisoners after the cops are in the main building and than the dangerous will be checked the way the director would like to check a team of junior soccer players. Luckily for the Spanish public, the cop is not corrupt, he is a true angel protecting democracy or something.

50M2
(2021)

The characters a nicely drawn
The characters are nicely drawn. The story, like all Turkish drama is long. A two episode special blown up in 8 episodes. The ugly part is the story itself: love the Government, fear the business as it will kill you.

Pretend It's a City
(2021)

Pretentious navel gazing
Pretentious navel gazing. Quite an unpleasant fractured discussion. I get why some people enjoy this sort of show, but that's not for me.

The White Tiger
(2021)

The story is so interesting, it does not matter the subtext
A very pleasant surprise. One of the few NetFlix movies that I did not feel the need to fast forward though it. The unfolding of the story is so good, I could even ignore the subtext of obedience to the Government and pay your taxes the same way the villagers pay the local mobster.

Outside the Wire
(2021)

Vanilla militaristic government propaganda with some FX thrown in
This movie is the usual government propaganda for war and destruction. But hey, they happen to deliver some vaccines. And the usual soft irony: fighting fire with fire has become fighting technological progress and preach Primitivism in a Sci-Fi context.

Suburra - La serie
(2017)

Slow and messy
You know it's made with public money as it is slow. Very slow. And messy. Because the writers have no idea which story path to take. So they are all over the place following 50 people that might or might not be interesting to the action. Unpleasant, but that's the price Netflix has to pay to be able to work in Europe. Or this might be the story of the production of this very series.

Age of Tanks
(2017)

French Governmental Propganda with some British bits thrown in
The script is very shallow. Only the State approved version when possible. When not possible, just erase the whole thing. And the "mistakes" are there to mislead. Austria from the beginning is actually an Empire against which the French have spent enormous sums of money to destroy. Germany is actually Prussia. And so on. And the usual moral statements about the evils of personal profit and how happy the peasants were for they were given the chance to die for the aristocracy.

Rurôni Kenshin: Densetsu no saigo-hen
(2014)

Probably better than the second film
This one is probably better than the second film because the sword fighting seems to play a more important role in the script. The rest is usually the same unlimited love for the Government, but by now I wasn't expecting anything beyond law, order and racial purity from this series.

Rurôni Kenshin: Kyôto taika-hen
(2014)

Watch it for the ballet
Watch this movie for the sword ballet. I've done that and I wasn't disappointed. The rest is the usual Japanese hive mind: the government might be bad, but it's the only one to protect the lives of the frail citizens. The bad guys are bad, by nature, and a good heart and government good words will prevail. Long live Big Brother!

The sword fights are rather well done. And you can safely speed up the movie between two of them.

Rurôni Kenshin: Meiji kenkaku roman tan
(2012)

Good choreography
Good choreography. I watched it for that. And I wasn't disappointed.

I was surprised in the first half with the rather faithful depiction of life. The dojo girl is stupid and plan evil, ready to attack strangers simply because she doesn't get enough money as the students have left the dojo. And how she wraps it all in honor: it is for the dead father's memory, of course.

Or how the police is a violent gang where the privates are the equivalent of any other gang and the leadership equally uninterested in how many die as long as they are winning, just like any other gang leadership.

By half time, all the good parts have subsided. The government is good. Maybe there are a few bad apples, but overall they are the heaven sent. And they are pulled out of the story so they won't commit any atrocities on screen. The bad guy is not just any bad guy. He is a businessman. He is an evil Capitalist. With money. Who disregards honor. Strikes the women, who are weak by design. And worst of all: he is a drug dealer!

Oh yea, and the common backwards mentality exposed in any Manga I have seen so far: the girls are screaming weaklings, mere accessories to the manly boys doing all the saving.

Still, the sword ballet is good.

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