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Planet of the Humans: Michael Moore Producer


Could have done without Gibbs' ecofascist social engineering, depopulation gobbledygook.


The Great Realisation


"Tell me the story about the virus..."

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..i have always liked westworld ever since it's inception in 1973. this movie starred yul brynner as the leading robot.

..i also found much to like about the remake of westworld as a tv series. which brings me to season 3 which began a short while ago. i'm about to have some yogurt for lunch as i watch the 1st epi.  

Everything You Need to Know About ‘Westworld’ Season 3

It’s been 16 months since “Westworld’s” second season ended, and while Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s sophomore effort received more mixed reviews than their freshman debut, no one can deny just how highly-anticipated its upcoming third season is ahead of its March 15 debut. Especially in the wake of a “Game of Thrones” conclusion and with HBO’s upcoming series like “Watchmen” and “His Dark Materials,” now is an interesting time for sci-fi/fantasy series on the cable juggernaut.

HBO recently released five images from the third season’s upcoming second episode, which will air on March 22. Here’s a look at the new photos and the ongoing struggles of several of the eclectic show’s standout characters.

..well watched the season 3 finale last night. it was 1.5 hrs long. there was a surprise ending..and there will be another season. 

..in season 3 we find that dolores has escaped from westworld into the human world. she soon picks up breaking bad's, pinkman, as a sidekick..with the goal of revolution in mind. pinkman, aaron paul, plays a solid role and the story evolves at a quick pace. with plenty of food for thought.   


RIP Little Richard. My brother posted an old music show from the UK in 1964, "Don't Knock the Rock" because he is one of the acts. I even watched the few commercials between episodes because they are so dated as to be camp.



Just watched Bend It Like Beckham, a truly superb flic


Mothers' Day at the War Show (and vid)


"Richard Sanders' documentary made for the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT). It's about a highly militaristic Ottawa 'air-show' that was held on Mothers Day, a day that was originally meant to unite women against war.  The COAT film came out in 1998 during the brutal economic blockade of Iraq. The UN later said this blockade killed 500,000 children under the age of five.

Throughout the 1990s, several multi-billion dollar Canadian warships - like the frigate HMCS Ottawa - aided and abetted that devastating blockade. This is still an issue in Canadian politics as our government wages a deadly economic sanctions war against Venezuela -- even during the deadly COVID crisis.

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The Good Fight Season 4 Trailer

..season 4 started off interesting but odd. i'll try not to reveal much of anything except one thing that caught my attention in the 2nd epi..memo 618. it has a real feel about it though for selected instances only. a judge, in the process of a trial surrounding a powerful developer, finds an envelope on his office desk. inside the envelope is a piece of paper with nothing written on it but the words memo 618. he goes to another judge and asks what it means. that judge says recuse yourself from the trial or face disbarment. a disbarment based on concocted charges created by anonymous but powerful people. so he does..which translates to a victory for the developer.

..good show!   

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I just watched episode 4 of Season 4 of "The Good Fight". I am happy to say that it is very enjoyable and the memo 618 plot line is heating up.


Toronto Palestine Film Festival"


"Join us in commemorating the 72nd year of al Nakba with two special free virtual screenings on May 15 & 17

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..awesome flick! very relevant! only on a corporate scale.

The Perfect-Life Facade Crumbles Fantastically in ‘Bad Education’

Truth trumps fiction once again in Bad Education, Cory Finley’s whipsmart and wickedly fascinating take on a 2002 scandal about trusted educators who embezzled more than $11 million from the public-school system in Long Island, New York. A stellar Hugh Jackman, like you’ve never seen him (or Wolverine) before, tackles the complex role of Long Island school superintendent Frank Tassone, a hero in the posh district for making Roslyn High fourth in the country by getting top seniors into Ivy League colleges, which brings cheers from parents and students — he knows all their names — and ups the real-estate value of the neighborhood. Everybody wins.

Maybe that’s why no one notices right away that Tassone and his assistant superintendent for business, Pam Gluckin (the ever-amazing Allison Janney), have their hands in the kitty. The exception is Rachel (a terrific Geraldine Viswanathan of Blockers), a sophomore used to writing puff pieces for the school paper. It’s Tassone, of all people, who urges Rachel to act like a real journalist and ask hard questions. That’s when Rachel discovers discrepancies in the competing bids to build a $7.2 million skywalk for Roslyn High. Where do you get that kind of dough when the school ceilings are leaking? It’s just the tip of the iceberg for a bigger fraud being perpetrated on taxpayers.....


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If you want to cry a bit, I recommend Ricky Gervais' "After Life". I just finished season 2 and I needed my box of Kleenix for the last two episodes.

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..just finished killing eve. once again i am sorry to see the season end.  even before season 3 aired season 4 was ok'ed.

Killing Eve is a show about women, made and created by women, and that trend will continue into Season 4. While Phoebe Waller-Bridge was in charge of Season 1, Emerald Fennell took the reins for Season 2, and Suzanne Heathcote is the brains behind Season 3. In February 2020, the appointment of Sex Education's Laura Neal as the writer of Killing Eve Season 4 was reported.

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I really enjoyed this season of "Killing Eve". I am into episode 4 of "I Know This Much is True" featuring Mark Ruffalo (also Archie Panjabi, Kathryn Hann, Rosie O'Donnell, Melissa Leo and Juliette Lewis). It is super dark and emotionally wrentchig dealing with severe mental illness and family abuse as major themes. But the acting is powerful.


Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich - Netflix - Official Trailer/



Who Is Ghislane Maxwell?/Jeffrey Epstein/ Filthy Rich/ Netflix


"The monsters are still out there..."


Watched it mostly to see how it was treated and what or who would not be mentioned.  But an introduction I suppose. For a deeper dive and better information try the Whitney Webb series of articles already posted to the 'Abusers' thread.

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..as of late i've been rewatching some of the stuff i found really good a while back. i'm doing this because some of the new stuff coming out just doesn't cut it.

..one of those shows was FEARLESS. and i was rewarded with a wonderful viewing experience. :) luckily i'd forgotten much of it and it was like new. i was inspired so moved on to London Spy and it was fantastic. again i had forgotten most of it. the story kept me on the edge of my seat and i watched the 5 epis in 1 session. 

..the creator/writer of london spy is tom rob smith so i began looking into other stuff he has done. his most recent is 


A psycho-thriller set within systems of power in politics, media, and the police.

..i've just finished the 1st epi and i'm hooked. that could change but we'll see. i'll also be looking into other stuff smith has done. 

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..1st epi is out

Review: HBO’s Perry Mason Examines Power and Faith Amid a Fog of Decay


The new Perry Mason is set in 1932, and at the outset, the eponymous character is a private investigator, and hardly the respectable kind. Paired up with the sardonic Pete Strickland (Shea Whigham), he’s not above taking illicit photos of a movie star at a studio’s behest, hoping to prove a morals clause violation. Matthew Rhys brings a thick haze of disillusionment to his character, who wears a lot of stubble and an expression of perpetual weariness. Reconceived in the mold of reluctant prestige TV heroes, Mason is a man adrift, with few opportunities during the Great Depression, and so he tries (unsuccessfully) to squeeze his employers for more cash, though he still misses out on paying the child support he owes.

Mason’s lawyer pal, E.B. Jonathan (John Lithgow), brings him in to work with E.B.’s associate, Della Street (Juliet Rylance), on the kidnapping case. The law jabs an accusatory finger at the grieving parents, Matthew and Emily Dodson (Nate Corddry and Gayle Rankin), leaving the defense to contend with dirty cops and cover-ups in addition to following a trail of money that loops through the local evangelical church. A lot of the story beats are the usual stuff of noir, with people you can’t trust mixed up in systems you can trust even less, but the series uses its central case and characters to tug at the different threads of a rich societal tapestry, deftly posing questions about religion, race, sexuality, and gender roles as the world unravels.

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I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the rest of this re-imagined "Perry Mason".

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I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the rest of this re-imagined "Perry Mason".

..me too! all though i hope his funk lifts a bit as he becomes more engaged. :)

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Sidney Flanigan plays Autumn, a young teen living in the state of Pennsylvania, who discovers that she is unexpectedly pregnant. Her performance as a stubborn yet vulnerable teen is exemplified through apathetic expressions amidst a chaotic circumstance where she finds that abortion in Pennsylvania requires the consent of a parent. Rather than confronting the parents with her truth, she chooses to travel to New York to acquire the abortion on her own. Or so she thought.

“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” explores the conversation of abortion that needs to take place in a setting without its accessibility, but it is also a very intimate portrayal of a deep friendship between Autumn and her cousin Skylar. Skylar, played by Talia Ryder, offers the most unconditional support for Autumn she can give. Skylar does not question the circumstances. She rolls with it instead. Skylar does everything in her power to give Autumn the money, situation control, and acceptance to pull through with the abortion.

While Autumn is often silently commiserating the fears, anxiety, and panic she feels due to the life in her belly, Skylar refuses to give those fears, anxiety, and panic a voice. Even when Autumn becomes resistant to Skylar’s compassion, Skylar does not falter from reminding Autumn of what she came to New York to do.

Autumn starts as a stubborn teen, but she ends the journey transformed into a disillusioned and vulnerable woman. This is a process that is not unfamiliar to the women in the world who are victimized by their circumstances and forced to become survivors. I struggled to relate to Autumn in moments of her shallow strength, but her breaking point became mine and my heart went out to all the strong women who experienced a similar journey.

My favorite aspect of the film is how accurately it portrays the steps of receiving care from Planned Parenthood. The director, Eliza Hittman, chose to film in an existing location in New York to preserve the authenticity of the journey, showing even the process of security checkpoints and advisor meetings with each healthcare provider. Rather than romanticizing New York, director Hittman also strives to capture an uncomfortable presence that the city brings to the girls. New York in this movie made me feel out of place and lonely, a set of emotions that the girls must have felt throughout their journey from Pennsylvania.

“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” is a love letter to all the women who struggle against a system that was not built for them. It is also a love letter to all the strong women that surround the vulnerable ones, a strong reminder to support the women around you because strong women support other women.

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That is a great review and sounds like a very interesting film - perhaps a bit more realistic and resonant than "Juno".