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Wednesday
May182011

Missing Comment from Cannes 'Unlawful Killing' Movie on Princess Diana Post

Blogger is starting to annoy me. Last week, Blogger had technical problems and removed blog posts that were published on May 12, 2011. While the posts have since been restored, they did not restore all of the comments that were left on these posts. This blog was among those that were affected and Herman Turnip's comment on my post titled "Unlawful Killing at Cannes Film Festival Sparks Controversy" still has not been restored, so here is his comment, since Blogger is wacky these days:

I think it's good that people are talking about this. There's a huge difference between a movie death and the death of a real person. This controversy proves that not everyone out there is jaded and desensitized. It shows that there's something inside us that has compassion and empathy towards the misfortunes of another human being, even one we've never met in person but are all too familiar with.

Sure, I could sit in a theater and watch 100 vampires get staked, a plane full of convicts go down in flames, and a giant lizard destroy Tokyo because I know what I'm seeing isn't real. But man, show me the death photo of someone like Princess Di and I instantly cringe and wish I hadn't seen it. It doesn't mean I want to boycott such a film. It just isn't my mug of ale...

Before adding this post today, I tried to re-Publish this comment by Herman Turnip but when I did, Blogger displays a message that says "The comment doesn't exist or no longer exists." Are they kidding? That message is pure bullshit!

Luckily, I saved this comment when I was first notified about it through comment moderation.

Still, Herman if you're reading, please accept my apology for this occurrence.

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Wednesday
May182011

Bernie Madoff Movie Among Gold Coast International Film Festival Lineup

The town of North Hempstead on Long Island is the place to be June 1-5, 2011 when the Gold Coast International Film Festival launches. It’s first year seems to be off on a good start with a film lineup that features titles from places around the world including India, China, France and England according to the Huffington Post.

One of the highlights of this upcoming event is a documentary called “Chasing Madoff” that chronicles a decade long investigation to uncover Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme that affected the wallets of many people, including Nassau County residents.

This Madoff centered movie may help to answer some questions that people have about who and what was involved in bringing justice for the crimes he committed but this is not a movie that I would exactly pay to watch unless it had some kind of educational value. I would wait for it to come on TV or Netflix streaming or something.

Now, “Holy Rollers” starring Jesse Eisenberg from “The Social Network” may be a ticket worth purchasing because it has an entertaining plot. Eisenberg plays a youngster studying to be a Rabbi who is recruited into an Ecstasy smuggling ring. The “Holy Rollers” screening should be refreshing, giving audiences a chance to see Eisenberg in another performance that is different enough to keep him from always being known as the Facebook guy.

Here is the trailer:

If you’re in or near Long Island, visit one of the screenings at the Gold Coast International Film Festival and come back here to share your thoughts on the event and movie!

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Tuesday
May172011

It's a Wonderful Life - Part 1

Yesterday, Anyes of Far away in the Sunshine asked about what our favorite black and white movies are. My favorite among the very few black and white movies that I've watched so far is "It's a Wonderful Life" starting James Stewart.

I like how it captures the human traditions and spirit surrounding the Christmas holiday and I also enjoyed how the main character was given a glimpse of what the world around him would be like if he did not exist.

The experience helped him realize how much of an impact he had in the lives of other people. The amount of impact, in his case, was huge so it improved his mood, perspective on his circumstances and changed his bout of self-pity.

"It's a Wonderful Life" is a pretty uplifting film and I guess this is to be expected from a holiday movie.

Stay tuned for another look at a general concept of "It's a Wonderful Life" from a different perspective, to be posted later this week.

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