The Disgust

  
It recently occurred to me how disgusted and disapproving Barack Obama seems to be with the nation as a whole…constantly. 

I liken him to Gladys Cooper’s character as Bette Davis’s indignant and rigid mother in the 1942 classic, “Now, Voyager”. He is always at odds with what’s best for the country. In the film, “Charlotte” (Davis) realizes she will never earn the respect of her distant, detached mother. Only when she breaks free of her mother’s controlling grip, does she come into her own.

The United States has languished under Mr. Obama and his incessant and unfounded criticism. Our only hope is a new direction in 2016 as we will hopefully return to what makes this nation work. And trading Barack Obama for Hillary Clinton is most DEFINITELY NOT the answer! 

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Thank you, Barack Obama!

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Caught a showing of the new movie, ‘Prisoners’ last night (an UNSATISFACTORY ending, but that’s another story!). One of the preview trailers was for ‘The Fifth Estate’, the upcoming release about Julian Assange and the whole “wiki leaks” mess. Which it seems, turned out to be much ado about nothing. I thought to myself, “I’ll be the vast majority of this audience doesn’t have the slightest clue about the scandal!…NOT A CLUE!..they don’t keep track of stuff like that!” My point was proven as ‘Prisoners’ got underway. The story involves the disappearance of two young girls and the gut wrenching experience of their families as they struggle for answers. Nothing humorous about it. However, several audience members giggled quite a bit over the pained close ups on Terrance Howard’s face as one of the distraught fathers. I didn’t get that at all!

Back to my focus here…. With the arrival of Barack Obama as president, it seems more Americans would realize we’re seeing practically everything you DO NOT want to see in government. Expansion of federal power, division among our citizens along racial and socio – economic lines, dangerously increasing debt, exhausting unemployment. You name it! Mr. Obama has been a shining example of the one of the biggest mistakes a society can saddle upon itself. He IS the result of a ‘cult of personality’. This silver lining should be a warning for future generations. We can only hope. It’s a very difficult struggle now. We are bombarded day after day after day with media opinion masquerading as legitimate news propping up and excusing the disaster we have in the White House. But reality tells us otherwise. More and more Americans will eventually tire of this…the division, the excuses, the explanations. Of course, Mr. Obama and the Democrats realize that and they will continue the litany of lies and deceit to keep their grasp on power. But NOT ‘delivering the goods’ will catch up with them.

Barack Obama’s presidency is a house of cards. You can’t expect that to remain standing against the winds of change. His insolent, combative tone belies a man who fosters an obvious disdain for this nation, its values and its founding ideals. We have HIM to thank for showing us the folly of our ways. We have HIM to thank for allowing us to realize the value of trust. It’s time for the nation to get back to focusing efforts on our personal endeavors, our creativity, and our pursuit of a better life for our families. Mr. Obama has been an unmitigated failure as president..and we have HIM to thank for that!

I could’ve told you THAT!

I’m all over the board this morning!

Aside from politics, popular culture changes on whim…day to day…no warning. You get the picture.

I noticed a couple of articles in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly (August 9, 2013) that brought today’s topic to mind.

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‘The first being “Second guessing 3-D”. This byline follows:

The format’s ticket shares are hitting record lows. Are movie goers saying good riddance to the glasses?”

I suspected from the outset that 3-D had a limited shelf life (‘Avatar’ aside!). The format is simply limited in its appeal and cumbersome to experience. Not to mention the disorientation, dizziness, and headaches. Don’t we get enough of that OUTSIDE of the movie theater? Add to that the ridiculous expense of a ticket to a 3-D feature and you have a recipe for disaster, as far as the movie studios are concerned.

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The feature piece in this issue is about ‘New Hollywood’. The initial focus on Mindy Kaling of “The Mindy Project.” As far as I’m concerned, THE BEST SHOW ON TELEVISION! She’s taken the sitcom and changed if from tired and cliched to sharp and whip smart! From the first episode, I KNEW this was going to be a hit!…

“…she is one of the most promising and original voices in comedy right now….” 

The article describes her show as “whip-smart, woman-truth-speaking, observation-laden”….and Kaling as “a multi-talented, multitasker who’s rewriting the industry rulebook one quip at a time!”

Thank goodness someone is! Originality is NOT Hollywood’s strong suit. That could apply to pop music today, as well. But, that’s a whole other subject!

Hopefully, the new direction fostered by Kaling and others can turn this around….

DIGITAL SET TO SURPASS TV IN TIME SPENT WITH U.S. MEDIA – eMarketer

Who didn’t see THAT coming?….

Now back to the ugly reality of things….

THESE headlines speak for themselves!

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GREAT NEWS: OBAMA TO GIVE CAPITOL HILL AN OBAMACARE WAIVER – Hot Air

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U.S. DIRECTS AGENTS TO COVER UP PROGRAM USED TO INVESTIGATE AMERICANS – Reuters

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TSA EXPANDS SEARCHES FROM AIRPORTS TO EVERYWHERE – Prison Planet

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DETROIT HIRES CHRISTIE’S TO APPRAISE DIA – Detroit CBS Local

It’s an upside down world, folks! We’re in an alternate universe…at least when it comes to politics, government, etc. And it’s only getting worse! You can do what you can do and hope for the best. The country bought that “hope and change” line and we are now ALL paying the price!

Irrelevancy on Parade…a.k.a. ‘The Oscars’

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I like movies. I like the escapist atmosphere…..the untold story…the action and adventure. But, I’ve never been a fan of the ‘message’ aspect so often forced upon me. Not that the was case any more this year than in years past. Nevertheless, this year’s Academy Awards…oops! I’m sorry, ‘The Oscars'( an obvious attempt to up the cool factor!) was further evidence that lends itself to the question, “does anyone care, anymore?” That attitude is pervasive throughout the country, of course. About pretty much everything!

Unfortunately, the show just seemed rushed (though it dragged at times) and disjointed. Seth McFarlane’s gig as emcee was proved to be…well..just sort of ….rushed and disjointed…

I gave up after about a third of the way through the telecast, which allowed me to catch only one major award..Christoph Waltz’s win for best Supporting Actor in ‘Django Unchained’…a movie I could not possibly care less about seeing… From what I understand, it’s your cookie cutter Tarantino casting yet again..

Some observations….

A strange phenomena seemed to permeate this year’s get together…long, stringy hair…..

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Another thing I did see that I questioned was Melissa McCarthy going for the ‘Adele’ look..what was that about?….

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As I mentioned, the show was just sort of uneven…Let’s take a look at what one of my favorite columnists, USA Today’s Robert Bianco thought…shall we?…

‘SETH MCFARLANE’S OSCARS A SELF INDULGENT MIX

The host mixes a song about breasts with a vaudeville routine. And this is the Oscars?

“Oscars fans have seen a lot over the years, but this may be the first time they’ve ever seen a host use the awards to audition for his own variety show.

That was what Seth MacFarlane was doing on ABC’s Oscar broadcast Sunday, wasn’t it? Because it’s hard to imagine just what else he might have had in mind with that oddly awkward mix of monologue and music that opened the show and set the evening’s why-am-I-here? tone.

Give this to MacFarlane: He threw everything he had at it. He dressed up like The Flying Nun. He played with sock puppets. He radiated charm, if not cool. And, of course, he told jokes, a tad nervously, perhaps, but he did manage to land a fair number of them. He even got Tommy Lee Jones to laugh at a joke about getting Tommy Lee Jones to laugh, which has to count for something. Oh, and he sang and danced. A lot.

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He started with a number about seeing stars’ breasts in movies that was meant to represent the kind of “wild, crazy and tasteless” stunt folks were supposedly afraid the man behind Family Guy might do, and was, unfortunately, less wild, crazy or tasteless than it needed to be. He then moved into more standard production numbers that fell somewhere in between Billy Crystal’s Oscars classics and something you might have seen on The Andy Williams Show. It’s as if he saw the Oscar assignment as his last, best chance to revive vaudeville.

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What MacFarlane seemed to forget was that the job at hand involved more than just performing, and was about more than just his performance. One longed for him to drop the meta-jokes about the fear that he’d be an inappropriate host and get on with the job of actually hosting, which means keeping the train running, making your guests comfortable, and making the evening more about them than you.

Awash in self-indulgence, neither he nor his 3-hour-and-35-minute show ever seemed to hit a comfortable, confident stride, which is a shame, because the broadcast had a lot of entertainment to offer. Indeed, as with the Grammys, the awards themselves sometimes seemed to be an afterthought. Heaven knows the show seemed to be in no particular hurry to get to them.

Instead, we got a rousing performance from Shirley Bassey in an otherwise truncated and sadly Bondless salute to James Bond. There was a long tribute to current movie musicals that reminded people of how well Jennifer Hudson sings, while convincing anyone who skipped Les Misérables that they were right to do so.

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We got to see a surprise appearance by Michelle Obama, and a rare appearance by Adele, always a welcome event even if the Skyfall theme can’t lay a finger onGoldfinger. And to cap the evening, there was an even rarer TV appearance by Barbra Streisand, a coup so impressive you wonder why the show rushed away from it to a commercial without letting us see the audience’s reaction.

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To be fair, putting on the Oscars is no easy task, and hosting it has become nearly impossible. We want the show to move along while occasionally moving us. We want the host to be funny while maintaining some sense of the occasion. In neither case did we fully get our wish.

Still, if MacFarlane’s act was often flat and self-conscious, he did at least put obvious thought and effort into it. That’s more than can be said for, say, James Franco, just in case MacFarlane really is worried that the “Worst Host Ever” joke headline he put on screen might actually come true. “Best ever” may be out of reach, too. But hey, there’s always that shot at The Seth MacFarlane Show.”

From Hit Fix:

“The career of Seth MacFarlane has often seemed like a battle for supremacy between Frat Boy Seth and Old-Time Hollywood Seth, and every time it seems the former has won, the latter will slip an extended recreation of “Shipoopi” from “The Music Man” into an episode of “Family Guy.” He makes his money on dick and fart jokes and ’80s reference humor, but you get the sense sometimes that he’d be happier singing showtunes….”

Some of the other stuff courtesy of Celebitchy:

“*We spent too much time, collectively, looking at Anne Hathaway’s nips.

*LOVE Shirly Bassey. Her voice sounded really good for “Goldfinger”.

*I liked the musical interlude with Les Miserables, Jennifer Hudson and CatherineZeta-Jones. I thought J-Hud was the weakest link – she seemed to be scream-singing. Do you think of any of them used pre-records? Allegedly, Oscar producers didn’t want anyone to “pull a Beyonce”.

*The Avengers men sucked at presenting. Too many sausages.

*Liam Neeson looked good, y’all.

*Creepy CGI on “Ted” presenting with Mark Wahlberg.

*I really want to see Best Documentary winner Searching for Sugar Man. That looks so good!

*Seth’s half-joke about Harvey Weinstein was incredible.

*OMG ADELE WAS THE BEST THING EVER THE END. I loved that she wasn’t necessarily surprised when she won, but she was still moved to tears.

*Quentin Tarantino winning his second Oscar was amazing! I also love that now we know that Quentin and Charlize Theron are neighbors.

*Jennifer Lawrence falling up the stairs! That poor girl. That stupid Dior dress.

*Ang Lee is such a beautiful soul – for real. I loved that he won his second Oscar!!

*MOBAMA! I love Michelle Obama, but it seemed a little bit weird that she had a live feed to the Oscars.

*Ben Affleck’s Best Picture acceptance speech was rife with awkward moments which seemed to include subtext of how awful his marriage used to be and how he and Jennifer Garner had to “work” at it.

*Worst of the Oscars: Kristen Stewart. Everything about her presentation.

*Best of the Oscars: Jennifer Lawrence’s fall & then her gracious & sweet recovery; Charlize and Channing dancing, Little Q Wallis’s cutaways.”

I gotta disagree with the take on the Jennifer Hudson and Catherine Zeta-Jones, since it appeared the latter was lip syncing….

And finally….Deadline’s Nikki Finke sums it up perfectly:

“This is the cruise ship edition of the Oscars… Carnival Cruise… Without power…”

Love it!….

Help yourself to ‘The Help’!

 

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Growing up in the South, I can tell you ‘The Help’ offers an accurate, sometimes heart wrenching portrayal of the dawning of the Civil Rights era. It also serves up some fun which will have your side splitting from laughter. I had my reservations, as the trailers and commercials DO NOT do the movie justice. The silliness portrayed there is only a small portion of the substance of this adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel.

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer should each have a shot at Oscar! They each lend their respective rolls depth and humor rarely seen on screen. If the Academy has any sense, these two are more than worthy of recognition!

Go see it!..You won’t regret a minute of it!