Saturday, March 31, 2012

Movie Idea: No Means No

No Means No (Basically Female Deathwish)

Setting: Large fake Southern state school - Georgia State College

Open with girl swimming in river with friends. Lying in sun, talk of going off to college, getting married to their HS sweetheart or finding a job. Lead says she can't wait for school and to leave their small town, which the others tease her about her big city, educated wants, and how she shouldn't be so ready to throw off her rural roots. Some swing off rope swing, but lead doesn't as she doesn't trust the old rope. They all jump in the water to end the scene. She's in the car with her folks, moving into the dorm. She unpacks, gets the hugs goodbye, Dad has to give the 'proud of their scholarship smarty pants, but now you watch out' line, and as she is unpacking gets call from her brother. Because he is military, couldn't see her off so he wishes her fun at her new school. She hangs up and finishes packing. Montage of fresh into college events. She signs up for classes, takes flyers for the women's group BS, gets job in financial aid dept, meets friends, eye flirts with guys, and some party scenes (must show her trying p0t). At the end of this, she is hanging with two female friends (1 white, 1 black). Her rich, white friend says she knows a frat 'crush' party the coming weekend, which she was invited to by a guy on football team. it's the football frat! Yah! She can bring two friends, so she invites them.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Book Review: The Silmarillion by Tolkien

Can a collection of short stories read like poetry? When I read old epic poems, the poems feel like wonderful collections of short stories of trials, battles, contests and personalities. Epic poems feel like that to me, and Tolkien's Silmarillion its that bill. This is one long epic poem about his Middle Earth. It is a creation myth, a quasi-Norse mythology compendium, hero quest book all rolled into one. I loved the Hobbit, was bored to death by the Lord of the Rings trilogy of books, and spellbound by the Silmarillion. The Silmarillion really draws you into this wonderful universe Tolkien created. There is so much here that I could spend 10,000 words writing about all that is touched on, but I will just focus on some of my favorite portions or characters of the Silmarillion

Monday, March 26, 2012

Book Review: A Confederacy of Dunces

Some books last for years on your 'to read' list. Despite great word of mouth reviews of the book, you never pull the trigger as more interesting titles catch your eye on Amazon or at the used book store. Confederacy of Dunces was one of these lingering unread books for me. There is supposedly a curse that this book will never be made into a movie regardless of who is attached to the script and the incredibly ridiculous material. I don't see it being a great movie, but I could see a fantastic HBO miniseries using the book's intricate subject material. Dunces is a slow moving book that picks up speed and is one idiotic scene after another by the end. Dunces also is a window into early '60s America and a warning for today.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Terminator Script Pitch Meeting

James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd sit down to pitch the movie "the Terminator" to studios for financing. James and Gale disagreed on their movie pitch presentation so they decided to make it a 2 parter......

James Cameron: "Ok, now get this: she's an LA working class girl who doesn't know it but will be the mother of the future hero of humankind. Her son sends back a supersoldier from the future who has to stop a machine that looks like a big dude and can't be stopped. There's special effects because the supersoldier will have flashbacks but they'll be on the future. We'll show human skulls in each flashback because that's cool and of course robots would want to roll over those skulls".

Studio Execs: sniffffff "Thanks Jimmy. Hey, Gale you mentioned you had a presentation as well about this supersoldier film. You got 5 mins".

Gale Anne Hurd: "Young hero falls in love with young, female beauty from a photograph. One photo. Taken before he was even born. He will never meet her as she was fresh from an old world that is forever lost. He loves her just as he admires the leader who salvages mankind. The young hero travels across time for the fair maiden, hand selected by the savior to protect her. Through a wilderness he does not know (80s LA), he must escort the maiden to safety from the invulnerable mythical beast type figure who acts without emotion. The young hero sacrifices his life for the maiden's survival only after he has revealed his love, been accepted by the untouched slim yet curvy maiden, and impregnated her with the seed that becomes the savior".

Studio Execs: sniffff "Great a knight's tale set in 80s LA with evil robots. I love it, let's do this!"

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Gay's Anatomy

One of America’s top rated TV shows for the last decade has been Grey’s Anatomy. I have disliked Grey's Anatomy from day one. Initially a Sunday evening drama, I considered it punishment for husband’s who spent hours watching football. It's a super chick show that is obvious in its PC crap. I did think it was weird how the writers made the original female characters despicable and every man an amazing well rounded man. That threw me off, but PC Hollywood asserted itself. Ever since the pilot episode of "All in the Family" Hollywood and TV go out of their way to PC up or push certain narratives, but Grey’s takes the cake. They have expanded on the method. I have noticed a real push not just in a particular storyline, but how they set up editing which forces viewers to see idealized versions of gay relationships right after a trashing of a straight couple.

Grey’s Anatomy was created by a black female, and looking at her wikipedia page, one can see how she creates shows with black overrepresentation (lots of black MDs). She and Tyler Perry are keeping C-list black actors in business. Grey’s Anatomy has had five black surgeons appear on the show (only one asian). Grey’s even had one of the original black surgeons nearly marry the asian surgeon, but because the black actor physically & verbally attacked a gay actor on the set, he was written off the show. The oddity of the black surgeon number is reinforced not just in the fact that only 6% of med school enrollees are black, but that this show is set in Seattle, which actually has a larger population of asians compared to blacks. One of the surgeons happens to be of mixed race, where his surgeon mother was portrayed by Debbie Allen, and surgeon grandfather was a white male. The comedy of that weird trio is that young, mixed surgeon is the grandchild of a white male-black female marriage, which just so happens to be one of the least common interracial marriages in the US. We’re lead to believe Grampa did this in the ‘50s or ‘60s. I understand America is 2/3 white and 1/3 non-white, but couldn’t Grey’s make the non-white pop (especially in the world of MDs) realistic? There is one hispanic and one Asian surgeon, but why the need for black overrepresentation? It must be their color blind casting system that is randomly setting up this situation.

Grey's Anatomy has spent the last few seasons subtly saying "straights take marriage for granted and mishandle love, while gay coupling is a beautiful expression of a deeper love". It is an example of the moral inversion in liberal society. This is coming from someone who supports government recognition of gay unions (because who gives a shit as Rome burns).  Multiple college educated female surgeons have divorced their husbands. Lead handsome surgeon McDreamy divorced his gorgeous redhead wife who also is a surgeon. The divorce rate for college educated women in the US is around 11%, but on Grey's it might be 33%. Weddings and marriage do play a critical role in the show, as in so many other soap operas. While reading on the couch, my wife watched a Tivoed episode ("White Wedding") of Grey’s. Any straight person reacting less than super supportive to the gay ceremony was “bad”, adding in religious maliciousness for bonus evil points. The final sequence was split between a straight couple going to a judge for a quick civil ceremony while the gay couple had a 'beautiful' ceremony that sadly you, evil viewer, don't recognize. This was not the first time Grey's had done this sequential messaging.

Grey's had previously juxtaposed a surgeon's (female named Teddy) quickie marriage to a stranger to get him on her health insurance in an altruistic move to 'help' someone w/o insurance (another Democrat talking point) while a gay guy was hurt in an accident at a ceremony his partner created to the marriage 'mean' something more than just going to a judge for a civil union. Even more comical is that one of the gay men was played by the actor who played Enrique the gay teen on My So Called Life. That contrast was showing how we needed health care reform, and how straights take it for granted all the benefits they get from being recognized by the government. See viewers at home; there are human consequences to your bigotry. Teddy has been used in other episodes with her quickie marriage as she knows nothing about her husband when critical care questions arise. Multiple times this issue has been spotlighted, only for the show to instantly cut to another scene where a gay couple know each other inside and out. See viewer, gays are just looking for lifetime love just like straights. "White Wedding" took it to a new level with the marriage between the cute, blonde lesbian & the cute bi hispanic.

That ‘marriage’ is a bit weird in it’s own right because of the cute bi hispanic. One small trend that has emerged on TV recently, which Grey’s sparked, is writing in a hispanic bi or lesbian women. Glee, Grey’s and other shows have created multiple hispanic lesbians or bi-girls, yet hispanic women are lesbian or bi at far lower rates than white or black females. There must be ulterior motives to this for Hollywood, so let’s speculate:

1. Standard liberal Hollywood filter.

2. Stunt casting: hispanic + gay female = 2 'diversity' points.

3. They don't have to make the female white lead the gay woman which might hurt viewership, and the actress’ agent could fight it as a potential career ender (Juliette from LOST had to fight that stigma after playing two, small gay roles).

4. Few American viewers have ever met a gay hispanic female (that's 1.8% of 8% of the total US pop, so 0.15% of the US) so they can make her look smolderingly sexy (a latin lady stereotype) when she comes out to her family (On Glee: Santana's hair & outfit were super femme when she came out to her gramma), which you can't do with a white or black lesbian because those types are so well known that an audience would expect her to be wearing birks, with a short haircut and plaid on (or dress as a fake gangsta).

5. On a show, a hispanic lesbian will have an ethnic & deeply Catholic relative who will disapprove openly & vocally. Religion = bad. Hispanics have taken over for Italians & Irish as the 'ethnic' that you can portray as old school in a realistic way that will cause generational issues within a family. Hard to portray whites disapproving in 2011 as white folks are more accepting now & just don't talk about unpleasant things. Blacks can't be portrayed in a slightly negative manner on TV no matter how homophobic. Monique said as much in her Oscar acceptance speech how people didn’t want “Precious” made due to the politics, which must have been accurately representing black families in the ‘hood.

6. Hispanic women are often portrayed as more domestic, traditional & feminine than women of other races. Let's be honest, Hollywood is horrible with Hispanic, female characters (cleaning lady or sex vixen). When they show a Hispanic as a successful business woman or lawyer, she's still 38-24-38, playing the fully armed and operational Dionysian embodiment of femininity. Being a mom, a wife, a church lady, a master cook for the kids are still very positively associated with Hispanics. Having a hispanic lesbian on a tv show is the whole: “see, that loving, caring, and nurturing female figure from a traditional home can be gay, too” message. Hollywood is trying to make you forget the countless short, wide 13 yr old boy lookalikes in your metro area, pouting in photos with a baseball hat and sweater vest on. They did this for years with HIV-AIDS patients (Mark Harmon on St. Elsewhere), but some of you were too young to see those 'very special' episodes, then those episodes disappeared along with wearing red ribbons

Sorry for the tangent, let’s get back to Grey’s Anatomy’s terrible browbeating of their audience. I rolled my eyes at about 20 spots during the White Wedding episode. The final scene of quick editing bounced between the "straight, take it for granted" vs. "gay, beautiful but not recognized" ceremonies. This was the director’s choice to cross cut the scenes where the two primary male and female leads finally tie the knot officially in a quickie manner compared to two side characters having an ornate civil ceremony. The director and producers inverted the normal pattern of a show, where the big pay off “Wedding Episode” of the two leads, who have been in love for seasons, is reduced to a snippet compared to the splendor of the gay ceremony. If this show had been on 20 years ago, the leads would have had a huge ceremony in the season finale because the normal looking, smart girl finally got the Alpha yet sensitive surgeon to commit. The show runners denied their faithful female audience the giant, romantic payoff for a topical, political point. They robbed their female viewers at home of that big payday, where your average American woman can project herself into the normal looking Ellen Pompeo and nab that dreamy Doctor. The prodcuers would rather push a political point than have that signature episode. Grey's ratings have slid since the lesbian storyline introduction, and really tumbled since the "White Wedding" episode. It will be weird to explain to American viewers in 10 years how the most popular weekenight soap had the two leads get married after nearly 150 epsidoes as a sideshow to the ancillary lesbian character wedding.

This is another sign of how far Hollywood has veered from the mainstream, and how the media has become the propaganda arm for Democrats. It saddens me how obvious and overt the message is, and that to even push back on it will earn a 'homophobe' smear. Over the decades, we have seen on TV countless handsome & superfit gay men, countless attractive lesbians, and gay relationships are always pure of heart with evil relatives that don't understand except for enlightened parents/siblings that support and embrace the gayness. This does have an impact on people as TV is sadly a large impact on our culture and society, and people are weak. I can't count how many unattractive & overweight gay men I have seen or how many ugly lesbians I have met in real life. Yes, TV portrays everything in a skewed manner, but gay stuff on TV has become ridiculous. Grey's takes it all to another level on one specific topic within the gay community, but we shouldn't be surprised. It is just another piece in the cultural marxism tapestry of that show.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

TV Show Idea: Sinful Secrets

Television is pretty crappy as one of the many arms of our mainstream media. It still offers massive reach and exposure that few if any mediums can match. It is also a reflection of our needs, tastes, wants, fears and anxieties. There is a massive, gaping hole that is present on TV: dark, mystery us vs. them. Americans have lost a lot of faith in large institutions, especially government, and few if any shows feed this fear or reflect this feeling. There is also the evidence of corporate capture of our government, which filters down to food policy, foreign policy, bankers run amok, and social welfare programs deviating far from original intentions. There is anxiety over China, kind of misplaced, but anger over the multinational corps that ship jobs there no matter what. It might possibly be a 'deep state' situation or just American oligarchs. CSI gets the killers. Law & Order punishes bad guys and those dirty rich people committing all of the crime (grr). Glee shows us a competent public school that middle class people gladly send their kids to that doesn't cause them to reach on the mortgage (haha). TV does go after big bad business, but that's it. X-files tapped into this in the '90s. Aside from random low ratings cable 'reality investigative' shows, no one has picked up the mantle. There are built in conspiracy theories to feed off of, which means built in audience (Hollywood mindlessly drools + nods).

I propose a fictional tv series of conspiracy theory investigation. Let's call it "Sinful Secrets", but I do like "Deep State" for reasons discussed later. Setting can be current day, and I'd want this to be an HBO-Showtime show. I see 12 episode seasons. I also see one big theory that weaves in and out like the X-Files mythology story was used. let's shoot for 50 episodes with the big theory being 10 of those episodes. Let's set this up with a main male-female partnership with good supporting researchers. Duo could be well to do older Millenial (late 20s) who inherited fortune with a recently fired journalist female partner. She had promise with her work, was an idealist, but was fired as newspapers are dying + her work got too close. Their team of research connections are grad students, PhDs, random medical researchers or science folks entering the system now. My inspiration for that is the Jane Lynch character in "The Fugitive" who helped Harrison Ford. If we mix it up, the show can have a simple rotation that corresponds to the types of conspiracies the duo would investigate, plus kill off one occasionally. Do they travel cross country? Yes. Will they travel internationally? Maybe. Will I get the duo together? No. Will we attack left + right theories? Yes. Because of those last two parts, this show probably has no shot in hell of being made.

The basic thrust would be that these are the secrets of the "Greatest Generation" and how they are dying out with those secrets. This would be how the "Greatest Generation" American ran things, and how the hand off to the next group of leaders has been tricky and odd. Baby Boomer leaders manipulated, the spread of wealth odd and troublesome, creating new power players. This is where the Deep State comes in. Are these the mysterious 'they' that run things per every conspiracy theory website (left or right)? Sure. Most episodes would find the Millenial duo catching up with an elderly man or woman or their estate to unlock the truth. Maybe some episodes end with them reading a personal diary in the family library (these guys big players so leave behind estates). Do they change anything? Most if not all times, no they will not. Will it 'explain' the conspiracy? Yes, that is my goal.

Here are some sample episode concepts I have thought up:

1. The Clinton Episode - How did Clinton rise so progressive & liberal in Arkansas turn into the NAFTA pushing, welfare reforming, tax cutting Republicrat as POTUS? He campaigned as a normal lib Dem. This show would argue his weak point was he raped a woman, and some podunk sheriff in Arkansas knew, 'they' found out, and during the '92 campaign when he surged past Perot who temporarily stepped out, 'they' used that chip against him. If he strayed from their wants, they flared up sexual harassment issues which Clinton feared would lead to discovery of the rape through depositions. To weave a piece of this into the 'big theory', this would partly tie to weird Chinese stuff that happened in Clinton's 2 terms. Sheriff's son is the key.

2. W's Episode - Not 9-11. Just his election and administration that pushed through Medicare D (huge entitlement program), furthered the shitty multicutural lending crap (liberal), massive deficit spending, Iraq War push (he campaigned against foreign adventures), and terrible record with illegal immigration (liberal). 'They' would know through his father in the 80s that W was a drunk. They set him up with a faked drunk driving killing on a winding road in Kennebunkport. It became their chip against him. George H.W. Bush sacrifices his son to 'they' as he is part of post-WW2 group who ran things. Tie to 'big theory' is Iraq War (oil) and weird symbiotic dealings with China again.

3. Obesity Episode - Do we make this one episode? This feels like a 2 parter in the middle of one season as part of 'big theory'. Conspiracy is reaction to crime spike of 60's-70s. 'They' had research showing fatties commit less crime, less rebellious, slothful, less decisive. 'They' also did not like small farmers and wished to consolidate business. Land bust created megafarm opportunity for big business (easier to control few firms) + genetically modified crops (Monsanto's first plant work was in '82). Decided to fatten folks up. Farm bust of '80s gave them opportunity. Buy farms use huge farm distribution network + Monsanto GMO crops to spread seeds that biochemically make folks fatter. Fund studies that say fat is bad and push people to cut fat yet eat same calorie amount mostly carbs from megafarm crops. Once started, worked far better than planned, plus other food producers worked for same goal. Big Pharma + Medicine worked on studies to push anti-fat diets + reaped benefits from fatties needing more sickcare.

4. Obama Episode - Perfect liberal dream who sells out to banks. Guy who was a state senator in 2004 somehow elected to POTUS in 2008. Seriously, WTF? Here's the twist: he's gay and they have video proof. Molested as kid when he was sent back to Hawaii to live w/grandparents. Wrestled with gayness all adult life which lead him to be manic-depressive. Therapy helped him admit he was gay (dead therapist's notes). Marriage was sham for politics. They had him and only revealed it after his inauguration (time w/his approach to banks changing). So much more stuff is coming out about Obama (and his marriage) now, I fear this might be too close to the mark.

5. Feminist Silence of terrible state of women, hypersexualization of young girls, and pop culture representations - Powers that be bought them off in '80s. They betrayed all women just for a payday with law jobs, nonprofit work and diversity consultant jobs. How else can anyone explain the sad state of modern Western women and how reality TV shows the depths they have reached, yet NOW stays silent?

6. Illegal Immigration - What if it is a major conspiracy by the elites int he post war era of 40s-early 60s who vacationed in Mexico and had dealing with Mexican oil exploration and development. They say how stratified societyw as and how easy it was for the Mexican elites to control the peasants. They decided to 'import a new people' for lower socioeconomic jobs to replace lower class whites who wanted economic advancement and the black community who were too unpredictable and tough to handle.

7. Marilyn Monroe - She has to have her own episode. It would also lead them a bit to the JFk conspiracy.

8. JFK assassination - This is the turning point for American society. It would be the big mystery of course, and the lead to who is behind it all.

9. Obesity Episode with Candy foundation - This episode would be a bit comical, and I would put it earlier in series before the 2 parter on crops and stuff that fits in with big theory. This episode would start with one of their research folks making them aware of some sappy Boomer memoir about their relationship with their dad the mad scientist. It would be based on his dad who started at Hershey's and bounced around different food producers working on cool products. From research of the guy's career, they find that this guy worked hard, wore out his welcome but was always well paid for his great work. Meeting the son, who would be some Boomer who could never measure up so they wrote the lame f*cking memoir, the duo would get access to the dad's library. They find a hidden book within a book that the whiner son never figured out. In it, we get flashback of how father figured out a chemical that made people swallow within seconds of chewing. He repeated similar feats at different companies. Eat their product faster. Felt ashamed of what he had done and put life into his kids, leaving industry behind rich but guilty.

10. Big Pharma + Big Medicine extended life span to suck greatest generation bank accounts dry rather than hand the wealth down to children - Work it how life spans are longer now but quality of life after 75 still sucks. Medicine keeps people alive but in crazy pain. Most of that end of life care is scam to transfer wealth from greatest generation (richest segment of America for decades) rather than hand that wealth through inheritence to boomers, gen X and millenials.

11. Hollywood Celeb Gossip News Cycle - Create false gods and use them for selling ideas and sending messages. Once theya re out of limelight, kill them off when needed for distraction.

12. Mainstream Media - How it changed from independent + left leaning towards a totally corporate arm of 'them' that spat crony capitalist econ ideas w/super left social messages - Focus on when GE bought NBC in the '80s, but also focus on how the media changed attitudes towards protest and questioning the status quo after the mid 70s when things got too hot for the powers that be.

13. Internet as social control - Orwell had the right idea of the tube being their way of spying into homes, but wrong medium. He couldn't dream up internet, but it was turned into a tracking system. Too many real examples to make this one episode, must be 2 parter.

As far as the big conspiracy, well I'd tie it all back to Wall St & money managers as the Greatest Generation started to die out in the early 80s. The Wall St syndicate was suppose to manage all of that wealth for that rentier class, and then they got greedy. The globalization push was their way of drawing Russia and China into the loop to prevent large scale wars that were completely destructive like WW1 and WW2. Then they started to manipulate the folks in power to capture government, because at the end of the day as major traders of all corporate stocks and bonds, they are the primary 'owners' of society. They'd be like the mad scientist technocrats of "Brave New World" crossed with Gordon Gekko.