Category Archives: Sunset Boulevard

Life imitates art. Film relating to life.

The Wisdom of Will Hunting

C’mon man, this is 2011 and you’re STILL tricked by “liberal vs. conservative” American politics?

Let me guess, do you LOVE Coke but HATE Pepsi?

Do you LOVE Burger King but HATE McDonalds?

That’s what we’re talking about here, politicians are puppets, it’s a controlled duopoly.

Republicans vs. Democrats is as? real as WWF professional wrestling……..they pretend to hate each other, than they go wine & dine & golf together afterwards…

Big Business & Big War run the USA…

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“They? Who the hell is ‘They’?”

The Wild Bunch, Warner Bros., 1969

Pike Bishop: “They set it up.”

Lyle Gorch: “They”? Who in the hell is “they?”

Sykes: [laughs hysterically] “They”? Why, ‘they’ is the plain and fancy ‘they’, that’s who “they” is! Caught you, didn’t they? Tied a tin can to your tail. Led you in and waltzed you out again. Oh my, what a bunch! Big tough ones, huh? Here you are with a handful of holes, a thumb up your ass, and a big grin to pass the time of day with. They? Who the hell is “they?”

….in other words, make sure you get their names while its happening to you, so when the time comes, you don’t have to keep hunting for them the rest of your life…

Patricia Neal, an Oscar Winner Who Endured Tragedy, Dies at 84

”I can’t see from one eye, I’ve been paralyzed. I’ve fallen down and broken a hip. Stubbornness gets you through the bad times. You don’t give in.”

Patricia Neal, the molasses-voiced actress who won an Academy Award and a Tony but whose life alternated surreally between triumph and tragedy, died at her home in Edgartown, Mass., on Sunday. She was 84 and lived in Manhattan and Martha’s Vineyard. Continue reading

Wolfe: Thinking Free

“He’s just institutionalized…The man’s been in here fifty years, Heywood, fifty years. This is all he knows. In here, he’s an important man, he’s an educated man. Outside he’s nothin’ – just a used-up con with arthritis in both hands. Probably couldn’t get a library card if he tried…these walls are funny. First you hate ’em, then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, it gets so you depend on ’em. That’s ‘institutionalized’…They send you here for life and that’s exactly what they take, the part that counts anyway.” ~ Andy Dufresne

In the great movie The Shawshank Redemption, Brooks Hatlen, the prison librarian (James Whitmore), is the totally institutionalized man. He’s carved out his safe little niche. He no longer knows how to survive outside the walls and he realizes he’s unfit for the real world. Continue reading

WACO: Soon to be a major motion picture

No telling yet how this will turn out;…perhaps it will tell the truth, or maybe it will continue the government cover-up of what really happened. But while the involvement of libertarian rabid gun-rights actor Kurt Russell and James McNulty (the producer of the acclaimed documentary Waco: Rules of Engagement) would seem to bode well for the telling of the facts, there are reasons to beware as well. Continue reading

A Second Look: John Ford’s ‘Stagecoach’

At a Directors Guild meeting in 1950, a tense session on the subject of anti-Communist loyalty oaths, John Ford began his dissenting statement thus: “My name’s John Ford. I make westerns.”

Typically for Ford, the assertion was both unassuming and calculated, grounding his patriotic bona fides in the quintessence of American myth, a myth that Ford both shaped and struggled with throughout his career. Continue reading

Ordinary Joes: The Deck Is Stacked Against You

sunset_thumb_newPeter Boyle played the title character, Joe in the 1970 movie. Joe Curran was a profanity spewing racist blue collar worker, angry at the world for its perceived injustice.

Dennis Patrick, who made a career out of playing oily types, portrayed Bill Compton, a wealthy businessman who was trying to bring his wayward daughter, Melissa, played by Susan Sarandon, home. He confronted her drug dealing boy friend, Frank Russo, played by Patrick McDermott and they got into a fight. Patrick slammed him repeatedly against a wall, finally killing him in, what is for me, one of the best murder scenes in movie history. You empathize with Compton. Continue reading

Muth: What Hollywood Can Teach Us About the Fort Hood Massacre

sunset_thumb_newMost Americans have this whole Fort Hood massacre all wrong. Maj. Nidal M. Hassan was not a terrorist. And he wasn’t a mass murderer. And he may not even have been a coward.

Maj. Hassan was an enemy combatant.

And until we come to grips with that reality, as well as the fact that we are still a nation at war, the United States will continue to suffer such needless and unnecessary losses.

Since so many Americans have been under-educated by our government-run public schools, let’s refer to a system of education which most of us can readily relate to in order to better understand what’s really going on here: Hollywood movies. Continue reading

Gifford: Hollywood Receives Government Help — Why No Salary Caps?

sunset_thumb_newWhen Uncle Sam fought WWII, Hollywood backed him with patriotic movies and war bond drives and moral boosting celebrity appearances. When Uncle Sam fought Communists, Hollywood was a mixed bag. His GIs in Korea got support. His GIs in Vietnam, not so much, as some damned his war with movies of faint praise that depicted Imperialist aggression by ugly Americans against peoples who just wanted be free from capitalist exploitation.

Hollywood on Uncle Sam’s terrorism fight? Don’t even ask

But now that it’s Uncle Obama on the warpath against the most diabolical villain in the populist panoply, Hollywood is back to showing its anti-Axis resolve against this most indefensible of enemies. Continue reading

Neudecker: Sir William Wallace

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sunset_thumb_newSince I am one who thinks there are no living humans in America can really remember true FREEDOM in this nation I wonder what that word – FREEDOM – really means to readers when they see it.  Unless you were born before Lincoln was Pres. I don’t think you can recall what wasn’t there in reality.

Many today think they are free because they can go to a football game – buy crap food at a fast food joint –  go to the local bar for a brew and game of pool – or some may think they are free to worship as they please.  All are wrong as each and every thing mentioned, plus any others the reader can mention, have one or more GOVERNMENT restrictions (regulations, licenses, permits, and taxes) attached to each named. The highway/roads you travel are government owned, the airwaves are controlled, your homes aren’t yours as Government collects an annual RENT called property taxes and if you don’t pay it you are out the door even if you have paid the mortgage in full.  You RENT from government forever.  All our forms of communication can be or are monitored by government agents.  I have asked one question for many years and have yet to get an answer:  What can you do that isn’t ruled or taxed by government?

That is why I say I wonder what folks think of when they think of FREEDOM.  Is a long tether on your government chains what you call FREEDOM?  It isn’t what I call FREEDOM.  Why do you call it FREEDOM, you are CHAINED – regardless the length of the tether.

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Return to Waterworld

sunset_thumb_newWhat if the legendary flop were an eco-parable whose message was ahead of its time?

To rerelease Waterworld today on DVD takes daring; to market it as a “2-Disc Extended Edition” surely takes recklessness. Was the original, 136-minute theatrical cut not sufficiently extended? Wasn’t everything about the film’s production miserably drawn out? Its then-record expenditure (about $200 million); its feuding between Kevin Costner and director Kevin Reynolds; its troubled, interminable, on-location-in-the-Pacific shoot? Even before the film hit theaters, the press had dubbed it “Kevin’s Gate” and “Fishtar.” It failed miserably in the domestic box office (though it eventually recouped its losses in the foreign market). A few years ago, the film served as the subject (together with The Postman) of a chapter in Fiasco: A History of Hollywood’s Iconic Flops. Continue reading

Hollywood Comes to North Georgia

sunset_thumb_newFebruary 9, 2009Have you ever seen the movie I’d Climb the Highest Mountain?

This wonderful-classic movie was made during the 1950s, when families spent quality time at the movies where Coca Cola was a nickel, hot bettered popcorn a quarter and for a mere quarter you might see a double-feature film, cartoon and newsreel. Parents did not worry about the sexual, bad language or graphic scenes of the early films because most were family friendly. Continue reading

Katyn: The Story Hollywood Won’t Tell

sunset_thumb_newDefiance“, yet another movie about Jewish victimhood and heroism opened in 1800 US theaters last week.

This story of Jewish partisans fighting Nazis adds to a growing Holocaust film genre that includes Sophie’s Choice, Shindler’s List and The Piano.

But one incredible Jewish story of genocide continues to elude Hollywood. This is the execution of 20,000 Polish  Officer POW’s, (devout Roman Catholics who represented much of the Polish elite,) by the Bolshevik Jewish-led NKVD in the Katyn forest in 1940. Continue reading