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Oscar Watch - Post Venice/TIFF/NYFF Edition

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Several months ago, right after the last Academy Awards, I posted a long, long, long list of possible contenders that had prospects to fight for the next Oscars. It was a time of hope, of looking forward, and of positivity.
Then, COVID-19 happened.
And now, we find ourselves in a year that may change the movie industry forever, with the lack of safety of theaters in times of a pandemic accelerating the switch of mainstream audiences to streaming and VOD. These are times where some people are beginning to wonder, even after they pushed the eligibility date for two more months, why the Academy doesn’t cancel next year’s Oscars. And in this rocky terrain, we lost many contenders. Fire up the Hunger Games cannons, because these are some casualties of the season (so far).
Launched to 2021: Annette, Benedetta, Deep Water, Dune, In the Heights, King Richard, Last Night in Soho, Memoria, Nightmare Alley, Passing, Red, White and Water, Raya and the Last Dragon, The Last Duel, The Power of the Dog, Tick, Tick… Boom!, West Side Story.
Unknown status / missing in action: After Yang, Blonde, Breaking News in Yuba County, C’mon C’mon, Next Goal Wins, Stillwater, The French Dispatch, The Humans, The Tragedy of Macbeth, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Those Who Wish Me Dead.
But even if this year isn’t as loaded with clear awards candidates, there are plenty of movies that are already drawing buzz for an Oscar season that started brewing a month ago, with the kickoff of the Venice Film Festival, and will go on for six and a half more months, when the Academy Awards take place on April 25, 2021. It’s gonna be a long, weird and rocky season, which is gonna be great to see in terms of the narratives that are coming up.
-Ammonite (trailer): When people were betting on the likelier contenders of this year, many people pointed in the direction of Francis Lee’s period drama, with previous Best Actress winner Kate Winslet and constant nominee Saoirse Ronan. Going into the premiere at Toronto, people had their eyes set in this queer romance between a paleontologist and a young wife in the coasts of England during the 19th century. But then, some things happened. First, Winslet started her promotion of the movie by talking about her regret for working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski that sounded unconvincing to the ominous Film Twitter. Then, another queer period drama, Mona Fastvold’s The World to Come, started to take the attention away at Venice. And finally, the movie premiered. The reaction? Cold. Critics came out mixed with the movie, with many of them comparing it negatively to last year’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and saying that it’s too dull and alienating. Does that mean that all is lost? Not exactly. While the movie (which, considering the genre, really needs critics' support to get into the Best Picture category) has been dismissed, the acting by Winslet and Ronan has been received positively. Now that so many other contenders have been dropping out of the year, they might get some room to campaign from a (social) distance.
-Another Round (trailer): Speaking of TIFF premieres, a film that had a better time at the Canadian festival was the reunion between director Thomas Vinterberg and star Mads Mikkelsen, who reunited years after making the stirring drama The Hunt (not the one with Betty Gilpin carrying a bad political satire, the one about a Danish teacher wrongly accused of sexual abuse). This time, the material is lighter, being a dramedy about four teachers who decide to test out a theory about how people can live and work a little better if they increase the level of alcohol in their blood. Critics really liked the way the movie dealt with alcoholism, and Toronto audiences made it a runner up for the People’s Choice Award of the festival. In a year without so much exposure from other festivals, this Cannes 2020 selection could make a candidate for the Best International Film category.
-Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (trailer): Surprise, new Borat film! While Sacha Baron Cohen made headlines several times this year because of stunts that people assumed were about a second season of Who is America?, the Internet was shocked when, in early September, it was confirmed that it was actually a very niiiiice return from the journalist character that made him famous, shot during quarantine. In a matter of weeks after the reveal, the sequel got sold to Amazon Prime and got a release date for October 23. Why so soon? Well, apparently the movie, which got him in trouble with Rudy Giuliani and other people, is about Borat taking his daughter on a road trip to give her as a bride to VP Mike Pence. Even if this movie doesn’t manage to achieve the feats of the 2006 movie (which got a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, let’s remember), it will help Baron Cohen’s image a lot, because it will come a week after his big Oscar play.
-Cherry: While everybody knows them mostly because of their contributions to the MCU, directors Joe and Anthony Russo and actor Tom Holland are trying to branch out together. Now Apple has bought into their efforts, paying more than 40 million dollars to acquire their new crime drama, about the life of former Army medic Nico Walker, who started robbing banks after his days in Iraq left him with PTSD and a pill addiction. Will Holland manage this time to escape from the shadow of “oh, jeez, Mr. Stark” Spider-Man before Chaos Walking or the Uncharted movie come out? That’s a question for another day.
-Da 5 Bloods (trailer): Talk about timing. Merely days after the country was mobilized by the police brutality that continues to divide the United States, Spike Lee premiered his new war drama on Netflix. In a vibrant, disjointed but passionate portrait of four African American veterans who return to Vietnam to search for their fallen leader and some treasure, Lee struck gold yet again with his usual fans, even though the moving of the Oscar ceremony threatened to make it harder to remind Academy voters about this movie. However, with an astounding performance from Delroy Lindo (who is confirmed to be campaigned in the Best Actor category) and a supporting turn from Chadwick Boseman which got reframed with the news of his bravery in life and death, this has what it takes to fight for a spot in the Best Picture lineup.
-Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (trailer): When it became clear that quarantine wasn’t gonna be a breeze, the first movie in consideration wise enough to move a little further ahead in the calendar was this adaptation of the hit West End production about a gay British teenager who dreams of becoming a drag queen and get his family and schoolmates to accept his sexuality. With a release date on February 26, 20th Century Studios (man, it’s weird to not use Fox in that name) hopes to strike gold, with a cast that mixes young unknowns, familiar names (Sharon Horgan, Sarah Lancashire and my boy Ralph Ineson) and the previously nominated legend that is Richard E. Grant (who is playing a former drag queen named Loco Chanelle), now taking advantage of the move of other musicals like Annette, In The Heights and West Side Story. I mean, this has at the very least some Golden Globes nods in the bag.
-French Exit: Before its premiere as the closing film of the NYFF, many pundits were expecting this surreal comedy to be somewhat of a comeback for past Best Actress nominee Michelle Pfeiffer, who here plays a close to penniless widow who moves to Paris with her son (Lucas Hedges) and cat, who also happens to be her reincarnated husband (Tracy Letts). However, the first reactions for the film adaptation of the Patrick deWitt novel were all over the place, with some people feeling cold by the execution of the weirdness and others being won over. Still, everybody had good things to say about Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance, but after the mixed reception to the rest of Azazel Jacobs’ film she really would need a lot of critics support to get anywhere near the Best Actress category. With a release date on February 12, it seems that Sony Pictures Classics is skipping the critics awards, and the distributor has a couple of big competitors above this one.
-Good Joe Bell: Every year, there are movies with big stars that go to festivals full of hope for praises and awards. Some of them work and go on, others don’t and get forgotten about. Mark Wahlberg tried to remind people that he occasionally is a good actor with a true life drama where he plays a father who decides to walk across America to raise awareness about bullying after his son, tormented for being gay, commits suicide. The film by Reinaldo Marcus Green premiered at TIFF, and the reaction was… not great. Some critics defended it, but most saw it as a flawed, baity product starring a man with a history of hate. Still, it got bought by a distributor: Solstice Studios, a new player in the game which just released its first movie, Unhinged (yup, the one about Russell Crowe road raging). While they paid 20 million dollars for Good Joe Bell, it’s clear that this won’t get near the Oscar telecast.
-Hillbilly Elegy: While many movies this year have some level of anticipation, Film Twitter is bracing for this movie in the “is this gonna be the next Green Book?” way. Ron Howard’s adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir about his low income life in a poor rural community in Ohio has many fearing about the overuse of tropes involving what’s called white trash porn, but rarely, Netflix has kept silent about this release. Even though it has Oscar bridesmaids Glenn Close (7 nominations) and Amy Adams (6 nominations), the streamer has not even released a photo of the movie, which supposedly will come out in November. And if you want another bad omen, take a look at the lower levels of this list by a familiar voice.
-I’m Thinking of Ending Things (trailer): Speaking of Netflix, did you know that there is a new Charlie Kaufman there, right now? While his adaptation of the dark novel by Iain Reid, seemingly about a woman (Jessie Buckley) who is taken by her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis), got the usual reception of confusion and praise that follows his movies, the release was followed for what befalls most of the Netflix original movies: a couple of days in the Top 10, and then it fell into the void. While Buckley and Plemons deliver great work in this demented, melancholic story, it’s hard to see this movie getting anything else than a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Charlie. And that’s a long shot.
-I’m Your Woman: Following the little seen but critically acclaimed Miss Stevens and Fast Color, Julia Hart started 2020 with a Disney+ adaptation of the YA book Stargirl, and now she follows it with a drama for Amazon that will have its world premiere as the opening film of the AFI fest on October 15. In this movie, Rachel Brosnahan hopes to translate her TV success with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to the big screen, playing a woman in the ‘70s that has to go on the run with her kid due to her husband’s crimes.
-Judas and the Black Messiah (trailer): Even if this doesn’t end up winning any awards, it has a real shot at being the best trailer of 2020. Formerly titled Jesus Was My Homeboy, this biographical drama by Shaka King tells the tale of two men: Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), an activist and Black Panther leader, and William O’Neal (Stanfield), the FBI agent sent to infiltrate the party and arrest him. While the trailer for this movie promised a release “only in theaters”, we shall see if Warner Bros backs down from that fight.
-Let Them All Talk: While we’re on the subject of Warner Bros, we have to mention what’s happening with HBO Max. While the start of the streaming service hasn’t been good (I mean, there are still people confused about that name) and it lead to some people assume will cause many firings, it has begun to make some buzzed titles on TV, like Close Enough, Raised by Wolves and the remains of the DC Universe failed streaming service. Now, to make a mark in the movie business, the streamer has a new Steven Soderbergh movie, a comedy that stars Meryl Streep as a celebrated author that takes her friends (Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest) and her nephew (Lucas Hedges) in a cruise to find fun and come to terms with the past, while he flirts with a literary agent (Gemma Chan). While it doesn’t have a date yet, it’s confirmed to release in 2020, and at least we know that it can’t be worse than The Laundromat.
-Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: While the expectations for the next film adaptation of an August Wilson acclaimed play were already high, the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman made this Netflix release one of the most anticipated movies of the season, considering this is his final movie. While past Supporting Actress winner Viola Davis takes the lead playing blues singer Ma Rainey in this tale of a heated recording session with her bandmates, her agent and her producer in 1927, Chadwick Boseman has a turn as the trumpeter Levee that was already being considered for awards, and now has even more people waiting to see. The thing is that one of the biggest competitions for Boseman this year will be Boseman himself, for his already acclaimed supporting turn on Da 5 Bloods, also released by Netflix. While the streamer will have to decide which of Chadwick’s performances will get the bigger campaign, this film by director George C. Wolfe has a cushy date set for December 18, and Viola is gunning hard for this movie to win.
-Mank (trailer): As you may have noticed by now, Netflix has a lot of plates spinning around this season, and this is the big one. After befriending the service with House of Cards and Mindhunter, David Fincher is going black and white to tackle a script by his late father Jack, about the making of the classic of classics, Citizen Kane. More specifically, the making of the script, with previous Oscar winner Gary Oldman playing the lead role of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, while accompanied by Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tuppence Middleton, Charles Dance and Tom Burke. After watching the first trailer of his satire of 1930’s Hollywood (that will release on streaming on December 4), it’s clear that this is gonna be catnip to old Academy voters, and it would be really hard for this to miss the Best Picture line up. Unless it’s a complete cinematic disaster, Mank is bank.
-Minari (trailer): While the last edition of Sundance took place in January, quarantine makes you feel like it took place two years ago. This year, the big winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the US Dramatic Competition was a dramedy by Lee Isaac Chung, about a Korean family in the ‘80s who suddenly gets moved by their father (Steven Yeun) to Arkansas, to start a farm. Even though the reviews have been great, distributor A24 hasn’t really had a big, Oscar nominated hit for the last couple of years, and the COVID-19 crisis made them delay all their releases. But when we were ready to write this off, a new trailer for the movie came out, confirming that it’s in the game of this awards season. Maybe the pandemic will be of help to A24, considering that one of the reasons they haven’t had success is that they divided their attention into too many releases, and ended up getting not much. This time, they are betting all on Lee who, even if this doesn’t go anywhere, also has a new gig coming up as the director of the live action remake of Your Name.
-News of the World (sneak peek): So much of this year has felt like a game of chicken between a virus and movie studios. While many movies chose to skip this year altogether, Universal remains firm (for now) with its plans to open a wide movie on Christmas Day, with a Western that reunites Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks in an enticing premise. In this drama based on Paulette Jiles’ novel, Hanks plays a traveling newsreader in the aftermath of the American Civil War, who is tasked with reuniting an orphaned girl with her living relatives. While the first sneak peek of the movie looks promising, the future is still in the air.
-Nomadland (trailer): While the world burns around Hollywood, Searchlight is betting big on Chloe Zhao’s new film. Using the strategy of taking the spotlight while the rest of the contenders is uncertain about how or when to be released, the indie drama began its journey at Venice, with critics raving about the story of a woman (two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand) who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. At the end of the fest, the movie won the coveted Golden Lion. To put that into perspective, the last three winners of the award were past Best Picture nominees The Shape of Water, Roma and Joker, with The Shape of Water (also distributed by Searchlight) also winning the big prize. After drawing critical acclaim following its virtual showing on TIFF and NYFF, Nomadland seems like the first lock in the Best Picture line up. Still, there are obstacles ahead. Will Zhao break the disappointment of the last few years, when deserving candidates for Best Director got blocked by the likes of Adam McKay and Todd Phillips? And will McDormand manage to get near a third Oscar, following a recent win for Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri? Time will tell.
-On the Rocks (trailer): While she hasn’t been near the Oscars for a while, Sofia Coppola is still a name that draws attention. This time, she opened the NYFF with a dramedy about a young mother (Rashida Jones) who reunites with her playboy father (Bill Murray, also reuniting with Sofia after Lost in Translation) on an adventure through New York to find out if her husband (Marlon Wayans) is cheating on her. The consensus seems to be that, while light and not near her best work, it’s still a fun and breezy movie, with a very good turn by Murray. While many would assume that this A24 production will disappear into the abyss when it releases on Apple TV+ on October 23, the dropping out of many candidates gives the movie a chance to, at least, fight for some Golden Globes.
-One Night in Miami (sneak peek): Following her recent Oscar and Emmy wins for If Beale Street Could Talk and Watchmen, Regina King is still striking hard, and this time, she’s doing it as a director. For her big screen debut as a filmmaker, she chose to adapt Kemp Powers’ play that dramatizes a real meeting on February 25, 1964, when Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree) followed an iconic win with a hangout session with Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). Opening at Venice, the film received glowing reviews, with many praising King (even though some said that the movie doesn’t fully translate the play to the film medium) and the actors’ performances, especially Ben-Adir and Odom Jr. (who, it should be said, also wrote an original song for the end credits of the movie, which could help his Oscar chances). Amazon Prime is hoping that this is their big contender this year, with plans of a theatrical release on Christmas and a streaming release on January 15. Judging by the praise this got at festival season, it has a chance to go a long way.
-Over the Moon (trailer): In a year with not that many contenders for Best Animated Feature, Netflix is betting on a musical adventure directed by the legendary Glen Keane, a classic Disney animator who recently won an Oscar for Best Animated Short for co-directing Dear Basketball. While our expectations were lowered by the first trailer for the movie, centered around a Chinese girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the Moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Goddess, it’s still safe to assume that it has a shot at being nominated for something. Netflix also hopes that you like its big candidate for Best Original Song, which really, really sounds like a Disney ballad.
-Pieces of a Woman: While this year doesn’t have the amount of surprise contenders that a regular Oscar season usually has, we still have some movies that sneaked through festival season. The first one was the new, somber drama by Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó, known for the doggy uprising pic White God, and the not-so-well-received sci-fi Jupiter’s Moon. This time, we follow a woman (Vanessa Kirby) whose life is torn apart after a home birth at the hands of a flustered midwife (Molly Parker) ends in tragedy, and then leads to a court battle that also makes her confront her husband (Shia LaBeouf) and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn). While the movie had mixed reactions, Kirby had plenty of raves in her direction, particularly concerning her performance during a 25-minute birth sequence that is said to be brutal. That brutality paid off, though, because Kirby ended up winning Best Actress at Venice, and Netflix bought the movie, which also has Martin Scorsese as an executive producer. If the Academy wants to crown a new face in the scene, Kirby is the one who will be targeted, following her acclaimed turn in The Crown and her supporting roles in blockbusters like Mission Impossible: Fallout and Hobbs & Shaw.
-Promising Young Woman (trailer): When theaters started to close because of the pandemic, Universal started the push of their movies going straight to VOD, with titles including Trolls World Tour and Never Rarely Sometimes Always. However, there was a title that was supposed to premiere in April, and then suddenly disappeared from existence. It was the directorial debut of actress Emerald Fennell, who wrote a black comedy with touches of a thriller, centered on a woman in her thirties (Carey Mulligan) whose bright future was derailed by a traumatic event, and who’s now looking for revenge. While the reaction to its premiere at Sundance wasn’t enough to consider a Best Picture run, the twisted performance by Mulligan earned her the best praise since the last time she was nominated for an Oscar, a decade ago for An Education. Now, Focus Features is planning to open the movie at Christmas, and are positioning Carey for a run at Best Actress.
-Rebecca (trailer): When the news came out saying that Ben Wheatley would adapt Daphne du Maurier’s psychological thriller novel for Netflix, many were shocked. Some people considered the chance that this was an awards play by the cult director, who is doing the same work that earned Alfred Hitchcock his only Best Picture win. But seeing the trailer for this new version, with Lily James playing the newly married young woman who finds herself battling the shadow of her husband's (Armie Hammer) dead first wife Rebecca, we have to wonder if there’s a point to the existence of this remake. We will find out if there’s any awards chances for this movie on October 21, when it releases on streaming. Let’s hope that Kristin Scott Thomas has something to play with as Mrs. Danvers.
-Respect (trailer): Every year, there’s one or two actors who announce to the world “I want an Oscar” and campaign like their lives depended on it. Last time, it was Taron Egerton (accompanied by Elton John, who actually ended up winning another Oscar). This year, it is the turn of Jennifer Hudson, who is playing Aretha Franklin in a biopic directed by first timer Liesl Tommy, and who’s hoping that this attempt at awards ends up more like Dreamgirls than like Cats. She has been doing announcement trailers (a year in advance), quarantine tributes, award show tributes, and every possible thing to get the industry to notice that she’s playing Aretha. Hey, Rami Malek and Renee Zellweger did it in the last few years, why can’t she. With a release date of January 15, Hudson wants that gold.
-Soul (trailer): Disney may be the studio that suffered the biggest hit because of the pandemic. Their parks are a loss, most of their big productions had to stop because of quarantine, and theaters in many parts of the world are closed. After the failure of Tenet for Warner Bros. and the experiment of the mouse house of charging people 30 dollars to see Mulan (which didn’t work at all), many wondered if Disney was gonna delay the new production by Pixar, written and directed by Pete Docter, who brought Oscar gold to his home with Up and Inside Out. The movie, which centers on a teacher (Jamie Foxx) who dreams of becoming a jazz musician and, just as he’s about to get his big break, ends up getting into an accident that separates his soul from his body, had a lot of promise, but the speculation of lost money was also a concern. Finally, Disney decided to release the movie on Christmas, but only on Disney Plus, causing another failure for theaters, but assuring that Disney at least can get more subscribers to its streaming service. And the movie? Well, it just premiered at the London Film Festival, and the critics are saying it’s Pixar at its best, with praises going from the look, to the script by co-director Kemp Powers (who also wrote the play of One Night in Miami, so he has many chances for a nod), to the score by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste. That means that it’s already a top contender to win Best Animated Feature, and this may not be the only category in which the movie is gonna get nominated.
-Supernova (trailer): If there’s a theme this year in terms of Oscar contenders, it might be dementia. One of the examples of this is a small road movie directed by Hairy Macqueen, which premiered to good reviews at the San Sebastian festival. This drama centers on a trip taken by Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners for 20 years, who travel across England reuniting with friends and family, because Tusker was diagnosed with early onset dementia. While usually the big awards role is usually the one of the person who suffers the illnesses, some reviewers are calling Firth’s work as the supporting companion some of the best of his career. With Bleecker Street buying the rights for a US release, this is a little film that could still make some moves.
-Tenet (trailer): For the first five months of quarantine, the big narrative in the world of film was “Christopher Nolan is gonna save cinemas”. But after postponing the release of the mind bending actioner for months on end, creating big demands and expectations to theater owners, and finally releasing as the sacrificial lamb of Hollywood, Warner Bros ended up seeing the opposite effect. Even though Tom Cruise loved to be back at the movies, critics didn’t share enough excitement to make a spy movie that goes backwards worth the possibility of dying of coronavirus. The audiences didn’t show up as much, and those who did attend, mostly complained about the sound mixing and the plot. After all the sacrifice, it’s highly unlikely that Tenet goes beyond technical awards. Let’s start the “Travis Scott for Best Original Song” campaign now, before it’s too late.
-The Boys in the Band (trailer): The Ryan Murphy blank check for Netflix has been interesting to follow. On the one hand, we have his new TV shows, which go from not existing (The Politician), to alternate movie history that doesn’t know how alternate history works (Hollywood), to a challenge of how much TV will you stomach if Sarah Paulson and other middle aged actresses are campy in it (Ratched). And now, we are seeing his producing hand over the movie side, which starts with the new film adaptation of the cult play from 1968, which was already a movie in 1970 and recently jumped to Broadway in 2018. The cast from the recent Broadway production (which includes Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells) stars in Joe Mantello’s movie, telling the story of a group of gay friends in pre-Stonewall New York who reunite for a birthday party and end up revealing a lot of open wounds. While this movie got good reviews from critics, it kinda disappeared without a sound after beginning to stream on Netflix at the end of September. Unless the service wants to campaign for Golden Globes, this film is lost in the algorithm.
-The Devil All the Time (trailer): Another September release on Netflix was the new psychological thriller by Antonio Campos (Simon Killer, Christine) who didn’t manage to continue his streak of intense and terrifying character dramas with his messy adaptation of the dark novel by Donald Ray Pollock. Wasting a cast that includes Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Eliza Scanlen, Bill Skarsgard, Jason Clarke and Riley Keough, this twisted period piece managed to stay for a while in the Top 10, but the reactions from critics were mixed, and audiences were busy asking what was happening with Pattinson’s Southern accent (which with The King makes two years in a row, baby). The many prognosticators who had hopes for an awards play moved on a while ago.
-The Father (trailer): It’s safe to say at this point that Anthony Hopkins is a lock for a Best Actor nomination at the next Oscars. After its premiere in Sundance, every prognosticator pointed in his direction, and for the next few months he swept praise for his harrowing portrayal of an old man grappling with his age as he develops dementia, causing pain to his beleaguered daughter (recent winner Olivia Colman, who also got praised). Sony Pictures Classics will make Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his acclaimed play its big contender of the season, using Hopkins (who this year got a nom for The Two Popes) as a starter to also get Colman, Zeller and the movie nominated.
-The Human Voice (trailer): And speaking of Sony Pictures Classics, it’s almost safe to say that they have another Oscar in the bag this year. That’s because they just bought Pedro Almodóvar’s short film, his English-speaking debut that is an adaptation of the play by Jean Cocteau. In his version (that was acclaimed by critics after premiering in Venice), Tilda Swinton plays the woman waiting at the end of a phone, expecting to hear from his ex-lover who abandoned her. Considering how the competition for Best Live Action Short Film has become somewhat lacking in the last few years (I mean, have you seen Skin), this should be an easy award to win, especially considering how beloved Almodóvar is in the Academy, which nominated him this year for the great Pain and Glory.
-The Life Ahead: While we’re talking about legends, it’s time to talk about Sophia Loren. 16 years after her last leading role in a movie, the Italian icon returns with a drama that was bought by Netflix, who plans to campaign for her as Best Actress and for the movie in the Best International Film category. Directed by Edoardo Ponti (who is also Sophia’s son), this movie centers on a Holocaust survivor who takes in a 12-year-old boy who recently robbed her, in a contemporary adaptation of Romain Gary’s novel The Life Before Us. Netflix has set a date for November 13 to release this movie, and the campaign seems to be about the narrative of seeing Loren winning another Oscar 60 years after she won her first one for Two Women, by Vittorio De Sica.
-The Midnight Sky: Based on the novel Good Morning, Midnight, this collaboration between George Clooney and Netflix is once again making us ask one thing. Are we gonna get the director Clooney of Good Night and Good Luck, or are we gonna get the director Clooney of Leatherheads, The Ides of March, The Monuments Men and Suburbicon? Let’s hope he breaks his streak of blandness with this sci-fi story, which makes us think a little bit of Gravity: A lonely scientist in the Arctic (Clooney) races to stop a group of astronauts led by Felicity Jones from returning to a devastated Earth. With a release set for December, we have to hope that this is more than some Top 10 filler that will evaporate from existence in a week’s time.
-The Prom: In probably the biggest blank check of the Ryan Murphy deal with Netflix, this musical he’ll direct is based on the Tony-nominated show about a group of Broadway losers (Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells and James “boo” Corden) who try to find a viral story to get back in the spotlight, and end up going to a town in Indiana to help a lesbian high school student who has been banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom. While it’s clear that this December 11 release is gonna sweep the Golden Globes, the emptiness of this year compared to others could clear the way for some Oscar nominations, including Meryl and the obligatory original song added to a preexisting musical for easy clout.
-The Trial of the Chicago 7 (trailer): When it was announced that Paramount was selling Aaron Sorkin’s new movie to Netflix, some people saw it as a studio dumping a failed awards vehicle to be forgotten. However, the excuse that Sorkin wanted to release this movie before the US presidential elections seems to be true, because critics really enjoyed his old school courtroom drama, centered around the trial on counter cultural activists in the late ‘60s. Everybody praised uniformly the huge cast, that includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton and Mark Rylance, which guarantees a SAG awards nomination (but makes it difficult to decide which actors will actually get nominated for Oscars). With a reaction that brings to mind the days of A Few Good Men and is the best reception he got since his Oscar winning script for The Social Network, the film faces a couple of hurdles. First of all, it got positioned as the frontrunner in the Best Picture race by some people, which instantly puts a target on its back. Then, we have to consider that the movie releases on Netflix this Friday, October 16, which makes it the first big contender this year to face the world, and which in these times of lockdown will probably make the reception to Marriage Story and The Irishman from last year look like a walk in the park. I mean, there are some people who aren’t swayed by Sorkin, and for good reason.
-The United States vs. Billie Holiday: While Paramount was quick to hand The Trial of the Chicago 7 to Netflix, there’s another movie that the studio kept to play in the upcoming awards season. This biographical drama follows the life of another famous musician, Billie Holiday (Andra Day), and we see the journey of her career in jazz as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher (Trevante Rhodes), with whom she had a tumultuous affair. While the movie counts with a screenplay credit by Pulitzer winner Suzan-Lori Parks, the big question mark is the film’s director, Lee Daniels, who hit it big with Precious and then had results that were disastrous (The Paperboy) or financially successful, but not awards-wise (Lee Daniels’ The Butler). However, Paramount trusts in this movie, and with a release date on February 12, they want to make a splash.
-Wolfwalkers (trailer): While the attempts by Apple TV+ to establish themselves as a player in the TV world go from trainwrecks (See) to forgettable (The Morning Show) to eventually great (see Ted Lasso, everybody, this is not a joke), their plans to make a name in the film business have something to do with this year’s Oscars. While Cherry can come or go, they have a solid contender for the Best Feature Documentary with Boys State, but their big dog this year is the new movie by Cartoon Saloon, an Irish studio responsible for the acclaimed The Secret of Kells, The Song of the Sea, and The Breadwinner, all of which were nominated for Best Animated Feature. This time, Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart direct a story about a young apprentice hunter who journeys with her father to Ireland to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night. After getting critically acclaimed following its premiere at TIFF, this is a surefire contender for this year’s Best Animated Feature category, and Apple is gonna parade it before its streaming release on December 11. Also, while you watch that, you could watch a couple of episodes of Ted Lasso, too. It’s a really good show, it’s all I’m saying.
Anyways, that’s all the news from the last few months of festivals. No matter what happens next, this is gonna be a long, long, long race.
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2020.09.28 00:41 sampeckinpah5 This fanbase dumps on Nickelodeon way too much

Disclaimer: This is long, read Conclusion for tl;dr. This is an angry rant, so my tone may be condescending or rude at times. I don’t mean it. Also, I don’t have sources for all my claims, but I am 99% sure about all of them. If anyone has sources (or other sources that discredit my claims) I’d like to see them. Also, I am not a “corporate shill” or anything, I just think the aggressive and hostile attitude the fanbase has towards Nickelodeon is unnecessary and uncalled for.
There are many reasons why people blame Nickelodeon fort he show’s problems, but I think most of these are very overblown and constantly blaming Nickelodeon for every single error in the show is unfair. I will talk about the most common points and play devil’s advocate for Nickelodeon.
Season renewal:
This is usually the most common critique towards Nickelodeon and how they should have approved for four seasons from the beginning. Not only is this completely ignorant of how TV shows are actually made, it is also ignorant of a lot of context during the production of the show.
This opinion usually stems from the false assumption that ATLA was approved for all three seasons from the start and people expected the same treatment for TLoK. Firstly, ATLA was not approved for all three seasons at the start. No show ever is. That’s not how TV show development works. Vince Gilligan didn’t just wake up one day and presented his 62-episode Breaking Bad pitch to the networks. All he can do is give them his base idea for the show and then wait to hear back from them. Breaking Bad costs about 3 million dollars per episode. No company will sign a 62-episode, 200+ million dollar business deal like that. They will obviously want a screentest season or at least a pilot episode before deciding to proceed. Even Breaking Bad, considering by many to be the best TV show ever made, sometimes struggled with getting new seasons. Even in season 1, they initially wanted to kill of Hank or Jesse, but could not do so, because they didn’t have their desired number of episodes (nine), but instead got fewer. Season 3 was supposed to be the last season, and then season 5 only happened because of the show’s increased popularity after being added to Netflix. The show, no matter how good it is, still had to fight and constantly be good to get renewed.
In this sort of aggressive environment, a show being renewed for three season after only airing one is an actual godsent. Most shows only get renewed one season at a time, if that. A show getting all the episodes/seasons they want from the beginning is not the norm. In fact, I have literally never seen it happen, because you cannot write a TV show like that. TV shows are not fire-and-forget movies. They need to be dynamic and care about audience reception to keep being good. If a character proves popular, you bring them back later or give them more to do. These sorts of alterations would not be possible with a pre-written script. I feel like the majority of the fanbase do not understand just how big of a deal getting those three seasons is. There are way too many shows that have wait years to get new seasons, or just flat out get cancelled, no matter how good they are. This early renewal meant that Legend of Korra wouldn’t get unexpectedly cancelled and definitely gave the writers a lot more freedom to work with. They wouldn’t have to worry about getting good ratings or pleasing the masses, they could write what they have in mind, because they were guaranteed those three seasons. It gives them a lot of creative freedom.
Another thing to consider is that Bryke didn’t actually want 52 episodes, so it would have been impossible for them to ask for those 52 episodes anyway. They only had enough material written for one season. After season 1 was over, they went to Nickelodeon with the idea for an ATLA followup movie that would have elements from the first three comic trilogies. Nickelodeon turned it down and asked for season 2 of The Legend of Korra instead. So, Bryke never actually planned to go further than season 1. The only reason we even have book 2 (and 3 and 4) is because Nickelodeon specifically asked Bryke to make them. When the situation is like this, it feels very ungrateful to constantly talk about Nickelodeon as if they are the bad guys.
Another thing that bothers me is the fanbase’s attitude towards this situation. Whenever a new viewer comes up and talks about how they didn’t like the idea of new villains each season, most people always project the blame to Nickelodeon again and say it’s because the seasons were renewed one by one. This is wrong for two reasons:
Korrasami:
The second hottest topic about Nickelodeon is their treatment of Korrasami and how they censored it.
Before we start pointing fingers, we have to first understand the situation. A lot of the censorship happened not because of Nickelodeon specifically, but because of the general guidelines for children’s television in the US at the time. I am not from the US, so I won’t pretend to know too much about the social and political situation regarding LGBT people at the time, but it’s clear there was stigma towards them. There are actual tales of religious parents being bothered by Korra and Asami’s handhold in the finale. It’s an understandable decision for the network to take it easy with their relationship.
Question (and I’m not being snarky, I’m genuinely curious): Is there any example of an openly same-sex couple from a children’s show from before 2014? Because I don’t know of any. Expecting The Legend of Korra to suddenly bring down all these barriers is unrealistic. Making the relationship canon is still a big step overall, and Bryan even said that Nickelodeon was supportive of their decision to make Korrasami a couple. It’s just that their hands were also tied.
Online-only and airtime:
This is a minor thing, but still important. During book 3 and 4, Legend of Korra was slowly taken off the air and moved to online-only. I am not exactly sure why this decision was made, but it’s likely a combination of two things:
In any case, this definitely hurt the show, and I won’t try to defend it, but there is no malicious intent behind these decisions. These decisions weren’t made because the execs hate the show’s guts.
Remembrances:
I won’t say much about this. It’s a very dick move by Nickelodeon and there is no excuse for it.
Sexist execs:
There was a post about this just the other day, and it got a lot of traction, so I wanted to talk about it. I feel like this situation may be slightly misunderstood. Thinking that a TV series with a female lead will not do as well as a TV series with a male lead does not make anyone sexist. It’s data from years and years worth of television material. It would be sexist if they deliberately decided against making the show because of that fact, but they did not. It’s totally understandable for them to think about what they are investing in. Their worry mostly comes from the fanbase and, sadly, their worries about sexist male fans are proven right even 8 years later.
Conclusion:
I think it’s totally fair to criticise the studio when they pull shady stuff, but constantly trying to project the blame towards them makes the fanbase look petty, insincere, ungrateful and unaccepting of criticism. The average fan will not care about what happened behind the scenes while a show is being made, so “Nickelodeon this, Nickelodeon that” doesn’t really help anyone or somehow justify the final product. I can guarantee that The Legend of Korra was still treated better than 90% of TV shows out there. I have seen shows wait 2-3 years to get new seasons, only to get cancelled in the end. I have seen shows get cancelled in the middle of interesting cliffhangers. Compared to these common situations, what Nickelodeon gave The Legend of Korra was a blessing. If you dislike Nickelodeon for other reasons, that’s totally fair, but in the context of how they treated The Legend of Korra, I definitely think they were above average and don’t deserve all the hate they get.
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2020.09.07 21:11 DeanG1 19th October 2020 W.H.O. Covid-9 Pandemic second wave announcement. A conspiracy theory. #plandemic #covidhoax #scamdemic #19thOctoberTheory

A word of warning, there will NOT be staged media event on 19th October 2020, I repeat NOT be an announcement of a second wave of Covid-19 on the 19th October 2020. There will be any major incident on that date of any relevance to the current ongoing global crisis. Downvote now without reading, if it’s correct I’ll delete as it might fuel conspiracy nuts.
I uploaded mirrored short video about the crazy theory here on my channel, I’ll delete on the 20th Oct https://youtu.be/e0xhGJWJUVY
I can disapprove all tenuous links and dispel these movie release dates/world events theories once and for all.
‘They’ aren’t make movies for predictive programming purposes, not now or ever. ‘They’ aren’t out to get you, there is no ‘they.’ 😂
Movie release dates are NOT anything worthy of paying attention to, unless you’re my mate Chris that is. This is how he came up with it: Brace yourselves...
11th March 2020, this was when the W.H.O officially declared a Pandemic, we all know this, the sensible ones put on masks. Those who didn’t, mostly died. This paranoid date theory can be traced quite far back. In 1918, the first confirmed cases of the Spanish Flu in the US are reported at Fort Riley, Kansas on MARCH 11th, same day as our current pandemic, so what? Viruses are seasonal and hibernate, it’s quite probable they’d choose the same day. Not 11x3 = 33 = secret Hogwarts club. You’d only know it was that date if you could be arsed looking as well. My birthday is on the same day every year, is that a conspiracy? 😂 Next.
That official pandemic W.H.O. announcement date was exactly 222 months after 9/11, so what? Is that a conspiracy as well? 😂
There’s some waffle about it here, I haven’t read it, no one has.
https://gematriaeffect.news/222-weeks-from-september-11-2001-to-march-11-2020-order-out-of-chaos/
He said that 222 is a number that has special powers, yes it does, about one more power than 221 and that’s it 😂
Then, he had an idea! How about about adding 222 days to March 11th 2020, to get a possible date that ‘they’ have made might make evil plans on? 😂😂
Yes, because that’s what they do; those international criminal masterminds, they add on 222 again 😂😂 The 222 Wet Bandits 😂 Anyway, we were bored in lockdown, so we added it, October 19th 2020. That’s 10-19-2020 which his scribbled down as 10192020, then said ‘0’s don’t count’ 😂😂 Oh yeah, forgot that. So the number is 119 22, which he claimed means something, again.
The tin foiler mate reckons 9/11 wasn’t even terrorists anyway?! 😂 Even though they found his passport there! Duh 😂
He even had me convinced that coronavirus might not be real or as bad as they said at one point. He kept sending me videos of doctors saying it was all a lie and some lengthy statistics. I had my doubts for quite a while as no one I knew had it or anyone they knew. If you turn off the TV news like I did for a while, it’s easy to lose touch of reality and get sucked into deluded thinking.
Then we heard Tom Hanks had caught it, and we all knew it was all very real.
Then if that wasn’t bad enough, Prince Charles, Boris Johnson, an actual Tiger, then the Tiger King, IN PRISON. It was an awful time.
My mate Chris wasn’t having it still, get this, the global virus training Event 201 and Netflix’s mini-series about how to survive a ‘pandemic’ is somehow a conspiracy to him 😂😂 Oct. 18th 2019 to 22nd Jan 2020 is 119 days apart we found 😂😂 What does that even mean?!? We were all damn lucky to have those hard working angels train for an event like that, almost exactly the same the one we got into, LUCKY. That’s fortune you idiot. That Netflix pandemic TV show helped a whole lot of people get mentally ready and form a good understanding about the dangers, threats and odds of surviving a deadly plague IF, heaven forbid, it ever actually happened. Then it did happen, and I’m for one was pleased it was on TV BEFORE it happened, if it was on TV after the outbreak they’d complain then wouldn’t they?
Let’s put this other myth to rest. Madonna couldn’t have been ‘predictive programming at Eurovision’ either singing ‘Like a Prayer’, my mate says the dancers had masks and they fell over and Madonna said some scary things. That happens at most concerts.
  1. About 350 people watch it Eurovision, in huts, they are probably not even fans of Madonna, and they won’t understand English.
  2. Poor Madge actual caught the wretched virus later on, she even did a video of herself in the bath, and she was very sad about it as well. She sounded really ill when she sang on stage to be fair, and was way out of tune on the clip I saw, awful to watch. So she programmed herself to get ill AND sing out of tune did she? 😂 Idiocy.
So October 19th 2020 there’s not gonna be a Pandemic 2, or fake assassination predicted on the Simpsons, or some 5G aliens.
To prove him wrong, whilst in quarantine, I decided to test movie release dates, a few world events and TV series with the 19th Oct 2020 date, and see what numbers it throws up, then I’d tenuously link them to witchcraft. It’s easy. He said they have done lots of coding numbers with 9/11 and 11th March 2020, but I didn’t look into it much, it’s boring and I’d already made a sound judgement anyway.
Get this. He said Lord of the Rings was released 6666 days before 11th March 2020, and rambled about it being good very evil or something and 666 is the Devil’s number 😂 6666 has an extra 6 dick head, which doesn’t even work. If anything, an extra 6 is kind thing to have. It’s a virus anyway, not a tribe of Orcs😂
Next.
Contagion the film is ‘in on it as well’. The film was 4444 days before 11th March 2020, and that if you type 4444 into gematrix.org the top phrase is “Bill Gates Is Illuminati and that is why his foundation focuses on vaccines” 😂😂 How bored do you have to think to type that in? It turned out I was later on, so I did check it. If Bill is in on it, why would he allow it there? To seem hard in front of his mates? Leave him alone, he was instrumental in Event 201, which saved millions, and his vaccines will save billions of peoples lives AND simultaneously reduce over crowding by 15% as well he says, globally. All that man does is saves lives, everyday; day in day out, tirelessly, AND still does software updates on his laptop. What does he do with his profits? He donates millions to the W.H.O. who doctors worldwide to report, test and talk about Covid-19. All other diseases went, this was all that mattered now.
As the whole country was staying in, I did become bored, for quite a while actually. So for the next few nights, at home, I decided to disprove this numbemovies/mocking us mallarky.
Contagion had a second release date, he only used 11th March for his ‘great’ 4444 days find.
I tried it 19th October 2020. I don’t know why I decided to try, I regret it, but it was just to prove how silly it is and easy it is to read anything into numbers if you want.
It was 9 years 1 month and 11 days before 19th Oct 2020. Whoopee. To the sane and grounded folk this ISN’T a 9/11 reference, Chris would say it was though, despite the extra 1.
After a more few nights of staying at home, I find after eating cereal for 3 days straight and not talking to anyone, you can read almost anything into numbers, especially when it’s dark. It’s especially works with macabre themed apocalyptic movies. Movies that could, at a stretch, be seen as planted metaphors that mock & programme, but they aren’t.
Here’s one he said, the Movie ‘Invisible man’ being released 13 days before the Pandemic means something, if you were the paranoid sort you’d say that represented the virus, an invisible enemy out to kill all, and that 13 was an unlucky number, oooooh scary. It was a special suit in the Movie to make him invisible you fool 😂
Apparently the 116 is an upside down 911?! So what?! The Joker and Room movies do flag up 116’s below yes, but noone would notice it anyway so why put it there? No one cares about these silly numbers.
I tried some other film dates, and to be fair a lot did have links with 113, and 911 so I just ignored them.
The ones below I tried against 19th Oct 2020 and I found the numbers of days between to have some double digits yes, big deal. If these secret societies are so evil why are they producing decent movies for us to enjoy?
I’ll type a full example below about how easy it is to find conspiracy fodder by counting days/months between movie dates , then I’ll do some other films, the numbers are in days/weeks but I left out the words ‘days and weeks’ so it looks more ‘ominous’. I’ve even found some historic news events you could read into if you wanted to.
My mate says the TV show ‘The Purge’ is about society being forced into a conflict or something, and that could be ‘them telling us’ something, the ‘proof’ being, wait for it, it’s was released 777 days or 111 weeks before 19th Oct 2020 😂😂 He also said it was really really shit and not to watch it though. So what’s the plan there? Surely they are rich enough to make some decent television we might watch? People don’t make really shit TV shows and release them 777 days or 111 weeks before a specific date for ANY reason, ever.
We looked and found a movie called ‘The Tax collector’ is a film being released 33 days after 19th Oct 2020, this is just a film, not secret code for some wizards gloating about taxing you 😂
Here’s more with vague numeric links to 19th Oct that probably mean ‘satanic blood sacrifice ritual of 666 kittens’ if you want it to:
Dark Water 333 Honest Thief 11 Contagion 4444 and 9111 Ready Player 1. 11111 (5 1’s though, tad impressive) Death on the Nile: 13
Not just Movies either, things you could NEVER plan in a thousand years…
Black Monday: (not a film, a money day in 1987) This was exactly 33 months before 19th Oct. Yeah, that’s in on it as well 😂 The Australian Bush Fires being declared an emergency, being 22 weeks before 19th October, what’s this 22 about?! Hurricane Isaias being 77 days before 19th October 2020 might mean ‘they did it’ 😂 Weather manipulation now 😂😂 Even future events: The US election being 2 weeks and 2 days after 19th October 2020, 3/11 (means 33 & 22 if you’re into sums = occult delusions 😂)
I am Mother (back to Movies now) 1116 (911) Joker 116 (911) Mocking Jay part 2. 1116 (911) Knives Out. 13 & 13 ooooh I’m thinking of ending things. (Awwww) 116 (911) Kingsman 3. The Secrets We Keep. 33 Room 116 (911) Terminator Dark Fate. 1119 Inferno. 11 & 22 Conjuring 3. 11 The Good Liar. 1111 (as if good liars leave silly obvious codes like 1111 when releasing films on certain dates 😂) The Coldest Game (upcoming spy movie with Bill Pullman) 1111 again, so what? James Bond, No Time To Die: 33 (a film about a good man?) 33 can’t be that secret a society, or they’d stop showing it in codes 😂
‘Unhinged’ is a recent B movie, with ex hunk Russel Crowe, it was released 96 days before 19th October 2020, get this, Chris says 96 Satanism = 19+1+20+1+14+9+19+13 = 96 😂😂 It’s just a rubbish comedy film and Russel Crowe who looks and sounds John Goodman in it, it won’t predict any social breakdown of society, just more bad films.
Deep Water: 33 again (a film EXPOSING evil corporations) The Vigil. 223 (322 is a pirate logo or something, he showed me😂) Zombieland. 669 (upside down 9’s count as 6’s apparently, so he said, LOON!) World War Z. 333 (Brad Pitt is in on it as well, apart from he’s a goody and wins, so that 333 doesn’t count) Cabin Fever. About a virus and 6611 days apart, obviously a sign from a bad Jesus, Bridge of Spies. 55 1917. Great film, has a 1116 number gap, what if you don’t turn it upside down? What then? Rebecca. 3, not even out yet. Angels and Demons: 11 & 55 (A Tom Hanks film, the kindest man in the world) Dune. 11 Soul. 11 Frozen 2. 333 (yeah, kids films are evil also 😂) Tracks. 7 & 11 Inception. 33 Cloud Atlas 8 & 111
You see the pattern of paranoia here, every number must be ‘them’ doing it.
The Hunt which he says ‘they’ released on March 11th on purpose, also had a second release date, which is 7 months and 7 days before 19th Oct 2020, because 77 means something as well now. He didn’t know what though, just ‘something’.
More ‘evidence’ here:
The Road 111 & 7 Candy Man 22 Avengers End Game 22 & 99 Larry Crowne 33 & 99 Mad Max Fury road 555 Minority report 6696 ‘Tangled’ as well 😂This is about a girl quarantined in a land called Corona, she wasn’t suffering with it which means , and has the numbers 116 & 119 again, so what? Fight club. 77 & 11. Great film, I would never have noticed the release dates really. Even an old one like Slumdog millionaire is 11 years, 9 months, 11 days. Sigh, that’s 11 & 911 yes Da Vinci Code is 13 years, 9 months, 22 days before 19th Oct 2020, they are all special numbers he says now 13 & 9 & 22 are no better than 14, which he doesn’t seem to care about.
‘Avengers Infinity War’ is a kids film as well, they wouldn’t tie that with a mass October 2020 cull would they? But JUST because it was released 911 days before 19th October 2020, means it MUST be a ‘sign’ 😂 From who? Thanos?
Avengers, Age of Ultron, was released 66 months and 6 days previous to 19th Oct 2020, must be an another evil sign then 😂
Older films no one has seen also flag up number for conspiracy nuts, for 19th Oct 2020, it did again anyway, which proves ANY film can.
2222 or 2223 days before 19th Oct 2020 (depending if you include extra day) you get some right jolly sounding film releases:
Walk amongst the Tombstones. Fun title! 2222 days
Reclaim. (Looks depressing, reclaim what? The world??) 2222 days
And a film called “This is where I leave you.” 2222 days also, and this might mean to a foil head ‘they are leaving us’. It’s ‘they’ again, leaving films 2222 days in the last for us to be scared of now in the future 😂
Even if you try Schindler’s List release date you get something sinister, 322 months and 20 days before 19th October 2020, which means NOTHING apart from some pirate club he bangs on about.
A Quiet Place 2 came out on March 8th 2020, 32 weeks and 2 days before 19th Oct, that pirates club 322 again, never even heard of it, and it’s never on the news. They are releasing it that film year as well, as it probably got bad box office takings because 50% of everyone died. Tuesday 23 March 2021 is a good enough day to release a film as any, weekends are old news now , but oh no, conspiratards will just read into the it being 22 weeks and 2 days after 19th October 2020, making 222 a big deal again. It’s not, it’s boring, and irrelevant.
Here’s a nice film, it’s called ‘A Beautiful Day in Neighbour’ with Tom Hanks. It was released on Friday, 22 November 2019. I bet you’d even get a conspiracy themed number out of a Tom Hanks family film if you really look for it. Yep, and just because it’s 333 days before 19th Oct 2020 means nothing, again, It’s second release date being on 7th September 2019 is 13 months and 13 days before 19th Oct 2020 is 13 months & 13 days, ooooooh so scary 😂😂
If it turned out Oct 19th 2020 wasn’t a beautiful day after all, and indeed was a pre-planned media hoax or announcement, a global culling of the population say, then a gang of Bond Villains wouldn’t all giggle at it being 13 months and 13 days before the screening of a tender Tom Hanks film would they? The ironic payback surely wouldn’t be worth the all that trouble?
Think about it, would the man who played Forest Gump really let children suffer the anxiety globally they are? The old and frail as well, he’s ‘in on the plot’ right? Get real, he had it.
Anyways, Tom Hanks was in Apollo 13, and that got home safely on TV, so 13 isn’t even an unlucky number anymore. But get this, my mate reckons they made that Apollo 13 space trip up as well! 😂😂 After sending up successful missions to the Moon (also made up he says) they made one up that failed, on TV to break down in Space, on purpose?! 😂For what reason? For some corny TV dramatic tension or something?
He needs help 😂😂
Conclusion, you can read into ANY film release date with numbers if you want.
For one last attempt, Chris said ‘try 22 months’ 😂, so we looked for films that were released exactly 22 months prior, you won’t find much, as it was Wednesday 19th December 2018. In total 16 Movies were released on the 7th Dec and another 12 movies released on the 14th of that month, as they were Fridays, as seen on link here. You could read into these, but it’s the wrong date. https://www.movieinsider.com/movies/decembe2018/14
There was ONE Movie released on the day that was ’22 months prior to 19th October 2020 date’, Wednesday 19th December 2018. Was it Zombieland? No. Was it a Movie about deadly viruses? No. A Movie about evil an Government and corruption? No.
It was, wait for it, ‘Mary Poppins returns.’ 😂😂😂
“What’s that supposed to be representing or mocking us about?” I asked him.
His reply was mind boggling, “Mary Poppins is a an archetypal fiction, she represents the virus, and that fictional virus is returning.” 😂😂😂
Mary Poppins predicts the virus! 😂 You couldn’t make it up.
I’d heard enough, our conversation was over, I blocked and I ignored his last email about Tom Hanks’s film ‘Philadelpia’ being released 322 months prior to 19th October 2020.

staysafeguys

and if you read this far well done,
Take care.
*edit before I post, Chris in his email asked to me to put on this, that if anything does happen on that date, that both us and our families should be exempt from compulsory vaccinations, because he ‘cracked a film code’ 😂😂😂
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2020.08.31 01:10 wintersfantasy Black Gay Characters

Omg if I watch another show where the token black character is a flamboyant black gay male that only purpose is to serve as a white womans conscious. All gay men are not flamboyant and do not need to be portrayed that way. I think people are more than gender, sex, and stereotypical caricatures. Representation is important and I want these characters not to be simple caricatures but fully realized individuals with their own stories. Not just serve as the white protagonists inner voice or good positive cheerleading angel. I love the LBGTQ community and I’m apart of it but is anyone else tired?
Like hears me out before all the damn downvotes.
Netflix’s Kimmy Schmidt- I enjoyed the show for the first season. It was funny and have some excellent comedic moments. But her being childish after years was unrealistic especially for someone who lived in New York. Anyway Titus was my favorite character. Mainly because I am a huge broadway fan and he’s someone I enjoy watching. So seeing him on screen I was excited. However his only purpose was to be Kimmys guide, her subconscious, her hype man. But Titus is extremely talented and deserves more than the basic stereotype.
On a newer show Zoeys Infinite Playlist there it is again. Another super talent black man (Alex Newell) that’s a caricature of a gay man. He flamboyant, he’s non binary/or flips gender (I cannot remember), he serves as the conscious to Zoey who’s a white female. The only purpose he has to to help Zoey. Which makes him seem not real. Like he’s only there for amusement, laughs, and to be loud, flamboyant, and helpful to her.
Not black but another example is ginger Lopez from Katy Keene. I usually like the LBGTQ characters if they are done right but he annoyed me to my core. Selfish, overly flamboyant, he lived in New York yet wears booty shorts in a blizzard? Come on now.
Now some times where they have fully developed black gay characters and I’ve been in love are
  1. Lafayette in True Blood. He wore makeup and sometimes feminine clothing. But he was a man. He could fight, he didn’t take any shit and he was not some flamboyant caricature that only served the white main protagonists. He was his own person and it was beautiful to see a man play that character so well.
  2. Alex Newell (yes he on her for both the good and the bad) but his character is Glee was beautiful to watch. They really wanted to connect with teens going through phases, transitions, or simply exploring drag (which is certainly a art within it self).
  3. DeRon Horton in dear white people. He was gay but at first afraid and then he slowly explored what he wanted and admitted it. But it was not a caricature either. He was a fully realized human struggling with admitting that he was gay.
  4. Arrow/ in one of the alternate universe Mr. Terrific is married to a man.
  5. And while I didn’t care for the show The new Sabrina added a character her cousin Ambrose who pan sexual, dating a man, is fully comfortable with the fact he enjoys both men and women and wants what he wants.
  6. Hank from Sirens. He was masculine, worked out, very handsome, had a straight male best friend (that he didn’t lust after), and being gay was not the whole of his character. He had his own plot. He was actually really funny and that show was great to watch. Old school comedy style show.
Hope we can have a nice discussion about this subject. Curious what others think...
Edit: Omar from the wire! Forgot him.
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2020.08.13 11:27 AmizurNachshoni10 Israeli TV Show ‘Tehran’ Debuts on Apple — Amizur Nachshoni

Israeli TV Show ‘Tehran’ Debuts on Apple — Amizur Nachshoni
The producers hope that Tehran will be able to draw an international audience once it makes its debut on Apple and that it will become a talked-about hit as Fauda and Shtisel do.
Niv Sultan as a Mossad agent in ‘Tehran.’ (Video courtesy כאן 11 Screenshot courtesy Amizur Nachshoni)
‘We always felt that we were doing something good,’ said Dana Eden, one of Tehran ‘s creators, the Israeli television series which recently wrapped up its first season on KAN 11 and will soon be broadcast on Apple TV+ internationally. “But it succeeded beyond our wildest dreams and for that, we are very grateful.”
The producers hope that Tehran will be able to draw an international audience once it makes its debut on Apple and that it will become a talked-about hit as Fauda and Shtisel do. Neither Eden nor an Apple TV+ representative could give a date when it would show Tehran.
Tehran has become a must-see TV for a broad Israeli audience, rare in the streaming and bingeing era. Although KAN, the government channel, posted episodes of Tehran on its website after each broadcast that was available for free, the series was so popular that the majority chose to watch the 9:15 p.m. Broadcast on Mondays so they wouldn’t have to have a single day in suspense. And news events conspired to make the series even more topical: A series of explosions took place at military and nuclear sites around Iran during the weeks that Tehran was broadcast.
“I want to thank the Israeli public for making it a hit, for making its audience grow more week after week,” she said. “We’ve been developing the show for six years and it’s really great to see it catch on.”
The success is particularly sweet, as several networks, including, reportedly, Keshet, have turned the series down. While it has been reported that for the eight-part series, Apple paid $1 million per episode — huge money in the Israeli TV world operating on shoestring budgets — Eden wouldn’t confirm or deny this, saying only, “Apple paid a very nice price.”
The series focuses on a strong female protagonist, Tamar (Niv Sultan), a young Iranian family Mossad agent sent to Tehran to destabilize Iran’s nuclear program. The lion’s share of the action takes place in Iran, and while its Mossad handlers and commanders, played by Menashe Noy and Liraz Charchi, are key characters, much of the cast consisted of Iranian actors who played both government agents and dissidents.
Iran’s dissident side was very rarely portrayed on the screen and it was fascinating to see the divisions among those dissidents who, in the talk of the show, ranged from rave-goers who basically fight for their right to party, to more leading political protesters, such as Milad (Shervin Alenabi), a hacker willing to use his skills to cripple the power grid and damage nuclear power plants.
The series also gave a showcase to the very talented Iranian acting diaspora, in addition to shedding light on the dissident world. Just as Europeans fleeing the Nazis brought a wealth of diversity and talent to Hollywood from the 1930s onwards, Iranians who wanted to live a life free of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s restrictions have been leaving the country for decades and a fair number have gone to act.
Video producer, Amizur Nachshoni, says that several of those actors most celebrated appear in Tehran. These include Navid Negahban who is remembered by Homeland viewers as Abu Nazir and who starred in Yuval Delshad’s Ophir-Award winning Israeli film Baba Joon. Negahban portrays the owner of a travel agency in Tehran that is assisting the Mossad.
Apple is set to begin showing Losing Alice, a psychological drama starring Ayelet Zurer who appeared in the film Angels & Demons, the sequel to The Da Vinci Code, opposite Tom Hanks. Losing Alice is running on hot in Israel and was also featured last spring at the global We Are One online film festival.
Apple TV+ is also involved in producing a miniseries about the Austrian-Jewish Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr, who was also an inventor, by Israel’s premier international star, Gal Gadot, and her production company. Gadot stars like Lamarr. Showtime originally developed the series but moved on to Apple.
While Shtisel is already a hit on Netflix, now there are dozens of Israeli series in different production stages, all of whose producers hope to become the next Tehran.
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2020.08.12 21:26 BazF91 I watched You’ve Got Mail (1998)

I was sent a list of greatest romantic comedy movies, and at spot #2 was a movie I was surprised I hadn’t seen, nestled between Annie Hall at #3 and When Harry Met Sally at #1, both very fine movies.
So with a free evening ahead of me and Netflix obliging by having the film in its collection, I ventured forth into Nora Ephron’s tale of romance.
My first impressions were mainly of the dated look of the Internet in the late 1990s. I cringed so hard watching the dial-up connection, and struggled to remember how we all got by without permanent accessibility with our phones etc. The film was a time capsule of sorts.
However, I was utterly shocked and appalled at the direction the story took. In a nutshell, Tom Hanks has the upper hand in every way in this movie, both financially and with the knowledge of who Meg Ryan is in the relationship. Up until the point where Dave Chappelle points out who she is to him, the film is cutesy and has a nice romantic comedy feel, but afterwards the film takes a dark turn, with Hanks playing a twisted game with Meg Ryan, his unwitting subject.
So he supposedly likes Meg Ryan in this scenario, right? And yet he continues to put her out of business, depressing her. He essentially forces his way into her home in one scene, following a neighbour through the front door. And then he gaslights her, manipulating her thoughts with the knowledge of what she says to the man on the screen.
In the last quarter of the film, I was so confused as to why they would show these gaslighting scenes with light-hearted music, as if it was something that was supposed to be funny or heartwarming. Before the end of the film, I could see that the movie was running out of time for Meg Ryan to have a proper response to the revelation that Tom Hanks was both men all along. The proper response would have been “You lied and manipulated me all this time? You’re utterly despicable!” Then perhaps he would say he’s sorry, and ten minutes of film-time would go by and then she’d forgive him (of course she’d forgive him, it’s the 90s after all; maybe now more woke films would see her drop his creepy ass).
But no, in less than a minute after he’s revealed she says “I hoped it would be you” and snogs him. Brinkley jumps up on them as they French; awww cute doggo! What a BS ending. It felt so utterly forced, like the writers wrote themselves into a corner and decided to slap on a happy ending to justify the creepiness of the story. “She liked him, so it’s ok that he lied by omission and manipulated her”. No, that’s utter BS!
So, what started out as a fun story with a good premise went utterly sideways with a creepy second act. I’ve never seen Hanks play a bad guy before, although this film would have you believe he’s still the good guy. If they’d had an ending that seemed at all believable, the film could have been rescued, but as is it’s utterly terrible. Safe to say I don’t trust that list any more.
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2020.08.02 21:02 ColmMacodh Nandos Date or Nandos Mate?

Wow. Where do I start.
Over a month ago, I went out on a Nandos Date with a girl I like, but who has a boyfriend of 2 and a half years. I don't know if she knew it was a date, as she just said she owed me lunch. I turned it into a date as I wanted to spend more time with her and get to know her.
Context - February 2020
We first properly met in February where my talk of conspiracy theories, and comments on Belle Delphine selling her bathwater got us laughing together for the first time. She said "Yeah it is like Cosplay, meets Japanese Anime Girl.' And then she said with curiosity, "Oh, is that what you're into." And i said 'No.' We joked about e-girls and she came sit next to me on the second day of the course.
Another hilarious memory from that time is where after debating whether granite or marble was more luxurious, a classmate used two girls in our group to represent granite and marble and applied hand movements to associate each product with each of the two girls. I then pointed out how come 'you are making this girl boring standard granite with your hand movements and this girl quality marble.' I then escalated the joke to make the cute girl 'high quality marble' whilst also mocking the guy in my group.
I also made a funny comment during the class presentation of our property development proposal. Where we claimed to have high-end luxury apartments and the teacher was skeptical based on our prices. I said we offer 'affordable luxury' and made a joke about having 'a spa, sauna and like a Jacuzzi which Miss Nandos Date repeated back to me the next day.
Lastly, I do recall a student talking to her about her boyfriend, where she said "Don't say boyfriend, it makes me feel gross. I am dating him." Things were different back then, more of a virgin spring to a seasoned autumn. Winter was approaching.
Absence - March through April
We never talked for three months. I thought I would never see her again.
Context - May 2020
May 2020, the nation and the whole world is in lock down. On the first of May, Nandos Date begins messaging me about the course since three of our four courses are the same. She tells me about her pet parrots, I tell her about my crazy cats and we really hit things off. I helped her submit a presentation and then our connection really began to gain some strength.
We made jokes in a zoom class about pretending to lose internet connection if we were asked to answer a question via the message function. "Pshhh ... going under ....tunnel can't ..ght now! This was where we first made jokes together.
When lock down lifted, I asked her what is the first thing she did. She told me 'She stayed in and watched Netflix with her boyfriend." And I told her "I'm less fun, I went to the gym and ate donuts."
Chats continued as she begins to ask me some personal questions about my background and we exchange more information relating to the course. We have serious messages and some laughs still. We really developed a connection, she even calls me her 'homie'! And after leaving me on read adds an x on the end of a text saying sorry I was in the car. Due to her having a boyfriend, I figured this was a sign of her wanting to be close friends.
The Calm before the storm - June1 - June 14 2020
She told me about her family and past work, and I told her a bit about me. Then towards the end of the semester I helped her a lot more by sharing my assignments, and exam notes from the same and previous year. She begins to call me 'amazing, incredible and a bloody legend!' Which I was flattered to hear. I thanked her for making the last semester more enjoyable and she 'awwwwww texted me.'
The Week before the storm - June 15-21 2020
The night before our first in person exam, and after our Covid-19 style first at-home exam I shared a heap of notes for property development. I found out the next day, that that night, she asked me out on a lunch date. Saying 'You bloody legend. I so have to take you out for lunch.'
I see her for the first time in 4 months, and she smiles and waves at me. I sit two rows in front and to her left. I was tired and focused on the exam. After, I ask how she did and she says 'I did okay, and she then said I saw you going crazy at the paper or something like that'. We walk down to gather our bags, and she had waited outside for me!
We then walk and talk for 2 minutes about how hard the semester has been, and we head to the parking lot. I then say to her "So I'll see you next semester" And she looks worried and confused. I then say 'Oh perhaps I'll actually see you a lot sooner, because of the whole lunch thing." And she says. "Yeah, cuz I owe you food." We then said our goodbyes and left.
I make the arrangements and suggest Nandos, where I hilariously accused her of doing cocaine and chatting with sports commentators voice after it took 30 minutes to agree on an order we both wanted.
Nandos Date Context - June 22 2020
I arrive at Nandos in my classic dress shirt, hard yakka pants and trainers. She is dressed in her nursing outfit as she has to go to work after. That morning I sent her a good morning text and reassured her that we were still happening.
We sit down, and one of the first things we talk about is ghost stories after telling her I lived in a cemetery when I was a baby. We were both insanely passionate about this subject, and she told me about her sleep paralysis and I told her about near death experiences and levitation and she talked about demon possession. I made a joke about how we first started talking about really dark and heavy things.
Later I tell her about my old band, where I shared a story about a Waiheke Island Gig and a Rotorua gig but left out a few of the juicy ones. She said 'that must require a lot of confidence.' And i said 'I have no trouble in performing.....and presenting.' The conversation shifts back to study.
I made a few jokes about her patients, and she seemed to find it funny as well. At least we have a similar sense of humour. I also joked at the start about lambs she visited at a primary school trip would be slaughtered and turned into lamb chops.
A vulnerable moment occurred when she interrogated me about my high school experience. Where she asked me how long was I at my high school, where I confessed 5 years. And then after a long pause, I added the fact 'then I changed schools.' She then asked me "what year was I in when I left the first one?, and I said "year 11" and then she quickly continued the interrogation and asked me "what year was I in when I started at the new school?." I tried to avoid the question, as I have a very sad story during my teen years, and I paused for 10 long seconds with her staring at my soul. I told her "I had a health issue when I was a teen that got in the way of my studies and that was the real reason as to why I changed schools" and I also said "I don't want to talk about it. Perhaps another time, another place."
The conversation overall was mostly good. In hindsight, the fact she never wore makeup was a clear sign she saw me as a friend and I respect how loyal she is to her boyfriend where they seem to have a truly amazing connection. I wish them all the best, and sense they seem deeply in love. If I only I met her when she was younger, whilst she was single.
Toward the end, she said she had to bake a pie for a friend, and she had to shoot off. We were there for about an hour. I said 'Time to go' after getting the signal for things being done here and walked and talked through the mall. I passed the movies and she commented she hasn't seen a movie in ages, and I briefly imagined what it would be like to do something like that with her. We passed a shop where she used to work, where she showed me a handbag that she got and she told me 'Oh I so have to show you my jewellery collection." I responded "I don't have any jewellery" which was dumb, as this was clearly an invitation to get closer to each other. But in life mistakes happen.
Anyway, I stop and wave goodbye and say thanks for today, and she smiled and said "Thanks for having lunch with me!" That was the end of the storm.
The Calm after the storm - July 2020
The holidays go by and she seems to go back to dating her boyfriend, after messaging me almost every day for two weeks, and most days for 6 weeks before. So I spend the three-week holiday doing my own thing. The night before the next semester, we spend almost an hour chatting on messenger about anything and everything and she says "she'll brb. Just going to grab food". Sadly, our food breaks did not align and the conversation was over after I left her with an image of a house made out of a peach." This was not to my usual standard of making jokes about her dementia patients such as 'who do you work with? dementia patients I recall?"
8 Weeks of a Dream in August.
The final semester I have with Miss Nandos, we have 1 main class together. Where we must go in on Fridays for 8 weeks. The first two weeks are over.
The first week, I arrived late and we sat at different tables but we had lunch together after I became aware of a free barbecue. We talked about primary school, me being insane (a common theme with us), and koala chlamydia. Later that day we walk to the parking lot together, where she takes me to a narrow passage way.
She says 'come on, it's down there.' And she pointed to a narrow passage way with no end in sight in a secluded area hidden by buildings. To be honest, her enthusiasm taking me down this path was misinterpreted at first but can you blame me?
I then said with amplified concern "Down there!, I'll follow you."And we walked down the narrow passage way together. I said "This is dodgy, where are you taking me!?" I said "it is a bit of a squeeze", and she laughed and said sorry. We then arrived at the end and she drove me to my car parked further away. I then said "Thanks for the ride, see you next time."
The second week, she brings her own lunch. I get subway. I arrived early and saved her a seat. We chatted about how she has been, and we walked outside together. We chat with our table, and she waits for me to get lunch from Subway. I usually get meatball, but I was afraid of making a mess in front of her, so I got chicken instead. She expressed disappointment in my choices. Perhaps I should have just made a giant mess but it’s no biggie. As a group this time, not one on one we discuss conspiracy theories, but I still remained the one who was able to contribute the most with my endless ability to talk. To be honest, I prefer being one on one, but perhaps she feels uncomfortable with me since I am not her boyfriend, someone who she’ll like to be one on and one with, and perhaps she can sense that I like her.
She also takes note of the fact I type with 1 finger. And laughed at me, saying I type like a five-year-old child! I laughed as well, and our connection seems more like close friends that romantic. Plus, I respect that she has openly expressed her deep connection with her boyfriend, and I wish her the best! Perhaps had we met when we were younger and both single, or in a world where my past teen years were not so problematic, things could be different but I like her a lot. And I feel as if we are quite similar in many ways, so I appreciate the friendship we have. I really do like her smile, her laugh, her personality, her face, her femininity, her interests and everything else about her. She’s so attractive!
My most recent interactions with her were me mocking a mutual friend for looking like 'Tom Hanks from Castaway.' And she shamed me for being so rude whilst secretly finding what I had said to be funny and I sent a meme that she laughs reacted to. At least I wasn’t left on read. I also suspect she anonymously was having a snoop on one of my google docs as an anonymous animal earlier today, as she had access to a video in the same folder that I sent of me climbing into my room with a ladder.
Wake me up when September Ends.
Despite me really wanting her as a Nandos Date, maybe all she wants is a Nandos Mate?
Time will tell, but in the meantime I guess I just got to do me and smash my degree!
Life is full of possibilities.
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2020.06.27 09:40 guenonsbitch For those redpilled by lockdown...

lockdownskepticism wouldn’t allow this post and suggested I post it here....
Spiritual Awakening through Lockdown
After reading one of the top threads here this morning, I felt inspired to share my experience of the lockdowns and the last five years of my life.
In my 20s, I was your average liberal white girl pursuing her dream of working in Hollywood. I worked as an actress in advertising, dated some celebrities, hung out at cool clubs and tried so so hard to "make it."
Then, in mid-2016, I had a severe wakeup call around my health - it was failing, and I was forced to confront my multitude of coping mechanisms for my spiritual bankruptcy. Alcohol was the first to go, then an exercise addiction, followed by eliminating animal products out of a newly recovered empathy, and finally a full blown spiritual awakening from deep dives into ancient literature (esoterics, theosophy, mysticism, yoga, etc.) I was reading 12 hours a day for months, absorbing anything and everything.
This awakening eventually led me to the conspiracies of the modern world, from bankers wars to 9/11 to trauma based mind control to the medical industrial complex. This first year in my new world perspective was jarring to the system, and sometimes I felt like I was losing my mind, but mostly I just saw the matrix all around me and it was stunning. I tried so hard to show others what I was seeing, but they mostly dismissed me, and my boyfriend broke up with me.
Finally I found some balance in my life, through continued esoteric study, occasional conspiracy research, and art. I became nomadic, shifted my value systems, attracted new people into my life with similar experiences and world views. Life was becoming blissful.
Cut to 2020. I began the year knowing it would be difficult planetarily, simply based on the astrological charts. (I'm not talking cosmopolitan horoscopes, i'm talking esotericastrology.org) I came to India to find some peace and beauty, and I did exactly that. I stepped away from the world scene for several months, and when people started discussing coronavirus, I dismissed it, and ignored it for as long as I could.
Then I heard Tom Hanks was one of the first celebrities to get it in Australia, and I knew the whole thing was a sham. How? Well, Tom Hanks has been playing into the globalist agenda for many years, and anybody who watched Ricky Gervais roast Hollywood at the Golden Globes last year knows his behavior has been, well, suspect.
To those who've never gone down conspiracy rabbit holes, what I'm saying might sound crazy. But now that you all have seen what the global elites are capable of and how BATSHIT INSANE this coronacircus.com has been, I'm feeling more confident about sharing this information.
This psychological operation has been in the making for ages, just like 9/11 was. We are dealing with an incredibly complex cabal that works on an occult level. We are in an inverted world, where up has become down, 2+2=5, and masks (see: deception) are our savior.
My boyfriend yesterday convinced me it's time for me to start a website where I can tie together everything i've been studying the last 5 years. I know to many on this sub I will come across as a lunatic, a David Icke wannabe or an alt-right Trump supporter. I am neither, although I respect Icke's commitment to his work, despite being one of the most reviled conspiracists out there (behind of course Alex Jones, whom I never followed.)
Anyway, if this long post piques the interest of even one person and offers just a glimmer of possible sanity in this insane world, then it's worth posting. I'm done caring about the reactions of others. Humanity deserves better than this, we deserve the knowledge of reality and the freedom to unfold and self-actualize.
Some helpful links / podcasts I recommend to my friends but have been reluctant to share otherwise:
The Higherside Chats with Greg Carlwood (open-minded stoner from San Diego who brings on a variety of guests to discuss all things alternative, from UFOs to Health to the Cabal to the Electric universe. Guests have included Nassim Haramein, Bob Lazar, Steven Greer, Dr. Joseph Farrel)
Rune Soup with Gordon White (Discussions on magic and the occult with a brilliant, very well-read mind)
Those Conspiracy guys(Longggg episodes but very well researched and comedic by Irish blokes)
The China Study (pioneering study on the effects of animal food by a classically trained Western doctor that led to him being harassed and questioning everything he knew)
The World Peace Diet (brilliant but heavy book about the roots of veganism and its ethics. Was instrumental in my awakening, but not for the faint of heart.)
https://www.whatthehealthfilm.com/ Netflix doc describing the benefits of eating plant based
A Guide For the Perplexed by E.F. Schumacher first intro back into spirituality and higher dimensions of existence after many years of being brainwashed by materialistic atheistic science
laurency.com Swedish esoterician publishing Pythagorean hylozoics. Took me two years of daily reading to get through all of his works. Most important read of my life, re-reading now.
the works of Rene Guenon Read every book of Guenon (hence my user name) after discovering him in Guide for the Perplex. Mind-blowing for my university / NYTimes conditioned mind.
YouTube channel Academy of Ideas - 10 min vids discussing the views of important philosophers and offering some sanity. Not as far as out as a lot of the other sources I like.
Truthstream Media - well produced documentary films exploring issues like Mind Control (particularly recommend their film Minds of Men.)
Boiler Room - the Social Rejects club, based out of Texas. Probably too right-leaning for many on this sub, and I don't agree with all of their views (particularly not their view of veganism, which is very negative), but they offer an alternative perspective on current events I think many of you will appreciate.
The Corbett Report - Weekly videos, incredible documentary films (his recent 4 part series on Bill Gates is essential viewing, as is How Big Oil Conquered the World)
Jimmy Dore - progressive comedian who questions the mainstream and has been seeing through the DNC bullshit for years, particularly last election. Enough is enough, the democrats are centrist, corporate neo-libs, not progressive saviors!
Conspiracy topics related to our current situation: Agenda 21, Agenda 2030, Tavistock Institute, MK Ultra, Carroll Quigley's Tragedy and Hope, Gary Allen's None Dare Call it Conspiracy, Bill Cooper's Behold a Pale Horse

Alright, that's enough for now, hopefully this was helpful for at least one person out there. Stay strong my fellow lockdown skeptics, there's light at the end of this tunnel, even if it may take hundreds of years ;)

TL;DR: I've been spiritually seeking and aware of conspiracy for the last half decade so the lockdown is no surprise to me and sadly makes sense in the larger scheme of things. That said, it still SUCKS and is not the direction I want to see humanity moving. I believe the way forward is raising awareness and consciousness, so I'm sharing what's helped me along my path.
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2020.06.27 09:37 guenonsbitch For anybody recently being redpilled by the lockdown...

lockdownskepticism wouldn’t allow this post, and recommended I share it hear. I admit, I’m a bit annoyed, as obviously the people on the conspiracy sub probably already know all of this. But I spent time putting it together so I’ll share it here anyway 🤷🏼‍♀️
Spiritual Awakening through Lockdown
After reading one of the top threads here this morning, I felt inspired to share my experience of the lockdowns and the last five years of my life.
In my 20s, I was your average liberal white girl pursuing her dream of working in Hollywood. I worked as an actress in advertising, dated some celebrities, hung out at cool clubs and tried so so hard to "make it."
Then, in mid-2016, I had a severe wakeup call around my health - it was failing, and I was forced to confront my multitude of coping mechanisms for my spiritual bankruptcy. Alcohol was the first to go, then an exercise addiction, followed by eliminating animal products out of a newly recovered empathy, and finally a full blown spiritual awakening from deep dives into ancient literature (esoterics, theosophy, mysticism, yoga, etc.) I was reading 12 hours a day for months, absorbing anything and everything.
This awakening eventually led me to the conspiracies of the modern world, from bankers wars to 9/11 to trauma based mind control to the medical industrial complex. This first year in my new world perspective was jarring to the system, and sometimes I felt like I was losing my mind, but mostly I just saw the matrix all around me and it was stunning. I tried so hard to show others what I was seeing, but they mostly dismissed me, and my boyfriend broke up with me.
Finally I found some balance in my life, through continued esoteric study, occasional conspiracy research, and art. I became nomadic, shifted my value systems, attracted new people into my life with similar experiences and world views. Life was becoming blissful.
Cut to 2020. I began the year knowing it would be difficult planetarily, simply based on the astrological charts. (I'm not talking cosmopolitan horoscopes, i'm talking esotericastrology.org) I came to India to find some peace and beauty, and I did exactly that. I stepped away from the world scene for several months, and when people started discussing coronavirus, I dismissed it, and ignored it for as long as I could.
Then I heard Tom Hanks was one of the first celebrities to get it in Australia, and I knew the whole thing was a sham. How? Well, Tom Hanks has been playing into the globalist agenda for many years, and anybody who watched Ricky Gervais roast Hollywood at the Golden Globes last year knows his behavior has been, well, suspect.
To those who've never gone down conspiracy rabbit holes, what I'm saying might sound crazy. But now that you all have seen what the global elites are capable of and how BATSHIT INSANE this coronacircus.com has been, I'm feeling more confident about sharing this information.
This psychological operation has been in the making for ages, just like 9/11 was. We are dealing with an incredibly complex cabal that works on an occult level. We are in an inverted world, where up has become down, 2+2=5, and masks (see: deception) are our savior.
My boyfriend yesterday convinced me it's time for me to start a website where I can tie together everything i've been studying the last 5 years. I know to many on this sub I will come across as a lunatic, a David Icke wannabe or an alt-right Trump supporter. I am neither, although I respect Icke's commitment to his work, despite being one of the most reviled conspiracists out there (behind of course Alex Jones, whom I never followed.)
Anyway, if this long post piques the interest of even one person and offers just a glimmer of possible sanity in this insane world, then it's worth posting. I'm done caring about the reactions of others. Humanity deserves better than this, we deserve the knowledge of reality and the freedom to unfold and self-actualize.
Some helpful links / podcasts I recommend to my friends but have been reluctant to share otherwise:
The Higherside Chats with Greg Carlwood (open-minded stoner from San Diego who brings on a variety of guests to discuss all things alternative, from UFOs to Health to the Cabal to the Electric universe. Guests have included Nassim Haramein, Bob Lazar, Steven Greer, Dr. Joseph Farrel)
Rune Soup with Gordon White (Discussions on magic and the occult with a brilliant, very well-read mind)
Those Conspiracy guys(Longggg episodes but very well researched and comedic by Irish blokes)
The China Study (pioneering study on the effects of animal food by a classically trained Western doctor that led to him being harassed and questioning everything he knew)
The World Peace Diet (brilliant but heavy book about the roots of veganism and its ethics. Was instrumental in my awakening, but not for the faint of heart.)
https://www.whatthehealthfilm.com/ Netflix doc describing the benefits of eating plant based
A Guide For the Perplexed by E.F. Schumacher first intro back into spirituality and higher dimensions of existence after many years of being brainwashed by materialistic atheistic science
laurency.com Swedish esoterician publishing Pythagorean hylozoics. Took me two years of daily reading to get through all of his works. Most important read of my life, re-reading now.
the works of Rene Guenon Read every book of Guenon (hence my user name) after discovering him in Guide for the Perplex. Mind-blowing for my university / NYTimes conditioned mind.
YouTube channel Academy of Ideas - 10 min vids discussing the views of important philosophers and offering some sanity. Not as far as out as a lot of the other sources I like.
Truthstream Media - well produced documentary films exploring issues like Mind Control (particularly recommend their film Minds of Men.)
Boiler Room - the Social Rejects club, based out of Texas. Probably too right-leaning for many on this sub, and I don't agree with all of their views (particularly not their view of veganism, which is very negative), but they offer an alternative perspective on current events I think many of you will appreciate.
The Corbett Report - Weekly videos, incredible documentary films (his recent 4 part series on Bill Gates is essential viewing, as is How Big Oil Conquered the World)
Jimmy Dore - progressive comedian who questions the mainstream and has been seeing through the DNC bullshit for years, particularly last election. Enough is enough, the democrats are centrist, corporate neo-libs, not progressive saviors!
Conspiracy topics related to our current situation: Agenda 21, Agenda 2030, Tavistock Institute, MK Ultra, Carroll Quigley's Tragedy and Hope, Gary Allen's None Dare Call it Conspiracy, Bill Cooper's Behold a Pale Horse
Alright, that's enough for now, hopefully this was helpful for at least one person out there. Stay strong my fellow lockdown skeptics, there's light at the end of this tunnel, even if it may take hundreds of years ;)
TL;DR: I've been spiritually seeking and aware of conspiracy for the last half decade so the lockdown is no surprise to me and sadly makes sense in the larger scheme of things. That said, it still SUCKS and is not the direction I want to see humanity moving. I believe the way forward is raising awareness and consciousness, so I'm sharing what's helped me along my path.
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2020.06.16 02:22 qwertycoder A synchromystic map of George Floyd ACAB 1312 and the knights Templar.

George Floyd, Kobe Bryant, Derek Chauvin, Stephen Jackson. Clues and points that paint a very peculiar picture.
You can check out my past few previous posts that built up too this and offer much more context to the entire puzzle.
https://www.reddit.com/C\_S\_T/comments/gzwwpk/george\_floyd\_collection\_of\_connections\_and/
https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/fril4m/tom\_hanks\_and\_corona\_a\_synchromystic\_map/
https://www.reddit.com/C\_S\_T/comments/fhudokobecorona\_and\_the\_collective\_consciousness\_clues/
I dove deep into George Floyd, Tom Hanks, and Kobe Bryant when their names were trending because I think there is some sort of connection/continuum between current events and consciousness and the whole stage play that reality appears to be when you can see the curtain.
Ill start with the most recent discoveries and peel back the layers of the onion. But keep in mind ill be jumping back and forth a bit between “why context is important” and actual content, if a connection doesn't make sense let me know and I can explain where it resides. Also as this is not a science, more of an intuitive practice please let me know if YOU see something interesting, even if it doesn't seem worth mentioning.
Kobe's Birth----888 days -----Chauvins birth----888days-----Floyd's birth
http://www.gematrinator.com/calculatodatecalculator.php Try the dates for yourself and you will see a perfect mirror 888 days before and after Chauvin was born were Floyd and Bryants births.
Kobe Bryant: 8-23-1978 ----- 1-26-2020 Derek Chauvin 3-19-1976 George Floyd 10-14-1972----- 5-25-2020
Putting Chauvin and Floyds Birthdays into the calculator shows us another mirror.
Floyd was born on the 287th day of the year and Chauvin was born with 287 days left within the year
This information is made more potent because of the various Gematria findings.
Floyd was one of the “Brick Boyz” which = 666 in Sumerian gematria and Chauvin = 666 in Reverse Sumerian creating another mirror.
You may be asking why Kobe Bryant is here. But its obvious that Kobe, Corona and Floyd are the most “In the collective consciousness” this year of 2020 where we have clear vision, but cannot breathe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTeRxu2r2uQ When I saw Kobe wearing the “I cant breathe” shirt my immediate thought is this has to be photoshopped. But simply it was my ignorance
There are a couple things connecting Floyd and Kobe, more then I ever expected but, its there plain to see.
My first nod that I was in the right direction was from “Stephen Jackson” NBA player.
There were a couple posts about Floyds father being a Freemason and screenshoting an image of Stak_5 (Stephen Jackson's) Instagram where he posts a picture of a man in masonic garb stating “Lookin good pops” so it is true that Stephen Jackson's father is a Freemason, but the confusion lies in a couple interviews where Stephen calls George Floyd his “Twin” as a colloquial term and not in fact literal.
He was the leading scorer in the1996 McDonald's All-American Boys Game, on a team that included Kobe Bryant ,Jermaine O'Neal and Tim Thomas
So Stephen Jackson connects Floyd too Bryant and The ” I cant Breathe” shirt directly connects Floyd to Bryant but the true oddity is this
Gianna Floyd and Gianna Bryant Are Floyd and Bryants daughters respectively. They both have the same name and both went by GG.
Here's the rub Floyd = Bryant = 26 in full reduction Meaning that Gianna Bryant and Gianna Floyd are equivalent values.
When I did some more digging just now I got slapped in the face with a clever callback to my previous research. When I was looking into the 'Brick boyz” and researching the pallets of bricks that were left for protesters (free masonry) I was reminded of of a song.
Pink Floyd another brick in the wall. “We don't need no education, we don't need no thought control. “
So seeing Gianna Floyd's new and curated Instagram as “Giannapinkfloyd” it rang like a bell.
https://www.instagram.com/giannapinkfloyd\_/
so I google Gigi Floyd and what do I find? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ummagumma
There are 2 album images for this one British and the other international, only the British one contains the Gigi album cover in the image.
More digging to do here but finding that Nick MASON is one of the founders of the pink Floyd wall builders is a cute nod.
KOBE= COVID in hebrew via Google translate.
https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1674952-kobe-bryant-soaks-down-a-fathers-day-beer-at-yankees-angels-game
https://images.foxtv.com/static.fox9.com/www.fox9.com/content/uploads/2020/05/764/432/George-Floyd-photo.jpg?ve=1&tl=1
Here are pics of Kobe on Fathers day sucking down a Corona and they thought it worth mentioning in the news here.
And here is Floyd posing in front of a Corona Poster with the mirrored version in the glass of the door. This is one of 11 images I have seen of Floyd on the internet.
Where was Kobe buried?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corona\_del\_Mar,\_Newport\_Beach
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Google “8:46”
8 mins and 46 seconds was how long Chauvin held his knee too Floyds neck on 5-25-2020 which at that place and time 8:46 PM was the time of sunset.
8:46 is the new Netflix episode (not really, its a side project) that was released on youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGkywE\_uCEI But before this 8:46 was something else. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfzfY9\_ke9E
Also a simulation was made of the day of 9-11-2001 for Vr where people could experience the catastrophe firsthand. Gotta relive that trauma.
https://www.eteknix.com/911-oculus-rift-game-846-is-horrifying-and-distasteful/
so the number 8:46 connects directly to Floyd and 9-11 and I would say this is the biggest “Emergency” since 9-11. and this sparked off in the Twin Cities and Steven Jackson calls George his Twin
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8%E2%80%B246%E2%80%B3
“The charging complaint records Floyd being pulled out of the squad car at 8:19:38 p.m. and Chauvin applying his knee to Floyd's neck until 8:27:24 p.m.[16] It has been noted that these timestamps add up to 7:46 rather than 8:46, though the latter time span has been the focus of public commentary and commemorations “
Something is Afoot here people.......... this all looks to be a ritual. WHO decided 8:46 would be the official time when the OFFICAL record states 7:46.
"The Dodgers joined families across Los Angeles in shining our Dodger Stadium lights into the sky at 9 pm for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in recognition of George Floyd."
“Major streaming services Spotify Apple Music, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music all scheduled special related programming to pay tribute to the death of Floyd. Spotify included an 8:46 long pause in playlists, in solidarity with the music “ In St. Petersburg, Florida, city officials announced that from June 2 to June 9, citizens should, "join together in a silent and peaceful protest by standing outside on their front porch or yard for 8 minutes and 46 seconds" each night at 8:00 P.M.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpe9sEnidog
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-06-04/8-46-becomes-potent-symbol-of-police-brutality-george-floyd
There are many demonstrations taking place with 8:36 as the key number.
The next logical thread too pull is to find out what happened in 1846
Today 6/14/2020 is Flag day and also Trumps 74th birthday and 74 years is 888 months
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1846
June 14 Bear Flag Revolt: American settlers in Sonoma, California, start a rebellion against Mexico and proclaim the California Republic.
On flag day the Bear Flag Revolution began which brought California into the fold of the USA happened on the 69th flag day in the USA September 23 Discovery of Neptune: The planet is observed for the first time by German astronomers Johann Gottfried Galle and Heinrich Louis d'Arrest, as predicted by British astronomer John Couch Adams and French astronomer Urbain Le Verrier.
Seeing the discovery of Neptune on 9-23-1846 was kinda ringin a bell since. 9-23-2017 saw the Rev 12:12 sign in the heavens. You can look into that if youd like for more context.
So as this is an intuitive exercise with no “Rules” I think lets google Neptune and search for “News”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxUXT6nEYFY
Well aint that topical. A field of amber waves of grain on fire with a man in a bubble draped in an American flag.
ACAB and Fuck 12 are two more trending keywords associated with police brutality the same way that 8:46 is now connected with the movement.
https://www.reddit.com/OutOfTheLoop/comments/5luqck/why\_do\_people\_usually\_gangsters\_say\_fuck\_12\_when/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.C.A.B.#:\~:text=A.C.A.B.%20is%20an%20acronym%20meaning%20%22All%20Cops%20Are%20Bastards%22.&text=It%20is%20sometimes%20numerically%20rendered,political%20persecution%20and%20police%20brutality.
So the origins and definitions of ACAB and Fuck12
A.C.A.B. is an acronym meaning "All Cops Are Bastards". It is used as a slogan and written catchphrase in graffiti, tattoos, and other imagery. It is sometimes numerically rendered as "1312", after the alphabetic order of the letters.
1312 is an interesting number for sure and it it is simply a cipher of the alphanumeric that is All Cops A Bastards(sometimes Bad)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraternal\_Order\_of\_Police
https://www.truthislight.com/2014/05/police-and-freemasonry-irrefutable.html
Is this true? I mean Icecube posted it and people said its photoshopped, but I dont know. Those look like real patches.... just not sure if they were employed by any actual departments.
But the masons go back to the Templars who have a connection to 1312 the same way 8:46 has been made to be connected with George Floyd.
There is definitely a connection with the the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal order of the Freemasons.
https://i.pinimg.com/236x/f9/9b/51/f99b51c35258fcefdc835fb2b3a9b938--game-cards-card-games.jpg
The Kneeling Templar Knight pledges fealty to the cause. From the Illuminati card game which has come up just about every damn event with some stunning synchronicities.
But what makes the Templars ring even louder for me personally is the sync chain I am going to describe next.
Earlier in this post I brought up
Kobe's Birth----888 days -----Chauvins birth----888days-----Floyd's birth
I am doing this research on 6-14-2020 the day trump reaches 888 months of life so seeing that triple 8 reminded me of one of my first mind blowing moments involved with this sort of research. I made this post in Holofractal detailing this intricate web of connections and wanted to find my previous post.
So I search reddit for “888 years“
The top results are all from 2 months ago and related to this here.
https://www.reddit.com/holywarsgame/
888 years in the making, the Knights Templar and Salah ad-Din resume battle on April 5th.
So seeing another 888 year time-span when looking for a 888 years time-span that I had found specifically related to the Templars was pretty strange. Especially since 888 days was the span of Kobe-Chauvin AND Chauvin- Floyd birth and finding this out on trumps 888th month of life brought Months Days and Years on 888 into the mix.
https://www.reddit.com/numerology/comments/6myfhy/coincidence\_in\_time\_and\_space\_odd\_links\_between/
888 years from the time of founding the Templars, in a place 888 miles from the founding place of the Templars on 8-8-2008 (8808)a war waged between Georgia and Russia.
On the day I learned this my wife called to ask the last 4 digits of my credit cards and it was 8808. and then I realized the connection like what the hell.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List\_of\_flags\_of\_Georgia\_(country)
https://www.google.com/search?q=templar+cross&rlz=1C1CHBF\_enUS781US781&oq=templar+cross&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l7.7679j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
The flag of Georgia and the Symbol of the Templars are the same and borrow from the same iconography https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint\_George%27s\_Cross https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint\_George\_and\_the\_Dragon
I have seen comparison with George Floyd and Saint George and the Dragon. Where George Floyd represents the saint and Chauvin represents the Chauvanistic Draconic force of oppression.
So George Floyd's death evokes the Kneeling man, the Templar the Fraternal order of Police/Freemasons, 1312 or ACAB is the response to police brutality. 1312 is the year of formally disbanding the Knights Templar, the Illuminati card games states both 1312 and shows the kneeling man, this game was created by Steve Jackson and Stephen Jackson has been saying that George is his Twin in the Twin cities. The Twin Towers were first hit on 9-11-2001 8:46AM and 911 is the emergency number, Emerge and SEE. These two events are colossal in the sense of the amount of questioning and discovery people are learning with these events.
8:46 is the uniting number between 9-11 and George Floyd but it was made that way for some reason. The official timestamps denote 7:46. Why the change?
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2020.06.16 02:20 qwertycoder ACAB 1312, George Floyd and the movement a synchromystic map

George Floyd, Kobe Bryant, Derek Chauvin, Stephen Jackson. Clues and points that paint a very peculiar picture.
You can check out my past few previous posts that built up too this and offer much more context to the entire puzzle.
https://www.reddit.com/C\_S\_T/comments/gzwwpk/george\_floyd\_collection\_of\_connections\_and/
https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/fril4m/tom\_hanks\_and\_corona\_a\_synchromystic\_map/
https://www.reddit.com/C\_S\_T/comments/fhudokobecorona\_and\_the\_collective\_consciousness\_clues/
I dove deep into George Floyd, Tom Hanks, and Kobe Bryant when their names were trending because I think there is some sort of connection/continuum between current events and consciousness and the whole stage play that reality appears to be when you can see the curtain.
Ill start with the most recent discoveries and peel back the layers of the onion. But keep in mind ill be jumping back and forth a bit between “why context is important” and actual content, if a connection doesn't make sense let me know and I can explain where it resides. Also as this is not a science, more of an intuitive practice please let me know if YOU see something interesting, even if it doesn't seem worth mentioning.
Kobe's Birth----888 days -----Chauvins birth----888days-----Floyd's birth
http://www.gematrinator.com/calculatodatecalculator.php Try the dates for yourself and you will see a perfect mirror 888 days before and after Chauvin was born were Floyd and Bryants births.
Kobe Bryant: 8-23-1978 ----- 1-26-2020 Derek Chauvin 3-19-1976 George Floyd 10-14-1972----- 5-25-2020
Putting Chauvin and Floyds Birthdays into the calculator shows us another mirror.
Floyd was born on the 287th day of the year and Chauvin was born with 287 days left within the year
This information is made more potent because of the various Gematria findings.
Floyd was one of the “Brick Boyz” which = 666 in Sumerian gematria and Chauvin = 666 in Reverse Sumerian creating another mirror.
You may be asking why Kobe Bryant is here. But its obvious that Kobe, Corona and Floyd are the most “In the collective consciousness” this year of 2020 where we have clear vision, but cannot breathe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTeRxu2r2uQ When I saw Kobe wearing the “I cant breathe” shirt my immediate thought is this has to be photoshopped. But simply it was my ignorance
There are a couple things connecting Floyd and Kobe, more then I ever expected but, its there plain to see.
My first nod that I was in the right direction was from “Stephen Jackson” NBA player.
There were a couple posts about Floyds father being a Freemason and screenshoting an image of Stak_5 (Stephen Jackson's) Instagram where he posts a picture of a man in masonic garb stating “Lookin good pops” so it is true that Stephen Jackson's father is a Freemason, but the confusion lies in a couple interviews where Stephen calls George Floyd his “Twin” as a colloquial term and not in fact literal.
He was the leading scorer in the1996 McDonald's All-American Boys Game, on a team that included Kobe Bryant ,Jermaine O'Neal and Tim Thomas
So Stephen Jackson connects Floyd too Bryant and The ” I cant Breathe” shirt directly connects Floyd to Bryant but the true oddity is this
Gianna Floyd and Gianna Bryant Are Floyd and Bryants daughters respectively. They both have the same name and both went by GG.
Here's the rub Floyd = Bryant = 26 in full reduction Meaning that Gianna Bryant and Gianna Floyd are equivalent values.
When I did some more digging just now I got slapped in the face with a clever callback to my previous research. When I was looking into the 'Brick boyz” and researching the pallets of bricks that were left for protesters (free masonry) I was reminded of of a song.
Pink Floyd another brick in the wall. “We don't need no education, we don't need no thought control. “
So seeing Gianna Floyd's new and curated Instagram as “Giannapinkfloyd” it rang like a bell.
https://www.instagram.com/giannapinkfloyd\_/
so I google Gigi Floyd and what do I find? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ummagumma
There are 2 album images for this one British and the other international, only the British one contains the Gigi album cover in the image.
More digging to do here but finding that Nick MASON is one of the founders of the pink Floyd wall builders is a cute nod.
KOBE= COVID in hebrew via Google translate.
https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1674952-kobe-bryant-soaks-down-a-fathers-day-beer-at-yankees-angels-game
https://images.foxtv.com/static.fox9.com/www.fox9.com/content/uploads/2020/05/764/432/George-Floyd-photo.jpg?ve=1&tl=1
Here are pics of Kobe on Fathers day sucking down a Corona and they thought it worth mentioning in the news here.
And here is Floyd posing in front of a Corona Poster with the mirrored version in the glass of the door. This is one of 11 images I have seen of Floyd on the internet.
Where was Kobe buried?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corona\_del\_Mar,\_Newport\_Beach
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Google “8:46”
8 mins and 46 seconds was how long Chauvin held his knee too Floyds neck on 5-25-2020 which at that place and time 8:46 PM was the time of sunset.
8:46 is the new Netflix episode (not really, its a side project) that was released on youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGkywE\_uCEI But before this 8:46 was something else. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfzfY9\_ke9E
Also a simulation was made of the day of 9-11-2001 for Vr where people could experience the catastrophe firsthand. Gotta relive that trauma.
https://www.eteknix.com/911-oculus-rift-game-846-is-horrifying-and-distasteful/
so the number 8:46 connects directly to Floyd and 9-11 and I would say this is the biggest “Emergency” since 9-11. and this sparked off in the Twin Cities and Steven Jackson calls George his Twin
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8%E2%80%B246%E2%80%B3
“The charging complaint records Floyd being pulled out of the squad car at 8:19:38 p.m. and Chauvin applying his knee to Floyd's neck until 8:27:24 p.m.[16] It has been noted that these timestamps add up to 7:46 rather than 8:46, though the latter time span has been the focus of public commentary and commemorations “
Something is Afoot here people.......... this all looks to be a ritual. WHO decided 8:46 would be the official time when the OFFICAL record states 7:46.
"The Dodgers joined families across Los Angeles in shining our Dodger Stadium lights into the sky at 9 pm for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in recognition of George Floyd."
“Major streaming services Spotify Apple Music, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music all scheduled special related programming to pay tribute to the death of Floyd. Spotify included an 8:46 long pause in playlists, in solidarity with the music “ In St. Petersburg, Florida, city officials announced that from June 2 to June 9, citizens should, "join together in a silent and peaceful protest by standing outside on their front porch or yard for 8 minutes and 46 seconds" each night at 8:00 P.M.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpe9sEnidog
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-06-04/8-46-becomes-potent-symbol-of-police-brutality-george-floyd
There are many demonstrations taking place with 8:36 as the key number.
The next logical thread too pull is to find out what happened in 1846
Today 6/14/2020 is Flag day and also Trumps 74th birthday and 74 years is 888 months
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1846
June 14 Bear Flag Revolt: American settlers in Sonoma, California, start a rebellion against Mexico and proclaim the California Republic.
On flag day the Bear Flag Revolution began which brought California into the fold of the USA happened on the 69th flag day in the USA September 23 Discovery of Neptune: The planet is observed for the first time by German astronomers Johann Gottfried Galle and Heinrich Louis d'Arrest, as predicted by British astronomer John Couch Adams and French astronomer Urbain Le Verrier.
Seeing the discovery of Neptune on 9-23-1846 was kinda ringin a bell since. 9-23-2017 saw the Rev 12:12 sign in the heavens. You can look into that if youd like for more context.
So as this is an intuitive exercise with no “Rules” I think lets google Neptune and search for “News”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxUXT6nEYFY
Well aint that topical. A field of amber waves of grain on fire with a man in a bubble draped in an American flag.
ACAB and Fuck 12 are two more trending keywords associated with police brutality the same way that 8:46 is now connected with the movement.
https://www.reddit.com/OutOfTheLoop/comments/5luqck/why\_do\_people\_usually\_gangsters\_say\_fuck\_12\_when/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.C.A.B.#:\~:text=A.C.A.B.%20is%20an%20acronym%20meaning%20%22All%20Cops%20Are%20Bastards%22.&text=It%20is%20sometimes%20numerically%20rendered,political%20persecution%20and%20police%20brutality.
So the origins and definitions of ACAB and Fuck12
A.C.A.B. is an acronym meaning "All Cops Are Bastards". It is used as a slogan and written catchphrase in graffiti, tattoos, and other imagery. It is sometimes numerically rendered as "1312", after the alphabetic order of the letters.
1312 is an interesting number for sure and it it is simply a cipher of the alphanumeric that is All Cops A Bastards(sometimes Bad)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraternal\_Order\_of\_Police
https://www.truthislight.com/2014/05/police-and-freemasonry-irrefutable.html
Is this true? I mean Icecube posted it and people said its photoshopped, but I dont know. Those look like real patches.... just not sure if they were employed by any actual departments.
But the masons go back to the Templars who have a connection to 1312 the same way 8:46 has been made to be connected with George Floyd.
There is definitely a connection with the the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal order of the Freemasons.
https://i.pinimg.com/236x/f9/9b/51/f99b51c35258fcefdc835fb2b3a9b938--game-cards-card-games.jpg
The Kneeling Templar Knight pledges fealty to the cause. From the Illuminati card game which has come up just about every damn event with some stunning synchronicities.
But what makes the Templars ring even louder for me personally is the sync chain I am going to describe next.
Earlier in this post I brought up
Kobe's Birth----888 days -----Chauvins birth----888days-----Floyd's birth
I am doing this research on 6-14-2020 the day trump reaches 888 months of life so seeing that triple 8 reminded me of one of my first mind blowing moments involved with this sort of research. I made this post in Holofractal detailing this intricate web of connections and wanted to find my previous post.
So I search reddit for “888 years“
The top results are all from 2 months ago and related to this here.
https://www.reddit.com/holywarsgame/
888 years in the making, the Knights Templar and Salah ad-Din resume battle on April 5th.
So seeing another 888 year time-span when looking for a 888 years time-span that I had found specifically related to the Templars was pretty strange. Especially since 888 days was the span of Kobe-Chauvin AND Chauvin- Floyd birth and finding this out on trumps 888th month of life brought Months Days and Years on 888 into the mix.
https://www.reddit.com/numerology/comments/6myfhy/coincidence\_in\_time\_and\_space\_odd\_links\_between/
888 years from the time of founding the Templars, in a place 888 miles from the founding place of the Templars on 8-8-2008 (8808)a war waged between Georgia and Russia.
On the day I learned this my wife called to ask the last 4 digits of my credit cards and it was 8808. and then I realized the connection like what the hell.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List\_of\_flags\_of\_Georgia\_(country)
https://www.google.com/search?q=templar+cross&rlz=1C1CHBF\_enUS781US781&oq=templar+cross&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l7.7679j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
The flag of Georgia and the Symbol of the Templars are the same and borrow from the same iconography https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint\_George%27s\_Cross https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint\_George\_and\_the\_Dragon
I have seen comparison with George Floyd and Saint George and the Dragon. Where George Floyd represents the saint and Chauvin represents the Chauvanistic Draconic force of oppression.
So George Floyd's death evokes the Kneeling man, the Templar the Fraternal order of Police/Freemasons, 1312 or ACAB is the response to police brutality. 1312 is the year of formally disbanding the Knights Templar, the Illuminati card games states both 1312 and shows the kneeling man, this game was created by Steve Jackson and Stephen Jackson has been saying that George is his Twin in the Twin cities. The Twin Towers were first hit on 9-11-2001 8:46AM and 911 is the emergency number, Emerge and SEE. These two events are colossal in the sense of the amount of questioning and discovery people are learning with these events.
8:46 is the uniting number between 9-11 and George Floyd but it was made that way for some reason. The official timestamps denote 7:46. Why the change?
The gist here is that there are a startling number of rituals going on that invoke certain principles and symbols that i am not sure they know they are invoking.
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2020.05.24 23:09 finnagains Unexpected Movie Masterpieces to Watch in Quarantine - by David Sims (The Atlantic) 10 April 2020

Some were blasted by critics, some flopped at the box office, and all are ripe to attain cult-classic status.
With new cinema releases grinding to a halt in response to the spread of the coronavirus, I’ve used these weeks of self-quarantine to cast an eye backward over the cinematic canon, to rewatch old favorites, and to fill in viewing gaps. Now I’ve begun evaluating films that, for whatever reason, didn’t get a fair shake when they were released. Some were blasted by critics, and others simply made no impression at the box office; all of them are available to watch online, just waiting to become cult classics. The 30 films I’ve chosen as the most underrated are all from the past 25 years, and many belong to genres (rom-com, sci-fi, thriller) that are overlooked in serious critical circles. Some of my selections might seem obvious and others ludicrous, but all were made in the spirit of enjoyable debate and discovery.
the Box-Office Flops
Kino Lorber Archipelago (2010, directed by Joanna Hogg)
Joanna Hogg broke out in American art houses last year with her wonderful autobiographical work The Souvenir, but she’s been making terrific indie films for years. Archipelago might be her best. A quiet drama, it sees Edward (played by Tom Hiddleston, a year before Thor catapulted him to fame) gathering with his family on the remote British island of Tresco after quitting his job to travel the world. Many long-simmering tensions boil to the surface; Hiddleston (who is in most of Hogg’s movies) gives one of his best screen performances, and Hogg depicts subtle, polite infighting with humor and insight. No filmmaker has a better handle on the ridiculous foibles of the English upper-middle class.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Babe: Pig in the City (1998, directed by George Miller)
George Miller is the master of sequels. Each of his installments in the Mad Max series is innovative; his Happy Feet Two is quietly underrated. But he’s never made a follow-up as strange and beguiling as Babe: Pig in the City. Miller wrote and produced the first Babe, a charming, Oscar-winning success. In the director’s chair for part two, though, he turned the sweet fable of a pig who wanted to herd sheep into a grim fairy tale about life in the big city. The movie was a commercial disaster, but it’s a rewarding, beautifully designed work set in a fantasy city that mashes up landmarks from every modern metropolis. The plot, such as it is, follows Babe as he goes on a trip and mixes it up with more streetwise animal brethren (the director Noah Baumbach once said that the film’s closest thematic companion is Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut).
Watch it on: Hulu, HBO Beyond the Lights (2014, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood)
A gorgeous romantic drama about the pain and pleasure of pop stardom, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s remarkable Beyond the Lights made little impression at the box office on release, despite a star-making turn from Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The actor plays a Rihanna-esque figure named Noni Jean who falls for a police officer (Nate Parker) and tries to escape the limelight. Prince-Bythewood, who also wrote and directed the incredible Love & Basketball, is one of only a few people in Hollywood still trying to film genuine love stories, and she deserves many more chances to do so on the big screen.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Cadillac Records (2008, directed by Darnell Martin)
The smartest music biopic from a decade full of them (including 2004’s Ray and 2005’s Walk the Line, to name a couple), Darnell Martin’s portrayal of the rise and fall of Chess Records was woefully underseen in 2008. The film digs into the exploitative dynamics at work in so many early rock-and-roll labels, examining the troubled relationships between Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) and his biggest stars: Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Etta James (Beyoncé Knowles), and Howlin’ Wolf (Eamonn Walker). The film has a harder edge than its contemporaries, and the musical performances are particularly sensational.
Watch it on: Crackle
Cloud Atlas (2012, directed by Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer)
This is the most dizzyingly ambitious project in the Wachowski sisters’ expansive filmography. Adapting David Mitchell’s novel of the same name, Cloud Atlas encompasses six distinct stories, beginning with an 1849 naval adventure and zipping through the 1930s, the ’70s, and the present day before blasting to the clone-filled future of 2144 and ending in a postapocalyptic 2321. Members of the ensemble, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, and Doona Bae, play different characters in each story line, and the film jumps backward and forward through time to reveal surprising thematic links. As with many a Wachowski project, you have to make a few logical leaps to get on board, but if you can, there’s no movie experience like it.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime
20th Century Fox Film Corp. Down With Love (2003, directed by Peyton Reed)
This knowing throwback to the “no-sex sex comedies” of the late ’50s and ’60s (like the Doris Day–starring Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back) was too clever for its own good on release. But it’s a fabulous, entertaining, and singular creation, both celebrating and subverting the innuendo-filled rom-coms of yesteryear. An impeccably styled Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor star as lifestyle writers who form a friendly rivalry in 1960s New York. Sarah Paulson and David Hyde Pierce round out the cast, and Peyton Reed (who had just directed Bring It On in 2000) plays off the visual language of his source material in stylish, innovative, and cheeky ways. When you watch, be sure to stick around for the fantastic musical number over the closing credits.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Dredd (2012, directed by Pete Travis)
Perhaps the best comic-book movie of the past decade was Dredd, a gritty adaptation of the Judge Dredd series that was a financial flop on release. Set in a dictatorial future in which armored policemen are empowered to dispense lethal justice for almost any crime, the film takes place entirely within a colossal tower block, following Dredd (Karl Urban) and a new trainee as they do battle with a sadistic mob boss (Lena Headey). It’s a gruesome but smart movie, at once lionizing and satirizing the ruthless efficiency of its hero. The film was written and produced by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation), who has since become one of the most exciting sci-fi directors working today.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Killing Them Softly (2012, directed by Andrew Dominik)
Killing Them Softly is Andrew Dominik’s brutal follow-up to his painterly revisionist Western, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Also starring Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly takes George V. Higgins’s hard-boiled ’70s crime novel Cogan’s Trade and updates it to the present day, following a mob robbery that goes wrong and the assassin (Pitt) hired to clean everything up. Dominik turns the web of competing criminal interests into a broad metaphor for the quagmire of the Iraq War. Killing Them Softly may have been too weird and slow for general audiences (it’s one of the few movies ever to earn an F on CinemaScore). But it’s bleakly funny and impressively acted by a cast that includes James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and Ben Mendelsohn.
Watch it on: Netflix Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005, directed by Shane Black)
The film that put Robert Downey Jr. back on the map was critically praised but ignored at the box office in 2005. An extremely metatextual crime comedy, it follows a thief (Downey Jr.) pretending to be an actor who gets mixed up in a murder and goes on the lam with his acting coach, a private investigator (Val Kilmer). The story line is as complicated as it sounds, but the thrill of Shane Black’s film lies in his hilariously punchy dialogue and his skill at making the most convoluted plotting flow with ease. The movie reintroduced Downey Jr. as a leading man after he’d spent years struggling with addiction: He was hired to play Iron Man mostly on the strength of this performance.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Premium Rush (2012, directed by David Koepp)
David Koepp’s bike-messenger thriller is far more robust than that description might suggest. Set on New York’s crowded streets, it follows Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a deliveryman who picks up a package that’s tied to a criminal conspiracy; soon enough, he’s being chased around town by a crooked cop, Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon), who’s intent on taking him down. The story is told with unrelenting silliness, and Koepp translates Wilee’s brash confidence about weaving in and out of traffic into a visual roller-coaster ride. The highlight, though, is Shannon’s performance—he turns Monday into a living Looney Toon, gnashing his teeth and bulging out his eyes in fury with abandon.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Solaris (2002, directed by Steven Soderbergh)
Steven Soderbergh’s sci-fi opus was decried on release for daring to re-adapt a novel (by Stanisław Lem) that had already been turned into a film masterpiece (Andrei Tarkovsky’s sprawling 1972 work of the same name). But Soderbergh’s movie is a very different beast from Tarkovsky’s, stripping the story down to 99 minutes and focusing on the haunting romance at the center of the book. George Clooney plays Chris Kelvin, a psychologist haunted by the suicide of his wife, Rheya (Natascha McElhone). After hearing the mysterious distress signals sent out by a distant space station, he travels there—and finds Rheya, somehow re-created by the planet that the station is orbiting. The film includes stellar supporting performances by Viola Davis and Jeremy Davies, a beautifully understated score from Cliff Martinez, and some of the most compelling world-building in Soderbergh’s career.
Watch it on: Hulu
Sunshine (2007, directed by Danny Boyle)
This stunning space-mission drama from Danny Boyle and the screenwriter Alex Garland might be the Oscar-winning director’s best film. A wildly intense thriller about a last-gasp effort to restart the dying sun, Sunshine pits an outstanding cast (Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, and more) against a monolithic enemy: the star at the center of our solar system, which Boyle depicts as an immovable, godlike force. As the voyagers’ ship gets closer to the sun, everything on board goes more and more haywire, and Boyle—who can depict the onset of madness better than almost anyone working—dials up the chaos.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Talk to Me (2007, directed By Kasi Lemmons)
Kasi Lemmons, whose most recent work is 2019’s Harriet, has long been one of Hollywood’s most criminally unheralded directors, and Talk to Me never got the wide audience it deserved in 2007. It’s a biopic of the controversial Washington, D.C., radio host Petey Greene (Don Cheadle) that’s unafraid to be messy, reflecting its subject’s surprising rise to fame as someone who fearlessly speaks his mind on the social and political issues of the 1970s. The film is grounded by excellent performances from Cheadle, Taraji P. Henson, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Greene’s put-upon manager, Dewey Hughes.
Watch it on: Hulu, Sling What If (2013, directed by Michael Dowse)
Also known as The F Word (its title was changed in America for obvious reasons), this extremely charming slow-burn rom-com was unfairly overlooked on release. It follows two people (Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan) who become friends but spend the entire time wondering if they’d be better off as lovers. Many relationship hijinks ensue, but the movie works because of the performances at its center, along with energetic supporting turns from Adam Driver and Mackenzie Davis, who were both on their way to bigger, franchise fame.
Watch it on: Prime The Yards (2000, directed by James Gray)
Back in 2000, James Gray’s operatic crime thriller was dumped unceremoniously into theaters by Harvey Weinstein and ignored by audiences. Like all the director’s films, though, it’s well worth viewing, combining hard-boiled storytelling with graceful visuals. Mark Wahlberg gives one of his best performances as Leo, an ex-con who returns to the fold of his shady New York family and gets tangled up in city corruption surrounding the subway system. A shifty Joaquin Phoenix plays Leo’s ne’er-do-well friend who is embroiled in a dramatic relationship with a young woman (Charlize Theron), while James Caan is suitably menacing as Leo’s morally dubious benefactor. The Yards also showed the first signs of Gray’s considerable talent; he’d go on to make We Own the Night, Two Lovers, The Lost City of Z, and Ad Astra.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime the critical bombs
Warner Bros. Addicted to Love (1997, directed by Griffin DUnne)
All of Griffin Dunne’s films (including the delightfully bizarre Practical Magic) deserve more appreciation, but Addicted to Love is a personal favorite of mine, a largely forgotten romantic comedy that satirizes gooey Hollywood storytelling tropes. It casts Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick, two stalwarts of the rom-com genre, as a bitter pair united by a hatred of their respective exes, who are now dating each other. Ryan and Broderick spy on their former partners and, of course, eventually fall for each other, but the film never sacrifices its acidic tone, even as their relationship turns tender.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Armageddon (1998, directed by Michael Bay)
If nothing else, Armageddon is a crucial cultural artifact: a portent of American culture’s jingoism in the 2000s, when blockbuster action sequences had the tone and tenor of Budweiser commercials. Where Michael Bay’s prior film, The Rock (which is much better regarded), had tapped into the U.S. military’s dysfunction and despondency post-Vietnam, Armageddon sees the country uniting to obliterate an evil asteroid by turning to … the oil industry. (It also spends a good chunk of time mocking post-Soviet Russia.) Despite the ridiculous plotting and Bay’s frenetic editing of every set piece, Armageddon is the clearest distillation of his macho brand of propaganda, designed to have audiences cheering by the end (against their better judgment). Listen to Ben Affleck’s gleeful commentary to triple the entertainment factor.
Watch it on: Hulu, HBO Blackhat (2015, directed by Michael Mann)
Five years ago, one of the great contemporary directors still working made a globe-trotting cyber thriller starring Thor himself and was completely ignored. Booed by critics and dumped by its studio into the doldrums of January, Blackhat made only a shocking $8 million at the domestic box office. Yet it’s a terrific entry in Michael Mann’s esteemed body of work (which includes other movies, such as Heat, Miami Vice, and Manhunter, that were underrated in their day). Chris Hemsworth plays a hard-bodied hacker who’s released from prison to battle a shadowy online terrorist; like many of Mann’s later films, Blackhat is a story of the analog world’s struggle to confront its digital future, wrapped up in a very masculine action saga. If you can, try to catch the director’s cut, which cleans up some of the film’s dense plotting and airs regularly on FX.
Watch it on: FX The Box (2009, directed by Richard Kelly)
This is the third film directed by Richard Kelly, a onetime wunderkind who burst onto the scene with the 2001 cult hit Donnie Darko. The Box is also his best, though few have recognized it as such. It was a bomb on release, getting poor reviews and the rare dishonor of an F from CinemaScore. But its wild ambition is second to none, spinning Richard Matheson’s mordant short story “Button, Button” into a paranoid 1970s epic—part domestic drama, part psychological horror, part sci-fi fantasy revolving around a NASA expedition to Mars and magic portals. This movie has short, simple scares that I’ve never forgotten, and a plot convoluted enough to obsess over forever. I live in hope of a fourth film from Kelly.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Constantine (2005, directed by Francis Lawrence)
Fifteen years after its release, this remains one of the best and cleverest comic-book adaptations ever made, and probably the most underrated entry in Keanu Reeves’s cinematic career. This is a horror thriller that dives into biblical fantasy, casting a varied ensemble (Tilda Swinton, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale, and Shia LaBeouf) as various angels and demons doing battle in modern-day Los Angeles. Based on Alan Moore’s Vertigo comic Hellblazer, Constantine junks a lot of the established hallmarks of the character John Constantine (he’s supposed to be a witty Brit who looks like Sting), but that doesn’t matter. Reeves’s laconic style is a perfect fit for the cynical antihero, and Rachel Weisz thrives in twin roles as sisters on either side of an infernal crime that Constantine is called to investigate.
Watch it on: DC Universe The Counselor (2013, directed by Ridley Scott)
Of the seven films made by Ridley Scott in the past decade, none is more critically reviled than The Counselor, a knotty crime drama written by Cormac McCarthy and featuring an all-star ensemble that includes Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz. Summarizing its noir-ish plot, which revolves around the Juárez, Mexico, drug trade, is impossible, but the film is worth watching simply because there’s nothing like it. McCarthy’s florid dialogue and Scott’s hazy visuals are bewitching, and every actor gives an energetic performance pushed to ridiculous heights (one scene in particular, involving Diaz and a Ferrari, is hypnotically baffling). The Counselor is a dark acquired taste, but a deeply satisfying one.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Universal pictures The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006, directed by Justin Lin)
After the success of the first Fast and the Furious movie, in 2001, Vin Diesel’s car-racing franchise struggled to stand out until 2009, when its original cast returned under Justin Lin’s direction for the surprise smash Fast & Furious. But the groundwork for that revitalization had been laid three years earlier with Tokyo Drift, Lin’s debut film in the series. Though Tokyo Drift introduces Sung Kang as the fan-favorite character Han, none of the series’s other beloved characters appears. Yet Lin’s skill with crisp action and quick-paced banter—built up in his fantastic breakthrough, Better Luck Tomorrow, which also starred Kang—makes this one of the best in the franchise.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Hulk (2003, directed by Ang Lee)
Coming off the resounding success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ang Lee could’ve made any film he wanted. He picked an adaptation of Marvel Comics’ most tortured star, the Hulk (Eric Bana). At the time, the movie was seen as odd, mocked for its wobbly CGI, and suffered one of the largest box-office drops in history for a blockbuster after its opening weekend. Viewed now, given the cookie-cutter format of contemporary superhero movies, it’s a startling experience. Lee turns his film into a living comic book, zooming in and out of boxy frames and inventing a visual language that could’ve become an exciting norm for the medium. The story, which sees the Hulk doing Freudian battle with his demonic father (Nick Nolte) and unearthing dark family secrets, is bizarre, and thrillingly so.
Watch it on: Starz In the Cut (2003, directed by Jane Campion)
Every film Jane Campion has directed since her Oscar-winning The Piano (1993) is underrated and underseen, but In the Cut was perhaps her biggest flop on release. That was partly because it subverted Meg Ryan’s usual bubbly onscreen persona, casting her as Frannie Avery, an introverted English teacher who starts dating the detective (Mark Ruffalo) investigating a murder case in her apartment building. It’s a sweaty, grisly, and sexually charged thriller that swerves from strange comedy to gory horror from scene to scene. But that tonal whiplash is one of Campion’s smartest storytelling tools, properly rattling viewers and plunging them into Frannie’s mixed-up headspace.
Watch it on: Crackle Jennifer’s Body (2009, directed by Karyn Kusama)
This is the movie that landed Karyn Kusama in “movie jail” for almost a decade: a gleefully bloody teen-horror comedy that was undone by the high expectations for its script. The writer, Diablo Cody, had won an Oscar the previous year for her Juno screenplay, and though this follow-up had that film’s humor, its intense gore and flippant humor were too much for critics at the time. Fortunately, Jennifer’s Body is already being reevaluated as a trashy classic, a nastier update of movies like Heathers that turns the social competition of high school into a literal bloodbath. Kusama has also reemerged as a filmmaker, with the excellent indie horror The Invitation.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Universal pictures Josie and the Pussycats (2001, directed by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan)
This knowing revival of the Archie Comics series was a failure on release, but has deservedly attracted a cult following in the years since. It’s a pitch-perfect parody of the manufactured pop pipeline in the early 2000s, watching as the chipper rock band comprising Josie (Rachael Leigh Cook), Melody (Tara Reid), and Valerie (Rosario Dawson) is run through the major-label mill. Parker Posey and Alan Cumming play perfect corporate villains, and almost every scene is suffused with ostentatious subliminal advertising, with au courant brand names crowding the frame. It’s a bitingly clever work, with a great power-pop soundtrack that includes contributions from the late Adam Schlesinger.
Watch it on: Hulu with Cinemax, Xfinity Jupiter Ascending (2015, directed by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski)
In the 2010s, blockbuster studio filmmaking made a hard pivot to existing intellectual property for its biggest movies: Star Wars, comic books, anything audiences might have nostalgia for. The Wachowskis, as they often do, went their own route. After giving cinema one of its greatest franchises in 1999 with The Matrix, the duo took a different direction in 2015 with a loopily operatic sci-fi epic rooted in nothing but their own imaginations. They were pilloried by critics. Jupiter Ascending is a wonderfully absurd space fairy tale starring Channing Tatum as a dog-man, Eddie Redmayne as an immortal arch-capitalist villain, and Mila Kunis as a secret princess who unwittingly owns the property deeds to our solar system. If you can get on this movie’s wavelength, you’ll find much to enjoy in its many flights of fancy.
Watch it on: Netflix
Non-Stop (2014, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra)
Since the surprise success of Taken in 2008, Liam Neeson has played a broken-down man forced to take the law into his own hands in countless mid-budget action dramas: Unknown, Cold Pursuit, The Commuter, Run All Night, and many more. Non-Stop is easily the best of them, partly thanks to Jaume Collet-Serra, a Spanish director who is one of the finest purveyors of modern pulp cinema (along with many Neeson movies, his other credits include The Shallows and Orphan). Set entirely on an airplane flying from New York to London, Non-Stop follows an alcoholic air marshal who gets caught in a deadly battle when a terrorist starts texting him. Perfectly befitting its setting, this thriller has the plot of the best kind of airplane paperback, with just the right number of twists and turns.
Watch it on: Sling Ocean’s Twelve (2004, directed by Steven Soderbergh)
Despite coasting to box-office success, Ocean’s Twelve was disliked on release for swerving in the opposite direction from the über-cool Ocean’s Eleven. Critics dismissed it as overindulgent, pretentious, and ultimately pointless: The heist plot is nigh-impossible to understand, most of the crucial exposition is entirely absent, and there’s a subplot in which the character played by Julia Roberts pretends to be the real Julia Roberts. In hindsight, though, the film is a perfect deconstruction of sequel logic, showing the difficulty of finding new directions for a beloved cast of characters. Where Ocean’s Eleven was all smooth style, Ocean’s Twelve is a knowing subversion that lays bare the ridiculous fallacy of movie-star charm. It also happens to be very, very funny.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime Pain & Gain (2013, directed by Michael Bay)
Practically every Bay film has been dismissed by reviewers on release, and often for good reason. His high-octane storytelling style makes the simplest scenes of dialogue utterly hyperactive, and most of his recent efforts are about talking robot toys. But Pain & Gain was a sly departure for this director, a low-budget (by his standards) crime comedy that feels like a Coen Brothers movie on growth hormones. Based on a true story, Pain & Gain is about three bodybuilders (played by Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie) who embark on a harebrained kidnapping scheme for easy money; naturally, things quickly go awry. Bay doesn’t abandon his trademark energy, but instead deploys it as satire—these characters might think they’re in a flashy action movie, but their circumstances are far more mundane and depressing.
Watch it on: Vudu, Prime
https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/04/30-underrated-films-watch-quarantine/609784/
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2020.05.18 11:47 asiantugahoh 22 [M4F] Worcester County, Massachusetts looking to date a fellow nerd.

House cleaning items:
I'm Korean-Japanese but was adopted and raised here in the States. I've been told I'm muscular but I definitely could drop a couple pounds which I'm working on every day. And for those that care, I'm 5'9" but height is just a measurement. ALSO, I'm non-binary but use they/them, he/him pronouns (no need to get so antsy if you're tentative with pronouns! It can take time 😊)
ANYHOO:
I've had a few long-term relationships and none of them seemed to stick. I've been through my own troubles with mental health and have the scars to prove it. That being said, I'm doing incredibly well and happy to be alive!
The dating apps suck primarily because I can never find someone with my particular interests and when I do it sort of sizzles out and I'm back to square one. I thrive on a relationship because I pour a lot of my energy into it. It gives me structure and makes me feel nice when my partner feels appreciated and cares for.
About me:
Super nerdy. Huge into video games and computer building. Not a big reader but a major cinephile (LotHobbit, Star Wars, all Disney movies ever, war films/documentaries, a Star is Born, anything with Will Ferrell or Tom Hanks, etc).
I'm a PC gamer so I'm crying eternally over not having Animal Crossing. I'm into all things MMOs and MOBAs. Horror games and movies are always a go-to. Also big on netflix, pizza and wine dates.
I try to keep fit with body weight exercises, hiking, exploring the town, and archery.
I'm not all about sex, but I am sex positive. It doesn't mean sex all the time all day necessarily, but being receptive and communicative about it without judgement.
I'm applying for jobs for inpatient mental health facilities as a mental health worker before I decide whether to back to grad school and hope to have my own place within the year or so. Also, just graduated a few days ago with my degree in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience.
Dirty, dark and borderline offensive jokes are always welcome. Of course let's get some dad jokes in there to balance it out.
What I'm Looking For:
A girl who not only likes to do things together like play games, cuddle and watch a movie or go for a hike and lunch in town. Hoping for peeps around my age just because its a lot easier to relate in terms of our position in life. Communication and receptivity is a big big one for me. All my relationships failed because my partner just couldn't give me the time of day or didn't feel like they had to support me through stress like big exams even after 2 years of dating.
God I feel like I'm writing a book. Anyhow, I don't expect you to be a genius, a supermodel or a CEO. I'm just looking for someone down-to-earth who enjoys dorky jokes, random chats about life and has as much enthusiasm to learn about me as I would you. I'm of the mind that people become friends before they become partners, so let's get to know each other and see if we click!
Sorry for the read, it's quite long. If you're interested feel free to shoot me a message and we can see if there's a connection!
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2020.05.11 07:48 badatusernames237 21 [M4F] TX itd be hard in this quarantine world but i have to try!

This is like my first post ever on reddit. I had a friend tell me about this community when ive been struggling in the dating scene haha. Idk if im doing any of this right but here i go. I havent dated in 4 years. And its been a struggle ever since. Sure ive gone on dates but nothing ever stuck past the first one. Im basically prone to being ghosted by now. With this whole quarantine going on, its made my loneliness increase by 1000% and ive been really bummed about it. Its just hard. I know dating would be very difficult during this time but i would really enjoy meeting someone and getting to know them.
Heres things about me. My name is Cole and im from texas. I go to college for computer information systems so if you ever have any tech issues and need support im your guy ;) Im a junior and i have about 3 semesters left. I cant wait to get out and start my life haha Anyways, my hobbies include baseball(i used to play for like 15 years but knew i couldnt be a pro im the end so thats all to it), i like to watch a lot of movies. Im down for anything and everything but my favs include all the marvel movies, star wars, lord of the rings, anything with denzel, keanu reeves, tom hanks. I love comedies and i also LOOOOVE horror movies!! But my all time favorite movie is inception!!! best movie of the past decade! I also binge a lot of tv on netflix! This quarantine has me going crazy about watching tv shows haha i also game a lot. I play COD, skyrim, fallout, borderlands, and MLB the show. I have three wonderful dogs! They are the best ever! Anyways i think i went on long enough! If you want to message me feel free theres a lot we can talk about and more to learn about me! And i want to learn about you! Its my primary goal here!!
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2020.05.01 22:07 gamedemon24 [OC] The 150 Greatest Characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe FINALE: #10-1

We are here! A lot of people have been saying how much they can't wait to read the top ten, and at last, that day has come. Sorry for the delay since #20-11, I've had a few other things on my plate. But today, on the twelve year anniversary of Iron Man's release, we're finally here! But first, a look back on the top 150 to date:
150.Yon-Rogg
149.Betty Ross
148.Vanessa Marianna-Fisk
147.Trevor Slattery
146.Proxima Midnight
145.Hogun
144.Aldrich Killian (The Mandarin)
143.Jiaying
142.Harold Meachum
141.Jeffrey Mace
140.The Collector
139.Bakuto
138.Willis Stryker (Diamondback)
137.Harley Keener
136.Ivan Vanko (Whiplash)
135.Brock Rumlow (Crossbones)
134.Davos
133.Jane Foster
132.Joy Meachum
131.Christine Palmer
130.Dormammu
129.Lady Sif
128.Thaddeus Ross
127.Alexandra Reid
126.Sharon Carter
125.Erik Selvig
124.Nobu Yoshioka
123.Nakia
122.Sonny Burch
121.Malcolm Ducasse
120.Elena Rodriguez (Yo-Yo)
119.Happy Hogan
118.Stick
117.Amy Bendix
116.Ray Nadeem
115.The Grandmaster
114.Ward Meachum
113.Darcy Lewis
112.Lincoln Campbell
111.Hela
110.Arnim Zola
109.Alexander Pierce
108.Claire Temple
107.Frigga
106.Ulysses Klaue
105.Obadiah Stane (Iron Monger)
104.Wong
103.Jeri Hogarth
102.Yinsen
101.Pepper Potts
100.M’Baku
99.Ego
98.Karl Mordo
97.Ned Leeds
96.Korg
95.Mantis
94.William Rawlins (Agent Orange)
93.May Parker
92.Raina
91.Lewis Wilson
90.Janet Van Dyne
89.Justin Hammer
88.Johann Schmidt (Red Skull)
87.Maria Hill
86.Ebony Maw
85.Lash
84.Trish Walker
83.Curtis Hoyle
82.Ben Urich
81.Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver)
80.Madame Gao
79.Danny Rand (Iron Fist)
78.James Wesley
77.David Lieberman (Micro)
76.Howard Stark
75.Michelle Jones
74.Misty Knight
73.Calvin Zabo
72.Foggy Nelson
71.John McIver (Bushmaster)
70.Ava Starr (Ghost)
69.Elektra
68.Hive
67.Heimdall
66.Colleen Wing
65.Talos
64.John Pilgrim
63.Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird)
62.Karen Page
61.Luis
60.Cornell Stokes (Cottonmouth)
59.Helmut Zemo
58.Dinah Madani
57.Yondu
56.Adrian Toomes (Vulture)
55.James Rhodes (War Machine)
54.Billy Russo
53.Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie
52.Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel)
51.Jessica Jones
50.Okoye
49.Quentin Beck (Mysterio)
48.Aida
47.Odin
46.Hank Pym
45.Jemma Simmons
44.Ancient One
43.Luke Cage
42.Robbie Reyes (Ghost Rider)
41.Ultron
40.Melinda May
39.Vision
38.Groot
37.Nick Fury
36.Clint Barton (Hawkeye)
35.Sam Wilson (Falcon)
34.Hernan Alvarez (Shades)
33.Lance Hunter
32.Valkyrie
31.Hope Van Dyne (Wasp)
30.Gamora
29.Benjamin Poindexter (Bullseye)
28.T’Challa (Black Panther)
27.Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch)
26.Phil Coulson
25.Leo Fitz
24.Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow)
23.Drax the Destroyer
22.Peggy Carter
21.Mariah Dillard
20.Grant Ward
19.Kilgrave
18.Daisy Johnson (Quake)
17.Scott Lang (Ant-Man)
16.Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier)
15.Bruce Banner (Hulk)
14.Wilson Fisk (Kingpin)
13.Erik Killmonger
12.Frank Castle (The Punisher)
11.Nebula
#10. Stephen Strange (Doctor Strange)
Sometimes, the fans just get it right. Legions of MCU fans were clamoring Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios to cast Benedict Cumberbatch in the role as the Sorcerer Supreme, and when Feige and co relented, the result was golden. Doctor Strange is one of the most powerful heroes in the MCU, going from a crippled shell of himself at the beginning of his first film to a supremely powerful Master of the Mystic Arts by the end. It's usually said that Doctor Strange doesn't have any actual "superpowers" so to speak, but I tend to disagree: I believe Stephen Strange's super power is his iron will, absolutely unbreakable by anyone in the universe. He let himself be killed, over and over again, for what probably amounted to centuries or millennia, if not for millions of years. And he never tapped out, he never relented. Doctor Strange is unmatched not just in his mystical power, but in his pure resolve to protect the physical world from all harm and destruction.
#9. Rocket Raccoon
Rocket Raccoon has been another member of the 'pleasant surprise' category in the MCU. He was always great, starting as the funniest Guardian and vehicle for a legendary performance by Bradley Cooper. But over the course of Rocket's four film appearances, we've learned about a complex character who's been hurt by everyone he's ever been close to and is grappling with the fact that he was made into something he never asked to be. At the same time though, for all the powerful emotional stuff going on with the character of Rocket, he is still just hilarious. A sarcastic quote for each and every occasion, the insistence that he's the captain of the Guardians' ship, and of course the scene where Bucky picks him up and spins him around killing outriders in Wakanda, which is the greatest scene in the MCU bar none.
#8. Thor
Thor, Son of Odin, King of Asgard, Guardian of the Nine Realms. The original Thor was the third MCU movie I saw in theaters, and I wasn't expecting much out of it. But like Iron Man before it, Thor was a massive surprise. Thor as a character has had one of the longest, most tumultuous journeys of any character in the franchise, and considering he's lived over 1,500 years old, those thirteen years he's been here have changed everything in the blink of an eye. Thor has one by one lost everyone from his old life on Asgard, leaving him alone in his life, the oldest man on earth by a few centuries and with hardly anyone he can truly relate to. Still, Thor suits up and goes to battle for a planet he's only recently known over and over again, putting his life on the line for people he will outlive by a few centuries more. Thor isn't just the ultimate warrior, he's also a great man and a good friend.
#7. Matt Murdock (Daredevil)
The first MCU superhero to be adapted to the small screen, the portrayal of Matt Murdock was knocked clear out of the park. Charlie Cox was one of the MCU's greatest castings, and the writing behind the character does true justice to one of the great comic heroes of all time. Matt Murdock is a man defined by his struggle to adhere to his vigorous moral code when the criminals he's fighting are bound by no such restriction. Still, even though every thug he beats up lives to tell the tale, it only serves to spread word about the Devil of Hell's Kitchen, and make the worst of society think twice about what they do in the shadows. Though it's now up in limbo whether we'll ever see Matt don his famous red suit again, should he not return there's still solace in a perfect final scene, where the Daredevil beats Wilson Fisk to a bloody husk and announces, with great authority and possibly even relief, that the Kingpin had been beaten.
#6. Peter Quill (Star-Lord)
With Peter Quill, Marvel had the unique challenge of having to build a famous movie hero out of an unknown comic character. Only Marvel's diehards had any idea about any of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Quill included, and so when the 2014 team movie became a smash hit, it was a surprise to many. It didn't hurt to have Chris Pratt in the role, bringing a goofy charisma that only a few actors can pull off. But what makes Quill so great is that beyond the wisecracking man-child is a layered character with a lot of internal tumult, mostly suppressed but often appearing when Quill loses control of his emotions. Peter lost his mother at a young age, something he was never taught to deal with, and every time since that he found himself a new family, it wasn't long before death took them too. It was obviously a strategic disaster for Peter to lose his cool on Titan, but doesn't he deserve it at this point? Everyone he's ever loved promptly died, and he finally found the person responsible for one of them. You can't expect him not to beat the crap out of Thanos there.
#5. Peter Parker (Spider-Man)
Powers can fall upon the strangest people sometimes, and unlike the genius billionaires, norse gods and born war heroes of the Marvel world, Peter Parker was just a kid, one who was really unprepared to be a superhero in any way. Sure he's quite intelligent for his young age, but suddenly becoming the strongest human alive and having abilities on par with the superheroes he admired was a pretty stark change for Peter. Ever since his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War, we've gotten to watch Peter learn just what his role is in this greater universe of superheroes, where someone like him is in position to truly enact positive change. It's of course also worth noting that Tom Holland has been fantastic in the role, especially up against Hulk-sized expectations from people who may have been rooting for Dylan O'Brien or Logan Lerman. One of the MCU's most iconic moments came in that first Civil War trailer when Spidey snatched away Captain America's shield landed in frame for his first appearance alongside the Avengers, right back where he belongs. Spider-Man is home, and this whole big journey wouldn't be as special without him.
#4. Thanos
Marvel's Darth Vader, teased from the shadows for years and then finally unveiled in grand fashion. Thanos flipped over everything we thought we knew about superhero movie villains when he not only did not die in Avengers: Infinity War, but he actually won. Not in the Helmut Zemo "lost but still won" way, but Thanos won outright. He went to each infinity stone and fought and killed whoever he had to fight and kill in order to take them, and then he did. There's no other MCU villain with that kind of performance. Tony Stark feared Thanos before he even met him, and he was clearly right to do so. Thanos took advantage of a divided Avengers team and walked right past them to achieve his goal and decimate half the universe. While he didn't have the absolute most fleshed-out backstory or the very most sympathetic motivation, Thanos was the perfect blend of being a legitimate threat and layered character. The role of being the villain in the final, ultimate climax of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a task the size of the universe itself, and Thanos rose to the challenge.
#3. Loki
The first enemy to assemble the Avengers stands behind only Ledger's Joker in the hierarchy of comic movie villains, but as a character he's so much more than just that. Loki's arc from his first appearance nine years ago has been long and winding, and always captivating and heartbreaking. The adopted son of Odin, Prince of Asgard, felt a burden to rule that only he could fulfill, but his (perhaps justified) self-aspiration was met with a blatant preference toward his older brother, and immediately thereafter the revelation he had not been born to royalty at all. After being set adrift in the cosmos, Loki found himself a mind slave to the mad titan Thanos, landing him eventually into an Asgardian prison cell. From there he was shunned by most of his family, with his most cherished relative, his mother, being killed unceremoniously shortly thereafter. When Loki finally achieved redemption, found peace and restored his relationship with his brother, it was not long before the life was squeezed out of his frail windpipe by the galactic terrorist whose clutches he thought he'd escaped. Not only was Loki's character journey well-written and well-executed, you can't talk about Loki without mentioning the masterful performance of Tom Hiddleston. Hiddleston brought just the amount of charm that the god of mischief deserves, making it not at all hard to believe that Loki could take over the kingdom of Asgard by merit of his deceptive charisma alone.
#2. Steve Rogers (Captain America)
The leader of the Avengers, the man with the iron heart, the humanity that tied gods and monsters back down to Earth. Steve Rogers is, in his own words, "just a kid from Brooklyn", but what's inside of him made him so much more. Captain America wasn't just a name to reflect the spangly suit that Steve Rogers wore to battle, it was a symbol of the qualities we as Americans like to strive to reflect: perseverance, fortitude, and the unwavering commitment to do what's right regardless of how hard it is. There's a lot of moments you can point to as the definitive moment of Steve's character, but I can't think of a better choice than when Steve, with a broken body, broken shield, and broken home stood alone against the entire legions of Thanos's army. It didn't matter what the odds were. It didn't matter that he could stand down and bargain for his survival. All that mattered was the mission, and there was nothing in the universe that could stop Steve from fighting for what was right. And when the portals opened behind his backs, ushering in the armies of the world to stand against Thanos's tyranny, a powerful statement was made that those who are willing to lay it all down on the line usually don't do so alone.
"The price of freedom is high; it always has been. But it's a price I'm willing to pay. And if I'm the only one, then so be it. But I'm willing to bet I'm not."
#1. Tony Stark (Iron Man)
It all began with one man, one man who wasn't born great, and didn't have it thrust upon him; rather he achieved it, he built it from scratch when all hope was lost. Because Tony wasn't strong enough to punch his way out of that cave, nor could he shoot lasers from his fists, shrink to microscopic size, or run past the speed of light. He used the one thing the terrorists couldn't take away from his: his mind. He didn't have the means to escape readily available to him, so he built them. Tony Stark's superpower is his brain, and his ironclad will. Everything in the MCU, from the very most grounded to the most bizarre and cosmic, all stemmed from Tony Stark's story, the journey he began twelve years ago. Iron Man ushered in a new era of not just cinema, but global culture. Tony Stark has been at the center of this great big saga since day one; he is the most compelling and most complex character with the most impactful presence in the 23 films of the MCU so far. The greatest accomplishment of this great big universe, is the man behind the ARC reactor. And when it all came to a head, the culmination of a decade plus of excitement and joy and tears and laughter, the climax it had all been building up to...the journey of one man, the one that eleven years prior saw him clinging to life in that cave, finally saw its conclusion. The MCU is Tony Stark. He is its heart, its soul, and of course, its greatest character.
Thank you all for coming along on this journey with me, I hope you've enjoyed reading these as much as I've enjoyed making them!
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2020.04.20 21:57 TooLateHindsight King of the Hill 9x03 "Death Buys a Timeshare"

King of the Hill 9x03
Premise: Cotton inherits $10,000 dollars from Topsy, his old war buddy. He decides to go to Mexico with the intention of buying a timeshare. Hank and Bill tag along, but for completely different reasons. Bill wants to get in on the action, but Hank is planning to do whatever he can to stop his dad from getting tricked into a timeshare scam.
Back in Arlen, Dale, Bobby, and Peggy decide to sneak around into swimming pools to combat the heat wave.
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Directed By: Boo Hwam Lim, Kyoung Hee Lim, and Wesley Archer
Written By: Etan Cohen, Tony Gama-Lobo, Rebecca May, Wyatt Cenac, Mike Judge, and Greg Daniels
Original Date: 16 January 2005
Fun Fact: Hank mentions this episode that Bill's wages are "still being garnished by Columbia House." Columbia house was a mail-order service (Netflix, but for music) where members could receive several CD's for free so long as they "promised" to purchase more in the future. As you can imagine, such a system was frequently abused and Columbia House ended up filing for bankruptcy.
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2020.04.13 10:42 Kek02c Tom Hanks Bio, Age, Height, Early Life, Career, Family, Movies and images

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How To Download Movies from Tom Hanks Website?

As we have told you at the beginning that it is a piracy website and using it for streaming or download purpose in India is a crime. However, if you still want to access the site and download movies, then you need to follow below steps to do so.

Tom Hanks New Links 2020

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Tom Hanks.com or Tom Hanksz website used to provide Tamil movies to download but now they have extended their services and now offering Bollywood, Kollywood, Mollywood or Hollywood movies in all the formate (360p, 420p, 720p or 1080p). Apart from Tom Hanks website, you can also download Tamil movies and Telugu movies from Movie Rulz Android app. Ever since Tom Hanks was established, the website has been offering HD movies for free.
As per the report, Tom Hanks app was disappeared for some period of time due to its legality issue. Before delving into more about Tom Hanks, let us tell you that, this is an illegal or kind of torrent website, which the Indian Government has banned. Tamil Movies Download Sites
As we all know that nothing comes for free on the internet, Tom Hanks might steal your personal information while using the website. As a respectful organisation, we would not suggest or recommend using Tom Hanks website for streaming or downloading purpose. You must be feeling happy to get to know about free movie downloading site, Movierlz but illegal is illegal. If you ever caught using the torrent website, Indian Government has authorized to punish you as per the Anti piracy act.

Is it safe to watch movies on Tom Hanks?

No, watching, download, sharing, or uploading of Pirated Content is punishable by the law. Although, different countries have different laws regarding Piracy. In countries like India and USA, Piracy is illegal. The person found guilty will be warned, or in some cases, legal actions can also be taken against him/her. But the laws are not really strict for people watching/downloading the movies. It’s rare to see anyone getting arrested for downloading/streaming pirated movies online. Most of the arrests have been made for uploading the pirated content online.
There are other things to worry about while watching movies on sites like Tom Hanks. Sites like fmovies, 0123movies, Tom Hanks earn money by placing ads on their websites. These ads, popups, and redirects can take you to sites containing malicious software, malware, adware, and various kinds of viruses. So, it is highly recommended to have a good Antivirus installed on your system before watching movies on such sites. I will advise you to install an Ad-Blocker and a VPN too to be on the safer side.

Is Tom Hanks Banned In India?

Tom Hanks.com website is an illegal or kind of torrent site and visiting any illegal websites in India might land you in trouble. The Indian government had banned thousands of websites and Tom Hanks.com Tamilrockers was one of them.

Why Tom Hanks has become so popular?

You might have visited dozens of free movies download websites, but have you ever visit Tom Hanks.com? It might be an illegal site but it never breaks the trust of millions of users. The reason why it became quite popular among the masses is it provides all the movies in multiple formats ranging from 360p, 420p, 780p and 1080p.
As per space, you have left in your device, you can opt to download the format. The website showcases how much size a particular format will take to get it downloaded. If you are downloading a movie from Tom Hanks.com, opting for 420p or 300 MB size option will be highly recommended. If you are downloading any Tollywood or Hollywood movies, the size will provide you dual audio quality and subtitle making it easier for non-native language to watch the film with the flow. Doesn’t these options are worth to visit it on repeat?
As soon as English or Hollywood movies release in India, Tom Hanks does not take much time to upload movies Hindi version or Dubbed version on its websites since its millions of users do not know the English language. That could be the reason behind its soaring popularity among Indians. Tom Hanks website is designed very well and has options to navigate each and every category of downloading all the movies. You would not find any difficulty while searching for Tamil Dubbed Movies, Hollywood Movies, Bollywood Movies, Tom Hanks HD Movies and more. You might face some problem owing to pop up ads.
Since piracy website offers download links for all HD movies within hours of their release date. Owing to fast update, Tom Hanks has become the most beloved Hindi Movie Downloading site of the people. The website shows you whether the movie is in HD Quality, DVDrip, Bluray, and other low resolutions. You can also check the movie’s quality by streaming online before put it on download mode.

Why you should avoid Tom Hanks to download movies?

Well, the reason is quite obvious. As Tom Hanks provides non-copyrighted content. Which means it shares movies link without the consent of the original owner of the content. Therefore, its domain is pirated or restricted in many countries along with India.
Moreover, if you access any of these types of website it may harm your device. As they use third-party ads that contain corrupted files or malware that can damage your device. Accordingly, I would suggest staying away from these websites to secure your device as well as yourself from non-copyrighted content.

What are the legal options to download movies?

Above we discussed that free of cost option can give us the opportunity to download movies without paying. But it also violates our government laws and also it is not safe for our devices as well. So what can be other options for downloading and enjoying the latest movies?
Well, there are such legal options that allow you to download movies and shows of different languages. Options such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, SonyLiv and other such legal sites that are purely safe to access. However, these are all subscription-based websites but few also provide free content. It is better to spend some money on entertainment rather than getting corrupted files or malware in your device.

Three legal options to stream and download movies

Netflix offers all the latest movies and shows of Hollywood and Bollywood. It has around a thousand tv shows and nearly 4000 movies to stream and download. Moreover, you do not have to pay at once, you will get a one-month free trial. Thereafter, you can continue watching while choosing one of the three streaming plans: basic, standard and premium. Each plan will offer you different features and limits to watch films and shows.
SonyLiv is also one amazing option to stream videos online for free and premium based movies and shows. It features more than a dozen TV channels in India. The interface is quite clean and simple on the website. The paid content is clearly modified as Premium to help you find the free content. Moreover, the content is divided into trending, drama, Hindi, South Indian, Romantic, Comedy, etc. SonyLiv offers its premium plans at Rs.99/month and Rs.499/year to unlock more exciting content.
Amazon Prime Video is a rival to Netflix and ranks second in the list of video streaming platforms in India. It is a much cheaper option compare to Netflix where the basic plan starts at the lowest cost of Rs 500. Whereas Amazon Prime Video offers a monthly subscription at only Rs.129. And a yearly subscription at the cost of Rs.999 along with free Amazon Prime deliveries on Amazon account.
Talking about movies and shows, well it holds a strong collection of Hindi and English Tv shows and movies. Along with awesome storage of Bollywood and other Indian language movies. Name it Marathi, Bengali, Telugu, Punjabi, Tamil or else. It also produces home-grown content too. Such as The Man from High Castle, One Mississippi, Fleabag and others. You can stream shows such as Suits, The Mindy Project, Young Sheldon, and many more.

Here’s why you shouldn’t visit Tom Hanks Tamilrockers

If you are a citizen of India, you should know that we have a piracy law which restricts its citizen to use any illegal site for either for streaming or downloading purpose. Unfortunately, if you ever caught exploring any torrent sites including the above-mentioned site, the Indian government has authorized to punish you as per the piracy law.
There are multiple laws in India against online piracy to save them from paying the hefty price. In India, the Copyright Act, 1957 protects all type of music, songs, and videos, literary and artistic work. The Stop Online Piracy Act (STOP) is also one such act that restricts access to sites that host pirated content. The prime aim behind the piracy law is to stop or crackdown on copyright infringement.

Is it legal to download movies from Tom Hanks or Movie Rulz?

No..Downloading or streaming movies from Tom Hanks are completely illegal and if you still use the site, you might land in trouble. In fact, the MPAA or the Motion Picture Association of America said that such websites are considered a notorious website as they make all the latest movies available for Hd download. After Tamilrockers, Tom Hanks is said to be the most notorious piracy website worldwide.
As per the reports, the website had once recorded over 98 million users monthly, which is very high that has been designated as an illegal website. The website is reportedly developed in Vietnam.

How does Tom Hanks work?

Tom Hanks is a free movie download website, which is being operated by a bunch of people from undisclosed locations. In order to make money or convert its millions of user into money, the owners of the website use different ads network. Notably, Tom Hanks does not use Google AdSense ads becuase they promote piracy and that is against Google’s policy.

Is it safe to use Tom Hanks?

No.. It is not safe for a longer period of time. Tom Hanks is a torrent website, which has been banned by the Indian government. Using any torrent website or piracy website in India is a crime. Besides some legal issue, if you use any illegal and pirate website, you may get some unusual malware or even viruses in your PC or mobile. There is a possibility that you may accidentally click on a specific link while using this website, which may cause malware to enter your PC. You can also take it to some websites that are not protected.
Another thing is that Tom Hanks can damage your mobile device or your computer. There is a possibility that you may experience that your device is running slow or even overheating when you use the Tom Hanks website. The reason for this is that this website is using more ROM to be able to stream and get the videos you want to watch. And worst of all, the processor of your computer or mobile device may get damaged after a long time of using Tom Hanks.

How to use Google Trick to Download Movie rulz

Downloading movies or web series from Movie rulz is quite dangerous as it not legal in India. But, there are Google tricks making it easier for users to download all the latest HD movies or web series in HD quality. You might be thinking that downloading Movies from the torrent website is far difficult but you are wrong. In this article, we have brought you some tips for making your work easier. Without having to go to these websites, we could easily perform this task by applying a little Google trick.
If you do not know, this Google trick is one of many that currently exist to activate a certain number of services. It is so easy, you could make a calculator, the translator, a unit converter and much more apparent. In order to make use of this other alternative, we must only use a small command line that is very easy to remember.

Final Words About Tom Hanks

So, that’s it for this post about Tom Hanks. Piracy has been a major problem for the movie industry and sites like Tom Hanks are one of the biggest producers of pirated content. Many awareness campaigns have been started to make people aware of this problem. People are getting more aware day by day and are refraining themselves from watching pirated content. If you have any questions in your mind then feel free to leave a comment below we will try to answer them asap. Stay tuned for more such informative posts. Thanks for reading.

Disclaimer:

We The Live Mirror neither supports not promotes any piracy or torrent websites. We respect the Indian constitution and know how dangerous is downloading contents from pirated websites such as Tom Hanks.com, Tom Hanksms.com, Tom Hankspz.com, Tom Hanksmovies.com among others The content shown above is solely to provide our readers with the necessary information about the illegal a tivities. We do not intend to encourage our readers to use piracy or torrent websites. We urge our readers to stay away from such kinds of websites
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2020.03.06 02:28 KidCasey Let's say the show is coming back, what are some more subtle plot lines you'd like to see?

Whenever I talk about what would happen if the show ever came back with my friends, everyone brings up wanting to see Rainey St. react to Trump, bathroom bills, guns, etc. But I always thought the show really shined when it dealt with more subtle/personal issues like parenting, pride, etc.
I've been thinking of some plot starters that would be funny and still timely:
• Bobby and Joseph save up for a VR headset. Hank and Peggy experience existential terror while Dale tries to use it to commune with robot overlords.
• Bill is introduced to a video game with loot box mechanics and proceeds to go broke.
• Dale adopts vaping and swears off cigs. Of course his new obsession puts everything else in his life in a state of disarray.
• John Redcorn and his band find a following after putting their music on BandCamp. Hipsters dig them for their lo-fi sound, and this revelation puts the whole band in a funk.
• Peggy attempts to become a home making influencer only to wind up being a cyberbully.
• Boomhauer goes on a Netflix dating show like Love is Blind.
• Peggy and Hank need to go to a distant relatives funeral. Hank's refusal to use the GPS on his phone leads to them getting terribly lost.
• Buck discovers food and drink delivery apps and loses any motivation to leave his house. Hank must prevent him from becoming a total recluse.
Not saying the show couldn't tackle more serious stuff. But it never got overly political and focused on people instead of policies. What do y'all think? And what modern issues would you like the see Arlen face?
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2020.02.18 01:12 jonisantucho Oscars 2021: An inside look (like, really inside) to 50 possible contenders in the next awards race

Another Oscar ceremony happened, and we got our fair share of joy and disappointment. After Parasite surprised the world and took Best Picture, it seems like the game has changed for the awards race, now that non-English speaking films can actually fight and be recognized as well as classics as… Green Book. The Oscar race is still full of pain and glory, and even though the year has barely started, we have a bunch of movies that are fighting for air. And here’s 50 of them. Yes, I had some free time in my hands and this is a cool hobby, so I took the liberty to introduce most of the movies that will have Film Twitter entertained for the following 12 months. I say most, because there are always contenders who come out of nowhere later in the year, so this is the starter set. Here we go.
-Annette: Since Parasite’s road to the Oscars started at Cannes, it seems fair to talk about a movie that is circling a premiere in the world stage that is set in France. After delivering weird, indie classics like Mauvais Sang and Holy Motors (yes, the kind of movies that make you seem like a snob when you recommend them to people), Leos Carax is making his first movie spoken in the English language… and it has a musical screenplay written by the cult rock duo of Sparks. Recently robbed Adam Driver and previous Oscar winner Marion Cotillard sing in this tale of a stand-up comedian and a famous soprano singer who rise and fall in Los Angeles while their daughter is born with a special gift. It seems like a wild bet, but we already know that Carax is a master with musical moments, so this is one of the most intriguing question marks of the year.
-Ammonite: It’s time to talk narratives. On the one hand, we have Kate Winslet, a known name who hasn’t been very successful in the Oscar race since her Oscar win for The Reader over a decade ago (with the exception being her supporting performance in Steve Jobs, where she had a weird accent). On the other, we have Saoirse Ronan, a star on the rise who keeps collecting Oscar nominations, with 4 nods at the age of 25, including her fresh Best Actress loss for Little Women. What happens if we put them together in a drama set in the coasts of England during the 19th century where both of them fall for each other? That’s gonna be a winning formula if writedirector Francis Lee (who tackled queer romance in his acclaimed debut God’s Own Country) nails the Mary Anning story, and Neon (the distribution company founded three years ago that took Parasite to victory) is betting on it.
-Benedetta: We know the Paul Verhoeven story. After isolating himself from Hollywood for over a decade, he took Isabelle Huppert to an Oscar nominated performance with the controversial, sexy, dark and funny thriller Elle. Now, he’s back with another story that perks up the ears, because now he’s covering the life of Benedetta Carlini, a 17th-century lesbian nun who had religious and erotic visions. If you know Paul, you already can tell that this fits into his brand of horniness, and a possible Cannes premiere could tell us if this has something to carry itself to Oscar night.
-Blonde: With a short but impactful directorial credits list that takes us from Chopper, to The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford to Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik is back with a film about Marilyn Monroe, a woman who has transcended the ideas of fame and stardom, in ways that are glamorous and nightmarish at the same time. After failing to launch with Naomi Watts or Jessica Chastain,the rising Ana de Armas takes the lead in the retelling of Monroe’s troubled life based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, which is said to be covered in the screenplay as somewhat of a horror movie. We don’t know what that means yet, but Netflix is gonna push hard for this one, especially considering how the Academy loves throwing awards to stars playing previous stars, and that also can possibly include co-stars Bobby Cannavale and Adrien Brody.
-Breaking News in Yuba County: While he hasn’t gone back to the heights of his success achieved by the box office and award success of The Help (a movie that did not age well), Tate Taylor is still enjoying himself economically due to recent thrillers like The Girl on the Train and Ma. For his next movie, he’s made a dramedy that once again reunites him with Oscar winner Allison Janney, where she plays a woman who has to keep appearances and a hidden body when she catches her husband cheating on her, and then he dies of a heart attack. With a cast that also includes Mila Kunis, Regina Hall, Awkwafina, Samira Wiley, Wanda Sykes, Jimmi Simpson and Ellen Barkin, this could be a buzzy title later this year.
-C’mon C’mon: You may love or hate whatever Joaquin Phoenix did in Joker, but you can’t deny the benefit of playing the Crown Prince of Crime in an Oscar-winning performance. The blank check that you share with indie directors afterwards. Now that Joaquin’s cultural cachet is on the rise, Mike Mills gets to benefit with this drama that stars Phoenix and Gaby Hoffmann, with him playing an artist left to take care of his precocious young nephew as they forge an unexpected bond over a cross country trip. We only have to wonder if A24 will do better with this movie’s Oscar chances compared to 20th Century Women.
-Cherry: After killing half the universe and bringing them back with the highest grossing movie of all time, where do you go? For Joe and Anthony Russo, the answer is “away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe”. The Russo brothers are trying to distance themselves and prove that they have a voice without Kevin Feige behind them, with a crime drama that’s also different than their days when they directed You, Me and Dupree or episodes of Arrested Development and Community. To help them in the journey, they took Tom Holland (who also needs to distance himself from Spider-Man, lest he ends up stuck to the character in the audience’s eyes) to star in a crime drama based on former Army medic Nico Walker’s memoir about his days after Iraq, where the PTSD and an opioid addiction led him to start robbing banks.
-Da 5 Bloods: After bouncing back from a slump with the critical and commercial success of BlackKklansman, Spike Lee is cashing a Netflix check to tell the tale of four African American veterans who return to Vietnam to search for their fallen leader and some treasure. With a cast that includes Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Paul Walter Hauser and Chadwick Boseman, this sounds like an interesting combo, although we still should remember the last time that Spike tried his hand at a war movie, with the dull Miracle at St. Anna.
-Dune: If you are on Reddit, you probably know about the new film by movies’ new Messiah, Denis Villeneuve. While the epic sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert is getting a new chance in the multiplexes after that David Lynch movie that was forgotten by many, some are hoping that this will be the beginning of a new franchise (as seen by the release date of December 18, taking the spot of the usual Star Wars opening), and a return to the whole “remember when stuff like Return of the King or Fury Road were nominated for Best Picture?” question. Timothee Chalamet will be riding a lot of hope, and sandworm.
-Everybody’s Talking About Jamie: As you start to see, there are several musicals that are gonna be fighting for attention over the next year, and Annette was the first one. Now, we also have this adaptation of the hit West End production, that centers around a gay British teenager who dreams of becoming a drag queen and get his family and schoolmates to accept his sexuality. With a cast that mixes young unknowns, familiar Brits (Sharon Horgan, Sarah Lancashire and my boy Ralph Ineson) and the previously nominated legend that is Richard E. Grant (who is playing a former drag queen named Loco Chanelle), the creative team of the stage musical will jump to the big screen with the help of Fox Searchlight (sorry, just Searchlight), who has clear Oscar hopes with a release date right in the middle of awards heat, on October 23.
-Hillbilly Elegy: Even though the Parasite victory gave many people hope for a new Academy that stops recognizing stuff like previous winner Green Book… let’s be honest, the Academy will still look for movies like Green Book. This year, many people are turning their eyes towards Ron Howard’ adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir about his low income life in a poor rural community in Ohio, filled with drugs, violence and verbal abuse. If this sounds like white trash porn, it doesn’t help to know that Glenn Close, who has become the biggest living Oscar bridesmaid with seven nominations, will play a character called Mamaw. And if that sounds trashy, then you have to know that Amy Adams, who follows Glenn with six nominations, is playing her drug-addicted, careless daughter. I don’t want to call this “Oscar bait”, but it sure is tempting.
-I’m Thinking of Ending Things: After his stopmotion existential dramedy Anomalisa got him a Best Animated Feature nomination at the Oscars but at the same time bombed at the box office, Charlie Kaufman is getting the Netflix check. This time, he’s adapting the dark novel by Iain Reid, about a woman (Jessie Buckley, who is on the rise and took over the role after Brie Larson had to pass) who is taken by her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis), in a trip that takes a turn for the worse. If Kaufman can deliver with this one, it will be a big contender.
-In the Heights: Yes, more musicals! This time, it’s time to talk about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Tony-winning musical, that was overshadowed because of his other small play about some treasury secretary. Now, his Broadway ensemble tale about life in a neighborhood in Washington Heights is jumping to the movie screen with Jon Chu at the helm, following the success of Crazy Rich Asians. This Latino tale mixes up-and-comers like Anthony Ramos (who comes straight from Hamilton and playing Lady Gaga’s friend in A Star is Born), names like Corey Hawkins and Jimmy Smits (who is pro bits), and Olga Merediz, who starred in the Broadway show as Abuela Claudia and who could be the early frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress, if Chu allows her to shine like she did onstage.
-Jesus Was My Homeboy: When looking at up-and-coming Black actors right now in Hollywood, two of the top names are Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield, who already appeared in the same movie in Get Out, which earned Kaluuya a Best Actor nomination. This time, they share the screen in Shaka King’s retelling of the story of Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), an activist and Black Panther leader… as well as the story of William O’Neal (Stanfield), the FBI agent sent by J. Edgar Hoover to infiltrate the party and arrest him. With the backing of Warner Bros, this will attempt to make an impact with a clash of actors that will have to fight with an August release date, not the ideal time to release an awards movie.
-King Richard: Starting with Suicide Squad, Will Smith has been trying to prove that he’s back and better than ever. Some attempts to get back to the top of the A-list (Aladdin, Bad Boys For Life) have worked, while others (Gemini Man, Spies in Disguise)... have not. But Will is still going, and now he’s going for his next prestige play as he plays Richard Williams, the coach and father of the tennis legends Venus and Serena, who pushed them to their full potential. While it’s weird that the father of the Williams sisters is getting a movie before them, it does sound like a meaty role for Smith, who has experience with Oscar notices with sports biopics because of what he did with Michael Mann in Ali. Let’s hope director Reinaldo Marcus Green can take him there too.
-Last Night in Soho: Every year, one or two directors who have a cool reputation end up in the Dolby Theatre, and 2020 could be the year of Edgar Wright. After delivering his first big box office hit with Baby Driver, the Brit is going back to London to tell a story in the realm of psychological horror, which has been supposedly inspired by classics like Don’t Look Now and Repulsion. With a premise that supposedly involves time travel and a cast that includes Anya-Taylor Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith and Diana Rigg, Wright (who also co-wrote this with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who was just nominated for Best Original Screenplay for her work in 1917) is making a big swing.
-Let Them All Talk: Every year there’s more new streaming services, and that also means that there’s new players in the Oscar game. To secure subscribers to the new service, HBO Max has secured the rights to the next Steven Soderbergh movie, a comedy that stars Meryl Streep as a celebrated author that takes her friends (Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest) and her nephew (Lucas Hedges, again) in a journey to find fun and come to terms with the past. The last time that Soderbergh and Streep worked together, the end result was the very disappointing The Laundromat. Let’s hope that this time everything works out.
-Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: Now that Netflix got the deal to adapt August Wilson’s acclaimed plays with Denzel Washington’s production company, the next jump from the stage to the screen is a meaty one. Viola Davis is playing blues singer Ma Rainey in this tale of a heated recording session with her bandmates, her agent and her producer in 1927, with a cast that also includes Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman and Colman Domingo. The Tony nominated play talked about race, art and the intersection of the two, and it’s gonna be explosive to see that unfold on screen, even if director George C. Wolfe’s previous filmography isn’t very encouraging.
-Macbeth: In a shocking development, the Coen brothers are no more. Well, just this time. For the first time in his career, Joel Coen is making a movie without Ethan, and it’s a Shakespeare adaptation. Denzel Washington is playing the man who wants to be king of Scotland, and Frances McDormand is playing his Lady Macbeth. While this just started filming and it will be a race to finish it in time for competition in the awards race, the potential is there, and this project has everybody’s attention.
-Mank: After scoring 24 Oscar nominations and only winning 2 awards last Sunday, Netflix has to wonder what else must they do to get in the club that awards them. They tried with Cuarón, they tried with Scorsese, they tried with Baumbach, they tried with two Popes, and they still feel a barrier. Now, the big gamble for awards by the streamer in 2020 comes to us in the hands of David Fincher, who is basically their friend after the rest of Hollywood denied him (Disney dropped his 20,000 Leagues adaptation, HBO denied the US remake of Utopia, and Paramount drove World War Z 2 away from him). In his first movie since 2014’s Gone Girl, David will go black and white to tackle a script by his late father about the making of the classic of classics, Citizen Kane, with previous Oscar winner Gary Oldman playing the lead role of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. Will the Academy fall for the ultimate “power of da moviesshhh” story?
-Minari: Sundance can be hit or miss with the breakout films that try to make it to the Oscars. However, you can’t deny the waves made by A24 when they premiered Lee Isaac Chung’s new drama there, ending up winning the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the US Dramatic Competition. If Parasite endeared Academy voters to Korean families, Steven Yeun hopes that the same thing happens with this story, where he plays a father in the ‘80s who suddenly decides to move his family to Arkansas to start a farm. Even though the reviews have been great, we must also remember that last year, A24 had in their hands The Farewell, another Sundance hit about an Asian family that ended up with no Oscar nominations. Let’s hope that this time, the Plan B influence (remember, that’s Brad Pitt’s production company, of Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave fame) makes a difference.
-Next Goal Wins: It’s a good time to be Taika Waititi. Why? Taika Waititi can do what he wants. He can direct a Thor movie, he can win an Oscar for writing a comedy set in WW2 about a Third Reich boy who has an Imaginary Hitler friend, or he can pop up in The Mandalorian as a droid. Taika keeps winning, and he wants more. Between his press tour for Jojo Rabbit and his return to the MCU, he quickly shot an adaptation of a great documentary about the disgraced national team of American Samoa, one of the worst football teams known to man, as they try to make the cut for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Everybody loves a good sports comedy, and Searchlight bets that we’ll enjoy this story led by Michael Fassbender as the new (and Dutch-American) coach in town who tries to shape the team for victory.
-News of the World: Seven years after their solid collaboration in Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks reunite for more awards love in what seems to be Universal’s main attraction for the Oscars. This time, Hanks stars in a Western drama based on Paulette Jiles’ novel where he plays a traveling newsreader in the aftermath of the American Civil War who is tasked with reuniting an orphaned girl with her living relatives. With a Christmas release date, Universal is betting big in getting the same nomination boost that 1917 is enjoying right now, and the formula is promising.
-Nightmare Alley: Following his Best Picture and Best Director wins for The Shape of Water, everybody in Hollywood wondered what would Guillermo del Toro do next. Well, as Del Toro often does, a little bit of everything and nothing. Some projects moved (as his produced Pinocchio movie on Netflix, or his Death Stranding likeness cameo), others stalled and die (like his proposed Fantastic Voyage remake). But now he’s rolling on his next project, a new adaptation of the William Lindsay Gresham novel that already was a Tyrone Power film in 1947. This noir tale tells the story of a con man (Bradley Cooper) who teams up with a psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) to trick people and win money, and how things get out of control. With a cast that also includes Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Rooney Mara and more, this could play well if it hits the right tone.
-Nomadland: There’s breakout years, and then there’s the amazing potential of Chloe Zhao’s 2020. On the one hand, after making Hollywood notice her skill with the gripping story of The Rider, she got the keys to the MCU kingdom to direct the next potential franchise of Kevin Feige, The Eternals. And just in case, she also has in her sleeve this indie drama that she wrote and directed beforehand, with two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand playing a woman who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. If Chloe nails these two films, it could be the one-two punch of the decade.
-One Night in Miami: Regina King is living her best life. Following her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in If Beale Street Could Talk and the success that came with her lead role in the Watchmen show on HBO, the actress is jumping to a new challenge: directing movies. For her big screen debut, she’s adapting Kemp Powers’ play that dramatizes a real meeting on February 25, 1964, between Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown.
-Over the Moon: After earning praise and Oscar nominations with I Lost My Body and Klaus, Netflix will keep its bet on animated movies with a film directed by the legendary Glen Keane. Who? A classic Disney animator responsible for the design of characters like Ariel, the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan and more](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jRkx2PNVr8), and who recently won an Oscar for Best Animated Short for Dear Basketball, which he co-directed with the late Kobe Bryant. Now, he brings us a musical adventure centered around a Chinese girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the Moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Moon Goddess.
-Passing: It’s always interesting when an actor jumps behind the camera, and Rebecca Hall’s case is no exception. For her directorial debut, Hall chose to adapt Nella Larsen’s acclaimed novel set in Harlem in the 1920s, about two mixed race childhood friends (Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson) who reunite in adulthood and become obsessed with one another's lives. With a premise that explores tough questions about race and sexuality, it looks like a tricky challenge for a first timer, but it would be more impressive if Hall manages to rise over the challenge.
-Prisoner 760: An interesting part of following the awards circuit is looking at when it's appropriate to talk about touchy subjects in recent history. I’m saying that because this next movie tells the real life tale of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim), a man who, despite not being charged or having a set trial, is held in custody at Guantanamo Bay, and turns towards a pair of lawyers (Jodie Foster and Shailene Woodley) to aid him. Based on the famous journal that the man wrote while he was being detained, the movie (that also counts with Benedict Cumberbatch) is directed by Kevin Macdonald who, a long time ago, helped Forest Whitaker win Best Actor for The Last King of Scotland. Could he get back in the race after almost 15 years of movies like State of Play?
-Raya and the Last Dragon: This year, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ bet for the Oscars is a fantasy tale set in a mysterious realm called Kumandra, where a warrior named Raya searches for the last dragon in the world. And that dragon has the voice of Awkwafina. Even though they missed out last Oscars when Frozen II got the cold shoulder by the Academy in Best Animated Feature, this premise looks interesting enough to merit a chance. One more thing: between last year’s Abominable, Over the Moon and this movie, there’s a clear connection of animated movies trying to appeal to Chinese sensibilities (and that sweet box office).
-Rebecca: It’s wild to think that the only time that Alfred Hitchcock made a film that won the Oscar for Best Picture was with 1940’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s psychological thriller novel, more muted and conventional than his more known classics. Now, Ben Wheatley and Netflix are giving the Gothic story a new spin, with Lily James playing the newly married young woman who finds herself battling the shadow of her husband's (Armie Hammer) dead first wife, the mysterious Rebecca. The story is a classic, and we have to see how much weird Wheatley stuff is in the mix.
-Red, White and Water: Between 2011 and 2014, Jennifer Lawrence was everywhere and people loved it. She was America’s sweetheart, the Oscar winner, Katniss Everdeen. But then, everything kinda fell. Those X-Men movies got worse and she looked tired of being in them, her anecdotes got less charming and more pandering to some, she took respectable risks that didn’t pay off with Red Sparrow and Mother!, and some people didn’t like that she said that it wasn’t nice to share private photos of her online. Now, she looks to get back to the Oscar race with a small project funded by A24 and directed by Lila Neugebauer in her film debut, about a soldier who comes back to the US after suffering a traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan. Also, Brian Tyree Henry is in this, and it would be amazing if he got nominated for something.
-Respect: You know what’s a surefire way to get Academy voters’ attention? Play a real singer! Rami Malek took a win last year for playing Freddie Mercury, Renee Zellweger just won the gold after portraying Judy Garland, and now Jennifer Hudson wants more Oscar love. Almost 15 years after taking Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dreamgirls, Hudson will try to get more by playing soul legend Aretha Franklin, in a biopic directed by first timer Liesl Tommy that practically screams “give me the gold”. How am I so sure? Well, see the teaser that they released in December (for a movie that opens in October), and tell me. It will work out better for Hudson than Cats, that’s for sure.
-Soul: Unless they really disappoint (I’m looking at you, The Good Dinosaur, Cars 2 and Cars 3), you can’t have the Oscars without inviting Pixar to the party. This year, they have two projects in the hopes of success. While in a few weeks we’ll see what happens with the fantasy family road trip of Onward, the studio’s biggest bet of the year clearly is the next existential animation written and directed by Pete Docter, who brought Oscar gold to his home with Up and Inside Out. The movie, which centers on a teacher (voice of Jamie Foxx) who dreams of becoming a jazz musician and, just as he’s about to get his big break, ends up getting into an accident that separates his soul from his body, had a promising first trailer, and it also promises a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, as well as new songs by Jon Batiste. The only downside so far for the marketing was the fact that the trailer reveal led people to notice a suspicious trend involving black characters when they lead an animated movie.
-Tenet: When Leonardo DiCaprio finally touched his Academy Award, an alarm went off in the mind of a portion of Internet users, who have made their next crusade to give themselves to the cause of getting Christopher Nolan some Oscar love. And his next blank check, an action thriller involving espionage and time travel, could pull off the same intersection of popcorn and prestige that made Inception both a box office hit and a critically acclaimed Oscar nominee. It helps to have a cast of impressive names like John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson, as well as a crew that includes Ludwig Goransson and Hoyte van Hoytema. In other words, if this becomes a hit, this could go for a huge number of nominations.
-The Devil All the Time: As you may have noticed by now, Netflix is leading the charge in possible Oscar projects. Another buzzy movie that comes from them is the new psychological thriller by Antonio Campos, a filmmaker known for delivering small and intimate but yet intense and terrifying dramas like Simon Killer and Christine. Using the novel by Donald Ray Pollock, Campos will follow non-linearly a cast of characters in Ohio between the end of World War II and the beginning of the Vietnam War, with the help of an interesting cast that includes Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Eliza Scanlen, Bill Skarsgard, Jason Clarke and Riley Keough.
-The Eyes of Tammy Faye: After being known as a sketch comedy goofball because of The State, Wet Hot American Summer and Stella, Michael Showalter reinvented himself as a director of small and human dramedies like Hello, My Name is Doris and The Big Sick. For his next project, he’s gonna mix a little bit of both worlds, because he has before him the story of the televangelists Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain, who has been really trying to recapture her early ‘10 awards run to no avail) and Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield, who was previously nominated for Hacksaw Ridge, instead of Silence, because why). With a real life tale that involves Christian theme parks, fraud and conspiracies, this is the kind of loud small movie that Searchlight loves to parade around, especially as an actors showcase (Jojo Rabbit being the most recent example). The first image looks terrifying, by the way.
-The Father: It’s weird to be in the middle of February and say that there’s already a frontrunner for the Best Actor race at the next Oscars. After its premiere in Sundance a couple of weeks ago, every prognosticator pointed in the direction of Anthony Hopkins (recently nominated for Best Supporting Actor in The Two Popes), who delivers a harrowing portrayal of an old man grappling with his age as he develops dementia, causing pain to his beleaguered daughter (recent winner Olivia Colman, who also got praised). With reviews calling it a British answer to Amour (in other words: it’s a hard watch), Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his acclaimed play not only benefits from having Hopkins and Colman together as a selling point, because it was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, a distributor with experience in getting Academy voters to watch adult movies with heavy themes. If you don’t believe me, watch how they got Julianne Moore a win for Still Alice, as well as recent nominations for Isabelle Huppert for Elle, Glenn Close for The Wife, and Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory. They know the game, and they are going to hit hard for Hopkins and Colman.
-The French Dispatch: If you saw the trailer, we don’t need to dwell too much on the reasons. On the one hand, we have the style of Wes Anderson, a filmmaker who has become a name in both the critics circle and the casual viewer, with his last two movies (The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs) earning several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture for the one with Gustave H. Then, we have a long cast that goes from the director’s regulars like Bill Murray to new stars like Timothee Chalamet, and also includes people like Benicio del Toro. The only thing that could endanger the Oscar chances for this is that the story, an anthology set around a period comedy with an European riff on The New Yorker, will alienate the average Academy member.
-The Humans: There’s the prestige of a play, and then there’s the prestige of a Tony-winning play. Playwright Stephen Karam now gets to jump to the director’s chair to take his acclaimed 2016 one-act story to the big screen, and A24 is cutting the check. Telling the story of a family that gets together on Thanksgiving to commiserate about life, this adaptation will be led by original performer Jayne Houdyshell (who also won a Tony for her stage performance), who’ll be surrounded by Richard Jenkins, Beanie Feldstein, Amy Schumer, Steven Yeun and June Squibb. If it avoids getting too claustrophobic or stagey for the cinema, it will be a good contender.
-The Last Duel: Always speedy, Ridley Scott is working on his next possible trip to the Oscars. This time, it’s the telling of a true story in 14th-century France, where a knight (Matt Damon) accuses his former friend (Adam Driver) of raping his wife (Jodie Comer), with the verdict being determined by the titular duel. It’s a juicy story, but there was some concern when it seemed that the script was only being written by Damon and Ben Affleck (who’ll also appear in the film). A rape story written by them after the Weinstein revelations… not the best look. But then, it was revealed that they were writing the screenplay with indie figure Nicole Holofcener, who last year was nominated for an Oscar for her script for Can You Ever Forgive Me? Let’s hope that the story is told in a gripping but not exploitative way, and that it doesn’t reduce the role of Comer (who deserves more than some of the movie roles that she’s getting after Killing Eve) to a Hollywood stereotype.
-The Power of the Dog: We have to talk about the queen of the indie world, we have to talk about Jane Campion. More than a decade after her last movie, Bright Star, the Oscar and Palme d’Or winner for The Piano returns with a non-TV project (see Top of the Lake, people) thanks to Netflix, with a period drama centered around a family dispute between a pair of wealthy brothers in Montana, Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Burbank (Jesse Plemons), after the latter one marries a local widow (Kirsten Dunst). According to the synopsis, “a shocked and angry Phil wages a sadistic, relentless war to destroy her entirely using her effeminate son Peter as a pawn”. Can’t wait to see what that means.
-The Prom: Remember the Ryan Murphy blank check deal with Netflix that I mentioned earlier? Well, another of the projects in the first batch of announcements for the deal is a musical that he’ll direct, adapting the Tony-nominated show about a group of Broadway losers (now played by the one and only Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells and, uh, James Corden, for some reason) who try to find a viral story to get back in the spotlight, and end up going to a town in Indiana to help a lesbian high school student who has been banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom. The show has been considered a fun and heartwarming tale of acceptance, so the movie could be an easy pick for an average Academy voter who doesn’t look too hard (and you know that the Golden Globes will nominate the shirt out of this). It’s funny how this comes out the same year than Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, and then it’s not funny realizing that Film Twitter will pit the two movies against each other.
-The Trial of the Chicago 7: After getting a taste of the director’s taste with Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin wants more. For his second movie, he’s tackling one of his specialties: a courtroom drama. And this one is a period movie centered around the trial on countercultural activists in the late ‘60s, which immediately attracts a campaign of how “important” this movie is today’s culture. To add the final blow, we have a cast that includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton and Mark Rylance. If Sorkin can contain himself from going over the top (and with that cast, it would be so easy to surrender to bouts of screaming and winding speeches), this could be one of the top contenders.
-Those Who Wish Me Dead: Having made a good splash in the directorial waters with Wind River, Taylor Sheridan (also known for writing the Sicario movies, the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water or that Yellowstone show that your uncle raves about on Facebook) returns with yet another modern Western. For this thriller based on the Michael Koryta novel, Angelina Jolie stars as a survival expert in the Montana wilderness who is tasked with protecting a teenager who witnessed a murder, while assassins are pursuing him and a wildfire grows closer.
-Untitled David O. Russell Project: Following the mop epic Joy, that came and went in theaters but still netted a Best Actress nomination for Jennifer Lawrence, the angriest director in Hollywood took a bit of a break (it didn’t help that he tried to do a really expensive show with Amazon starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore that fell apart when the Weinstein exposes sank everything). Now, he’s quickly putting together his return to the days of Oscar love that came with stuff like The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, with a new movie that is set to star Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and Michael B. Jordan. Even though we don’t know many details (some people are saying the movie is called Amsterdam) except for the fact the movie hasn’t started shooting yet, David is a quick guy, so he’ll get it ready for the fall festival circuit. If there’s one thing that David O. Russell knows (apart from avoid getting cancelled for abusing people like Lily Tomlin, Amy Adams and his niece), it’s to make loud actor showcases.
-Untitled Nora Fingscheidt Project: When Bird Box became one of the biggest hits on Netflix history, the streamer decided to keep itself in the Sandra Bullock business. Sandy’s next project for Ted Sarandos is a drama where she plays a woman who is released from prison after serving time for a violent crime, and re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past. To get redemption, she searches her younger sister she was forced to leave behind. With the direction of Fingscheidt, who comes from an acclaimed directorial debut with Systemsprenger (Germany’s submission to the last Academy Awards), and a cast that also includes Viola Davis, Vincent D’Onofrio and Jon Bernthal, this will also hopefully try its luck later this year.
-Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project: We don’t know if this movie will be ready for the end of the year (although last time, he managed to sneak Phantom Thread under the buzzer and earn several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture), but PTA is apparently gonna start to shoot it soon, with the backing of Focus Features. After several movies with prestige locations and intricate production design, Film Twitter’s Holy Spirit will go back to the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, to tell the story of a high school student who is also a successful child actor.
-Stillwater: Tom McCarthy’s recent career is certainly puzzling. After delivering the weird lows of The Cobbler, he bounced back with the Best Picture winner that was Spotlight. And following that, he… helped produce the 13 Reasons Why series. And following that… he made Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, a Disney+ original movie. Now, he’s back to the award race with a drama starring Matt Damon, who plays a father who rushes from Oklahoma to France to help his daughter (Abigail Breslin), who is in prison after being suspected for a murder she claims she didn’t commit.
-West Side Story: To close things, we have to see one of the possible big contenders of the season, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the iconic musical that translates Romeo and Juliet to the context of a street gang war in 1950s New York. While the decision to adapt again something that has been a classic both in Broadway and in movie theaters almost 60 years ago is a challenge, the idea of Spielberg doing a musical closer to the stage version with Tony Kushner as the writer is too tempting for the average Academy voter, who is already saving a spot in major categories in case Steven nails it in December. However, there’s two question marks. First, how well will Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler stand out in the roles of Tony and Maria? And second, will In the Heights steal some of the thunder of this movie by being, you know, more modern?
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2020.01.16 09:51 thetanner123 Catch Me If You Can (2002): 2 scenes, same date, 2 different Leo's? (Explanation in Comments)

So I just watched Catch Me If You Can for the first time on Netflix, and noticed something peculiar that I couldn't find an answer to. There are 2 different scenes that take place in France, one at the very beginning of the movie, and one towards the very end. At the beginning of the movie (Timestamp of about 5:08), there is some text that states the date is "Christmas Eve, 1969". Tom Hanks then proceeds into the prison to uncover a very unkempt, long-haired Leo DiCaprio. Later in the movie (1:52:27) they are again in France, but in a totally different city, when Tom Hanks walks in on Leo in the check-printing place or whatever, but Leo has short hair, and is not sick. Can anyone explain how it makes sense that these scenes take place on the same date, but show Leo in two very different physical states? Am I being totally oblivious to something, or is something actually wrong with the film?

Apologies if this isn't allowed or is incorrect, this is my first time here
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