Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bad Things

I have a young child, so I'm often not on top of the latest happenings. But it's interesting to come up for air and find out what's happening in the world...

1. It actually appears Donald Trump will be Republican nominee for President. I initially found Trump entertaining and a fun sideshow to keep the real candidates on their toes. Now, the jokes on all of us. (BAD THING)

2. My streak of falling asleep during eight straight episodes of Making A Murderer continues. I've yet to think the guy is innocent. Perhaps a big twist is coming, but I doubt it. What I find fascinating about the phenomena of these vindicating-the-accused true-crime shows is how the filmmakers expect the audience to simultaneously consider the characters incredibly stupid and incredibly smart to undermine the accepted view of events. For example: the local cops would need to be incredibly stupid to put their careers in jeopardy to frame Avery for murder. They would need to be quite evil as well, to pull blood from an evidence vial, to move the ashes, move the car, and/or plant the key. Also - the filmmakers expect us to believe the cops are more likely to frame a guy who was already vindicated for the rape because they are mad about it? Huh? I would think the cops much more careful and less likely to accuse a guy who was already wrongfully convicted. And then, of course, we must also consider this "other" murderer who must be a genius to wait to kill the woman on the same day she visits Avery and along with planning the murder, also manage to frame Avery, and then also - perhaps using voodoo - anticipates the cops helping to frame Avery by further planting evidence. It all becomes quite absurd to think about. I'd sell my stock in these type of shows if I had any.

3. Iran grabs 10 US Navy personnel, holds them captive overnight, and the United States is apologizing for drifting into Iranian territorial waters. For the "greatest military ever," it sure doesn't seem like anyone in the Middle East is very worried about pissing us off.

4. All the passion regarding the Oscar nominations is directed at the "snubs" of minorities. Of course, the real story is the pathetic state of movies produced in the US and how it's turned into a legacy industry mixed with some advertising for comic and young adult books. Nevertheless, people are upset Creed was not nominated despite the fact that Creed was a mediocre movie that took a terrific idea and couldn't come up with an original story. Couple it with the fact that Michael B. Jordan is a hugely limited actor (2 notes only with that guy - cool and mad), in a healthy movie industry, this film would be considered a letdown. As it is, it becomes a lightening rod for the diversity crowd, a group with an ultra liberal political agenda they forward through non-traditional political channels because of the unpopularity and bankruptcy of the ideas.

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