A great business movie is being snubbed by the Oscars

Here’s one script that isn’t up for Best Picture. Cut to the 1950s: a 52-year-old salesman peddles a new, multi-spindle milkshake maker to hamburger stands across the Midwest. The salesman has a simple pitch–faster milkshakes. But what he’s really selling is a concept, a futuristic vision of what business could deliver: speed, reliability, mass production.…

via A Great Business Movie Is Getting Snubbed at the Oscars This Year — Fortune

PARTING SHOT: PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN’S FINAL WARNING

Here goes the idea behind Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last piece of film, A Most Wanted Man: There is no delicate, surgical hand in American justice. Instead, it hammers away at evil in big, imprecise swings that disregard the smaller costs or miss their target completely. And all those costs and misses that accumulate as the U.S. government metes out imprisonment and death—they are the reason America will never win its wars. Not the war on terror. Not the war on drugs.

That is the idea.

For instance: Amid the wreckage of a drone-dropped bomb there may be not only the cadavers of targeted terrorists, but also, at times, the lifeless body of an informant, or an innocent. A large terror cell can be taken down, sure, but only if immunity is granted to the smaller players. The writing of a speeding ticket might slow the response to a murder down the street. All these things, and things like them, hammer and hammer ceaselessly, the bruises blackening and blackening until lives are nearly or completely lost, and justice itself is subverted.

Read the article here at Esquire

PARTING SHOT: PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN'S FINAL WARNING

Here goes the idea behind Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last piece of film, A Most Wanted Man: There is no delicate, surgical hand in American justice. Instead, it hammers away at evil in big, imprecise swings that disregard the smaller costs or miss their target completely. And all those costs and misses that accumulate as the U.S. government metes out imprisonment and death—they are the reason America will never win its wars. Not the war on terror. Not the war on drugs.

That is the idea.

For instance: Amid the wreckage of a drone-dropped bomb there may be not only the cadavers of targeted terrorists, but also, at times, the lifeless body of an informant, or an innocent. A large terror cell can be taken down, sure, but only if immunity is granted to the smaller players. The writing of a speeding ticket might slow the response to a murder down the street. All these things, and things like them, hammer and hammer ceaselessly, the bruises blackening and blackening until lives are nearly or completely lost, and justice itself is subverted.

Read the article here at Esquire

Run, don’t walk to see Freedom from Choice documentary by Tim DelMastro

Life is about choice.  What we eat, what we read, who we elect; every day we make choices that determine how we want to live.

But what if these choices are just an illusion?

In an era where regulations and red tape rule every industry, where lobby groups and big business wield more influence than ever before, our daily choices have become increasingly limited.  And with all our options so deliberately handpicked, are we really making a choice at all?

Freedom From Choice is a feature-length documentary examining the current state of life and personal choice in America today. Experts from many different fields offer a frank and startling look at the hidden limitations in our daily lives.  Focusing on key areas such as food, medicine, finance, and media, Freedom From Choice provides viewers with a glimpse at the myriad of ways their lives are being dictated, and tells us who stands to gain.

Presented in an entertaining style, Freedom From Choice is a film not about the choices we make, but rather the choices that are being made for us.

Run, don't walk to see Freedom from Choice documentary by Tim DelMastro

Life is about choice.  What we eat, what we read, who we elect; every day we make choices that determine how we want to live.

But what if these choices are just an illusion?

In an era where regulations and red tape rule every industry, where lobby groups and big business wield more influence than ever before, our daily choices have become increasingly limited.  And with all our options so deliberately handpicked, are we really making a choice at all?

Freedom From Choice is a feature-length documentary examining the current state of life and personal choice in America today. Experts from many different fields offer a frank and startling look at the hidden limitations in our daily lives.  Focusing on key areas such as food, medicine, finance, and media, Freedom From Choice provides viewers with a glimpse at the myriad of ways their lives are being dictated, and tells us who stands to gain.

Presented in an entertaining style, Freedom From Choice is a film not about the choices we make, but rather the choices that are being made for us.

Movie Review: Lucy

Attending an earlier screening of the new movie Lucy, my guest and me were impressed. Lucy debuts to American theaters on Friday, July 25, 2014 and is expected to do well at the box office. Starring Scarlett Johansson as Lucy, the movie is well paced and like director/writer Luc Besson’s other films is a non-stop thriller. If you put aside knowledge of science, then you will enjoy the movie.

Read the full review here.

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Awesome: Actor Gary Oldman says he’s a libertarian, and epically takes down Hollywood’s politically correct culture

Gary Oldman has stolen plenty of hearts, but he probably now has a special place in the hearts of liberty lovers. The English actor told Playboy he considered himself a libertarian and took a great shot at Bill Maher in the process.

PLAYBOY: How would you describe your politics?

OLDMAN: I would say that I’m probably a libertarian if I had to put myself in any category. But you don’t come out and talk about these things, for obvious reasons.

PLAYBOY: But there are a ton of conservatives in Hollywood, and libertarians too. Bill Maher has called himself a libertarian.

OLDMAN: I think he would fail the test. Anyway, unlike Bill Maher, conservatives in Hollywood don’t have a podium.

 

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