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in a small local newspaper, the kind we find full of many ads and little news which recently inroduced a column for a movie critic, the current issue carries a review of a remake of the western, The Magnificent Seven, this revision starring Denzel Washington. The scenario is changed from a Mexican Town to an American sounding locale, Rose Creek. And the villains are not bandistas/marauders, but have been replaced by "the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Boogue. . .
Does this establish a new set of standards and is Hollywood then set to follow the lead of those who have little respect left for Big, as in too Big to fail, or is the takeover or attack on household assets penetrating through to the providers of action entertainment for the movie-going public? First question popping up in the mind of O&G: what about the rest of the world? Has there been a report of any of their culture or national psyche anywhere that has or intends to portray the business man as a "deadly force" in a local environment? Could that happen?
Is it possible that some of the Republicans deserting the party in protest over the Trump for president issue are movie producers and will jump on the bandwagon = perhaps a little after-the-fact at this point and portray some of their comrades in philosophy as "deadly"? The other question: has our collective perception of the downside of Big and predatory grown to the point where sufficient people are prepared to accept the premise that Big and predatory can be the equivalent of bandistas/marauders"? . . .And, draw rowds large enough atreacted to the ideas to make it profitable? Do they see dollar signs in the millennials turning to Ssnders or Johnson as viable candidates?
Has it expanded into a depiction of a plausible threat to our culture by enough people to attend theatres? If so, that is a threat to TBTF in itself. Books will follow and more in depth on personal levels will explore the consequential changes with more impact than dry, critical analyses. And, this would be a lead-in to social movements such as those that took hold during the Great Depression. Perhaps this may mean the government authorities will see any portrayal of conflict as a promise it will germinate and laws will pop up in anticipation and attack the provisions of the First amendment might suffer. The belief from this quarter is that We have the Supreme Court with the proper mindset to set the stage for some unconstitutional decisions.
Which should not be a surprise! However, I still don't believe I could be enticed into a theatre these days. Too much trouble getting out and round and sitting through an hour and a half or two hours of noisy confrontations which have been dramatized beyond reality with e explosions and violence appears to be more than expected for someone in my situation. I'm forced to wait for the TV replay. . Or, if critics are favorable to the presenttion, perhaps, when the DVD comes out some time and discomfort will be saved or avoided.
BU, then nothing that has happened to date, including the candidacy of someone like Trump for president The conditions were set probably by Sinclair Lewis's "It Can't Happen Here". I've carried the idea that if we swung away from a democracy, it would be more toward a dictatorial right than a freer culture. A depressive state of mind to carry through life. Don't suffer it, if it can be avoided. . . Better to occupy one's mind with something inspirational instead.