Every single piece of information you take in should be questioned. In 2012 the percent of Americans who thought that mass media (newspapers, radio, TV) was NOT providing fair or accurate information was at 60%. A quick search on American trust regarding entertainment brings up nothing. However “the average American watches more than five hours of live television every day.” American adults went to an average of 5 movies in 2014. That number doesn’t include movies watched at home. But why does it matter? When you watch a movie, your taking in something someone wrote. A screenplay is like a book. It holds the ideas and beliefs of the writer, realized and unrealized by the writer themselves. When you write something you put in little pieces of who you are, what you believe, your past, and even things you never realized were a part of you. This is a wonderful thing, but people can still be influenced, paid, manipulated or contract-forced by those paying … [Read more...] about Are Movies Manipulating Your Thoughts
Take one look at the movie poster and perhaps one American multi-national corporation comes to mind: the infamous St. Louis based genetically modified seed giant Monsanto. The tagline “THE TRUTH CAN BE ADJUSTED” adorns the original poster of the movie in question, Michael Clayton, which starred George Clooney along with Best Supporting Actress winner Tilda Swinton. The movie, which follows the story of top lawyer Arthur Eden’s mental breakdown over having to defend a rogue chemical company named U-North, came out in 2007, prior to many of Monsanto’s major misdeeds and harmful harvests coming to light in the media and becoming part of a national discussion. Eden is played by Best Supporting Actor nominee Tom Wilkinson, whose character goes off the deep when he realizes that he has “spent 12% of (his) life defending the reputation of a deadly weed killer” produced by his client U-North. “Not only is this a great product but it is a … [Read more...] about Did This Oscar-Winning Movie Try to Warn Us About Monsanto 7 Years Ago? Watch this Clip and Decide
Heading to the movies? Skip the mind-numbing blockbusters! Catch the first documentary on GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) to get a major theatrical release – Jeremy Seifert’s GMO OMG. GMO OMG is a powerful, yet personal and touching documentary about a father’s quest to feed his family healthy, non-GMO foods by exploring the systematic corporate hijacking of our global food supply. In the movie’s promotional trailer (see below), Seifert tries to order a GMO-free meal from McDonald’s, interviews people on Venice Beach about what GMO means, and tries unsuccessfully to get an interview with Monsanto by walking into their headquarters. (If you’ve seen documentaries by Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock these tactics will seem familiar.) Seifert initially financed his movie on credit cards, until he received KickStarter funds from natural companies such as Nature’s Path Foods, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Silk, and Horizon … [Read more...] about Coming to a Theater Near You: the Anti-GMO Movie “GMO OMG”
Should you bring a baby to a Movie Theater? AHHH!Oh Dear God! I beg you! Please please please do not bring a baby to the movies. Or on a plane. Or to a fine restaurant, or or or… I know you think your little bundle of joy is the cutest thing on the face of the planet, and that’s great. Every parent does and you should. All kids should be made to feel special and loved. But what I think most parents don’t understand is that not all of us like or appreciate children. It’s why we don’t have any. When we pay to go somewhere and relax and enjoy ourselves and all we hear is a soul piercing “WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!” please find some way to quiet that child, because really, unless you are planning on paying for my ticket, it is not appreciated. Why is it perfectly legal to have senior communities that are age 55+ but to say you want to build one where no kids are allowed the reaction is always people gasping in offended surprise? Yes, many of you … [Read more...] about Should You Bring A Baby To A Movie Theater?
An organization called METI short for Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence has announced that there is a project under way to send Greetings by way of powerful radio or laser signals to Proxima Centauri, our nearest stellar neighbor. Sitting just 4.3 light years away Proxima Centauri is a Trinary star system consisting of three stars. Laser or radio signals would take 4.3 years to get there in a first attempt at contacting different worlds. These messages would be repeated for months or years in hopes of a reply. Proxima Centauri hosts the closest known exo-planet to Earth, Proxima Centauri b. This exo-planet was discovered by the European Southern Observatory in August of 2016, and it appears to lay within the habitable zone of its Red Dwarf star. This is one the targets for the Greetings signals scientists from METI plan on sending. No one is claiming that it is habited, but it is the best and closest chance. Good for practice but … [Read more...] about Scientists Plan to Send First Interstellar Greetings to the Star System in the Movie Avatar: Link to the Scientific Research