Spotlight #1: WikiLeaks

Who is a criminal? Someone who exposes crime? Or someone who commits a crime? I think the answer is clear here. Julian Assange is nothing but a publisher. He should be treated as such. Is it because of his unorthodox methods? Because it is a platform and not a journalistic outlet? This is splitting hairs here. He has done nothing wrong. But we focus the wrong thing. We focus on WikiLeaks. We focus on their employees, on Julian Assange, on their leaks. All true, all good. We should focus on this, yes. But lets re-adjust the focus for a brief moment. Who is responsible for all those exposed crimes? Who is responsible for “regime change” and the attempt to influence all those countries which are war-ridden, bombed into debris, with suffering citizens and people living in hell? America. It is the United States. These people are responsible. Their approach to being “the greatest country in the world” led to a downfall of half Middle East. Not just Iraq and Afghanistan. But also its surrounding territories.

The United States is responsible for so much destruction and killing of civilians, for so much killing and murdering. It uses drones, it uses helicopters, death squads, black sites, inhumane and cruel treatment of humans, i.e. torture, surveillance and hacking methods, and whatnot. It is actively ignoring all democratic and law-abiding things. It doesn’t care for their own democracy in Washington, for UN related guidelines and resolutions, for international law, or even simple, human and reasonable things like humanity or compassion. (Even that would be too much I guess.) The US is nothing but a bunch of criminals under the hood of a free and democratic country. In other terms: It does whatever the fuck it wants. It invades countries, secures resources, secures trading routes, bombs whole countries into dust and doesn’t give a crap about any civilians who have to live the outcome of this. No, Julian Assange is no criminal. WikiLeaks are a neutral method to safely leak things. The real criminals sit in Washington. With no accountability, no responsibility, and no humanity. 

P.O.V.: X-Men: Dark Phoenix

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Did I like it?
Not at all.

I’ve heard all the critics and knew of all criticisms. But my father and I watch all superhero movies regarding the criticism. And I was as disappointed as everyone else. Little to no exposition, confusing characters (and their decisions;andtheir fate.) Lack of focus, lack of directional abilities and lack fo good writing. In two words? Shruggs shoulders.

Lesson 1: Excellence +

But there is one thing I did like and enjoyed throughout the movie. It was Sophie Turner’s acting. She expressed the fear, the anger, the confusion, the raw power. She was a gem in this movie! I liked her way of portraying such a beaten and done character. The actions may have been a bit blunt. (She only waved her hands left and right.) But everything in between was marvelous. Liked it. 

Lesson 2: Intention. +/- 

There is always a two part-thing in movie making: Intention and execution. And the intentions were … fine, I’d say. Simon Kinberg tried his best to make Dark Phoenix a good and likeable character. He tried to give it good direction. But in the end it lacked talent all over the place. (And I heard the best scenes were shot by a stuntman.) What a pity that I like Simon Kinberg.

Lesson 3: Execution –

And execution was mediocre. Especially the writing. Some scenes were meant to be emotional and dramatic, but ended up being dull and not having any effects on the viewer. And the script had the most cliched lines in one movie forever. They say things like: “What are you?” “There is still hope.” “We are in this together.” And I had to cringe how much template writing was done. It felt rushed and not thought out. (I dunno.)

Lesson 4: Booooring. – 

But that is all I can positively say about this movie. The twists did not land, Magneto has no real purpose, and Professor X seems totally out of place. The drama was weird and not “reasonable” (as far a movie can go.) And the lack of exposition simply annoyed me. It was always: Jean goes somewhere, the X-Men follow, they fight. And repeat. Plus the character of Jessica Chastain has also no real purpose. Nope, thanks.

Bottom line: Thank God Marvel Studios does know what they’re doing.

Rudy’s Rating: No SchuG. (No regret buying a ticket.)

Die (BlaBla-)Republik

Talk-Shows sind nicht das Problem. Diskurs ebenfalls nicht. Es sind nichtmal die Demonstrationen. (Egal, von welcher Seite.) Es sind nicht die Wahlveranstaltungen oder die Parteitage. Das Reden ist im Endeffekt nur das Hintergrundrauschen einer Demokratie. Es ist allgegenwärtig, vielfältig und nötig, um die Leute interessiert und aktiv zu halten. Alle schön und gut. Das eigentliche Problem ist, das darauf absolut nichts folgt. Es hat keine Konsequenz. Weder gesellschaftlich, noch politisch. Wir reden uns immer wieder in den Schlaf.

Das Ergebnis von Diskurs sollte immer ein konstrukt- und produktives Ergebnis sein. Sei es ein Gesetz, eine Lösung, eine Antwort, ein Konzept, ein Plan oder irgendeine Art von Veränderung. Leider scheint das in unserem Land abhanden gekommen zu sein. (Ob schon länger ist mir nicht bekannt. Dafür bin ich zu jung.) Was man sehen kann, ist das halbherzige Flicken und symptomatisches herumdoktern and gewissen Schnellschrauben und Eckpunkten. Es liegt aber nie eine konkretes Ergebnis vor.

Sei es die Mietpreisbremse, der Diesel-Gipfel, oder die immer noch ungeklärte Einwanderungs- und Flüchtlingspolitik. Es gibt immer eine Menge Gerede und Diskussion; aber nie wirklich eine Lösung des Problems. Diese Art der Politik ist symptomatisch für unser Land. Man versucht immer dem temporären Zeitgeist hinterher zu hecheln, ohne, wirklich etwas verändern zu wollen. Und wenn Mal was verändert wird, dann ins schlechte. (Siehe Anti-Terror-Politik.) 

Unsere Politik ist einfach unfähig unser Land zu gestalten. Es geht nicht mehr um Vision und das Sehen der Probleme. Es geht nur um das managen. Dem Hinterherlaufen und provisorischen Schustern. Ich habe ehrlich gesagt keine Ahnung was die Politik den ganzen Tag macht. (Unabhängig davon, dass ich jeden Tag Phoenix verfolge.) Ich will nicht populistisch klingen, und sagen, dass sie nur an Macht und Position interessiert sind. Das mag sein. Ändert aber nichts an der Tatenlosigkeit und Ohnmacht. 

Bei solcher Passivität darf man sich nicht wundern, dass niemand mehr Interesse an Politik hat. Es erscheint immer dasselbe Muster. Problem, Debatte, Lippenbekenntnisse und Wiederholung. Und das Obligatorische: „Wir müssen mehr in XYZ (Bildung, Gesundheit, Pflege) investieren.“ Ihr seid an der Macht verdammte Hacke. Ihr könnt was verändern und gestalten! Und ihr tut nichts den ganzen Tag! Dies macht michverdrossen. Weil es frustrierend und zermürbend ist dieser Tatenlosigkeit zuzusehen. 

Wir leben in einer passiven, einlullenden und beschwichtigenden Demokratie. Keiner möchte Themen ansprechen, jeder geht immer auf Nummer Sicher und irgendwie gelobt jeder immer Besserung. Ändern tut sich dadurch allerdings nichts. Und die Leute wollen Veränderung. Ich will nicht zum x-ten Mal die Themen aufzählen. (Bildung, Gesundheit, Energie.) Wir haben Probleme, er gibt Lösungen, und die die was ändern könnten, interessieren sich nur für Umfragewerte. Beste Demokratie die man sich kaufen kann. 

Lauf mit mir. 

P.O.V.: Spider-Man: Far From Home

Did I like it?

Rated A for awesome.

There it is. The big conclusion to the Infinity Saga and the end of Phase 3. And boy, it did not disappoint. It did Spider-Man a favor and delivered and very solid, above average movie. From the astonishing direction, to the phenomenal visual effects; it was a joy to watch and simply to enjoy. Without further ado! The rundown.

The Struggles of Being Peter Parker +

I may still agree with MovieBob*, but still think this movie managed to make the struggle of being both Spider-Man and Peter Parker very apparent and showed his personal dilemma of being a superhero anda high school student. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man did that too, but not in such detail and urgency. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man tried everything to do the right thing and also tries to be a good student, friend and, well, superhero.

Euro Spider-Man +

“A Spider-Man outside of New York?” I hear myself thinking. And Jesus: It. Did. Work. The whole concept of web-slinging has been taken to a new level of versatility and universality. Spider-Man jumps, swings, glues and is simply all over the place. The actions scenes were simply a miracle. (And I personally wonder how they had realized them.) The fights were engaging and never suffered the Transformer’s syndrome where you have no idea what is going on. Superb.

Wait what? +

I won’t spoiler the movie here, but I have to address Mysterio. (If you know his background, this will make sense.) The twist revolving his character was simply amazing. I never saw that one coming and I am still flashed by it. And the outcome was even better. That “one scene” in the construction site was probably the most astonishing virtual effects ever. Spider-Man tumbles and stumbles, he tries to flee, gets caught again, tries to find the way out, gets freed; back and forth and left and right. One heck of a scene.

Bottom line: Okay. Where do we head next?

Rudy’s Rating: No SchuG. (No regret buying a ticket.)

The Federal Republic of Europe

I know what kind of Europewant. Social, liberal, progressive. I want a Europe with minimum wage, insurgence for everyone, approbiate welfare, no surveillance, no biometrical databanks, no FPR, no Swift, no European secret service. This is the roughest description of what Europe should look like. My favored Europe is a place where people are free, safe and has mechanics that prevent anti-democratic energy to flourish and prosper. There should be a mechanic that prevents media from being made the same. A mechanic that prevents right-wing politicians from abusing their powers. And a mechanic that prevents that my personal data is being stolen, copied, and abused.

Europe should be a place for progress, for optimism and creation. Where people from all Euopean nations can contribute and engage in discourse with European politicians and the Commission. It should be a place for free democratic elections, a free European press, and free spirited citizens. Europe is much more than a project of peace and prosperity. It is a symbol for the positive sides of the so-called Western civilizations. Here we treat each other with respect, can travel freely, have free choice of workplace, etc. Here we have the luxury of democracy. And democracy is not granted. It is something pro-Europeans try to embrace and defend, in order to keep Europe like it was, is, and is intended as: a free world.

Should there be a so-called European “super state”? I am not entirely sure. Many politicans wish so. The economy wishes so. Some right-wing politcians are scared of it. Some Europans – like me – are simply sceptical. If a Federal Republic of Europe means secret service, surveillance, biometrical databanks, cameras, anti-democratic law making, no social state (welfare), and simply negative developments: then no. If it means a “paradise” of a country with all good sides, like welfare, minimum wage, insurgence, etc.,; then yes. No one has a single clue of how this actually should look like. There is this notion of a region-based Europe where we focues on regions instead of national parliaments. But that doesn’t make the cut. 

A Federal Republic of Europe should be a utopia. (Even though I am highly sure it wouldn’t be one.) We could use the United States as a guiding arrow. With local governments in Germany and France, and then elected representatives in a European parliament. (Just as an example.) I have no idea what a “super state” should look like. I just want a harmonic and friendly Europe. (And all the other things I listed up.) Where people have every free right to do what the laws allows. Right now we face a great threat by right-wing extremists. Now is the time to fight for Europe. Where we design and mould a Europe where people live in ease, have econoical prosperty, and the ambition to participate. Simply letting the right-wing extremists win is not an option. 

P.O.V.: James Bond – Spectre

Did I like it?

So. Fucking. Much.

James Bond: Spectre is one of the rare movies I’d loved to have seen in cinema. (I can’t go the movies for every movie I want to see. Hence I buy blu-rays.) The action, the drama, the dialogue. It’s a superb work of cinema and fiction in general. I liked every aspect of it. The intro turned me off a little. But as soon as the plot began I was hooked and could not breathe until the credits rolled. Let’s get started.

+ Day of the Dat

The intro is simply awesome. Without spoiling it: It shows Bond walking through Mexico

while Day of the Dead is celebrated. It so smooth, subtle and fascinating at the same time.

It may be only two people walking down a street, but it works so greatly. It is such an understatement compared to other start sequences. The only comparison I can offer is The Dark Knight. (Even though the intro sequence of The Dark Knight is only 5 minutes.) It is a welcomed change of pace for modern movie making.

+ Get away from the chopper

Followed by the intro sequence comes the first action sequence. It follows the intro sequence neatly. And, wow, so good. The directing was one of a ride for such a complex and hard to film sequence. But Sam Mendes rocked the house and delivered. The tension was gripping and captivating. It got back and forth, up and down and back to the usual level. And the ending was, in good old Jame Bond way, he simply chucks it off like nothing had happened.

+ Watch ma’ style

The entire movie kept reminding me of my own personal style of writing a screenplay. Fewer but longer scenes. More dialogue than usual and an overall more streamlined experience. I mean by that, that the places people go don’t change ever 5 minute and we have time spending to learn the characters and locations. Since I have never produced a screenplay it’s comforting to know that my own way of writing works. Good to know.

+ Diamond dialogue

My last point is its grinded-like dialogue. Every line in this movie had something to say and was always relevant to the plot. There was no throwaway line or some uttering of nonsense. I followed the dialogue closely and did not find anything to criticize. James Bond was a witty and cunning as always. Even though he does not speak much. The highlight still remains: The villain. Waltz’ character did not only act unparalleled but also delivered one line after another that simply stopped the laugh in your throat. It was perfect.

Bottom line: One of the most thrilling movie I’ve ever seen.