Carreón Cinema Club: Seeing “Red” Over CinemaBlend

Pixar’s Turning Red, now streaming on Disney+.

I don’t know what is worse in this appalling situation involving “Turning Red” and the review submitted by Sean O’Connell. He is CinemaBlend’s MANAGING EDITOR! And that generic mea culpa from the website and O’Connell? Just more of that “Oops, my bad” copy that is such a weak bandaid. I’ve been a film reviewer in my career. It is never about YOU in most cases, but this era of writing for site traffic is so demoralizing. This feels like Pixar is now a target for alt-right bullshit. We need to do and be better already if we want to survive this endless barrage of hate.

Read more about the CinemaBlend controversy below.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/turning-red-cast-responds-controversial-review-pulled-offline-rcna19725

‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill passes in Florida, goes to governor | AP News se

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Republican-dominated legislature passed a bill Tuesday to forbid instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, rejecting a wave of criticism from Democrats that it marginalizes LGBTQ people.
— Read on apnews.com/article/dont-say-gay-bill-passes-florida-legislature-b173917e985833963e45a8d0464a4399

At what point does a civilized society hold its leader accountable for rendering communities invisible and oppressed?

At what point do we take our ELECTED public servants to task for their inability to lead us all not just those who serve their interests?

When do we finally say ENOUGH?

Our world is off its axis. Our anger is directed at each other instead of those who want to divide and conquer us.

What angers me further is how these acts of hate are being validated by those who stand on a pulpit of “family and good Christian values.”

Your “God” seriously sucks.

Bill Cosby: Supreme Court Rejects Appeal for Overturned Conviction – Variety

The Supreme Court has declined an appeal by Pennsylvania prosecutors in Bill Cosby’s overturned sexual assault conviction.
— Read on variety.com/2022/tv/news/bill-cosby-supreme-court-appeal-conviction-overturned-1235197877/

What a surprise. With a bench made of misogynistic entitled men and wannabe handmaidens, what else would you expect?

The violent narrative against women, the LGBTQ+ and POC communities in this country knows no bounds.


Be afraid, be very afraid.

On Putin’s Christian Values, GOP Cult Worship, and Warmongering

On Putin’s Christian Values, GOP Cult Worship, and Warmongering

Seeing and hearing that former President Donald Trump actually supports Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is the quintessential slap in the face of democracy.

The Cold War wasn’t without its American victims, so to find that members of the MAGA Red Menace, known as Trumputin, his supporters, and former political candidates, makes me want to reach for a Bible to shove down their wicked throats.

Read this quote from another of Satan’s Whores, Lauren Witzke, former Delaware GOP candidate for the US Senate:

“Russia is a Christian Nationalist nation, they’re actually Orthodox Christian, Russian Orthodox. I actually support Putin’s right to protect his people, and always put his people first, but also protect their Christian values. I identify more with Russian, ah, with Putin’s Christian values than I do Joe Biden…Christian Nationalist countries are a threat to the global regime…Putin takes care of his people, he looks out for his people…I can respect the fact that Putin does everything he can to protect his people.”

https://hillreporter.com/watch-gop-senate-candidate-aligns-more-with-putins-christian-values-than-bidens-125708

I mean, whaaat in the hell????

Taking over an entire nation because they dared to separate from your Evil Empire is not a Christian act. Destroying infrastructures, claiming innocent lives, and putting your nuclear arsenal on high alert are not things Christ has on their “to-do” list.

A closer look at La Witzke reveals she’s quite adept at doubling down on this theme of good Christian values. As Steph Bazzle of the Hill Reporter website wrote for her column on 2/25:

“Witzke has a history of bad takes, including blaming “weather modification”  blaming “weather modification” for devastating tornados, claiming that equal rights legislation would outlaw Christianity, and advocating for harassment of families with transgender children. Despite all that, Republicans chose her in 2020, while she lost her race, she took over 37% of the vote — suggesting that she still held a significant amount of support.”

https://hillreporter.com/watch-gop-senate-candidate-aligns-more-with-putins-christian-values-than-bidens-125708

Let that marinate for a spell. I’ll hold. She’s not going anywhere, folks.

Between Liwitzke and the now infamous, instantly meme-ready, and grotesque display of hooliganism from the OG Satan’s Whores, aka Marjorie Taylor Greene & Lauren Boebert, I’m pretty much done with this day’s news cycle.

As educator Greg Kata, also my favorite TikTok content creator says:

“Find your joy.”

Carreón Cinema Club: Death on the Nile

Reading some of the reviews on Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s DEATH ON THE NILE faulted the current Oscar nominee (“Belfast”) for not crafting an edgier take on the genre like “Knives Out.” I beg to differ.

Branagh, whose “Dead Again” remains one of my favorite modern mystery thrillers, conjures the sexier and edgier side of Christie’s famed novel into the 21st century in a surprising way. Remixing the narrative by bookending the film with the cause and effect of tragedy in the renowned detective Hercule Poirot’s life, the wicked mystery of a recently married heiress’s murder on the Nile takes on a fascinating rhythm and purpose.

The film’s winning ensemble cast featuring such standouts as Gal Gadot, Annette Bening, Sophie Okonedo, Leticia Wright, and a dashing Armie Hammer is more cohesive than in Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Experience.” The journey finds its spark with teasing sexuality, comic energy, glamour, and thrills set against breathtaking locations and exquisite design. DEATH ON THE NILE is no stuffy museum piece for the older set.

Like Branagh’s take on “Murder on the Orient Express,” it is a visceral and engaging film experience in the style that embraces what Hollywood still can do best on the silver screen.

Carreón Cinema Club: Love is… Douglas Sirk

Carreón Cinema Club: Love is… Douglas Sirk

Magnificent Obsession. (1954)

Nothing says “Love” more than a Douglas Sirk melodrama. The Criterion Channel has pulled together four of his finest efforts. The titles say it all: Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, Written on the Wind, and my all-time fave, his remake of Imitation of Life. Lauren, Lana, Rock, and Jane Wyman, too. Share it with the ones you love.

Imitation of Life (1959).

https://www.criterionchannel.com/videos/douglas-sirk-melodramas-teaser

Donald Trump Abruptly Ends NPR Interview Over Election Claims – Deadline

Donald Trump abruptly ended an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, over his unfounded stolen election claims.
— Read on deadline.com/2022/01/donald-trump-cuts-off-npr-interview-1234909211/

The wannabe emperor still has no clothes, clue, or conscience. At what point do we all wake up from the nightmare that is Trump? The pervading lies and myths he spins remain as toxic as ever, edging us closer to oblivion.

Stupidity does have a habit of getting its way. Time to cure our MAGADdiction once and for all.

Carreón Cinema Club: Betty White

Icon. Pioneer. Betty White remains a golden beacon of life, love, and laughter for the world. I’ll never forget escorting her down the international press line for “Lake Placid” in 1999 while working as a publicist for 20th Century Fox.

Playing raucously against type in the David E. Kelley-penned comedy/horror film proved revealing in many ways. Ms. White was no Rose Nylund or thirsty mantrap Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She was ALL those people and more in her inimitable way.

After speaking for a few minutes upon our introduction, Ms. White took my arm as if we were good friends as we made our way to the gathered media. Watching and listening to her is a memory I will cherish forever.

Her legacy of work on streaming now is why many of us got through these pandemic times. What an actor of power and humanity. What a life well-lived of philanthropy and goodness. I firmly believe her life lesson is to thank our friends more and offer fewer “F-You’s” to the world. RIP Ms. White, forever our golden soul.