What Happened in Vegas (2017) [Cinequest 2017]

Las Vegas has long been a city of many mysteries, of gambling, sins, even murder.  Throughout seasons upon seasons of television shows set in the city have shown police brutality and corruption, this film shows that it may very well be closer to the truth than fiction.  What Happened in Vegas explores cases where all signs point to police execution or over reach of power that lead to deaths and subsequent framing of the victim as bad, evil people.

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The State of the Cinema Crazed Address – 2016 or “The Year of Too Many Movies”

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It’s unbelievable, but we’re in the tail end of 2016, and I didn’t even see most of the movies I fully intended to. And I also want to try to catch “Edge of Seventeen” and “Rogue One” before the beginning of 2017.

2016 was a rough year. It was a tough year. It was a weird year. It was hell most times. I suffered through summer, I lost a best friend I had for eighteen years, and I had to endure a ton of health problems. However, it wasn’t all bad.

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Spotlight (2015)

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One of the most important cinematic accounts of journalism changing corruption since “All the President’s Men,” director Thomas McCarthy’s “Spotlight” garners an understated brilliance in where it explores a long legacy of corruption that’s not only been widely under reported but somewhat accepted. McCarthy manages to draw immense thrills and paranoia from a film that’s very much the antithesis of sensationalism. “Spotlight” is a gut wrenching and mind blowing account of a group of reporters tasked with uncovering one of the largest scandals in world history, a scandal that’s left thousands of victims in its wake.

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The PC Thug: Superman Represents Everyone

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Superman once told villain Black Adam “I fight for people that can’t fight for themselves.” Unfortunately we don’t live in a world where there’s a Superman that can fight for the weak and speak for people without a voice. There are still plenty of Supermen and Superwomen out there, but it’s becoming so much tougher to find them these days.

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On Bullying and the “Epidemic”

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If you think the issue of bullying in America has been widely overblown, then you’ve never been bullied properly. I don’t mean mocked for having weird hair or glasses, I mean viciously bullied. Violently bullied. I spent three years of my life being bullied and humiliated relentlessly to the point where I swore to bring a knife in to my school. More on that later. Not everyone is lucky enough to have parents who’ll talk them down for a few hours. But then often times, kids do have wonderful parents that can’t hope to understand what they’re enduring, and the violence occurs in the same frequency.

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OutFOXed: Rupert Murdoch’s War Against Journalism (2004)

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This documentary has very good intentions. It attempts to expose what Rupert Murdoch is doing with the Fox News Network, which is essentially to create a Republican propaganda machine. If you don’t know that’s what he’s doing, then this movie might wake you up. Or at least get you to look into it a little more.

The problem is, if you don’t know what Fox News is doing, you’re probably a moron. And you’re probably not seeking out intellectual pursuit of such concepts. And you wouldn’t do best to watch this particular video.

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