Re: I thought it was great as well as an interesting exercise in filmmaking...

Author:Rev. Wally Real
Date:2018-05-15 16:42:51
In Reply To:I thought it was great as well as an interesting exercise in filmmaking... by nvandyk
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I'm not a fan of Super Hero movies, but I'm a fan of movie reviewers, so when James Berardinelli gave it a 3.5/4 stars, I had to read it. So I just made a note of the salient points:

Avengers: Infinity War knows what it wants to be and goes about pursuing that goal with relentless intensity...To summarize the plot would be an exercise in futility. There are too many characters and too much going on...This movie is a lot of fun, with a dash of substance thrown in for those who care to look...The mission of Infinity War isn’t to convert the pagans; it’s to satisfy the true believers and, to that end, it succeeds admirably. [Abridged review:]

nvandyk proclaimed:
This movie would not have been possible without ten years of movies leading up to it in order to introduce characters and give them backstories that are meaningful. Without that, you'd never be able to have as many characters come together in this way and have it be even remotely comprehensible. What you have as a result of this strategy is a superhero movie without the need for any origin stories, where motivations and universes and inter-character relationships are understood a priori, and that facilitates a breakneck pace of action sequences with enough dialogue to make the story richer but without the need to burden the film with a lot of exposition.

So this is what a movie looks like when $2 billion dollars has been invested in story telling over a dozen films. It is literally spectacular.

From a simple "does it deliver the goods" standpoint, I found it highly entertaining.
Ehh... 'Merica ... The Clinton Foundation is in hot water with Pedogate scandals yet...modern Bread'N'Circuses ... *cues Note*

Bread and circuses became the method that the ruling class of ancient Rome used to maintain their power and control of the people. This method kept their sheep fat and happy, even as they fleeced them and sent them off to plunder the free world.

The circuses have changed from the gladiator contests live in the coliseum, to the good vs. evil games on our modern televisions. No longer do we need to leave our homes to watch the games in person, as they are delivered to our homes in full Technicolor.

Every four years the power brokers put on an audience interactive game, where (in theory) the sheep have a chance to direct the path of government and decide who will be their master for the next four years. This guise is referred to as a Democratic Election, when in truth it is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

It is all a big chess game, and the moves are carefully planned. As with the Romans, the sheep have become more interested in the game itself than their own freedom. In these modern times, a football or basketball game draws more attention than a protest against an illegal war, where our children are being slaughtered.

Ancient Rome has fallen and been replaced by the power elite in Washington , but the game is the same: keep the sheep fat, happy, and stupid as you send them off to die for the enrichment of the State. There seems to be no greater honor than sacrifice for the State, as long as it is someone else’s son or daughter.

Nothing has changed in 2,000 years, and nothing will change in the future. The sheep are stupid and will never see the boot on their face, as they are too busy watching the games. As long as the State never attempts to take away their football or beer [or Netflix/Internet Porn], the mind-fucked sheep will continue to be content.

Black Panther, which is a fabulous film, may be even more impressive (I finally saw it). It was original, brilliantly written and directed and acted, and a smart commentary on race in the same way that Get Out was.

Kevin Feige is untouchable.
I read reviews on that too...looks interesting, but Hollywood has a bad habit of ripping off Native American spirituality...anyhoo, gotta read my notes before even attempting to watch that movie

XENOSH ALERT 1: "Wakanda" of Black Panther is Theft of Native American Spirituality

Mesotes - Matrix of Animal Powers

Offensive Or Not? ‘Black Panther’ Fictional Wakanda Translates as ‘God’ to Some Tribes
What does Blank Panther have in common with Ghostbusters and Dan Aykroyd? Osage Tribal members say there is a world of meaning behind the Marvel Universe’s fictional Wakanda
Vincent Schilling • February 20, 2018


  1. The production team had specific black panther artists in mind to emulate.
  2. Wakandan culture is not a monolithic one
  3. each of wakanda’s tribes have their own unique identity – and their own fashion.
  4. The jabari will be very different than what marvel comics fans might expect.
  5. Wakandan architecture might be what ours look like 30 years in the future.
  6. Black panther has something in common with bÉyonce’s lemonade.
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