New Movie Run Down

spotlight

My Shortlist

The Big Short

Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, and we can believe that Christian Bale got a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of an antisocial (some things are just too true) heavy metal lovin’ trader who bets on the failure of our financial system.

The Danish Girl

Eddie Redmayne and ‘it girl’ Alicia Vikander in the story about the first trans who had the sex change reassignment surgery.

Carol

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara (dragon tattoo Mara sister)Hasn’t come out in South Florida yet. The topic is wearing thin but I’ll be seeing both this and The Danish Girl.

In the Heart of the Sea

You have to see this film to believe it. It hasn’t gotten much press but doesn’t need it.

Janis, Little Girl Lost

I’m sure you can imagine what this documentary is about. With Weiland now gone (Stone Temple Pilots’s former lead singer songwriter, dual diagnosed and dead from it), the whole ‘price of genius’ line is wearing thin.

Legend, already saw…it’s a must. I kept thinking “Quentin Tarantino” as the physical violence was funny, pornographic, with stylish blood lust. You have to love the delusion gangsters have that they are, in fact, legit ‘businessmen.’

Macbeth

Fassbender, Cotillard Maybe this time I’ll understand Shakespeareahab.

Mustang

Turkish feature film about two sisters in rural Turkey…laughter and tears.

James White

Cynthia Nixon as a terminally ill woman with a substance abusing son trying to come to terms and cop.

Peggy Guggenheim Art Addict

Lisa Imordino Vreeland (is that a relative for former fashionista editor Diana Vreeland) directed this documentary about one of the greatest curators of our time. Her parties, the glitterati, etc.

Joy

Director David O. Russel (Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle) returns with A-listers Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert Deniro. What’s NOT to like?

Spotlight

I have been watching journalism films of later. As writers who read this blog you probably relate to the high price we pay when we are too invested in the urgency and public service qualities of a hard won, long investigated piece of ugly truth. “Kill The Messenger” is another good one to watch.

Trumbo

Absolutely wonderful. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) is so versatile and his character, Dalton Trumbo, who won an academy award for best screen play for “Roman Holiday,” had written under a pseudonym and couldn’t accept his due.

Truth

Another great investigative journalism story. It’s hard not to cross the line when you believe in the truth.

New Cohen Bros movie…

It’s a farce with Scarlett Johansen playing some incarnation of swimming Goddess Esther Williams, George Clooney as a feckless actor who can’t remember his lines and gets kidnapped, Ralph Fiennes as an aesthete, self taught and self thought ‘auteur’ film director, and Brolins kid, the one who played George W. Bush.

I luv Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci &Tarantino

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Can’t wait for Quentin Tarantino’s “Famous 8” also his 8th film. He often is nostalgia driven in his choice of song, camerawork, choice of actors who haven’t worked in years. (he revived Uma Thurman and John Travolta in 1993’s “Pulp Fiction,”  Michael Keaton in 1999’s “Jackie Brown” and also the career of black actress Pam Grier from blacksplotation films like “Foxy Brown.” He also works with Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russel, Germany’s Christopher Waltz (a two time academy award winner for best supporting actor) and Brad PItt.

 

Just for kicks yesterday I watched a movie about a financial crisis at an investment company. Their risk-benefit equation was off, and their stock was worthless. It featured Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Kevin Spacey (for comic relief of the tension) Stanly Tucci, Jeremy Irons and Simon Baker. There was a priceless scene after 80% of workforce on the floor was fired summarily, security guards, instant disconnection of cell phone and internet access etc. It’s grave and tense. Paul Bettany walks into Kevin Spacey’s office. Spacey had worked their thirty years. His head was laying on his desk and you’d think it was work related anguish. Bettany says “What’s wrong?” Spacey looks up tearfully and says, “My Dog’s Dying, She’s at the vet, bla bla I’m spending a thousand a day to keep her alive” and I just burst out in hysterical laughter for five minutes.

 

Then at the end, when Jeremy Irons has told them to sell all of their worthless shares supposed to be worth trillions of dollars and bankrupt all the other people on wall street and their investors, there is this scene where he is fine dining with a white tablecloth in an exclusive restaurant in the building. He is hunched over his table, drinking his wine like a vulture. He is doing a very dishonorable thing, saving his ass and bankrupting others. He’s like a lion dining on the carcass of the investment world. It’s great work.

I promised You Documentaries this week

Documentaries

Upcoming

Little Girl Blue…Janis Biopic

On Showtime right now: “Listen to Me Marlon.” Live Clips and interviews as well as film clips from the actor before he died. Said to be really good. Playing a lot. Record it ahead of time if you have that option.

Madam Phung’s Last Journey: True Cinema Verite about  transgender’s sheltering and protecting each other in Vietnam

Mia Madre (Italy) about female filmmaker

“Palio” Italy. About travel in Italy.

“Sembene” Political take on Sengales

“Taxi” Iranian film taken from car camera. This filmmaker has been banned since 2010.

“Song of Lahore” Pakistan. A traveling Pakistani troupe of musicians.

“Jacskson Heights” US  A part of Queens where 167 languages are spoken.’

“Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans.” Its about his obsession with race cars and the road it took him on.

“Ingrid Bergman, In her Own Words.” A documentary about the actress.

“In the Basement” What people do with their basements

“What our Fathers Did.” Another take on the Holocaust.

 

If you are on Gravatar: Please leave your email on Gravatar

I got two new follows today, one from the CEO of WildFilmsWriting another from Angellic33, and both of them are on Gravatar and do not have contact information. I must be missing something. I thought the point of social media was to connect. Please, if you want to be contacted, put your email on your Gravatar. Otherwise I can’t thank you for the follow.

Allison

Bipolar Brainiac

Tumblr: Rebel With A Cause: Psych2LKit.

If you are on Gravatar: Please leave your email on Gravatar

I got two new follows today, one from the CEO of WildFilmsWriting another from Angellic33, and both of them are on Gravatar and do not have contact information. I must be missing something. I thought the point of social media was to connect. Please, if you want to be contacted, put your email on your Gravatar. Otherwise I can’t thank you for the follow.

Allison

Bipolar Brainiac

Tumblr: Rebel With A Cause: Psych2LKit.

Escape from Paris: Movies & TV The Good, Bad and Ugly. Foreign too.

I don’t want anyone to think I don’t care about  Paris, ISIS, Their threats to Russia, Recent acts of Terrorism, Mass Immigration from war torn countries and the lick.

I am shocked. I’m not frightened yet, I’m frozen.   My reactions swing from right to left. I know people who really feel strongly about increasing our military presence and taking extreme action against people in the Middle East. What do you think?  Most of us can’t do anything from here except enlist or write letters to the editor. Or vote.

Here’s  why I’m so into movies. I learn about other people’s  global convictions and how express them in their art. Not the business of going to Darfur or adopting ten children, but with their scripts, movies, film reviews and the like.

Here’s what’s coming up or playing now in Movies and in Amazon Prime’s Pilot season. If you don’t go to films, you can write them down and get them from Netflix, the Library or Amazon when they come out on video. This is what I do. Movies are expensive and I’m on a fixed income.

 

I’ll do documentaries next time.

 

 

deniro bradley cooper Pauline Kael PaulineKaelBookMovies are my hobby. I’m reading a book about the late Pauline Kael, who was the most influential and political film critic ever. (New Yorker, Look, McCalls and the LA Times.)

I read her reviews in the LA times when I was there and until now,  I never understood the deep political convictions she floated in her reviews. Like this one: “Morality tale plays right and left.” This was about a Gregory Peck Cold War Spy film. There is a double meaning in ‘right and left,’ conservative and liberal.

In the film review she accuses our government and the Hollywood studios of portraying political ideology as Right and Wrong, Black and White, Right and Left, instead of shades of gray. She further theorized that we needed to understand our enemies and why they were in conflict with Americans. I wonder what she would say now, about this Paris situation.

The Good, Bad and The Ugly in new and upcoming TV & Film:

I will deal with Christmas themed movies, Netflix’s  new TV shows and documentaries next week.

 

My New New Category: Tanked but not toast. Movies that the critics hate and did not do well at the Box Office.

Deep freeze at the box office, “Burnt” is well done.

Unfortunately for The Weinstein Company,  Their new haute cuisine film about a sober, troubled chef on the re-invent lacks pace from beginning to end.  An hour of vibrant, detailed closeups of culinary masterpieces stalls our realization of how high the stakes are and how high the odds are stacked against Bradley Cooper’s character.  Many are gunning for him to fail.  Sienna Miller, (Factory Girl) Daniel Bruhl, (Rush, Inglorious Bastards) Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman and Matthew Rhys (Phillip from ‘The Americans on FX)  costar. Word is the studio will push for an Academy Award nomination or two.  Weinstein usually does.  I wish them well.

If you love Quentin Tarantino

 

“The Hateful 8.” Gun slinging Western inspired by Sergio Leone, Spagetti Westerns starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russel and Samuel Jackson for starters. He’s reviving a cheesy wide-screen technology from the 1970’s that the Movie Studios employed to lure people away from their brand new television sets back to the theatres. Leave it to Quentin to employ a cheesy film making technique as a retro-comic touch like he did with “Jackie Brown.”

If You Love Moby Dick….

December 15 “In The Heart of The Sea.” After thousands of recent Television and Literary references to Herman Melville’s Masterpiece “Moby Dick, joking about people’s pointless and absurd obsessions, Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Rush) is taking on The Great White Whale. It’s been stalled, so this date is not fixed for sure. It should be here by Christmas at least. Great Quote from film and book, “What offense did we give God to upset him so?” I guess it gets pretty wet out there.

“The Last Witch Hunter” Vin Diesel resurfaces, finally.

“Crimson Peak” Gothic Romance with Jessica Chastain.  A spooky haunted house.

“Spectre” Bond. James Bond. Daniel Craig. The only reason to see this is to take in Oscar Winner Christopher Waltz’s graceful menace. He was the hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards,” hunting down every last one. Remember?

November 20 Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts “The Secret in Their Eyes.”

Steve Carrell “The Long Short.” Bad Loans somehow funny?

The Heist: Robert Deniro and others hijacking a school bus.

The Martian (Matt Damon’s “Green Light” take about diveristity in hiring only being important in casting choices (makes me keep Freudian slip-forgetting to put his movie on here…Sorry Matt. Just keep hiring enough women to say you do.)

Suffragette w Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter

Brooklyn: Coming of Age, moving to New York in 50’s

Truth: Robert Redford, Cate Blanchette and Matthew Modine about the CBS witchunt following an unflattering 60 minutes story about the Bush Dynasty pulling strings to keep George W out of ‘Nam.It’s about why Dan Rather, played by Redford, stepped down from journalism. It’s very moving, even if you are not a liberal.

James White: Sundance Festival Winner about an unrepentant druggie whose mom, Cynthia Nixon, is dying of Cancer.

“The Condemned 2:” Eric Roberts (Julia Robert’s underemployed terrific actor brother) Wrestling film

“Miss You Already” Drew Barrymore and Tony Collette as best friends. They both admit in interviews that it’s a chick flick. Color me Surprised.

“My All American.” Football film true story.

“Shelter” a drama about homelessness. Jennifer Connelly stars

“The 33:” Chile (coal miners trapped underground after a blast) Antonio Banderas, Juliet Binoche, Jennifer Lopez, Lou Diamond Phillips (Henry from Longmire) Cote De Pablo refurfaces at last (NCIS, she’s from Chile)

“By The Sea” Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie doing a ‘take’ on former celebrity couple Richard Burton and Liz Taylor. Troubled artists in a troubled marriage. Some violence and much grief. Written and directed by Ms. Jolie. Is said to be good if you can endure all of the gorgeous posing and art film aspirations seen in camera work, body language, dialogue, lighting, locale and wardrobe. Said to be opening November 10 in 10 theatres.

“Concussion” December when???Will Smith takes on the NFL on behalf of the player’s by discovering brain injury and related complications and trying to help install safeguards against further injury and disability Alec Baldwin Co-Stars. Supposedly in December. Gotta be by Christmas, right?

“Spotlight:” Boston Globe finally stops protecting the Catholic Church in story about investigative journalism’s duty and ability to expose human transgression and help put an end to it. Live Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams (True Crime), John Slattery (Roger from Mad Men). It better be good. It’s gotten a lot of media attention.

.New Info on “Trumbo:” Bryan Cranston (Mad Men)as the blacklisted Screenwriter who manages to get his work produced from a jail cell. Also, I just found out that Helen Mirren plays the feisty, power-wielding MGM publicity gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Apparently this woman was known for her flamboyant wardrobe and ridiculous hats with toy objects on them. It should be great.

House of Spies..Tom Hanks dir: Speilberg. This is a must see. Even tho it’s a cold war drama concerning spies, it also deals with integrity and professional respect.

 

 

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Foreign

Madam Phuang’s last Journey: Vietnamese about transgenders.

Song of Lahore: Pakistani film about a traveling orchestra.

“Love” Argentine Movie about love told thru sexual escapades.

“The Price We Pay,” French, about global income inequality. Supposed to be good.

The Nightingale: china

Mia Madre: Italy. It’s about a female film maker.

“Taxi” Iranian film shot from a car camera.

Televison….this is just what I’ve seen on TNT and Amazon Prime

 

TNT’s Agent X With Sharon Stone: Hackneyed mish-mash of various spy stories sewn together in a horrible, unintelligible patchwork quilt.

A few of Amazon’s new shows:

“Z: The Start of All things” Christina Ricci is terrific as Zelda Fitzgerald in this coming-of-age, finding-true-love drama.

Amazon: The Man In the High Tower ***** (What if the Nazis and Japanese won World War two? What if the Mentally ill, elderly, children and crippled were drugged to sleep and incinerated every Thursday?) So good it’s scary.

The Good Girls Revolt: It appears to be the story of the late Nora Ephron’s early days.  (Sleeping In Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, Books, Essays) A Feminist take on young idealistic female journalists in the 1960’s, when women were not allowed to be journalists but relegated to researchers. You know they’re not going to stand for it. The first show is about the rush to get the scoop on Northern California’s Altamont Concert, the Hells Angels who were security guards there and the deaths that occurred. Police Brutality? Say it’s not so.

Z The Start of All Things: Zelda Fitzgerald as previously mentioned.

There is a new Western…forget the name…

There are four animated series and I don’t watch those.

 

 

Escape from Paris: Movies & TV The Good, Bad and Ugly. Foreign too.

I don’t want anyone to think I don’t care about  Paris, ISIS, Their threats to Russia, Recent acts of Terrorism, Mass Immigration from war torn countries and the lick.

I am shocked. I’m not frightened yet, I’m frozen.   My reactions swing from right to left. I know people who really feel strongly about increasing our military presence and taking extreme action against people in the Middle East. What do you think?  Most of us can’t do anything from here except enlist or write letters to the editor. Or vote.

Here’s  why I’m so into movies. I learn about other people’s  global convictions and how express them in their art. Not the business of going to Darfur or adopting ten children, but with their scripts, movies, film reviews and the like.

Here’s what’s coming up or playing now in Movies and in Amazon Prime’s Pilot season. If you don’t go to films, you can write them down and get them from Netflix, the Library or Amazon when they come out on video. This is what I do. Movies are expensive and I’m on a fixed income.

 

I’ll do documentaries next time.

 

 

deniro bradley cooper Pauline Kael PaulineKaelBookMovies are my hobby. I’m reading a book about the late Pauline Kael, who was the most influential and political film critic ever. (New Yorker, Look, McCalls and the LA Times.)

I read her reviews in the LA times when I was there and until now,  I never understood the deep political convictions she floated in her reviews. Like this one: “Morality tale plays right and left.” This was about a Gregory Peck Cold War Spy film. There is a double meaning in ‘right and left,’ conservative and liberal.

In the film review she accuses our government and the Hollywood studios of portraying political ideology as Right and Wrong, Black and White, Right and Left, instead of shades of gray. She further theorized that we needed to understand our enemies and why they were in conflict with Americans. I wonder what she would say now, about this Paris situation.

The Good, Bad and The Ugly in new and upcoming TV & Film:

I will deal with Christmas themed movies, Netflix’s  new TV shows and documentaries next week.

 

My New New Category: Tanked but not toast. Movies that the critics hate and did not do well at the Box Office.

Deep freeze at the box office, “Burnt” is well done.

Unfortunately for The Weinstein Company,  Their new haute cuisine film about a sober, troubled chef on the re-invent lacks pace from beginning to end.  An hour of vibrant, detailed closeups of culinary masterpieces stalls our realization of how high the stakes are and how high the odds are stacked against Bradley Cooper’s character.  Many are gunning for him to fail.  Sienna Miller, (Factory Girl) Daniel Bruhl, (Rush, Inglorious Bastards) Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman and Matthew Rhys (Phillip from ‘The Americans on FX)  costar. Word is the studio will push for an Academy Award nomination or two.  Weinstein usually does.  I wish them well.

If you love Quentin Tarantino

 

“The Hateful 8.” Gun slinging Western inspired by Sergio Leone, Spagetti Westerns starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russel and Samuel Jackson for starters. He’s reviving a cheesy wide-screen technology from the 1970’s that the Movie Studios employed to lure people away from their brand new television sets back to the theatres. Leave it to Quentin to employ a cheesy film making technique as a retro-comic touch like he did with “Jackie Brown.”

If You Love Moby Dick….

December 15 “In The Heart of The Sea.” After thousands of recent Television and Literary references to Herman Melville’s Masterpiece “Moby Dick, joking about people’s pointless and absurd obsessions, Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Rush) is taking on The Great White Whale. It’s been stalled, so this date is not fixed for sure. It should be here by Christmas at least. Great Quote from film and book, “What offense did we give God to upset him so?” I guess it gets pretty wet out there.

“The Last Witch Hunter” Vin Diesel resurfaces, finally.

“Crimson Peak” Gothic Romance with Jessica Chastain.  A spooky haunted house.

“Spectre” Bond. James Bond. Daniel Craig. The only reason to see this is to take in Oscar Winner Christopher Waltz’s graceful menace. He was the hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards,” hunting down every last one. Remember?

November 20 Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts “The Secret in Their Eyes.”

Steve Carrell “The Long Short.” Bad Loans somehow funny?

The Heist: Robert Deniro and others hijacking a school bus.

The Martian (Matt Damon’s “Green Light” take about diveristity in hiring only being important in casting choices (makes me keep Freudian slip-forgetting to put his movie on here…Sorry Matt. Just keep hiring enough women to say you do.)

Suffragette w Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter

Brooklyn: Coming of Age, moving to New York in 50’s

Truth: Robert Redford, Cate Blanchette and Matthew Modine about the CBS witchunt following an unflattering 60 minutes story about the Bush Dynasty pulling strings to keep George W out of ‘Nam.It’s about why Dan Rather, played by Redford, stepped down from journalism. It’s very moving, even if you are not a liberal.

James White: Sundance Festival Winner about an unrepentant druggie whose mom, Cynthia Nixon, is dying of Cancer.

“The Condemned 2:” Eric Roberts (Julia Robert’s underemployed terrific actor brother) Wrestling film

“Miss You Already” Drew Barrymore and Tony Collette as best friends. They both admit in interviews that it’s a chick flick. Color me Surprised.

“My All American.” Football film true story.

“Shelter” a drama about homelessness. Jennifer Connelly stars

“The 33:” Chile (coal miners trapped underground after a blast) Antonio Banderas, Juliet Binoche, Jennifer Lopez, Lou Diamond Phillips (Henry from Longmire) Cote De Pablo refurfaces at last (NCIS, she’s from Chile)

“By The Sea” Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie doing a ‘take’ on former celebrity couple Richard Burton and Liz Taylor. Troubled artists in a troubled marriage. Some violence and much grief. Written and directed by Ms. Jolie. Is said to be good if you can endure all of the gorgeous posing and art film aspirations seen in camera work, body language, dialogue, lighting, locale and wardrobe. Said to be opening November 10 in 10 theatres.

“Concussion” December when???Will Smith takes on the NFL on behalf of the player’s by discovering brain injury and related complications and trying to help install safeguards against further injury and disability Alec Baldwin Co-Stars. Supposedly in December. Gotta be by Christmas, right?

“Spotlight:” Boston Globe finally stops protecting the Catholic Church in story about investigative journalism’s duty and ability to expose human transgression and help put an end to it. Live Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams (True Crime), John Slattery (Roger from Mad Men). It better be good. It’s gotten a lot of media attention.

.New Info on “Trumbo:” Bryan Cranston (Mad Men)as the blacklisted Screenwriter who manages to get his work produced from a jail cell. Also, I just found out that Helen Mirren plays the feisty, power-wielding MGM publicity gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Apparently this woman was known for her flamboyant wardrobe and ridiculous hats with toy objects on them. It should be great.

House of Spies..Tom Hanks dir: Speilberg. This is a must see. Even tho it’s a cold war drama concerning spies, it also deals with integrity and professional respect.

 

 

******************************

Foreign

Madam Phuang’s last Journey: Vietnamese about transgenders.

Song of Lahore: Pakistani film about a traveling orchestra.

“Love” Argentine Movie about love told thru sexual escapades.

“The Price We Pay,” French, about global income inequality. Supposed to be good.

The Nightingale: china

Mia Madre: Italy. It’s about a female film maker.

“Taxi” Iranian film shot from a car camera.

Televison….this is just what I’ve seen on TNT and Amazon Prime

 

TNT’s Agent X With Sharon Stone: Hackneyed mish-mash of various spy stories sewn together in a horrible, unintelligible patchwork quilt.

A few of Amazon’s new shows:

“Z: The Start of All things” Christina Ricci is terrific as Zelda Fitzgerald in this coming-of-age, finding-true-love drama.

Amazon: The Man In the High Tower ***** (What if the Nazis and Japanese won World War two? What if the Mentally ill, elderly, children and crippled were drugged to sleep and incinerated every Thursday?) So good it’s scary.

The Good Girls Revolt: It appears to be the story of the late Nora Ephron’s early days.  (Sleeping In Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, Books, Essays) A Feminist take on young idealistic female journalists in the 1960’s, when women were not allowed to be journalists but relegated to researchers. You know they’re not going to stand for it. The first show is about the rush to get the scoop on Northern California’s Altamont Concert, the Hells Angels who were security guards there and the deaths that occurred. Police Brutality? Say it’s not so.

Z The Start of All Things: Zelda Fitzgerald as previously mentioned.

There is a new Western…forget the name…

There are four animated series and I don’t watch those.

 

 

Bipolar disorder diversions: New and Notable films

“Trumbo” with Bryan Cranston in November. Seems to be about a writer someone in Hollywood who was blacklisted in the McArthy (sp?) anticommunist witch hunt but still managed to work under cover..maybe.

“Steve Jobs.” (founder of Apple..you know) Michael Fassbender is an incredible actor. Seth Rogen plays his co founder and he says to Steve, “Your products are better than you are.” Jobs responds, “That’s the idea.”

“Bridge of Spies” Tom Hanks. Steven Speilberg. The Cold War? Not sure.

“Sicario” it’s a very interesting take on anticartel black ops designed to upset the system and hierarchy of the Mexican cartels. It’s very tense, violent, lots of horrifying carnage in Ciudad Juarez on Texas border. Underground tunnels, absolute deniability. Benicio Del Toro is a shadowy character that helps the US Cia-FBI joint venture with his knowledge of the whole deal. It’s obvious he was once a Cartel guy and paid for it dearly.

Labyrinth of Lies  Looks to be a German film or at least about Germans after WWII

Mississipi Grind (did you see Bloodline? The ne’r do well druggie Ben Mendelson takes a star turn here.) Ben Mendelson and Ryan Reynolds are down and out gamblers traveling cross country for a big score.

Ashby….know nothing except it’s a Mickey Roarke Film

99 Homes is a downer because all these people are being kicked out of their homes but it fills in the information gaps about all those horrible, variable rate mortages and bad loans given to people who could not afford them. It’s based in Florida and stars a guy from BoardWalk Empire, Michael Shannon.

Our Brand is Chaos: Sandra Bullock as a campaign manager in a South American Country, working for a guy who has no chance at winning the election

Listen to Me Marlon  A documentary and it looks like Showtime is going to broadcast it soon.

Truth   Robert Redford plays Dan Rather.

Carol  Cate Blanchette and Rooney Mara (Girl Dragon Tattoo) Older lady falls in love with shopgirl.

Rejection Dejection Nothing Personal..It’s about the money!

Normally I am pretty upbeat. But right now I’m having emotional problems. It has to do with these organizations or foundations like NAMI or my local drop in center, Rebel’s. It has to do with them soliciting volunteers or other pieces of content, and then when I raise my hand or offer up what they said they wanted (meeting facilitators, clever little sayings, graphics and this latest debacle with the video I submitted for Healthline’s “You’ve got this Campaign’ that I mentioned yesterday….)

I asked the editor of the magazine why my video wasn’t displayed, acknowledged, critiqued or anything. When she gave me a few excuses that don’t really hold water- could have easily been edited out, cause they were at the very beginning and end..and they never said ‘don’t do this’ or that…I asked her, “How many videos were submitted, anyway?” She wisely never got back to me. Because they probably got thousands of people putting their life on a video, uploading it in hopes of being heard…and nothing. No ‘thanks,’ or anything.

A flash from the past…I’m feeling guilty. I’ve done this to people too!  When I was a music director at alternative stations and a disc jockey. We’d have these contests to win a trip to New York or Europe to see, oh, U2 or The Cranberries or something. The whole idea was to give the listener a little thrill, a reason to listen more, to enter the contest at some location like a car dealership (what a car dealership has to do with The Cranberries or The Offspring is beyond me) but the bottom line is this: only one person can win. The rest of the people get their hopes up, register multiple times under different names of relatives or whatever people listen more, our ratings maybe would go up if we had a really good prize, but the point is, it’s about business. It’s not about people, feelings, validation or even hopes and dreams. It’s about the dollars we got from the car dealership and the free trip we got for the international flight and the front row tickets given freely to us by a record promoter in exchange for playing a unknown ‘starter’ type band to get them off the ground.

So really, The “You’ve got This” campaign for bipolar disorder (and they have those same campaigns for HIV and MS, and other illnesses too so it must be adding dollars to their coffers) it had all the hallmarks about helping US with bipolar disorder get our stories heard, and feel better about ourselves for sharing our experience with someone newly diagnosed.   It wouldn’t have cost them a thing to list/link all the videos that were submitted, (except the ones they had issues with) unless you consider that the internet has become real estate.

In the space where they could have listed everyone who made a personal effort to be real, they can sell advertising for “Are you having problems with Bipolar Depression? Read about a new treatment option…bla bla bla”

My best friend is a writer. I had told her how excited I was about this and she said, “Allison Don’t be in such a hurry to sell your soul.” And you know what? She’s right. All that ‘feel good’ stuff…many of those meetings they hold for us? It’s about commerce, not about actual care. As always, the bottom line is where it’s at and instead of paying someone to call those of us whose videos they did not accept, those same people could be creating content to grab eyeballs so they can sell the real estate. Now I know what she is talking about.

Sure, I’m going to crop out the stuff they said were the reasons I wasn’t accepted, one editor said she “Loved” my video.  It had edits, a little music (Elastica “Connection) and showed in two minutes what other people took six minutes to tell. We live in a short attention span culture. A picture tells 1000 words.

Then again, if the video itself actually is good, captivating and fun to watch, the viewers won’t drift over to the ads for the new psych meds. It’s always  about the money. That’s what I have to keep in mind as a mental health advocate. These octopus I tangle with are in it for different reasons that what they say. After all, they need to get paid at the end of the day and the money has to come from somewhere, right?

Ah,  We’ll see. We’ll see if they were telling me the truth about why it was rejected. If you are curious about this project, Google “You’ve Got This” Healthline Bipolar. The magazine’s site should come up first but also, since I have posted the video on my blog, there is a separate result for my entry under ‘Allison Strong’. That was the name I used as a music journalist and disc jockey.

But I’ve carried on so, I highly doubt they will put it up on their site. They only display 12 and haven’t rotated them much. I’ve watched them all. Sort of sad,consoling long video selfies. That is apparently what they wanted. To upload it again will probably be just more rejection, dejection.