On March of 2013 I returned to America after living for over 5+ years in New Zealand. One of the things that I had not experienced upon returning to the mainland was Netflix.
When Netflix was started it was not a streaming service, it provided movies by mail. Where could you find Netflix at? Answer:Blockbuster video stores.
Now for the review…
There was something that was very different about House of Cards and the drivers of the show were Frank Underwood, Claire Underwood and Doug Stamper.
Each season was better than the previous one. Each episode felt like the finale. Each character reminded you of someone you met in politics. Kevin Spacey played an “Alpha Male” just like President Trump.
Claire Underwood on House of Cards is a brilliant character. It is simply that Claire Understood is way too much like Hillary Clinton for my taste.
Streaming Content Comments on FilmStruck by Mitch Santell
FilmStruck has been a fantastic service. As a hardcore film buff, it has always been FilmStruck that I go to first for classic films.
Sorry folks, FilmStruck is going away. Over the past 60 days, I have noticed that Netflix and HBO are not my first choice for movies.
There will be nothing like FilmStruck ever again, thanks for letting me vent.
Major filmmakers such as Guillermo del Toro, Barry Jenkins, and Edgar Wright have already lamented the upcoming loss of FilmStruck, the streaming service for foreign cinema and classic film, and now cinephiles are rallying to save the platform. An online petition entitled “Keep FilmStruck Alive” launched in the wake of the announcement of FilmStruck’s closing and has earned over 5,300 signatures and counting. The petition is seeking 7,500 total signatures.
“FilmStruck has given cinephiles an indispensable resource for appreciating cinema, and provided so much joy to all those who thought that many of these movies would never see the light of a streaming platform,” petition leader Kevin Bahr wrote in a statement. “FilmStruck is not just a niche market, it is a massive archive dedicated to keeping art of the past alive. … It deserves to live, not only to provide an outlet for film lovers of the past but also to create new fans through the next several generations, and perhaps open some more eyes along the way.”
The Philadelphia Story, a Hollywood Classic is typical of what is shown at FilmStruck. Not only does FilmStruck stream world class movies, but they also provide a lot of trailers, documentaries, and commentaries on most of these films.
Podcasting has become a real force on thousands of websites. Like most producer’s, I was always an early adapter. I wanted to see how I could use podcasting as a marketing and branding tool back in 2005, so I launched a podcast called “What’s Out Next!”
I’ve placed a sample of the show here, and beneath the show, I’ve put some articles and resources to help you along your podcasting path.
To show you how much Podcasting has grown, check out this article with the link:
When Serial hit the digital airwaves in October 2014, the podcast world was taken by a storm. Suddenly, people who had previously been oblivious to the niche world of on-demand audio content were frantically awaiting the next installment of the weekly show that delved into the minutia of an 15-year-old crime.
As a result, more and more people are turning to podcasts for everything from politics to comedy, while bloggers, authors and YouTubers are leveraging audio content as a way to expand their audience. But where technology and media trends may have evolved simultaneously in the past, the tools available to both podcasters and podcast listeners remain surprisingly stagnant, unable or unwilling to provide the resources necessary to sustain the growth of the medium.
Across the UK we listen to an average of 26 hours of audio per week, but despite the move towards on-demand digital content in almost every other industry, three-quarters of our listening time is still traditional radio. Adam Martin is the chief content officer at Acast, a podcasting platform that launched in April 2014 and has quickly become one of the most popular apps for podcast listeners, particularly those on Android devices. Part of his role is to shift perceptions of podcasting away from the idea of the geeky white middle-aged man podcasting from their garage, but he finds the historic lack of streamlined technology is a barrier.
“Once you hook people on to podcasts, that’s it. I don’t know anyone who’s stopped listening to podcasts after they start, but the tech needs to be accessible,” said Martin. “Instead of expecting people to download apps and look things up, we want to go to where people already are. We use Facebook Instant Articles integration and a Twitter player to show people snippets of audio they’ll find interesting. We don’t want to corrall them into a walled garden and force them to listen through our app; we want to be a part of the social media channels they already frequent and serve up content to them there. You have to break down the barriers to access podcasts, remove the friction and go to where the people already are.”
The most common remark that I heard from my son when I returned to America from New Zealand was “Dad; I thought when I grew up that the Adults would be running things. It seems that there is a lot of arrested development going on.” My response? “Wasn’t Arrested Development a TV show that successfully aired on Fox TV for many years?”
It would appear that adults in 2018 have lost their sense of humor and the idea of discussing any meaningful culture difference will only lead to apologies. Are we so concerned about being “Politically Correct” that we can’t have an authentic dialogue?
When Warner Brothers released “The Jazz Singer” which debuted on October 6, 1927; it was the first feature film to include both singing and dialogue directly in the movie. A big day for Hollywood back in the day and all because Warner Brothers, unlike their competitors was willing to take a risk.
The black community had a lot of respect for Al Jolson, and the movie was both a “technological” and “musical success.”
At the premiere of The Jazz Singer, attendee Doris Warner recalled that when Jolson and co-star Eugenie Besserer began their dialogue scene, “the audience became hysterical.” Jolson’s performance, which also included renditions of “Toot, Toot, Tootsie” and five other tunes, marked the first feature-length “talkie,” sounding the death knell for silent movies.
To effect the breakthrough, the 89-minute Warner Bros. feature presentation relied on the Vitaphone sound-on-discsystem. The projectionist manually synced each of the 15 film reels to its own phonograph record containing dialogue and music.
Budgeted at the then-gargantuan sum of $422,000 (about $5.3 million in today’s cash), The Jazz Singer represented a major gamble for studio boss Harry Warner, who pawned his wife’s jewelry and moved the family into a small apartment to finance the film. A popular and critical sensation, The Jazz Singer rang down the curtain for silent film stars cursed with squeaky voices.
Many have noticed the Trump presidency is extraordinary in more ways than one. Here is one way. In decades and centuries past, when a non-Establishment candidate has been elected to the White House, he has been promptly dispatched by gunshot, always by a crazed or extremist “lone gunman.” If Garfield, McKinley, Kennedy or Reagan had been as well prepared and protected as Trump has been to date, America likely would be a different and far better place than we know today.
During his campaign for president and at his inauguration, Donald Trump stated clearly he intended to take power back from the cabal of ruling elite and return it to the American people. That is tantamount to a declaration of war against the globalist kingmakers who have ruled the world for centuries, and the globalists’ counter-attack has been furious.
President Trump clearly has better protection for himself and his family than previous presidents have enjoyed. But his challenge to the elitist globalists is being mounted at a time when they are many years further along in their game plan to destroy completely the world’s middle class and every republican national government.
From 1900 To 2016
At the outset of the 20th Century, the goals of the ruling elite were to destroy completely the entire middle class (all those able to support themselves by productive efforts) worldwide by first making them poor and then exterminating all except the relative few needed as servants of the rulers. Wars would be tried, disease would be tried and, by the year 2000, their goal was to have means of poisoning efficiently the remaining unwanted humans (“the people of the abyss”). H. G. Wells was the elitists’ chosen scribe for these plans, and he became an instant intellectual celebrity, honored throughout the rest of his life by invitations to the White House, to the palaces of Europe and to Stalin’s Kremlin.
Within the 20th Century, the cabal of ruling globalists (on whose behalf Wells wrote) planned, orchestrated and inflicted World War I, the “influenza” of 1918, the communist genocide in Russia, the communist genocide in China, the Crash of 1929, the Great Depression of 1930-1940, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the genocide in Cambodia, the Gulf War and the Rwandan genocide. Add to that the cabal’s importation into America of Nazis and Fascists driven from Europe when WWII ended, and the cabal’s importation of Bolsheviks driven from Russia as the Soviet Union lost its grip in the late 1970s.
At the outset of the 21st Century, operatives of the globalist cabal in America and its “allies” conspired to attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Their goals were to loot great wealth, to drive out political opposition, and to provide political cover for more wars in the Middle East, southern Asia and Africa.
In 2016, those wars were still largely in play. America as a nation was badly weakened, essentially insolvent, but kept operational by the globalists’ power to create paper currency in unlimited amounts through their central banks (primarily the Federal Reserve). Much of that fiat currency bought U. S. Treasury debt. Those “Treasury bonds” were widely used as the “reserve currency” in trade among nations, largely because T-bonds were as readily liquid as dollars, yet earned interest paid by Treasury to the holder.
Meanwhile, other nations, including Russia, China, India, Brazil and South Africa, knew the U. S. dollar’s value was suspect, as it had been falling since 1971. So the BRICS nations and many smaller acolytes were well along in creating alternative channels and means of payment for use in their international commerce. However, the currency of each of these nations remained vulnerable to attack and manipulation in foreign exchange markets, with the Exchange Stabilization Fund and other globalist tools likely being the dominant predators.
The Khazarian Mafia Overlay
The “special counsel” investigation of possible collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election in America has produced no evidence of such collusion so far. However, the House Committee on Intelligence has found important evidence indicating collusion among the Clinton presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee, the U. S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to gain authority to spy on the Trump campaign for the benefit of the Clinton campaign and the DNC by presenting false and misleading evidence to the federal court specially created to handle Foreign Intelligence Security Act (FISA) matters.
Evidence of this conduct, probably criminal, has been classified as top secret under national security laws, keeping it from the American public. President Trump finally ordered the information disclosed weeks ago, but that was delayed by DOJ and FBI objections as well as the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. Also, objections were heard from two foreign “allies,” the United Kingdom and Australia, probably because disclosure will reveal their roles in surveillance of the Trump campaign and in related efforts to overthrow the Trump presidency.
Each and every subject described above is made more problematic when the overlay affecting each one – the influence and power of the Khazarian Mafia – is taken into account. Khazarians were marauding bandits in their homeland northeasterly of the Black Sea until being driven out by Russia and allied countries about 900 years ago. They had violated terms of a reprieve based upon professed willingness to abide by the Jewish faith, but adulterated those tenets with the Talmud and Baal-worship, including human sacrifice. Fleeing west into Europe, their wiles and cunning enabled some of their number to become both rich and powerful – the Rothschilds and other recognizable families among them.
Today, the Khazarian Mafia is, almost certainly, the most powerful influence in both the House and Senate, if not the White House, Executive Branch and Judicial Branch, of the U. S. government. The same may be said of the governments of Germany, France, other governments within the European Union, and Israel. They claim to be champions of Israel and its people, but they have no historic connection to Palestine in biblical times, and their interests seem to be global power and control. In this last respect, they had much to do (along with the Obama State Department) with the violent coup which drove the elected government of Ukraine out of the Kiev.
* I met Wayne Jett during my journey to New Zealand. We have never met in person although I have talked with Mr. Jett by Skype dozens of times, numerous phone calls and many emails. While I don’t always agree with is commentaries I respect his unique perspective, and that is why I placed his posting on AferHollywood.Online because it is my sincere hope that you’ll think about the issues that Wayne addresses in his writing.
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