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.”
Writing stuff that I don’t want to talk about by Mitch Santell
The hardest thing to tell an American in 2018 with our unemployment rate so low is that in the long run, America is still moving toward collapse. Not a quick breakdown, a slow failure over a 20 to 30 year period.
In America or at least our “brand” known as America we have always strived that each generation moving forward would have it better than the previous generation.
Please note this is my opinion and not based on any scientific poll. What do I think? As a baby boomer I contend that when my generation is gone, the last group of Americans who had it better than their parents will be gone.
What do we make of an economy in which a handful of bubblicious urban areas are magnets for jobs and capital while rural communities have been hollowed out? The short answer is that this progression of urbanization has been one of the core dynamics of civilization for thousands of years: opportunities are greater in cities, and so people move from rural areas with few opportunities to cities with greater opportunities.
But that’s not the only dynamic hollowing out America’s rural communities: globalization plays a key role, too. Rural economies can rarely muster economies of scale that enable globally competitive enterprises. Rural communities generally lack the capital, expertise, global supply chains and cheap transportation costs that are the building blocks of successful global production and distribution.
In a global economy characterized by over-capacity, over-production and mobile capital, localized rural economies can’t compete with the low cost of commoditized products distributed by finely tuned global supply chains and cheap transportation.
Realizing that we no longer have privacy is hard for some to grasp. Oh, you may think that you are doing nothing wrong but doesn’t it eat at you that everything you have ever done online is being stored somewhere?
There is an exciting algorithm that is created with all of the searches at Google and other platforms, they put everything into a 4D Quantum computer and use it to predict the future.
To add insult to injury, I just received this email directly from Gab.com:
On page 53 of this internal Google briefing,Gab.comis cited as a “challenger app” and notes how users are moving to Gab in response to the censorship of Silicon Valley. Google argues for a “European” approach to speech standards on the internet, favoring “civility” over freedom.
Silicon Valley has shown their true colors, which is why they recognize Gab.com as a threat to their control and dominance over the internet. They are rejecting the cherished internet ideals of liberty and free expression in exchange for censorship and partnerships with the Chinese government.
This is why Gab is winning and will continue to win. We are adding tens of thousands of new users every week, and our funding round is being completely powered by you, The People. In about 20 days we have raised $670,000 and will quickly meet our goal of $1.07m. We are hiring more engineers to speed up product development, make the site more user friendly, and build out our own infrastructure to escape the chains of Silicon Valley.
No, I am not a pitchman for Gab.com, and I am not trying to get you to purchase their stock, I just wanted to make you aware that everything you write, speak and record is all monitored and tracked, and collected.
Jim is a real hero of mine. He has a fertile mind and has a real sense of the challenges facing our world. As you hear his story, his perspectives and his unique point of view, I think you will find it as fascinating as I did when I met Jim on Skype back in 2012.
First, I’ll place the article Jim wrote here. Second, I have put my interview with Jim Kirwann below the article. Mr. Kirwann is brilliant and may the conversation inspire you as much as it did me! Happy Friday dear readers and followers and I wish for you what you wish for yourself.
If you invest a few minutes to listen to this interview from 2015, you will understand why Donald J. Trump is sitting in the White House. ~ Mitch Santell
If we choose to dance with the Universe then we must learn how to Question Everything, and how to stop living the lies that others have designed for us to suffer with. We will all die at some point; but between birth and death there are literally millions of opportunities to use the gifts that we all came with; not just to improve our lives but to leave something beyond our fragile footprints in the ever shifting sands of time.
Far too many people, in the old USA simply ceased to grow after highs School. Look around you. How many are just living out a continuance of their high school-lives: Fascinations, sports, maybe still wanting to be jocks or frat-boys or sorority girls-but for so many, how much has really changed? High School was supposed to provide a basis on which we could each build a real and individual life with choices and challenges unending?
When I was senior in high school, my majority had already been declared, I was a legal adult with my own apartment; however I had a legal problem that precluded me from attending college. I had football and academic scholarships, but I could not go. After the last class had been held with the College recruiters that had come to tempt potential recruits for their particular schools, this hard-as-nails nun shut the door on them and said to us:
‘You know you don’t really need to go to college, unless you’re planning to specialize in something very complex like being a surgeon or a lawyer. You don’t really need to go to college because all of you already know ‘how to learn what you need to know.’ And your are each smart enough to do that for yourselves.
So why not just design your own lives, create your own career for yourselves and then you will have begun to live an authentic life. After all, these last few years you have each come to understand compound thoughts and you’ve been monitoring critical thinking in most of the work you’ve done just to get to graduation. I think that what you’ve come to understand here is related to how to find and enjoy-the-hell out of life itself. Most people don’t NEED College, they never have and they never will. And since most will spend our lives being students anyway; why complicate it and hold yourselves back by spending a full third of your life as a formal-student when you could already be living a real life, just after you pick up your diploma here?’
I tried to use what that nun said, from then on. So when I was appointed to the Air Force Academy in 1959 by the then Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Senator Robert S. ‘Bob’ Kerr of Oklahoma: I thought about it, and checked out the contract. After I discovered that I would need to “give” the military 22 years just to become a pilot, I declined the appointment.
From that day forward I began to try and live life on my own terms, and by and large I have never really looked back. I’ve also been very lucky, so I cannot say that this is anything that I actually did alone. Most of my high school friends went the other way, beginning with college. Most of those I stayed in touch with are brain-dead now; locked into all the lies and the continual denials that haunt their every decision, but of course some are happy as well. Each of us, in some way, chose early on what we wanted our lives to be. And now because of this global situation those choices, of necessity, have come up for re-examination. In some ways these choices and the results of those choices seem so very far away from our collective youth; and yet to many those yesterday’s seem like only an eye blink away.
Life & Death have changed me over these many years; just as it has changed millions of others. This has happened so often that it is impossible to know how this all happened. The trials, the failures and the passions that each of these bits and pieces played in what has led me to this point, were mostly unexpected. But looking back there were many very critical changes in the course of my flawed but almost never boring life, that I simply wanted to have and to experience.
I would wish this joy for others, except that real-experience like freedom cannot be given away to anyone else; because it must be lived if it is to be real. All of whatever your life has been or would be, must be lived minute by minute and day by day and choice by choice!
Death comes to all of us, at some point, but it is not death that we need to fear; rather it is the wasting of the life we were given to do something with, that actually matters. Life is always out there waiting to embrace us whenever we have the guts to risk everything just to dance with universe once more. That can only happen after we have learned to trust both ourselves and the universe which is represented by this LIFE that can be the most challenging part of what our individual lives have always been about. However for those that never chose to leave their teenage years, I can feel nothing; because they are still laboring to AVOID every opportunity to use their gifts for anything except their own myopic selves. For far too many the MOTTO of their lives can be summed up this way: “Instant gratification takes too long”!
For those that have adopted this point of view ‘life’ has been reduced to one long shopping spree in a world without content or convictions and where neither ‘joy’ nor ‘pleasure’ are able to find any place to exist. For most of those that chose this path their lives are just a loop of continuous “roles” which they play at fulfilling in the unseen-movie they wrote and directed and are now starring in. This problem looks a lot like Facebook and all those mini-websites that feature them and all their favorite things: millions if not billions of pages but without a real script or any real challenges: Mostly it’s just reports sort of like postcards from the edge of their own private oblivion. Given these conditions it becomes very hard to detect the ‘life’ beneath the posturing. It is really beyond sad that so many failed to pick up their personal torches that could have helped them to choose life over safety, living over artificial-security and freedom over slavery. So now when the choice of resistance over UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER is waiting in the wings for our decisions: This becomes very difficult for way too many.
Life, just like Freedom is not free. It makes demands on all of us and what we each decide can make all the difference in the world. If we choose not to fight for the freedom that was your birthright, then while you might still be able to breathe and eat and sleep, for all intents and purposes you are dead already. And as for your so-called life, that can be nothing but dead-birds and broken glass as far as the eye can see, and your life will be consumed by the ashes of the fires you will have enabled by failing not just yourselves but the wider world of which we are all a part; as well!
The book of life is ours to write and edit as well as to review and live for ourselves. It is available to each of us according to our choices. It is this “right” that the STATE has STOLEN from each and every one of us. No part of our lives still belongs to us: Because inside every word, every deed, and every thought there is this foreign-agent who is always present.The STATE has taken charge of REALITY and that now rules over everything we must now do according to their dictates-and this is no longer in doubt.
It’s time to fight, but how to do that when you’ve spent your life avoiding the inconvenient truths that now clutter-up your every thought? Still the day may yet come, but only if and when we finally decide to “question everything” AGAIN!
On October 10, 2015, I launched a two-hour show radio show every Saturday night on American Freedom Radio.
It is now almost three years since I initially launched the show and decided that my followers here at AfterHollywood.Online might enjoy hearing some of my thoughts on the state of American and the world at that time. A lot of it still applies to right here right now in 2018.
In the very near future, I’ll be launching a brand new podcast that is in pre-production right now, and as I formulate the new show, I openly share with you my last show. (Remnants and Luminaries).
The new show? It will be of course: “AfterHollywood.Online.” I think you’ll like it and it will be a different format than any other show I’ve done.
Make it a great day, enjoy your weekend and remember to do something kind and extraordinary for someone that makes a positive difference in their life.
One final note: Think about how much things have changed since 2015 and think about where we are in 2018 during the mid-term elections. It is a wild ride! Since this recording was made, I did acquire an iPhone 7s because it is just a necessity in America in 2018. May my comments inspire you and don’t hesitate to reach out to me any time you have a comment, question or a connection to share. Peace happy followers!
Reminiscing About How Hollywood Used to be by Mitch Santell
Over the years, Kevin Spacey has been one of my favorite actors. There is an authentic intensity to how he takes on a character in a scene that I have seen in few other actors.
Here are three brief scenes with Mr. Spacey that still get me every time.
Swimming With Sharks • 1994
The Usual Suspects • 1992
House of Cards * 2017
Now that Kevin Spacey is gone, here is what the Hollywood Reporter had to say:
The character, formerly played by Kevin Spacey, was written out of the show after the actor and executive producer was fired following sexual assault allegations. Production on the forthcoming sixth and final season of the Netflix drama was shut down so the story could be reworked to send Frank six feet under. Ahead of its Nov. 2 return, Netflix has already confirmed that Frank is indeed dead (following the events of the book on which the series is based). The political drama will not waste any time in revealing Frank’s fate.
“We didn’t want to be coy about it and we didn’t want to run away from it,” co-showrunner Melissa James Gibson explained Wednesday during The Hollywood Reporter‘s TV Talks series at New York’s 92nd Street Y, where she was joined by executive producer Frank Pugliese and stars Robin Wright and Michael Kelly for a discussion after a screening of the season six premiere.
“It would have been a big mistake to in any way pretend that the character didn’t exist or to erase the character somehow,” she added of confronting Spacey’s departure. “Our way forward — the way we figured out the way forward — was basically to dig into the DNA of the show and honor the seeds of it and figure out what made sense as the next step.”
The next step is the legacy of President Claire Underwood, a storyline that had been set up in the season five finale that aired nearly six months before Spacey’s ultimate dismissal from the series. Last season, Claire moved into the White House after exiling her husband, Frank, and ended the finale with two, series-defining words spoken directly to the camera.
“Claire this season, there’s a lot of reckoning. She’s reckoning with her past with Francis and setting her own course and her own terms — which was happening anyway,” Gibson said of Claire’s rise and Frank’s fall. “This has been an organic progression. Season five ended with her looking into the camera and saying, ‘My turn.’”
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Parting shot: (No worries to you gentlemen who are worried about Mr. Spacey harassing you. Kevin has had his career at the studios shredded like dozens and dozens of other actors. Why? Although I am not saying that Mr. Spacey’s conduct may not have been appropriate, Kevin is now out for good). I won’t be writing about Mr. Spacey again!