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BREATHLESS IN 524 FRAMES PER SECOND

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“Experimental film maker Gerard Courant has taken Jean-Luc Godard’s classic  French film from 1960 Breathless, and sped up it (or compressed it as he prefers to call it) into a four minute movie.

The French title of Godard’s debut film is À bout de souffle which translates to English as “out of breath.” Courant’s compression is most likely a play on the title.

What I find interesting about the compression is the way it brings Godard’s style and the American noir films he was inspired by to the foreground. The nervous energy of the film, the pans and tracking shots, cigarettes smoked, automobiles in motion, zooms, jump-cuts, and close-ups, all create an angular yet fluid motion that seems driven by forces of destiny – the movie is tumbling into a dark void of betrayal and its opposite – yin and yanging to the beat beat beat of a heart in the throes of atrial tachycardia. No time to catch your breath – you’re breathless.

Fucking with Godard’s masterpiece is very Godardian.  If, as Godard claims, “cinema is truth at 24 frames per second” what is cinema at 524 frames per second”

— va Dangerous Minds

VIEWER BEWARE

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The video clip (below)  is an excellent example of the reason that we cannot trust ANYTHING we see on film, video, television, Facebook, etc. to be “real”.  The art of Computer Generated Imaging (CGI) in the film and television industry is now so highly developed that the viewing audience cannot distinguish between reality and fantasy.  When this technology is applied as intentional disinformation in the hands of those who desire to confuse and control us, let the Viewer beware!  How do we know what is “true”.  How can we determine what is intentional disinformation or propaganda?

Here is a excerpt from the book THE OZ FACTORS that addresses this subject:

“5/ SHE FELL FROM A STAR

             “Come out, come out, wherever you are and meet the young lady who fell from a star … “–Glinda sings to the Munchkins in ‘The Wizard of Oz’

             False information, less diplomatically stated, could be called lies. Sometimes lies are unintentional. Sometimes lies are intentional. Regardless, false is false, and we need to inspect all the information we receive to ensure that it is not false.

            One way to know if information is false is to determine whether the information helps us achieve a workable solution or does it lead toward continued mystery.

            Such scrutiny may seem obvious, but few people critically examine information they receive. Whether the information has to do with the meaning of life or how to bake a better chocolate chip cookie, it is wise to put the information to the test before using it to develop any theories or before taking action based upon it.

            Logically, before we go skipping down the Yellow Brick Road into the unknown, a few simple precautions might prove useful.

            Precaution 1: Does the information contain actual statistics or documented evidence or is it just a broad, sweeping generalized statement?

            The morning newspaper headlines have propagandized a recent political effort to take guns away from the citizens with broad, general statements like: “Street gangs are sweeping the country! The youth of America are all killing each other with illegal handguns!”

           The Oz Factors, by Lawrence R. Spencer Of course, no violent deaths are acceptable. But, when was the last time you personally observed a street gang shoot-out? Check out the facts: In 1990 there were 971 black youths and 942 white youths under the age of 18 who were victims of homicide in the United States. Hardly an epidemic compared to a total of 9,923 total people killed with handguns in the same year.

            By contrast, 12,400 people were killed by accidental falls. So, why don’t the newspapers have headlines about “The Terrible Tragedy of Gravity”?

            More than 28,642 people committed suicide in 1990 and 69,225 died of pneumonia or flu. Cigarette smoking was a major killer with 78,380 deaths from emphysema. Meanwhile, in a real, honest-to-god-epidemic, 476,927 people died of cancer! How much effort is being made by the propaganda machines of big government to prevent smoking which is one of the principle causes of cancer?

            False information is also spread simply by failing to include all of the correct information or including too much information.

            Precaution 2: Does the information help your survival? Is it destructive? Is it just plain upsetting?

            Asking the news media to report “the truth” is like asking a fly crawling on a cow pie for an accurate description of the cow. The kind of information we receive from the morning news on television or in newspapers or ‘Time’ magazine is, factually, very often highly spin-doctored, altered and misinterpreted. The so-called “news” is nothing more than a very tiny slice of the most shocking, disastrous, upsetting, tragic, gruesome, inhumane events which these sources painstakingly cut from the relatively large and lovely pie of life.        This “news” is gathered from isolated sources, at great expense and selectively edited using the most sensationally colored prose imaginable. Yet the mainstream media news neglect to report the fact that billions of people and billions of other life forms on this planet are enjoying happy lives–no thanks to them!

            Does reading or hearing about every single psychopathic rape/murder/theft/mayhem/disaster that occurs anywhere on the entire planet really improve the quality of your life or happiness? Or is this information you can more happily live without?

             6/ THE RUBY SLIPPERS

             “Take special care of those Ruby Slippers. I want those most of all!”–The Wicked Witch of the West in ‘The Wizard of Oz’

             Definition: Vested Interest–1/ a survival or non-survival plan or agenda which has been “clothed” to make it seem like something other than what it actually is; 2/ any person, group or entity which prevents or controls communication to serve their own purposes.

            Example: Governments control communication between the people of their country. You must get a passport to travel to another country. You must pass through a customs’ inspection in order to enter the country. You must pay taxes (money is a form of communication). You must get a license to get married or go into business.

            Example: Religions prevent and control communication between people and the gods, saints and spirits. You have to pay the priest money for him to “bless” you or to “absolve” you of “sin” as a supposed representative of the god(s).

            Example: A husband usually tries to prevent communication between his wife and other potential lovers.

            What would happen if you could safely communicate with everything and everyone?

            Political, religious and financial vested interests, typically, DO NOT want people to answer this question. The reason is simple: if you could safely communicate with anyone or anything, they would be out of business!

            Such institutions very frequently determine what we are allowed to believe by feeding us their version of “the truth”. Our “belief” in their version of “the truth” is usually backed up by the threat of death, imprisonment, excommunication or bankruptcy.

            All human beings have flesh bodies. Flesh bodies require food, shelter, clothing and as many other goods and creature comforts as one can buy, borrow or pillage. This seems to be a common denominator of survival. It is also a source of illogical thinking which has tended to clog the water mains of our minds with all manner of unspeakable refuse: namely, our vested interest in survival.

            Survival requires stuff, and stuff costs money and money takes work. This often means that we must each pretend to “like” someone or “believe” in something–that we could actually care less about–for the sake of “earning a living”.”

Boardwalk Empire VFX Breakdowns of Season 2 from Brainstorm Digital on Vimeo.

The Emmy award-winning team at Brainstorm Digital has put together the before and after shots from season 2 of HBO’s hit series “Boardwalk Empire”. (courtesy of Home Box Office, Inc) www.brainstorm-digital.com. Twitter: @BrainstormVFX.

NEW ORDER ORDER ‘MERICA — WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

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The “immigrants” who sought freedom and opportunity in North America were our forefathers and fore-mothers (mostly Europeans) mixed with a relatively small number of slaves and slave labor from Africa and Asia. “Americans” inherited the legacy of their hard work, greed, murderous conquest of the indigenous natives, and desire to survive by overcoming all physical and financial obstacles.
Ideologically, “freedom” and “democracy” sounds reasonable. Historically, neither have ever lasted more than a few hundred years in any nation on Earth.
The Karma of our ancestors, and OUR actions in the present, seem to be moving our “civilization” toward the control of the Caucasian “elite” — a economic class, self-appointed as the “New World Order”. This tiny minority are international bankers, secret societies of criminals, perverts, pedophiles and global corporations who control mass-media, the US military and other hidden forces.
Socialism (just like in Russia and China) is coming to the US, enabled by money manufactured by Rothschild banks, made legal by a corrupt criminal class (Congress), propagandized by Hollywood, “the media”, enforced by the military / police and maintained by the “security state” (NSA, DARPA, CIA, HLS, et. al.) and global electronic surveillance apparatus of satellites, social media apps and drones.
Obviously, our “democratic elections” are a fraud and have no influence over who controls our government, economics or “freedom”.
I don’t know if “Americans” can change the “collective Karma” of accumulated atrocities our citizens have committed against the 100 million Indigenous people who were slaughtered between 1492 and 1910. Or, the millions of people US soldiers have killed in endless invasions of foreign nations around the world since 1776. The dead are dead. RIP.
However, we can still change ourselves as individual spiritual beings. We change our minds. We can change ourselves. We must continue to live into the future of Planet Earth. It could be a paradise, but it’s looking a lot more like Hell every day, unless stop agreeing with our past.

THEY LIVE

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OBEYThey Live is a 1988 American science fiction-horror film directed by John Carpenter.  The film follows a nameless drifter referred to as “Nada”, who discovers the ruling class within the moneyed elite are in fact aliens managing human social affairs through the use of a signal on top of the TV broadcast, concealing their appearance and subliminal messages in mass media.   This is a clip from the famous “sunglasses” scene: “I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass.  And, I’m all out of bubble bum….”

The idea for They Live came from two sources: a short story called “Eight O’Clock in the Morning” by Ray Nelson, originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in the 1960s, involving an alien invasion in the tradition of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and a story called “Nada” from the Alien Encounters comic book.  John Carpenter describes Nelson’s story as “…a D.O.A. type of story, in which a man is put in a trance by a stage hypnotist. When he awakens, he realizes that the entire human race has been hypnotized, and that alien creatures are controlling humanity. He has only until eight o’clock in the morning to solve the problem.

The more political elements of the film are derived from Carpenter’s growing distaste with the ever-increasing commercialization of 1980s popular culture and politics. He remarked, “I began watching TV again. I quickly realized that everything we see is designed to sell us something… It’s all about wanting us to buy something. The only thing they want to do is take our money.” To this end, Carpenter thought of sunglasses as being the tool to seeing the truth, which “is seen in black and white. It’s as if the aliens have colorized us. That means, of course, that Ted Turner is really a monster from outer space.” (Turner had received some bad press in the 1980s for colorizing classic black-and-white movies.) The director commented on the alien threat in an interview, “They want to own all our businesses. A Universal executive asked me, ‘Where’s the threat in that? We all sell out every day.’ I ended up using that line in the film.” The aliens were deliberately made to look like ghouls according to Carpenter, who said: “The creatures are corrupting us, so they, themselves, are corruptions of human beings.”

Because the screenplay was the product of so many sources: a short story, a comic book, and input from cast and crew, Carpenter decided to use the pseudonym “Frank Armitage,” an allusion to one of the filmmaker’s favorite writers, H. P. Lovecraft (Frank Armitage is a character in Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror). Carpenter has always felt a close kinship with Lovecraft’s worldview and according to the director, “Lovecraft wrote about the hidden world, the “world underneath.” His stories were about gods who are repressed, who were once on Earth and are now coming back. The world underneath has a great deal to do with They Live.” — (Wikipedia.org)