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In the Fold

March 25, 2017

This is one of those movies I saw on tv, missed half of it, but remembered pieces of until I re-found it.

And it is actually better than I remembered it. That seems to be the minority view, but why am I not surprised. If I went with what was popular, I would be out protesting for transgenders to invade rest rooms, Muslim rapists to invade Westerners, and yelling that Hussein Obola is the messiah. But, I don’t like popular human opinion, it’s equal to the plague.

Why Hollywood makes movies for the world instead of Americans

January 21, 2016

This also has the effect of promoting anti American values, rather than American values, although these days even American values have been degraded and corrupted by the Left in time.

The reason for the design difference is where the money comes from.

An American centered film uses 75 million to make 100-200 million in the American audience which includes making its budget +25% in one week, but also gets 500 million in total overseas vs 300 million total domestic, estimated of course. These numbers are rounded approximately.

Whereas an international centered film, one designed for foreign audiences, like 2012, tends to make less than its budget in America, 166 million vs the 200 million budget, while making the super majority of its profit back from international income, 603 million.

An American centered film, makes 300/800, whereas foreign audiences provide 500/800 million. And that’s one of the better ratios.

Thus until Hollywood is taxed on their foreign exportation, their culture will continue to become unAmerican, antiAmerican, and everything else for that matter. Because part of human nature is to do what is profitable, what gives better returns.

As for wealth redistribution and taking money from the rich to feed the poor, it’s long past due for a progressive profit tax on these foreign exported Hollywood movies. 50-90%, I believe, is the going rate, depending on profit size, in income gaps. If America is going to suffer a cultural decadence and corruption effect from producing and creating films designed to profit from foreign cultures, America might as well profit from it, not merely the directors, stars, and producers. The Left, however, doesn’t apply their rules to themselves. The Leftist alliance is a WMD designed to destroy Western civilization, thus their rules are only an initiation of force and devastation, they do not plan to follow them.

Fandoms (kingdoms) vs Corporate Hierarchies in lawsuits: Star Trek holders and Axanar in conflict

January 15, 2016

I wrote a comment in reply to this pov on the title subject, so I’ll archive it here as well.

I See BS is using a passive income milking technique, often seen in Triple A PC game title producers.

It’s the mainstream marketing method, that puts a lot of money in, to get a lot of money out, relying on the mainstream, the 51% of the market, to buy the product.

But that means the fans, the fanatics, are left out. The niche markets, are ignored. That is rather ironic, since it was the fans who maintained the culture around the universe, the fictional world, being sold for entertainment. The word of mouth value, of the brand, is priceless. It cannot be rated, if CBS tried to pay someone to advertise to that extent, CBS would go broke immediately.

In a Kickstarter, the fans are the investors, the people pushing the money to pay for the production. They are not merely the consumers who can be ignored, because the investors, stock owners, and directors of CBS have determined so.

The economic article covers the history in greater length. Content creators have higher priority in the world market these days, than passive income mainstream status quo powers that be. The mainstream large title holders can buy rights to whatever they want, because they can outbid other people, but they cannot enslave the creative imaginations of the human population. They cannot lay claim to what original content creators produce, merely because they “own a license”. That would be like claiming one owns the “right to fire” because you killed the inventors behind human made fire, and now claim that everyone who uses fire and who makes fire, is using your “property”. It’s the difference between 1830 Democrat slave barons and 1930 corporate employees. It’s a moral difference, not merely an economic one, nor a legal fiction.

If people who like Star Trek’s post scarcity dream of a human society built upon cooperation rather than competition, first they will have to demonstrate that de-centralized communities, fandoms, are more efficient and more competitive than the large conglomerates and corporations at large. That is ironic in one sense, but also fitting. If “ownership” and “property” is no longer necessary in Star Trek’s universe, what then is left for people to do? Find challenges to overcome and improve their own selves.

Of course it isn’t easy figuring out the solution that benefits everyone. It’s not meant to be easy. It wouldn’t be worth anything if it was easy. If it was easy, you could just have a CBS buy it out and it would now be a “franchise” you can consume, but it is not and it won’t be.

Japanese visual novels have been brought to the US market through liasion services, using Kickstarter and crowd funding. This is with a LANGUAGE and cultural barrier. With a distance barrier and enormous licensing issues with many different US or Japanese factions. Yet it was the “fans” that created the company, Sekai Project and others, and it was the fans that did the translation. They acquired “negotiation leverage” because they had demographic data and a significant amount of funding, to offer Japanese companies that are starving for money.

Entities like CBS only care about the money. Stockholder issues and CEO prestige. If the fans seem weak and gullible, CBS will extract an appropriate extortion fee every once in awhile, when they need the cash. If people wish for a more equitable relationship, they will have to bring some serious cash and leverage to the negotiations table. That’s how human society works, before it ever becomes post scarcity, post property. Fortunately for them, it has been done before, and it’s not like Star Trek communities lack the organizational infrastructure. They are merely… too beholden to the ideal of a property less ideal, that they probably don’t want to think about how to make money or exploit their own asset advantage (creating content). That’s why CBS doesn’t get it. They care only about the money and maybe their own ulterior motives. It’s not merely a lawyer problem, but also a cultural problem. Even if the factions speak the same language.

If you want a company that licenses and produces films by sub contracting out to fan organizations… then do it yourself. Relying on corporate top down hierarchies, isn’t going to get the job done. Top down hierarchies are extremely inefficient, especially when it comes to projects of passion and creativity.

Reviewing the movies of Akira Kurosawa

October 8, 2014

After the Rain made quite an impression on me. After I watched some other Japanese movies, I didn’t get the same feeling so I did some research to find out why.

The war now ended, Kurosawa, absorbing the democratic ideals of the Occupation, sought to make films that would establish a new respect towards the individual and the self. The first such film, No Regrets for Our Youth (1946), inspired by both the 1933 Takigawa incident and the Hotsumi Ozaki wartime spy case, criticized Japan’s prewar regime for its political oppression.


Kurosawa’s is a heroic cinema, a series of dramas (mostly) concerned with the deeds and fates of larger-than-life heroes. Stephen Prince has identified the emergence of the unique Kurosawa protagonist with the immediate post-World War II period. The goal of the American Occupation to replace Japanese feudalism with individualism coincided with the director’s artistic and social agenda: “Kurosawa welcomed the changed political climate and sought to fashion his own mature cinematic voice.”[204] The Japanese critic Tadao Sato concurs: “With defeat in World War II, many Japanese … were dumbfounded to find that the government had lied to them and was neither just nor dependable. During this uncertain time Akira Kurosawa, in a series of first-rate films, sustained the people by his consistent assertion that the meaning of life is not dictated by the nation but something each individual should discover for himself through suffering.”[205] The filmmaker himself remarked that, during this period, “I felt that without the establishment of the self as a positive value there could be no freedom and no democracy.”

I wondered why so many Americans liked the Seven Samurai movie. As well as why some Japanese like Wild West Westerners from the US.

The idea of the individual hero fighting for or against society, however, does explain many things. After all, it’s something I myself came to a similar conclusion on after a voyage on learning about evil.

Japan is still a nation moved by group politics and social consensus or social Will, but it still has a great amount of individual will in certain sub cultures and entertainment venues. Far more than is the case in America herself these days. It’s somewhat reversed. In America, our Hollywood entertainment, education, police, and political circles are all corrupted for one reason or another, leaving only certain types of groups (gun owners) to have the requisite experience and virtue to act as individuals. Everyone else is too afraid of their Boos or Social Authority to disobey. In Japan, individual private ownership and will can be seen in the otaku culture as well as Japan’s educational corporations and schools, but submit to the security of the group via the Japanese Defense forces and the local police units. In America, we rely on personal arms and other warrior esque training to protect ourselves, our families, or our communities. The police doesn’t really do much except clean up the bodies. Even the deadly Marathon bombings a few years ago were stopped by a citizen that escaped his captivity at the hands of Islamic terrorists inside the US and reported the location and vehicle type of his captors, resulting in their death/capture. Meanwhile the police were shutting down entire city sectors and finding nobody useful.

So I don’t think Kurosawa failed. To him, living in a Japan ruled mostly by social rules or authority laws, it might seem that nothing much changed. To an American that can tell the difference between individual strength/freedom and social obedience, Japan didn’t turn out too bad. Certainly when compared to China or modern US culture. With patriots like Kurosawa working to improve their culture and people, there’s always life and thus hope for improvement.

The problem is always when evil manifests and works against life. Then evil must be killed. Who is going to do it when American generations can’t even defend their own pathetic lives against murderers and serial killers?

You can read more about this on those links. After the Rain brought to me a lot of the individual heroic qualities I saw in Seven Samurai. So I’m just going to view all of them, if I can.

Being There

May 23, 2014

Chauncey Gardner, I heard that name before for Hussein O. It was a pretty good movie. If Hollywood produced that kind of subtlety in the 21st century, things would be better, but they aren’t.

Groundhog’s Day Semi Review

February 3, 2014

I found this methodical synopsis and chronology check to be the most agreeable in terms of content. Though very spoilerish.

Then I wrote a comment about it.

Phil mostly saw women as an entertainment venue, like a party, and not as a life partner. Mostly he had no life apart from his pleasures and social status.

Once he got stuck in God’s sand glass, he pursued pleasure to the ends of the Earth, and found it meaningless. Thus individuals that did not get conquered by him easily, or at all, started to take on a more meaningful, existential, value. They were harder to get. Harder to get, meant more valuable and more rare, to the person that can have everything and anything, within the limits of his hourglass prison. The grass is always greener on the outside. Attraction is felt much better from a balanced dose of courtship and prioritization of greater goals.

Phil’s “efforts” amounted to no more than the PUArtist’s desire to get sex and babes, for personal and social status elevation. It was only when he achieved satoh or enlightenment, and gave up his worldly desires, that he began on the road to pursuing beauty as a goal in and of itself, not merely as a utility for man. The ice sculpture pointed out that the time was already there for him, mostly.

Phil was given a kind of immortality. Pleasure and ultimate domain over his territory (or prison) went through a cycle of acceptance and rejection. Then at a certain point, his spirit and soul was freed from his human constraints, thus achieving escape. Phil could no more let someone die in his domain than he would allow his employees to perform badly, because it reflected badly on him. But while in the beginning it was a sort of grand narcissistic campaign to elevate his own status in his own eye, eventually he truly came to care for those in his domain, his eternal prison. Even though he had attained or been given a special place amongst Creation itself, he had not the power to reverse time, reverse death, create life, or anything of the kind attributed to true Divine Power. So he sought the closest emulation, spiritual and physical perfection through effort and will. Phil obtained power, and in obtaining power he also obtained the weight of responsibility. Yet for all that, his power could not exceed the realm of the Divine, the absolute Equality of Death. When he was a weak plaything of his own desires, Phil could never look up at the Divine powers that were above him and truly respect the greater powers that be. Phil had never had such powers and believed that anyone who did, would be weak or evil or a gluttony for pleasure. That’s how he became when he acquired almost divine level immortality. Only when a person truly becomes strong, independent, and willful of mind, soul, and body, judging for himself, by himself, can he look up above at the cosmos and recognize the difference between the scales of power that differentiates the mortals and the immortals. Those that are limited by death and those who are not limited by death. Phil could only save a limited number of people, yet he knew the power to save life and transcend death existed, he was proof of it.

From someone who watches a lot of Japanese and Eastern cultural/historical/philosophy based material, it was an unexpected story and movie. The title was somewhat misleading too.

Someone previously told me that my reaction to movies is mostly because of what I bring to it, which is true. It doesn’t necessarily apply to anyone else. And when the masses often like to convince the “public” that a certain viewpoint is right, I also tend to react predictably.

Pacific Rim : Movie Review

January 23, 2014

When this movie started, it had an interesting definition of the word kaiju or sea monster. It’s a Japanese word. I started thinking of whether this movie was really going to be about Japanese themes or whether this is just some knock off cheap copy.

It turned out quite well. I think the turning point for me was when the first 20% of the movie backstory and intro/prologue were over, and I started hearing Japanese. At this moment in time, I read subtitles almost automatically due to configuring my brain through long habit in multi tasking and seeing things out of the peripheral vision areas. Good for martial arts as well when facing enemies. Because of the speed I read the subtitles at, I couldn’t tell whether I heard the Japanese and thought in Japanese and translated it to English, or whether reading the English subtitles allowed me to figure out what the Japanese is. The Japanese language definitely makes a stronger impact on me emotionally for the stronger emotions. English is very good for self discipline, suppression of emotions, and figuring out social body language. At least that’s the way I am configured.

This movie is essentially about giants battling it out between humanity’s annihilation and invaders from X. The human part comes in the form of the Image, the vision of bipedal motion, human pilots, and the Drift (a buddy system between two pilots). The buddy system is also used in US Marine Corps boot camp training, marriage between a man and a woman, as well as anime like Buddy Complex.

I was never bored. It didn’t feel like Hollywood special effects. I try to imagine it as a sort of live action Mecha series, and the image character doesn’t break. That’s a high level of compatibility with Japanese themes for them to be able to sustain the “image” so well.

Another kaiju themed series is Heroic Age. Watched that series like 4-6 times. Very enjoyable. Schlock’s Mercenary author was right though. For fans of Japanese meta creations and kaiju themed monster movies, this is a solid work. A lot of East meets West vibes going on in the movie.

P.S. I did notice at the end that they started talking about obvious stuff as a sort of narration. Obvious stuff which I already knew about because the movie showed it to me 2 seconds ago. If they want to use up movie time with that kind of stuff, they should discuss the “statistics” of the Jaeger weapons in full detail, instead of machine gun spitting it out in 4 seconds because they think the audience will be bored of technobabble. It’s actually very important to know the difference between why this Jaeger uses a plasma cannon vs that Jaeger using a hydraulic punch vs the other Jaeger that uses missiles. Code Geass did a very exciting job of explaining the different technical specifications of mechs and why they should matter to people who want to see human conflict.