Let’s Go To The Movies

Another beautiful Saturday and a day to kick back and enjoy some mental relief……

Movies.  What I will write about is the historical context of a new movie, The Promise….personally I NO longer make the trip to see movies in theaters…..I have a problem with the price and then there is the highway robbery from the “snack bar”…..These days I either rent or buy the movies I would like to watch……

I will probably get this movie simply because of the historic context……

“The Promise” is a movie about the Armenian Genocide of 1915 (World War 1)…..

In 1915, leaders of the Turkish government set in motion a plan to expel and massacre Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. Though reports vary, most sources agree that there were about 2 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire at the time of the massacre. By the early 1920s, when the massacres and deportations finally ended, some 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenians were dead, with many more forcibly removed from the country. Today, most historians call this event a genocide–a premeditated and systematic campaign to exterminate an entire people. However, the Turkish government does not acknowledge the enormity or scope of these events. Despite pressure from Armenians and social justice advocates throughout the world, it is still illegal in Turkey to talk about what happened to Armenians during this era.

Source: Armenian Genocide – Facts & Summary – HISTORY.com

I will not go see this I will wait….but if some of my readers are so inclined to view this then I want to help….and they could learn a little history that most of the world has tried to forget……

Source: The Promise Movie Review

Of course this will have the “Hollywood” spin to it…..it is done to make the audience more into the movie…..love story, armed conflict and dialog…..

The Genocide happened, even if the US refuses to acknowledge it, but that will be about as far as the “real” story will go….the rest will be “Hollywood” spin…..

Enjoy your day and get some rest and some fun into your life…..this is it for today my friends….I will be back tomorrow for more stuff…..be well, be safe…..chuq

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19 thoughts on “Let’s Go To The Movies

  1. Sex and violence will sell it. If there isn’t any sex or violence in it then it won’t make a dime at the box office. I understand the Turkish Government is banning it.

    1. I agree and it is a shame because it is a helluva story without adding crap to it. The Turks refuse to admit to the genocide and the US will not say it is so either….Have a great day….chuq

      1. Must not have been then … might have been confused for something else entirely …I see that the US will not give terror a name either … I cannot see the problem here ….

      2. Over million killed for no other reason than their position in the region….fretting over what to call a fake war and the elimination of an entire ethnic group and there is no difference? Sorry cannot agree

      3. How about the possibility that the whole thing was some kind of false flag? Why is everybody so determined to deny it happened?

      4. False Flag? Do not think so….they are afraid that someone will want money for this act and Turkey wants to stay in NATO which will not be possible if they admit what they did

      5. Why would anybody want to remain in NATO? NATO is about as useless as the UN!

      6. Maybe so but there are a lot of people that depend on NATO for the protection….even the Trump dude has reversed his thought that it is worthless…..

      7. Depending on protection is one thing and actually getting it is quite another. I am sure when the chips are down many members of NATO will find reasons not to go to the aid of their charges …

  2. I don’t go to movies either, nor do I watch them from home. A long, long time ago, I realized that the story-line was trumped by the money-making process. Doctor Zhivago, a wonderful historical novel about the Russian Revolution, was depicted as little more than a love story, but with exquisite cinematography.

    From another blog, I learned that a movie about Japan needed to ave Scarlet Johansen in the title role. They do have tremendous actors and actresses in Japan. But, maybe the producer thought that American T & A would attract the American Pervert Audience.

    In essence, today’s movies seem to subjugate the whole process to paying some (often) washed-up actor/actress to draw the movie-goers, and only the minimum consideration is even to the actual story–script, director, supporting cast, etc. And, are car chase and action scenes now required?

    By the way, it is my understanding that very little of the percentage of the revenue draw goes to the theaters, on a relative basis, and they need to sell the over-priced snacks to cover their fixed costs. Read the book: they’re generally better!

    1. Name sells….sadly. I agree with the book thing…..sad that they cannot make a true to life movie but real life is boring in the movies….chuq

      1. A great British movie, “The Man Who Never Was”, about the cadaver, whose quite recent life was re-created, by a man shipping-out in WWII. The cadaver, with a courier satchel chained to he wrist, was cast adrift–off Calais–with fictitious plans of an Invasion of Calais. This charade caused Rommel to hold nine panzer divisions out of the Battle at Normandy.

  3. In my last comment, I suggested reading the book; because, they are normally much better. Well, I just finished “Manchurian Candidate”, by Richard Condon and, in this particular case, the old movie is significantly much, much better. So, there are exceptions to My Rule!

  4. Ah, movies; the ultimate tool for manipulation, a vast improvement on the written word. I agree with you and cheekos about books, but, then, with books one has the benefit of distance from the story, with the time to process it. Thomas Carlyle wrote that the 3 pillars of western civilization were gunpowder, printing, and the Protestant Religion, a proposition for which there are good arguments. Movies are the evolution of printing, with the ability to spread illusion far and wide to those who do not read well, & thus are not as practiced at assessing the relative truths with which they are engrossed, encouraging belief rather than critical thought….And, belief is the death of learning…

    Fun, though, eh?….

    gigoid, the dubious

  5. Despite the presence of Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, undoubtedly actors of considerable talent, making this into some kind of love story is rather unforgivable. I will wait for a TV showing, I think.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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