16 March 2018


If you look in the middle there are actually a couple empty seats. Must not be a popular movie. 

I actually had a request from a reader (and thank you sir)  for me to follow up on a self suggestion about doing a post on why I no longer go the the cinema here in China. It was a gradual process and there are a few reasons for it. When I lived in Seattle I went to the movies as often as I could, usually paying for one movie then sneaking into a few others while there like some sort of teenage punk. Seattle also had a lot of art house cinemas, little theaters seating twenty or thirty people at the most and I did my fair share of those sorts of films during my ten years there. When I first arrived in China in 2004 it was quickly apparent my cinema house days were all but over. Back then there were not that many movie houses or theaters in cinema and most of them only played Chinese movies anyway. And when I say Chinese movies I mean weird, low budget stuff you have never heard of. Dreadfully bad anti-Japanese propaganda war films and dismal romance comedies or yet another goofy Monkey King epic. Also at that time if I remember correctly the limit for all foreign films total, not just Hollywood films, was about twenty films. That went up a couple years ago to thirty five or so films, with no foreign films at all being shown in February. Only films from the nationalist driven motherland will be shown during February every year. 

Can never get enough noble Chinese soldiers butchering the evil Japanese or Nationalists. 
These are the number one films produced in China each year in terms 
of total number made and revenue earned. People love 'em. 

And while I like movies I must say that over the years here I have seen only about a dozen films in the theaters. There are lots more theaters now and most are of the super metroplex variety, and there are are also quite a few iMax theaters here now. There is an iMax and large metroplex now about fifteen minutes by bus from where I reside now. But, I have not been to a movie here over five years I am sure. I cannot even remember the last movie the wife and I watched together in China though I think it was either some Marvel thing or Prometheus (which I actually liid and have seen a few times). If I think about it the last film we may  have seen in a theater was one in Bangkok Thailand, and that was that Coen Brothers b/w film about some jaded folk singer and a runaway cat. I liked it but forget the title now. I could look it up on IMDb to make myself sound professional,   but it is not that big a deal. So, why the heck did I stop going to the movies here? And how do I watch any at all then? Well, I will try to sort those puzzling questions  out in this soul searching post. I think the best way to do this is to try and remember what I wrote on a yellow stickie note that I left in another room and just do a list type of thing, since there are a few reasons. 

1) Just too many people going to movies anymore - In the early days my wife and I had some near empty theaters to watch movies in. Especially this was true of foreign films in English and other languages and Chinese people hate other languages. We also went in the afternoons on workdays a lot so in some cases the theater was practically empty back then. But all that began to change around maybe 2008 to 2010 or so.  Suddenly everybody wanted to go to movies in droves. There are a lot of damned people in China, so even if a “few” decide to see the English language version that few can be a packed mob.  It is a country where a small, quiet city is a place with only one or two million people. Soon I just felt like it was not any fun. Even the once empty afternoon shows were getting packed. 

2) The odd ticket buying process - I have a picture here of people lined up in front of the ticket stand. Lots of people. Like everywhere here. I can be hard to adjust to completely for an American who grew up on a farm in Texas and then moved to Seattle. While the line might look normal there is something different if you look closely at the computer monitors. They have to choose their seating. People here cannot just choose their own seats without it getting all out of hand I guess. I suppose there are other reasons for that here but it really friggin’ slows down an already slow process to have each person or group have to decide where it is they want to sit. This what you do when you are buying tickets to a rock concert but you do it weeks in advance! Chinese people have no issues with taking their time once they are at some counter. And the all the people behind the ones at the counter huffing and puffing in frustration will do the same thing once there are up there. It can take about five minutes or more if there are more than two people in the group. Too much to endure. And all the while you will have, of course, people breaking line in front of you and forget about telling them to get in line. If you do you have just insulted all Chinese people and five thousand years of sacred Chinese history and it can get hairy. Oh, that is one of those cultural difference that give the place its charm. 

All this to see Spiderman: Homecoming? 

3) The snack food sucks - They just do not eat the same stuff here we do and it is no joke they have chicken feet and oily, spicy tofu in the snack area. They have sugarless cotton candy and the most grisly little sweet tasting hot dog served on a stick with red pepper powder. Cokes usually do not ice, but ice is bad for your health. So do they at least have popcorn? Yea, only it is some weird sweet, sticky sweet popcorn. The way you can get it in China. There is no options other than some fancy, expensive popcorn shop (yea, a popcorn shop) that might have seaweed flavored popcorn. They have no idea you can have plain popcorn or salted or buttered popcorn. People here never eat butter. Scares them. They may drench their food with  recycled vegetable oil straight from the bottle as flavoring,  but not that weird yellow foreign stuff. And salt, bad for your health. Tons of MSG, no problem. No candy. Nothing. Maybe a Snickers bar for like five dollars. They even have hot water stands for the instant noodles in a cup. And then it is so fun to sit in the packed theater and hear the people slurping and smacking on those greasy chicken feet and sweet popcorn all through the movie. Yea. A couple times we were given complementary popcorn and I just left it on the floor it tasted so crappy. 

There is a myth Chinese people do not eat junk food or snack food.
No, they love it. It is just that all the snack foods here suck.

4) Movies here are expensive - When I say expensive I am talking about like twenty American dollars and up to see a movie in a crowded theater with no buttered popcorn. You may retort "yea, well that is what they cost in America too1" but most people here actually probably make about two or three dollars (6 to 12 rmb) an hour at their jobs. The only reasons we even went is because my wife is adept at finding things online, like discount movie tickets that were only like about six dollars for the movie. I think the last time we paid about sixteen bucks each at that was towards the end. Who ants to pay like forty bucks (240 rmb) for two people in China to see Captain America? But people here are willing to fork it out. You don't want to be the only one in your social group not to have seen Avatar ten times. You will be weird then. 

5) Chinese people can be really loud and love their smart phones - While many of our early movie ventures were cool because we went in the afternoon on a weekday we started to get more and more situations with packed theaters. And man sometimes it was too much. While many people are quiet and polite it only take a few dozen around you to spoil the experience. People just talking at the top of their voices. Chinese people actually often bellow to one another while standing a foot or two part. I used to think they were about to start fighting, but my wife would explain they were just discussing what to have for lunch. And yea, Chinese people are totally addicted to their smart phones and watching a movie is not going to keep them from chatting with friends. While it is usually in the form of texting on QQ or WeChat (the Chinese instant messaging services) it is still annoying because of the glow and the constant finger tapping sound. If you say anything, which I would not, it will only incite a scene and confrontation because, well, some poor soul just lost face. 

6) Foreign movies get edited here - My best example of this would be our trip to see Jurassic Park when it was re-released. I did a post on that adventure here. They cut out every jump scare. Like the goat leg scene, and Samual L. Jackson’s arm falling on Laura Dern, and even the lawyer on the toilet getting eaten scene.  Ridiculous. It was deemed to harsh for delicate chinese people.  As well they will trim anything the government decides makes China look poor or unsophisticated, like panning camera shots of old buildings in Shanghai, like in one of the Mission Impossible films.  China only has shiny modern buildings you know. 

7) They only promote Hollywood blockbusters - Remember, I said earlier they only allow about thirty five foreign films a year here. This includes films from South Korea and Japan and everywhere else as well.  Chinese people do love what is called 美国大片mei guo da pian, or basically Big American Movies. Blockbusters. The theaters and most movie goers here have no interest in independent films or art films. That is not to say all Chinese movie watchers feel this way and many young people seek out old movies like The Midnight Cowboy or A Streetcar Named Desire online through streaming sites or as downloads and share there thought on sites like Dou Ban, the Chinese IMDb. My wife leaves her opinion on very movie she watches there and shares the comments with me since I cannot read Chinese.  

But theaters only want what people will pay that twenty to thirty dollars to see, sometimes over and over. Some people here saw Avatar like dozens of times. Oh, I saw that one in the theater here too. They wold have continued to see it over and over, but the government pulled it from the theaters because, strangely, it was too popular and making too much money and made the Chinese movie about Confucius (Kong Zi) look bad at the box office. They love brainless action packed 3D stuff. And since you have barely have two dozen films you can choose to show ( actually the government will make that choice for them) then you probably do not want to take a risk with artsy b/w Coen Brothers or Jim Jarmusch  stuff. And I just do not alway want to watch a blockbuster. I am not anti-blockbuster, but it is all they offer here from the US. The same way the only western food you find here is McDonald’s or KFC or a strange mutation of what was once Pizza Hut (you could rename it Noodle Hut here I think) they only provide fast food movies as if that represents all of American culture. I do not think they think about it that deeply. They want what will make lots of money. 

I'll bet you I've seen more versions of The Monkey King than you ever will. Lucky you. 

8) And while I could go on I will end with this - English movies are often dubbed and English language versions play at select times and for more money - That’s right. Out of, let’s say, six showings of a Hollywood style film that day maybe one one or two, or even none, will be in English. They are dubbed and foleyed (not sure how to spell the past tense of foley here) over in the worst ways imaginable. My wife tells me they use about six Chinese actors and actresses to dub all the films into Mandarin with one actor often doing several characters. And many people here dig it. They hate the sound of other languages. The very sound of something other than the precious mother tongue sickens many people here. But luckily some Chinese people have class and want to see the original language, whether it be English, French or Japanese. In some instances foreign films have run here without one single showing in the original language. What a load of crap.

Before closing one vapid argument I have encountered in situation like this is something like “well, since you’re in China now have you considered just watching Chinese movies?” (or eating just Chinese food, etc, etc…) “ to which the response is “no, because most Chinese movies suck!” I am not talking about ALL Chinese films and I have reviewed a few here from a couple Sixth Generation filmmakers that were very decent movies, like Night Train and Blind Mountain, but those movies do not play in the theaters here. They do better abroad and are often financed and distributed, abroad, by foreign companies, with the filmmakers sometimes being punished here at home if they are released abroad before official approval has been granted. But, I am not talking about those  few under the radar films that one has to sniff out like a pig searching for truffles, I am talking about all the stuff at the theater’s here competing for a Golden Rooster (the Chinese Oscar). No. I will not watch that brain drain drek. I liked a couple of Zhang Yimou’s early films,  like Not One Less and Raise the Red Lantern, but nothing of his newer ones. Meaning from Hero onward. Including Hero. What a pretentious mess. I find all of modern Chinese cinema appalling and superficial. Boring period pieces. Propaganda films. Vapid romances and brainless comedies. All of it CCP approved of course. I do not include Hong Kong films in with those films nor the independent, underground type films here. 

I actually saw some of this on a streaming service. It was, uh, pretty bad man. 
Not so bad it is good bad. Just bad bad. It was a hit. 

And so, then how, exactly,  do I watch movies here? Netflix is blocked here in case you don’t know, like almost everything. Like Google and Blogger for example. Well, why don’t I save that for a follow up post. But in closing I will say it is unlikely I will ever go to a movie theater again in China. 

09 March 2018


Is there more fishy about 
this movie than just the sex scene?
I live in China if you do not know and I basically had to download this film if I wanted to actually see it. I hate watching movies in the cinema here and that is another post altogether. But I had heard of this and felt some slight desire to check it out. I had tried to watch two other films by "visionary" Guillermo del Torro, Crimson Peak and Pan's Labyrinth, but while they looked nice they were so friggin' boring and confusing I could not handle them and quit.  Well I had been hearing all the hype about this new one and that it even had a fish man having sex with a physically impaired human female (she is mute I take it) so I thought that might be cool to see. I downloaded the film and scanned it for quality and also to get a sense of the story line, and there was suddenly a super big issue. The bad guy. The villain. Every story must have an antagonist of course. And I like Michael Shannon as a bad guy, like he was in The Iceman. But I just felt a super WTF moment when it was obvious that Shannon was not playing minor league style bad guy like he did in The Iceman, a murderous thrill killing hitman who sawed his victims to pieces and froze them in meat lockers (with the help of Chris Evans), but he was going to play the most vile and evil type villain imaginable... a patriotic, America loving, conservative white male Christian. Scary stuff man. 

The movie suddenly took on a sort of ET feel to me. Cutesy, misunderstood creature, some sort of human outsider who befriends it and the evil secret US government agency that wants to capture it,  study it, exploit it for money or weapons research (which is what they wanted the fish man for here I understand) or simply destroy it if things get icky. And screw any pinko-commie human beings with a shred of moral dignity (liberals and socialists I guess)  who try and get in in their way and stand up for the rights of some sort of "alien". Get it? Alien? Eh? It's a deep metaphor. Or simile. Or analogy. I don't know what. One has to have a profoundly advanced critical thinking ability to grasp this stuff. I'm just lucky I guess, being raised primarily in Kentucky and Texas I grew up naturally lacking in these skills. Luckily I spent ten years in Seattle and so I picked some limited ability to think there like an advanced human being.

Well, I actually deleted the film along with all its condescending metaphors. Then I thought maybe I could watch it after all with my wife and her brother who is a guest here with us for a few days. So, like a true neurotic, I downloaded it again. I figured it was a brainless Hollywood flick with cool visuals and it did not seems as ploddingly painful as the other two films I tried. To my surprise when  suggested this to my wife (who is Chinese) she said, and I quote, "Oh I heard that is a lame story. It only won the Oscar because of the PC story." The users on movie message boards and sites here (like Dou Ban, the Chinese IMDb) seem to feel the message is glaringly anti-tradtional American and even simple minded. Like a B-movie storyline. Believe me, most all Chinese people do not praise the USA as a whole and see it as competition and even a military rival, but they also do not really see it as the Evil Empire or that people there are treated so unreasonably and unfairly and they are a bit confused as to why movies from the US seem bent on portraying the US and its government as the most evil and dangerous entity to have ever come into existence. And I totally agree with them. The USA is cool. And it was odd because my initial feeling about the film from scanning it was the same as what the Chinese netizens felt in their comments. Of course they had seen the film to get that opinion and many liked the movie as a bit of escapism, but I could tell from what I had scanned with Shannon saying things like "God created man in his image. Does THAT look like God?" and later quoting stories from the Old Testament that this was in fact Hollywood social justice drivel dressed up with artsy European sets and cinematography. All form and no substance indeed.

"I dunno, I give up. The damned Godless thing will not denounce Marxism and embrace white , patriarchal capitalism. On top of that he holds to his views on Darwinism and says Islam is not all that bad. Why can't he just think like me! I guess water boarding would not be of any use here." 

Now, if my wife decides to watch it when she gets home we might give it go, but it is not looking good. I may just pass on it and do some music recording later on Ableton Live or watch some more MST3K, but with Mike this time instead of Joel. Joel gets annoying after a while. But, movies with no social messages for me. I love a movie anymore with no agenda and no message. Especially a social message about America and its brutish and malignant Cold War mentality as seen through the eyes of a European dude who goes to the same gym and stylist as Michael Moore. I hate Oscar winners anymore typically anyway and was upset that James Franco was snubbed for his excellent work on The Disaster Artist because he treated a couple delicate, totally innocent, sweet virgin girls who had yet to even see a man naked in their lives with less than perfect chivalrous behavior. Jeesh, he's James Franco for Christ's sake. I am beginning to see part of my problems with movie blogging these days is I am starting to hate movies and the people who make them more and more.

UPDATE: Wife was not interested and  I deleted it a 2nd time.

05 March 2018



Sitting around waiting for a huge batch of sound and midi files to transfer from my iMAC to my external hard drive. Gonna be a while I can tell and so I figured why not do the old eye candy routine. Just great covers from Mexico and Italy here, a few in the lurid Fumetti vein. Never did feel the drawing on the inside of some of these books did justice to the awesome covers. 

03 March 2018


Way back when society was still color blind and
movies didn't all suck. Not like today, right?
Before I go into this article I should point out that I am honestly not adverse to interracial relationships. Most women I dated in my life were not white and I am currently married to a wonderful Chinese woman. One thing I know is that being in an interracial relationship will be an issue with other people at some point or another, whether for the good or the bad. But what I am noticing in some films I watch recently is the inclusion of an interracial relationship that is accepted without a second glance in the film. This seems to be, for lack of a better word, part of a larger progressive agenda by Hollywood to simply include more people of color into a movie story line where the cast is predominately white. Of course you could still have people of color… on screw it… black people in the film, but by making them the a love interest with one of the white cast you have visually put them into the center of the story line. And one could ask, “Well, what is wrong with that? Why can’t black people and white people be in love and be together?” Well, there is not “wrong” with it, other than that the types of interracial relationships we see in movies do not actually exist in the real world and Hollywood wants to skirt around race issues for the most part unless it is agenda driven and shows that people of color are almost always noble and good and white people are inherently racist and/or bigoted. And in some cases this is the way it is, but not in every single one. I will give three quick examples from three films I have seen recently, two of which I have already mentioned here.

THE MOUNTAIN BEWTEEN US: In this movie I could not finish and so really have no clue as to whether the racial differences between the two leads ever became an issue or not and I do care because I simply stopped enjoying the movie after the unbearable “love making” scene. Rather there is a scene towards the beginning where we encounter one plot device after another trying to set these two up alone in the snowy wilderness as soon as possible. In one scene the pair decide to charter a plane to be flown by Beau Bridges. When he asked where they are headed Kate Winslow says is going to her wedding. Beau then glances at the two and then with a beaming look of joy says ‘well congratulations!”, to which they say, basically, oh not us. What is odd about this scene is how the old white dude is utterly open and relaxed with a black British guy (Elba Idris) marrying a white lady and is positively radiating approval. In no way does the character even display and ounce of skepticism or disapproval. More like “why that is just so darn sweet and darlin’ you two! I think you all are about the 26th or so mixed couple I ran into this week.

What does good ol' boy Beau really think of the couple behind him? We'll never know, he is about to over act and have a stroke and die. Relax, the dog survives. 

SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING: I touched on this movie already as well have not seen a superhero movie since it and doubt I will, and that includes the new Black Panther movie and the New Thor: Ragnarork movie as well. I am just not a little burned about with the new social justice Marvel and have been in a state of trying to accept it all since Samuel L. Jackson played one of my all time favorite Marvel characters Nick Fury. Fury suddenly seemed to be more like a wife beating crack addict than an ex-WWII war hero and now top agent of SHEILD. It is simply an example of not creating a new role for a black actor but rather taking one that was filled by a white dude and rewriting it. And the same in the Spiderman film where everyone but Peter Parker and the Vulture have become members of some ethic minority. And what is odd is how the love interest of Peter towards whatever the black girl’s character’s name is just tossed in in the audience’s face, daring someone to criticize it I sense, as if it is so common place there is no need to address it at all. My Chinese wife even blurted out “oh, is that how it really is in America with black and white people?” to which I replied “no”. Because, is it not. 

Smoking hot black chick. Nerdy white dude. See it every day in America.

WONDER: This is a paint by numbers feel bad through most but at the end feel good and gushy movie with Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts about the struggles of their son who was born either with facial deformities or facial differences depending on how realistically it is you look at life. Not a great movie or a bad one either. The saddest part was when Daisy the dog died I felt. In any case their daughter Via falls for a black dude Justin. This interracial relationship slid into the story in such a nonchalant fashion that it is really the most irritating of the three films here for me. In one scene the little “different” boy starts mimicking his big sis and her new boyfriend hugging and kissing. When she introduces Justin to her lily-white middle class family nary an eyebrow is raised. All is good and why not stay for dinner. The way his character is done and how it fits in the story his race actually becomes irrelevant and so why not just make him a white guy, which is most likely what a girl like Via would date in the first place.  

"Hey Via, you don't think your mom and dad will freak out if you bring a black guy home?" "Oh hell no, just as long as you are not a Republican it's cool."

So what is wrong with all of this? Why not show love and the truth that mitochrondrial DNA has proven race is an illusion? Why not show races getting along and loving one another? After all it does happen. Here and there and usually with struggles. A person has to be tough to hang in there in a mixed race or mixed culture relationship and I know it from experience. One problem for me is with the why the people of color… here the color being  a light toned black, at times a near beige,  in every film… are being represented. In each film the black person is essentially a white person with dark skin. All are highly educated and either successful or on the road to success. Going to Yale or Harvard soon or already enjoying the fruits of a career as a brain surgeon. None speak with any sort of dialect or accent unless it is an upper class British type that always makes Americans seem dumb in a conversation. They are all noble and ethical and not even equal to their white counterparts in terms of ethical decision-making, but well above them. Imagine in Wonder if the daughter Via had walked into the house and her new boyfriend was played by Snoop-Dogg or Ice-T. Do you know what would have happened? Nothing! It would have been the same reaction. In no case can it be shown that white people in modern progressive Hollywood movies would stoop to judge a person of color based on their appearance alone. And even if they did allow a drug user gangsta rapper into their homes I the end he would teach them all one by one about the reality of the world and they would all come to grips with their white patriarchal based bigotry and in the final shot they would all be smoking a crack pipe and laughing it up to rap songs about killing white cops. “Hey, thanks Snoop for showing us the truth!” Equally the white people are all progressively hip and guilt ridden over all their privilege and affluence and vote democrat, socialist or anarchist. They are wealthy and educated but open to a person of color preaching to them about oppression and institutional racism and nodding with lowered heads in shameful submission. But actually in these racial fairy tale films that never even comes up as an issue, because we are now past all of that.

It is all too unbelievable and a tad bit ridiculous in my view. Not engaging the way older movies handled the issues, even though they often sort of missed the mark but at least tried, while newer films are utterly politically driven with a boring progressive agenda. One that espouses in a progressive utopia race does not matter and people see each other for who they are inside and not for the color of their skin. Nice sentiment but it is not the way it is in the real world. There is the way things ought to be and then there is the way things are. 

10 February 2018



AMERICAN MADE: Watched about 10 minutes of this. Read it was supposed to be pretty decent, with Tom Cruise returning to actual acting rather than doing another goofy ass acton flick. Well, big problemo amigos. Shaky cam work. Yup. Pretty shaky. I mean super shaky ass cam work. Plus 70's style camera zoom ins. Sometimes a zoom in while the out of focus camera is shaking at the same time. I cannot follow a story with this type of camera work.  Cruise appeared actually to be playing the same arrogant, cocky asshole he has being playing his entire career, since Cocktail. No Born on the 4th July here. This will not help anyone forget The Mummy dude.

SUBURBICON: Loosely based, very loosely, on a true story I understand of the first black family to move into the  exclusive all white suburb community of Levittown Pennsylvania and the racism they encountered there. Though from what I read it is all pretty exaggerated in this mucked up anti-white, anti-republican, anti-American movie. Whatever that story actually is might be interesting if told with a less whimsical and overblown approach by a movie making team who takes it seriously and is not blinded by left wing Trump hating politics. But this mess was over for me in less time than American Made was. I usually like George Clooney, at least as an actor. I usually like Matt Damon and the Coen Brothers as well. Not all the time of course. And in this case I didn't like like any of them. The weird exaggerated acting and the hammer over the head liberal message about how horrible white American truly is (as told by super rich and super liberal white guys with a social justice agenda) was not to my liking. I am just not into the new style of social message movies. 

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US: A black man and white women are stranded in the snowy mountains of Colorado and at one time Hollywood would have made that into a vehicle for trying to tell a social narrative on races. Here, unlike Suburbicon's non-stop in face preaching, the race issue seems to not even exist at all. It is not a black man and a white woman. Swell, it is just two people, you know. Like John Lennon's Imagine. I couldn't finish it, though not for that reason, so I am not sure what happened towards the end. It seemed to start off almost okay, maybe becoming an edgy survival film. Except that both characters, played by Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, are both well educated, super successful professional progressives and above noticing the color of another person's skin. Hell, had one been a straight guy and the other gay, or the women been a basketball star and the man a dwarf it would have all been the same I think. Nobody is different at all. And the "romantic" scene is simply too painful to watch. Both actors seem visibly uncomfortable and detached and the camera shot from Winslet's POV towards Elba's face as he is plowing into her was just bad cinema.

THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX: And the last film here sort of got on my nerves quickly for a couple reasons. First I thought it might be a decent sci-fi flick but it just was not. Nothing ever happened. Okay, a guy pukes out some worms and a guy's arm has life independent of him, but it was mostly a bunch of tense talking and exaggerated emotions. See, people trapped in a closed, claustrophobic area  like a space station yelling at each other all the time creates, eh, tension and angst. But even more annoying was the (okay, I am almost afraid to bring this up after my last two films) fact that the station is ran a female person of color and that the majority of the crew are minorities. And the minority people hold it together while the few white folk, (who all seem to have some sort of annoying East European accent, meaning they ate not american white dudes but Euro white dudes )  on the ship are usually losing it and fighting amongst each other the most. The social justice style of movie making (director J.J. Abrams having turned the latest Stars wars feature in a SJW farce as well I understand as I have never seen one of new Star Wars movies) is consuming film themes like the Blob did theater goers.

Little skinny girls of color can lead the team better than any ex-marine white guy can and minorities of color (note, one has to constantly qualify groups with terms like "of color" now) make up the crew more and more while white dudes are relegated to secondary roles. In this case puking up worms and having their arms fall off. Remember in the old days it was always the black guy or Asian guy to die off first, well the tables are turning folks. Social justice is achieved! Which I guess is okay. No, actually it is not. It is absurd. In fact I am offended there was not a transgendered or non-binary crew member now that I think about it. It is really boring and lame and I find myself just hating newer films more and more because they all seem to think I need to learn to something from somebody in Hollywood. I really don't. I just need to see a good movie. Not one where Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi does not even bother speaking English and rather the crew speak Chinese to her. Oh yea... and where an actual monster is shown for like ten seconds at the end of the crappy movie! (I know this from fast forwarding through the film as I did not watch it because I felt like the cast were all from an America last, no borders rally.)