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Classic Motion Picture Review – ‘J.D.’s Revenge’ [1976]

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Liverpool [UK], up until 1986, was still the classical Dock/Port in the transportation of goods as well as people. To compare, its local rival Manchester had an established Airport but was only a quarter of its current 2013 size, and also the price of a Plane Ticket was expensive due to lack of competition within the commercial airline sector.

One of the benefits was obtaining things from all over the world as childhood Birthday & Christmas Presents, especially Action Figures from far places…

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Whilst I didn’t own that exact action figure I had a number from the same range from Japan and, before you Tweet, they where finally given away to my local Oxfam (UK national chain Charity Shop) once this life-changing moment arrived on my radar…

Due to the overt racism on British 1970’s & 1980’s Television (it still is but only shows up during moments of major national tension) many people got their entertainment via VHS Tapes (the Great-Grandparent of Blu-ray) creating a compilation of African-American Television. Along with similar films this tended to be uplifting rather than humiliating. The media as a whole, even now in the allegedly more liberal era of the early 21st Century, has problems dealing with the following subject. Yet people have been doing this since the beginning of humanity…

The greatest impact those mentioned American VHS compilations had on me was a Horror-Gangster Film

J. D.’s Revenge

The Film, released in 1976 and based in New Orleans, tells the fictional story of a African-American University Student studying Law (a new concept to my 8 year old self in 1985) that gets possessed, after participating as an audience member in a hypnosis act whilst on a night-out in a cabaret club.

Normally in Cinema possession occurs by a demonic force, yet what makes this unique is that it’s done by a restless soul of a murdered Gangster. The genius angle of the Film is the Gangster – ‘J.D Walker’ – died in 1942, and due to the rapid socio-economic changes, especially in America, this might as well be 84 years rather than the actual 34 time difference. Everything had suddenly progressed, from Women’s Rights to Music.

I remember my Dad, talking about ‘J.D Revenge’ for about two weeks to everybody. So, on a School-night in the early hours when everybody was sleeping I went downstairs put the VHS in & put my Dad’s Headphone’s into the front of Television. What I discovered was & still is a classic with plenty of memorable quotes. ‘J.D Revenge’ totally changed the way I saw Black people & for the better as the ending is uplifting.

The Film nails this point in a superb manner with J.D being amazed & surprised at this new world. Praise should go to Glynn Turman for a memorable performance playing two polar opposites, the type of young man who every mother would love her daughter to marry & a foul-mouth ultra-cool street villain.

George Lucas was that impressed with Turman that he was his first Choice to play a certain ‘Han Solo’, yet due to racism in Hollywood & Western Society funding would have NEVER been given as Carrie Fisher was lined-up to play the role of ‘Princess Leia’. Even in 2013, non-White Actors in American Cinema are portrayed as either the side-kick or equal, rarely the hero-lead of a Film. Before anybody mentions Will Smith, in my opinion he’s the Hollywood version of Barack Obama – simply all hype with zero substance. Smith is the kind of Black Man that White People like due to him having no edge when he’s interviewed – you know what you’ll get. Certainly this doesn’t apply to say Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington or the considerably older Morgan Freeman.

It’s possible those in control, yet always in the shadows of the Anglo-American Economic-Political-War Machine, might consider Will Smith as American President thus the perfect marriage of Langley, Virginia to Hollyweird, California. Will Smith has that much clout in Hollywood he can make a vanity project (his Son is the Co-Star) costing $130million yet Zombizoids programmed to worship corporate celebrity will go to the Cinema for this…

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Will Smith speaking in that ultra-serious manner is as believable as Real Madrid announcing Tony Pulis as their new Manager. Things can still have high quality with very little or no expense, something Will Smith could do with understanding:

Feel free to leave a comment below or send a tweet directly to the star of
‘J.D Revenge’ Glynn Turman with the hashtag #GJBlog

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Darren’s latest – ‘Never Rub Another Man’s Rhubarb’

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Photo: American 1st Lady – Michelle Obama announcing via Satellite that ‘Argo’ had won Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards on Sunday 24th February accompanied by members of the Military in very dashing uniforms.

I have great interest in Cinema & it’s deliberate technique in bringing new ideas/morality especially into The Western Developed World. So, when ‘Argo’ was available to watch at my local Picture House, I decided NOT to watch it as the Trailer made it quite clear why it’s Propaganda… “Actions of Iran have shocked the civilized world“:

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I decided to use the español subtitled Trailer as this shows the influence that America specificity Hollywood has on the world. Hollywood risked its reputation in agreeing to assist in the extraction of American Diplomats/Spy’s out of Tehran in 1979 but now wants the recognition for services done for the good of the nation. Hence this current 1st Lady’s historic announcement with members of the Military behind her.

Also, it’s designed to send a direct message to the entire population of Iran, around 75 million people, THAT Hollywood & The White House are now bezzie mates, meaning if they don’t start submitting to direct orders from Washington D.C then they will lose on the Battlefield. And they will also lose the sympathy of the ordinary zombizoid masses of The Western World whom worship celebrity, with Hollywood at the apex of this particular pyramid.

‘Argo’ receiving this award should now galvanise the majority of the population of Iran back to it’s political/military class objective around Nuclear Power*, even when suffering from some of the toughest international sanctions since the apartheid regime of 1980’s South Africa. A Film wining an Oscar® for Best Picture should simply be seen as an accolade in the cinematic domain, yet the achievement of ‘Argo’ should worry many as it now seems it’s fine to make big-budget productions that show non-western people as simpletons that can be tricked by even the most outlandish subterfuge. This is the Iranian perspective of ‘Argo’… seeing as the film is based in their country:

It seems Hollywood will make big-budget films on any subject no matter how unusual, yet oddly it hasn’t made a single one surrounding the Apollo 11 Moon Landing – seen by many as America’s greatest ever achievement, which happened 44 years ago. After clicking this you’ll realize why Hollywood would rather deal with fanatical Iranians, talking Robots from ‘Cybertron’, old men in action-films & posh plum-speaking wizards.

They say Hollywood as a place is full of liberals, I disagree and argue it is full of contradiction courtesy of the finest cocaine. An Industry that gave it’s highest award to ‘Argo’ could have serious consequences for humanity. We like our classic Hip-Hop on GeneralJimmy.com so this perfectly sums up ‘Argo’ winning THAT award:

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*Note: According to the current Iranian Government, research into Nuclear Power is strictly for civilian/population energy use & NOT for Military purposes. Iran also allows The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to regularly inspect it’s facilities.

Twitter: @DazAltTheory

A Self-Contained Mathematical Model

Darren’s latest lament is up…

Last summer, I watched perhaps one the best films I’ve seen a long while in ‘Looper’, it reminding me of Michael Mann’s 1995 Masterpiece ‘Heat’.

Even, after six months the themes of ‘Looper’ still come to my attention just like that of ‘Heat’ did some seventeen years earlier, in that BOTH Motion Pictures attempt to explain the motivations of why people decide to become Professional Criminals.
Not for the needs of attention & power over others, just that the rewards are normally worth the risks. This being a theme that isn’t shown in Hollywood Cinema as it’s still the ‘Goodie vs. Baddie’ format with the Baddie losing at the end.

Yet, as we know life isn’t like this but it’s possible the reason that this simplistic format still exists is simply because it delivers fantasy; and isn’t this a major reason why people attend the Cinema? Another connection and the reason you are reading this article is a main theme within ‘Looper’. Set in 2044 (32 years in the future), it goes out to showcase that creativity has stalled across the Globe, therefore creating a major obsession in 20th Century Music & Fashion (1945 – 1999) within the Youth of that period.

It seems everything that could be created in terms of art at this point has young people looking towards the past instead of the future. It’s hinted in ‘Looper’ that Technology was the central factor in the end of creativity/imagination. Being creative & having some originality, I decided to look for a villain that is making the lowering of standards acceptable yet also making vast amounts of money doing so. Their are many contenders but really ONLY one whopper worthy of such an accolade…

Can anybody, even Lady Gaga fans or ‘Monsters’ as she calls them (Humans have intellect), inform me why she is worthy of such coveted attention? The Music seems secondary, with more focus placed on whatever item of clothing she is wearing. I’ve expressed more concerns on her Ladyship in a previous article, that’s an original read: All aboard the #BornBraveBus ?

Will the prophecy of ‘Looper’ occur? It’s possible when the UK’s & possibly the World’s Leading Music but Over-Hyped Festival – Glastonbury™ allows the following example of utter s**t to perform. Warning: If you find this performance impressive, congratulations you’re a proper Double Whopper with the Cheese…!!.

For all the corporate endorsement deals of the current Global Pop Music ‘Elite’, they don’t surprise or say anything interesting. It’s all about living in the V.I.P & maintaining that status, so the code of Wall St. has been transferred into Music. I’ll leave you with the below live performance all the way from 1976, whilst 37 years old contains more energy than Lady Gaga, a Woman who’s entire act is basically impersonating a Gay Male Drag Artist which is about replicating a Woman. If you re-read along with ponder on this point, you’ll realize it’s correct.

Unlike Lady Gaga this is entertaining as the Stage Set & Clothes whilst extravagant can’t complete with the music & THAT’S what it’s always been about…

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