Michael Jackson Chain Letter

November 24, 2009

This chain letter was sent to me and I thought I’d pass it along for conversation.

-fr

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Ed McMahon

Ed McMahon died last week.  He was a great entertainer, but prior to his radio and TV accomplishments he was a Marine Corps pilot in WWII and Korea, earning six Air Medals and attaining the rank of Colonel.  After his Korean service he was subsequently promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in the
CA Air National Guard.Farrah Fawcett died last week after a long career in Hollywood as an actress.  After she was diagnosed with cancer, she became an activist for cancer treatment and devoted her last remaining years encouraging people to seek treatment.  She documented her plight on film and used it to encourage others to stay positive and upbeat despite their diagnosis and suffering.Michael JacksonMichael Jackson died last week.  He was perhaps one of the great entertainers of modern time.  He will also be remembered for his eccentric lifestyle that included sleeping with a chimpanzee, living in a carnival-like atmosphere at Neverland, his fascination with Peter Pan, and his numerous masks and costumes.  He also admitted to finding pleasure sleeping with young boys and paying out millions of dollars in settlements
to the families of these boys despite being acquitted by a court on one allegation of sexual molestation.

QUESTION 1)  – Which of the above did the House of Representatives declare a moment of silence for?
(Hint – It wasn’t the first two.)

QUESTION 2)  – Which of the above’s family received a personal note of condolence from President Obama?
(Hint – It wasn’t the first two.)

Does this send a message regarding the state of our country?   Need we say more???

 

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This is a spin-off of my personal blog. I’ve decided this topic necessitates it’s own blog. Here’s the basic idea:

We are exposed to over 5,000 a day – what’s even more frightening is that it’s working. No matter how little money we have in our lives, we STILL give money to the super rich every day. Sometimes it’s paying for an overpriced movie ticket. Other times it’s going to an athletic event or concert for a mega-artist. Meanwhile the things that truly matter in life are falling to the wayside. Consider this.

If you like football – play football with your family as opposed to giving more money to the ultra rich athletes.

If you like music – go to the local coffee shop or a concert for an artist who is not already rich.

If you like movies – support the local community theatre, local film festival, or independent theatre.

There is a misconception out there that the best entertainment comes from the big companies. Take a look at my previous post.  It lists studio films and independent films – I’m sure after reading it you’ll give independent films much more credit.  Don’t let the studios brainwash you.  The same applies to the music industry as well – overall, the mega-artists ARE NOT THE MOST TALENTED MUSICIANS – they are simply hotter.

This blog is designed to remind you that YOU are valuable.  YOU are an important contribution to this world and you have an obligation to see that in your neighbors as well.  It’s vital to our sanity, and to our souls that we stop idolizing studio-backed talent.

NO WAY!  Just check out this list of independant movies (from IMDB):

Rank Rating Title Votes
1. 8.9 Pulp Fiction (1994) 314,384
2. 8.8 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) 158,511
3. 8.7 The Usual Suspects (1995) 210,479
4. 8.7 Psycho (1960) 109,637
5. 8.6 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 125,211
6. 8.6 Memento (2000) 204,021
7. 8.6 Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) 862
8. 8.6 Se7en (1995) 206,263
9. 8.5 Apocalypse Now (1979) 135,433
10. 8.5 Léon (1994) 142,852
11. 8.5 American Beauty (1999) 228,660
12. 8.5 American History X (1998) 163,350
13. 8.4 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 160,590
14. 8.4 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 124,812
15. 8.4 Requiem for a Dream (2000) 133,582
16. 8.4 Reservoir Dogs (1992) 160,817
17. 8.4 Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) 1,465
18. 8.3 Amadeus (1984) 74,596
19. 8.3 Hotel Rwanda (2004) 65,324
20. 8.3 The Message (1976) 4,130
21. 8.2 Fargo (1996) 128,697
22. 8.2 Donnie Darko (2001) 156,081
23. 8.2 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 174,218
24. 8.2 Platoon (1986) 82,704
25. 8.2 Amores perros (2000) 44,490
26. 8.1 The Graduate (1967) 59,281
27. 8.1 The Big Lebowski (1998) 129,913
28. 8.1 Vozvrashcheniye (2003) 8,271
29. 8.1 Trainspotting (1996) 112,878
30. 8.1 A Man for All Seasons (1966) 9,818
31. 8.0 Crash (2004/I) 129,998
32. 8.0 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) 89,296
33. 8.0 Punishment Park (1971) 1,453
34. 8.0 À bout de souffle (1960) 14,534
35. 8.0 Hercules Returns (1993) 619
36. 8.0 The Man from Earth (2007) 17,056
37. 8.0 Little Miss Sunshine (2006) 107,144
38. 8.0 Campanadas a medianoche (1965) 1,408
39. 8.0 Magnolia (1999) 96,275
40. 8.0 Once (2006) 22,001
41. 8.0 The Lion in Winter (1968) 10,597
42. 8.0 Fitzcarraldo (1982) 6,644
43. 8.0 A Woman Under the Influence (1974) 3,231
44. 8.0 This Sporting Life (1963) 1,520
45. 8.0 Sling Blade (1996) 35,392
46. 8.0 Papillon (1973) 21,441
47. 8.0 Dawn of the Dead (1978) 32,297
48. 8.0 Shaun of the Dead (2004) 95,157
49. 8.0 Night of the Living Dead (1968) 29,154
50. 8.0 Risâlah, ar- (1976) 282

I know you can think of a monumental list of bad studio films so I’ll just name a few to get you started:

  • Pearl Harbor
  • Speed Racer
  • Valentine
  • Catwoman
  • Daredevil
  • A Man Apart
  • Norbit
  • Glitter
  • Swept Away

The bottom line is this – SUPPORT ARTISTS, NOT STUDIOS!  See movies at film festivals and independent theaters.

Hollywood is incestiual and dishonest – there are much more talented people out there that will only have a chance if YOU support them.

If you think studio films are better than independent films, you’ve been brainwashed.