By coincidence I stumbled over a song of a band almost twenty years ago, which should evolve to one of my alltime favorite bands and accompany me since then. “Nancy Boy” was the songs name, and the band which performed it was called Placebo. Brian Molkos voice and way of singing is clearly one of those love it or hate it moments of your life; there is nothing in between.
Embarrassingly, I missed that they released a new album in September 2013 which is called “Loud Like Love” and is revolved around the theme of love, in all different forms. The song that caught me the most is “Too many friends” which deals with people spending time on the internet and end up being far more close to the hundreds of friends on the internet than off the computer.
Eventually Harvey Weinstein was right to presume that the american audience is not intelligent enough for Snowpiercer, at least if you take the racist shitstorm into account that bursted out after Coca Cola’s commercial during the Super Bowl XLVIII.
The commercial is pretty decent and what I like the most about it is the fact that “America the Beautiful” was sung in multiple languages, reflecting the multi-cultural composition of Americas’ population. Obviously, that is something that is not appreciated by everyone in the United States as you can read by yourself on Public Shaming.
With how much stupidity you have to been born to deny that America is just a mingle-mangle of serveral enthnicities and cultures and that there is actually nothing like true american, aside from the natives which they tried to extirpate while forcefully take away their land?!
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Even on the risk to be polemic: the cinema audience of the United States of America is too dumb. This is at least the gist of Harvey Weinstein’s efforts to block the release of Bong Joon-ho’s movie “Snowpiercer” which the omnipresent producer and movie distributor Weinstein declared as too intelligent for the American audience.
Weinstein aqcuired the distribution rights in autumn 2012 and certified the movie a huge success, stated that it is a masterpiece and that he is looking forward to release it. The world-wide release had been aimed for summer 2013, but until today it has neither been screened in US nor any other cinema of an english speaking country which is controlled by Weinstein’s distribution channel.
Weinstein, also known as “Scissorshands” in Hollywood, is famous for his savagely cuts of movies. Thus he insisted on the removal of 25 minutes to get rid off some of the character and plot depth as he feared that the audience could be overstrained. Bong Joon-ho denied the request and therefore the movie got released in Korea, France, Hongkong, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam and Estonia so far. The United Arab Emirates will follow on January 30th, 2014. Japan, Sweden and Greece are aimed for February and Germany will be added in April.
Snowpiercer is an elegantly woven mixture of science fiction, action, thriller and drama, coming along with an excellent cast (Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, just to name a few) and has a clear arthouse touch. It offers speedy action, just to slow down and concentrate on evolving the characters from one second to another.
The film is set in a future where a runaway experiment to stop global warming has caused an ice age that killed nearly all life on Earth. The only survivors are the inhabitants of the ‘Snowpiercer’, a massive train that travels around the planet and is powered by a perpetual-motion engine. Over time a class system evolves on the train, with the elites inhabiting the front of the train and poor inhabiting the back of the train. Tired of their poor living conditions, the riders in the back revolt, attempting to seize control of the engine, which the elites in the front consider sacred.
It is a shame that one person can prevent the release of such an amazing movie, not only in the US, but also in all relevant english speaking countries.