Monthly Archives: October 2010

DVD Review: Just Wright

Queen Latifah as Leslie Wright the physical therapist finds love in Just Wright. It was good. It felt like an homage of sorts. Paula Patton the beauty became the beast when she lost her man to Queen. That part was predictable as most of the movie. But it is not too soapy and the acting is good. The story is believable except for the NBA star part. But Paula could pull it off. It is set in New Jersey because of the Nets. It is definitely worth a look.

It was probably a small budget film. But I enjoy seeing black people on film really. So unless it is a Tyler Perry dog I am game for it. Speaking of dog I plan to see For Colored Girls. Hope I don’t fall asleep. Going with low expectations.

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Idea for an HBO movie

I woke up with an idea of a book I read a few years back for a HBO movie. The woman who wrote the book I believe is the reborn Sylvia Plath.  Her book has a lot of ingredients that are cooking now in the media.  I do talk about her in my book too. I was able to make the connection between the two lives because people retain elements of letters which is energy which is also astrology in their new names.

I call it name pattern recognition. And about NDE which somebody coined…It does NOT exist. It is nothing more than a thought form or a suggestion. And the man who talked about it today on Sunday News made his own point: when a woman had the same experience as her mother of floating and leaving her body. She was sitting next to the bed and not dying and this is nothing more than rehearsal of the body of leaving the body for a new destination. It has more to do with meditation. I guess NDE is temporarily a good name for it. St. Paul said it best “I die daily.”

Waiting for Clint to Call

You think I’m kidding? I’m not. We have so many letters in common in our names (name pattern recognition) I should have thought of it before. I used to work in a part of town called “Eastwood” and it is black and ghetto. I don’t live there though.

But there has never been a movie about what happens after death and in between births and what people recall about their deaths in present life through dreams and just plain recollection. Also, the Buddhists and myself have documented the journey and how someone comes to you at death. Who comes is…for me to know and for you to find out.

But I have documented it all in my book. I have taken the book Dinner With DaVinci off the market and had it up for free for a long time. I said that I was just a temporary thing and now it is only out there if people took advantage of it. I know Clint ain’t getting any younger and neither am I. But talk about follow your dreams and living your dreams…making movies and documentaries has been a dream of mine for a long time. And you notice that my past life family…the Kennedy clan has their mittens in the well making docs and movies, pretty darn good ones too. We got it honestly from ole Joe Kennedy. BTW he has been reborn too, lives right here in Texas. I used my creation : The Laws of Rebirth and they work. Joe followed them just like the rest. I found him and he is still the freaking same…unbelievable.

So Clint before you decide remember that you will return a woman in your next life. And if you don’t do it who will? Who can?

But not kidding. I like the way that he directs. He has the clout and the money and I have the knowledge. And get this–he married a Creole gal from New Orleans. My aunt recognized her too. Anyway, can’t say more because someone will steal it.

Everywhere I live or visit the teams go into orbit!

Interesting because one day I will have to sit down and figure out all the places I’ve been and when and what happened to their home teams because this is getting to be a trend. I visited San Francisco last summer and this year Giants and Rangers (I live next to Arlington TX and go there all the time) are in the World Series for the first time. I am wearing a red purse and red wallet my Rangers red.

I was telling a stranger this and she said I should have people pay me to visit their city. I’ve thought of. Next thing there will be a damn movie about this idea in this blog. Keep up the stealing because it has long begun…LOL.

Prince William and Kate: Wedding Bells around the corner?

CBS news reports on the upcoming nuptials. This woman is just stunning. She has real movie star looks better than Diana even.

“Keybored” Critics are everywhere

I just made that up too funny. But the rewriting and stupid opinions I am getting sometimes on all fronts prompted me to come up with a quick comeback.  And there it is.  Oh and my “buzz-worthy” term…just saw it on some lipstick!

Movie Review: Hereafter

Hereafter DVD on Amazon when available

 
Article first published as Movie Review: Hereafter on Blogcritics.

The movie review that follows this new introduction took a lot of heat. People thought it was a bad review. Clint Eastwood is on CBS News Sunday Morning and when asked what happens after death he replied “I haven’t the foggiest idea.” That’s how his movie reads too.  But  I did not want to give it a bad review but a totally ambiguous review.

At The Trough the link “The Daily Lama” was inspired during my visit to New Mexico this summer (I have posted photos of the stupa with me standing in front) where I stayed with my elderly aunt. Well she is not elderly exactly, but 11 years older than myself. She was my bulwark growing up, my defender, my friend from many past lives.

We were Satsangis together for over 20 years, now she was a Buddhist which is not a far leap from Sant Mat. I asked her why she was so absorbed into Buddhism these days.  Her response ” I want to be ready for my death.”  That is what Buddhism is all about going to your next life after death. Is there an intermediate stage? Yes, it’s called the Bardo. But for the advanced the goal is to remain conscious from one death to the next body that Buddhists and myself KNOW is waiting.

There are reasons why some do not go directly to a new body but most do. I tracked down the laws that govern the soul’s journey from one body to the next in my book  Dinner With DaVinci, It represents over 30 years of study and journaling about my life which I was able to mine for divine knowledge about my past lives and how the laws are the real change agents. The laws take us from here to there.

The original review:

 You will meet a tall, dark psychic in Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter. He has done it again and adds to his film hit list by creating another gifted genre movie about uneasy psychic George Lonegan (Matt Damon).  Peter Morgan’s screenplay fares well under Eastwood’s direction.The film follows the lives of three individuals in different cities in different countries, seeking answers to life’s greatest paradox: is there life after death? The seekers have never met and on the face of it, not a part of the same equation.

George, the loner, worries about job security in San Francisco. In France Marie Lelay (Cecile De France), the journalist, fears the boot by France’s biggest publisher Didier (Thierry Neuvic) and worries about her job security. In London a mom worries about keeping her job as mother to identical twins Marcus/Jason (Frankie McLaren and George McLaren ). Clint’s job is to connect this people bazaar with karmic ties that land them in the same city meet-up at the end.

Death-and-loss themes run through this film but Eastwood keeps it at arm’s length. That’s a good thing because Clint is reassuring his audience while raising directly death at every age. He introduces the idea of reincarnation or rebirth.  Here Clint paints with flat finish rather than a shiny one that only a psychic can divine. Speaking of divine—God does not have a role in Hereafter. He is never mentioned nor is there love for Asia after the tsunami. No eating in George’s cooking class in Frisco and just a wisp of praying at a funeral in London.  

So how does Eastwood introduce reincarnation and life after death? One way is through George. He is obsessed with and falls asleep to the readings of Charles Dickens. That love changes his life in unexpected ways. And where does George get this ability in the first place? He explains it as an operation gone badly. Simultaneously, in France, there’s talk of a “silent conspiracy” against those who make clinical studies of the NDE or near-death experience.

The recreation of the December 26, 2004 tsunami is a heavy piece of history that most recall. The tsunami event, in an unnamed city, explores the NDE in beautiful sequences. Here Marie dies and recalls something while she is gone—a very hazy vision and feeling of floating.  Is that all? I did not get it. I found it to be no more than a mediator’s forgotten dream experience, unconvincing, nice try.

This film is set in the present and is more about how distraction or obsession with death is not a way to win friends or influence people. Life moves upside down for the three protagonists: a young twin will lose his brother, a French journalist will lose her job, and George’s dock job will dry up. He tries to take up a normal life and new line of work, but can’t escape his calling to talk to the dead.

What conclusions does Clint profess? He presents nothing different from what most orthodox religions believe: that people go somewhere but can still be reached somehow by the right psychic. In this case, George needs only hold hands to make an instant connection to pivotal events in a person’s life. Some  unnerved while others beg for his touch.

I have to tell you that Matt’s George is a beautifully nuanced performance. He is an ordinary person with an extraordinary gift: connecting to the dearly departed. While there is nothing original about Eastwood’s premise that the dress rehearsals for death aka NDEs are new. I do not find much merit in the so-called NDE. So why dwell on it?  

On the other hand, in Clint’s film the NDE does not even make sense to this psychic. In fact while I know that the only way that people can have the type of karmic ties portrayed in Hereafter is if they were forged in former lives, That is my problem with this film from a spiritual point of view. I think Clint should have been a little bolder in addressing reincarnation and take a more critical look at the NDE instead of this uncertain approach to a certain event–death.

SPOILER ALERT

Matt Damon as George does not find love in this film, not even a kiss. What’s up with these movies? He does meet a woman at a cooking class where they DO NOT EAT  but taste foods and have to tell which is which. She begs him for a date. They go to his apt. in San Fran and when he touches her hand after she demands a reading, he reads that she has been molested by her father and that her mother is dead.

Interesting that is what happened to me also. I was molested and my mother died young. The woman freaks out and they never see each other again.

The other people in the story ARE in no way related to each other.  At the end they all meet up in London but it is a real stretch. He is after the women who, Belgian actress, who claims a NDE after drowning and being revived in a tsunami. She gets fired from her job because she can no longer concentrate and writes a book about her NDE instead of a book about politician Francois Mitterrand. They are mad but she writes a book that does get published and goes to the book fair in London.

Here’s where they all meet. Matt tracks her down to her hotel room and leaves her a 3 page letter. He waits for her in an outside coffee house. Again, that is part of my story because I met a man in India with whom I had a lot of  karma and stayed with him in Paris the next summer. But nothing came of it.

So, in this story, Matt sees them kissing in a vision as she approaches. He stands up and they meet outside and  that’s the end. No kissing, no sex, no conclusions at all about life after death. Clint you need  me.

Heloise is a poet. What are you?

I mean to say. The advertisers take my every phrase and use it to make money. And others have nothing kind to say about my writing. Poetry is in my veins and it comes out as blood through my pen.

Congrats: Rangers Rout Yankees in Arlington TX

All I know is the the Rangers won big tonight and are headed for first World Series. Every town I live in starts to win after never having won before! I must be a lucky charm for this place. When I first moved her the Cowboys went on to win a super bowl or something.

Super Bowl is coming and I am fixing the house and might rent it out or just a bedroom for Super Bowl.

Shout out to Ron Washington a black man who is the Rangers’ manager. Who knew? I didn’t

NPR Fires Juan Williams: Enough!

 
Article first published as NPR Fires Juan Williams: Enough! on Blogcritics.

Juan Williams, in response to Bill O’Reilly on Fox News made an impolitic remark, well, stereotype. He said the comment was taken out of context. The facts: he said that while flying, if he sees a man wearing Muslim garb professing alliance to Islam first, he gets worried.

The firing of this freethinker, over a cell phone, after 10 years of service, has fired up both the right and the left in his defense. The Muslim group who complained seems to be alone in their condemnation. On NPR’s blog, more than 4,000 comments have been registered in defense of Juan and many of them threaten to cut off support and pledges. Will Juan’s firing affect the bottom line for NPR? Is this PC run amok?

This stereotype, now “stereohype,” by the media may have helped him get a newly-minted multimillion dollar contract from Fox. The Web fodder is that Juan had a target on his back for having the gall to wear a conservative tie on Sunday and repeatedly skirting the ethics of his professional contract.

Juan’s comment reminds me of one made by Jesse Jackson decades ago when he said that he would cross the street if he saw some black youths out late at night. He took a lot of heat for it. We know that journalists and preachers can harbor prejudice. But Muslims come in all countries and colors, the Nigerian underwear bomber was black and flying while dressed in American garb. The 9/11 highjackers wore street clothes. Juan, would you have been nervous on those flights?

I think Juan, with passion, spoke his mind. But if his contract with a left-leaning, public radio entity owns the right to squash opinion and bias while analyzing news, then Juan had it coming.

Read more: http://blogcritics.org/politics/article/npr-fires-juan-williams-enough/#ixzz132ufhQbT