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Saturday, September 23, 2017

TV Shows and Movies for the Age of Trump, vol 1

Over the course of the last half year that feels like a decade of Trump, there have been many tv shows that have helped to soften the blow by either highlighting the move to fascism that we are seeing in the country or, even better, making fun of it, because the fact remains (regardless of what you feel about sucking up to abusers in a futile assumption of changing them) the ONLY thing that  serves to BOTH bring yourself comfort AND make yourself an undesirable target of abuse is the PUBLICALLY expose and laugh at your attackers.  They desire to feel GOOD by making you fear or cower, and, if you can make them feel tiny and useless, they will move on to a better target of abuse.  Again, regardless of how you feel about it, that IS an effective means of defense of them.

Ok.  on to the media guide.

PAST things from the last year that I would recommend (in no order other than the first thought in my wine relaxed brain (ha))...

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) - a woman gets freed from having lived in the bunker of a "reverend" who kidnapped 4 women and told them the world ended and so they had to live with him.  Once freed, her adventures in modern society are the FUNNIEST show I have watched on tv to date.

Saturday Night Live (SNL on NBC and HULU) - they were already funny, but they took it all to a whole new level, after the election.  So, I would recommend going back to watch the whole last season on Hulu, and the new season starts Saturday, September 30th on Saturday Nights on NBC.  WAY funny.

The Man in High Castle (Amazon Prime Video) - The show based on the bestselling book takes place in the alternative world view, if Hitler and Japan had won the second World War and America was a fascist state.  The similarities with our own world and the direction our world is going is great drama and EXACTLY what needs to be seen to avoid.   Season 3 is set to debut late 2017,

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) - Another best selling book made into a series, this story tells of a society where the ultra conservative control society and in an infertile society have kidnapped women that could get pregnant to make them have sex with the cult leader's males to bear them children, all while the LITERALLY quote a bible passage where Jacob did the SAME THING with his wives' servents in the birthing of the tribes of Israel.  The next season is due on Hulu in 2018.

Colony (USA Network) the past season is on Sling's archive for the channel, and I think it is on Netflix, but if nothing else it is on Amazon Video for pay.  It is a series where the show opens with a society living behind a wall and watched by drones of aliens and human guards.  It is great for showing the effects of a society living in fear and of the rise of a resistance.  Season 3 begins in 2018.

American Horror Story (FX) - the current season of AHS is set in our current society, post election, where people are living in fear of what the GOP will do next (and many tweets the first episode night said "this is way too real"), but what the REAL story of the season is is NOT the election but it is the POWER we give to whatever we fear to control us.  The more we fear it, the more it can dictate our actions to it.

True Blood (Amazon) - I just started watching this with my wife, as it is free on Amazon Prime, now.  The storyline of the blatant racism against vampires is VERY relative to our current society racism being not only supported by the President but PREACHED from his Podium against muslims, gays, women, and more.

Movies from the past that are very relevant:

Demolition Man - a movie where Stallone wakes up after decades to find society under the control of a fascist moral police.  It is hilarious, and I love the speech made by actor Denis Leary..

"See, according to Cocteau's plan, I'm the enemy. Cause I like to think, I like to read. I'm into freedom of speech and freedom of choice. I'm the kind if guy who wants to sit in a greasy spoon and think, "Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecued ribs with the side order of gravy fries?" I want high cholesterol. I want to eat bacon, butter and buckets of cheese, okay? I want to smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in a non-smoking section. I wanna run through the streets naked with green Jello all over my body reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly might feel the need to. Okay, pal?"

Captain America and sequels - These movies about a shadow world government that plants people in positions in world governments to gain fascist control over the world.  As we see a dictatorial Trump aligned with Putin and other strong dictators in the world, while pulling back from democratic allies, one can only wonder how soon we will be saying, "Hail Hydra"..

Money Monster - This movie is about a guy that lost everything in a financial crash taking a financial news network hostage.  He challenges them to ask the companies that lost their money to tell them WHERE their money went?  It is a valid question that even this accounting trained blogger cannot answer, fully.  However, what we DO know is that many people got RICH off the financial crash, while others lost their whole lives (as evidenced in this film).  These rich people that profited off that crash funded Trump getting elected and...guess what?  He has already removed investor protections from that crash in his administration, so they can do it all over again.

That's enough for this month.  Check back next month, and I will have a new list with upcoming movies and shows in that time to make sure not to miss..there are several coming end of the year.

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