Oz

“Oz: The Great and Powerful” [9/10] made me think the TV was malfunctioning when it started, because it’s at half the screen size and black and white. This is by design, to give it an old and otherworldly appearance. It’s a clever movie though, and if you enjoyed Wizard of Oz, you’ll probably like this one too.

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ADDED: “White House Down” [5/10] has enjoyable action movie moments, but is so unbelievable as to almost be spoiled by it. Given the Secret Service screw-ups at the White House recently, maybe it’s not all too far fetched.

The Wolf Is Real

“The Wolf of Wall Street” [8/10] is a gross movie about the excess of American greed. It’s not excessively gory, it instead depicts non-violent financial crimes, and drug abuse.

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The Riders are trying to complete a comeback after being down 24-0. It’s tied in the 4th quarter at 24 now.

Gasland Part II – Fracking Hell

Watched “Gasland Part II” [9/10] on HBO on demand, and it is something you have to see. The case it makes against fracking is a very strong one, and it shows the depths of corruption in the US system that has allowed the poisoning of water tables across America.

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Hunger Games 2

I watched “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” [8/10] and it’s a lot like the first movie, so pretty nifty, but also somewhat predictable.
It’s available from the Regina Public Library. Soon I must watch “Knowing” and “World War Z” before I have to return them.

Charlie’s War

Saw “Charlie Wilson’s War” [8/10] which explains the background behind the Soviet’s failure in Afghanistan, and paved the way for the Taliban to later take over. Today I saw “Cars 2″ [6/10] which explains why we have people focused on fossil fuel vehicles.

Each somewhat ties into the 10 year old book I’m reading, Power Down, which has theories on economic declines, including the US and USSR. The Soviet’s oil production, and America’s have slowed economic growth for each, leading to predictable collapses.