Quote from The Handmaid’s Tale by Commander Waterford: “Thank you. We will certainly discuss the issue seriously.”
The Handmaid’s Tale is an adaptation from Margaret’s Atwood’s book with the same title. This show is about living in an autocracy where “families” are limited in their freedoms and bound by laws rooted in religious doctrine. The different strata found in Gilead often live their days without deviation and as they go through the motions it’s the same events happening over and over again. It becomes clear to the handmaids, whose only responsibility is to give birth to healthy babies, have little resources offered to them. Therefore, they can and do turn on each other, as well as finding it difficult to know who to trust. Much of the show’s appeal is rooted in the common human desires we all have, and throughout the two seasons the abundant lack of compassion and tolerance doesn’t hurt either. Viewers want to see inside the workings of Gilead. They want to witness the brazenness of the people who follow willingly the rules in Gilead in order to understand it. They want to see how well those who serve the wealthy are able to cope and survive the demands placed on them. The weaving of backstory, sometimes lengthy but necessary, allows you to better understand the current events happening. The power struggle is real between the have and have nots, and the line is not so clearly defined as you might think. As the viewer you want to sympathize with certain characters over other ones, and reminded that not all bad people are bad and not all good people are good. If you’re not hooked by the first two episodes, then this probably isn’t your kind of show. It stars Elisabeth Moss, Max Minghella, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd, Amanda Brugel, Madeline Brewer, O-T Fagbenle, and Alexis Wiley. It has guest roles superbly done by Marisa Tomei, John Caroll Lynch, and Cherry Jones. It’s an MGM production. It had the release date of April 26, 2017. The rating is TV-MA for sex/nudity, violence/gore, profanity/alcohol/drugs/smoking, and frightening/intense scenes. Each episode has a running time of 60 minutes. The third season will be ready for viewing in 2019. I can’t wait.
Pisaries Creator rates The Handmaid’s Tale at 97%.
Quote from Joe Hutchison, Damien Echols father: “It’s like a nightmare you can’t wake up from. Our son is innocent. We intend to prove it.”
Quote from Mara Leveritt: “Children don’t write their own tragedies. That is the work of adults.”
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication: October 21, 2003 (first printing edition)
Page Number: 432 pages
A person can be at the wrong place at the wrong time when it comes to felony crimes such as murder, rape, and robbery. Individuals who were convicted for crimes they didn’t do and then released from prison after biological evidence doesn’t place them at the scene of a crime can become big news. The same can be said of certain interview methods, where crossing the line into bad investigative work occurs and can lead to erroneous convictions. A person’s testimony is usually less reliant than biological evidence. There are people who were not found guilty that clearly should’ve been, but throughout the process from arrest to trial, there were either huge mistakes made or a great legal team was hired. This is what is offered to us, those who sit on couches or in my case, a futon, watching it play out from afar.
This real life story of the tragic and horrible murders of three young boys in 1993 led to the arrest of three male teenagers based on a confession, witness testimony, and hysteria into their activities. There was nothing keeping these now labeled sadistic and cold-hearted murderers away from the criminal justice system limelight as Echols, Baldwin, and Misskelley Jr. were found guilty of capital murder where Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life and Echols a death sentence under Arkansas law.
Leveritt covers in-depth the investigation, trial, sentencing, and counsel of the arrested suspects. She goes deep into the ways this triple murder was bungled from the start, but from as objective a voice possible. From an investigative and moral standpoint, Leveritt seeks to push those with the power to right a wrong. I read this book quite a while ago, but it’s been interesting to glance at it again from where I’m sitting now. It reminded me of the ways in which police departments and court systems vary across the United States. Yet, there’s a constant and that is a criminal trial can’t have two victors. Someone always has to get the short stick, and in this case it was clear who was holding it. While I wasn’t surprised the way it ended because of its geographic location and small town culture, I wondered if the trial would’ve ended in guilty verdicts in a large city.
This wasn’t the reality the three teenagers, now men, had the luxury of wishing for as they served eighteen years already and had many more to go. As quickly as they were arrested, convicted, and thrown into the prison system in 1994, all three were released on an Alford plea in 2011. While many things were exposed during this trial, the fact remains that three young boys will forever remain eight despite whether you believe the three men are guilty or not. I’m waiting for the day when these murders are solved 99.99% with accuracy and hope I’m still alive if it does happen.
Quote from The Men Who Stare at Goats by Lyn Cassady: “Once you understand the linkage between observation and reality then you begin to dance with invisibility.”
Producers: George Clooney, Barbara A. Hall, Grant Heslov, James Holt, Paul Lister, Alison Owen, Luillo Ruiz, and David M. Thompson
Director: Grant Heslov
Writers: Jon Ronson (inspired by book) and Peter Straughan (screenplay)
Cast: George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Lang, Robert Patrick, Stephen Root, Nick Offerman, etc
Rating: R for language, some drug content, and brief nudity
Running Time: 1 hour and 34 minutes
The Men Who Stare at Goats is a comedic satire about war. It starts with an interview by Bob Wilton of a man named Gus who took part of a secret Army mission. The story is published in a local newspaper, but Bob forgets about it until he finds himself in the Middle East. It is here he coincidentally meets one of the other soldiers, Lyn Cassady, who took part of this mission as mentioned by Gus earlier. Lyn comes to trust Bob and tells about his involvement in the New Earth Army along with its origins and objectives. He eventually invites Bob to accompany him to Iraq, but along the way Bob questions Lyn’s mental stability and how truthful he is being regarding his psychic abilities. After a few mishaps along the way, they find themselves in the hands of a private research firm. It is here Lyn reunites with some of his past army buddies and Bob continues to find himself. This movie is downright ridiculous in certain scenes and whether you believe in psychic powers or not, I’d say the acting performances and story overall is worth your time if you can stop from being serious for a few hours in your day.
The Men Who Stare at Goats gets a rating of 91%.
The budget for Billionaire’s Boys Club was 15 million and only made 618 dollars in the opening weekend. While it probably will earn a little more money when it comes out of DVD/Blu-ray where people watch it in secret in the comforts of their homes/apartments or stream it online, it doesn’t fail in comparison to the lowest grossing earnings below. No one likes to lose money especially when it ranges in the millions. Here is my list of the big blockbuster movies based on numbers from the lowest to highest grossing and those movies with the highest losses. So far no movie can beat Gone with the Wind (1939), no movie can earn as little as Lolita (1997), and no movie can lose as much as Sinbad (2003).
Let it Go
I was willing to let it go.
Let the dogs lie peacefully, but you had to utter those words.
You did not see how it’s my usual nature to ignore someone like you,
to let the wind carry your stupidity away before it lands on my shoulder.
This time it was different.
Your disrespect in the way you muttered something under your breath.
I will remind you it was your fault.
I was not the one who took something that was not mine.
You were the one who kept pecking.
You were the one who created this divide between us with the reaction on your face,
and the returned response on mine.
There was nothing left between us except your frustration and anger,
and all because you could not let it go.
Those words I could not hear.
I knew what they meant,
and this is why I was not silent.
What Will You Write About?
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication: April 11, 2012
Page Number: 304 pages
It seems this book came out a lot earlier than six years ago, but I’ve probably had it sitting on my shelf right after it came out. I’ve done a few entries in there, but most of it is blank white pages. This book is a good way to get the writing juices flowing again. I admit I’ve been very lazy in terms of having the motivation to write anything, whether it be blogging, poetry, short stories, or writing my novel ideas. It seems all I want to do is everything else but writing. I’ve pushed my deadline for 2018 of my rewrite to the end of 2019. I’m not even focusing on my rewrite until I get some other things in order, mentally and physically, despite it sometimes gnawing at me. I plan on dabbling in these book exercises and writing whatever comes to mind. I’ve had a problem lately with wanting everything I do to be perfect. I’m not the only one who struggles with this, but thought I’d let writers and creative people out there know about this book. Enjoy and happy writing and the struggles that come with it.
It might seem I have a thing for horses, but I really don’t. I’ve just had a succession of smaller puzzles that had horses on them. They are the last ones. I swear.