Monday, September 16, 2019

"The Frame" by Jamin and Kiowa Winans

I just finished watching The Frame for the third time on Amazon Prime. For the last three days I've felt compelled to watch it each night before going to bed.

Brilliant. Just absolutely brilliant.

Through taking many chances on late nights with movies I've never heard of, and sometimes ignoring reviews due to subject matter, I've managed to discover a handful of independently produced diamonds that I will forever cherish. The Frame has already permanently engraved its place on that short list.

With The Frame, I was initially intrigued by two things: that it was the next successive full length movie by the Winans's, after their altogether original and touching film called "Ink," and the fact that it either garnered 1 star or 5 stars on Amazon, with not a lot in between.

The Winans's themselves are to be admired and supported. I watched an interview with both of them, and their situation as independent film makers with no substantial Hollywood 'backing' thus far is sobering. No, they're not starving, but I find it odd how a filmmaker such as Terrence Malick, whom I also respect and admire, makes beautiful but much less accessible movies, and yet has considerable Hollywood money and many big stars waiting in line to be in his projects.

To that end, as there is no DVD to purchase on Amazon, I'm going to visit the Winans web site this week and buy the deluxe package for the sole purpose of supporting their exceptional work. They've made three full length movies in fifteen years, and I'm sure they'd be more prolific if the proper recognition were administered.

Their film Ink, released in 2009, was deservedly given 100% from six critics on Rotten Tomatoes. The Frame, released in 2014, has no critics weighing in on it at all on the same review site. I find that strange and perplexing, as they seemed to love Ink. The audience gave Ink an overall score of 81%, and inexplicably gave 70% to The Frame. Yes, Ink seems to have been more popular, and it is a great movie.

But The Frame is no Ink. Not even in the same ballpark. It is a far, far greater accomplishment. The Frame does no less than create a brilliant allegory that effectively addresses the mystifying, frustrating, bewildering and glorious relationship of Man and God. Winans pulls this feat off so well, apparently many Ink fans just didn't know how to approach the subject matter.

As for The Frame, so many details I could comment on. Things that were so clever, so inspired, so well thought out and so emotionally upheaving, that "mind-bending science fiction thriller" becomes a worst case attempt at properly describing the profound nature of the film. The name of the town it all takes place in is merely square one. But if I were to go on about all these things, I would end up sounding starry-eyed, and honestly, I'd also end up spoiling some of the shining moments the viewer gets to discover.

The movie is well made entertainment. But it's also an experience that either speaks directly to you and makes you aware of yourself as a humble, naked creation of God, or it befuddles you as you try in vain to decipher what on the surface appears to be a confusing cinematic journey. Quite an accomplishment for a film that is not considered a 'Christian movie.'

Jesus spoke in parables on purpose so that only those who sought truth would understand, and I expect those who appreciate this movie would share that same understanding.


Friday, September 6, 2019

The disparity is there if you know where to look

Depending on the 'side' you choose in terms of political correctness in 2019, you are either aware of how conservative voices are being vilified and banned, or you think that concept is just false hype perpetrated by whiny Right wingers who can't take the truth.

Seeing the truth of the matter used to be as easy as looking at the like versus dislike ratios on YouTube videos. However, with YouTube's ever-increasing tendency to remove comments, videos and entire channels, it gets more difficult to find how the majority of viewers genuinely feel about something.

An excellent still-existing current example of the difference between the media and the public, are the ratings shown on Rotten Tomatoes for Dave Chappelle's Sticks and Stones show.

In the show, Chappelle's societal provocations, which happen to be funny due to their contemporary relevance, are received with polarity, as witnessed by the conspicuous disparity between the critic (media) and audience (public) ratings.

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dave_chappelle_sticks_and_stones

As of September 6, 2019, all of ten media critics have weighed in with an overall rating of 30%. In contrast, 22,250 members of the audience have given Sticks and Stones an overall rating of 99%.

Think about the stark contrast and what it implies.

Fake News earned its tag by deliberately and consistently espousing a narrative that is the opposite of the ethos of the people.

The Left's voices may be the loudest in the public square, but they don't speak for the majority of the country.



Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Wonders never cease where money is involved

A scant two days after I encouraged everyone to give Soph's vulgar red-pilling a try, I find to my dismay she had pulled all her own videos off of BitChute and signed a contract with Gavin McInnis to restrict them behind a paywall known as freespeech.tv.

I apologize to everyone for my premature promotion of her. She is only fourteen years old after all, and as she becomes an adult, she'll likely recognize the mistake she's made, and get herself unbound to the contract she surely entered. Are Gavin McInnis and Milo Yiannopoulos grooming her for some political puppet strings that they control? Who knows.

I did see potentially great things in her future. Perhaps they are still there, I couldn't say.

Her own actions in joining freespeech.tv have helped Google accomplish its original aim when it cancelled her YouTube account: Soph has been effectively censored, because she will not even come close to the audience she would have had by staying on BitChute.

Most people won't pay $120 a year for things they can get elsewhere for free, brilliant or not.

She could have at least used an alternative method to get payment for her work. Word is she was doing very well on Patreon before they cancelled her account, so there's no shortage of fans willing to assist her.

Regardless, an exceedingly disappointing turn of affairs. What a shame.



Sunday, September 1, 2019

One more notch on Google's evil bedpost

I went to see if "Soph" had any new videos on her YouTube channel, and what did I find?

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT7BLBDnD-wEXeqZSg24aJw

Of course! YouTube doesn't even attempt to appear nonpartisan in their "community guidelines" assessments anymore. They pretty much just swing their self-righteous sword and lop off dissenting heads.

I realize that everyone on the Left, and some left-leaning moderate liberals, might agree that they need to silence a 14 year old conservative girl who uses vulgarity and intimate details of the sometimes shocking lives of teenagers in 2019 to intellectually ridicule the Left's bizarre and corrosive agendas.

Observe this hit piece that effectively quotes Soph out of context with the express purpose of painting her as a Right-wing extremist. They even provided sound bites in a section below the article to make her seem like a racist, murderous radical, as opposed to a 14 year old gamer who happens to make frivolous statements that clearly would never be acted upon by anyone, including herself:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7029821/Potty-mouthed-14-year-old-anti-PC-YouTuber-comes-fire.html

However, despite dismissive hand-waving from some, the consistent censoring of conservative voices continues unabated on YouTube, which is of course ultimately the work of Google, who owns it.

But fear not! Google is slowly steering the steamroller that will one day push them aside for other digital services that do not lean so far in one political direction.

For example, Soph copied her content from YouTube to BitChute, the largest and fastest growing competitor to YouTube. On BitChute, you may find material that is offensive to both the Left and the Right, but what you won't find is censorship based on politics... you know, the way YouTube used to be before Google bought it and added jackboots and biased algorithms to it.

https://www.bitchute.com/channel/soph/

You'll notice there are only 38,000+ subscribers so far on Soph's BitChute channel, as compared to the significantly larger subscriber base she had on YouTube before they axed her. But this is not a real problem in the long run. As more people find out about and use BitChute (much the same as savvy people making the wise choice and using Duckduckgo for their search engine instead of Google), her numbers will rise again.

Don't get me wrong. I don't think hearing a 14 year old cuss and colorfully deride teenage anal sex is the best that the Internet has to offer. But what Soph's critics completely miss (or deliberately ignore out of fear) is that her intellect is formidable, and her views are a direct reflection of many others from her generation. A generation referred to as Generation Z, or "Zoomers," a deliberate rhyme of "Boomers."

Generation Z has been written up in Forbes and other magazines, most notably because Zoomer politics lean further to the Right than several previous generations. Some writers have commented that they could possibly be more conservative than the World War II generation. Perhaps not in every area of life, but in many of the areas that are currently overly influenced by Marxist social engineering from the Left's elite.

I think Generation Z is worth keeping an eye on. They are our future after all, and since they grew up with the Internet, they know that no rational human being who wants the truth about anything gets all information from one source.

Soph's commentaries are sometimes shocking (at least for us older folks), often amusing, and always keenly astute in terms of what the world is offering her generation. She has a bull**** meter that is impressive and very finely tuned. And for this to come from a 14 year old, I'd say the future looks brighter than the Left's fear-and-hate mongers would have you believe.

Give her videos a try. You'll laugh a little, choke a little, and learn a lot more about your children's points of view than you realized was relevant.