I've really wanted a female president, even hoped Elizabeth Warren would primary Obama in 2012.
That was, of course, before Warren sold out progressives by failing to endorse Bernie Sanders before the first Super Tuesday. My point is, I've long wanted to see a female president of the United States. But I've never wanted Hillary to be president. I've always felt that she's a disastrous first female president.
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That brings us to the new, all female, new Ghostbusters movie. I went to see it Friday, the opening day. I loved the original Ghostbusters. It was smart and fun. I wanted this one to be the same. It wasn't. It was a huge disappointment. The writers attempted to resurrect the witty repartee that worked so well between the original cast, the Ghostbusters-- Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson-- and the people they interacted with. I found the banter between the new cast to be annoying, not entertaining.
For example. in their effort to reverse genderize the film, they cast Chris Hemsworth as the male equivalent of an airhead secretary. He's actually very good at it, irritatingly so. But the original secretary, played by Annie Potts, is actually smart and helpful and a good person. The 2016 airhead is worthless and a creepy narcissist.
The CGI is decent, though not that much better than we'd expect 30+ years after the original.
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The characters were weak and failed to inspire me to care about them.
The biggest problem was the story. It was too much a takeoff on the original ghostbusters, and sadly, they did a bad job of it. By the point in the movie when I should have been on the edge of my seat, waiting for the next thing to happen, I was, instead, falling asleep, anxious for it to end.
Sadly this movie fell far below my hopes. I'm not even sure I'd recommend spending the time watching it for free on a service like Netflix or HBO.
Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered
first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and
opinion sites, OpEdNews.com
more detailed bio:
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.