September 12, 2022 by bck1402
At this point, it’s been over a month since I’ve been to the cinema, or what I might sometimes call ‘my church’; a quiet place to watch or listen to a particular sermon (movie), contemplate its messages and later reflect on it in a review. As it is, it has been a touch depressing.
Ever since the debacle that led to Thor Love and Thunder being banned over here, reportedly on LGBTQ issues, there hasn’t really been a movie I’ve been interested In catching on the big screen. Sure there have been movies being released, mostly of the Asian variety coming in from China, Indonesia, India, Korea, Japan, and of course a few local releases. We have a very diverse Asian population around here.
On the Western imports front, there have been mostly ones that haven’t caught my attention. Sure there was Minions: The Rise of Gru, but I never saw the one before. The last in the series I saw was Despicable Me 2. Then there was the DC League of Super-Pets movie; not quite a fan of the continuing team-up of The Rock and Kevin Hart tho. Orphan: First Kill… but why? The first one didn’t quite thrill as it could and I guessed the twist pretty early then.
The last week or so saw the release of Beast, Fall and George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing. Instead I’ve been taking caution due to the onset of shingles following a booster shot. Don’t want to be the cause of a chicken pox outbreak somewhere. So the last cinematic experience was Bullet Train early last month.
With September hitting midpoint and October on the way, it means there is a slew of horror flicks coming our way. That is, if they make it to our screens, which is actually quite likely. It’s one of those genres that seems quite acceptable most of the time. We should be getting Jordan Peele’s Nope later this week. These modern horror flicks are not a genre I bother catching in the cinema. Which could mean I wouldn’t be in the cinema until late October or sometime in November when Strange World or Black Panther: Wakanda Forever might turn up. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is scheduled for December according to the listing on CinemaOnline. Eagerly awaiting that one.
That kinda suggests that major studios in the US are not bothering with many cinematic releases either, or much of it aren’t getting past out so-called ‘guardians of morality’. From what I can gather, it isn’t so much the ‘L’ part but rather the ‘G’ part of the LGBTQ issue where the Thor movie was concerned. Although, it was the reverse where Lightyear was concerned when it got itself banned from our cinemas. As far as I know, both of these are now available on the Disney+ Hotstar app locally now.
Given that in either case (cinema or app) you have to pay (one way or another) for watching it, I don’t know what the overall issue is. After all, we do have ‘classifications’ for movies being released in the cinemas on top of the still on-going snipping of movies even in a digital form. They are still against nudity and swearing in the movies. Even the occasional kiss gets the snip when it’s not a same sex couple.
Before the mess with Lightyear and Thor, The Eternals and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker had their little snips with little complaints. Audiences in general simply accepted it as the way things are around here. It didn’t stop people from watching the movies nor did it convert anyone, or even alter anyone’s behaviour as far as I know.
But still, that’s what we get.
Most of the time, there isn’t an issue.
Meanwhile, on a personal side, the shingles are clearing up. I’ve been doing lots of drawing as part of some work-for-hire ~ no, can’t share any of that. If the book comes out, will let you know in way of promotion, if allowed.
And will have consider what to do to keep the review site a little more active.
And then there’s October coming, which means Inktober is around the corner. Not too sure if I want to do that this year.
We’ll see tho.