Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Queen Movie Review

Ne Cede Malis, Sed Contra Audientior
Do Not Yield To Misfortunes, But Go Forth More Boldly To Meet Them (Virgil)
PLAYLIST ~ Music By Queen

Ofcourse somebody would want to make a film about the late great Freddie Mercury. I had mixed feelings over it. ALOT of the info in the movie and timeline is false. It’s a piece of fictional work designed to convey what they wanted you to know about him and the band and there experiences. Well, for something more factual, go look at the many documentaries and interviews online. For the film, they tried very hard to make the Egyptian actor Rami Malek, look, sound and act like him. The real Freddie was a physically bigger man and his striking actions and majestic persona are hard capture. I wasn’t entirely convinced of the performance and I don’t know why Rami Malek was chosen, I was more impressed at the actor’s work at the end of the film when he really came alive on stage as Freddie Mercury at the Live Aid concert. Yes, I expected it to win ALOT of awards, because of some elements in the film, even though critics like myself didn’t fancy it much. At the time when I saw the movie, I wasn’t really happy with it to go write a rave review, but as I continue to think about this man and his work, I have to say something. Prior to the film, the music of Queen for years were in movies, TV shows & commercials, and now AFTER the film, it’s still everywhere arguably as the band with the most hits heard in ads. Now this is a testament to their greatness, the mass commercial appeal as of late. There was a time in my development where Queen was one of the rock bands, I designated a moment of my life consistently listening to. The man was a musical genius. I felt the film focused too much on the gay shit. Some of the dialogue consisted of cheesy faggot comments that made Freddie looked like he was some Rupaul Drag person, when in reality, he carried himself more like a man. He was never out there in the public eye talking like that, seeming like that, or carrying himself like that. In reality, he was masculine, that was why when he died at age 45 in the early 1990s, it shocked people when we heard he lost his life due to complications with AIDs. I remember, it saddened me as a teenager back then the way the news of it was suddenly delivered over the airwaves. I missed him. He died too early. And now, so many years later in the current heyday of the flamboyant gay rights movement, they go and make a movie using HIM & his life to be a part of the gay agenda. If you study Queen, you’d know that Freddie himself when he lived, had no interest in being a point person for the gay movement or a Spokesperson on AIDs. He was a private man who was more mindful about HIS MUSIC. I’d think if you were going to do a movie about him, you’d more concentrate on his musical genius and things that really mattered to him. His lyrics hold philosophical content. He’s a Composer, right up there with Mozart, Bach, etc. Looking at the first half of the film was making me visibly upset with them focusing on homosexuality as if that was the main thing about his life, when other people around him at the time, can account for aspects of his personality being non-gay. In reality, heterosexuality was something he valued that the movie could not deny and had to show in some way since there was a woman he was romantically involved with, that he still loved till the end of his life and he left a great deal of his fortune to her even though she married and moved on. Something happened to Freddie as a young Indian boy born in Zanzibar/Tanzania when his family moved there to flee the Uprising in India. Then he developed as a person in England. We may never know the missing info, but there might be clues out there in cyberspace and alternative media. The movie could have been done better without the gay politics. Now we have content Millennials misunderstanding some things about his life and art as we go on as a society. He’s now a Gay Icon. Oh God! He was never seen as that before though. Nor decades before now, was he dug up and embraced as one of them, even at the time he lived. Some people say he was openly gay at the time, but there is evidence suggesting otherwise. Also, homosexuality (Buggery) was still seen as a crime in Britain in the 1960s. To many Americans & others around the globe, it was either a mental problem, or a vice you engaged in and some of us still think so. And for some, cross-dressing was a look you adopted or played around with, but it didn’t mean you were actually gay or lesbian, or something. And people eventually realized if you were or not. If he was privately exploring or finding himself because of some personal issue and I saw that, I wouldn’t make a film depicting that as the central theme of his life. It was more a gay movie, than an real biopic. There was so much more beyond that and what he never got to do in life. I don’t know how he himself would feel about this film they made about his life. I know though, he would have composed a better film about his story.

Lhisa Mrklon,

 

 

 

SOME LINKS ON FREDDIE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Mercury

http://www.freddiemercury.com/

http://www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com/

https://ultimateclassicrock.com/freddie-mercury-teeth/

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006198/

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I, Tonya (2017 Film)

I, Tonya……..now on Dancing With The Stars (DWTS). The 2017 Movie, ‘I Tonya’ was great & the subject matter is relatable played by award-winning actresses Margot Robbie (Tonya) & Allison Janney (The Mother). Looking back at the time period of this story, I was in my graduating year in High School & Nancy Kerrigan was the skater almost everyone was rooting for….., but side opinions count. Some people liked Tonya & her hardship all the way to The Olympics representing America as well. It was fucked up what happened to her career. There are people that can relate to her story. Not everyone fits a mold for certain industries. Does this mean that you CAN’T compete? She was breaking a lot of rules. She didn’t let poverty get in the way, nor having the standard Ice Princess look or breeding hamper her chance at success & fame. And for THAT, she was punished. She was a victim of prejudice amongst HER OWN people. They loved Nancy Kerrigan. The dark-haired beauty could do no wrong. She had the judges in her favor even if she made a mistake on the ice, as long as it was not too bad, her marks were still high. Oh well…..you poor blond bitch, we don’t care about your scrapper way of getting here to our ivy league sport, you don’t belong & we don’t like you, so we’re gonna score you a little bit lower even though you were the ONLY American Woman to land the Triple Axel in 1991 in our International sport. THAT was the general attitude that poor child had to deal with even though she had A RIGHT to be there representing not only The U.S.A, but the downtrodden & disenfranchised rest of us. THEN IT ALL WENT WRONG ONE FATEFUL DAY. The asshole/loser she married to get away from her loud-mouth & funny, but abusive mother, couldn’t leave the skating politics alone & conspired with his friend to have a cohort go to where Nancy Kerrigan was practicing & whack her on the knee, where she famously screamed out, “WHY!” It injured her ability to do well in general, in an effort for Tonya to win Olympic gold ofcourse. There are those despite the old news reports & trial in the mid to late 90s, & now the current movie 23 years later partly told from Tonya’s perspective, who still doubt her innocence. The case was federally investigated & Tonya got banned professionally from the sport & competing nationally & internationally. So now for the first time ever in public, we’re seeing her at 47 years old (still able to land a triple axel while ice-skating privately) on the TV show ‘Dancing With The Stars’ competing for the Mirabal trophy along other respected athletes. But going back to that tragic event from the past, arguably the attack on Nancy Kerrigan was not necessary at all, since Tonya WAS the better skater if you look back at the old footage. The real problem here was the skating committee/judges who discriminated against her for being poor & rock n’ roll. She liked skating to heavy metal music, she looked like a hard rock chic in her outfits & I was into that stuff too & thought at the time watching her on TV, how refreshing to see someone different out there on the ice. Nancy Kerrigan was nice skating to the classical/contemporary themes, but she looked too much like the cookie-cut standard model with how she was carefully packaged. And the people in charge of the whole thing who could have made a difference, were too ignorant & blind to that. THEY are the real ones responsible, because had Tonya been treated more fairly,…..none of it would have happened.

More on the film……..
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Tonya
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/movies/i-tonya-review-margot-robbie.html
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580036/awards

~ Lhisa Mrklon

Christmas 2017

HAPPY HOLIDAY’S Y’ALL

Highlighting special performances this year from both Steve Harvey’s Apollo Christmas Special & Taraji P Henson’s White Hot Holidays.

Here’s DMX’s Performance…………….

And 5th Harmony…………………………

CIARA…………………………………………………

 

FERGIE………………………………………….

 

FERGIE & JUSSIE SMOLLET……………..

The Melisizwe Brothers at the Apollo………

Las Vegas Shooting 2017

Another Infamous Shooting, The Media plays around the tube for answers, asking
‘When Will It Stop?’
Well, it won’t really. Whether it be some conspiracy terror tactic,
or a madman shooting, we live in a
Country where this sort of thing is becoming the norm now.
Why? It’s the culture. You may be the
‘Greatest Country In The World’ as you put it,
but your society needs serious help. Some of the other
countries around the world
are better governed where in their newspapers, you are reading about
normal levels of crime
in a big city, not some privileged weirdo with a massive gun collection that goes
to a
music festival for target practice. Where were the cops & secret agents the government employs to

protect us? Probably busy watching some normal colored person living his or her life,
scrutinizing everything,
desperately trying to criminalize the poor man or woman,
when there was someone ELSE obviously more dangerous
who was able to
FINANCE & ORGANIZE a domestic terror attack, but ‘The Powers That Be’ won’t call it that
or treat the crime like that,
BECAUSE they say, he was a privileged White Man who was simply ‘deranged.’

MORE INFO ON THE CASE BELOW
Fox 5 News
ABC News
CNN
Washington Post
Chicago Tribune
The Atlantic

 

2017 Grammy Highlights & Winners

This past 2017 Grammy awards turned out great with the performances,
but was not without a glitch. At the end, it was nice that a big winner, Adele
complimented Beyoncé’ album ‘Lemonade’ & how it inspired her & that
she should have won best album of the year.
https://www.grammy.com/

Ofcourse, you may not agree with the winning recipient & one would have
to wonder if it is really based on politics or sales.
You can catch a list of all the winners & nominees here……
https://www.grammy.com/nominees