Posts tagged cinema
Posts tagged cinema
First Footage of Gareth Edward’s Godzilla Does Not Disappoint
I’ve harbored a fascination with monster movies since I was small. There’s something both terrifying and awe-inspiring about creatures with the power to decimate entire cities in the blink of an eye. Godzilla, of course, is the king of such beasts, and has been one of the most well-known monsters to ever grace the silver screen since his original appearance in 1954.
Today, we finally witness the first footage from the newest iteration in Godzilla’s reign of terror. Gareth Edwards, director of the amazing film Monsters, is finally giving us the Godzilla that fans have been pining for, and I can hardly wait.
The trailer, brief as it may be, shows a city leveled by the destruction of, what appears to be, a tremendous battle. We’re treated to a glimpse of a kaiju corpse, strewn across a deserted street. To make matters more horrifying, J. Robert Oppenheimer’s infamous speech about the Atomic Bomb is draped over the trailer like a dark shadow. The line pulled from Hindu scripture sends a chill racing up the spine of any who hear it and, when paired with the striking visual of Godzilla rising triumphantly from a haze of smoke, it’s effectively one of the most promising and terrifying things I have ever witnessed.
Maybe the fan in me is blowing this severely out of proportion, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t the Godzilla film that I’ve always hoped for. Sure, this is merely a trailer, but the sheer sincerity with which Edwards is approaching this film gives me a kaiju-sized amount of hope.
Don’t just take my word for it, friends. Feast your eyes on the first trailer here.
This film from Spain is about the 2000 Cochabamba protests in Bolivia. You should check it out if you haven’t seen it or not familiar with the Cochabamba Water War (another nickname for the 2000 protests).
According to The Ecologist in 2000, the World Bank declared it would not “renew” a 25 million USD loan to Bolivia unless it privatized its water services. According to Jim Shultz, executive director of the Democracy Center in Cochabamba, the World Bank believed that “poor governments are often too plagued by local corruption and too ill equipped to run public water systems efficiently. …[and that the use of private corporations] opens the door to needed investment and skilled management,”
In a 1999 Public Expenditure Review, the World Bank stated that “no subsidies should be given to ameliorate the increase in water tariffs in Cochabamba”.The New Yorker reported on the World Bank’s motives, “Most of the poorest neighborhoods were not hooked up to the network, so state subsidies to the water utility went mainly to industries and middle-class neighborhoods; the poor paid far more for water of dubious purity from trucks and handcarts. In the World Bank’s view, it was a city that was crying out for water privatization.”
It’s an amazing case of poor people uniting and rising above greedy capitalists and neoliberals, you should read more.