TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2016 – Drama Bracket / 2nd Round Results

drama BRACKET

ROUND 2 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

1) Manchester by the Sea Vs. 8) Hidden Figures

ACTING
TIE

WRITING/DIALOGUE
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Advantage: Hidden Figures

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS
Advantage: Hidden Figures

SOUND/MUSIC
Advantage: Hidden Figures

EDITING/PACING
Advantage: Hidden Figures

STORY/MEANING
Advantage: Hidden Figures

DIRECTING
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

TIME MANAGEMENT
Advantage: Hidden Figures

LASTABILITY
Advantage: Hidden Figures

A FILMS GOAL
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

FINAL SCORE

1) Manchester by the Sea – 7
8) Hidden Figures – 15 (Advances to 3rd Round)

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2016 – COMEDY BRACKET / 2nd Round Results

comedy BRACKET

ROUND 2 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

1) La La Land Vs. 8) Hail, Caesar!

ACTING
TIE

WRITING/DIALOGUE
Advantage: Hail, Caesar!

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Advantage: La La Land

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS
Advantage: Hail, Caesar!

SOUND/MUSIC
Advantage: Hail, Caesar!

EDITING/PACING
Advantage: La La Land

STORY/MEANING
Advantage: Hail, Caesar!

DIRECTING
Advantage: La La Land

TIME MANAGEMENT
Advantage: Hail, Caesar!

LASTABILITY
Advantage: Hail, Caesar!

A FILMS GOAL
Advantage: La La Land

FINAL SCORE

1) La La Land – 9
8) Hail, Caesar! – 13 (Advances to 3rd Round)

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2016 – Action Movie Bracket / 2nd Round Results

action movie BRACKET

ROUND 2 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

1) Elle Vs. 9) A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost Fra P)

ACTING
TIE

WRITING/DIALOGUE
Advantage: Elle

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Advantage: A Conspiracy of Faith

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS
Advantage: A Conspiracy of Faith

SOUND/MUSIC
Advantage: Elle

EDITING/PACING
Advantage: Elle

STORY/MEANING
Advantage: Elle

DIRECTING
Advantage: Elle

TIME MANAGEMENT
Advantage: A Conspiracy of Faith

LASTABILITY
Advantage: Elle

A FILMS GOAL
Advantage: Elle

FINAL SCORE

1) Elle – 15 (Advances to 3rd Round)
9) A Conspiracy of Faith (Flaskepost Fra P) – 7

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TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2016 – Drama Bracket / 1st Round Results

drama BRACKET

ROUND 1 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

1) Manchester by the Sea Vs. 16) The Fundamentals of Caring

ACTING
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

WRITING/DIALOGUE
Advantage: The Fundamentals of Caring

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Advantage: The Fundamentals of Caring

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS
Advantage: The Fundamentals of Caring

SOUND/MUSIC
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

EDITING/PACING
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

STORY/MEANING
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

DIRECTING
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

TIME MANAGEMENT
Advantage: The Fundamentals of Caring

LASTABILITY
TIE

A FILMS GOAL
Advantage: Manchester by the Sea

FINAL SCORE

1) Manchester by the Sea – 13 (Advances to 2nd Round)
16) The Fundamentals of Caring – 9

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Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 06/18/2017

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

THE EL PASO POLICE DEPARTMENT’S SPECIAL TRAFFIC INVESTIGATIONS UNIT, A.K.A. THE OVERTIME COWBOYS, SHUT DOWN THE FREEWAY FOR OVER SIX HOURS BECAUSE OF AN ACCIDENT INVOLVING ONE(!) MOTORCYCLE.  IF A REAL EMERGENCY LIKE A TERRORIST ATTACK EVER OCCURS, EPPD WILL SHUT DOWN THE ENTIRE CITY FOR A MONTH – EPPD’s Traffic Unit shut down ALL westbound lanes on Friday, after a deadly motorcycle accident near Yarbrough, and didn’t open up the freeway until more than 6 hours later.  It’s understandable that they would shut down the area in order to render aid and clean up the mess, but to waste SIX HOURS on an “investigation” in an area surrounded by txdot cameras is just wasteful.  El Paso is the only city in Texas, and perhaps the world, where the policed shuts down an entire freeway to “look for clues”.  More than anything, this sort of thing just comes off looking like blatant overtime fraud with no respect for the taxpayer.  To make matters worse, all the money wasted could be used on the police officers who actually do REAL police work and keep us safe by patrolling and going into rough neighborhoods to stop crime.  At some point, the city and state authorities are going to have to step in and see why these investigations seem to take hours ONLY in El Paso and not anywhere else.  (kvia.com)

CAN WE ALL FINALLY AGREE THAT COHEN STADIUM DOES NOT NEED TO BE A BASEBALL FIELD ANYMORE AND JUST TURN IT INTO AN AMPHITHEATER?  AND LET’S SELL THE LAND AROUND THE AREA AND GET SOME PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT GOING – After years of being put on the back burner, the City of El Paso is seriously starting to look at realistic plans for Cohen Stadium and the surrounding area.  Once City Hall Field was built in downtown, the city had no real use for a baseball field in Northeast El Paso but they were reluctant to proclaim Cohen as a white elephant.  Now it seems the city is looking at logical options for Cohen Stadium and its potential as a performance area are finally being appreciated.  El Paso loses out on many tours because of its lack of an amphitheater and Cohen Stadium is an excellent candidate to be retrofitted for that use.  While the city is just discussing the basic ideas on how to revitalize this property, it’s good to see that they are looking beyond just the canopy repairs and are hinting at some future changes to the venue.  I’m not saying they’re going to turn it into an amphitheater, but the smart and rational move here would be for the City of El Paso to turn Cohen Field into an amphitheater.  (kvia.com)

APPARENTLY GETTING IN THE RIO GRANDE IS DANGEROUS IN EL PASO, BUT IT’S PERFECTLY SAFE TO RIDE FUNNY RAFTS A FEW MILES NORTH IN LAS CRUCES.  AT THIS POINT, THE BORDER PATROL AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARE JUST MAKING SHIT UP AND NOT EVEN BOTHERING TO BE RATIONAL.  WHEN YOU CAN BLAME TERRORISTS FOR ANYTHING, EVERYTHING YOU SAY IS THE TRUTH – For the 18th year in a row, the Raft the Rio celebration took place in Las Cruces this weekend as people captained a wide variety of boats through the stretch of the Rio Grande the runs through Las Cruces.  This seemed like a very fun event and it’s a real shame that the government has turned the river into a no man’s land once it reaches the Texas border and practically a war zone once it reaches downtown El Paso.  A once lively and life-giving river has been reduced to a concrete canal due to the machinations of morons hundreds of miles away on both sides of the divide.  Well, at least Las Cruces gets to have fun with the river.  (kvia.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

IF TERRORISTS AND BREXIT WEREN’T BAD ENOUGH, NOW LONDON HAS TO WORRY ABOUT KILLER FIRES – It seems the UK just can’t catch a break and now a deadly high rise fire in London is the latest bit of bad news to hit the country.  Dozens are believed dead as a massive fire gutted the Grenfell Tower and destroyed most of the 24-storey building.  Cost cutting measures are blamed for this fire as the building didn’t have a sprinkler system and the protective cladding cover used in recent upgrades was not fire resistant.  The building was mainly used for low income housing, so that might be why the government went with “cost” when it came down to the cost/safety ratio.  Unfortunately, you expect something like this from a developing nation in Africa or the Americas.  But when a tragic fire like this happens in one of the richest cities in the world, it really makes you question the system as a whole.  (bbc.com)

BECAUSE HOLLYWOOD LOVES A GOOD PLOT TWIST, IT TURNS OUT THE PRODUCTION COMPANY BEHIND THE WOLF OF WALL STREET MIGHT BE A HORRIBLE MONEY LAUNDERING OPERATION THAT STOLE MONEY FROM THE MALAYSIAN PEOPLE TO CREATE A MASSIVE SCAM OF A COMPANY.  THE RED GRANITE MOVIE IS GOING TO BE AWESOME! – Red Granite was a production company that made some big movies over the years and that is now on the brink of having all its assets seized as the U.S. Government continues with its case against the company.  Red Granite is accused of a massive money laundering scheme that involved pumping tons of money out of Malaysia, reserved for economic development that the country REALLY needed, in order for the relatives of Malaysian government officials to pretend like they were Hollywood big shots.  The case is pretty large and complex, so you should do yourself a favor and read the full report to get all the juicy details on just how far these guys went.  As it stands, the government is seeking to seize assets that include paintings worth millions of dollars and movies such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Daddy’s Home and Dumb and Dumber To.  As an added bonus, the investigation also involves Leonardo DiCaprio and parties in Las Vegas!  (deadline.com)

GET READY FOR QUANTUM SPY SATELLITES – THE NEW SAFE WAY TO SECURELY TRANSMIT PICTURES OF YOUR DICK TO RANDOM GIRLS! – The Chinese government has successfully tested a new type of satellite communication system that uses the laws of quantum science to create a virtually un-hackable communication network.  The Micius satellite has been working since last August and continues to show positive results.  This all is a bit too hard to explain in a smarmy paragraph, but the system basically uses photon pairs to hold the encryption keys that cease to work if any detection is attempted on the message.  But just read the full report for more information on how this fascinating system works and ignore my half-assed summary.  Not to be outdone, Donald Trump has announced that he will create a coal-powered satellite system that uses coal encryption in order to counter this new spy satellite from China.  Because the only way to advance the country and Make Murica Great Again is by using 19th century technology!  (bbc.com)

 

Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 06/11/2017

 

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

EL PASO’S VOTERS (ALL FIVE OF THEM) HAVE SPOKEN AND THEY HAVE DECIDED TO CHOOSE STABLE, AVERAGE CANDIDATES OVER INCOMPETENT, ILL-INFORMED OUTSIDERS.  AT LEAST EL PASO VOTERS GOT IT RIGHT – The runoff election for El Paso mayor and city council took place on Saturday and Dee Margo, Alexsandra Annello, Cassandra Hernandez and Sam Morgan were some of the major winners in their respective elections for mayor and city council.  While this election didn’t feature any spectacular candidates, the voters elected the most solid choices available and rejected some of the over the top morons that were running in some of the races.  The City Council District 8 race was the only one not decided on Saturday, but the runoff features two decent-ish candidates that won’t (hopefully) do amazingly stupid things at council.  So the upcoming El Paso government should be MUCH better than what we had before.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

IN HINDSIGHT, CHARGING MONEY FOR PEOPLE TO GO INTO ASCARATE PARK FOR A FESTIVAL THAT DOESN’T INVOLVE A COPIOUS AMOUNT OF DRUGS IS A PRETTY STUPID IDEA – El Paso County Parks and Recreation Director Eric Storrie was fired right after the completion of this year’s Sun City Fair and some sources are saying it was because of the lackluster results of the event that many attribute to his poor management.  Regardless of the situation, Eric Storrie is a useful scapegoat for Ascarate’s troubles but the main issue still remains that El Paso County should not be in the “parks” business and should stop wasting taxpayer money on this and merge their few parks with the City of El Paso.  El Paso County charges a fee to enter Ascarate and the Sportsplex and their parks are STILL in worse condition than the City of El Paso parks that are completely free!  Just save everyone’s tax money and create a metropolitan parks and recreation department run by the city that runs all the parks in the area.  Maybe if the parks were free and not run by incompetent El Paso County officials things like this wouldn’t happen.  It says a lot when you can make the City of El Paso government look amazing in comparison.  (cbs4local.com)

CONGRATULATIONS TO UTEP’S TOBI AMUSAN AND EMMANUEL KORIR FOR BRINGING TRACK AND FIELD NATIONAL TITLES BACK TO THE SCHOOL – The 2017 NCAA Track and Field National Championships are in the books and UTEP came back with a pair of major wins.  Emmanuel Korir repeated as 800m national champion and Tobi Amusan won the 100m hurdles national championship (the first championship for UTEP in that event).  UTEP also had some other athletes with good finishes at the meet and it was a great end to the season for the Men and Women’s Track Team.  Those performances were flashbacks to UTEP’s dominant track teams of the ‘70s and ‘80s that brought multiple national titles to El Paso.  Shine on, UTEP!  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

IN NEWS OF THE HYPOCRITICAL, SAUDI ARABIA HAS ACCUSED QATAR OF FUNDING TERRORISM.  THE SAME SAUDI ARABIA THAT ENCOURAGES RADICAL MOSQUES ACROSS THE WORLD AND THAT PRODUCED MOST OF THE 9/11 HIJACKERS – Because the world is stupid and Donald Trump seems to have emboldened all the dictators of the world, Saudi Arabia has pushed other gulf states to join in on an economic blockade of Qatar because of “terrorist links”.  Nobody is going to point out Saudi Arabia’s hypocrisy because this is obviously just Saudi Arabia bullying Qatar as a way to show dominance in the region and engage in yet another dick measuring contest with Iran.  But just to reinforce the hypocrisy, the very same Saudi Arabia that supports its own weirdo extremist sect of Islam around the world and that is currently driving Yemen to a catastrophe for selfish reasons is accusing another country of having “terrorist links”.  (bbc.com)

THE BRITISH PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN WITH THEIR VOTES AND THEY DON’T TRUST THEIR CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT.  THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT HAS RESPONDED BY JOINING FORCES WITH A BORDERLINE RIGHT WING EXTREMIST GROUP TO GET A MAJORITY.  FUN TIMES IN ENGLAND! – Last week the British people went to the polls after Prime Minister Theresa May called for an election and they responded by voting out multiple members of her party from parliament and eliminating their majority in the government.  So it was a borderline disaster for her and her “mandate” going into Brexit.  Not to be outdone, she has joined forces with the Democratic Unionist Party to get enough seats to have a majority government.  Up until a few years ago, DUP was considered a fringe, right wing, extremist party from Northern Ireland.  But now they are partners in Britain’s leadership as they head into Brexit negotiations!  Good show, Theresa May.  That’s leadership straight from Trump University!  (bbc.com)

MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST LET THE BUMBLEBEES TAKE OVER DETROIT.  THEY CAN’T DO A WORSE JOB THAN THE HUMANS – A recent study of bee populations in Michigan by Paul Glum at the University of Michigan found that bees are now being found in higher concentrations in Detroit than have been found in other urban or suburban areas of Michigan.  The main theory is that the urban exodus in Detroit has left pockets of unused lots that are now filled with native overgrowth that provides tons of areas for bumblebees to gather pollen.  Either that or bees would rather chill in Detroit than other cities in Michigan for some reason.  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)

 

TOURNAMENT OF FILM 2016 – Action Movie Bracket / 1st Round Results

ACTION MOVIE BRACKET

ROUND 1 RESULTS

(2 Points Per Category Win, 1 Point Per Tie)

1) Elle Vs. 16) Chongqing Hot Pot

ACTING
Advantage: Elle

WRITING/DIALOGUE
Advantage: Elle

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Advantage: Chongqing Hot Pot

PRODUCTION DESIGN/VISUALS
Advantage: Chongqing Hot Pot

SOUND/MUSIC
Advantage: Elle

EDITING/PACING
Advantage: Chongqing Hot Pot

STORY/MEANING
Advantage: Elle

DIRECTING
Advantage: Elle

TIME MANAGEMENT
Advantage: Chongqing Hot Pot

LASTABILITY
Advantage: Chongqing Hot Pot

A FILMS GOAL
Advantage: Elle

FINAL SCORE

1) Elle – 12 (Advances to 2nd Round)
16) Chongqing Hot Pot – 10

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Simple Minded Weekly Recap-ITATION! – 06/02/2017

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

AFTER GENERATIONS, HUECO TANKS STILL KEEPS ON REVEALING NEW AND EXCITING DISCOVERIES – Hueco Tanks is one of the area’s most prized treasures that offers an amazing outdoor recreational experience complete with thousands of years of cultural history reflected in the rock paintings throughout the geologic formation.  A survey last March used advanced imaging technology to try and find any previously lost pictographs and succeeded in finding “new” pictographs in 29 sites throughout the park.  The bad news is that those areas will now be closed off for recreational activities, but the good news is that Hueco Tanks now has more archaeological treasures that we can all admire and learn from.  If you ever want to get away for a quick day trip, Hueco Tanks is the place to go.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

MAYBE TECHNOLOGY CAN FINALLY LOWER CROSSING TIMES AT THE BRIDGES LEADING TO EL PASO.  LORD KNOWS GIVING MORE MONEY TO THE BABY HUEY POSSE “PROTECTING” THE BORDER DIDN’T REALLY CHANGE ANYTHING – In another valiant attempt to try and reduce wait times at the international border, the City of El Paso has teamed up with Metropia to create the PDNUno.com website that promises to give instant data on the wait times at all the bridges that connect El Paso and Juarez.  Although many websites and methods have been used in the past to try and monitor bridge wait times and release the info to the public, they weren’t always accurate or easy to use.  The PDNUno is very easy to use and the color scheme and layout makes it look like a playschool app that anybody with half a brain can use accurately.  In addition, the website gets its information from the Metropia app that sources data directly from commuters in real time – so this should be waaaaaaaay more accurate than the “official” times that the bridges themselves give out.  Trying to lower bridge wait times has been a decades long struggle for the City of El Paso and maybe technology and crowd sourcing will finally be the magic key to a more efficient border crossing process.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

GOD BLESS THE EL PASO GAY COMMUNITY FOR MAKING CHICO THE CHIHUAHUA THE GRAND MARSHALL FOR THE SUN CITY PRIDE PARADE.  IF YOU ASK ME, CHICO THE CHIHUAHUA SHOULD BE THE GRAND MARSHAL FOR EVERY PARADE AND SHOULD ALSO BE THE MAYOR AND EL PASO’S REPRESENTATIVE TO CONGRESS – The El Paso Sun City Pride festivities are in their 10th year and the events have grown a substantial amount over the years.  These are great events that offer support for the gay community and act as a showcase for the community as a whole to get to know the gay community in El Paso.  In addition to the parades, there will be multiple events all across El Paso to celebrate the Sun City Pride Fest, so check these events out if you get the chance.  It should be noted that Texas State Senator Jose Rodriguez will also be part of the parade but Chico the Chihuahua was chosen as the Grand Marshal!  God Bless the El Paso gay community and their admiration for Chico.  (elpasoheraldpost.com)

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

WANT TO LIVE A LONG TIME?  STOP EATING FOOD! – One of the more interesting things to come out of recent research into ageing is that if the amount of food consumed is lowered then the test subject lives a longer life.  Not only that, but the years added are “healthy time” that are mostly free of disease.  This doesn’t mean that you should go off and starve yourself, but a simple 30% reduction in calories consumed can lead to a longer and healthier life if these studies turn out to be transferable to the real world.  So don’t eat that much if you want to live a long and healthy life, but ask your doctor first or you might accidentally starve yourself to death.  (bbc.com)

“COWBOY” BOUNTY HUNTERS WERE A STUPID AND DANGEROUS IDEA BACK IN THE 19TH CENTURY, SO IT BOGGLES THE MIND THAT THEY ARE STILL AROUND IN TODAY’S DAY AND AGE – Three people died in a shootout this week in a suburb of Dallas as two bounty hunters tried to “take down” a suspect in a crowded car dealership.  The three people that died were the two bounty hunters and the criminal suspect, but this could have easily ended with civilian deaths – especially when you have idiots that see men with guns and then run up to them to record it with their cells.  You’d think the bounty hunters would have had the common sense to avoid “capturing” someone in a public place surrounded by innocent people.  It should be noted that if this would have happened in El Paso, racist Texas Republicans would have already been bitching about border violence, cartels and national security.  Hell, Greg Abbott would have flipped his wheelchair over trying to get to his computer to fellate Donald Trump via Twitter before Ted Cruz and beg the fascist leader of America for a border wall to stop this big, bad border violence.  But since this happened in a Dallas suburb, Texas Republicans and others were eerily quiet on all this and wrote it off as a freak accident.  Maybe Rick Perry will use his magic geography powers and say it happened near the Mexico border.  (kfoxtv.com)

THE IDIOT DONALD TRUMP HAS TURNED AMERICA INTO THAT ALIEN OCTOPUS CORPSE AT THE END OF WATCHMEN THAT UNITES THE WORLD AND LEADS TO WORLD PEACE.  MAYBE THAT’S HIS PLAN, TO BRING WORLD PEACE BY UNITING THE ENTIRE WORLD IN THEIR COMMON DISDAIN FOR AMERICA – In his continued attempt to make the worst possible decisions imaginable, Donald Trump has started the process to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord and will join Nicaragua and Syria as the only other countries who think that global warming is a hoax and that the rest of the world is wrong.  Even fucking North Korea is part of the Paris Climate Agreement!  Donald Trump made up some bullshit economic reasons for his stupid decision, but this will not have any significant positive impact on the economy as a whole and will just make his high ranking buddies in the energy sector more money at the expense of the environment and the common man.  And if people were hoping that this would destabilize the agreement, the world has actually united in supporting this cause and will now work closer together if only just to spite the idiot in the White House.  So now oil and natural gas prices will go down even further as a result of less regulation and over production which will result in more losses as the rest of the world embraces renewable energy and cuts its demand for fossil fuels.  It’s like Donald Trump read about the collapse of America’s Whaling industry in the 19th century and didn’t learn a damned thing.  He didn’t actually read anything, he just looked at the pictures of the whales and the boats.  Donald Trump is a complete, fucking cunt.  (bbc.com)