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Netflix presents ‘3%’: How far would you go, to get what you want?

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In a post-apocalyptic future, the remnants of humanity struggle to survive in an on-going battle between the Inland, where poverty and disease and death are rampant, and the Offshore, the last green place purportedly left on Earth that everyone wants to get to. Every person in the Inland after they pass a certain age has the chance to take the Process, the series of tests that allow or deny entry to the Offshore, but only 3% of those people are chosen. This is where our story begins.

In damn near every journey ever, the idea of paradise on Earth comes at a great cost, and ‘3%’ is absolutely no exception. Those who fail the Process are unceremoniously sent back to whatever Inlander hovel they crawled out of, and many of them are bitter and enraged. Some few rebels outright refuse to take the Process and are usually shunned by their fellow Inlanders as weirdos of the strongest caliber; who wouldn’t want to do everything they could to be where there’s fresh food and green growing things? The rebels and castoffs and those who failed to pass the Process, a lot of them have banded together to take down the entire Process and those behind it, and as tattered and disorganized as they are, the rebellion for the Cause is beginning to attract attention. The Process Directors, the guards, and the equivalent of the government that police the Inland, all want the Process to continue without any kind of hitch, and thus the Cause needs to be stamped out, without mercy or hesitation. Already some of the rebels have learned that the best way to take down a regime is from the inside-out, but even if you pass the Process and make it to the Offshore, there’s still that great cost I mentioned to pay, for the privilege. And that’s just season 1!

Read my take on the first season of ‘3%’ here –

https://moviemoxie.net/netflix-presents-3-can-you-pass-the-process/

From Season 1, clear leaders from various sides have emerged. Most of all is Michele (Bianca Comparato), after passing the Process and her dubious rehabilitation at the hands of Ezekiel, finds herself once again reluctantly aiding the Cause against the Process, all in favor of saving her brother Andre (Bruno Fagundes). And as much as Season 2 has plenty of other amazing characters – the incredibly strong and determined survivor Joana (Vaneza Oliveira), the weasel-like Rafael (Rodolfo Valente) who generally always seems out for himself first, ruthless military commander Marcela Alvares (Laila Garin) and her hapless disappointment of a son Marco (Rafael Lozano), wheel-chair-bound Cause enthusiast Fernando (Michel Gomes) and his girlfriend Gloria (Cynthia Senek) – the main story of season two revolves around the Founders of the Offshore in the past, and the foundering relationship between Michele and Andre. Michele’s beloved brother seems to have fully embraced the radical Offshore ideology, while Michele herself determines to fight to find a different way from both the Inland and the Offshore. Coincidentally enough, a secret third option was already in the works, hidden in the mysteries of the Founders that Michele and Andre unearthed, and it will literally change the world!

Check out Moxie’s review of ‘3%’ season two here –
https://moviemoxie.net/3-season-2-wait-theres-three-of-them/

Seasons 3 and 4 of ‘3%’ have a great deal to do with the major surprises dropped in season 2 and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. Suffice to say, Michele is still leading as best she can, beset on all sides but most directly by Commander Alvares, who is bound and determined to not only undermine Michele’s efforts for her people but to flat have Michele executed for her troubles. The Commander’s son Marco has shown back up at the most inopportune time, though he’s rather preoccupied with confronting his grandfather Leonardo Alvares (Ney Matogrosso) and all his pro-Offshore and pro-Family philosophy. Joana now occupies another leadership position by dint of few remaining options and her strength is indomitable, though in the later seasons of ‘3%’, Joana allows her heart open a few cracks and we delight in a little romance with Natalia (Amanda Magalhaes) for our ebony warrior. Poor misguided Gloria can’t seem to decide which would be the best way to jump, and she and her little transgender friend Ariel (Marina Mathey) make life quite difficult for Michele and her allies. It doesn’t help that Michele’s beloved brother Andre has taken up with the Offshore ways too, and is directly acting against the Shell and Michele herself. The Process continues, by means both fair and foul, but those for and against it are coming to a powder keg of a confrontation, and it comes with deadly repercussions for all!

The show showcases all sorts of desperation – parental, romantic, and most especially, simple continued survival – and the staggering, often violent, lengths people will go to, to get what they want. Covered in excellent performances from people who began as ordinary, and learned they could become extraordinary through their own merits, ‘3%’ boasts four whole seasons of brilliant Brazilian (yes the show is in Portuguese, they have dubbed options or you can enjoy subs) television to binge on Netflix now!

 

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Frogfathers lessons from the Normandy surf

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Frog Fathers: Lessons from the Normandy Surf” is a deeply moving documentary directed by Bob Whitney, narrated by John C McGinley, and presented by World of Warships and FORCE BLUE. It chronicles the journey of four Navy SEAL veterans revisiting the site of the D-Day landings to honor their forefathers and gain a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made during World War II.

The film’s strength lies in its raw emotional impact and historical significance. It blends personal narratives with archival footage, offering a poignant tribute to the bravery and resilience of those who fought on June 6, 1944. The veterans’ reflections and the cinematography effectively capture the solemnity and reverence of their pilgrimage.

While the documentary focuses primarily on the veterans’ experiences, it also serves as an educational tool, highlighting the strategic importance of the Normandy invasion and its pivotal role in shaping modern history. The film’s respectful approach and engaging storytelling make it a compelling watch for anyone interested in military history and the enduring legacy of the D-Day heroes.

Overall, “Frog Fathers” is a powerful and heartfelt documentary that honors the past while inspiring present and future generations to remember the sacrifices made for freedom 

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American Horror Story: Delicate

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As most of us are already aware, the 12th Season of AHS has been fraught with all kinds of differences to the previous seasons, mainly in that this is the first one to be based entirely off a novel, ‘Delicate Condition’ by Danielle Valentine. The first half of the season aired in October 2023 to mediocre reviews, while the SAG-AFTRA strike caused production and airing delays for the latter half of the season, and the episodes of Part 2 were all cut to less than an hour long apiece. And none of that is even getting into the disjointed attempt at storytelling for Season 12, so let’s dive into this! 

Meet Anna Victoria Alcott (Emma Roberts), former young ling star of Hollywood now struggling to recapture fame as an adult, who wants a baby, very very badly. Bad enough to drive herself and her husband Dex (Matt Czuchry) through multiple unsuccessful rounds of IVF (in-vitro fertilization), bad enough to keep trying no matter how crushing each failure turns out to be, bad enough to involve her purported best friend and bougie publicist Siobhan Corbyn (Kim Kardashian) in her struggles, and maybe, just maybe, bad enough to give up on a burgeoning resurgence of her career after interest in her comeback role for The Auteur begins garnering her Oscar-worthy attention. 

So, Anna and Dex are going to go through yet another round of IVF, likely one of their last attempts at it, from a different doctor, Dr. Andrew Hill (Denis O’Hare), and clinic based on Siobhan’s recommendation. And already, strange things are beginning to happen to Anna – her appointments that she set herself begin springing up incorrectly, a doom saying woman called Preacher (Julia White) shows up spouting warnings about trusting no one, dire warnings appear in unlikely places, and BTW, it seems as though long-suffering but good-nurtured Dex has a side-piece too. It doesn’t help that Dex’s new partner at his art gallery, Sonia Shawcross (Annabelle Dexter-Jones), bears a striking resemblance to his dead ex-wife Adeline, either. Those spiked emerald heels start appearing weirdly too, and it seems as though no one will listen to Anna as she grows more and more suspicious that some sort of sinister cult has designs on her as-yet-unborn baby. At the same time, Anna tries to live the life of a successful returning actress, attending parties and gallery openings while draping her rapidly-expanding middle in shimmering fabrics and actively ‘campaigning’ for that little golden statue that most actors covet. Competition is fierce, even among her co-stars of The Auteur, and while Anna wants to be supportive of her fellow entertainers, she clearly appears to be incapable of doing both at the same time – wanting the baby and the little gold award at the same time is too much to ask, apparently. 

Elsewhere, mostly in the past, various women in states of desperation formed from one situation or another are visited by sinister-looking women in prim black dresses, headgear reminiscent of – to me anyway – an odd cross betwixt birds and bunnies, my guess is an ostensive nod to fertility in general, and a general feeling of blood-bound witchery about them at critical moments of crossroad choices. 

Though the second half of the season moves a good deal faster than the first, the attempts at callbacks and reminder flashes to Part 1 hit with all the impact of a dropped bag of garbage onto their friends Talia’s (Julia Canfield) borrowed bougie kitchen floor – splat, into incomprehensible silence, from all parties, both characters and audience, concerned. Even the reminders that, in Part 1 of Delicate Dex’s mother Virginia Harding (Debra Monk) did indeed have perfectly valid memories of abuse at the hands of a black cult and Dex’s own father Dex Sr. (Reed Birney), the revelation pales and peels away in the face of Dex’s true parentage. 

Which brings us back around full circle kinda sorta, to the only real character worth a damn in this entire miserable season of strange feminism and aspirations of world domination through a kind of idiotic Rosemary’s Baby nightmare scenario, we should have known she’d steal the show when Kardashian was cast for it, Siobhan Corbyn, leader of the blood cult her high and mighty (old) self. Throughout the whole show her character has remained exactly the same, and it’s a wonder Anna can stare at her all stupefied while Siobhan does her villain speech at the end of the last episode. Siobhan never masked her ambition or greed, her mysterious protective vibe and even deep love for Anna, and can always be counted on to have secret plans of her own, already in motion, bitch. 

The idea that Anna herself was used as a surrogate for Siobhan and her incestuous eugenicist plans, plus the sweet little demon baby she just birthed, has an ironic the-world-is-tilting-the-wrong-way kind of witchy madness to it. Sure, Anna really can have it all, the baby and the golden statue, if only she joins the patriarchy-crushing cabal of blood witches with world domination plans, got it. 

I have questions, or I would have, but things are moving on and Anna is being saved by … Dex’s dead ex, Adaline the former member of the coven right okay her, she’s going to show back up and offer Anna a simple chant to Hestia her patron Goddess, and that is somehow enough to deal with Siobhan entirely – poof. And finally, after all that rigamarole, decades of planning and scheming and witchy plotting finally settled, Anna really can have it all as a White Witch of Hollywood, heaven help us, with her perfectly human baby and that damned little golden statue, clutched in an only slightly desperate grip. 

As with any season of AHS there are a great deal of statements that could be implied just under the skin of the season – the canker way of ambition, the millenia-old pain of a woman giving birth, the savagery and bloodshed that comes with bringing forth life, pushback against both the patriarchy and ultra-feminism, the absolute desperation of humans wanting to have a child, and perhaps strangest and most open to interpretation of all, what it means to be feminine. The worlds population of women who can’t or don’t or simply won’t have children, for any reason or none, are relegated to servants, expendable servants at that, for this new world order that Siobhan is proposing, and that is far too close a comfort to things like outright slavery. A dictator is a dictator, no matter how great she looks in those emerald spiked heels. 

It’s not the really beautiful grotesquerie that Ryan Murphy and his AHS gang are often known for, nor is it utterly terrible and should be burned at the stake. What Delicate should be, is put back together with missing and cut footage, an hour long per episode again come on folks, fleshed some more of Siobhan’s baby-stealing adventures in the past and given us an actual reason to like anything about the whiny Anna, at least the Part 2 we as longtime AHS fans deserve. Toss in some more spidery hijinks! Give us the actual origin of those weird feather bunny-ear headdresses! 

American Horror Story Delicate the whole season can be seen on FX! 

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Jurassic Park: Unraveling the Mystery in a World Gone Prehistoric!

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Hold onto your hats, dino fans! The highly anticipated sequel to the adrenaline-pumping Camp Cretaceous saga is here, and it’s taking us on a wild ride six years in the making. Following the harrowing events of Camp Cretaceous, our beloved “Nublar Six” are back, but they’re not out of the woods just yet. In fact, they’re about to plunge headfirst into a world where dinosaurs roam freely alongside dangerous humans, and trust us when we say, it’s a Jurassic jungle out there!

Picture this: a world where survival isn’t just about avoiding sharp-toothed predators but also navigating the treacherous waters of human greed and deceit. As our resilient heroes reunite in the aftermath of a heart-wrenching tragedy, they quickly realize that danger lurks around every corner, and trust is a luxury they can’t afford. 

But wait, there’s more! Prepare to embark on a globetrotting adventure like no other as the Nublar Six find themselves thrust into the heart of a conspiracy that threatens not only the fragile balance between dinosaurs and humanity but also their very existence. From the lush jungles of Isla Nublar to the bustling streets of bustling cities, buckle up for a rollercoaster ride of epic proportions as our intrepid group races against time to uncover the truth about one of their own and, ultimately, save both dinosaur and humankind from certain doom.

So, dear readers, if you thought you’d seen it all in Jurassic Park, think again! With heart-stopping action, pulse-pounding suspense, and jaw-dropping revelations, this latest installment promises to be a game-changer in the Jurassic universe. Get ready to roar with excitement because Jurassic Park: Unraveling the Mystery is about to take a bite out of your imagination and leave you hungry for more!

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