****

 

 

There can be

no more exceptions

or privileges.

Everybody must be equal...

 

The power of peace

must be dominant.

 

- Ukrainian President

Volodymyr Zelensky

 

 

!'Nuck said,

Brother Vol!

 

 

!!!!Mir

Peace

Salaam

Shalom!!!!

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

!EXIT 2023

2024'S ZONE WARRIOR

GETS HIGH ON YOU

AND THE ENERGY YOU SHARE

CUTS WRIGHT ON THROUGH

THE ALLEGORICAL FICTION AND FILMS

OF THE DAY!

 

- Gardevil,

with thanks to Neil Peart

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

THE SMART PHONE

HAS BECOME THE NEW RETINA

OF THE MIND'S I.

 

THUS,

THE MEDIUM

IS THE TEXT MESSAGE.

 

- Doctor Brian O'Blivion

 

 

 

****

 

 

"I often say

that there are two languages:

the words that I wrote-

the words you can understand-

and behind that,

there's a silent language."

 

- Jon Fosse,

winner of the

2023 Nobel Prize in Literature

 

 

 

****

 

 

"It sounds silly,

but when people talk about

Jane and Finch

or Downsview,

certain images

come to mind,

and a lot of those images

don't have the beauty...

There's so much history

and impact

that comes out of our community

that gets overlooked

because of media narratives

that have been there

for decades."

 

- Kayode Brown,

CEO of BGRAPHIC,

TORONTO STAR,

Together section,

Sunday, January, 21, 2024,

p. A16.

 

 

 

****

 

 

RIP

 

FRED ROOS

 

1934 - 2024

 

 

Casting director, producer,

 

and

 

friend of an era.

 

*

 

 

RIP

 

ALICE MUNRO

 

1931 - 2024

 

 

A true Nobel woman.

 

 

****

 

 

RIP

 

ROGER CORMAN

 

1926 - 2024

 

 

Legendary cheapskate,

 

with a shrewd and knowing eye

 

for a talented

 

young film artist.

 

!To B,

 

or not to B,

 

he answered that question!

 

 

****

 

 

RIP

 

ELEANOR COPPOLA

 

1936- 2024

 

 

The world will miss

 

your Soul of Lightness.

 

 

 

****

 

 

RIP

 

NORMAN JEWISON

 

1926-2024

 

 

"THEY CALLED HIM

 

MISTER JEWISON!"

 

 

 

****

 

 

!HaW!

 

 

If Anya Taylor-Joy's

 

indie road warrior Furiosa

 

comes from a land up over

 

that resembles

 

and

 

implicitly symbolizes Canada,

 

is Furiosa

 

implicitly linked to

 

indie allegorical warrior Gardevil?

 

?Is

 

Gariosa

 

battling her way down

 

a full throttle

 

Wright line nightmare

 

our destiny

 

this summer?

 

!HaW!

 

At any rate,

 

given the release

 

of

 

FURIOSA,

 

and the 

 

45th anniversary

 

of

 

the release of MAD MAX,

 

how fitting that I recently noticed

 

an implicit George Miller

 

addressing intent

 

to the daylit, allegorical,

 

CGI enhanced and Ozian themed

 

Tim Burton animaction artbuster

 

DUMBO [2019]

 

that is explored

 

in more detail

 

in the Tim Burton "essay"

 

in the

 

Zone Warriors section.

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

!!BRAVO

 

to

 

Francis Coppola,

 

Adam Driver, Aubrey Plaza

 

and

 

the rest of

 

the talented cast and crew

 

of

 

the daylit, allegorical

 

and CGI enhanced

 

indie docufeature film

 

MEGALOPOLIS [2024]

 

on the premiere

 

of this thought provoking film

 

at Cannes '24!!

 

!!!BRAVO,

 

AND ENCORE!!!

 

!!!!ENCORE!!!!

 

 

 

****

 

 

!And 

 

Happy

 

45th anniversary

 

to

 

Maestro Coppola,

 

Martin Sheen, Laurence Fishburne

 

and

 

the rest of the

 

talented cast and crew

 

of

 

the eerily and presciently twilit,

 

allegorical, Ozian themed

 

and

 

implicitly John Huston

 

and

 

George Lucas addressing

 

indie docufeature artbuster

 

APOCALYPSE NOW [1979],

 

making it fitting that

 

a revised and expanded look

 

at this

 

GREAT WILD FILM

 

can now be found

 

in

 

Chapter 4

 

of

 

THE WIZARD OF FORCE!

 

 

!In addition,

 

Happy

 

25th anniversary

 

to

 

Sofia Coppola,

 

Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett,

 

James Woods

 

and

 

the rest of the

 

talented cast and crew

 

of

 

the twilit, allegorical

 

and CGI enhanced

 

indie docufeature film

 

THE VIRGIN SUICIDES [1999]!

 

 

!Happy

 

25th anniversary

 

as well

 

to

 

Spike Lee,

 

John Leguizamo, Adrian Brody,

 

Mira Sorvino

 

and

 

the rest of the

 

talented cast and crew

 

of

 

the twilit, allegorical,

 

Ozian themed

 

and

 

implicitly Lucas addressing

 

indie docufeature film

 

SUMMER OF SAM [1999]!

 

 

 

!And

 

Happy

belated

20th anniversary

to

Sir Peter Jackson,

Viggo Mortensen,

Elijah Wood,

Sir Ian McKellen,

Bernard Hill,

Andy Serkis,

and

the rest of

the talented cast and crew

of

the daylit, allegorical,

CGI enhanced, Ozian themed

and

implicitly

Lucas roasting

and Jason Reitman toasting

indie animaction film

THE LORD OF THE RINGS:

!THE RETURN OF THE KING [2003]!

 

and

 

!Happy

belated

25th anniversary

to

Lana and Lilly Wachowski,

Keanu Reeves

Carrie-Anne Moss,

Laurence Fishburne

and

the rest of

the talented cast and crew

of

the twilit, allegorical,

CGI enhanced, Ozian themed

and

implicitly Lucas toasting

and

Vic Morrow roasting

indie docufeature film

THE MATRIX  [1999]!

 

and

 

!Happy

belated

40th anniversary

to

Alex Cox,

Emilio Estevez, Dick Rude,

and

the rest of

the talented cast and crew

of

the twilit, allegorical,

CGI enhanced and Ozian themed

indie docufeature film

REPO MAN [1984]!

 

and,

 

last but not least,

 

!Happy

belated

45th anniversary

to

Miller,

Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne

and

the rest of the

talented cast and crew

of

the eerily and presciently

twilit, allegorical

and

implicitly David Cronenberg addressing

indie docufeature film

MAD MAX [1979]!

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

!!THAT'S THE SPIRIT!!

 

 

While definitely not

 

the 

 

Ultimate Edition,

 

I have nonetheless

 

finally

 

completely rewatched,

 

rethought, rewritten,

 

and revised

 

the "essay"

 

on

 

the allegorical film art

 

of

 

Sir Ridley Scott

 

in the

 

Zone Warriors

 

section,

 

so feel free

 

to

 

check it out!!

 

 

!Feel free

 

to also

 

ponder

 

the first thoughts

 

on

 

the daylit, allegorical,

 

and CGI enhanced

 

Christopher Nolan

 

indie docufeature film

 

OPPENHEIMER [1923]

 

in

 

the David Lynch "essay",

 

and

 

the

 

re-re-revised

 

Burton "essay",

 

which now includes

 

some more likely

 

thoughts

 

on

 

the daylit, allegorical,

 

CGI enhanced, Ozian themed

 

and

 

implicitly Lucas roasting

 

and

 

Disney CEO Bob Iger toasting

 

animaction artbuster

 

DUMBO [2019]!

 

 

Don't forget to ponder

 

the

 

slightly re-re-revised

 

"essay"

 

on

 

the film art of

 

Sarah Polley,

 

the completely rewatched,

 

rethunked, re-revised

 

and

 

expanded "essay"

 

on

 

the film art

 

of

 

Ben Affleck,

 

and

 

also feel free

 

to ponder

 

the re-revised

 

Lee Ang

 

"essay"

 

for

 

mind bending insights

 

into

 

the daylit, allegorical,

 

CGI enhanced and Ozian themed

 

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

 

indie docufeature film

 

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE

 

ALL AT ONCE [2022]

 

and

 

the first thoughts

 

on

 

the twilit, allegorical

 

and

 

CGI enhanced

 

indie docufeature films

 

RIDE WITH THE DEVIL [1999]

 

and

 

GEMINI MAN [2019]!!

 

 

!!Make sure you also

 

drop by

 

the

 

Zhang Yimou

 

"essay"

 

for slightly revised insights

 

into

 

the twilit, allegorical

 

and

 

Ozian themed

 

docufeature film SHADOW [2018]

 

and

 

the daylit and allegorical

 

docufeature film

 

CLIFF WALKERS [2021]!!

 

 

 

 

!!!'NUCK SAID!!!

 

 

 

 

****

 

RIP

 

SRV

 

Gone

 

but never forgotten.

 

 

!Thank you

 

for

 

TEXAS FLOOD [1983]

 

and

 

COULDN'T STAND THE WEATHER [1984]!

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

Well, luckily for us all,

 

2022

 

ended the dread

 

fortieth anniversary year

 

of

 

the helicopter crash

 

that killed

 

actor/writer/director Vic Morrow

 

and

 

child extras Renee Chen and Myca Le

 

around 2:20 pm in the early morning

 

of

 

July 23, 1982

 

on

 

the George Folsey jr. produced

 

John Landis set

 

of

 

the twilit, allegorical,

 

computer generated imagery enhanced, 

 

Landis and Steven Spielberg

 

executive produced,

 

Frank Marshall produced,

 

and

 

Kathleen Kennedy associate produced

 

Landis, Spielberg, Joe Dante

 

and

 

George Miller

 

docufeature film

 

TWILIGHT ZONE:

 

THE MOVIE [1983].

 

 

!Thank God for that!

 

 

Alas,

 

 while that dire and infuriating

 

anniversary year

 

has been left behind,

 

we are still

 

trapped

 

for a little while longer

 

in

 

the

 

fortieth anniversary year

 

of

 

the release

 

of

 

TWILIGHT ZONE:

 

THE MOVIE

 

on

 

June 24, 1983.

 

 

So we have gone

 

from the frying pan

 

into the fire,

 

people.

 

 

!Frak!

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

"...Quite the movie fan

is Holly Gibney

(although she hasn't been in

an actual theater

since the previous spring),

and she enjoys

Hollywood tentpole movies

every bit as much as art films.

One of her faves

from the eighties

is Conan the Barbarian,

and her favorite line

from that film

is spoken by a minor character.

"Two or three years ago",

the peddler says of Set

and his followers,

"they were just another snake cult.

Now they're everywhere.""

 

- a paragraph from p. 17,

 

and another misquote from p. 326

 

"...Holly channels The Empire

Strikes Back.  "Everything

means something, it does.""

 

and still another quote from

 

the all too fittingly

 

and

 

ominously twilit p. 382

 

"..."Excuse my husband, " Emily says.

"He's upset and it makes him

garrulous.""

 

and

 

this Fourceful and final one

 

from p. 389

 

"...I have a bad feeling about this,

 

Ba."

 

from

the allegorical

and

implicitly Stan and Joan Lee roasting

Stephen King

indie docufiction novel

Holly [2023]

that affirmed

the implicit link

of

lonely, eccentric,

indie, solitary,

STAR WARS luvin',

and mystery solvin'

Holly Gibney

to

equally lonely, eccentric,

indie, solitary,

STAR WARS luvin',

and allegory crackin'

Gary Wright.

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

"Very few critics

 

work carefully,

 

thoughtfully enough.

 

To see a film once

 

and

 

write a review

 

is an absurdity."

 

- Stanley Kubrick

 

from p. 106

 

of

 

STANLEY KUBRICK: interviews,

 

ed. by Gene D. Phillips

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

"...The truth is always the best,

 

the only trouble is-

 

what is the truth?"

 

- Rockie

 

from

 

OUT IN THE OPEN:

 

life on the street [1997]

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

"...Then

when we in turn

write, speak

or do things,

we release our ideas

out into the environment,

where they can infect

new brains.

Ideas,

like viruses,

thus proliferate

at prodigious rates,

changing at prodigious rates,

as they do so."

 

- George P. Smith

 

 

 

****

 

 

"...Received opinion

is

often wrong

and

usually boring;

the text is yours

to interpret...

This ability

to read symbolically,

to view

the very world around us

symbolically,

is at the heart

of

the whole literary

[and cinema games].

To accept things

at first glance

to be

as they appear

on the surface

is to be trapped

in the literal.

To be able

to see

symbolic possibilities

allows one

to begin to make

connections

between things

that at first

seem to have

little to do

with each other."

 

- Doctor David R. Williams, PhD

 

from pp. 88 and 136

of

SIN BOLDLY:

Dr. Dave's guide to writing

the college paper [2004]

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

"...The Evil

running rampant

around the world

shows no sign

of disappearing.

It hasn't changed

since I became

a Hero for fun.

In other words,

I am having no effect

on society.

I'm not sad about that.

I do this for fun,

so I just need

to satisfy myself."

 

- from

the intriguingly garish,

twilit, allegorical

and

CGI enhanced

One and Murata Yusuke

indie manga

ONE-PUNCH MAN:

volume one,

p.92.

 

For some equally garish thoughts

on

ONE-PUNCH MAN,

with "...his lifeless expression

to his bald head

to his unimpressive physique"

[from the Chapters/Indigo Books website],

check out

the

Wright "essay"

in

the Zone Warriors section.

 

!Wright on!

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

...life is the same as death

but the soul continues

in the same blinding light

 

- Ti Jean Kerouac

from

the 123rd Chorus

of

MEXICO CITY BLUES

 

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

 

And remember,

when in the Greater Toronto Area [GTA],

always visit

Image Collections,

the

finest emporium

of

collectibles, games

and

narrative art

in Streetsville,

the "Village in the City"

of

Mississauga.

 

!!'Nuck said!!

 

 

 

****

 

 

 

RIP

 

 

 

Saifeddin I.A. Abutaha

Amarakoonmubiayansela G.G. Amarakoon

Iris Apfel

Shawn Barber

James "Jim" Beard

Edward "Ed" Broadbent

Neil Burroughs

Aaron Bushnell

Christopher J. Chambers

John Chapman

Cheng Yixuan

Herbert Coward

Crocus City Hall music center

and audience

Carol Culleton

Pikria Darchia

Alain Derasp

Peter De Vries

Darren Dutchyshen

Darshani Ekanyake

Jeannie Epper

Jimmy Fagan

Joe Flaherty

Jacob Flinkinger

Laizawmi Frankcom

David Gail

Ashlee Good

Savannah Graziano

Russell Grigg

James Henderson

Bernard Hill

Nathan G. Ingram

Norman Jewison

Toby Keith

Noor I. Khan

Dexter S. King

Ziv Kipper

James Kirby

Annik Klepser

Madita Klepser

Kinga "Kay" Kriston

Maxim Kuzminov

Anastasia Kuzyk

Lori Ann Lapp

Arlene MacNeil

Lynne Marta

Annie and Jim Macdonald

Tony McFarr

Cindy Morgan

Rex Murphy

Shawn Murphy

Alec Musser

Alexei Navalny

Christian Oliver

Samuel Paty

Joyce Randolph

Jean-Francois Ratelle

Jack C. Rhoad

Lee Rigby

Callum Robinson

Jake Robinson

Robert Sachs

Melanie Safka

Elizabeth Seremak

Richard M. Sherman

Dawn Singleton

McCanna Sinise

Damian Sobol

David Soul

Morgan Spurlock

Teresa Suliga

Faraz Tahir

Tiananmen Square Defenders

Iryna Tsybukh

Johnny Wactor

Nathalie Warmerdam

Donna Warren

Mary Weiss

Ashwini Wickramasinghe

Inuka Wickramasinghe

Rinyana Wickramasinghe

Jade Young

 

 

 

 

****