Thursday, 14 June 2012

Bigotry on display in the Twin Cities

On Tuesday evening the city council of St Anthony, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb, rejected plans to locate an Islamic center in the basement of a building that was once the headquarters of medical device manufacturer Medtronic, according to a story in the Star Tribune and the Wikipedia entry for the city. A dozen residents rose in protest against it, many making negative remarks about Islam, despite the efforts of the mayor to deflect such comments. Although the four council members voting against the application from the Abu-Huraira Islamic Center asserted that their decision was strictly based on land-use rules, such an argument is obviously absurd. If the program planned by the small (200 members) congregation is unsuited to the facility, the landlord could be counted on to decline the offered lease. But if the landlord needing to rent out the rest of the building saw no problem with this use of a 15,000 square foot space in the basement, it’s hardly likely that anyone else has any valid problem either.download Shape of a Surface movie

Sadly, it’s been many years since I was last surprised by bigotry, even among the normally level-headed sort you expect to find living in Minnesota. What is still surprising is to see presumably intelligent people not only hold such reprehensible opinions but to express them in public with the media present. Even If I Were King there’s nothing to be done, now that beheading is out of fashion.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Watch Logan (2017) Full Movie Online Streaming & Download

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Quality: HD
Title : Logan
Director : James Mangold.
Release : 2017-02-28
Language : English,Espanol
Runtime : 135 min.
Genre : Action, Drama, Science Fiction.
Synopsis :

What happens when our superheroes get old? It’s essentially something that never happens in our movies, where our heroes are always virile and robust, and if they get a little long in the tooth, we just reboot the series and start over with a younger model. But that’s not the case with Logan, which follows maybe the most famous of the X-Men, Wolverine, as he not only deals with his own broken-down body, but with nursing the longtime leader of the X-Men, professor Charles Xavier. Xavier is now in his 90s and struggles to take care of himself, occasionally slipping into dementia and having trouble recognizing Logan or understanding just what’s going on at any particular time.

And this is just part of what separates Logan from any other superhero movie we’ve seen. I’ll admit that I’ve grown a bit tired of superhero origin stories and crash-and-bang ensemble pictures, but Logan is neither of those things. The characters here feel lived-in and real, and the violence is shocking and gritty. When innocent people are killed in this movie, it doesn’t feel like collateral damage; it’s genuinely disturbing and actually makes us realize that real people’s lives are at stake in this universe.

And even all of this barely scratches the surface. Logan gets involved in trying to save a little girl who’s far more like himself than he’d like to admit, and we eventually follow them as they work with a group of young mutant refugees trying to cross the border into Canada to escape persecution. If that doesn’t resonate with our times, I don’t know what will. The X-Men stories have always reflected racial and ethnic tension and fear, and that’s brought to the forefront here in ways I won’t spoil.

But ultimately, it’s the grounding in reality that makes Logan a special film. We see the broken bodies of our superheroes laid bare, we feel the difficult emotional reality of trying to care for an elderly loved one who has difficulty understanding his own condition and can snap in strange ways at any moment, and we know that nothing can last forever, not even our greatest heroes.