But before I continue, for those who read my blog yesterday about John Wick Chapter 2, and have not yet seen the original, it plays TONIGHT on your SyFy channel at 8PM in Hawaii (Oceanic) and, I think, 10PM in the continental USA. Check yourself for details.
I just saw two more films, both with a Chinese connection:
Skiptrace 33 27
The Great Wall 35 55
American movie industry is in a funk. 2002 was the year most tickets were sold, 1.6 million, versus 1.3 million last year. China is already making a difference and growing:
- Since 2011, box office revenues have been flat in the USA, but growing 35% annually in China.
- China his building 26 screens/day to meet the burgeoning demand.
- In 2012 opened up the market to foreign films allowing 34 non-Chinese films into the country.
- However, films like Mission Impossible III and Skyfall were edited to minimize any Chinese insults.
- However, the Great Wall looks fabulous. The Wall is 5500 miles long. Imagine the Roman Colosseum, built around 2000 years ago, extending from Rome to Beijing, a distance of only a little more than 5000 miles, and you can appreciate the enormity of this effort.
- The Wall itself began construction half a millennium before Jesus and was completed maybe 500 years ago. Thus, there is a hint that the wall was built not to stymie the Manchus, but because of these aliens. There is a bit of confusing dialogue as to why the bones of these outer space creatures just disappear, so we don't see them today. As I said, everything is explained to the point of ridiculousness.
- Aliens are the enemy. They came when a green meteor crashed into the Middle Kingdom two thousand years ago. They have been becoming smarter, and attack the wall every 60 years, and in their most recent attack (you got to wonder why they never developed any weapons), had evolved to the point where this was a diversionary tactic to dig a hole under the Wall to reach Beijing.
Yesterday I wished Donald Trump Happy Presidents' Day. Today, I congratulate him for spurring the stock market, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached yet another all-time high, up 113 to 20,738.