Thursday, August 22, 2019

ENG298.1002--Miley Cyrus Affair--ONCE UPON A TIME..., AGAIN

J. L'Angelle
College of Liberal Arts
University of Nevada, Reno
Fall 2019

     Currently with 43.7 million Twitterheads, Miley Cyrus has no intention of disappearing into the dustbin of history, and with (maybe) no current hit headed towards the charts, why not try for divorce? The pattern is repeated time and again by these teen heartthrob pop artists, bland singers and performers and plain dull celeb headline mongers. Alexandra Hurtado in Parade mag gives a brief look of the latest hitch-and-split department;
     "Cyrus and Hemsworth, who met in 2009 on the set of The Last Song, had an on-again, off-again relationship before the actor popped the question in 2012. They called off their engagement a year later, and reconciled in 2015. The pair said 'I do' last December." (Parade)
The marriage never made it through the Summer of '19. Cyrus offers a Tweet barrage of reasons and excuses, but none of them seem to mean much. She did, however, capitalize on the breakup by releasing a song, reported by Olivia Blair in Elle;
     "Cyrus has also articulated her feelings since the break up, releasing the song 'Slide Away' which features lyrics like 'Move on, we're not 17, I'm not who I used to be. You said that everything changed, you're right we're grown now.' " (Elle)

That fits a standard pattern in a cheap trick to boost record sales. Actual details of the legal separation can be found in screenshots of the docs at the UK rag, Metro in today's report by Mel Evans;
     "While some of her (Laura Wasser) previous celebrity clients went through lengthy legal squabbles (such was the case with Kim and Kris after he called their marriage ‘fraudulent’), Liam and Miley have no children together, therefore, things should be smooth sailing." (Metro)
Not if these post-adolescent headline mongering brats have anything to say about it.
     Not content with waiting to let the high profile legal eagles divide up the loot, enter Miley once again with more of what the snubbed spouse complained about in the first place, reported by Jaclyn Roth of In Touch Weekly;
     “ 'Miley is shocked and hurt that Liam filed for divorce so quickly,' a source exclusively told In Touch. 'While she’s moved on, she expected him to wait so they could both make the decision together. The bottom line is, Liam has had enough of Miley’s attention-seeking ways and wants out.'”
(In Touch Weekly)
The "source," unnamed, obviously prefers to remain just an anonymous rumor spreading gossiper with the help of In Touch Weekly while dodging the prospect of appearing in Superior Court in front of the judge for trying to sink the "smooth sailing" mentioned in the Mel Evans story.

     Another twist in the story is why the snubbed old man hired such a great white shark to represent him in court if he expected the yacht to sail off smoothly into the sunset loaded with booty from the pop-star's royalties. Rachael Martin in Metro of the UK has this to say about Laura Wasser;
     "The high-flying professional has a number of tactics for minimising the exposure of her cases, including filing divorce papers, ‘right before a holiday weekend, or on Christmas Eve’ and telling celebs to hold off filing until they can do so alongside other divorces to spread out the press attention across a few couples at once." (Metro)
Obviously none of that advice meant a hill of beans for her newest clients out to score as much as they can in the settlement (and headlines), as rumors fly across social media of infidelity, dope and irreconciliation.
     As for the cheating allegation fronted by husband, Miley insists she has nothing to hide, according to Karen Mizoguchi's report in People mag;

     "It is no secret that I was into partying in my teens and early 20s. I have not only smoked, but advocated for weed, I’ve experimented with drugs, my biggest song to date is about dancing on molly and snorting lines in the bathroom,” (People)
Just what the great white shark representing the husband needs for ammo, hide the dope, quick!! And look at the language, "partying," "weed," "snorting;" does that sound like an innocent pop star her 43 miillion fans on Twitter know well and love, or someone they want to hide from themselves? Add divorce to the role model.
     The case goes to court, according to the docs, on "TBD."

Late Arrival: (08/24/19)
     Yet another bland pop singer has just released an album and uses her celebrity status to badrap the status quo to promote it, as Sharareh Drury notes in the Hollywood Reporter;
     "The 29-year-old singer, who just debuted her seventh album Lover, described the current political landscape in an excerpt from the interview, saying 'all the dirtiest tricks in the book were used and it worked.' On Trump specifically, the Pennsylvania-born artist said his presidency and administration are 'gaslighting the American public into being like, 'If you hate the president, you hate America.'"
'We’re a democracy – at least, we’re supposed to be – where you’re allowed to disagree, dissent, debate. I really think that he thinks this is an autocracy,' she added." (Hollywood Reporter)
At the age of 29, she is about to fall prey to the Sixties slogan, "Don't trust anyone over 30." Notice also the use of the word "hate" which is in vogue lately.

Verified Sources
Kaitlynn-Miley photo, Instagram
Hurtado, A.,
Blair, O.,
Evans, M.,
Roth, J.,
Martin, R.,
Mizoguchi, K.,
@MileyCyrus  cover image,
Drury, S.,

HR304.3001--"Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood"---EXPLOITING TRAGEDY & IRRELEVANCE

J L'Angelle
Univ of Nevada, Reno
Fall 2019

     (SoHo Stn)-- Bygone days of Hollywood are always overdone and this one is no exception. It isn't enough to take an ensemble cast and show the public just how irrelevant they are in the 21st century scheme of things, but to have them portray characters who are just as irrelevant adds to the theory there is nothing new in "Once Upon a Time..." Hopefully, the reviews posted leading up to and including the release of the film will give insight of the content, but don't count on it.
     In the New Yorker, Richard Brody titles the film "Obscenely Regressive," and from the review, he points out the obvious white boy appeal of the DiCaprio-Pitt bromance in a putdown where reference isn't to "Latinos" but "Mexicans,"
     "and that features a slur against Mexicans, “beaner.” (At another moment, early in the film, in a parking lot, when Rick recognizes that his career is in decline, he begins to shed tears, and Cliff lends him a pair of sunglasses: “Don’t let the Mexicans see you crying.”) (Brody, New Yorker)
Brody also mentions the so-called "LSD laced cigarette," as if either DiCaprio or Pitt have any experience with the hallucinogenic drug in real life or on screen, or Tarantino for that matter.
     "Hippies" appear to be those related to the Manson cult with no cultural reference other than that related to the murderous ensemble. The director, Tarantino, was 6 years old in 1969, (IMDB) the "end of an era," when in fact, the era was dictated by the war and not by some sadistic multiple murder in southern California.
     Further radical criticism of the Tarantino white male hulking honcho style is characterized in National Review today by Kyle Smith;
     "scene depicting violence against a woman that goes on a bit too long. And when I say “a bit too long” I mean it’s grotesque. The point is made long before the shot ends. There’s also a running joke about how the Brad Pitt character killed his wife and got away with it. Tarantino finds this detail hilarious; I don’t see the humor. " (Smith, Nat Review)
Considering the nature of the film material, it is a wonder anything at all in the film is humorous.
     Owen Gleiberman's review in Variety offers little insight into the mindset of the director with his subverted plot failure following two full hours of soporific reminiscing of how things were at the end of the Sixties;
     "don’t go to Roman Polanski’s house. Instead, they go to the house next door, where Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), the fading TV star who’s the hero of “Once Upon a Time…,” is hanging out with his stuntman and driver, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). And what unfurls, from that moment, is a splatterific climax of gruesomely over-the-top violence in which the Manson killers get slaughtered by Rick and (mostly) by Cliff." (Variety)
What was Tarantino smoking when he came up with this absolutely absurd finale that's being written off by critics as a "plot twist?" In a world full of fake news, this is what we might expect from Roger Corman or Bert I. Gordon.
     Somewhere in the film and in the critics, the mention of spaghetti westerns appears, and this is what the film is, nothing short of Clint Eastwood along with those other two who could pass for either bad or ugly, or both. "Once Upon a Time..." is not just a cult fiction nightmare, but just plain nightmare, ushering in yet another era for Hollywood filmmakers; where bigotry and women hating finds equal footing with effacing history, replacing truth, that of the bad, ugly truth of the Manson gang, to represent the "beautiful people" of the Sixties and what it was really like to be high on acid.
Tarantino and his butt buddies in the cast missed out on all of it because they weren't even teenagers at the time, DiCaprio wasn't even born and Pacino should have known better.

Works Cited
Brody, R,
Smith, K., Cancelled,
Gleiberman, O.,