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  The Real Hollywood
by Odin Roark
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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Rather than a harsh indictment, the following is a reflection of my 50 years working and witnessing all the art of cinema became, even as some tried so hard to retain what it once was. In 2012 we find ourselves ossified into the blasting caps of yet another decade of explosions for the anesthetized mind set.

The Real Hollywood

Where reflections in the Ivy mirror reflect only the shield defending the hidden person
Where the reserved table sounds of joy are but the soul-sludge evacuation of fear
Where the touch upon the "deal" shoulder as one leaves the ostentatious office means captivity

The Real Hollywood

When lonely nights lead prematurely to inevitable doubts anesthetized by "means."
When such nights are innocently the result of the isolating success you aspire
When the Nebraska cornfields beneath summer moonlight will remain the unredeemable past

The Real Hollywood

The How of virtue lost forever
The How of integrity reduced to what ever it takes
The How of dreams captured by the pimps of waste--the masqueraders of daytime nightmares 

The Real Hollywood

Once knew of magic accessible to everyone
Once knew that empowering imagination could sell tickets of quality
Once understood that audiences trusted the cinematic connection with creative energy

The Real Hollywood

Is rapidly fading into indifference
Is becoming remiss in its responsibility to influence for positive action
Is but a translucent super-imposition of the confused
Is all it wishes to be... a fascist shackling of hostages...or hopefully attempts thwarted

The Real Hollywood

What might it be
were it fed by wordsmiths
of honesty and truth?

A reel worth watching perhaps?




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Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader)
I do not know the underbelly of Hollywood, but I understand this that you have written. As you advise in your introduction, that this is no indictment, my reading of this piece does not go into the arena of accusation, but into the tragedy this writing spells. The way you tell of the sounds of joy actually being released fear, clustered with all these nuggets of 'experience' in your How lines, carry out to include that last in the series of 'where, when, how, what, why'. The why is answered in the four "Is" lines. This whole work is remarkably shown to the reading audience: "...doubts anesthetized by "means" "....empowering imagination could sell tickets of quality" Such a keen assessment of Hollywood's plummet, and sorry to say I couldn't help slipping the words 'The United States' in place of the word 'Hollywood' upon the second reading through. Your finger is on the pulse of this downfall. Excellence in language choices in this. It leaves a blanched face in its wake, mine. ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton
You captured the real Hollywood, Odin, or more the real Follywood. Talent shoved into a darkened corner and not allowed to write compelling scripts because of the "big-bang" theory, where most movies today have to blow things up over and over and over to get our attention, but the thing is, we are bored with all that, except those who know no difference, and have never witnessed "good" script-writing, and wouldn't understand it if they were to come into contact with it. Numbed-down culture is where we are at the present time in our history.
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