Friday, January 20, 2017

HELL OR HIGH WATER dir. David Mackenzie (2016)



A terrific, 'manly' melodrama, right?  I loved how it not just identifies banks as villainous, but reflects on how their remorseless repossession of homes echoes that of white settlers a hundred years before.  I think a lot of the anger that 46% of voters expressed in November is tied to understanding that circumstances are more difficult than they need to be, that they are being preyed upon, but they wildly misidentify the culprit.  Predatory banking, whether through mortgages for homes banks are all too willing to foreclose on, or credit cards that make life real easy until it isn't, until you're effectively a debt/wage slave...we have monolithic enemies now, Voltrons of ten thousand people who cannot be challenged to showdowns at high noon.

The only option is to disengage, do everything within our power to remove leverage they have over us.  Don't join, don't sign, pay cash.  Because wily coyote one might be, but probably not smarter than the combined forces of accountants and lawyers and executives who need to make the quarterlies look good for a bonus.

I hope plenty of people get to see the film and don't get distracted from the message by the gunplay, or Chris Pine's enviable mustache.

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