Look at these two! You can meet them both along with Finn Wolfhard, Chester Rushing, Sadie Sink, and Matty Cardarople at #StrangerConLA April 4-5! Get your tickets now before they sell out! #StrangerCon #StrangerConLA https://t.co/EU2mbtaV4w pic.twitter.com/XHscWf7Kf0— Creation Entertainment (@CreationEnt) February 20, 2020
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Greed is equal parts hilarious and tragic, just like the real life differences between the billionaire lifestyle of excess and the lives of refugees and 3rd world women underpaid and overworked in sweat shops for luxury goods. Desire for more money corrupts the soul. Grade: B- pic.twitter.com/gTfhn3AeE2— Simone Cromer 🎬 (@TheatreofZen) February 20, 2020
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Two weeks ago, I never would have dreamed that I would witness a blood prince and his new American wife stepping back from their senior royal status, to live part-time in Canada in order to escape the debilitatingly rude, destructive, and relentless racist attacks against the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. I don't have the stamina or interest to rehash everything that has been made public, but it is the things that are being hidden from the public that makes me raise an eyebrow. With all the negative crap that the "Royal Rota" aka British tabloid press has printed to defame and humiliate the Duchess, it begs one to wonder, where are they getting these lies and misinformation, and why are they so obsessed with tearing down this woman?
Based on the fact that Harry is leaving his full-time royal status, this means that most likely the source of so much angst is coming from Kensington Palace and from the three people who have the power and influence to stop all this: The Queen, Prince Charles, and Harry's big brother William. I believe that due to Meghan's natural charisma and go-getter positive attitude, the public has taken a huge shine to her and the media, loving and hating her, is completely obsessed with her to the point that it has rankled the British royal family. This newcomer American girl Duchess did not stay in her quiet and meek lane, and a secret cabal was established to bring her down by any means necessary. But alas, the fools didn't realize that her knight in shining armor, Prince Harry, would go with her.
From their official website Sussex Royal, here is a portion of their statement released in early January 2020:
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family, and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.
In the coming weeks, we should learn more about exactly how much time the Sussexes will spend in Canada and in the UK, and which if any patronages they have will remain theirs. It's my hope that they retain their HRH status and their patronages because Harry and Meghan love their work and responsibilities to the charities they support, and it would not be fair to them or the charities/patronages throughout the Commonwealth if gears were shifted and reassignments occurred. Because of their commitments, they can create a working schedule that will allow them to continue supporting their patronages, and it will continue to reinforce that the Sussexes are here to stay and are serious about supporting the monarchy.
A tweet I posted today (seen below) has gone viral and I'm quite pleased that so many people support what I posted. I have been a supporter of William and Kate since before they married, and I have been disappointed in both of them in how they have not managed this situation. As the future King and Queen, you'd think they would set an example by making a short announcement of support and love for Meghan and attacking the bullying she has been receiving. But like the old adage, 'silence speaks volumes', and through their silence, they condone this attack against the Duchess of Sussex and are reaping the benefits as they enjoy the positive stories and media attention directed at them. The difference in the reporting about them is literally night and day and you have to be either completely dense and ignorant, or a racist to not see what the UK media has done, and will continue to do to Meghan.#MeghanAndHarry #DukeandDuchessofSussex #SussexRoyal #PrinceHarry #MeghanMarkle #meme pic.twitter.com/j4FeiaYLEx— Simone Cromer 🎬 (@TheatreofZen) January 16, 2020
As additional evidence of the double standard that Meghan has faced in comparison to Kate Middleton, see the headlines below. Just unbelievable!I just unfollowed @KensingtonRoyal. In light of what has happened to #HarryandMeghan, I cannot continue to celebrate and honor #WilliamandKate as I believe they watched, leaked misleading information and lies, and benefited from the racial harassment of the Duchess of Sussex. 🇨🇦— Simone Cromer 🎬 (@TheatreofZen) January 15, 2020
Anyone with critical thinking skills and human compassion can see that the British tabloid media has had Meghan in their crosshairs for over three years, and it has taken its toll on her and Harry. This unfair treatment has to have been sanctioned by someone or some persons high up the royal family or who work closely with the royal family. For no one in the Kensington Palace to not speak one sentence condoning these attacks against Meghan leads a sensible person to believe that this has all been orchestrated to run her out of the family. But, there's true love between Harry and Meghan, and this bullshit has only brought them closer, and they'll be a stronger #TeamSussex in the end.
Friday, December 13, 2019
|Beth, Jo, Meg and Amy|
|Writing is Jo's life and source of independence|
Laura Dern as Marmee March has a modernized touch of a 19th century homemaker whose husband, played by Bob Odenkirk, is at war fighting for the Union. So Marmee is both mom and dad, as well as a community leader in that she looks out for the poor and war torn families, even at the risk of the limited comforts and food for her own family. The most pronounced enhancement of Gerwig's Little Women is that all the girls, save for poor Beth, have moments of where they clearly state their future goals in life. Jo doesn't want to get marry, she just wants to write and earn money; Meg yearns to get married, and have kids and be a housewife; and Amy wants to travel to Europe, become a famous painter and marry rich, in that order! Beth dies young due to complications from Scarlet fever, but even she seems content with accepting that she's going to die, but not before she asks Jo to write for her. And this dying wish energizes Jo to write with conviction, For Beth.
|Laurie and Amy|
I enjoyed Little Women much more than I did with Gerwig's Lady Bird. Her writing and direction on Little Women is much stronger and gives us a glimpse into her future as her becoming an Oscar winning director one day. Along with the beautiful costume designs by Jacqueline Durran; the set decoration by Claire Kaufman; cinematography of Yorick Le Saux; and the timely, lovely music by Alexandre Desplat, this is an Oscar caliber film that is stand out with prestige quality in all these categories. So that's why it is all the more shocking that in this past week as the Golden Globes only gave Little Women two nominations, and the Screen Actors Guild totally shut it out. I won't dwell on the reasons why, but moving forward, Sony will need to have multiple screenings in the coming days, and have screeners sent to each Oscar voter so that Little Women has a chance to be nominated in the previously mentioned artisan groups, but also Best Picture, Best Actress (Ronan), Supporting Actress (Pugh), Supporting Actor (Chalamet), Adapted Screenplay (Gerwig), and Best Director (Gerwig).
In this unusually strong year of so many excellent films, I fear that no female director will make the cut for Best Director, and that just kicks me in the gut. Therefore, I strongly feel that if there is a huge FYC campaign for Adapted Screenplay, this is where Gerwig could become an Oscar winner. It'll be a spectacular consolation prize from the industry in shutting out Greta, and other women directors, from the Best Director line up.
Little Women opens on December 25th, Christmas Day, appropriately. But in this shortened Oscar season, it opened too late (and without the promotional benefit of a film festival screening), I'm hopeful that Little Women can garner several high profile Oscar nominations, and take home all or at least one Oscar, so that Gerwig & Co. won't go home empty handed like they did in 2018 after six nominations for Lady Bird. The time has come, especially this year, to celebrate a woman filmmaker and writer for the brilliant work women have done this year!
|Garrel, Ronan, Gerwig, Pugh and Chalamet at Paris Premiere 12 December|
Sunday, December 1, 2019
2/2 Roger Deakins will win his second Oscar for #1917Movie - I've never seen cinematography that made me want to cry like what I witnessed in this war epic. George MacKay has entered the Best Actor race, no doubt. Lastly, Sam, make room on your mantel for your second Oscar! pic.twitter.com/irj515ZBpM— Simone Cromer 🎬 (@TheatreofZen) December 1, 2019
Friday, November 29, 2019
@rianjohnson's #KnivesOut is the who done it murder mystery movie that cinephiles didn't know we needed. Part Columbo (brilliant Daniel Craig) part sneering soap opera with a cast of unlikeable greedy snobs, equals clever entertainment. @Ana_d_Armas & @ChrisEvans were superb! (A) pic.twitter.com/ZUpoBsSZKv— Simone Cromer 🎬 (@TheatreofZen) November 29, 2019
Saturday, November 23, 2019
#DarkWaters is every human being's nightmare. Slowly being poisoned by a company, #Dupont, through our water, food, utensils, carpet,... everything. Mark Ruffalo's tenacious lawyer hero Robert Bilott risked everything to bring justice in this true story. A must see! Grade: A- pic.twitter.com/FHUmYUjjtB— Simone Cromer 🎬 (@TheatreofZen) November 23, 2019
Saturday, November 16, 2019
I was greatly impressed with and entertained by #FORDvFERRARI! I've never seen such intense race car driving on film! I actually got nauseous by some turns, and the Dolby stereo made you FEEL the roar of the engine. Is there anything Christian Bale can't do? Solid fun! Grade: A pic.twitter.com/mwOwyWbi3t— Simone Cromer 🎬 (@TheatreofZen) November 16, 2019