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Hollywood Forever

 

Image: Jean Luc Godard with Cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond.  Image used with kind courtesy of The British Film Institute, and with kind courtesy of Mr. Richmond for The Hollywood Sentinel. British Film Institute:  http://www.bfi.org.uk/

Jean Luc Godard; one of the most iconic filmmakers of all time, is pictured above with the legendary cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond.  Both are featured in this special issue of The Hollywood Sentinel, with an exclusive interview with Mr. Richmond found on our “Backstage Hollywood” page, and our review of Godard’s film lensed by Mr. Richmond, “One Plus One,” on our “Art in Los Angeles” page.

Also at the top of our “Art in Los Angeles” page, be sure to check out the review of art critic Jerry Saltz by fine artist and Hollywood Sentinel art writer Moira Cue.  This, and much more can be found in the pages here of Hollywood Sentinel, where each week, we bring you ONLY the good news in the world of art and entertainment.

Life in L.A. 

Never a dull moment, life in Los Angeles is an exciting, adventure filled time.  With the best in the world of entertainment, nightlife, dining, and cultural events to choose from; Los Angeles County also has some of the world’s greatest surf, beaches, campgrounds, hiking trails, mountains, and more.

This month, as most of the world knows, has been a very challenging time for our great land of California.  With many  fires raging for weeks across the State of California, burning nearly a quarter million acres of land, and displacing reportedly over 300,000 people across the State, with over 100 still missing, and over 50 lives lost, the fires in California this year were simply among the worst.

My usual beautiful drive down PCH in Malibu turned heartbreaking, with many hills and mountains filled with fresh green grass, trees, and homes, reduced to splotchy shades of brown, gray, and black ash, burned to the ground.

Thankfully, the majority of Malibu is still standing, as beautiful as ever, as is the majority of California’s amazing forests. Even the town of Paradise, California, which was essentially entirely destroyed by the Camp Fire, has already vowed to rebuild.

Even moments after the biggest obstacles, or the worst tragedies, human beings vow to fight and survive, rebuild from their loss, and turn things back around. Such is the nature in us all–to fight to live, to be victorious, to beat disaster.

It doesn’t have to take a near brush with death to shake us out of our routine and ignite a fighting spirit to conquer and succeed within us. This is who we are. Not as California’s; Not as Americans; but as human beings on this planet Earth. It is our human nature to not only survive, but to thrive.

We need not wait for adversity, fear, or doom to raise our spirit. We have the same soul within us. We need only to awaken it, to shake it free.

Get outside today and do something to get your pulse racing; to remind yourself that you really ARE alive. You are a part of the beat of this universe. You are a part of the pulse of life and the energy on this Earth. Find your passion, follow your purpose, and make it a life worth living.  This is YOUR time NOW. Make it count!

Enjoy the new issue.

–Bruce Edwin
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Dare to Be Great!

Be who you are, and dare to be great. Greatness comes in many forms, from the greatness of art, the greatness of nature, of beauty, of music, of a film, of a humanitarian, or of an idea.

The world through the eyes of media is a dangerous place. The world through the eyes of truth is a place of love. Through the words of politicians and pundits, danger is around every corner, a tragedy waiting to happen at every moment. In reality, most people are basically good.  A benevolent force of love is behind the universe and all creation. Happiness is your birthright.


Hollywood Sentinel was created to celebrate life, through our love for all areas of the arts, which are the greatest and most important gift any society could have after nature and the ones we love. Fashion, Beauty, Film, Dance, Poetry, Literature, Music, Art; these are some of the greatest things of life, and what gives our sprit a chance to open up, shine, and be free.

We hope you enjoy our new issue here, with our tribute to the outstanding singer Dua Lipa pictured above, and much more. Explore all of the pages with the Table of Contents tab, and let us know what you want to hear and see in a future issue.  And remember, never let anyone stop you from being who you were meant to be.

–Bruce Edwin

Dr. Terry Cole Whittaker has dedicated her life to successful living, and to spiritual growth.  Visit her official website here below, and check out her amazing work:  https://www.terrycolewhittaker.com/

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ANYONE can be a JERK. It takes GREATNESS to be KIND.

Elsie Fisher stars in Eighth Grade, Written and Directed by Bo Burnham. Photo by Linda Kallerus, with kind courtesy of A24.

In our modern age of instant and non-stop news, political mayhem, and social divide,  living day to day for many, can be a challenge. Hundreds of millions throughout the world are addicted to news, most of which they prefer that simply aims to reinforce their political beliefs. No matter how extreme those views are; one can find newscasters, preachers, supporters and groups to belong to that match their convictions.

It feels “good” to think we are morally right.  It feels even better to know we are right. And it feels perhaps best yet to share our belief in our “rightness” with others, who agree with our views.  It also feels good to many, to attempt to practice what one considers moral and intellectual superiority over another.

Why not “preach to the converted,” when those who think and feel like we do, offer a safe space for our feelings, will not invalidate our viewpoints, and will not challenge our beliefs? 

The ego, which drives the mind of many a human, is a fragile, tender thing. It needs fed, it needs fueled, and–dare it be called in to question; it needs entertained.

And thus, the safely of “challenging” our ego by stepping outside of our little boxes of those with whom agree with us, is safely fed, by the conspicuous, yet covertly “anonymous” game of social media.

The “flame wars” of the 2000’s internet junkies, have been replaced by the “trolls” and “haters,” who–like any parasite, feed on their host until they can suck their life force no more, and then move on to the next victim.

“ANYONE can be a JERK. It takes GREATNESS to be KIND.”  

In an age when American politics have lost the common decency of a social veneer of politeness and feigned respect,  and denigrated into a  fowl gutter of moral turpitude and hate filled morass, the true face of American government has at once, been un-masked.

And yet, while the insatiable ego’s of presidents, politicians, newscasters, and private citizens tirelessly yearn for more chances to feel “right” and make others wrong, the reality is; such an existence is as tiring, as it is unmistakably devoid of real worth.

Simply put, it’s not fun to be angry. And the person always seeking to make themselves right be making the other side wrong, will inevitably run into anger; that dwindling fire of modern politics.

Anger kills. If not quickly and overtly; by violence and death, then slowly and covertly; by stress and disease. There is nothing good about being angry, and certainly not on a prolonged basis. And yet such is the state that American news and political hegemony wants you in.

I encourage you today, to pretend like nothing matters but your well-being, your happiness, your peace of mind, and your relaxed state of existence. Pretend for a day, that everything is fine, that the Sun will keep shining, that your life will keep on living, and that you will find a new reason to smile. Skip the news for a day, and listen to nothing upsetting from anyone for a full day. Fill your mind and your day with things that make you happy, that improve the world, and that make you feel good, without making others wrong.

Pretend for a day that happiness and peace is something you deserve for one day. And if you mess up, don’t be mad at yourself. Start over again tomorrow. Try this for a day, and I’ll bet you, you will be tempted to try it again– and again, and again.  And do you know what? That would not be such a horrible thing, if you had a long row of happy days, now would it? For this is our birthright.

We were not made to suffer, and we were not designed to make others suffer either. We are meant to be happy. 

Try it now, and spread the love. –Peace.

© 2018, Bruce Edwin, Hollywood Sentinel

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