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From :iconcaptainedwardteague:

From Demand Progress: 

Kay,

We won the vote to save net neutrality in the Senate! Now our fight moves to the House.

Tell your Representative:
Sign the discharge petition to bring the CRA resolution to save net neutrality to the floor for a vote!
SIGN THE PETITION

Kay—

We scored a HUGE win in our fight to save net neutrality when the Senate voted to overturn the FCC's disastrous and unpopular decision to repeal net neutrality protections.

As important as this victory is, it's not the final step in the fight to save net neutrality in Congress.

Now the resolution moves to the House. But before an actual vote can happen, a majority of members -- including your member of Congress -- must sign a discharge petition in order to force a vote on the floor.

Click here to tell Representative Ted Lieu: Sign the discharge petition for the CRA resolution to restore net neutrality!

A discharge petition is how we got around Sen. Mitch McConnell. He didn't want this week's vote to happen. Thanks to your hard work, we got a majority of Senators to sign the petition and force a vote on the resolution to save net neutrality -- and we won.

Demand Progress and our allies are now mobilizing to do the same thing in the House. Speaker Paul Ryan doesn't want to allow a vote to save net neutrality. We know how to mobilize and get a discharge petition done. That's where you come in -- you can persuade House members can go around Paul Ryan and force a vote.

The overwhelming majority of Americans support strong net neutrality protections under Title II, including 82% of Republicans, 86% of Independents, and 90% of Democrats.1 

Given that nearly all Americans agree the internet should be free and open, it is only right that members bring the resolution to the floor for a vote.

We need 25 Republicans and every Democrat to sign on to make that happen. And we're already building huge momentum.

Many pundits and politicians thought we couldn't win in the Senate. But thanks to the sustained grassroots activism of internet users like you, we proved them wrong. Your member of Congress needs to hear from you now so we can win again.

There's no time to waste. Sign the petition today and tell Rep. Lieu to sign the discharge petition on the CRA resolution to save net neutrality!

For the free and open internet,

Carli Stevenson
Campaigner
Demand Progress

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From :iconcaptainedwardteague:

From Common Cause:


Kay, 


Thanks to you, something incredible happened this week: the U.S. Senate voted 52-47 to restore Net Neutrality.


We all thought Net Neutrality -- the principle of fair and equal treatment online -- was dead on arrival after Donald Trump’s FCC voted to repeal it back in December.


We thought to ourselves: saving Net Neutrality will mean convincing multiple Republican senators to directly disobey the President, AND Mitch McConnell, AND the armies of Big Cable lobbyists sent to kill Net Neutrality for good. Then, we’d need every single Democrat and Independent to agree to overrule the FCC too. Plus, we’d only have 60 days after the FCC submitted its net neutrality repeal to Congress to get it done.


But Kevin, with your support, that’s exactly what happened. Thousands of people took action to deliver a MAJOR win that nobody thought was possible. Now, we need your help as this fight moves on to the House. With enough public pressure we can make every single lawmaker go on the record and tell the American people whether they’ll put the interests of their constituents before the interests of Big Cable.


We’re launching a major grassroots mobilization to put pressure on EVERY House Member to join this effort -- can you make an emergency contribution today?


TAKE ACTION


We all deserve access to a free and open internet, especially if we are going to build the 21st century democracy our country deserves. But Trump’s FCC voted to gut the rules meant to stop corporations from making the internet work only for them, controlling what we see, what we say, and what we can do online.


We’ve already beaten the odds in the Senate, and we’re going to make sure the House knows we mean business.


Since we sounded the alarm, thousands of Common Cause members like you have called, tweeted, and rallied -- creating intense pressure on Republican Sens. Murkowski (Alaska), Kennedy (Louisiana), and Collins (Maine) -- all of whom ended up voting for Net Neutrality.


Senators already know a majority of Americans from both parties support net neutrality. And now we’re going to make the stakes for them clear: keep doing Big Cable’s bidding and risk your job this November, or stand with your constituents in this important fight.


We know a focus on our prominent and powerful grassroots pressure works – if we double down and increase the pressure on Congress we can keep Net Neutrality alive, win this House vote, and overrule the FCC’s misguided decision once and for all.


Kevin, can you help? The stakes for this fight are massively high, and we’ll do whatever it takes to save the free and open Internet.


Thanks for all you do,


Robert Reich, Board Chair

and the team at Common Cause 

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From :iconcaptainedwardteague:

which members of the House of Representatives have called on the FCC to protect Net Neutrality.

If your representative supports Net Neutrality, urge them to speak out against the FCC's decision to kill the open-internet rules.

If your representative hasn't spoken out, urge them to take a public stand in support of Net Neutrality.


We need 218 votes to win the House.
We have 161. 57 to go.


And we have until the end of the year.

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Justice Democrats

Yesterday, the Senate approved a resolution to block the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of net neutrality. Unfortunately, the House currently has no plans to do the same -- meaning we are in grave danger of losing net neutrality, and all of the rules that protect our cable and internet companies from exploiting us.

This shouldn’t be a political issue. We’re sure pretty much everyone, regardless of party affiliation, likes fast, inexpensive, and open internet access. So why aren’t Members of Congress fighting to protect our net neutrality?

Well, that’s an easy one: corporate PAC money -- and lots of it.

At Justice Democrats, we’re working to stop this corrupt corporate money from influencing Congress. Can you chip in now to help us elect candidates who reject all corporate PAC money?

Contribute »

Just look at what Comcast has spent so far this year buying off Members of Congress:


Source: OpenSecrets

This is disgusting -- and it’s happening in districts across the country where we have Justice Democrats competing. For example, our next election is for Laura Moser on May 22, and she’s running to defeat a Republican incumbent who has received $10,000 in dirty money from AT&T this cycle alone.

We need to fight back now to ensure we can win back net neutrality protections with the next Congress -- and the only way to do that is to elect leaders who reject ALL corporate PAC money.

Can you chip in now to help Justice Democrats elect a Congress that represents the people, not the corporations?

We’re up against big money, but with your help, we can overcome their corporate campaign coffers with big grassroots support. Bernie Sanders proved that it was possible in 2016, and together, we’re going to prove it once again in 2018.

In solidarity,

Corbin Trent



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Ajit Pai is a dick by JackHammer86

Does this asshole seriously think we're not strong enough to stop his bullshit repeal???!!!


Even if you're annoyed with this topic by this point, we need to prove him wrong by calling your representatives and convince them to join our side the same way we convinced the Senate, or by donating to Fight for the Future, NOW! 


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www.battleforthenet.com/


donate.fightforthefuture.org/#…




Repeat after me!


THEY WILL NOT FORCE US!


THEY WILL STOP DEGRADING US!


THEY WILL NOT CONTROL US!


WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS!


SO COME ON AND FIGHT!


    
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From :iconcaptainedwardteague:

From Fight for the Future: 

Kay,

This email is different. I’m not going to ask you to donate. I’m not going to ask you to call Congress one last time (though you still can for the next 2 hours). I’m just going to ask you to believe that we can win this fight for net neutrality, understand how we do it, and to spread the word.

In a few hours, the Senate will vote on a resolution to block the FCC’s repeal and restore basic protections that prevent companies like Comcast and AT&T from censoring online content, slowing down websites and apps, and charging expensive new fees.

Our work for Internet freedom will continue long after today, but the outcome of this vote will affect the battlefield that we are fighting on for years to come.

This is the most important thing for everyone to understand: we’re facing off with some of the most politically powerful corporations in the world. We’re fighting an uphill battle. But in the big picture, we are winning on net neutrality.

The polls just keep getting better. The latest shows that 86% of voters from across the political spectrum—Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike—oppose the FCC’s repeal. No one wants their cable company to control which websites and apps they can use, where they get their news, or how they listen to music and stream video.

And that overwhelming public consensus is turning into real political power. Dozens of attorneys general, small and large businesses, and public interest groups have filed lawsuits to save the rules. More than 30 states are considering local legislation in defiance of the FCC, and one hundred mayors have pledged to defend the open Internet in their cities. Together, we’ve driven more than 16 million emails and calls to lawmakers since this latest attack began.

And we are making real progress in Congress too. Lobbyists for big telecom companies are furious about the Senate vote today. They had hoped to use the “crisis” following the FCC repeal to ram through bad legislation that claimed to save net neutrality while permanently undermining it. Instead, we’ve got them playing defense, and you can tell they’re getting nervous.

Here’s the path forward: the Congressional Review Act (CRA) is somewhat of a blunt instrument. It allows our elected officials in Congress to overturn decisions made by federal agencies like the FCC with a simple majority vote in both houses. Assuming the CRA resolution passes the Senate today, we’ll need to immediately take the fight to the House of Representatives.

DC insiders and pundits claim that we’ll never get anywhere in the House. But … those are the same DC insiders that never thought we’d get a Senate vote today. Here’s how we can win:

In the House, we’ll need 218 lawmakers to sign on to a “discharge petition” in order to force a vote past leadership to the floor. That means we’ll need to convince all the Democrats, and about 25 Republicans, to support the CRA. And the clock is ticking—if the CRA resolution doesn’t get a vote this year, it dies when the new Congress comes into session.

Outside of Washington, DC, net neutrality is not a partisan issue. But with the Republicans in power, the big ISPs have been putting all of their eggs into that basket, spreading misinformation that targets conservatives and trying to turn the net neutrality debate into a political circus. But we’re seeing cracks in that wall. Several Republican Senators have been openly considering voting for the CRA, while one of President Trump’s own high level advisors encouraged him to support it should it arrive on his desk.

If we can seize the momentum around this Senate vote and mobilize massive pressure on the House, we could see a small landslide of Republican lawmakers who choose to side with their constituents rather than cast a vote against net neutrality just months before the midterms. Either way, we need to harness as much political power as we can coming out of this CRA fight to ensure that we’re negotiating from a place of strength in any future congressional debates on the issue.

We won’t have the benefit of a concrete deadline like we did with the Senate vote, so we’ll need to put tremendous pressure on individual House members, district by district, in order to get them to defy the ISPs and support the effort to restore net neutrality. We’ve seen that pressure from local small businesses is perhaps the single most effective method of influencing Republican lawmakers, so we’ll have to continue doing that, but on an even greater scale.

That means we’re going to need a dedicated corps of volunteers, signal boosters, and people spreading the word over the next few months. We’ll need to organize in-person protests and events, call-in days, canvassing efforts, online actions, and more. We can’t sit back and hope that politicians and big companies save net neutrality. Its future is in our hands.

Okay, I know this email is already getting long, but there’s one more thing I need everyone to understand. Last week, Ajit Pai announced that net neutrality rules will officially end on June 11th, that’s in less than one month. But the fight does not end that day. Not by a long shot.

When the FCC repeal goes into effect on June 11th, “the Internet as we know it” will not suddenly die. Nothing will happen right away. Shills for big telecom companies will immediately start saying “See? The sky didn’t fall, guess we never needed net neutrality in the first place.”

The big ISPs aren’t going to immediately start blocking websites or rolling out harmful paid prioritization scams. Not while Congress and the courts are still deliberating. Not while major states like California and New York are considering legislation. Not while they know the whole Internet is poised to attack as soon as they break the rules.

Even if the ISPs get their way in the end, the Internet’s death will be slow. You probably won’t even notice it happening at first. That’s what makes it so sinister. But over time, there will be less innovative startups, less choice and diversity of opinion online, less creativity, more centralization, less awesome. We’ll also lose one of the most important tools we have for exposing corruption, challenging tyranny, and holding the powerful accountable.

But we’re not going to let that happen. We’ve turned net neutrality into a mainstream issue for the first time ever. And now we’re building a movement to make sure that we protect it for generations to come.

The fight ahead is not going to be easy, but victory is within reach.

Never surrender,

-Evan at Fight for the Future




From Demand Progress:

Dear Kay,

BREAKING: We did it! Thanks to your relentless activism, Senators Lisa Murkowski and John Kennedy have just joined Susan Collins and the entire Senate Democratic caucus and voted to overturn the FCC and save net neutrality!

They said it was a lost cause. They said that Big Cable's pockets were too deep and their lobbyists were too powerful. But you proved them wrong.

This is not over yet. Now the battle moves to the House of Representatives—where we have an even bigger fight. But with Republicans facing a tough midterm election and polls showing that 86% of voters support net neutrality, we can win.1

Will you chip in $5 to continue the fight to save net neutrality?

The battle in the House is going to take several more months. By making a regular monthly donation, you will sustain this urgent campaign all the way through, building on today's massive victory.

The Senate's vote sent a strong message to Big Cable, Ajit Pai, and the White House—we aren't going to roll over and let them destroy the free and open internet.

And make no mistake, it took a lot of hard work on the part of our members to get to this point. When the FCC first proposed gutting net neutrality, 21 million people submitted comments, and the vast majority opposed the repeal. We helped drive millions of emails and phone calls to Congress. We staged rallies at their offices as recently as Monday.

This was how we won over the Senate. We got all 49 Senate Democrats to stand united, which is never a sure thing. And we got three Senate Republicans to join us, which is a huge accomplishment.

Now it’s on to the House. And while we only needed a few Republicans in the Senate to win, we need 24 in the House. That means organizing in many more places across America—with only a few months to pull it off.2

But there's too much at stake to stop now. If we lose, mega-corporations such as Verizon and Time Warner will be able to throttle, and worse, censor the internet at will, and we just cannot let that happen.

This is the fight of our lives. We've won the first vote—now it's time to win the whole thing. Will you commit to fighting with us until the end?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 to help save net neutrality.

Thanks for standing with us.

Robert Cruickshank, 
Demand Progress

Sources:

1. Program for Public Consultation, "Overwhelming Bipartisan Public Opposition to Repealing Net Neutrality Persists," April 18, 2018
2. Motherboard, "Here's a List of the Members of Congress Who Just Told Ajit Pai to Repeal Net Neutrality," December 13, 2017

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From :iconcaptainedwardteague:

From Fight For the Future

Kay, 

I’ll get right to the point: the Senate will vote on net neutrality in less than 24 hours, and we need every single person reading this to contact their lawmakers right now.

TAKE ACTION

The vote is going to be excruciatingly close. We just got confirmation that there are still several Senators who are on the fence considering voting to save net neutrality—but they’re wavering because they’re afraid of retribution from Comcast’s and Verizon’s army of lobbyists.

We need to make it clear that they should be more afraid of us than they are of them. And we only have a few more hours to make a difference.

We need one more massive flood of phone calls TODAY, while lawmakers are deciding how they’re going to cast their votes. Click here to take action, it only takes a minute!

The outcome of this Senate vote will impact the fight for Internet freedom for years to come. If we turn this into a huge moment, we can shift the dynamic in Washington, DC and get lawmakers from both parties to listen to their constituents for once, at least on this one issue.

So take the next 10 minutes and do anything and everything you can to spread the word and get as many people as possible to call before the votetomorrow.

After you’ve called your members of Congress, here’s the next best thing you can do to help:

  1. Call Senator Lisa Murkowski at (202) 224-6665 and Senator John Kennedy at (202) 224-4623 and tell them the whole Internet is watching, and that they can be heroes by voting for net neutrality tomorrow.

  2. Forward this email to everyone in your contacts list. Seriously. Be that annoying friend that won’t stop talking about net neutrality, at least for the next 24 hours!

  3. Share BattleForTheNet.com everywhere you can: on Facebook, on Twitter, on Reddit—send it to your friends via SMS, DM, or messenger.

  4. If both of your senators are already supporting the CRA to restore net neutrality, go here and use the list to contact your friends in key states like Alaska, Louisiana, Nevada, Florida, Ohio, and Utah.

  5. If you run a website or app, get tools to go on Red Alert between now and the vote here.

  6. Chip in to help fund the fight for net neutrality, the battle will rage on after tomorrow!

I know that so many of you have already called. Already emailed. Already commented to the FCC. I know many of you have shown up at protests and events. I know you’ve helped crowdfund billboards and newspaper ads and mobilized small businesses.

But the next 24 hours could make or break this fight. Please do what you can. This is a moment where the entire Internet needs to go all-in for net neutrality.

-Evan, on behalf of Fight for the Future

 

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From :iconcaptainedwardteague:

From Common Cause

Kay, we're down to the wire in the fight to save Net Neutrality.

The full Senate will vote TOMORROW -- and multiple key senators are still on the fence. We can save Net Neutrality, if every single person reading this message right now picks up the phone and tells Congress to side with us, and not Big Cable.

Tell the Senate to overrule the FCC and restore Net Neutrality -- please speak out today.

TAKE ACTION

Thanks for your continued support,

Yosef Getachew, Director of Media and Democracy
and the team at Common Cause


Kay

In a 21st century democracy, everyone needs access to a free and open internet. But the FCC’s decision last year to end Net Neutrality will let Big Cable ruin the Internet… if we don’t speak out right now.

Net Neutrality allies in the Senate just announced that they are forcing a vote next week to overturn the FCC’s decision and restore Net Neutrality.

We’ve been working towards this for months -- and it could be the most important vote in Congress about internet policy this century. And we already have 50 votes! If we convince one more senator to join us, we can win a huge victory for Net Neutrality.

We need your help to win one more vote and save Net Neutrality.Tell the Senate to vote YES on the resolution to overturn the FCC.

TAKE ACTION

AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast are scared. They are mobilizing their army of lobbyists on Capitol Hill to stop us.

We're fighting back. All over the internet, websites are changing their homepages and people are changing their social media profiles to support the Red Alert for Net Neutrality -- a massive online mobilization to get the Senate to vote yes next week.

We only need 51 votes in the Senate. There's no filibuster here -- one more vote means we can save Net Neutrality.

This is one of the most consequential votes Congress has taken on internet freedom in years. And we can win this vote if we win over one more senator!

Your voice is urgently needed, and we don't have much time. Tell the Senate to overturn the FCC and save Net Neutrality.

Thanks to a massive public outcry, including from Common Cause members like you, we rallied support in the Senate to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the FCC and save Net Neutrality.

The Senate is using a discharge petition to go around Mitch McConnell and demand a vote of the full Senate next week. This is a huge, unprecedented move that shows what we can win when we fight back.

We now have the support of the entire Democratic caucus plus Senator Susan Collins of Maine. That's 50 senators in support of overturning the FCC’s decision and saving Net Neutrality. We only need one more.

That's where you come in. Recent polls show 86% of Americans -- a majority of Democrats and Republicans -- support Net Neutrality. We need to make sure senators hear that message loud and clear.

This is the moment we have been waiting for -- and we only need one more vote. Tell the Senate to overturn the FCC and save Net Neutrality.

Thanks for taking action to save Net Neutrality,

Yosef Getachew, Director of Media and Democracy
and the team at Common Cause

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From :iconcaptainedwardteague:


From Demand Progress:

Dear Kay,

BREAKING NEWS: The Senate has just announced that they will vote THIS WEDNESDAY on the resolution to overrule the FCC and save net neutrality.

That means we have just two days to swing that 51st vote to overturn the FCC's vote to repeal the Title II rules. And as if the stakes weren't high enough, the FCC has just revealed the official date that the repeal of net neutrality will go into effect: June 11.1

We need to find one more vote by Wednesday or else you can say goodbye to net neutrality rules on June 11. Will you chip in $5?

Yes, I'll chip in $5.

We have 50 senators ready to vote to save the open internet, and several who are on the fence. They're being pushed by their Big Cable donors to pave the way for paid prioritization and at-will throttling.

But our Battle for the Net coalition has been fighting tooth and nail to convince the the last senator needed to push the vote over the top. Together, we've:2

  • driven more than 1.3 million emails and nearly 250,000 phone calls to Congress in favor of net neutrality,
  • collected almost 1.5 million signatures,
  • coordinated 5,700 hundred businesses to lobby their representatives, and
  • organized dozens of rallies across the country.

And all this hard work is paying off—net neutrality is in the public spotlight with 86% of Americans supporting it.3

Now it's time to make the undecided senators take a stand—and pledge to vote for net neutrality. We'll be lobbying around the clock until the vote, and we need your support to push it through.

Will you chip in $5 to help save net neutrality?

Thanks for standing with us.

Robert Cruickshank, 
Demand Progress

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From Fight for the Future:

Kay, 

In the lead-up to Wednesday’s Senate vote on net neutrality, people have been asking, “How can I help if both of my senators are already supporting the resolution to block the FCC repeal?”

Here are some answers:

First, check to see where your House members stand as well, and call them. If we win in the Senate, we’ll have to get the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution passed in the House as well to restore net neutrality.

Then, do this: There are a handful of senators who are on the fence and the most likely swing votes. But calling them yourself won’t really help unless you live in their state. We need to get as many of their constituents to call as possible. Here’s how:

  1. Contact your friends in these states, and tell them to call their senators using the tool at BattleForTheNet.com/call.
  2. You can use Facebook Graph search to pull up lists of your friends who live in the key states, and then message them one by one. It’s pretty quick if you get into it. Use the list below. You have to be logged in for it to work.
  3. Here’s a quick suggested message: “Hey! The Senate is about to vote on net neutrality and your senator is key. Can you call? This site makes it super easy: www.battleforthenet.com/call

Here’s the list:

Please share this to spread the word. We only have 3 days to convince these lawmakers to buck partisan politics and side with their constituents.

Net neutrality needs all of us!

Let’s keep fighting,

Evan at Fight for the Future

 

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From Demand Progress:

Net neutrality bombshell!

Multiple news outlets have confirmed that just weeks after the 2016 election, AT&T paid $600,000 to the shell company Trump lawyer Michael Cohen used to pay off Stormy Daniels. AT&T is even admitting that the purpose of the payoff was to influence Trump’s position on regulatory issues at the FCC—including net neutrality.

The Senate is scheduled to vote NEXT WEEK on whether to overrule the FCC and save net neutrality. Will you chip in $5 to help in the final push to stop this blatant corruption?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 to help stop Trump’s repeal of net neutrality.

The facts behind the AT&T payoff are almost too outrageous to believe.

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen created the shell company Essential Consultants on October 17, 2016, just after the Access Hollywood video broke. Then he used that same company to pay Stormy Daniels $130,000 in hush money.1 And a few weeks later, AT&T paid $600,000 to Essential Consultants to provide insight on Trump's thinking about net neutrality.2

That's blatant influence-peddling—and based on what we've seen from Trump's FCC, it worked.

We're just one vote away from the 51 we need to overrule the FCC, and this new scandal could allow us to create the grassroots pressure we need to win. Now it's up to us to blow this scandal up in the media so that senators will feel maximum pressure to vote to save net neutrality next week.

Will you chip in $5 to help call out AT&T’s influence peddling and save net neutrality?

Thanks for standing with us.

Robert Cruickshank, 
Demand Progress

Sources:

1. The Atlantic, "The Strange Case of AT&T's Payments to Michael Cohen," May 8, 2018
2. Politico, "AT&T seeks to explain Cohen deal as Washington scrutiny builds," May 9, 2018


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I'm not gonna lie people, 2013 was actually one of the WORST years for animated films!


Because most of the best films that year were considered just OK like The Croods, Epic or Monsters University, while the worst animated films that year were just TERRIBLE! Like Escape from Planet Earth, Planes, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Free Birds and even Walking with Dinosaurs!


But luckily there were still 2 mainstream animated films that year that are still memorable to this day and even some charming independent films as well, which still gave us a decent list of nominees for Best Animated Feature



Frozen - Walt Disney Animation Studios (Winner) (Also won Best Original Song for "Let It Go")

Frozen by JackHammer86
Many of you are probably sick of this film by this point, but guess who actually waited a long time to see this film, THIS GUY! Me as Billie Joe Armstrong  by JackHammer86
That's right! after I saw Wreck-It Ralph around the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013, I had so much anticipation for this film for over a year where I literally went on the internet a million times just to look for updates about the film because 1, it sounded interesting, and 2 because (like I said before) it was mostly a terrible year for animation so I really hoped this would make up for it. Then it finally came out on a snowy day (from where I live). And let me tell you, it was really worth the wait!


Unfortunately, I never really saw any of the Disney films between Meet the Robinsons and this film in theaters and only watched them later on, so as a Disney fan growing up, this was the first time I really felt like I was watching a new Disney film on the big screen complete with many of the Disney tropes like strong characters, and memorable musical numbers, but there's actually more to it than that!


It doesn't just reuse the some old Disney cliches, it actually does something new with them and it even mocks them (For example, Anna falls in love with this guy at first sight but then her sister says you can't marry a man you just met), and that's one of the things that really makes it stand out from all the other Disney films.


Another thing that makes it stand out is the main characters, Anna and Elsa who are some of the best characters that Disney made in recent years, and their relationship is the heart of the film. Sure, Anna does fall in love with a prince at first sight like other Disney Princesses (which may seem dumb at first, but since she was locked in a castle her whole life, can you really blame her for being very open minded?), but she's not just a cardboard cutout! She actually has a personality on her own, and she's so funny as well! And she just wants to be with her sister again. As for Elsa, she's a queen, but again, she's not evil like many of the other Disney queens, she has these cool ice powers, but she doesn't know exactly how to control them and they're getting stronger to the point that it's starting to hurt the people around her including the ones she loves, and her actions (like creating a giant monster to kick Anna and Kristoff out for example) doesn't make her a b*tch or anything, she just does it because she doesn't wanna hurt anyone, let alone her sister.


One of the complaints that I hear from people is that their parents and terrible parents for separating the two and keeping them locked in the castle away from each other, and I do see why people would think that, but in my opinion, that's what parents do sometimes, they just do what they think is right even if it's not right.


The animation is fan-freakin-tastic! Disney has gone a really long way with animation, and we've seen how they mastered the art of hand-drawn animation in the 20th century. And while it did take a while for them to get used to the new technology (*coughs* Chicken Little) but in the 2010 decade, they officially mastered the art of computer animation and this is no exception. The character designs are pretty good and I like how they incororate the classic Disney design into computer animation, but the rest like the character animation, the kingdom of arendelle, the ice and snow effects and especially the Let It Go sequence where Elsa is making her castle, it's just beautiful!


And the songs, omg! I don't care if they're overplayed! These are some of the catchiest songs that Disney has written in a long LONG time! And they all do a good job at telling the story in musical form! Do you Wanna Build a Snowman, For the First time in Forever, Love is an Open Door, you name it! And yes, I even love Let It Go. And I really hope that Robert & Kristen-Anderson Lopez will get to write more songs for feature films in the near future. The fact that they're all in the first half, does bother me a little and I personally could've added another song or two in the second half like "Life's Too Short" or something but that's just a minor flaw.


The only other flaw I kinda have is that they threw in a surprise twist villain in the third act, and even the charcter himself started to remind me of Scar from The Lion King at that point, but even with that, it does help with the message this film is trying to get across.
And what I mean by that, is that Elsa kinda represents those people who are indoors too much and should go outside more, while Anna reminds us that we shouldn't be too open minded and we shouldn't trust everyone we come across because we might end up trusting the wrong people. And I think it's a great message for kids, especially nowadays with social media taking us over.


One more thing I like to add is that I love the twist at the end, which *spoiler alert* makes us think they're doing the same old "True Love's Kiss" thing, especially with the line "An act of True Love will thaw a frozen heart" (Which is probably one of my favorite movie lines ever) but they were actually referring to any kind of true love. It doesn't have to be just a romantic partner, it can be family member or friend as well. I thought that was really clever.


So even if this film has it's haters, I pretty sure that this film will get better with age like a fine wine for them, as for the rest of us, it's a true Disney classic that we still remember to this day, it's one of my absolute favorite animated films, I'm glad it's the highest grossing animated film of all-time, and I have a lot of hype for the sequel!


Again, to all you haters out there, just let it go!


Did it deserve to win? Hell yes!



The Wind Rises - Studio Ghibli

The Wind Rises by JackHammer86
Just a little reminder in case any of you don't know this, but I haven't really seen any of the Studio Ghibli films till I was a teen.


But when I heard that this was gonna be the last film made the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (for the moment), I was determined to see this on the big screen! Unfortunately from where I live, Ghibli films were pretty hard to find in my theaters, but luckily we found one theater that showed it, and my girlfriend and I finally went to see a Ghibli film in theaters when we still had the chance.


And knowing Miyazaki's love for airplanes (Heck, even the studio itself was named after a plane) this film would definitely be a great note to go out on.


Unlike his past films, which range from fully lighthearted (like My Neighbor Totoro or Kiki's Delivery Service) to mystical with a good mix of light and dark (like Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle) this film is a bit more similar to Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies where it's darker and more realistic and it's set in World War II, except it's not really as intense or depressing as Grave.


It is loosely based on the life of Japanese airplane designer, Jiro Horikoshi who designed the Mitsubishi A5M and it's successor, the A6M Zero during World War II when the economy was pretty bad.


Some may see Jiro as a bad person for creating war planes, but in here, it shows that he actually has the enthusiasm of an artist and he's not doing it for war or for money, he just wants to create beautiful pieces of art, and the movie explains it very well! Also, the characters themselves are very complex and really do feel like they belong in this type of story!


The signature Japanese animation from Studio Ghibli, although not as mind blowing here as their other films, is still beautiful to look at, so there's not much to complain here.


And without giving any spoilers, there's a bit of a love story in this between Jiro and a woman named Naoko, and while it may be a bit rushed, it's still a beautiful and even tragic love story to say the least.


I heard that when this film was finished, it was the first time Miyazaki cried over one of his own films, and since I actually cried a couple of times watching it again, I think I see why. Lol


So whatever Hayao Miyazaki does in the future, I really like to thank him for his many accomplishments in the field of animation!......Thank you!



Despicable Me 2 - Illumination Entertainment (Was also nominated for Best Original Song for "Happy")

Despicable Me 2 by JackHammer86
Just to let you guys know, I love the Despicable Me films! They're some of my favorite animated comedies next to Shrek 1 and 2! I love Gru, I love the minions, I love the kids, I love it all! But let's go into more detail here.


This would have to be the best of the 3 films, because once again, it takes what we loved about the first film, and expands it. Gru continues to be one of the most likeable protagonists in recent years, the minions continue to be some of the most hilarious sidekicks in recent years, the writing is still clever and witty, giving us a lot of laughs, the animation is better than last time.


It also has some great action scenes that come from the spy angle and all the cool gadgets. And the heart of the film comes from Gru's search for love both for himself and for the girls to have a mother.


As for the new characters, it's more of a mix. Lucy isn't a terrible character, but she can get annoying at times, I know they were trying to make her over the top, but we already have the minions for that! And as for the villain, he's not as good as Balthazar Bratt from the third film, but he is better than Vector from the first.


Since Despicable Me just became the highest grossing animated franchise of all-time, I really hope it won't eventually fall apart like Shrek did.


And As for the Minions movie, It's not as good as the trilogy itself since it tries to be more of a cartoon than a movie, but the minions are still funny as always.


The Croods - DreamWorks Animation

The Croods by JackHammer86
Back in 2005, this was orignally gonna be a stop-motion animated film by Aardman Animations. Early Man by JackHammer86

No! Not that one!


This was back when Aardman was partners with DreamWorks Animation and they made films like Chicken Run and the Wallace & Gromit film together. But as some of you may know, they split up due to creative differences, and the rights of the film were given to DreamWorks and because they didn't want a good idea to go to waste, they left it in the hands of Lilo & Stitch director Chris Sanders who was also working on How to Train your Dragon at the time, and then later on in production, they gave Sanders a partner named Kirk DeMicco who also made Space Chimps (only for a joke) by JackHammer86.......that!


But back on to The Croods, it was a surprisingly decent film.


The best thing about this film is the animation, the landscapes are beautiful to look at, and the designs on the animals which often mixes two animals into one are highly creative and it's one of the best things that Chris Sanders is capable of. The only problem I have with the animation though is that the designs on the cavemen look fugly, and I know that was their intention, but the way they did it is still unpleasant to look at.


But when it comes to the writing, It unfortunately makes this the weakest Chris Sanders film. All they did with the story was throw in some of the most overused plot elements without adding anything new to it, and what's worse is that some of those elements were already used in other animated films from the year prior like Brave or Hotel Transylvania. And the jokes although funny most of the time, feel more juvenile since it's mostly Looney Tunes style slapstick.


Even the characters feel like complete copies of other works like Grug as the worrying father, or Eep as the Disney Princess-ish character where she wants to do what she wants, but on the plus side, the main characters like Grug, Eep and Guy are very likeable and well developed and they even make you feel for them. But the rest are rather one-dimensional and are just made for humorous purposes.


I haven't seen the film since my girlfriend and I first saw it in theaters around her birthday, and watching it again, I completely forgot how heartwarming the ending actually is, without giving away anything, I almost cried.


It's not really a film I'd wanna see over and over, but If I ever had kids, this would be a good enough film to distract them without insulting their intelligence.


As for the upcoming sequel, It sounded interesting at first but then it got cancelled and then it was brought back without Sanders' involvement and now I'm having serious doubts.



Ernest & Celestine - La Parti Productions/Les Armateurs

Ernest and Celestine by JackHammer86

I didn't really know what I was gonna get from Ernest & Celestine coming in, but what I got is probablly one of the most generic stories ever told since the dawn of time. I'm not saying it's bad or anything, but I do find the writing to be on the generic side.


It's that same old story told in films such as The Iron Giant, Ratatouille, and How to Train your Dragon where two characters from different groups (Which in this case are bears and mice) who are supposed to be enemies become friends, and they even throw in a bunch of cliches in like how the two characters are hated by their own groups because they're different, and everyone else in the groups has a prejudice and they refuse to listen, yadda yadda yadda. And it rather makes the story a bit predictable the whole way through. The way they tell it however does make it a bit interesting and funny, the relationship between Ernest and Celestine is enjoyable and heartfelt to watch.


The animation style is pretty much the highlight of the film. In an era where most mainstream animated films are computer animated, It's nice to see that independent films are not giving up on 2D animation, and some of the things they do in the film like a human like town under the sewer is quite creative. Not only that, but a lot of them is actually done in watercolor and it is beautiful to look at.


Other problems that I have with this film though is that with a running time of almost 80 minutes, some of it does feel a bit rushed, and with the version that I found, there are a lot of times where the subtitles don't match what the characters are saying in the english dub, but again, that's just with the version I found on Netflix.


So overall, it is a sweet little film that I'm glad I saw once, but I don't think I'll ever see it again.



First:  Best Animated Feature Reviews IntroductionHey JackHammer here!

Since the Academy Awards are coming soon, I thought to myself recently, "Why don't I review all the films that were nominated in the Best Animated Feature category?"


Now when it comes to animated features, the Academy Awards never really treated them as well as live-action films and at some points they seem to think that It's just a genre meant for kids as much as other people who don't take it seriously.


Granted there were plenty of times where an animated film would get nominated for an Oscar (and sometimes even win one) like some of the classic Disney films would get some (Which also includes Snow White and Toy Story both getting a special achievement award when they came out), some of the Disney renaissance films would win some for technical achievements like music, films like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Kubo and the Two Strings would get nominated for Best Visual Effects, and there were even
 Previous:  Best Animated Feature Reviews: 20122012 was another fantastic year for animated films with many amazing films to choose from. But to be honest, I feel the Academy was kinda unfair that year, granted they weren't as unfair as they were later on, but there are some questionable choices they made in the Best Animated Feature category that year both in some of the nominees and the winner, allow me to explain.



Brave - Pixar Animation Studios (Winner)


Now I probably would've been nicer to this film if it weren't for the fact that it won the oscar over a far superior animated film that we'll talk about after this!


That's right! I don't think this film should have won at all! Mostly because I see this as one of Pixar's weaker films, I mean it's still better than the Cars films but it's nowhere near as amazing as most of Pixar's other films! And I feel they only gave the oscar to this film because it's
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From Fight for the Future:

Kay,

It’s happening. The FCC just announced that, unless Congress votes to stop them, they will officially end net neutrality protections in one month.1

The Internet lit up in protest when the FCC originally announced its vote, and now we need that to happen again. This is an all hands on deck moment! Post the link to BattleForTheNet.com everywhere on social media, in every subreddit, on any websites you run, EVERYWHERE! Message your friends. Forward this email. Go on red alert!!!

The Senate is expected to vote THIS WEDNESDAY. We have until then to flood Washington, DC with the voices of Internet users calling on them to save net neutrality.

Will you help sound the alarm? Click here to contact your lawmakers!

Then use these links to share everywhere:

Forward this email to everyone you know! Be that annoying friend that won’t stop talking about net neutrality. This is the moment to fight, and we can’t back down now.

For the Internet,

-Evan at Fight for the Future

P.S. No, this does not mean that “the Internet as we know it” will end on June 11! The fight will continue long after that. Learn more here.


Footnotes:

1. Fight for the Future: medium.com/@fightfortheftr/fcc…

 

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From Fight for the Future and :iconcaptainedwardteague:

Kay,

Breaking news: the Senate just moved to force a vote on net neutrality. Click here to contact your lawmakers right now!

TAKE ACTION

This is a huge deal and means that the floor vote could come as early as next week. The Internet is lighting up in protest as more and more small and large websites and apps go on “red alert” to help sound the alarm.1

Senators are deciding how they are going to vote right now. The outcome of this will impact the future of the Internet for decades to come.

Time is running out. Tell your lawmakers to vote for net neutrality!

AFTER you contact your legislators, here are some other ways to get involved in the Red Alert for Net Neutrality, which will run until the Senate vote next week:

  • Change your social media avatars and profile pics to help sound the alarm, there’s bunch of graphics here.

  • If you run a website or blog, use our RED ALERT widget code, available here. It lets visitors take action without ever leaving your site, and you can try it out ahead of time.

  • Here’s a giant doc of social media content, suggested tweets, blog text, and more. Use it to get the word out anywhere and everywhere that you can.

  • If you make videos, consider making a video about the Red Alert for Net Neutrality, or use our simple video bumper to help spread the word.

  • Link back to BattleForTheNet.com where people can easily contact their lawmakers.

Please forward this email to everyone you know and help sound the alarm!

And don’t forget to contact your lawmakers NOW!

More soon,

-Evan at Fight for the Future

P.S. Post this link anywhere you can: on social media, in every subreddit, anywhere. This is where people can easily contact their lawmakers with a few clicks: www.battleforthenet.com



From Demand Progress:

Kay,

The FCC voted to let Big Cable ruin the Internet. But allies in the Senate just announced that they are forcing a vote next week to overturn the FCC and restore net neutrality.

This is what we have been working towards for months. It could be the most important vote in Congress about internet policy this century. And we already have 50 votes! If we convince one more senator to join us, we can win a huge victory for net neutrality.

Urgent: Will you help win one more vote and save net neutrality? Tell the Senate to vote YES on the resolution to overturn the FCC.

AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast are scared. They are mobilizing their army of lobbyists on Capitol Hill to stop us.

We're fighting back. All over the internet, websites are changing their homepages and people are changing their social media profiles to support the Red Alert for net neutrality -- a massive online mobilization to get the Senate to vote yes next week.

We only need 51 votes in the Senate. There's no filibuster here -- one more vote means we will save net neutrality.

This is one of the most consequential votes Congress has taken on net neutrality and internet freedom in years. And we can win this vote. We only need one more Senator!

We don't have very much time. Tell the Senate to overturn the FCC and save net neutrality.

Thanks to a massive public outcry, including from Demand Progress members like you, we rallied support in the Senate to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the FCC and save net neutrality.

The Senate is using a discharge petition to go around Mitch McConnell and demand a vote of the full Senate next week. This is a huge, unprecedented move that shows what we can win when we fight back.

We now have the support of the entire Democratic caucus and Senator Susan Collins of Maine. That's 50 Senators in support of overturning the FCC and saving net neutrality. We only need one more.

That's where you come in. 86% of Americans support net neutrality.1 We need to make sure Senators hear that message loud and clear.

This is the moment we have been waiting for -- and we only need one more vote. Tell the Senate to overturn the FCC and save net neutrality.

Thanks for taking action to save net neutrality,

Carli and the team at Demand Progress



From Common Cause:

Kay,

In a 21st century democracy, everyone needs access to a free and open internet. But the FCC’s decision last year to end Net Neutrality will let Big Cable ruin the Internet… if we don’t speak out right now.

Net Neutrality allies in the Senate just announced that they are forcing a vote next week to overturn the FCC’s decision and restore Net Neutrality.

We’ve been working towards this for months -- and it could be the most important vote in Congress about internet policy this century. And we already have 50 votes! If we convince one more senator to join us, we can win a huge victory for Net Neutrality.

We need your help to win one more vote and save Net Neutrality.Tell the Senate to vote YES on the resolution to overturn the FCC.

TAKE ACTION

AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast are scared. They are mobilizing their army of lobbyists on Capitol Hill to stop us.

We're fighting back. All over the internet, websites are changing their homepages and people are changing their social media profiles to support the Red Alert for Net Neutrality -- a massive online mobilization to get the Senate to vote yes next week.

We only need 51 votes in the Senate. There's no filibuster here -- one more vote means we can save Net Neutrality.

This is one of the most consequential votes Congress has taken on internet freedom in years. And we can win this vote if we win over one more senator!

Your voice is urgently needed, and we don't have much time. Tell the Senate to overturn the FCC and save Net Neutrality.

Thanks to a massive public outcry, including from Common Cause members like you, we rallied support in the Senate to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the FCC and save Net Neutrality.

The Senate is using a discharge petition to go around Mitch McConnell and demand a vote of the full Senate next week. This is a huge, unprecedented move that shows what we can win when we fight back.

We now have the support of the entire Democratic caucus plus Senator Susan Collins of Maine. That's 50 senators in support of overturning the FCC’s decision and saving Net Neutrality. We only need one more.

That's where you come in. Recent polls show 86% of Americans -- a majority of Democrats and Republicans -- support Net Neutrality. We need to make sure senators hear that message loud and clear.

This is the moment we have been waiting for -- and we only need one more vote. Tell the Senate to overturn the FCC and save Net Neutrality.

Thanks for taking action to save Net Neutrality,

Yosef Getachew, Director of Media and Democracy
and the team at Common Cause

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From Fight For the Future

In less than 24 hours, pro-Internet senators will move to force a vote to save net neutrality. After that, the vote will be imminent and could come as soon as next week. This is going to be nail-bitingly close, and we can’t afford to lose.

So we’re crowdfunding hard-hitting newspaper ads targeting the most important undecided senators just before the vote. Will you chip in?

The FCC, at the behest of former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai, voted to end net neutrality in December. Their decision would let companies like Comcast and Verizon dictate everything you can see and do online, controlling where you get information, how you listen to music, and which websites and apps you use.

But we only have a few short weeks left to convince the Senate and House to vote to overrule the FCC—meaning that we’re almost out of time to save net neutrality.

We already have 50 votes committed in the Senate, and we only need a simple majority to win. If we seize this moment right before the vote, there’s a chance that we could unlock a small landslide of Republican lawmakers breaking ranks to help save net neutrality.

But the closer we get to the vote, the more Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T are spending on lobbying, fake op-eds, misleading ads, and astroturf campaigns to try to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Here’s how we fight them: chip in for our crowdfunded newspaper ads that will run in the most important states right before the Senate vote.

Big, prominent newspaper ads in local papers are cost-effective and impossible for these lawmakers to ignore. Each ad will highlight the number of residents and small businesses in that state that have spoken out in support of net neutrality, making the message even more powerful.

But the deadline to get them submitted in time to run before the vote is the end of the day today, and we still need raise the money to make it possible. Will you chip in?

Yes! I’ll chip in to help fund newspaper ads in key states to save net neutrality.

Thanks for all you do,

-Evan at FFTF

 

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From Demand Progress: 

This is it: The Senate is voting next week whether to overturn the FCC and save net neutrality. We’re planning a massive online protest starting TOMORROW to sound the alarm ahead of the vote. Can you join?

We need everyone to put their websites, blogs, subreddits, YouTube channels, and social media profiles on "RED ALERT" starting Wednesday, May 9thand going until the Senate votes on net neutrality next week. Click here to get everything you need to join.

JOIN THE PROTEST

The FCC listened to the pleas of AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast rather than all of us. But our elected officials in Congress are much more susceptible to public pressure. This is the moment for everyone to use whatever reach you have and get as many people as possible to contact their senators.

Here are some helpful links:

  • If you run a website or blog, use our RED ALERT widget code, available here. It lets visitors take action without ever leaving your site, and you can try it out ahead of time.
  • Here's a giant folder of social media content, suggested tweets, blog text, and more. Use it to get the word out anywhere and everywhere that you can.
  • If you make videos, consider making a video about the Red Alert for Net Neutrality, or use our simple video bumper to help spread the word.

What we do in the next week will have a big impact in the effort to save and preserve a free and open internet. This is the moment to text everyone you know, ping anyone in your contacts list that works for a big tech company or helps run a high traffic website, and just go hard to help the movement grow.

We're counting on you,

Robert and the team at Demand Progress



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From Fight For The Future

Kay

This week net neutrality defenders in the Senate will move to force a vote to save the open Internet. And we need everyone’s help to sound the alarm!

Will you join the Red Alert for Net Neutrality by changing your profile pic and header image to help sound the alarm? Get graphics for all your social media accounts here.

Put a link back to www.battleforthenet.com in the description so your friends and family know where to go to call and email their legislators.

If everyone does this, these alerts will be everywhere on the Internet right before the vote, and help flood lawmakers with contacts from concerned constituents.

Here are some other ways to participate:

  • If you run a website or blog, use our RED ALERT widget code, available here. It lets visitors take action without ever leaving your site, and you can try it out ahead of time.

  • Here’s a giant folder of social media content, suggested tweets, blog text, and more. Use it to get the word out anywhere and everywhere that you can.

  • If you make videos, consider making a video about the Red Alert for Net Neutrality, or use our simple video bumper to help spread the word.

  • Link back to BattleForTheNet.com where people can easily contact their lawmakers.

What we do in the next week will impact the battlefield we’re fighting on for years to come. This is the moment to text everyone you know, ping anyone in your contacts list that works for a big tech company or helps run a high traffic website, and just go hard to help the snowball grow.

We’re counting on you,

-Evan at Fight for the Future

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From Fight For the Future

Kay,

This is not a drill. The Senate will vote on net neutrality in less than two weeks.1

This will be the most important moment in the fight for the free and open Internet since the FCC's repeal. So we’re pulling out all the stops and organizing the biggest online protest we’ve ever attempted: the Red Alert for Net Neutrality.

A bunch of the most popular websites on the Internet have already agreed to participate by sounding the alarm and helping flood lawmakers with calls and emails from Internet users.

But we urgently need to raise funds to cover the cost of connecting those calls with the volume of traffic we’re expecting. Will you chip in?

Yes! I’ll chip in to help save net neutrality!

Throughout this fight for Internet freedom, we’ve built tools that make it easier than it’s ever been before for ordinary people to make their voices heard by their lawmakers.

But building and maintaining those tools costs money, and the software we use to connect phone calls to Congress runs us about 3 cents per call—which really adds up when we’re connecting hundreds of thousands of phone calls, like we need to ahead of this crucial Senate vote.

We’re getting dangerously close to the kick-off of this action and we’re still short of the funds we need to raise. Will you chip in?

  • $5 helps connect 166 calls for net neutrality
  • $10 to helps connect 333 calls for net neutrality
  • $25 helps connect 833 calls for net neutrality
  • $100 helps connect 3,333 calls for net neutrality
  • $500 helps connect 16 thousand+ calls for net neutrality!

We all know Washington, DC is corrupt. We all know that they listen to big money and special interests more than they listen to us.

But we also know that when they get overwhelmed by a massive flood of phone calls from their constituents—the kind we can only generate when the entire Internet comes together—it makes it impossible for them to ignore us.

The FCC was not elected. They didn’t have to listen. Congress is much more susceptible to this kind of pressure, because they need our votes come election day.

We can win this Senate vote and save net neutrality. But only if everyone does their part. This is the moment to fight. Will you chip in to help save the Internet?

What we do in the next two weeks could impact the future of the Internet for decades to come.

Let’s fight like we mean it,

-Evan at Fight for the Future

P.S. Here’s all the info about our Red Alert for Net Neutrality action. Join us!

P.P.S. There really is an urgent need to raise funds for net neutrality right now. Whether you can chip in $5 or 5 grand, please give what you can now: donate.fightforthefuture.org


Footnotes:

1. Fight for the Future: medium.com/@fightfortheftr/red…

 

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From Demand Progress 

Kay -- the Senate will vote in mid-May on whether to overturn the FCC and save net neutrality. To prepare, we are standing with small and local businesses across America who will be devastated without net neutrality. Will you join them? Click here to RSVP for a Businesses for Net Neutrality event at a Congressional office in your area on Wednesday, May 2 at 12:00pm. Read Carli Stevenson's email below for more information. Thank you! - Robert Cruickshank, Campaign Director, Demand Progress

Kay,

I have awesome news. Over 6,500 business owners and entrepreneurs have signed our "Businesses for Net Neutrality" letter to Congress.

On May 2, we're going to be delivering that letter to the local offices of key members of Congress all over the country. You don't have to be a business owner yourself to attend, and it's vital we get a big turnout at these events. 

Can you attend the Businesses for Net Neutrality event at a Congressional office near you on May 2 at 12:00pm? Click here to sign up!

Small and medium sized businesses will be devastated if Comcast and Verizon end net neutrality. Big Cable wants to create fast lanes and slow lanes on the internet based on who can pay them the most, making it impossible for many businesses to compete with the big guys.

This is urgent: Congress will be voting mid-May on the CRA resolution to overturn the FCC’s disastrous repeal of net neutrality.

There’s still a few more members of Congress we have to convince to save a free and open internet, and lawmakers take business owners from their districts very seriously – especially small businesses. We need to help them understand that net neutrality is an important reason why small businesses can compete in a global marketplace.

Just ask Jennie Stewart, an Alaska entrepreneur and founder of CustomMousePad.com:

“In 2002, when Yahoo was the Web’s main search engine and Amazon still mostly sold books, I founded a family-run Alaska-based e-commerce company selling custom mouse pads.

Over the last 16 years, our company has created custom-printed merchandise for more than 23,000 customers in Alaska, nationwide and internationally, including Hilton Hotels, Chevy, NBC, PBS and even the Alaska state government. We employ 30 people.

We’ve only been able to do that thanks to net neutrality, which has been the law and state of the internet since we started. But the FCC’s December vote to repeal all net neutrality protections, once in effect, threatens to wipe out our business.”1

If we can show Congress that the majority of business owners support net neutrality, along with 86% of Americans2, we will stand a much better chance of winning the votes in the Senate we need to save the open internet.

This may be the deciding factor for whether or not members of Congress stand with us. So on May 2, we need ALL open internet supporters to come out to a Businesses for Net Neutrality letter delivery event. 

Click here to RSVP today.

For the free and open internet,

Carli Stevenson
Campaigner
Demand Progress



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Sources:
1. Juneau Empire, “Sen. Murkowski, Don't vote for the FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal,” April 16, 2018.
2. Public Consultation, "Overwhelming Bipartisan Public Opposition to Repealing Net Neutrality Persists," April 17, 2018.

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From Fight For the Future:


The Senate will vote on the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to save net neutrality in a few weeks. And winning this vote could mean life or death for small businesses nationwide.1

A small company in Alaska called CustomMousePad.com—who goes head-to-head with giants like Amazon—recently published an article warning that if net neutrality is not restored they could see their company destroyed by online giants who are able to strike special deals with ISPs.2

This doesn’t just apply to e-commerce sites. This will be the story for small businesses of all kinds across the U.S.

This is why we’re hand-delivering an open letter from over 6,000 business owners to congressional offices nationwide on Wednesday, May 2nd, during Small Business Week. Will you join us to tell lawmakers to vote for the CRA?

RSVP

Hand-delivered letters are a powerful display of support, and a strong showing could be game-changing to on-the-fence lawmakers. Our plan is to keep up the pressure on as many Senate and House offices as possible because if we win the Senate vote, the battle quickly shifts to the House.

Members of Congress need to see that their small business constituents rely on an open Internet to survive. This kind of pressure is very effective with lawmakers because no politician wants to be seen as anti-small business to voters.

We need to show all lawmakers that constituents across the country need net neutrality in their communities. RSVP now to join other open Internet advocates and small business owners in support of net neutrality!

We hope to see you there,

Josh at Fight for the Future


Footnotes:

1. Politicowww.politico.com/newsletters/m…

2. Juneau Empirejuneauempire.com/opinion/2018-…

 

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2012 was another fantastic year for animated films with many amazing films to choose from. But to be honest, I feel the Academy was kinda unfair that year, granted they weren't as unfair as they were later on, but there are some questionable choices they made in the Best Animated Feature category that year both in some of the nominees and the winner, allow me to explain.




Brave - Pixar Animation Studios (Winner)

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Now I probably would've been nicer to this film if it weren't for the fact that it won the oscar over a far superior animated film that we'll talk about after this!


That's right! I don't think this film should have won at all! Mostly because I see this as one of Pixar's weaker films, I mean it's still better than the Cars films but it's nowhere near as amazing as most of Pixar's other films! And I feel they only gave the oscar to this film because it's a Pixar film.


And the main reason why I see this as one of their weaker films is the story! Now this film did have some production issues, including a change in directors, and it really shows!


Instead of giving us an original and engaging story like they often do, they pretty much took the main plot from Disney's Brother Bear and then filled it with a bunch of cliches that you'd see in a Disney film that has a princess, like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas and more!


But what pisses me off even more is that this actually had potential to become another great addition to Pixar's collection, like there are some interesting concepts, and the animation is still amazing like always, but a lot of it feels rushed, not giving us enough time to be engaged or even appreciate the atmosphere.


I also found the advertising of this film to be misleading, like from what we see in some of the trailers and posters, you'd think that the main character would be this awesome badass with a bow & arrow, but NO! She's just your typical Disney Princess type character who wants to do her own things rather than what her mother wants her to do.


But I do admit that some of the characters are memorable and funny, the relationship between Merida and her mother is kinda nice, and the ending is kinda clever, but I just wish I didn't have to sit through so much boring and cliched stuff to get to those good parts!
So did it deserve to win? HELL NO!



Wreck-It Ralph - Walt Disney Animation Studios

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Now this is the film that I think should have won! Not only because It's much better than Brave, but also because it's one of the best films that Walt Disney Animation Studios has made in recent years.


It may seem a bit predictable the first half where Ralph just wants to be accepted by the people in his game, but after Ralph leaves his game, that's where the film becomes very funny and action-packed.


It has some of the most creative animation that Disney has ever done by mixing 3 different styles into one, like the retro style of Fix-It Felix Jr., the dark and realistic look of Hero's Duty, and the colorful and cartoony look of Sugar Rush.


The characters are highly loveable as well, like Ralph (who reminds me a lot of Shrek from Shrek 1 and 2), Venelope Von Schweetz (Who's like Bugs Bunny but as a little girl), Sargent Calhoun, and King Candy (Who is probably the best Disney villain I've seen in a long time!)


Some people may be disappointed that there aren't as many cameos as they hoped, but that doesn't really matter because much like Who Framed Roger Rabbit or Toy Story, it would still be a great film without those cameos because the story is so good and characters in the film are just as memorable.


So overall, It's one of the best Disney films in recent years, and one of my favorite animated films in recent years, and I can't wait to see what Walt Disney Animation Studios has in store for the sequel.



ParaNorman - LAIKA

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This film was part of the 2012 animated halloween trilogy alongside Hotel Transylvania and Frankenweenie, and out of all these 3, I say this is the best of the trilogy.


After the huge success of their first film, Coraline, ParaNorman is one of LAIKA's ways of telling us that they are the new masters of stop-motion animation!


It has one of the most original stories in a modern animated film that pays tribute to the classic zombie films while also taking the genre to a new direction and it becomes more engaging as it progresses.


it also has some of the best stop motion animation ever created with many things that were never before seen in the medium, and possibly some of the best character design and character animation in recent years, which may look really weird but for a movie like this, it works.


The only flaws I have with it is that most of the human characters are pretty bland and they even make the first act kinda mean-spirited and they don't really have any amount of likability until the very end of the film.


That, and most of the humor is pretty bad, there are some good ones (including one of the funniest gay jokes you'll ever see which I won't tell) but the rest is very lowbrow and not even clever in the first place.


But when it tries to tell a story, that's where the film becomes really good and creative.



The Pirates: Band of Misfits - Aardman Animations/Sony Pictures Animation

The Pirates Band of Misfits by JackHammer86
At a time where most stop-motion films felt like they needed horror and dark imagery, Aardman came in to show us that stop-motion can still be used for light-hearted fun.


Actually, the funny thing about this is that Aardman wanted to make a pirate film for years but they had trouble convincing other studios because people once thought that there was no marketing for pirate films, fast foward to years later after Pirates of the Carribbean became one of the biggest modern franchises, and they were finally able to make it. Oddly enough, some people could argue that this film is Pirates of the Carribbean for younger audiences.


As Aardman's first stop-motion film in 7 years, and Peter Lord's first time in the director's chair since Chicken Run, it really succeeds in capturing the charm that Aardman is known for with memorable characters and great humor, along with their signature british cartoony animation.


But what keeps it from being as good as the past Aardman films however is that the story is surprisingly pretty weak, thus being very predictable with some cliches thrown in there as well, but it does execute it the best that it can.


Again, not one of Aardman's best but still worth a watch at least once.



Frankenweenie - Tim Burton Productions

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For those of you who don't know, this stop-motion Tim Burton film was based on his 1984 live-action short of the same name.


Now I have seen the short, and It's a parody of frankenstein where a kid brings his dog back from the dead, It's a very simple short, but it also has a lot of heart thanks to the relationship between the boy and his dog. 

(Frankenweenie short starts at 5:53)


As for the movie itself.........yeah, it's not really as good as before.


What this movie fails to capture is the relationship between Victor and his dog, because now that it's stretched to 90 minutes, it feels more like a lazy retelling of E.T. or The Iron Giant where the kid has to hide his pet from the public.


Another reason why it doesn't work here is because of how they portray the characters from the original short. You see, in the short, they felt genuine and they felt like real people, and that's why we felt for them in the short. Here however, with the exception of Sparky, they are so bland and one-dimensional that we just don't care about them at all.


However, there are a few elements they added that keep the film away from being a total dud. And that is the new and weirdly unique side characters who notice what Victor did and take their own shots at bringing something back from the dead, and it does make the film more interesting, especially in the third act.


The animation is also as creative as other Tim Burton films, and I do like how the whole film is in black and white, although Tim Burton's signature stop-motion designs on the characters are getting pretty old by this point.


Another interesting thing about this film, is that this is Tim Burton's love letter to the classic horror films and monster movies from the 1920's all the way to the 1980's with characters like Mr. Rzykruski, Nassor and Edgar being inspired by classic horror stars like Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, and the monsters in the film being inspired by the wolf man, godzilla, and the gremlins.


Now out of all the animated films that were nominated in 2012, I personally would've replaced this with something like Rise of the Guardians or The Secret World of Arietty (since it was snubbed in 2010 as well), but it's still a decent choice compared to others.


Maybe not a Best Animated Feature nominee, but it's still a good film to watch around Halloween.



First:  Best Animated Feature Reviews IntroductionHey JackHammer here!

Since the Academy Awards are coming soon, I thought to myself recently, "Why don't I review all the films that were nominated in the Best Animated Feature category?"


Now when it comes to animated features, the Academy Awards never really treated them as well as live-action films and at some points they seem to think that It's just a genre meant for kids as much as other people who don't take it seriously.


Granted there were plenty of times where an animated film would get nominated for an Oscar (and sometimes even win one) like some of the classic Disney films would get some (Which also includes Snow White and Toy Story both getting a special achievement award when they came out), some of the Disney renaissance films would win some for technical achievements like music, films like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Kubo and the Two Strings would get nominated for Best Visual Effects, and there were even
 Previous:  Best Animated Feature Reviews: 2011Now 2011 wasn't really the best year for animation. While it was still a good year, it just wasn't as grand as the last 2 years where there were so many great animated films and only 1 or 2 bad ones! 2011 had more of an equal amount of good and bad films and not even Disney was standing out that much in 2011 with films that were just decent like Gnomeo & Juliet and Winnie the Pooh as well and major disasters like Mars Needs Moms and Cars 2.

But that still doesn't mean there weren't any noteworthy competitors for Best Animated Feature that year!


Rango - Blind Wink / GK Films / Nickelodeon Movies / Industrial Light & Magic (Winner)


This film was a collaboration between one of the greatest special effects studios of all-time, (Industrial, Light & Magic) and the director of the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Gore Verbinski. Heck, they even brought back the s
 Next: Best Animated Feature Reviews: 2013I'm not gonna lie people, 2013 was actually one of the WORST years for animated films!

Because most of the best films that year were considered just OK like The Croods, Epic or Monsters University, while the worst animated films that year were just TERRIBLE! Like Escape from Planet Earth, Planes, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Free Birds and even Walking with Dinosaurs!


But luckily there were still 2 mainstream animated films that year that are still memorable to this day and even some charming independent films as well, which still gave us a decent list of nominees for Best Animated Feature


Frozen - Walt Disney Animation Studios (Winner) (Also won Best Original Song for "Let It Go")


Many of you are probably sick of this film by this point, but guess who actually waited a long time to see this film, THIS GUY! 

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