This week was another quiet week at the cinemas and the only film I saw was good however not good enough for me to spend time writing about it however, what is worth writing about is the film I'm gonna tell you about now.
 
It has been out for a few months and I reckon if you check out Love Film or even a DVD shop you'll be able to get it.
 
What am I recommending? Read on my curiously afflicted curious cat to have your curiosity satisfied.… 

Black Gold

People, can I ask you a question? Yes, thank you.  When you go to the cinema to watch a film, do you go on the recommendation of others (i.e., the peeps who went to see The Artist but asked for their money back because they didn't realise that it was in black and white or that it was silent! come on people, that cant be you!) or are you the type who wants new cinematic experiences so you'll see something without reading or listening to a review?  The second one is me completely.  I laughed and cried while watching The Artist.  
 
A little bit of advice is to remember that most reviews are written by Critics and you need to know and understand what the word means.
 
[krit-ik] critic
noun
1. A person who judges, evaluates, or criticizes: a poor critic of men.
 
2. A person who judges, evaluates, or analyses literary or artistic works, dramatic or musical performances, or the like, especially for a newspaper or magazine.
 
3. A person who tends too readily to make captious, trivial, or harsh judgments; fault-finder.
 
So that's the definition and I have to say that example/definition number 3 is most appropriate in describing most film critic’s ethos. My advice to you is do not be controlled but be in control (of yourself).
Below is a true definition of the word and the causes of inequality. 
 
"Government" literally means "mind control"
Govern - to control or steer.
Ment - comes from the Latin word "mente" meaning "mind".
 
Funny how as time goes on, the blatant meanings of these important terms we use everyday get diluted into insignificance.
 
"The true conflict is between labour and monopoly.  Remove the cause of that injustice which deprives the labourer of the capital his toil creates and the sharp distinction between capitalist and labourer would cease to exist" - Henry George
 
Please bare the above in mind when ever you see a negative review of a film or a news report.
For your information, I’m not employed by any publication to review/critique whatever you read also I'm nearly 200 and I've never voted in my life so I have no political affiliations.  With all the above out the way, read my review of the movie....
 
Black Gold
 
I remember seeing the ad for this film during the preview section of another film and I thought "this looks interesting!" So the minute it came out I was there at the cinema.
 
I have to also point out to you that ordinarily when a film comes out in the cinema, the film is shown normally over a week minimum and will be shown several times during the day i.e., 1050am, 2:25pm, 5:55pm & 6:35pm.
 
The times that Black Gold were shown in my home town which has a multiplex and I have to say is the best cinema I have ever been to in my life (and remember I’m nearly 200) is 7:10pm and 10:05pm. 
This will mean that young peeps will not necessary go to see this film because in my experience there are other popular films being shown at the same time (i.e. my daughter bless her went to see the Muppets on the Saturday morning…..  The Muppets!!!) Where have I gone wrong???!)
 
I know, I’m digressing but, come on.... 
 
This film was financed largely by Arab countries and shot on location in Tunisia and Qatar.  Mark Strong plays Sultan Amar, a very wise individual who's a Muslim from the old school and his rival is Emir Nesib portrayed very much tongue in cheek by Antonio Banderas who is also a Muslim but a moderniser. 
 
The film seems to be based around the era of the 1920s when being an Arab equated to being broke and according to The Amar (Banderas) in the film, "we are the Waiters at the world at a Banquet!"
 
To stop the warring between the two factions, it is agreed that Amar's two young sons should go with Nesib which means the Sultan wouldn't attack the Emir plus, the land of sand between them would be no mans land (i.e., no one could make claim to it)
 
As the Prince Auda says goodbye to his Dad, The Prince cries and with the desert as a backdrop the dad says, "tears are a waste of water" which I think though a tad harsh, is a fantastic quote. 
 
So far so good but as time passes, the Americans come over in the form of a Texan Oil Company and try to entice the wise brudda called Amar that they have discovered oil under the sand and if they bring it up, they all will be rich! 
Amar dismisses them by stating "what use is money in the desert?" (Do remember Jesus was also tempted by the devil in the wilderness/deserted place with things that he (lucifer) didn't own neither were they his to give away). 
 
Black Gold is an Arabian Nights fable and should be respected as a future classic and is no way similar to The Hollywood influenced Prince of Persia (which also is a title of Lucifer but, I digress) .
 
To help unite the Kingdoms, The young Prince who's not in his mid to late 20s’ marries Princess Auda the daughter of The Emir (Banderas) played by the most exotic creature that is Frieda Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire).
 
Based on how much I’ve written about this film, you know I don't only like this film, "I love it!"  But the question I ask is "how much of this is true?" 
 
Do you remember those old detective shows where at the start of the programme you would here a narration that would go something like "The events in this film that you are about to see are true, only the names have been changed to protect the innocent". 
 
The film makers would have to be creative with their story telling to get past the American "censorship" so there would have had to be changes to the true story.  I do not. Here’s the truth.....
 
The origins of Saudi Aramco can be traced back to May 29, 1933, when the Saudi government granted a concession to Standard Oil of California (Socal) in preference to a rival bid from the Iraq Petroleum Company.  The concession allowed Socal to explore for oil in Saudi Arabia. Socal assigned this concession to a wholly owned subsidiary called California-Arabian Standard Oil Co. (Casoc).  In 1936, with the company having no success at locating oil, the Texas Oil Company (Texaco) purchased a 50% stake of the concession.
 
After four years of fruitless exploration, the first success came with the seventh drill site in Dammam, a few miles north of Dhahran in 1938, a well referred to as Dammam No. 7.  This well immediately produced over 1,500 barrels per day (240 m3/d), giving the company confidence to continue. The company name was changed in 1944 from California-Arabian Standard Oil Company to Arabian American Oil Company (or Aramco).  In 1948, Socal and Texaco were joined as investors by Standard Oil of New Jersey (Esso) which purchased 30% of the company, and Socony Vacuum (later Mobil) which purchased 10% of the company, leaving Socal and Texaco with 30% each.
 
In 1950, King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud threatened to nationalize his country's oil facilities, thus pressuring Aramco to agree to share profits 50/50. A similar process had taken place with American oil companies in Venezuela a few years earlier. The American government granted US Aramco member companies a tax break known as the golden gimmick equivalent to the profits given to Ibn Saud. In the wake of the new arrangement, the company's headquarters were moved from New York to Dhahran.
 
In 1973, following US support for Israel during the Yom Kippur War, the Saudi Arabian government acquired a 25% stake in Aramco.  It increased its shareholding to 60% by 1974 and finally took full control of Aramco by 1980 by acquiring a 100% stake in the company.  Aramco partners continued to operate and manage Saudi Arabia's oil fields.  
 
In November 1988, a royal decree changed its name from Arabian American Oil Company to Saudi Arabian Oil Company (or Saudi Aramco) and took the management and operations control of Saudi Arabia's oil and gas fields from Aramco & its partners.  It officially cut all oil supply to Israel the same year, by order of the CEO.  Following the events that unfolded in 1988, Saudi Aramco has become a fully owned privately-held company with no shareholders or partners in business.  Today Saudi Aramco is the world's largest, richest and most valuable company of all time; concerns for monopolisation of the world's economy have been raised.
 
So that's what happened in the past, what is this company worth?
 
Saudi Aramco (Arabic: ?????? ???????? ), officially the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, is the state-owned national oil company of Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Aramco was estimated to be worth $781 billion in 2005, making it the world's most valuable company and 80% more valuable than Exxon Mobil, the largest publicly traded company.
 
Saudi Aramco has both the largest proven crude oil reserves, at more than 260 billion barrels (4.1×1010 m3), and largest daily oil production. Headquartered in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco operates the world's largest single hydrocarbon network, the Master Gas System. Its yearly production is 7.9 billion barrels (1.26×109 m3), and it managed over 100 oil and gas fields in Saudi Arabia, including 279 trillion scf (standard cubic feet) of natural gas reserves.  Saudi Aramco owns the Ghawar Field, the world's largest oil field, and the Shaybah Field, one of the world’s largest oil fields.
 
Go see this film if you want to know what made the middle east folk go from being "waiters at the World's banquet" to owners of Football distractions, to the worlds biggest and most expensive corner shop to owning the world's most expensive real estate (i.e., "waiters for the owners of the Banquet).
 
Finally, how many people were in the screening of this film? 
A: 100?
B: 10?
C: 1?
 
Answer C (me myself & I)
 
So, so wrong people......
 
gman
Strategist
ZeN Journalist
Twitter: @gmanzen 
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Soon there was www.ZeN411.co.uk 
you know it makes sense........ 

Article by @gmanzen / 19th November 2012

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