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A review: @RedPillMovie Director @Cassie_Jaye Unintentionally Skewers Feminism’s Sacred Cows. #Bravo

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As a supporter, now a recent viewer of the film, I similarly presumed going on Jaye’s documentary-adventure, “The Red Pill,” would hold no big surprises for me. Famous last words…but why so cocky, you ask?

I was Red-Pilled Long Ago…Who Would’ve Thought I Had So Much to Learn

I’ve been aware of the Men’s Rights Movement (via avoiceformen.com) since late 2011 – participating actively there for several years: commenting often and writing a few pieces that Paul Elam published on the site. My most cherished memories of “those days” are the many amazing people and speakers I met (see photos in collage, above) at AVFM’s first International Conference on Men’s Issues in 2014, which had to be moved from downtown Detroit to a nearby suburb, “thanks” to credible threats of terrorism…from Feminists.

(A portion of the footage Jaye uses in the film even came from that conference, including some of a Warren Farrell speech, the by-the-lake Honey Badger interviews, and a panel featuring anti-paternity-fraud champion Carnell Smith (paternityfraud.com/linkspage.html).)

To Boldly Go Where No Feminist Typically Dares to Go…Unless It’s To Disrupt

Cassie Jaye is a young women who boldly went where most of her Feminist sisters will never go…to their ideological opposition. Even more radical, was how she went: NOT screaming, NOT blockading, and NOT making threats of violence, but rather, with a willingness to listen. To learn. And to reconsider, even jettison, intellectual inconsistencies, without regard for the personal paradigm-shifts such honesty can bring.

We viewers get to witness the earliest part of this “shift,” I believe, in one of her video-diary segments (1:20:00). I got emotional right along with her. It’s not often an individual can feel the philosophical pillars of their world trembling beneath their feet and yet resist running from the room, even the building, screaming in protest. For her to stay and ride it out come what may? Courageous. Bravo.

I had to get out a notebook as I watched and listened, just like I had at that 2014 conference. I’m betting you will, too. The following people, moments, and insights were the ones that stood out most for me. I’d love to know your unique take-away or perhaps your gut reaction to this grand filmmaking effort.

Feminism Only Exists in The West Because of CHIVALRY – I Never Realized That Before

Fred Hayward* was a new MRA to me, though he has been in the fight for many years. He made a bold yet spot-on observation (00:17:00) about one of Big-Feminism’s stock-in-trade claims. Oh, how they love to spout off about how “Male-WORK is valued above women’s,” and now with the creation of their so-called Pay-Gap, they have finally found a concrete embodiment of a fundamental bio/behavioral difference between the sexes. Which was the only way to intrigue and then mobilize the mob, i.e. to bring the cerebral “fight” down to the physical street level.

As Cassie Jaye and Hayward discuss the matter, she masterfully illustrates in the film, the difference in Value isn’t because women are worth-less. Feminists conveniently FAIL to notice the unseen benefits the “Systemic Chivalry” (my term) has always afforded women. It has always protected them from literally dangerous jobs, from highly probable dangers, and even from possible dangers (0:16:30+).

In short, “Women’s LIVES are more valued than men’s.”

Proving It By-the-Numbers (Again Surprising Me)

I didn’t realize that even in today’s Strong-Independent-Don’t-Need-No-Man mantra-soaked era, Chivalry was still systemic. As Sully Sullenberger made his amazing January 2009 Hudson River landing (00:18:00), the invisible chivalrous Patriarchy was rearing its ugly head. That freezing cold New York afternoon, the Patriarchy decided whose SAFETY was paramount. Did it pick the rich or First-Class passengers? Or a survival-of-the-fittest line? Or a randomly-formed one? Nope. Nope. Nope.

It chose “women and children” to be rescued first! Just as Hayward had said. The good, hardworking, and honorable women, and any who may have been deceitful, treacherous, or violently bad muthas (and all flavors in between). ALL of the ones with the genital-V had the red-blood-soaked cape of Female Privilege laid across that particular day’s “mud puddle,” granting them a speedier less harrowing – safer – exit.

Another related personal surprise I got from watching “The Red Pill” came moments earlier (00:17:30+). You’ve heard the barrage of media chatter proclaiming Equality, Equality, my kingdom for Women’s Equality and how it needs, oh, golly, it needs to apply to the Military or, or, we’ll all just die…meaning it’s a woman’s right to be a front-line (even Elite unit) warrior. Jaye, however, animates Hayward’s point – that Women’s Lives Are More Precious – via a dramatic tallying-up of War-Death stats. Over 98% of them have been and are still American MEN. The fighting, bleeding, and dying in all the war zones shown – from Korea up to today – is, has, and likely always WILL BE done by men.

Hillary Clinton: Chivalrous? I Think So

The pièce de résistance of the current purposeful undermining of the American military (and proving the perpetual Equal-Rights sans Equal-Responsibility Hypocrisy of feminists and most of their LEFTIST cheerleaders), comes at (1:43:30), just ten minutes before the end of the film. Listen carefully to that February 2016 clip of an Anderson Cooper town hall; it only lasts a few moments. In it, Cassie Jaye allows the wannabe Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, candidate-Hillary Clinton, to hoist herself on her own Patriarchy-Bad…But-But-Chivalry petard.

Not many viewers, red-pilled by the content so far, are likely to be surprised as über-feminist Clinton does what politicians often do best: she dodges a golden-bullet of an opportunity to display her Women’s Equality chops. But proud Grandma Clinton just CAN’T bring herself to answer Cooper in the affirmative, to support women (to include her precious grand-daughter!) being required by Law to REGISTER for the draft. (Note: she then pivots to something “universal” and a hell of a lot less dangerous to women…voter-registration.

How’s that for a woman claiming to have spent an entire career fighting for women’s & girls,’ privileges, er, rights?

Beware of Playing with Leftists: Just When You Think You Know Where the Goalposts Are They Will Move Them

Other than the filmmaker’s personal video-diary “entries,” it’s impossible to know how much of the other information is presented in chronological order. I sincerely wish I knew. Her interview with Erin Pizzey (1:16:00+), a true champion and iconic figure in the pioneering of domestic violence shelters, reveals how a key Feminist Change of Course occurred back around 1970. Pizzey says the ideology needed a new “cause” to keep themselves in the media spotlight (and more importantly, to keep the government-subsidies rolling in). So it was at this point the female Marxists among them dropped the “Capitalism” ball (thereby kicking the goal of Socialism/Communism to the side), while they picked up the nuclear-family-annihilating Patriarchy “ball.”

From 1970 forward, All-Men became the Enemy of All-Women (whether the women recognized it or not). Oh, and the sweet, sweet Goalposts in The War of the Sexes, now, could waft here and there and back again, in an ever amorphous fog called quote-unquote Equality…of everything, everywhere, from now on, and for all time, until…when, exactly?

Until that glorious day (in the less foggy Future) when Feminists pronounce from the mountain top: We’re finally happy because everything is now Equal “enough.” Or not.

We’ve Only Just Begun…The War Between the Sexes or 100-Years War II?

“Angel of light,” Katherine Spillar, executive editor at Ms. Magazine, all grins at one point, shares the depressing news with Jaye (0:38:00+), that those evil MRA’s are full of hot air: “We (women) are just BEGINNING to get an even playing-field here; it’s NOT tilted-in-our-favor, and they (those pesky MRA’s) know it…” Translation: MRA’s claims of bias, hostility, reverse discrimination, in short a growing systemic inequality towards Men, are all lies.

So, don’t stop protesting, or burning your bras, yet girls. Or crafting 3-D fabric vajay-jays to wear to those spontaneous marches (for example, A Day Without a Woman, March 8, 2017).

I have to wonder if Cassie had video (and cut it out) where she asks Ms. Spillar: “Um, ma’am, since this scam, I mean, fight, is running so long into overtime, shouldn’t we maybe stop aborting all our kids so they can keep it up after we’re dead and gone?”

The Ultimate Hypocrisy: Women As Victim is the Opposite of Empowerment (Duh)

21st century feminists are as dependent on Chivalry as any Medieval maiden. The difference? Women today shout all day long they’re Strong and Independent, while their actions – and the media’s covering fire – continually proclaim them as Victims. Sometimes it’s so subtle, the Blue Pilled will never notice. When it’s literal (“partner violence” or “parent-child” violence), and the companion stats prove women are nearly as violent towards their male partners or children, well, that information is swept under the rug. (Not literally of course, feminists don’t “do” floors.)

A more powerful illustration of the MSM’s use of cover language to gain empathy and action for females, while ignoring the plight of men and boys, would be hard to find than the news stories the film covers from Africa (1:29:00+). The sequence of headline after headline covering Boko Haram’s Islamic massacres of mostly boys and men is contrasted with their kidnapping of young women and girls. Who received the greater coverage and who actually suffered the greater harm (death)?

Speaking of Bogeymen

Karen Straughan (1:39:35+) a.k.a. Girl Writes What, is a well known and well-respected MRA. In her short appearance she succeeds brilliantly at the impossible. She manages to get her hands around the throat, capturing the essence of that Patriarchal fog monster created nearly a half-century ago by Big-Feminism. To paraphrase her religious analogy: “Patriarchy” is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Invisible, and Bad. Really Bad. To her, it sounds like Patriarchy is identical to The Devil! Meanwhile, up on Earth…Feminism is, she says, that beautiful, harmless, and put-upon Force-for-Justice, presumably I’d suggest, on a white horse and holding aloft a gleaming set of government-certified scales. She-Whom-We-All-Have-Been-Waiting-For (…And-Must-Obey).

Straughan then shines her laser light closer in on the evil hypocrisy of feminists, excoriating them for feigning innocence when they claim they’re, “…not blaming Men…we’re just naming everything-bad after Men.” (Here is her must-see talk from the ICMI 2014 conference. Here’s her YouTube Channel.)

Better Life-Lessons Than Those From “Hollywood”

Most of us have binge-watched something. And it was likely a pretty un-enriching experience. Sure, the famous Life-lesson, “Just be faster than one other person,” that we got from that “Walking Dead” all-nighter is pretty funny…but now you’ve snapped out of the TV trance, it’s of course completely useless. Points made in “The Red Pill’s” mere two-hours, on the other hand, will be worth the time invested in a real-world practical way. Even if you’re not naturally inclined to grab a notebook and scribble madly during documentaries!

Based upon my experience, both in the world of the MRM and in watching this film about it, I can guarantee 100% that you will learn something unique and valuable. And because I believe this so strongly, I’m very confident that if you watch it with an open mind (and heart) – intuitively grasping the significance – you will become a better person for having done so.

I hope you will take the transformative Red-Pill journey made possible by this amazing young filmmaker, and then pass it on to others.

 

* Note: I was unable to find a website for Fred Hayward’s organization, “Men’s Rights, Inc.,” but this is an excellent, albeit old, article from October 2000: http://www.salon.com/2000/10/19/mens_choice/

Posted in Big Brother, Big Sis, Diversity, Essays, feminism, Hollywood, Islam, Men's Rights, Movies, Muslim Correctness, Women, Writing

“Fracturing Feminist Fairytales…” my essay on why and how the death-cult of #feminism will kill the West

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It’s taken three weeks to finish this thing. I’d hoped it’d run under 1500 words so I could submit it a new website I’d found, but somehow it got away from me, growing to just “shy” of 5000 words. 😦

From the Overview:

A future apocalypse is a perennial favorite in fiction. At the direction of authors and screenwriters, it has befallen our planet in countless ways. We’ve been overrun by zombies, aliens, machines; been done-in by enviro-disasters, medical-hazards, plummeting asteroids; been besieged by falling sharks, crawling fish, monstrous mutant insects; and finally, perhaps scariest of all, we’ve merely suffered to death under the boots or pumps of bleak totalitarians.

Welcome to 2016, wherein the feminized West is well into the process of eating its own tail. You see, in the real world, if one simply has patience, humans can be taken step by teeny tiny step until an entire civilized people are willing to commit cultural-suicide. Can those of us with eyes still wide open get our countrymen to stop before they get to a vital organ? Stay tuned.

full essay: “Fracturing Feminist Fairytales or Quick, take the last exit before Fury Road”

 

Posted in Economics, Liberty, Movies

Atlas Shrugged…as in, he doesn’t care

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hunky actor Kristoffer Polaha, a.k.a. John Galt

With a face like Polaha’s that’s so-o-o right, here’s Everything (else) that’s Wrong with Atlas Shrugged Part III (that I can remember)

Well, the long wait is over and nothing I could say in this obituary could “spoil” a film more than AS-III’s producers and screenplay writers have already. Part III is merely their crowning quote achievement. (After hoping against hope that this Part would clear the rock-bottom bar set by Part II, I’m feeling so cynical I could actually believe this film was Designed to Fail.)

1) The enemies of Liberty and of Ayn Rand (and therefore of her ability to dramatize Mankind’s most important of struggles) sleep peacefully tonight with the release of this flickering disgrace called a film.

2) Made for the Choir ONLY and barely so. At points even the Libertarian/Anarcho-capitalist choir may want to plug their ears. Please, please, please do NOT take anyone unfamiliar with Ayn Rand’s literary fight for Ideals (especially the necessity for Human Freedom) nor those to whom the concept of taxation equaling State-aggression will draw blank stares. If they are unfamiliar with “universally preferable behaviors” in general and that foundational and omnipresent State breaching of the Non-Aggression principle, specifically, they will leave the theater more confused than when they entered.

3) If you hated Part I or Part II…save your hard-earned fiat currency. Wait a few weeks 😉 and see it on Netflix. Then you’ll be able to fast-forward through all the awkward moments and more we were forced to sit through.

4) Dear “Casting Directors:” a) Atlas Shrugged is not a comedy, which according to your resumes is what it appears you two ladies “do” best (Lisa and Sarah always seem to work together; could it be that this time the tag-team took a dive on purpose?); b) “Dagny” and “Francisco” were lovers once-upon-a-time, yet considering the obvious age differences of the current actors, this Dagny would have had to have been super-jailbait back then (did you ever actually stand them next to one another? Serious squeamish-factor); c) at least you picked a Dagny and a Galt who were easy on the eyes MOST OF THE TIME…but why oh why did you cast OUR HERO John Galt with that actor, knowing how he’d be built up in our eyes the first hour only then to be visually exposed as a physically-flabby-fraud as he’s dashed on the rocks in that torture scene at the end?

I could have forgiven much about AS-III but for that cinema-sin. ALL y’all (from producer, writer, casting director, etc.) purposefully made Galt hunk-ish in the beginning in that leather jacket of his; carrying Dagny from the plane wreck like she weighed “0”; gallant in his RayBan’s as he slid into the pilot’s seat of that old school twin-prop Airstream-with-wings; hotter than a pistol with Dagny in the dim underground of the railroad’s tunnels…Couldn’t you, you casting-duo, have picked someone with at least A PAIR of abs? Or told the director you only chose what’s his name because he had the potential to GROW some? Didn’t you try desperately, shouting out and causing a scene on-set, for the actor to put-on-a-torn-up-T-shirt, for god’s sake, and cover that dough-boy midsection of his? Gahhh!

No. Of course not. I believe you two wanted John Galt, the best, the most beautiful masculine image in “Atlas Shrugged” to blow-up with a nuclear intensity (and I’d contend this man, Kristoffer Polaha, is the only male actor in all three parts whose FACE onscreen approached an Ideal).

Whew! Now to the less important stuff.

5) Overuse of heroic music: at the start nothing had happened yet which might have warranted such music, other than Dagny crashing her plane, yet as Galt takes her to his truck; drives to his house among the towering trees, then carries her into it we are swept by overly loud strains meant to make it all so much more dramatic. Oh…and the Artists in Shangri-la? The composer, the award-winning actress? Hell, we didn’t even get to hear Haley’s music much less meet the woman after being told at a dinner party in essence, Yes that’s her over there.

6) Overuse of forest-bordered roadways: we understood early on the “virgin forest” type of Shangri-la the gulch was set in, so did we really need to see Galt’s truck winding along the road multiple times? No. And why not make the “centerline” something other than Old-World yellow? Why not Galt’s Gulch Green?

7) Colorado license plates: why hadn’t Galt spray-painted or removed the Old World’s oppressive and anti-Liberty permission-plates from his vehicle? There was no driving back to Colorado (according to the novel I believe the pass in/out had been purposefully blocked by setting off a sufficient rockfall).

8) Guns. Training, tactics, effects: Dagny seemed ill-equipped to lead the four [Dagny, Francisco, Ragnar, and Rearden (only maybe 1 minute screen time)] who came to Galt’s rescue at the (virtually unguarded) State Science Institute; all of them seemed uncomfortable in the “footwork” and in handling the weaponry save for Ragnar. Realistically, only Ragnar the pirate would have had such experience, the other two I would have expected to be total amateurs as we had been given no reason to believe guns/team-tactics were in their experience. Dagny’s threatening to shoot the (lone!) guard was portrayed especially foolishly, as she: stood barely an arm’s length away; a warning count to three and he failed to so as she demanded; she clearly changes her aim down and to her left then she shoots him (in the book it’s straight in the heart). He crumpled as if instantaneously unconscious from the arm (or leg) wound!

9) The End. No…Just the beginning: no, really…I’m about done and it really said that bold phrase onscreen at the End, just like that. Trust me, I actually breathed a sigh of relief. The closing scene of the film had been in the rescue helicopter with Dagny & Galt all lovey-dovey. She tells him she’s his “forever” or something equally as syrupy. (Gag! And cue Ayn Rand to roll-over in her grave even faster.)

So now off our heroes all go to Shangri-la, I mean Galt’s Gulch, a.k.a. Atlantis. They are shown flying behind the still-lit Statue of Liberty when suddenly we see the lights of NYC going dark in big multi-blocks. How many times they’ll need to land and re-fuel a helicopter on the way to Colorado is above my pay grade.

10) If you are a fan of Ayn Rand and HER “Atlas Shrugged,” please make Part III way above your pay grade. (Boy oh boy, here’s hoping my long wait for Denzel Washington’s “Equalizer” makes up for today’s film fiasco.)

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Train wreck or not, I’m going (pun intended)

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Sure the movie adaptations of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus have fallen short. What great novel-turned-screenplay and its subsequent film hasn’t? I’m going to the opening of Part III today anyway, for no other reason than to hear her words spoken aloud and from outside my own head. Oh, to have sat around the dinner table or thrown back a cocktail or two with that woman..

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Official Teaser-trailer for Part III. (No goosebumps? No pulse I guess…) Full Trailer for Part III.

Official trailer for Part I.

Official trailer for Part IIOfficial Teaser-trailer for Part II.

If only…

Posted in Diversity, Economics, Liberty, Movies, Muslim Correctness, Politics, Uncategorized

“America” flawed, just like the actual country

 

Go here for the trailer: http://tinyurl.com/plxtkud
Go here for the trailer: http://tinyurl.com/plxtkud

Posted the following just now on an old Hollywood Reporter piece, but as I probably won’t take the time to write a true essay on what I thought about the film (we went to it yesterday) this will have to suffice (I may add more thoughts below the quotes):

Does Dinesh D’Souza’s new film have flaws? Sure. But what “mainstream” Hollywood docu-drama doesn’t? What “America” does (and I wish it’s had done it more forcefully) is point out the many hypocrisies of the country’s leftists: lies in revered history book by Zinn; feigned or actual ignorance of Native American warfare on their own kind(s) as well as history of Columbus by an outspoken Native American activist; ludicrousness of N.A. “reparations” for now-developed land (Manhattan) vs. purchase of raw land; Mexicans pining for and illegally “resettling” former Mex-territory that was actually pad for by US; etc. Yes, the U.S.A.: broke treaties w/ and horribly mistreated/rounded-up N.A. (but NOT ME); condoned black African slavery (incl. 1000’s of BLACK slave owners!) & white-Irish slavery (but NOT ME); has 100’s of military (industrially-complex) set-ups around the globe (but NOT ME or not by my voluntary support). I will NOT make reparations for crimes I did not commit. I’m thankful for the film, America, if for no other reason than pointing out some of these things.

Oh, and the film’s point about Slaves-having-fruits-of-their-labor-STOLEN, so having no incentive to work hard or well? Excellent, BUT…it’s no longer an excuse for black-poverty today. D’Souza’s film segment on the pretty much forgotten (she got a stamp in 1998 (http://tinyurl.com/ojfup5k)) history of the FIRST $millionaire African-American WOMAN (Madam C.J. Walker) just after the turn of the 20th century? PRICELESS!

The film certainly comes across as Rah! Rah! A-‘mer-i-‘cah, but seriously, watch that trailer; see how D’Souza will give screen time to his ideological opponents (name-callers might say, “America-bashers”). Do leftist filmsters do the same? No. Even close? No, again.

And in the linked trailer, listen to Noam Chomsky @ 1:40 first claim how “destructive” so-called Capitalism is (in reality it’s politically-connected/coerced/beleaguered CRAP-italism). Chomp-ski follows it up by suggesting this business-model is even MORE destructive than “centralized Federal Power” (is he so stupid he doesn’t hear himself; that Fed-gov power is “what” always did, and continues to, wage those foreign wars of oppression!). Best of all he then suggests these evil CRAPitalists be “constrained in some way!” OMG. He did a flip-flop in about 5 seconds. Does he NOT GET that this means Fed-gov must aggress again, against civilians at home; must use GUNS or the threat of guns-plus-imprisonment to keep businesses in line.

[Just how stupid – or inconsistent – do you have to be to be REVERED by the political Left (sorry, rhetorical question)?]

My wishes for the film were numerous.

  1. I wish I had the soundtrack; it is 5-star.
  2. I wish the generic bashers and haters of Dinesh D’Souza would put their money/time/effort/talents (or don’t they have any?) to “better” use than he has; show him up, you cowards, if you feel “America” (the film and/or the country) is really so bad.
  3. I wish D’S had revealed more about his arrest and compared it to Leftist-Democrat campaign donators (or cabinet members)-who-done-(IRS)wrongs yet skated with handslaps or less.
  4. I wish he wasn’t so forgiving of the USA’s actions of late in Iraq & Afganistan;
  5. I wish that he’d not chosen a captured/tortured Vietnam vet who’d been a FIGHTER PILOT…to make the case that (I paraphrase) “we were over in South Vietnam to HELP them stand on their own.” An engineer or infantry officer might have been believable making THAT case.
  6. I wish, when discussing SLAVERY, he’d made it more atrocious that 3/4’s of a MILLION Americans (military draftees and civilians) had to perish for “slavery to end.” Supposedly. Why not political sanctions against trade-with-the-South? Oh, that’s right, most Fed-gov INCOME came from there.
  7. I wish instead of a generic face-behind-bars illustration, D’S had had the guts to show Slavery RIGHT NOW where it’s happening: in Muslim countries, in Chinese factories, etc.

There has always been Conquest; there has always been Slavery. America does not hide from it’s past, but around the world today there is no one whose “ancestors” haven’t done some sort of heinous wrong. If all are guilty, all are potential decendents-of-victims so where does that leave the Reparations People? In a globe-sized circle of people with their hands out.

The most Guilt-Ridden will pay. The most easily provoked to that guilt it seems are White Americans of European descent. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence we are the most charitable with our personal monies and as a country, the most generous with our handouts.
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“Dig” this Sundance short!

Best movie line of the year: "He don't NEED no permit."
Best movie line of the year: “He don’t NEED no permit.”

And the line was delivered by a sweet little (7-ish) actress, Mallory Mahoney. Made me teary.

Got (any) Liberty? Judging by most of the film’s YouTube comments, that’d be a big, “Not much and not for much longer, good buddy.” I think you can pretty much “guess” how I see the film.

“Dig” on YouTube here.

Posted in Diversity, Economics, Essays, Men's Rights, Movies, Political Correctness, Writing

“Mud” a rare sort of men’s-lib film

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Thoroughly Unexpected…Mud

 Celebrate the Masculine. It’s the rare film out of Hollywood, these days at least, that can be said to showcase Masculinity positively, much less Boyhood as old-school rough & tumble, no ADHD meds in sight. Not since 1986’s Stand By Me can I recollect a tribute such as I witnessed a few nights ago in 2012’s Mud, with Matthew McConaughey in the title role. It was full of pleasant surprises which I can’t wait to enumerate.

Spoiler Alert and a Warning. There are giveaways in this overview though it primarily discusses Thematic elements rather than the nitty-gritty of plot-points. The “warning” is for movie viewers of the Men’s Rights persuasion: there’s blatant chivalrous behavior (a.k.a. white-knighting or “traditional masculinity”) exhibited within the film by both generations of the movie’s male leads and this is not presented as something to get past, over, or cured of.

Only one negative. Typically I can find several flaws – in anything – but this time I found only one. [PDF of full essay here: Thoroughly Unexpected_Mud] [YouTube version here.]

Posted in Humor, Movies

Spin a sci-fi yarn

Inspired by the movie, "Sharknado" (honest)
Inspired by the movie, “Sharknado” (honest)

I really don’t like sharks (who does?). If we have the TV on and some sort of underwater promo comes on (with even a remote chance of showing one of them) I have my arms pre-crossed in front of my face, peaking through them at the screen. It’s that bad.

But last night I watched a SyFy original movie, Sharknado. Yup. Sharks in a tornado and I’m late to the parade (it’s been out since July). Several twisters star in the production, to be precise. My daughter was remarking about how silly it was, with sharks blowing (or raining?) into a swimming pool, with (SPOILER) the main Hero adding gasoline and lighting it on fire to kill them. I had to see that, so started at the beginning. Like a train wreck, once I started “looking” at the movie, it was so bad I couldn’t turn away.

Who knew average folks in California felt so comfortable with firearms? Not just having handguns and shotguns nearby, but shooting them. All over the place: into the air, the water, wherever. To protect themselves! All without interference from the local Security Service. Amazing. If only…

Do you need a mindless bit of film? Sharknado’s 86 minutes surely can’t be near the waste of time that the nightly network “news” would be. And you’ll be a lot more likely to laugh during the movie. Oh, and Part 2 is coming in 2014. Better stock up on shotgun shells, too.