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> Hollywood, Take Notice!, A Short Essay on Movies


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  Posted: Dec 10 2007, 07:00 AM
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Well, I’m back from hiatus with a little something to say.

About movies.

Allow me to say from the start that I love movies. I love the ability to take a story, present it on the big screen, and make me care about the characters and their situations.

Now, I realize that this forum may not be the best place for such a commentary, but give me a moment and perhaps you’ll begin to see why it might in fact be quite appropriate.

Over the last few years it seems that I have enjoyed movies less and less. I’m not implying that they’ve fallen in quality, but rather that I’ve begun to, as my Father once said, “delaminate from society”. I’ve begun to see through the thinly veiled attempts at exploitative filmmaking, the sensationalist views of evil, the worship of violence, and the general intellectually insulting tripe they pass off as entertainment. Looking back, I also see that it has been going on for a very long time.

I am guilty of liking movies that suck.

It’s true. I DID enjoy ID4, Armageddon, and I’ll stop right there before I further my own embarrassment. I bought the bull, horns, tail, and excrement. Watching them now, I feel a certain queasiness at not only the horrible acting, the heavy reliance on special effects to move the story, but my own naivety.

Am I saying that all movies should be Patrician masterpieces of cerebral stimulation? No, but they don’t have to insult our collective intelligence in the name of entertainment either.

Tell me if this sounds familiar: Boy and friend are in their last day (week, month, etc.) of high school. Boy and friend want to have carnal knowledge of a girl before leaving said institution of learning. Boy and friend then depart on ill-conceived plan to requisition alcohol (usually illegally) and or drugs, set up or secure transport to party, and through lies, deceit, and a generally poor attitude towards the opposite sex, attempt to lure the women in question to whatever locale has been chosen for the night’s festivities. Shenanigans ensue. Throw in the “Older Influence”, a brush with the local authorities (who more often than not couldn’t arrest a comatose mollusk), and you have the standard set-up. Now here’s where Hollywood demonstrates it’s “Level of Responsibility”. If the main character does “seal the deal” (with a condom, of course. High school boys LOVE condoms…), he suddenly realizes that it wasn’t really what he wanted, and he should have waited. Or, at the last possible second, he stops the girl (who is usually very intoxicated by this point) and they suddenly discover the value of cuddling. In the morning they all skip happily off into the sunset, mall, or whatever and lessons learned, the credits roll.

You’ve seen this before, haven’t you? About a dozen times?

Yep, I could continue in this vein for days, describing many different plots so old Aeschalus would recognize them. However, I believe you get the point.

How many times is Hollywood going to send this crap down stream you say? As long as someone will buy it. There is always someone willing to be insulted intellectually. Consider the “American Pride of Ignorance Principal”, my own creation that states “The level of pride an American takes in his/her own ignorance is directly proportionate to the amount of friends present and inversely proportionate to their intelligence level.” What? Never heard or seen this phenomenon? Hmmm. How many times have you seen someone faced with a new idea puff with pride and proclaim in front of their friends, “Never heard of it!”?

Ahh, yes. THAT phenomenon.

The “Idiot Plot” (character does something stupid, loses face, lies to recover, loses more face when easily caught, continues choosing stupid things to do, loses all semblance of humanity, at some point learns lesson by means of (usually) Deus ex Machina, reconciles life, demonstrates stupid tendencies still apparent, stand by for sequel…) is made for someone like the person above. They can’t get enough of it. If enough people (who are paid to do so) tell them that it’s funny, then it will be the funniest thing they have ever seen! Such a reaction also demonstrates our immediate jump to the superlative, but I’ll save that for another rant.

How about films that glorify violence? Let’s examine a recent movie whose title reflects the sum of 149 + 151. With little basis in historical reality, over-the-top “acting”, and visuals that can best be described as pornography for the violently inclined, I wonder why it did so well at the box office? It catered to the base desires of its audience. No kidding, hunh?

In contrast, a movie that ALSO has a large amount of violence, yet displays it in a fashion that is not glorified, but instead, reviled by the easily respected protagonist, is “No Country for Old Men”. With superior acting, expert story-telling, and a complete departure from the usual methods, the makers of this movie manage to provide insight into the nature of violence in all of us. And I didn’t feel insulted. Not once. (Possible Spoiler Alert) Even the controversial ending didn’t faze me. Sometimes life is like that. Not everything gets solved. Yet this movie, while successful, is open in limited release, and is probably going to close quickly. The Plebians and troglodytes didn’t get it.

There is hope.

A few years ago, I noticed something. Major production companies mounting efforts to produce “Indie” films. Usually under a different name, but associated openly with their parent company, these independent film release companies have been putting out some gems as of late. They too are hit or miss, but at least in the vast majority of them I don’t feel insulted at the end of it. At least they TRIED to make something worth my time. I appreciate that.

I even think I know why this has begun to happen. The box office disaster. When a production company puts out a phenomenally bloated clunker of truly fecal proportions, and it does what everyone knew it was going to from the first moment they heard its poor excuse for a plot, the company loses money hand over fist. Then someone comes along who says they have the next big blockbuster! Spend to make, right? And how! Again with the floppage. Repeat the cycle until suddenly they are so desperate, they decide to put out money to anyone with any idea, especially if it’s cheap and stays in budget. Voila! Suddenly the “Little Guy” makes, “The Machinist”, “Little Miss Sunshine”, “Running with Scissors”, among others, and his movie is a success! For everyone involved! Yay!

I’m not saying that “Main-stream” movie makers are all crap. Far from it. Some of my favorite movies of all time are from big-name directors, actors, studios, etc. And there are certainly enough independent and/or foreign films that have bored me to tears. I’m just saying that more care and love for the art AND the audience is in order.

I sincerely hope that someone somewhere notices that the Patricians of the world still have purchase power, and we too like to be entertained. Not by recycled trash, but by fresh and original ideas. And please, stop insulting our intelligence…

P.S. I know that on the surface, the preceding essay had very little (if anything) to do with conspiracies in general, but I'd beg to differ. The Dumbing Down of America is a very real and tangible threat to our country's mental health. Movies that degrade our morals and principles and standards are just as toxic as any poison gas or biological threat. Regardless of who you think is responsible, there is a way to halt this small sub-section of the agenda of DDOA:

Stop Watching Bad Movies and Television.


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Posted: Dec 10 2007, 10:43 AM
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I've viewed over 10,000 movies in my time and you have some good points Monk.

About 5 years ago, something changed in me, where the veil of the Matrix was lifted and I saw things differently.... especially in movies and TV and even music.

I came to realize that professional sports and game shows are not real and are merely entertainment.

I came to the conclusion that humans learn from example or by experience, so the controllers have used tv, music and the movies to influence people as to how THEY want us to live our lives.

Television and magazines set the fashion trends.

The NEWS media spreads fear to us all so that we no longer trust our neighbors.

Then you learn who controls Hollywood and puts out most of those morally degrading movies such as 'American Wedding'...

Then you learn who controls the newspapers, the magazines and your tv sitcoms...

Then you realize that the referees and the coaches and the managers and the trainers and the owners --- ARE ALL part of this race of controllers....

You begin to fathom the level of control over our lives.

But.... step back for a moment ---- and think about those European or South American soccer fans --- or Canadian Hockey Fans after they win the Stanley Cup, or Laker Fans after the Lakers win.... the fans go crazy and destroy and loot the cities.

I believe that gluttons for entertainment like Sports fans, Amusement Parks, movies, etc are the controllers biggest threat.




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How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think.

I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few.

If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.
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He most certainly understood the use of propaganda. The man was one of History's quintessential bastards, but he was a brilliant manipulator of information.

The media may be a vehicle for subjugation, preparation, or indoctrination, but movies are still primarily a form of entertainment.

TV, I don't watch. Sports, I don't watch. News I observe to decipher the truth. Working in my capacity for the big G gives me insight into what to buy and what is crap...

Video games, I play. Anime, I adore.

Movies? Some of them are legitimate films for the purposes of entertainment. Regardless of their "anaesthetizing" effect, I still enjoy a good flick. I can see the messages behind the scenes, and dutifully ignore them.

Right or wrong, I feel that I cannot simply shut off myself or my family from the world.

Which is why I screen movies for the kids, really look into movies for myself and my wife, and refuse cable to enter my household.

We don't even get reception where I live.


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I still enjoy movies and tv because today there's such a wide variety to choose from. Discovery channel, History channel, National Geographic, tons of Educational shows, Holmes on Homes, some decent sitcoms, like Heroes and of course sports such as gymnastics, track n field and UFC - (human competition....Battle!!! --so long as it's not me in the ring -- lol)

But I don't care much for baseball, hockey or soccer.... and I only watch the highlights from football and basketball.


Do you remember the days when we had only 7 channels and a couple hundred movie choices?

My thing is this --- if the movie or tv 'program' leaves me with a good feeling, I would watch it again and again. If I was disgusted by it, I would not watch it again. But years ago... I would still watch something I did not enjoy, just because someone else was doing it.

I guess as you get greyer, your stance changes as to what you will allow infect your body n soul.

I'm glad you screen your kids viewing --imagine if more parents did that with all of the morally degrading and homosexual/lesbien influences we have these days.




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You have discovered the fatal flaw in my "I don't watch TV" statement, sir.

The History and Discovery Channels (or similar). I can't help it. I LIKE learning... blushNEW.gif

I couldn't agree more, however, when it comes to the filth that production studios of all kinds try to pass off as family or children's entertainment. The disgusting schlock that the unscrupulous send over the airwaves or into our theaters is quite simply shameful.

Not that the easily distracted, bored, or led would take part in this, but if everyone stopped going to movies and boycotted TV, the tune would change. Very fast I'll wager. Such an act of unified outrage would frighten the holy hell out the powers that be. Wouldn't we all love to see that?

I wonder...

Would 1776 have been a different kind of year if they had had TV?

An apples and oranges kind of question from a logical point of view, but could revolution even be possible with such an influence?

Now THAT'S frightening...


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