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Nov 28 2011

Hollywood Is Too Cryptofascist for Guardian Moonbat

Tinseltown’s hard left tendencies have been obvious at least since the days of the House Un-American Activities Committee, but so long as there are even pockets of patriotism, the progressive condescendi won’t be satisfied. The contempt expressed by Frank Miller (300, Sin City) for the vermin comprising Occupy Wall Street has caused heads to explode. At the Guardian, a kook named Rick Moody got so excited as to denounce action films in general in an unintentionally hilarious example of why normal people laugh at liberal intellectuals.

Try to keep a straight face through this analysis of Gladiator:

Or what about the expensive and aesthetically pretentious Gladiator (2000), which I still contend is an allegory about George W Bush’s candidacy for president, despite the fact that director and principal actor were not US citizens. Is it possible to think of a film such as Gladiator outside of its political subtext? Are Ridley Scott’s falling petals, which he seems to like so much that he puts them in his films over and over again, anything more than a way to gussy up the triumph of oligarchy, corporate capital and globalisation?

Amazingly, this seems to be on the level.

Moody’s grousing about action films mixes the truth with absurd straw men:

Might is right, the global economy will be restored, America is exceptional, homely people deserve political disenfranchisement, and so on. … American movies, in the main, often agree with Frank Miller, that endless war against a ruthless enemy is good, and military service is good, that killing makes you a man, that capitalism must prevail, that if you would just get a job (preferably a corporate job, for all honest work is corporate) you would quit complaining.

Damn straight America is exceptional, military service is good, capitalism must prevail, et cetera, but who said anything about homely people?

Hollywood hasn’t produced much in the past few decades worth sitting through. A notable exception is 300. If you haven’t bought it on DVD yet, maybe Grouchy will persuade you:

The film 300, directed by Zack Snyder, based on a Frank Miller graphic novel of the same name, is just what you would expect from the heavily freighted right-wing filmic propaganda of the post-9/11 period: the Greeks, from which our own putative democracies are descended, must fight to the death against a vast but incompetent army of Persians (those hordes of the Middle East), who are considered here unworthy of characterisation — in fact, every character in the film is unworthy of characterisation — and the noble Spartans (the Greeks in question) achieve heroism despite their glorious deaths on the field at Thermopylae, by virtue of the moral superiority of their belief system and their unmatched courage. Ruthless enemy! From the Middle East! Heroic, rugged individualists! A big, sentimental score! Lots and lots of blue-screen! Endless amounts of body parts spewing theatrical blood!

Actually, the movie is even better than he makes it sound. Too bad watching it is a moral crime:

But in the films of this era, the Marvel and DC era of Hollywood, even when the work is not self-evidently shilling for large corporations (with product placement) or militating for a libertarian and oligarchical political status quo (which makes a fine environment for large, multinational corporations), the work is doing nothing at all to oppose these things. Paying your $12.50, these days, is not unlike doing a few lines of cocaine and pretending you don’t know about the headless bodies in Juarez.

That is, watching a movie that doesn’t go out of its way to oppose liberty is the equivalent of financing drug cartels.

The piece finally concludes that Tinseltown’s 99% liberal output is “cryptofascist” (when moonbats say “fascist,” they mean conservative or libertarian). If only.

300
Guaranteed to drive moonbats out of the room.

On a tip from Smorfia48.

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  • http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/ LibertyAtStake

    ‘Black Hack Down’ is my favorite cinematic moonbat repellant.

    d(^_^)b
    http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/ LibertyAtStake

    Or Pro Wrestling.

    d(^_^)b
    http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • Jim

    Unfortunately, my precious snowflakes, the law won in NY, and will again..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWAqDlQ1CEI

  • Hail The Amberlamps!

    Leonidas Hoplite’s line (in the movie) of give them nothing but take from them everything should be every loyal American citizen’s battle cry when confronting collectivism.

    It’s a war. A cold war of competing ideologies, but a war nonetheless.

  • Winston Smith

    Great News- that fat puss bag crook Barney Frank is retiring. Now he need to be Occupy a Prison cell for this criminal acts with Fannie and Freddie.

    http://news.yahoo.com/barney-frank-leave-congress-152402907.html

    No doubt this retirement has something to do with Barneys supply of teenage boys drying up after the US House announced back in August it was ending the House Page program. He can alway move to Thailand. Thais – hide your young boys if you see his name on a passenger list inbound.

  • Archonix

    Of coruse 300 isn’t particularly accurate. The Spartans were ruthless collectivists who decreed iron as a fiat currency with its value set so low that people wouldn’t be able to physically store enough to be rich; who kept men and women completely separated for most of their lives, except when they occasionally got together to make babies; who encouraged the formation of “bonds” between the elder men and young boys in training, ostensibly as role models, but in reality to provide a reliable fuckbuddy for the older man; and who would ritually cast out and even murder anyone who sullied the good name of the Spartan people.

    Frankly the only good thing about it was the fact that women weren’t locked away as chattel but had to manage their property on equal terms with men – but by necessity, as their men were locked away in barracks most of the time.

    It was a fucked up society. A lefty’s wet dream too, probably why they get so worked up about 300…

  • Gregory of Yardale

    Why are the lefties such drama queens? They’re just movies, for Set’s sake.

  • Noelegy

    Huh. I knew there was a reason I loved “Gladiator.” I mean, besides the fact that Ridley Scott is one of my favorite directors and Hans Zimmer is one of my favorite composers.

    Then again, I’m a weird female. I’d rather sit through “Gladiator” 25 times straight than even once through “Sex In The City” or any typical chick flick.

  • Noelegy

    Come to think of it, I believe “Black Hawk Down” is another Scott/Zimmer collaboration…

  • http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/131christians/activists/wilberforce.html Wilberforce

    He lost me at “filmic” LOL! What a self-important twit…

  • AZRon

    Hey, let’s give this guy some credit. His grammar and spelling skills are 99% better than 99% of the 99%.

    The fact that he is a raving Moonbat should not take away from this fact. It only means that he should be ignored as inconsequential.

  • Smorfia48

    Aside from the horribly pretentious tone of the article, the funniest thing is Moody wrote this in response to Miller’s comments about the Occupy protests.

    Think about it: violent action movies are ‘cryptofascist’, they buldgeon their audiences into mindless states with CGI effects. Movies based on violent comics are particularly bad. And those Guy Fawkes masks that everyone wears at Occupy protests. They’re from a what sort of movie?

    This buffoon really couldn’t have shot himself in the foot any harder.

  • Jester

    Think about it: violent action movies are ‘cryptofascist’

    Yep. According to the Left, theatrical (yet historical) violence to defend liberty is bad; real violence (at OWS) that breaks liberty down is a-ok.

    Orwell is turning over in his grave.

  • Jeff

    Libertyatstake, If you really want to repell a moonbat, just play Kate Smith’s God Bless America! What other movies would you add to the list?

  • A. Levy

    The Guardian is about as far-left as you can get, so why would anything they say be seen as relevant. They should spend their time informing their fellow Brits that while they were asleep, Britain has become a radical Muslim outpost.

  • Lao’s retarded and smarter brother

    Gladiator features crosshairs!! So do 300 and Blackhawk Down!!

    Crosshairs!!

  • Justin

    Yep,
    typical far-left anti-military bullshit showing their disdain for the military that protects their sorry asses. They hate the military because America has balls and destroys its enemies and the military is something those pansy liberals can’t comprehend because they are too violent and they hate them because they are more heroic than those whiny pansies ever will, will be because the military puts down their dreams of far-left utopia.

    Which is why they hate it so much. This is why they hate the military. The military has honor, pride, and patriotism and love of country, something those assholes absolutely hate.
    Yep. Where have I seen this before?

  • Don Herron

    “This buffoon really couldn’t have shot himself in the foot any harder.”

    He is probably a gun control advocate so he does not know how to handle one.(That explains why he missed his head.)

  • 762×51

    I have never watched 300 but not for political reasons. I am a purist about the battle at Thermopylae for historical reasons. Most people, especially those indoctrinated in government controlled public schools and leftist universities do not know anything about the battle much less its significance to the modern age. Basically the 300 Spartans bought enough time for Athens to prepare(evacuate) before the Persians arrived to burn it. Athens, became the birthplace of the concept we now call democracy, which provides us our freedom. No battle at Thermopylae, no Greek city-state of Athens, no birth of democracy.

    Many years ago, when my son was in high school, I attended a back to school night. The teacher responsible for world history was describing the time periods they would be studying which included the time of the battle. I asked her if they would be studying the battle at Thermopylae and all I got was a blank stare. She was 50+ years old and the department CHAIR and didn’t know what I was talking about. Guess why your kids education sucks.

    I may purchase the DVD just to support conservatives in Hollywierd without actually watching it.

  • IslandLifer

    Noelegy says:
    November 28, 2011 at 10:55 am
    Huh. I knew there was a reason I loved “Gladiator.” I mean, besides the fact that Ridley Scott is one of my favorite directors and Hans Zimmer is one of my favorite composers.

    Then again, I’m a weird female. I’d rather sit through “Gladiator” 25 times straight than even once through “Sex In The City” or any typical chick flick.

    Where can I find a weird female like you? A dying breed

  • RKae

    Noelegy:

    Well, the universe is in balance, because I’m a man but I prefer Masterpiece-Theatre-styled Brit-lit movies like “Jane Eyre” or anything from a Hardy or Austen book.

    I like the occaisional action flick, if it’s kid friendly. I loved “Captain America!”

  • Fred C. Dobbs

    There have actually been a decent number of countermoonbat movies coming out of Hollywierd lately. Look at Captain America (unapologetically patriotic), Iron Man- escpecially Iron Man 2 (Bill Whittle did a great review on why Iron Man 2 was the ultimate free market capitalist vs. big government movie, but I couldn’t find it on YouTube- it even featured Robert Downey Jr. saying how he’s “So sick of this whole liberal agenda” after donating his entire art collection to the Boy Scouts), Robin Hood (Ridley Scott’s version with Russel Crowe is pretty countermoonbatty) Transformers (all blatantly pro-military), Book of Eli (very pro religion- the bad guy was a tyranical nut who wanted to abuse religion to his own ends while the good guy was on a mission from God to save the last known copy of the Bible). There have been a lot of other good ones out there, and most of them are action movies, so maybe this guy has a point lol.

  • TED

    This is what happens when you have a small group of people (the left) that can’t even be honest to themselves, They have been telling lies so long they don’t know the truth and are actually repelled by it.

  • Bob Roberts

    Every once in a while, even moonbats get something right:

    “endless war against a ruthless enemy is good”

    Yes, actually, IT IS. You MUST always fight a ruthless enemy until either the enemy is gone, or you are.

    Amazing a moonbat would say this, yet still not get it.

    But then again, there’s lao to give us the example of this moonbat inability to comprehend with every post he makes here.

  • Bob Roberts

    TED says: November 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm
    This is what happens when you have a small group of people (the left) that can’t even be honest to themselves, They have been telling lies so long they don’t know the truth and are actually repelled by it.

    —————–
    Yes, but you know, there is a precedent for such nonsense:

    Infected rats become sexually attracted to cat urine. Toxoplasma-infected male rats have altered activation in brain regions involved in fear and increased activation of brain regions involved in sexual attraction after exposure to cat odors. Toxoplasma requires the cat digestive system for sexual reproduction. Infected rodents, with reduced fear response to cat odors, are presumably more susceptible to predation by cats, thereby enabling completion of the parasite lifecycle. Toxoplasma is manipulating the fear response specifically to the urine of cats — infected rats behave normally on anxiety, fear, social and memory tasks, and retain fear behavior to non-feline predator odors.
    ——–
    As lao regularly demonstrates, the normal attraction you and I might have to the truth, and the normal repulsion you and I might have to lies, is reversed in lao. He gravitates towards lies and flees from the truth, just like others on the left.

  • John Lewis

    Hmmm … well, Thermopylae did happen. Three hundred Spartans under Leonidas did confront a vastly larger force of moonbats … ah, Persians, and their heroic deaths led eventually to Greek victories. The Spartan words as well as their deeds will ring out forever: e.g.
    “breakfast here. Supper in Hades”, Leonidas’s order for the day.

  • OEFvet

    Everyone forgets that there were about 4000 other Greeks fighting along side the Spartans (remember the non professional soldiers)? And as for the comment about spartan society… They had some issues, but for the time they were the best thing going. Can’t compare past civilizations standards to our own. They saved western civilization before it existed. Thank you King Leonidas and all those who died fighting the future Muslim nut jobs.

  • Bob Roberts

    NEW NAME FOR OCCU-ZOMBIES: AMoMMM, AKA
    Aimless Mobs of Maladjusted Malingering Malcontents

  • Grunt

    “Black HACK Down”

    Might that be a movie released upon the (hopeful) outcome of the 2012 Election? LAWL!

    I was at the store with a buddy of mine when she told me this cute little phrase: “Don’t Renege In 2012″
    Cripes, I lost it!

    I’m so smoking a turd in Hell over that one…(Such a bad person)

  • Grunt

    Oh…sorry! On Subject…

    Interestingly, I’d lay my last dollar on the liklihood that this mook probably SWOONED over “Avatar”.

    Bluescreen, CGI-Heavy, Violent, but with the message Libs want the world to know: Corporations are greedy, the Military is bad, and we all need to live in the mud and worship trees/gaia/otherkin-cat-people-things.

  • Grunt

    @Bob Roberts…

    I like “WAH-narchists”…calls them by what they are: little kids wanting everyone else to pay for their tickets or else they’ll throw a large-scale tantrum.

  • Adam

    Grunt,
    That is a good term. Another, coined by Internet conservative photojournalist extraordinaire Zombie, is “Trustafarian Anarchist.”

  • Noelegy

    @RKae, I love Masterpiece Theater and historical stuff as well; I just have NO tolerance for chick flicks and would rather see a good military or disaster movie any day. :) @IslandLifer, conservative/libertarian blogs is a good place to start. :)

  • Noelegy

    *sigh* “…blogs ARE a good place to start.” I is an English major!

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