Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Surging Crescent

AS Islam lights up the globe and goes more and more on the march, the classic movie “El Cid” will become more and more relevant. Already today it’s a must see—and it must be seen in actual movie theaters across the entirety of what remains of Western civilization.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Prophetic Scenes

On this 11th anniversary of 9/11, there's no getting around the opening scenes of the 1961 film "El Cid," with the threats of a Bin Laden-like fanatic followed by scenes of smoldering devastation.

Friday, August 10, 2012

About Movies Today

Today’s blockbuster movies are an insult to the audience. They mock the stupidity of today’s moviegoer. Fast, jerky editing where you can’t see what’s happening combined with sadistic in-your-face violence is something today’s brainwashed-by-MTV accept unquestioningly. One doesn’t have to be against artful editing or violence in film to state this.

Today’s blockbuster movies feed on the darkest and most degrading aspects of the human personality.

“El Cid” surely has its share of violence, but it’s part of an overarching historical, cultural, artistic framework and message. No film has ever had more beautiful cinematography. Unlike today’s “Dark Knight,” “Bourne,” et.al. movies one is allowed to actually see and appreciate the incredible camera shots. The presentation isn’t a tease or a scam.

I understand why Islamists have no respect for those who inhabit the West. I see why they consider us to be unthinking unblinking weak consumerist zombies without morals, character, principles, or sense—accepting of any nonsensical nihilistic art or idea if it’s properly packaged with the right amount of hype and glitz and is properly approved by the mendacious mandarins of the mainstream media.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sick Culture?

In light of the Aurora, Colorado shootings during the showing of the latest Batman movie, we need to question what kind of culture America is handing the world. Has it become too bleak and dark, providing no counter example to death and violence; no way out?

Curiously, instead of seeing “The Dark Knight” last week, I went instead to see a showing of the 1963 flick “Bye Bye Birdie” in a movie house. In pure joy and fun the classic satirical musical is the polar opposite of “The Dark Knight.” Darkness needs on occasion to be balanced by light.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Better Culture

Western civilization can’t compete on the global level by denying the greatness of its past ideas and replacing them with disgraceful nonsense. The worlds of art and literature in the west in this postmodern age no longer hold glittering appeal, but instead, a kind of anti-appeal, celebrating every gross, sick, and evil aspect of mankind, as if to say to the rest of the world, “This is what to avoid.”

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Breitbart

Andrew Breitbart stated often that his activities were in reaction to the all-encompassing intolerant secular Left that he found in Los Angeles, most specifically in Hollywood. How much of radical Islam is a reaction to that same aggressive secularism? It’s a question that should at least be asked. In life and nature, one extreme often leads to the opposite extreme.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Big Screen!

I notice that "The Artist" is favored to win the Best Picture Oscar next week. It should-- the flick is a remarkable movie experience. But I wonder how much of that is due to seeing the film on a movie screen? So much of the movie's impact is due to effective use of close-ups. The surprises and juxtapositions wouldn't have nearly the impact otherwise.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Kudos

Kudos to Newsweek magazine for their February 13, 2012 cover story about Islamic crimes against Christians.

Monday, January 2, 2012

“Westward the Women”

In a recent post I mentioned the 1951 William Wellman movie “Westward the Women,” a neglected classic which provides a tremendous, and very emotional, film experience.

What I didn’t mention is that it’s likely the best movie about the trek west, the crossing by wagon train of the American continent. I know of no movie which better depicts how arduous that journey was.

In this day of political correctness the settling of the American continent is at best scorned; at worst presented as a criminal event. Anything but! This vast country sat virtually empty, its few million inhabitants living at a subsistence level. The natives’ short lives were short and brutal. Crossing the frontier was one of the great feats of human history. I drove to California and back, and was amazed by the distances, impressed by how difficult the crossing of the continent by the pioneers truly was. This tremendous movie conveys some of that.