Thursday, November 29, 2012

Red Dawn & Red Ink

What should the critics who dislike the film be saying? Well, for example, they could say, "That's not a good example of what communism is." Since they fail to defend communism, we can take that it IS a good example of communism. They could say, "Communist governments love the people, and they would never put people in concentration/detention camps." Since the critics fail to say anything about this, we can assume that they know from historical experience that Communist governments do put people in camps and execute those who don't follow their regime. They could say, "President Obama would never permit a foreign government to invade this country and stand by doing nothing," but the critics fail to defend their president, too. So, instead of intellectually taking on a film they have panned, we have to assume they don't like the film for more personal reasons, specifically, the film is telling the truth and they are afraid someone will believe it. I know I do.
"John Milius's 1984 cult classic about American teens battling a Soviet invasion has been reinvented as a Tea Party wet dream that offers a scathing (if completely illogical) indictment of the federal government," wrote a critic from Chicago, and another writes, "More of an overly-fantastical propaganda action film than the serious war drama the original aspired to be," and, lastly, "This is one of those movies that has no reason to exist. It is a remake that no one was asking for..."  Liberal critics have declared war on Dan Bradley's remake of the 1984 Soviet-era Red Dawn: with a mere 12% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the liberal critics employ their most stinging strategy to keep conservatives away from the film: mockery. Let me put it this way, even not liking the film, it should not have, at rock bottom, below a 40% approval rating (I grade the film at 80%, so a "B") so to have a 12% rating is like a badge of honor, that liberals hate this film that much!
This weekend, I will be seeing Lincoln and Rise Of the Guardians. After I get my review of Red Dawn up, there are at least a dozen reader comments/suggestions to which I am responding. Killing Them Softly (Brad Pitt) and Anna Karenina (Jude Law, Kiera Knightley) opens to more theaters this weekend, both of which I predict to be anti-capitalist films (not necessarily pro-socialist, because the Hollywood liberals aren't able to come up with good arguments for socialism, just petty, unimaginative arguments against capitalism). If you're not really doing anything this weekend, I would encourage you to read (or, re-read, as the case may be) J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit (also available on Kindle). If you like good books, this is an excellent story, conceptually and aesthetically; if you are a Christian, Tolkien's journey describes the spiritual life in all its horror and necessity, offering the weary traveler the golden nuggets of wisdom necessary to sustain the soul. In preparation for the disaster I predict Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to be on its December 14 opening, I will be thoroughly reviewing the book so when we see Jackson's editing for his socialist agenda, we'll know it was intentional.