I woke up this morning and found an early Christmas present in my stocking: David Denby’s year-end review of Hollywood movies that contains an inadvertent indictment of Barack Obama and other direct evidence of Liberal insanity (The Best Movies of the Year).
Denby identifies and articulates a theme in this year’s movies: American malaise and alienation.
America is in trouble (no kidding), and many of the best movies this year, intentionally or not, embodied the national unease, the sense that everyone is on his own, that communal bonds have disappeared in a war of all against all, or the indifference of all to all.
This statement is very true, as we all know.
We could say that “communal bonds have disappeared” despite our having a community organizer occupying the White House, but that would be incorrect: such bonds have disappeared BECAUSE we have Barack Obama occupying the White House.
Intensely collectivist policies such as those pursued by mr. Obama suck the life out of local communities, whose citizens end up being cajoled / forced / arm-twisted into looking to a distant and cold federal bureaucracy for their daily bread. This mindset is the very antithesis of the one that drove the founding of our nation (and its great flowering of freedom, wealth, and prosperity) and if promoted further will continue to impoverish and destroy our very souls.
So thank you David Denby for acknowledging the truth, which is that after five years of the Obama presidency, “America is in trouble”, with “communal bonds disappearing in a war of all against all.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself, and coming from you, in the New Yorker no less, is refreshing!
But there is one more gift-wrapped revelation in Denby’s offering.
The Tom Hanks movie “Captain Philips” comes up, and Denby again inadvertently “outs” the Liberal insanity inherent in the film.
Recall that “Captain Philips” is a movie about Somali Pirates, who violently hijack ocean freighters and terrorize and kill the hostages they take.
Here is Denby’s assessment of the movie’s director, Paul Greengrass, and what he accomplished with the narrative arc of the story:
What makes “Captain Phillips” interesting is Greengrass’s insistence on the moral ambiguity of the situation. The Somali pirates are more terrorized than terrorizing, lost in an event that they can’t control.
“Moral ambiguity of the situation”?
When the movie came out I wrote about one of the giveaway lines in the trailer and how it thoroughly marked the movie as Liberal trash (Tom Hanks Solicits Sympathy for Evildoers, And Are We Surprised?), and Denby now confirms for me that I was quite right in my suspicion (not that it is difficult to spot Hollywood getting confused — and trying to confuse us — about who is the victim and who is the abuser).
If you are a Liberal, try reading the following news story and see if you know who the bad guys are — unambiguously now, okay? You can do it if you try….
The FBI is investigating the killings of Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle, of Seattle, and Jean and Scott Adam, of Los Angeles, who had made their home aboard their yacht Quest since December 2004.
Pirates hijacked the yacht last Friday and held the four hostage. When a US warship responded to the incident, the hostages were shot and killed.
The Adams handed out bibles during their travels around the world… <source>