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Guest Post: Liberty Cinema: Media That Inspire Us

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Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market

Liberty Cinema: Media That Inspire Us

Media, from film, to television, to newsprint, has from its inception
been used as a tool for manipulating public opinion and influencing
mass psychology; this we are all aware of. However, every once in a
while, an honest writer, an honest filmmaker, an uncontrolled media
company, slips through the establishment filter and makes something
quite spectacular: a story that tells the truth. This is, frankly,
something we should expect. Something we should be used to seeing.
Unfortunately, with only a few major global conglomerates dominating the
content of nearly every TV station and film distributor in this
country, a truthful film or weekly show seeing the light of day is akin
to a small miracle.

The fog of lies seeping from the corrosive
tar pits of Washington D.C. is getting thicker by the day, our social
environment has become a vortex of confusing mismatched messages and
conflicting data, and getting a straight answer from any mainstream
outlet has become a fools errand. For those of us who are awake and
aware, it seems as though our senses are under attack every minute of
everyday. We are overwhelmed with illusions, delusions, mirages, and
unsupported opinions masquerading as cold hard fact.

Sometimes,
we need media that inspires us and teaches us, rather than attacking us
with amoralist rhetoric and rewriting our history in real time.
Sometimes, we need to know we are not alone in our daily fight against
disinformation. We need to know that there are, and always have been,
others out there who see the truths that we see. Sometimes, we just
need a break from the propaganda machine.

In the hopes of
providing for you as many moments of rest as possible, I have listed
below some of the films and other media which have, at the very least,
messages that support the vestiges of liberty and free thought. Some
people may disagree with certain choices, and certainly, not all of the
films below are examples of “artistic auteurism”, but at least they
don’t spew up the bile of globalism and collectivism all over your
living room when you watch them, which is always a nice change of pace.
Onward with the show…

TV And Film That Inspires Us

Citizen Kane – Directed By Orson Welles, 1941:
The story surrounding the release of Citizen Kane is even more
interesting than the movie itself. The film is, definitely, a
masterpiece. It broke every rule of filmmaking at that time and set the
standard for every decent film to come after. The inspiration for the
film’s main character, Charles Foster Kane, was based on the very real
and sill living William Randolph Hearst. The infamous Hearst whose
disinformation exploits and unfettered elitism are infamous to those of
us in the Liberty Movement who know anything about propaganda.

Citizen
Kane portrayed Hearst, and globalists like him, in their underwear. An
unprecedented act for a film in the 1940’s. Welles’ depiction of an
aging billionaire whose accumulation of wealth and power fails to fill
the gaping hole in the man’s soul strikes a chord, not because we are
meant to feel sorry for him, but because it shows us that these men we
often imagine as invincible demons, are in fact very vulnerable, and
very weak. They live in their own fantasy lands, hoping that with
enough money and influence, they can expand their fantasies until the
rest of us are completely enveloped in them. They want our admiration,
our praise, even our love; things that have to be earned, not bought, to
be felt and appreciated. Kane’s struggle to make people love him brings
the world of elitism down from its self imposed pedestal where we can
all see and shake our heads. There is nothing more pathetic than a man
who feels the need to dominate to be respected.

As is well known,
Hearst attempted to destroy Citizen Kane, first by trying to buy the
original negative, then trying to shut it out of theaters completely.
When he failed, he set out to destroy the career of Orson Welles
himself. Welles faced obstacle after obstacle for the rest of his life
in the moviemaking business, blacklisted by Hearst’s circle of elitist
friends in Hollywood, Welles’ image was attacked for decades, despite
Citizen Kane’s reputation as one of the greatest films ever made.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTyOC8GF-qg&NR=1

On The Waterfront – Directed By Elia Kazan, 1954:
Marlon Brando plays Terry Malloy, an ex-fighter who’s life has sunk
into poverty and discredit, pushing him towards a career of crime as the
muscle for an underworld mob boss. Terry is, for the most part, a good
man caught in the midst of horrible circumstances. However, he soon
begins to realize after helping to cause the death of an outspoken dock
worker that being good on the inside is simply not enough; a man has to
ACT upon his conscience if he wants to be truly free, even if it means
he could die in the process.

‘On The Waterfront’ is a tale of
redemption, but also a tale of revolution in the purest sense. A single
individual making the hardest of all decisions; to face his own
mistakes and stupidity for the sake of those he cares about. Only when a
man is aware of his failings can he finally find the strength to face
down the seemingly invincible monsters of the world. This is as true in
reality, as it is in the movies, and it is a lesson we desperately need
to relearn in America today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeVq1e6JKlw

High Noon – Directed By Fred Zinneman, 1952:
The parallels between the dilemmas facing the character of Marshal Will
Kane (played by Gary Cooper) and the dilemmas, tangible and
psychological, that currently face the Liberty Movement, are
astonishing. So much so that I was inspired to write an entire article for Neithercorp Press
on the film ‘High Noon’. Kane is an honest lawman, who discovers just
after his wedding that a band of murderous thugs called the “Miller
Gang” are returning to the town they terrorized years ago. Thugs he
sent up the river. And, they want revenge. Kane rushes frantically,
having only until noon to rally the townspeople and form a posse to stop
the Miller Gang once again, but there’s just one problem; no one wants
to help him...

Every internal conflict plaguing America today,
from apathy, to cowardice, to greed, to bias, to corruption, is
represented in the scenes of High Noon. To understand the obstacles we
face as a movement, one only needs to understand the character of
Marshal Will Kane, and the town of weaklings which his conscience
demands he defend.

Seven Samurai – Directed By Akira Kurasawa, 1954:
This is perhaps the greatest samurai epic ever made, as well as one of
the best action/dramas in any language of any era. Japan has been
ravaged by the destruction of feudal wars, and bandit hoards now roam
the countryside freely, pillaging defenseless villages as they go. The
farming class has been left to the wolves, and with an economy in ruins,
one village finds they will soon starve if they cannot end the vicious
cycle of looting. At first, they see no recourse but to conform to the
demands of the criminal throngs. However, an elder relates a tale of a
village he had known long ago that had hired samurai for defense, a
village which survived the onslaught of the feudal wars.

Excited
by the idea of saving their homes and finally ending their enslavement, a
group of young farmers heads to the cities to recruit whatever samurai
they can find who will work for mere rice, the only currency the village
has. They return with only seven brave warriors. Seven……against an
army.

So begins Seven Samurai, a story of defiance in the face
of overwhelming odds, but also a study on the desperation of societal
collapse, as well as the inevitable need for the common man to learn how
to defend himself, or find himself ruled by villains forever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNqQXC8Tv8U

The 400 Blows – Directed By Francois Truffaut, 1959:
Antoine is a 13 year old boy with a chip on his shoulder (but really,
what 13 year old boy DOESN’T have a chip on his shoulder?). His
unwillingness to conform, of course, gets him into trouble often, and
soon he finds himself in progressively worse situations with
progressively worse consequences. The real power of ‘The 400 Blows’ is
that it forces us to question whether Antoine is actually wrong for not
conforming. It reveals the foolishness of the social system in which he
is forced to live, as well as the greed, jealousy, and hypocrisy that
fuels it. Antoine is surrounded by deviants and liars who parade as
upstanding people, judging him harshly for his rather minor infractions.
With hints of Kafka’s ‘The Trial’, the idea of a corrupt culture
handing down judgments upon anyone who seeks independence becomes rather
horrifying. The need in many to revolt, and to break free, becomes
inevitable. The stunning end to The 400 Blows is the most iconic cinema
moment I can think of that illustrates this very human need.

The Manchurian Candidate – Directed By John Frankenheimer, 1962:
Based on the mind control experimentation of the Soviets conducted with
the help of Nazi psychiatrists captured after WWII (The U.S. had a
similar program called MK ULTRA conducted at the same time), the
Manchurian Candidate is about the malleability of the human mind, and
how certain men, under the right circumstances and with the right
methods, can be made to do almost anything, even kill.

Staring
Frank Sinatra as Major Bennett Marco, a man in search of answers to the
experiments he believes he may have been a part of, and an amazingly
evil Angela Lansbury (this ain’t Murder She Wrote, folks!), the film was
essentially pulled from screening and distribution after the Kennedy
assassination in 1963, though some maintain that the assassination had
nothing to do with the film being shelved. Strangely though, the movie
was only shown on television a mere three or four times from 1963 until
1988, when, after decades, it was finally released for wider
distribution.

Mind control is not the stuff of science fiction.
Very real programs have been conducted by security agencies around the
world for many years, some of which have been declassified. How much of
The Manchurian Candidate is real, and how much of it is Hollywood
conjecture? That’s hard to say. When it comes to such programs, I find
that reality is often far more disturbing than anything Hollywood can
think up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RAUm6l_t6k

The Prisoner – British Television, 1967 to 1968:
Patrick McGoohan’s serial tale of a former secret agent whose
retirement is cut short when he is kidnapped by an unnamed organization
and thrown into a prison that looks like a beach resort, called “The
Village”, and given a number instead of a name. Loosely based on true
events, including Operation Epsilon during WWII, as well as government
“black sites” around the world in which many people over the decades
have been “renditioned” and tortured for information, simply tortured
for fun, or tortured until they can be turned to another purpose. ‘The
Prisoner’ is truly a parable for our times…

Number 6 (McGoohan)
is watched 24/7 by microphone and video surveillance. His every move is
meticulously studied. He is tortured mentally and physically. His
entire identity is put under attack. The people who run the Village,
finding that torture is completely ineffective, turn to increasingly
elaborate mind games meant to break 6’s will, and reveal information he
doesn’t even have.

Ultimately, Number 6 is punished and
imprisoned not because he has something the organization wants, but
simply because he quit the game. Number 6 is everyman who wishes to
decouple from the corrupt system and be left alone, only to find that to
the elites, independence is the worst crime of all.

The final
episode of The Prisoner left half its audience angry and confused, and
the other half in awe of its brilliance. In a nutshell; the system has
no power over us but that which we GIVE them. We are our own prison
guards. And, in effect, we have made our entire world just like “The
Village”. We are accomplices in our own slavery, because we refuse to
see the very large part we have played in the construction of the prison
itself. Number 6’s ability to prevail in the battle of wills we all
face in the real world is meant to inspire, as well as to caution. All
wars for freedom are first won in the mind…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ato5NS9dW0A

Bad Day At Black Rock – Directed By John Sturges, 1954:
Spencer Tracy plays Macreedy, a WWII veteran out to uncover the
circumstances behind the death of a Japanese friend in a remote western
town. Macreedy, injured during the war, appears to be rather harmless,
which is just the way he likes it. As his investigation takes a
dangerous turn, he soon discovers the town itself may be involved in his
friend’s death, and the townspeople discover that Macreedy is not as
helpless as he seems.

‘Bad Day At Black Rock’ is a
mystery/thriller, to be sure, but it is also an example of the quiet
warrior. The man who sits patiently, and picks his battles carefully.
The man who doesn’t put all his cards on the table until it is
absolutely necessary. Any fight, whether man to man, or army to army,
is decided first and foremost by the intelligence of the combatants. He
who fights smartest, wins. Period. The man with the biggest girth,
the biggest mouth, or the biggest guns, is often irrelevant. The man
that watches quietly, he’s the one to worry about…

Sleeper – Directed By Woody Allen, 1973:
Woody Allen plays Miles Monroe, a man who dies in the 20th century and
his body frozen, only to be brought back to life 200 years in the future
to find that he is surrounded by naïve yuppies, hippies, and mindless
drones living in ignorant bliss in the midst of a scientifically
administrated police state (Sometimes, I feel like I’m living this
movie, as I’m sure many of you do).

Miles was never supposed to
be brought out of cryogenic stasis, and is deemed a dangerous infectious
element by the state. Hilarity ensues as he tries to outrun government
goon squads while attempting to understand the strange manners of the
citizenry of the future. Eventually, he ends up becoming a reluctant
revolutionary, and, comes face to face (or face to nose) with the
world’s “supreme leader”. Funny, smart satire on man’s unfortunate
ability to ride the wave of absurdity into the rocks of tyranny without a
second thought.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkK7wue2xGk

Star Wars – Directed By George Lucas, 1977 to …?:
Star Wars is a cinema success story for a number of reasons. First,
Lucas used (some say stole) many ideas from the great director Akira
Kurasawa (we discussed one of his films, Seven Samurai, above). He also
applied the studies of mythology professor Joseph Campbell to the world
of film. Lucas was the first to do this deliberately. Tapping into
the realm of mythology and archetypes can backfire, but, if done
correctly, you could have a viral cultural phenomenon on your hands.
This is what Star Wars accomplished.

Good and evil are inherent
psychological elements as old as man. We are born with conscience, and
the ability to ignore conscience. We have the power to choose what is
creative, or destructive. We are both darkness, and light, all at once.
Star Wars makes this internal and external battle between good and
evil explode with dazzling adventure and fantasy. However, the root
ideas within Star Wars are anything but fantasy. Truly, each person
battles against the “dark side” within himself, and sometimes, men
embrace it wholeheartedly. When they do (as we see in the society of
global elitism) unprecedented catastrophe results, and only the strong
of heart can rise to meet the challenge.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_JyoK8RVPE

V – Television Miniseries, 1983:
Yes, this is the miniseries with the “reptoids” in flying saucers come
to dominate the Earth and steal all its resources. But seriously, look
past the reptilians for a moment, and think of ‘V’ not as a sci-fi
cheese fest, but a study in revolution set in a different genre. In
fact, the first half of the V series was meant by creator Kenneth
Johnson to be a parable for revolt against fascism, whether it be in the
form of establishment military might, or in the form of aliens from
another galaxy. The series premier was an obvious attack on the U.S.
Government’s involvement with the School Of The Americas, and their
clandestine use of death squads and fascist dictators in Central and
South America, especially El Salvador. The point is that freedom is a
universal quality, and people will fight against despotism, even if it
comes from another planet.

Repo Man – Directed By Alex Cox, 1984:
There is something I really admire and miss about the in your face
angry punk attitude and alienation of the late 70’s early 80’s. It’s a
vibe that has since been thoroughly commercialized and prepackaged, like
almost every counter culture movement tends to be, although remnants of
it still exist in the computer hacking communities of today. Not that
punk was ever a movement that could change the world, it was too
directionless and shortsighted, but at least they were able to get MAD
about the way our world was turning. At least they weren’t afraid to
show some of that angst and rage in public, and perhaps sabotage the
system here and there. Today, we find ourselves surrounded by whiners
and overgrown babies looking for acceptance. People show their angst by
conforming even more, rather than rebelling, because they actually
believe that at some point, they will have enough money to escape their
pathetic pasty suburban lives. But you don’t earn respect by being a
coward and a yes man. That is what the punk movement understood.

Repo
Man is a rollicking absurdist adventure in punkland complete with
corrupt CIA agents, a mysterious radioactive package, and a flying Chevy
Malibu, that teaches us that sometimes it’s good to give the system the
finger, and stop trying to be so damn nice all the time.

Brazil – Directed By Terry Gilliam, 1985:
There is only one way to describe this movie; George Orwell’s 1984
meets Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Yes, it is absolutely that weird,
and, that ingenious. This is not necessarily an “inspiring” film, its
actually very disturbing, but I have included it because its plot is
eerily similar to the international conditions we are experiencing
today, and its message is absolutely important to teach to those who
actually believe terrorism is a viable excuse for removing freedom from
society.

Jonathan Price plays Sam Lowery, a low level pencil
pusher in a massive conglomerate linked inexorably with the government.
In fact, the corporation has basically BECOME the government. Sam’s
world is plagued by tyranny, and he has found that the only way he can
cope is to escape into fantasy. Government goon squads in black roam
the cities hijacking people at will. Everyone is watched, catalogued,
and controlled. The ultra rich do whatever they please to anyone they
please without repercussions, and true love is a thing of the ancient
past. Terrorist bombings occur daily, killing at random, giving the
rationale behind the governments severe martial law, however, no one has
ever seen a real terrorist outside their television sets (Terry Gilliam
would explain in future interviews that there are no terrorists in
Brazil, and he envisioned a government that used bombings as a means to
maintain control. Sound familiar…?). All of this is portrayed in a
very hallucinatory way, which sometimes makes it funny, while at other
times makes it gut wrenchingly uncomfortable to watch.

Gilliam
had final cut on the film, a rare stipulation in filmmaker contracts
which allows the director, not the studio, to decide the exact manner in
which the film is edited. When MCA Inc. finally saw the finished
version of Brazil, they apparently were not happy. The reasons for this
have been debated years. Strangely, MCA tried to shelve the film
completely, not allowing it to be shown anywhere in the U.S., despite
having spent millions on the production, and admitting that it had
Academy Award winning potential. Fox had already released the movie in
Europe, to wide acclaim. Gilliam was forced to initiate covert
screenings of the film at colleges for critics, all of whom gave it rave
reviews. Still, MCA tried to keep the general public from seeing the
movie. Eventually, after the film won critics choice awards without
ever being in a real theater, the studio was publicly embarrassed, and
finally it was officially released.

My suspicion? Brazil hit
way to close to home for the disinfo-media moguls, and they tried to
send the film down the memory hole. Just as they tried to do with
Citizen Kane.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcKlDMYnmug

Pump Up The Volume – Directed By Allan Moyle, 1990:
I don’t care what anyone says, this movie kicks ass! And, the
soundtrack is fantastic! Although, I think the 90’s was a bad decade
for any movie trying to highlight the encroaching government
deconstruction of free speech. I remember well that most people at that
time just didn’t want to hear it. The Berlin Wall had recently fallen
and money was the only thing on everyone’s little minds. We were headed
for Utopia, American style, and globalism was the means by which it
would all come to pass. What idiots we all were…

Christian
Slater plays Mark Hunter (aka Hard Harry) an A-student in High School
who has pirated the radio waves in a suburban paradise in Arizona, where
he has been uprooted to by his well meaning but semi-clueless parents.
Mark takes on the persona of Hard Harry, a raunchy radio personality
that’s not afraid to call it as he sees it in the land of yuppie dreams.
Unfortunately, his attempts to reach out to the residents of his new
city and help them to see the error of their banal and empty lives has
attracted the attention of the FCC, and has also resulted in a growing
sense of rebellion against petty authority amongst the local youth.
Pump Up The Volume is entertainment, but entertainment with a message
that no matter how good you think you might have it, your freedom of
speech should never be taken for granted.

Nowhere Man – American Television, 1995 to 1996:
Nowhere Man is a kind of “The Prisoner” for the 90’s. An exploration
of government mind control very similar to the MK-ULTRA experiments of
men like Ewen Cameron back in the 1950’s and 1960’s, employing Nazi
scientists brought to the U.S. secretly through Operation Paper Clip
(all true folks, look it up…). This show was a sort of “anti-X Files”,
because it dealt with government programs and covert ops in a way that
was at least legitimate in certain regards, instead of making everything
about flying saucers. Not surprisingly, the show was cancelled after
the first season by the network despite stellar ratings and reviews by
critics! When you make a show that explores mind control and torture
without throwing in Big Foot and Chupacabra, you’re probably going to
get cancelled. Just saying…

Bruce Greenwood plays Thomas Veil, a
journalist who took a photo of a mass hanging he never should have
seen. Now, his life is being turned upside down by a nameless group.
He is thrust into a massive mind game in which he is imprisoned in an
insane asylum, his friends forget his name, his associates die suddenly,
and everywhere he goes, someone is trying to get his photo negatives.
But all is not what it seems. Veil’s memories are clouded, and he is
beginning to wonder if he is even who he believes himself to be.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0A7gYZim5s

Michael Clayton – Directed By Tony Gilroy, 2007:
George Clooney plays Michael Clayton, a sort of “legal fixer”; an
attorney who know how to bend the rules and save clients, no matter how
guilty, from certain ruination, at least, for a price. But when
Michael’s friend and top attorney Arthur Edens (played by Tom Wilkinson)
suddenly loses his cool during a case, starts babbling, and strips
naked during an important meeting, things begin to change for Michael.
Now, sent in to “fix” his friend, and his mistakes, he begins to realize
the pain of being a professional liar in the face of immense
corruption, as well as the danger of telling the truth in a world of
corporate fraudsters and hitmen.

Michael Clayton is about the
meaning of “the lie”. The reasons why we choose to believe it, and the
destruction lies leave in their wake. The choice to follow the lie, or
to expose it, is in each of our hands.

There Will Be Blood – Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007:
Another movie that’s not exactly “uplifting”, but it is painfully
honest. Based on the novel ‘Oil!’ by Upton Sinclair (and much better
written than the book, in my opinion) There Will Be Blood is an
exploration of ruthless evil. Pure and simple.

Daniel Day
Lewis plays Daniel Plainview, a mineral prospector in 1902 obsessed with
power, money, and the respect he believes he deserves from others.
Plainview will do anything, absolutely anything, to get his hands on the
oil rich lands of California. His desire for control slowly unravels
his mind, leading him to cheat landowners, use his adopted son as a
sympathy play, and even to murder. His conquest brings him into
confrontation with a young corrupt evangelist who also enjoys control
over the local townspeople, setting in motion a battle of religion
(false representatives of religion) versus industry for the minds of the
masses.

There Will Be Blood is made as if putting elitism
under a microscope, exposing all the horrid little details. Whenever
you wonder why global corporatists do the awful things that they do, I
want you to think of Daniel Day Lewis’ character in this movie. This is
who we are dealing with. Conniving, sociopathic madmen, who assume the
world owes them everything, and they owe nothing in return.
Frightening indeed…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3THVbr4hlY

Firefly – Television, Created By Joss Whedon, 2002 to 2002:
Firefly is the anti-Star Trek. Where Star Trek glorifies the
philosophy of collectivism and paints it as the magic solution to war,
famine, pestilence, etc., Firefly shows collectivism as it actually is;
the foundation of complete totalitarianism, and the solution to nothing.
In Star Trek, the methodology is: The needs of the many, outweigh the
needs of the few. In Firefly, the methodology is: The many are
usually too ignorant to know what they “need”, so why should the aware
few be forced to suffer in the wake of their stupidity or greed? The
show is a breath of fresh air, to say the least…

Whedon’s story
of a band of outlaws on the rim of the “civilized” universe trying to
make ends meet while faced with encroaching Federalist control is,
without a doubt, a parable for Constitutionalism. How much is Whedon
aware of the Liberty Movement or the New World Order? Watching Firefly
or his latest show on mind control, ‘Dollhouse’, I think he knows quite a
bit. Which is why, of course, Firefly seems to have been cancelled
before it even finished its first season.

Fox sabotaged Firefly
from the very beginning, showing the episodes out of order, including
the premier, which introduces all the characters and the main plotline
(when was the last time you saw a show launched without showing the
first episode first!?). Of course, ratings on the show flopped, because
audiences had no clue how to follow a story told out of sequence. Fox
then used the low ratings as an excuse to cancel the show. Again, don’t
make TV shows that are anti-collectivist, or you will be cancelled.

Red Belt – Directed By David Mamet, 2007:
How do you search for honor in a world of sellouts? What is a man with
principles to do when surrounded by men who believe in nothing? Is
there room for a warrior code, like that of Bushido, in today’s modern
and superficial society? Red Belt asks all of these questions and more
in a film that blew me away from start to finish.

Mike Terry
(played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a good man. Not a good man in the
fairytale sense of knights in armor and superheroes, but a good man in a
very real, down to earth manner. He operates on honesty, courtesy, and
a sense of honor many consider far outdated. He is also a master of
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Terry’s values prevent him from competing
professionally, making him a virtual unknown outside those who train in
his halls, as well as making him virtually penniless. When he saves a
Hollywood celebrity, Chet Frank (played by Tim Allen….yeah….Tim Allen,
and he’s good!), from a severe beating in a local bar, though, good
tidings seem to turn his way. Frank takes Terry under his wing and
offers unbelievable opportunity, but as we all know, if it sounds too
good to be true, it probably is. Terry soon realizes that very few men
are as honorable as he, and that his training methods have been stolen
to create a televised circus of a fighting competition, a competition
that has been rigged.

Everyone, including his own wife, tries
to stop him from exposing the lie. Terry is faced with a choice; fight
in the competition, play the game, and allow the fraud to continue, or
do something drastic…and risk everything by playing by his own rules…

Red
Belt sounds like an action martial arts movie, but really, it nothing
of the sort. And, at the same time, it is the ULTIMATE martial arts
movie, because it takes an aggressively pure approach to the spiritual
qualities that make martial arts more than a sport, more than a sideshow
of lumbering muscle bound gladiators. It grapples with the question of
the warrior code, the idea of a principled caste of men who can fight,
and fight well, but never consider themselves “fighters”. It also
denies the assumption that because everyone is against you, or your
position, that you are trapped, that there is no way to win. As the
character of Mike Terry wisely relates in the film, there is always an
escape. There is always a way to win.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBZNagx5i_E

 

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Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:26 | 1267608 Alcoholic Nativ...
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Did you guys here they killed Osama Bin Laden last week?

 

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:32 | 1267652 carbonmutant
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Did you hear Fukushima's getting worse...

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:47 | 1267739 jus_lite_reading
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I admit to not seeing all of those movies but if there is one that you must watch it is Citizen Kane.

It shows that elitists have always been allowed to exist but their whole being is corrupting. Once a society reaches a threshold of 90:1 wealth to the wealthy its game over. 2008 was that year. Watch Citzen Kane... and then watch The Running Man.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:48 | 1267729 purplefrog
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Perhaps you meant to write "hear" rather than "here."  Too much alcohol, I guess.

Sorry, but if you're going to use juvenile sarcasm, at least get it right.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:47 | 1268247 TheMerryPrankster
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Thank you for opening posting with an insightful comment regarding the use of the military by the government, this has allowed me to cite one of my favorite eye opening movies, that is also one of the funniest ever made.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057012/

Stanley Kubrick didn't make a whole lot of movies, but most were gems.

Dr. Strangelove really turned the cold war on its head.

 

and don't forget "A Clockwork Orange" and "Full Metal Jacket" both well worth the time to watch or you'll have to answer to the Coca-Cola Company.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:33 | 1267629 hedgeless_horseman
Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:33 | 1267632 Badabing
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It's a wonderful life:  a town verses the bank

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:33 | 1267634 Roy Bush
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Woody Allen movies totally suck.  Who likes this guy?  Why is this guy popular.  It has always been my observation that people who like Woody Allen movies are assholes.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:38 | 1267675 SheepDog-One
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Woody Allen is for self-hating Jews. 

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:58 | 1267780 FreeNewEnergy
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Lived in NY in the late-70s. Once, very loaded, shouted, in a crowded restaurant, "Woody Allen is not a genius!" Silence. Then, slowly, applause. Gotta love New Yorker's sense for theatrics.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:12 | 1267855 the grateful un...
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Woody Allen has all the right qualities for a film maker, he is prolific, energetic, and he knows who to pay homage to. 

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:15 | 1267876 Bindar Dundat
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Nobody likes a mirror !

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:56 | 1268310 DosZap
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Has HE ever done a movie that made money?

His flics suck so bad..........I cannot stand it.

The one where he was a Sperm cell, waiting for Ejac,LOL

That is him in real life.

Humor?.........never one laugh, or snicker.

I will not watch him period.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:34 | 1267643 InconvenientCou...
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God hates collectivism.

I actually like it. Collectivism is when I collect the bones of the "people" I'll waste outside the walls of my compound.

wrap your lips around the tail pipe of my Hummer bichez. LOL!

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:34 | 1267645 carbonmutant
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Blade Runner!

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:33 | 1267653 magpie
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Weekend at Bernies

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:17 | 1268145 Problem Is
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Weekend at Bernies aka the Osama Bin Laden story...

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:36 | 1267654 dick cheneys ghost
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Glenngary Glenross..........

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-AXTx4PcKI

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:56 | 1267772 1100-TACTICAL-12
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Lonesome Dove, The fucker's hung thier own ranger buddy cause he danced on the dark side .Best western ever made.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:07 | 1267842 the grateful un...
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Lonesome Dove is too "talky". McMurtry is an interesting character. He wrote "The Last Picture Show", (not sure if he got the screen credits) but he never got an oscar for anything until he won for Brokeback Mountain. A long and interesting career, Ken Kesey and the Pranksters, drove the bus Further to his house, and implored him to get ON THE BUS, but he didn't. Who knows how that would have worked out, he would have turned out more like Tom McGuane, (Rancho Deluxe) after he was dropping acid non stop for a couple weeks. 

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:22 | 1267916 dick cheneys ghost
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IMHO, best western ever made was "Once upon a time in the West"...with hank fonda as the bad guy....serigo leone directed.........masterpiece...

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:21 | 1268160 slewie the pi-rat
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+++ & 4 brandon smith, here, too.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 14:58 | 1268944 bbbilly1326
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oh shit, I hit the wrong button and junked you.....:-(

I meant to agree, Once Upon a Time in the West is THE most beautiful western ever made IMNSHO.........

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:40 | 1267669 Gully Foyle
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You missed

The Madwoman of Chaillot

The Formula

Rollerball

Death Race 2000

Maxx Headroom

Australias The Hollowmen - The antics of politicians and their staffers.

New Zealands This is not my Life - Prisoner meets Total Recall meets Brave new world.

I was surprised to see Nowhere man listed. I thought most forgot about it.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 14:19 | 1268742 UninterestedObserver
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FIGHT CLUB - come on.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:41 | 1267677 CH1
Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:30 | 1268191 Abitdodgie
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Its a bit dated but spot on +1

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:52 | 1268274 Pchelar
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I have come here to kick ass and chew bubblegum...

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:38 | 1267683 SheepDog-One
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Road Warrior. Cuz that will soon be reality.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:55 | 1268077 Bananamerican
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"28 Days Later" for those in SoCal...

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:44 | 1267694 PaperBear
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Did anyone watch Babylon 5 ?

A police state was put in place throughout Earth. Colonies on Mars and Proxima object. The government of Mars was overthrown and an Earth appointed one imposed. Proxima and Babylon 5 secede and a civil war was fought.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:12 | 1267869 goldsaver
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Greatest scene of any SciFi movie or series ever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFvkgfBXHPA

Ambassador DeLenn: Only one human captain has ever survived battle against the Mimbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else!

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:49 | 1267695 Alcoholic Nativ...
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Also check out.

 

http://www.archive.org/details/Psywar_277

 

and of course

The Running Man (1987)

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:44 | 1267696 Sinatra_98
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Hackers...a teenaged Angelina Jolie flick

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:45 | 1267700 purplefrog
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I'm surprised you didn't include Vendetta.  "Judgement at Nuremburg" is also an amazing movie. And them there is Shawshank Redemption - how does one keep from being "institutionalized?"

Thanks for these.  Most I have yet to view.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:45 | 1267725 somethingelse
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Frank Capra's "You Can't Take it With You"  (1938)

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:48 | 1267731 citta vritti
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Idiocracy - and we’re there already

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:18 | 1267909 SheepDog-One
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Good one! 

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:51 | 1267747 CitizenZeus
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Don't forget the short-lived but brilliant TV series "Profit":  (from Wikipedia) "Profit is a short-lived American television series that originally aired on the Fox Broadcasting Company in 1996. The series was created by David Greenwalt and John McNamara, and starred Adrian Pasdar as the titular character, Jim Profit. In February 2008, episodes began airing on Chiller in the USA. In October 2010, episodes began airing on CBS Action in Europe.


Considered by many to be ahead of its time, the show is a precursor to more recent edgy television shows that include The SopranosNip/TuckDexterBreaking Bad, and The Shield. Dark themes stemming from the amoral actions of the central character made the show uncomfortable and unfamiliar viewing for mainstream audiences and Fox network affiliates, which ultimately led to the demise of the series.[1]"

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:53 | 1267754 PaperBear
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Anyway what's not to like about a police state ?

No civilian government, no due process, no judicial review. Hell, no individual rights whatsoever.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:20 | 1267900 I am Jobe
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yes we can , Yes we can . After Obama it will be Bidens turn and then might as well shoot oneself as things will just go south and no hope for the USA.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:31 | 1267767 Renfield
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'Truthy' films that make me think:

Citizen Kane (as mentioned above)

V for Vendetta

Wall Street

Cube

Soylent Green

Heartless

Der Untergang (Downfall)

River's Edge

Blade Runner

Fight Club

The Unforgiven

Severance

Clockwatchers

Metropolis

The Long Good Friday

Memento

Ravenous

The Crucible (if a play counts)

Major Barbara (another play)

Glengarry Glen Ross (play)

Runners-up: Mad Max, Truman Show, Matrix I, Deliverance

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:16 | 1268155 Shell Game
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Nice list, thx

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:33 | 1268200 WaterWings
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Excellent.

The dude didn't include Fight Club!

I offer Children of Men.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 18:02 | 1269781 Rainman
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add 12 O'clock High with Gregory Peck. Greatest management training film ever made.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:55 | 1267771 the grateful un...
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save us please from media which inspires us. recently i have been back into Godards agitprop cinema, his Maoist years after the student revolution in France in 68. its eerily similar to the current labor situation in American.

then there is the entire treasure trove of third world cinema, Glaber Roscha, Bunuel; Fassbinders Berliner Alexanderplast. (no not Slumdog Millionaire). 

to realize a few things, cinema is not the leading (information) technology, its not even second, and television is probably not even second, as a means of disseminating truths about mass culture to a mass audience.just for the history books, film is a revolutionary art form, and during the Great Depression, when America was crying for (workers) revolution, Hollywood went into fantasy riches, top hats and tails, and the revolution was deferred. 

this provides some of the base for understanding Godard, (he is still making film, he brought a media piece to Cannes last year, called Socialism. Film is a social force, when used properly (not fucking Star Wars, the actions scenes were ripped off from Hollywood WWII war movies).  Star Wars is just more bourgeois consumerism.

everybody has their favorite movies, you all have yours, don't confuse it with your poorly understood role as a social critic of the media, and a serious attempt to understand and promote that medium for the benefit of society, which is to say our understanding of the way society and economy function.

probably one of films best films about the role that movies played in the Great Depression, is "The Purple Rose of Cairo", a Woody Allen, quasi comic look at a beaten down housewife whose fantasy relationships with the characters on the screen, leads one of them to actually step out of the film, and provide her with the real love and fulfillment which is missing in her own real life. A classic by even entertainment standards. the lines between fantasy and reality are blurred, which is a human problem that leads us into all sorts of quandries. 

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:48 | 1268255 the grateful un...
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there is a line around the building to get onto Jeopordy, and "the world is filled with stock clerks who have read the harvard classics" C Bukowski. 

Bush and Kerry and Obama all went to ivy league schools, and they were C students. they run the world. meanwhile your head is filled with this stuff, to what end? which is the difference between you and them

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:55 | 1268294 TheMerryPrankster
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The BBC did a 4 part documentary entitled "The Thirties in Color" which used rare (for the times) color footage shot by travelers. It really gives insight into what the world was like before televsion and widespread air travel.

If you want to understand the world today, you must understand the world it came from. This documentary  gives much insight into what reality, really was like, before it became meida-ized.

Here's a link to the dvd:

http://www.bbcshop.com/history/the-thirties-in-colour-dvd/invt/bbcdvd3037/

some portions may be available on youtube or other video sites.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:07 | 1268355 the grateful un...
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thanks must see that

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:02 | 1267803 cartonero
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The Man in the White Suit (1951)

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:02 | 1267804 Grimbaldus The ...
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Michael Collins?

V for Vendeta?

They Live?

c'mon...

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:04 | 1267827 FreeNewEnergy
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Come on, all these flicks and nobody can come up with the classic,

Enemy of the State

Geez, Louise, Will Smith and the incredible Gene Hackman, Jack Black, Jon Voight, directed by Tony Scott?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120660/

One of my all-time favorites. Of course, I believe Superman II to be as classic a story as Cecil B. DeMille's  Samson and Delilah.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041838/

Just me being me.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:07 | 1267832 Kina
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Tess of the Storm Country - 1922 Mary Pickford

Stella Maris- 1918 especially good.

 

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:14 | 1267865 Urban Redneck
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Too Depressing a list-

Trading Places

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:15 | 1267874 ZakuKommander
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Red Cliff (long version)

Shiri

Tae Guk Gi (brotherhood of war)

Old Boy

Kill Bill 1

Hardboiled

And best comedy ever . . . Shaolin Soccer (long version)

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:17 | 1267889 FreeNewEnergy
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And for a truly inspiring story of real American spirit, there is no better film than Breaking Away.

Won Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Steve Tesich 

Nominated for Best Picture, 1980.

An absolute "must see" for anybody between the ages of 16 and 65 who suffers any level, even a hint, of anomie.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078902/


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:24 | 1267932 the grateful un...
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Peter Yates also directed Bullitt, and The Friends of Eddie Coyle.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:19 | 1267913 the grateful un...
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Die Hard

Independence Day

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Chinatown

Office Space

The Birds

 

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:21 | 1267928 SheepDog-One
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Fight Club!

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:22 | 1267935 djsmps
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Mars Attacks

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:32 | 1267993 Renfield
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I've always loved that film. It should be seen as more satire than comedy.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 20:45 | 1270248 Sokhmate
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Ackack. ack ack ack, ack, a, ack.

translation: ditto. definetly satire.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:36 | 1267996 Renfield
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dupe

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:35 | 1267998 Renfield
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double dupe sorry

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:26 | 1267943 magpie
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House of Cards - TV Series though

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:30 | 1267979 Darth0612
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Good list. I would add 'Joe Versus the Volcano' for its guidance on overcoming the Mind Fog.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 16:24 | 1269377 Fíréan
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Many if not the most didn't get the mesage with this film  and thought it to be just a family funny, even the critics.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 16:33 | 1269408 Fíréan
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 deleted message duplicated

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:51 | 1267988 Renfield
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I still think Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister were the most prescient, clearly truthful TV series ever written.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:36 | 1268017 Discord
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The Network.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:42 | 1268033 JR
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The humor novelist, P.G. Wodehouse, has one of the most revealing insights into the foundations of Hollywood. Disguised as tongue-in-cheek, but as a frequent visiting writer for this tinsel town, he knew his stuff :

“Ah, Hollywood, Hollywood.  Bright city of sorrows, where fame deceives and temptation lurks, where souls are shriveled in the furnace of desire, whose streets are bathed with the shamed tears of betrayed maidens.

“Hollywood! Home of mean glories and spangled wretchedness, where the deathless fire burns for the outspread wings of the guileless moth and beauty is broken on sin’s cruel wheel.”

Our current entertainment-oriented culture is overriding much of the moral principle which we desperately need if America is to be preserved. Brandon Smith has articulated the dilemma better than anyone I’ve seen in recent days.  Thanks, Zero Hedge, for giving us this material.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:42 | 1268037 Lucius_Junius_Brutus
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Bouncing on the firefly theme, if you have seen the movie based on firefly: serenity, there is a quote that in my opinion says it all:

Teacher: "It's true that there are dangers on the outer planets. So with so many social and medical advancement we can bring to the independance, why would they fight so hard against us? River?"

young River: "People don't like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don't run, don't walk. We're in their homes an in their heads and we haven't the right. We're meddlesome."

 

So yeah, Whedon is quite aware of the social climate we are in.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:42 | 1268047 GNH
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No Matrix? Red pill, blue pill?

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 15:20 | 1269051 TheMerryPrankster
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The Falcon and the Snowman - true story about what happens when you mess with the NSA.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087231/

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:43 | 1268052 MrBinkeyWhat
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Good list! Seen most. Would add: "The Battle of Algiers" 1966 Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo; and for the essence of pure propaganda: "Triumph of the Will" 1935 Dir. Leni Riefenstahl. Must see! 

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:48 | 1268059 Renfield
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'Triumph of the Will' scared the crap out of me. Waay too familiar in the here and now.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:52 | 1268078 MrBinkeyWhat
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I can relate. There is a scene in "Red Dawn" where the Russian Paratroopers are marching into town that was lifted directly from "Battle of Algiers".

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:40 | 1268212 WaterWings
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The Battle of Algiers is extremely relevant and not to be missed.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:07 | 1268121 Helmholtz Watson
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Any "top" movie list without New Wave Hookers on it is elitist and overly pedantic

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:27 | 1268149 Shell Game
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Excellent post and movie/show suggestions.  ZH'ers come through with many good ones as well. Thanks.

Equilibrium - not in the top 20 list but a good one. Plot: the police State forces upon the populace a pharmaceutical emotion suppressant.  In any good police state, the populace polices itself..

edit:  Brandon, how about a follow up with "Liberty DJ - Music That Inpires Us"?

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:24 | 1268169 velobabe
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i liked your cliff notes the best. i never saw any of those movies. maybe parts of citizen kane and on the water front, but just don't understand the theme. i don't think i want to see films about men doing bad things, and hurting and killing others. better things for me to watch and try and stay happy and not scared.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:29 | 1268178 Problem Is
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As for Orson Welles...

The Stranger: A cinematic cover up of Operation Paperclip... Welles plays the infamous Nazi Franz Kindler hiding as a teacher in an elite prep school in Connecticut about to marry a Supreme Court Justice's daughter...

The Third Man: The classic Amerikan business opportunist Harry Lime...

The moral and ethical British (gag me, talk about propaganda) Trevor Howard...

Joseph Cotton plays the ever clueless Amerikan (public, average man) catching on to what government and business (= corruption) are really all about...

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:45 | 1268253 akak
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How could everyone have forgotten "Fahrenheit 451"?

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:06 | 1268366 oleg01
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Thanks a lot for such a nice list of interesting movies.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:37 | 1268511 Use of Weapons
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??????? / Stalker (forum dislikes cyrillic script)

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4109215302504608839#docid=494787...

Like his more widely known film, Solaris, Stalker is a meditation on humanity in the face of the unknown, and in particular the nature of evil. Full of metaphors, as is required with a totalitarian film censor looking over your work.

Fifth Element

Because, you know... Multi-pass + chicken + nudity + naive love = beauty. Oh, and remember Mangalores won't fight without their leaders.

Land and Freedom

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_and_Freedom

Although it is indeed about socialists, communists and anarchists, worth watching to see what happens if you let Communists be on your side (largely based on Orwell's own experiences in the Spanish Civil War). Also - CF for potential updates in 2012/13 within Spain; also points to a truism - resistances are usually coalitions, better learn to negotiate. 

If...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJ1LG08ssaM&feature=related

Never forget that those stuffy Brits do have revolution and irreverence in their souls. 1642 and all that. Pip pip.

Swimming with Sharks... American Psycho... and so on.

 

Lastly: A boy and his dog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6grBH-bMg_s

If you've missed this, worth it just for the ending. Post-apocalypse, friends are important you know.

And much, much more...

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 23:22 | 1270677 Renfield
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Can't believe I forgot Punishment Park (Firean's comment below) and American Psycho!

I've seen American Psycho so many times I have the script nearly memorised...I've never read the book though. Heard the book wasn't very good, but Mary Harron did that satire to near perfection.

I wonder how many people know that the girl in the film who says, "I'm not a *lesbian*, you know", actually is a lesbian friend of Mary Harron's IRL.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 14:15 | 1268684 YHC-FTSE
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The original Planet of the Apes (1968).

Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (Book)

The Ground Truth. (Doc)

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 15:39 | 1269130 Miles Kendig
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Nothing is so bad as something which is not so bad

- The Scarlet Pimpernel

Fab list

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 16:21 | 1269354 old felix
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In the Loop

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 16:25 | 1269363 Fíréan
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Peter Watkin's  Punishment Park  ( 1971)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067633/

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 23:26 | 1270687 Renfield
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One of the best portrayals of raw hatred I've ever seen.

People who think politics (or, just the rhetoric) is 'violent' today, have NO idea.

The pigs and the freaks sounds so quaint these days...

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 23:56 | 1270750 PulauHantu29
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It's good to hear someone bring these issues up. Hard to find solid news these days.

I would add:

In The Valley of Elah with an exceelent performance by Tommy Lee Jones:

“It portrays a military father's search for his son and, after finding his body, subsequent hunt for his son's killers. The film explores themes including the Iraq war, abuse of prisoners, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following active combat.

 They find Mike's body, mutilated and burned. Military officials initially attempt to block the police investigation; they suggest Mike's death was due to drug-related violence. His platoon mates who last saw him lie to Deerfield and the police. Deerfield, a former military police officer (MPO), tells the police that although he suspects the soldiers are lying about something, he believes they could not have killed their comrade.

It turns out that Deerfield is wrong. The soldiers had killed and dismembered Mike after a seemingly insignificant quarrel. The soldier who confesses to Deerfield and the police seems emotionally detached from his words and actions, apparently to suggest he suffers post-traumatic stress disorder from events of the war.”

..and…

Metropolis by Frtiz Lange:

“Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and makes use of this context to explore the social crisis between workers and owners in capitalism. The film was produced in the Babelsberg Studios by Universum Film A.G. (UFA). The most expensive silent film ever made, it cost approximately 5 million Reichsmark.[2]

I thank Wikipedia (films) for these summaries.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 01:09 | 1270854 Anonymous Comment
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One of the most inspiring movies I have seen may not appeal to everyone, but really left a mark on my mind/heart/soul:  Emmanuel's Gift.  Emmanuel truly embodies the belief that nothing is impossible.

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0447016/

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 08:03 | 1271135 Bahamas
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I can't believe nobody mentioned Society...by Brian Yuzna...that's a must see..plus Devin Devasquez is super super super HOT

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 09:05 | 1271270 Alex44
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Ayn Rand

We The Living - Couldn't make the film in Socialist FDR U.S., so made it in Mussolini's fascist Italy. After it was shown in public in Italy, The Fascists banned it.

Tells you everything you need to know about totalitarians jackasses in both countries. 

Ernst Lubitsch films:

Ninotchka - with Great Garbo - makes fun of Commies

To Be Or Not To Be - with Vali - makes fun of Nazis

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 09:10 | 1271273 Alex44
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Whoops:

Vali is in We The Living

Carole Lombard is in To Be or Not To Be

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