Guest Post: Liberty Cinema: Media That Inspire Us

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Alcoholic Native American's picture

Did you guys here they killed Osama Bin Laden last week?


carbonmutant's picture

Did you hear Fukushima's getting worse...

jus_lite_reading's picture

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.

purplefrog's picture

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.

TheMerryPrankster's picture

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

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.

Badabing's picture

It's a wonderful life:  a town verses the bank

Roy Bush's picture

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.

SheepDog-One's picture

Woody Allen is for self-hating Jews. 

FreeNewEnergy's picture

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.

the grateful unemployed's picture

Woody Allen has all the right qualities for a film maker, he is prolific, energetic, and he knows who to pay homage to. 

DosZap's picture

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.

InconvenientCounterParty's picture

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!

magpie's picture

Weekend at Bernies

Problem Is's picture

Weekend at Bernies aka the Osama Bin Laden story...

1100-TACTICAL-12's picture

Lonesome Dove, The fucker's hung thier own ranger buddy cause he danced on the dark side .Best western ever made.

the grateful unemployed's picture

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. 

dick cheneys ghost's picture

IMHO, best western ever made was "Once upon a time in the West"...with hank fonda as the bad guy....serigo leone directed.........masterpiece...

bbbilly1326's picture

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.........

Gully Foyle's picture

You missed

The Madwoman of Chaillot

The Formula


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.

SheepDog-One's picture

Road Warrior. Cuz that will soon be reality.

Bananamerican's picture

"28 Days Later" for those in SoCal...

PaperBear's picture

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.

goldsaver's picture

Greatest scene of any SciFi movie or series ever:

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!

Alcoholic Native American's picture

Also check out.


and of course

The Running Man (1987)

Sinatra_98's picture

Hackers...a teenaged Angelina Jolie flick

purplefrog's picture

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.

citta vritti's picture

Idiocracy - and we’re there already

CitizenZeus's picture

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]"

PaperBear's picture

Anyway what's not to like about a police state ?

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

I am Jobe's picture

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.

Renfield's picture

'Truthy' films that make me think:

Citizen Kane (as mentioned above)

V for Vendetta

Wall Street


Soylent Green


Der Untergang (Downfall)

River's Edge

Blade Runner

Fight Club

The Unforgiven




The Long Good Friday



The Crucible (if a play counts)

Major Barbara (another play)

Glengarry Glen Ross (play)

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

WaterWings's picture


The dude didn't include Fight Club!

I offer Children of Men.

Rainman's picture

add 12 O'clock High with Gregory Peck. Greatest management training film ever made.

the grateful unemployed's picture

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. 

the grateful unemployed's picture

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

TheMerryPrankster's picture

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:

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

cartonero's picture

The Man in the White Suit (1951)