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Top 25 Left-Wing Films: #16 – ‘Missing’ (1982)
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Ed Horman filed suit charging eleven government officials, including Henry A. Kissinger, with complicity and negligence in the death of his son. The body was not returned home until seven months later, making an accurate autopsy impossible. After years of litigation, the information necessary to prove or disprove complicity remained classified as secrets of state. The suit was dismissed.

Why it’s a left-wing film

Outside of some pretty weak American films that strained themselves in their reach for importance (“Betrayed,” “The Music Box,” Mad City”), Greek director Constantin Costa-Gavras is best known as the helmer of French political thrillers that usually condemn the West, his most famous being 1969’s “Z.” To me Costa-Garvas is most famous for being dull and over-rated; that is, with the exception of “Missing,” an emotionally searing political thriller about a conservative father’s search for his estranged son in a Latin American country torn apart by the after-effects of a bloody military coup.

Like Oliver Stone’s “Salvador,” “Missing” examines what happens to an American journalist (Charles Horman, played John Shea) caught up in a third world political upheaval orchestrated with the covert and illegal help of the United States. The story opens with narration making clear that while what we’re about to see is based on a true story, changes have been made to protect the participants and the film itself. One of the precautions the director takes is to never name the country in which his story is set, but the real-life Horman disappeared in Chile during the 1973 military coup that deposed the democratically elected socialist government there.

While in reality, the United States did back the new Chilean government after the coup, our government had nothing to do with the coup itself, though naturally the position of the film is the exact opposite. Actually, it’s much worse than that. Costa-Garvas and company want us to believe the American government was complicit, not only in engineering the coup (through the CIA, natch), but that we went so far to cover up our involvement that we gave the new Chilean government the okey-doke to execute left-wing journo Horman and maybe a few others who had uncovered the truth.

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Top 25 Left-Wing Films: #15 – ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ (1989)
by John Nolte

We went to Vietnam to stop communism!… We shell women and children!

Why it’s a left-wing film

This is another in a long line of Hollywood films that qualify as a Cambodian Holocaust denier, something I elaborate more on here.

Using the true story of Ron Kovic, an all-American kid born on the 4th of July who grew up in Long Island during the idyllic 1950s and eagerly joined the Marines in order to fight for his country and against the scourge of communism in Vietnam, co-writer/director Oliver Stone is able to hide behind the credentials of an autobiographical true story in order to create yet another one of his deceptive soda straw looks at America’s role in defending the South Vietnamese from the communist North.

Through Kovic’s story we witness American Marines accidentally massacre an innocent Vietnamese family after panicking under the confusion of battle, the military cover up a horrible friendly-fire incident after Kovic mistakes one of his own men for the enemy, and Vets home from the war unable to psychologically make peace with themselves. Are these the truths surrounding the formative events that eventually helped to shape Ron Kovic into a high-profile anti-war activist? Sure. But in a larger historical context, it’s not the truth about the war or in any way representative of what really happened over there or how our military behaved. And yet, with rare exception, this is the only way this war and the brave men who fought it are ever portrayed on film.

The other benefit of choosing this particular story is how it allows Stone to tell his critics how wrong they are by cinematically molding those of us who disagree with him into someone who eventually comes to see the leftist light. Young, America-loving, communist-hating Ron Kovic represents everything Oliver Stone and the Left despise. What a pleasure it must have been for him to tear that persona down and rebuild him (us) into his own self-righteous image.

Using a true story or not, this is something Hollywood loves to do; haul out the template I call the He Who Believes In The Goodness Of America Template.

And it goes a little something like this…

When a character arrives on screen and makes clear that he believes in the goodness of America, Hollywood’s intolerant politics will only allow the arc of that character to rise in one of three ways:

1. He Who Believes In the Goodness of America will be revealed as the villain.
2. He Who Believes In the Goodness of America will be a liberal fighting evil conservatives.
3. He Who Believes In the Goodness of America will have that illusion shattered forever.

I’m not sure how effective this formula is in the real world, but anti-American filmmakers use it all the time. In this case, Oliver Stone cherry-picked a true story that already fit the template, Michael Moore frequently introduces us to those “who once believed in America,” and more recently there have been these kinds of characters peppered throughout the long string of box office flops released to undermine our troops: “Lions for Lambs,” “Green Zone,” and “In the Valley of Elah,” to name a few.

The sleight of hand at work here isn’t complicated. It’s based on the idea that in order to change minds the owners of those minds must relate to the central character. What better way to do that than to introduce us to a character just like us, who believes in the same things we do? And what better way to try and change what we believe in than by using the full force of motion picture propaganda to break down that character’s beliefs (our beliefs) after witnessing Hollywood’s version of the truth.

This is as sinister as it is obvious.

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Top 25 Left-Wing Films: #14 – ‘A Civil Action’ (1998)
by John Nolte

Trials are a corruption of the entire process and only fools who have something to prove end up ensnared in them. Now when I say prove, I don’t mean about the case, I mean about themselves.

Why it’s a left-wing film

Though based on a true story, what you have here is Hollywood once again cherry picking the true stories they choose to tell in order to reaffirm a political agenda. In this case you have a sleazy ambulance chaser emerging as selfless hero in the fight against big, arrogant corporate attorneys and uncaring multi-national corporations. And if that’s not bad enough…

In the end, after our intrepid personal injury lawyers are unable to beat the big bad corporate America wolf with anything more than a face-saving settlement, in comes the ultimate left-wing hero to save the day. Enter, bum, bum, bummmm… BIG GOVERNMENT! Yes, whatever would we do without the benevolent Environmental Protection Agency.

Again, “A Civil Action” is based on a true story and by all accounts, unlike the bogus “Erin Brockovich” suit, the facts of this case stand true. So my argument is not with the movie itself or this specific case. By all accounts this was a real tragedy, where due to toxic poisoning in the groundwater, a lot of people got sick and died, including children.

My argument is, however, with Hollywood’s relentlessly out-of-context, choosing of only these kinds of stories to build up the drip-drip-drip effect necessary to craft an unfair and dishonest narrative that always portrays corporate America as homicidal maniacs. As an example of how out of whack Hollywood’s lack of context is, I know of no American corporation responsible for as many deaths as the EPA’s politically motivated decision to ban DDT in 1972.

Where’s the movie about that?

That’s a rhetorical question. And here are some more…

Where are the David and Goliath films about the man who built his business up from nothing only to have it destroyed by a feeding frenzy of greedy trial lawyers bankrupting him with frivolous environmental and discrimination lawsuits? Where are the movies about the family businesses destroyed by bullying unions and an overbearing federal government led by predator attorneys, soulless bureaucrats, and self-righteous Marxists disguised as environmentalists?

People love David and Goliath stories and if the stories are based on real events, all the better. At least that’s Hollywood’s rationale for the never-ending treadmill of films making corporate America out to look serial killers in search of profit. What Hollywood willfully ignores, naturally, is that there are other underdog stories out there to be told, stories to remind us that when you’re a small to mid-size business owner, one of the good guys creating jobs and helping others to realize the American dream, the EPA, Greenpeace, and the IRS are frequently the ruthless Goliaths to your David.

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Top 25 Left-Wing Films: #13 – ‘Three Days of the Condor’ (1975)
by John Nolte

It’s simple economics. Today it’s oil, right? In ten or fifteen years, food. Plutonium. Maybe even sooner. Now, what do you think the people are gonna want us to do then?


Why it’s a left-wing film

In the great (and greatly missed) Sydney Pollack’s absolutely top-shelf conspiracy thriller, the CIA is essentially made up of two warring but strikingly similar sides of the same coin. Both are more than willing to invade foreign countries in order to steal natural resources, be they oil, food or whatever else the American public is addicted to and will demand once it runs out. The only difference is that one side wants to wage those imperialist wars now and the other prefers to wait until it’s more necessary.

Both sides, however, are more than willing to murder in cold blood one another and anyone who might leak their sinister plans.

The hero of this story is Joe Turner (Robert Redford) who discovers that we’re no better than the other side and therefore finds it noble to leak our darkest national security secrets — the kind that will bring this country to its knees — to that stalwart institution of truth and fairness, The New York Times.

So suck on that, Righties.

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Good reads. I bet Doggie would have a heyday doing something similar. :lol:

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Top 25 Left-Wing Films: #12 – ‘American Beauty’ (1999)
by John Nolte

It’s okay, I wouldn’t remember me either.

Why it’s a left-wing film

Sam Mendes’ “American Beauty” opens high above a beautiful American suburb as though the idea is to watch the first-time director pick from at random any perfect-looking American family living in any perfect-looking American home located on any perfect-looking American street in order to make the case that the price of buying into the stifling, conformist American Dream is dysfunction, desperation, and depression.

Furthermore, the only sin in this story is hypocrisy and we know this because it’s only hypocrites who suffer and who are unhappy; those fools who bought into the lie that hard work, sexual restraint, military duty, love of country, status, money, and manicured lawns mean something. On the other hand, it’s those who openly flaunt the norms of society who have been granted the reward of inner peace. This includes Jim and Jim, the openly gay couple who live down the block and Ricky Fitts, the dope-smoking, drug dealing, emo vegetarian able to see through all the suburban phoniness and experience the real beauty available to anyone with the courage to remove the blinders; the elegance of a plastic bag blowing in the wind or the smile of contentment on the face of a man who’s just had his brains blown out.

Because the American Dream is — like the Matrix — the enemy and antagonist of our story, a hero is required to show the rest of us the way out, a Neo who will bravely struggle against all the Agent Smiths dispatched from the Matrix (moral standards, corporate America, status-driven wives, and ultimately guns owned by the insecure) to break free from its insidious hold. Enter Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey), a husband, father and cubicle drone who lives in nothing less than a red, white and blue McMansion and, like the proverbial frog in boiling water, has no idea when he finally surrendered to The Depression or became the kind of man whose day is all downhill after his morning masturbatory session.

But something’s happening to Lester, something dangerous to the Matrix American Dream.

Lester is becoming self aware.

His masturbation is more than just an act of sexual release, it’s also a form of secret rebellion against the hollow promise of all the American beauty he’s accumulated over the years, the “stuff” that’s sedated his ability to feel joy.

Game on.

“American Beauty” is a fascinating and revealing exploration through the empty, dark soul of the left, those who confuse the pursuit of pleasure with happiness and the releasing of your inner-narcissist with fulfillment. Though they remain the most conformist, lock-steppers of all, because Leftists are so unhappy and too arrogant to wake up to the fact that they’re the source of their own unhappiness, the left refuses to believe that those of us who disagree with them, those of us who try to live our lives morally and embrace the American dream, aren’t suffering from that hoary cliché known as “quiet desperation.”

Without the patronizing mantra of “quiet desperation,” what does the left have? Nothing. Only the realization that their own conformity and inability to feel and express joy is their own fault and not someone else’s. Specifically not the fault of an American way of life that for two hundred years has disproved and laughed in the face of the left’s arrogant belief in their own superiority.

Oh, and we’re all gay.

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I enjoyed American Beauty a lot and watched it a few times.

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Can't think of her name but the woman in the grey dress looked very sexy in the movie. I've always thought she's good looking. Also Mena Suvari nude :D

But besides that I think the story is interesting. Middle class, middle aged man loses it. Spacey is one of my favorite actors. Can't think of any movies he's been less than stellar. He gets those looks on his face - like in that chair their - he isn't acting :lol:

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I enjoyed American Beauty a lot and watched it a few times.

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But besides that I think the story is interesting. Middle class, middle aged man loses it. Spacey is one of my favorite actors. Can't think of any movies he's been less than stellar. He gets those looks on his face - like in that chair their - he isn't acting :lol:


Spacey.. err Kaiser Soze.. always makes mediocre movies better.

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Soylent Green was good, the rest... ugh.

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I have a secret method passed down from ninjitsu master to another, through generations...

..am gonna share it with you guyses...

...when watching a movie, turn off your cognitive functionality. Just let the movie pour through your eyes straight to the limbic system. "Hahaha, that's funny" "boohoo, that's sad". If you don't think about it, you won't even notice the political messages of the movies.


Personally, there are few movies that I hate as much as the hollywood type with "I was married with kids, but one day I saw this guy/girl and then I left my family and we went to vegas and got maried and this is what everyone should do regardless of consequences".
Sure, I can understand that a famous movie director may be such an asshole in his personal life that he cheats his wife constantly and ignores his children, but why make movies with sole purpose of justifying the lies?

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