Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The death of originality and its sibling, creativity.

I saw a movie trailer the other day for a new Gerard Butler film called "Angel Has Fallen" or something like that. It's a sequel to the first move where the White House was taken by terrorists. Lots of napalm and explosions and guns that never need reloading. Also, lots of political correctness.

For the record, I like Gerard Butler as an actor. My favorite role of his was in "Law Abiding Citizen" and I thought he was very good in "Machine Gun Preacher."

But the sequel trailer to his first movie about the White House being taken over has once again reminded me how futile, lame, unimaginative, technology-reliant and just flat lazy Hollywood has become.

Somewhere along in the mid to late 90's, it seems that Originality caught cancer and began a rapid death dance, dragging Creativity along with it. Modern era movies are so filled with political correctness and political messaging (or virtue signaling, if that's a thing) that I find them unbearable.

In recent years, I have only enjoyed a handful of what passes for today's Hollywood productions, and interestingly or not, they were not spawn of original ideas. I enjoyed the movie "Aquaman" because that was my comic book hero growing up. My wife and I also thoroughly enjoyed "Bohemian Rhapsody," the biopic about Freddie Mercury and Queen. Prior to that, the only movies I really enjoyed were "The Blind Side" and "Gran Torino."

The movies of the 70s, 80's and 90's gave us classic characters, iconic phrases and everlasting idioms in our society still found today. Dirty Harry gave us "Go ahead, make my day." Die Hard causes a discussion every Christmas. Animal House gave us toga parties and food fights. Caddyshack introduced the Bill Murray to the world in a way we'd never imagine. Got spooks? Who ya gonna call? (Ghostbusters). We had original dance movies like "Saturday Night Fever," "Footloose," and "Dirty Dancing." Was there anyone ever cuter than Olivia Newton John in "Grease?"

Can we ever hear Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock n' Roll" and not think of the classic scene of a young Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear in an empty house? Later, he and Goose would give us "the need for speed" in "Top Gun." And Forrest Gump's wisdom will live forever. . . just like that.

For your stroll down memory lane, I'm including some movie posters of great classics of the 70's, 80's and 90's movies. May they live forever and remind us of an age in which creativity and originality reigned supreme in Hollywood.

An absolute classic.

"Don't call me Shirley."

Food fight! RIP John Belushi

The DeLorean

Banana in the tailpipe.

A cast of classic actors

To this day, we fear hearing banjos in the woods.

Yes, it IS a Christmas movie.

Another classic dance movie.

"Do you feel lucky, punk--well, DO YOU?"

Reese's Pieces candy and E.T. call home.

Set the standard for action movies.

Another dance classic.

Forrest Gump's wisdom will live on forever.

"Okay, so, she's a dog." 

What guy wasn't in love with ONJ in the 70's?

A classic horror film that relied upon your imagination.

What a concept and what a fun movie!

To this day, the theme to the "shark" is still being used.

Made us rethink bringing the dinosaurs back to life.

One of my favorite all-time movies.

"Dyin' ain't much of a living, boy."

One of the best surprise endings ever.

Harrison Ford's star power just kept growing.

An all-time classic that is still classic.

Launched John Travolta into the ionosphere.

One of my top five favorite westerns. 

Even the car was a star in this classic.

Nothing has topped the original, and nothing ever will.

Scary beyond comprehension.

Never been a better crime drama. 

The Karate Kid will live forever.

Decades later, it still plays at midnight showings.

"I'll be back."

Made women the world over swoon.

"I feel the need, the need for speed."

Eddie Murphy's rise to stardom continues.

A children's classic.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Mandatory military service for all who favor socialism.

So I'm reading a couple of stories about how the millennial idiots of our generation are embracing socialism over capitalism. I have some reasons why this is happening:

• Chiefly, the parents of these twits have not instilled pro-American values in their kids because in many cases, the parents themselves are cowards. They talk tough among fellow RINO sheep, but when challenged outside of their comfort group, they fold like a low-bid government card table.

• The administrators within the public indoctrination system, often erroneously referred to as the public school system, is comprised largely of communist losers who were pansies in high school, pansies in college and remain pansies in life. Only in the protected cocoon of the administrative offices within the public indoctrination centers can they have any power or authority over anyone. And since socialism likes to pretend that everyone and everything is equal and that those who have achieved success have done so unfairly, these pansy-ass losers set the doctrine to teach that socialism is good, capitalism is bad.

• The single biggest collection of crack whores ever assembled in one profession--aka, The Mainstream Media. Journalists are the epitome of "unmarried marriage counselors." Most sports journalists either never played the game or were an abject failure in it or were never good enough to get past the most basic levels. So naturally, they go to public indoctrination centers (public universities) and become journalists where they are then given free reign to wail on achievers.

Likewise, we have propaganda-spreaders posing as journalists who begin their stories or reports with a clear agenda, and then "investigate" to substantiate their agenda. The best thing to come along in the field of "journalism" has been the mantra of "fake news."

Finally, bullshit created for pubic consumption has a name that is apt, accurate and appropriate.

So for all these young twits who think socialism is a great thing and who are embracing it, I propose the following, either individually or in tandem or in combination with each other:

• Mandatory military service in a front-line combat unit. Here, the young millennial twit-twat will get a first hand look at the true inequities of socialism. Our generation and previous generations saw socialism and facism first hand courtesy of wonderfully compassionate governments like World War II Germany and Italy, North Korea, North Vietnam, Cambodia, Cuba, Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua and now Venezuela.

• If the twit-twats can't qualify for military service, then put them to work for four years of mandatory community service. Pay them, but pay everyone the same--the senior people same as the junior people, the supervisors same as the entry-level. The harder working kids will be assigned more work--but not get any more pay for it. The lazy kids will enjoy the same breaks, benefits and pay scale as the hardest working. If the hardest working bitch about it, they'll have part of their paycheck taken away and given to the lazy.

• Either in the military or community service, all the twit-twats will live in communal dorms or barracks. They can do a little individual decorating, but nobody can have a better mattress or bed than anyone else. Hot water for showers and shaving will be rationed and use of water will be monitored.

• Food will be allocated equally regardless of income or ability to pay. The twit-twats will be issued food credits and not allowed to sell or trade those credits. If the food at the local store runs out, too damned bad.

• Oh, and one last thing. If/when some of the twit-twats get out of line and commit vandalism or a crime or badmouth their bosses or government, who is providing this wonderful socialism, they will be summarily snatched out of their job or dormitory, given a quick trial, found guilty, and then sent to forced labor camps.


No. It's reality. It's the reality of how every single society on the planet has ended up--faster rather than later--that has been stupid enough to employ socialism.

So any young twit-twats that want to embrace socialism, you can start today. In Cuba or Venezuela.

But not in my country.

Sunday, August 25, 2019