What prescient movies resonate with you?
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July 12th, 2013 07:32 PM
What prescient movies resonate with you?
I, like most everyone on this forum, am appalled at how many Americans are willing to give up their rights for the illusion of safety and security that big government promises. Yet, this path has been predicted by film makers for decades. Some of these predictions have come true and others are not far from happening. Some of my favorites are V for Vendetta, Starship Troopers, and Roller Ball. Here's why:
V for Vendetta - The State will take care of you. Don't ask questions and don't buck the system and you'll be safe from those subversives.
Starship Troopers - The Iraq war of the future. Make an excuse to invade another planet (country) and start a war with the inhabitants. Why? Because they are dangerous and don't think like we do. Plus, they have something we want. Get your a$$ kicked and end up with what has the makings of an expensive stalemate.
Roller Ball - Keep the sheep happy and distracted with ultra-violent games. The corporations will take care of you as long you don't rock the boat. This is an old one but well worth watching if you are too young to have seen it. Hunger Games is pretty much a ripoff of this film.
Anyway, those are mine. What are your favorites and why?
Never get out of the boat....
July 12th, 2013 07:32 PM
July 12th, 2013 07:52 PM
I haven't gotten past John Wayne yet. Starship and V will have to wait.
Retired USAF E-8. Avatar is OldVet from days long gone in a neighborhood long gone. Oh, to be young again...
Paranoia strikes deep, into your heart it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid...
"For What It's Worth" Buffalo Springfield
July 12th, 2013 07:54 PM
Well the movie kinda sucked but I'm partial to the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, though she sure can ramble on.....
July 12th, 2013 07:56 PM
Robocop has always been a childhood favorate and there are a lot of politics behind it. Especially the less popular (among true fans) Robocop 2 and almost universally hated Robocop 3. The first one and second one show Robocop struggling between his human self and the tool he was programed to be. I honestly liked RC3 because as OCP takes power over the city of Detroit they force families in to the street with military force and eventually even the police are forced to decide between their jobs and what is morally right. Its a great series with some deep themes, too bad they dont make them like that anymore. But oh wait, we can only have anti "the man" movies made by hollywood when we actually have opressive governments in power.
July 12th, 2013 08:33 PM
Soylent Green (stars Charlton Heston)
The Truman Show (more so because our entire lives are recorded, monitored)
Running Man (Reality Shows gone bonkers)
Series 7: The Contenders (Like Running Man but much better!)
Starship Troopers (use of Ultra-Nationilsm to wage war)
Things to Come
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
July 12th, 2013 08:46 PM
It should be pointed out that Starship Troopers is a hideous Hollywood corruption of one of the greatest works of philosophical fiction of the last century.
That said, Atlas Shrugged is the obvious winner, at least insofar as it's true to the novel. I remember reading it in high school and, though I got the message, disliking it for seeming too cartoonish, for example in the way the villians spoke. I learned the error of my ways since 2008 - reading quotes from Democrat politicians like Joe Biden was EXACTLY like reading the lines of Wesley Mouch and company in Atlas Shrugged.
"Yet this government never of itself furthered any enterprise, but by the alacrity with which it got out of the way... The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way."
July 12th, 2013 09:29 PM
Dumb & Dumber: An excellent commentary on moral nihilism - the structured ethos of the hit men anti-heroes contrasted against the puerile, aimless existence of the heroes, and the dialectic that is Sea Bass.
Probably the most brilliant yet misunderstood piece of cinema since Manos: The Hands of Fate.
-PEF, a Framer with a Steelie...
1. All guns are always loaded.
2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
July 12th, 2013 11:20 PM
Hmmm, new words, methinks I need Mr. Webster's assistance.
July 12th, 2013 11:27 PM
Demolition Man - automated "happy happy, joy joy" society on top, starving 2nd class mongrels on the bottom.
Never pick a fight with an old man...If he's too old to fight, he'll just kill you - John Steinbeck
Come to Colorado...the governor is loopy
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July 13th, 2013 12:17 AM
Certainly not Back to the Future 2.
[wanders off grumbling about Hoverboards]
The March of Dimes worked; it's why we're not debating Universal Iron Lung coverage.
Knowing about the Bystander Effect actually prevents it.
July 13th, 2013 12:36 AM
That's why I keep my copy of Thorndike-Barnhart Comprehensive Desk Dictionary circa 1967 within arms reach.
Originally Posted by Hoplyte
Soylent Green is an old favorite.
Getting Old ain't for sissies. ...If you have to fire your weapon you've failed.
America...a Constitutional Republic. NOT a democracy as the liberals would have us believe.
EARTH FIRST...we'll strip mine this planet first then move on to the next world.
July 13th, 2013 03:49 AM
An old favorite?!?! SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!!!!
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." C.S. Lewis
July 13th, 2013 04:18 AM
"The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come." ~ Confucius
July 13th, 2013 09:47 AM
Yup. I didn't care to bother watching the movie, but the book was depressingly accurate in describing what is happening to us.
Originally Posted by KyBill
'Clinging to my guns and religion
July 13th, 2013 09:51 AM
Not a movie, but one of my earliest memories on the topic:
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"Denial has no survival value." David Grossman
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