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Imagining a Good Message Movie

Hint: First, make a good film

This year’s Oscar-winning The Shape of Water applied this “building a story using only good-think legos” method and managed to squeeze a lot of them into one drippy film. Trouser Trout and the Hot Mute Chick­ –– working title –– was able to hit the trifecta of (allegedly) timeless tropes: saintly black woman is heroic, bad guy is a Bible-quoting sexual abuser who loves torture, and the saintly gay character is the quiet moral guide and center of the film. But wait, there’s more! Bonus points for the communist spy character who turns out to have a heart of gold.

Recommended Viewing for Patriots: ‘Monuments Men’

This fine film never had a chance.

I know a lot of conservatives (myself included) had some hesitation about this film.  I mean, we’ve got Clooney (Conservatives are Scum) and Damon (Sarah Palin is Stooopid), together again – admittedly, not quite as funny as Hope and Crosby, but in these troubled times, we take what we can get.

The Kevin Spacey Story: Now One of 2017’s Most Acclaimed Movies

Year End Top Ten Lists: Authentic Glimpses into the Zeitgeist or Self-Congratulatory Liberal Circle Jerk? You Decide.

Speaking of throwing off your chains… it’s important to recognize how powerful film and television are at creating the functional mythos of our time. They are being overtaken by social media/web sources, but the effect is similar: A story is told repeatedly that supposedly explains the true workings of the world – think of the hold the Catholic Church had on intellectual and daily life in the Middle Ages – and through repetition, it becomes accepted as defacto reality.

Netflix Holiday Movie Pick: Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)

Boots on the Ground Diplomacy

As French, Scottish and German soldiers prepare to open their presents on Christmas Eve 1914, a monumentous event occurs that changes the destinies of four people: An Anglican priest, a French lieutenant, a world-class tenor and his soprano lover. A heartwarming WWI era tale inspired by a true story.