The Green Berets, released in 1968, is one of those movies that had liberals frothing at the mouth back in the 60s. Co-produced and co-directed by John Wayne (who also starred) it dared to be a Vietnam War movie that didn’t take the standard knee-jerk liberal anti-war line. It upset liberals even more by being a major box-office hit. And it’s a pretty good movie.
It’s also worth pointing out that it’s more realistic than most of the later anti-Vietnam War movies.
Here’s the link to my full review of The Green Berets.
Movies don’t come much more politically incorrect than Michael Winner’s 1974 vigilante flick Death Wish. You won’t find any sympathy for criminals in this movie. And you won’t find any nonsense about crime being caused by poverty or by the wickedness of capitalism. The movie’s prescription for dealing with crime may be a little extreme but its real crime (in the eyes of liberals) is that it suggests that extreme solutions might actually work, and that they might prove to be the only solutions that do work.
Death Wish is the story of a self-confessed bleeding heart liberal who comes face to face with the reality of crime. He doesn’t remain a bleeding heart liberal for very long when that happens. Like most liberals he wasn’t worried by violent crime when it happened to other people, and to other people’s families. When it happens to him it’s a whole different story.
Death Wish ignited a firestorm of controversy when it was released in 1974. Not surprisingly critics hated it and audiences loved it.
I have more to say about this important movie on my film blog. Here’s the link to my review.
What gives the issue particular bite is the fact that the bad guy, Scorpio, is very much aware that the legal system is stacked in his favour. He knows how to play the system and he does so ruthlessly. He uses this to taunt the police.
Being a conservative in today’s world can be at times a very stressful and draining, not to say depressing, experience. The greatest danger is burn-out. One has to find ways to stay sane without compromising one’s beliefs.
I find that the best way to do this is to have other, essentially non-political, interests.
In my case there are three main interests that help to keep me sane and help to keep me going. They are my interests in old movies, in the genre literature of the past, and the art of the 19th century.
The one thing that all these interests have in common is that they are focused on the past. Deliberately so. I consciously avoid having anything to do with either the pop culture or the high culture of today. That’s another of my strategies for staying sane. Modern culture is so deeply permeated with political correctness that it’s simply not worth bothering with. And since there are so many wonderful movies from the past, so many terrific books from the past, and so much great art from the past that I need never worry that I’m missing out.
My interest in old movies is more or less self-explanatory. My interest in the fiction of the past focuses mainly on genre fiction, everything from detective stories to spy stories, science fiction and horror. I have an especial enthusiasm for pulp fiction from the 1920s and 1930s and for novels and stories of adventure and of the supernatural from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
As far as art is concerned I confine myself to pre-modernist art. I’m particularly find of Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist art, and the much despised academic art of the 19th century. It’s despised by the politically motivated drones of the modern art establishment although it’s slowly but surely gaining more and more of a following among people who believe that art can concern itself with truth and beauty. In other words it’s popular with people who actually love art rather than those who see art as political propaganda.
I blog about all these things. If I confined myself to political blogging then there’s a danger that blogging would become something of an ordeal, that it would be something that was always emotionally draining. Blogging about other things means that blogging remains fun.
On my non-political blogs I mostly avoid overt political content although I do slip in political points from time to time.