Posted by: consigliere5 | March 19, 2010

March 19 2010

Political Content in this week’s new movies: The Bounty Hunter, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Repo Men, The Runaways, Greenberg

1. The Bounty Hunter [Rated PG-13 for sexual content including suggestive comments, language and some violence.]

summary from yahoo movies:

Milo Boyd, a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife.

starring: Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston, Christine Baranski, Jason Sudeikis, Peter Greene, Siobhan Fallon, Jeff Garlin, Cathy Moriarty, Carol Kane

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
Kyle Smith
Christian Toto #1
Christian Toto #2
Debbie Schlussel
movieguide.org Christian review

Poli-Bits: nothing leftist detected! [but there were some parts that I missed]

2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid [Rated PG for some rude humor and language.]

summary from yahoo movies:

Greg Heffley, a wisecracking, undersized middle school weakling, must navigate and survive the travails of an academic year.

starring: Zachary Gordon, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, Chloe Moretz

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
John P. Hanlon at Big Hollywood
Parcbench
Rebecca Cusey
movieguide.org Christian review

Poli-Bits: no leftist funny-business spotted…

3. Repo Men [Rated R for for strong bloody violence, grisly images, language and some sexuality/nudity.]

summary from yahoo movies:

Humans have extended and improved our lives through highly sophisticated and expensive mechanical organs created by a company called The Union. The dark side of these medical breakthroughs is that if you don’t pay your bill, The Union sends its highly skilled repo men to take back its property… with no concern for your comfort or survival. Remy is one of the best organ repo men in the business. But when he suffers a cardiac failure on the job, he awakens to find himself fitted with the company’s top-of-the-line heart-replacement… as well as a hefty debt. But a side effect of the procedure is that his heart’s no longer in the job. When he can’t make the payments, The Union sends its toughest enforcer, Remy’s former partner Jake, to track him down. Now that the hunter has become the hunted, Remy joins Beth, another debtor who teaches him how to vanish from the system. And as he and Jake embark on a chase across a landscape populated by maniacal friends and foes, one man will become a reluctant champion for thousands on the run.

starring: Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Alice Braga, Liev Schreiber,

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air
Christian Toto 1
Christian Toto 2
Kurt Loder
Peter Suderman at Reason.com
movieguide.org Christian review

Poli-Bits: eevil corporations, eevil non-socialized health-care

from movieguide.org Christian reviews:

Strong humanist worldview of economic determinism with Marxist, pro-communist, implications […] and a Marxist, humanist subtext. […] Remy and Jake’s boss, Frank, spends his time duping sick people into buying artificial organs they cannot really afford (like the banks, mortgage companies, and government loan companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in this century’s housing market). […]

It may be said that REPO MEN has an anti-capitalist tilt, but the name of the company in the movie is The Union and the movie avoids making any overt political statements (but, please see our CONTENT section above for a fuller description of the themes and content in the movie). Even so, it’s sure that those supporting a complete overhaul and government takeover of America’s current healthcare system will probably use REPO MEN’s fantastic, leftist-oreinted storyline as more fodder for their villainous cause. Don’t let them.

The current hysterical concern about America’s healthcare system is a venal attempt by Neo-Marxist liberals and leftists to increase the federal government’s control over you and your family, not to mention your doctors, dentist, surgeons, and local hospital. It’s an oft-cited aphorism that says, “You don’t have anything if you don’t have your health.” This is certainly true, especially in the case of costly chronic health problems, major surgery, and debilitating illnesses. But, it is a well-established fact that it is actually the state and federal government’s meddling in the healthcare field, through complicated instruments like Medicare, Medicaid, and convoluted prescription drug laws, that has driven up the cost of healthcare, just as it has driven up the cost of college tuition through guaranteed student loan programs. And, all the taxes for all the other unsustainable, utopian schemes of Big Government have sapped the strength of business and families to pay for health insurance and medical fees. Because of all of this incompetent meddling, the days of the friendly personal doctor making house calls and the positive hospital experience are gone. The result is that being a doctor is really no longer an honorable profession. Doctors are now called “healthcare providers” and, if the liberals and leftists have their way, they will now serve at the tyrannical rule of the Leviathan State. As President Ronald Reagan said, “Government is not the solution to the problem; it is the problem.”

While REPO MEN avoids making overt political statements, it does present a dark world where people are bombarded by advertising in the streets and conmen trying to take money from your wallet until you are of no further use. When the latter happens, they would rather kill you than keep you alive. Such a world is, of course, a Marxist, humanist vision of economic determinism. Thus, although REPO MEN does not overtly promote any socialist or communist solutions to the dark vision it presents, it certainly provides fodder for those who do.

from denverpost.com:

In a future where a bankrupt government has at long last ceded all power to corporations, none is more powerful than “The Union.” As companies go, The Union is today’s nightmares writ large — a for-profit health-care company that operates like a mortgage or car-loan specialist./What they’re pitching is health, longevity, life itself. The Union makes artificial organs and sells them with a “What’s it going to take to put this pancreas in you?” hustle./But what happens if you can’t pay your note? They send repo men, armed with Tasers and portable field surgery kits — chest spreader included — to cut that metal-and- plastic heart, lung, liver, what have you, out on the spot. Get in arrears, and these heartless hacks will butcher you./”Repo Men” is a slasher movie masquerading as social satire, a blood-spattered gorefest about the heartless thugs who do such work, and what happens when one of those thugs (Jude Law) has to get his own implant and can’t swing the payments./Remy (Law) and Jake (Forest Whitaker) left the military to become top earners for The Union — cold-blooded killers with their little metal ice chests to tote their retrieved organs in, callously running up their score the way they used to tally kills in battle or on their favorite video game.

from cinemablend.com:

At some point in the future Remy (Law) and Jake (Whitaker) are lifelong friends who, years ago, got out of the military with a newfound penchant for violence and greed.

speaking of “penchant for violence”:

Jude Law’s dialogue about moving from the military to working for the eeevil corporation:

you see, for us, the war never ended… it just got a change of venue…

4. The Runaways [Rated R for language, drug use and sexual content – all involving teens.]

summary from yahoo movies:

The Runaways were the ground-breaking, all girl, teenage rock band of the 1970s. Friends, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie went from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary group that paved the way for future generations of girl bands. Under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley the group became an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earned a name for itself-and so did its two leads.

starring: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Scout Taylor-Compton, Alia Shawkat, Brendan Sexton III, Tatum O’Neal

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
Kyle Smith
Kurt Loder
movieguide.org Christian review

Poli-Bits: [not playing near me yet]… [released everywhere on April 9]… haven’t seen it yet, but based on various reviews:

from joblo.com:

With Dakota Fanning as Currie, you know that even if the film was bad, it would be getting loads of press, as it features the former child-star, snorting coke, popping pills, and lounging around in barely-there skin-tight jump suits. Considering Fanning’s still only fifteen (and was only fourteen when this was filmed), I was somewhat disturbed by the overt sexualization of the character…

5. Greenberg [Rated R for some strong sexuality, drug use and language.]

summary from yahoo movies:

Roger Greenberg, single, fortyish and at a crossroads in his life, finds himself in Los Angeles, house-sitting for six weeks for his more successful/married-with-children brother. In search of a place to restart his life, Greenberg tries to reconnect with old friends including his former bandmate Ivan. But old friends aren’t necessarily still best friends, and Greenberg soon finds himself spending more and more time with his brother’s personal assistant Florence, an aspiring singer and also something of a lost soul. Despite his best attempts not to be drawn in, Greenberg and Florence manage to forge a connection, and Greenberg realizes he may at last have found a reason to be happy.

starring: Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Susan Traylor, Merritt Wever

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
John P. Hanlon at Big Hollywood
Kyle Smith
Kurt Loder
James Bowman at the American Spectator
Parcbench

Poli-Bits: [not playing near me…]


CHECK OUT THIS long list of leftist movies that we have to look forward to this year… as well as a few that conservatives might dig.


also: info posted by Christian Toto on a cool possible new movie franchise:

Now, [CBS Films is] looking to cast the hero in the film version of Vince Flynn’s book “Consent to Kill.”

The film, which could kick start a franchise, follows counter-terrorism agent Mitch Rapp on the prowl for a Saudi billionaire and other nefarious characters.

Hmm. A franchise in which a U.S. operative hunts down some of the most vile human beings on the planet? Who knows … it could be a hit. The books sure are. Why not give it a try and let audiences decide?

Leave it to a hungry film studio to figure out what other studios should have years ago – casting the U.S. as the enemy isn’t a good way to fill your box office coffers state side. Especially when a real-life enemy already exists that makes the Nazis look like pikers.

more info here

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