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Dr. Hfuhruhurr Returns With Coverage Of The Second Annual Liberty Film Festival!!

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

Last year, we published a piece by long-time friend of the Labs, Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr, about his visit to the Liberty Film Festival, and it looks like this year, we’ve got another report on the one weekend of the year where it’s okay to be a Republican in Hollywood. Check this out:

Dear Moriarty,

I trust you had a spooktacular time in the labs this weekend although there is probably nothing more frightening to many of your readers than knowing that the conservative Liberty Film Festival 2.0 has returned bigger, better and stronger than ever to spread truth, justice, and the American Way to the blue states and bleeding blue hearts of this great land of ours. My brand new assistant DR. ALFRED NECESSITER was on hand to bring this site it's annual dose of the Right Stuff

(And just remember: if you oppose W, and the war in Iraq it's okay. And take comfort in the fact that at least you are functioning with the same brain capacity as Celine Dion).

Here's Dr. Necessiter --

While being a Republican in Hollywood bears a heavier stigma than being a Klingon at a Star Wars convention, you wouldn’t know it if you attended last weeks Liberty Film Festival. Held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California, the second annual Festival was host to over 4000 people, industry panelists, and a collection of films, both narrative and documentary, covering a broad range of topics.

The Festival’s co-founders, Govindini Murty and her husband Jason Apuzzo, sought to open the door to filmmakers who want not only to see more conservative-themed movies on screen, but also to audiences who demand higher-quality storytelling that addresses issues being ignored by the entertainment industry; issues the average American cares about.

Govindini characterizes “conservative” movies today as being something more than just political statements on screen, but rather films containing humanisitic stories, characters, and scenarios. Humanism, she says, is primarily what is lacking in today’s nihilistic entertainment culture, and this deficit is most likely a major contributing factor in the recent box office slump. Audiences connect with stories with which they can relate – stories with characters that face moral challenges, emotional struggles, and immense physical pain that they overcome in the end. These are uplifting films that can make people love their country and each other when they leave the theater. Take the 1997 hit “Titanic,” for example. Crowds flocked to see the 3-hour epic 5, 10, even 20 times, and it wasn’t for the visual effects. It was for the love story and the deep personal connection that everyone felt with Jack and Rose.

Humanistic films dominated Hollywood since the birth of the studios, which, in case you weren’t aware, were entirely founded and operated by Jewish, conservative republicans, from Louis B. Mayer to Jack Warner. In fact, the majority of classic Hollywood was dominated by conservative republicans who directed and starred in many of the films that you and I adore from that era – John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Frank Capra, John Ford, Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck, Alfred Hitchcock, and Cecil B. DeMille to name a few.

FELLOWSHIP 9/11

Like last year, the 2005 Liberty Film Festival was composed primarily of documentary film, which is of no surprise, considering the conservative voice on many issues has been suppressed on the screen and is only now allowed to be heard. The festival kicked off with a light-hearted short, “Fellowship 9/11,” produced and directed by Rick Nyholm, which used the “Lord of the Rings” narrative to spoof the idiocy of Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.” Nyholm creatively used the LOTR collaboration of the various divisions of Middle Earth against Mordor as a way to parody the convoluted “pipeline conspiracy” constructed in Fahrenheit. “Fellowship” garnered laughter that warmed the crowd and was followed by introductions by Govindini and Jason.

BRAINWASHING 201: THE SECOND SEMESTER

The next film up was Evan Malony’s sequel to last year’s documentary “Brainwashing 101,” “Brainwashing 201: The Second Semester,” in which Malony and his crew expose the rampant leftist, close-minded atmosphere of vitriolic anti-Americanism and Marxist indoctrination on campuses around the country. The film was introduced by political activist, father of the “Academic Bill of Rights,” and Founder and President of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, David Horowitz. Mr. Horowitz’ speech was interrupted by two protestors who infiltrated the festival and stormed the stage, championing their love for the first amendment by shouting at him, “You have no right to speak!” The energy with which they attacked and the swiftness with which they were removed (literally dragging their feet in the aisle) roused the crowd and made “Brainwashing” all the more enjoyable.

In “Brainwashing 201,” Malony provides a startling account of extreme liberalism run amok on college campuses today. He illustrates that most university faculty are composed predominately of democrats and that republicans are pariahs among their peers. In an interview with a science professor whose co-workers discovered that she was the one and only Republican on staff, the professor tells us that she was harassed daily – verbally, through email, and by having her office moved several times in the course of a couple weeks – until she was forced to take legal action against the university – a case that she later won. A key aspect of “Brainwashing” is Malony’s brilliant, on-camera, Michael Moore-like (for lack of a better comparison) interviews with students and faculty where he poses a leading question and feigns empathy with the interviewee as they spout an emotionally charged response. His exemplary debate skills allow him to calmly fire logical retorts that leave his opponents tripping over their words. These interviews leave you hungry for more at the end of the 30-minute film and sick to your stomach at the shocking unknown truths that he uncovers. Malony’s next film, a feature-length version of the “Brainwashing” series, “Indoctrinate U,” is slated for release next year.

DEAD MEAT

“Dead Meat,” a documentary about the nationalized Canadian healthcare system followed. Produced by “Brainwashing’s” Stuart Browning and Blaine Greenberg, the film shows the side of Canada’s healthcare that you never hear about from those who laud it as being exactly what America should institute.

BROKEN PROMISES: THE UNITED NATIONS AT 60

Friday closed with the L.A. premiere of “Broken Promises. The United Nations at 60,” written and directed by Kevin Knoblock and narrated by Ron Silver. A compelling case for UN reform, “Broken Promises” chronicles the creation and history of the United Nations, why it was formed, and the challenges it has faced since its inception. The film uses major international conflicts as evidence to construct a cogent argument for how the UN has failed to uphold his original doctrine to prevent aggression between countries that are part of its coalition. A result of moral bankruptcy, cowardice, and complacence, we see how the UN has been both directly and indirectly responsible for the deaths of millions.

SEALED FOR YOUR PROTECTION

Saturday morning’s event was host to several narrative and documentary shorts. Anna Z. and Jeffers Dodge opened with “Sealed for Your Protection,” a 12-minute look at how the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unilaterally decided to remove a minute cross from the LA County Seal for fear of litigation from the ACLU. This event became national news, and a grassroots effort to force the county to put the decision in the hands of voters sprung out of the controversy.

365 BOOTS ON THE GROUND

A unique, uplifting, and fascinating documentary, “365 Boots on the Ground,” directed by Kc Wayland, was the first-person account, by an Army reservist, of a year in Iraq. Using a small camcorder and a self-designed helmet cam, Wayland draws you right into the middle of the action, both in training and combat, giving you a feeling of what its like to be in the army and exposing a reality that we never see on the TV news. What makes this film so special is the way Wayland conveys the genuine goodness and heartfelt sincerity with which the men and women in the Army approach their work. The film does a masterful job of showing that being a soldier is more than just fighting terrorists, its rebuilding schools and providing aid. It is easy to forget that the troops fighting in the Middle East are individuals with families and lives of their own. Through Wayland’s interaction with his best friends and cohorts in his platoon, we see a more human side of the armed forces versus the caricatures drawn by the TV news media.

A TEMP FOR ALL SEASONS

One of the better short films that exemplified the direction narrative conservative filmmaking can go at this festival was up next: “A Temp for All Seasons,” directed by Keith Ray Putnam. Simple in its premise but significant in its message, the short emphasizes the importance of morality, even in ordinary circumstances. An office temp refuses to lie to callers about the whereabouts or availability of his boss. When all the employees are forced to sign a memo that states they must tell callers whatever their bosses instruct them to, the Temp refuses and hilarity ensues. As young, conservative filmmakers find their voice and discover the thematic elements their audiences crave, we can expect to see a greater balance between narrative and documentary filmmaking in coming years at the Liberty Film Festival.

STOP BITCHING, START A REVOLUTION

Evan Malony’s production team took one final swing with his short “Stop Bitching, Start a Revolution.” The film takes us back to 2004 and into the middle of some sizeable protests where demonstrators are lamenting the President’s re-election and sharing with one another their conspiracy theories on how he pulled it off. Malony is there, microphone in one hand and handing out Hilary Clinton, Michael Moore, Saddam Hussein, and Osama Bin Laden dolls as consolation prizes with the other. At the same time, he is successful in extracting some entertaining words from his giftees regarding their thoughts on the election.

EMANCIPATION, REVELATION, REVOLUTION

Saturday afternoon saw the World Premiere of “Emancipation, Revelation, Revolution,” directed by Nina May. What should be required viewing in every high school history class, not to mention black churches around the country, white churches...hell, everyone needs to see this film! In an age where few Americans are even aware of the roots of their own nation, Nina May’s film provides shocking and little known facts about the role the Republican Party played in the abolition of slavery and the Civil Rights movement.

”Emancipation” unveils the truth that the Republican Party was actually birthed out of the minds of congressmen who shared a common cause: a hatred for slavery and the desire to eliminate pro-slavery legislation from the House and Senate. In fact, most black families in America voted Republican after the Civil War and up through the 50s, and the early congress in the United States was composed of a sizable number of black lawmakers. One of the most shocking points May’s film makes is that once the Democratic party, responsible for the creation of the KKK, regained control of the House and Senate in 1892, it repealed civil rights laws that were similar, if not identical, to laws enacted during the Civil Rights movement, over 70 years later. This year, the LFF was also host to several shorts that played at the First Iraqi Film Festival. Since the removal of Saddam, the people of Iraq finally have the freedom to express themselves through film, and their films included stories about Iraqi culture and history of their nation.

COCHISE COUNTY, USA: CRIES FROM THE BORDER

The illegal immigration issue was the topic of “Cochise County, USA: Cries from the Border,” produced and directed by Mercedes Maharis. (www.criesfromtheborder.net) A timely subject and controversial issue, the film uses one of the most extreme examples, at the most heavily trafficked illegal immigrant crossing point in Arizona, of how illegal aliens are infiltrating our country at an unprecedented rate, endangering our citizens, littering our deserts, and transporting drugs and criminals. “Cochise County” is a balanced looked at the illegal immigration issue and sympathizes with Mexicans who are seeking a better life. It shows us the tragedy that many people face when trying to cross the treacherous desert on foot unprepared, often dying midway, only to be left behind by their parties. However, at the same time, we are lead to an understanding that the ease with which Mexicans cross the border is identical to that of people from other countries. Interviews with Border Patrol officers tell us that every month, they are arresting a growing number of people from many different countries, including Iraq, Iran, and Syria. This incredibly well constructed documentary does well not to politicize the border issue; rather, it forms a well-founded argument that our open borders are national security issue that is being ignored by the government.

THE SEARCHERS

Saturday closed with a 35mmm screening of one of my favorite John Ford films, “The Searchers,” starring John Wayne. The film was introduced by Hal Needham, director of “Smokey and the Bandit” and stuntman who worked with Wayne on several of his films. Needham shared some anecdotes about what it was like working with “ol’ Duke” on “The Searchers” and other films.

Despite some of the dated dialogue and cinematic conventions of “The Searchers,” there is an innate, timeless quality about the film’s story and characters. John Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a strong-willed, determined, yet emotionally distant man of principle – a character sadly missing from film today. As the men in the film set out to rescue Ethan’s kidnapped niece, Ethan represents a pillar of strength that keeps the search party together. Additionally, throughout the movie, Wayne’s character establishes a clear line between good and evil men and that the only way to truly avenge the deaths of his family members is to eradicate the men who took their lives.

Call these “conservative” themes if you want, but they are exactly how audiences connect with what they’re watching on screen. These are tried and true principles in storytelling for American cinema. Perhaps if movies today contained more noble characters like Ethan Edwards, men who stand for something, love their family, and fight the bad guys at all cost, studios wouldn’t be suffering from a loss in ticket sales.

ENTERING ZION

Sunday, the final day of the festival, began with “Entering Zion,” a new film from our friends at ProtestWarrior.com, Kfir Alfia and Alan Lipton. Alfia and Lipton document their yearly visit to Israel to see family, giving us a rarely seen view of modern Israel, from nightclubs in Tel Aviv to the Gaza Strip to the Wailing Wall. Unlike the footage of mayhem and chaos broadcast daily by the 24-hour news stations, “Entering Zion” provides perspective on what life is really like in Israel, minus the terrorism and devastation caused by its neighboring countries.

OBSESSION: RADICAL ISLAM'S WAR AGAINST THE WEST

Winner of the Liberty Film Festival Best Feature Film prize, “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West,” directed by Wayne Kopping, shocked the audience with its carefully constructed, objective, and fact-based examination of radical Islam today – what it is, how it affects us, and why it is working. (www.obsessionthemovie.com) “Powerful” would be an understatement in describing the impact of this film. Many of us doubt or misunderstand America’s rationale for the War on Terror and our presence in Iraq. “Obsession” will open the eyes of any naysayer to the ominous threat facing our civilization. The film includes testimony from a former PLO terrorist, university professors, and a former youth commander for the Nazi regime. Shocking footage from Arabic TV from different parts of the globe shows Muslim clerics publicly denouncing the West and challenging their people to rise up and fight in Jihad. “Obsession” goes further to show that the hate for the Western world is more than simply hate for Jews or Israel, but that it is a deeply rooted aspect of Muslim culture in certain countries. Frightening and sad clips from Palestinian schools show the indoctrination of hate into children from the moment they can speak. Newsreels from September 11, 2001 show people in Middle-Eastern countries dancing and cheering in the streets after the two towers fell.

One of the most captivating and little known facts in the film is the connection between Nazism and Radical Islam as we know it today. “Obsession” investigates the 1941 meeting between Adolf Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini. During this clandestine conclave, Hitler tells al-Husseini to “lock away in his heart” the true motivations behind the supposed secular Nazi movement: the total annihilation of the Jews. This demonstrated the willingness of Islamo-facists to rally with their own enemies around a common cause. The film went on to draw a parallel between Muslim propaganda against the West and the tactics implemented by Joseph Goebbles during Hitler’s rein in WWII. What results is an undeniable case that Islamo-fascism is merely a different face of the same kind of enemy America was fighting 60 years ago in Europe.

ROBOTECH/GRACE BEFORE MEALS/WE THE LIVING

Up next was a preview of new “Robotech,” footage form an upcoming anime film, and “Grace Before Meals,” a TV pilot directed by Chris Beutler about a Catholic priest who visits families to show them how to strengthen their bonds through cooking. The Festival closed with a 100th Birthday tribute screening to author Ayn Rand with the film “We the Living,” directed by Goffredo Alessandrini.

An amazing aura of optimism and hope surrounded the Liberty Film Festival this year. Writers, directors, and movie-lovers alike, who share un-welcomed view of the world and how it is represented on the big screen today, found an open arena of thought and discussion in the center of liberal Hollywood. While a drastic slant toward more conservative-based filmmaking isn’t going to happen in the studios anytime soon, the LFF is showing us that the market for these films exists and the digital revolution, which puts filmmaking at the fingertips of any artist, is what will bring them to the public.

As I said last year, I love publishing an article like this, because it’s a reaffirmation that film fans don’t have to hold the same beliefs about politics or art or any other topic to be able to hold a discourse. What’s important is simply a respect for someone else’s perspective. Keep that in mind when you hop into Talkback, and enjoy what should be a spirited conversation, but try to hold off on the knee-jerk namecalling.

"Moriarty" out.





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  • Nov. 1, 2005, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Let the Bush bashing begin!

    by Garbageman33

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 7:45 a.m. CST

    What Michael Moore Hath Wrought

    by Nordling

    Apparently, documentaries, and more documentaries. Okay, no one here's going to argue that THE SEARCHERS isn't an important or great film, but if conservatives really want to get their viewpoint to the masses, they need to figure a way to put asses in seats. Mel Gibson did that. And none of these films looks like they will make Joe Q. Public sit down and take notice. Sure, F9/11 may be radical leftist stuff, but Moore did something that all these people will likely fail to do - get people into the theater. Conservatives shouldn't be asking themselves "Who is our Michael Moore?" They should be asking "Who is our Steven Spielberg?"

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Also... gotta call 'em like I see 'em on this...

    by Nordling

    "As the men in the film set out to rescue Ethan

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 7:59 a.m. CST

    So, is this an example of respect for other views:

    by gg

    "(And just remember: if you oppose W, and the war in Iraq it's okay. And take comfort in the fact that at least you are functioning with the same brain capacity as Celine Dion)."??

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 9:14 a.m. CST

    What The F**K!!!!

    by Nitro13

    This doesn't sound like a Film Festival to me. somehow reminds me of the National Republican Convention...Let The Brainwashing Begin. Well, I guess since Michael Moore's Bowlin For Columbine right wing conservatives figured that documentaries are a good way to brainwash and manipulate. I don't agree with all things Michael Moore says, but THIS... All those political documentaries, from Fahrenheit 9/11 to all the movies mentioned in the article, are nothing but propaganda. Seems we haven't learned from history at all. I'm waiting for really objective documentaries, not this populist BS. But I guess this is what it comes to when people stop thinking for themselves. MAKE DOCUMENTARIES THAT ARE WORTH WATCHING!!!!!!

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 9:59 a.m. CST

    There is no such thing as an "objective" documentary

    by Dagan

    Just as there is no such thing as objective news reporting. It's simply not possible. Even if one made the most herculean effort to be "objective", it still comes down to this: it's a person interpreting an event and retelling it to you, which means their own perspective on the world will be most heavily favored in the retelling. Even if one tries not to do this, it will happen - because person A simply doesn't view the world the same way as person B, and will see things totally differently. So their retelling will be quite different than person B's retelling would be. Bias is inevitable. Add to that the fact that almost nobody nowadays even sets out to be "ojbective" in their documentaries and it's even worse. There is no such thing as an objective documentary or news story - which is why it's actually BETTER, in my opinion, to watch biased films. At least then you know where the film is coming from, and can compare it to an opposing side to get two different points of view. That's far less insidiuous than the person claiming "objectivity" when there really is none - the "see? We are the objective truth" people are worse becasue that simply isn't so - they're trying to fool you into thinking that their bias is "truth", and that they are objective.

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 10:42 a.m. CST

    While it's certainly okay for the reviewer/poster to bash le

    by lostoptimist

    like FARENEHIT 911 for being political propaganda, it's more than a little ironic that he's writing gushing reviews about what are clearly the far-right's own propaganda films.

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Far right "propaganda" - lostoptimist

    by Dagan

    That may or may not be fair, but it certainly doesn't rise to the level of "clearly". Farenheit 9/11 has been proven to be riddled with factul errors and downright lies - putting it indisputibly in the realm of propaganda. I haven't personally seeen ANY of the films at this festival, and I doubt you have either - so how can you know if it is a F/911 equivalent? We simply don't. Could be, but we don't know until we've seen them. These could be factual films with a particular point of view, or they could be blatant lying hit pieces like F/911. To call them the latter, sight unseen, just because they espouse a particular point of view, is hardly fair.

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Dagan, perhaps I did go too far in saying the films represent th

    by lostoptimist

    it's always been my understanding that propaganda doesn't mean outright lies. It's just some serious spin on certain facts in a particular way, which MOST politically charged docs do in one form or another. I may be wrong but when it comes to politics, there is no objectivity. Just an individual or group's POV.

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Frank Capra was a Republican, yes

    by Pumpkinsboy

    But if It's a Wonderful Life, Mr Deeds Goes to Town and Meet John Doe were released today, Conservatives would be screaming about their anti-business, pro-socialist bias.

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Celine Dion - Haw! Hilarious!

    by Sherm

    And I guess that means Dr. Huffhurur would have the same brain capacity as Britney Spears? ("I think we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes and we should just support that") Why do Conservative Extremists act like victims all the time? They control all three branches of government now.

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Fahrenheit 9/11

    by cyanide christ

    Shit...I totally thought that was supposed to be a comedy.

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Nordling, exactly.

    by Pumpkinsboy

    "Wayne

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Propaganda!

    by Mr. Vindictive

    Someone said that the conservatives always act like victims, and I completely agree with that. Someone just told me recently that the "white conservative christian" is the most hated person in the world, and that I'm going to hell for being a Lib. It's a perfect example of people being brainwashed by the damned conservatives. I don't hate conservatives, and I agree with some of their points of view. It's not the other way around. Most hate ANYTHING remotely liberal. Isn't it great that some people actually like the government more than each other?

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Ooops! Sorry Dagan. You basically said the same thing I said a

    by lostoptimist

    But I still say most of those docs sounds more like propaganda than they do opinion. I hope I'm wrong.

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 2:52 p.m. CST

    That description of John Wayne in The Searchers

    by Pumpkinsboy

    Is pretty much a prime example of how many Conservatives are simply uncomfortable with notions of moral ambiguity, and even when a glaring cinematic example of said ambiguity is staring them in the face, they have no problem simply discarding its truth and then simplifying it to a GOOD/EVIL binary that comforts them and allows them to reinforce their worldview as just and anyone who disagrees with them as unpatriotic or even evil.

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Pumpkinsboy

    by Dagan

    Your description of Conservatives is equally as "untrue" and "simple" as this review of the Searchers by this commentator. I take it you don't see the irony there? Regardless, I have found that the Left are the ones who truly see things in the most "black and white" and binary terms when it comes to dissent. They are the ones who try and stifle dissent whenever they find it - often violently. They have the Union thugs that beat people up in crowds, or the protestors who tear down competing signs in marches, or storm and ransack or fire weapons into Bush/Cheney offices in the 2004 campaign - or give us speech codes on college campuses to knock down "inconvenient" speech - and on and on and on. There is countless web video on the internet of liberal attacks on Conservatives, but I haven't seen any the other way around.

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Two Ways of Viewing "The Searchers"

    by heywood jablomie

    1) As a Schraderesque portrait of a noble, brave but unhinged man poisoned with racist anger and unexamined sexual anxiety or 2) as a rah-rah jingoist redskin-killin' shoot-'em-up, no smarter than a movie made by...Hal Needham?

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Yeah, the canadian health care system is terrible--

    by Batutta

    I mean, they cover everyone in their country, while we have 45 million people with no health care whatsoever. Just awful...I'm sure there's problems with it like there is with any government bueraracy. but something is far better than nothing, and I'm sure If you've got the money you can pay for whatever level of healthcare you want.

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Robotech???

    by pockybot

    Um, that's cute the "hollywood is run by evil liberals bent on ruining morality" folks have their own fest...and actually some of these docs sound interesting. But Robotech...wtf? I love Robotoech, but what was it doing there? Also, when is there going to be a 9/11 Truth documentary that comes out to indie theatres/festivals? Peopl eneed to wake up that the government truly is covering up something about 9/11.

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Our healthcare system is far superior to Canada's

    by Dagan

    First of all, the 45 million number is a vastly inflated number - by at least nine million people. The real number is closer to 36 million - and that number includes everybody who wasn't "covered" by some insurance program AT ANY POINT IN THE LAST YEAR. That's how they calculate that. So anybody who changed jobs, or whatever - even if they didn't have healthcare for only one day, is considered "uncovered" by our stats. It's ridiculous. Also, Canada's Healthcare system is so bad that the United States routinely sees a flood of Canadians cross the border to be treated in the U.S., and the Canadian Supreme Court just called their own healthcare system so bad that it was borderline unconstitutional, and they ordered a complete change in the system, allowing for private healthcare to compete, and other things that go against the very grain of the current system. Socialized healthcare is so bad even their own Court is telling them they must change it. We better not turn into Canada - who, then, would the Canadians go to for their own healthcare if we just turn into them?

  • Nov. 1, 2005, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Pockybot - Why do you say there is a 9/11 coverup?

    by Dagan

    Any actual... evidence for such a charge?

  • Nov. 2, 2005, 12:39 a.m. CST

    conservative ideals make for money at the box office?!

    by JRoget803

    This guy is full of shit. He rants on about how movies should have characters that face difficulties and remain noble and blah blah blah and says that nhilism is causing a slump in the box office numbers. Well, let's take a look at the movies this year, shall we? Although, I have not seen Serenity, but having watched Firefly on DVD, it's safe to say that the characters may not be the most moral people on screen, but they always fight for each other - the only family that they have... So they risk their own lives for each other, and if we use his discussion of the Searchers, this means that they're noble characters, which means that this movie should have made box office gold---well that's one down. Wedding Crashers, ultimately a left wing movie (regardless of what happens at the end, the guys are pigs in the rest of the movie), makes over $200 million at the box office....that's two Star Wars Episode III: regardless of what you thought about it, it has the main character of the movie go from hero to villain. Not what I would call right wing friendly...makes over $300 million....there's 3 Now enough about money. He implies that there are no movies being released with noble character overcoming adversity.... Here's a list: Batman Begins Fantastic Four War of the Worlds (3 of the biggest films of the summer) Red Eye etc. etc. My point is that he has no room to talk. Most conservatives would like to see nothing but their own views displayed, while most liberals are more than happy to share the stage with others. I am absolutely content with having conservative movies playing in theaters. I just won't go to them...Just like if there's a liberal minded film released, conservatives don't have to watch it either. We're adults, let's make our own choices. We can coexist, just don't try to force us into watching only your claptrap, 'cause then you're no better than a Marxist yourself.

  • Nov. 2, 2005, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Here's why this doesn't work

    by GeekBob

    The whole idea of a "from the Right" film festival is a great idea in terms of keeping the intellectual conversation from stagnating, but the "Liberty" folks version of such is exactly the WRONG way to go about it. The fact is, there really is no well publicized (to this degree) film fest for so-called "Liberals" to watch nothing but Michael Moore docs or happy fables about what wonderful chaps the Palestinians are for this "Conservative" fest to be railing against so vociferously. So their left running basically a long stretch of their-side documentaries and trying to claim that this kind of pandering is DESPERATELY needed as some antidote for an oppressive mass of liberalism in "all the other" film venues all year, which makes them look like paranoid nits to the mainstream of the country. There are literally tons of "regular" films they could show that can be said to have a solidly conservative, or at least right-wing, element about them, like "Incredibles," "Miracle," "LOTR," "Spider-Man" or even "Great Raid." Showing films like that and highlighting those themes would give them a MUCH more meaningful and entertaining festival and would make their message that much more effective. Or they could just show more anti-semetic homoerotic torture-porn movies starring Jim Caveziel. I'm sure that'd work JUST as good. http://moviebob.blogspot.com

  • Nov. 2, 2005, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Dagan

    by Pumpkinsboy

    A person of the left would never have described Ethan Edwards in that way. Think about it, that's all I'm saying.

  • Nov. 2, 2005, 6:45 a.m. CST

    As for the `Liberty` blog

    by Pumpkinsboy

    One of the latest headlines above a picture of George Clooney read: `And yes, I'm questioning his patriotism`. I'm sorry, but this kind of totalitarian-inspired language is seriously disturbing. Check out the rest of the blog for repeated use of that old Conservative favorite: `Anti-American,` usually applied by the right against anyone who doesn't agree with their worldview.

  • Nov. 2, 2005, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Dagan - of you want someone who advocates stifling dissent

    by Pumpkinsboy

    Check out leading Conservative Ann Coulter's assertion that liberals on college campuses should be scared into conformity by the execution of John Walker Lindh, implying that college liberals are traitors in training by virtue of their political beliefs. She didn't say `extremist islamic militants` should be afraid. She said liberals should be afraid, because, as she has stated, liberals simply ARE traitors. Ann Coulter has rather more influence on America than a couple of MoveOn inspired punks telling people in a Bill O'Reilly type way to `shut up`, don't you think?

  • Nov. 2, 2005, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Titanic a "conservative" movie?

    by Vegas

    I find it interesting that they champion TITANIC as a film with conservative values and appeal, when on just watching it the whole movie appears to be about the inherent evil of class division and the arrogance of wealth. Two things that if you bring up in conversation nowadays, conservatives will accuse of you of engaging in class warfare.

  • Nov. 2, 2005, 3:26 p.m. CST

    This is a first...

    by Tsunami3G

    they created a film festival where I would rather be dead than have to sit through. Do you think that any of the people there ever saw a film before being paid to sit through these? Better to have them watching hastily created crap than planning the destruction of mankind I suppose.

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  • Nov. 2, 2005, 11:18 p.m. CST

    re: "Titanic" a conservative movie?

    by GeekBob

    I had missed that, which is a shame because it's TOO funny. Do a google search on "Titanic" and "communism" and you'll find some circa-1999 headlines about the then-leader of China publically welcoming the movie to his country because, in his eyes, it's portrayal of the class system "envinced Communist values." Not even the pro-censorship religious nutters of the so-called "social right" would try to claim Titanic... they hated it's PG-13 nudity and infidelity. Heck, "conservative" families DESPERATION for a way to let their kids see "Titanic" without being exposed to Kate Winslet's (perfect) breasts was the big impetus behind the rise of those odious "cleaned up" movie rental chains.

  • Nov. 3, 2005, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Don't make fun of him

    by Vern

    I think I probaly disagree with this guy on everything from politics to ice cream flavors to the color of the sky, but in his write-ups he seems like a nice fellow with a sense of humor. So I say be nice to him. It is okay to be wrong about everything as long as you're not an asshole. (I believe that's from the New Testament.) Anyway, I think there probaly are festivals kind of like this for liberals, but personally I wouldn't go to one. I think part of the reason Michael Moore's movies are so successful and continue to haunt people years later so that they keep wasting their time making lame rebuttal documentaries is that Michael Moore makes his movies and TV shows FUN. It is the difference between yelling a good point at someone and making them laugh in a way that makes them think. Nobody would even know who Michael Moore was if he was really the angry suicide bomber of Team America and republican nightmares. Of course, Fahrenheit and Bowling for Columbine both have devastating gutpunch scenes in them (obviously, considering the subject matter) but they are peppered with humor and clever satire that keeps you hooked. You watch a Robert Greenwald movie (Outfoxed, etc.) and you feel like you're eating your vegetables, you watch Michael Moore and you're having sweet potato pie. Alot of these republican documentaries sound more like Robert Greenwald, where if you're that type of person you might agree with everything they say, you might be interested in the topic and hear some new information, but you won't really be having a good time. And you definitely won't be watching a high quality piece of art. I am not against these essay documentaries but on a cinematic level they never hold a candle to the direct cinema style. As much as I'm interested in politics I get so much more out of a Salesman or a Hands On a Hard Body or a Slasher. Viva the Maysles Brothers.

  • Nov. 3, 2005, 2:54 p.m. CST

    The Searchers

    by -guyinthebackrow

    Is about a guy who dedicates himself to saving a young girl who has kidnapped by some badguy native Americans. Now... at the end of the film the young girl has been living with the native Americans for so long that she doesn't remember her life before them and barely speaks English... and... (are you ready for it?)... Mr. Goodguy (John Wayne) puts his gun to her head and is about to kill her... that's right... he's going to kill her because she's become what he hates. Of course, John Ford kina wimps out and has the young girl have a Total Recall and John Wayne doesn't blow her brains out. Beat Takaeshi kind of remade this movie... and in the end his character does kill the young girl... and it's his sister! I can't remember the title, off hand. "Fireworks"??? I can't remember.