I wrote my review of the very fantastic film Red Tails at the link below. After the film pulled in a respectable $19 million dollars on its opening weekend in spite of the very critical reviews, I write this with a smile on my face. Unlike most films, Red Tails gained momentum as word of mouth spread through the weekend leaving per screen showings on Sunday higher than Friday (opening day).
Red Tails is wonderful. It ends with a prayer by black men under a flowing American flag, a very iconic image. I predict it will be nominated for at least three Academy Awards and will win two, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Visual Effects. In a rating out of 10 I would give Red Tails an 8, only because the credits in the beginning could have been less distracting. I know what the intention was, and that was to pay homage to the old serial films of the 40’s. But in a brilliantly colored film, it doesn’t work so well. And the music could have been more epic, to match the action on the screen. Those are very minor quips however and hardly worth mentioning. That leaves the question, what were the reviewers thinking who said the movie had “cardboard characters,” that it was “old fashioned,” and that the movie didn’t tell enough of the story about racism.
Well, movie critics come from those liberal arts majors in college who, like high school career councilors make a living telling other people what to do. There are many jobs where looters, unable to create for themselves make livings off the creations of others. In spite of the fact that teachers are so highly revered in our culture, I would say they fall under this category. Their usefulness is largely a result of self promotion as opposed to actual results. For instance, home schooled kids routinely outperform public educated kids. The factor in a child’s life is the quality of their parents, not their teachers. The greatest teacher in the world cannot compensate for a bad parent. Teachers can help, but they can’t fill a child’s life with all the essentials, even though they sell themselves as though they can. In movies, it is the movie critic, that lover of cinema who creates for themselves a market that allows them to see all the movies they wish, without having to put themselves out on a limb and ever create anything.
The movie critic like the teacher goes to college and allows progressive leaning professors to shape their thoughts, both occupations having a tendency toward the liberal arts. The teacher leaves college more of a socialist than when they entered and the movie critic does as well. The critic learning that it is progressive political money that shapes Hollywood these days, steer studios and the entertainment industry into the direction of their socialist training. Many people don’t know it, but the socialist labor unions of Southern California have infected Hollywood in very negative ways, making great films very difficult to make. Studios often pick films they believe will get critical reviews, because they believe those reviews will generate a return on the investment in their pictures. Studios have given the movie critic too much power over the culture of motion picture creation.
George Lucas as a maverick filmmaker in every sense of the word has had his quips with the labor unions of the motion picture industry for years. Lucas to keep the cost down on his projects has chose to make films in England, Australia, and Red Tails was entirely shot in Prague. Lucas tends to avoid the Hollywood machine for the stifling controls they have attempted to exert on him in the past. Movie critics are typically very hard on George Lucas not because his movies are bad, or his characters are card board, they are hard on him beacause Lucas pushes the rules to constantly make new discoveries in film technique. Movie critics just like the teachers unions protect their industry. Teachers unions often engage in propaganda warfare against challenges to the public school system. They stand very much against any competitive challenges to their monopoly power, like charter schools, private instruction, and of course home schooling. The reason is that the unions wish to discourage competition no matter what industry is in question. The film critic does the same for their union brothers and sisters in the industry by defending their right to be employed by producers who make their films without the union label of Southern California. The unions and the pawn movie critics would have the consumer believe that a film made in Australia by an American producer is somehow less quality than the films made in Southern California.
Movie critics are advocates for progressive politics. The same critics that will proclaim that The Black Swan was a wonderful film because the characters are so imperfect and complicated will declare that Red Tails is simplistic and silly. These are critics with a social agenda and are attempting to shape the movie industry with progressive politics instead of box office results. This is why Hollywood has seen sagging sales.
The key to Red Tails is that the black characters are not tragic victims of their fate. They are heroes, and they are that way because they strove to prove they are every bit as good as their white counterparts. Red Tails has a fundamental message of self empowerment, and to the progressive community this is a big problem. Progressives seek to make people victims, not to see individuals empowered. So the message of Red Tails is very unprogressive. The black pilots empower themselves. They don’t wait for someone to recognize their efforts. They take the offensive to earn respect first from themselves, then from their white counterparts. The message is really powerful in Red Tails, and every young child should see it. The movie is deciding old fashioned. It even has closed mouthed kissing between a man and a woman. Red Tails is the closest film we are going to find that is a throwback to the kind of films the Disney Company used to make.
Movie critics as much as they wish they could shape the world to their progressive vision can’t do much when filmmakers like George Lucas bypasses the Hollywood system and makes his movies the way he wants to. It infuriates those progressive types who jealously look at Lucas and expect that they should have some of what he has, that they could somehow make movies as good as George. Who is the movie critic to question George Lucas, the creator of the most recognized films in the history of Hollywood? Do those movie critics possess the creative impulse to make anything from nothing except criticize the work of those who chose to remain independent of the Hollywood system?
I’d say Lucas knows more about film, and about life than any collection of movie critics. Like the teachers in the profession of looting the good deeds built by the parents raising their child, the movie critic loots off the success of people like Lucas who make films other studios attempt to copy, because Lucas films make money. So the critic makes their living attempting to tear down filmmakers like Lucas so that they can help lower the bar for their entertainment labor friends from the lofty heights that George Lucas has set for Hollywood. Yet without George Lucas Hollywood would have probably destroyed itself by now. It was well on its way to doing just that in the late 60’s. George Lucas is to the movie industry what John Galt is to the book Atlas Shrugged.
The looters of Hollywood know they are nothing without people like George Lucas, and they hate him for it. They make fun of his films and hope to spread by bad reviews information hoping that Lucas might fail. And someday Lucas might. But it won’t be in the movie Red Tails, because in spite of the Hollywood machine attempting to derail a picture that empowers young black men to rise to their own station in life, and to break the rules if need be to achieve it, the movie is successful because it does what movie fans desire, it gives hope to the audience. It brings magic to the screen and seeks to make icons out of supposed victims which cut to the core of progressive political belief, which is to exist for the sake of altruism, and not the glory of the individual in a quest of psychological and physical redemption.
Red Tails is good because it understands the elusive quality of ambition in the heart of the fortune seeker. It is everything that the modern progressive despises, which is why Red Tails will continue to make money well into the months to come. It’s a movie people want to see, as opposed to the pretentious junk endorsed by progressive movie critics, trained in their progressive colleges, where they learned all they know from old hippie professors who make six figures for doing nothing but braiding their pony tails. Red Tails steps over the value of the movie critic and the Hollywood studio system completely and Lucas smiles for the same reason I am still as I conclude here. Lucas knows that once Red Tails is proven a box office success, the looters will attempt to attach themselves to him, instead of attacking him, because they have no choice. They are nothing without creators like Lucas, and will have to tuck their heads in the sand and shut their mouth as visionaries continue to prove the worthlessness of the movie critics in the roll of modern cinema.
Now dear reader, you are probably wondering why I mentioned the relevancy of the teaching profession alongside the credibility of the movie critic. Well, it’s because both occupations are filled with good intentions, but end up failing as a result. People like Lucas think outside the confines of conventional thought and our society is better because of people like him. And as harsh as the Hollywood machine attempted to slam Red Tails so the film would lose money and dash any future films from becoming a reality, it is the movie critic who hopes to eliminate from our minds all traces of Walt Disney’s Davy Crockett, or John Wayne’s films, and replace those strong movie characters with flawed human beings who look to a progressive government for a helping hand. But Lucas doesn’t just make movies, he is also an innovator in education, and if public education listened to Lucas, they would become much more effective in teaching children relevant skills. So it is the establishments, the teachers unions, and the movie critics who attempt to shield the public from the enlightenment of true innovators like Lucas. And once they realize they have failed, they will then seek to loot the idea for themselves. That is why Red Tails will win Academy Awards in the spring of 2013. Teachers will also lash out to any change until they are forced to accept innovations, and once they do, education will change forever for the better, and the same mind that created Star Wars, and now Red Tails, is also providing innovation for education. You can check out the website of this education innovation here:
As usual, all that stands between innovation and stagnation are the critics. And if we are ever to move forward, we must shut down those voices that use fear and weakness to hold our society to the stone age of thinking simply because they are the true weak links, and are too lazy to advance their thinking to adhere to the visionaries of our society. The M.O. of the critic is to chastise the forward thinker out of fear, and security for the livelihoods the looting critic created for themselves. The critic would prefer a life in chains because they at least have control the chains so long as the population willingly confines itself to their weaknesses instead of reaching forward with their dreams and innovation that is always propelling society forward with new ideas by embracing what worked in the past. That’s why Red Tails and George Lucas are, and will continue to be successful. The human race would be a lot happier if they just stopped hanging on to their empires and embraced the dreamers so that we could all move forward instead of reflecting the wars and corruption of the little dictators who populate the earth using fear as their weapon, and a feeble grasp of an intellectual mandate.
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