Sunday, March 13, 2011

True Grit Trilogy

1. True Grit
Movie: "True Grit", the original from 1969

Review: 4 bill-stars (out of 5)... excellent!

I completed the trilogy:
  1. Watched the new True Grit movie, which was an OK 3 bill-stars (williamt post)
  2. Read the book; that was a bit better at 4 bill-stars (williamt post)
  3. And wrapped with the original movie starring John Wayne, which is a solid 4 bill-star affair
Oddly, the new movie follows the plot in the book a little better. You could make like easy and just say that the 1-star difference in the two movies is all John Wayne. The original movie was made in 1969 and has younger versions of Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper in it. Also, the original is much more beautiful, scenery-wise.

2. Blah
Movie: "Battle: LA"
Review: 1 bill-star (out of 5)... blah.

Well, let me give the rationale first. Cool preview. PG-13 rating. Ty is 11, and we haven't seen many action films together yet on the big screen. So, go.

Blah. Boring. Nonsensical. Bad aliens. Terrible acting. Worse script. Blah blah blah.
The trailer is better than the movie.
The only interesting bad thing in this movie is that aliens are blowing up the world, and half the movie is these guys worrying about the simplest, stupidest stuff like "oh, we've got to save that kid from the bridge", or "take it easy, it's his first command", or "how are we going to get to the checkpoint in time"... um, guys. Aliens are blowing up the planet. Cmon.

This movie made Tom Cruise and "War of the Worlds" look like Shakespeare.


3. America and the European Model
It's nice when things are simple, easily categorized. President Obama and lefties push America in a more European direction. Righties believe in the traditional American model of rugged individualism.

This is an outstanding article on this split:


QOTD
"I don't doubt the sincerity of those Americans who want to copy the European model... most genuinely believe that making their country less American and more like the rest of the world would make it more comfortable and peaceable."
- Daniel Hannon, member of the European Parliament (nabob)
And does President Obama give one the impression that power should centralized in Washington or distributed more closely to the states and counties of this fine nation. If you don't know that that was rhetorical, then you haven't been paying attention for the last two years.

QOTD2
"The critical difference between the American and European unions has to do with the location of power. The U.S. was founded on what we might loosely call the Jeffersonian ideal: the notion that decisions should be taken as closely as possible to the people they affect."
- DH again
Where did America go wrong? Why is this shift toward a European model necessary?
One man's figured it out. This article is about a leftie book citing the 1980's as the root of all America's evils (ya know, racism, islamophobia, materialism, blah blah blah). It's pretty funny, actually.


So, what would a leftie nabob who doesn't like the 80's think of "True Grit".
He he.
I couldn't care less.
giddy-up... yow, bill

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