Name: Charles Dickerson
The well was poisoned for me. 1. Capt Phillips story is totally fabricated by Hollywood. The crew hated him and have filed lawsuits against the movie's story. To please his bosses Phillips ventured to within 250 miles of the coast even though he had incessant advance warnings to stay beyond 600 miles! 2. Helpless non-armed million dollar ships deserve whatever they get if they don't arm themselves in any way and choose to cower like scared church mice in a dark corner when danger threatens. Phillips fired flares at the approaching pirates. No, not joking, that's how pathetic this is. Only thing acceptable about the movie were the production values and Tom Hanks' actual performance as fantastically made up as it was.
As a mature male that enjoys movies, attending 1-2 every week, I blanched every time I saw the preview to the upcoming Don Jon. All I got from it was a movie about porn addiction, period. Mentally I wrote it off. Today I made a critical mistake. I normally don’t read the reviews of movies I know don’t give me a single spark of interest, only the sparky ones. Alas, the reviews were surprisingly acceptable and I went to a morning matinee. What a waste. It was a movie about porn addiction of course, but I assumed from the reviews there were many redeeming qualities and growth in the characters included. WRONG! Joseph Gordon-Levitt & his father Tony Danza were simply vacuous, crude, foul-mouthed and valueless all the way to the closing credits. There was zero empathy or sympathy and not a hint of anyone being a protagonist. I not only did not care about the males in this film, I was repulsed by them. The Catholic sacrament of “confession” was treated like an cheap waste basket for immoral behavior rather than anything sacred or religious and demanding of sincere repentance as it does in real life. Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore performances were very good actually. This movie had one theme and one theme only…promiscuitypornpromiscuityporn. I spent the last 30 minutes mentally flipping a coin on whether to just get up and leave. I stayed because I wanted to write an honest review on a complete product. On the way out a group of five in front of me complained out loud about their waste of time and money on that piece of trash. I chimed in with them as we left the theater.
"The Butler": If I were a democrat liberal, this was 5 star material. Hollywood libtard film makers know how to present their leftist version of reality no matter what. Fortunately I have a brain & know the history of conservatism and the GOP.
Should you avoid this movie? No. Production values were excellent. The flavor of the civil rights movement was calculably incomplete but what was presented was done passionately and effectively. Nevertheless, this film for conservatives like myself was at best a C+.
The film chronicled the passage of time in the era of civil rights via the employment and life of a White House butler of several decades. The ebb and flow of the overall quality of the presidents as the eras progressed reflected disturbingly the liberal mentality of liberal film making. Here is a sampling of my disappointments. Keep in mind that the primary purpose of this film was to measure the civil rights time line using a personal story as a vehicle.
There was not an iota of context or reference to the fact that opposition to the voting rights acts of 1960 and subsequently in 1964 were from democrats. No reference that the dogs, water hoses, and mauling of lunch counter protesters was sanctioned by local democrat leaders and democrat governors.
Eisenhower, implemented desegregation of the armed forces in two years. He sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, for the first time since Reconstruction to enforce federal court orders to desegregate public schools. This historical legacy of the Eisenhower presidency was ignored.
Nixon, in the spring of 1957 undertook a major foreign trip, this time to Africa. On his return, he helped shepherd the Civil Rights Act of 1957 through Congress. The Nixon years witnessed the first large-scale integration of public schools in the South. This historical legacy of the Nixon presidency is ignored.
The only Reagan historical reference was an opposition to South Africa sanctions due to apartheid. Other than this, the impression left is that of a racist. No other historical context of his legacy is offered.
Conservative rating C+. Libtard rating A+.