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Hollywood Before and After 9/11- Ten Films That Stood Against Evil

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Posted on September 12 2010 2:00 pm

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Hollywood has long had an active political climate. It is in the heart of tinsel town where the far Left has always had a level of comfort (See Ron Radosh’s Red Star Over Hollywood). Even when major studio heads like Jack Warner and Walt Disney stood strong against Communism during the Golden Years, the hard Left found ways to flourish. At the time Communism was regarded by many as the best reaction to Fascism, however, most Hollywood Leftists eventually saw the murderous realities of both destructive political mindsets and began to embrace America.

Regardless, there was still a long time in Hollywood when the good guy would draw a line in the sand so we knew where he stood. After the attacks from radical fundamentalists on 9/11, however,   it became politically incorrect to take sides against our real enemies. More importantly, it became politically correct to depict America as a great oppressor. Will today’s Hollywood Left go through the same transformation and eventually see America’s enemies for who they are? Time will tell, but for now I would suggest they watch the two videos below and try to remember what it felt like to see America’s politically correct fear of calling out a real enemy culminate into my generation’s day that will forever live in infamy.

Even before 9/11/01, we could see the Hollywood Left’s misguided view of terrorism growing. Films like Arlington Road, while entertaining and thought provoking, played with the paranoia built by the Oklahoma City bombings (our neighbor could be a terrorist!). Naturally, they avoided choosing the most likely and consistent enemies from the Middle East. Doing so was seen as an unfair cliché, however, that all changed on 9/11 when we were shown who are true enemies are. Unfortunately, some have forgotten what it is like to stand against evil so I would like to highlight ten Hollywood projects that were not afraid to take a stand.

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  1. September 12, 2010

    IMHO you forgot one of the best…300! This movie took an unyielding stand against tyranny to a very satisfying extreme. Many parallels to today’s political and wartime climate were referenced in 300. I call it one of my top ten favorites of all time!!

  2. September 13, 2010

    Thanks so much for reminding me why I loved these movies. Surprisingly you listed many of my absolute favs. Havent seen Inglourious Basterds. I'm sure you had a much longer list to pare down.

  3. November 29, 2010

    "Taken" has become one of my favorite movies. One of the compelling things about this movie isn't just the Brian Mills character relentlessly taking out the trash as he searches for his daughter, it's the portrayal of certain enablers (like the corrupt French police official) as villains as well.

    I disagree a bit with "24." The Jack Bauer character, as developed over the first two seasons of the show, was everything described in this article. The problem became, in my view, the show's writers' preoccupation with this politically correct "enemy within" garbage. By the last few seasons, this trend overshadowed Jack's character, and made the show trite, tedious and cliched. I was a big fan at first, then eventually gave up for largely this reason.

  4. December 2, 2010

    It’s easy to draw a line between right and wrong in an action movie, but you are misled if you think the world works the same simple way. The world is not black and white, and most everyone and everything in it falls into an inconsistent pattern between the moral extremes that Hollywood blockbusters and your politicizing of those movies try to establish.

    “Drawing a line” and “defeating evil” makes fine political rhetoric (and work just as well as heroic one-liners and poster catchphrases), but those phrases are ultimately just as empty and one-dimensional as any good guy hero or totally evil villain. And somewhere in that shade of gray, between what you and I cannot agree on, and which no line could ever accurately divide, is something called compromise.

  5. January 29, 2011

    dude, you completely forgot about the 'Delta Force'. it only has the most butt-kicking republican in the world: Mr. Chuck Norris!

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