Grandad’s favorite actor in the actor’s favorite movie

The Americanization of Emily (1964)
Directed by Arthur Hiller


Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison: War isn’t hell at all. It’s man at his best; the highest morality he’s capable of. It’s not war that’s insane, you see. It’s the morality of it. It’s not greed or ambition that makes war: it’s goodness. Wars are always fought for the best of reasons: for liberation or manifest destiny. Always against tyranny and always in the interest of humanity. So far this war, we’ve managed to butcher some ten million humans in the interest of humanity. Next war it seems we’ll have to destroy all of man in order to preserve his damn dignity. It’s not war that’s unnatural to us, it’s virtue. As long as valor remains a virtue, we shall have soldiers. So, I preach cowardice. Through cowardice, we shall all be saved.
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Coffy (1973)
Directed by Jack Hill


Every single part of popular culture sort of ripples out like the waves from a bunch of pebbles tossed into a pond that intersect with each other in odd ways. Once a film is made, it is there to be influenced by in varying economic and social strata forever.
My friend invited me to see Roy Ayers tonight. Ayers did the soundtrack to this movie so I decided to watch it. I’m not really that familiar with the Blaxsploitation era and I’m not even sure what to think of Coffy since I’ve seen hundreds of films influenced in some way by it over the past 40 years or so.
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Whiplash: JK Simmons’ second most appealing Nazi

“I don’t sound like nobody” Elvis Presley 1953

The genius of Elvis Presley and Sam Phillips was that they both insisted that the mistakes stay in as long as the feeling was right. That is something the kids and the teacher portrayed in this movie will never understand.

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Wow Obama Just Like Bill Hicks envisioned it over 20 years ago

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American Sniper


I like to pat myself on the back, because I was really of the belief that Clint Eastwood was a great artist way before everyone else realized it. It didn’t appear to be common knowledge until after Unforgiven, his amazing meditation on violence and the toil it takes on a manly killer that won Eastwood a Best Director Oscar. Eastwood’s entire career has been obsessed with notions of violence, justice, heroism and manhood. In so doing he has been an astute commentator on our love of violent movie justice, which historically Americans just can’t get enough of.

Eastwood started out in the Western genre and then moved on to crime thriller, and in both there is this need not to want teamwork. Americans for some reason like nothing more than sharing the supposed cowboy ethic of Die Hard’s John McClain, one man taking down an opposing army all by himself. A decade’s worth of soldiers died in Vietnam, but seemingly Americans are so egotistical they love nothing more than to see that John Rambo could have won that war all by himself. The absurdly entertaining Rambo II made the country feel way better about the disastrous Vietnam War.
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