Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Film Guide

I've decided to release the film guide. It's called "The Conservative Guide To Films" and it contains a ton of information that will absolutely surprise you, as well as some hopefully insightful discussions of liberal and conservative films. You can buy it at Amazon here: LINK! (Paperback to come.) Enjoy!


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Hollywood defines modern American culture, and culture defines "normal." It is through our culture that we pass our values and our beliefs from one generation to the next. By shaping our culture, Hollywood influences the way people see the world, how they solve their problems and to whom they look for solutions. It tells people how they should live, how they should act, and what they should believe. It is the parent so many parents are not, and unless conservatives want Hollywood raising a generation of reflexive liberals with no sense of personal responsibility, conservatives need to depoliticize the film industry to re-establish a cultural balance. That's where this book comes in.

"The Conservative Guide To Films" will help you understand what makes a film conservative or liberal. It will help you understand how the two ideologies present themselves and how to spot them. It will debunk a great many liberal boogeymen and it exposes Hollywood liberal hypocrisies. This is a book for anyone with an interest in films, culture, and politics.

Chapter 1: Why Political Messages In Films Matter

Chapter 2: Defining Conservatism & Liberalism

Chapter 3: How To Spot A Film's Ideology

Chapter 4: Conservative Myths: It's Not As Political As You Think
Is The Evil Corporate Villain Really Anti-Capitalist?
Are Missing Parents Anti-Marriage/Anti-Family?
Why Are There No Islamic Terrorists?
Is Gun Violence Anti-Gun?
Is Anti-War Always Anti-Military or Unpatriotic?
Chapter 5: Debunking Liberal Boogeymen
The Bloodthirsty Military
The Evil Businessman
The Republican Lobbyist
The Unreality of Guns
The European/Christian/Military Terrorist
Fascist Capitalists
Japanese Internment
Domestic Violence Demographics
The Southern Death Penalty
Chapter 6: Discussing Liberal Films
In Time (2011)
John Q (2002)
Norma Rae (1979)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The China Syndrome (1979)
Erin Brockovich (2000)
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Battle for Terra (2007)
Avatar (2009)
The Abyss (1989)
The Golden Compass (2007)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
The Green Mile (1999)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Chapter 7: A Note On Liberal Sucker Punches
Paul (2011)
The Invention of Lying (2009)
Machete (2010)
The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009)
Happy Feet (2006) & Happy Feet Two (2011)
The Other Guys (2010)
Source Code (2011) & Flightplan (2005)
Punisher: War Zone (2008)
Chapter 8: A Note On Backfiring Messages
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Wall Street (1987)
Chapter 9: Discussing Conservative Films
Brazil (1985)
WALL-E (2008)
Rollerball (1975)
The Incredibles (2004)
Gladiator (2000)
Dirty Harry (1971) & Magnum Force (1973)
Blade Runner (1982)
Drumline (2002)
The Blind Side (2009)
Battle: Los Angeles (2011)
Smokey And The Bandit (1977)
Adventures In Babysitting (1987)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Harry Potter (1997-2011)
Chapter 10: Compare And Contrast: Conservative vs. Liberal Films
Dirty Harry (1971) vs. The Star Chamber (1983)
High Noon (1952) vs. Outland (1981)
Platoon (1986) vs. We Were Soldiers (2002)
Apocalypse Now (1979) vs. Apocalypse Now (Redux) (1979/2001)
Star Trek (1966-1969) vs. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)
Chapter 11: Hollywood's Liberal Hypocrisy
Anti-Gun Hollywood Promotes Gun Violence
Feminist Hollywood Is Sexist
Hollywood Environmentalism Isn't So Green
Hollywood Racism
Political Correctness Goes Awry
Chapter 12: What Do We Do Now?

17 comments:

Kit said...

YAY!

Tennessee Jed said...

I think it will raise many eyebrows on the left :)

AndrewPrice said...

I hope you guys enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

Dammit Man! I don't have a kindle. I don't want a kindle. I'm 49 years old. I like books. Not just because I'm a dinosaur. I like to underline things. I like to circle page numbers. I like to write margin notes. I'm so bad about it that I can't read a book without a pen. Bring on the paperback! Warp speed!
GypsyTyger

AndrewPrice said...

GypsyTyger, LOL! Give it about a week. The paperbacks always take a little longer.

Collin Chersi said...

I enjoyed Punisher: Warzone and 12 Angry Men, but I am greatly interested in your take on them.

AndrewPrice said...

Collin, I'm not saying these aren't good films. 12 Angry Men is an excellent film, but it's also a deeply liberal and deceptive film.

shawn said...

Congratulations Andrew.

AndrewPrice said...

Thanks Shawn! :D

Collin Chersi said...

Fair enough.

KRS said...

Well, you got my interest up. I'm terribly curious about what could possibly be the "backfiring message" from Guns of Navarone. Also, I would have thought that High Noon might qualify as a backfire. As I kid,, I saw that movie as a classic good sheriff stands up to evil against all possible odds story and it was right up there with Shane and the Rifleman. It wasn't until I was grown up that I started to see the cynicism. Even now, I tend to dismiss it and just ride through the story with my boyhood perspective.

And, since I'm always a sucker for how TOS kicks TNGs hairy butt all over the cosmos, I'm guessin' I have to break out my Kindle now.

Good luck with it, Andrew!

AndrewPrice said...

KRS, In both instances, you have Carl Foreman writing the screenplay with the idea being to convey to American audiences that they shouldn't fight the Soviets, that it was hopeless, and that the people they were fighting for weren't worth it. And you can see evidence of this strewn throughout both films. Unfortunately for Foreman, both films then flipped his intended messages on their heads because, in both instances, the heroes decide to stand up for what is right no matter what the odds.

On Guns of Navarone, Peck actually has commented several times that he was annoyed that audiences didn't get the anti-war point to the film.

Let us know your thoughts! :)

wulfscott said...

I would've thought pushing Pacifism in a film with Nazis was a hard sell. Still, I have to credit Mr. Foreman's moral clarity in using Nazis as surrogates for the Soviets, as they are so alike: both socialist, both statist (redundant with socialist, I suppose), both committed genocide (jews, kulaks), both imrpisoned dissidents and undesirables (concentration camps, gulags), and both invaded Poland at the start of WWII.
I look forward to the paperback, like GypsyTyger I like books. And what brought me to this site in the first place was the Star Trek articles, what keeps me coming back are the reviews, articles and comments, so I'm really looking forward to the book!

AndrewPrice said...

wulf, I doubt he would have accepted the comparison except to the extent that he considered both more powerful than the US and democracy.

In any event, it's an interesting book which hopefully will be out in paperback this week. Hopefully, you'll enjoy it. :)

AndrewPrice said...

FYI, The paperback should be available sometime today. Unfortunately, it's a little spendy at $9.99, but that's because of the length. I make all of $0.34 on each of those.

wulfscott said...

Actually, I was trying to be sarcastic about Mr. Foreman- I'm sure he wouldn't accept the comparison, but that's part of why I made it (and the comparison is not invalid).

AndrewPrice said...

Yeah, I should have picked up on that. Whooops! LOL!

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