How much of this are we to view in the future? I was moved by the inspirational messages in Braveheart, but after researching William Wallace, I was as equally disappointed - apparently, facts were ignored to tell a dreamed-up story. The same goes for Troy - one of the better films based on Homer is still Armand Assante’s The Odyssey, in spite of his infernally-mumbled dialog. Maybe I should just watch ham-actors in silly-ass superhero costumes prancing about the screen.
I am reading The “Politically Incorrect Guide to AMERICAN HISTORY” by Thomas E. Woods Jr. Ph.D.
From the Puritans to Prez. Ronald Regan. An interesting read.
Unfortunately most of movies never show the whole true. They are made for purpose. Make the and the viewers happy.
Only biography movie can’t disappoint us. No action, but the truth.
Here’s an idea - as you know, I’m a western film fan, but not for the kill-crazy ones. How about a film based on Have Gun - Will Travel? I’ve visualized the intro - showing Paladin’s card in segments, as Bernard Herrmann’s theme plays. The film would consist of 3/4 vignettes/short episodes - I don’t know who could play Paladin, but you can bet no one in in Hollywood has the imagination to pull this off. Remember The Forbidden Planet, made in 1953? No one to date has come up with a viable idea to remake this classic.
Movies generally stray pretty far from the real story. Sometimes it’s to fit the visual medium, but usually it’s inexplicable storytelling. But don’t buy the “based on a true story” lie. For example, most movies set in WWII will say “based on real events.” The real event is a big war; everything else is fiction.
Some aren’t horrible. I remember when they announced the Harriet Tubman movie, I was nervous. Her real story is so fascinating that I feared they’d screw it up. But it’s pretty good.
Yeah, it’s pretty hard to find a movie that is even close to accurate about historical events, unless it is a documentary by an accredited source. Even then, the ROI is the primary thing that the producer has to be concerned about.
To further confound the issue, history is usually written by the victor, and so is cast in the light of the “Victor is the RIGHT!” yet often that isn’t the case at all. Then we have events that there simply isn’t any real ‘documented’ evidence about, and all there is to go on is legends, myths, and/or a few carvings or centuries or millennia-old abandoned ruins. I try to take it all with varying sized grains of salt. Fun to watch, but time is deep and long, and we’re just mayflies in the face of it.
I read the blurb on the back and decided the book was bunk, only written for shock value. Specifically the part that said “The South actually had the moral high ground and the support of the Pope” led me to this decision. The first part of that is extremely subjective and the second is irrelevant.
I wholeheartedly recommend “America: the Last Best Hope” by William Bennet. It doesn’t ignore America’s faults, but unlike Howard Zimm’s books, it also talks about the good America has done, and is actually pro America.
Oh, and also:
What? Movies aren’t real. Tv as fake as their news. What about video games? Also not real life? Jeez I’m so depressed now. Pehaps. I’ll read a book how socialism is the wave of the future. That should cheer me up.
That’s why you should read books you may not like instead of burning them and throwing them in the garbage, you just may learn something.
History is debatable, the facts, well, not so much.
Holding historic characters to today’s constructs is always going to be a disappointment to moderns so to study History as a benefit, we need to ignore the modern mental baggage we bring to the party.
Howard Zinn was a Communist operative—that is a fact.
I agree. “Last Best Hope” is a great read.
Yes never burn or trash them. Books I have not cared for I give away to book stores. Perhaps good for someone else? Who knows…
Absolutely, we have library boxes all around town, you can put books in and take books out. All for free.
I have donated many books and a couple CC mags.
NO nation in the history of the world has been so generous or humane toward others - when have you heard of someone fighting to get OUT of the U.S.?
If it’s on TV, it’s GOT to be real. (Beam me up, Scotty)
Donate them to the local library - pass them on.
I do remember some running to Canada when the left told them Prez. Trump was going to ban and deport Muslim’s. Remember the airport demonstrations?
Not fighting but bailing to Canada during 'nam draft
Thomas Woods is one of my heroes. He is so easy to listen to and “matter of fact”, screw political correctness… facts are facts. He has many lectures available on a multitude of topics on YouTube.
Cool I will have to look him up. thanks.