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Michael Medved: A Thrilling Film that Enriches Our Culture

Only rarely does a new film come along to remind movie lovers of Hollywood’s golden age some 80 years ago. “Greyhound,” starring Tom Hanks, is that sort of old-fashioned thriller, notably enriched by state-of-the-art special effects and riveting action sequences showing World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic.

Hanks, who also wrote the screenplay, portrays a destroyer captain given his first command, leading a crucial Anglo-American convoy across the ocean but facing destruction by “wolf packs” of German submarines. Based on a 1955 novel by C.S. Forester—who also wrote the beloved Horatio Hornblower series—this film gives loving attention to the hero’s profound Christian faith.

Hanks shows the over-burdened commander at prayer on multiple occasions, while portraying the emotional bonds between men of every background facing danger together. As with “Saving Private Ryan,” where Hanks also starred, or the great John Adams miniseries which he produced, “Greyhound” enriches our culture with an inspiring story of American heroism.

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Michael Medved: Hollywood Ignores Common Sense

The entertainment industry regularly ignores a common sense lesson: you can’t connect with a mass audience by insulting a figure they revere. Multiple reports indicate the upcoming film HABIT features Paris Jackson, glamorous daughter of the late King of Pop, as a lesbian Jesus and object of fixation for a drug-addicted party girl.

A petition by Christian believers to block the dubious film’s release has drawn nearly half-million signatures, and its box office potential looks distinctly limited. Adding to the irony: Paris Jackson, the film’s star, was raised from age 11 by her grandmother, a devout Jehovah’s Witness and mother of ten.

Meanwhile, another film – Disney’s filmed version of the musical masterpiece HAMILTON– has set streaming records and drawn near-universal praise with its sympathetic portrayal of rapping, dancing founding fathers Alexander Hamilton and George Washington.

An obvious conclusion: you can attract more filmgoers by respecting their values than by assaulting them.

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The Cancel Culture Adds to Its List of Victims


Townhall Review – July 18, 2020

Hugh Hewitt and Missouri Senator Josh Hawley talk about the NBA’s reluctance to stand up to China.

Dan Proft, Amy Jacobson and writer David Harsanyi discuss a letter in Harper’s Magazine criticizing the cancel culture.

Hugh Hewitt and Eliana Johnson, Editor-in Chief of the Washington Free Beacon, talk about the resignation of Bari Weiss, op-ed editor and writer at the New York Times.

Dennis Prager looks at Hollywood’s anti-conservative boldness.

Sebastian Gorka and Larry Elder look at the difficult race questions that have Americans struggling to answer.

Dennis Prager looks at the city of Seattle, a city with a beautiful setting that perfectly disguises the trouble within.

Mike Gallagher looks at the rise in crime in New York City and other cities as a result of the efforts to “defund” the police.

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MIchael Medved: In Oscar Surprise, White Males Are Shut Out

Big winners in the 2020 Academy Awards illustrated a possible reaction by Oscar voters to widespread criticism of white-male domination of the nominations. In the end, the most prestigious non-acting awards left white males shut out. “Parasite,” a brutal dark comedy from Korea with no whites in the cast, swept Best Picture, Best International Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director.

In another surprise, Best Adapted Screenplay went to “Jojo Rabbit” and Taika Waititi, who identifies as Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand.

Finally, Best Film Score went, for the first time, to a woman: Icelandic composer Hildur Gudnadottir for the dreary, demented “Joker.”

Such choices may silence angry accusations of lack of diversity, while the “Parasite” sweep illustrates an odd tendency to honor films with modest domestic box office receipts—as with “Birdman” or “Hurt Locker” in recent years.

Hollywood elites seem determined to show they’re neither racist nor mercenary—even at the expense of slighting more worthy artistic achievements.

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Michael Medved: The Loathsome “Joker”

Our capitalist system generally rewards companies for manufacturing quality products, but that’s not always true of Hollywood. The new movie “Joker” is a vile concoction about a comic book villain, but set an all-time October record by earning $234 million in its opening weekend worldwide. Some hailed the film for its bleak, desolate view of society and humanity, and its portrayal of a lonely, bullied, mentally ill protagonist achieving empowerment through murderous violence.

Jeff Yang, however, derided the movie’s exploitative nihilism as “an insidious validation of the white male resentment that helped bring President Donald Trump to Power.” He described the anti-hero as a victim “who has been crushed underfoot by the elite, dragged down by equality demanding feminists, and climbed over by upstart nonwhite and immigrant masses.”

The president’s critics blame him for a lot, but a tortured effort to connect Trump to “Joker” is as loathsome and irresponsible as the film itself.

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