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Our Man Is A Man

18 Sep

Western Woes

Robert Redford in All Is LostLately, Hollywood produces films that feature some trapping of progressive thought or feminist angst, when they are not producing films that garner “lame” as its own genre. Generally I watch older films or films that tend to avoid, if not downplay, some of these aspects. Fortunately for me, I discovered a film that is distinctly un-Hollywood and is downright politically incorrect.

The film is All Is Lost and it stars Robert Redford. Here’s the trailer:

The main thrust of the story is a man alone on a boat in the middle of the ocean and struggling to survive disaster (I won’t say any more). It is simplistic, straightforward, and beautiful in its blunt story telling.

It is a story of a man who persists in the face of the odds.

There are no women in this film. There are no fat, angry feminist telling him what he is doing wrong…

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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in movie reviews

 

21 responses to “Our Man Is A Man

  1. infowarrior1

    September 18, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I also recommend Lawrence of Arabia. An excellent film with an all-male cast.

     
  2. Will S.

    September 18, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I’ve heard that’s a good movie; one day, I will check it out.

     
  3. Peter Blood

    September 18, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Master and Commander. One woman, for about 5 seconds.

     
  4. Mike

    September 18, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Zulu (The best war movie ever) there is a woman, but gets put in her place.

     
  5. Will S.

    September 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    @ Mike: I’ve wanted to see that.

    @ PB: Oh yes!

     
  6. Will S.

    September 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Das Boot is another excellent, almost-all-male movie (one scene, IIRC, with some women in it, and that’s it); and the best submarine movie, IMO; hands-down.

     
  7. HT

    September 18, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    “Hard Times” with Charles Bronson, James Coburn and several other cool guys. One chick. 1974.

     
  8. infowarrior1

    September 18, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    @Will S.

    If you can watch anime or like Anime. Akagi an all-male gambling anime.

     
    • Will S.

      September 18, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Ah. I’m not into anime, but I’m willing to entertain suggestions, if there are some with decent storytelling, believable, sympathetic characters, etc.

       
  9. James and the Giant Peach

    September 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I see a transition from all male casts of old, to the more egalatarian casts of the past two decades, to all girl casts, not only in movies but also cartoons, animes, books, etc.

    I’m not an anime fan either Will, but my good friend wanted me to watch one he thought was good. It was one of the popular animes of Japan in 2011-2012 was Madoka Magica Girl. I shit you not. Grown men and women watch a TV show about pre-pubescent Japanese girls with magical powers fighting cat demons who feed off girl’s emotions.

    This show was critically acclaimed in Japan. “The series won several awards in Japan, such as the Television Award at the 16th Animation Kobe Awards, as well as 12 Newtype Anime Awards and the GRAND PRIZE (my emphasis) for animation in the 2011 Japan Media Arts awards.”

    Now we already know about the whole shut in male herbivore phenomenon in Japan, and we attribute it to the more feminist women, and excruciating work culture. I think we have one more factor here: feminized men. The fact that adolescents watch an anime about an all female cast of “magic girls” who are pre-pubescent and the entire anime can be summed up as “girls have mood swings so strong it can power an alien race” is well… lol.

    Then again this phenomenon is not isolated to Japan. We have our very own otakus who idolize Japanese culture to an unhealthy extreme, and we for some reason have grown men who watch My Little Pony. Maybe the dropping testosterone levels in westernized countries plays a much bigger role than we think.

     
  10. infowarrior1

    September 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    @James and the Giant Peach

    And japan had quite a few manly manime in the 80’s:

    Fist of the north star

    Armoured trooper Votoms:

    Shin Getter Robo vs Neo Getter Robo Creditless

    Sakigake!! Otokojuku

    What caused them to turn up this way?

     
  11. infowarrior1

    September 19, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    @James and the Giant Peach

    A samurai noted this weakness in men before WWII:
    “In the practice of medicine there is a different treatment according to the Yin and Yang of men and women. There is also a difference in pulse. In the last fifty years, however, men’s pulse has become the same as women’s. Noticing this, in the treatment of eye disease I applied women’s treatment to men and found it suitable. When I observed the application of men’s treatment to men, there was no result. Thus I knew that men’s spirit had weakened and that they had become the same as women, and the end of the world had come. Since I witnessed this with certainty, I kept it a secret.

    “When looking at the men of today with this in mind, those who could be thought to have women’s pulse are many indeed, and those who seem like real men few indeed. Because of this, if one were to make a little effort, he would be able to take the upper hand quite easily. That there are few men who are able to cut well in beheadings is further proof that men’s courage has waned. And when one comes to speak of kaishaku, it has become an age of men who are prudent and clever at making excuses. Forty or fifty years ago, when such things as matanuki were considered manly, a man wouldn’t show an unscarred thigh to his fellows, so he would pierce it himself.

    “All of man’s work is a bloody business. That fact, today, is considered foolish, affairs are finished cleverly with words alone, and jobs that require effort are avoided. I would like young men to have some understanding of this.”

    ▪ Yamamoto Tsunetomo (William Scott Wilson, trn.), Hagakure – The Book of the Samurai (originally published circa 1716; Shambala, 2012) extract from pages 9 through to 10 of the 2012 edition.

     
  12. Will S.

    September 19, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    @ James: Ugh, that sounds awful!

    I always wonder, re: awful entertainment, and the mindset / ideology of viewers, whether it’s cause, effect, or a feedback loop of both; I suspect the last one.

     
  13. Will S.

    September 19, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    @ infowarrior1: I suppose it’s like every other entertainment form out there. Over time, it has gotten progressively worse.

     
  14. James and the Giant Peach

    September 20, 2014 at 12:25 am

    @infowarrior

    yeah there is always a progression. Seems like a cycle actually, if your quote is indeed true this happened before. So it seems to go in cycles of manliness brought on by a period of feminization. It just seems like we are in a deeper low than ever before. I wonder what that might say for the bounce back? Will it be stronger than ever, or weaker than before?

    @Will

    Yeah you are probably right in that it is both. But I have faith it plateaus and will eventually reverse in our lifetime, or at least stop accelerating. Popular opinion can only be pushed so far before even stupid people realize the consequences of our society’s path.

     
  15. Will S.

    September 20, 2014 at 12:28 am

    @ James: I hope so.

     
  16. infowarrior1

    September 20, 2014 at 6:30 am

    @James and the Giant Peach, Will S.

    Masculinity is Anti-fragile. Like muscle it needs to be exercised in the face of challenges in order to develop. Testosterone and maleness only provides the potential but not the result.

    But masculinity goes beyond the physical, goes into mental and the spiritual. The whole of man needs to be engaged. Not only to develop physical capabilities and overcome physical weakness but also to overcome their own psychological weaknesses that results from past conditioning and trauma. And last of all its sanctification and perfect by God.

     
  17. infowarrior1

    September 20, 2014 at 6:36 am

    @James and the Giant Peach

    As a matter of fact europe is going to descend into Civil War. Necessitating masculinity again. Its going to be more challenging than WWII I think and may either makes the Millenials heroes or they will be crushed under the heels of the muslim hordes:

     
  18. Will S.

    September 20, 2014 at 8:38 am

    @ infowarrior1: I agree.

     

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