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A lesson about men for marriage-minded women (and also about women for marriage-minded men) from the movie “High Noon”

Excellent post.

A few years back, I did a short review for a Reformed magazine of High Noon:

A Western classic, High Noon portrays a town sheriff who has to face an unrepentant criminal just released from jail; the sheriff finds himself increasingly isolated, as the townspeople turn away in fear. Not a Christian movie per se, High Noon nevertheless should strike a chord with Reformed viewers, with its portrayal of the universal wickedness of humanity (shown as afflicting even the most upright and decent citizens, in terms of their moral cowardice in the face of evil), but also, in terms of the sheriff’s heroic unwillingness to compromise with evil, standing on principle, regardless of the cost. An entertaining, thought-provoking movie.

 
But I don’t think I gave much thought to the wife’s character, just seeing it as part and parcel of the general cowardice of the townspeople, though still remembering that ‘a man’s foes shall be they of his own household’, as well. Whereas I think if I saw the movie for the first time now, that might be the first thing I’d notice, the wife’s refusal to stand by her man, to be a proper help-meet.

There are indeed many lessons to be learned from ‘High Noon’, as well as it being an entertaining Western.

WINTERY KNIGHT

A man leading a woman upward Another in a series of posts where I attempt to undo the damage of feminism

One of my favorite movies for explaining the differences between men and women is “High Noon” (1952).

Here’s the summary from IMDB:

Former marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) is preparing to leave the small town of Hadleyville, New Mexico, with his new bride, Amy (Grace Kelly), when he learns that local criminal Frank Miller has been set free and is coming to seek revenge on the marshal who turned him in. When he starts recruiting deputies to fight Miller, Kane is discouraged to find that the people of Hadleyville turn cowardly when the time comes for a showdown, and he must face Miller and his cronies alone.

The main theme of the film concerns Amy’s decision to break her wedding vows the very day that she makes them. She tells her new husband that…

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October Baby

I recently got the opportunity to finally see ‘October Baby’, a Christian movie from a few years back dealing with abortion (as longtime followers of this site may recall). At the time, Wintery Knight linked to a review of it.

I am disappointed.

Spoilers follow.

Near the start of the movie, just a little bit into it, it is revealed that the girl’s adoptive mother (the girl didn’t yet know she’d been adopted) stumbled upon the daughter’s open diary in her bedroom, noticed some apparently suicidal thoughts, told the father, who then emailed part of the entry to the family doctor. When this comes to light, the parents are holding hands, sitting next to their daughter in the doctor’s office, and the mother gets upset and unlinks her hand from her husband. That annoyed me, as it does in real life when women use that technique to try to emotionally blackmail their boyfriends / fiancés / husbands. The mother should have taken her husband’s side, even if she disagreed with his actions, and not the daughter’s – and the movie shouldn’t have apparently endorsed the mother’s behaviour, as it unfortunately did.

On learning suddenly that she had been adopted, the daughter is only upset at her father for not telling her, not her mother; the movie frames it as the father alone being responsible, as if (a) he had actually done something wrong (on what basis must an adopted child be told he or she is adopted? I see no Scriptural basis for that.) and (b) as if it was all his ‘fault’, and none of it the mother’s, also. This anger at her father, but neutral feeling towards her mother’s equal silence, continues throughout the movie.

And when the father doesn’t want to reveal anything further to the daughter, the mother goes against her husband and gives the girl her birth certificate.

So the mother denigrates male authority within marriage, and this isn’t shown to be a bad thing, just the way of things…

Apart from the male character who is the daughter’s best friend, all the young men in the movie are doofuses, with various character flaws of one kind or another.

And the film did in fact blame the man for the unwanted pregnancy and subsequent botched abortion then premature birth; it was subtle, but those with a Red Pill POV, with ‘They Live’ glasses, should be able to pick up on it.

The abortionist’s nurse aide to the daughter:

“She told me she didn’t even know the fella, didn’t know his name. Met him at a bar, and had a night together, and then he was gone.”

See that?

“He was gone.”

Not “they went their separate ways” after fornicating, but “he was gone” (presumably meaning she had brought him back to her place, then he left – but it’s his fault, doncha know, even though it takes two to tango).

I could go on and on, I have more complaints (e.g. the usual evanjellyfish hypersensitivity towards fears of accusations of racism makes them have a black girl and a Hispanic guy among the group of friends who go on the road trip together, though giving them very few lines, which demonstrates they’re just for show; the nauseatingly endless scenes of moody girl contemplating beside a lake or the ocean (felt like a Beverly Hills 90210 episode, with Brandon jumping in his car to go brood by the ocean), but I’ll leave it at that.

Typical, man-bashing, women-are-all-victims, P.C., churchian evanjellyfish Blue Pill worldview bullshit, with tradcons being just as male-bashing as feminists

Save your time / money; skip this one.

 

Late August Cinematic Mini-Linkfest

Picton, Ontario.

Picton, Ontario.


Adventures In Keeping House: Sex Mission; How To Destroy Your Marriage; High Treason, A Review

Wintery Knight: Friday night movie: Saboteur (1942); Friday night movie: Sink the Bismarck! (1960); Friday night movie: Five Fingers (1952)

Rebecca Cusey: Eight Lessons For Filmmakers From ‘Calvary’; Why We Need ‘The Giver’

Emily Schultheis: ‘The Giver’: A New Kind Of Dystopian Young Adult Film

Anthony Sacramone: “The Giver” and the Gift That Keeps on Taking

Fabrizio del Wrongo: Movie Poster Du Jour: “Illumination”; Notes on “Every-Night Dreams”; Movie Poster Du Jour: “1941”; Crusades; “Particle Fever”; Movie Poster Du Jour: “Diary of a Country Priest”

Paleo Retiree: “Reel Injuns”; “Crazy Wisdom”

Blowhard, Esq.: The Camera Loves…; “Finding Vivian Maier” (2014)

Eve Tushnet: The Man Who Ate Liberty Valance

Ray Olson: Why you should see the silents, part II

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in Linklove, movie reviews, Red Pill Reviews

 

Still Mine

Saw a great little indie Canadian flick recently, ‘Still Mine’.

‘Still Mine’ is based on a true story of an elderly couple in rural New Brunswick, facing the situation of her declining due to Alzheimer’s, and his having to cope; he decides to build a smaller house on their farm property for them to live in, rather than the big farmhouse they always have lived in, after circumstances illustrate such might be a good idea; he runs into resistance from pigheaded bureaucrats, as her health and mental state continue to decline. His deep love for his equally loving wife makes him just as pigheaded, determined to do what he believes is best for her.

A great portrait of a Marriage 1.0, the way it should be, and still is for some; it was amazing to watch a man drag his uncooperative wife into their house, when she foolishly wanted to stay out in the cold overnight; completely un-progressive. And a surprisingly honest look at the nature of metastasizing tyrannical big government; not something I’d have expected to see in a Canadian movie, frankly; I was pleasantly surprised, and delighted.

James Cromwell has always shone in the many various supporting roles he’s had through the years; it’s about time he had a lead role, and he shines yet again. As does Geneviève Bujold, who is always great.

A touching but not sappy or overly sentimental drama; I enjoyed it thoroughly, and certainly recommend it for fans of human interest, character-driven stories.

 

Guest Post: Movie review of ‘The Admiral’, by A Tiny Little Mouse

We recently invited the commenter known as ‘a tiny little mouse’ to do a movie review on a movie which we had been told about by the same commenter, ‘The Admiral’; here it is:

WARNING: contains spoilers.

“The Admiral” is a 2008 Russian film made in cooperation with 20th Century Fox.

Its chief character is Alexander Kolchak, a naval officer, one of the leaders of the anticommunist White Movement, and from the 18th November of 1918 till the 4th of January 1920, the Supreme Ruler of Russia.

Kolchak came from an aristocratic family, and his ancestors were Turkish converts to Orthodoxy.

The movie focuses chiefly on the last years of his life and his affair with Anna Timireva, the wife of one of his officers. It’s based on facts, but one should keep in mind that the film is not a documentary but a work of fiction.

The story begins with WWI and Kolchak is depicted as a man of great courage and also a deeply religious person. One of his officers shows him a picture of his wife Anna and Kolchak is impressed by her beauty. Later he meets her during a party and the two fall in love. However, there is a problem, as both are married to others, and cannot divorce. Anna’s husband reminds her of her duty before God to be faithful. Kolchak’s wife is also jealous.

Though it’s not shown in the film, which presents a rather romantic picture of the main characters, Kolchak was very popular with women and in modern terms could be definitely described as “alpha”. He wasn’t an alpha because he was successful with girls, rather he was successful with girls because he was an alpha. He was undoubtedly a very ambitious man (again, this was not clearly shown in the film) and the war and then the revolution gave him an opportunity to make a splendid career, from a naval captain to an admiral, then to Supreme Ruler of Russia. Kolchak’s personal courage was admitted even by his enemies. Such men are always attractive to women.

Anna was much younger than Kolchak, but she could not withstand this attraction, which led to rather disastrous consequences for her. Originally she decides to stay with her husband, but after the October Revolution events take a different turn. Anna’s husband changes sides and starts working for the Soviets, but later emigrates to China where he ends his days quite peacefully. However, Anna decides to leave him when she hears that her great love Alexander Kolchak who had left Russia just before the revolution came back and became the Supreme Ruler of Russia. She joins Alexander in Omsk and becomes his mistress.

There is, however, no happy end for their love. The White Movement is losing and Kolchak is sold out by his foreign guards, arrested and executed by a communist firing squad. Anna can go free, but she insists on being arrested together with him on the grounds of being the admiral’s wife.

After Alexander’s death she spent in total 37 years in prison and exile, and even though she married again, the great love of her life was Admiral Kolchak, and she had never forgotten him. Six years before her death, at the age of 76 she was still writing poems addressed to him. Was her “5 minutes of alpha” worth it? You decide.

Here is a link to the film trailer with English subtitles on Youtube.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2012 in movie reviews, Red Pill Reviews

 

Re-living life

One of the diseases of age is a natural focus on activities of the past, more than the future: there’s more sand in the lower part of the hourglass than above. There are some artists able to maintain an amazingly youthful orientation: Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg is a young man’s work in outlook, but written by a man in his 50s, with all the experience of age to add depth to his characters.

A friend of mine likes to say “There are really only three types of people: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who say, What happened?” (from Ann Landers?) Living as a man not fully in touch with his own masculinity and his masculine nature, an affliction from which too many men suffer, is like watching things happen in your own life: you are never in control of the narrative, and you supplicate to women to achieve your goals. Adopting a Patriarchal Christian attitude, or the subset known as Game, gives you the mental framework within which you can be a man who makes things happen.

The introspection that that attitude gives you also explains the third part of the quotation. If I could locate my first example of manosphere thinking, it would either be “spiting their pretty faces” by Vox, or “OJ, I understand,” by Chris Rock (foul language warning). But Roissy was to come along years later, bringing with him evolutionary psychology and scientific investigation of the ways of men and women. So a focused masculine framework for understanding the world, and my own actions, was not available to me until years of reading Devlin, Hawaiian Libertarian, and others, helped me to understand it.

Now, somewhat older, I can look back at events in my life and cultural icons and understand “What happened?” I’ll not discuss personal life events, but an understanding of game has let me see works of art, operas, and movies I have already seen in a new light. Last night, I chanced to catch some of the Nancy Meyers film “Something’s Gotta Give,” which was an amusing film to me at one point. My wife loves the house in the Hamptons where much of the action takes place. Well, game has RUINED my enjoyment of the movie: now I see an ultimate feminist fantasy, with a divorced 50-something women getting not one, but two good-looking, high-status men pursuing her, and not for her looks but for her often-abrasive personality. What does NOT get shown is the reality of remarriage for older divorced women, after they rid themselves of that vestigial appendage, the husband. If I could stomach the movie, I’d write a review.

A similar effect obtains with the movie Groundhog Day. There’s a fascinating discussion of the movie over at XKCD’s blag that let me re-examine some of the issues the movie hits; I did not know that Buddhists use it as an example of life. But having first seen the movie when it came out, and a couple of times since, my first post-game viewing showed me an entirely different film. This demands a discussion, so look for a game-influenced examination of Groundhog Day in our new category, Red Pill Reviews. And be sure to mention movies that are different to you, now that you have some understanding of either Game or Patriarchy.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2012 in Red Pill Reviews