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As I have often pointed out in the past there are no such things as right and wrong, there are simply things that a culture finds acceptable and things that a culture frowns upon. Six decades ago Hollywood films conformed to the tired Conservative cliches of Eisenhower’s America and earlier years. Today Hollywood films conform to the tired Liberal cliches of the Political Correctness Police.
As always fringe filmmaking is where the courageous storytelling is to be found. The gutless, pandering Hollywood studios all make cookie- cutter movies lacking any sort of diversity in their worldview. Long ago it was uniformly mindless Conservative films being churned out by the dozens. In recent decades it’s been uniformly mindless Liberal films being churned out by the dozens. So let’s proceed with this light- hearted look at movies no Hollywood studio would touch today.
Not Coming Soon – THE CRIMSON IMAM – A heroic Muslim woman dons a red costume and mask, then takes to the streets of her Muslim community punishing men who physically abuse women in the name of the outdated dictates of their religion.
Calling herself the Crimson Imam she becomes a nationwide role model and inspires a large-scale feminist movement within Islam. Eventually women and gay people are embraced by Islam, with female clergy and gay marriages commonplace and with abortion rights a new Muslim priority.
What You’d See Instead – THE CRIMSON NUN – A heroic Christian woman dons a red habit and mask, then takes to the streets of her Christian community punishing priests who molest children and men who oppress women in the name of the outdated dictates of their religion.
Calling herself the Crimson Nun she becomes a nationwide role model and inspires a large- scale feminist movement within Christianity. Eventually women and gay people are embraced by Christianity, with female clergy and gay marriages commonplace and with abortion rights a new Christian priority.
Not Coming Soon – THINGS AREN’T WHAT THEY SEEM– A Liberal college professor finds her hatred of all Christian Conservatives to be ill-founded when she winds up interacting with her new neighbors from Kansas.
By movie’s end she has abandoned her condescending attitude toward them and has resolved to relate to all human beings as individuals instead of as simplistic stereotypes.
Freed from the snobbery of her political prejudices she finds herself on the outs with her slavishly conformist colleagues at the university and must choose between career advancement and standing up for what she believes is right.
What You’d See Instead – THINGS AREN’T WHAT THEY SEEM – A liberal college professor teaches her new Christian Conservative neighbors to stop being such bigoted morons and embrace diversity. By movie’s end she has become a positive role model for them and convinced them to abandon their religion and their capitalist ways.
Through a series of shrill lectures she frees the women of the family from the yoke of the Patriarchy and gives them the courage to report the non-stop beating and raping that the men of the house used to subject them to. The men, obviously threatened by the newfound empowerment of the women, become alcoholics … except for the youngest male, who bravely comes out of the closet.
Not Coming Soon – SWEPT AWAY 2017 – A modern remake of the 1974 Lina Wertmuller film Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August. The original was a simple-mindedly didactic message movie in which a pompous, wealthy capitalist woman and the subordinate blue-collar communist she treats badly end up stranded on a desert island.
It becomes clear that the capitalist is useless in such a situation but the “people’s hero” man now has the upper hand in the relationship. GET IT?
In this remake a male liberal college professor and a male conservative blue collar worker clash on a cruise ship. When they become stranded on a desert island the liberal learns that his academic background is useless in such a situation and the blue collar worker he snobbishly insulted now has the upper hand in the relationship.
What You’d See Instead – SWEPT AWAY 2017 – A male liberal college professor and a male conservative blue collar worker clash on a cruise ship. When they become stranded on a desert island the conservative admits the liberal is right about everything, even subjects the two of them have never argued about. After renouncing his religion and his oppression by capitalism the blue collar worker experiments in an alternate sexual lifestyle with the professor, turning their island prison into a carnal paradise.
Not Coming Soon – BREAKING UP WITH MUHAMMAD – A young Muslim woman, exposed to the greater freedom that women have in America, begins to question the constraints of her faith. She clashes with other members of her family but in the end abandons Islam to explore the rich culture that exists outside of her oppressive, patriarchal religion.
She loses her relationship with most of her family members but finds a happier life pursuing her own goals and dreams.
What You’d See Instead – BREAKING UP WITH JESUS – A young Christian woman, exposed to the massively, massively superior intellect of her liberal college professors, begins to question the constraints of her faith.
She clashes with other members of her family but in the end abandons Christianity to explore the world of being a Vagina Warrior, roaming college campuses and chanting “vagina … vagina”. (Just kidding. Surely nobody would be stupid enough to do such things.) Actually she vows unquestioning allegiance to the Democratic Party despite her Democratic congressman trying to rape her in his campaign office.
Not Coming Soon – KEEPER OF THE FLAME – Remake of the Tracy/ Hepburn film about a man who idolizes an American hero becoming disillusioned when his research reveals that the man was really a fascist totalitarian.
In this version a naive college student who has been taught to idolize Che Guevarra becomes disillusioned when his research reveals that the man was really a fanatical communist totalitarian.
The student realizes the overrated Che was not a freedom fighter but a would-be dictator and homophobe who wanted to overthrow dictatorships ONLY so he could impose dictatorships more to his liking. He chronicles the way in which the myths about Che are as ridiculous as the story about George Washington and the cherry tree. Naturally his college professors find this upsetting and expel the student for hate speech.
What You’d See Instead – KEEPER OF THE FLAME – In this version a student whose family escaped the oppressive Castro regime in Cuba makes a documentary reflecting the admiration they feel for their grandfather. The man not only led his wife and children out of Cuba but went from being penniless and unable to speak English to being a well-to- do restaurant owner in Miami who speaks flawless English.
The student becomes disillusioned when his college professors browbeat him into realizing that his grandfather was really a victim of capitalism who was pressured by hate-filled Americans into rejecting the language of the land of his birth.
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