Category: Feminism

The Greatest American Films Part 4: #8 The Silence of the Academy

(I did not realize that I still had 2 blogs active on the old Blogger format, this is a post from about 7 years ago that I found on there, I’m going to rip a few of those old posts and place them here then deactivate my old blog, I can’t say I still stand by this post in particular but maybe I will finally finish my series analyzing each of these films)

For my third entry in my list of the Ten Greatest American Films I have chosen The Silence of the Lambs.

I feel like my last entry was boring, to say the least. Not because Schindler’s List is boring, simply because The List is such an excellent film and I don’t really think it rocked anybody’s world to see it put on another top anything list. I’m not trying to shake things up, I’m trying to be honest but honesty is always a dish best served…controversially. I think my current writing topic has such flair.

There are only three films that have won the big five at the Academy Awards since the honorific’s inception. Those films are It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991). For those of you that have actual lives with brains filled with useful information the Big Five are the five most prestigious awards the Academy offers every year. They are the lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. Unless you’re not going on a Safari and happen to live in the United States. In that case they are Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). Now being nominated for all Five is a pretty big feat in itself. That group of films is a rather exclusive one as well. But as I said before only three have won the big five. But even after this The Silence of the Lambs distinguished itself further by being the only thriller to have won Best Picture. Given that the Academy has been so incredibly biased towards dramas for several decades now that is quite impressive. Another singular event happened that same year which is also worth mentioning. Beauty and the Beast was the first and only animated feature to be nominated for Best Picture. I guess the Academy was feeling open-minded. And there is another special distinction that Lambs alone possesses. Anthony Hopkins’ performance was only 17 minutes of screen time. That makes him the record holder for the shortest Best Actor Oscar ever.

The Academy Awards are one of those things that matter when you want them to and don’t matter when you don’t want them to. In other words we praise films that deserve the awards and deride films that don’t. I praise the Academy for giving Lambs the Big Five. The reason is simple: it deserved every single one of those awards. Lambs is the only truly feminist film on my top ten list. Many of you may gawk at that label. Go ahead. Keep gawking I’m not taking it back. Few films give the setup for their movie with such subtle visual and musical economy. Even from the credits we are being told what this film is: menacing. The opening credits are shoddy black with menacing mysterious symphonic chords playing against them. Then we see our heroine. A little, delicate, beautiful, sweaty, tough, lady. She is exercising at the FBI academy all alone.

Feminism is one of those words that creates completely unnecessary polarizations. Liberals can’t think of a higher superlative than feminist pros, and conservatives can’t think of a worse one. But to be a feminist all you have to be is pro woman. Not pro woman over man, not anti man, not anti babies or children. You just have to value women. Which we should all do without exception. Now given this definition of feminism many of you are gawking even more. That is because you probably don’t understand what The Silence of the Lambs is about. It is about a woman fighting for another woman in a world controlled by men. Not necessarily evil men, simply people that don’t share the particular female point of view. We are plunged into this world immediately. Demme hired extremely tall males extras for the introductory scenes. Jodie Foster is a tiny woman anyway. But once she enters the FBI headquarters after her workout we see the male world she lives in. These giant extras tower over her tiny frame making her seem even more diminutive. Then in what is a devilishly clever shot she gets into an elevator filled with these huge extras and almost seems to shrink before our eyes, but her stature never grows smaller just her size. Needless to say this is very good visual storytelling. The point is made to the viewer without any words just pictures and some music.

But the most important and interesting thing about this film isn’t Hopkins’ or Foster’s excellent performances; it’s not even really the grotesque subject matter. The most important thing about this movie is that it is a face movie. It is a movie about faces. Most of the scenes involve either extreme close ups or directly frontal shots of the actors’ visages. Whatever this film is it is inherently about persons. It never lets you forget that the characters who inhabit this story are in fact people.

But the most unforgettable face is of the demented psychologist who most people believe is the true antagonist of the picture. Don’t get me wrong Lecter is a villain but his role in the events that unfold is more similar to that of Obi-Wan than Bates. During the course of the film Lecter actually enables Starling to become a better person and a better FBI operative. The true villain is Buffalo Bill, who isn’t even truly evil. His role is more like the Shark from Jaws or the giant pen…I mean the Alien from Alien. Bill is truly sick. His actions are evil but he is not completely responsible for what he does. He needs help. So we have an antagonist that isn’t free or completely evil and a mentor who is deeply evil and completely free. I mean Lecter actually puts Clarice through a kind of abbreviated therapy during the course of the film, hence the name. He helps her silence the screaming lambs of her past. Which is what makes the poster so brilliant. The crimes of Bill are silencing her mouth, silenced her screaming.

Roger Ebert thinks that we accept Lecter because all the evil things he does are just part of his nature. This is terribly poor reasoning. I pick on Ebert a lot because he is well known, I respect him, and he should know better. We don’t “accept” the alien in Alien, or the shark in Jaws, or Pazuzu in The Exorcist. That’s why they’re villains, they are villains by nature. But we do find Lecter attractive. Because he is honorable and charming. Throughout the course of the film we actually don’t see Lecter do very many things that we can truly classify as unjustified. They maybe wrong but they are not without reason. I am not saying Lecter is not vile, he is, he truly is evil. But his character forces the truth in our faces. He is not the devil; I think he actually represents the id. Much has been made of how Clarice has to descend so far into the asylum to reach Lecter and how that represents his villainy. He is like the devil because she has to descend to reach him. She has to make a deal with the devil in order to catch Bill. This is overly simplistic. The descent represents a descent into madness. She is in an asylum, Lecter is a psychiatrist, she is trying to find a psychopath. It is a very deep mythological motif, the descent. But in this case it doesn’t have anything to do with good and evil. Good and evil are not nearly as important concerns to the characters in this film as psychology. Clarice is fighting evil but she is also fighting herself. Facing Lecter is like facing the pure id. She has to face him in order to stop Bill. She has to face herself. The film is full of faces. She has to descend several times to talk to Lecter. Faces, descent, Bill’s victims are in a pit trying to crawl their way out. This film is about facing insanity and being able to walk away a better person. But when the id is released, not kept in check by the restraints of society it wreaks terrible havoc. I will now leave you with Hannibal’s explanation for Bill’s insanity. It is simple and common, yet it caused Bill to become a terrible monster.

“We begin by coveting what we see every day.”

Gosnell coverup continues

http://thefederalist.com/2016/06/27/washington-posts-kermit-gosnell-denialism-is-out-of-control/

That’s an old article but it’s subject couldn’t be more relevant. Because it’s proof that the Washington Post, NYT, & any media that is trying to hide the Gosnell story are fake news. The people responsible for this disaster of journalistic integrity would claim that children should be protected when they can be used to discredit the Roman Catholic Church but that they are willing to pay any price to protect the murder of millions of infants. 

The NYT has lied about the sales of the book Gosnell. Eric Metaxas pointed out on his podcast, while interviewing the authors of that book for the second time, that the Times will claim that their bestseller list isn’t a report as much as it is an editorial but that this makes no sense because they actually point to new and noteworthy books that don’t make the list!

There are good sources for true news available for free. It may be time to turn off your TV and start subscribing to some podcasts. There are at least 3 sources you can point people to that will help spread true news about Gosnell:

1. The Federalist Podcast & Blog, there is an interview with the couple who made the film on the podcast from last week and the blog has several articles about this

2. The Eric Metaxas show has at least two interviews with the couple so far, I’m pretty sure he will have them on again sooner rather than later

3. The Bill O’Reilly interview with this couple that basically rocketed the book to an instant bestseller, as well as their coverage since they are the only mainstream media that is covering this

It’s time to turn the tide. The media have declared their allegiance to evil. You need to declare your allegiance to goodness and truth. Metaxas said that this book could be the Uncle Tom’s Cabin of the 21st century because like that book it opened eyes and closed hearts against slavery. The rampant infanticide taking place in the west is the civil rights issue of our time, this may be the key that unlocks the door to freedom for millions. Spread this story.

The Cinemax Theory of Infanticide

So there’s this blogpost:

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2016/11/10/the-cinemax-theory-of-racism/
I don’t agree with almost anything he wrote but it was well articulated.

The truth is that as obnoxious and uncomfortable as Trump is he can’t really be shown to be anymore racist than Obama, and Obama certainly has racist tendencies. Like attending the church of an evil racist pastor for years. But let’s grant that everybody who voted for Trump is racist. Fine. Racism is pretty bad. It leads to things like the holocaust. It doesn’t have to be that bad though, everyday run of the mill racism is what Trump represents if he represents Racism at all. So fine I voted for Trump, therefore I’m a racist. Like everybody else. I’m actually totally fine admitting that I have racist and evil feelings. These feelings have never controlled me…except I guess when I voted for Trump. So far I’m okay with that decision. Whatever racism he represents is a racism that I can live with, it hasn’t led to anything terrible yet. When it does or starts to look like it could  I’ll take responsibility for what I did in voting for Trump and actively oppose him to the best of my abilities (I realize this is a very uncomfortable argument, I’m making it to prove a point).

But you know what always leads to something evil? Murder. Well, murder just is evil. So fine I’m a racist. I’ll try to keep my racism from harming anybody. That’s just ordinary life for adult humans who aren’t pro Palestine (yes rooting for a made up country that desperately wants to annihilate the Jews is deeply racist) or members of the KKK. But Hillary is pro infanticide. In fact she’s the single most pro infanticide American politician ever. Obama is the previous holder of that title. Which am I more okay with being called?

A racist? 

Or someone who thinks that babies (we aren’t just talking about the evils of pre & partial birth infanticide because the exact same moral logic applies to 1 year olds) that inconvenience a woman should be murdered? Or that a baby should be murdered because it has Down Syndrome (something the Nazis would have applauded Richard Dawkins for supporting)? 

I’ll take my everyday pro Zionist “racism” over your Nazi infanticide every single goddamn day. Which is worse? Having a dislike for Mexicans or ripping the limbs off a baby and then selling it’s vital organs for profit? Disliking people who are different from you and learning to be civil and get along with them anyway is what we call life. Supporting Planned Parenthood and voting for Hilary makes you a murderer according to the Cinemax theory of racism.

50 million instances of “legal” infanticide since RvW. That’s what you voted for when you voted for Obama & Clinton. You gave a big thumbs up to 50 million murdered babies.

I was going to set a featured image but I started to feel sick while looking at my options. This post was partially tongue in cheek…abortion really is infanticide. This isn’t a joke, this is real. The country I love has allowed some horrible things to take place. The worst one will always be 50 million (and counting) murdered infants. This is the worst thing that has happened in human history. And it’s still going on. God have mercy on us and free us from this blight.

Federalist Links…on Feminism (blech)

This is super lazy blogging but I don’t get paid to do this $&@#! So yeah I’m gonna be lazy. I think of this blog as my spiritual toilet and barf bag (AHAHAHAHA) if you like what you find here (what’s wrong with you?) then great, we can all expel waste in harmony. In any case here’s some more amazing Federalist links on everybody’s favorite topic: why Hillary, Lena, & Meryl cry themselves to sleep every night…that’s right it’s Feminism! 

http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/09/feminists-man-clubs-sexist-woman-clubs-awesome-sauce/

http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/09/womens-top-3-unrealistic-expectations-men-marriage/

http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/09/jimmy-kimmel-accidentally-gives-reality-based-lesson-transgenderism/

God bless the Federalist!