Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Iron Man ROCKS!.

My wife and I just got back from seeing Iron Man. I also just read Kyle Smith's review of the film at Pajamas Media.

Oh, please. Enough with the "Hollywood hates America" paranoia. Look, we all know that a bunch of people in Hollywood do, but not every film coming out of Tinsel Town has anti-Americanism undertones. (It's not paranoia when they really are out to get you, but it is paranoia where you see them where they ain't.)

First: The special effects in this film enhance - make it possible, in fact - but do not overwhelm the film.

Second: Robert Downey Jr. is outstanding, and the rest of the supporting cast ain't bad, either. Gwyneth Paltrow has never looked better. Somebody needs a Oscar nomination for casting.

Third: It's PG-13. Really. Unless you don't mind your small children watching Robert Downey Jr. rolling around in bed with a hot blonde (who gets up the next morning and wanders around his palatial house in nothing but one of his shirts), leave them at home.

I'm not going to write a review full of spoilers, but I take exception to this line from Smith's review:
You come to Iron Man to see a bullet-proof one-man flying tank, not hear a Ralph Nader lecture on how American industry is responsible for all the wars in the world.
Excuse me? Did we see the same film? Downey's character had witnessed a bunch of American soldiers killed with weapons that had his company's name on them. He had a negative reaction to that, and it's understandable and well-played.

I won't comment on the final fight scene - I didn't see Transformers, so I don't know how that film played out. I will say I thought it was terrific and I'd like to see it again.

The whole film (with the exception of the initial battle scene) was a lot of fun. I strongly recommend this film to anyone who likes the genre.

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