Gran Torino

Well, I suppose that I’ve waited long enough for my friends to see if they want to.

Gran Torino is a BRILLIANT movie, and I’ll tell you why: not simply because Eastwood’s character dies, but because of the way he dies.

You see, in the standard hippie mentality, individual effort is meaningless. Think about horror movies: either a group survives together, because they all did essentially the same thing, or everybody dies, because the monster is insurmountable. If someone sacrifices themselves for the group, it’s just an incidental crazy man like Randy Quaid’s character in Independance Day. And he wasn’t sacrificing himself for the group; he was more out for revenge.

Clint Eastwood’s character makes a moral decision to sacrifice his own life for his friends. This is something that I don’t EVER recall seeing from Hollywood, and the movie is absolutely brave and brilliant for it. Of course, it is being snubbed at the awards shows, because Hollywood has liberal movies like Milk and Frost/Nixon to drool over.

Hopefully, with the success of movies like this (as well as Dark Knight, 300, and An American Carol) we are witnessing a Renaissance of conservative cinema.

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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  1. I loved this movie SO MUCH. It is the best movie I have seen since prob “Dark Knight”. I laughed so much and cried so much. I love Clint Eastwood forever.At the end of the movie… everyone in the theater just sat there for a long time. Everyone loved it. Everyone was laughing and crying. That was Clint singing at the end too!I was actually hurt (like a knife stab in my heart) that the movie didn’t get an Oscar nom.

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