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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday Sermonette

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Death Wish

Yes, this is a movie review and I'm posting it on Sunday so the whole life and death theme can be explored (via sermonette) while I review this firearms-themed feature film.

I'm surprised that Hollywood allowed Bruce Willis to make a movie since he doesn't seem to me to be the type who would support an old communist like Bernie Sanders or the infinitely corrupt Hillary Clinton. 

The first question you should be asking is whether Willis did a better job in the lead role than Charles Bronson.

Many of Willis' films have a humor element (Die Hard for example). The humor element in this film is watching bad guys get shot, crushed, and otherwise splattered. And it appeals to my twisted sense of justice.

The point of the film is that the only person who is going to protect you or your family is YOU or your family. The police will try to come along, put the pieces together and begin an investigation, but the kinetic point of contact - tip of the spear - is something that people have to take responsibility for in whatever way they are able.

Set in Chicago, in a sea of violence, Bruce Willis sets out to put things right - and the police are cool with it. That would have been the tag line if I had written the script.

I thought of our fellow blogger, Mike C, a doctor, when I saw the movie -- though I suspect that Mike C would have shot first and ended the fight right there.

The problem with movies such as Death Wish is that they don't go nearly far enough to explain what's happening around us. Look at the City of Oakland, CA, which reminds me of a small Chicago. The Mayor warned criminal illegal aliens of raids by ICE. In California as in Chicago, moves are made to give illegal aliens the vote. You ask how that can happen, but it is, and the public seems fine with it. There are no mobs storming the Oakland City Hall. There are no protests in Chicago - where it's common knowledge that the dead vote anyway.

The scenario in Death Wish is symptomatic of a system that has been corrupted and broken.

23 comments:

  1. I may have to check this one out and see how it stacks up to the Bronson original. Usually remakes are stinkers, but there are exceptions. True Grit comes to mind. Agree on protecting one's self and family. That's why I always pack.

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    1. It's your duty to protect yourself and those you care about.

      Yes, the remake of True Grit was outstanding in all respects. I don't know if this Death Wish is better... I don't know if Bronson can be improved on. But it wasn't bad either.

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  2. I'm surprised this remake was made at all in these days of attempting to disarm law abiding citizens while coddling criminals and illegals.

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    1. As was I. I haven't seen a movie in quite some time and viewed it just to see what Hollywood did with the subject matter. They did OK.

      Here's an idea. Possible business opportunity:

      Universities can increase tuition on the snotty prog children and THAT money can be used to induce firearms owners to turn in their weapons for fair market value. I see a business opportunity, of course. The cartels smuggle in AK-47's that they buy from China at a bulk discount rate of about $90 each into America where the Americans double their profit, paying $180 each. Americans then sell them to the progressive universities for $600 each. And maybe a buck a bullet?

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    2. Lol. Thanks, but I think we'll keep our day jobs.

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    3. You can't say that I didn't try to make you guys richer than Croesis! ;^)

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  3. "the only person who is going to protect you or your family is YOU or your family"

    I saw something from the lefties crying how this is the wrong movie at the wrong time. Wrong!!!

    As your quote above, this is the right movie at the right time when one considers the open disregard for the rule of law as well as the acceptance of the murderous animals in the black community of these big cites while vilifying the citizens who defenfd them selves

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    1. The crowd in the theater laughed when the bad guys were splattered - I'm sure half or more were CCW.

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  4. So happy to see your reports as I don't do movies. Just part of my misfit persona.

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    1. It will be on TV soon enough.

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    2. Don't do TV either. Should be in the 19th Century.

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    3. You make up for it with a 21st century internet.

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  5. Giving illegals the right to vote... whouldn't that be in state elections only? CA can't change national election rules, can they?

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    1. California (and Illinois, as well) will break whatever rules they're allowed to break without consequences. Once an illegal can vote, it would apply to ALL elections since states certify voting results.

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  6. It's a cancer that is slowly spreading... Chicago, SFO, Baltimore, NYC, Philly... sigh

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    1. Maybe it's time to throw some chlorine in the gene pool - a bit of chemo for the cancer. Because if we as a nation won't do it, some other nation will do it for us. Kipling's City of Brass comes to mind.

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  7. I am in an awkward position of having stored my collection offsite so that my son, who is on parole, will have a place to stay.
    That I, a law abiding citizen, find myself in a situation like this enrages me.
    I walk the street feeling crippled by an outrageous overreach of government.

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    1. That's a bad situation all the way around.

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  8. I 2nd Brandon's motion and have to say several phrases stand out.

    "infinitely corrupt" and "kinetic point of contact."

    They seem to belong together, somehow.

    Good sermon.

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    1. My sermonettes are not professional grade. Not enough fire and brimstone to strike fear into the hearts of sinners.

      Then there's the Billy Joel approach:

      "They say there's a heaven for those who will wait
      Some say it's better but I say it ain't
      I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints
      The sinners are much more fun"

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  9. >I suspect that Mike C would have shot first and ended the fight right there

    You give more me credit for competent mayhem than I merit, I am sure. Besides, I would never consider using force and violence against another human being. Never. As I aspire to be a good and moral person by the standards of our cultural elite, I declare that the life of a would-be rapist or murderer is of exactly equal value to that of anyone else, especially someone I love. Because THAT is the morality of our soi disant elite. Therefore I would not ever shoot first. I would however engage in constructive and supportive dialog, appealing to the better nature of those who might seek to harm me or mine. Since such "bad" people are merely acting out because of the psychological burden of the racism, classism, homophobia, and islamophobia under which they suffer, I am certain that we swiftly would be able to settle our differences and enjoy a big group hug. :-)

    On a personal note, traveling, hence this late "reply". The flight I am waiting for (I'm at the gate now) has historically been full of exceptionally short and squatty people from the subcontinent, men bearded and women in head scarves. (Boarding is always a succulent experience due to people having no idea how to stow their luggage, and in some cases being too short to actually reach the overhead bins. The utter lack of English is also a problem.) Anyway, due to reasons unclear to me, for some reason on this particular flight there are about a dozen pretty and fit-appearing young American women. While visually this is definitely an improvement over the usual, the perkiness and giggling is getting on my nerves. Which just goes to show that I am a terrible curmudgeon unsatisfied with anything. At least on an hour's sleep. Boarding -- gotta run.

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    1. Being a travel curmudgeon is a function of age and experience.

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  10. But the dead that vote in Chicago are Americans (were)

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