It is time for another monthly contrast between the many morally bankrupt movies made today, that pass for entertainment, and the classic movies made before most people alive today were born. These older movies give viewers a level of entertainment forgotten by most modern movie producers.
This month, the low brow new DVD releases include Tusk, a Kevin Smith movie that reached a new low (hard to do with so many bad Kevin Smith movies). I guess people don't care to see a movie about someone forced to undergo tusk implants. Michael Medved, who sees hundreds of movies, says it is one of the most disturbing he has ever watched. It only managed to earn $1.8 million in theaters. One time child star Haley Joel Osment and the inconsistent Johnny Depp could't save this dog.
How a movie like this is able to find an audience as a DVD is a sad comment on modern culture.
For those who don't want to feel like they just fell in cesspool, there are some great video choices that were first released in December. If you have not had the pleasure of watching these three classics, you should add them to your movie bucket list.
December 1939 - 75 years ago
Gone with the WindIf you don't like watching oldies, this movie should be an exception. A winner of eight Oscars, including best picture, this movie has the well deserved reputation as one of the greatest movies ever made. An epic tale of the Civil War in the south, it was made closer to the Civil War than our modern day. The novel it was based on is also a very readable classic.
November 1944 - 70 years ago
A young Elizabeth Taylor shines in this horse race movie. AFI rates this as one of the top 10 sports movies of all time.
November 1954 - 60 years ago
20 Leagues Under The Sea
Kirk Douglas (still alive today at 98 and soon to release another book) and James Mason star in this classic Disney adoption of Jules Vernes adventure. It was one of the first movies to feature extensive underwater photography of actors.
If you wish Hollywood made less disgusting movies, you are invited to read my screenplay Jihad on Hollywood, currently free on Ibooks or on Amazon for $0.99. The story addresses what would happen if the elite of Hollywood were captured and put on trial by Muslim terrorists. You will experience adventure, humor, and a condemnation of modern Hollywood's culture.
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