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Wondering about the models for the cultural criticism generally favored by today’s conservatives? (“Are George Lucas movies ideologically incorrect and therefore bad?” “What are the 50 most conservative episodes of Three’s Company?”) Wonder no more, as one of our ace commenters his discovered what I can say without hyperbole the best site on the intarwebs ever: the archive of the Maoist Internationalist Movement’s film reviews. How, for example, will the critics deal with John Singleton’s undoubtedly well-intentioned and undoubtedly atrocious Higher Learning? The answer may not surprise you!

Higher Learning is a progressive movie which takes on many political issues, including those which relate to gender, nation (“race”), class and sexual orientation. This upsets many bourgeois film critics, who prefer “art for art’s sake,” and therefore consider artists like Singleton “preachy” for addressing the issues of the day.

However!

One of the worst things about Higher Learning is that in some places, it lends itself to a liberal individualist analysis. One example of this is where we are told that a character who becomes a violent white supremacist was beaten as a child. The issue of individualism is also raised by quick scene changes which seem to indicate a symmetry between supporters of white power and supporters of Black power.

Ah, well, I guess I’ll wait for it to come out on VHS. Now let’s move onto bigger game, the immortal cinematic classic Patch Adams:

Some of Patch’s criticisms of how medicine is structured agree with the proletarian perspective of medicine. The bourgeoisie puts great emphasis on technical training and puts this above common sense and contact with the masses. Consistently, Patch Adams makes it clear that just because medicine has “always” been conducted this way doesn’t mean that it always should be. In the film, Patch makes great solidarity with the 1970s era nurses, who are portrayed as better health care providers because they are not as divorced from their patients as the doctors.

All and all, I think this is the greatest treasure trove for connoisseurs of Zhdanovism since Michael Medved warned us about the wrongthink of Kangaroo Jack.

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  • Go offers an implicit criticism of bourgeois morality and its
    repression of young people. And Election debunks myths of Amerikan
    democracy. But in their presentation of comic anti-heroes they
    celebrate a do-nothing, self-serving approach to these problems.
    And that is where MIM departs from their postmodern creators.

    As great as that is, the best part of the review is what’s omitted: an ostensibly leftist interpretation of Election that makes not a single mention of one of the main themes that runs throughout the film: class.

    • Gwen

      “Election,” while ostensibly a bourgeouis work, is really a subversive parable in which entryists, reformists, and other deviationists get exactly what they deserve.

  • Gwen

    Wow this is a great find that will provide hours of entertainment — to the dismay of some on the left.

    • Yeah, because I know hundreds of people who are committed Maoists and they won’t appreciate being mocked. I mean, most of the membership committee of my local Congressional district Democratic party organization long for the return of the Gang of Four.

      • Gwen

        Actually I was just mocking Jonah Goldberg. Click on Scott’s first link over to Alicublog.

        • Ahhh, sorry, didn’t notice it was feigned obtuseness in imitation of the real thing.

          • Gwen

            With me you never know!

            (so no apology necessary, I probably owe you one).

      • wjts

        Yeah, because I know hundreds of people who are committed Maoists and they won’t appreciate being mocked.

        You laugh, but check out this line from their review of The Incredibles: “The directors of this film were probably just angry with previous MIM reviews trashing all the super-heroes as fronts for the police. So in “Incredibles” we learn that super-hero work is not politically neutral, just as MIM said all along, but “Incredibles” agrees only to ridicule the premise in typical Republican Party rhetoric. The MIM version of the “Incredibles” will be more like the Schwarzenegger film “Running Man,” where people listen in on the police scanner with pornographic fascination, both excited and placated, while elite schemers feed them enough crime for their own self-serving purposes.”

      • Gwen

        Dude I don’t even know any Maoists. I know some Leninists and Trotskyists, but can’t say I’ve ever actually met a Maoist in real life.

        I also was online friends for a while with one dude who had an unnatural affection for Enver Hoxha.

        • Hogan

          Any affection for Enver Hoxha would be unnatural.

          • Please, please, kids. Stop fighting. Maybe Lisa’s right about America being a land of opportunity, and maybe Adil has a point about the machinery of capitalism being oiled with the blood of the workers.

            • Gwen

              Indeed.

              Enver Hoxha was the undisputed champion of pillbox bunkers and state atheism. But other than that, not a whole lot to say.

        • Anna in PDX

          I met a Maoist last year at a anti-coal export rally. It was so weird to see him! I bought one of his newsletters because my partner was a Maoist in college (RCP) in the 70s and I thought he would enjoy the trip down memory lane (he did not). So I have met at least two, one of whom is “former” but still. I bet my partner will love this site. Well maybe not.

          • Gwen

            What is the relevance of Maoism in America today? I mean, do we even *have* a substantial number of agrarian peasants (aside from migrant workers)?

            Leninism is definitely the socialism of the future.

            • Anna in PDX

              I am pulling for Gramsci, myself.

              • Gwen

                “That’s definitely an I-talian treat, as my mother would say.” ~ Sheldon Cooper.

              • Not Pol Pot?

                • MAJeff

                  Is that Colorado grown?

                • Walt

                  Hitler. You know, national socialism.

          • JL

            I’m not even sure if I’ve met any Maoists, and I spend more time than most people interacting with the weirder elements of the left.

            I have met some of those International Action Committee people, though. They plague Boston antiwar protests.

        • FMguru

          Mao more than ever!

        • Maynard Handley

          The sad thing is that while Jonah Goldberg is wasting his time on irrelevant issues like Hollywood, I have here in my hand a list of 205—a list of names that were made known to the Coca Cola Company as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the Soda Industry.

      • I mean, most of the membership committee of my local Congressional district Democratic party organization long for the return of the Gang of Four.

        What, they on tour again? Cool.

        • We all love a man in a uniform.

          • rea

            Man and woman need to work
            It helps us define ourselves
            We were not born in isolation
            But sometimes it seems that way

            The space between our work and its product
            Some fall into fatalism
            As if it started this way
            We live as we dream, alone

            We live as we dream, alone

            • Joseph Slater

              Such a great song. If you can find the live version, it’s even better than the studio version, at least IMHO.

        • Lee Rudolph

          They’ve been opening for the Minotaurs of Oppression.

        • Tehanu

          Single greatest live show I ever went to, at the Perkins Palace in Pasadena. God, they were wonderful.

          • Joseph Slater

            They were always great live. One of the most memorable shows of my increasingly ancient life was 1981, Bristol, England, Gang of Four, Pere Ubu, and Delta Five. Seen the Go4 several times since then, with various lineups, always fantastic.

      • sharculese

        Dana is no longer aware of all internet traditions.

      • Simeon

        The specific tendency the former MIM belonged to is not “Maoism” (aka “Marxism-Leninism-Maoism”), but “Maoism-Third Worldism”. See Monkey Smashes Heaven (the MSH blog unfortunately no longer exists) for a bit of an explication. MIM had very distinct politics from e.g. Canada’s current RCP-PCR.

        MIM no longer exists, but a related org, MIM(Prisons), publishes work at PrisonCensorship.info.

        If you’re interested in that sort of thing, you can follow what appears to be the late Henry Park‘s descent into schizophrenia, intermingled with political writings, before his death at MIM Defense. The second page, for example, shows a post in which he attacks the editors of the Sydney Morning Herald for their “between-the-lines sniping” at him in SMH articles.

    • Aimai

      I don’t think Dana frequents Alicublog, where, if I am not mistaken “to the dismay of some on the left” got its start.

      • Follow Roy on Twitter–he frequently rants during morning rush hour about the WMATA red line–and read the site occasionally on my own in addition to following links from here, but I’ve never waded in to the comments.

        • Warren Terra

          I think you mean, you’ve never waded into the comments, to the dismay of some on the left.

          • herr doktor bimler

            I think you mean, waist-deep in the comment thread, and the big fool said to push on.

  • This Disney-esque fantasy film deserves not to be banned under the
    dictatorship of the proletariat. Even
    though it is packed with action, adventure and unique settings, it’s not
    a great film from our point of view: it deserves a neutral to positive
    rating.

    On the down side, once again we have a fantasy film encouraging people to
    escape today’s socially caused problems. See our comments on the “Lord of the
    Rings” for the whole problem with the fantasy genre.

    Even though this is Maoist and not Stalinist, I can’t stop reading these in the voice of Ninotchka.

    • That, btw, is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    • Hogan

      As basic material, you may not be bad, but you are the unfortunate product of a doomed culture. I feel very sorry for you.

      • Don’t know if any film is perfect, but I’m pretty sure none are closer to perfect than Ninotchka.

        • Aimai

          The whites of your eyes are very clear…

          • Aimai

            Oh, hell, they are all good:

            Ninotchka: Why should you carry other people’s bags?
            Porter: Well, that’s my business, Madame.
            Ninotchka: That’s no business. That’s social injustice.
            Porter: That depends on the tip.
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            Ninotchka: The last mass trials were a great success. There are going to be fewer but better Russians.

            My favorite:

            Pere Mathieu, Cafe Owner: Now, what shall it be?
            Ninotchka: Raw beets and carrots.
            Pere Mathieu, Cafe Owner: Madame, this is a restaurant, not a meadow.

            • Hogan

              We will have fewer but better Russians.

        • Hogan

          I’m not wild about Melvyn Douglas, but there’s certainly a case to be made.

          • Lee Rudolph

            Hate the mustache, not the man.

          • He was no William Powell, but he was still pretty good.

            • Oh my god this is so wrong. I adore melvyn douglas, cant stand powell.

              • Oh, I like Douglas a lot. I haven’t seen him in a lot of things, but obviously he was great in Ninotchka and also in Being There. The William Powell comparison is because Douglas’ character in Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House, as I remember it, was essentially walking around being urbane and witty…just like The Thin Man.

                Douglas’ politics, however, were far better than Powell’s.

                • Knitley Pickler

                  Douglas was a prime example of the good young actor who became a great old one. Some people benefit from getting some lines in their faces and a rasp in their voices.

    • Jordan

      “This Disney-esque fantasy film deserves not to be banned under the dictatorship of the proletariat”

      The highest of praise!

    • Simeon

      That depends what you mean by “Stalinist”. The word “Stalinist” is mostly used as an epithet by Trotskyists to describe (a) people who genuinely uphold the leadership of Joseph Stalin and think that he was a positive influence on the world; (b) people they perceive as being “authoritarian”; and (c) people who criticise Trotskyists. Maoists belong to all three groups; indeed, one of the ostensible reasons for the Sino-Soviet split was “revisionism” under Khrushchev, i.e. rejection of the road to socialism laid out during the Stalin era (or more formally, the seizure of power from the proletariat by the bourgeoisie following Stalin’s death). So Maoists are certainly “Stalinists” in the Trotskyist sense.

      Nobody ever refers to themself as a “Stalinist”. Communists who uphold Stalin but do not believe that the theory or practice of building socialism was significantly developed by later figures such as Mao or Hoxha simply call themselves “Marxist-Leninists” (not to be confused with those who take the label “Leninist”, which includes Trotskyists and a small number of pro-Lenin, anti-Stalin, anti-Trotsky people).

  • njorl

    Gang of 4 has already returned. Their touring in Australia.

    • MAJeff

      I hate to admit this.

      Several years ago, a friend had several of us over for dinner. Included among the folks there was one of the members of Gang of Four (I think it was the drummer). After dinner, I had to ask, “Who are the Gang of Four?”

      Still, I enjoyed hearing his wife’s stories about Paisley Park and Prince.

      • Barry Freed

        Hang your head in shame.

        • MAJeff

          I’m more of a string quartet type of guy.

          Well, at that point, I was more of a “which DJ is spinning tonight?” kind of guy.

          • Barry Freed

            Their guitarist, Andy Gill, is one of my guitar heroes.

            • Joseph Slater

              Mine too!

  • Jamie

    I cannot recommend the Men in Black entry strongly enough:

    “Men in Black” is the art imitating life of the conspiracy theory oriented bourgeoisie–
    the wannabe intergalactic capitalists. Here we have the super-elite saving the Earth on a
    daily basis from threats far beyond the comprehension of the panicky, slow-witted
    Earthlings–including the INS, NYPD, the military etc.

    So it is in “Men in Black”‘s strategy for diverting some possibly class conscious proletarians
    that the super-elite is willing to admit that its underlings really are
    useless and petty, not to mention fat and offensive in the case of much of the New York
    Police force for instance. Without such admissions, “Men in Black” would be much
    less useful as propaganda for the aspiring intergalactic bourgeoisie.

    The Men in Black consider themselves “above the system,”
    and indeed they are in this movie fantasy of the aspiring intergalactic bourgeoisie
    which long ago went beyond petty national conflicts like that seen at the Mexican border.
    The Men in Black want their rule to appear “neutral” and beneficial to humyn-kind,
    as if it were possible for a state to be class-neutral.

    • Trollhattan

      MAybe the year’s greatest timesink. For your consideration:

      Like Batman and Spiderman, the Powerpuff Girls also fight crime in a one-on-one way. Although it would be no problem for the Powerpuff Girls to build homes for all the homeless and organize food production for the hungry–because we’ve seen their speed in building crazy mutant monkey bases and laboratories–they still prefer to fight the relatively minor violence of crime one case at a time instead of resolving its roots or eliminating much larger sources of violence.

      In conclusion, the Powerpuff Girls are a reactionary, pseudo-feminist enterprise.

      Splitters!

      • Patrick

        In conclusion, the Powerpuff Girls are a reactionary, pseudo-feminist enterprise.

        I think this may deserve to go into rotation on the LGM masthead.

        • postmodulator

          At the risk of brutal mockery, there were some politically kind of wincey moments on the few Powerpuff Girls episodes I saw. I happened to catch the one with the villain that Google tells me is named Femme Fatale, who had had feminist symbology on her villain suit thingy and hated all men.

      • rea

        Can we give them until, say, age ten to develope a proper revolutionary consciousness?

    • CD

      Ii liked the one on “Obscure Object”: “For MIM, the film is realistic but dangerously subtle.”

    • I wonder what Goldberg would have to say about Mussolini and I, a film that I understand mistakenly suggests that Mussolini was a fascist. Don’t take it from me — here’s Goldberg:

      Mussolini was born a socialist, he died a socialist, he never abandoned his love of socialism, he was one of the most important socialist intellectuals in Europe and was one of the most important socialist activists in Italy, and the only reason he got dubbed a fascist and therefore a right-winger is because he supported World War I.

  • Sympathy for the Devil:

    Scattered throughout the film are all the main subjects of the day, many of which MIM believe continue to be the main subjects. Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll were parts especially indicative of the times in 1970.

    • postmodulator

      Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll were parts especially indicative of the times in 1970.

      I think the Maoist International Movement might’ve gotten somewhere if they’d had a movie reviewer who could pass Comp 101 at Arizona State. That sentence was agony to read.

  • wjts

    They wrote a review of Star Trek: Insurrection just for Otto:

    “But MIM rejects the universal moralizing of Insurrection. Forced relocations can be to the benefit of the people being moved, as when Stalin internally deported Jews in the Soviet Union to move them away from the advancing German troops. MIM would rather see Jews moved to undesirable locations within the USSR than worked into disease in concentration camps and then gassed or shot.”

    Spider-Man 2 gets grudging praise for its positive depiction of “possibly revolutionary asexuality”:

    “To the (rather limited) extent that Spider-Man is actually a stand-in for a revolutionary when he opposes Doc Ock, “Spider-Man 2” must be praised for going further than “Spider-Man” (2002) in the on-screen depiction of possibly revolutionary asexuality. In everyday terms, Spider-Man repeatedly puts aside dating and romantic involvement so that he can better-fight the good fight, and his security is improved because he has no intimate partner for anyone to kidnap. It isn’t just that Mary Jane would be a security risk; intimate relationships get in the way of Peter Parker’s work. Peter Parker’s landlord’s anorexic, Russian and possibly gender-oppressed daughter, Ursula (Mageina Tovah), shows interest in Parker, but no romance happens, and nobody is disappointed. Long-time friend and romantic interest Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) initially accepts and then struggles over Peter Parker’s explanation for why they can have no intimate relationship.”

    I love MIM’s movie reviews so fucking much.

    • Gwen

      “possibly revolutionary asexuality” — just like Jonah Goldberg…

      • This comment is mean enough for me to laugh at the rest of the day.

  • Anna in PDX

    Oh Em Gee I cannot believe how great these are. Here are two paras from their critique of All in the Family:

    Contrary to the Liberal blame-the-victim line or the equivalent line of “think for yourself,” we do not let artists off the hook by saying that “All in the Family” audience-members should figure out for themselves that Archie Bunker is the main object of satire. It is part of the ineptitude of the artist/director if s/he is really unable to perceive the impact of his/her work on the audience. In 1999, a survey indicated continuing interest in more Archie Bunker TV shows by 64% of people interviewed.(2)

    It is not efficient at all to blame the audience. We have also criticized a defender of early albums by Ani DiFranco along these lines. In actuality, “All in the Family” is far worse than the error by Ani DiFranco in earlier albums, because “All in the Family” came out on television before cable. It was a time when monopoly capitalist television had an unquestioned and unquestioning audience and “All in the Family” cultural workers should have known that, while at least Ani DiFranco and similar artists can say that nothing says that her sales will reach anyone but like-minded people.

    Too great. Cultural workers? Worse than Ani DiFranco?

  • KadeKo

    Any stickupthearse who can’t draw a line between Patch Adams and Dr. Blake Downs deserves all the scorn I can summon.

    • Dr Ronnie James, DO

      “Whatever happened to the healing power of reeducation?”

  • wjts

    OK, the Mystic River review is the best one. Especially this line: “Clint Eastwood is probably thinking that he broke his back to bring a little sophistication and integrity to this movie, so why is MIM complaining.” The image of Clint Eastwood obsessively poring over a blurry, streaky copy of MIM Notes and wondering when oh when those impossible-to-please Maoists will finally give one of his movies a positive review brings a big goofy smile to my face.

    • Yeah, that wins.

      I assume these are written by a guy in his twenties. He abandoned film reviewing when his parents cut him off and he had to move back home and work for his parents’ industrial carpet cleaning business.

      • Trollhattan

        Never seemed to settle on whether Amerika was spelled with one k or three. Must have been the cleaning solvent fumes.

      • wjts

        I used to have a cassette tape of revolutionary music put out by the RCP. In addition to golden oldies like “The East is Red” and “Whirlwinds of Danger” it featured a “rap song” called “Louder than Thunder” by members of the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade. I wonder what those guys are up to these days.

        • herr doktor bimler

          “That’s the Overture, Ambassador Duke.”
          “Automatic weaponry is the Overture?”
          “As it is so often in life, Ambassador.”

        • Scott Lemieux

          it featured a “rap song” called “Louder than Thunder” by members of the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade.

          That might be worse than the Qubecois secessionist hip-hop group I saw open for Public Enemy in Montreal. And I don’t say that lightly.

      • Hogan

        I used to work in a record store
        Now I work for my dad
        Scraping the paint off of hardwood floors
        The hours are pretty bad

        • BigHank53

          So don’t try to change who you are boy,
          and don’t try to be who you ain’t.
          And don’t let me catch you in Kendale
          with a bucket of wealthy man’s paint.

          • One of my favorite bands. I was introduced to them by my friend who at the time owned a record store.

  • LeeEsq

    I think this just demonstrates the if you take everything too seriously and view everything through your ideology than you wind up saying and believing some very silly things.

  • pete

    Reds gets two thumbs way up:

    “Reds” is a great gift to the communist movement and we heartily recommend it for entertainment.

    • Gwen

      I wonder if they endorse the Lego Movie.

      • LeeEsq

        No. The Lego movie promotes individualism rather than collectivism. Its about the Special (singular) rather than the Specials (plural) and doing your own thing rather than following the dictates of centrally planned economy, meaning its pro-laissez faire.

  • Jordan

    Ahh, the venerable internet tradition that is the MIM movie review archive :). I believe the Tank Girl one is a classic:

    Tank Girl also smokes which is not MIM’s idea of
    good in a role model. Tank Girl does not have the advantage of Marxist science … Tank Girl drives a tank; Jet Girl flies a jet, and they both kick monopoly capitalist ass. They might be lesbians, they certainly kiss, and Tank Girl is probably bi. But she has a boyfriend. Her boyfriend happens to be a kangaroo.

    “Tank Girl” is overall objectively progressive. It is progressive because it is the story of wimmin and brown skinned persyns (“kangaroos”) fighting against monopoly capitalists. The Kangaroos’ strategy and tactics are interesting. The Kangaroos believe in reincarnation. They also believe in fighting without
    weapons. So the Kangaroos represent some pre-scientific thoughts in the movie, which are however put into progressive service. If you believe you’ll just reincarnate (or go to Valhalla, or heaven) you’re more likely to be willing to die. The problem with such pre-scientific thought is that it can just as easily serve imperialism. The Kangaroos do use their strengths, night vision and superior hearing to their advantage and though they do not use weapons they are very violent.

  • Jeffrey Beaumont

    I nominate Scott to write a “50 most conservative episodes of Three’s Company” article!

    • Dennis Orphen

      If he writes that article he has to watch 50 episodes first. Then after doing that he can move on to Too Close for Comfort.

    • And then Brien can tell us none of the episodes he picked are over 2.2 above replacement episode.

  • Aimai

    I hate to say it but I just had a conversation with my daughters that sounded just like some of these reviews. The older one was criticizing A Little Princess, for fuck’s sake, for making the character of Sara irresistibly good and noble and thus justifying the blatant class inequalities of the storyline. From the seat behind us in the car I heard the younger one say: “Maya! Put down the Dewey, put down the Freud, and put down the Jung!”

    • Jordan

      Your family sounds awesome.

      (Also, I remember really kinda liking the 1995 movie version).

      • Gregor Sansa

        Agreed.

        (We had the Shirley Temple one on VCR when I was a kid so I’ve seen it over a dozen times. And yes, it is pretty unbearably classist.)

        • We were just talking about the book. Which is wonderful but, yup, problematic.

          • Gregor Sansa

            Ever read “Little Lord Fauntelroy”?

            • Yes. I loved it as a child. I loved all her books even the sanctimonious. “Secret garden.” She had a gift for creating gorgeous, child centered, child horror–the fall from wealth to poverty, the enormous, empty, mansion which is a tomb for a dead love and a crippled child, the alienation of parent and child… These were her themes.

    • Hogan

      I will never stop loving this story.

  • pillsy

    One of the strangest experiences I had in high school involved a high school history class where one of my fellow students, as part of a research presentation about Peru, invited a member of the Maoist International Movement in to tell us about the Shining Path.

    • Ronan

      how did that go ?

      • pillsy

        It was sort of fascinating, really. She spent about forty minutes trying to convince a bunch of sixteen-year-old right deviationists that Guzman wasn’t such a bad guy, and then passed out a bunch of copies of some terrible newspaper. It had “Worker” in the title.

        • After Chairman Gonzalo was arrested the Maoists in Detroit painted “Free Chairman Gonzalo” on almost all of the bridges over the Detroit freeways. Someone came later to a bunch of them and added “with every purchase.”

          • Hogan

            Free Chairman Gonzalo with the Purchase of a Chairman Gonzalo of Equal or Greater Value!

            • BigHank53

              Buy two at full price and have your own Gang of Four!

              • This is one of the best threads in a long time.

              • NonyNony

                +Four

    • Kal

      You’re a lucky observer of an almost extinct species then. I’ve heard MIM only has about a dozen members left. My impression is that writing movie & video game reviews is now their main political activity, because they get lots of traffic, and don’t realize 100% of visitors are laughing at them.

      • Kal

        Oops, and the site now says they’re defunct. Sad.

      • Gregor Sansa

        When I was working for the Zapatistas, there was an actual Zapatista official who had definitely gotten his rhetoric from Maoism. He was pretty cool. I wrote about it in my diary, then a couple of months later noticed that those pages were missing. And actually my first thought was that PRIistas had broken in and stolen pages from my diary.

        Good times.

        • When I was working for the Zapatistas…

          I just want to take that in again.

          • Gregor Sansa

            Developing science curriculum.

            • Gregor Sansa

              plural fail, sorry.

              … Zapatista territory was where I met my wife. She’s not a Zapatista, she’s from Guatemala.

          • Barry Freed

            Yeah, pretty damn awesome.

  • Kal

    Video game reviews: http://www.prisoncensorship.info/archive/etext/bookstore/vgames/index.html

    Command & Conquer: Red Alert

    The plot of the game is that in 1946, Albert Einstein sends himself back in time to kill Hitler in 1920. World War II never happens. This alone shows a poor analysis of the conditions at the time since the growth of fascism in Germany (and in the world) did not rest upon a single man, Adolph Hitler.

    • Jordan

      Oh wow, I didn’t know they had video game reviews too!

      From the discussion of Civ 4:

      Government types are also straightforward ranging from monarchies, to bourgeois democracies, to representative governments, to police states. Its unfortunate that the game lacks a future society civic choice like “Alpha Centauri” had. Because a Communist “police state” is little different in game terms from some rightist police state that could also have a planned economy.

  • Gabriel Ratchet

    From their review of Total Recall:

    While the proletariat on Mars suffocates, even humble white construction workers on Earth have TVs 50 feet wide.

    Who knew Michelle Malkin was a Maoist? I bet they have granite countertops too!

  • Barry Freed

    Who was the ace commenter? Not to take anything away from them but I’ve seen these before (and yes, they’re a pure comedy gold). I’m not sure where though, maybe on Blood & Treasure.

    • Hogan

      I would like to mention that Malaclypse has been promoting this site for a long time now.

      • Barry Freed

        That might have been where I came across it. Thanks.

  • Hey Ward Churchill, ever here of giving credit and citing your sources? Below is the comment I left on the Opponents of Civil Rights and their Cowardly Abetters thread. It is clearly time and date stamped. You can back and check yourself if only to remove it to cover up the evidence of your failure to provide proper acknowledgement. You are first class jerk Scott? Do also do your citations for academic work this way?

    J. Otto Pohl says:
    March 7, 2014 at 1:55 pm
    Here is where most of the MIM movie reviews seem to be archived.

    http://www.prisoncensorship.info/archive/etext/movies/

    • You are first class jerk Scott?

      Maoists typically don’t have Russian accents.

      • So I left out an article due to fast typing. Articles don’t exist in Chinese either I don’t think as well as Russian. But, Maoists are generally better at attributing sources than Scott. I don’t care if you people call me stupid, but stealing my stuff is beyond the pale even for most left-wing academics. Other than Churchill and Dershowitz even most “progressives” manage to at least cite their sources.

        • But, Maoists are generally better at attributing sources than Scott.

          Since I evidently read fewer Maoists than you, I’ll just have to take your word on that. But I think you’re missing the point of the Maoists, since your references to “my stuff” smacks of individualism and under-developed class consciousness.

        • Warren Terra

          1) Dershowitz is not a progressive, by any stretch. Churchill probably considers himself a Man Of The Left, but probably isn’t welcome.
          2) For FSM’s sake, you are going beyond mere preciousness and your usual absurd ego problems here. You are accusing a fellow foreign-studies professor, a colleague of sorts, of professional misconduct because made a funny link on a blog that might have been inspired one of your comments, without tracking down which commenter it had been, without a formal citation. You’re not even being a self-parody here, as you so often are; you’re being an asshole.
          3) What are the odds the link was even original to you? Apparently, someplace in this thread, at least one other commenter is named as having frequently jokingly linked to the MIM movie reviews; maybe you owe them the credit? On the other hand, you’re one of the very few people alive today who might have spontaneously checked out the MIM’s website, because you have your insane, paranoid notions that more than a scant handful of Americans interested in progressive politics have a strong emotional bond with Stalin and/or with Mao.

          • [Jotto] Of course Dershowitz is of the left. How else would he have gotten an academic job, much less tenure? [/Jotto]

  • Welcome to the Doll House (1996)

    The movie is most effective as a case study in alienation, shot in a
    fitting, low-budget realistic style. Youth from the oppressor nations
    are property, playthings for adults, and deposits for genocidal
    disinformation. Young people are the best bets among whites for
    revolutionary consciousness, partly because of the oppressive treatment
    they receive at the hands of adults.

    When I think of the great propagandists of the revolution, I think of Eisenstein, Gorky and Solondz.

    • The Matrix:

      There are a few
      drawbacks to this film, but on the whole, MIM could not
      have asked for more in a two and a half hour Hollywood
      movie. We can use the movie to educate people about
      dialectics, modes of production, Lenin’s book “Materialism
      and Empirio-Criticism” and the drawbacks of anarchism and
      individualism.

      They really know how to make films fun. I bet they also teach classes on how to explain jokes.

      • A fitting Amerikan eulogy to one benevolent capitalist who saved people by putting them to work in his factory.

        Must. Stop. Reading. These. Reviews…But. Can’t.

        • IM

          Schindlers List? Was actually a quite common critique on the left.

          • Probably not with “Amerika.” [And no, I’m fairly certain that wasn’t a reference to Kafka.]

  • Dr Ronnie James, DO

    Please tell me they paid the matinee price.

    • Warren Terra

      Or, better yet, managed to wangle an invitation to the reviewer screening. Maybe even got a press kit and some goodies.

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  • Simeon

    Remind me what’s so bad about “Won’t Back Down”?

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