Sunday, August 9, 2009
Too many Billy Jacks!
"Go ahead and hate your neighbor, go ahead and cheat a friend"... What a creepy song! Oh look? It was recorded by a band called The Coven! There ya go Dave, some equations ain't very complex at all, are they?
Bad movies are worth watching for the unintentional insights they offer about the cultures that produced them. Like "Godzilla vs. Monster Zero" for instance?
OK, the head bad guy (who looks a LOT like Japanese version of the Cars' lead singer) says, "Here on planet X we call Giddra 'Monster Zero' because everything is given a number here on planet X." Why are you the only person who sees irony in that statement Dave?
In that film, the only caucasian with much screen time is Nick Adams. He is consistently loud, uncouth and rude. Toho studios simply created an American that would be believable to the Japanese audience. So it gives insight on how Japanese culture saw our actions in VietNam in the late 60's.
"Billy Jack" is something different though. It gives insight about a mindset that would come to get a stranglehold on my beloved America. I've never seen the film all the way through. I've seen several snatches of it though? Ever how long it took me to find the remote.
Here's the deal on that movie Dave? Anybody who disagrees with Billy Jack and his undernourished friend girl? Well they're in the employ of Satan. Hell, a Roy Rogers flick has better nuanced characters than "Billy Jack."
In the old TV show "Kung Fu" it's a lot like that too. And I still insist there must be better ways to carry a Hibachi out to the patio, just my opinion. But in that show, generally all those who opposed the protaganist were recalcitrant, unredeemable pernicious imps from the bowels of Hell, and so we would cheer when David Carradine the man of Oriental peace ripped them a new one.
But in "Billy Jack" it's much more clearly articulated. If you disagree with me, it's because you're the spawn of Satan, period.
It's so sad that a goofy mindset from a goofy decade now seems to dominate public discourse in my beloved America. We've a huge country here. Is there no ground left where we can tell an opponent their idea is really dumb, without adding, "You're Satan!" as a postcript? How the HELL did we get here? And more importantly, how can we get back?