The Military Film Complex.
Destroying the Myth of Liberal Hollywood.
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Trendsetter or follower? Hollywood has made over 5,000 war films in the past 100 years. Today’s episode probes whether Hollywood has been complicit in building a culture of warmongering and nationalism, whether inadvertently or by design. With a little help from our friend Krin - who has authored three books on Hollywood - and a handful of other resources, we look back over a few different eras in Hollywood and try to figure out whether the industry is holding up a mirror, or influencing our feelings toward war. One thing the episode destroys is the myth that Hollywood is the cultural mouthpiece for the left.
Episode Timestamp + Link | Clip Link
- 00:00:14 | Julius Caesar: Dogs of War
- 00:03:47 | Pulp Fiction: Smart Motherfucker
- 00:08:36 | Iron Man 2: I've Successfully Privatized World Peace
- 00:11:02 | Watch the uncensored moment Will Smith smacks Chris Rock on stage
- 00:12:35 | Patton: Americans Love a Winner
- 00:18:02 | Charlie Chaplin: Final Speech from The Great Dictator
- 00:18:42 | Ricky Gervais: Golden Globes 2020
- 00:20:31 | The Hurt Locker: Bomber
- 00:24:06 | Rambo is Expendable
- 00:26:54 | Stripes: That's The Fact Jack
- 00:29:10 | Bridge on the River Kwai Theme
- 00:33:17 | Kenny Rogers: Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
- 00:38:06 | Zero Dark Thirty: Interrogation Scene
- 00:39:27 | Fox News: Ingraham: Meryl Streep rant reflected intolerant Hollywood
- 00:39:34 | Fox News: If you want Georgia to be in control, not Hollywood elites
- 00:39:45 | Fox News: Candace Owens: Hollywood acts as a megaphone for the left
- 00:39:49 | Fox News: How politics shapes the Hollywood narrative
- 00:50:56 | Coming Home: Luke’s Speech
- 01:09:08 | Boyz N the Hood: I'm Teaching You How to Be Responsible
- 01:17:35 | Jay-Z: Hard Knock Life (Instrumental)
- The Atlantic: What's Wrong With 'The Hurt Locker'
- NPR: Remembering Hollywood's Hays Code, 40 Years On
- IMDb: War (Sorted by US Box Office Descending)
- The Guardian: Conflict of interest: why Hollywood failed to honestly address the ‘war on terror’
- Military.com: Why John Wayne Was Labeled a ‘Draft Dodger’ During World War II
- Jack G. Shaheen: Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People
- Ernest Giglio: Here's Looking at You: Hollywood, Film and Politics, Fourth Edition
- Michael Ryan and Douglas Kellner: Camera Politica: The Politics of Contemporary Hollywood Film