Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Suck it up Freedom Lovers. The Powers That Be won't go quietly. Learn from history. The Michael Collins Gambit is the only moral and philosophical co-tactic to pacifism to change a society.
Western Rifle Shooters recommends The Wind that Shakes the Barley as a preview of what we're in for here in the U.S. of A. now that gun owners have been politically neutered. The Irish did in the 1920's what we're likely gonna have to do soon. Available on Netflix for instant viewing.
"This film is not an easy movie to watch, simply because the actors, screenwriters, and director all create a world that, but for the brogues and the misty hills, could be anywhere where freedom-loving people have decided that they have had enough of the tyrant's boot and are willing to do anything to live as independent citizens."
Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, this gripping drama by Ken Loach (
Raining Stones) is set during the early days of the Irish Republican Army, when British occupation of the Irish radicalized many a citizen and caused some to take up arms. The film provides some fascinating historical insight into the nascent resistance movement as it was in 1920, and Loach brilliantly conveys the profound emotional transition young men had to make to become saboteurs and killers. Loach's realistic style is absolutely mesmerizing, with many scenes built around the dynamics of large groups: contentious meetings, torture sessions, battles, celebrations, and the like. One has the sense of history as a pool of energy, and one also develops a kind of Renoiresque appreciation for the fact that different people on opposing sides of a life-or-death issue have their reasons for believing what they believe.