I was always fascinated by the stop motion animated monsters in the old creature features. Most of that work was done by Ray Harryhausen. Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans, It Came From Beneath the Sea, Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers, 20 Million Miles to Earth…the list goes on. Sadly, Mr. Harryhausen passed away today at age 92. Here’s a sampling of his work.
When the online flap about Ben Howe’s critique of the Tea Party Patriots (TPP) video A Movement On Fire began I sort of understood it. I understand that a lot of people have animosity toward BuzzFeed where Howe posted his critique and disagree with his choice of posting it there. Not everyone is going to grasp or agree with the strategy of going outside the conservative media to critique conservative work. I get that. Some people are taking that a bit too far though.
Full disclosure, I hated the TPP video. My first online reaction to it was to say it was a “kernel of a good idea wrapped in layer upon layer of suck.” I have no animosity toward TPP. I consider myself a Tea Party guy. I just didn’t like what they did with that video artistically. It was in a word “cheesy.” I love stories of dystopian futures. I hate to see them done badly. (Ask me what I think about NBC’s “Revolution” sometime.)
I’ve worked with Howe on video projects and I happened to be sitting next to him in the media filing center at CPAC during one of the umpteen zillion times the TPP video was played on the big screen. Without really needing to, I asked him, “What do you think of that?” Not surprisingly his one word response was “Horrible.” He was not alone in offering that opinion.
Today the controversy over the critique and it’s venue has really gone too far and there are now ridiculous suggestions that there is some sort of conspiracy involved. Apparently the people at the once great Breitbart.com now want you to believe Ben Howe has sinister ulterior motives for writing about THAT particular crappy piece of conservative art instead of all the other crappy pieces of conservative art available to choose from. This is even more ridiculous than Nolte’s earlier “come at me, bro” piece.
I mean, seriously.
The site that took down ACORN and Anthony Weiner is now angling to take down a guy who posted a review of a bad video on a site they don’t like? John Nolte is even reveling in it as if he’s doing work of real significance by doing so.
It’s just sad. The “media” is one blogger /video entrepreneur and the “fledgling con-artist movement” is a national organization with a large enough mountain of cash to have it’s cheesy video played ad nauseum at CPAC. It’s embarrassing. I’ve often enjoyed reading Nolte’s posts in the past. This lunacy truly blindsided me.
I didn’t know Andrew Breitbart personally. I only had the pleasure of meeting him briefly a couple of times. He did inspire me though. I find it difficult to imagine the man–who told us to engage the pop culture–endorsing the nonsense being published under his name this week.