Pushing politics aside at the movies

As a film buff, you can find me at the movie theater almost every weekend. But on Wednesdays, you can find me at the weekly meeting of the College Republicans.

Hollywood is a very liberal place, almost to a fault. Many of today’s movies are riddled with left wing political undertones, not surprising considering so many movie directors and producers are opponents of conservative ideas.

Back in October, one of my favorite directors, Quentin Tarantino (I know, I’m basic), went to a Black Lives Matter rally in New York City and said, “When I see murders, I do not stand by… I have to call a murder a murder and I have to call the murderers the murderers.” When he said that he was referring to the police.

As I mentioned, and you probably surmised from my past articles, I am a conservative and I stand with the men and women who put their lives on the line every day for our safety. So I was put in a hard spot. Tarantino’s movie, “The Hateful Eight” was coming out soon and I was very excited to see it. I had to ask myself whether or not I should skip the movie on principle.

After some thought, I realized my lapse in judgement. I love Tarantino’s films and for me to miss out on a good movie because the director is a dick is cutting off my nose to spite my face.

Once in awhile a movie will come out that does align with my political beliefs. I’ve mentioned in a past article that my favorite film of 2015 was Mad Max. Mad Max, to me, represented a government whose rule over the people has reached a North Korean level of communism. The main characters act as the liberators of the oppressed.

I might roll my eyes at the Carmike Cinema at the political messages but I refuse to stand outside with a picket sign protesting WALL-E. Awful cartoon. But sometimes I just want to chill and watch a movie.