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My Brief Review of Dinesh D'Souza's "America"
Self | 7/4/2014 | St_Thomas_Aquinas

Posted on 07/04/2014 7:04:45 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas

In contrast to "America"'s promotional campaign, the movie is very tightly organized. It begins with an attention-grabber, asking the question, What would the world be like if we had lost the War for Independence?

After presenting heart-warming patriotic vignettes, D'Souza then asks the jarring question, But what if what we believe about America is false?

He then presents five standard Left wing criticisms of America, portraying America as essentially unjust, founded on acts of pure evil and conquest. He listens quietly and politely as Left Wing 'luminaries,' including Ward Churchill, Elizabeth Warren and Noam Chomsky, present their case.

He then responds to their criticisms, methodically demolishing each argument with cold hard facts.

D'Souza concludes the movie by asking, Who is perpetuating these myths about America, and why?

He shows unflattering video clips of Alinsky, presents a chart of Alinsky's well-known disciples, and finishes by tying in Ayers, Obama and Hilary. It's a very powerful and successful indictment.

D'Souza's effort is masterful. It's an excellent, tightly focused movie, with top-notch production values. Don't miss it.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: america; dinesh; dsouza; review
I'm not as impressed by the marketing effort, however. "America" is too broad a title. Something provocative, like "America the Evil?," would have garnered much more attentionn, would have been much more memorable, and would have generated greater buzz.

Going in, I didn't know what to expect. If I didn't already trust D'Souza, I would have never risked the price of a ticket.

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D'Souza recommends bringing a friend. Please do, if you're able. The movie would probably be most persuasive to someone in the mushy middle. Left wingers don't seem to do well with direct contradictions. Ideally, bring a teenager or young adult, someone who may have already imbibed Howard Zinn's version of America.

1 posted on 07/04/2014 7:04:45 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

The “Imagine the world without her” subtitle wasn’t explored in the movie after the opening. That would have been interesting. Nevertheless it was an excellent, thought-provoking movie. Hope it does well.


2 posted on 07/04/2014 7:09:37 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Good to know. I must admit his last movie left me so uneasy and frightened for our country, so I have been a little hesitant to go and see this one. It is much needed though. Like you, not knowing what to expect, I had not decided whether to go and see it. Now I believe I will. Thanks


3 posted on 07/04/2014 7:12:19 AM PDT by EmilyGeiger
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

I went last night, and did drag a friend...somebody who usually considers herself, “too busy for politics.” It was an eye opener for her.


4 posted on 07/04/2014 7:13:15 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

presents a chart of Alinsky’s well-known disciples
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George Romney, the father of Willard Mitt Romney was a good friend of Alinsky...

Is he listed ???


5 posted on 07/04/2014 7:16:33 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: EmilyGeiger

Sadly, the folks who NEED to see it won’t based on some lib/prog/socialist/commie/dimokkkrat screed that it’s a T-party movie just being racis’ against the lyin’king. Even sadder is that there are reportedly still 48% of voters who still support the lyin’king. We should be frightened for our country. Lucky for us he’s turned the economy around huh? LOL! Despite that, it’s the 4th of July so celebrate.


6 posted on 07/04/2014 7:17:30 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: Joe 6-pack
I went last night, and did drag a friend...somebody who usually considers herself, “too busy for politics.” It was an eye opener for her.

Perfect. Glad to hear that it was an eye-opener for her. Let the buzz begin...

Apparently, it's very important for the movie to do well in the opening week, so that more theaters will carry it. The strategy worked well with his first movie.

7 posted on 07/04/2014 7:17:31 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

We saw it last night, your review was excellent. You didn’t mention the artistic presentation of our early history, the costumes and settings of the beginnings of our country were fantastic!


8 posted on 07/04/2014 7:19:09 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

I saw it last night and was amazed... it was a superb movie. Everyone in the audience clapped when it was done.


9 posted on 07/04/2014 7:19:36 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Menehune56

I think he left that question to be answered by the viewers. I figured it out for myself.


10 posted on 07/04/2014 7:22:06 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Tennessee Nana
presents a chart of Alinsky’s well-known disciples

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George Romney, the father of Willard Mitt Romney was a good friend of Alinsky...

Is he listed ???

Could be. What he did was pan over a very large chart, which included at least 100 people, ending up at Zero in the lower corner. (He also spoke quite a bit about Obama's community organizing background).

I noticed Marshall Davis, Obama's childhood mentor.

My guess is that this chart had two purposes. The first was to end up at Zippy. The second was for DVD viewing, where the interested viewer could freeze the frame.

If anyone can remember any more faces from that chart, please post.

11 posted on 07/04/2014 7:22:43 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Cementjungle
Everyone in the audience clapped when it was done.

Same at ours. There were about 12 people, which wasn't too bad for a Thursday night, in Massachusetts 8-).

I can tell you one thing, this DVD is going to my nieces and nephews. I may also send some with no return address ;-)

12 posted on 07/04/2014 7:24:45 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Good review. I’ll probably try to check it out this weekend.


13 posted on 07/04/2014 7:27:31 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Ditter
We saw it last night, your review was excellent.

Thanks!

You didn’t mention the artistic presentation of our early history, the costumes and settings of the beginnings of our country were fantastic!

They were, but I thought their uniforms were too clean 8-)

14 posted on 07/04/2014 7:28:07 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Hillary might have been on there also...

She wrote a college paper about him...


15 posted on 07/04/2014 7:30:04 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: EmilyGeiger
I must admit his last movie left me so uneasy and frightened for our country, so I have been a little hesitant to go and see this one.

The Leftist critique of America isn't as immediate a problem as an impending presidential election, and the tone of this movie is hopeful. In his conclusion, D'Souza says that the mission of our generation is to "restore America." It's an inspiring and hopeful message, especially compared to "2016."

16 posted on 07/04/2014 7:35:48 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

I was very impressed with the photography... very well done I thought.


17 posted on 07/04/2014 7:36:03 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

When the chart was on the screen I remember wishing I had my TV remote so I could stop the action and study the names and faces. I was happy that it ended up with Obozo!


18 posted on 07/04/2014 7:36:37 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Tennessee Nana
Hillary might have been on there also... She wrote a college paper about him...

He shows her personally meeting with him (!) as a high schooler, which was shocking news to me. He also shows her typing up her college thesis, which was about bringing "community organizing" inside the political system. D'Souza states that explicitly.

Yeah, the media won't like this.

19 posted on 07/04/2014 7:39:46 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Joe 6-pack

How do you get friends like that? If I dragged a liberal friend, they would be out in the lobby buying popcorn, fooling with their I-phone and sighing loudly. It would be a miserable experience for me! I’m dragging my husband who, unfortunately, is strictly nonpolitical.


20 posted on 07/04/2014 7:44:16 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

I had to use dinner as bait, lol.


21 posted on 07/04/2014 7:45:06 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Our Congress critters should watch it, maybe it will help them grow some balls


22 posted on 07/04/2014 7:53:38 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Saw it and enjoyed it. Good sequel to 2016.


23 posted on 07/04/2014 7:55:32 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Thank you for this personal review and endorsement of America.


24 posted on 07/04/2014 8:04:43 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

I saw Betty Friedan on the chart.

Hubby and I took our two teenage daughters to see it last night. Probably about 30 people in the theatre. We all enjoyed it. 18 yo took AP US history this past year ( conservative Catholic high school) she enjoyed it very much, but we are a very politically aware family.

Photography was well done. Yes, the message was hopeful but also clear that a savior in the form of Washington, LIncoln or Reagan isn’t on the current national stage but we as citizens need to do our part to restore a truly exceptional nation. His methodical debunking of US history according to Zin was very clear in pointing out that our unique American history is exceptional in the course of humanity. A message that needs to be heard.

The movie left me wondering what can ordinary citizens do especially in light of the purposeful targeting of patriots that is going on at national and local levels.Those of us who are parents must make sure that our chidren learn the truth of American history and its exceptionalism before they leave home, and we must make sure we educate ourselves. There are heroic Americans who are leading this effort. In light of this movie the benefits Rush Limbaugh’s “children’s books” on American history become more clear as do the reasons why the left hate them.


25 posted on 07/04/2014 8:09:23 AM PDT by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: longfellowsmuse

-— Yes, the message was hopeful but also clear that a savior in the form of Washington, LIncoln or Reagan isn’t on the current national stage but we as citizens need to do our part to restore a truly exceptional nation. -—

Good point. It may have been a nod to the Tea Parry as well.


26 posted on 07/04/2014 8:18:05 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas; Tennessee Nana

The scenes of Hillary are staged, of course, and the filmmakers make that obvious. But there is real footage of Alinsky. One clip that shows him berating demonstrators and saying he’s doing more than they are because he’s out there getting corrupted!


27 posted on 07/04/2014 8:21:47 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: firebrand

-— . But there is real footage of Alinsky. One clip that shows him berating demonstrators and saying he’s doing more than they are because he’s out there getting corrupted! -—

That was excellent. I’ve read Alinsky, but film captures things that print can’t. He comes across as cold and nasty, a lot like Frank Underwood in “House of Cards.”


28 posted on 07/04/2014 8:35:13 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
So correct. The movie is 5 stars in my opinion. It should be a blockbuster. The marketing is a 2 (giving it the benefit of the doubt).

As I watched the second time, I wondered if D'Souza is afraid to offend the progressives who have unified in their goal to destroy America.

29 posted on 07/04/2014 8:50:11 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama stands for the corruption of America in all aspects.)
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To: Cementjungle

we saw it last night too - sad it was in such a small theater (newly redone with less than 40 seats). only one couple left before ALL the credits had run and everyone left clapped at the end.

A young lady working for the theater wished us a good 4th - I responded with “HEED that movie!”


30 posted on 07/04/2014 8:59:09 AM PDT by RebelTXRose (SECURE THE BORDER!)
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To: RebelTXRose

We saw it last night and left before the credits were finished. The reason we left was not because we didn’t like it but because my husbands hip was hurting and he needed to stand up.


31 posted on 07/04/2014 9:02:48 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: RebelTXRose

-— A young lady working for the theater wished us a good 4th - I responded with “HEED that movie!” -—

As a teen, I would remember that. A simple statement can provoke a lot of thought.


32 posted on 07/04/2014 9:32:04 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

I will see it this weekend. Looking forward to it. I also suggest Deliver Us From Evil. Very well done and based upon (don’t know how tightly) real events in the life of an NYC Sargent.


33 posted on 07/04/2014 12:03:57 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Worth noting that as a grad student, Saul Alinsky, chose to hang out with Frank Nitti and the members of the Chicago Outfit to study their organizational power structure. Nitti was, of course, the immediate successor to Al Capone after the Big Fella got sent to the penitentiary. Not surprisingly, Alinsky became an extortionist. His protest methods were much like those of the Mafia.


34 posted on 07/04/2014 1:20:54 PM PDT by PBRCat
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Worth noting that as a grad student, Saul Alinsky, chose to hang out with Frank Nitti and the members of the Chicago Outfit to study their organizational power structure.

I forgot that. That was news to me.

35 posted on 07/04/2014 3:06:57 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

I am hoping the earnings are somewhat comparable to 2016, as we need this genre to thrive and they key to sustainability is profit.

I thought the color saturation was a little high and I wish he would have expanded on the segment regarding Saul Alinsky —the role of this venal insect was so far-reaching for American “progressivism” that Alinsky could merit his own film, really. I agree with the criticism that the title, “America” somehow falls short of the mark, in spite of July 4th, and even though somehow the best movie titles are the shortest.

I think Dinesh’s phased release strategy and his marketing to church congregations and via Limbaugh is effective —I saw the movie on the first showing of the first day in my area (which was one day prior to the official release date) but for the first time in 15 years my FreeperShip was suspended and so I could not write the timely film review that this film merited —really terrible luck.

I thought Dinesh handled the felony question perfectly —head-on and direct, no, “but I didn’t inhale” shenanigans, something that is actually counter-productive.

I did prefer the first film but I think if you are a Conservative but neglect to see this film with all your friends then you are freaking crazy.


36 posted on 07/04/2014 6:32:13 PM PDT by gaijin
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