Dr. Ted Baehr is the founder and publisher of MOVIEGUIDE, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission, and a well-known movie critic, educator, lecturer and media pundit. He also is the author of several books, including "The Culture-Wise Family" with legendary entertainer Pat Boone. For more information, please call 800-899-6684 or go to the MOVIEGUIDE website.More ↓Less ↑
Editor’s note: Dr. Tom Snyder contributed to this column.
There’s a smell of rotten bananas at this year’s Oscar festivities.
Oscar favorite “Brokeback Mountain” leads the pack among MOVIEGUIDE’s list of the 20 Most Unbearable Movies of 2005 receiving the “Rotten Banana” Award. Other Oscar nominees, including “Good Night, And Good Luck,” “Munich,” “Match Point,” “Syriana” and “Transamerica” are also on MOVIEGUIDE’s Rotten Banana list of the year’s worst movies.
“Brokeback Mountain,” in fact, deserves the Sexual Predator Award for “Most Deceptive Sodomy Propaganda.” “Syriana” receives the Osama Award for “Most Traitorous Revisionist History.” “Munich” receives the Neville Chamberlain Award for “Worst Compromise with Terrorism.” And so forth …
The Oscars are obviously out of touch with moviegoers. Only one or two of its major left-wing, perverted nominees will earn even close to $100 million here or overseas. And, we predict that none of them will come close to earning $100 million on home video.
Actor George Clooney has the distinction of having two movies on the Rotten Bananas list – “Syriana” and “Good Night, And Good Luck.” That’s because Clooney has emerged as a secular, left-wing loony. For example, Clooney’s movie “Syriana,” which comes from a true espionage story about ruthless dictator Saddam Hussein, turns Hussein into a peaceful Arab prince and glorifies Islamic terrorists while trashing the United States of America and capitalism.
As for “Good Night, And Good Luck,” the movie is supposed to be a reply against conservative pundit Ann Coulter’s defense of Sen. Joe McCarthy in her book “Treason.” But, the movie gets the facts wrong and uses the same smear tactics that the Stalinist, neo-Marxist liberals used against McCarthy that Ann was complaining about in her book. Thus, “Good Night, And Good Luck” gets our Fellow Traveler Award for the “Worst Revisionist, Neo-Marxist Liberal Propaganda.”
MOVIEGUIDE? is waiting anxiously for the day when someone in Hollywood will make a movie about the liberal, neo-Marxist blacklist against conservative and libertarian actors and filmmakers who were blackballed in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s by neo-Marxist liberals in the entertainment industry when they wouldn’t tow the communist, Stalinist line. Don’t hold your breath, however.
Clooney’s “Syriana” is not the only movie that depicts Muslim terrorists in a sympathetic light. Steven Spielberg’s “Munich” also favorably depicts a Muslim terrorist – a Palestinian. Appeasement with terrorists and tyrants is the ultimate message of “Munich.” The movie argues strongly against using force to stop terrorism. Ironically, the protagonist of “Munich” becomes a pacifist, leaves Israel and retreats to New York City, only to pose with the two World Trade Center towers in the background in a scene foreshadowing more terrorism against innocent civilians. The movie’s whole message – not just its title – conjures up the image of Neville Chamberlain groveling at the feet of Adolf Hitler. “Munich” also contains gratuitous sexual content, explicit nudity and excessive violence.
For the first year ever in its 20-year history, the Rotten Bananas have also picked the five worst scenes of 2005:
Pup-tent sodomy scene, “Brokeback Mountain”
Fisting pedophile scene, “The Mysterious Skin”
Bob Saget of TV’s “Full House” telling a vile dirty joke, “The Aristocrats”
Obi-Wan Kenobi illogically telling Anakin Skywalker that only evil people believe in absolutes, “Star Wars III: Revenge Of The Sith” (Is that an absolute truth, Master Obi-Wan?)
Priest desecrating dead woman, “Kingdom Of Heaven”
The scene in the “Star Wars” movie is unintentionally funny. Obi-Wan tells Luke Skywalker’s father, Anakin, that only the evil Sith lords believe in absolute truth, but all he offers Anakin are his own absolute truths, like the Dark Side of the Force is evil. No wonder Anakin turns into Darth Vader. He couldn’t mentally comprehend the illogical dialogue in George Lucas’ script without going insane!
The other four scenes are just plain offensive and despicable.
Below is a complete list of the 20 Most Unbearable Movies of 2005:
Sexual Predator Award, “Brokeback Mountain,” Most Deceptive Sodomy Propaganda
Hamas Award, “Kingdom Of Heaven,” Worst Politically Correct Pro-Muslim Attack on Truth, History and Christianity
Benedict Arnold Award, “The New World,” Worst Re-Writing of America’s Christian History
Osama Award, “Syriana,” Most Traitorous Revisionist History
Kinsey Crime Award, “Mysterious Skin,” Most Sickening Homosexual Pedophile Movie
Gutter Snipe Award, “The Aristocrats,” Sickest Stand-Up Comedy
Lucifer Award, “Sin City,” Most Perverse & Evil Comic Book Movie
Lord of the Flies Award, “Indigo,” Worst Movie Promoting Psychic Children
Fellow Traveler Award, “Good Night, And Good Luck,” Worst Revisionist, Neo-Marxist Liberal Propaganda
Witch of Endor Award, “Bewitched,” Worst Movie Promoting Witchcraft; Dishonorable Mention, “Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire,” Runner Up
Senile Ralph Nader Award, “The Constant Gardener,” Most Ignorant Anti-Capitalist Movie
Bill & Hillary Award, “Mr. And Mrs. Smith,” Worst Portrayal of Marriage
Open Raincoat Award, “Palindromes,” Most Pathetic Pedophile Movie
Hitler Youth Brainwashing Award, “The Brothers Grimm,” Worst Perversion of Morality in Fairy Tales
Charlatan Award, “The Work And The Glory: American Zion,” Worst False Religious Movie
Tawdry Self-Hate Award, “Transamerica,” Worst Transvestite Movie
Two Left Feet Award, “Rent,” Most Outdated Politically Correct Musical
My Mother the Car Award, “The Dukes Of Hazard,” Worst TV Adaptation
Crimes & Felonies Award, “Match Point,” Worst Humanist Getting Away with Murder Movie
Neville Chamberlain Award, “Munich,” Worst Compromise with Terrorism
These films have been chosen not necessarily because they have sex, violence, nudity or profanity, but because they have a worldview antithetical to the biblical, conservative worldview. They communicate philosophies that, in the final analysis, are anti-human, anti-God, un-American, false and immoral – and that can only lead to disaster.
MOVIEGUIDE? will celebrate the best, most-inspiring movies of the year at our upcoming 14th Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry, to be held Thursday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Some of these films are very entertaining and liked by many Christians, conservatives and libertarians. Furthermore, many of them have positive values interwoven with their negative messages.
Consequently, this list is to help readers wrestle with the theological, philosophical, moral and political issues involved, and to help others with the false ideologies in these movies.
For more information about MOVIEGUIDE?, the Awards Gala and the Rotten Bananas, please visit www.movieguide.org or call 1-800-899-6684.