The Case Against Recreation - Part 4: Movies

Funny story written by Dick Sheerer

Friday, 31 July 2015

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Movies: A Popular Pastime


Motion pictures have come a long way since Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton first bored us with their silent films. And let's not forget the Keystone Kopps who brought shame and disgrace upon every police force in America, by making our men in blue look like a bunch of clueless idiots.

Another low point in film making history was the childhood labor exploitation of Shirley Temple who got so burned out her named turned Black. What does it say about a society that glorifies movie stars? They are just actors playing a part. Whatever they say and do is a lie. They are experts at faking it, pretending, tricking the audience in a deceitful display of duplicity.

These masters of deception should never be trusted. But their talent is so good that the audience is fooled. They take millions from moviegoers by putting on an act. It's not for real but their fans have to believe it is so they can get their money's worth out of the show. There's something very wrong when people want to pay good money just to get lied to. Their lives must be so boring that they need this artificial type of drama to feel fulfilled.

The Academy Awards are a big deal in Hollywood and around the world. Like most thing out of Tinsel Town it's all hype. The criteria for judgment is based on box office sales, not artistic merit, so the whole affair makes a mockery of cinematography as an art form. And what's with that Oscar thing. The statue's so stiff it looks like he has stage fright.

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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