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A Powerful Reminder of Arrogance and Corruption

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The new film Chappaquiddick depicts a searing scandal that changed the course of political history. As the only surviving brother in a storied dynasty, 37-year-old Senator Ted Kennedy looked like a sure bet for the Presidency in the Summer of 1969. But after leaving a boozy party with a 28-year-old female passenger, he drove his car off a bridge.

Inexplicably—and unforgivably—he waited more than 9 hours before notifying local authorities who might have rescued the trapped young woman. The film highlights backstage manipulations, involving some of the nation’s most powerful figures, that rushed the victim’s burial without autopsy and treated Ted’s political survival as their all-important goal.

Australian actor Jason Clarke portrays Kennedy as more pathetic than horrific in a credible and chilling performance. For those disgusted by today’s tawdry politics and politicians, Chappaquiddick provides a powerful reminder that corruption and arrogance have long afflicted American public life.

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  1. Ty  •  Apr 10, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    A powerful reminded of how pathetic conservatives are in what kinds of media they gravitate towards.

    Jesus/god/liberal scandals in the past – the holy trinity of conservative media focus in their movies. Contrast that to the movies liberals write and produce and it runs the gamut of human interest, comedy, fantasy, science fiction, historical period pieces, comic movies. So much more creative and free, the contrast in the kinds of movies liberals want to make and what conservatives want to see made is really amazing.

    And it can't get any more stereotypical. Conservatives are seen as more obsessed with religion and tradition and look at all the religious themes movies they make and flock to. And of course the obsession with liberal scandals from god knows how many years or decades ago, Bengazi, hit movies on Obama and Hillary by Dinesh, and now this Chappaquiddick movie. Let's look back on the darkest, most unflattering period in a liberals life, put a magnifying lens over THAT period and make a movie about it !!!!!!!

    What a sad people.

    • Ty needs counseling  •  Apr 10, 2018 at 11:07 pm

      When will you ever apply the same standards to libtards and libtard ideas? Never. Because you are a small minded hypocrite that doesn't think critically.

    • NetworkDr  •  Apr 13, 2018 at 7:44 pm

      If I am looking through blinders, feel free to correct me.

      It seems the movies made by liberals ("…human interest, comedy, fantasy, science fiction, historical period pieces, comic movies…") almost always seem to portray their own biases and push their ideologies while attacking the conservative viewpoint as out-of-touch and narrow-minded. Take "Avatar", for example. Humans are on a foreign planet trashing it as always. Or "An Inconvenient Truth/Sequel" pushing a liberal scientifically-flawed ideology.

      I would suggest that conservative movies are typically "feel-good" situations that rarely, if ever, bash liberals.

      Anybody want to provide other examples? How about a list of liberal-biased movies, next to a list of conservative-biased movies.

      • Ty  •  Apr 14, 2018 at 2:07 am

        There are plenty of liberal biased movies, a lot of the anti war movies like hurt locker were had a strain of left wing values on screen. It's just not ALL they focus on. A lot of it is just about telling an interesting story.

        Maybe the reason conservative films are so myopic is they are focusing on what THEY think is missing, but if you watch a lot of the religiously themed movies like God is not Dead (I have not, just read some reviews) there seems to be a strain of what I hear ALL the time, a conservative victim/persecution complex about how oppressed religious conservatives are. Those LIBERALS want to say happy holidays at starbucks instead of Merry CHRISTY CHRISTY CHRISTMAS !!!!!!!

        oh dear, just a few steps away from the religious gulags.

        I can already see the reaction form in some of your minds. But we ARE persecuted !!!! Exactly my point.

  2. Jonny  •  Apr 13, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Liberals/communists love the likes of the Kennedy's, and Clinton's. In fact they protect them at all costs. What about Jack, Bobbie, and Marilyn? Look how much Hillary has been protected. Thank God Trump won.

  3. Shiny  •  Apr 14, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Ty's first post gave me pause. He's right in his facts. He's right that the movies that the right makes are largely issue-based reactions, or Christian inspirational films (a few receiving OK reviews). But I think it only makes sense. Conservatives make comparatively few movies, and those righties who work in the biz are cowed. Making movies is the domain of the Left. The Left dominates the film industry because the Left dominates the Arts. They make movies of what moves them, in all subject matter. Woven in, whether it's a war film or love story or sci-fi flick, though, their world view, and opinions/feelings are displayed beautifully without blow back. For example, currently in nearly all media, the villain (or any unpleasant character) will be a Christian– depicted in a flat or over-the-top, unsympathetic light. If the Right makes a movie, and shows Christians in a better light, is that be political in your estimation, Ty?

    • Ty needs counseling  •  Apr 15, 2018 at 11:37 pm

      If movies made by conservatives/Christians were based on non-conservative/Christian themes, what reason would there be to go see them? It is 100% certain that the production, acting, writing, etc of a Hollywood movie would be better. So why would anybody go see a conservative/Chiristian movie if it wasn't just for the desire to see a movie that relates to their world view?

      And Ty is nothing but a hateful bigot. His views are nearly all based on an irrational hated of Christians and conservatives. He always assigns malicious motives to Christians and conservatives and never applies that same type of skepticism and hatred to the left. I wouldn't give anything he says much thought. You are just wasting your time. If you want to debate a liberal, at least find one that is committed to being at least 1% honest and objective. Ty just wants to vent his hatred. He doesn't care about the truth.

  4. Mark Schaffer  •  Apr 16, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    How much of this film is FICTIONAL conservatives? A substantial amount:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/06/opinion/chappaquiddick-ted-kennedy-distortortion.html

    • Mr. Deelive  •  Apr 17, 2018 at 11:18 pm

      Please answer this question honestly – if somebody wanted to make the kennedy family look horrible, especially Ted Kennedy, would it be necessary to fabricate a single fact? No, it would not.

      And I have read those articles by people attacking the film and they are usually written by people trying to protect the kennedys or their own reputations because they were tight with the kennedys. It is called circling the wagons. Look it up.

  5. Gary L Liniger  •  Apr 17, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Mark Schaffer: Gabler is a mouthpiece for the Kennedy family. His interest is in protecting his version of Ted Kennedy in the biography he is writing. The movie has been criticized by both the left and the right which to me would indicate it IS balanced.

  6. Gary L Liniger  •  Apr 17, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Ty: This is NOT a conservative movie. A conservative movie would have to be made by conservatives and I can assure you that is not the case for this movie. It is a decent film that will have little impact.

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