Top News

November 5, 2013

BLOG: Film enhances sense of patriotism

CHICKASHA — I love today.

Every year, I have a quiet evening at home with a healthy meal, some wine and a screening of a film that touts true patriotism.

Today is the day that shall never be forgot. It's the fifth of November.

Now, for those who don't know, this date marks the anniversary of a group of rebels' failed attempt to blow up Britain's Parliament building several centuries ago. One such rebel, Guy Fawkes, was captured and hanged for his treason. Initially, this day was celebrated to commemorate a triumph of government over a dangerous rebellion.

Fast forward to 2005 when the then Wachowski brothers canonized Fawkes in a film interpretation of Allen Moore's graphic novel, V for Vendetta.

Now, I think it's important to note that I am a huge fan of the film and only a moderate fan of the comic. The Wachowskis depict the title character as a revolutionary on a quest to upend a tyrannical government and restore power to the people.

Moore's V is essentially an anarchist, and I am just not a fan of anarchism.

The film is well done. It features solid performances from Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving. It's visually appealing and aesthetically wonderful.

But this eclipses the real beauty of this movie as a connector and political aphrodisiac.

I was 19 when I first saw V for Vendetta, and I took away a sense of political discourse and pride in my nation that wasn't there before. This film fosters a love for freedom and respect for our country unlike any other. It depicts a world similar to Orwell's 1984 that is sobering regardless of political orientation. Unlike 1984, V for Vendetta gives viewers a hero, who does more than try to commit "crimes" in secret. The protagonist attempts to restore the country he once loved. And the best part, he wears a mask. Similar to a common theme found in the recent Batman films, V continuously states that a hero can be anyone. At the end of the film, viewers see hundreds marching in spite of military oppression.

This is beautiful imagery, which beckons the patriot in everyone's soul, and this is why on Nov. 5, I always remember by watching this film I love, remember the country I love, and, despite political rhetoric from both sides of the aisle, remember we are still free.

Text Only
Top News
  • Hospitals let patients schedule ER visits

    Three times within a week, 34-year-old Michael Granillo went to the emergency room at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles because of intense back pain. Each time, Granillo, who didn't have insurance, stayed for less than an hour before leaving without being seen by a doctor.

    July 22, 2014

  • Malaysians wonder 'Why us?' after second loss of airline jet

    It was all too familiar. Grieving families rushing to airport. The flashing television graphics of a plane's last radar appearance. The uncomfortable officials before a heavy thicket of microphones.
    For many Malaysians, the disappearance of Flight 370 in March has been a long trauma from which the nation has not yet recovered.

    July 21, 2014

  • Galaxy II end Energy unbeaten run

    When Los Angeles Galaxy II beat Oklahoma City Energy FC back in May, the venue, the team sheet and the state of both clubs were different than those on Saturday night. Unfortunately for OKC, the script remains the same.

    July 19, 2014

  • H@TG4ES-1.jpg Howling at the Gates:

    The web comic, "Howling at the Gates" begins when mad scientist Hypatia tells her boyfriend Grant that she plans to kidnap Pythagorus with her time machine.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Court rules Oklahoma gay marriage ban unconstitutional for second time

    A federal appeals court judge ruled for the second time the state of Oklahoma cannot prevent homosexuals from marrying, and Chickasha native Aron Seymour couldn't be more excited. 

    July 19, 2014

  • Chickasha son's golf legacy lives on locally

    The way Orville Moody struck a golf ball marveled players across the professional tour.

    July 19, 2014

  • Warriors host Chickasha to open 2014 season

    The 2014 Chickasha football schedule is out, and once again they start the season off with a formidable task.

    July 19, 2014

  • Hurley to 'keep things simple' as Verden's new mayor

    New Verden Mayor Mike Hurley would love to see the town grow, but he also understands simplicity is a virtue.

    July 18, 2014

  • Three vehicles involved in crash on 4th St.

    Three vehicles were involved in a crash on Wednesday afternoon allegedly caused by a driver under the influence of intoxicants.

    July 18, 2014

  • DSCF2144.JPG Standley Systems demonstrate 3D printing services

    If you can dream it, you can print it. Standley Systems, a company based in Chickasha, offers 3D printing services at their 26 E. Main location in Oklahoma City.

    July 16, 2014 3 Photos

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong

Who do you blame for the current immigration crisis?

The President
Both are equally at fault
     View Results