Death of a Nation (2018)

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Dinesh D'Souza's latest movie is "Death of a Nation". And it perfectly exemplifies the bias in movie reviewers. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 0/90. Not a single reviewer liked it, 90% of the audience does - and that shows how of our touch or biased the reviewers are. Remember, this is the first of his movies to open in over 1,000 theaters, and his documentaries easily out-earn most (usually putting him in the top handful of documentaries of all time).

What about the movie?

It's a documentary that details things that infuriate the left including:

  • The racist history of the Democratic party, and how their divisiveness has existed since Andrew Jackson.
  • How the left uses accusations of racism, sexism, classism to silence their opponents (so this is nothing new)
  • How fascism is a left wing ideology (duh!)
  • How the fascists and the left (FDR) had a mutual affection until WWII, and how the Nazi's modeled some of their policies after Democrat policies in the South (both pre and post civil war)
  • It parallels the left's tantrum of Lincoln winning and starting the civil war, to their current tantrum of Trump winning.
  • It even dives in and interviews the Alt-Right and shows how they came from the Occupy Movement, and how their views align more with Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, than Donald Trump

These are all well documented and easily researched facts. So some far-left Historians hated it and said it was misleading -- despite the fact that it is littered with clips, quotes and evidence. As I've dived into all this long before this movie, it was a little shallow (surface stuff), but the deeper stuff supports the macro point even more (it would just be too dry for a documentary). And it still offered some good examples, or clips that I hadn't seen. So while it is a shallow and high level overview, from a definite right wing perspective.... and it does cherry pick and glosses over a lot of nuance has to get glossed over to fit the format -- it's far more accurate than the average historical movie or documentary that comes out of Hollywood. And if you dived into the nuance and counter-factuals on both sides, it would become dryer, and more boring, but still have many of the same macro-conclusions:

  • The National Democratic Socialists in America and Germany are far more aligned than Trump's brand of National Populist Capitalism ever was
  • And the DNC's techniques of bullying their opponents through use of slander and "the big lie", leans more towards soft fascism than traditional Americanism or American Conservatism.

So it's pretty good, not great. Most of it was rehash for me, and a bit shallow. It doesn't deserve a 0% rating as it is far better and uses far fewer dirty tricks than a Michael Moore film, that the same reviewers and critics will all love -- not because they really care about the accuracy or omissions (or that documentaries have to go a mile high and an inch deep), but because it preaches things they want to believe. The fact that Moore's less accurate, honest, and does far worse in all the areas they'll criticize Dinesh for, just proves their bias more than his.


Reviewer Bias 

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Movie critics often have a leftward slant that makes them droll and predictable. It also means if a movie is at all political, has anything that's politically incorrect, or can be re-imagined that way, then reviewers will likely get out of touch with the audience. Since I lean towards the audience preferences and away from marxism as movie-reviews, this spread (or the inverse of the reviewers opinions) can be a better indicator of how much I'll like a film than their actual reviews.

Examples of reviewers vs viewers:

  • Death of a Nation (2018) -90% (0/90) - Right wing documentary with shallow history of DNC
  • 13 Hours: The secret soldiers in Benghazi -33 (50/83) - Entertaining Action film with historical accuracy
  • 2016 Obama's America -48% (25/73) - Documentary explaining Obama's circle and their motives
  • America: Imagine the World Without her (2014) -76% spread (8/84) - Historical Documentary from a conservative point of view
  • Atlas Shrugged Trilogy -59% (10/69) and -57% (4/61) and -41% (0/41) - While not a great adaptation of Ayn Rand, movie critics hate anything that advocates for individual liberty and responsibility, or criticizes collectivism.
  • The Climate Hustle (2016) -72% spread (0/72) - Late rebuttal to Inconvenient Truth
  • The Shack (2017) -64% spread (20/84) - it put Christian faith above the one true religion of Marxism
  • Hillary's America (2016) -77% spread (4/81) - Never expose the dark side of the Clinton's or DNC to movie reviewers, they can't handle the truth.
  • W +17% (59/42) - Fictional alternate universe George W Bush piece
  • An Inconvenient Truth +15% (93/78) - Global Warming Alarmist Propaganda that got as much wrong as right
  • Fahrenheit 911 +14% (83/69) - Michael Moore's editing would make Joseph Goebbels proud.
  • Born on the 4th of July +14% (90/76) - Oliver Stone's caricature of all soldiers as guilt ridden murders, unless they become anti-war protestors.
  • Steve Jobs (2015) +13% (96/73) - Aaron Sorkin's fictionalization drama-mentary of Steve Jobs life.

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