Writing for the University of Mobile’s Center for Leadership, I take encouragement from recent experiences at the movies.
[I]n American pop culture, where liberal Hollywood still reigns supreme, some encouraging signs are emerging even from the movie industry’s citadel.
For decades, the prevailing ethos of Hollywood movies has sneered at faith, sneered at patriotism, sneered at the virtues of personal restraint, and gratuitously promoted senseless violence and other immorality….
But Hollywood is, in the long run, responsive to the dictates of the almighty dollar. This is one case where mammon serves a good cause – because the public so often rejects the Hollywood anti-hero with box office collapses, but still rewards movies that tap into more traditional notions of good and evil.
The good news is that recent months have seen a series of blockbuster movies that celebrate faith, patriotism, and integrity….
The movies I discuss are Flight, Argo, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, and Les Miserables. (I also intend to see Silver Linings Playbook and The Impossible soon, but I don’t know if they qualify for the points I make, or not.)
I also recommend that conservatives put money and talent into movie-making.