Over two years ago I was inspired to start this column after talking with Andrew Breitbart about the importance of conservatives engaging in the pop culture discussion. However, the most important lesson I learned from Breitbart was that conservatives should not be afraid to confront the Left. Breitbart’s commitment to expose the Left is on display in the new documentary Hating Breitbart. The movie opens this Friday, October 19. (To demand it in your local theater, go here.)
Andrew Marcus, director of Hating Breitbart, spent 30 months traveling with Breitbart to collect footage for the documentary. After graduating from the film school of the Art Institute of Chicago, Marcus documented protests. “Anytime you get more than a handful of people together in a space, you get human drama,” he said. “I find the human behavior that occurs at protests to be fascinating.”
Prior to Hating Breitbart, Marcus worked with Juan Williams on Tale of Two Missions, a documentary about school choice in Chicago.
In a speech featured in Hating Breitbart Briebart said, “We have an obligation to fight back.” Like many, I miss having Breitbart with us during such a pivotal time for the future of the country. Thanks to Hating Breitbart we are reminded of who he was, who our political enemies are and why we need to continue to expose them. As long as we follow his lead, Breitbart is here.
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Each week the De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.
1. If there were a television channel that showed only one movie over and over, what movie should it be?
If I have to pick just one it would be The Big Lebowski. If I can have two I'd add Shawshank Redemption. If I can add one more it would be Secrets and Lies. If I can pick four it would be Dadetown. Take me to five/six and you get Godfather parts 1&2. I can keep going so I'll stop.
2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?
“This aggression will not stand,man.” - The Big Lebowski
3. In A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell is strapped in with his eyes propped open and forced to watch images until he was "cured." If you could give President Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Leader Harry Reid the "Clockwork Orange treatment," what movie would you make them watch?
Well in Clockwork the very sound of Ludwig Von made Alex so ill he threw himself out of a building to make it stop. Beyond the physical torture, the poetic torture was that prior to his "cure" Beethoven was Alex's only source of real joy. In order to be consistent I would choose to project a Michael Moore marathon for President Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Leader Harry Reid's "Clockwork Orange treatment."
4. What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?
My refrigerator magnet set of the cover of the Chicago tribune the night Barack Obama was elected President, and on his inauguration day, purchased in the now shuttered Tribune gift shop at Tribune Tower in Chicago.
5. What's your current “guilty pleasure” non-news television show?
“Family Guy.” Love it despite its politics.
6. What’s the best present you ever received as a child?
7. Many have said that Washington D.C. is like Hollywood for ugly people. How do you think D.C. is like Hollywood? How is it different?
Both Hollywood and DC are like Vegas in that they're single industry towns, but Vegas is my favorite of the three. Differences? At least in DC people who oppose progressivism are free to openly express their opposition without fear of losing their jobs. In Hollywood, people in opposition to the Progressive movement have to live and work from inside a closet for fear of suddenly no longer being able to support themselves or their families. It's pathetic and the opposite of liberal. So I guess I'd say that Washington DC is more free than Hollywood. They both make Chicago look normal which is saying something.
8. What advice do you remember your mother or father giving you? Did you take it?
Just because your friend jumps off abridge doesn't mean you have to. Did I take it? The jury's still out.
9. If Republicans and Democrats had theme songs for 2012 what would they be?
Obama: Stevie Wonder's “Superstition”
Romney: E-A-SKI’s “I'm Not Him” (WARNING! NOT AT ALL SAFE FOR WORK)
10. What books are on your reading list?
President Romney's First 100 days
11. What would you like tomorrow's headline to say?
Andrew Breitbart's Death A Hoax!
12. Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.
I didn't enter the political arena, the political arena entered me. I just want to be a filmmaker and tell stories, but today, everything is politicized and so many of the best stories intersect at some point with politics.