Brad Reed

Brad Reed is a writer living in Boston. He blogs frequently at Sadly, No!.

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Dispatches From the Konservetkult

Today's members of the right-wing culture patrol see ideological subtext everywhere they look.

Given the recent renaissance of overtly political films, it was inevitable that we would also have a renaissance of overtly political film commentary, especially with blogs acting as a force multiplier. It's easy to understand why blogospheric debates would rage over whether Michael Moore lies (as contends) or hates America (as contends). But you might wonder what the political angle would be for, say, Knocked Up . Or 300 . Or the new Harry Potter movie, or the old Chevy Chase chestnut Fletch , or comic book movies ... Well, wonder no more -- welcome to the right-wing school of movie criticism! In this burgeoning genre, the sort of stuff that concerns ordinary critics -- characters, dialogue, cinematography -- pale in importance when compared to a film's potential to further right-wing political goals. Much like the Proletkult of the early Soviet Union that filtered all art through the lens of Marxism, today's Konservetkult sees ideological...

No Holy Night

With Democrats about to assume control of both houses of Congress, we liberals will have an unprecedented opportunity to vanquish Christmas once and for all. For the past twelve years, the Republicans have successfully shelved our anti-Christmas agenda, forcing us to wage a covert insurgency against the sacred holiday through lawsuits and Internet postings. Essentially, our approach has been to sue anyone who says “Merry Christmas” and then make fun of them with our vicious left-wing smear blogs. As FOX News pundit and Christmas Warrior Bill O'Reilly put it , “The ACLU goes around the country suing everybody and intimidating people... and in tandem, you use your left-wing smear websites to go after anyone who stands up for Christmas.” (O'Reilly has kept up the good fight this year, claiming Wal-Mart as a scalp when the mega-chain announced it was reverting from "Happy Holidays" to "Merry Christmas" in its labels.) Indeed, our vast anti-yuletide conspiracy has...

Battlestar Galacticons

As the midterm elections approach, many conservatives are feeling betrayed by one of their most important allies in the war on terror: Battlestar Galactica . Over the sci-fi show's first two seasons, many conservatives saw it as a pitch-perfect metaphor for the United States' post-9/11 battle against Osama bin Laden and his Muslamonazi horde. Galactica , which has become something of a surprise hit on the Sci Fi Channel, takes place in a post-apocalyptic universe where humanity has been decimated by a nuclear strike launched by an enemy race of robots known as the Cylons. Most of the action revolves around a noble band of 50,000 survivors who hurtle through space searching for a new home planet. Along the way, they have had to deal with Cylon sleeper agents, suicide bombers, and even a sinister pack of left-wingers who use violence to try to force humanity to make peace with their enemies. “The more I watch the new Battlestar Galactica series, the more the Cylons seem like...