Apocalypse Now: “I Love the Smell of Napalm in the Morning.” Heart of Darkness in the Vietnam War

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Newest Mindgasms Movie Chat with the Woke Centrist and Chris James on the movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola called Apocalypse Now, which is an extremely dark and slightly satirical film about the insane nightmare of the Vietnam War. Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando star in it, and it is basically the Heart of Darkness novella by Joseph Conrad, which is about the horror of colonialism, applied to the Vietnam War. We talk about the colonialism displayed by America in the war, how it drove U.S. soldiers insane and turned them into psychopaths, how Marlon Brando’s character, Colonel Kurtz, starts a cult after being disillusioned, them becomes a sacrifice at the alter of the war. Also, we discuss PTSD, and how the French soldiers in the movie who bailed on the war even have some colonialist hypocrisy in their anti-war critique of America. The filming of and documentary about the film is another topic that we cover, which is called Heart of Darkness: A filmmaker’s Apocalypse. We talk about the different actors like Harvey Keitel and Clint Eastwood who were originally going to play Martin Sheen’s character, that Gene Hackman was originally going to play Robert Duvall’s character, how Marlon Brando had to be stragetically filmed around and in the dark because he showed up at over 300 pounds, along with the movie going way over-schedule and over-budget. Also, George Lucas was originally going to direct it, and they used some real dead bodies that were stolen from grave robbers. We get into several other topics as well, like other war movies including The Platoon, Saving Private Ryan, Windtalkers and Full Metal Jacket. We also discuss Conservative intellectuals and pundits like Glenn Loury, Thomas Sowell, Charlie Kirk and Nick Fuentes, as well as Noam Chomsky’s debate on Chapo Trap House in support of Joe Biden. Of course, we get into the Trump supporter riots in the Washington DC capitol, Trump’s culpability, social media censorship, along with the COVID-19 pandemic and how it may have increased the price of Bitcoin stocks. We cover Democrats like AOC declining to #ForceTheVote, and most importantly, Nancy Pelosi’s tits. We go over the pandemic lockdowns as well, in addition to how Thaddeus Russel is against them, masks, and was touting support of voter Fraud claims.

Check out my last Mindgams Movie Chat with Reid Nicewonder, and Nathan from the Abstract Activist Youtube street epistemology Youtube channel, on the documentary called Mighty Ira. This is about a former ACLU president who got famous for supporting the Civil Rights Movement, then became infamous for defending the free speech of Nazis and KKK members who were holding protests. We discuss whether the freedom of speech of people widely regarded as morally reprehensible should be defended, and whether violence is ever justified against anyone for their ideas. We apply these concepts to the terrible riots and armed Trump supporters who stormed the Washington D.C. capitol yesterday, which led to a woman getting killed. Did Trump incite riots? Will he be legally prosecuted for this and for crimes related to his claims of election fraud? Will he be impeached? If so, will he be removed from office? What the fuck happened? We talk about all of these questions: