Zero Motivation, (2014) Israel. Zohar (Dana Ivgy) and Daffi (Nelly Tagar) are two young Israeli soldiers serving on a remote army base. Stuck in the Human Resources Division, the girls are bored pencil-pushers who spend their days playing video games, singing pop songs, flirting with handsome male soldiers, and dreaming of escape to Tel Aviv. An Israeli version of MASH (1970), or Stripes (1981), it was a huge hit in Israel. Simultaneously hilarious and touching, Zero Motivation is, ultimately, a military coming-of-age movie that offers a unique glimpse into Israeli society. Netflix.
Here at Seraphic Secret we try to maintain an optimistic demeanor. However, after seven years of Obama, this becomes increasingly difficult, if not downright impossible. Cognitive dissonance is not our style.
IslamoNazis are on the march all across the globe. In Israel, the murder of Jews by IslamoNazis who call themselves Palestinians—a faux nationality invented by the KGB—is a cottage industry. Thanks to Obama’s ideological rigidity Iran edges closer to becoming a nuclear power. And ObamaCare, as we knew it would be, is a complete disaster. One for the most disturbing cultural trends is the shameless race baiting and Orwellian inversion of truth that has become the core of the postmodern Democrat party.
Call me lazy.
This was an interesting decade. Hollywood’s studio system was a wheezing dinosaur. Television was thought to be killing the movies. And yet, as always, great screenwriters, actors, and directors pushed through the pervasive mediocrity and produced stunning masterpieces.
1. Sunset Boulevard, 1950.
Bill Holden was once asked what it took to be a star.
He answered, “It.”
“What’s it?” queried the puzzled interviewer.
“It is the lead role in Sunset Boulevard,” replied Holden.