Howard Beale: Spiritual Leader of #OWS?

Yesterday I was experimenting with posting video in the comments section of an earlier entry, and for no particular reason chose the “Mad As Hell” scene from classic movie “Network”. It was just the first thing that randomly came to mind when I went to Youtube to find a short video suitable for the test — any video, it could have been a music video, it could have been a Simon’s Cat video, but for no particular reason “Howard Beale Mad As Hell” was what I typed in the Youtube search field.

I’ve always thought Network was one of the best goddamn movies ever made.  At the time it was considered extremely dark satire, so controversial that screenwriter Paddy Chayevsky had trouble shopping it around.  But who would ever have imagined the words intoned by the Mad Prophet of the Airwaves…:

… would still resonate more than ever decades later — 35 years, for those keeping track.

And just as presciently, from the same movie:

Occupy Wall Street, meddling with the Primal Forces of Nature?

6 Responses to “Howard Beale: Spiritual Leader of #OWS?”


  1. 1 Beijing York Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Superb film choice and still as powerful and meaningful as ever. And what stellar performances.

  2. 2 JJ Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    One of the best movies ever made, bar none.

    I always thought Beale’s rants were the ugly unvarnished truth about the Way Things Were, but now more than ever.

    In a way, Howard Beale sort of reminds me of George Carlin in his later years (I think he was at his best when he got old and cynical).

  3. 5 Jackie Denney Monday, November 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    not only one of my favorite movies, one of my favorite expressions with no curse words.

  4. 6 JJ Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    “With no curse words” 😆 😆


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