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ZERO SPOILERS: Glenn Reviews Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Glenn and his family are huge fans of Guardians of the Galaxy. In fact, the summer the first movie came out has become known amongst the Beck clan as "The Summer of Guardians of the Galaxy."

"We're huge fans of the soundtrack. I mean, the summer that it came out, we were on vacation . . . and it lasted all summer. We made jokes --- "I am Groot" --- the whole summer long. It was a summer that will be burned into the memory of my kids their whole life," Glenn said Tuesday on radio.

POLL: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?

Those are high standards to live up to. How did he feel after taking the family to see the sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?

"I think this movie is close to the most perfect movie I've ever seen," Glenn said.

See his entire review above --- with NO SPOILERS.

GLENN: Went to Guardians of the Galaxy last night with the kids. Took the whole family. I'm a huge of Guardians of the Galaxy, the whole family is. We're huge fans of the soundtrack. I mean, the summer that that came out, we were on vacation -- one of his it on vacation. And it lasted all summer. I mean, we making jokes. "I am Groot," the whole summer long.

JEFFY: Right.

GLENN: It was a summer that will be burned into the memory of my kids for their whole life, the summer of Guardians of the Galaxy, just to put it into perspective. Okay?

JEFFY: Ooh.

GLENN: I heard all these movie reviews that said, "Oh, it's the greatest. It's so much better than the first one." And I'm like, "Yeah, okay. Well, I'll see." Because that never happens. When's the last time you saw a movie that was better than the first one? And the first one has to be good.

JEFFY: I mean, I don't remember. It's been a long time. Years.

GLENN: What was it? Clover Leaf Lane? Cloverfield. That's what it is. Cloverfield.

JEFFY: Right. Possible.

GLENN: That one came out, and it was like, okay. But then the sequel to that was much, much better.

STU: That's a weird example.

GLENN: Because I'm trying to think -- I'm trying to think of anything where the first movie, where they made a sequel --

JEFFY: Right. Back in the '70s. Maybe. The Godfather.

STU: Godfather 2 is certainly one that people would point to in that conversation.

JEFFY: Yeah.

STU: I mean, Empire Strikes Back is certainly one I would point to. I mean, there are a few examples. But it's rare. You're right. Really rare.

GLENN: So I'm like, "Yeah, yeah, whatever." I think this movie is close to the most perfect movie I've ever seen.

STU: Jeez. Really?

JEFFY: Wow.

GLENN: Yeah, I loved it. I loved it. Tania had the only complaint in the family, she thought the music was better in the first one. But, you know, as a kid of the '70s, not so much. I mean, I thought they did some really good stuff.

But start with -- and I'm not going to give any spoilers away. I won't tell you anything about the movie itself. No spoilers.

JEFFY: Yeah, right.

STU: Good. Okay. Because I want to see it.

GLENN: But I will tell you, things like CGI -- which, you don't go to a movie for CGI. And CGI has gotten to the point, where you're like, okay. Whatever. Ooh. Everything is exploding. Got it.

They do some scenes in here with some amazing things with, you know, battle scenes and everything else that are incredible. But I can go see CGI in space all day long. CGI in the opening scene -- they take -- and I'm not spoiling anything. Kurt Russell is in this movie. They take Kurt Russell and they use CGI to create the Kurt Russell that I remember growing up in the 1970s. Okay?

And I can't tell it's CGI.

STU: Jeez.

GLENN: Tania said, "Who is that? How did they get him to look so much -- I said, "Honey, that's CGI." Yeah, it is.

I cannot see the CGI. I mean, it's the most incredible -- I see -- the CGI that just came out, the new Star Wars with the -- remember with the general and then Leia. I can spot that a million -- to me, it looked like a game. And, you know, that's good CGI. But it doesn't look real. I cannot tell the difference between real and CGI in this. It's unbelievable. Okay?

So the special effects are incredible. They do things like seeing the shock wave off of the wings of things when they're in the atmosphere, that nobody is going to really appreciate. But it was the attention to detail that was just incredible.

The script was funnier I thought than the first one. Hard, hard laughs. Even the new characters -- you know, it's like, oh, is that girl with the antenna -- is she going to be a Jar Jar Binks? Stop. She was great. They all were great.

Now, I don't like people to go, well, there were holes in the story line. You can't jump into hyperspace.

Shut up. It's a raccoon driving the ship. So please don't talk to me about holes in the plot.

I didn't see any. But I'm not one of those guys that look for those things, you know, when I'm going to see a show about a talking raccoon. I thought it was as close to a perfect movie as anything I've seen.

STU: And you're saying --

JEFFY: Wow.

STU: -- in the genre or overall movies?

GLENN: Name movies that you think were pretty darn perfect.

STU: I mean, I -- you know, I guess you're going into more like Oscar-winning times. You would put it in that category?

GLENN: I would say movie. Yeah, I think this could win an Oscar for several things. But I won't. But it could.

STU: I don't know. $146 million opening weekend. Now, Guardians of the Galaxy, the original did 94 and was gigantic. This did 146.

GLENN: Second biggest opening. Yeah.

JEFFY: That's domestically. Because worldwide, it's already done 427 million.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Oh, this thing is --

STU: All right. Let me ask you this. Two hours, 17 minutes. That's a little long.

JEFFY: Whoa. Whoa.

GLENN: Not a problem. Never slowed down. Never felt long. Never looked at my watch. Never thought, "Oh, jeez. How long is this going to go?" I mean, in thinking about it, I can't think of a scene that felt long. Didn't know it was that long. Yeah, didn't know it was that long.

JEFFY: Wow.

GLENN: I mean, this thing -- this thing -- I mean, I don't know -- especially when you have a sequel, you know, then the movie execs are like, "We could make a billion dollars with this one. Quick, get some more people to think it through." And then they have a whole room full of people that are like, "No, no, well, that might offend this group. So you don't want to do that. Well, hang on, don't offend that group, if you go with that joke." And they wreck the movie.

I don't know how they pulled this one off. It's better than the first. And I can't think -- I mean, I know there are. I know there are other movies that are out there that are just flawless. You know, but in this genre, it is by far the best Marvel, by far the best Marvel. And I like Marvel movies. Stu doesn't. I love -- I see every Marvel movie that comes out. I love them. This is by far the best.

STU: I mean, when you're talking sequels, I mean, most people, the standard is typically Speed 2: Cruise Control.

GLENN: No. Now, don't -- don't even go there. That was a flop. That was a flop. No, I'm talking -- that was perfect and flawless. That was colorless. That was colorless.

STU: What a huge mistake that they didn't get all the original people back for that one. Wow, you want to talk about just burning money.

By the way, it is Guardians of the Galaxy Volume II is the number 219 movie, all time worldwide after four days.

JEFFY: Wow.

STU: I mean, this is going to be a --

GLENN: Chris Pratt is --

STU: It's going to be successful.

GLENN: Chris Pratt is -- I mean, he's key to this movie. They're all so good -- Chris Pratt is just --

STU: He's at the point --

GLENN: He's on his way to being the Jimmy Stewart, Tom Hanks of this generation.

STU: Yeah, he's a money-printing machine.

GLENN: Yeah. But he's likable --

STU: But Hanks is an interesting parallel. You know, came from comedy. Has that sensibility, but also can really act. Can pull everything off. Is known as a nice guy. Never pisses you off.

GLENN: Yep. Yep. Yep.

STU: He's going to --

GLENN: He has a very, very, very long career.

STU: If I remember him, I would not be overly concerned with my 401(k). I mean, I put it in riskier investments and risk potentially losing some in a market correction. That's the sort of choices I'd be making.

GLENN: Wow, that's good.

STU: It's that type of life.

GLENN: So you actually like Guardians of the Galaxy?

STU: Yeah, and I don't like any of these movies. As you know, I'm not a superhero movie fan, per se. I typically like them a lot more when they're sort of sarcastic and self-aware.

GLENN: But aren't those all -- aren't all the Avenger movies kind of --

STU: No. No. That's why like, if I'm going to pick one from the mainstay that's happening now, it would be Ironman. Because I like his attitude.

GLENN: Right.

STU: But like, Captain America, eh.

GLENN: I love Captain America.

STU: I know. You love that. That Winter Soldier that came out a couple years ago, you loved that. But most of the time I don't like that. I did like Deadpool, for the same reasons, I think.

GLENN: Yeah, I didn't see Deadpool. I saw like 15 minutes of Deadpool, and it was just too much. I didn't even think -- you know me. I have a very dark sense of humor. I don't -- I don't get Deadpool. That's weird for me.

STU: That's surprising. But you also saw only 15 minutes of it. So maybe it would have turned you around. I did like that one. But, I mean, that's the type I would like. Most of them I don't.

But Guardians of the Galaxy -- I remember when I saw the first preview for Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, I'm not even familiar at all with the comic book. I didn't even know it existed. It looked like legitimately the worst decision I have ever -- you've got a talking raccoon and a tree in a movie. That's -- and the big hook is they're playing cassette tapes of '80s songs. Is that really --

GLENN: Oh, it was fantastic.

STU: But the preview when I first saw it, I was like, this is going to lose a billion dollars. And, by the way, Trump is definitely going to lose the election. But, I mean, this is going to lose a billion dollars.

GLENN: I sat in the movie last night, laughed really loud. I love to listen to my wife laugh. We used to watch The Office. And, honestly, she watched the office, I watched her. I'd sit back on the couch, and I would just watch her, just laugh. I love my wife's laugh.

And so yesterday, last night, she was laughing so hard. And I just -- I love anything that makes her laugh, I'm in love with. And so we're laughing together, really, really funny parts. But as many times as I laughed, as I'm critiquing the movie in a way that nobody else would -- I just kept -- I bet I said four times out loud to myself, "Wow." Just thinking, "Wow. I mean, this is perfect." You know, you're looking at the script and the acting and the CGI and the pacing and the comedy. All of it together. And the music. There were several times, I just -- I sat in the movie theater. At least four and went, "Wow."

STU: Jeez.

GLENN: It's a good movie.

STU: That is not only high praise for you, but also the fact that you didn't spoil anything in the movie is stunning to me. The audience is on the floor.

GLENN: Never happens. Never happens. Never happens.

STU: I cannot believe you did not ruin the movie.

GLENN: That is probably the most flawless movie review I have done.

STU: That is true.

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The rollout of 5G has begun across the country … except at airports. Rumors are everywhere that the new 5G networks could cause massive — and deadly — disruptions to air traffic. But is this a factual fear, or does it belong in the same bucket as the billion other conspiracy theories surrounding 5G? Population control, invisible propaganda, hundreds of birds that die all at once, wavelengths that microwave your brain ... And what about the less far-fetched concerns about what 5G could usher in: Increased Big Tech monitoring, ESG scores, the metaverse? Since President Biden isn’t doing anything to calm America’s fears, Glenn sits down with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr to cut through the noise and separate fact from fiction. Yes, Carr explains, there is a lot to be concerned about. But he also details why he’s so optimistic about the potential a 5G-powered world could have.

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The Great Reset is not just an elitist idea — it’s not even a socialist utopian concept. It’s a real-world fascist threat to every American from Wall Street to Main Street. It’s happening now in policies and cultural shifts big and small, obvious and subtle, from environmental promises to corporations going woke. But the mainstream media, global elites, and politicians brushed off the Great Reset as “nothing to see here.” Another myth they push: “The World Economic Forum is just a conference for elites who have no REAL power.”

Glenn Beck first exposed the Great Reset almost two years ago, and the globalist cries of "conspiracy theorist" soon followed. They said he believed the WEF was a “master cabal calling the shots from some evil underground lair.” But Glenn Beck never said that. Instead, he uncovered the true intentions of global leaders in finance and politics by simply highlighting their own words.

This week, the same global elites are doubling down on their agenda at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda virtual event. But still, the global elites — like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey — are trying to downplay the WEF’s influence to stop people like us from interfering with their plans. The oligarchy will prosper in the new world order they’ve designed. You will not.

So Glenn unveils a master chalkboard based on his best-selling new book to outline the threats from globalists and why we must stop their agenda if we hope to keep the precious freedoms we still have.

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Follow THESE 8 STEPS so we can REVIVE our republic

It’s a new year, and every new year comes with New Year's resolutions. This is when we resolve to lose weight, join a gym, or finally read those books on our shelves. For many of us, the New Year's resolution has become a kind of joke, because deep down, we know the new diet won’t stick and that reading a book a day isn’t really sustainable. The real issue is that we usually create resolutions that are too idealistic and broad, like, “Be healthy.” When it comes time to deliver on those resolutions, we don’t know what to do, so we quit.

But the idea of resolutions is still a good one. It is good to set new and better goals for ourselves. The secret is keeping them attainable.

You will hear many people, like me, tell you that 2022 is the year to save the American republic. Well, that is a great idea, but what do we actually DO to make that happen?

I know this audience is already resolved to save America, so I want to offer you some specific, actionable ways to do that.

Here are some “Practical Steps to Revive the Republic.” It is by no means a fully comprehensive list. We will find a broad array of ways to save our nation. This list is a jumping-off point for the New Year for folks like us who love this country.

Practical Steps to Revive the Republic

1. Get married and have a family.

Mother Teresa said, “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”

Family is the first system of government we enter. It is where we are taught the virtues necessary for self-government. Children denied love and guidance when they are young struggle to successfully enter society, let alone the reality of their own lives. We call them “mal-adjusted.”

Ronald Reagan addressed the nation in 1986, saying:

“Consider, for example, that the philosopher-historians Will and Ariel Durant called the family ‘the nucleus of civilization.’ They understood that all those aspects of civilized life that we most deeply cherish — freedom, the rule of law, economic prosperity and opportunity — that all these depend upon the strength and integrity of the family. If you think about it, you'll see that it's in the family that we must all learn the fundamental lesson of life — right and wrong, respect for others, self-discipline, the importance of knowledge, and, yes, a sense of our own self-worth. All of our lives, it's the love of our families that sustains us when times are hard. And it is perhaps above all to provide for our children that we work and save.

“Some have suggested that in today's world, the family has somehow become less important. Well, I can't help thinking just the opposite: that when so much around us is whispering the little lie that we should live only for the moment and for ourselves, it's more important than ever for our families to affirm an older and more lasting set of values.”

If you are concerned about the fall of the American republic, remember that liberty is always just a generation away from success or demise, and the children we raise make all of the difference.

2. Tell the truth.

“When you have something to say, silence is a lie.” –Jordan B. Peterson

Lying is really easy. It seems to take the mess of the present and push it into the future. But lying makes the world like a mine field of constructed reality – one wrong step and it will all blow up. To maintain a lie costs the liar in consciousness, attention, and productivity. Enough lies make you useless. Useless people have very little capacity for self-government.

In 2021, we rightly pointed out, “The media lies!” “The politicians lie!” “The doctors lie!” “The celebrities lie!”

But if we lie too, can we expect better from them? If we are silent in the face of lies, when we KNOW they are lies, then how can we expect things to improve?

If we each agreed to stop lying and to tell the truth today, can you imagine how much better tomorrow could be? Theodore Dalrymple, the pen name of the English writer and psychiatrist, said it perfectly: “When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.” We have to embrace and promote a way of life worthy of liberty – and that starts with me, you, and all of us.

3. Study history and read old books.

There is nothing new under the sun. It’s likely that the struggles of today were deliberated years ago by our ancestors. Perhaps they have some good ideas worth considering. We won’t know unless we study them. The American system of government was revolutionary not because the founders were somehow superhuman (although God was clearly with them) but because they embraced the lessons of the past. If you think practically, looking at the future is impossible, but moving into the future, regardless of where you look, is inevitable. The only concrete information we have is in the past. If you are being presented with a “new idea,” check with the past first to see how that idea will play out. If you love the American republic, study it. If you want to navigate the future, read old books.

4. Own. Don’t rent.

Many of us likely watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” over the holidays. This movie makes an explicit case for the correlation between home ownership and human dignity. The greedy villain. Mr. Potter, wants to keep the people of the town in his rental apartments and is threatened by the movie's protagonist, George Bailey, whose Bailey Building and Loan business is helping people own their own homes.

Home ownership matters. Not only does it set you on the path toward true self-reliance and out of the grips of the “Mr. Potters” of the world, but it also creates local buy-in, which makes our communities stronger. A 2001 Harvard study found:

“Strong and consistent evidence indicates that homeowners are more likely to:

a) be satisfied with their homes and neighborhoods;

b) participate in voluntary and political activities; and

c) stay in their homes longer, contributing to neighborhood stability.

To be metaphorical: It turns out that when we put down roots, we care more about the local soil. But right now, we are seeing the death of home ownership in exchange for perpetual renting. Even people with the financial capacity to buy a home are forgoing it for the ease of renting. But if we want to save our republic, we have to tend to our local communities. We have to take ownership over where we live.

Before our Declaration spoke about “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” John Locke was talking about the natural rights of life, liberty, and property. When he said “property,” he was talking about the holistic ownership a man can have over his destiny. The right to own property is about self-determination. In essence, it is about the right to own yourself – to own your destiny.

If you can buy a home, do it. If not, take on the mentality of a homeowner in your community, not a passerby.

Whenever possible, own, don’t rent.

5. Dump the tea into the sea.

Over the past two years, the government has grabbed at power like a drunken man in a strip club, losing all decorum, restraint, and sense of place in the greater society. But what is more disturbing is that we complied. After “15 days to slow the spread,” we stayed unnecessarily locked down physically, emotionally, and financially for almost two years.

Remember the last time kings tried to hold us down? I’m not saying to turn to violence. I am saying we should just start saying “no” to the government overreach – PEACEFULLY, respectfully, and deliberately.

Thomas Jefferson said, “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive.”

Maybe the lovers of the American republic need to start getting into, as the left loves to say, “good trouble.”

6. Know your rights AND your responsibilities.

We all love talking about our rights. In fact, the word “rights” is being conflated with a narcissistic tendency to think we deserve the whole world to conform to our way of life. Yet our inalienable rights are eroded every day. If you haven’t read our founding documents, now is the time. We can’t protect rights that we can’t define or are ignorant of. But along with rights come responsibilities. We are accustomed to turning to the government to solve everything – to heal all of our “boo-boos.” It’s reflexive at this point.

“There are so many poor people ... I’ll call my senator!”

Yes, the government has a role in general welfare, but the government is bad at solving most problems. I would love to hear a politician, when asked about an issue, say, “Yes, I agree that is a problem, but the government should not be the one to solve it.”

Can you imagine?

There are plenty of issues in our communities – plenty of people who need help. We have to start helping them. Knowing the government will “help the poor” and lock them in cycles of poverty, we need to develop other solutions in our own communities. There are many important issues to address. We have forgotten whose job it is to address them. When we fail to love our neighbors, the government steps in as a poor and destructive substitute.

7. Say “republic” more than “democracy.”

You can’t turn on the news without someone telling you about the fragility of our “democracy.” In President Biden's Inauguration Day speech, he broke the record for the number of times the word “democracy” was used in an inaugural address. When politicians call for abolishing the Electoral College, they call it “undemocratic.” A Pew Research study found that 58% of U.S. adults think the Constitution should be amended so that the presidential candidate who receives the most votes nationwide wins. This would no doubt make America more democratic. But America is not a democracy. We don’t live in a democracy for good reason. The founders understood that “majority” does not mean “right.” That isn’t to say our founders didn't infuse our system with the best of the democratic values, but they ultimately decided in favor of a new system – a very delicate order of checks and balances and delegated power and representation. This was to provide protection against the whims of faction or, as we call it today, “the mob.” It’s the leaders of our modern mob who love to exchange the word republic, which is what we really are, for democracy. Words have meanings. Many young Americans believe they live in a democracy. When discussing America, make sure to use the word republic.

Federalist No. 10

From this view of the subject it may be concluded that a pure democracy, by which I mean a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction. A common passion or interest will, in almost every case, be felt by a majority of the whole; a communication and concert result from the form of government itself; and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party or an obnoxious individual. Hence it is that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of government, have erroneously supposed that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would, at the same time, be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions. A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect, and promises the cure for which we are seeking.

8. Learn from people you disagree with.

Perhaps this needs no explanation. We have so much we can learn from each other in the honest pursuit of truth. Our forefathers didn’t ensure our freedoms of conscience and association for nothing.

Here's how the conversation went on radio Thursday:

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