“Marketing means you can indeed convince people that dog kibble is steak, you just have to make sure they never get any real steak to break the lie.”
Want “steak?” Watch foreign films.
Here’s a few:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_9th_Company ( 2005 – Probably, THE best war movie ever made. I was amazed at how it brought back so many memories of my Marine Corps enlistment, right down to the tragic drill instructor. During the film I kept thinking, “And this was the enemy we were supposed to kill? Hell, I have far more in common with this “enemy” than I ever had with the bastards creating and running these wars.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballad_of_a_Soldier (1959 – A tragic, anti-war film made amazingly enough during the peak of the Soviet era. The girl is a stunningly beautiful heart-breaker’)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thief_(1997_film) ( A real gut-wrencher painting the reality of the Soviet era.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vodka_Lemon (2003 – A film portraying the utter bleakness of the post Soviet Era.)
These are Russian films, but the French (Joyeux Noël), Japanese (notably Akira Kurosawa), German (Das Boot), Spanish, (Butterfly’s Tongue) and other foreign film makers create equally splendid films.
I quit watching Hollywood’s sickening media output over 25 years ago, especially Television. It wasn’t until I found Netflix that I went back to watching any films at all.