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Monday, July 18, 2005

Politics In Reel Life

This is the same Hollywood that can't figure out why fortunes are declining.

"There is a tremendous drive in Hollywood to exculpate Islamofascist terrorists," Michael Medved says. No movie has been made about the terrorists since 9/11, nothing on al Qaeda, the Taliban, Daniel Pearl, Saddam Hussein, the USS Cole, the embassy attacks, the daring and impressive attempts to track down terrorists. Nothing. Not even a movie about heroic action after 9/11- the firemen who ran upstairs to their deaths to save others in the twin towers, the people who drove all night from Texas and the South to help New Yorkers cope with the disaster.

But wait. Help is on the way. Hollywood is still reluctant to irritate terrorists, but a few movies about 9/11 heroes are on the way. And whom did Paramount pick for the highest- profile one? Oliver Stone, the unhinged director/screenwriter who refers to 9/11 as a justified "revolt" against the established order and the six companies he thinks control the world. At a panel after 9/11, Stone said that the Palestinians who danced at the news of the attack were reacting just as people responded after the revolutions in France and Russia. He thinks 9/11 may have unleashed as much creative energy as the birth of Einstein. Internet commentators are going berserk over the idea of a wacky pro-terrorist paranoid directing the first big 9/11 movie.


What next? A movie about the Khadr family?

Posted by Kate McMillan on July 18, 2005 in Film | Permalink

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I was at HMV yesterday and saw an interesting thing:

Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 911" - $42.99

"Fahrenhype 9/11" - $19.99.

The truth costs less than the lie.

Posted by: Scott | 2005-07-18 8:46:45 AM


"Submission" by the late Dutch filmmaker, Theo van Gogh:


http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2655656

Posted by: maz2 | 2005-07-18 9:27:07 AM


Hollywood's true colours have certainly been in evidence since 911.

What ever happened to the industry's penchant for provocative "transgressional" art?

We've had Babs in "Yentle".'Twas as memorable as it was *deep*. Now why can't we have a film about Muslim women wanting to lead prayer?

I guess that if the transgressive "art" in question fails to offer the opportunity to bash The West, then it simply isn't transgressive at all.

Posted by: John Palubiski | 2005-07-18 11:23:16 AM


Scott said:

"I was at HMV yesterday and saw an interesting thing:

Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 911" - $42.99

"Fahrenhype 9/11" - $19.99.

The truth costs less than the lie."


I'd think this was a good thing, except that it means people love the lie so much they'll pay extra for it....

Posted by: Mike H | 2005-07-18 1:14:09 PM


The saddest fact about Oliver Stone?
Somehow he owns the film rights to Atlas Shrugs by Ayn Rand, which is a beautiful tribute to capitalism, set in New York City.

Posted by: Charlotte | 2005-07-19 6:53:47 PM


The saddest fact about Oliver Stone?
Somehow he owns the film rights to Atlas Shrugs by Ayn Rand, which is a beautiful philosophical defense and tribute to freedom/capitalism, set in New York City.

Posted by: Charlotte | 2005-07-19 6:54:28 PM



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