July 30, 2005
— Ace Not big on patriotism, apparently:
I can therefore recommend it to any and all audiences
lacking higher brain functions. Sea cucumbers, perhaps. Ones waving American
For a movie to pretend, in the face of the deaths of tens of
thousands of Iraqi men, women, and children directly or indirectly caused by
our presence there, that we can wage war without anyone really getting hurt
isn't naive, or wishful thinking, or a jim-dandy way to spend a Saturday night
at the movies. It's an obscenity.
Yeah, I was really angered that Batman Begins failed to show the genuine carnage of the War in Iraq, too. Come on! All this silly crime-fighting in a black armored suit. Should have given the project to Oliver Stone, who'd tell us the real story of Batman, and his support for cryptofascist control of our country by six families (the Waynes of Gotham being one of the worst, of course).
Couple of points:
All "prestige" Hollywood productions, to the extent they're political, are left-tilting.
The only conservative-tilting movies are these disposable, dumb entertainments like Stealth, which, this reviewer's idiocy aside, I'm pretty sure is a crappy and stupid film.
Yes, we on the right probably spend too much time knocking the liberal media.
But it's amazing how some on the left are so threatened by the occasional intrusion of right-leaning messages into "their" little domain.
Roger Ebert reviewed Team America: World Police for its "nihilism," for its even handed (and thus "nihilistic") goring of the left and right.
What if Team America had only gored the left? Would Ebert suddenly have fallen in love with the film for not being "nihilistic," but rather coherent in its political message? I rather doubt it.
Posted by: meep at July 30, 2005 12:00 PM (9Bj9e)
And I didn't see Team America as nihilistic... I think the biggest philosophical underpinning Stone & Parker have is loathing sanctimonious assholes.
Posted by: meep at July 30, 2005 12:07 PM (9Bj9e)
Posted by: blackbird4739 at July 30, 2005 12:37 PM (0O9wK)
Posted by: Old Coot at July 30, 2005 01:24 PM (zrP0y)
Or is it just because the cucumbers aren't sassy enough? Maybe if they started exploding to bring attention to the injustice they endure from limp-wristed movie critics people would take them more seriously.
Posted by: Sortelli at July 30, 2005 01:46 PM (Bjdtq)
A few examples:
"...and he's equipped with the latest advances in artificial intelligence. Artificial or not, this gives him a leg up on everyone in the film."
"A scene or two later, Kara insists that "if it's programmed by moral people, it'll be moral," but since she subsequently announces she has to go "pee-pee," mature strategic analysis may not be the character's strong suit."
(? strategic analysis? doesn't he mean ethical analysis? whatever, this was clearly written in a white heat 15 minutes before deadline after a long night out ...)
"Anyway, such conundrums are moot, since the director is Rob Cohen of "XXX" and "The Fast and the Furious," and he has stuff to blow up."
"although the duet with the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde over the final credits comes as a shock. Chrissie, honey, did you even read the script? "
I rarely use this word, but wow, what a douchebag.
Posted by: Knemon at July 30, 2005 01:47 PM (QaHR7)
I have a serious question, really: after seeing the preview for this POS, did ANYONE think the movie wasn't going to suck?
Posted by: bbeck at July 30, 2005 02:11 PM (qF8q3)
But the naked, risen Jesus who strides forth from the tomb in the last shot of the film, to the solemn thrum of martial music, does not seem very interested in love. Why should he be? He's off to war.
Posted by: Hubris at July 30, 2005 02:45 PM (6krEN)
When it was called Macross Plus.
Posted by: HowardDevore at July 30, 2005 03:19 PM (H3UfT)
Posted by: Eric Lindholm at July 30, 2005 06:35 PM (pEPrt)
Posted by: JorgXMckie at July 30, 2005 06:47 PM (Pvb18)
And that's the only reason folks like me go to dumbass movies like this one, you elitist rube! Mindless mayhem, sans deep thinking. If I'm looking for "art," I go hit Jib-Jab.
Posted by: TC@LeatherPenguin at July 30, 2005 10:58 PM (kiH79)
Maybe it was one of the village winos just looking to get warm? We were having a 2 week snap of -20F as the HIGH temp of the day when the "reconfigurations" occured...
Posted by: at July 31, 2005 12:51 AM (98ED/)
Make of this information what you will.
/still off meds/
Posted by: dulce at July 31, 2005 05:11 AM (Zb7ip)
Posted by: Radical Redneck at July 31, 2005 05:39 AM (+VNlz)
Posted by: UGAdawg at July 31, 2005 06:23 AM (alGm/)
And on a serious note, the movie sucked.
Posted by: El Capitan at July 31, 2005 09:02 AM (eBSF5)
Posted by: HowardDevore at July 31, 2005 09:08 AM (H3UfT)
That's a shame. The director, Jay Chandrasekar (sp.???), is a funny guy. Ever see "Super Troopers?
Well, *I* thought it was funny anyway ...
Posted by: Knemon at July 31, 2005 10:48 AM (QaHR7)
She's then hit with a brick and falls into a river.
Sure, some liberal jackass and his friends are amused, but the movie's potential take just decreased by a few million. Self-destructive morons.
Posted by: Slublog at July 31, 2005 04:06 PM (hLDpW)
Chandrasekar has an Emmy, I think, for directing the episode "Beef Consomme" of the first season of Arrested Development (the one where the three brothers have a knock-down brawl outside the courthouse, prompting Marta to finally cut all ties with their clan).
He's a funny guy - shame he couldn't save the DOH remake.
Posted by: Knemon at July 31, 2005 04:55 PM (QaHR7)
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