"V For Vendetta." From Warner Brothers and the creators of "The Matrix" comes this film about a futuristic Great Britain that's become a 'fascist state.' A masked 'freedom fighter' named V uses terror tactics (including bombing the London Underground) to undermine the government - leading to a climax in which the British Parliament is blown up. Natalie Portman stars as a skinhead who turns to 'the revolution' after doing time as a Guantanamo-style prisoner.
Of course, in the movie version, the fascist overlords of the comic have been turned into Nazis. So here, essentially, Apuzzo is criticizing the film for taking the side of a man fighting against the Nazi party. TERRORISM IS ALWAYS WRONG, PEOPLE. Also, you have to love the "Natalie Portman stars as a skinhead" line; there's nothing like a critique whose research consists of looking up a few publicity shots rather than actually discovering the context. I won't even get into the ignorance of the story contained in "doing time as a Guantanamo-style prisoner".
"Munich." Steven Spielberg directs this film about the aftermath of the 1972 Olympic terror attacks that killed eleven Israeli athletes. "Munich"'s screenplay is written by playwrite Tony Kushner ("Angels in America"), who has been quoted as saying: "I think the founding of the state of Israel was for the Jewish people a historical, moral, political calamity ... I wish modern Israel hadn¹t been born." The film focuses on the crisis of conscience undergone by Israeli commandos tasked with killing PLO terrorists - rather than on the barbarity of the terrorists themselves.
PlayWRIGHT. PlayWRIGHT. Play-fucking-WRIGHT. And goodness, what possible dramatic tension could you get out of making a film about a man's crisis of conscience about having to kill someone? Much more morally sound to just make it about how evil terrorists are.
"Untitled Oliver Stone 9/11 Project." Paramount will distribute Oliver Stone's new film recounting the rescue of two Port Authority officers after the 9/11 attacks.
I don't know what it's called, but I'm sure it's treasonous!
"The Chancellor Manuscript." Paramount reworks Robert Ludlum¹s 1977 thriller into an anti-Patriot Act star vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio.
We've updated the script to make the terrorists Iraqis instead of Iranians.
"Jarhead." This Universal release, starring Jamie Foxx and Jake Gyllenhaal, deals with the 'dehumanization' of Marine trainees prior to and during the 1991 Gulf War. Based on Andrew Swofford's notorious and questionable memoirs of the same name.
Even though Swofford was an actual Marine during the actual Gulf War and actually wrote about his actual experiences, he must be lying, because he says that sometimes the military is bad!
The above list, incidentally, should not be taken as comprehensive. For example, Paramount also has projects in the works about a 'reformed' al-Qaeda operative, and about the victim of an Iraqi suicide bomber.
And I'm sure that the bomber, not the victim, will be the hero, because so many Hollywood movies portray insane, fanatical killers as objects of depth, complexity and sympathy, and so few of them focus on good people who are forced to overcome terrible circumstances not of their own making.
Little about these projects has been made public.
But that won't stop me from calling them traitorous slander!
One thing should be obvious from this list: left-wing agitprop filmmaking is no longer the purview of desperate, 'indie' filmmakers with shaky camcorders and maxed-out credit cards. The films listed above are being made by large, multi-national corporations - and will feature sophisticated, expensive marketing campaigns with A-list stars. Imagine Leni Riefenstahl cross-promoting "Triumph of the Will" with People Magazine covers and E! Channel specials. That's more or less what Hollywood has in mind.
Yes, Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers Studios are essentially the same as the Nazi party. GODWIN CALLED, JASON, HE WANTS HIS LAW BACK!
The proper 'response' for this sort of thing is simple, if complex in execution. At some point conservatives need to raise capital, pick up cameras and start making movies of their own - much like Mel Gibson did with "The Passion." And conservatives should do this not simply to 'rebut' the other side, but to add depth and imagination to what has become a wasteland of popular entertainment.
In other words, "Give me funding".
It will be a great shame if all we leave behind from this vital period in American history is a shoddy trail of "Syriana"s, "V For Vendetta"s or "American Dreamz" - rather than a "Casablanca" or a "Notorious."
But wait! "Casablanca" featured Humphrey Bogart using terrorist tactics to fight the Nazis, and one of the characters led an underground movement against them after having been imprisoned in a Guantanamo-type situation! It's no better than "V for Vendetta"!