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Comment Archives: stories: Film

Re: “Off to see the blizzard

Jon Krakauer blamed the Bush administration and Army for the cover-up of Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death. However, the untold story is the cover-up was a thoroughly bi-partisan affair. In particular, the Democratic Congress and the Obama Presidency protected General Stanley McChrystal from punishment for his role in the cover-up of Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death.

Note: email from Amir Bar-Lev says he was pretty hard on the Democratic Congress in "The Tillman Story".

The documents at http://www.feralfirefighter.blogspot.com describe how General McChrystal has been protectd by Congressman Henry Waxman, Senator James Webb (along with Senators Carl Levin and John McCain), the New York Times Reporter Thom Shanker, the Center for a New American Security's Andrew Exum, and President Obama.

It’s not surprising that after the initial cover-up fell apart, Army officers and the Bush administration lied to protect their careers. Reprehensible, but understandable. But the Democratic Congress, after they took control of both Houses in 2006, could have gone after those responsible. Or at least not promoted them!

Just before the 2006 mid-term elections, Kevin Tillman published his eloquent letter, “After Pat’s Birthday” (truthdig.com). Kevin hoped a Democratic Congress would bring accountability back to our country. But, just as with warrantless wiretapping and torture, those responsible for the cover-up of his brother’s friendly-fire death have never been held accountable for their actions.

Five years ago, Pat Tillman’s family were handed a tarnished Silver Star. It was a travesty of justice that General McChrystal was promoted to the Army’s highest rank, and handed his fourth star.

Posted by Guy Montag on 02/04/2010 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Making the cut

I can't wait for this! How exciting to see locals with national films.

Posted by shotputter on 01/27/2010 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Beautiful bore

of course...the typical "i hate everything that is not an indy film" critique...get a life....your review is played

Posted by wtvr25 on 12/26/2009 at 6:35 AM

Re: “'Righteous' indignation

Yes, yes. But do you recommend going to see it with teenagers?

Posted by krasnamachka on 12/02/2009 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Robo-flop

I don't know that I'd call the nation that brought us Tentacle Porn cultured.

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Posted by Mister Mxyzptlk on 10/27/2009 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Robo-flop

This film will probably be the biggest finnancial flop of the year. The budget was $65 million dollars, but on it's opening weekend the film made a devastating $6 million. This is because it isn't the sixties anymore. People are into massive hits, not cult favourites, which makes me sad. :(

Final Fantasy the Spirits Within was a flop, Dragonball Evolution failed even bigger than Final Fantasy and Speed Racr combined. What does this say to American culture?! Hmmmm?! I wonder.

Oh yeah, because they're only interested in American things most of the time and not multi-cultured. Japanese movies often flop most of the time, British movies are still big some of the time but there are those big flops still, but American movies however, they're always big because they're so selfish and careless for other cultures besides their own.

Get a taste in international culture America!!!! And see how good it feels to not be uni-cultured.

Posted by I'm not racist!!!!!!!! on 10/27/2009 at 2:51 AM

Re: “Stunted growth

If you want to make Moore even richer than he already is then go for it. From what I've read you will walk out of the theater feeling great after a couple hours of sycophantic head bobbing. But Moore won't change the world with this bunch of recycled comedy routines. The jokes have already been done on The Daily Show and every late night talk show. It's old material.

The sad thing is Moore is calling for a socialist revolution in this movie, but he is one of the wealthy elite who invests in some of the biggest corporate monsters in our nation. Somehow I doubt he wants to see that revolution as he wouldn't fare too well in its aftermath. Perhaps he wants to be one of the more equal animals in this new socialist regime he is calling for. Maybe he's angling for a comfy position as Minister of Truth.

Posted by Mister Mxyzptlk on 10/18/2009 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Stunted growth

If not for Michael Moore, the tide of public opinion in favor of the Iraq war would never have turned into opposiiton of the war (once the facts were clearly laid out for us in Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11"). Moore had the guts to say out loud what nobody else would say. He told the truth.

Moreoever, who other than Michael Moore has done more to further the health care debate in this country? Thank Michael Moore and his "SICKO" for exposing the health insurance industry for the profit glutton it has become. By the way, a heads up email to my inbox from PBS included the following:

"Bill Moyers Show Tonight Reveals Insurance Lobby's Secret Plan to Attack 'Sicko' and Michael Moore

Friday, July 10th, 2009

ALERT: We've just been informed that Bill Moyers, on his show later tonight, will expose for the first time the health insurance industry's secret campaign against Michael Moore and his film, "Sicko." It contains a stunning revelation and admission by a top health insurance executive -- the former head of publicity for CIGNA, one of the top health insurance companies in the country -- that the disinformation and attacks on Michael and the film were extensive and well-planned. Their job was to stop the movie from reaching a wide audience (and, more importantly, from having the widespread political impact the industry feared "Sicko" would have).

Wendell Potter, former Head of Corporate Communications at CIGNA (which provides health insurance to nearly 70 percent of the Fortune 100 companies) admits that, in fact, "Sicko" "hit the nail on the head" and told the real truth about how much better people in other countries have it when it comes to their health care..."

Note that PBS aired this segment twice due to viewer demand.

Therefore, you can cram your review as I'll be going to see Michael Moore's new film "Capitalism" tomorrow night. Where were you when the public needed to be told the truth about the most relevant issues of our time?

Posted by kfreed on 10/17/2009 at 12:46 AM

Re: “Behind the burka

Hopefully this will help people wake up to the truth of islam. The religion of peace...ha!

Posted by anon on 10/15/2009 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Blood and glory

Sometimes authors use a novel or screenplay to support political or social beliefs; or to cry out for morality and ethical principles. This is no more clearly evident than with Holocaust books and films. Whenever we stand up to those who deny or minimize the Holocaust, or to those who support genocide we send a critical message to the world.

We live in an age of vulnerability. Holocaust deniers ply their mendacious poison everywhere, especially with young people on the Internet. We know from captured German war records that millions of innocent Jews (and others) were systematically exterminated by Nazi Germany - most in gas chambers. Holocaust books and films help to tell the true story of the Shoah, combating anti-Semitic historical revision. And, they protect future generations from making the same mistakes.

I wrote "Jacob's Courage" to promote Holocaust education. This coming of age love story presents accurate scenes and situations of Jews in ghettos and concentration camps, with particular attention to Theresienstadt and Auschwitz. It examines a constellation of emotions during a time of incomprehensible brutality. A world that continues to allow genocide requires such ethical reminders and remediation.

Many authors feel compelled to use their talent to promote moral causes. Holocaust books and movies carry that message globally, in an age when the world needs to learn that genocide is unacceptable. Such authors attempt to show the world that religious, racial, ethnic and gender persecution is wrong; and that tolerance is our progeny's only hope.

Charles Weinblatt
Author, "Jacob's Courage"
http://jacobscourage.wordpress.com/

Posted by cweinbl on 08/20/2009 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Playing along

I saw this on Hulu last week and loved it! Their clever way of integrating the virtual with the real kept me entertained and enthralled in equal parts. They also managed to walk such a fine line between the positives and negatives of online gaming, something that needs to happen more often in the media these days

Looking forward to picking it up on DVD August 25th. They even have autographed copies at their official site!

Posted by Pizzathehut on 08/14/2009 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Pros and cons

Where can you go to see this movie? I have looked everywhere in Colorado to find a theater showing it.

Posted by Major FX on 08/08/2009 at 8:00 PM

Re: “Pressure release

These guys were the best. Great festival!!!
John Krueger, The Fall

Posted by Krueger on 04/28/2009 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Home movies

I heard Pete speak as part of a documentary filmmaker panel at AFI Dallas in connection with the screening of "HAZE", and he was great! So glad he's being recognized in his own town!

Posted by bwilbins on 04/24/2009 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Out of the office

What about "Six Feet Under"? That is where I first saw Rainn.

Posted by Cheryden on 08/27/2008 at 4:26 PM

Re: “The thin blue lame

I am appalled that you are being paid to write such a rotten review. I loved the film and everyone I know that has seen it also liked it. When did critics elevate themselves up (harhar) to the ranks of snarling dogs? I'm a fan of Reeves from way back. I enjoy his performances and felt he did the role justice. It's a good film. Sourpuss. You should be waiting tables at IHOP.

Posted by john on 08/21/2008 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Cloning it in

"as those who know their Wars lore will recall that Huttlet's father will one day be killed by his rescuer's son" I seem to recall that Leia killed Jabba.

Posted by Beth3711 on 08/16/2008 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Shit happens

OUCH! Sounds a bit harsh....(but this is coming from someone who hasn't seen the moving, only previous M. Night efforts....

Posted by Anonymous on 06/19/2008 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Getting it right

That's a HELL of a movie review...

Posted by Butchwoods on 06/19/2008 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Whipped

Say, you forgot about the new theatre complex at Interquest Parkway at I-25, called Hollywood Theatres. The parking lots (and overflow lots) were just packed for at least the first three days. And this afternoon, threatre goers were given a bonus performance by the Air Force Thunderbirds, who were practicing for the big graduation event.

Posted by pokey on 05/26/2008 at 6:42 PM

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