While Western expansion in the United States really started when English settlers travelled overland from Massachusetts to Connecticut in 1635, a true film of the Western genre is only set west of the 100th meridian in the years between the Confederate surrender at Appomattox and the coronation of Edward VII. While warfare has existed since time immemorial, a true War Movie is only set between 1933 and 1945, during the time of Hitler and the Second World War.
Tag: Steven Spielberg
Lincoln is essentially Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with bigger words. The latter said the Confederacy was the product of blood sucking monsters to be destroyed with stakes to the heart and decapitation. The former tells us Southerners simply exist to be killed with bayonet and cannonade. Far from being the “moral relativists” of conservative imagination, Hollywood has given us a version of American history characterized by absolute portrayals of good and evil, with shades of gray permitted to righteous egalitarians only divided by what tactics can best be used to exterminate their foes. (more…)
The Debt, which opens in theaters today, is a remake of a 2007 Israeli movie about three Mossad agents (played by gorgeous gentiles of course) who are assigned to catch a Nazi war criminal (the surgeon of Birkenau) who is living in East Berlin and bring him to the west. Well, things don’t turn out quite as planned (those pesky Aryan guards again), and they are faced with the consequences.
When the kidnapping goes awry, all three agents seem to form a conscience, and they refuse to kill the former Nazi, not wanting “to be like the enemy.” (more…)
“The Holocaust has increasingly become, for the democratic world at least, a symbol of all the other Genocides, for racism, anti-Semitism, hatred of foreigners, ethnic cleansing, and mass destruction of humans by humans generally. (more…)
June 25, 2002
Definition: A minority report is a statement of a dissenting viewpoint defeated by majority vote.
I saw Minority Report this weekend. Since I liked the last Tom Cruise movie Vanilla Sky, I thought I might like Minority Report too, even though the quality of a movie has far more to do with the director than the lead actor.