January 21, 2006

So Long, and Thanks for All the Propaganda

Steyn dissects Hollywood's drive to destroy itself, with special attention to Brokeback Mountain, Munich, and the fact that, four and a half years after 9/11, we have yet to see a major motion picture that envisions Middle Eastern Islamists as actual enemies.

Dreamworks has just been sold to Paramount. As The Daily Telegraph in London reported:

“Dreamworks, founded in 1994, has had a series of costly flops this year despite its early successes with blockbusters such as American Beauty and Saving Private Ryan.

Hmm. Steven Spielberg’s studio is going out in style, with Munich—a film about the PLO’s murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. As the great director sees it, the problem is “intransigence” on both sides, which has led to a tragic “cycle of violence”. “A response to a response doesn’t really solve anything,” he says. “There’s been a quagmire of blood for blood for many decades in that region. Where does it end?”

Bye, bye, Steven. That’s why we have “culture wars”: Those who fancy themselves of an artistic bent recoil almost reflexively from the “simplistic”, and so they take refuge in a sophistry that is itself laughably simplistic. The average joe rightly recognizes this as a crock. In my experience Americans aren’t particularly pre-disposed toward Jews, but at a basic level they get the difference between the two sides – as Leon Wieseltier puts it, “the death of innocents was an Israeli mistake but a Palestinian objective”. So all the artful symmetries Spielberg and his screenwriter Tony Kushner find between the men who killed the athletes and the men who killed the athlete-killers ring false to most of the potential audience. After all, even as the film was opening, the President of Arafatistan, Abu Mazen, was signing off on a new law that rewards suicide bombers by providing a lifelong welfare check to their relicts. That’s the difference.

Likewise, there are millions of Americans who reckon Islamism is a psychotic death cult with nothing to commend it, least of all if you happen to be a woman or a gay or an “artist”, none of which liberal-approved groups prospered under Taliban rule.

If you’re making ten straight cowboy movies, a gay one’s neither here nor there. Similarly, if you’ve made ten movies in which Jake Gyllenhaal or Heath Ledger kick terrorist butt from here to Peshawar, there’s plenty of room for a contrarian take in which it turns out to be the stewardesses who pulled off 9/11. But, in a conflict that’s already lasted longer than America’s participation in World War Two, Hollywood still can’t bring itself to make a film in which America’s heroes whump America’s enemies. That’s just lousy business sense.

Which is one reason why Dreamworks flopped. Dreams may work, but hallucinations don’t. And so Spielberg’s no longer a mogul and his company is a subsidiary of Paramount – the non-brokeback mountain. Yet.


Read the whole thing (link here; it's the third article down).

Posted by Attila Girl at January 21, 2006 03:49 AM | TrackBack
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Maybe someone will get the idea that the Left is officially on the side of the Islamofascists. Clue 1: Simultaneous letters appearing on Western European Socialist websites and Islamofascist websites saying so(prior to 9/11 and right after). LGF had the screen captures back then. The Islamofacists said the Left could provide good press and anti-Americanism. The Socialists thought Arab money sounded good. And found Arab anti-Americanism appealing.

Maybe you'd like to see a good play instead...Several new "docu-plays" opening. A Brit import in Chicago tellls the story of some Arab n'ar-do-wells who travel to Pakistan to join up with the Islamofascists(by their own admission) and find themselves in Gitmo. The unfairness of it all!!! They really didn't get to join up...maybe they just popped a few caps at American soldiers and they find themselves in Gitmo. Shocking.

If you haven't done so, check out Dr. Sanity's full home page. Lots of related stories/analyses. And all said much better than I can ever say.

Posted by: Darrell at January 21, 2006 09:45 AM


Maybe someone will get the idea that the Left is officially on the side of the Islamofascists. Clue 1: Simultaneous letters appearing on Western European Socialist websites and Islamofascist websites saying so(prior to 9/11 and right after). "LGF" had the screen captures back then. The Islamofacists said the Left could provide good press and anti-Americanism. The Socialists thought Arab money sounded good. And found Arab anti-Americanism appealing.

Maybe you'd like to see a good play instead...Several new "docu-plays" opening. A Brit import in Chicago tellls the story of some Arab n'ar-do-wells who travel to Pakistan to join up with the Islamofascists(by their own admission) and find themselves in Gitmo. The unfairness of it all!!! They really didn't get to join up...maybe they just popped a few caps at American soldiers and they find themselves in Gitmo. Shocking.

If you haven't done so, check out "Dr. Sanity's" full home page. Lots of related stories/analyses. And all said much better than I can ever say.

Posted by: Darrell at January 21, 2006 09:59 AM


Sorry for the double comment...I was getting an error message from your site and the comment wasn't showing until I removed the cookies.

Posted by: Darrell at January 21, 2006 10:01 AM


"In my experience Americans aren’t particularly pre-disposed toward Jews"

That's an understatement.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at January 22, 2006 08:04 AM


How funny. I've been so sheltered from anti-Semitism most of my life: I was 29 years old before I heard the word "jew" used as a verb, and I was quite shocked that someone would say such a thing.

I like Jews because, as a rule, they know lots of words.

Posted by: Attila Girl at January 22, 2006 11:20 AM




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