Hollywood Jahilliya

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I'm an old-school liberal, like FDR or, heck, even Trotsky if I'm feeling generous. That is, I recognize a fascist enemy when I see one, and I treat it like an enemy. It's my mission (self-appointed, of course) to convince other Hollywood liberals to do the same.

11 March 2006

:Hollywood and Terror: Looking Ahead

Hollywood is notorious, among war supporters, for its alleged "dhimmitude" and appeasement. Films like Kingdom Of Heaven and Syriana turn tables on reality, reversing real-world politics to apparently make "statements" about what's going on today. And many of our celebrities are equally infamous for their displays of false consciousness, apparently having seen no problem with jihadist terrorism or Iraq until Dubya came along.

But as usual, things aren't so simple. The same year Syriana was garnering attention from the Academy, Showtime's excellent miniseries Sleeper Cell drew exactly the right lessons from 9/11, and defined the struggle in almost exactly the right terms. And later this year, we'll see Flight 93 from Universal, and World Trade Center from Paramount (directed by Oliver Stone!). About the latter film, Stone has disavowed political agendas and sworn to focus on the human drama of the events. So, some kind of message seems to have gotten through even to Hollywood's king of conspiracy thinking. That's a plus, in my book.

And then there's V For Vendetta, about which I am already dubious. That won't stop me from seeing it as soon as possible, though. I'll post my review soon afterwards.


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