Diary Of A Hollywood Refugee

Saturday, September 29, 2007

I support Gen. Petraeus! MoveAway from MoveOn!

Photoshop credit: Blue Crab Boulevard

Thank you Parsing Poet and Edward Padgett!

Because every one at MORON.org seems to think most Americans are stupid, I'm going to make it clear that:

This content has certainly NOT been authorized by anyone at MoveOn.org, nor anyone affiliated with MoveOn.

Bite Me Eli!

H/T: The feisty Michelle Malkin

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Spotlight on Iraq themed films fades to black.

I've been attending screenings, parties, & schmoozing with the rich and boring at The Toronto Film Festival.

Later I'll talk about the films that have done well, but it should come as no surprise that the response to several Iraq themed films that are screening here, including Redacted, Valley of Elah, Rendition and Battle for Haditha, has been lackluster.

At first I thought that perhaps this was only the opinion of a small minority, but in truth, it's not. While Reuters insists the films have had "positive response", a reality check proves otherwise.

A top inde producer told Reuters that he did not believe:

" the many Iraq war movies playing here would find audiences,..... people were tired of being bombarded with war and killing on television, the Web and in newspapers and magazines."

That aptly expresses the general feeling towards these films by those in the industry and by the general public in attendance at the festival. Also weighing in is film critic Richard Roeper, a liberal who is no fan of the Bush administration:

"Of course we shouldn't shirk from the atrocities, alleged and confirmed, committed by our side. But would it be so horrible to make a film showing American soldiers performing genuine heroics?"

Director Nick Broomfield of "Battle for Haditha" told Reuters

"I think there was a hope until about two years ago that there might be a way forward, that democracy was going to work, and I don't think anyone has that belief anymore. We need to look at things in detail to make informed decisions."

But Bloomfield makes no bones about his intent: he wants to persuade the US government to pull troops out of Iraq.

"It’s the runup to the American election so it’s an important time to influence the American public now in a way that goes beyond the television news."

Quoting Broomfield

"I hate the way they join the army and they turn into killing machines, but you can’t blame the marines. If you teach a dog to be an attack dog, which is what they are, don’t be surprised when they attack."

Someone needs to tell this dolt, that the Marines do not join the Army- they join the Marine Corps!

While Broomfield insists that his film "Battle for Haditha"

"doesn’t truly vilify anyone, not the men who plant the bomb nor the jittery soldiers who commit a terrible crime in a moment of madness"

that statement more than implies that Nick has followed in the footsteps of John Murtha indicting the Haditha Marines of murder despite the fact that at least three Marines had all charges dismissed against them when exonerated by the evidence; that the evidence against another Marine remains inconclusive, and that based on the evidence gathered, all charges against the remaining Marines will more than likely be dropped.

It's utterly inconceivable to me that after hearing Broomfield's comments, Elliot Ruiz and Eric Mehalacopoulos, two actors in the film, both former Marines who had tours of duty in Iraq, can honestly believe that the Marines have been fairly represented in this film and that "Nick didn't take sides" .

While these films, particularly"Battle for Haditha" have received some critical kudos, look for the lackluster response at The Toronto Film Festival to ensure an even more lackluster, if not dismal, response at the box office.

Bottom Line:
American movie audiences could care less about, and are fed up, with the long list of manipulative left wing agenda based excessively violent Iraq themed films that endlessly disparage our brave men and women serving in the Military, many of whom have had several tours of duty in Iraq, and dishonor those who have paid the ultimate price. The latest doc “No End in Sight” has earned less than $1 million at the box office, while a slew of documentaries that hit theaters last year also bombed. Irwin Winkler’s feature film, “Home of the Brave,” about returning Iraq war veterans, also failed earning a paltry $44,000 in U.S. ticket sales.

My Gut:
A feel good
, kick our enemies ass, true story about the brave actions of our soldiers & Marines will be much better received. Just ask Michael Yon.

Update: 9/15----Variety's Todd McCarthy weighs in:

No matter the specific qualities of the writing, filmmaking and performances; the problem for me is that all these films emanate from precisely the same mindset, the safest, least provocative attitude it is possible to have: the war sucks, Bush sucks, America is down the tubes.

But yet another knee-jerk condemnation of Bush, wayward soldiers and misguided policy, such as exported torture (as in another underwhelming new film, "Rendition")? I've been hearing all that for years and I'd rather spend my time learning and experiencing something new and forward-looking, as well as analyzing the ever-changing political map of the Middle East, not stewing in the juices of stale vitriol.

Now that the vast majority of Americans have misgivings, at the very least, about the Iraq adventure, producers are betting that mainstream audiences may be ready, up to a point, for the homefront stories of mangled, maimed and disturbed vets and their families. But the overt polemics of most of the Iraq films thus far, such as those expressed so predictably at the end of "In the Valley of Elah," seem calculated to once again stir up the Cindy Sheehan crowd, to preach to the converted of four years ago. Move on, indeed.

Read: War films crash and burn in Toronto

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Eli Pariser LYING on CNN

Today on CNN as I write this, Eli Pariser is LYING while accusing General Petreaus of lying. Parise lies are an attempt to justify the despicable ad that his cult, MORON.org , took out in the equally despicable NY Times.

He alleges no one has disputed the lies he put forth in the ad, but in fact, (and facts are not what Eli deals in) many people - politicians, journalists, and general public - have denounced the ad and some have stated clearly that the ad is filled with lies, distortions and out of text comments manipulated by the cult of MORON.org. who desperately wanted attention, and used its usual tactics manipulation and lies to distort truths they hate and refuse to believe.

It is infuriating -but not surprising - that CNN has provided Eli with yet another platform to spread his lies, and it begs the question why CNN did have anyone appear on the same segment to counter Eli's distortion of the truth.

Even a NYTimes/CBS poll indicated that most Americans trust the Military to end this war and want it done at a measured pace. Asked to choose among the administration, Congress and military commanders, 21 percent said they would most trust Congress and 68 percent expressed most trust in military commanders. By fiat, that includes General Petreaus.

What strikes me as interesting is how Eli and many on the left Left went on endlessly about General Petraeus being a mouthpiece for Pres Bush, yet when asked if the war in Iraq has made America safer, Gen.Petraeus, rather than parroting the administrations stock "yes" answer, answered honestly and truthfully when he said he simply did not know. But now the Left is all aghast and up in arms. How could he tell us that??? How could he not repeat the adminstrations mantra?? How could he have responded so HONESTLY???

Had he said "yes" the Left would be shrieking like Code Pink banshees that General Petraeus was merely a shill for the administration.

The Left wants truth, but they can't handle truth, even when the truth that is spoken reflects one of their own talking points!!

Does anyone really wonder why Congress approval rating now stands at its lowest level since Democrats took control??