Sunday, August 23

At the movies

In Roger Ebert’s review of the new movie ”District 9”  He notes the film’s “Seamless merger of mockumentry and special effects.” As an aside, this is one of the things I find most disturbing about it is the too close for comfort blend of fiction and reality. This was done in “Contact” as well as using real life news commentators from CNN. The fiction was discredited, of course, but  it shows how easy it is to pass off doctored images as real. How can we tell the difference anymore?  


Ebert found the third act “disappointing, involving standard shoot out action with no attempt to resolve the situation.” Not surprising since the film is aimed at teenagers who spend endless hours playing video games where there is no resolution only a reset button.

We used to model movies after real life now we model real life after movies. So we send in the Marines to Iraq or Afghanistan, shoot the bad guys and everything will be ok. Except it doesn’t work that way.

Wouldn’t it be nice if movies could show a new  productive, realistic way to conflict resolution  instead of outdated imperialistic bombast? But that doesn’t sell movie tickets does it?

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