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With the holidays keeping me busy, I nearly forgot to post links to reviews of many recent and upcoming films, including Spielberg's latest. Enjoy!
Munich (Slant magazine)
Rumor Has It (Slant magazine)
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (Slant magazine)
Fun with Dick and Jane (Slant magazine)
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (Slant magazine)
Why We Fight (Slant magazine)
When the Sea Rises (Slant magazine)
Kiss of Death - DVD (Slant magazine)
Where the Sidewalk Ends - DVD (Slant magazine)
Posted at 07:04 PM | Permalink
Let me guess ... "Why We Fight" doesn't touch on the ties between the French and Russian military-industrial complexes and Saddam Hussein's regime, which were a lot more than "border[ing] on corruption".
I guess if the audience was shown that "Why They Don't Fight" is for the same freaking reasons, it would undercut Jarecki's heavy-handed agenda.
I don't believe that a documentary needs as sterile a topic as "American Movie" or "Spellbound" to be great, but it seems that so many politically-oriented ones are simply a matter of cobbling together clips to support a foregone conclusion. Let the audience make up their own mind, for God's sake.
December 27, 2005 at 12:44 AM
Your guess is, of course, correct. Jarecki believes that because politicians have ties to the military industry (which they do, and which are often reprehensible), it means that the MAIN reason our country fights is so the military-industrial complex can keep making money. At least in my mind, this is an argument that goes too far.
And it's even more overboard and heavy-handed considering that other countries (like France and Russia) are much more driven to fight - or not fight - based on economic reasons. Any discussion of, say, the U.N.'s Oil-for-Food program, however, is completely ignored.
It'd be nice if, one of these days, a real moderate would make a documentary about contemporary political issues. But for now, most continue to be of the conspiracy-theory mindset.
December 27, 2005 at 12:53 PM
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