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Saturday, July 31, 2004

The Manchurian Candidate is a blown opportunity.

I should have known better than to listen to Frank Rich.

comments before the release of the new remake of The Manchurian Candidate led me to hope that it would be a timely statement about how certain individuals and corporations have in interest in perpetuating an unending “war on terror” to increase their own power and line their own pockets.

And I suppose, now that I have seen it, that there was some of that.

Unfortunately, that message, if it was intended at all, was so wrapped up in so many absurd X-Files style sci-fi plot devices that it might lead audiences to be more ready to dismiss any legitimate “conspiracy theories” about the military-industrial complex than they otherwise would have been.

What’s scarier than anything in the movie (which, despite its incredibility, is still quite creepy) is that the Cheneys and Halliburtons of the world have gotten where they are without having to put a chip in anyone’s brain. What’s genuinely scary is how the moronic public has been “brainwashed” more effectively than Denzel Washington by decades of government schooling and a state-worshipping media. But The Manchurian Candidate isn’t interested in any of that.

Still, any movie in which all of the bad guys are politicians or in bed with the government can’t be all bad. But if you want to see a thought-provoking movie about conspiracies and state manipulation of the public, rent Wag the Dog. The Manchurian Candidate is strictly for entertainment purposes.

Next up: The Village. Can it be as bad as Roger Ebert says? Probably.

- posted by J. H. Huebert at 5:55 PM

Friday, July 23, 2004

Movie bits.

Sad to see (via
Ryan McMaken) that film composer Jerry Goldsmith has died.  His score for the otherwise-mediocre Star Trek: The Motion Picture is wonderful. 

Did you know that, like some of the great films of old, the first Star Trek has an overture, of several minutes of music over a black screen before it starts?  It's one of the great scores, and Goldsmith deserved the screen time to himself. 


Speaking of Star Trek (which I seem to be doing an awful lot lately, considering that I haven't seen an episode of the show in years), it appears that William Shatner will soon be returning as Captain James T. Kirk. 

I have never watched the current Trek TV show, Enterprise, except for the first fifteen minutes of the pilot, which told me everything I needed to know.   As far as I can tell, between that show and the last dreadful movie, Star Trek is beyond over, played out, milked to death and then some, etc.  But anything they do with my favorite fictional character will be a more fitting sendoff than his disgraceful death scene in Star Trek: Generations, and should be a nice last hurrah before the franchise's impending demise.


Like sensible people everywhere, I thought the idea of remaking The Manchurian Candidate was atrocious.  It sounds, however, like they may have done a great job of making it a most timely and appropriate anti-state film, according to Drudge

Could it be?  I'll actually pay to see the hideous Meryl Streep?  First Michael Moore, now this?  The things the Bush Adminstration makes me do...

- posted by J. H. Huebert at 1:58 AM

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Michael Moore makes me sick.

In my mostly-favorable
review of Fahrenheit 9/11, I predicted that Michael Moore's next film would likely be "something like an attack on the alleged evils of Wal-Mart."

Now alert reader Tyler Cruise writes to inform me that Moore's next project is tentatively titled Sicko, and will be an expose of the U.S. healthcare system.

With the success of 9/11, Moore will have the whole country's full attention for his socialist propaganda, which will no doubt be highly persuasive to the ignorant massman whose only economic knowledge is that it costs him a whole lot to pay for health insurance.

No matter how great Fahrenheit 9/11 may be, I'm not sure I will consider it to have been worthwhile, on the whole, when John Kerry is president, we are still in Iraq, and we have socialized medicine.

- posted by J. H. Huebert at 3:58 AM

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