Airbrushing The War - Part N

Friday, June 22, 2007
I just read that the new film, A Mighty Heart "was designed to celebrate dialogue of people of diverse backgrounds and faith."

If that is the case, I reckon the video of Danny Pearl's utterly barbaric murder, still available online, is rather more honest and informative.


Luther McLeod said...

Hadn't heard until now of the film. A little googl'ing confirms my fears.

From a review at "re-creating a very brief, non-graphic snippet of the contentious footage and getting the facts across with the utmost restraint". That really says it all doesn't it. I could pick this apart word by word, but I won't bore.

Comfortable folks making comfortable films that fit their worldview. Heaven forbid they should display the fanaticism we face.

Luther McLeod said...

Additional thoughts on the film from Libertas.

Skookumchuk said...


Heaven forbid they should display the fanaticism we face.

The fanaticism itself they plainly see. They have to see it and react to its horror in order to excise it from the work. So in a sense, except for the most Gramscian among them, that may be taken as a good sign in some cases - they do know of the horror. They just don't want us to feel that way too, given our propensity to take to the street with pitchfork and torch.

ex-democrat said...

very astute, skook. in my experience, the brangelina's of this world do not trust the likes of us and believe we are too stupid/uneducated to exercise appropriate restraint.
my question is: in what sense are these guys not part of the problem?

Buddy Larsen said...

ex, in the sense that they will not actually use their own hands to murder you.

ex-democrat said...

my wife is mortified by these latest developments: until now, she adored Ms Jolie both for her sex appeal and the adoptions.
now, not so much.

me, i just enter another day wondering what to do with all this indignation.

Rick Ballard said...

"me, i just enter another day wondering what to do with all this indignation."

Darts. I suggest a rather large piece of tackboard over 1/2" plywood. Just print blowup pictures of your current fav pol and let 'em rip (that's why 'large' is necessary - keeps down the holes in the wall)

Or write more. I think next week a "Requiem for An Ill Thought Immigration Bill" will be in order.

ex-democrat said...

thanks, rick. re-runs of The Sopranos helps some, too.

ex-democrat said...

only slightly off-topic is this story being reported on Breitbart:

"Actress Cameron Diaz appears to have committed a major fashion crime in Peru.
The voice of Princess Fiona in the animated Shrek films may have inadvertently offended Peruvians.
They suffered decades of violence from a Maoist guerrilla insurgency by touring there on Friday with a bag emblazoned with one of Mao Zedong's favourite political slogans.
While she explored the Inca city of Machu Picchu high in Peru's Andes, Diaz wore over her shoulder an olive green messenger bag emblazoned with a red star and the words 'Serve the People' printed in Chinese on the flap, perhaps Chinese Communist leader Mao's most famous political slogan.
While the bags are marketed as trendy fashion accessories in some world capitals, the phrase has particular resonance in Peru.
The Maoist Shining Path insurgency took Peru to the edge of chaos in the 1980s and early 1990s with a campaign of massacres, assassinations and bombings.
Nearly 70,000 people were killed during the insurgency.
A prominent Peruvian human rights activist said the star of There's Something About Mary should have been a little more aware of local sensitivities when picking her accessories.
It alludes to a concept that did so much damage to Peru, that brought about so many victims," said Pablo Rojas about the bag's slogan.
I don't think she should have used that bag where the followers of that ideology did so much damage."

Beyond parody, isn't it?

Skookumchuk said...

And will she apologize?

MeaninglessHotAir said...

Does she even know who Mao was?

loner said...

I've been going to write a review of my favorite movie of 2006 and maybe of the century thus far, but I've been giving myself until a DVD release date is announced to get started. No date yet. It's still in theaters in Portland so if you're somewhere where it's still in theaters I certainly recommend seeing it. Might even help with some of the indignation.

I'll probably see A Mighty Heart because the director's past work has been of some interest. The quote, it appears, is from a studio (marketing?) rep. The same people decided to release this movie in June. 'Nuff said.

loner said...

Anybody know why links don't seem to work in this version of Blogger?

The movie is Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others). The link is:

chuck said...


Straight link: The Lives of Others. TinyURL: The Lives of Others

chuck said...


Both the previous links worked for me, but I am logged in as one of the blog participants and that might make a difference. Try again and see what happens.

loner said...


I'm using href="" which worked fine in the prior version and worked fine in the Star Wars/300 post except where I linked to where the links ended up like the "movie" one above. Thanks for any help.

Luther McLeod said...

Test imdb

I'm using the old way...for what's it worth.

chuck said...

Are you doing the full anchor thing, <a href="url">title</a>?

loner said...

I looked at the source code and "hrep" is not quite "href". Nevermind. Bad night last night.

Thanks guys.

ex-democrat said...

loner - the quote maybe from a rep but if you follow luther's links you'll see it accurately reflects the filmmakers' intentions.

MeaninglessHotAir said...


I can't wait for your review. I've heard nothing but good things about Das Leben der Anderen, both from people here and in Salt Lake, but unfortunately it vanished quickly from the local theaters.

loner said...


LIBERTAS: A Forum For Conservative Thought On Film is a site I'm long familiar with though I don't think I've ever commented there—or maybe I have, but it was a couple of years ago...something about Brokeback Mountain and box office maybe.

Is it unreasonable to wonder if the failure of A Mighty Heart is due to an agenda-driven approach to the film?

If it's because of that sort of speculation that you're telling me that the quote in question "accurately reflects the filmmakers' intentions" (which it very well may for all I KNOW) then I'm telling you that what I read is a reviewer giving me his assessment of a movie he saw and in comment 13 another person who saw the same movie disagreeing with his assessment. And, once I've seen it, I may have a lower opinion of it than either guy, but I won't know if that's the case until I've seen it and I'm certainly not going to take anything said by a marketing rep all that seriously unless he or she is marketing something for me...God forbid.


I have it in my Netflix queue so as to be pretty immediately aware of it when there's a DVD release date. I'm dead serious about it possibly being my favorite movie of the past 5+ years.

chuck said...

Here is commentary on A Mighty Heart by one of the people with Pearl in Pakistan. Outlook: Not the Daniel Pearl I Knew