Monday, October 22, 2007

Hollywood Missing the Point

In today's bleat, James Lileks sums up why I couldn't get past the first 5 minutes of "Flags of our Fathers":
I also watched “Letters from Iwo Jima,” which was one of the best war movies I’ve ever seen, and was far superior to “Flags of Our Fathers.” It also annoyed me from start to finish, because when taken with its companion film, they constitute a perfect example of Hollywood’s instinctive inability to raise a flag without pointing out that the pole is planted in mud.

Right from the beginning, "Flags of our Fathers" starts hammering its ridiculous theme that there are no heroes. I agree that no true hero claims to be one but that reality doesn't prove there aren't any heroes. Just that heroes are bragging, arrogant pricks.

I turned if off and watched South Park.

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