10 years of Flick Filosopher: I piss people off in a big way
I think my review of The Thin Red Line was the first one to generate a lot of feedback — much of it negative — from readers, because of stuff like this:
And if there was any question that we’re meant to see human violence as some consequence of advanced technology or some lose of innocence, consider this: When Witt returns to his pet native tribe at the end of the film, they’ve changed, presumably because of their contact with him. Men squabble with each other; a child is covered with sores and flies; women run and hide when they see him. The lesson is simple: The white man with his guns brings discord, disease, and fear to paradise. More turgid voiceovers as the film wraps up tell the whole story: “This great evil, where’s it come from? How did it steal into the world, what seed, what root did it grow from?… Is this darkness in you too?”
Check out the links at the bottom of the review page for the reader mail on that review… and you’ll get a peek at the some of the older designs of the site, too, since I haven’t had time to update those pages yet (and probably never will).
• review of The Thin Red Line, posted 02.01.99
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