movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Tue Oct 07 2008, 02:58pm | 7 comments
Take a break from work: watch a movie trailer…
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
The End of America is screening at the Hamptons Film Festival later this month, and coming to DVD soon.
ironic that a film decrying ‘fear-mongering’ spends it’s time doing exactly that. I think President George W. Bush is the worst president in modern times, and I am enthusiastically voting for Barack Obama this November…but it is drivel like that video that helps me understand where the right wing is coming from, sometimes.
Defending ourselves from very REAL threats is not fascism, and trying to create some sort of idealistic Utopian society in a world full of ambitious dictators and radical ideologues would see the ‘End of America’ very fast.
It’s sad that people on both sides of the fence spend their time creating ridiculous propaganda videos instead of engaging in rational ways to fix America’s very real problems; foreign and domestic.
Hopefully Obama can restore some sanity.
I agree very much with what Ryan said. I mean, it’s not like waterboard- er, torture on behalf of the evil American Empire is as bad as what my parents would do to me if I came home late, let alone what some of the very Jihadist scum we’re fighting does to people they don’t agree with.
But, aside from that…
Jingoistic political fearmongering at an independent film-festival? Gee…
I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, Mary Ann. I really am a big fan of you and your reviews!
ok….IM FUCKIN SCARED NOW, THANKS TO A MOVIE TRAILER…You’ll be surprised to hear that a New York Hack will be the knight in shining armor to save us all from this madness.This way , you can keep up your blog..thank me later , as i add you to my worthy blogger roll.
Oh, I loves me some Naomi Wolf.
Most people will see this as fear-mongering because they live in a little, consumerist bubble and they are so afraid of the bubble bursting and the real world rushing in. That’s why they tolerate the rapid expansion of government and corporate power at the expense of individual rights.
Yeah, what Nathan said. How is pointing out the outrageous misdeeds of the current administration *and arming people for the fight against them* “trying to create some sort of idealistic Utopian society”? Are we so far gone that the U.S. Constitution is now some sort of impossible fantasy that only unrealistic dreamers believe in?
Please, listen to the ominous music chords throughout, pay attention to the title ‘The End of America’ if it isn’t trying to create a sense of unease or fear, then they have a real screwed up way of expressing optimism for the future.
That’s what I like about Obama; we already know the many, many, many ways that Bush has screwed us up, it’s time to stop dwelling on them and start fixing the future. (Learning, of course, from the lessons of the past where applicable.)
The U.S. Constitution was always an impossible fantasy, growing more so as our population expands, and it is slowly altered by circumstance. (sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. I think we can all be glad that African Americans are no longer counted as 3/5ths of a person.) What is important is that we hang onto it’s most basic tenets…freedom and the pursuit of happiness, et al.
The end of America–does this mean no more U.S. Life On Mars.
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