movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Wed Jan 29 2014, 11:38am | 4 comments
I cannot wait to see how Errol Morris handles actual for-real evil bastard Donald Rumsfeld. This is going to be juicy no matter where it goes.
The impression I got from this trailer was of something that was aiming to be vaguely positive about the guy, or at least more subtle than a Michael Moore hatchet job. Which would be unexpected.
Rumsfeld gets stick for the “known unknowns” thing, but that’s actually better logic than one usually hears from politicians. Pity about the cause it was deployed for.
There’s so much we could say about Rumsfeld. It would be too easy just calling him Dr. Evil. Something stronger and more serious is needed.
I’m hoping this film will provide that.
Did you ever get a chance to watch If God Is Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise? It was Spike Lee’s follow-up to When The Levees Break. Fascinating, and not just for the what-happened-when-the-cameras-went-to-the-next-disaster aspect of it. The post mortem by so many people involved, including the (now-retired) general of the 86th Airborne and “Brownie” and Ray Nagin and people who decided to stay in Texas for all kinds of reasons..,.is really really interesting. Opens up a broad vista. And there’s a moment with a possible insight w.r.t. Rumsfeld that fills in a big piece of the Katrina Response Puzzle.
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