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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

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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  1. None of the reader comment links are working. Just thought you’d like to know.

  2. The links work fine. What problem are you encountering?

  3. Every time I click on one of the reader comment links, I get the “A word, my lady. We are but poor, lost circus performers. Is there a village nearby?” page. I don’t know what you’re doing differently, but the links aren’t working for me.

  4. I have no idea why this would be happening. The links ARE correct. Can you view the source code when your on that page and copy and paste it into an email to me? Maybe I can figure out what’s going on.

  5. Hi! I was having the same problem as Jurgan, and I tried to figure out what was going on — it’s kind of a weird problem. I looked at the source code for your review and it looks like the links should work; they all look something like this:

    [reader comments on this review]

    But when I actually click on the link, for some reason it tries to take me to this address:


    Hence the error message. I’m not html-savvy enough to know what’s causing the problem, but when I copy and paste the address with one http://www.flickfilosopher.com in it, it works fine. I’m using Internet Explorer 6.0.

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