Jan

21

 The trouble with movies is that they have to pretend that a bunch of people hitting focus marks according to a shooting script somehow represent "reality". The trouble with war movies is that their portrayal of "reality" is almost always made by people who have never gotten shot at. There are some exceptions: They Were Expendable (which was a box office semi-dud) had Robert Montgomery, and he was even able to prevent John Ford from injecting his usual bravado. James Stewart was able to convey something of what it is like to fly bombers in combat and he helped his friend Gregory Peck put that across in Twelve O'Clock High; but these are the only ones that come to mind for this former Hollywoodista. I doubt American Sniper is much different; but I am not curious enough to find out. (My taste in films is now antique; I find the underscoring in most "modern" films and TV so maddening and deafening that I limit myself to the ones where there is a reason for the music - i.e. Fred and Ginger are doing something to it.) What I can say, without having seen the movie, is that they probably made it about the wrong guy. As Chris Kyle himself was generous enough to say in his C-SPAN interview, Carlos Hathcock is the model; everyone is else is just trying to learn his lessons.

Pitt T. Maner III writes: 

Michael Moore received a bit of feedback for one of his recent comments related to the film: "Marine Sniper Dakota Meyer: Michael Moore's the Real Coward". Maybe he should stick to Selma…

Craig Mee writes: 

"Hitchcock once said that he survived in his work because of an ability to "get in the bubble," to put himself into a state of "utter, complete, absolute concentration," first with his equipment, then his environment, in which every breeze and every leaf meant something, and finally on his quarry."


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  1. marion ds dreyfus on January 22, 2015 1:42 am

    Turns out Michael Moore, the fat rich guy pretending to be a man of the people–i.e., average bucks–was not telling the truth (surprise, huh?) re his uncle and the sniper. His uncle and father were both in WWII, and both were killed during their time in the Philippines. But his uncle was killed in Manila in battle, and not by a sniper.
    he can be trusted only as far as a small child could pick him up and throw him.

    Rogen is different. He is not the complete fatuous self-loving and preening gibberish libberish that is MMoore. Rogen indeed has backtracked from his ill-considered and stupid utterance.

    I know that I never go to MMoore distortions/docs. But now, i shall steer clear of Rogen efforts too, unless on TV, free, late night.

    Both have hurt their cred and box office allure.

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