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Mel Gibson could learn a lot from it.
(but in a very real sense, he hates minorities)
but not the part with the curb D:
Director is a bit of a nutjob.
he tried to sue the studio for not letting him go under the name humpty dumpty.
using rival clowns. If anyone can find it I'd be most pleased as the producer turned out to be a dick who wouldn't give me a copy.
just seems to be very simplistic and cliche.
'I used to be a racist, but after i spoke to a black man and got raped by a bunch of white skinheads, i lurve black people and i realised that racism was bad all along m'kay.'
And simple is sometimes the best approach.
but i think the reductivist nature of the film, in my mind, lends itself to that kind of... reduction.
and i think in this particularly instance the simple approach just makes it a bit of a dull and slightly patronising watch.
Edward Norton and the writer took out most of the prison scenes that led to Norton's character 'change'
he spent years editing it until the studio said enough is enough and gave it to norton, and i dont think it was out of artistic drive but because he was really deluded, there is a really good chapter on it in jon ronsons them
but thinking "why does he change overnight?" bit unrelaistic.
a shorter period of time than that, for the purposes of the film
Shakespeare did it all the time, so I think the Bard would've loved American History X
It has the worst telescoping I've ever seen. It goes from day 1 to 11, 11 to 18 and 18 to 29 without any development whatsoever
so everyone resolves their differences with the vampires over a piss up at the Barrow branch of All Bar One.
"We're stuck in a store, what shall we do?"
"Let's wait and escape in a bit"
They start leaving the store
WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED ON THE INBETWEEN DAYS?!
Edward Norton: the future of acting
a puff piece.
I could do without the basketball scene for example.
However, Romper Stomper sets the standard as fas as skinhead movies go.
but I can't help the feeling that the kind of people who would hail American History X as a great movie are those who would also say the same about Crash. Both are relatively entertaining and well-acted in parts (not you, Ludacris!) but fundamentally simplistic and, literally, incredible.
Anyone in this thread who wants to see a genuinely complex, yet still wildly entertaining film about racism in America, and who hasn't already seen it, watch Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing.
Crash is totally unwatchable nonsense targeted directly at people with truly neurotic-grade white guilt.