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I take quite a lot of issues with this.
No-one who had an awareness of Frank Miller's work prior to his 'outburst' was surprised by it.
It is nonsense though, you're right.
It's bullshit. Apart from that ridiculous quote - paying for a film is like directly funding murderous drugs gangs – Moody fights Frank Miller's stereotypes with more stereotypes. His view of the world is just as reductive and free from nuance.
Like, what about people who play World of Warcraft AND support the Occupy movement? Where do they fit in?
I assumed that Miller knows very well what World of Warcraft is, he was deliberately calling it Lord of Warcraft (combining it with Lord of the Rings or whatever) to deliberately ridicule it, like saying the geeks will lap up any generic fantasy shit. A BIT LIKE YOUR COMICS, EH FRANK?
"American movies, in the main, often agree with Frank Miller, that ... capitalism must prevail, that if you would just get a job (preferably a corporate job, for all honest work is corporate) you would quit complaining."
I've previously read articles and editorials about how the characters in the vast majority of Hollywood films, with their heady importance and impact on the world around them, make people feel far less satisfied with the by comparison meaningless drudgery of working 9-to-5 in an office. That's certainly a criticism that would better resonate with my experiences.
Can anyone name some Hollywood films where a character's problems are solved by knuckling down and getting a stolid corporate job? Because I can name a shitload of films where the boring job IS the problem.
silly writer chap takes drugs which make him really good at city trading (and getting women into the sack).
Weren't the drugs/job killing him? Or making him go mental? Something along those lines.
Pretty good shout.
It depends whether you define the problem in a Grisham film as "character needs legal help" or "lawyer needs a sense of purpose in life". Knuckling down is only a solution to the second one.
Is voting compulsory in the UK?
but Seagal movies are.
(Rick Moody's American, though)
(and I can't bring myself to read any further) embody pretty much *everything* that I despise about a certain kind of film criticism.
Ugh, just say detached you wanker.
yet politics had not yet dawned on him.
sticking up for Mr Eastwood here
We don't even have to ask.
I'm glad I've never seen it
and people just published it everywhere in apparently disbelief.
You think they're all promoting right-wing vigilantism? Have you read the X-Men? Marvel's Civil War was as interesting a study of American civil liberties post-9/11 as anything else I've read. It's infuriatingly patronising.
So who's right?
I do wish these people who write opinion pieces would try for something positive instead of continuing to rain negative shit down on the rest of us mere mortals once in a while.
Cunt, in other words.
It's sunny outside today :)
(there was a load of stuff about 24 being a Republican's wet dream for example), but this isn't the article to do it.
Maybe not. The thing is, that kind of 'analysis' is just too easy. It's nothing but a kind of pseudo-political thematic analysis. In fact, it's pseudo-thematic too. Fine for throwing about during post-film coffees or in threads on DiS, but we're talking a publication with a pretty sizeable readership — surely it could strive for something a little less obvious.
even the colour of his toothpaste.
if so can someone turn it off?
That ought to do it.
Stop it Joey, I'm at work!!
you make me sound like a total git
The film was without redeeming merit – there's no other way to put it – and it was about a "ruthless enemy" and the reimposition of the American social order through violence and rugged individualism. Why had I paid hard-earned money for it? Good question. Before Under Siege, I had a tendency to think action films were funny. I had a sort of Brechtian relationship to their awfulness. And I was amused when films themselves recognised the level to which they stooped, as Under Siege assuredly did.
-politics dawned on you for the first time in your early 30s
-resimposition of American social order through violence and rugged individualism? a) What other social order would an American film have? b) that's approximately every film ever made (there's an individual hero, status quo is disrupted, hilarity and/or violence ensues, status quo restored/improved)
-back off from Clint and First Blood
Rick 'Moody' indeed.
but not for the reasons he specifies. What a belm.