March 17, 2006, - 10:31 am

Weekend Box Office: Mob Trial & Smoking Lobby vs. Terrorist

By Debbie Schlussel
The movie getting the most hype this weekend is “V for Vendetta,” a horrid, anti-American, pro-terrorist film, which we reviewed at length here. MUCH BETTER choices are two funny, entertaining movies, “Find Me Guilty” and “Thank You for Smoking,” both of which we recommend and either of which is a better choice for your movie dollar than “V”.
Here’s the rundown:
* “V for Vendetta“: Horrid left-wing fantasy of a western democracy under a Christian leader (when this is what life is REALLY like, every day, in the ISLAMIC, ARAB worlds). The terrorist is the hero. Read our full review here.

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“V for Vendetta”:

Natalie Portman, Guy Fawkes Mask-wearing “V” Are Terrorist Heroes

* “Find Me Guilty“: If you like HBO’s “The Sopranos,” you will definitely like this, which is not dark like the pay-cable series, but more of an entertaining version of what would happen if the Sopranos gang went on trial and one of them defended himself.
Based on the real-life mob trial of Giacomo “Jackie” DiNorscio a/k/a “Fat Jack” and many others from the Lucchese crime family. The trial was the longest mob trial in history. While all the mobsters have their own lawyers (headed up by talented actor Peter Dinklage), DiNorscio defends himself and saves the day. Vin Diesel finally shows real talent as an actor, starring as DiNorscio. He really pulls it off (didn’t buy the fake hair, though). Clearly, they were mobsters, but it’s entertaining to watch the way they convinced a jury otherwise. The feds taking almost two years to prove a case is just plain incompetence (just like the 1/2 year-long Al-Arian trial).
We were, indeed, bothered by the ending in which mobsters were hailed as heroes for beating the system. Clearly, these were criminals. But, also clearly, the Justice Department blew the case. The story is true. And even though we did not like the message, we found the movie entertaining. Sometimes, crime stories–even where the criminals win–are entertaining, like it or not.
A big deal is made of the fact that the other mobsters’ lead attorney is a dwarf (Dinklage). Was that the case in real life? Does anyone know?
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Vin Diesel is Convincing Mobster in “Find Me Guilty”

* “Thank You for Smoking“: Based on the smoking industry satire novel by conservative libertarian Christopher Buckley (relative of William F.). This comedy is about the smooth tobacco industry lobbyist Nick Naylor (played by Aaron Eckhart). Entertaining, funny, lots of stars have cameos.
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Aaron Eckhart of “Thank You for Smoking”

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8 Responses

Shame on you for recommending Find Me Guilty. The mob is a group of criminals that costs the tax money, corrupts business, threatens innocent shopkeepers, ruins lives and murders people. Any attempt to portray them in a sympathetic or lighthearted way should be strongly condemned.
I AGREE, AND I WAS BOTHERED AT THE ENDING OF THE MOVIE, WHERE THEY ARE HAILED FOR BEATING THE SYSTEM. HOWEVER, THE GOVERNMENT REALLY SCREWED UP BIGTIME ON THIS CASE. THEY BLEW IT. I WILL ADD SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. AND THE MOVIE WAS ENTERTAINING, REGARDLESS OF THE MESSAGE. IT IS A TRUE STORY. THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

LoveAManInAUniform on March 17, 2006 at 12:19 pm

WISH i was going to see “V is for Vendetta” with YOU my love…but i guess you’d rather watch “V is for Vichy”…the DISSENT which this country was built on is so much anathema to all you *Reich*-wingers.

EminemsRevenge on March 17, 2006 at 1:42 pm

I suspected this movie was not worth seeing when I surfed by Charlie Rose interviewing Natalie Portman about it. When Charlie likes something, I know it’s bad for conservatives.

Bachbone on March 17, 2006 at 3:23 pm

Oh, and by the way, the hero of the movie: He’s a terrorist in a Guy Fawkes mask, who blows up important government buildings. Sound familiar? His mask might as well be a kefiyeh wrapped around his head in a Nick Berg video.
Uh, no.
Do you even know who Guy Fawkes was? The symbolism of the mask is anti-authoritarian, not pro-terrorist.
I have to thank you, though. Before reading your review, I had no interest in seeing the movie. Now I think I might enjoy it.
UH, YES.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Kevin on March 17, 2006 at 5:00 pm

Once DC Comics gave us the likes of Superman and Batman. And NOW this garbage! And in time of war (WWII and the Korean War) DC, like Marvel toed the patriotic line.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Superman and BatmanÖmust now step aside for the deception, V is Vendetta.
ANYTIME you SPIN reality and portray that Muslim ìhate and murder machineî (Islam) as the hero, you are morally and spiritually bankrupt! NO EXCEPTIONS. And YOU BETRAY the thousands murdered and the millions who suffer TODAY needlessly because of this empty religion.
THINK ABOUT THAT the next time you support DC directly or indirectly and whoever produced this vomit.
Advice to DC ñ Stick to Superman and BatmanÖstick to something you know about~
Your veiled views about religion and politics appeal only to the masturbatory 13 year-old skinhead, or perhaps the diseased catamite.
IN THE MEANTIMEÖboycott DC Comics.
Anglicans, YOU really need to boycott this!
ÖEven a 10-15% sales drop wields a major blow when margins are slim.
Companies have perished for less.

The Canadien on March 17, 2006 at 8:54 pm

Hey The Canadien, which heroic character in the film is a Muslim?
Debbie, according to Lou Lumenick’s column in the March 16th NY Post…
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For the lead defense attorney – DiNorscio had 19 co-defendants – Lumet picked Peter Dinklage, an acclaimed actor who is a dwarf, to play a lawyer who in real life was normal size.
“I told him I was exploiting the sheer dramatic shock of his size in the first scene because I had to shoot 60 pages of script in one room and keep things hopping,” the director said. “And he’s got the pleasure of overcoming that in 30 seconds because of what a wonderful actor he is.”
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brickabrat on March 19, 2006 at 1:29 am

After reading an article from Time’s European edition in which Natalie Portman was interviewed, I think she’s also a big problem in Vendetta. What she said there was simply crazy (shudder).
As for comics, it’s a shame they don’t get enough attention in the mainstream, because the industry of comics has been getting pretty bad too lately, with both DC and Marvel alike suffering from political biases and over/undertones, and even publicity stunts. If they got more attention in the mainstream than they do, maybe it’d be easier to fix them that way.

Avi Green on March 23, 2006 at 11:11 am

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