June 22, 2007, - 11:44 am

Weekend Box Office: Many Offerings, Nothing Good; Lotta Propaganda

By Debbie Schlussel
There are several new offerings at the movie theaters, this weekend, but I didn’t particularly like any of them. Though I did like the Biblical echoes in the cheesy “Evan Almighty,” I disliked the heavy propaganda for socialized medicine and Islam in “Sicko” and “A Mighty Heart,” respectively:

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* “Evan Almighty“: You don’t have to see the original, “Bruce Almighty,” which has little to do with this one to get this mostly sappy, cheesy movie. Steve Carell plays Evan Baxter, the weatherman from “Bruce Almighty,” who gets elected to Congress. He moves his family to the Washington area, where he is beseeched by G-d* (Morgan Freeman) to follow part of Genesis and build an ark in preparation for a massive flood. He soon grows long hair and a beard and become a modern day Noah, reclaiming his family from his former workaholic life. Evan also angers a high-powered, corrupt Congressman–in the hands of evil developers (always a lefty angle in these movies).
I really liked the Biblical Noah story replayed in this film, which follows the Genesis story very closely. But that doesn’t overcome the sappiness and cheesiness of this comedy that was largely unfunny. And, sorry, but I didn’t need to see the disrespectful scenes of G-d dancing. Thanks, but no thanks. Plus the movie co-stars the always annoying, never funny “comedienne” Wanda Sykes, the silver screen jump-the-shark icon. If the tired Ms. Sykes is in a movie, it’s a bad omen.
Finally, whoever wrote this didn’t do the tiniest bit of research about life as a Congressman and got all of the basics wrong. There is no such thing as “junior co-sponsoring” a bill. You’re either a co-sponsor or you’re not. No “juniors.” And Congressman’s parking spaces are in convenient spots in garages under their office buildings, not half a mile away on the other side of the Capitol. They even got the custom Congressional license plates wrong. Very lazy scriptwriters in a very corny movie. Still, you can take your kids to this one (if you don’t mind the blaspheming of G-d).
* “Sicko“: I watched this Michael Moore propaganda piece for socialized medicine, last weekend, over the internet. I know Moore’s people don’t mind, since they’ve told me so, and keep wanting to send me a screener of it, anyway. **** UPDATE, 06/28/07: Read my “Sicko” review. ****
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* “A Mighty Heart“: Read my complete review. This whitewash of Islam in the beheading/live dissection murder of Daniel Pearl is disgusting, boring, and stupid. Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and fake-umentary director Michael Winterbottom deceptively blame Pearl’s murder on Guantanamo Bay (which was hardly an issue at the time of Pearl’s murder) and on the Wall Stree Journal sharing important terrorist computer files with the U.S. government. Gee, whatta surprise. Also, not surprising: CAIR, MPAC, Cafe Intifada, Amnesty International, and Doctors Without Borders co-sponsored screenings of this. It’s their kind of movie, not ours. Again, Read my complete review.
* “1408“: Since the studios held the only screening of this at the same time as another only screening, I went–for you, dear readers–I went at 12:55 a.m., this morning to screen this at the only drive-in left in the Detroit Area, the Ford-Wyoming on the edge of Dearbornistan and a very scary, dangerous part of Detroit (that describes most of Detroit, actually).
The movie, based on a Stephen King short story, begins as an interesting, classic King flick about a horror fiction novelist like King who is skeptical of the occult and insists on staying in the mysterious room 1408 of New York’s fictional “Dolphin Hotel.” Every guest who’s stayed in the room–over 50 of them–has died within an hour of entering the room.
But although it starts out as engrossing, classic Stephen King, it gets carried away, overwrought, and silly. The great thing about other movies made from King’s writing is that they are mostly believable and you suspend your disbeliefs. Not the case with this one, once you get about a halfway through it. It gets to be too much and a jumbled mess with a million times you think it’s the ending or should be . . . but still isn’t. Mildly entertaining, but not King’s best. And not that scary. But I never realized that the late Karen Carpenter’s sweet voice singing, “We’ve Only Just Begun” could ever be that creepy in the context of this movie.
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* “You Kill Me“: Ben Kingsley plays a Polish mob hitman from Buffalo whose alcoholism is harming his ability to snuff out people from the rival Irish mob. He’s sent by his mob boss to San Francisco to join Alcholics Anonymous and get sober. At a part-time job embalming bodies at a funeral home, he meets a PBS marketer (Tea Leoni), with whom he falls in love.
Sound stupid and hard to believe? Yup, it is. This movie was long, boring, depressing, and you don’t care a whit about the manic, annoying Leoni or this cold-blooded killer loser. It’s also a bit hard to believe Kingsley as a Pole from Buffalo, when his bizarre attempt the accent plus his British brogue makes him sound like a Scotsman. I understand the craze to do mob-themed films and hitch a ride on the success of “The Departed” and “The Sopranos.” But this doesn’t cut it. Tremendously skip-worthy.
* “September Dawn“: Although I dislike and extremely distrust flip-flop-flipper Mitt Romney, it has nothing to do with his membership in the Mormon Church. I think most Mormons are good people and loyal Americans of the best kind, though I’ve written extensively about how the Mormon church funneled millions in goods to HAMAS through the Islamic Relief charity.
But you have to question the timing of this movie about the Mountain Meadow Massacre–the massacre perpetrated by Mormons on non-Mormon Christians in America on September 11, 1857. It was documented as a brutal murder of many Christians, except their kids who were too young to remember or become witnesses. Angelina Jolie’s pop, Jon Voight plays the Mormon leader who fomented the massacre, and the movie seems very one-sided, anti-Mormon, and unfairly designed to turn us against Mormons, today. The marketing of it, pushing the auspicious date, September 11th, is disgusting. Mormons are not terrorists. They’re generally good people who love America. Why aren’t there movies like this about Muslims? Hollywood would never dare.
And the long movie plays out like a Lifetime Movie of the Week, starring Mormons. Lots of melodrama, crying, and screaming throughout a Romeo and Juliet-style romance. Skip it.
* “The Golden Door” (“Nuovomondo”): This arthouse Italian-language comedy about immigrants traveling to America from Italy, presented by Martin Scorsese, was annoyingly unfunny and juvenile. Depressing, silly, and pointless, I walked out halfway through this two-hour ordeal, because I simply couldn’t take it anymore. Life is short, and I couldn’t afford to waste any more of mine on this. I looked forward to seeing this film, but was sorely disappointed. Added nothing to the body of work on the (legal) immigrant experience in America.
* Jews do not write the name of G-d in vain. Thus, the dash in the word.

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18 Responses

Damn…..none of these flicks are interesting. And Michael Boore is at it agian.

Squirrel3D on June 22, 2007 at 4:02 pm

I saw “1408″ today and enjoyed it up until the third act which is the point wherein the movie deteriorated into a silly mess.
I won’t be seeing “A Mighty Heart”… EVER… as I find AJ to be a sickly mess. Perhaps collecting the third world’s children is rather draining on a person. Plus, I hate left-wing politial propaganda films.

Freudianslippers on June 22, 2007 at 7:12 pm

An interesting thought exercise about one of Daniel Pearl’s murderers. It’s still not clear who performed the actual beheading (probably KSM), but Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh has admitted to involvement.
So what, you might say, just another wild-eyed Pakistani Islamic radical intent on murdering Jews. Au contraire, mon frere. Mr. Sheikh is actually an Englishman. More precisely, he is a member of the English intelligensia, graduate of a relatively elite “public” (ie, private school), and once a student in applied math and economics at the London School of Economics.
Interesting that this is precisely the milieu inhabited by Mr. Winterbottom. One could easily imagine them, at some earlier time, engaged in conversation about politics, movies, or economic policy. It is entirely possible to imagine that they might have once attended the same lecture, had tea at adjacent tables in the same cafe, or shared mutual friends or acquaintances.
Mr. Winterbottom has decided to make leftist “root causes” films about Islamic radicalism, but the fact is he should have a far deeper and more personal understanding of root causes than he might imagine. He and Mr. Sheikh are really birds of a feather, decorated members of the English intellectual elite.
A much more interesting film would have been a work of introspection, an exploration of the commonalities, and common motivations, which energize these two men. They are products of the same environment and, it would seem to me, express the same sentiments. Only the mode of expression is different.

sonomaca on June 22, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Final thought:
The real, and far more interesting, story of “A Mighty Heart” involves the assualt by two members of the English elite against an American Jew, the first to execute him and the second to defile his memory after death.

sonomaca on June 22, 2007 at 8:16 pm

Early word is out that “Mighty Heart” is having a horrible opening weekend. Nobody is showing up for this terrorist-loving, anti-Semitic, anti-American piece of crap. I hope this tanks Jolie’s career.

sonomaca on June 23, 2007 at 6:40 pm

Pro-muzlum supporter Angelina Jolie’s movie; “Mighty Heartless”, fucking tanked!
“Another movie opening was Paramount Vantage’s A Mighty Heart, starring Angelina Jolie in the story of journalist Daniel Pearl’s terrorist murder. It finished in 10th place with $1.1 mil Friday from 1,355 playdates for what should be a $4+ million weekend. But its per screen average was extremely low…despite a ton of advance publicity featuring tabloid-favorite Jolie herself.”
http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/
Her career is finished. The only subhuman creature that would now touch her professionally is Michael Moore-on.
Other than that, her only other option is to make more softcore porn flicks like the one she starred in about the AIDS-stricken fashion model “Gia”. In that movie you see Angelina in many total frontal nudity scenes as well as her numerous sexual encounters including lesbian sex. Stick a fuck, er, I mean, fork in her…she’s done.

Thee_Bruno on June 23, 2007 at 9:46 pm

To see some of the mildest nude scenes in which Angelina bares all in the aforementioned Angelina Jolie Movie; “Gia”, click on the links below.
http://www.filecabi.net/video/Angelina-Jolie-naked.html
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/69086/angelina_jolie_naked/
Caution – NUDITY!
Now, just watch and you’ll see the servers on those sites collapse from too many hits because all you horny bastards (especially you muzlum skells who aren’t supposed to view porn because moohammad forbade it – you hypocrite bastards!) are overloading them.
Besides that, I’ll bet that “Gia” will be the top rented video this month.
You bunch of degenerate bastards!
LMFAO!!!!

Thee_Bruno on June 23, 2007 at 10:37 pm

Interesting that you say that, because it’s well-know that Pakistan has one of the biggest internet porn problems of any country on earth:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3041022.stm

sonomaca on June 24, 2007 at 12:42 am

sonomaca,
They’re all a bunch of muzlum hypocrites. Take, for instance, Mohammad Atta and his band of murderers. As all good muzlums know, moohammad forbade any of his cult followers to engage in porn or to drink alcohol – so what does Mohammad Atta and his band of murderers do just days before 9/11? They went to strip clubs, got lap dances, and boozed it up. It’s all documented. Some pious muzlums, right?!
It’s also a well known fact that once the royal Saudi family jet-off to western countries, the dirty nightshirts come off, they don western clothing, and booze it up on their planes. They also have an extensive stash of porn, and engage prostitutes wherever they find them outside of Saudi Arabia.
That’s just the tip of the muzlum iceberg when it comes to muzlum hypocrisy.

Thee_Bruno on June 24, 2007 at 9:29 am

To see some more of Angelina Jolie’s talented acting, check out her sex scene with Antonio Banderas. This is real soft core porn.
http://www.filecabi.net/video/angelina-jolie-sex-scene.html

Thee_Bruno on June 24, 2007 at 9:31 am

Thee_Buffoon,
Normally I’d club you over the head with your stupid comments, but this time I give you my sincere thanks for the links. Angelina Jolie has a really hot body.
As for ‘A Mighty Heart’, almost all movie critics gave this thumbs up. Debbie is the only one I’ve seen give it thumbs down. And ‘Sicko’ also got rave reviews even from Fox no less!

Norman Blitzer on June 24, 2007 at 5:28 pm

I think Debbie helped to take this piece of garbage down. She had posted a review a couple of weeks back, and the studio made her take it down. But, it was the first review and was up long enough to set the tone. Bravo!
Maybe Hollywood will finally come to understand that Jews are living in perilous times, and it’s because of the Red/Black (ie, leftist/Islamist) alliance. Winterbottom and Jolie are part of the problem.
Why can’t Spielberg, who directed “Schindler’s List” for crying out loud, see what’s going on today and make a frickin’ movie about the most important issue facing the Jews since 1945?

sonomaca on June 24, 2007 at 8:04 pm

I think Debbie helped to take this piece of garbage down. She had posted a review a couple of weeks back, and the studio made her take it down. But, it was the first review and was up long enough to set the tone. Bravo!
Maybe Hollywood will finally come to understand that Jews are living in perilous times, and it’s because of the Red/Black (ie, leftist/Islamist) alliance. Winterbottom and Jolie are part of the problem.
Why can’t Spielberg, who directed “Schindler’s List” for crying out loud, see what’s going on today and make a frickin’ movie about the most important issue facing the Jews since 1945?

sonomaca on June 24, 2007 at 8:04 pm

Abnormal Blitzed,
Re-read my original post. I predicted that the degenerates like you would overwhelm the servers that posted Angelina naked. You just proved my point…thank you…you lonely, pathetic, “can’t-get-a-date” mamma’s boy. Tell me, did you celan up your mess after viewing those clips so that your mommy doesn’t have to clean it up when she comes into the basement to pick up your dirty laundry?
Secondly, it’s a well-known fact that MOST of the movie reviewers in this country are LIBERAL, left-wing shitbags such as yourself. However, whatever critics say does not substitute for box office receipts – after all, that’s why movies are made – TO MAKE MONEY. It is the movie-going public that are the ultimate critics – they review movies by opening their wallets. It’s the same with political pundits – almost all are left-wing – however, they don’t decide elections – the voters do.
BUT, because you’re an America-hating LIBERAL, all you care about are critical reviews by like-minded LIBERALS who want to see America brought down to its knees.
Why don’t you move to any one of your favorite muzlum countries or Cuba, North Korea, China, Venezuela, Columbia, etc – any one of your favorite muzlum, Communist, Socialist “utopias”? The reson you don’t is because YOU and the rest of your LIBERAL ilk are HYPOCRITES.
So, re-run those vids of Angelina Jolie naked. You can’t even afford to buy a regular DVD porn movie to jerk-off to…you cheap bastard! You’re really pathetic. You and Pee-Wee Herman. LOL!
Remember now – clean up before mommy finds you jerking off on your computer.
LMFAO!
What a fucking waste!

Thee_Bruno on June 24, 2007 at 9:47 pm

Thee_Buffoon posted:
[Tell me, did you celan up your mess after viewing those clips so that your mommy doesn't have to clean it up when she comes into the basement to pick up your dirty laundry?]
I take it you’re talking from your own experience.

Norman Blitzer on June 24, 2007 at 10:34 pm

Uh, Norman:
“A Mighty Heart” could have been a worthy memorial for journalist Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and killed by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002, but it plays as a pandering vanity project for Angelina Jolie.
http://aznightbuzz.com/stories/188259.php
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AJ storms around the set like Madonna using profanity and behaving so obnoxious it drowns out a pretty interesting story of the Pakistani Intelligence’s search and methods.
But the most significant negative review was highlighted in the Washington Post this weekend by Daniel Pearl’s Indian assistant of nine years who now lives in the DC area. She trashed the movie, so there you go. She sold her story to Hollywierd and then was surprised it was wholly fictionalized? Idiot.
I wanted to the see the movie to make sure I knew what I was talking about. I will never forgive Jolie for trashing an interesting story like some sort of menstruating diva, it was as if someone was sitting next to you screaming the whole picture.
Is it possible to inject anymore junk into those lips?

code7 on June 25, 2007 at 11:16 am

Outlook: Not the Daniel Pearl I Knew
Liberties Taken With ‘A Mighty Heart’ Go Far Beyond Artistic License
Asra Nomani
Former Wall Street Journal Correspondent?Monday, June 25, 2007; 1:00 PM
Asra Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal correspondent who was one of the last people to see Daniel Pearl alive, will be online Monday, June 18 at 2 p.m. ET to explain how a newly released movie about his death is a disservice to Pearl, both because it turns him into a caricature and because it elevates him to a hero.
Submit your questions and comments before or during today’s discussion.

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