April 4, 2014, - 6:58 pm

Wknd Box Office: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Jinn (Mich Tax-Funded Muslim Propaganda), Goodbye World

By Debbie Schlussel

Nothing that amazing in the new offerings at the movies, this weekend, but what’s outrageous is that Michigan taxpayers financed one of the new movies, which is nothing but an absolutely awful attempt at Muslim propaganda.

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* “Captain America: The Winter Soldier“: This is okay and much better than the first “Captain America” movie (read my review). But it’s still not a great movie The special effects and action–which this movie is full of–are decent. But the story is dumb and confusing. And, once again, Hollywood tries so hard to avoid Muslim terrorists and infiltrators as a plotline that it chooses rogue Nazis from World War II in modern day America. Really? Plus, the movie makes several pointed attempts at commentary against the NSA and government surveillance to the point that I almost thought Captain America was actually Edward Snowden in disguise.







The story: It’s modern-day America, and Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) is still trying to adjust to modern life after having been asleep for over a half century. His boss at “SHIELD,” Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), is on the run from some unidentified villain, who turns out to be “The Winter Soldier,” and is apparently killed. Captain America must investigate and find out what happened to Fury and why and, in the meantime, must also save his own life from forces out to get him at the World Security Council, headed by an apparently corrupt U.S. official, played by dead man walking, Robert Redford. It turns out that the evil forces who’ve infiltrated are from the rogue Nazi outfit, Hydra, which is the enemy in the original “Captain America” movie. Yes, World War II “rogue Nazis”–because the main Nazis were good guys, right?–have infiltrated modern day American and World government, not Islamic terrorists. Thanks, Hollywood, for getting it right. And the movie continues in the tradition of the first Captain America movie in hardly acknowledging America or that this superhero is American, other than the name and accent.

Captain America is aided in this movie’s fight by his friends, the “Black Widow” (Scarlett Johansson) and an Iraq/Afghanistan War vet/superhero, “Falcon” (Anthony Mackie). I could have done without the constant Black Widow banter about setting up Captain America with dates with various girls at work. It was stupid. I also could have done without Captain America’s many grandstanding Edward Snowden-style speeches against the government’s surveillance of the bad guys, which he thinks is outrageous, just like Rand Paul and the blind, deaf, and dumb Paulistinians.

Oh, and by the way, Gary Shandling has two brief cameos as a U.S. Senator, reprising his role from at least one of the “Iron Man” movies. And his face is so bloated and injectified (yeah, I made up that word) that he looks like a balloon ready for popping by the tiniest of needles. It’s comical. He should have stuck with his original face.

At nearly 2.5 hours, the movie is waaay tooo loooong. Could have lopped off at least a half hour from this and, better yet, an hour. Although this is rated PG-13 because there is a lot of violence and shooting, it’s really not that bad in terms of that, and it’s not bloody or graphic in the least, either. You can take your kids to this, no problem.

One last thing: the movie takes place mostly in Washington, DC, and there are a couple of scenes of jogging on the shore of the Potomac and near the monuments. Producers said that’s because they wanted this movie to have the intrigue and vibe of ’70s movies, like “Marathon Man” and “Three Days of the Condor,” but while this movie will be loved by anti-government conspiracy theorists (just like “Three Days of the Condor” or “The Parallax View”), it’s not even close to the quality of those ’70s movies, which are far superior in plot, entertainment value, and tight story and script. Not even a scintilla of close.

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Watch the trailer. . . .

* “Jinn“: This absolutely crappy movie, which includes a soft sell of Islam, is financed by $1.4 million dollars from Michigan taxpayers, in violation of Michigan’s Constitution (which has an “establishment clause” even tougher than that of the U.S. Constitution against state funds going to pay to promote religion in any way). Sadly, it isn’t the first Michigan Film Tax Credit-subsidized movie, either. Just the latest. And, on top of that, the movie is laughably horrible. It looks like a bad Z-budget horror film your nerdy teenage neighbor shot with his friends.

The movie was written and directed by Zaheer Ajmal Ahmad, a Paki Muslim, who made a good deal of money off of Michigan taxpayers from this absolute dung heap on film. And he has an affirmative-action-for-Muslims deal with 200 movie theaters across the country to show this piece of bleep. I’ve seen many, many infinitely far superior films that hard-working, talented filmmakers have produced, and they can’t even get into one theater. But they aren’t Muslim and don’t promote Islam.

The “plot”–if you can call it that–consists of a man (played by Muslim, Iranian-born actor Dominic Rains, whose real name is Amin Nazemzadeh) and his wife suddenly being spooked by demons, known as Jinn in Islam. But a Catholic priest (the character and his church are in the movie merely to disguise that this is a Muslim propaganda film) tells him to get Muslim holy water from Mecca at the Hezbollah mosque, Dearbornistan’s Islamic Center of America, to kill the scary creatures and demons that stole his wife from him and haunt his life. Oh, and also, he has to drive a fancy, expensive sports car–the interior of which is lined with Arabic verses from the koran–to fight the demons and evil monsters. The end.

Believe me, I’m making this absolute crap sound incredibly better than it actually is, just by describing this crappy movie. It stank. And while it was only 1.5 hours long, it seemed like an eternity. Long, slow, boring, terribly stupid, and filled with non-stop plodding music. Not to mention computer generated images that sucked . . . a lot.

But, hey, Messrs. Ahmad and Nazemzadeh got paid (by Michigan taxpayers who subsidized this garbage). Cha-Ching!

Oh, and one other thing: the movie is also co-financed by Richard Mandell–a typical, predictable, rich Jewish liberal Obama-votin’ embracer of Islam, so he can appear “tolerant.” As CEO of One Reverse Mortgage, Mandell is a key partner of billionaire Dan Gilbert, owner of Quicken Loans which owns the mortgage company. And the movie is also financed by a rich Muslim doctor, who I’m sure got paid back when the Michigan taxpayer money came rollin’ on in. And he got to fulfill the Muslim edict to proselytize non-Muslims through this crap.

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* “Goodbye World“: What an incredible waste of 1.5 hours of my life I’ll never get back. Several uppity hipsters who went to college together end up at a country home where a few of them live. Some of them are married. While they are there, the world is in an apocalyptic state because one of these pretentious, lefty hipsters accidentally sets off the other’s virus. The world has lost electrical power and internet service and total chaos has erupted. But then all of these hipster frauds, after yelling at each other and engaging in unnecessary melodrama, agree to work together and live in peace and harmony. The end.

This could have been an interesting movie. Instead, it was total garbage and incredibly stupid, not to mention the worst apocalyptic movie I’ve seen yet. One character even talks to a stuffed animal. Not kidding. By the way, the Black character has a very obviously Jewish name and surname. Not sure why.

One other thing: even though the apocalypse has hit America, Obama is, sadly, still President in this movie.

Skip this at all cost.

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14 Responses

Odd, but I saw many movies as a youth around the tail end of WW II and shortly thereafter. The volume of all those pro-Axis (pro-Nazi and pro-Jap imperialist and pro-Mussolini) films filled the weekly offerings at the local theatres. No, wait a minute — ALL of the propaganda films then were pro-US, and decidedly anti-Axis. In those days the US was not as suicidal as to make the case for its enemies! How we have fallen!

Hans Schaden on April 5, 2014 at 4:29 pm

To be fair, Hydra was Captain America’s main enemy in the comic book for many years. Making them the main villains in the movie is not a surprise. I would feel angry if they were made up just for the movie, but as pre-existing characters, I’m sure Marvel felt they had to fit them in to match the comic book’s canon storyline.

David on April 5, 2014 at 8:53 pm

I think I’ve seen “Goodbye World” thirty years ago,only in 1983 it was called “The Big Chill”.
Eight friends gather at a home over a death and much drama ensues.
Got it.

ebayer on April 5, 2014 at 10:25 pm

http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/04/captain-america-winter-soldier-obama-kill-list-politics-drones-nsa

See link above. The Captain America folks fully admit they are being political and are big Snowden fans.

Steve G. on April 5, 2014 at 11:17 pm

Debbie, I get your points about CA2 though I saw it differently. Take out hydra and insert DHS/Patriot Act and one world governing and it’s the same considering the infiltration by enemies of freedom in Obama’s and Junior Bush’s administrations. I don’t see Snowden but a question that goes back since DHS was established and Patriot Act was signed into law. Have we given up our freedom in the name of security? I believe we have and that is underscored by increasing eyes/ears Intel gathering on us while our borders are completely compromised. I was at the July 17 House hearing by the House Judiciary Committee who listened to NSA/DOJ tell the Congress we have no expectation of privacy under the 4th Amendment. So the question raised by Captain America is one that bears repeating. In the wrong hands such tools of control are dangerous and will only lead to our demise. So for me, the movie was right on point and the humor and exchanged between Black Widow and Captain America just helped ease the tension just as I’ve experienced with the agents themselves. I loved the movie, definitely better than the original, as good as Avengers/Thor 2… and gave it 5 goalie masks.

Andy Ramirez on April 6, 2014 at 1:45 pm

One last thought… I’ve been told by my sources at DHS that loyalty to the department and agency are emphasized rather than the Constitution. It’s everywhere at DHS hence the purges and why Vets are so discriminated against. The Shandling character was so emblematic of the collusion between Dems and GOP we see on the Hill. Just adds to the movie since it was also right on point, and as you know I’m no Paul-bot and am opposed to a run for POTUS by him.

Andy Ramirez on April 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm

I saw the new Captain America movie and didn’t like it. I agree with Debbie’s review at every point.

First and foremost, the film was WAY too long at 2 ½ hours and very boring and tedious besides so that it seemed even longer. As Debbie puts it, it was “wayy tooo looooong.” Part of the reason the film seemed so long is that it was written in such an amateurish, clumsy, ham-handed way. Everything was predictable. There were no surprises and there was no subtlety. Just to give an example, when Cap and Black Widow are being chased by SHIELD in a department store, it seems a sure bet they’ll be caught. But Black Widow tells Captain, “Quick. Kiss me. Displays of affection are uncomfortable to watch.” So they kiss and suddenly all the SHIELD agents turn away from this public display so that the two can escape. Stupid. This kind of unimaginative lameness was repeated everywhere in the story.

The whole story was dumbed down. Nazis are behind the evil plot. Stupid. The government listens in on private telephone conversations and watches private bank transactions and then decides who has the potential to do harm and so plans to kill “a million” people (with drones, of course) who might cause trouble. This is vapid, ideological, sophomoric television mediocrity. I know Debbie already wrote all this, and she’s right.

Debbie rightly points out that the film was an attempt to recreate the conspiracy films of the seventies like “Three Days of a Condor” and “Parallax View.” These earlier films worked because, though they were silly, they were suffused with menacing atmosphere (give director Alan Pakula credit for that). This film had no atmosphere whatsoever—-just Jason Bourne-like frenetic action mixed with long, long scenes of going through computer files until someone discovers that the Nazis did it. Blecchhh. Or zzzzz. One of those.

Burke on April 7, 2014 at 9:28 am

I saw the new Captain America movie and didn’t like it. I agree with Debbie’s review at every point.

First and foremost, the film was WAY too long at 2 ½ hours and very boring and tedious besides so that it seemed even longer. As Debbie puts it, it was “wayy tooo looooong.” Part of the reason the film seemed so long is that it was written in such an amateurish, clumsy, ham-handed way. Everything was predictable. There were no surprises and there was no subtlety. Just to give an example, when Cap and Black Widow are being chased by SHIELD in a department store, it seems a sure bet they’ll be caught. But Black Widow tells Captain, “Quick. Kiss me. Displays of affection are uncomfortable to watch.” So they kiss and suddenly all the SHIELD agents turn away from this public display so that the two can escape. Stupid. This kind of unimaginative lameness was repeated everywhere in the story.

The whole story was dumbed down. Nazis are behind the evil plot. Stupid. The government listens in on private telephone conversations and watches private bank transactions and then decides who has the potential to do harm and so plans to kill “a million” people (with drones, of course) who might cause trouble. This is vapid, ideological, sophomoric television mediocrity. I know Debbie already wrote all this, and she’s right.

Debbie rightly points out that the film was an attempt to recreate the conspiracy films of the seventies like “Three Days of a Condor” and “Parallax View.” These earlier films worked because, though they were silly, they were suffused with menacing atmosphere (give director Alan Pakula credit for that). This film had no atmosphere whatsoever—-just Jason Bourne-like frenetic action mixed with long, long scenes of going through computer files until someone discovers that the Nazis did it. Blecchhh. Or zzzzz. One of those.

Burke on April 7, 2014 at 9:28 am

On the ‘rogue Nazis’ point:

Get this: Hydra is SO evil that they do the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute with BOTH arms! Twice the evil!

luagha on April 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm

One of these days, Marvel will do the Sabra movie. That will be cool.

Hollywood are a bunch of pussified scumbags.

Occam's Tool on April 7, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Debbie, no one said anything about “Nazi’s being the good guys”. Hydra(at least in the films)is just the Nazi deep-science division. So, yeah, they ARE Nazi’s, just with a greater emphasis on facism….The only real problems with the movie is the poor edidting in that last couple of scenes and how they completly skipped the oppertunity to tell the Winter Soldeir’s back-story, which is one of the greatest comic-book revivals in history, no joke.

John Malcolm on April 9, 2014 at 7:53 am

“-have infiltrated modern day American and World government, not Islamic terrorists.”

Well, you mentioned being Gary Shandling’s character, so I assume you must have seen Iron Man 2, where Tony Stark says “I have successfully privatized peace!” and then goes on to explain how terrorists and rogue states abroad have more-or-less given up trying to harm the U.S due to the rise of prominent superheroes on it’s shores…so by that logic, Islamic Terrorists now longer exist in that world….

John Malcolm on April 9, 2014 at 6:55 pm

“And the movie continues in the tradition of the first Captain America movie in hardly acknowledging America or that this superhero is American, other than the name and accent.”

…..And you know, lives in D.C,born from Irish immigrants in New York, wears American colors, makes inspiring speeches about freedom and liberty,(occasionally)uses a gun, isn’t racist, sexist or bigoted in any way shape or form,disapproves of immoral behavior by the U.S government and is LITERALLY THE MODEL OF THE IDEAL AMERICAN CITIZEN. I mean, c’mon Debbie, what else d’you want this guy to do? Enter every scene riding a giant, bald eagle with a billowing American flag clutched in it’s beak whilst the National Anthem plays in the background?

John Malcolm on April 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Forgive me for beating a dead horse Debbie, but I think you may have missed the point of CA:TWS. It’s about pure comic book to movie fun. It’s not supposed to be nit picked beyond recognition. As mentioned above, HYDRA is the Cap’s enemy. And as for the movie having a pro-Snowden slant, I can’t really find anything wrong with that. Everything hinted at, or unsubtly mentioned in the movie, especially things Cap points out, i.e. “This isn’t freedom, this is fear.” After being shown the brand sparkly new gunships SHIELD is creating in the name of peace. Plus, they weren’t suggesting just surveying bad guys. They ended up targeting a million people just in the U.S.A. But that’s still nit-picking, and it doesn’t matter! Because overall, I think maybe we’ve all grown a bit too cynical, and can no longer appreciate movies as entertainment. And for that, I’m sorry.

Alexandra Noel on April 13, 2014 at 12:50 am

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