November 21, 2005, - 12:21 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
I really struck a nerve with NBA billionaire blowhard Mark Cuban, when I rightfully attacked his outrageous sympathetic homicide bomber movie, “The War Within.” (Cuban financed it, produced it, distributed it, showed it in his theaters, etc. We will publish some of Cuban’s insulting, juvenile responses to you, my readers, later this week–as Thanksgiving that this movie bombed, despite all the hype.)
Now, I’ve struck a nerve with “The War Within’s” Director/Writer Joseph Castelo, who–in an e-mail to me–is apparently miffed that I don’t agree with Roger Ebert’s and yes-man Roeper’s “Two Thumbs Up” to this terrorist-sympathizing, baselessly anti-American movie (and an anti-Semitic, Palestinian version, “Paradise Now.”)
Its no surprise that Ebert would like these horrible–horribly sickening in their sympathy to terrorists–wastes of celluloid. After all, as we pointed out here, Roger Ebert gave two thumbs up to a PKK Islamic terrorist (PKK is tied to Al-Qaeda) who is Ebert’s friend. As for Roeper, well, as I wrote, he is a yes-man to Ebert, and even when they “disagree,” they’re not really disagreeing.
Here’s the abbreviated version of “The War Within’s” e-mail (I need not repeat Ebert’s and yes-man Roeper’s sickening gushing in its saliva-filled entirety):
— Joseph castelo
> Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 07:37:53 -0800 (PST)
> From: Joseph castelo
> Subject: PARADISE NOW/WAR WITHIN
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> EBERT & ROEPER
> TRANSCRIPT OF “PARADISE NOW/THE WAR WITHIN” REVIEW
> TAPE DATE: 11-16-05
> TELEVISED AIR DATE: 11-19-05
> Both films show men who believe they have a divine
> mission that justifies the murder of others. Both
> films show that there is no real response to
> religious zealots who believe their guidance comes directly
> from heaven.
[DEBBIE: YES, THERE IS, ROGER. DESTROY THEM. KILL THEM. DEFEAT THEM. DON'T MAKE ABSURD MOVIES SYMPATHIZING WITH THEM AND LYING THAT WE TORTURED THEM.]
>And both films end in essentially the same place.
[DEBBIE: YES, BOTH HOMICIDE BOMBERS BLOW THEMSELVES UP. GEE, I'D NEVER HAVE PREDICTED THAT.]
> And both films get thumbs up from me, but
> they may not be playing in your area right now . . . .
[DEBBIE: NO, "WAR WITHIN" ISN'T PLAYING IN MY AREA ANYMORE B/C, NO PUN, INTENDED, IT WAS A HUGE BOMB--THANKFULLY.]
> RICHARD: Yes, two thumbs up for me for the films. . . .
> And I liked the fact that these films explore
> these very touchy subjects in a very respectful manner.
> They humanize the terrorists. . . . [T]hey’re really
> to show the other side of things –
> it’s just giving you, I think, two very accurate
> portrayals of what terrorists go through . . . .
[DEBBIE: ACCURATE? REALLY? DID WE TORTURE THE 9/11 HIJACKERS BEFORE THEY BLEW UP 3,000 AMERICANS? "WAR WITHIN" SAYS YES, THAT THEY COMMIT TERROR BECAUSE WE TORTURED THEM FIRST. DO JEWS POISON PALESTINIAN WATER TO DESTROY PALESTINIAN SPERM? THAT'S WHAT "PARADISE NOW" SAYS--AS ONE OF ITS JUSTIFICATIONS FOR HOMICIDE BOMBINGS. DOESN'T SEEM TO HAVE WORKED, SINCE THERE ARE NOW 5 MILLION PLUS PALESTINIANS ENCROACHING UPON ISRAEL.]
> ROGER: After my print review of “Paradise Now”
> appeared in the Sun-Times I got an e-mail from
> somebody who said that I was trying to humanize
> these animals. And I wrote back and I said, “By calling
> them animals you’re thinking exactly the way that they
> think about you.”
[DEBBIE: AND THAT'S A BAD THING? AS OPPOSED TO THINKING, HOW NICE AND PERSECUTED THESE POOR TERRORISTS ARE, AND HOW WE SHOULD BEND OVER BACKWARD (OR FORWARD) FOR THEM AS THESE MOVIES PRESCRIBE? YEAH, THAT'LL STOP TERRORISM, ROGER.]
> RICHARD: And that makes it way too convenient. It’s
> like the film we talked about – about the last days
> of Hitler where he’s in the bunker and you see him –
> you see – just to call these people monsters is too
> easy. Too convenient. And these films are much
> smarter than that. . . .
[DEBBIE: NOTE TO RICHARD, RE-CHECK YOUR HISTORY. WE DEFEATED HITLER AND THE NAZIS BECAUSE WE DEMONIZED THEM. WE DIDN'T MAKE MOVIES TO "UNDERSTAND" OR SYMPATHIZE WITH THEM. DUDE, GET A CLUE. NOTHING "SMART" ABOUT THESE MOVIES, UNLESS YOU'RE AN ISLAMO-FASCIST PROPAGANDIST AND GOT A JEWISH CAPITALIST LIKE MARK CUBAN TO FINANCE THE TRASH, TO BOOT.]
> RICHARD: Two very good films.
> Two thumbs up for “THE WAR WITHIN.”
> Two thumbs up for “PARADISE NOW”
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