January 23, 2006, - 1:40 pm

“Munich” Watch: Film Sinks More; Shlemielberg, Screenwriter Defensive

By Debbie Schlussel
Remember the big hit sympathize-with-terrorists, moral equivalency movie “Munich” was supposed to be? It’s sinking like a rock.
This weekend concluded week 5 of the Steven Spielberg box office failure. And whatta surprise?! “Munich” is now in 13th place, rapidly declining from 11th place, last week. The movie never made it into the top five, and dropped almost 40% in box office receipts compared with the previous weekend. So sad, too bad.
We’re counting the days until this silver screen stinker hits the $1 movies and then is dropped from theaters altogether. That’s not far off.
Meanwhile, Shlemielberg is on the defensive–so much so that he’s gone back on his promise to grant only ONE press interview–to TIME Magazine, back in December–regarding “Munich.” Shlemielberg granted an interview to Germany’s Der Spiegel, very fitting since Germany is the land that brought us both the Munich Massacre and the Holocaust. In the interview, Spielberg calls critics of “Munich,” like me, “extremists.”

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Shlemielberg: Sympathizes w/Terrorists, But Calls Us “Extremists”

Clearly, however, the lackluster box office receipts–despite mega-hype for “Munich”–demonstrate that the real extremist is Shlemielberg and we critics of this fairy tale are very much in the mainstream. The marketplace bears that out.
Then, there’s Tony Kushner, the gay activist/screenwriter and open critic of Israel, who wrote “Munich”‘s screenplay screed. He, too, is on the defensive, including from members of his own family. He’s written an LA Times piece “defending” himself.
Shlemielberg and Kushner on the defensive, their outrageous movie a big failure. Sometimes the good guys do win.

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10 Responses

Debbie, sweetheart, gorgerous, you ARE an extremist, that is the only reason I read you at least twice a week. If you ever become “responsible” I’ll drop you like a used condom……

Duke on January 23, 2006 at 2:42 pm

In this day and age, smart people like our Debbie are considered extremists. Things aren’t safe under Bush, let alone liberals. I honestly think that unless someone like her gets into office to restore faith in the government, that it’s time for every American to just get an arsenal of Uzis and a pack of Rottweilers. We haven’t gotten there yet, but the way things are going that’s where we’re headed in a few decades if someone in power doesn’t stand up.

KnightoftheImpaler on January 23, 2006 at 3:20 pm

Duke; Looking at your(Lilly White) site.It’s Easy to see how you’d think debbie’s extreme.

danny on January 23, 2006 at 3:59 pm

Here are a few selections to piss off Spielberg,Kushner &Co.:
1.Operation Thunderbolt(1977)Israeli version of Entebbe raid-treats scum as scum.
2.High Noon(1952)treats varments as varments.
3.Enter The Dragon-Bruce Lee vs.scum bags
4.Anything with Chow Yun Fat directed by John Woo
(Woo is exactly the kind of director you want to deal with the “poor Palestinian”Munich murderers.

jaywilton on January 23, 2006 at 4:36 pm

I enjoyed “Vengeance” by Jonas, but Munich was boring. I was especially confused by the pregnant woman sex scene. What? How was that necessary to the story? “I want receipts!” That’s funny?
It’s sad. That is how the dumb dumbs in Norway got caught wacking the wrong guy, trying to get their $50 deposit back from the rental car.
This was an interesting story, just like “The Great Raid” but it translated poorly in Spielberg’s movie.
The best movie out that I’ve seen so far this week is “The Matador”.

code7 on January 23, 2006 at 11:14 pm

I think the sequel is going to be
Airport:Munich! Dateline 2/10/1970 when three terrorists attacked El Al passengers in a bus at the Munich Airport with guns and grenades. One passenger was killed and 11 were injured. All three terrorists were captured by airport police. The Action Organization for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack.
Of course the airport police will sit around and mull over whether their actions are “moral” & just who is the real terrorist? But the airport police will prevail in the end. sigh.
Jay-Entebbe was June ’76, Remember the made for tv special “Raid on Entebbe”?
Israeli commandos rescue 258 passengers off a Air France plane hijacked by the palestinian PFLP. Oh yeah now there’s a story. :0
Read it all
http://www.fas.org/irp/threat/terror_chron.html

flyingcarpetdust on January 24, 2006 at 1:40 am

Flyingcarpetdust,since you’re hip to Entebbe movies,I’d nominate you to do a remake,even with zero experience.I remember one or two versions of
Entebbe involving Charles Bronson,Richard Dreyfuss and Yaphet Kotto.In any case,I listed the Israeli version(Operation Thunderbolt) starring Yehoram Gaon as Jonathan Netanyahu,who died leading the Israeli mission to free the hostages and in the top handful of any list of heroes;so an obvious question is,why morally punk out with an “Avner” character?According to Kushner
in the LA piece above,the Palestinians murdered the Israeli’s and the Israeli’s assasinated the Palestinians.

jaywilton on January 24, 2006 at 10:08 am

Last Sunday night on The Discovery Channel there was a superb documentary “Munich: The Real Assassins.” They interviewed two of the guys who took part in the revenge hits (they were in shadows). There was no doubt in their minds that they did the right thing.

Ripper on January 24, 2006 at 1:13 pm

I have a problem with Mr. Kushner labelling people with violent jobs who are good at what they do “sociopaths.” There’s a difference between being ruthless and just plain evil. And that’s the biggest problem I had with the movie, is that it failed to make a distinction. I guess that’s just what my values are, but lots of people in this country have values like mine and it seems Hollywood has gone out of its way to silence them.

KnightoftheImpaler on January 24, 2006 at 11:15 pm

For a take on how fraudulent ‘Unich’ is,there’s a great story in The Jewish Daily Forward-“A Spy’s Story:Why Spielberg’s ‘Munich’ is all mixed up.’ by “Resh” from The Mossad:
(http://www.Forward.com/articles/7270.

jaywilton on January 27, 2006 at 11:29 am

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