March 5, 2010, - 4:18 pm

Weekend Box Office: “Alice,” “Brooklyn’s Finest,” “Ghost Writer”

By Debbie Schlussel

Nothing new that I highly recommend at the box office, this weekend. Here are my reviews:



*  “Alice in Wonderland“: My full review is here.  Director Tim Burton and screenwriter Linda Woolvertoon ruined Lewis Caroll’s charming “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and turned it into a feminist, anti-male, anti-marriage propaganda flick.  So sad.  Again, read my complete review.


*  “Brooklyn’s Finest“: Two words: Cop-hatred Porn (or maybe that’s three words despite the hyphen). Plus some actual semi-porn inserted for excitement, because this horribly weak movie is such a piece of garbage. A very graphic sex scene and then an oral sex scene–that’s what they insert in a movie, when it has nothing to stand on.

We watch the lives of three Brooklyn cops play out. All three are unhappy. Two are law-breaking scum, and the third, the only good one (Don Cheadle), is, of course, a Muslim.  That’s important because they let you know what a scumbag a very overtly Catholic cop is.  Muslim cops–heroes; Catholic cops–cretins.

They don’t come out and tell you he’s Muslim, but his dialogue includes lines about being upset when his superior orders him lunch with real bacon and not turkey bacon. “You know I don’t eat pork.” And, in case, there’s any doubt, we’re shown the site of two Black Muslim men in his Brooklyn neighborhood, kneeling on prayer mats on the street, as he walks by. He’s an undercover cop pretending to be a major drug dealer, and–since he’s a good and moral guy–he wants to get out because he’s starting to feel for the drug dealers with whom he associates. Plus, he wants a safer detective job, after putting in his time. Wesley Snipes plays his friend–a drug dealer who saved his life. Cheadle’s superiors are trying to force him to entrap the guy in a new drug deal.

Then, there are the other two cops–the losers and criminals. First, there’s Richard Gere. He’s an alcoholic and addict about to retire from the police force. He hates being a cop and tries to poison the mind of a new recruit against it. Oh, and every night he has sex with a prostitute. That’s where the semi-porn scene comes in, plus a scene of her giving him oral sex. But, despite that, he thinks he can marry the prostitute and change his life. Hmmm . . . sounds familiar: “Pretty Woman,” starring Richard Gere.  Come on, Hollywood, come up with something new for a change.

And the other loser/criminal:  Ethan Hawke plays a Catholic cop who murders drug suspects for the money.  Gotta attack (non-Muslim) religious people or it wouldn’t be a genuine Hollywood thing.  He has five kids, and his wife is pregnant.  Plus their house is too small, infected with mold, and he needs money for a new house that’s bigger.  So, he beats and kills druggies and ultimately meets his just reward.

The end.  The movie was vile. Not much more to say here, other than SKIP. THIS.


Here’s the Trailer:

*  “The Ghost Writer“: Hmmm . . . how do you start a review of a movie directed by a rapist (Roman Polanski)? Well, you note that it couldn’t be shot where it’s mostly set (in the U.S.) because the director is wanted there and is a fugitive.

And then you note that what was otherwise a smart, sophisticated, entertaining, and intriguing mystery thriller became instead every far-left conspiracy theorist’s fantasy and bogged the entire movie down. Aren’t people tired of the anti-war, anti-American, pan-Islamic terrorist bullcrap propaganda parading as art on screen? I know I am. Plus, it’s a sort of cognitive dissonance and pot-kettle-blackness to watch a director decry America protecting its citizens by getting information out of terrorists, when you know that same guy drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl. Perspective, dude.

Pierce Brosnan plays Tony Blair, er . . . “Adam Lang,” a retired British Prime Minister who is obviously Blair. Lang is staying in the U.S., where he is writing his memoirs. But he can’t leave because he’s now wanted by the International Criminal Court at the Hague, as it’s now come out he helped the CIA “torture” Islamic terrorists from Iraq and Afghanistan via waterboarding. Good for him, in my book. But that’s not how the movie wants you to see it. Instead, the plot points to the CIA handpicking Tony Blair in college, when he was studying acting, and making him our U.S. Manchurian candidate for Prime Minister, where we directed his every move. Like I said, it’s every far-lefty’s fantasy.

The story is that an English writer (Ewan McGregor) agrees to become the ghost writer of the former Prime Minister’s memoirs, after the original ghost writer commits suicide. But soon, it turns out it wasn’t likely suicide and the circumstances are mysterious. The new ghost begins to see the intrigue behind the Prime Minister’s career and the first writer’s death. And all of this is amid constant shoving-it-down-our-throats moralizing on TV and by protesters against “torture” of “innocent” Islamic terrorists. Enough already. Plus, the twist in the movie quickly became obvious to me.

There were two parts of the movie I really enjoyed. One is the unlikely turn of a bald Jim Belushi as the book publisher of the former PM’s memoirs, which made me laugh. The other was a brave, enthusiastic response from one member of the audience at the screening I attended: when it was announced that the Prime Minister could remain in the U.S. unscathed because America is the only country (in my opinion, the only country smart enough) to not recognize this arm of radicals and Third World republics known as the “International Criminal Court,” this one person in the audience clapped loudly and enthusiastically. I second that emotion.

Loved it as a smart mystery.  Hated its heavy-handed politics, which dominated all else.  Very entertaining, but sopping wet–and, therefore, bogged down–with left-wing sophistry.


Watch the Trailer:

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26 Responses

After seeing just the previews on TV of Alice… my daughter said it looked creepy. So, who’s gonna go see this flick? Perhaps a few Hop-Heads, and some kids that parents dumped at the theater on a Saturday-Sunday afternoon.

And what’s the big deal with Tim Burton flicks anyway? They all have that same creepy look about them.

P. Aaron on March 5, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I haven’t gone to a movie in months (my wife and I saw The Vampires Assistant after seeing your review back in the fall.) There isn’t anything worth going to see. Hollywood is just pathetic! Even the cartoons and “family” movies seem to have some kind of left wing political slant. I have plenty of DVD’s of old movies and a netflix account so I don’t need the new movies Hollywood is spewing out. If I want to be sick, I’ll just watch CNN.

Frank on March 5, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Hi, Deb
Still scratchin’ my head on Paul Blart: Mall Cop making the Top 15 of 2009. :/ (
I agree with Frank. But this is not new. We’ve known this for a long time coming.

All Hollywood can create is sequels, remakes and their left-wing propaganda.

Ed Davila on March 5, 2010 at 7:19 pm

The ugly truth was pretty good,in an inevitable way.

jack on March 5, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Conservatives (or maybe libertarians) need to pass a hat around and get some movies made. The Anschultz movies (which include liberal nonsense like “Hoot”) aren’t enough. Then again, Schlussel hated the social/religious conservative film “The Blind Side”, which was heavily embraced by conservative middle America ($25 million and still going, with virtually none of it coming from New York or Los Angeles!), so I guess there is no pleasing everyone.

Gerald on March 5, 2010 at 9:16 pm

i think debbie schussel is a bit of a hypicatte
join my facebook group to find out why

seach my name rebecca seidner my faceboook group is on my facebook page

BEC on March 5, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Will Tim Burton EVER top “Mars Attacks!”? Nope.
The other movies sound like stinkers, too.
Happy Oscar wknd!

Douglas Q on March 6, 2010 at 12:43 am

Thanks for your negative review of Alice, Debbie, which I felt was fair. I read an interview with screenwriter Wolvertoon where she admitted she tries to provide male-bashing feminist propaganda to girls when they’re most susceptible to being indoctrinated (Wolvertoon regularly works on Disney cartoons) so that she can screw these young viewers up for life, turning them into male-hating witches like herself. Her last big project, by the way, was the film Arctic Tale which showed polar bears dying and suffering due to the global warming hoax. Anyway, I saw Alice today and, like you, I didn’t like particularly the feminist platitudes and hyped-up “war” a la Tolkien/Lewis added for commercial reasons. I did enjoy the special effects, though– the twins, frog who stole the tart, Red Queen, card servants, and Cheshire Cat were genuinely and convincingly weird (for those of us fond of Tim Burton).

Gerald, The Blind Side was NOT social/conservative. It was the worst bundle of blatantly liberal propaganda I can remember. It was one of the five worst films of the year and all true conservatives of all types need to be warned away from it.

Your observation, Debbie, that Don Cheadle in the film Brooklyn’s Finest is a Muslim may be true, but I don’t think this film was anti-Catholic (the Father who is his confessor is portrayed positively). It’s a taut noir, crushingly sad, gritty and street-smart. Yes, Gere sees a prostitute and is foolishly attached to her, and he uses coke and is morally wasted and hollow. That’s the point. He’s a sad sack. All three main characters are sympathetically observed and greatly burdened. This is the best film of this type since Training Day which Fuqua also directed; before that one had to go to the seventies and eighties to Lumet, Friedkin and Schatzberg for this type of film. This film canNOT be compared to more recent politically correct “police corruption” films like Righteous Kill and Pride and Glory which are predictable, anti-police and full of dull cliches.

Burke on March 6, 2010 at 12:49 am

what exactly is a hypicatte? I didn’t find it in the dictionary. Maybe rebecca should spend more time with learning big words and less time Facebooking.

tomas r on March 6, 2010 at 8:26 am

Sooooo tired of lefties trying to speak of their side through movies. I wonder how Gere does the Dali lama thing after filming such filth. I’ve always HATED hippocrites. Make all the movies with guns, killing and adultery then be seen in public with the dali lama. Don Cheadle is another one that likes to portray the muslim nice guy. I don’t see a single actor in the Brooklyn movie that I like anyway, and that’s how I watch movies. No money for the lefties. I save sooo much money that way as well. Hate Johnny Depp as well. He seems to really enjoy wearing a lot of make up. Wonder whats on his mind as far as all of the make up goes? Hmmm. I

Joe on March 6, 2010 at 11:03 am

I just heard a interview with Tom Hanks about the Republican party. He is now a full fledged libtard. Too bad. Oh well, screw him.

Joe on March 6, 2010 at 11:14 am

Debbie: I agree with you totally about Ghost Writer; except for it being a technically good mystery. In fact it’s so full of plot holes, unexplained actions, contradictions and cliches that it’s really quite funny. For example, why is the second ghost writer’s hotel room broken into, and by whom? Why do the villains lose interest in the original manuscript near the end? How and why do assassins repeatedly arrive within minutes? Above all why is the secret message in the manuscript at all? Why isn’t the message phoned to the “good guys”? And why do the “villains” need to have the manuscript stolen in the first place when they already have access to it? Literally nothing is explained or makes sense. Note that the ex-Prime Minister’s defense of his actions near the end, when on the plane, totally undercuts the whole moral premise of the movie, and in fact the movie could easily have been turned pro-American if that had been continued. This plot was cobbled together for the sole purpose of hating the CIA/USA, typical of sloppy, self-indulgent writing. By the way, I was the guy you mentioned who applauded the U. S. for not recognizing the international criminal court, a ridiculous notion created for political grand-standing and passing the buck.

David O. on March 6, 2010 at 11:46 am

I really like how Rush refers to Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan and Susan Sarandon. They are all NAGs (National Association of Gals), along with being in the same mind set as NOW.

Jarhead on March 6, 2010 at 2:30 pm


And precisely what was it that made “The Blind Side” so liberal? I am just dying to know.

Gerald on March 6, 2010 at 2:35 pm

As usual Debbie forgets to mention that there are no black actors but plenty 0f jew actors(like all of them) in Alice In Wonderland.
Hollywood and the media is run by the jew. the masterpiece The Wiz with the genuis Mike Jackson was trashed by the jew critic when anyone could see it was superior to the original Wizard of Oz.
Debbie as usual is jealous of the strong warrior Obama and his beautiful Queen Michelle, any attempt to run down our proud heritage such as our clothing or african named children is another attempt to lynch the black warrior.
Obama has your number,the sales of sweet potatoe pies have risen since the great Malcom has exposed you.
Rev. Wright ,the chickens have indeed come home to roost.
Reperations for our centurys of slavery can not begin to be compensated with money,but it is a start.
Blacks have built this country and the movies,tv etc.
It is time more blacks were on T V and the movies instead of hidden away,placed in prisons for no logical reason other than having a african name.

velvet williams on March 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    velvet williams – your rant astounds me. It sounds like you are the racist one commenting here. Don’t you know that your beloved leader B. Hussein Obama is HALF-WHITE?

    vw – I’d also like to know what makes BHO a strong black warrior. He has ZERO military experience and probably no personnal combat training or firearms experience. His only leadership experience is with anti-American tools, communists, muslims and lying political weasels. I see no redeaming qualities that make him a strong leader. How about you naming his warrior attributes and leadership skills in the real world. Just name one situation where he was in command of men of honor before he became Commander-in-Chief.

    Jarhead on March 7, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Yeah we need more blacks in movies. Like we need more corrupt black politicians sewing the seeds of discontent. B.O. is proving to be a failure and his cronies are being exposed as the far radical leftists that they are. How about some positive role models for a change. I guess you won’t be getting more of them especially when jerk off rappers like Jay z are given access to the situation room of the office of the president. What a great man Jayz is. Hope and change haven’t gotten all the streets of our big cities cleaned up or Osama bin Laden

    Joe on March 7, 2010 at 10:32 am

everyone knows that the black gene overpowers the white gene,Obama is black. yes,of course he is a mighty warrior,how many whites do you see in sports?
i understand Jayz is going to be awarded a medal of honor by Obama for his work with innercity childrens.
yes Obama is a miricle worker but he has only had one year to put this country on the right course.
as you will see the beautiful precious will sweep the acadamy awards tonight,one of the few films the jew had no hand in.
Obama commanded men and women of honor as a community organizer and turned that city into one of the greatest citys in this country.
if the white man will step back he will also get detroit the much needed money to repair bushs racist damage.
Obama will create a board of estemed blacks to produce a car at last designed for the black working man now that he has control of gm,a car tat in all honesty should be free as a smaall token towards 1000’s of years building the white mans society. how can you ever repay us? you can only begin to ease our suffering,free cars to blacks would be a start along with free gas cards.white man ,look out the window,that is a chicken roosting on your window sill.

velvet williams on March 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Velvet! You sure are one plain spoken lady!
Yes,Precious will walk away with most of the awards but only because Obama is in office and the jews have to watch there step.
I agree, free cars and gas would be a token step towards repaying us for building this country as slaves.
It would also save GM and give the economy a shot in the arm.
Obama is a true genuis that is not afraid to think out of the box.
My cousin also named her baby girl Obamamichelle,it seems to be quite popular in LA.
Yes indeed the beautiful chickens have began to roost as proposised by the Rev. Wright.

prince shakazulu mohammad on March 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Wow vw and princess – LMFAO – you two should be tsars in BHO’s administration. I still can’t stop laughing at your uninformed, inane BS. No matter what, I will always think that vw is a racist.

    Jarhead on March 8, 2010 at 11:37 am

It must be a slow night at the other blog-sites (or maybe Kos’ server is down?) for us to attract such high-quality posters lke VW and a genuine prince!

P. Aaron on March 7, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Still waiting for someone to tell me what made “The Blind Side” so liberal. Someone? Anyone?

Gerald on March 7, 2010 at 11:01 pm


Since you are “dying to know” why The Blind Side is a liberal film, I’ll tell you. Liberals are sustained by the myth that they constitute some sort of new aristocracy and are qualitatively superior to conservatives due to their college indoctrination. This indoctrination–or “education” they
sometimes improperly name it– teaches among other things that disadvantaged groups like blacks, the handicapped, gays and Muslims need saving. Part of this myth applies to the wealthy in particular: the enlightened rich (so goes the myth) are a specially chosen people whose modern noblesse oblige calls on them to swoop down from their lofty perches and save certain targeted groups. Thomas Sowell calls these groups that liberals treat like pets needing saving “liberal mascots.” I can’t remember seeing a film so slimily and blatantly condescending to blacks (liberals are truly the most racist people in the world) as The Blind Side. More liberal tropes or straw men arguments of the film include the conservative socialites scandalized by Bullock’s generosity, Kathy Bates the supposed free thinker who is “spiritual but not religious,” the epiphany reached by the black mascot in this film that the values of Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade (conservative poem that argues for duty and honor) are fraudulent, the assumption that saving the disadvantaged necessarily involves trundling them through college, and the manufactured crisis at the end involving Bullock’s soul-searching question as to whether her altruism might be compromised by her secret desire to help her alma mater. This film exemplifies Trojan-horse, middlebrow liberalism rather than hard-edged new progressivism, I agree, but it all ultimately leads to the same fascist sewer.

Burke on March 8, 2010 at 10:41 am

I have 5 scripts written that pretty clean some wouls say LAME by today’s standards. I believe there is an audience for them, but because there’s no porn or gore in them, I can’t get ANY person to read them- let alone anyone to finance them

ward on March 8, 2010 at 3:51 pm

have 5 scripts written thatare pretty clean some would say LAME by today’s standards. I believe there is an audience for them, but because there’s no porn or gore in them, I can’t get ANY person to read them- let alone anyone to finance them

ward on March 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm

His this nasty animal retarded? Religion had NOTHING to do with this film. NONE of the cops are shown as bad guys. The Catholic cap felt guilty and justified ripping off CRIMINALS in order to help in family. In the end, the Muslim cop is KILLED because he shot an injured criminal. This nasty animal has no idea what she is talking about.

Jake on April 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

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