Movies An American Carol


Tamer Of The LOLzilla
Wow this film sounds awful;
Whatever your political point of view, I hope we can all agree that bad movies just plain suck. With that in mind, I invite you to join with me in preparing to condemn the cinematic travesty that looks to be An American Carol (see the trailer here), a film wherein a Liberal filmmaker called Michael Malone is taught the error of his ways by the ghosts of Patton, George Washington and country singer Trace Adkins as the Grim Reaper.

Now, as regular readers may have figured out, my politics are more at the left wing end of the spectrum (by American standards, I’m a total Commie; in British terms, somewhere around a Liberal Democrat, I suppose, except for the proportional representation nonsense) so the fact that right wing demagogue Bill O’Reilly supports and even appears in this film automatically suggests to me that it’s probably satanic.

But let’s look at the evidence. The film suggests that a Michael Moore-like figure wants to destroy America, and abolish their Independence Day holiday. Now say what you like about Michael Moore – that his techniques leave much to be desired; that he’s a polemicist and not a documentarian; that he missed the mark in Fahrenheit 9/11 to a well-nigh unforgiveable extent by embarking on a series of unnecessary tangents; that he gets so far up people’s noses that he does the Right more good than anyone else; that he could lose a few pounds – but I don’t think there’s any doubt that he loves his country passionately; at least as much as O’Reilly and his cabal.

Then there’s the use of Muslims and lesbians for easy – not to say racist / homophobic / sexist – laughs. Then there’s the fact that that appears to be Kennedy standing next to O’Reilly and Patton – er, WHAT?!

Or the fact that David Zucker calls himself the “master of movie satire”. Even assuming that he’s saying it with tongue firmly in cheek, it’s parody he’s made a career of, not satire. And since his last two films were both Scary Movies, I’m pretty sure that any “master” label he has earned from Airplane! and the like has been temporarily (at least) revoked.

Ahem. The sad thing is that this film really isn’t worth even having written this blog. It won’t be released in this country and will do relatively little business in the States – I’d be amazed if it does even half as well as Fahrenheit 9/11. And if you really long to see Dennis Hopper and Kelsey Grammer in a political satire, go see Swing Vote next month instead. I’m prepared to offer a guarantee that it will be significantly more entertaining.
Source: The Empire Blog: Film Rants, Raves and Randomness

I think I'll end up seeing it at some point out of some sense of morbid curiosity.


Tamer Of The LOLzilla
No reason, it's just some scenario I would like to take place. Being paid to watch it would make it more bearable. I thought it would have some christmas relevance too but it's just because it has the whole "3 ghosts" from "A Christmas Carol" thing going on.