Posted by: consigliere5 | March 30, 2010

March 30 2010

Political Content from dvds released on March 30, 2010 plus some older ones: Newly released: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Sherlock Holmes, An Education, The Baader Meinhof Complex,  I Sell the Dead… older dvds: Pontypool, Orphan, The Uninvited, The Painted Veil, Lake City, Passenger 57, Days of Heaven

1. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel [Rated PG for some mild rude humor.]

summary from imdb.com:

The world famous singing pre-teen chipmunk trio return to contend with the pressures of school, celebrity, and a rival female music group known as The Chipettes.

voiced by: Zachary Levi, David Cross, Jason Lee, Justin Long, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, Wendie Malick, Sean Astin

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
Kyle Smith
movieguide.org Christian reviews

Poli-Bits:

dialogue:

instead, i have a better idea… due to budget cutbacks, we are in jeopardy of losing our beloved music program…

that’s awful!

i know… but there is one small ray of hope… every year the district sponsors a music competition… and the winner’s school receives $25,000… if we win, we can save our program…

i don’t mean to speak out of school, doctor, but… in the true spirit of democracy, which our great, wonderful country was founded upon, i say let the people vote… Let them choose! one person, one vote… i say, let us vote!

[children chant: LET US VOTE!]

please, don’t be a fascist granny… let freedom ring, Doctor…

litter monitor?

litter monitor… it’s a new position that we’ve created to help raise awareness of a pressing problem in our society…

[chipmunk wearing shirt with a peace symbol]

2. Sherlock Holmes [Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images and a scene of suggestive material.]

summary from imdb.com:

Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
John Nolte at Big Hollywood
Kyle Smith
Christian Toto
Kurt Loder
Parcbench
Hollywood, STFU.
movieguide.org Christian reviews

Poli-Bits:

dialogue:

sherlock: of course, she misinterpreted my intention entirely…

guy: naturally, sir…

Sherlock: that’s why i find this modern religious fervor so troubling… there’s no latitude for misunderstanding…

guy: faith runs right over reason, sir…

Sherlock: indeed… and chambermaids were once such a liberal breed…

tomorrow at noon, we take the first step towards a new chapter in our history… magic will lead the way… once the people of England see our newfound power they’ll bow down in fear… Across the Atlantic lies a colony that was once ours… It will be again… the Civil War has made them weak… their government is as corrupt and as ineffective as ours… so we’ll take it back… we will remake the world… create the future…

3. An Education [Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking.]

summary from imdb.com:

A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

starring: Carey Mulligan, Olivia Williams, Alfred Molina, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike, Emma Thompson

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
John Nolte at Big Hollywood
Kyle Smith
Christian Toto
James Bowman at the American Spectator
Kurt Loder
movieguide.org Christian reviews

articles:

British Film Gives ‘An Education’ in Anti-Semitism

Poli-Bits:

dialogue:

what are you a teddy boy? you know she’s going to Oxford, don’t you? if we get her Latin up to scratch… so while she’s studying English at Oxford, you’ll be the wandering Jew

Camus doesn’t want you to like him… feeling is bourgeois… being engagee is bourgeois… he kills someone and he doesn’t feel anything… his mother dies and he doesn’t feel anything…

i wouldn’t feel anything if my mother died… does that make me an existentialist?

no… that makes you a cow… […] well, after university, i’m going to be French… and I’m going to Paris… and I’m going to smoke and wear black and listen to Jacques Brel… and I won’t speak ever…

oh, by the way, David’s a Jew… a wandering Jew… so watch yourself…

what does she mean by that? i’ve never said anything like that… it’s just an expression… i’ve got nothing against the Jews…

You’ve such a Victorian attitude to sex, you two…

the french don’t like us, Jenny, you know that… John Sutton, from work, he went there last year… they were very rude to him… i don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun, but it’s just not for me, Europe…

we wont’ be getting married in a church… David’s Jewish…

Jewish? He’s a Jew? You are aware, I take it, that the Jews killed our Lord?

And you’re aware, I suppose, that our Lord was Jewish?

I suppose he told you that… we’re all very sorry about what happened during the war, but that’s absolutely no excuse for that sort of malicious and untruthful propaganda… anyway, i can see you’re far more in need of responsible advice than i realized… nobody does anything worth doing without a degree…

4. The Baader Meinhof Complex [Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, sexual content, graphic nudity and language.]

summary from imdb.com:

A look at Germany’s terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and ’70s.

starring: Moritz Bleibtreu, Martina Gedeck

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
Kyle Smith
James Bowman at the American Spectator
Sonny Bunch at the Washington Times
Kurt Loder

Poli-Bits: Marxist Revolution, violent anti-Shah protests, vile stormtrooping swine aka police brutality aka fascist pigs, Yanqui Imperialism, HO HO HO CHI MINH!, Amerika supplying weapons to big bad I$RAEL, Amerikan swine soiling Mid-East land for the sole purpose of taking OIL, weapons training in Jordan with Fatah, terrorism would end if we only fight the one righteous war: the War on Poverty, bank robberies/bombings/kidnapping/taking hostages/plane hijacking/attempted prison break, prison reform, Amerikan’s raping/pillaging of vietnam

from Film School Rejects:

They commit bank robberies (to fund the revolution!), bomb US military buildings (to protest American imperialism!), bomb a German newspaper building (to stop the presses!) and kill police officers (err, because they got in the way!)

from Kyle Smith:

This saga of Communist terrorists sowing mayhem in 1970s Germany treats a bloody band as a unit of stouthearted warriors sallying forth to fight for their principles against impossible odds.

Built by a leftist journalist named Ulrike Meinhof (Martina Gedeck) and car thief Andreas Baader (Moritz Bleibtrau), the Red Army Faction set fire to a department store, bombed US military installations and a newspaper publisher, and assassinated cops, judges, bankers and innocent bystanders.

All of it was in the name of supporting Communist North Vietnam, destroying capitalism and the legal system and bringing on an international Marxist-Leninist revolution.

This repetitive, drawn-out movie, which was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, barely mentions communism. Amid the endless urgent arguments about revolution (“All over the world armed comrades are fighting. We must show our solidarity!”) it can’t squeeze in the fact that the group was being trained by the East German police state.

The group was also vehemently anti-Israel and supported Arab terrorists, who, according to this movie, couldn’t deal with the Red Army Faction hotties’ penchant for nude sunbathing. […]

As for the moxie of the ending — Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” backs up the closing credits, as though we have just seen a film about a circle of peace lovers — let’s just say you don’t need a weatherman to know when it’s raining bull droppings.

from Sonny Bunch:

It’s two decades after the end of World War II, and West Germany is in turmoil. As elsewhere, charges of American imperialism are a flashpoint for student protests: Between the Vietnam War, America’s support for the Shah of Iran and the burgeoning communist movement in South and Central America, middle-class West German youths have found much cause to be agitated.

“The Baader Meinhof Complex” is the story of the Red Army Faction (RAF), a group that did more than merely agitate. Throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, the RAF set off bombs in department stores and military bases and organized airplane hijackings and the kidnapping of prominent Germans, killing dozens of people along the way. […]

At one point in her journey, Ulrike is forced to choose between her cause and her family. In a frightening glimpse into the mind of a revolutionary, her twin girls lose out; she’d rather send them to a Palestinian orphanage and give up the chance of ever seeing them again than abandon her cause. […]

“Munich” is a world-weary, morally relativistic exhalation, a sigh that warns against the dangers of escalation and the cycle of violence that terrorism and counterterrorism inevitably create. There is no such hand-wringing in “The Baader Meinhof Complex.” The actions of the RAF — especially its first generation, embodied by Andreas and Gudrun — are consistently excused and explained, if not explicitly celebrated. Cops are swine; soldiers are vermin; capitalists are parasites; the ends justify the means, even when the means are horrific.

from filmcritic.com:

The director, who wrote the script with Downfall scribe Bernd Eichinger, often alludes heavy-handedly to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the state of terrorism as modern warfare. Ganz’s police chief talks of a need to change tactics, a suggestion that is nodded at but immediately dismissed. Edel’s film empathizes with the RAF, but provides little insight as it turns these literature hounds into movie outlaws.

from Film School Rejects:

The film opens with people enjoying the beach on a warm summer day. Men, women, and children… all completely and utterly nude. Were I European I may not have given the scene a second thought, but as someone unaccustomed to seeing naked eight year-old girls (let alone naked kids interacting with naked adults) it struck me as gratuitous and intentionally shocking. As the film went on however, I realized that the scene serves an important purpose. This is the one and only time we’ll be seeing characters and people completely exposed and purely innocent. The rest of the film is filled with violence, infidelity, mistrust, deceit,and deception.

5. I Sell the Dead [not rated]

summary from imdb.com:

18th century justice catches up with a pair of grave robbers. With only a few hours to go before his date with the guillotine, Arthur Blake (Monaghan) tells his life story to Father Francis Duffy (Ron Perlman). Before long, Arthur spills the beans on how he got started in the grim corpse peddling business with seasoned ghoul Willie Grimes (Fessenden).

starring: Dominic Monaghan, Ron Perlman, Larry Fessenden, Angus Scrimm

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
Christian Toto

Poli-Bits: nothing

6. Pontypool (2009) [not rated]

summary from imdb.com:

The film is set in a radio station in Pontypool where one day the morning team starts taking reports of extreme, bloody incidents of violence occurring in town. As the story unfolds, the radio staff soon realizes the violence that is ripping society apart is due to a virus being spread through the English language. That in turn poses a problem for a yappy radio jock and his staff holed up in the broadcast booth housed in the basement of the town’s abandoned church as a slaughter rages beyond its walls.

starring: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
Christian Toto

Poli-Bits:

dialogue:

radio deejay: now, in our top story today… a big, cold, dull, dark, white, empty, never-ending, blow-my-brains-out seasonal-effective-disorder freaking-kill-me-now weather front… that’ll last allll day… well maybe when the wind shifts later on we’ll get a little greenhouse gas relief from the industrial south… […]

woman assistant of deejay: don’t make global warming jokes…

7. Orphan (2009) [Rated R for disturbing violent content, some sexuality and language.]

summary from imdb.com:

A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9-year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be

starring: Isabelle Fuhrman, Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, CCH Pounder

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
Kyle Smith
Christian Toto
Sonny Bunch at the Washington Times
movieguide.org Christian reviews

Poli-Bits: nothing

8. The Uninvited (2009) [Rated PG-13 for violent and disturbing images, thematic material, sexual content, language and teen drinking.]

summary from amazon.com:

The china-doll features of Emily Browning (A Series of Unfortunate Events) are the eerie center of The Uninvited, an American remake of the wildly popular Korean horror film A Tale of Two Sisters. Browning stars as Anna, a young girl being released from a mental hospital following the harrowing death of her mother. But when she returns home, she discovers her father (David Strathairn) has fallen under the sexual spell of her mother’s former nurse, Rachael (Elizabeth Banks, Zack and Miri Make a Porno), despite the open hostility of Anna’s sister Alex (Arielle Kebbel, John Tucker Must Die). When Anna sees the ghost of her mother point at Rachael and scream “Murder!”, Anna and Alex begin to investigate Rachael’s past and make some unsettling discoveries. The Uninvited combines two horror trends: Twist endings (in this case, more than one) and recycling Asian horror images (particularly wet, crawling corpses).

starring: Emily Browning, David Strathairn, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
Kyle Smith
Christian Toto
Kurt Loder
movieguide.org Christian reviews

Poli-Bits: nothing

9. The Painted Veil (2006/2007) [Rated PG-13 for some mature sexual situations, partial nudity, disturbing images and brief drug content.]

summary from imdb.com:

The Painted Veil is a love story set in the 1920s that tells the story of a young English couple, Walter, a middle class doctor and Kitty, an upper-class woman, who get married for the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai, where she falls in love with someone else. When he uncovers her infidelity, in an act of vengeance, he accepts a job in a remote village in China ravaged by a deadly epidemic, and takes her along. Their journey brings meaning to their relationship and gives them purpose in one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth.

starring: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Toby Jones

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
movieguide.org Christian reviews

Poli-Bits:

from movieguide.org:

Walter took the job out of revenge against his wife, but Kitty eventually sees Walter’s dedication in helping the Chinese peasants fight the cholera epidemic. So, she decides to help out at the Catholic orphanage next to the hospital. Their altruistic work brings new meaning to their relationship and brings new purpose to their lives.

from the World Socialist Web Site!

The Painted Veil goes beyond lifting the veil on the empty-headedness of the rich. There is a parallel between Walter’s attempts at civilizing Kitty (“You dragged me round those interminable galleries in Venice.”) and the colonizing methods of the British in China (and those of the US in the Middle East?). According to Norton in the film’s production notes: “Walter represents the forces of British Colonialism during that era. People were going into other countries and trying to make them over as their own. Walter also represents Western rationalism—the Western scientific mind that believes that if people would just embrace the way the West does things, they’d have it much easier.”

Although the revolutionary ferment of 1925 China is largely absent in Maugham’s novel, Curran, who filmed on location, wanted to “anchor the story to the massacre in Shanghai that occurred in May 30, 1925, in which British troops killed a large number of Chinese demonstrators at a major rally. In the aftermath, anti-foreign outrage reached a new peak and China-wide demonstrations were generated.”

While the director’s laudable intention was to have political context inform the dynamics of the Kitty-Walter relationship, in the film, political references function more as backdrop. The sporadic moments of anti-British violence accentuated by the ever-suspicious face of Colonel Yu, appear as intrusions. Foreground and background are rarely blended. What happens in China is only important insofar as it impacts on the Fanes and their personal troubles. This seems unnecessarily self-involved.

dialogue:

i should have thought by now you’d know when a young man was in love with you

the point is whether i’m in love with him, and i’m not…

you’d better be careful, young lady… time can run out, you know…

oh, stop it, mother… honestly… the very idea that a woman should marry any Tom, Dick, or Harry regardless of her own feelings is simply prehistoric…

how much longer do you expect your father to go on supporting you?

1: Gentlemen, we all have assets to protect here… unfortunately, mr. Nagata’s actions have created a rather urgent situation…

2: it was an unfortunate but unavoidable incident…

1: your foreman shot a worker…

2: he was an agitator…

1: he was a Chinese… you may have suppressed a very small strike… but in doing so, you have started a very large demonstration…

what about support from Chiang Kai-shek? Where does he stand on this?

he’s a nationalist… he will stand on the side of the Chinese… that’s why they call themselves nationalists…

i think you underestimate the situation… i have three of my mills shut down because of walkouts… there is talk about boycotts…

so what do you propose? a handful of municipal soldiers is hardly a show of force…

Norton: he feels we should take precautions…

Watts: precautions against what?

Jones: a few days ago, British troops opened fire on a group of Chinese wokers who were demonstrating in Shanghai… eleven were killed… we’ve only just heard… those were plastered around the town last night…

[Jones hands Watts piece of paper saying “”death to foreign murderers!”]

Norton: i shouldn’t worry too much… even the nationalists are afraid of cholera…

Chinese guy to Norton: Imperialist Pig!

Chinese guy to Watts: Foreigner! Go home!

guy: these men are like animals… they have no vision… they only have hunger and strength… men like this have held the real power in China since i was young… but that time is coming to an end… there’s no place for them in the new China…

Norton: i don’t think you like my being here very much either, do you?

guy: i think China belongs to Chinese people… but the rest of the world seems to disagree…

Norton: yes, but that’s got nothing to do with me… i didn’t come here with a gun, you know… i came with a microscope…

guy: i believe you… but it would be nice to do this work together without your country’s guns pointing at our people…

Watts: thank goodness for those nuns… they do so much for so little in return…

Norton: i suppose you could look at it that way…

Watts: you suppose?

Norton: i think it might be a bit more complicated than that…

Watts: they take in desperate children and give them a chance at life… what could be so complicated about that?

Norton: they also go to young mothers in their homes… they ask them to give their babies to the convent… they offer them money to support their families to persuade them to do it… they’re not just here to run an orphanage, your nuns… they’re turning those children into little Catholics… none of us are in China without a reason…

Watts: still, on the whole… i think that what they’re doing is a pretty good deed, dont you?

guy: i’ve told Mother Superior to keep her sisters inside the convent… i put a guard outside the gate… i’d advise any westerners to stay indoors…

Chinese guy in the midst of an angry group: This is the work of the British devil! respect our traditions!

[angry Chinese youths surround Watts and then chase her until someone shoots a gun in the air and makes them stop]

Jones: i was stationed at Hankow during the Revolution when they were massacring all the Manchus… i was able to help a particular family… new documents, that sort of thing…

10. Lake City (2008) [Rated R for language and some violence.]

summary from imdb.com:

Maggie (Spacek) and Billy (Garity) are a desperate mother and damaged son who went their separate ways following a long-ago tragedy.

starring: Sissy Spacek, Troy Garity, Rebecca Romijn, Dave Matthews, Drea de Matteo, Keith Carradine, Barry Corbin

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
Kyle Smith

Poli-Bits: nothing

11. Passenger 57 (1992) [Rated R for terrorist violence and language]

summary from imdb.com:

An airline security expert must take action when he finds himself trapped on a passenger jet when terrorists seize control of it.

starring: Wesley Snipes, Bruce Payne, Tom Sizemore, Elizabeth Hurley, Bruce Greenwood

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
movieguide.org Christian reviews

Poli-Bits: plane-hijacking/terrorism/airline security

dialogue:

terrorist guy: have you found out where they intend to take me?

his defense attorney: Los Angeles… But they won’t say when…

terrorist: it’ll happen quickly… notify my people… they’ll know what to do…

attorney: California has a death penalty…

terrorist: It’s a progressive state…

Wesley “the man” Snipes: Almost every commercial airline in the world has had to cope with terrorism… all except one… Israelis have never been f####d with… they never let them on the plane…

Tom Sizemore speaking to Wesley Snipes: that’s what i admire about you… even though you were being hit on by an absolutely beautiful woman, you are determined to maintain your vow of chastity… y’know, you’d make a hell of a Republican…

Mr. Snipes: excuse me, stewardess, i’ve had that light on for a while…

stewardess: Flight attendant. if you go to your seat, i’ll bring you the peanuts…

Charles Rane, the sophisticated British aristocrat known internationally as “The Rane of Terror”… He’s been linked to several bombings in London and Northern Ireland… but because of his close ties to the Middle East, he’s been untouchable…

Rane: You and I both know I will never see the inside of a prison… the notion of good over evil will not allow you to sit idly by and watch the needless death of your fellow citizens…

Snipes: well you know, Rane, you got a good point… maybe i should just kill you right here then, huh?

Rane: you wouldn’t take adventage of a helpless man, would you?

Snipes: it’s never stopped you…

Rane: that’s the American way, isn’t it, brother? you should know… you’re used to being taken advantage of…

12. Days of Heaven (1978) [Rated PG]

summary from dvdverdict.com:

A young steelworker gets in a scuffle with his foreman and accidentally kills him. He runs away to Texas with his younger sister and girlfriend Abby where they find work in the fields of a farmer who is terminally ill. Bill, posing as Abby’s brother and believing the farmer will die soon, encourages Abby to take up with him so that the pair can be set for life when he passes away. Before long, though, the farmer begins to notice the way that Abby and Bill touch one another or exchange looks, suspecting there might be more to their relationship than just sibling affection. Then the grasshoppers show up.

Has mankind ever felt smaller than in Terrence Malick’s 1978 masterpiece Days of Heaven? Scene after scene, moment after moment, we watch ourselves on screen against some of the most beautiful outdoor photography ever captured on film. We appear tiny, insignificant, dwarfed by endless fields of wheat and burning orange skies. Even our problems are small. They are the problems of man: jealousy, lust, anger leading to violence. A typical love triangle feels meaningless when faced with true acts of God—burning fields, plagues of grasshoppers.

directed by: Terrence Malick

starring: Richard Gere, Brroke Adams, Linda Manz, Sam Shepard

non-conservative reviews

Poli-Bits:

dialogue:

he was tired of living like the rest of’em… nosin’ around like a pig in a gutter… he wasn’t in the mood no more… he figured there must be somethin’ wrong with’em… the way they always got no luck and they oughtta get it straightened out… he figured some people need more than they got… other people got more than they need… just a matter of gettin’ us all together…

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