Wednesday, August 13, 2008

It lacked certain elements that we need to market a film successfully.


Do you find this as nutty as I do?



"Action!"

The set jumps to life. Two young men--both terrorists--enter the station. They are surprised to see a security checkpoint manned by two NYPD officers. "I'll need to see your bag, please," says one of the officers. The lead terrorist glances nervously at his friend and swings his backpack down from his shoulder to present it to the cops. Just as the officer pulls on the zipper, however, a small army of ACLU lawyers marches up to the policemen with a stop-search order. The cops look at each other and shrug their shoulders. "This says we can't search their bags."

The young men are relieved. They smile fiendishly as they walk toward the crowded platform. As the lead terrorist once again slips the backpack over his shoulder, he mutters his appreciation.

"Thank Allah for the ACLU."


It's A Christmas Carol as directed by David Zucker (Airplane!) and imagined by Sean Hannity. Instead of the message of learning to love and cherish our fellow man during the brief time we're here on earth these conservatives are pushing the idea that liberals, the ACLU, and MoveOn are unpatriotic scumbags who haven't the slightest clue how to love America. What an uplifting message.

As somebody who enjoyed movies like Airplane! when I was a kid I was curious to see what exactly drove Zucker off the edge and into loony-town. He'd grown up a pretty progressive guy. For example he was a big supporter of Senator Barbara Boxer. What could've changed him into a raving lunatic wingnut? Any guesses?



Zucker was still nominally a Democrat when George W. Bush was elected in 2000. "Then 9/11 happened, and I couldn't take it anymore," he says. "The response to 9/11--the right was saying this is pure evil we're facing and the left was saying how are we at fault for this? I think I'd just had enough. And I said 'I quit.'"


I bet you had guessed what the answer would be. These sorts of stories are so tiresome. Rudderless, feckle cowards like Zucker who went absolutely crazy after the 9/11 attacks. Everything they professed to believe before Bin Laden punk'd George Bush to tossed out the window the moment they saw those towers go down. They hid under the bed and haven't come out since.

The article on the movie itself reads like some sort of sick parody of how conservatives perceive the world and how famous Hollywood conservatives like Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight and Zucker have taken their fading careers as a political attack on their political beliefs, casting themselves as victims.

Indeed; there's a bit about how Kevin Farley(brother of Chris) was initially nervous about taking the lead role because of what it might do to his career in leftist Hollywood that's hysterical in it's paranoia. Yeah, it's your politics that's holding you back guys.

There's really too much crazy in this piece to hit on here but I will leave you with one last quote from that I found particularly amusing: "Zucker says that one of the major differences between the left and the right in America today is that leftists think of their political opponents as evil."

It's a classic demonstration of conservative projection of course. We don't think your evil, Zucker. We think you're a whole lot of crazy and more than a little bit stupid. But evil? Nope.

10 comments:

Randal Graves said...

The men they admire just might be evil.

Funny how the people that live in New York, the town where The World Changed Forever® didn't turn into bedwetters, but continued to live their lives.

Free market of ideas, boys. No one likes your movies because liberals are funny and you guys aren't.

FranIAm said...

You just don't love America, do you?

DO YOU?

Overdroid said...

One of my best friends worked on this film and even had Zucker over to his house. He felt a little strange about it.

Bradda said...

This is going to be the funniest movie since "Airplane!". Come on Dean, the lunatic fringe trying to make a "funny" movie?? This will be a modern day classic when it's all said and done. There's nothing funnier than awkward conservatives trying to be funny. "Your honor, exhibit A is John McCain!"
"That's not change we can believe in!...hehehe"

Don Snabulus said...

Zucker is making a movie about his enemy, which is us. Where was his movie about his supposed "real enemy?" He was never concerned enough about it to make one.

I am not sure if he is lying to himself and us, or just lying to us, but the dude is a liar either way.

Swinebread said...

Zucker has no concept of context or history

Zucker = Sucker

Liberality said...

Great post. You don't see us liberals totting guns and trying to kill people in their hawk right militant churches or killing the republican party chairman in cold blood but you do see these nuts doing those things and blaming US for the fucking their own masters are giving them--yeah swinebread, they are suckers. Too stupid to see the writing on the wall they are.

Dean Wormer said...

randal-

Free market of ideas, boys. No one likes your movies because liberals are funny and you guys aren't.

The ultimate insult to these guys would be if this movie flopped among wingnuttia. On the other hand since it's target is wingnuttia then it's quality really won't exactly be an issue. As long as it makes fun of everybody they disagree with it'll be cool.

franiam-

I do. Please don't kick my ass.

(hides under his blog.)

overdroid-

Do you mean he felt strange because he was working for the devil?

bradda-

Now that you mention it the movie does give off a "it might be interesting to see" vibe in a trainwreck sort of way. Perhaps the Mystery Science treatment with my lib buddies...

don-

I am not sure if he is lying to himself and us, or just lying to us, but the dude is a liar either way.

Thanks in general for reading and commenting on this blog. Your comments are always really astute and I appreciate it. ;-)

swine-

Yup.

liberality-

There's a scene in the movie I wrote about here where ACLU "zombies" attack a courthouse and a judge shoots them down with a machine gun. High humor, no?

As you bring up the shootings lately of progressives and democrats I don't think that's the best thing to be joking about in a movie.

But we're the ones who hate. Sure.

Dean Wormer said...

randal-

Free market of ideas, boys. No one likes your movies because liberals are funny and you guys aren't.

The ultimate insult to these guys would be if this movie flopped among wingnuttia. On the other hand since it's target is wingnuttia then it's quality really won't exactly be an issue. As long as it makes fun of everybody they disagree with it'll be cool.

franiam-

I do. Please don't kick my ass.

(hides under his blog.)

overdroid-

Do you mean he felt strange because he was working for the devil?

bradda-

Now that you mention it the movie does give off a "it might be interesting to see" vibe in a trainwreck sort of way. Perhaps the Mystery Science treatment with my lib buddies...

don-

I am not sure if he is lying to himself and us, or just lying to us, but the dude is a liar either way.

Thanks in general for reading and commenting on this blog. Your comments are always really astute and I appreciate it. ;-)

swine-

Yup.

liberality-

There's a scene in the movie I wrote about here where ACLU "zombies" attack a courthouse and a judge shoots them down with a machine gun. High humor, no?

As you bring up the shootings lately of progressives and democrats I don't think that's the best thing to be joking about in a movie.

But we're the ones who hate. Sure.

Dr. Zaius said...

"...One of the major differences between the left and the right in America today is that leftists think of their political opponents as evil..."

Oh, come on! We're plenty evil.