July 27, 2007


If you were wondering what kind of anti-war movies are store for us, wonder no longer. There are plenty to choose from! You could see such gems as

“In the Valley of Elah,” a drama inspired by the Davis murder, written and directed by Paul Haggis, whose “Crash” won the Academy Award for best picture in 2006. The film stars Tommy Lee Jones as a retired veteran who defies Army bureaucrats and local officials in a search for his son’s killers. In one of the movie’s defining images, the American flag is flown upside down in the heartland, the signal of extreme distress.

Other coming films also use the damaged Iraq veteran to raise questions about a continuing war. In “Grace Is Gone,” directed by James C. Strouse and due in October from the Weinstein Company, John Cusack and two daughters struggle with the loss of a wife and mother who is killed on duty. Kimberly Peirce’s “Stop-Loss,” set for release in March by Paramount, meanwhile, casts Ryan Phillippe as a veteran who defies an order that would send him back to Iraq.

Or how about

Brian De Palma’s “Redacted,” focusing on an Army squad that persecutes an Iraqi family, is to be released in December by Magnolia Pictures.

Oh boy, I just can't wait. You remember how much I loved Crash, right? This should be even better.

Excuse me, I just threw up in my mouth a little.

(via RWN)

Posted by Sarah at July 27, 2007 07:50 AM | TrackBack

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Posted by: hegyeg at July 27, 2007 11:49 AM

"Crash" beat the dead horse until bones showed, but it was a great tool to use in my sociology class. If I'd seen it anywhere else (i.e. if I actually thought I was watching it for entertainment) I probably wouldn't have liked it much. Seems that a lot of people today need to have the point driven, hammered, screwed, and superglued home for them to get it at all.
I too will be skipping a lot of movies this summer.

Posted by: Green at July 30, 2007 12:47 AM

The content of these films reflects the reality of the war. I don't think even the most creative screen writer could come up with a pro-iraq-war plot, unless you just want purely fictional propaganda. I mean, we're talking about a never-ending war with no purpose that's being lost and destroying America's economy and moral standing at the same time. There aint gonna be no Saving Private Ryan's with this debacle.

Posted by: Will at August 7, 2007 03:49 PM