Ok, let me see. So far we have Rendition, Valley of Elah, Lions for Lambs and now Redacted for Best Picture. Which one could round out the catagory? Think I’m kidding? The Academy loves to award awful leftist propaganda pieces:
November 25, 2007 — IT’S hard for Hollywood pacifists like Brian De Palma to capture the hearts and minds of America if
Americans won’t see their movies. While the public is staying away in droves from “Rendition,” “Lions for Lambs” and “In the Valley of Elah,” audiences are really avoiding “Redacted,” De Palma’s picture about US soldiers who rape a 14-year-old Iraqi girl, then kill her and her family. The message movie was produced by NBA Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who insisted on deleting grisly images of Iraqi war casualties from the montage at the film’s end. Cuban offered to sell the film back to De Palma at cost, but the director was too smart to go for that deal. “Redacted” – which “could be the worst movie I’ve ever seen,” said critic Michael Medved -took in just $25,628 in its opening weekend in 15 theaters, which means roughly 3,000 people saw it in the entire country. “This, despite an A-list director, a huge wave of publicity, high praise in the Times, The New Yorker, left-leaning sites like Salon, etc. A Joe Strummer documentary [of punk-rock band The Clash] playing in fewer theaters made more in its third week,” e-mailed one cineaste. “Not even people who presumably agree with the movie’s antiwar thesis made the effort to see it.”
$1,708 per theater. Now that is some bad stuff.
Duncan Hunter is a bit ticked off about the propaganda piece:
The ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee sent a
letter to the chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America
yesterday calling the new Iraq war film “Redacted” shameful in its view
of U.S. soldiers.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, sent a scathing letter
regarding Brian De Palma’s new film to MPAA Chairman Dan Glickman
asking that he not forget that there are heroes who have sacrificed
their lives for the United States and Iraqi people.
“Unfortunately, Brian De Palma’s new movie ‘Redacted,’ which opened
in several theaters this week, portrays American service personnel in
Iraq as uncontrollable misfits and criminals,” Mr. Hunter stated in his
letter to Mr. Glickman. “While incidents of criminal behavior by
members of our military should never be ignored, the isolated incident
on which this film is based negatively portrays American service
personnel and misrepresents their collective efforts in Iraq.”
Other military officials worry that the film could be used as
propaganda against troops in the region and incite violence against
them by Islamist group…..
“This incident, while tragic, demonstrates the goodness and
generosity of our nation’s military, and its continued mission in
Iraq,” Mr. Hunter said, reminding Mr. Glickman and Mr. De Palma of the
continuing sacrifices U.S. troops have made.
“The film intentionally fails to show or give any indication of the
more than 3 million inoculations administered by American forces, the
construction of medical clinics and schools, as well as the
construction of other important infrastructure,” the letter went on to
state. “Additionally, the film’s negative depiction of our military
blatantly ignores the many acts of heroism performed by our soldiers,
Marines, airmen and sailors in Iraq.”
But hey, who cares right? There is a message to be put out there. Who cares if the portrayal of an isolated incident in Iraq, in which you make our heroes look like foolish buffoons, incites a bit of hatred of America in the Middle East.
Looks like most of America cares, they spoke with their wallet.