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02 September 2014 @ 08:27 am
In case you were wondering whodunit  
National Review lists "the 20 movies that effectively destroyed art."
bart_calendarbart_calendar on September 2nd, 2014 12:33 pm (UTC)
How can anyone not like Inglourious Basterds?
nojaynojay on September 2nd, 2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
Nazis wouldn't... Ah, National Review didn't. I seeeee...
Steve: Anton Ego (Ratatouille)anton_p_nym on September 2nd, 2014 01:14 pm (UTC)
I didn't, but I'll admit it's a personal quirk of not liking how badly it mucked with history.

-- Steve felt the same way about U-571, though it was a vastly inferior film compared to IB.
Marissa Lingenmrissa on September 2nd, 2014 12:47 pm (UTC)
Somebody things Wall-E is nihilistic.



I had long suspected that they were not living in the same reality as I was, but this is INCONTROVERTIBLE PROOF.
David WilfordDavid Wilford on September 2nd, 2014 12:51 pm (UTC)
If that list doesn't have John Waters' Pink Flamingos on it, it's totally bogus.
Arthur and Kevin's Nellorat: movie_popcornnellorat on September 2nd, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC)
And no David Lynch!
El Coyote Gordo: flamingosupergee on September 2nd, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
These omissions are sign that what they're doing is not criticism but Bizarro political correctness.
Deldel_c on September 3rd, 2014 12:03 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's *Bizarro* political correctness. Political correctness does have directions, but those directions aren't "the normal one" and "the wacky backward one".
Marissa Lingen: amusedmrissa on September 2nd, 2014 12:54 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha I had not even gotten to Good Night and Good Luck being #1. God bless Strathairn, I knew that beautiful, beautiful man had to come into it somewhere, but--seriously, I thought I was the only one who watched that movie. The other people who live at my house haven't even watched that movie. Couldn't he destroy art and civilization with one of the ones somebody watched? The Brother from Another Planet, maybe, even though his was a tiny role? That time he played Oppenheimer? No, the other time he played Oppenheimer? I would argue for No God, No Master or Matewan, but they're kind of up there with Good Night and Good Luck on the "really, someone else watched that?" scale. Good Night and Good Luck, oh, bless.
Angelic Eye for the Gendered-Species Individual: deloreanrysmiel on September 2nd, 2014 01:28 pm (UTC)
I've seen Good Night and Good Luck. I liked it.
Marissa Lingenmrissa on September 2nd, 2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, I did too, but may I suggest that the two of us do not constitute evidence of a mass market of support.
chasing the soul: filmreelnovapsyche on September 2nd, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
Good Night and Good Luck was so good on the big screen.

I haven't seen Matewan in fifteen or so years--it was required viewing for one of my American Studies courses. Engrossing.
et in Arcadia egoboo: boobapostle_of_eris on September 5th, 2014 04:15 am (UTC)
“If you can't say "fuck", you can't say "fuck the government".”
Well, if you can't say "nigger", how do you call someone a "house nigger"? My recollection begins with a series of Reagan Administration house nigger intellectuals, one or two of whom are still around. The excerpts and comments (not to mention just the title) leave me with no reason to subject myself to the whole thing.
“Not just entertainment, the 20 films listed here effectively destroyed art, social unity, and spiritual confidence. They constitute a corrupt, carelessly politicized canon.”?? This guy is beyond the reach of psychopharmacology. “White, who describes himself as a "pedigreed film scholar", claims that "[l]iking [a film] or disliking it is irrelevant" to his reviews, and insists that "[he] tell[s] it how it is and write[s] what a film deserves" rather than offering mere personal opinion.” (wikipedia)

In 2009, following an eruption of controversy on the Rotten Tomatoes website over White's negative pre-general release review of District 9 (which ruined its 100% rating up to that point), Roger Ebert defended him against the "fanboys" of the "Tomatoes lynch mob":
The fact that you don't know what someone is writing about is not a real good reason for disagreeing with him [...] [White is] an intelligent critic and a passionate writer, and he knows a very great deal about movies, dance, and many other things.
However, after being presented with a list of films that White had liked and disliked, Ebert withdrew his overall support of White's work, writing "It is baffling to me that a critic could praise Transformers 2 but not Synecdoche, NY. Or Death Race but not There Will Be Blood. I am forced to conclude that White is, as charged, a troll; a smart and knowing one, but a troll." (wikipedia)