What's not to love about Hollywood? They know exactly what the American people are looking for in a thriller: negative commentary about a war we're presently engaged in. And it's not just that we American moviegoers are absolutely panting for yet another artistically bankrupt anti-Iraq commentary that will make no money, it's that patriotic Americans everywhere also love to see an ongoing war and those fighting it criticized at every opportunity -- especially through the all-powerful medium of the motion picture.
These Hollywoodists sure have their finger on the pulse of We The People and those of you still willing to argue about how this industry is driven as much by profit as ideology, may do so in the comments....
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This is the pure fiction story of Paul Conroy, a truck driver in Iraq whose convoy is ambushed, and who wakes up in a coffin, buried alive. I went to the public screening of this one, and director Rodrigo Cortes gave a lively introduction where he questioned the psychological state of any audience wanting to see an hour and a half film of a man in a box. Then he brought out what he described as “The entire cast of BURIED: Ryan Reynolds!” ...
But the writer and director get credit too. Written by Chris Sparling with the intention of shooting the film in his buddy’s garage, the script is tight, and has a strong message about America’s conduct in Iraq. A particular focus is the reliance on unscrupulous contractors, and the treatment of their employees.
Sparling said he interviewed some contractors as he was writing the script, and was moved by their struggles to get insurance payments for injuries obtained on the job.
Read the full article here.
I may go to Hell, but I'll have better living quarters than these people.