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Or is it all just a bit of self-serving theater?
A midterm national election will be taking place in the United States in two weeks. American voters will, at least to a certain extent, be expressing their approval or disapproval on major issues like management of the economy and immigration, though they will curiously have no one to vote for if they are appalled by... Read More
Since the 1960s, there have been sporadic reactions in film against emergent liberal hegemonies in culture. In the early 1970s, when the social changes borne of the countercultural 1960s were, in very short order, becoming the mainstream culture and translating into the disastrous social policies of that era, there were occasional sympathetic depictions from Hollywood... Read More
Have a few drunken words to an arresting officer ever gotten as much publicity as Mel Gibson’s “despicable” (by his own admission) outburst to officer James Mee? Gibson apologized, which is all he could do, and that should have been the end of it. But of course it wasn’t. Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League... Read More
OK, I've seen Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ and am therefore entitled to pronounce the definitive and final word on a subject over which more ink has already been spilled than cuttlefish can squirt. I have to confess the film did nothing for me religiously and even less aesthetically. It's a well-made... Read More
Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ has been greeted by some remarkable expressions of hatred for Christianity — all in the name of fighting anti-Semitism, of course. By now it would take a whole book to deal with them thoroughly, but the prize for venom goes to columnist William Safire of the New... Read More
Sometimes I think that if people really listened to themselves, I’d be out of a job. When they can’t mean what they say, you are entitled to doubt that they’re saying what they mean. Few are saying that Mel Gibson had no right to make a film about the Crucifixion. But many are saying he... Read More
For weeks, Mortimer Zuckerman’s tabloid the New York Daily News has been trashing, in advance, Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of Christ. In “news” articles, opinion pieces, and editorials, it has published predictions that the move “will” (not “might”) incite violence against Jews and maybe ruin Gibson’s Hollywood career. The paper is shocked — shocked!... Read More
According to a verse in the Book of Proverbs, I believe (though, being a Catholic, I can’t find it), “There is no such thing as bad publicity.” Thanks in large part to vitriolic protests by Jewish groups, Mel Gibson’s forthcoming film The Passion of the Christ will surely be a stupendously popular movie. Jewish-owned media... Read More
The film of Mel Gibson, The Passion, grows into an important, maybe the important event of the year. Even before screening, it caused violent reactions of the American Jewish 'thought police', ADL led by obnoxious Foxman. There are unpleasant rumours (in the New York Times) that Mr Gibson gave in and decided to censor the... Read More
By an amazing coincidence, Mel Gibson's epic about the American Revolution, "The Patriot," just happened to open in theaters on Independence Day weekend. And cynics complain that Americans don't take national holidays seriously anymore! Most viewers may regard the film as one more wallow in fantasy and stale popcorn, but among the nation's literati it's... Read More