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Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Here’s a quick “current affairs” P.S. to my reflections on Interstellar (posted 10 minutes ago). Speaking of movies, North Korea has turned a “middling” political comedy film into a potential blockbuster for Sony, its producer. Yes, I’m taking about “The Interview“. As you know, the film plot involves a fictional US CIA attempt to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un by recruiting two unwitting journalists who arranged an interview with him. The film was supposed to be released on Christmas Day in theaters nationwide, but got pulled after government or military agents from North Korea hacked Sony’s computer system in retaliation for the movie’s “insult to the dignity of the great leader”.

I have no sympathy for Kim or his stooges. However, what does bother me about all this is that Sony and the theater industry picked Christmas as the release date. According one of the mini-reviews, this film “follows the hysterically violent misadventures of idiotic talk-show host Dave Skylark and his underachieving producer, Aaron”. Another review notes that the film contains “crude and sexual humor, nudity, some drug use and bloody violence”. Is that where our nation is right now? A violent film about a political assassination is considered to be a “Christmas film”? I mean, couldn’t they have waited until New Years in order to respect a major religion’s celebration of the birth of its “prince of peace”? Would Sony be so insensitive as to release a comedy about political violence in Saudi Arabia or Egypt at the start of Ramadan?

So, thanks Kim Jong-un and his hacking squad. I darn well know that they weren’t defending the sanctity of the Christ-child’s birth by taking down part of the Sony network, but you never know when an evil force might remind us that we are not entirely free from evil either.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 5:10 pm      
 
 


  1. Jim, This comment will serve as my comment for the previous post also.
    Sorry, I can’t get myself worked up over any movie. There was a time I religiously checked out movies, but I never really went to a lot of them either. Least of all do “serious” science fiction movies (as “Interstellar” seems to be) appeal to me. I guess I have to say I jus don’t care. Of course, Hollywood is going to make anything turn out the way it wants it to; maybe that’s why I just don’t care about movies that much. But that’s the point of Hollywood.

    As to “The Interview”: From the few comments I’ve heard from reviewers about the movie, it seems to me that probably Kim Jon-un had done the movie a favor; it’s gotten more attention from all the fuss about it that Korea has kicked up than it would have gotten had it been “left alone” to die a quick death at the boxoffice.

    And your point about Sony scheduling the release of an extremely bloody movie–that I read was meant to be a *comendy*!!!!–at Christmas is a good one. If it were I thinking about which movie to see on Christmas, I think it would go something like this: Hum, a science fiction movie that doesn’t seem to make any sense even from the non-science part of the plot *or*…an extremely bloody *comedy*?? I think I move to stay home and help with the dishes.

    Hollywood seems to really be hard up in the competition these days. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — December 21, 2014 @ 11:52 am

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