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Mel's Latest: Brilliant Film, Inane Interpretation
Townhall ^ | December 7, 2006 | Michael Medved

Posted on 12/11/2006 11:05:40 PM PST by beaversmom

Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto” is an audacious, unforgettable triumph and, undoubtedly, one of the richest, most electrifying cinematic experiences of the year. In that context it’s unfortunate that the filmmaker has coupled his brilliance as a writer-director with a display of unalloyed idiocy as a commentator on his own work.

The stupidity began in September when he spoke to an audience in Austin, Texas after an early screening of his still unfinished film. At the time, he succeeded in getting advance attention for his work by drawing parallels between the fantastically brutal and dysfunctional Mayan civilization he portrays on screen and the current political situation in the United States. “The precursors to a civilization that’s going under are the same, time and time again,” he explained. “What’s human sacrifice if not sending guys off to Iraq for no reason?”

His comments came across like an unexpected punch-in-the-nose to many of the conservatives across the country who had rallied to his defense during the furious dispute over “The Passion of the Christ,” and even pleaded for forgiveness and reconciliation in his behalf in the wake of his toxic combination of drunk driving and anti-Semitic drivel.

Nevertheless, with his film finished, ready for its Friday (December 8) release, and overwhelming audiences everywhere with its eye-popping visual splendor and relentless narrative energy, the Gibsonian interpretation of his own work has gotten, if anything, even more inane.

The official press kit from Touchstone Pictures (a division the Disney Company) quotes Gibson as saying: “Throughout history, precursors to the fall of a civilization have always been the same, and one of the things that just kept coming up as we were writing is that many of the things that happened right before the fall of the Mayan civilization are occurring in our society now. It was important for me to make that parallel because you see these cycles repeating themselves over and over again. People think that modern man is so enlightened, but we’re susceptible to the same forces – and we are also capable of the same heroism and transcendence.”

The press kit also quotes Farhad Safinia, who co-wrote the screenplay with Gibson, making similar observations: “We discovered that what archeologists and anthropologists believe is that the daunting problems faced by the Maya are extraordinarily similar to those faced today by our own civilization, especially when it comes to widespread environmental degradation, excessive consumption and political corruption.”

On the one hand, these fatuous remarks distort the situation in the United States today--far from “widespread environmental degradation,” for instance, the quality of our air and water has improved dramatically over the last thirty years, at the same time that reforestation has substantially enlarged the acreage of our already impressive woodlands.

Even more startling is the vast, unbridgeable gap between the politically correct comments by Gibson and his collaborator and the raw integrity of the film they actually made. Their observations about the “extraordinary similarity” between Mayan decadence and degeneracy and the realities of American life in the 21st century receive no support whatever from the thrilling adventure story that unfolds in the nearly two-and-a-half hours of the final version of “Apocalypto.” In fact, their interpretation of the project bears so little connection to the film itself that you wonder not only whether they truly made the movie, but whether they’ve ever actually seen it. Nothing—not one scene, one character, one set, or one passing detail in the film – in any way echoes contemporary America, even as seen by this society’s most embittered critics. The movie contains no sequences emphasizing “environmental degradation” (unless you count a heart-pounding chase through a corn field where the stalks look somewhat withered) or “political corruption.” (The spectacle of enslaving primitive tribesmen, binding them with ropes and sticks, marching them to your capital and then slashing open their chests to rip their hearts out in human sacrifice can’t rightly be described as “political corruption”—nor does this pagan savagery connect in any way with current controversies in our society. No matter how much Mr. Gibson may disapprove of the Iraq war, it’s a stretch to suggest that sacrificial victims captured very much against their will, and after their spirited struggle (and after their village has been utterly destroyed) bear any relationship to the volunteers who chose to fight in the Middle East.

The cruel, sadistic, masochistic, deeply demented culture of the Mayas, with its self-destructive emphasis on mutilation and mysticism, slavery and superstition, emerges with conviction and flair on the screen but will cause no one to think, “Oh, wow, that really reminds me of New York and LA!”

So why would a brilliant artist like Mel Gibson insist on ludicrously describing his masterpiece as a commentary on today’s social, cultural, political problems, when no sane viewer of his picture would note or even suspect those messages?

Perhaps Gibson is so eager to transcend the humiliation of his drunk driving incident, and to bury the lingering suspicions that “The Passion” (despite its huge commercial success) was a right-wing, hate-filled screed, that he’s saying stupid things that he believes will endear him to the “progressive” Hollywood establishment.

Clearly, the film (with dialogue in the ancient Yucatec language, with subtitles) represents a major risk and he needs great reviews to get the attention required for decent box office performance. By cooking up some preposterous lefty interpretation of Mayan collapse (is the big chieftain with the body scarring and the elaborate tattoos and the distended ears and the carved piece of jade in place of his nose supposed to represent George W. Bush?) Gibson may be trying to position his adrenalin-soaked, breathlessly paced chase picture as an “important, daring” message movie that indicts the U.S.

Even if there’s no basis whatever in the substance of the film for Mel’s alarmist, we’re-all-guilty-and-doomed commentary about US society, the attempt to fabricate a political subtext for a visceral, straight-ahead action-adventure may prove an effective strategy. The positioning of a relentlessly fast-moving thriller set in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula more than five hundred years ago as some searing, timely indictment of “over consumption” and “political corruption” in Bush-era USA, may force some high brow critics to take “Apocalypto” more seriously than they would without the pretentious preaching surround it’s release. There’s another advantage concerning the movie’s distribution overseas: Gibson’s comments will help to produce the warm reception in France that’s all-but-guaranteed for any work plausibly classified as anti-American.


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1 posted on 12/11/2006 11:05:42 PM PST by beaversmom
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2 posted on 12/11/2006 11:07:34 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

When did we start offering enemy hearts to the Sun God?????


3 posted on 12/11/2006 11:10:10 PM PST by Dallas59 (Muslims Are Only Guests In Western Countries)
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To: beaversmom

I think he's against the Iraq war because he has a deep hatred and or distrust of Jews.

His father is one of those Old Testament, fire and brimstone fundamentalist preachers, and overtly anti-Jew. When that controversy broke, Mel stood behind his father, it seems they share the same views.

That being said I really like a lot of his movies and it's disappointing to see this side of him.


4 posted on 12/11/2006 11:11:24 PM PST by word_warrior_bob
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To: beaversmom
The spectacle of enslaving primitive tribesmen, binding them with ropes and sticks, marching them to your capital and then slashing open their chests to rip their hearts out in human sacrifice can’t rightly be described as “political corruption”—nor does this pagan savagery connect in any way with current controversies in our society.

Abortion, abortion compares nicely.

5 posted on 12/11/2006 11:12:24 PM PST by donna
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To: Dallas59

Hmmm...maybe we should start thinking about that...


6 posted on 12/11/2006 11:12:30 PM PST by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: word_warrior_bob
That being said I really like a lot of his movies and it's disappointing to see this side of him.

I haven't seen all his movies, but I've liked quite a few that he has starred in and/or directed. I can't wait to see this one. Medved said it's one of the most violent films he's ever seen but gave it four out of four stars. He said you get caught up in it from the start.

7 posted on 12/11/2006 11:20:54 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
Why does Gibson have to lie about his film? Are liberal critics, the "the-all-and-be-all" art elite that he has to pander up to by lying? What a crock! Mel is no conservative, and certainly not a principled one. He has made some ugly, immature remarks and, frankly, I don't buy into his late blooming artistic vision. I think somebody else made the film and he bought it and claimed it his own. I have no proof for this but, if he can't talk sensibly about it or doesn't know it or lies about it... well?
8 posted on 12/11/2006 11:40:20 PM PST by Blind Eye Jones
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To: word_warrior_bob

"His father is one of those Old Testament, fire and brimstone fundamentalist preachers, and overtly anti-Jew."

Hutton Gibson (Mel's father) is not a preacher, although he once studied for the Catholic priesthood. He is an anti-Semite though, and a Holocaust denier, plus more. Below is a bit of biography about Hutton Gibson:

Early life
According to Wensley Clarkson's biography of Mel Gibson, Hutton studied for the priesthood in a Chicago seminary called the Society of the Divine Word. According to one friend of the family, he left the seminary on the eve of World War II, disgusted with the Modernist doctrines taught there.

Hutton Gibson served as a US Army Officer in the Pacific Theater during World War II after graduation from an OCS program. He was wounded in action at the Battle of Guadalcanal and invalided home in 1944.

He married Anne Reilly Gibson on May 1, 1944 at the Catholic parish of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Brooklyn, New York. They had ten children and adopted another after their arrival in Australia. Anne died in 1990. Hutton has since remarried.


Hutton Gibson and Jeopardy!
Hutton Gibson claims to have won a substantial amount of money on the Art Fleming version of the Jeopardy! game show. After winning several thousand dollars on his first appearance, he reportedly won $21,000 at the Jeopardy! championship.[3] Episodes from this era of the show do not survive, so there may be no formal record of Gibson's appearance. The show currently considers 1965 Grand Champion Burns Cameron's cumulative total of $11,100 to be the Fleming-era record, a much smaller amount than the amount that Gibson claims.[4][5]

In the 1960s Gibson worked for New York Central Railroad. In the early morning hours of December 11, 1964 he slipped on some spilled oil and seriously injured his back. A work injury lawsuit followed and it finally went to court on February 7, 1968. Seven days later, on Valentine's Day, Gibson was awarded $145,000 by the jury. What remained of this money after paying off debts and lawyers was still a substantial sum, and with that he relocated his family to Australia that same year. One of the reasons he made this move was reportedly because he believed that changes in American society were immoral.[3]


Hutton Gibson in Australia
After the promulgation of the Novus Ordo, the Gibson family home in Sydney, Australia was used as a secret chapel where the Tridentine Mass was offered. Also, Hutton used the house to store statues and altar relics which were being discarded by Catholic parishes at the time.

Hutton was the secretary of the Latin Mass Society of Australia, but was ousted after becoming increasingly vocal about his belief that the See of Peter is vacant due to the Popes embracing heresy (see Sedevacantism).


Notable beliefs
Hutton Gibson is a Sedevacantist (a form of Traditionalist Catholicism). His ideas, however, are rejected by many in the Traditionalist Catholic community. He believes that the Second Vatican Council introduced heretical doctrines into the Roman Catholic Church, and he believes that every Pope elected since Pope John XXIII have been illegitimate anti-popes. He has been especially critical of the late Pope John Paul II (whom he refers to as "Garrulous Karolus the Koran Kisser"). [6] He has also stated that the Second Vatican Council was the result of a secret anti-Catholic plot orchestrated by both Masons and Jews.[7]

Gibson adheres to the theory that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were not carried out by Islamist terrorists aboard the planes, but rather by an unknown party using a "remote control,".[8] He further believes that Jews want to take over the world and establish a one world religion and government.[9]


Hutton Gibson (left) with Holocaust denier Fredrick Töben, head of the Adelaide Institute, at the 2003 International Conference on Authentic History, Real News and the First Amendment
When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (prior to becoming Pope) stated that, although Judaism did not accept Jesus, it was nevertheless the "elder brother" of Christianity, Gibson observed that Abel also had an elder brother.[10]

He questions aspects of the Jewish Holocaust, especially the commonly accepted statistic that between five million to seven million Jews were killed, arguing that it would have been impossible for the Nazis to have disposed of so many bodies.[11] He further claims that most of the Holocaust was "fiction,"[11] that the thousands of Jews who disappeared from Poland during World War II "got up and left",[11] and that census statistics prove there were more Jews in Europe after World War II than before (a claim that is disputed by historians).[12] In support of his father, Mel Gibson claims that his father's beliefs do not amount to Holocaust denial. (Mel Gibson also says that he loves his father and will not speak out publicly against him.)

Hutton Gibson publishes a quarterly newsletter called The War is Now! in which he details many of his views.


9 posted on 12/11/2006 11:57:52 PM PST by flaglady47 (thinking out loud)
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To: Dallas59

might abortion equal that?


10 posted on 12/12/2006 12:03:34 AM PST by fabian
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To: beaversmom

Hmmm, I am almost starting to think Mel is suffering from a bit from alcohol related dementia. I know a number of brilliant people who are former or current alcoholics and who are very functional in their careers but have a huge disconnect when it comes to discussing politics and issues. Even the sober ones tend to rant or make irrational connections. Reason and facts go out the window with them. I am starting to think that maybe Mel is not making these statements to kiss up to Hollywood liberals, but rather that there is a part of his brain that is in "disconnect."


11 posted on 12/12/2006 12:13:57 AM PST by Irishgirl
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To: Irishgirl

He has a genius about him but is an idiot about various things at the same time. I don't know what it is. Too much hate/conspiracy talk growing up? Too much booze? A genetic defect? Hard to say.


12 posted on 12/12/2006 12:19:25 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

I kind of think it is the dad/family influence and the booze abuse. In a way, that makes me less upset about his statements. Just another reminder about taking celebrity pronouncements too seriously.


13 posted on 12/12/2006 12:30:01 AM PST by Irishgirl
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To: fabian; donna

might abortion equal that?

Yes, abortion is equal. Just as cannibalism, homosexuality, and human sacrifices have brought down numerous nations(or been directly involved in the decline & destruction). So also will ruthless & relentless abortion practices(sacrifices) bring down modern western nations(or greatly promote their demise).


14 posted on 12/12/2006 12:57:56 AM PST by Bittersweetmd (God is Great and greatly to be praised.)
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To: Irishgirl

Mel Gibson is not the first actor with conservative leanings to be corrupted by Hollywood. Clint Eastwood seemed like a patriotic traditionalist at one time, but is now in the iron grip of political correctness, having produced enough trash to be rewarded with a shelf of Oscars. The message is not lost on others looking for Oscar glitz.


15 posted on 12/12/2006 1:00:47 AM PST by Liberty Wins (Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of all who threaten it.)
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To: donna

I was thinking abortion as well, but Mr. Gibson doesn't allude to it. So I can only assume he doesn't include that issue.


16 posted on 12/12/2006 1:38:13 AM PST by neb52
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To: Liberty Wins

I think Mr. Eastwood has always claimed to be a Libertarian. So I wouldn't put him into the Conservative lump.


17 posted on 12/12/2006 1:43:37 AM PST by neb52
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To: beaversmom
Screw the politics. It was an amazzzzing visual and visceral movie. The sound track was a real wallop to ones senses.. Go see it. Don't take the kiddies or the wife......
18 posted on 12/12/2006 1:53:08 AM PST by primatreat (Alzheimer's in all its glory is knocking at my door. Driving into the sunset with GPS)
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To: Dallas59
When did we start offering enemy hearts to the Sun God?????

Well, we've been killing babies for the godesses of feminism and casual sex to the tune of 4,000 babies a day for decades. I don't think that's what Gibson meant. But we are a pretty depraved society.

Granted, we keep it behind closed doors and many of us are still decent enough to be ashamed of ourselves. But still . . .

19 posted on 12/12/2006 2:01:09 AM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: beaversmom
Aw man, I was hoping this was going to be about a new "Mel Brooks" movie.
20 posted on 12/12/2006 2:19:37 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: primatreat
Gibson's film is a pastiche of other films, with Last of the Mohicans being its chief source of inspiration. I am surprised no critics have seen this. Apocalypse Now is also riffed and Dances with Wolves and a host of action films (think Predator). Apocalypto is more confected from test-audience elements than any other film I have seen in recent memory.
21 posted on 12/12/2006 3:06:18 AM PST by ingeborg
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To: word_warrior_bob

Mel is drinking and cursing his way to the bank. He can make an excellent movie, but he is not a happy man.


22 posted on 12/12/2006 3:12:29 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: beaversmom

Mel is not a good speaker.


23 posted on 12/12/2006 3:26:20 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: kstewskis

Thoughts?


24 posted on 12/12/2006 3:42:22 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: beaversmom
I would like to watch and enjoy this film, as I enjoyed Passion, but Gibson is doing a pretty good job pushing me away. His comments are making me want to avoid this film, even though it looks great.
25 posted on 12/12/2006 3:48:24 AM PST by Zeon Cowboy ("Show me just what Muhammad brought... and there you will find things only evil and inhuman.")
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To: Bittersweetmd

"Yes, abortion is equal. Just as cannibalism, homosexuality, and human sacrifices...."


Yes, I think Mel is on to something. The high rate of divorce, kids abandond to day care to fend for themselves as in "Lord of the Flies" so Mommy can work and have a new car. Infanticide and destruction of human life so that some actor who breaks his neck can hope to live for eternity. Sends the kids a strong message .... the strong survive, the weak will die.

Yes, Mel is on to something here.


26 posted on 12/12/2006 3:49:52 AM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: Irishgirl

I think you are dead on. My brother has same tendencies.
Loved the bottle for way too many tears. Talk politics, he goes balistic.


27 posted on 12/12/2006 3:56:14 AM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: beaversmom
What’s human sacrifice if not sending guys off to Iraq for no reason?”

As a diversion, while our Saudi "allies" escape unscathed.

Terrorism Financing: Roots and Trends of Saudi terrorism financing

When the Jews return to Zion. And a comet rips the sky And the Holy Roman Empire rises, Then You and I must die. From the eternal sea he rises, Creating armies on either shore, Turning man against his brother. 'Til man exists no more

You must go and find, Bugenhagen.

28 posted on 12/12/2006 4:13:58 AM PST by Mel Gibson (Read the book, "Hatred's Kingdom" by Dore Gold)
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To: PA-RIVER
Loved the bottle for way too many tears.

Interesting typo.

29 posted on 12/12/2006 4:48:07 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: beaversmom
I saw it. I thought it was an okay movie, although I did notice a couple of obvious blunders. First, a full moon does not appear the same night as a solar eclipse, and second, you see the characters cross what I assume is the same river twice, right bank to left. It looked like Mel Gibson didn't think these things all the way through.

As for the Mayan city, I was wondering if Mel was trying to make an allegory about industrialization and capitalism, pillaging the earth and exploiting the little man. I haven't been to very many movies in the last couple of years, and I was just looking for some entertainment.

30 posted on 12/12/2006 4:54:20 AM PST by shekkian
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To: flaglady47
Fascinating. Thank you.
31 posted on 12/12/2006 5:08:52 AM PST by FryingPan101 (Thank you, Rummy!)
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To: beaversmom

What is conspicuously lacking in all of these analogies with the fall af the Mayan civilization is the arrival of the Spaniards.

When some fleet of ships carrying beings of very obviously advanced and unimaginable technology lands on our shores, then we can compare notes.


32 posted on 12/12/2006 5:09:23 AM PST by pjd
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To: PBRSTREETGANG; PA-RIVER
Interesting typo.

That was my thought exactly.

33 posted on 12/12/2006 5:19:39 AM PST by proud American in Canada (Thy Will Be Done.)
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To: primatreat
Don't take the kiddies or the wife......

I am the wife.

34 posted on 12/12/2006 5:27:37 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: flaglady47
Hutton Gibson served as a US Army Officer in the Pacific Theater during World War II after graduation from an OCS program. He was wounded in action at the Battle of Guadalcanal and invalided home in 1944.

Hard to believe that someone that served in WWII could be a Holocaust denier. Wonder if it made it over to Iran?

35 posted on 12/12/2006 5:30:35 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Dallas59
When did we start offering enemy hearts to the Sun God?????"

When we started offering a muslim the position of President of the United States.

36 posted on 12/12/2006 5:30:58 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Hatteras

We just got one in Congress.


37 posted on 12/12/2006 5:46:06 AM PST by shekkian
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To: beaversmom

Simplest theory that I can come up with is that Gibson is mouthing this crap line in penance to the media and Hollyweird liberal establishment.

....which is ironic since, IMHO, the Mayans and Hollywood probably have more similarities than any other segment of society.


38 posted on 12/12/2006 6:18:03 AM PST by Unrepentant VN Vet (Merry Christmas. (Refer complaints about being offended to your Chaplain...or whatever.))
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To: PA-RIVER

Let's not forget the human sacrifice on the other end, i.e. euthanasia.


39 posted on 12/12/2006 6:26:04 AM PST by grammarman
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To: beaversmom

I'm waiting to see if some good conservative historian somewhere will discover that a contributing factor towards the downfall of the Roman and Mayan empires was the hyperbole of their pundits ABOUT the impending downfall of their respective empires...


40 posted on 12/12/2006 6:26:36 AM PST by beezdotcom
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To: ModelBreaker

Great comment.


41 posted on 12/12/2006 7:33:18 AM PST by Pharmboy ([She turned me into a] Newt! in '08)
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To: Dallas59
When did we start offering enemy hearts to the Sun God?????

Good point. In our culture, the most common victims are our own children. The Maya and Aztecs were scarcely a patch on us.

42 posted on 12/12/2006 7:40:41 AM PST by Romulus (Quomodo sedet sola civitas plena populo.)
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To: beaversmom; EveningStar; HitmanLV; grame; SWake; bitt; shoot this thing; RightInEastLansing; ...

[...What’s human sacrifice if not sending guys off to Iraq
for no reason?...]

While any dumb culture can go to war "for not reason", how
did Mel miss the point that we sacrifice a million babies to the
altars of baal every year?


43 posted on 12/12/2006 8:59:24 AM PST by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: Jo Nuvark

not = no.


44 posted on 12/12/2006 9:04:05 AM PST by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: beaversmom

This movie stands on its own as a cinema masterpiece. Take it at face value and enjoy. It is ridiculous to over-analyze it. It is a shame when real artistry is overshadowed by controversy about the personal viewpoints of whoever created it. If the artists and producers were really smart, they would "just shut up and sing".


45 posted on 12/12/2006 9:07:33 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Afghan protest - "Death to Dog Washers!")
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To: TexasRepublic

Well Medved gave it four stars regardless. There are some Hollywood people, when they run their mouths, it turns me off, but I want to see this one--I've enjoyed Mel's work in the past. Steven Speilberg is another one, but not lately, where if something he makes looks interesting, I'll go see it as well.


46 posted on 12/12/2006 10:28:46 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: ingeborg
Gibson's film is a pastiche of other films


A very interesting observation. There's much in Gibson's movies that is derivative. Braveheart's battle scenes are clearly influenced by Kurosawa's...and not nearly as great as Kurosawa's. Gibson's use of slow motion in Braveheart and The Passion comes across to me as an anemic imitation of Scorcese.


And just a side note, The Patriot and We Were Soldiers were not directed by Gibson. I've noticed a lot of Freepers, not you, make this mistake. The Patriot was directed by Roland Emmerich. We Were Soldiers...Randall Wallace.
47 posted on 12/12/2006 10:54:20 AM PST by macamadamia
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To: Dallas59
When did we start offering enemy hearts to the Sun God?????

1973.

48 posted on 12/12/2006 10:56:00 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: beaversmom
So why would a brilliant artist like Mel Gibson insist on ludicrously describing his masterpiece as a commentary on today’s social, cultural, political problems, when no sane viewer of his picture would note or even suspect those messages?

Because he is full of himself!

Gibson's mug even pops up on the TV trailer where he explains that the movie is a tale of one man's journey to free his family or something. Even the title is telling...Mel Gibson's Apocalypto.

49 posted on 12/12/2006 11:04:24 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Dallas59
When did we start offering enemy hearts to the Sun God?????

Hmmm...never. But the enemy offers captives' heads to the Moon God. Does that count?

50 posted on 12/12/2006 11:07:49 AM PST by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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