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Dante's Inferno (Showtime to Air 'Homecoming' Movie Disgracing America's Fallen Heros)
The Village Voice ^ | Tuesday, November 29, 2005 | Dennis Lim

Posted on 11/29/2005 2:55:50 PM PST by kristinn

TURIN, ITALY "This is a horror story because most of the characters are Republicans," director Joe Dante announced before the November 13 world premiere of his latest movie, Homecoming, at the Turin Film Festival. Republicans, as it happens, will be the ones who find Homecoming's agitprop premise scariest: In an election year, dead veterans of the current conflict crawl out of their graves and stagger single-mindedly to voting booths so they can eject the president who sent them to fight a war sold on "horse(manure) and elbow grease."

The dizzying high point of Showtime's new Masters of Horror series, the hour-long Homecoming (which premieres December 2) is easily one of the most important political films of the Bush II era. With its only slightly caricatured right-wingers, the film nails the casual fraudulence and contortionist rhetoric that are the signatures of the Bush-Cheney administration. Its dutiful hero, presidential consultant David Murch (Jon Tenney), reports to a Karl Rove–like guru named Kurt Rand (Robert Picardo) and engages in kinky power (sex) with attack-bitch pundit Jane Cleaver (Thea Gill), a blonde, leggy Ann Coulter proxy with a "No Sex for All" tank top and "BSH BABE" license plates. Murch's glib, duplicitous condescension is apparently what triggers the zombie uprising: Confronting an angry mother of a dead soldier on a news talk show, he tells this Cindy Sheehan figure, "If I had one wish . . . I would wish for your son to come back," so he could assure the country of the importance of the war. The boy does return, along with legions of fallen combatants, and they all beg to differ.

How fitting that the most pungent artistic response to a regime famed for its crass fear-mongering would be a cheap horror movie. Jaw-dropping in its sheer directness, Homecoming is a righteous blast of liberal-left fury (it was greeted with a five-minute ovation in Turin, the most vocal appreciation seeming to come from the American filmmakers and writers in attendance).

At once galvanic and cathartic, Dante's film uncorks the rage that despondent progressives promptly suppressed after last year's election and that has only recently been allowed to color mainstream coverage of presidential untruths and debacles. For all its broad, bludgeoning satire, Homecoming is deadly accurate in skewering the callousness and hypocrisy of the Bush White House and the spin industry in its orbit.

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Though Bush is never named, Homecoming tailors its provocative scenario to accommodate a devastatingly specific checklist of accusations, from the underreporting of war casualties to last November's dubious Ohio count. As if in defiance of the Pentagon's policy to ban photographs of dead soldiers' coffins, Dante's film shows not just the flag-draped caskets at Dover Air Force Base but their irate occupants bursting out of them.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: liberalmedia; showtime; villagevoice
The families of our fallen heros have been put through worse 'rendition' by the despicable left than any terrorist. This is just one more assault on them by the America hating left.
1 posted on 11/29/2005 2:55:52 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

They sink lower into the muck..


2 posted on 11/29/2005 2:58:42 PM PST by Dog
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To: kristinn

This movie pretends they come back from the dead, while in the real world, Democrats dig them up and drag their corpses through the street shouting "look what you did."


3 posted on 11/29/2005 2:58:52 PM PST by linear
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To: linear
Democrats dig them up and drag their corpses through the street shouting "look what you did."

Or a moonbat mother sits in a Texas ditch using her's as a soapbox.

4 posted on 11/29/2005 3:00:35 PM PST by Dog
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To: kristinn

Dante made 'Small Soldiers' too.


5 posted on 11/29/2005 3:02:06 PM PST by Borges
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To: kristinn

Disgusting beyond words. But after all, dead democrats have been voting for years in most states...


6 posted on 11/29/2005 3:02:45 PM PST by Texan5 (You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line..)
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To: kristinn
Also here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1523848/posts
7 posted on 11/29/2005 3:03:40 PM PST by Borges
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To: kristinn

That bastard! If it weren't for Phoebe Cates being in it, I'd never watch Gremlins again!


8 posted on 11/29/2005 3:06:17 PM PST by ClaudiusI
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To: kristinn

So much for subtlety. Politics aside, that sounds like a horrible plot for a movie.


9 posted on 11/29/2005 3:15:37 PM PST by Join Or Die
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To: kristinn

Joe Dante is still alive? He hasn't had anything worth mentioning since Gremlins. What a scumbag.


10 posted on 11/29/2005 3:18:50 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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He's made several terrific films since then actually (Matinee, Innerspace, Grenmlins 2). Just nothing popular.


11 posted on 11/29/2005 3:34:28 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges
I haven't seen Matinee, I have seen Innerspace and to be charitable, thought it sucked. Gremmlins 2 wasn't too bad considering it was a sequel. Of course this is just my humble opinion, your mileage may vary.
12 posted on 11/29/2005 3:39:42 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: kristinn

Ah. Showtime. That means at least 112 people will see it...


13 posted on 11/29/2005 4:02:58 PM PST by pabianice (I guess)
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To: Lx
I liked G2 better then the original. Overlooked at the time. How can you not like a Gremlin voiced by Tony Randall who regarded the three vital signs of civilization as 'Chamber Music, the Geneva Condition and Susan Sontag'.
14 posted on 11/29/2005 4:14:36 PM PST by Borges
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To: kristinn
This movie has an incredibly bad trailer. Contact page for Viacom is here
15 posted on 11/29/2005 6:57:29 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghanistan Honor Roll students.)
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To: linear

heh...In the "real" world...the dead allways vote democrat....even this assclown knows it...


16 posted on 11/29/2005 9:06:09 PM PST by Crim (I may be a Mr "know it all"....but I'm also a Mr "forgot most of it"...)
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To: kristinn
A political zombie movie. This is coming from the leftwing arty set that claims talk radio only succeeds because conservatives can’t handle intellectually complex concepts. Like zombie movies, pie-throwing, and paintings made from poo.

"I hope this movie bothers a lot of people that disagree with it—and that it makes them really pissed off, as pissed off as the rest of us are."

Don’t flatter yourself, Joe. Nobody cares about your stupid zombie movie.

17 posted on 11/30/2005 12:36:43 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: kristinn
In an election year, dead veterans of the current conflict crawl out of their graves and stagger single-mindedly to voting booths so they can eject the president who sent them to fight a war sold on "horse(manure) and elbow grease."

How thoroughly obnoxious is this? Not to mention that Democrats are the ones who really have dead people vote.

18 posted on 12/02/2005 11:47:16 AM PST by NYCVirago
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To: kristinn
LW dead zombies voting....

sounds like another happy day in the DNC to me.


Video Clips here

19 posted on 12/02/2005 1:17:24 PM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: kristinn
Where the zombie voters come from, in Dante's idiotic polemic, Homecoming:

Where Joe Dante's career deservedly is (and has been, for the past fifteen, twenty years):

Any questions...? :)

20 posted on 12/02/2005 3:51:57 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("It'sTime for Republicans to Start Toeing the Conservative Line, NOT the Other Way Around!")
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Test.


21 posted on 12/03/2005 4:47:20 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("It'sTime for Republicans to Start Toeing the Conservative Line, NOT the Other Way Around!")
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To: kristinn

Friends don't let friends sign up for premium cable.


22 posted on 12/03/2005 9:05:45 PM PST by JimboUSofA
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To: kristinn

Fortunately, we do not waste our money on the movie channels and in fact we are planning on getting rid of our satellite dish after my mother and step father no longer need it, they are the only ones that watch TV here. We'll just buy DVD's or rent movies.


23 posted on 12/03/2005 9:10:18 PM PST by Dustbunny (Main Stream Media -- Making 'Max Headroom' a reality.)
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To: kristinn

Not an original premise, either. Abel Gance had the same idea (and did it much better) in his 1919 film "J'Accuse."

"In the film’s famous climax, the hero, a poet, develops the mystic power to call back the ghosts of the war dead (played by real soldiers from the front, many of whom died in battle shortly after appearing in the sequence) to accuse the living and demand to know the reason for their sacrifice. Gance’s use of rapid cutting, superimposition, masking, and a wildly-tracking camera accentuates the intensely emotional blending of camera actuality and poetic drama. The film was a spectacular hit throughout Europe, and Gance, hoping for an American success, took it across the Atlantic, where he presented it at a special screening in New York in 1921 for an appreciative audience that included D. W. Griffith..."

http://www.gildasattic.com/gance.html


24 posted on 12/03/2005 9:26:27 PM PST by decal (Mother Nature and Real Life are conservatives; the Progs have never figured this out.)
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To: kristinn

Horrible
This is horrific.
SO HORRIBLY POLITICAL and CRASS and UNCARING and EVIL.


25 posted on 12/11/2005 10:51:34 PM PST by TexasGreg ("Democrats Piss Me Off")
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LOL ... and, now, they're claiming that Bush cheated by falsely counting the votes!!!!!! HOW awful.

And, of course, the Anne Coulter look-alike is just as slutty and evil as one would expect.


26 posted on 12/11/2005 10:53:19 PM PST by TexasGreg ("Democrats Piss Me Off")
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To: TexasGreg

The pathetic use of DNC talking points as if fact is just par for the course in this film. The Acting stank and the characterizations were all lame.


27 posted on 12/11/2005 10:59:31 PM PST by TexasGreg ("Democrats Piss Me Off")
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To: GarySpFc

BUMP ....
this is horrible


28 posted on 12/11/2005 11:05:35 PM PST by TexasGreg ("Democrats Piss Me Off")
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To: kristinn
So now dead military heroes (or "victims" in Newspeak) are mindless zombies bent only on revenge? And the Left is so solicitous of them, and their well-being! But of course the "zombie" image truly reflects the way the Lefty scum think of those who join the military (unless they "kill their officers"): poor bastards incapable of independent thought or action.
29 posted on 12/11/2005 11:37:29 PM PST by pawdoggie
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To: kristinn

I cancelled Showtime yesterday.


30 posted on 12/12/2005 3:13:13 AM PST by GarySpFc (De Oppresso Liber)
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