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Slovakia Outraged by 'Hostel' (CLUELESS IN HOLLYWOOD ALERT)
IMDB/WENN ^ | Feb 28 2006

Posted on 02/28/2006 7:19:08 AM PST by RightWingAtheist

Government officials in Slovakia have expressed their concern that new backpacker horror movie Hostel makes their country appear dangerous. The Eli Roth-directed movie, which shows three travelers heading to a Slovakian city and falling prey to a brutal torture ring, has caused outrage among the country's politicians, who feel it will tarnish their nation's reputation. Member of Parliament Tomas Galbavy says, "I am offended by this film. I think that all Slovaks should feel offended." Galbavy called Hostel, which was shot in the neighboring Czech Republic, "a monstrosity that does not at all reflect reality" and added it would "damage the good reputation of Slovakia." Slovak culture minister Linda Heldichova adds, "We are unanimous in saying that this film damages the image of our country." But director Roth insists his aim in making the film was not to offend Slovakians but to highlight the ignorance of US cinema-goers. He says, "Americans do not even know that this country exists. My film is not a geographical work but aims to show Americans' ignorance of the world around them."


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: egomaniac; eliroth; getoveryourself; hollyweird; horror; hostel; moron; movie; slovakia
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OK Eli, in that one statement, you proved yourself not only to be totally full of yourself (as if your five different commentary tracks on Cabin Fever didn't already create that impression), but utterly clueless-about Americans, about Slovakians, and about why people are upset over your movie. Just be glad you didn't depict your main villain as even vaguely resembling Mohammed.

1 posted on 02/28/2006 7:19:12 AM PST by RightWingAtheist
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To: RightWingAtheist

New winner for the "dumbest excuse" award.


2 posted on 02/28/2006 7:23:11 AM PST by YourAdHere (Viking kitties taste like chicken.)
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To: RightWingAtheist

Slovakia is a beautiful little country and the people are very nice. Slovakia is very safe.

The only thing you need worry about there are Gypsy villages, where you can be robbed. Slovakia happens to have Europe's largest Gypsy population.


3 posted on 02/28/2006 7:23:19 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: RightWingAtheist

About the biggest thing you have to watch out for in Slovakia is Gypsies and Polish Truck Drivers...


4 posted on 02/28/2006 7:24:27 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: RightWingAtheist

"Government officials in Slovakia have expressed their concern that new backpacker horror movie Hostel makes their country appear dangerous."

Slovakia is a country?


5 posted on 02/28/2006 7:24:35 AM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: RightWingAtheist
Five commentary tracks eh? Michael Powell only needed one on 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp'.

Michael Powell > Eli Roth IMHO
6 posted on 02/28/2006 7:24:46 AM PST by Borges
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To: RightWingAtheist

I can see the point of their anger, but you have to set a film somewhere. Does Texas Chainsaw Massacre mean that Texas is a dangerous place? Are all italians Mafiosi?


7 posted on 02/28/2006 7:26:04 AM PST by mh8782
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To: RightWingAtheist

Bratislava is about the cheapest nice city anywhere. I was there four years ago with my wife -- perhaps things have changed by now -- and we could get a complete dinner with wine and dessert for $20. You could get bottles of great beer for $0.50 at bars.


8 posted on 02/28/2006 7:26:06 AM PST by Koblenz (Holland: a very tolerant country. Until someone shoots you on a public street in broad daylight...)
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To: gondramB
Slovakia is a country?

Ever since Czechoslovakia was split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

9 posted on 02/28/2006 7:27:07 AM PST by Kenton
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To: RightWingAtheist

From what I saw of the trailers for this movie, you couldn't pay me to sit through it.


10 posted on 02/28/2006 7:29:32 AM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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To: Bon mots

I'm hoping to visit this village of Bojnice where my grandparents were born.
11 posted on 02/28/2006 7:29:42 AM PST by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: gondramB

In other news, Slovakia has a "Culture Minister"...


12 posted on 02/28/2006 7:30:04 AM PST by johnandrhonda (have you hugged your banjo today?)
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To: mh8782
Can you imagine how Transylvanians feel?
13 posted on 02/28/2006 7:30:57 AM PST by Borges
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To: RightWingAtheist
But director Roth insists his aim in making the film was not to offend Slovakians but to highlight the ignorance of US cinema-goers. He says, "Americans do not even know that this country exists. My film is not a geographical work but aims to show Americans' ignorance of the world around them."

That's it. I was going to see this but I'll watch Hell freeze first. I'm tired of being "schooled" by mouth-breathing creative types who haven't done an honest day's work in their entire lives.

14 posted on 02/28/2006 7:32:10 AM PST by Gingersnap
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To: RightWingAtheist

My favorite local film critics take on the movie.

Written by David T. Lindsay
Hostel [R]: Underpants on their big head, after Abu Ghraib caused liberals to mewl and puke, I half expected picket lines to form in protest of such a smug-ugly torture yarn. But then of course, director Eli Roth doesn't show Baathists being victimized, only white American boys and their Japanese allies at the mercy of foreign sadism. When roving packs of Eastern European street jackals ascend on tourists, demanding money and bubblegum, and beautiful girls are used to lure unsuspecting Americans to dungeons for dismemberment, it dawned on me that the inspiration here is lifted out of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer! What? You didn't expect Roth to act on an original idea, didya?


15 posted on 02/28/2006 7:33:45 AM PST by labowski ("The Dude Abideth")
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To: Gingersnap

Oh, I'm sure he made this film for high moral reasons! Un huh. And the graphic scenes of young people being mutilated and dismembered are for educational purposes I suppose.

You would have to pay me a ton of $$ to see garbage like this. How sad this kind of "cinema" contributes to the downward slide of our society.


16 posted on 02/28/2006 7:47:28 AM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: gondramB
Slovakia is a country?

I think the Amish live there.

17 posted on 02/28/2006 7:53:04 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (What? Me worry?)
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To: RightWingAtheist

Not that I'm defending Hollyweird garbage, but I think the Slovakians are going a little overboard on the sensitivity meter, here. It's ONLY a movie, not a Michael Moore fictionmentary.

This dreck won't pull in enough box office to affect tourism in Slovakia. Take a breath and get a grip, guys!!


18 posted on 02/28/2006 8:53:27 AM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: RightWingAtheist

cabin fever was lame, but that Cerina Vincent is smokin' hot.


19 posted on 02/28/2006 9:13:43 AM PST by isom35
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To: RightWingAtheist; Hat-Trick; Alberta's Child

Ziggy Palffy ping?


20 posted on 02/28/2006 9:49:25 AM PST by jjmcgo
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To: DustyMoment
Keep repeating to yourself...

It's Only a Movie

It's Only a Movie

It's Only a Movie

It's Only a Movie

Not a Moorlock crockumentary :D

(Hmmm...I think I just coined a new word for crank documentary filmmakers..."Moorlocks"! Will H.G. Wells' estate complain?

21 posted on 02/28/2006 10:14:16 AM PST by RightWingAtheist (Creationism Is Not Conservative!)
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To: RightWingAtheist
as if your five different commentary tracks on Cabin Fever didn't already create that impression

HA! That train-wreck of a movie ALONE was enough to convince me that Eli was a complete twit! You actually needed the commentary tracks to confirm it? ;)

22 posted on 02/28/2006 10:26:09 AM PST by detsaoT (Proudly not "dumb as a journalist.")
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To: detsaoT

The movie proved that Eli was a twit. The commentary tracks proved he was an EGOMANICAL twit :D


23 posted on 02/28/2006 10:27:53 AM PST by RightWingAtheist (Creationism Is Not Conservative!)
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To: detsaoT

Cabin Fever was annoying. It immediately came across as the work of somebody who thinks he is much more intelligent than he actually is.


24 posted on 02/28/2006 10:28:37 AM PST by Junior_G
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To: RightWingAtheist

ROFL! Thanks for clearing that up!! :)


25 posted on 02/28/2006 10:37:02 AM PST by detsaoT (Proudly not "dumb as a journalist.")
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To: Junior_G
Cabin Fever was annoying. It immediately came across as the work of somebody who thinks he is much more intelligent than he actually is.

To me, it came across as a movie made by someone who's never stepped foot outside of a metropolitan area in his entire life. ;)

26 posted on 02/28/2006 10:37:31 AM PST by detsaoT (Proudly not "dumb as a journalist.")
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I was deeply disturbed by the large number of people who paid to see this trash.
27 posted on 02/28/2006 11:12:36 AM PST by NYCynic
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To: Bon mots

"Slovakia happens to have Europe's largest Gypsy population."

No, there are Gypsies in the East of the country, but Romania has many more then Slovakia could dream of.


28 posted on 02/28/2006 11:17:55 AM PST by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia)
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To: gondramB
"Slovakia is a country?"

Yes, it is a very nice country and the most productive of the new EU entrants.
Bush was here, just one year ago. I stood in the snow to listen to him. It was a great day.

Slovakia is also probably the most religious country in Europe, outside of maybe Italy or Spain.
29 posted on 02/28/2006 11:21:25 AM PST by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia)
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To: AlexW

Very interesting..thank you.


30 posted on 02/28/2006 11:23:30 AM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: Andy from Beaverton
"I'm hoping to visit this village of Bojnice"

It is a nice town and the castle is nice.
It is the only French style castle in Slovakia.
The owner was trying to entice his French lady to come live with him, so he spent 10 years or more, and a lot of money, converting the castle to a French look.
After many years, and a fortune, he did not get the girl, and died while still converting the castle.
31 posted on 02/28/2006 11:25:30 AM PST by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia)
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To: mh8782

"I can see the point of their anger, but you have to set a film somewhere."

The stupid kid movie, EUROTRIP, also took a slam at Slovakia.

I think it is just the name "Slovakia" that causes idiots that do not know geography, to make it a punching bag.

Slovakia is the Geographical center of Europe.


32 posted on 02/28/2006 11:28:32 AM PST by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia)
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To: gondramB
"Hostel makes their country appear dangerous."

I feel safer walking through the center of Bratislava at 1 AM in the morning, then I feel while driving a car through
many parts of Memphis in full daylight.
33 posted on 02/28/2006 11:35:29 AM PST by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia)
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To: AlexW
No, there are Gypsies in the East of the country, but Romania has many more then Slovakia could dream of.

You are right. In strict numbers, Romania has the largest number of Roma, however as a percentage of population, Slovakia has the most (unless you count the former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia).

In terms of percentage of total population, Slovakia and Bulgaria have among the highest concentration of Roma, with 9.75 percent and eight percent, respectively (see Figure 2).

Figure 2. Average Roma Populations in Selected Countries and Their Percentage Ratio to Total Population (2000)

World Bank Map of Roma Populations

Wikipedia Information on Roma People

34 posted on 02/28/2006 11:46:41 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: RightWingAtheist

Sigh. Slovakia? The film "Eurotrip" shows that you can live like a king in Slovakia for less than $1.83. And "Independence Day" shows that a computer virus can not only cross OSs, but also interstellar hardware differences. Hollywood's not known for its authenticity.


35 posted on 02/28/2006 11:48:26 AM PST by Starter
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To: AlexW
Bratislava is a great town! It also seems to have the highest concentration of beautiful women in Europe.

How is the skiing in Stary Smokovec and Tatranska Lomnica this year?

I had too much work to do and couldn't make it this year. :-(
I know that they were hit with a terrible tornado just before ski season at the end of 2005.

I usually take a little side trip to Poprad too. :-)

Viva Slovakia!

36 posted on 02/28/2006 11:50:45 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: Bon mots
"How is the skiing in Stary Smokovec and Tatranska Lomnica this year? "

I do not ski, but the past few weeks has been the big season for winter holiday and skiing.
Ski resorts here get bigger and better each year.

As for gypsies, you stated that Slovakia had the most gypsies, not the highest percentage.
I have not been in the far east of Slovakia, where the largest gypsy population reside, but I do not see so many here in Bratislava.
Remember, Slovakia has only about 5.5 million people.

Statistics do not mean much, but here is one that I found interesting.
Even four years ago, with a population of about 5.5 million people, there were over 3 million mobile (cell) phones.
I do not know what it is today, but you rarely see anyone over 7 years old that does not have one.
37 posted on 02/28/2006 12:11:33 PM PST by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia)
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To: AlexW

Those Slovaks play good hockey too.

"Gaborik flys through the neutral zone, a drop pass for Hossa, back to Visnovsky on the point ... shoots, rebound, Gaborik scores!"

:)


38 posted on 02/28/2006 12:22:54 PM PST by Betis70 (zoom zoom)
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To: RightWingAtheist
Shush - its just Hollywood. Who cares about Dead European White Males? Hey Slovaks, get over it!

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

39 posted on 02/28/2006 12:24:21 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: RightWingAtheist

"But director Roth insists his aim in making the film was not to offend Slovakians but to highlight the ignorance of US cinema-goers. He says, "Americans do not even know that this country exists. My film is not a geographical work but aims to show Americans' ignorance of the world around them." "

So, he wants to assure Slovakians that he was not trying to offend them, only point out how stupid Americans are???

Just so long as he was offending Americans instead of Slovakians, I guess that makes it okay.


40 posted on 02/28/2006 12:30:59 PM PST by antceecee (Reagan Democrat and now a Bush Republican...)
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To: Betis70
"Those Slovaks play good hockey too."

Yes, and Slovakia should have won the gold in the Olympics, but for some reason they choke when playing their brothers in Czech Republic.
I watched the Slovak/Sweden game, and Slovakia was all over the Swedes, 3 zip, but Sweden won the gold in the end.
41 posted on 02/28/2006 12:49:32 PM PST by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia)
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To: antceecee
"Slovakians"

It is "SLOVAK"... Slovak people, Slovak food, Slovak language. NOT "Slovakian"

Just one of my pet heaves :)

Bye the way, for those who are interested in Slovakia, I recommend:
WWW.Slovensko.com

There is also a forum section.
42 posted on 02/28/2006 12:57:18 PM PST by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia)
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To: AlexW

Calm down... thanks for the correction... don't have a heart attack.... : )
Just using the terminology used in the article.


43 posted on 02/28/2006 1:04:57 PM PST by antceecee (Reagan Democrat and now a Bush Republican...)
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To: antceecee
"Calm down... thanks for the correction... don't have a heart attack.... : ) "

Ohhh...I am not upset..
I am use to hearing "Slovakian"
I just like to correct those that use it.

Be sure and check the web site, and for those with interest,
it would be nice to have some new blood on the forum, as long as it is devoted to Slovakia.
44 posted on 02/28/2006 1:11:34 PM PST by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia)
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To: AlexW

Very interesting website.


45 posted on 02/28/2006 1:24:26 PM PST by antceecee (Reagan Democrat and now a Bush Republican...)
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To: RightWingAtheist

Well, dang it. I had my tickets purchased, my bags packed, and my torture instruments nice and shiny-bright. I thought it was a documentary.


46 posted on 02/28/2006 1:31:12 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Junior_G
It immediately came across as the work of somebody who thinks he is much more intelligent than he actually is.

Pretty much describes most of Hollyweird. LOL!!
47 posted on 03/01/2006 4:28:07 AM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Borges

>>Can you imagine how Transylvanians feel?

One of my ex-girlfriends was from Alba Iulia, the capital of Transylvania. She always got a kick out of the vampire movies, mostly because they made that part of Romania look dreary and hideous, when (from photos I've seen) it is actually quite pretty.


48 posted on 03/01/2006 8:12:10 AM PST by Betis70 (zoom zoom)
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To: AlexW

It is interesting that some of my favorite players in the NHL all come from Slovakia.

I think I ought to make an effort to visit someday.


49 posted on 03/01/2006 8:13:41 AM PST by Betis70 (zoom zoom)
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To: micha; Mrs.Nooseman; metmom; phantomworker; Neophyte; Salvation; subatomicdust; antiRepublicrat; ...
Eastern European ping list


FRmail me to be added or removed from this Eastern European ping list

50 posted on 03/07/2006 12:51:30 PM PST by Grzegorz 246
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