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Paranoid Anti-Military Movie 'Green Zone' Hailed by Top NY Times Movie Critic
Newsbusters ^ | 3/12/10 | Clay Waters

Posted on 03/15/2010 8:57:08 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta

The New York Times's top movie critic A.O. Scott on Friday reviewed “Green Zone,” a leftist fantasy about the Iraq War starring Matt Damon, in which the U.S. military are the bad guys.

Scott embraced the movie's hard-left politics and fantastical anti-military plot, showcased in the movie's “hero” played by Damon, disillusioned Army officer Roy Miller

Without divulging the paranoid plot points of the narrative, (Damon's character is targeted for assassination by the U.S. military and corrupt government officials) NY Times A.O.Scott vouched for the basic truth of the anti-American story.

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1 posted on 03/15/2010 8:57:09 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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2 posted on 03/15/2010 8:57:54 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I’ll wait until next month to NOT see it in DVD.


3 posted on 03/15/2010 8:59:27 AM PDT by Pavegunner72
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

‘’If you hate America, you’ll love this film.’’


4 posted on 03/15/2010 8:59:59 AM PDT by Lexington Green (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

A.O. Scott - before joining The New York Times, Scott served as book critic for Newsday, and also as a contributor for the The New York Review of Books and Slate magazine.

5 posted on 03/15/2010 9:00:05 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

As I’ve stated on another thread about this movie, Damon may be alive and well, but he and this movie are dead to me. I’ll not watch, rent, or buy anything that he appears in. Ever.


6 posted on 03/15/2010 9:00:25 AM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: kcvl

Yikes...


7 posted on 03/15/2010 9:01:09 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: bcsco
Damon may be alive and well, but he and this movie are dead to me. I’ll not watch, rent, or buy anything that he appears in. Ever.

Let's hope the public agrees. I heard the movie didn't do well.

8 posted on 03/15/2010 9:02:28 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
There used to be a class of men who crept about on their hands and knees in darkened movie theaters sniffing women's shoes.
In my book A.O. Scott falls into the same class of man. Passions unclean beat in his heart. What loathing of his fellow countrymen to produce such tripe.
9 posted on 03/15/2010 9:02:30 AM PDT by Hans
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To: Lexington Green

Exactly...


10 posted on 03/15/2010 9:02:50 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Pavegunner72

Me either...


11 posted on 03/15/2010 9:03:05 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Maybe this is why the movie had a whopping 5 million dollar opener. If the NYTimes recommends it, you can bet it’s anti-American crapola.


12 posted on 03/15/2010 9:04:04 AM PDT by Tarpon ( ...Rude crude socialist Obama depends on ignorance to force his will on people)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Another mentally ill liberal!!!


13 posted on 03/15/2010 9:04:12 AM PDT by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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“Green Zone, which cost $100 million to produce, will turn out to be another Iraq War drama that flops — and flops badly — at the domestic box office.”

http://www.altfg.com/blog/movies-431/weekend-box-office-alice-in-wonderland-remember-me/


14 posted on 03/15/2010 9:05:40 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: kcvl

That picture fairly screams: “alternative lifestyle”.


15 posted on 03/15/2010 9:05:40 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Tarpon

This movie will be a bomb...and damon is strapped to it.

Too bad...sooo sad!


16 posted on 03/15/2010 9:07:23 AM PDT by downtownconservative
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To: kcvl

A. O. Scott is their “top movie critic”? Never heard of him.

And I’m afraid the name’s not memorable enough to stick in my head longer than the time it takes to type this comment.


17 posted on 03/15/2010 9:07:52 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Sergeant Tim

*Ping


18 posted on 03/15/2010 9:08:07 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Yeah...it’s made all of $32 at the box office...lol...


19 posted on 03/15/2010 9:09:32 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Cicero

You probably will. He and Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune just recently started hosting “At The Movies” as the this-time-for-sure (for now) replacements for Ebert and Roeper.


21 posted on 03/15/2010 9:13:06 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

http://www.imdb.com/chart/


22 posted on 03/15/2010 9:17:55 AM PDT by Locomotive Breath
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

AO Scott looks like a sad parasite.

Why isn’t he in Government?


23 posted on 03/15/2010 9:19:46 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Hailed? More like hailed out.


24 posted on 03/15/2010 9:23:43 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Wow. I suspected as much.

I’ve hardly been to the movies in years now. I used to go quite regularly, but not in almost a decade now. There is a growing list of actors who I simply can’t abide, I can’t sit and watch them in anything. Its not so much a boycott as the fact that I simply can’t sit and look at them.

And there is a second problem that movie actors have especially since 911 and the military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many many families have sons, uncles, dads, grandkids serving in the military, serving in combat. When you know what a real marine looks like, when you know what a real soldier looks like, and acts like, its hard to take these Hollywood girlie men seriously as heros.

In another era actors left Hollywood to go and serve in combat, or at the very least behind the lines in some capacity but many actually served in actual combat. These actors went on to be beloved figures right to the end of their lives and whats more they were believable in whatever role they played because behind the role was a real human being with real life lived and it showed in their work.


25 posted on 03/15/2010 9:26:06 AM PDT by marron
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To: bcsco

I thought it was pretty good. It wasn’t pure leftist cant, in my opinion. There are, of course, little spins througout, but I was able to enjoy it none the less.


26 posted on 03/15/2010 9:27:55 AM PDT by Jack Black
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I hope libtard movie critics continue to hail it and give it thumbs up....its like having Jack Squat endorse you as a candidate...it = the kiss of death, especially since the movie flopped at its opening....


27 posted on 03/15/2010 9:36:07 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

$14.5 million in its opening weekend, in wide release. Its budget was approximately $100 million. There’s a very good chance it will never break even, at least until they show it in places like Iran and Venezuela.

Meanwhile, The Blind Side (the pro-family, uplifting Sandra Bullock movie) has made well over $200 million in its run from a $26 million budget. But do you think Hollywood will see those two sets of numbers and get the message? Probably not. They still think they’re smarter than we are.

}:-)4


28 posted on 03/15/2010 9:39:05 AM PDT by Moose4 (Wasting away again in Michaelnifongville.)
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To: brktxpyr

I’m looking forward to missing it at the movies,

And on DVD,

And on cable,

And on late night TV,

etc.


29 posted on 03/15/2010 9:40:01 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Light up the Planet! Use lots of power during "Earth Hour;" Sat. March 27, 8:30 PM.)
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To: kcvl

He looks like a girlie man.


30 posted on 03/15/2010 9:41:31 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation ("And when the Antichrist comes, millions will love him." Remind you of anyone?)
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To: Hans

You, sir, are a poet.


31 posted on 03/15/2010 9:43:31 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: onedoug

ping


32 posted on 03/15/2010 9:45:16 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Ha ha!! The Green Zone made very little $$$ compared to Alice in Wonderland!! Actually the “Green Zone” is more fiction than “Alice”.


33 posted on 03/15/2010 9:56:23 AM PDT by kenmcg (uicl)
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To: Jack Black
I thought it was pretty good. It wasn’t pure leftist cant, in my opinion. There are, of course, little spins througout, but I was able to enjoy it none the less.

What did you like about it?

34 posted on 03/15/2010 10:04:10 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Moose4

I liked The Blind Side too.


35 posted on 03/15/2010 10:05:41 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: cranked

Word of mouth might doom it at the box office.


36 posted on 03/15/2010 10:06:23 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: bcsco

“I’ll not watch, rent, or buy anything that he appears in. Ever.”

Agreed. I never watched anythihng he’s done, never will.


37 posted on 03/15/2010 10:07:36 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: marron
I’ve hardly been to the movies in years now. I used to go quite regularly, but not in almost a decade now.

We have one of those historic theaters nearby that we like to go to. Only one movie plays at a time, and the owner chooses his movies carefully. Right now he's showing 'Blind Side.'

38 posted on 03/15/2010 10:09:48 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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Green zone is bombing. Opening weekend gross just $14.5m, versus $62M for Alice in Wonderland's second weekend.

Movies tend to make most of their gross in the first two weeks. This movie is unlikely to make back production costs.

39 posted on 03/15/2010 10:11:03 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: PapaBear3625

Good


40 posted on 03/15/2010 10:14:17 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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“Green Zone, which cost $100 million to produce, will turn out to be another Iraq War drama that flops — and flops badly — at the domestic box office.”

It's not that Iraq War dramas will always flop -- war dramas that portray the US military negatively will flop.

If they made a movie that had the US being the good guys, and showed the Jihadis as evil, it would make lots of money -- but everybody associated with it would get a death fatwa issued on them.

41 posted on 03/15/2010 10:14:21 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

from the NYSlimes movie critic, in the article:

“it has the rough authority of novelistic truth”

“Novelistic” TRUTH - a fictional invention if I ever heard of one.


42 posted on 03/15/2010 10:14:53 AM PDT by Wuli
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Critics Decry Matt Damon Movie ‘The Green Zone,’ Calling It ‘Anti-American’

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2470206/posts


43 posted on 03/15/2010 10:16:13 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Whenever a screechingly anti-American movie comes out, there are a significant number of liberals who feel that it is their anti-American duty to run out and see it. The first weekend includes that group, which should make the drop-off next week even more significant.


44 posted on 03/15/2010 10:22:11 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Hollywood’s producers, directors, and actors love sedition and treason. Maybe, just maybe, the American public is stopping its support of such nonsense.


45 posted on 03/15/2010 10:32:08 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: dead; AEMILIUS PAULUS

See this movie if you haven't yet.

46 posted on 03/15/2010 10:51:03 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I loved the settings. It was obviously set in Bhagdad, and despite all the news coverage I never really got a feeling for the city until this movie.

I didn’t like the editing much: I’m tired of the jumpy, hand held stuff. Also, a bunch of scenes shot with grainy high speed film, ho hum.

But I think it probably is pretty close to right about the chaos of the time after the war, the different factions in the USA and the different policies they had in mind.

The Judith Miller character was great. It showed her terrible work habits as a reporter. (Point against: the movie makers had her as a WSJ reporter, not the NY Times.)

The Paul Bremmer character seemed arrogant and out of touch, which again strikes me as fair. (Point against: he’s a defense department guy in the film, in real life he was State Department)

The clear implication of the film is that the Bush administration (or people high up in government) lied and KNEW there were no WMDs in Iraq. I have heard this theory expounded by the left endlessly, but I don’t think it holds water. The movie more or less supports that theory, but I think there is still some ambiguity to it.

The scenes of going through the city, the way the regular Army (good guys) and Spec Ops (bad guys) are portrayed in doing their jobs I thought was pretty realistic (having read many books on Iraq, and having a bunch of friends who’ve been there, but not having been there myslef).

Cetainly it is hard to argue that the after-war was the USA’s finest moment, or that many mistakes were not made.

As an upside the CIA was shown in a favorable light. (Still not common in the movies).

All in all I guess I was able to seperate out some of the obvious biases of the filmakers from the overall story and enjoy it as a movie.

(I also saw “Brooklyn’s Finest” and it was a completely dark, ugly picture with absolutely no redeeming value. Everyone, every single important character (and most of the seconcard characters) are corrupt, depraved, angry, violent, racist and confused. I lived in Booklyn for a few years, it has issues, but it’s no where near that horrible. Now THAT is a really over-the-top leftist deconstruction of our culture!)


47 posted on 03/15/2010 11:18:58 AM PDT by Jack Black
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To: Jack Black
The Judith Miller character was great. It showed her terrible work habits as a reporter.

I wonder if anyone asked her about this depiction of her in the movie. She's on FNC Saturdays.

48 posted on 03/15/2010 12:17:56 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: windcliff; bcsco; stylecouncilor; firep0w3r
Damon was in Courage Under Fire (1996), which I liked very much, with Denzell Washington, Meg Ryan...and Ned Vaughn who should really be in alot more stuff.
49 posted on 03/15/2010 12:25:56 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Dr. Scarpetta; windcliff
My wife watched Jud Süß (Jew Süss) which is a 1940 nazi propaganda film produced by Terra Filmkunst over the weekend.

I didn't want to see it. But she commented how American propaganda films such as this Green Zone have made Joseph Goebbels and his boys seem like pikers by comparison.

50 posted on 03/15/2010 12:39:02 PM PDT by onedoug
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