Monday, January 28, 2008

It's the little things....

I had wondered, a bit, at the fuss being made over the new movie "There Will be Blood".

It stars Daniel Day Lewis, a striking actor who, like Heath Ledger, seems to be completely different in each role he takes. He won an Oscar for "My Left Foot" and has been nominated twice more.

Lewis is quoted in this interview as having dedicated his performance to Ledger in this new film.

That scene in the trailer at the end of the film is as moving as anything I think I've ever seen", says Lewis of the Ledger role in Brokeback Mountain.

Okay. Take that in, for a second. In a world full of real life drama and human nobility, of redemption and salvation and rescue and all the wonderful things people do for each other amidst tragedies, a scene from Brokeback Mountain-- FICTION-- is the most moving thing ever seen by Daniel Day Lewis.

Forget about the sycophantic smooching of gay rights groups in that movie-- even the smooching being given them by DDL in this 'dedication'-- and think about the blinkered and tortured view of humanity and of the world which is held by this eclectic actor, if his own statement is to be taken as true.

It's these little things that jump out at me, now that I'm attuned to them.

Things like the original reason for writing this post; that is, the plot and story of the new movie, "There Will be Blood".

It's about an evil and ruthless Texas oilman.

So the immensely talented Daniel Day Lewis goes on the list. In a world filled with evil and murderous people vying for power literally over life and death for helpless populations in a hundred nations, in a world full of dictators who've killed millions and who have billions in Swiss bank accounts, in a world where gays are tortured and executed just for being gay, the bad guy for Hollywood is-- George H. W. Bush and his evil son, by fictional proxy. Oh, and Halliburton.

Cruise, Sarandon, the entire list of the Film Actors Guild from Team America-- now add Daniel Day Lewis to the list of people whose movies I simply do not pay to see.

Bono, Springsteen, Mellencamp, all are artists whose records I will never buy. Same reason. And it's a damn shame, because I LIKED Mellencamp and Springsteen. But "Jena, Take Your Nooses Down" is an exercise in self-congratulatory moral fingerwagging over an almost entirely fictional narrative! Like Reagan said, it's not that they don't know anything, it's that they know so much that just isn't so.

They try to sell me records or concert tickets or movie tickets, and in their records and concerts and movies they tell me I'm evil, or stupid, or the cause of the worlds' problems.

Yeah, it's hard to resist, but I manage. :-)

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