[Marxism] John Pilger: Why bad movies keep coming out — and what to do about it

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Tue Nov 5 00:07:01 MST 2013

As an inveterate film fan, I turn to the listings every week and try not to
lose hope.

I search the guff that often passes for previews, and I queue for a ticket
with that flicker of excitement reminiscent of matinees in art deco
splendour. Once inside, lights down, beer in hand, hope recedes as the
minutes pass. How many times have I done a runner?

There is a cinema I go to that refunds your money if you're out the door
within 20 minutes of the opening titles. The people there have knowing
looks. My personal best is less than five minutes of the awful *Moulin

The other day, I saw *Blue Jasmine*, written and directed by Woody Allen.
The critics' applause was thunderous. “A work of brilliance” ... “Pure
movie-going pleasure ... Smart, sophisticated and hugely enjoyable ...
Brilliantly funny”. One journalist called it a “miracle”.

So I queued for a ticket, even conjuring the wonderful scene from 1975's *Annie
Hall* when Woody Allen, standing in a movie queue, meets his hero, Marshall
Mcluhan: he of “the medium is the message”.

Today, he might as well call up Hans Christian Anderson's parable about a
naked emperor, which applies to his latest “work of brilliance”. By any
fair and reasonable measure, it is crap.


“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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