Posts Tagged ‘American Sniper’

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Max Blumenthal:

Chris Hedges:

Killing Ragheads for Jesus

“American Sniper,” like the big-budget feature films pumped out in Germany during the Nazi era to exalt deformed values of militarism, racial self-glorification and state violence, is a piece of propaganda, a tawdry commercial for the crimes of empire.

Michael Moore:

Michael Moore pours gas on his ‘American Sniper’ firestorm

“Well, who would know better about hating our troops than those who supported sending them into a senseless war Iraq in the first place? And, for 4,482 of them, a senseless, unnecessary and regrettable death,” he wrote.

“If you supported that invasion, if you voted for George W. Bush and the Republicans and Democrats who backed this war, then you are the ones who have some ‘splainin’ to do. Not me. You.”

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Rolling Stone:

‘American Sniper’ Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize

Sniper is a movie whose politics are so ludicrous and idiotic that under normal circumstances it would be beneath criticism.

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American Sniper and the Savage Problem

Allan Wayne says:

The book begins with Kyle shooting a woman who was holding a grenade. He saw her “blinded by evil” because she wanted to kill marines and did not care if she injured nearby people, or maybe her child. It was his duty to shoot her. So he did. He would not shoot a child, he says.

But for Eastwood, that was not good enough. In the movie, he decides to have the mother give the grenade to her child, and send him on a suicide mission. A mother that hands her child a live grenade must be unspeakably evil. In a split second, Kyle kills them both.

Eastwood magnifies the mother’s evil, and shows that Iraqi are not just textbook or paperback evil; but really really evil. Evil enough to justify the wordsavage.

I would add that there is nothing “evil” about resisting an occupying army. The entire Iraq fiasco is drenched in this ridiculous imperial myth that resisting invaders is the same thing as “terrorism,” which no stretch of the definition can support. Terrorism is political violence directed at CIVILIANS (most of what the US did in Iraq and Afghanistan, by the way), not at an invading army.

Film Review American Sniper

Racist goobers are pumped up for more killing. America is uglier than ever. Thanks, Clint.

American Sniper: anti-Muslim threats skyrocket in wake of film’s release

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee writes to Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood requesting action as threat complaints triple

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…Kyle writes, “I hate the damn savages. I couldn’t give a flying f**k about the Iraqis.”

There’s your fucking hero, Amerika.

Hollywood uses ‘American Sniper’ to destroy history & create myth

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No, you can’t make this shit up. Edward Bernays wrote, in 1928:

“The American motion picture is the greatest unconscious carrier of propaganda in the world today. It is a great distributor for ideas and opinions.  The motion picture can standardize the ideas and habits of a nation.”

My article Propaganda in the Cinema 101 has been read over 1400 times since I posted it here. If you haven’t seen it, then it’s definitely worth considering.

-Your Editor