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james s keyrissg <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 19 Jul 1994 22:32:04 -0600
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On Tue, 19 Jul 1994, John Masterson wrote:
> There's a little revisionism going on here. It's perfectly all right to
> enjoy a film and still not be blind to its political content.
Alright, already!  I've been lurking on this pol/apol thing and can't
hold back any longer.  Personally, I can't understand why someone would
want to see "True Lies", or "The Flintstones", or "Jurassic Park", or "4
Weddings and A Funeral", or "The Lion King", or any other "mainstream"
movie coming out these days.  I saw Susan Sarandon on Letterman last
night and I'm sitting there wondering why this intelligent woman has to
appear on this show to promote "The Client".  To me, something is
definitely wrong here.
But that's not what I want to talk about.  Many of us have written till
we're blue in the fingers over the place of politics in today's feature
films, and whether films are intended to simply entertain, etc.  I don't
think Denise Bryson and I would agree on these issues, and that's fine.
My question is whether another list exists where overly politically
correct people, like myself, could hang out and flagellate ourselves and
others over the role film has in enslaving, diminishing, and perverting
the human population.  Nah, that'd be too boring, even for me.
How about a list where people just ignore "True Lies" altogether, where
we can rant and rave about "Go Fish" and "Time Indefinite" and other
"small" "independent" films?
If such a group exists, please direct me to it, and I can stop seeing
messages entitled "Re: [7456] True Lies".  If such a group does not
exist, maybe I need to learn more about creating a listserv.
This message is not intended to make anybody feel bad for liking "True
Lies", it is simply saying that their is a paradigmatic
incommensurability working here that makes dialogue on the subject just
about impossible.  So, let's Balkanize, if we haven't already, and call the
whole war off.
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