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July 10, 2005

Film News of the most depressing sort.

You know, with news like this, death by cancer is starting to look better and better.

Posted by Dan at July 10, 2005 06:30 AM

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First, don't knock Cage. I happen to think he may be remembered long after the rest of his Hollywood generation is forgotten.

Second, Stone is a master filmmaker. He's had some duds (Alexander?) and you can argue about his politics, but he knows how to make movies. I happen to think Nixon is one of the best movies I've ever seen on many, many different levels.

That said, I'm disappointed Cage and Stone are doing this story instead of the story of The Man Who Warned America: The Life and Death of John O'Neill, the FBI's Embattled Counterterror Warrior. Look it up on Amazon.

It's been said that O'Neill (the first guy at the FBI to point out that bin Laden was the most dangerous terrorist) chased bin Laden around the world until bin Laden turned on him and killed him in the WTC on 9/11.

Of course, O'Neill was a complex, juicy, not-always-likeable character. Maybe that's why Hollywood is scared of his story being the face of a big-budget movie about 9/11.

Posted by: Ara at July 10, 2005 09:34 AM

The simple reality that in every branch of law enforcement, intelligence, or the military--or any other government office--there are always those who disagree with the policies of those above them. And it always happens to be the case that those at the top make some mistakes, and some of their underlings turn out to be vindicates. Usually forgotten are the other underlings who had their own pet theories and obsessions which turned out to be wrong.

What I've heard of the O'Neill story also seems to try to blame the scandals of the Clinton administration and the early faltering days of the new Bush administration for the the problem, which is fair to neither administration: Hindsight is always 20/20, and every bureaucrat and government employee is generally convinced that his own department or mission is the most critical in the organization. Most are proven wrong by history, a few proven right.

Constantly looking to point fingers, cast aspersions, and blame people is probably one of the more annoying and counterproductive tendencies of the last few years, IMHO.

Posted by: Dean Esmay at July 10, 2005 10:15 PM

I'd rather pay money to see "Raising Arizona II."

Posted by: Mrs. Popping Culture at July 10, 2005 10:40 PM

This is my question: WHY does such a movie even need to be made?

Posted by: Dan at July 11, 2005 01:02 AM

Isn't it always about money?

Posted by: Brooks at July 11, 2005 09:52 AM

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