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Word for Word

Movie reviews add political views

By RICK GERSHMAN
Published November 4, 2005


The popular Web site RottenTomatoes.com - it claims 5.4-million readers per month - compiles film reviews from print, broadcast and online reviewers across the nation, including Roger Ebert and Leonard Maltin.

Though many of the site's reviewers are not household names, they must meet substantive criteria to be included. One such contributor is Fiore Mastracci, a staff writer for the Boston-based Web magazine n:zone (www.atnzone.com) which boasts 35,000-plus page views a day. He is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which includes such nationally known critics as Joel Siegel, Michael Medved and Jeffrey Lyons.

Mastracci's reviews appear regularly on Rotten Tomatoes. Though political commentary is not entirely unknown in film criticism, it appears rather key to Mastracci's work. Some examples follow.

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Excerpted from Mastracci's review of The Legend of Zorro:

Zorro's act is now a family affair involving both the (Mrs.) and the son, and naturally, the man has to appear as impotent as possible. Why else would Zorro be unmasked in front of his clan?

It smacks of the ploy used in The Incredibles. Destroy the male authority figure in the scheme of the family and demonstrate the necessity of mother and child. This is the model the welfare state is based upon.

K-19: The Widowmaker:

The producers of this film, Kathryn Bigelow and Christine Whitaker, attempt to evoke from viewers, commiseration for the people who sought our annihilation. The only logical reason is they are both socialists who are entrenched in the "hate America first" gang. If this is the type of propaganda women producers spew, better they are banned from the industry.

Hidalgo:

Anyone who rides, or just loves horses, will get a hoot out of Hidalgo. The rest of us will have to suffer through more of the anti-American socialism we've come to expect from the Disney family under the guidance and tutelage of Michael Eisner.

Only Eisner would have the gall to release a movie that elevates the Mid-Eastern culture when America is currently at war with that culture.

The Chronicles of Riddick:

(N)o one should have a difficult time equating the Necromancer religion with the religion of Islam. ... It remains an interesting concept in Tinsel Town that any religion can be mentioned, or even glorified on film, so long as its not Christian.

War of the Worlds:

(The producers) offer a "contemporary" telling ... displacing the characterizations and plot lines with elements more attuned to the liberal left-wing mentality that feeds on Tinsel Town like a cancer.

There is no religion in this version ... (T)he church building is the first destroyed, and no one prays to anything thereafter. Hollywood in the zeroes. No faith, no God, no religion, unless, of course, it's a minority religion, then it has to be exalted.

King Arthur:

Who else but the fine socialists and John Kerry supporters at Disney could offer this drivel and bill it as the newest archeologically proven tale of King Arthur!

Clive Owen ... is actually enjoyable, though his Arthur is the embodiment of the Communist working-class hero.

Antoine Fuqua directs this legendary bastardization. ... Perhaps black directors do not relate well to tales about white, European heroes.

The Day After Tomorrow:

In a politically charged year ... when liberals have turned so far to the socialist left they can be accurately accused of giving aid and comfort to the enemy during this time of war, perhaps no movie ... is more controversial than The Day After Tomorrow.

Cold Mountain:

Most of the men are portrayed as loathsome, while the women are heroic. The single parent family is exalted, while the traditional family is doomed for horrible death. Nothing could be, nor should be, further from the truth, yet (the filmmakers are) somehow compelled to force this left-wing left-coast dribble down our throats.

The women are bound to love Cold Mountain. While not a total "chick flick," it does have the most cornball ending; one only a woman could love, or accept.

Be Cool:

Playing this part (a gay man) will certainly help the Rock's career with the leftist vanguard of Hollywood, but it will kill his image.

Too many of the Rock's fans will not be pleased with this character. It's not for the little kids; heaven knows Hollywood loves to force-feed homosexuality to them. Its better not to let them see the Rock in this role.

Anchorman:

Will Ferrell has yet to do anything remotely funny and Anchorman will not change his M.O. ... I can see why this movie was so lauded in Tinsel Town; it stereotypes men as Neanderthals and women as intellectual victims, and it takes a high cheap shot at the Bush administration during the final reel. Two items sure to please any socialist leftist from, and living in, La-La Land.

The Woodsman:

Anyone who regularly reads my reviews knows I am not a fan of women directors, producers or writers in Hollywood. They tend to be too introspective, especially in gender thematic scripts.

I'm not sure what personal demons (co-writer and director Nicole Kassell) brought to this work, but the lady needs to realize all men do not harbor secret desires to have sex with little girls. Her message is anti-male, in keeping with the feminist religion.

- Word for Word is an occasional feature excerpting passages of interest from books, magazines, Web sites and other sources. The text may be edited for space but the original spelling, grammar and punctuation are unchanged.

[Last modified November 4, 2005, 08:49:36]


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