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Tuesday, December 13, 2005



Just saw Joe Dante's "Homecoming" on a promotional DVD (thanks, Gersh Agency!) It's really funny, very angry, and the most direct movie about the Iraq war yet. If you haven't seen it or read about it, the premise is that a political consultant, booked on the same talk show as a Cindy Sheehan-type mother, tells her "If I had one wish . . . I would wish for your son to come back," so he could assure the country of the importance of the war. Well, he gets his wish; all the Iraq dead come back, and demand to vote against the incumbent president who sent them to their graves. There are a lot of nice little touches: the first zombies rise from their flag-draped coffins at Dover Air Force Base, and the two soldiers on duty split up because they're trying to stop a journalist from taking photographs of the coffins. Highly, highly recommend watching this as soon as it's available (which is right now, if you have Showtime). The last shot is fantastic.

On a more serious note, Syriana is also very good if you're willing to pay close attention. It seems to be getting a lot of heat from the right, but the fact is, it's not a particularly leftist film. Like Traffic, it's more of a "what a big goddamned mess we've made" movie. Oh, and while I'm at it, I can't recommend Capote too highly.


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