Sound Destruction: 9/11 ON THE BIGSCREEN?

Thursday, August 25, 2005

9/11 ON THE BIGSCREEN?

According to Entertainment Weekly:

"Hollywood has finally embraced 9/11 as a subject after shying away from it for the past four years. Two major films have been announced in recent weeks — one directed by Oliver Stone and starring Nicolas Cage, the other directed by Paul Greengrass, the Brit who did Bloody Sunday and The Bourne Supremacy. We'd like to know what you think."

Here's how their poll on this subject closed out.

1. Is it exploitive for Hollywood to make 9/11-related movies?
55% - yes
45% - no

2. Is it disrespectful to make a fillm based on the events of Flight 93 — which crashed in a field in Pennsylvania — when no one knows for sure what happened during the flight?
59% - yes
41% - no

3. Are 9/11-themed movies different from other films depicting historical tragedies (the Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, Rwandan genocide)?
68% - yes
32% - no

What are your thoughts about a 9/11 movie? Who would you like to see portray Bush, Rudy, and Osama?

15 Comments:

Blogger Doug said...

I kind of don't mind the 9/11 movie. People can choose to see or not see it.

Osama should be played gay by Daniel Day Lewis
Giuliani should be played straight by Paul Lynde
GWB should be played by Punxatawny Phil.

10:44 AM  
Blogger ruskie said...

GWB should be played by GW Bailey. or Will Ferrel or Frank Caliendo.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

I think Paul Lynde might be dead.

That being said, I can't think of an actor who seems so inept and stupid that he could play W.

I don't mind a 9-11 movie, not sure that I would watch it, though.

We were all watching it the first time around, not too many people were there for Pearl Harbor (my grandfather on my mom's side was, though, he was working there that day) nor did any of us see much in Rwanda.
Pearl Harbor was a horrible movie, I couldn't get through 30 minutes of that crap.

Just watch Fahrenheit 9-11.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Maine said...

I thought Sam Rockwell did a good job playing GWB in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

I've got no beef with a 9/11 movie aside from the fact that it'd likely suck. How good can it be? What about it could possibly be entertaining in a film?

12:18 PM  
Blogger GABRIEL C. ZOLMAN said...

They should do it all Bruckheimer or Michael Bay style, like Armageddon. Then they could play Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" when the plane hits the building.

Is Henry Silva too old to play Dubya? And will we get sinister Darth Vader music when they show Bin Ladin?

Dubya, with light sabre: "It's no use, Osama. I have the high ground!"

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2:00 PM  
Blogger tlm said...

Paul Lynde is very much dead, unfortunately.

And speaking of Lynde, there's a new book about his life that is supposed to be really good.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

I think it's too soon to make a movie of 9/11, personally. There's still information coming to light so it would be nothing more than a work in progress and proper for documenting history.

But, if they were, I think Chris Berman should narrate Bush's activity:

"Rumbin, Bumblin, Stumblin"

Okay, that's probably in poor taste, but you have to admit, it's funny!

I'll let you all know my actor picks later.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

(not proper for documenting history)

4:38 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

If Oliver Stone makes the movie will there be 5 planes?

5:14 PM  
Blogger Chris Woods said...

I will not go see Oliver Stone's movie. I just don't think that Stone can take the appropriate reverance to a movie like this. Plus, its only been 5 years (by the time the movie finally comes out 6 or 7 years) since 9/11, couldn't we wait a bit more? Here's an interesting question, one I don't know the answer to: When was the first WWII movie made after WWII?

5:48 PM  
Blogger GABRIEL C. ZOLMAN said...

They were making WWII movies during WWII--it was part of our propaganda effort, and stuff like that kept people like Reagan and John Wayne out of active duty later on.

I'm surprised they've waited this long, frankly.

And we'll still end up with a frickin' Aerosmith soundtrack, I just know it.

Doug: nice reference, but the umbrella man is suspicious.

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6:29 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

I won't see it frankly we need to stop making movies about this crap and get on with life. I also think Oliver Stone is a crazed man.
This will be propagandized as well if Oliver does it.
I'm just not interested but then again I am not interested in many of the movies they make anyway.

Just make a movie that makes me laugh, or makes me cry; make the shit up it's better that way. Be creative and leave this other stuff alone.


One vote nay.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

tlm, ever hear gilbert gottfried do his paul lynde impression on howard stern?
he went into this thing that Lynde was raging anti-jew and all that.
pretty funny stuff.

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

I'd want William Hyde Pierce (Niles Crane) to play GWB. I know Bush thinks of himself as tough and macho and Niles Crane was a pompous pencilneck, but I think he could convey Dubya's phoniness and cowardice.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

I think it's too early to do a 9/11 movie and hollywood would just be exploiting it for their own monetary gains. Oliver Stone would be the man I would choose to direct the movie though. I don't have any ideas for casting although I think the Imperial March should be played while Cheney is on screen.

12:59 PM  

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