The Good, the Bad, and the Terrorist

Posted: November 9, 2010 in This is a hold up! A link hold up.

I have been reading about this movie, Four Lions, a comedy about terrorists, but this interview with Chris Morris, the filmmaker, got me thinking about two things:

1. Filmmakers have the power to lull an audience into sympathizing with characters they would never sympathize with in real life. Bonnie and Clyde. Mobsters. Dexter. It seems like a healthy thing to be able to sympathize with others, but these aren’t people who movie goers are meeting in their everyday lives. They are fantasy versions. And my ability to sympathize with a fantasy character doesn’t necessarily make me nicer.

 So how does the anti-hero actually serve society? This is a real question. I don’t have any answer.

2. It is so much easier to get media attention for your movie when the subject is “outrageous” or “controversial.” Not so when your movie is “well made” or “insightful.” And you have to take that in to account when you are working from the outside, and every bit of news coverage you can get is worth your first-born child.

Anyhow, a cool interview. Check it out.


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