Monday, January 21, 2008

No One Here Gets Out Alive

The Soft Charade


Oliver Stone has set his sights on his next directing project, "Bush," a film focusing on the life and presidency of George W. Bush, and attached Josh Brolin to play the title role.
"It's a behind-the-scenes approach, similar to 'Nixon,' to give a sense of what it's like to be in his skin," Stone told Daily Variety. "But if 'Nixon' was a symphony, this is more like a chamber piece, and not as dark in tone. People have turned my political ideas into a cliche, but that is superficial. I'm a dramatist who is interested in people, and I have empathy for Bush as a human being, much the same as I did for Castro, Nixon, Jim Morrison, Jim Garrison and Alexander the Great."

You know, this 'sympathetic film portrait' sort of business might be a bit more believable if we all hadn't been forced to perform as suffering extras in Bush's personal home movie for the last 7 years and change.

By golly, the old suspension of reality just ain't what it useta be...and why, pray tell?

Because Bush is the American nightmare made manifest and writ large on the face of the nation...Imperialist designs on permanent power, haughty ignorance flaunted freely, inflated senses of personal entitlement, schismatic religious delusions, massive blind spots easily exploited by crafty courtiers, overweening greed, rampant partisan political zealotry, and pathologies of untreated addictions bubbling under the very model of a sociopathic class warrior all slaughterhouse juicy and marbled with fatty corruption...Not exactly fertile ground for a Jimmy Stewart or Denzil Washington 'everyman' treatment, or a flawed tragic hero a la Montgomery Clift or Russell Crowe, I'm inclined to say.

Of course, if one was angling to shoot a big budget Leni Riefenstahl-style hagiography, well the time is ripe, sir...With less than a year left on the ticker and no guarantee of safety or shelter for anyone, the viewing public needs an usher to help find their assigned seats in this theater of the absurd, don't they?

Is everybody in?