3rd May 2006

UNITED 93: High-jacking Hypocrisy

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(Or “If We Don’t See This Movie, Then the Terrorists Have Won!”)

LOOK AT ME!

Q: How does Hollywood respond to the inspiring battle cry of the doomed Flight 93 passenger, Todd Beemer, “Let’s Roll”?

A: By yelling, “Let’s roll… CAMERAS… And quickly shit out a trivial recreation of one of the most tragic days in American history faster than it takes Beemer’s blood to dry!”

I was born and raised in NYC. I have lived through it all. The Son of Sam, Lennon’s assassination, the 1979 Blackout, and the Yankees 2004 choke to the fucking Red Sox. I feel it’s a badge of honor to live through the tragedies of the greatest city on Earth…

So imagine my horror on September 11th, 2001 when I found myself in jolly old England as the Two Towers came crashing down.

Here I was, witnessing an NYC/American tragedy on video, the most dreaded of medium for a 35mm filmmaker [And, as my D.P. of the past few years Brendan Rodham Flynt says, “Digital tape sucks!”].

LOOK AT ME!

When I came back to NYC, everyone would trade war stories about where they were, what they saw, and who they knew that fell with the towers that fateful day. All I could say was, “I watched it on TV.” It was like the day I was in a drug induced coma when President Kennedy was shot. How was I to be part of the tribe of fuckers who, although they had no connection to the victims of 9/11, were in the same city on that day and therefore could proudly tell their pain-by-association stories?Thanks to the Hollywood dream weavers, my prayers have been answered! Through NBC Universal (…OOPS I forgot… and the “I feel your pain” Director of “UNITED 93” Paul Green-Crass.. I mean Greengrass, who is not from Hollywood – because he’s not even American…), we get to vividly relive one of the most tragic days in American history in not 1, but 2 films, mind you (“UNITED 93,” “WORLD TRADE CENTER”). It took 60 years for Michael Bay to film “PEARL HARBOR,” it took 40 years after JFK was shot for “JFK” to get shot, and now just five fucking years for 9/11 to be exploited. This is a self serving film which does nothing to serve the national interest or the world of Art.

LOOK AT ME!

Even the charitable side of “UNITED 93” is disgusting. Universal is giving 10% of the opening week’s gross receipts to the dead peoples’ fund. Rather than donate a flat sum like 5 million dollars, which is nothing by Hollywood standards, NBC Universal’s donation is tied to box office receipts. So, the unfortunate relatives of the more unfortunate dead better get out there and drum up some ticket sales! Talk about cynicism!Universal Pictures (they are owned by G.E. who makes jet engines… perverse product placement perhaps?) hopes to make lots of money from “UNITED 93.”

LOOK AT ME!

America itself, the generation that lived through 9/11 but didn’t actually live through 9/11, now gets to experience all the confusion, terror, fire, and death in an air-conditioned mega-plex. And not only do we get to see the tragedy in glorious 1.85:1 digital projection, we get MUSICAL CUES to tell us when to cry… a booming sound design to tell us that these box cutters are sharp… AND THESE MOTHER FUCKING ASSFUCKS SAY I EXPLOIT!?Maybe I should take a page from the NBC Universal playbook:
10 percent of the first week box office of POULTRYGEIST, once it is theatrically released in the fall of 2006, will go to Chicken Native American Zombie Charities. It is your duty as a concerned American to buy your tickets NOW! If you don’t see POULTRYGEIST in its first week, you are less then a human being.

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  1. 1 On February 22nd, 2007, Christopher Hutchinson said:

    In addition to being an indie filmmaker with no regard for political correctness, I’m also a bit of an armchair conspiracy theorist. In addition to all of the more publicly known conspiracy theories on the subject, one that has been largely overlooked is an episode of the VERY short lived show (an X-Files spinoff) called “The Lone Gunman” (episode 3 or 4 in its first (and last) season), which actually dealt with a terrorist attack, using commercial aircraft, on the WTC buildings, but with a much happier ending, where the attack was averted without loss of life. The episode aired in fall of 2000. The government knew it was a possibility, but did nothing.

    I stand by all of the firefighters and police (and other rescue workers) that lost their lives on 9/11/2001, and still mourn the deaths of the innocents. I still think the government knew (and possibly allowed) the 9/11 attacks (the website http://www.abovetopsecret.com has an entire section devoted to 9/11 theories – good read, even though I feel many ofthe theories are total bullshit – but some seem to hold water).
    I don’t even live in NYC, but still know of several people who lost their lives that day, and also know a few that died (or could have died, if unforseen circumstances hadn’t placed them somewhere other than the Pentagon) in DC that day.

    I know that your post is a rather cynical view of what the AMM did on and after 9/11, but one broadcaster that I feel really deserves credit for what he broadcast that day is Howard Stern. I was listening to him that morning, as the towers came down, and his portrayal was not that of a raunchy morning radio DJ, bur rather that of a horrified New Yorker. His 9/11 broadcast is available on most file sharing communities (LimeWire, Kazaa, etc), and definitely worth a listen. Love him or hate him, he truly became a journalist that day, without regard for censors or what’s acceptable. He broadcast what everyone was thinking, love it or hate it.

    By the way, while you’re reading this, I wanted to add on that I met you at Horrorfind Weekend in Hunt Valley, MD this year, and gave you one of the promotional packets for my upcoming film (I’m sure you received a million of them from other fans as well. Mine was for the Baltimore Zombie Trilogy, and included the script, a 3 page article about the project, and a video CD with the trailer, outtakes reel, and interview with me. I’d love to know what you thought.

    Christopher Hutchinson

  2. 2 On February 22nd, 2007, Walt O'Hara said:

    Lloyd, hi, Walt here—long time Troma fan who has had no reason to bother you until now.

    I just wanted to say how great that 911 Lloyd’s Roid was. Truly magnificent, and I couldn’t agree more.

    We had (still have) CNN playing in our office, live, by fiat. It’s a DOD office. We have to. Recent “live replay of the hour by hour events of 9-11” brought my day of plane dodging all back to me in painful mental detail. Thanks, CNN!

    For the first time in five years, I felt compelled to write it down. It’s here, if you are interested (and “no big thing” if you’re not) http://mrnizz.blogspot.com/2006/09/it-will-never-be-9-12-again.html

    Keep up the good work and keep making movies. You are one of my heroes.

    Walt

  3. 3 On February 22nd, 2007, Walt O'Hara said:

    A Eulogy for a more Innocent Time

    Having watched the national (hell, international) orgy of self-pity, doubt and sorrow that is the 5th anniversary of “The big event” or “the day” or simply “nineleven” nowadays, I can’t help but reflect on how badly we’re departing from reality and engaging in wholesale iconography. Especially with that trite old phrase, “A Hero of 9-11”.

    With your kind forbearance, I’ll deliver up some cold reality, in personalized fashion. This happened to me. It’s a long story, not very funny, not laden with cheap heroics, but it is interesting. I promise you that.

    Besides, as I get older, I feel the need to write some of this down. I will soon forget parts of it, and the amateur historian in me would consider that a sin.

    I am what is called a Beltway Bandit by way of a profession, a techno-slave to the military industrial complex. Not the most exciting existence, but @#$#@ it, they’re educating me and paying my mortgage and feeding my children. I’m going flog that donkey until it stops walking (especially in this economy).

    Five years ago, I played occasional mother hen to a couple of servers, breaking up my week into two days at the Pentagon in the Dungeon, my term for the little-seen lower level of the Pentagram. It’s truly hideous, decorated in Cold War 1950s fashion… Mustard yellow wallpaper (highly textured) that is peeling off in places, like that hotel in the movie Barton Fink. Most of the bigger servers are there) and the rest of my time spent in Crystal City, a cluster of office buildings around National Airport. Nowadays, I go over to the Pentagon about once in a blue moon. And that’s the way I like it.

    Flash to 9/11/2001. I’ll try to maintain real-time tense here, because many things are happening at the same time in the following paragraphs, and I’m starting to fuzz up slightly about how it all fits together. So I will report what I saw, what I know happened, or what people I know and trust have seen.

    I’m on a VRE (Virginia railway Express) train pulling into the station. I fold my paper and toss my coffee cup. I am very late. Harry, the gentleman friend my mother-in-law had taken up with as her beau after my father in law passed away, usually is as punctual as Big Ben. My son, Garrett, is too young for school and Harry and my mother-in-law picked him up to take care of him four days a week. Today of all days possible, Harry has slept in beyond his standard 6AM in the morning, and they don’t get to my house until I am at the point where I could only catch the next to last train from my home station. Since they do this service out of the kindness of their hearts, I say nothing and bundle Garrett into his car seat and drive off to the train station at top speed. I am mildly miffed now, but I will have reason to thank Harry later on today.

    As I step off the train, the most significant terrorist action in recorded history has just transpired, and neither I, nor anyone near me, has the slightest inkling of it. The train was slow coming in to the station, but there has been no announcement about it over the Train’s PA system. I have a cell phone with me (my first) but nobody has called about it. Perhaps some of the passengers around me have been called about it, but there is no indication that something truly monumental has occurred (you couldn’t transmit news services over the phone back then like you can now– or at least not cheaply)

    By now, Building 1 has been burning for almost an hour. My work colleague, Sweeney, has been annihilated when the plane he was traveling on smashed into Building 2. He was at a big jovial (and lengthy) lunch at Don Pablos South of Crystal City the month before. Ironically, I recall having a debate about the notion of “justice versus vengeance” with another colleague during the lunch, which grew rather heated (cuz I’m such a bleeding heart, you see). I don’t recall if he had anything to add to it. Also: My fraternity brother in Building 1 has been killed almost instantly when Sweeney’s plane hit. All this I am ignorant of at this moment, and wouldn’t learn until days or even weeks later.

    Normally I would stop at the little bakery I usually stop at when I go to the Pentagon, buy my usual bigass coffee and sticky bun, and yuck it up for a second with the “barista”. Her son will be graduating from one of those technical ‘academies’ soon and wants a job. I was going to promise to flog his resume for him.

    All that is in disarray. My comfortable morning is now quite rushed.

    I **should** be poking my head into my client’s offices before heading down to the Dungeon for the morning grind. No time for that now. Julian, a co-worker, is already onsite and showing the corporate flag in a different office. I hardly know Julian at all, but the clients like him. His wife is pregnant. They have been trying to have a baby for months now and she hasn’t found out yet and won’t know for certain for a couple more weeks yet.

    It’s **got** to be about 930ish or so.. Maybe later, because the train was slow. I wasn’t looking at my watch, and I have never attempted to synch what I remember up with the published timelines of this event– something tells me I must have delayed a bit, probably to get money out of the bank. Now I’m on a bus that I caught at the Harris building, which is down the street from where my commuter train drops me off. I daydream on the bus a bit, looking at the newspaper. I forget what the headline was for that day.

    My friend Mike, in charge of legacy network operations in the dungeon, is staring with sick dread at the live feed from CNN being piped down to the TV monitors. One of the World Trade Center buildings has just been struck by a jet plane, and it is burning from the inside out. Most of the crew from the Dungeon server room are clustered around the TV monitors. Mike is sipping coffee and staring in numb shock as the events enfold over the television.

    “What’s up? What’s the matter?”
    “Something happen in New York! It’s on the TV!”
    “Well, what?”
    “A plane crash into de World Trade towers”
    (that’s almost a literal translation– the folks that work in server rooms are a colorful bunch)

    Julian is sitting down in a small conference room, somewhere on the 5th floor. I can’t recall exactly where. After all these years, I still can’t navigate the Pentagram easily. He has a staff meeting today, with military, civilian govvies and contractors present. No big deal. There’s no way of knowing what was said, but the topic of discussion has to be pretty obvious in retrospect.

    For the first time that day, I hear about the major terrorist attacks on the WTC towers from overhearing discussion on the bus. I interrupt, probably rudely, wanting to know if it was an accident. I have many NYC friends– my cousin Danny and his wife, my friend Allan R., etc. and it dawns on me that I ** might ** know people that work in the WTC. What building?? The bus moves around the corner of Eads, passing under route 1. I’m totally shocked by the news.

    Down in the server room of the Dungeon, The buzz is already growing on TV that it was a deliberate act… Mike sips his coffee and watch the headlines for a while longer.

    It’s now 940ish, as the bus continues up Army-Navy drive. I talk with some of the other people on the bus, the conversational tone is loud and energized. We wonder how or why this could have happened. We’re incredulous and awe-struck. Many of them arrive early enough to have caught a lot of what had transpired on CNN, and they relay to me the sick sense of helplessness as they watched the monitors:

    “What was THAT? What the Fuck was that?”
    “The plane hit the building..”
    “was that a rerun of earlier?”
    “No, that wasn’t shown… is this new?”

    They are describing how they had just seen THE OTHER plane hit THE OTHER building. It feels so distant, in this bus full of high-tech, sinecured white collar and military commuters, shuttling over to the Pentagon, Yet it easy to sense we are all now very nervous people, with this stuff that is happening far away from here. I feel like my world is crumbling. People being what they are, there is already talk about DC being “hit”.. the White House is evacuating, etc. “Horseshit” thinks I… “We’re small potatoes”

    Mike leans back in his chair, with his feet up, not doing much, just watching the story unfold on CNN. The chair is broken. The server room is very quiet, contrasting to the volume on the TV, which is way high. The TV people are having a field day– rumors of attacks on Washington, a plan is hurtling towards the White House (yes, they said that. I saw it later) or the Capital. Unconfirmed statements of another hijacking, maybe two (I don’t remember the exact sequence of what happened– I wasn’t in front of a TV set at the time).

    A big, deadly Something is heading our way that is going to change things around here forever, and we don’t have the slightest idea.

    I’d like to say I had a grandstand seat for what happened next. In all honesty, I had a crappy seat. We emerge from the tunnel under 395 and proceed up the left hand side of the South Parking lot. At this point, all the security baffles and concrete barriers do not exist. The new bus center hasn’t been built yet. The new visitor center doesn’t exist. At this point, busses go to the bus drop off point on the South Parking side of the Pentagon.

    So we were pointed in the right direction, but much of what happened next was blocked by the bulk of the Pentagon itself. I heard this: “LOOOOOK!” then “OH MY GOD!” and “Oh no!”. Since I was sitting on the far edge of the bus, I leaned over quickly to look out the left window. I saw: a big silvery shape descending at a steep angle from direction of Arlington Ridge. It went behind the edge of the Pentagon and a horribly loud BOOOOOOOOOOOOM! sound could be heard immediately afterward.

    When the impact happened, it wasn’t like what you’d expect. No Star Trek stuff, nobody hurled from their seats where I was. Mike was leaning back in that broken chair and the loud noise totally startled him, causing him to fall backward, spilling hot joe on his shirtfront and to curse like a sailor… F*CK! What was that? We felt the impact in the parking lot, through the bus frame itself, but not like an earthquake.

    Loud sounds aren’t uncommon at the Pentagon. The renovation project, which seems like such a pain in the ass (and would, later, turn out to have saved the lives of several people I know), causes a lot of jackhammering, banging, dropping, cursing, yelling, smashing and such to be audible even down where we are. It’s part of a busy background of noise. Also, the Computer Room that I usually worked in is against the loading dock, and the Pentagon is a very busy building, with lots of loading and unloading noises… bangs, thumps, dumpster lids dropping,
    etc.

    This isn’t like those noises. It is a hugely loud BAAAAAANNNNG-BOOOOOOOOOOOOM, followed by a hissing sound, then lots of secondary smashing noises. The building shudders, but didn’t collapse. Section A collapses, being literally blown into molten magma by all that jet fuel igniting, but I can’t see this. I’m on the other side of the parking lot, and I heard the sound and (as I said) felt a slight impact. Immediately the noise level goes through the roof. I hear it far better outside than I ever could have inside.

    The bus stops. Traffic stops. The driver leans out, we are all craning our necks to get a better look but the angle sucks. There’s a giant (and I mean giant!) fireball arcing above the Pentagon. Very quickly indeed. There’s some screaming around me but I tune it out– I felt, for an absurd second, that a nuclear missile had struck. The driver pulls over to the sidewalk. We all exit in fair reasonably orderly fashion, considering the circumstances.

    Section A is at this point crashing to the ground and a giant dust and smoke cloud rises up. Julian is crushed almost instantaneously. He will never find out about the baby, not in this world.

    I remember hearing a strange alarm going off, one I’ve never heard before, unlike fire drills. People are exiting the Pentagon, but the panic isn’t setting in yet. Even with a huge sound, crash, shake and fire, parts of the building are still very confused and don’t know what’s going on.

    Down in the server room, they hear an alarm, then CNN shows the TV announcement that Pentagon had been hit. The folks in the server room realize,.. “hey, this is US… We’re in a burning building!”

    “Time to leave, maybe…”

    Still, people in the basement are reluctant. There’s a general alarm going off, and they felt the noise and vibration, but nobody knows anything yet. Worse, they don’t know who to call. At this moment, the freight door (which takes up an entire wall) opens up (which is rarely seen unless a big delivery is happening… It’s a huge breach in security). And in pour several of those fat rent-a-cops, brandishing rented authority.

    “OUT! OUT! OUT! FOLLOW US! PICK UP! GO GO GO GO!”

    And so Mike and the server crowd calmly walk out the freight door, onto the loading dock, and leave by a side entrance used for deliveries. In his words: This building was like a rock. We felt it shake, and we heard the noise, but the lights stayed on, and the power didn’t even go out. (all this was told to me weeks later)

    Outside, I hear Fire engine sirens, dimly at first, then lots and lots and lots of them, and helicopters, and engine sounds. A quick response! Thank God. Someone who can take charge. It’s like hell out here. A giant, and I mean GIANT cloud is funneling straight up from the far side of the building, as tall as the
    office buildings in Rosslyn. Helicopters are circling. And coming down Arlington Ridge on Columbia Pike and all directions, a phalanx of volunteer fire departments from all over. Response is damned good. Military Policemen are now armed, with machine guns, moving traffic to a safe zone as far from the flaming side of the building as possible.

    We can still see the fireball, although it’s diminishing, it’s hard to ignore. And the smoke cloud is amazing. I was once saw footage of a Paris air show, in years gone by, when a Soviet airplane of some type crashed. There’s only one substance that makes a cloud like that– jet fuel. This cloud made the Russian plane look diminutive.

    All around me people are wailing helplessly as we get herded under the tunnel under 395. People are covered with a gritty gray ash that is floating in the air like a powder. I had forgotten about all the gray floatie stuff in the air until I heard Greta Susteren’s account yesterday on CNN’s

    Much MUCH later, I talked with someone who was outside when it happened. She saw the plane approach about 30 feet off the ground without wheels down. She saw it hit A wedge and ducked behind a car when the fireball went up. We were oblivious to that, and never saw any bit of the plane after the crash.

    Back to me.

    I’m dazed now. What do I do now? Numbly we watch the fire. My office at Crystal City is a ways away, but it seems like the thing to do is go there. I must have been looking at the fire for more than an hour, since it feels later in the day now. I trudge over to CC. I hate walking a long way in these shoes.. shit!

    I pull into the office… and check in with my boss. They are actually almost overjoyed to see me– one of the nicest compliments I’ve received in a while. I didn’t know, yet, that another friend wouldn’t be walking back from the Pentagon that day, Julian remains unaccounted for. We wouldn’t find out for a day. I call several people I know in New York city, and (thankfully) most of them answer and reassure me they are alive. The phones are not working very well.

    Crystal City, which is right next to the airport (National, now Ronald Reagan) is becoming a police zone. Arlington Cops are crowding the bottom of the off ramp to the airport, turning cars away. One of them brandishes an Uzi theatrically.

    And the little grey floaties are in the air…

    My boss having no objections, I call it a day. The metro line is impossible. The train is not running, so I walk south to Kings Street station in Old Town. My feet hurt now. I take the Yellow line to my mother in laws, and she meets me at Huntington Station to give me a ride home. I finally get through to my wife,
    the Lady Hotspur. She’s hysterical with worry and grief, not having heard from me in a while. I apologize. I had been caught up in the moment.

    My Mom in Law drops me off with Garrett (my son) and we finally end up home.. Lady Hotspur grabs me and holds me for a long while. Silently, I cry in her shoulder a bit, for the first time that day. It’s good to be home. I find that I’m now very, very, very tired… like I can’t keep my eyes open. It’s probably the after effect of no food, lots of adrenaline, and shock. I go to bed, still smelling vaguely of smoke and aviation fuel. I sleep until the next day, never catching the fall of the twin towers on TV, the aftermath, the commentary, the speeches, the demonstrations. It had been a long day.

    The next day I wake up to a call from Captain Aland (now retired) my boss in the Navy. We have a brief conversation.

    “(Nizz’s real name), the word is for non-essential employees to stay home.”
    “Okay, sir.”
    “Consider yourself non-essential today. We’ll pick up the pieces tomorrow.”
    “Thank you, sir.”

    I take the spawn of MrNizz to the park after breakfast. They, too, have the day off. We go to a giant playground area where they laugh and whoop it up. If they wonder about why dad is wearing dark shades on a day like today, or why his hands are shaking so much, they don’t say anything. They have that kind of wisdom.

    Meanwhile, Dad is muttering to himself, again and again.. “Alive. Yessir, Daddy’s alive today…”

    So that’s my 9/11 story. It’s still a painful anniversary for me, I don’t talk about it much, not because I personally witnessed horror (not much, anyway), but because of absent friends– in one of the towers, in the Pentagon, and on one of the planes. In the aftermath, I’ve shaken off a resulting depression that manifested itself as migraines and a feeling of lasitude. I couldn’t watch footage for a long while without getting queasy. It’s better now. One thing that doesn’t go away is my contempt for the way we treat this episode.

    People who died in the Towers, the Pentagon, and elsewhere weren’t heroes. They were victims. Victims of terrorism, plain and simple. Heroism implies choice. The decision to put yourself, your physical safety, on the line. The firefighters who went in when they knew it could be a death sentence, they were heroes. The Cops, the MPs, even those Rent-a-cops at the Pentagon are heroes. Folks like my brother in law, who has to run a burial unit as a collateral duty in the National Guard, and therefore worked body recovery (bagging and tagging) at the Pentagon (while it was still burning in spots) are heroes. Don’t tell him I said that. The SEAL teams and Rangers and SF guys who went to Afghanistan are heroes. The Grunts who fight terrorists EVERY DAMNED DAY are heroes.

    I’m no hero. Nor was Julian, or Mike, or Moose, or Pete, or anybody I knew that died. Given a choice, they’d rather be here drinking a beer and eating Nachos with me at Don Pablos and anybody who complains can shove the heroism bit up their ass. Honor the dead, succor the living. And every one of them would agree with me.

    I might add, I didn’t feel any compunction to leap into the flames and save old ladies or infants or anything. There were professionals doing that. I wanted to do something useful, but there wasn’t much to do. So I went home. And that’s the way it was for about 90% of everyone that was there, and that’s the truth.

    I’ll never forget that day, of course– I remain on the little hill on the far side of the Pentagon South parking lot, watching hordes of office workers, miltary personnel and service workers streaming across the parking lot at top speed with the smoke and grey floaties behind them. Someday, somehow, 9-12 will come again. Thanks for reading.

  4. 4 On March 3rd, 2007, Danny said:

    great dude that movie sucked worse than toxic avenger 3
    what I dont understand is how everyone in america acted to emotional over the world trade centers going down
    I dont live to far from the city and I couldnt care less
    the worst part of that day was nothing good was on tv

    ps. how fucking long was that last assholes essay and who read it all?

  5. 5 On June 17th, 2007, Nick Zbu said:

    What gets me about the two 9/11 movies is that they didn’t really need to be made. Why? Because there isn’t one person out there who didn’t see it happen on television on the day or immediately afterward. To make movies about an event that was filmed from so many angles is absurd. We all saw it. We had a week to see it over and over again. We still see it. If you want to know what happened that day, there is plenty of film to show the reality, brutal and uncut, anywhere you look.

    I doubt anybody needs to see it dramatized.

    Plus, most of the films that did come out have such a narrow focus that it’s hard to really take seriously. Every frame of the film stinks with a mindless Americancentric jingoism that has created a far greater tragedy overseas. Sure, three thousand people died that day. That’s horrible. But how many people have died afterwards because of that day? Does Oliver Stone and Nick Cage telling us the story of two buried men or the United 93 guy telling us the story of a few dozen doomed people really compare to the worldwide havoc we have spread in the names of three thousand people? There are also three and a half thousand dead soldiers and an untold of people dead in the Middle East after we went apeshit….comparatively, it makes 9/11 seem very minor in scope, and makes America look like a nation of hypocrites and liars that don’t have an ounce of sympathy or magnitude of sympathy.

    This whole decade has sucked, but all these movies do is try to lie America into a false sense of reality by making us the terminal victim in some pathetic action film that we pass off as reality. In a weird way, I’m now almost glad these two 9/11 films were made. One day we’ll see them in the same light as ‘Red Nightmare’ and other film relics that history has now made a mockery of. A snapshot of just how fucking stupid America can be when it justifies its bloodlust and lack of direction. But now, these films just make me ill. The America they try to show the ‘heroism’ of is just revisionist history to bandaid the ‘indestructable’ and generally ignorant America that we thought we had. This is no America we ever had, or ever should want.

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