Sunday, March 7, 2010


This is what war is really like:

War sucks. War is destructive. War chews people up and spits them out like a machine.

Fighting For Life shows this side of war. This film also depicts the incredible progress military medicine has made towards saving the lives of battlefield casualties, and putting them back together via prosthesis and therapy. And they do it without the anti-American, anti-war themes that M*A*S*H or Catch-22 transmitted to the world.

This film is a thousand times more realistic than the fantastic, science-fiction Brave Sierra Hollywood traditionally dishes, such as The Hurt Locker.


HURT LOCKER Producer Nicolas Chartier Barred from Oscar Ceremony

Oscar-nominated The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier will be denied attendance at the 2010 Academy Awards ceremony. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that "should The Hurt Locker be announced as the recipient of the Best Picture award at Sunday’s ceremonies, only three of the picture’s producers will be present for the celebration." The Iraq War drama’s other nominated producers are director Kathryn Bigelow, screenwriter Mark Boal, and Greg Shapiro.

Chartier is being punished "for violating Academy campaigning standards." The producer had recently sent out an e-mail (according to some sources, there were several such e-mails) to various Academy voters and other film industry figures soliciting votes for The Hurt Locker while disparaging its strongest competitor, the blockbuster Avatar, which coincidentally had been directed, written and co-produced by Bigelow’s former husband James Cameron.

This must be some kind of first: a propagandist being punished for sending out propaganda that promotes his own propaganda.

- S.L.


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