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Fatwah / movies / August 13, 2012

Published in today’s edition of NSFW Corp:

It’s been a few hours since I stormed out of the Georgetown AMC Loews cineplex. I went there to see “The Campaign”, the new Zach Galifianakis “comedy” that just opened, and I lasted almost an hour in my seat before throwing my popcorn and bolting the theater.

“The Campaign” isn’t the worst — as in terrifying scary shit-bad worst — film I’ve seen since moving back to the Free World a few years ago. That honor would have to go to “Sex and the City 2”. I lasted about 40 minutes through that film, telling myself the whole time, “If Pat Tillman could face terrorists, you can face Sex and the City 2, Ames!” over and over. Until it finally dawned on me: “Pat Tillman had it easy compared to this! Kandahar is like Club Med compared to Sex and the City 2!” and I ran screaming.

“The Campaign” is a different kettle of fish puke. There’s a weirdly unfunny flatness permeating the entire film: flat writing, flat jokes, flat directing, and above all, Zach Galifianakis’ non-presence, a flatness so flat it’s like convex comedy…

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  • 1. Curbie Chris  |  August 19th, 2012 at 5:05 am

    @48 + @49

    I wholeheartedly agree. I have had this discussion about the social and political impact JS and Daily Show has on U.S. culture with persons in “real” life and I refused to accept the “he’s just an entertainer” argument. The Daily Show machine does have an impact. That impact is very detrimental. It creates apathy in a time where activism is most needed.

    BUT!

    I don’t know. It would be a very tricky situation. It’s very hard to hold entertainers and/or artists accountable for their political views. I have had a few conversations with folks about Dali and his political views. They did not care one bit if he was a fascist. “He was a great artist”…
    They didn’t even flinch when i suggested he was a fascist. Strange, eh? I guess talent trumps all.

    Another good example of this would be how people view Roman Polanski. This is beyond politics. People will look past the fact that hes a pedofile because they believe he makes beautiful movies. Maybe he would have been shunned if it was a boy instead of a 13 year old girl. Maybe…

    Back to Stewart… I guess i shouldn’t have said making a profile for him would be counter-productive. I thought that article about the “”Rally to Restore Sanity” was very important and needed to be said.
    … I guess all I am saying… it would be tough to convince readers he’s actually a threat because of his profession and because he’s good at making people laugh.

    I am well aware thats a cop out… no AEC needed.

  • 2. Dr Sanchez  |  August 19th, 2012 at 10:24 am

    @51 Southpark is also good at making people laugh but the political compass of the show is completely fucked. The difference is that lefties can smell the ‘centrist’ douchery of SP, but have a harder time with Stewart.

    Bill “Vietnam was a necessary war” Maher would be another good target…

  • 3. Ozinator  |  August 19th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    @52

    Maher is a trickier one, you’re right! He never got down on his knees with fellow begger Moore to beg Nader for forgiveness, yet he scolds Obama for not being tough. As if Obama is scared and would really like to help.

  • 4. Ed  |  August 19th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Bill Maher’s already hated by conservatives.

    Who or what is he a propaganda shill for? Even that ex-writer who demonized Jon Stewart praised Maher to the moon.

  • 5. Cum  |  August 20th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    @51: I have that Dali argument with my gf all the time, it feels wrong when she hangs Dali and Picasso facing each other. Then again if a Red Jew like myself can spend days playing virtual genocide in the fascist training simulator Call of Duty with the future school shooters of America and other neonazis, I should be able to handle a little hypocrisy on her part.

  • 6. NOTAROOKIE  |  March 11th, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    How can you compare Pat Tillman to this. You are a fucking idiot.


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