26 November 2012

Crucify Maxwell, Give Spielberg A Break

Was this predictable, or what? You were warned. And I believe I detect a pattern here.


Randy Wade-Lee said...

Maxwell= Lost Cause

Spielberg= Honest Attempt at history.

Get over it.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Maxwell = Honest Attempt at history

Spielberg - Air brushing Lincoln

Get with it.

Johnson Brauts said...

Williams = Confederate apologist

Speilberg = Not a Confederate apologist

No wonder you don't like him

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

JB - actually, I don't know him so I have no personal opinion as to whether or not I "like" him. I do, however, love most of his films. As a matter of fact, I love all the Indiana Jones films and just watched one Sat. night. Obviously, you've not read the related posts. If you had, you'd see that my criticism is not so much about the film, but about academia's hypocrisy.

Anonymous said...

Richard - You've raised a valid point. Everything they said was "wrong" with Maxwell could just as easily be said about Spielberg if not worse.

They crucified Maxwell for using historical speeches as the basis of his dialogue because it didn't sound like the conversations they wanted to hear. But when Spielberg did it, it's "majestic" and "authentic."

I also bet that in a point-by-point comparison of the films on their attention to historical accuracy, Gods and Generals would win by a mile. Why? Because the entire plot of Lincoln is a fictional portrayal of events differently than they actually happened.

Levin is informed enough about some of those events to know that Lincoln has grave historical errors. But he's willing to look past that and play it off as a "minor" discretion of the filmmaker for "artistic" reasons.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Anon - spot on. It's no different than the proclamation issues in the linked/previous posts. They apply two sets of rules and standards - one for their perspective and another for anyone who disagrees with it. To anyone willing to look at how they treated the competing films objectively - as well as the proclamations - it's quite obvious they're as biased, if not more so, than everyone they criticize. Arrogance is a blinding vice. Absolute, naked hypocrisy. These people have zero credibility with me.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

The bottom line is that they don't adhere to the same rules they set for everyone else. Phonies.

BorderRuffian said...

Saw it.

Bored Stiff.

About 12 people in attendance. No applause at the end.

Definitely for the Lincoln Cult/Union Romanticism crowd.

About half way thru the film:

Lincoln slams his hand on a table during a cabinet meeting (members were arguing) and yells- "I've heard enough of this!"

I wanted to yell that too...

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

BR - Thanks for the review. ;o)

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Some of you folks attempting to post comments need to take a moment or two and read the blog rules. You're just wasting your time.