I’m sitting at home, working on Blood & Glass. I’ve got Acts One and Three all figgered out. Act Two is posing some problems. Still, I know who dies in the end, so it’s just a matter of connecting the gaps.
Sara calls at 12:30 and says she and Noah are going to catch Fahrenheit 9/11 at the Grove and would I like to come? Well, I need to see the film, so of course I say I’ll meet them there.
My reactions? Well, I don’t know that I can offer any insight that hasn’t been expounded upon already, but I think it’s equal parts comedy, farce and tragedy. The film is very carefully scripted, and perhaps because of this, it packs a serious wallop. We’re not gonna get into the question of fact and fiction. The fact checking has already been done. Though there are two or three discrepancies (as pointed out by TIME magazine) the facts are there. Take ’em or leave ’em. What’s at issue for most people (especially those who take the right vs. left approach) is the film’s power to present a potent argument through it’s very specific arangement of those facts.
Well, shucks, welcome to film 101. And yes, I’m extremely sensitive to the potential of the medium. In fact, one of the more disgusting parts of the film was the brief look at the way in which FOX News serves as a mouthpiece for the right. People who complain about the liberal media needn’t worry. They have FOX on their side. (Fox has staged a scary rebuttal to the accusations levied against it.) But whether it’s manipulation or truth, all I can say is this: leave alone the argument that Kerry isn’t going to be any better. Forget the whole “us vs. you” mentality behind the war and the upcoming election. Consider simply that we’ve let George (who only happens to be Republican) have his shot. Things haven’t worked out too well. Let’s give someone else a chance. It couldn’t possibly get any worse.
And in case you’re a Disney fan, consider this: Michael Eisner may have chosen not to distribute the film, but after seeing it, he says he liked it very much. Do what you will with that.
And finally, I’m back at home now. The heat of the day is settling into a deep, warm calm. I’m writing in the fading light, but I think I’m going to take a nap break. Watch The Young Ones. Get some rest. Then I’ll return to Blood & Glass.
Incidentally, it’s Nick who dies in the end.