September 08, 2006

"A musical, propulsive pace"

So here's the review from the conservative Liberty Film Festival sponsor, Govindini Murty:

Let me wrap up by saying that what I truly loved about "The Path to 9/11" was the following: the honesty with which it told the story behind 9/11 with all its political ramifications; the epic scope and sweep of the story; the vivid and interesting characters of all nationalities; the great use of international locations; the terrific use of ethnic source music in tying the segments together and giving the miniseries a musical, propulsive pace (often reminding me of the musical quality of such 1940s Warner Brothers classics as "Casablanca" and "The Sea Hawk"); and the outstanding cinematography and editing (the miniseries has a great documentary-realist style that comes from director David Cunninghamıs background as a documentarian). Cyrus Nowrasteh tells me that they had five cameras shooting at all times, which accounts for the great natural moments they caught between the actors, and the swift pace of the storytelling.

And here's one by a professional film reviewer:

It's hard to fathom a brouhaha brewed over such a bore. ABC has received tens of thousands of letters -- including one from Bill Clinton's office -- insisting "Path" is wildly inaccurate and should not air. But ABC still plans to air the two-part movie.

Controversy could boost viewership, except "Path" is the dullest, worst-shot TV movie since ABC's disastrous "Ten Commandments" remake. It substitutes shaky handheld cameras and dumb dialogue for craftsmanship. It could not be more amateurish or poorly constructed unless someone had forgotten to light the sets.

An appalling secondary concern is the tone makes almost every pre-9/11 American look like a fool.

Look, there's a security guard yawning while terrorists plant the 1993 bomb at the World Trade Center. How dare a security guard work while tired.

Oh, hey, there's an airline agent checking in a 9/11 terrorist even though he has a carry-on bag. Stupid airline agents.

Excuse us all, writer Cyrus Nowrasteh and director David L. Cunningham, for not acting like Hitler Youth in the glory days before ordinary Americans knew commercial planes could be turned into missiles.


Govindi Murty thinks it is this film that will be the breakthrough film for conservative movies on ABC.

Please do everything you can to spread the word about this excellent miniseries, so that "The Path to 9/11" gets the highest ratings possible when it airs on September 10 & 11! If this show gets huge ratings, then ABC will be more likely to produce pro-American movies and TV shows in the future! My in-depth review of "The Path to 9/11" is below - when you read it you will understand why Jason and I are so excited about this miniseries!

Yes, it looks like it could really advance the public's taste for good wholesome rightwing crap.

Posted by Mary at September 8, 2006 09:42 PM | The Arts | Technorati links |

Thanks for the hearty laugh. Lots of media venues are talking about 'The path to 911'; none I've seen that protrayed it as a 'mockumentary'. Fake-umentary, Crock-umentary, but none that ridiculed it so well as bad cinema. Now, I'm glad about seeing again "Team America, World Police" last week. "Americaaaa, fuck yeah".

Posted by: Wells at September 9, 2006 12:22 AM

It appears as if the push by the ex-Clintonites and the blogosphere to fix the tv movie will succeed. Nevertheless I'm pessimistic about the larger success of this effort to actually prevent the right-wing spin machine from framing it as yet another example of P.C. gone amuck, and with the result being large numbers of ordinary folks coming away from this whole mess with the sense that it was the "liberals" at fault, who succeeded in bullying ABC, etc.

Posted by: Jonathan Versen('hugo zoom") at September 9, 2006 01:23 AM

You could add that newspaper review gave it 0 out of 4 stars.

I was hoping the last minute protests would cause ABC to reconsider airing this but it doesn't look like it.

Of course, Scaife, Horowitz and a radical Christian group were the creators of the fake drama.

Posted by: Easter Lemming at September 9, 2006 02:30 AM

9/11 dramas haven't been doing well at the box office. My suspicion, conservative hopes to the contrary, is that the public avoidance of/aversion to entertainments made from those terrible events demonstrated so far will apply in this case too. Despite the controversy.

I certainly won't be watching.

But I will be curious to see how much of an audience it brings in -- and how indistinguishable that audience turn out to be from the elderly devotees of FOX News and Limbaugh. My hunch is that those who are most interested in watching are people who already share the writer & director's political prejudices, and who long ago heard, and will always unshakeably believe, the dramatized lies about Berger, Albright & Clinton.

Posted by: esmense at September 9, 2006 01:37 PM