Just a Quick Thought

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So. Sony has been hacked. And it’s been officially confirmed that Korea did it. Now a movie we all want to watch, nobody will be able to watch because it made some important people very mad.

It looks like it might be time for another Quick Thought, then, eh? Cuz, what the eff is going on now with this: Team America: World Police screenings canceled.’ Word has been trickling out that other unsavory movies might indeed by banned from future theater screenings permanently in the wake of an unusually bitter cat fight between Korean officials and American comedians/Hollywood executives.

Remember when we (or maybe just a lot of us) thought it was a bit humorous that current Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un made no subtle suggestion that he would be steamed if we released James Franco and Seth Rogen’s latest comedy, The Interview, to the general public? (Or really to anybody I guess?) He declared the film release “an act of war.” It seems the joke’s on us now, and it will be more surprising at this point to see this movie actually opening (maybe not on Christmas as promised) out of some sort of grand marketing ploy that had all of us biting our nails, pulling hair out over the thought of the launch of World War 3. All over a movie.

So, to you, dear readers: are these actions to ban the film(s) from being screened justified? Should these things be seen as more than an entertainment package? Does The Interview in particular cross any boundaries?


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14 thoughts on “Just a Quick Thought

  1. Pingback: Bite Sized Reviews: Bottle Rocket; Hunger; The Signal; The Interview | digitalshortbread

  2. I for one don’t care about Rogen/Franco brand of comedy but at the same time, I don’t like to be told what I can and cannot see, most especially by some nut job dictator! I mean, it’s sad that he could affect the free world in this way, so I think SONY should just distribute the film via VOD if movie theaters refuse to show them. I can’t really blame the theater chain for refusing because who wants to be responsible if something were to happen, y’know, there’s nothing wrong w/ erring on the side of caution. In any case, as you said though, it’s a very strange and disturbing time we live in!

    P.S. On an unrelated note, I’ve got my post on Dalton’s Bond flick up. Remember you said you haven’t seen any of his films? Well I’ve made my case why you should! 😀

    • Oooh, nice Ruth! I’ll mosey on over there and check that out. Yes, I’m dreadfully behind on blogging right now so my apologies on that (and this late reply).

      Addressing this post/the Sony hacks: the whole idea of a Korean dictatorship telling US what we can and cannot watch is annoying in the extreme. That’s putting it mildly really. It’s a gross violation of our basic human rights; not to be restricted or censored or kept under the thumb of one jackass who thinks he ought to own every person he rules over’s head space. It’s ridiculous. I also can’t help thinking that, despite me liking Franco and Rogen together in a movie, The Interview is ultimately not going to be worth all this fuss. It will probably be a mediocre comedy, and I’m about to find out as I’ve just purchased the YouTube download for $6.

  3. No-one can make a judgment about the film until they’ve seen it. That doesn’t stop plenty from doing so of course. It’s a very f**ked up situation, one that Sony hasn’t handled very well. It only has itself to blame regarding the hack from what I’ve digested. The whole thing sets a worrying precedent.

    • You’re right on the Mark. . .Mark. 🙂 Sony hasn’t handled this situation well at all. And aren’t they all going to look a little foolish, now that you can access the full film on YouTube (and I guess VOD)? Maybe this means more cash in their pockets — I’m not sure exactly where this $6 that I’m about to drop on the YT download is going to end up going, but hopefully not in Sony’s executive’s pockets. This whole thing is such a debacle, I hope the film is brilliant because otherwise I don’t think any of this is worth it.

      Of course, Franco and Rogen might have shown a bit of foresight given that the current state of American-Korean politics isn’t exactly good. I guess anything is ripe for comedy, though. 😀

  4. If I was Sony I’d release ‘The Interview’ for free online and make 5 more small indie films for next year all about Kim Jong-Un. Never give into “do it or else” demands, because it sets a horrifying precedent 😦

    We wouldn’t stop watching the Great Dictator just because Hitler wasn’t a big fan.

    I’ll be reviewing Team America World Police this week just for the hell of it 😀

    • Yep. Read your piece and it was more thoughtful than mine for sure. I threw this thing up in a quick emotional outburst in reaction to the news. It’s so insane man!

    • Sony has bowed to more public pressure than anything else. They are in a terrible position right now and I would quite honestly hate to be working for this company from now until. . . how many years it’s going to take for this smoke to clear. This is crazy stuff.

      Personally I think no nation should have autonomy over a fin’s release other than the one releasing it. On that basis, this whole debacle is a bunch of bullshit. It’s a real shame we won’t be treated to what appears to be innocent comedy.

  5. I think this is gross. Sony and Paramount have crippled the freedom of speech and expression. The issue if movie crosses boundaries is irrelevant, caving in to a bunch of Asian nerds is pathetic. And you just know that if Korea had some oil for America to steal the response would be different.

    • It is gross. You’re 100% right. I’m not sure how much I would agree with ‘Asian nerds’ since we don’t really know who we are dealing with here but I can almost assure anyone reading this that this is not an action delivered by the absolute authorities. Perhaps they are hackers being pressured (and simultaneously supported by) Korean dictators; perhaps these are just merely kids in someone’s basement looking to take down a single movie. Perhaps this is just some big farce that is going to eventually leave Sony broke and powerless when everyone finds out how cruel a marketing campaign this has all been. But of all the possibilities, I see #3 being the least likely. Unfortunately.

      I think this just means we can’t make movies about Kim Jong-Un. And quite frankly, I’m not sure why we needed them in the first place. I still would have enjoyed seeing this though.

      • The government said they were from North Korea. Even the president said that caving in was a mistake. Frankly, Sony has stained the company’s name forever, this is just cowardice and greed at worst – they said they won’t be able to release the film on VOD because no VOD companies said they’d do that. They could just leak the movie, but no. It’s all about money, still, even in the face of what they’ve done.

  6. I put up a post on this a few hours ago. I don’t know, but I do think that this entire situation has opened up a lot of questions that need to be talked about.

    • I definitely read your post man and that’s actually what prompted me to put up one of my own. 🙂 Not the utterly outrageous outflow of other impassioned commentary about this disturbing new development. No. I saw what you were proposing and I felt I had to similarly mount a question. This is a very weird time we are existing in right now.

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