Video: Brian De Palma salutes the truth-speakin’ bravery of Brian De Palma

posted at 11:01 pm on September 4, 2007 by Allahpundit

“The right-wing is going to come at this film,” he warns hopes, almost speechless at the prospect of the publicity and free-speech martyrdom he’s pining for. True enough; if anyone’s going to object to a movie that reduces what U.S. troops are “really” doing in Iraq to the rape and murder of a teenaged girl whose main assailant is facing lethal injection, it’s not going to be the left. What’s most loathsome is the air of self-congratulation at his own alleged bravery in exposing troop atrocities, notwithstanding the saturation coverage of Haditha last summer. The left loves the idea of itself as the Resistance, forever romantically in peril for daring to follow its conscience and confront its oppressors; the fact that this turd is holding himself out as courageous in the context of criticizing American soldiers, of all people, is simply precious in its absurdity.

Fully 20 years now without a truly good film to his credit, by the way. I’m mildly optimistic about this one; let’s hope he can get through it without ripping off Hitchcock or Eisenstein. Click the image to watch.

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Bipedal swine.

Bad Candy on September 4, 2007 at 11:07 PM

Mark Cuban is supposedly distancing himself some from DePalma

http://www.libertyfilmfestival.com/libertas/?p=6423#comments

jp on September 4, 2007 at 11:07 PM

Heh – “simplistic and unrealistic” – an early quote from some critics – quoted by the Beeb reporter. Truly he believes he has a god-like quality to amaze and inform us. Little does a self-deluded person such as Brian De Palma realize the vast number of trolls he merely follows in the footsteps of. I see that liberal group-think hasn’t lost its strength in Hollyweird. Some things never change.

thedecider on September 4, 2007 at 11:09 PM

Why would Cuban back off? Isn’t he funding the Truther scumbags too?

Bad Candy on September 4, 2007 at 11:09 PM

jp on September 4, 2007 at 11:07 PM

Bill O read a response from Cuban on his show tonight. I didn’t gather Mark was distancing himself from it, but actually leaning toward how it supports the troops. It will be interesting to see the fall-out of this. De Palma has apparently become Michael Moore’s biggest fan.

thedecider on September 4, 2007 at 11:13 PM

Cuban is a complete idiot

jp on September 4, 2007 at 11:13 PM

thedecider on September 4, 2007 at 11:13 PM

the Liberatas blog post on it, is claiming he’s distancing himself from De Palma because of that statement, which is contradicting what De Palma has said about the film.

jp on September 4, 2007 at 11:15 PM

Maybe De Palma is just upset that his birthday has been forever overshadowed by a mere law enforcement problem by a few criminals. The criminals being Bush and company, of course.

What a paranoid ‘tard.

Wineaholic on September 4, 2007 at 11:17 PM

Brian De Palma. The name sounds kinda familiar but I can’t place it.

jaime on September 4, 2007 at 11:17 PM

Fully 20 years now without a truly good film to his credit, by the way.

He is no auteur.

All he knows how to do is copy Hitchcock and Eisenstein.

One’s only pleasure in watching his movies is to impress your date while watching the Untouchables, “This is a very good recreation of the Odessa steps sequence from the Battleship Potemkim.”

slp on September 4, 2007 at 11:17 PM

Scummy even down to how he frames it. The troops are grunting and yelling, then kick down the door. As they kick it down, he has the Iraqi woman behind it, as if she was about to answer it. The troop then yells at her, and she’s all terrified with her hands in the air.

I wonder if he ever points out why they do the house-to-house raids. You know, like looking for weapons the terrorists use to blow their @sses up?

amerpundit on September 4, 2007 at 11:20 PM

I think it should be permissible, as a token of opinion, to spit in De Palma’s face.

BL@KBIRD on September 4, 2007 at 11:20 PM

What’s most loathsome is the air of self-congratulation at his own alleged bravery in exposing troop atrocities…The left loves the idea of itself as the Resistance, forever romantically in peril for daring to follow its conscience and confront its oppressors

Isn’t that the friggin’ truth. Clooney and his ‘courage’ speech, for example. Granted when you are cast continually as a hero in various stories (or create/film said stores) and you invest emotionally and chronologically in that fantasy, it is going to increase the difficulty not having that fantasy bleed over into reality.

Spirit of 1776 on September 4, 2007 at 11:24 PM

jp on September 4, 2007 at 11:15 PM

I just checked out your link. Try as he might, his money is funding this POS film, and his hands are dirty. Let’s never – EVER – remember Mark Cuban without recalling how he funded an anti-American, anti-military film. Sorry, but you don’t become that wealthy without something between your ears, and he reeks of culpability no matter what claims he makes after the fact.

thedecider on September 4, 2007 at 11:24 PM

let’s hope he can get through it without ripping off…Eisenstein.

I don’t think Lenfilm had quite as much of a left wing tilt as Hollywood.

Nosferightu on September 4, 2007 at 11:27 PM

Since this and the whole pack of anti-American films are about to hit the theaters in a short period of time, it will be interesting to see how they do. I hope they all bomb. Unfortunately, I’m sure they can make plenty of money just from the Blue states alone, not to mention the overseas market.

Nosferightu on September 4, 2007 at 11:31 PM

Let me guess:

1 part “Z”
1 part “Paths of Glory”
1 part “Full Metal Jacket”
1 part “Seven Days in May”
1 part “The Man Who Knew Too Much”
1 part “Dr. Strangelove: or how I…”

and no parts brains.

Aiding and abetting those who would love to give him and his ilk a Theo Van Gogh haircut.

And slandering those trying to save his sorry ass.

He’s about as much The Resistance as Vichy France was The Legitimate Government.

profitsbeard on September 4, 2007 at 11:33 PM

I liked The Untouchables.

Pam on September 4, 2007 at 11:38 PM

Where oh where would we be without these enlightened scum sucking sacks? Thankfully these people living in their little bubbles can show people, living in the real world, how to think and act. No, wait, acting is what they do.

oakpack on September 4, 2007 at 11:45 PM

I’m sure the Hollywood crowd will shower him in awards for his “bravery”. He’ll probably win an Oscar.

Other than that … these people show their true selves more and more as each days passes.

darwin on September 4, 2007 at 11:48 PM

thedecider on September 4, 2007 at 11:24 PM

I agree, I just turned to his HDNET channel and see Dan Rather’s disgraced face on “Dan Rather Reports”.

let’s see, Mark Cuban says he’s ‘not a democrat or republican’ and ‘doesn’t have an opinion on the war’.

Yet, he rehires Dan Rather to do far-Left ‘news’ shows(a couple weeks ago he had a long piece on the 2000 election ballots/conspiracy)…

He is distributing Loose Change

and..now this piece of garbage from De Palma.

Its scary to think someone this nuts could be worth a Billion dollars and is young.

jp on September 4, 2007 at 11:54 PM

Fully 20 years now without a truly good film to his credit

They guy is a lowlife, but I did like Raising Caine (1992).

JayHaw Phrenzie on September 4, 2007 at 11:59 PM

Its scary to think someone this nuts could be worth a Billion dollars and is young.
jp on September 4, 2007 at 11:54 PM

Yeah, well, Soros is getting old and the looney-left will need a replacement soon. Looks like we have a contender-in-waiting.

thedecider on September 4, 2007 at 11:59 PM

Vid too slow to load over at Breitbart (Allahlanche?) But I took a peek at the comments – at least up until now, it sounds like one of our threads. Bunch of good folks over there.

My take, without seeing the clip: I’ll know a truly brave director when he or she comes out with an unabashedly pro-America, pro-military film, with no publicly leftist actors in it. That would be truly “revolutionary”.

RushBaby on September 5, 2007 at 12:20 AM

Fully 20 years now without a truly good film to his credit

Carlito’s Way? C’mon, that was good.

SouthernDem on September 5, 2007 at 12:25 AM

BTW, does anybody know of any right-wing billionaires? How come money from above always seems to be tainted by left-wing politics? Does becoming rich make one feel guilty about being a capitalist, about being an American, about being a white westerner? Is their leftism a form of subconscious auto-penitence for being rich?

And if there are any right-wing billionaires, how come they don’t use their money and influence in this great fight?

jihadwatcher on September 5, 2007 at 12:32 AM

jihadwatcher on September 5, 2007 at 12:32 AM

I don’t think it’s anything quite so noble as misplaced guilt, since that would require a sense of shame. It’s more likely that they feel superior. It is assumed that any yahoo can be patriotic, but only the truly sophisticated can be anti-patriotic. That shows a greater worldliness.

Also, these captains of industry believe they should be running everything, which squares with the leftist desire to tell everyone what to do.

To put succinctly: They’re bastards.

Nosferightu on September 5, 2007 at 12:40 AM

Fully 20 years now without a truly good film to his credit, by the way.

Ugh, The Black Dahlia was the worst movie ever.

I’m ashamed to live in the same state as these Hollywood traitors. If this were the 1940s their hero FDR would have thrown the lot of them in a military stockade for treason.

infidel4life on September 5, 2007 at 12:45 AM

“The Right-Wing”

When I hear that term uttered by a lefty traitor, I automatically mentally replace it with “people of common-sense and patriotism.”

It makes what they really mean a whole lot clearer.

infidel4life on September 5, 2007 at 12:53 AM

How come money from above always seems to be tainted by left-wing politics? Does becoming rich make one feel guilty about being a capitalist, about being an American, about being a white westerner? Is their leftism a form of subconscious auto-penitence for being rich?
jihadwatcher on September 5, 2007 at 12:32 AM

Exactly right. Eat up with guilt and inferiority. And they want the rest of us to share in that guilt, whether we want to or not.

It never ceases to amaze me that it’s taken as gospel that we are supposed to listen and agree with hypocritical moral platitudes from people whose success depends upon how well they can lie. I’ve never understood why that should be so.

techno_barbarian on September 5, 2007 at 12:56 AM

Brian De Palma is a jerk. He’s going to paint the entire American Military as a bunch of monsters based on the actions of four crooked soldiers. You all know what’s going to happen now. The terrorists will point to Brian De Palma’s film and go “See! The American’s are evil”! After this film is released, you will see terrorist attacks across the world. Just wait and see.

I see that Mark Cuban is financing this project. He’s the same man who financed the 9/11 conspiracy movie “Loose Change”. What’s the deal with Mark Cuban? Does he hate America or something?

SoulGlo on September 5, 2007 at 1:02 AM

Wonder if Brian’ll have Al get his scar committing rape.

He has that theme-thing going.

Still – how much can you trust this guy if he couldn’t keep track of Sean Connery’s collar?

yo on September 5, 2007 at 1:12 AM

Excuse me if I’m bit skeptical of an ethics lesson coming from the dude who made Scarface.

It’s kind of like Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake…. I can’t read a single post from that chick without picturing a big red “I PRODUCED NATURAL BORN KILLERS” stamped across it.

John from OPFOR on September 5, 2007 at 1:18 AM

Hey, this is kinda off topic, but not really since it involves fighting back against liberal idiocy and arrogance.

I was just reading some of the HA newslinks and explored a tangent link from one of them about a strong Conservative Brit woman entitled, Widdecombe wages war on the ‘liberal tyranny ruining Britain’.

It’s an encouraging read. We need a lot more of her kind of outspoken pragmatism here in America. A taste:

“It is the liberal dictatorship,” says Widdecombe angrily. “Most of our social ills are down to loss of authority; in schools, by the police, in the home, in organised religion.

“There is a slow descent into anarchy. We are in moral anarchy. In some estates it is already there. To change things, you must start to restore authority to the police.”

She says that the force should introduce “proportionality” – not sending six officers to arrest someone for making a politically incorrect comment, but instead targeting muggers.

She believes we live in an age in which the liberal tyranny cows people into silence. “People need to be free to say what we think.

“We must not accept this liberal tyranny which says that if you go against the orthodoxy, you will not only be ostracised but criminalised as well.

“We have to take on the three ugly sisters: the rights culture, the compensation culture and political correctness.

“We now have something we have never before had in this country, but is what the Soviets had – which is, that you can be punished by the law for disagreeing with the prevailing orthodoxy.”

Ann Widdecombe is regarded as a slight embarrassment among modern Tories; the maiden aunt you would rather not see on the station platform.

But she is still hugely popular among the grassroots.

techno_barbarian on September 5, 2007 at 1:33 AM

If held a sign that read:

“Mark Cuban is a troop smearing lying bastard”

at a Mavericks game how long would it take me to get kicked out?

Theworldisnotenough on September 5, 2007 at 1:58 AM

“I’ve done something that just can’t be done.”

Too late….

liquidflorian on September 5, 2007 at 2:04 AM

Fully 20 years now without a truly good film to his credit,…

Sounds like DePalma’s in the weeds with this latest film, and his career is certainly hit and miss, but you gotta give me Carlito’s Way. That’s a great film. And another Hot Air favorite, Sean Penn, is brilliant in it.

Besides that, I’ll remain forever curious just what DePalma was going to do in his director’s cut of Snake Eyes.

Rev Snow on September 5, 2007 at 2:17 AM

I look forward to the day when people like De Palma will at least have the courage of their convictions and openly admit that they actively aid al-Qaeda with films like this because they sincerely believe America deserves the attacks. Until then, I throw up on their disingenuous “concern”.

Halley on September 5, 2007 at 6:13 AM

Casualties of War = Redacted

Savage American Soldiers rape an innocent Vietnamese Iraqi teenage girl.

slp on September 5, 2007 at 6:27 AM

Useful idiot

oldleprechaun on September 5, 2007 at 7:12 AM

Useful idiot

In what way is he useful?

jdkchem on September 5, 2007 at 9:47 AM

DePalma can’t take a dump without ripping off Hitchcock.

BDavis on September 5, 2007 at 10:23 AM

In what way is he useful?

jdkchem on September 5, 2007 at 9:47 AM

You’re asking the wrong question. To who is he useful?

Well, everyone who wants us out of Iraq, from the Left in this country to the terrorists.

Esthier on September 5, 2007 at 10:52 AM

De Palma is bin Laden’s Leni Riefenstahl.

georgej on September 5, 2007 at 11:05 AM

This is really unfortunate for DePalma. There’s a lot in THE UNTOUCHABLES that parallels the GWOT. (“He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He send one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.”). But it’s probably more because of Mamet’s script than DePalma’s directing.

Gottafang on September 5, 2007 at 11:58 AM

Dear Mr. DePalma:

Please get yourself to the 10th Mountain base at Fort Drum, NY and try to greet the returning soldiers. I’d like to see you calling them murderers and rapists to their faces. Same for any Marine base, any Navy base, any Air Force base, if you survive the first one.

It’s real easy to criticize things about which you know nothing, and people whom you know even less who are defending your right to produce such filth.

I just said good-bye to one of those so-called murderers and rapists as he was boarding his C130 to go back to Iraq for the second time for 15 months. I’ve known him for 27 years and he would no more murder or rape anyone than you would. Or maybe you would and you’re projecting.

Sincerely,
Mommynator – proud mother of a soldier in the US Army

Mommynator on September 5, 2007 at 12:25 PM

God bless you and your son, Mommynator.

Gottafang on September 5, 2007 at 12:52 PM

Fully 20 years now without a truly good film to his credit, by the way.

I don’t want to annoy anyone here but Casualties of War was a good film as a film. I never would have suspecte DePalma’s mptive for making it if it wasn’t for the fact he’s making another movie on the exact same topic. Carlito’s Way was good as well.

aengus on September 5, 2007 at 1:49 PM

My God, someone’s finally done it: bent over and kissed their a** goodbye.

sharinlite on September 5, 2007 at 2:00 PM

God bless you and your son, Mommynator.

Gottafang on September 5, 2007 at 12:52 PM

Thank you.

Mommynator on September 5, 2007 at 2:06 PM

Everyone missed the fact that Mr. DePalma is simply redoing his 20 year old turkey called “Casualties of War”. In that movie, which was a weak copy of Platoon, the story centered around US soldiers who had raped a VietNamese woman and then covered up evidence of the rape. Only the courageous soldier played by Michael J. Fox is noble and refuses to go along with the coverup. Michael J. Fox plays the role of the soldier exactly like he played Alex Keaton in Family Ties. Our old friend Sean Penn plays a soldier from Brooklyn who is mean and vicious and is DePalma’s idea of what US soldiers are really like. One problem with Penn’s performance. He has the soldier from Brooklyn speaking in a sterotypical Brooklyn accent that nobody from Brooklyn ever actuallly used. He keeps saying “dese guys” and “dem guys” and I think he says “toity toid” instead of “thirtythird”. Penn’s erstaz Brooklyn accent is really hilarious. If you are in a mood for a good laugh at selfabsorbed actor who does not sell tickets, check out Penn’s attempt at Brooklynese.

Larraby on September 5, 2007 at 2:12 PM

I’ve done something that just can’t be done.

What an ass! If he really wants to show us how brave and cutting-edge he can be, why not make a movie about a Muslim rape/murder? (Hint: They’re not hard to find.) Then sit back and wait for the kudos from all of the militant Islamists. Doesn’t this POS realize that he and his kind would be the ones to suffer the most if we lose? sheesh! What a pansy.

Mommynator – proud mother of a soldier in the US Army

Many thanks to you and your son for the amazing sacrifices you both make for all of us.

lan astaslem on September 5, 2007 at 2:44 PM

This movie is going to be a flop. I’m 100% certain.

madne0 on September 5, 2007 at 3:54 PM