Movies are fiction
December 23, 2012, 10:19 am
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Spike Lee is undoubtedly correct when he says American slavery was not a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, but it’s a little weird to cite this as a reason not to see Django Unchained. You know what else wasn’t a Sergio Leone spaghetti western? The actual late-1800s American west.

Moreover, two can play this game. The ‘Son of Sam’ serial killings were not a Martin Scorsese streets-of-New-York coming-of-age story, yet that didn’t stop me from watching Summer of Sam. The 9/11 attacks were not a story of regret and goodbyes, yet I still watched 25th Hour (and it was great!)

Does moviemaker Spike Lee understand that these are movies we’re talking about?

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You know who else doesn’t know that movies are fiction?

Matt Yglesias – this is why he’s shocked that someone who looks and speaks like Barack Obama isn’t an expert economist. If the Obama administration were a movie Obama would, of course, be an economics expert (as well as a surgeon and skilled computer hacker).

Comment by Steve Johnson

Spike Lee is one of those unfortunate artists whose genius in his chosen medium of expression does not extend to other media. I really do think the guy is a genius, but he sure says a lot of kooky stuff.

Comment by RPLong

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