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Posted on 2008.08.04 at 15:24
How I feel about it all: pensivehmmm...
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I'll post a review myself as soon as have two brain cells to rub together, but until then:

Globe and Mail review of The Trojan Horse.



The last sentence in this editorial says it all doesn't it? "Canadian broadcasters should not be lending comfort to scandalous nonsense." Looks like Paul and John have hit the media funny bone with The Trojan Horse miniseries. Canadian media look to their big brothers in New York, Chicago and Washington for the proverbial pat on the back for towing the MSM party line. It took more than courage to create the "Trojan Horse" miniseries. If "the truth is dead" as attested by Paul Gross in his guise as the President of the North American Union, then we can thank our lucky stars that writers of such integrity continue to work in "fiction" here in Canada.

This movie would never have been made in the U.S. Not because its a work of nonsense but precisely because it makes such sense. The Globe and Mail do an injustice to all Canadians when they write editorials like this. "The Trojan Horse" made me proud to be Canadian. Scandalous nonsense is the lifeblood of US media, especially when it comes to politics. I challenge the Globe to grow up. For some reason this "nonsense" merited an Editorial in Canada's national newspaper then it must have hit home. It seems that only through fiction can we find truth presented in our media anymore. My hat is off to those who made this miniseries. Great directing, editing, acting and writing. Well done guys!


Now I want to see the National Review um. Review it. Oh, wait. Not likely to happen, because I can't imagine any of their reviewers would bothe watching a Canadian production, let alone reviewing one.

But still. Some neocon must have seen it.

(xposted to h20_wtf)

Comments:


Катерина
_scally at 2008-04-08 19:50 (UTC) ()
I'll be waiting for your review.
I watched the second part yesterday and I still feel incredibly sad. I know i shouldn't feel like this, but I can't help it...
There is something very wrong...
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2008-04-08 20:11 (UTC) ()
Oh, it'll be a while before I can re-watch, which I'll have to do to write an articulate review. I did take notes, but still. I don't even know what some of what I wrote even means. :)
I Am Canadian
dragonflymuse at 2008-04-08 21:59 (UTC) ()
You're smarter than me - I don't know what a neocon is :)

What is interesting about the reviews of Trojan Horse released before the miniseries and after are the focus of the comments: reviews prior to the broadcast were essentially entertainment-themed that took all the weird political mayhem in stride, and from an entertainment POV, were fairly positive.

After the series aired, the politically-themed 'reviews' began to be published and those are the ones that were rather critical of the political universe created and from that angle did they conclude the series did not work. It is funny that some of the entertainment and political reviews originate from the same publications.

Roger Ebert made a comment back in the early 1990s when Oliver Stone's JFK was released, when political and historical pundits were pissing all over the film's narrative and story presentation. Ebert said something to the effect that the movie cannot be fairly criticised (in the Frye sense) or reviewed by persons who cannot look intelligently at the fictional framework of the piece. There were a lot of historical facts peppering JFK: some were used out of context and some were questioned for their validity, but the film, overall, is a masterpiece of storytelling because it believed in its story and it told the story with integrity. So for any critic/reviewer hanging their impressions on a story's fantastical elements or contorted storytelling technique is a person at odds with the message of the film/series, and not the skill with which it was told, rendering their essays moot.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2008-04-08 23:22 (UTC) ()
Neocon(US version)

Neocon (Canadian version).

Silly me, I thought a neocon was a neocon, country notwithstanding. Wikipedia Knows EVERYTHING, y0. Apparently Canadian neocons are like American neocons, only friendlier to puppies.

And I'm not smarter, it's just that as an American I have to deal with more neocons--they're not as prevalent in Canada. Although Stephen Harper plays one on TV, and it's mostly his fault that the neocons are creeping North more and more. I think I'll blame my car accident on him, too.

It's settled. My car accident is all Stephen Harper's fault.

So for any critic/reviewer hanging their impressions on a story's fantastical elements or contorted storytelling technique is a person at odds with the message of the film/series, and not the skill with which it was told, rendering their essays moot.

It's kind of like a surgeon doing some intricate operation and pulling it off with skill and someone saying, yeah, but can you believe he was wearing polka-dot scrubs? and then basing how successful the surgery was on that. Or something like that.

I think it's telling that the Globe thing isn't a review, it's an editorial. Which means that, yeah, it really did hit too close to home. I found that a LOT of the scenarios from both of the H20 films are not as far-fetched as people might think (Especially, ESPECIALLY about the water. Because there have been at least two plans written up to harvest water in Canada for the US. They never went anywhere, but they're sill out there, lurking). In fact, the MOST far-fetched scenario is that Canada would vote to stop being Canadian. Atleast from my non-Canadian POV.

Edited at 2008-04-08 23:26 (UTC)
I Am Canadian
dragonflymuse at 2008-04-08 23:47 (UTC) ()
Thanks for adding in the definitions! I understand better now :)

I think it's telling that the Globe thing isn't a review, it's an editorial.

Well, that's the grey area, right? It is supposed to be an editorial but it belittles the artistic content and function of the political machinations and motivations Paul and his co-writer came up with. A true editorial would've examined those political 'what ifs' and examined them against what is happening right now.

As well, The Globe ran a review of Trojan Horse, right? I think I remember it as being positive. Like when JFK came out, papers that published favourable reviews of the movie were later letting the editorial staff slam some of the very elements that made the film so compelling. I find publications that do that are either schizophrenic in their philosophy or are catering to both sides of the street.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2008-04-09 00:03 (UTC) ()
I didn't know any of the historical stuff. Go Wikipedia.

A true editorial would've examined those political 'what ifs' and examined them against what is happening right now.

It read like a journalistic knee-jerk reaction, not really an editorial and not even close to an actual review.

As well, The Globe ran a review of Trojan Horse, right?

IIRC, they did. I thought I saved a bunch of reviews to my del.icio.us, but apparently I was having a psychotic episode at the time and only thought I did.

I find publications that do that are either schizophrenic in their philosophy or are catering to both sides of the street.

And yay for this one being a national newspaper read by liek, everyone. In their case I bet it's the catering thing, because, um. They're a national newspaper read by liek, everyone. I keep considering subscribing to their electronic version, but then I keep not wanting to pay for it.


bjohan57
bjohan57 at 2008-04-09 05:03 (UTC) ()
I'm taking grat comfort from the fact that Paul has ruffled so many feathers with this - shows he is doing something right. He's the Geoffrey Tennant of the Canadian political thriller world :)
bjohan57
bjohan57 at 2008-04-09 05:04 (UTC) ()
grat? Too early.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2008-04-09 05:25 (UTC) ()
Ruffled feathers are better than mindless complacency, that's for sure.
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