Wrong Is Right (1982)
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Just finished streaming this from Netflix. Sort of a Reagan-era Syriana that conflates genuinely chilling prospects of terrorism with a satirical derision of politics and media. There's a great moment when Sean Connery (playing a television journalist) makes clear that he's in the entertainment business, and "there's nothing wrong with that, so long as you call it that." It reminded me of the way that Fox News has specifically declared that only select portions of their broadcasts are to be considered news; that the balance of their content is instead entertainment.
(That's not an invitation for an off-topic political debate, but rather a connection between a 1982 film based on a 1979 novel and the way things are with a week remaining of 2010.)
It's a shame that the film at times devolves into silliness for its punchlines; not only aren't those moments particularly amusing, but they detract from what is otherwise a genuinely fascinating premise with some imagery that resonates particularly strongly now in our post-9/11 world (especially two atom bombs found atop the World Trade Center; that gave me chills).
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!