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March 14, 2006


Anyone thinking of seeing the film Syriana would do well to go over to Tim Newman’s. It’s not just a decidedly left wing film. It also knows absolutely nothing about the oil industry, the middle east or even, basic economics.

The way Tim tells it their ignorace means that none of it actually makes sense.

March 14, 2006 in Film | Permalink


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The book it was based was also a critique of the Clinton Administration.... so naturally it was completely altered and instead targeted at the Bush Administration... seemless...

Posted by: Andrew Paterson | Mar 14, 2006 9:02:05 AM

The writer Stephen Gaghan did a very interesting Q&A interview with Creative Screenwriting Magazine, which you can download as a podcast. Its quite long - The Syriana discussion is about halfway in.

What Gaghan says about the way he wrote Syriana is an interesting counter to Tim Newman's piece. Gaghan's response would essentially be: "You thought we were trying to be real?"

Posted by: Robert | Mar 14, 2006 12:06:13 PM

What Gaghan says about the way he wrote Syriana is an interesting counter to Tim Newman's piece. Gaghan's response would essentially be: "You thought we were trying to be real?"

It quite possibly is not supposed to be real, but the actors and half-wits who follow them publicise that it is, in just the same way they held aloft The Day After Tomorrow as a realistic prediction of the USA in 5 years time unless Bush signs the Kyoto Protocol.

Posted by: Tim Newman | Mar 14, 2006 12:57:54 PM

Great, it's not supposed to be real... unfortunately that's not how the more deranged side of the Democrat party see it. This sort of fantasy is perfectly in sync with their non reality base views..

Posted by: Andrew Paterson | Mar 14, 2006 1:27:43 PM

No one was holding up The Day After Tomorrow as a realistic portrayal of climate change. Lots of people said "they" did, but I never saw a single instance of that, and I read a lot of film-related literature.

Posted by: Katherine | Mar 14, 2006 3:28:35 PM

try a Google with "Day After Tomorrow + Al Gore" and see what kinds of "they" were relating the movie to predicted reality.

Posted by: MikeinAppalachia | Mar 14, 2006 4:54:03 PM

Actually, recalling Clooney's father and the rest of the clans' conversations in the Maysville Country Club, easy to see how George became such a moonbat.

Posted by: MikeinAppalachia | Mar 14, 2006 5:05:51 PM

The entertainment industry has always dealt in fantastical situations; that's how it makes its money. The problem is that a large proportion of the public and an even larger proportion of the people in the industry have somehow lost the ability to discriminate between reality and fantasy.

Since this inability can lead people to develop strange and unsound ideas I feel that it is only right and proper for the government to take measures to protect the mental health of the cinema going public (the actors and other industry types are beyond redemption).

Therefore I should like to propose that all movies carry a mental health warning prominently displayed at the begin and end of the feature. Something along the lines of:


Furthermore, whenever a statement of "fact" is about to be made during the movie a subliminal message ("WARNING YOU ARE ABOUT TO WITNESS TECHNO-BOLLOCKS" would be my suggestion) should be flashed on the screen.

Obviously this cannot be a blanket application as occaisionally filmakers do use or refer to genuine facts. Thus I suggest that all movies be screened before a panel of experts who will have the power to order the inclusion of warning messages as appropriate.


PS I realise I have not given a suitable bribe, err sorry, loan to the Labour Party, however I would humbly suggest my above motivation for the creation of a whole new government department is sufficient for my application for elevation to the peerage to be considered.

Posted by: The Remittance Man | Mar 15, 2006 7:41:34 AM