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by Mark Steyn
Pont du Hoc and Twin Towers
Finefrock - Hollywood Forum [scriptwriter]
Two New Cojones Winners
Cyrus Nowrasteh, screenwriter,
is the grim reaper for the Left, alongside his co-reaper, director David Cunningham,
the twin-towers of cinematic cultural warriors
this cultural D-Day on ABC. With "Path to 9/11" they have launched
the largest armada yet against the beachhead of the liberal Pont du Hoc. A mere
Ranger platoon to date, this armada still needs much more gravitas to
overwhelm the reinforced positions which the liberals are bulking up even as
the second-night's broadcast is being readied. As the adventure to map and navigate
Purchase was commanded by co-captains Lewis & Clark, this venture was co-captained
by cojones-rich commanders in the cinematic corps of discovery -- to
how to FIGHT THE CULTURE WARS.
co-captains are going to become casualties soon, but after
they lie down and bleed a while, they will rejoin the battle
and we go forth. Take note
that Cyrus and David have been bashed quite a bit so far, with Cyrus' home phone
and address distributed by the 'sensitive' and 'compassionate' leftwing's blogsters,
making his home life a wee bit 'interesting' of late. There is much bruising
and bashing yet to come, and they will show their scars to their grandchildren.
But: THEY DID IT.
Who'da thunk it....
First recipient of the Hollywood Forum's Cojones Trophy was congressional
candidate and SONY economist Victor Elizalde, after whom it is informally named
the "Victor" for his daring gesture during the heat of his 2004 campaign
against Henry Waxman: holding a fundraiser/film-screening at the WGA theatre!
Yep, that is inside the belly of the beast, Beverly Hills, a block from Rodeo
Drive, screening "Michael
Moore Hates America" after first watching the presidential debates. The
latest recipients of the "Victor" are these twin-towers of tutelage
of how to do it in Hollywood.
Think of them as two replicas of Captain Miller, the ordinary guy up against
Germans and burrocrats in the attempt to find Private Ryan. Lots of uncharted
ground, and many casualties for these Captains Courageous. "Path to 9/11" shows
courage, and burrocratic insouciance and ass-protecting, spanning many years.
The forty-million dollars of budget is there on the screen, not in some crew
members' nose. Cunningham surely had a second-unit for the details cutaways,
endless setups, massive sets and locations, and innumerable props and vehicles.
The tension and patina of "Path" is feature-quality, comparable to
the work of Spielberg -- not yet equal, let's be clear -- with its approximating
of layering, and music, and sound that other masters practice in big-screen output.
How this happened will make interesting panel discussions: liberal ABC, home
of "Commander in Chief" and other liberal products, approaching Cyrus
to write this story, and booking Cunningham, with his very Christian-themed prior
opus, "To End All Wars" in what would often be a dead-weight handicap!
Who woulda thunk this could happen?
But it has: a $40 million masterpiece that has the left nervous, and Clintonists
raging, and so far a hint of rightwingers flinching at finding that the left
is as unrelenting in this realm as they are in the other arenas of political
combat. The 'controversy' so far focuses on less than two minutes' film, in 300
minutes of product. Sort of the O.J. Defense: find one tiny scrap of not-quite-accurate
material, and condemn the entire body of evidence. It worked for a murderer,
and may yet work for killers of our ideas
in the popular culture battlegrounds.
New Milestone, Miles to Go ...
Hopefully, our conservative allies won't wither in the face of these attacks,
unlike George Will's recent surrender to the cut-and-run summer-soldiers on Iraq
-- though he did attempt ration and reason on "This Week" but found
himself, as usual, outnumbered on the panel, starting with Georgie Porgie Stephanopolous,
who should have recused himself from the discussion, and also tried a bit of "fair
and balanced" booking of the panel.
But we've climbed the Pont du Hoc, challenging cliffs to conquer. It's a long,
long way to the hedgerows that lie ahead, and many more battles before crossing
the Rhine, and a litkely Battle of the Bulge and other distractions. But a new
milestone is checked off the victory strategery list: we've crossed the $40 million
mark. A considerable improvement over Chetwynd's budget for "Celsius 41.11" and "DC
911" in the recent past.
These nasties will fight back. COUNT ON IT.... but we've seen cojones and they
are us. We have miles to go before we sleep, and will bleed a while on many occasions.
But now, these twin towers of tutelage can teach others how to do it, what are
the pitfalls, where are the IEDs of liberal opposition. I look forward to the
best-selling book, and the Fox News Channel documentary based on it.
Now to rest up for part-deux..... and dream pleasant thoughts of Malibu and Brentwood
residents in a dither of high dudgeon, at the thought that The Alphabet Net [ABC]
gave forty million bucks to a pair our own banzai buckaroos.
2006 Steve Finefrock