@CiderwithRsie: 'Whereas I nominate "Prospero's Books" because I bloody love Shakespeare and I know the play yet I didn't have a fecking clue what was going on or even where we were in the plot. You could see it had money thrown at it but I've never been more bored looking at naked bodies. It had Laurence fecking Olivier in it and I still couldn't care less about any of the characters. In my book, that makes it terrible.'
If only Greenaway had realised that Shakespeare's language does the heavy lifting he would have realised that there was no need for his (Greenaway's) visual bells and whistles.
One of the best things about Rambo is the Trumpian sherriff (played by Brian Dennehy), who bites off more than he can chew.
@R_from_afar 'I always find this speech poignant and really thought-provoking. For me, it covers some pretty serious, real-life issues, like PTSD, the ignominy many of the US soldiers faced back home because the war went so badly, and the difficulty many had adjusting to humdrum civilian jobs after having major responsibilities out in the combat zone.'
In that speech Rambo says: 'And I come back to the world and I see all those maggots at the airport, protesting me, spitting. Calling me baby killer and all kinds of vile crap! Who are they to protest me, huh? Who are they?'
One documentary that completely undermines the 'Rambo thesis' is 'Sir! No Sir!' which shows the level of opposition to the war within the US army:
Similarly, another myth-busting book, James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me (1995), points out that 'Educated people disproportionately supported the Vietnam War':
'These results (of a January 1971 poll) surprise even some professional social scientists. Twice as high a proportion of college-educated adults, 40 percent, were hawks, compared to only 20 percent of adults with grade school educations. And this poll was no isolated phenomenon. Similar results were registered again and again, in surveys by Harris, NORC, and others. Back in 1965, when only 24 percent of the nation agreed that the United States “made a mistake” in sending troops to Vietnam, 28 percent of the grade school-educated felt so. Later, when less than half of the college-educated adults favored pullout, among the grade school-educated 61 percent did. Throughout our long involvement in Southeast Asia, on issues related to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, or Laos, the grade school-educated were always the most dovish, the college-educated the most hawkish.'
Another Peter Greenaway effort. My thoughts on Greenaway:
'At first glance cinema does seem to be a visual art, like painting, and I am sure we all appreciate beautiful films. But film, whether slow-moving or action-packed is still primarily a narrative form. That is why film-makers who treat film like painting, or who have emerged from the painting tradition, like Derek Jarman and Peter Greenaway make such god-awful films.'
There is a QPR connection as QPR fan Michael Nyman composed the music for The Draughtsman's Contract, one of Greenaway's better films.