Celebrating the Olympic Spirit!  

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
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2/7/2006 4:33 am

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Celebrating the Olympic Spirit!

I saw Spielberg’s Munich the other night; it was pretty good, but I don’t think it should have been nominated for best picture.

It’s a retelling of the events that went down at the ‘72 Olympics in Munich. Palestinians took Israeli athletes hostage, the Germans wouldn’t allow Israeli special forces to operate in their country, and subsequently bollocksed up a rescue attempt that left all hostages dead.

The Israeli government decided to send the terrorists a message and recruited a team of Mossad operatives to hunt down and kill those responsible for the planning and financing of Munich.

While there was plenty of action, and Eric Bana was oustanding, it was mostly a case study in the politics of terrorism, and the ethics involved in fighting it. Spielberg suggests that an eye for an eye leaves us all blind, though his most compelling message is the huge costs in human lives and relationships in “violent communications,” i.e., sending a message to your enemy.

The final scene, however, is brilliant - particularly the final shot - and it’s unfortunate that most people who see it won’t get it.

Bana meets with his character’s handler, played by the great Geoffrey Rush, in a dilapidated park on the East River in Queens. They argue over the operation and policy; Rush wants the operation to go on as the terrorists they’ve killed have been replaced, and Bana says that’s just it. They’ve been replaced by men who are even worse than those they’ve killed, and there’s no strategic value in this policy. Assassinating them results in the terrorists killing scores of civilians as a message to the Israelis.

This scene takes place on an overcast, grey winter day with the island of Manhattan in the background. The principals leave the park to go their separate ways with no agreement at all. Once out of the frame, the camera pans south along the skyline until the Twin Towers come into the frame (it takes place in the mid 70s, and the Towers were brand new then). The camera rests there, with the Towers in the middle of the frame, but in the distance with ugly, darkening grey skies, so that you hardly notice them at all.

It’s subtle, but powerful if you recognize it... an unresolved argument 30 years old, “and then,” Spielberg says, “September 11.”
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A sex act in which one participant puts the guy's balls in his or her mouth, and then gives the guy a hand job, thus the penis looks like a snorkel. When continued to ejaculation, it appears as though the snorkeler is "clearing the tube."

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Rowan_Taltos 47F

2/7/2006 11:18 am

Munich - that was a difficult movie to watch. Eric Bana is just great! I agree with your assement of the final scene.

frogger1995 39F

2/7/2006 4:35 pm

HS! I totally missed that. Siiiigggghhhhh, you are soooooo deeeep Voodooo

Way to follow that up though!

craptoast 39M

2/7/2006 7:14 pm

what movies do you think should have been nominated? if the academy awards were actually worth watching i mean (and not just a guilty pleasure).

saddletrampsk 54F

2/8/2006 6:41 am

I remember the events of Munich as a child..geez Im old..Sounds like a movie I would like to see..and I love the snorkel, sounds like sooooo much fun..hehe

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2053 posts
2/8/2006 10:15 pm

Rowan_Taltos - nah... Interview with the Vampire was a difficult movie to watch... Tom "The Heiney Hobbit" Cruise as Lestat?

frogger1995 - I so don't get what you said. Are you making fun of me? (It's OK if you are, I just like to know so I can retaliate.) And what did I follow up?

craptoast - I regret that I haven't seen enough movies this year to offer any nominations. The best I saw was Serenity.

saddletrampsk - I have no memory of it, though I do remember Nixon's resignation which was only a year or so later. I also remember the first movie about this operation, Sword of Gideon.

caressmewell 53F

2/8/2006 10:33 pm

I have vague memories of the events of the Munich Olympics I also remember Nixon's resignation. I will more than likely wait for Munich to come out on DVD.

Woohoo, I got give VoodooGuru1 a Mexican snorkle!

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