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May 12 2012

The Avengers: why Hollywood is no longer afraid to tackle 9/11. Article from The Guardian discussing how Hollywood films have directly and indirectly addressed 9/11. No real spoilers for Avengers.

Guardian are all about Whedon this week.

[ edited by Andy Dufresne on 2012-05-12 20:35 ]
They really are. At least this article had a point, unlike that pointless fluff about his "miracle year".
I like the cut of the author's jib. Witty.
At first I thought that this was a bit of a filler article - a desperate bit to have anything related to the Avengers. But it wasn't bad; witty and interesting in parts. Perhaps I had forgotten it, but the Walter Benjamin quote was unfamiliar. In context, perhaps it is more plausible, but, while striking, I don't think it is correct. It isn't self-alienation that enables us to enjoy the representation of our own destruction as an aesthetic pleasure. On the contrary, it is surely a healthy sense of who and what we are that keeps our fascination with death and destruction alive. And which fuels our need to try to make something meaningful out of it.
My wife pointed out that New York got wiped out in I Am Legend and The Day After Tomorrow. Two mainstream disaster movies which got released after 9/11.
Uh, I think Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" is a lot more fearless in regard to 9/11. Just because there's an aerial battle in New York doesn't mean it's evocative. I mean, I at least didn't see it like that.
Well, the author kinda admits that the Transformer movies woulda made the point redundant, but that is what made me like the wit so much. Satire rules. K.O.
Simon, I guess the difference with I Am Legend & The Day After Tomorrow is that they didn't have building blowing up and destroyed like Avengers. I Am Legend had New York abandoned and slowly rotting away with nature taking over. While The Day After Tomorrow had the city hit by a tsunami and then frozen. Both very different imagery from 9/11, which Avengers hits a bit closer but still not quite with alien invasion and superheroes protecting it.
It was mentioned in the article, but I don't actually think we'll get much closer in these types of films than Cloverfield did.
The Cloverfield trailer alone reminded me so much of footage from 9/11 that I couldn't finish watching it.

But I wouldn't mind if movies would stop being mean to NYC in general. Aliens, tsunamis, monsters... geez. ;)
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