Friday, September 07, 2012

2016 Obama's America

OK, we don't do movie reviews here at A Bubbling Cauldron, and this is not going to change that philosophy.

That being said, today I took a little breather from all the local political chaos and went to see "2016 Obama's America".  I sat back in a large and nearly empty theater - maybe 30 other people joined me at the Edwards Big Newport 6 at Fashion Island for the mid-afternoon showing - sipped on my Diet Coke and nibbled my popcorn and watched.


I NEVER tell folks about a movie, just as I don't want folks to tell me about them.  I want to enjoy the suspense and the presentation.  I'm NOT going to tell you about this movie, except to say that - in my opinion - regardless which way you plan to vote for President of the United States in November you should see this film.

I've provided you with a link to Fandango, HERE, that will provide you with show times at several local theaters over this weekend.  Carve out 90 minutes, drag your body to a nice, cool theater and see this movie.  I don't expect you to report back on your experience - how you feel about this film is entirely up to you.  Enjoy...

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Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

Scurrilous, extremist right-wing propaganda.

9/08/2012 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Tom Egan said...

Pot Stirrer:

I’ll honor your intent to not reveal what the movie is about. However, I think it would be unfair to half – perhaps all – of your faithful readers if they did not know something about the man who made the movie.

Reason? The auteur (and I use that term intentionally) comes with baggage. It’s like having Michael Moore make a film about Mitt Romney. In this case, the auteur is conservative author and commentator Dinesh D'Souza making a film about Barack Obama.

But maybe it’s an honest, unbiased documentary about Obama? Here is a clue … some background info from Wikipedia about how the film was promoted:

“Promotion for the film started earlier than Hollywood films typically do, including an effort to generate buzz through promotion by people the target audience "trust and admire" such a Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. Later, an advertisement for the film was submitted to CNN, who requested that the filmmakers "explain why they believe the ad is not subject to political advertising disclosure requirements". The ad was not run because no explanation was received, however, the filmmakers submitted a different version of the ad which did run.”

We (minimally) report, you decide.

9/08/2012 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

My Dear Egans,

Did you see it? I didn't say ANYONE would like it. Perhaps I should have said that EVERYONE would be angry after having seen it, but I didn't.

9/08/2012 02:08:00 PM  
Anonymous independent said...

I saw D'Souza interviewed on Piers Morgan about the content of this "movie".
I haven't seen it but the claims (and facts) about what is in the movie was discussed at length in the interview.
The guy is either a crazy conspiracy nut job (Piers actually said as much to his face) or he is just dishonest tool looking to cash in on the extreme right buying into this crap.
I'm neither a Republican or a Democrat and I'm torn about voting for either of our choices.
Obama, in my opinion, has a couple of reasons to not continue to be in office (the fact that we're still in Afghanistan losing ours daily being one of them) but this kind of nonsense is something I don't like any better than the lying crap Righeimer and Mensinger put out.

9/08/2012 04:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Truthout said...

"..the lying crap Righeimer and Mensinger put out.."

It's the ocgop way- "We lie, too bad. Stop us if you can."

I like the way John Stephens neutralized Mensy's school spin the other night:

Mensy wants everyone to believe he's 110% in for his kids going to public school. Then Stephens reminded the Central Valley Simian that his child, like Stephens's, also attended St. John the Baptist school.

9/08/2012 05:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

As I often do when considering going to see a movie, I watched a trailer and noted who made the film. Then I knew I didn't want to subject myself to that barrage of disgusting propaganda.

9/08/2012 08:52:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

OK, Eleanor, I understand. One does not actually have to stick your hand into the running garbage disposal to know it wouldn't feel good. I get it.

However, I had NO preconceptions about the film before I saw it other than one or two comments made by others on BOTH sides of the issue. So, I chose to see it for myself.

As I mentioned above, I doubt if ANYONE who sees it will be happy when they leave the theater, regardless their political persuasion.

9/08/2012 11:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Terry Koken said...

By the blessed excrement!!

Saw the movie today with my good half, in response to your recommendation. As a propaganda piece, it is masterful. It is in theaters at precisely the correct time to have maximum effect on the coming election. D'Souza's low-key, soft-voiced narration is carefully paced so as not to offend anyone by harsh speech. By subtle and blatant innuendo he casts doubt on Obama's ancestry, morals, personal habits, and probable destination. I don't think I've ever seen one as good as this one. It beats _Reefer Madness_ hands down. It's better than anything I've seen out of our government during the cold war period. It probably outdoes most of the old Soviet "Boy Meets Tractor, Girl Meets Quota" stuff, none of which I've seen.

Like any good propaganda, it carries a modicum of truth and fact: Why didn't the TARP money get used to bail out struggling homeowners? What about that thirteen trillion dollar national debt, financed by devaluation of the coin of the realm? Why isn't NASA getting us back on lunar soil? Who's mixing the Kool-Aid?

But, as always, we have to remember that to keep government from ripping us off, our only real recourse is to avoid having filibuster-proof majorities of the President's party in both the House and the Senate. Diversity here is the closest thing to a guarantee we can get. (By no means a perfect one.) Other than that, it's not terribly important who sits in the Oval Office. Sometimes I even think a monkey could do a pretty good job.

Same thing applies to City Council here in Costa Mesa. With the Four Horsemen pulling in the same direction, we are hemorrhaging money as a city, and there is no relief or redress except through judicial means. I'd feel a whole lot more comfortable with a 3-2 council. I'd even feel better with a fifteen-member council, with a two-thirds majority required to pass ordinances.

My good half's comment as the credits rolled was the same word Mayor Bever used on the dais that fine night he struck a blow for our freedom of speech.

9/10/2012 12:40:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Thanks, Terry...

As I've said before, NOBODY will be happy coming out of the theater, regardless of political persuasion. Hope you went to the Triangle and got the $5.00 Senior price. ;-)

9/10/2012 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Onan said...

"My good half's comment as the credits rolled was the same word Mayor Bever used on the dais that fine night he struck a blow for our freedom of speech."

There are so many Beverisms it's hard to keep track. We assume you meant "I'm going home, this is Bull****!"

But it could have been:

"Propaganda? I didn't sign on for this!"

"You wanna see another movie? No. GO HOME!"

I'm a crude, classless puppet of Righeimer? So what?"

"If I can't sell enough used furniture I can always make a right-wing propaganda movie.."

"Jack Wu and I are finalists for Worst Hair in Newport Mesa."

9/10/2012 06:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Faye said...

Bill Maher did a good job of challenging the director on this piece (it is up on People who already agree with the premise (Obama is an angry man which is odd to even type) will probably enjoy the movie as supporting their views. People who feel like it is a bunch of crap will not go see the movie.

9/10/2012 10:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Tamar said...

With no offense intended and indeed my highest respect for my friends Geoff and the Egans, I’d like to point out that Geoff’s recommendation of the film and the Egans’ spirited objection to it illustrate the breadth of opposition to the current city councilmen.

Costa Mesa residents with a wide spectrum of political beliefs and opinions on national issues have come together in our view of the Costa Mesa city election: We must remove the opportunistic, power-grabbing politicians from office and replace them with public-spirited individuals whose goals are only the good of the city of Costa Mesa and its residents.

We have found those three in John Stephens, Harold Weitzberg, and Sandy Genis, who demonstrate not only absolute integrity but also a remarkable skill set which is critical to the repair of Costa Mesa.

CM4RG, from which, as a reporter, Geoff has distanced himself, includes a much wider range of national political positions than that illustrated by Geoff and the Egans. Our members range from right-wing Republicans and Libertarians to “bleeding-heart” Democrats and everything in between. Not once in the year and a half that we have been working together has there been discussion of the extraneous positions that divide us. Our eyes are focused on restoring responsible government to our dear city.

9/10/2012 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Very well said, Tamar. Its an extremely ecclectic group, and it works well. We have a common focus, and that is to get this city back on track. In some areas, the ideas may not differ greatly from the current council, others yes, but the tactics applied by the (hopefully) new council is heads above that the current council has inflicted on this city.

9/12/2012 10:15:00 AM  

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