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Why You Shouldn't Be Surprised by the Muddled Politics of "World War Z"

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • March 30, 2013 2:40 PM
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Some folks around the web are shocked and astonished -- astonished! -- that word comes from Brad Pitt that the political subtext of "World War Z," the actor's upcoming apocalyptic epic, has been neutered. In an interview from Entertainment Weekly that has been oft-quoted, Pitt says, "I was really interested in a more political film, using the zombie trope as a kind of Trojan horse for asking, 'What would happen to sociopolitical lines if there was a pandemic like this?... But it was just too much. We got bogged down in it.... It gutted the fun of what these films are meant to be." But come on, folks, aside from the occasional "V for Vendetta," when has Hollywood ever provided penetrating social critique?

Is "Killing them Softly" First Truly Anti-Capitalist Occupy Film?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • May 22, 2012 10:04 AM
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  • 1 Comment
"America isn't a country -- it's a business." The quote comes from Andrew Dominik and Brad Pitt's new crime film "Killing Them Softly," which premiered in Cannes for the public on Tuesday and is already being dubbed an anti-capitalist screed. The L.A. Times' Steven Zeitchik even wrote of the film, "It is arguably the first post-Occupy film -- or, perhaps, what the documentary "Inside Job" might look like if it was a fictional feature."

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