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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 490,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 21 days for that many people to see it.
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COUNTERPUNCH WEEKEND EDITION DECEMBER 5-7, 2014
“The Theory of Everything”, “The Imitation Game”, and “Get on Up”
If we lived in a socialist country and I had the good fortune to be named Minister of Culture with North Korean type powers to dictate what gets made, the first thing I would do is consign the biopic genre to the ashbin of history. That is my reaction to “The Theory of Everything”, “The Imitation Game”, and “Get on Up”, three DVD’s that were part of the 99 films I received from publicists in advance of the 2014 New York Film Critics Online awards meeting on Sunday. The first two are worshipful treatments of Stephen Hawking and Alan Turing and the third is just the opposite, a look down one’s nose at James Brown.
Such films are made to order for the middlebrow tastes of most critics who regard them as “serious” works, as if they could ever match up to the written biography they are often based on. For the most part, they are the equivalent of the comic book versions of the classics I used to read in sixth grade until I was able to finally work my way through “Ivanhoe” or “Last of the Mohicans”.
It is not too hard to figure out the basic flaw of the biopic. Unless you have never heard of James Brown, you have a pretty good idea of how the movie starts, begins and ends. Of course, Alan Turing is a much more obscure figure but you can bet that the audience for “The Imitation Game” will not be made up of 15-year-olds who chose it over the latest Hobbit movie after finally making up their minds: “Hmmm. What’s more fun? Colossal battles between elves and fire-breathing dragons or eccentric homosexuals trying to crack Nazi cryptography?”
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I just created a new page Commenting Policy that states:
I offer some suggestions to people who think they have some comment to make here.
First and foremost, I am not really interested in debating, especially over “acid test” questions that preoccupy the sectarian left. In other words, if you think I am a renegade from Marxism, you are wasting your time trying to “expose” me here. I am not in the habit of commenting on blogs that I am hostile to and would expect those hostile to mine to look elsewhere to play Lenin to my Kautsky, or Trotsky to my Max Shachtman. Especially since I am not aspiring to be the leader of a socialist movement in the twilight of my life. I say what I want when I want. This blog allows me to blow off some steam and that’s about it.
The best way to look at the Unrepentant Marxist is to imagine yourself having a conversation with him in a coffee shop on campus or at a cocktail party. How long would you expect a conversation to go on if you told me that I am a tool of the CIA or a ZioNazi, etc.? I have better things to do with my life than get into a pissing contest with someone who feels that way, and hope that those inclined to pick a fight with me would find a better use of their time and energy.
On the other hand, if you have something interesting to say, I would hope that you would share it especially if you are trying to attract readers to your own blog. I launched the Unrepentant Marxist in July 2004 and have generated over 5 million views since its inception. Commenting intelligently on one of my articles will almost certainly create interest in your own blog. More to the point, you will be spared my nastiness and a hasty exit.