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S07, Year of the A*hole. sez Backrow Tom

PinguineCoup.gifTom Hall calls Sundance 2007 The Year of The Asshole at Back Row Manifesto: “[T]he festival blues are kicking in; Many of the members of the industry have left town, the screenings are less frequent and the exhaustion of seeing 5 or 6 films a day has started to wear… [I] believe that Sundance 2007 will go down in history as The Year of The Asshole. In almost every single fiction (and, come to think of it, non-fiction) film I have seen at this year’s festival, white American (heterosexual) masculinity has been exposed as the playground of self-serving, foul-mouthed, misunderstood pricks whose sole mission in life is to destroy the happiness of women and their fellow men. As a white American heterosexual man, I can understand how watching the constant parade of cultural and political douchbaggery might impact people’s perceptions of what the tropes and parameters of the white guy ethos actually look like, but are we really that bad? … It is a tough year for the boys at the movies, although maybe these guys are better than the neutered, incompetent drips that represent us on television. Where are the heroes? Ok, maybe asking too much; Where are the likeable men?” [Hall names names at the link.]

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