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Trailer for “Won’t Back Down”

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Maybe I will go see Won’t Back Down since I have a love of agitprop. I couldn’t find the exact trailer for the film online, but I’m guessing if you switch a couple of characters around, this is pretty much the same film.

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  • Anonymous

    Loomis likes Soviet propaganda? Nobody could have predicted!!

    • Hey, I think JenBob’s back!

      • Or JenBob/TK421 since it is clearly the same worthless person.

        • Sharon

          I saw some guy walking around DuPont Circle in a “TK421 Team” t-shirt the other day. I thought no way someone’s already silk screened a snarky shirt about a LGM troll.

          Anybody want to cop to this?

      • Anonymous

        Was the day the USSR gave up the ghost the saddest of your life? I bet you really believed in the Worker’s Paradise, huh?

        • I’m confused. i thought I had just been outed as a drone-loving killer of Pakistani babies. I’m so confused.

          • Amok92

            Now I’m confused, are the 2 mutually exclusive?

            • Good point. The Afghanis may have some thoughts on the matter.

        • Communism, like market fetishism, is just another failed alternative to liberal democracy.

      • Davis X. Machina

        No. If it were he, the stench of pancakes would be overwhelming.

        Unless the stench was only a comedy stench of the parody persuasion, of course.

      • I am a big fan of Soviet and Russian animation. Please post some Nu Pogodi. Also Masha i Medved is great, although post-Soviet. If you want examples of Soviet racist visual rhetoric you can do no better than Chunga Changa, the Soviet version of Black Sambo. I would love to see SEK try and deny Chunga Changa was racist by claiming that it was depicting Africans as a “socio-historical” group rather than a “racial-biological” one.

      • Can we open up a thread on the racist visual rhetoric in Chunga Changa?

    • The Soviet Union made a lot of good cartoons and not all of them were in your face propaganda. They also made some overtly racist Black Sambo cartoons like Chunga Changa which still gets daily air play in Bishkek. But, overall Nu Pogodi, a Soviet cartoon inspired by Tom and Jerry (very popular in the USSR) about a wolf and a rabbit is one of the best animated series ever made anywhere. There episode on the 1980 Moscow Olympics is particularly funny as is the one that takes place in the museum. The Brezhnev era stuff with its inspiration from Warner Brothers and Hanna Barbara is more to my liking. But, a lot of the Disney inspired pieces made under Khrushchev are also quite good. See for instance the Soviet version of Peter and the Wolf.

  • Anon

    Didn’t Leona Helmsley’s dog, Trouble, briefly own the Empire State Building or something? That dog’s fortune was about as legitimate as Romney’s. In fact, I bet if Trouble was still alive he probably would have been a strong contender in the GOP primaries this year. After all, no one can deny that that Trouble built that.

    • Davis X. Machina

      Dogs — or at least the one in my life — know when I’ve had a bad day.

      That degree of empathy alone would keep them off the stage in Manchester when WMUR holds its debate.

      Who do we go after when ‘fixing the schools’ doesn’t actually fix everything, because ‘fixing the schools’ doesn’t actually actually fix the schools.

      I want to get in on the ground floor of something, dammit. I saw a group of students doing a Gangnam Style send-up at a pep rally, and all I could think of was ‘Oh. Zombie movie.’

  • Matt

    While I never really understood the Soviet prejudice against bull-dogs, the truly wonderful thing about that particular cartoon was that it was written and directed by Sergey Mikhalkov, who also wrote the Soviet national anthem (and the words for the new Russian one- he died only 3 years ago, at 96) and whose sons were some of the most important Russian/Soviet writers and directors- Nikita Mikhalkov and Andrei Konchalovsky (who often worked with Tarkovsky, but amazingly also directed Tango & Cash.)

    • sparks

      Amazingly? ITYM depressingly.

      • Matt

        Amazing doesn’t necessarily mean in a good way! I think Konchalovsky never really got the feel for American movies. The two best movies he made here, _Natasha’s Lovers_ and _Runaway Train_ are both quite obviously Russian movies moved to the US. They only even really make sense if you think of them like that.

        • Jaime

          – quite obviously Russian movies moved to the US –

          I believe Runaway Train has Akira Kurosawa credited with ‘story by’ or ‘from a story by’. So the multi-culti strands are most entangled. And I can in fact see Toshiro Mifune in Jon Voght’s role as The Toughest Motherfucker Who Ever Lived.

          • Matt

            Sure- but it doesn’t make any sense as a story set in Alaska- there’s not a huge federal prison in Alaska, or big set of trains, or any of that, but if you think of another place, not too far from Alaska, that is also cold, that does have big prisons and does have a big train network, and does have system of central people running the train system like there was in that movie, a place that Kokchalovsky knew about and had even made a great movie about, then you can see where it might have made sense. Also, he has all the actors act in this very typical Russian style, that is completely out of place in an American film, and say all sorts of lines that are only plausible if they are translated from Russian.

      • I just want to draw a direct line from Eisenstein to Tango & Cash.

      • Adrian Luca

        Way back in 1990 my first employer loved Tango and Cash so much he named his dog Tango.

    • firefall

      Bulldogs = England, hence unpopular

  • Hogan

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how Alfonse d’Amato got his start.

    • Spuddie

      Its the Mitt Romney story in cartoon form!

      • CD

        And it’s a lot shorter than Citizen Kane.

  • Reasonable 4ce

    Not-so-bold prediction: Looper (which I saw on Friday; real good flick) will trounce this Lifetime Movie of the Week at the box office. The market shall speak, amirite?

  • Bill in Section 147

    Spuds MacKenzie was invented by Russian animator in funny story about a dog who was life of the party. — Pavel Andreievich Chekov

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