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Thursday, October 02, 2003

If there is one thing I've learned from watching movies over the years, it's that the Nazis were a bunch of dicks.

I watched The Pianist yesterday. Good enough movie. Nothing really new. Every Nazi movie can probably cut out the first hour, because all it does is set up the "Nazis were assholes" sentiment. Every movie seems to have at least three scenes where a Nazi soldier will just kill some girl or a baby for no reason. But then there is a nice German somewhere along the way that tries to make you feel bad for some of the Germans.

I think it takes a special kind of person to make a shitty movie about the Holocaust. And that special person is Robin Williams in Jakob the Liar. If you make a movie about that era, you've already got your setting and your overall mood for the story. That's half the battle.

I also love in these movies how everyone speaks. In The Pianist, for example, all of the Polish people speak English with a British accent, but they do have signs that are written in Polish. There were a couple of old Jewish guys waiting to be carted off on the train who spoke like Jackie Mason. The Germans do speak German. They don't know English. Stupid Germans. And every once in a while, Adrien Brody would speak with an Irish accent, then a New York accent, sometimes an Eastern European accent, then a combination of all. No wonder he won Best Actor. He can do so many impressions! He's like Dana Carvey. I bet his Ross Perot is kick-ass.
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