David Poland on “The New World”

In a post about how to decide whether or not a movie is too long, David Poland brings up -- surprise, surprise -- The New World: There are very few directors who still get “final cut” from studios. And even fewer who deserve it. I love Terrence Malick’s work and I quite liked both versions of The New World that I saw and even look forward to someday seeing the 3 hour version that Malick told some people he would be delivering. But he killed New Line’s ability to market the film by … [Read more...]

What the world needs now … from Michael Moore and the rest of us

Hooray for David Poland for saying what so desperately needs to be said, over there at The Hot Button. I resonate with his words about divisive behavior on both sides of the political fence, about Michael Moore, and about a need for more respect from each side for the other. I'm really sorry I missed this episode of the Bill Maher show now that I hear about THIS happening... I have been in a bit of a death match with Michael Moore in this column, on the site and on the blog over the last … [Read more...]

America’s Heart and Soul… and Rage: “The Hot Commodity”

David Poland is oh-so-right about America's Heart and Soul: Louis Schwartzberg went out into the world and over the course of years, bit-by-bit, human story by human story, he made a documentary film called America's Heart & Soul. So why is there a controversy? Well, there isn't. The film has no apparent connection to Fahrenheit 9/11 except for its release date, which is July 2, when it will go out into just a handful of theaters (big hands…about 100 screens). Oh yes… and the film is … [Read more...]