Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Dec 2014 23:01 UTC
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Sony Pictures has cancelled the planned release on 25 December of the film The Interview, after major cinema chains decided not to screen it.

The film is about a fictional plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Hackers have already carried out a cyber attack on Sony and warned the public to stay away from cinemas screening the film.

Sony hacked, documents released, theatres and Sony threatened by terrorists, and now, the film in question cancelled.

Een volk dat voor tirannen zwicht, zal meer dan lijf en goed verliezen, dan dooft het licht.

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RE: Comment by Gone fishing
by mieses on Thu 18th Dec 2014 08:31 UTC in reply to "Comment by Gone fishing"
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How did this comment score higher than -10? Are the North Koreans kidnapping Japanese teenage social media users?

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I find your comment slightly depressing as you obviously misconstrue my point. The world is not divided into the good and the bad, I guess you have Sony good, North Korea bad. No it is the bad (Sony) and the immeasurably worse (Democratic People's Republic of Korea). Nevertheless Sony’s behaviour is utterly contemptible; that North Korea’s is also contemptible, goes without saying.

Did Sony make a film about the Orwellian horror of North Korea? No they made a lame comedy. This is a kin to making a bed room farce about Doctor Mengele and Dorothea Binz, with the background of Buchenwald there for comic relief. It is contemptible; there is nothing comic about the DPRK apart from in the very blackest sense. The fact that this film has as a subtext, that it's a right laugh for the US to carry out extra judicial killings, in the same week that Dick Cheney says he doesn’t give a flying f--k, if innocent people are tortured or killed just makes it worse.

Then after producing this cinematic marvel of our age, as soon as the DPRK puts them under pressure they fold and hand another victory to the Dear Leader second in command of the DPRK the world’s only necrocracy. Then Sony goes back to what’s really important to it, making money and defending what it considers its IP.

Edited 2014-12-18 11:10 UTC

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It is contemptible; there is nothing comic about the DPRK apart from in the very blackest sense.

I know you are right and I agree on general principle, the rationale stoic thinker in me has to. But at the same time, you have to admit, the cult of personality surrounding Kim Jong-un is a comedic goldmine. How could anyone not want to make a movie mocking that guy?

I'm just saying, your analogy to a comedy about Mengele and Binz is a bit off. There isn't a ounce of funny to be found between the two of them. There is lots of funny to be found in Kim Jong-un. The deranged self-importance, the maniacal fascination with western culture, Denis f*cking Rodman (too perfect), the haircut ;) ...

I get it. He is an evil bastard oppressing his people and there is nothing funny about that. But still, he is hilarious.

Besides, if you are trying to actually make a movie someone will see, what do you think will sell more tickets? A serious documentary style diatribe about the atrocities that are happening in North Korea, or a farcical comedy mocking the ridiculousness of the whole thing? Sure, they are making fun of something that isn't at all funny, but honestly that is when comedy can be most effective. Its surely more effective than some hardline documentary hardly anyone would watch.

Anyway... I have not been impressed with anything Rogen and Franco have done together so far - not exactly awful but not great either. But I'm crossing my fingers they finally nailed it with this one. I at least give it a watch when Sony sells like a zillion BluRays of it ;)

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RE[3]: Comment by Gone fishing
by mieses on Mon 22nd Dec 2014 07:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Gone fishing"
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Mel Brooks has said that the only difference between the Producers and the Interview was that he waited until Hitler was dead. I would stop trying to read too much importance into the actions of companies like Sony or comedians. In the end, good or bad, the free world is far more productive per capita than NK. That's all that matters. We make serious movies, silly movies, write silly commentary about silly movies, and spend billions advertising them. The content is not important. There is more freedom, energy, activity .. good or bad is not the point. There is an economy. You are free to spend your energy constructing some subtle, subversive, pseudo-critical viewpoint on this nonsense if you like and hopefully you gain something from it in some academic career at a liberal college. What is truly depressing is that your critique falls back on the boring, conventional anti-western rhetoric which makes you look clever but ultimately risks normalizing the condition of NK in the minds of those readers who are less wise than you hopefully are.

Edited 2014-12-22 07:31 UTC

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