America's First Freedom - April 2014 - 36

Weinstein has produced six of CNN's
"Top 20 Most Violent Movies Of All
Time" ... and Pulp Fiction:

PULP FICTION 1994

KILL BILL: VOL. 1 2003

KILL BILL: VOL. 2 2004

SIN CITY 2005

RAMBO 2008

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS 2009

DJANGO UNCHAINED 2012

machinations of what Obama himself
called 'intimidation' and 'lies' that
ended up defeating legislation that
would have expanded background
checks on gun sales." "The Senator's
Wife" will be "a behind-the-scenes
account of how the nra used its
influence with politicians to defeat
the bill."
In April 2013, on the afternoon
that the Obama-Bloomberg gun
control bill was defeated in the Senate,
President Obama did, indeed, blame
"intimidation" and "lies" for the defeat.
Of course, Obama didn't mention
that the White House, including Vice
President Joe Biden personally, had
been intimidating moderate Democrats
throughout the country in order to pass
anti-gun laws. Nor did Obama take
any responsibility for the lies that he
and his administration had incessantly
repeated, such as the falsehood that
40 percent of gun sales do not include
background checks.
In Weinstein's tale, the only reason
the Obama anti-gun campaign failed
was nra "lies." Weinstein is certainly
very loyal to the president, having
raised more than a half million dollars
for Obama's 2012 re-election.
Weinstein is reportedly worth about
$150 million, and he has made much of
that money by promoting gun violence.
Six of his movies are on cnn's list of the
top 20 most violent movies of all time:
"Sin City," "Kill Bill: Vol. 1," "Kill Bill:
Vol. 2," "Rambo" (2008), "Inglourious
Basterds" [sic] and "Django
Unchained." And that's just scratching
the surface of Weinstein's career of
promoting violence.
Consider a Weinstein film that
didn't make the top 20 list, "Pulp
Fiction" (1994). Deadline.com quoted
one studio head that turned down
that movie. He recalled, "I didn't
think it was funny to have someone's
head blown off in a car and then
picking up pieces of someone's brain.
But when it came out in the theaters,
people laughed. And I think that is
an indication of what is happening in
our society."
Harvey Weinstein had no such
scruples, serving as co-executive
producer for that film.
Shortly after announcing his

upcoming anti-nra film, Weinstein
appeared on "Piers Morgan Live."
Weinstein told Morgan that he was
swearing off gratuitous violence.
"The change starts here," Weinstein
announced. "It has already. For me, I
can't do it. I can't make one movie and
say this is what I want for my kids and
then just go out and be a hypocrite.
... I'm not going to make some crazy
action movie just to blow up people
and exploit people just for the sake of
making it. ... I can't do it."
Weinstein then addressed people
who accuse him of hypocrisy.
"Well, I think they have a point,"
he said. "You have to look in the
mirror, too. I have to choose films
that aren't violent or aren't as violent
as they used to be."
Weinstein has plenty of experience
in producing movies that don't
luxuriate in violence. These include
lightweight kids' movies (e.g. "Air
Bud"), as well as movies that portray
more traditional notions of morality,
such as modern versions of Jane
Austen novels.
But whether Weinstein will keep
his promise to abandon gratuitously
violent movies remains to be seen.
The Internet Movie Database
(imdb.com) reports that Weinstein's
announced future films include
"Kill Bill: Vol. 3," directed by
Quentin Tarantino. Putting together
this sequel will be a challenge for
more reasons than just Weinstein's
avowed renouncement of violent
content. By the end of "Kill Bill:
Vol. 2," everyone, Bill included, had
been gruesomely murdered.
Also in the Weinstein pipeline,
according to imdb.com, is "Halloween
iii," depicting the continuing
adventures of a teenage serial killer,
and backed by a $23 million budget.
For a director who is supposedly
turning his back on violence, these
blood-soaked sequels seem odd
choices. While they may have been in
the works before his professed change
of heart, he's still apparently willing to
continue his involvement with them.
Of course, "The Senator's Wife"
will not be accurate. But accuracy is
not exactly a Weinstein forte, even
when he's doing documentaries.


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