Archive for September 2012

Moonrise Kingdom (Anderson, 2012)



Anti-gun culture rant. Just took my chirrens to see Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. Granted, the film had a visible gun but when Ed Norton’s character gets stripped of his “Beige Scout” leadership, Harvey Keitel strips a badge off his shirt and removes a work knife from his pocket, not a gun. The film is for mature tweens and up as it involves a love affair between two 12 year olds but its bereft of the now commonplace gun violence our kids are exposed to in the average American PG-13 film (see Dark Knight Rises). Since the DNC, gun sales (and gun company stocks) have surged in part for fear of gun regulation under a lame duck liberal administration (proven historically) but also due to general fear of public unrest in our poor economy. Anyway, kuddos to Wes Anderson’s film that does not feature any character being shot. Imagine getting shot and dying from it. Does is feel like a warm feeling that starts in the head and travels to the feet, as described in medical journals? Horrifying thought. Also, kuddos to the average European film that pushes ratings based on violence as opposed to sex. Don’t bother robbing my gun cabinet because I don’t have one and never will.

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