Showing posts from December 25, 2005

'Munich': It's Not 'Exodus'

Avner Kauffman (Eric Bana) in 'Munich':
A Jew Returns to Exile

Ari Ben Canaan (Paul Newman) in 'Exodus':
An Aryan Zionist Hero

There is quite of an interesting selection of movies for American audiences to watch in this family-friendly Christmas Season: A love affair between two gay cowboys (Brokeback Mountain). The memoirs of a Japanese prostitute (Memoirs of a Geisha). A story about an Irish tranvestite cabaret singer (Breakfast at Pluto). Two Jewish producers making a musical about Hitler (The Producers). A comedy about a sex addict (Casanova). And, yes, a tale of Jewish vengeance (Munich). I saw 'Brokeback' and my guess is that it will sweep the Oscars (great directing, acting and photography; a so-so storyline). I loved the old Mel Brooks' 'Producers' with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder; so why see a remake? I'll probably see 'Casanova" and 'Geisha' (although it's kind of funny when reviewers suggest that 'Geisha' is …