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June 09, 2006


You should immediately go here and watch the trailer for a new documentary about Iraq called "Young Americans." Then go to the website of its director, Pat Dollard.

As you'll see, Dollard is a bigtime Hollywood manager who decided it was absolutely critical for him to go to Iraq and make this. You may also note the trailer seems to be less about Iraq and more about how much Pat Dollard hates anti-war Americans. Or maybe it's about how much he hates Americans generally; he appears to be a bit confused. He's certainly very angry about...something...but it doesn't seem to have much to do with Iraq.

In any case, this is all to be expected. As I've said before, to truly love America you must hate other Americans.

Posted at June 9, 2006 07:05 AM | TrackBack

I don't get it.

Posted by: BRG at June 9, 2006 07:54 AM

Another persecuted wingnut? It sucks when your family tells you that you're full of shit, but sometimes it's true.

Posted by: J. Alva Scruggs at June 9, 2006 08:01 AM


I don't get it.

That's okay. Pat Dollard will be by to make sure you get it very, very soon.

J. Alva:

Another persecuted wingnut?

I know! It's almost like a pattern or something. Fortunately I've had the pattern-recognition part of my brain removed, and have never been happier nor more drooly.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at June 9, 2006 08:16 AM

Can we NOT refer to someone who's IMDb credits describe as mostly a self-important moneybag who drops cash on obscure movies which produce no income as "a bigtime Hollywood manager"? Can we reserve praise for those who deserve it? Can we not appear to promote wingnuts?


Posted by: Alexis S at June 9, 2006 10:21 AM

No. Let's lavish praise on this guy. I couldn't get the quicktime to work when I went to either site, but he says he's boldly and courageously standing up against Hollywood, and that's good enough for me.

He's right. I'm going to apologize for how much I hate war. Everything is my fault. Even Castro still being in power, and how GM stopped making Oldsmobiles.

Posted by: Jonathan Versen at June 9, 2006 10:53 AM

Hmm, I can't say I hear either of those actual troops bitching about war protestors in the opening section of the trailer before Mr Dullard's heavy-metal hate-montage. It sounds to me like they were making fun of civilian military-fetishists who think they're tough enough to fight but don't do so. You know, chickenhawks. Funny how the director failed to notice that.

I also like how he completely loses his train of thought in the opening paragraph to "Who is Pat Dollard?". You don't see that very often in a written medium.

Posted by: RobW at June 9, 2006 10:58 AM

i think bowie should sue for defamation by association

Posted by: almostinfamous at June 9, 2006 11:38 AM

also, (roger L) simon sez ""More interesting than Steven Spielberg et al's latest"

interesting in the "where can i get what HE's having sense of course

Posted by: almostinfamous at June 9, 2006 11:41 AM

Egad. Dollard certainly seems to have issues. Yeah, how dare the rest of us detest war and the needless slaughter of civilians. Ah, the roaring blast of his adolescent ego sure is a hoot to behold.

I note that the only film of note on which he has a producer credit is Paul Schrader's wonderful Bob Krane bio-pic Auto-focus. Alas, as that one has several producers I'm inclined to believe that Dollard's input was minimal.

Posted by: Mik at June 9, 2006 11:55 AM

I think I get it. What's not to get? He doesn't like spoiled American rich kids (the MTV generation, I guess) who don't know anything about the real world, who haven't suffered authentically, who haven't demonstrated that they have big brass balls like those soldiers fighting in Iraq, pretending like they know what the world is really like. Also he believes in what our soldiers are fighting for in Iraq. So he made a movie about it.

Posted by: saurabh at June 9, 2006 12:55 PM

I think I get it. What's not to get?

How anything you just wrote ties to that preview. I mean, I can sort of see how you could squeeze those ideas out of the trailer, but I'm still mostly confused.

Posted by: BRG at June 9, 2006 01:56 PM

Alexis, I believe he actually was a big time manager (as opposed to producer, where he mostly failed). He managed Steven Soderbergh.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at June 9, 2006 02:18 PM

The Iraq War is yet more proof that nothing is so stupid that people won't passionately support it.

Posted by: Adam Kotsko at June 9, 2006 02:52 PM

The song refrains says it all: wasted youth.

Posted by: Pyrrho at June 9, 2006 03:19 PM

Yeah, it is a bit confusing. The soldiers, indeed, seem to be disliking military fetishists whom they identify as being MTV-watching party animals. Then footage of protestors--whom the soldiers never really mentio--alternates with footage of the aforemention MTV-spring-break style partyers, as if they were one and the same--when of course, they are almost certainly largely underlapping groups of people.

Comparing this to the interesting and well-done Gunner Palace, I have to think Dollar fits into the very group the soldiers are making fun of at the beginning.

Posted by: Saheli at June 9, 2006 03:45 PM

OMFG!!! I'm totally excited. This is going to be excellent agiprot for all my hipster fashion-specked friends and their irony-induced mtv-hating hyperapathy. I can hardly wait.

Posted by: buermann at June 9, 2006 09:46 PM