a leni riefenstahl production written by torquemada and starring charlton heston

A long time ago, when I was a journalist, one of my colleagues was the excellent arts writer Ernest Hardy. Looks like he’s still doing it. Google shows him writing about film for the L.A. Weekly.

Around that time the movie Soul Man came out. This wasn’t just a bad movie. This was a vile movie. The whole thing rested on the wacky humor of “reverse racism” in which a white guy tries to be black in order to get a full scholarship to Harvard. That’s painful to think about for 10 seconds; imagine it as a 90 minute movie.

Ernest gamely went off to review the thing. I wish I still had his review around. The part I remember is that he said another audience member summed up the film perfectly about 10 minutes in when he yelled “THIS SHIT AIN’T FUNNY!” to the general murmured approval of the audience.

I’ve been thinking about that review a lot lately. Every day I read something here, or in a news source or something, and I find myself yelling the same thing at the screen:


It isn’t, none of it is. And it’s far worse now than in 1986. We’re going fucking backwards in time.

2 thoughts on “a leni riefenstahl production written by torquemada and starring charlton heston

  1. red flag
    That movie starred the horrid C. Thomas Howell, which should tip anyone off right away.
    I’m not saying there are similar red flags here or in the news, but we all know there are.

  2. We have lost all the actual reporters in corporate news. CNN is now just much a propoganda tool as FOX news. We have a thousand channels that now run 24 hours a day and there is STILL only a handful of shows that are worth wasting my time.
    Backwards indeed.
    And yes, Soul Man sucked major ass. Right up there with White Chicks

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