Thursday, July 26, 2007

Hey Hollywood! Lay Off Lady Liberty

I flew into New York Monday evening. It was raining and had been all day, so we were re-routed to a different runway at Laguardia. Not a big deal, but it meant I didn't get to see The Statue Of Liberty on my entry. Not sure if I would have seen her anyways due to the weather. But it got me thinking again of that 'Coverfield' trailer I posted about last Friday. Upon re-watching it, I don't really care for it at all due solely to the Statue Of Liberty head shot at the end. It's too much. Too cliched. Is that supposed to make me angry? Make me think that New York and the rest of the world is in serious trouble by a monster that means business? Instead it made me yawn and wonder why someone would take such an interesting approach (documentation style) and then cap it with such cliched material. Does that make it epic in its feel all of the sudden. It seemed to work for Independence Day. Watching The Whitehouse blow up made us think we were watching an earth-shattering movie for a moment, instead of a turd.

But this isn't the first jab at Lady Liberty and it certainly won't be the last. It seems that the message is: if you attack Lady Liberty, you're making a serious statement. Much like if you want to tell Hollywood you're truly a lesbian, you must date Ellen DeGeneres otherwise you're just playing around. Anyways, here is a list of some other Lady-Haters.

The Simpsons Movie

The Day After Tomorrow

Superman II

Escape From New York

Planet Of The Apes

This is not a political statement, just a request for Hollywood to get some new material.


Sheamus the... said...

I am pretty sure Hitchcock did a film where someone fell off lady liberty's face. And no I am not getting confused with north by north west.

Garrett Sorrels said...

Each one of those clips sends a chill down my spine.

Deep Impact is another.

Anonymous said...

Good point Piper, although the Superman clip is unfair since Liberty was removed and replaced for the theatrical release.

The Statue is just so iconic of America, that it has become an easy way to create shock - kind of like when Bush uses the word "terror" or "terrorist" over and over again.

PIPER said...

I forgot about Deep Impact.


So this is from the trailer? It's been a while since I saw the movie.

Anonymous said...

The Statue of Liberty part comes from a deleted scene. I think they recently put it back into the movie when it was remastered, although I have not seen the remaster so as to know for sure.