Pessimistic activist

T oday, Robert Redford's strawberry blond hair is graying at the temples, his face is weathered and he wears a pair of thick, round-framed glasses. Full Story
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Hamilton

Chicago, IL

#1 Nov 7, 2007
This is exactly why I do not go to movies anymore. I used to go to be entertained. Now, if I go, I have to get a one-sided political message and be expected to believe it and then go out and do what the movie demands of me? Redford once made entertaining films, like "The Sting," but everyone now knows what he is, a shill for the left with a big megaphone. When Hollywood gets the message that it had for decades, that people want to be entertained and not preached to, then maybe all those empty seats in movie theatres will have people in them.

“Think... Feel... Breathe”

Since: Nov 07

Chicago, IL

#2 Nov 7, 2007
Hamilton wrote:
This is exactly why I do not go to movies anymore. I used to go to be entertained. Now, if I go, I have to get a one-sided political message and be expected to believe it and then go out and do what the movie demands of me? Redford once made entertaining films, like "The Sting," but everyone now knows what he is, a shill for the left with a big megaphone. When Hollywood gets the message that it had for decades, that people want to be entertained and not preached to, then maybe all those empty seats in movie theatres will have people in them.
Well, this attitude is not exactly historically accurate. Entertainment venues have always been one of the most common and most influential means to get across messages. I seem to recall plays causing riots in France and other countries.

It's a pity we do not have those strong emotional ties to anything any longer. But we can partially blame many things for that cause.

Since: Nov 07

Taiwan

#3 Nov 7, 2007
Personally, I don't want to be entertained, nor do I want to be preached to :)

I simply would like to know the Truth.

Left and Right only exist because of a voting system that artificially divide the public into two camps.
http://minguo.info/usa/node/4
Chijac8

AOL

#4 Nov 7, 2007
Saw Robert on "Larry King Live" last night. Is that his real hair?
MinisterP

Oak Forest, IL

#5 Nov 7, 2007
Chijac8 wrote:
Saw Robert on "Larry King Live" last night. Is that his real hair?
Great question - You are exactly the type of person he mentions - apathetic and image conscious. I don't like being told what to do or how to think since I am very aware of my own "person" - but his message is, good or bad, is wasted on you something he seems to already assume is the case.

Never thought of him as a great actor but I do like some of his films, The Natural and a few others.
Clark W Griswald

Plano, TX

#6 Nov 7, 2007
"It's indisputable what we've lost in six years on so many levels," he says. "The world stage. Our own economy. The dollar. Health care. Go right down the line. The environment. The trashing of this country's values in six years' time is so shocking."

I could go right down the line & indicate point-by-point that this blithering idiot doesn't know what he's talking about. Rather than questioning him on statements as to how Health Care has been decimated in 6 years from where it was, he's simply permitted to spew this garbage to an all-to-willing media.

Journalistic integrity? That's what has been lost.
Den C - Palos Heights

Union, IL

#7 Nov 7, 2007
Redford is wrong up and down the line but I guess if you tell the big lie enough people begin to believe it. He jets around the world, drives in limos and has multiple, large residences but is concerned about the environment? A hypocrite just like the Goracle.
Neve

Chicago, IL

#8 Nov 7, 2007
Well, since we "supposedly" live in a democracy, the masses have the right to choose whether they want to pay $ to see a film or not. And, EVERYONE is entitled to their opinion, no matter what side of the fence they're on. RR has the right to express his views thru his art and you have the choice not to see it. Art has always been one of the last vestiges of freedom (burning our flag, denouncing/praising our government, etc.) and I hope it continues to be so.
Oprah Winfrey

Champaign, IL

#9 Nov 7, 2007
Quote from French President Nicolas Sarkozy -- "And let me tell you solemnly today, France will remain engaged in Afghanistan for as long as it takes, because what is at stake in that country is the very future of our values, and that of the Atlantic alliance."

Quote from Robert Redord -- "It's indisputable what we've lost in six years on so many levels."

Why does Sarkozy get it and the "septuagenarian" who can "still make a heart flutter by flashing a smile" still not have a clue?

Since: Sep 07

Kihei, HI

#10 Nov 7, 2007
Den C - Palos Heights wrote:
Redford is wrong up and down the line but I guess if you tell the big lie enough people begin to believe it. He jets around the world, drives in limos and has multiple, large residences but is concerned about the environment? A hypocrite just like the Goracle.
As opposed to you, who hate the environment, and show it in your words and actions. You're no hypocrite! You're keepin it real.
The 5th Angel

Crystal Lake, IL

#11 Nov 7, 2007
Redford will exceed even his own expectations.
The 5th Angel

Crystal Lake, IL

#12 Nov 7, 2007
augustin wrote:
Personally, I don't want to be entertained, nor do I want to be preached to :)
I simply would like to know the Truth.
Left and Right only exist because of a voting system that artificially divide the public into two camps.
http://minguo.info/usa/node/4
It is even more accurate now than when it was first spoken, "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!"
Idiot Alert

Schiller Park, IL

#13 Nov 8, 2007
None of you are entitled to have an opinion about a movie you have not seen.
Jason

United States

#14 Nov 8, 2007
I love the replies from the pro-war, pro death of American soldiers on this post.

You are the problem with America. You are the hypocrites.

Your party can spend roughly 8 years bashing (and attempting to impeach) Bill Clinton, which is somehow perfectly patriotic.

But when another party is critical of your president fighting a war with the wrong country under false pretenses to find WMD's which did not exist, and in the process ousting and executing a leader who WAS NOT responsible for 9/11, we're the unpatriotic ones?

Can you really argue with Redford's sentiments?

Is the dollar strong?

Do most Americans have "fair and balanced" healthcare?

Do you want the troops to stay in Iraq forever?

Do most reputable scientists (i.e. not shills for faith-based, neo-con initiatives) believe the earth needs a bit more attention and care?

Has this administration done anything to unite and unify the country?

Has Bush really done all he could to use the resources to capture and bring to justice the man who ACTUALLY planned 9/11? Why does Bin Laden continue to roam this earth while 3000+ US Soldiers are dead, with thousands more injured?

Republicans, I apologize for not engaging in your hateful rhetoric, but instead asking legitimate, salient questions.

But feel free to go back to your O'Riley/Hannity BS and attack the "looney left" as being weak, lame, etc...

You're the weak ones. You're the ones who put party over country.

And don't worry about not seeing the film. The 30% of you who still support Bush, the war, and government officials wearing blackface can sit at home while this potentially powerful film (all I've seen are previews) rakes in the dough.

Besides, you wouldn't want to miss Ann Coulter's latest talking points on tonight's O'Riley Factor, would you?
Jason

United States

#15 Nov 8, 2007
Hamilton wrote:
This is exactly why I do not go to movies anymore. I used to go to be entertained. Now, if I go, I have to get a one-sided political message and be expected to believe it and then go out and do what the movie demands of me? Redford once made entertaining films, like "The Sting," but everyone now knows what he is, a shill for the left with a big megaphone. When Hollywood gets the message that it had for decades, that people want to be entertained and not preached to, then maybe all those empty seats in movie theatres will have people in them.
What do you call FOX News, Hamilton? Isn't it more egregious for an alleged "news" organization, who's tagline is about being fair and balanced, to wear a specific political agenda on its' sleeve?

Hollywood films have forever represented the viewpoints of its' directors and writers.

I didn't read Bill O'Riley's latest book, and you don't have to go see this Redford film.

Deal?
Jason

United States

#16 Nov 8, 2007
Clark W Griswald wrote:
"It's indisputable what we've lost in six years on so many levels," he says. "The world stage. Our own economy. The dollar. Health care. Go right down the line. The environment. The trashing of this country's values in six years' time is so shocking."
I could go right down the line & indicate point-by-point that this blithering idiot doesn't know what he's talking about. Rather than questioning him on statements as to how Health Care has been decimated in 6 years from where it was, he's simply permitted to spew this garbage to an all-to-willing media.
Journalistic integrity? That's what has been lost.
Journalistic integrity? Isn't this a fluff piece in the Tribune about a film? What are you gonna bash next, Greg Kot's negative review of the new Lee Greenwood CD?

You seem content bashing Redford's statements, which is your opinion. But what's not in question, I'm afraid is the state of healthcare.

Tell you what. Quit your job, or heaven forbid, get laid off around the holiday. Then, try getting your own healthcare, while supporting your family, and feel free to post your apology about Redford's comments.

Unless you're one of those pro-war, pro death of US Soldiers, anti capturing Bin Laden, anti healthcare, anti environment, pro weak dollar, pro big business, pro corporate influenced news "patriots". You know, a neo-con.

Wow, what an American you are.
Slickster

Miami, FL

#17 Nov 8, 2007
Idiot Alert wrote:
None of you are entitled to have an opinion about a movie you have not seen.
One need not have an opinion of a movie, but can certainly question the credibility of someone who was preaching environmentalism a few years ago,,,, until he was cited for his ski lodge polluting Sundance Creek in Utah. And yes, he was personally cited; he couldn't pin it on staff members.

Like so many of his ilk, he preaches piety and concern, but goes home to his private bubble, above all of us that he is trying to convert.
Jason

United States

#18 Nov 8, 2007
Slickster wrote:
<quoted text>
One need not have an opinion of a movie, but can certainly question the credibility of someone who was preaching environmentalism a few years ago,,,, until he was cited for his ski lodge polluting Sundance Creek in Utah. And yes, he was personally cited; he couldn't pin it on staff members.
Like so many of his ilk, he preaches piety and concern, but goes home to his private bubble, above all of us that he is trying to convert.
Slickster - that would make Redford a hypocrite, huh?

He's in good company: George Bush claimed he'd "get Bin Laden dead or alive" a few days after 9/11/01.

Um, we're still waiting.

Bin Laden was the guy who masterminded 9/11, right?

Good for Bush for saying he'd get him!

Bad for Bush for not doing it.

So he's a hypocrite too.

Since: Feb 07

Aurora, CO

#19 Nov 8, 2007
Chijac8 wrote:
Saw Robert on "Larry King Live" last night. Is that his real hair?
Yes
JJC

AOL

#20 Nov 8, 2007
Robert Redford..the "cure" for apathy! This is the America I know and love. Different opinions and the freedom to speak them out loud.
"Lions for Lambs" ....I'll be there.

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