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ATP
03-13-2007, 03:08 PM
I watched Bordertown last night, the latest release from Oscar-nominated writer Gregory Nava (El Norte).

I was angry and letting the invective fly at the screen. I can't in recent memory recall myself having such a reaction to a film dealing with a highly important issue being treated to a typical Hollywood treatment. It was exploitive, manipulative, formulaic join-the-dots, seemingly a quickly written 'commission' , pay-for-the-rent job.

Mr.Nava, you've been awarded and recognised for talent - what were you trying to do in this case? Prove that you can write a film suitable for the 'gringo' market? Maybe, but you chose the wrong theme, and the lead was wrong. BT is a film where clearly the numbers have come out all wrong.


I will say to you publically Mr. Nava SHAME, SHAME, SHAME. Apparently, many at last month's Berlin Film Festival thought so too:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,466779,00.html (http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,466779,00.html)

Some background to the film:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,466465,00.html

zeprosnepsid
03-14-2007, 08:51 PM
where did you see it? it's not out yet, right?

just_a_girl
03-15-2007, 01:07 AM
I couldn't agree more. I live in the bordertown they're talking about, and I think the film is absolute garbage.



I watched Bordertown last night, the latest release from Oscar-nominated writer Gregory Nava (El Norte).

I was angry and letting the invective fly at the screen. I can't in recent memory recall myself having such a reaction to a film dealing with a highly important issue being treated to a typical Hollywood treatment. It was exploitive, manipulative, formulaic join-the-dots, seemingly a quickly written 'commission' , pay-for-the-rent job.

Mr.Nava, you've been awarded and recognised for talent - what were you trying to do in this case? Prove that you can write a film suitable for the 'gringo' market? Maybe, but you chose the wrong theme, and the lead was wrong. BT is a film where clearly the numbers have come out all wrong.


I will say to you publically Mr. Nava SHAME, SHAME, SHAME. Apparently, many at last month's Berlin Film Festival thought so too:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,466779,00.html (http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,466779,00.html)

Some background to the film:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,466465,00.html

Shadow_Ferret
03-15-2007, 07:35 PM
I was angry and letting the invective fly at the screen.

Glad I wasn't there. I hate people who talk through the movie.

MattW
03-16-2007, 03:37 AM
http://www.spitter.com/images/masterblaster.jpg
Does this guy run Bordertown too? Or just Bartertown?