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Louis Proyect’s “Heartland” Takes Karl Marx to the Movies

In response to Louis Proyect’s 785‑word review of Out of the Furnace on rec.arts.movies.reviews 

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/10/the-hollywoodization-of-the-heartland/

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Louis Proyect, moderator of the Marxist Mailing List, likes to review films for various outlets (here it’s Counter Punch) when he’s not fighting the good fight. “The Hollywoodization of the Heartland,” is his take on the socio-economic implications contained within Out of the Furnace, director Scott Cooper’s Rust Belt Requiem.  

And therein lies the problem with this review:  It’s his take on the socio-economic implications contained within Out of the Furnace. That is, it isn’t so much critique as it is manifesto and Proyect only manages to offer two brief sentences about the film’s merit as a film: “Maybe if director Scott Cooper had gone whole hog to make a B-movie, I’d find this mess more acceptable. Instead, it has arty pretensions. .”

The rest is a tangential discussion about a documentary he saw about the town the film is set in. Any analysis of the acting or the cinematography or any other standard is neglected.  

Apparently, proper punctuation is for the bourgeoisie elite (the proletariat will put their commas where they damn well please!) and Proyect’s nose-thumbing of the rules of usage result in some sentences readers will be forced to reread.  

As a diatribe, the article has some limited value, but as a film review, it has none.    

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