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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

“Chappaquiddick” -- the movie

I do not go to movies because I am a homebody. If I want movie popcorn, I have a microwave.

But I did enjoy a movie review by Owen Gleiberman of Variety, and not just because the film is called, “Chappaquiddick.”

The film's very existence stunned me.

Who would dare pull the mask off the Kennedy Clan?

And yet, here is a movie about Ted Kennedy driving drunk, killing Mary Jo Kopechne, and not only getting away with it but running for president less than a dozen years later.

The spin has always been that this was an incident that cost him the presidency, not that it was a drunk driver killing a woman.

Ted Kennedy was the poster boy for male privilege, and even white privilege.

But now, 48 years later, the truth of this ugly, corrupt politics of Mafiachusetts apparently has made it to the movie theater.

In his review, Owen Gleiberman called it "an event of criminal negligence and cover-up."

He said it defined Ted Kennedy's life.

It ended Mary Jo Kopechne's.

From Owen Gleiberman:
The film says that what happened at Chappaquiddick was even worse than we think. Kopechne’s body was found in a position that implied that she was struggling to keep her head out of the water. And what the film suggests is that once the car turned upside down, she didn’t die; she was alive and then drowned, after a period of time, as the water seeped in. This makes Edward Kennedy’s decision not to report the crime a clear-cut act of criminal negligence — but in spirit (if not legally), it renders it something closer to an act of killing.
Conservatives have pointed that out for years.

Other reviewers saw the movie as sympathetic to a man who killed a woman and used his political connections to avoid prison.

"The push and pull of this movie is really between the lead character and the audience. One moment we feel compassionate: he wants to do the right thing. The next moment he’s gone down the cover-up rabbit hole and is an irredeemable swine. John Curran has a light touch, though. Even when we most hate Ted, we don’t hate the film. Indeed, the cruelest scenes are when things really kick into gear, as when the handlers at the Kennedy Compound start talking about securing this poor young woman’s body," Jordan Hoffman of the Guardian wrote.

Good gravy, there are even fall guys for Kennedy not taking the fall.

Owen Gleiberman of Variety ended his reviewers with a swipe at President Trump, which doubled down on Kennedy.

From Owen Gleiberman:
Forty-eight years later, let’s be clear on what the meaning of Chappaquiddick is. Ted Kennedy should, by all rights, have stood trial for involuntary manslaughter, which would likely have ended his political career. The fact that the Kennedy family — the original postwar dynasty of the one percent — possessed, and exerted, the influence to squash the case is the essence of what Chappaquiddick means. The Kennedys lived outside the law; the one instance in American history of an illegally stolen presidential election was the election of John F. Kennedy in 1960. He in all likelihood lost the race to Richard Nixon, but his father tried to steal the election for him by manipulating the vote tallies in (among other places) Illinois. That’s the meaning of Chappaquiddick. too.
I don’t say any of this as a right-wing troll. But those are the facts, and they are facts that liberals, too often, have been willing to shove under the carpet. And they have paid the price. Ted Kennedy became known as “the Lion of the Senate,” and did a lot of good, but when you try to build a governing philosophy on top of lies, one way or another those lies will come back to haunt you. (Hello, Donald Trump! He’s an incompetent bully, but his middle name might be “Liberal Karma.”) As a movie, “Chappaquiddick” doesn’t embellish the incidents it shows us, because it doesn’t have to. It simply delivers the truth of what happened: the logistical truth of the accident, and also the squirmy truth of what went on in Ted Kennedy’s soul. The result may play like avid prose rather than investigative cinema poetry, but it still adds up to a movie that achieves what too few American political dramas do: a reckoning.
The Trump knock aside -- Owen Gleiberman told the truth.

Look for Variety to find a reason to dump Owen Gleiberman.

UPDATE: A reader noted Jason Clarke, who plays Ted Kennedy, starred in "Zero Dark Thirty."

Duly noted.


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  1. Can anyone name one good thing that Teddy Kennedy did?



    As for the uninformed insult that President Trump is an incompetent bully, well, opinions are like - you get the point.

    As for the Liberal Karmna remark, that may be spot on. Nobody can say that the Liberals didn't have it coming to them. Now it's here.

    - Elric

    1. Exactly. Gleibermsn wrote "Ted Kennedy became known as “the Lion of the Senate,” and did a lot of good". He did a lot of bad. Immigration. Healthcare. Education. Generosity with our money. Womanizer. Etc. etc.

    2. Don't forget contacting the Soviets
      to subvert the Reagan administration and interfere in
      in our politics..
      TG McCoy

    3. Hello, Donald Trump! He’s an incompetent bully....


      The writer has President Trump confused with The Dems and the GOPe, as well as the Governor of Virginia and the Mayor of Charlottesville.

      "incompetence"? That's not what US military leaders and the officials working hurricane detail in Texas and Florida have said about President Trump's actions.

    4. Can anyone name one good thing that Teddy Kennedy did?
      He, finally, died?

  2. The Kennedy's seem to be out of steam politically so it is safe to hit them hard in the Truth. The Clinton's appear to be getting there also. It will take much longer for the Obama's.

    -Mikey NTH

    1. This is a good point. JFK had a lot of think pieces on issues from speeches when he ran (and other than Reagan who else had so much of their thinking so organized) and RFK deserved his appointment as Attorney General, not only fighting the teamsters and supporting civil rights at a crucial time but was one of the first to question whether the FBI under Hoover had become a runaway organization. But, every other Kennedy got anywhere by the Kennedy name. The same is true for the Clintons after Bill and the unpersonable Michelle Obama.

      I read a long time ago that America has a headline news passion that drives the media (like "if it bleeds it leads" or the Lindbergh kidnapping or a mine rescue or Melania's shoes, etc.) -- and that as soon as a new headline knocks the old story off the front page, it's forgotten. What your comment notes is that kind of headline passion gives America some horrible political leaders (but at least maybe Hillary has run her course, even if Chelsea and Michelle haven't)!

    2. It will take much longer for the Obama's.

      Wanna bet?

    3. It can't come soon enough for the NON CITIZEN Obama.

      He was not born in Hawaii and even if he was, the evidence indicates he became, (and probably still is), a citizen of Indonesia.

    4. I still have hope that one day the truth about this fraud will come out.

      Oh, that would be wonderful! I'm not holding my breath, though. Far too many felons are walking around freely, and seem to have no worry about justice catching up.

    5. A lot of this movie was contrived we don't know what happened to her in the car underwater that us only speculation.

  3. Journalists are the real incompetent bullies.

    But we know that won't ever stick, so we turn our heads a the the inevitable violence that will be done them.

    They, not the Kennedy's, were the ones who let Teddy off. If there had been a constant drumbeat for prosecution, like we know there would have been if he had been a Republican, some kind of justice would have been done.

    But as we already know, social justice warriors don't give a shit about actual justice. They want power over us. And even when they have that they aren't satisfied. It's an illness. Let's eradicate it.

    1. "we know there would have been if he had been a Republican, some kind of justice would have been done"

      See the current Menendez trial that is being buried by the propaganda wing of the Jackass party, the MSM.

    2. Menendez is being prosecuted because he opposed strongly Obama on Cuba and Iran. If he had been a good little democrat, he would've skated.

  4. Judging these historical figures always brings out the judge's prejudice first and foremost. I put myself in the dock too. However let me say first,that there is a certain liberal judgement characteristic I don't find often in it's absence, that is the willingness to forgive or even to ignore murder, often on a massive scale, as long as the party being judged was one of their own, so great is their desire for power and control.
    Speaking from the dock, Ted was a lousy person who did nothing for me, even when I heard him speak with passion at a small academic gathering in 1971. He left his country worse off than he found it and would have destroyed it utterly if he had not been caught by chance in the web of his own Karma. He was like every other Democrat of his era, only worse. Ne Pace tibi.

  5. The only good thing Ted Kennedy ever did was die and the SOB took too long to do that.

  6. The makers of this movie, and the guy who plays Teddy, will never work in Hollywood again. I'm amazed they were able to make this movie.

    1. Likely; though I don't think any one really cares about the Kennedys anymore.

      -Mikey NTH

  7. Post more than Great , Kindly Thanks

  8. I hated that fat f Teddy Kennedy! He got away with murder plain and simple but the GD N Eastern Yankees in Mas.sucked his arse and covered for this Fat Fruit. That's why I hate Mass. Yankees!!

  9. Ted Kennedy also got expelled from Harvard for cheating.

    Shocking, isn't it?!

  10. Ted Kennedy became known as “the Lion of the Senate,” and did a lot of good...

    Mary Jo Kopechne couldn't be reach for comment.

  11. If Mary Jo Kopechne's murder had been all that Ted Kennedy had done, it should have been enough to put him behind bars for a while, but he was able to go on, and participate in the Palm Beach rape cover up, for yet another privileged family member. Then there was the Waitress Sandwich.
    It wasn't as if dear Teddy learned his lesson, and cleaned up his act after Mary Jo.
    Are any of those things in the movie?

  12. Trump the Incompetent - every day he does something foolish.

    Trump the Bully? When was he ever anything else?

    Owen Gleiberman is spot on about The Swimmer and about our floundering president.

  13. He was the lion of the senate.... If he opened his mouth he was lyin' to ya and afterward was out lying with some one elses wife, or lyin some where drunk off his ass.
    He only avoided punishment on earth.

  14. Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne are driving up the road when she says: "Teddy, I think I'm pregnant. What are we going to do about it?"

    Kennedy replies: "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it".

  15. The progression of the Kennedy clan mirrors that of the Godfather trilogy, except we're talking Irish mob instead of Mafia.