Friday, July 29, 2011


There are a lot of choices out there at your local superfaplex. Wizards, super heroes, men and women in love, more super heroes. And in the midst of all of this comes the one I won't be searching for on Moviefone: "The Undefeated." It tells the story of a young woman who fought against all odds to become the governor of our largest state and fought the good fight, making America safe from enemies both foreign and domestic. The director, Stephen Bannon, chose the title because he felt it was "more triumphant" than his original "Taking A Stand." It might cause some confusion with John Leguizamo's directorial debut, or the John Wayne/Rock Hudson western. Or maybe confusion was the idea all along.
Why call the story of a woman who quit halfway through her first term as Alaska's governor and lost her bid to become vice-president by a substantial margin "Undefeated?" That's confusing. Maybe "Undecided," given that his heroine seems to be on the horns of a dilemma when it comes to making that pivotal choice as to whether or not she might favor us all with another chance to vote for her. She told Newsweek that she figures she could win. "Unfazed" because she doesn't seem to notice or care when things don't come out the way she planned. "Unfocused" because she doesn't seem to stay in any one place long enough to make more than a sound bite before moving on the the next media opportunity. "Unforgiven" because she continues to insist that abstinence is best, but she is about to become grandmother to yet another child born out of wedlock.
Wait a minute, Clint Eastwood already won an Oscar for that one. Or maybe it's like Inigo Montoya said, " You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

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