First, check out and sign this petition to get Gunner Palace a PG-13 rating instead of an R rating. Gunner Palace received an R rating which is ridiculous considering what other movies received PG-13 ratings. A PG-13 rating will mean that more people will see this film. More people need to see this film.
I watched Michael Tucker (the director, producer, and cameraman of Gunner Palace) on Hardball last night. It was the first time that I watched Hardball since the Republican Convention when Chris Matthews was trying to intimidate
former Marine Sergeant Senator Zell Miller.
Michael Tucker was joined by film critic Leonard Maltin. Unfortunately, there isn't a transcript of the conversation so I'm paraphrasing what happened based on my memory.
Basically, Tucker was great at deflecting some of the most inane comments ever uttered by Chris Matthews and redirecting them to the film's actual purpose - to document the daily lives of these young soldiers. Matthews kept trying to compare Vietnam veterans reactions to films like the Deer Hunter, Platoon, Apocalypse Now, and the Green Berets. He kept bringing up the Green Berets as the one film that Vietnam veterans do not associate their memories of Vietnam with...it was like he wanted to talk about how surreal Iraq is rather than deal with topic of what kind of transformation the soldiers go through in the film.
No one pointed out to Matthews that Deer Hunter, Platoon, Apocalypse Now and The Green Berets were fictional movies.
Note to Chris Matthews and his Hardball handlers: Gunner Palace is a documentary film.
Obviously, Chris Mathews didn't see Gunner Palace.
But Leonard Maltin did, and he loved it. He raved about the film and it's historical importance.
Long Live Wilf!!!
Update: Gunner Palace in Newsweek.