WHERE: In the living room of my apartment in Portland, ME and partially while pacing in front of the building in hopes that the cold would keep me awake
FORMAT: iTunes digital copy on an iPhone 4S
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STATE: Sleepy. Just watched the documentary Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People and read some Wikipedia articles on Libya and the Arab Nationalist Movement.
Several months ago, friend-of-the-site and future Cinemanaut Adam recommended that I watch a movie called Reel Bad Arabs, which discusses the ways that Middle Eastern characters are portrayed in American films. Here is a link where you can purchase a DVD copy for the entirely reasonable price of $250, which I most definitely did instead of searching Google Videos.
Cue up “YOU WOULDN’T STEAL A HANDBAG.”
The documentary even briefly mentions Back to the Future, albeit with a corny line stating “this movie wasn’t about the future; it was the same old stereotyping from the past,” but nevertheless, it was a pretty enlightening look at common Arabic stereotypes going all the way back to Hollywood’s early days. Such as…