War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death

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War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death
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Directed by Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp
Produced by Loretta Alper
Narrated by Sean Penn
Music by Leigh Phillips, John Van Eps
Edited by Andrew Killoy
Release dates
  • May 14, 2007 (2007-05-14)
Running time 73 minutes
Country United States
Language English

War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death is a 2007 American documentary film. The film is narrated by Sean Penn and is adapted from the book of the same name,[1] authored by Norman Solomon.

Plot[edit]

The film attempts to expose how the American government over 50 years has tried to strum up war effort using the media as a tool. "War Made Easy gives special attention to parallels between the Vietnam war and the war in Iraq."[2]

Reception[edit]

New York Times columnist Jeannette Catsoulis described War Made Easy as "cinematically inert if ultimately persuasive".[3] V.A. Musetto of the New York Post criticized the film as "conventional and one-sided".[4] Aaron Hillis wrote for The Village Voice that the film is "sobering, straightforward, and a bit drab, but... it's also an entirely nonpartisan endeavor".[5] Variety critic Dennis Harvey credited "Solomon’s astute onscreen analysis" for driving the film.[6]

Rotten Tomatoes rates War Made Easy 88% on the basis of 17 aggregated reviews,[7] and Metacritic rates the film 57 based on 5 reviews.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goodm an, Amy. "War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death". Democracy Now. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "War Made Easy Synopsis". Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (14 March 2008). "Spinning Conflict". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Musetto, V.A. (14 March 2008). "WAR MADE EASY". New York Post. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Hillis, Aaron (11 March 2008). "War Made Easy's Nopartisan Iraq-War Skewering". The Village Voice. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Harvey, Dennis (13 August 2007). "Review: ‘War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death’". Variety. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "War Made Easy". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 

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