By Douglas Kellner
Cinema Wars explores the intersection of movie, politics, and US tradition and society via a daring serious research of the flicks, television indicates, and documentaries produced within the early 2000s
* bargains a thought-provoking depiction of Hollywood movie as a contested terrain among conservative and liberal forces
* movies and documentaries mentioned contain: Black Hawk Down, The Dark Knight, Star Wars, Syriana, WALL-E, Fahrenheit 9/11 and different Michael Moore documentaries, among others
* Explores how a few movies during this period supported the Bush-Cheney regime, whereas others criticized the management, overtly or otherwise
* Investigates Hollywood’s therapy of various scorching subject matters, from terrorism and environmental situation to the Iraq struggle and the tradition wars of the 2000s
* exhibits how Hollywood movie within the 2000s delivered to lifestyles a colourful array of social protest and helped create cultural stipulations to select Barack Obama
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