Horns & Halos
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The characters are all nuanced, complex personalities, and the filmmakers do a startingly good job at not passing judgment and allowing us to see the characters for who they really are.
Rather than being a simplistic anti-Bush doc, the film is a meditation on how media, money, and politics combine to reak havoc on the life of an already troubled man.
I highly, highly recommend this film, not only to those who are interested in the intersection of media, money, and politics, but to those who are interested in experiencing great filmmaking.
Hatfield added an afterword to the book, which he claimed was at St. Martin's insistence. The afterword included a juicy acknowledgment by three unspecified sources about Bush's alleged cocaine addiction. Hatfield insisted that he didn't want to add this info, but did so when the publisher pressed the issue. Immediately after publication, Hatfield's sordid past--which included a murder-for-hire scheme came to light, and the dirt on Hatfield--combined with the segment on Bush's alleged cocaine use led to the books' recall and destruction.
Enter Soft Skull Press, a tiny independent press who then republished the book and tried to distribute it. A great deal of the film follows the trials and tribulations of the rogue founder of Soft Skull Press, the intrepid, idealistic Sander Hicks as he and J.H.Hatfield attempt to re-launch the book. Hicks and Hatfield attended book conventions, and even appeared on 60 Minutes to try and promote the book. The two men form an unlikely sometimes-difficult bond.Read more ›
The most interesting part of the film is the long and winding road to re-publish this controversial book. Hatfield's book first published by St Martin's Press was withdrawn because some part of the author's biographical facts were unearthed. Then, a small publishing company Soft Skull Press, led by one young guy Sander Hicks (with a haircut like 'Travis' of 'Taxi Driver'), thinks of publishing the book again.
The film follows their efforts to promote the book, their promotions being several appearances on TV or radio shows (including '60 Minutes' though you can see only the introductory part of it). However, I believe the incongruous relations between Hicks and Hatfield is the best part of the film. These two guys are really something, I mean, if you don't know that this is a documentary film, you might think that they are the characters coming out of David Mamet dramas. See the publisher Hicks quote the e-mail from Hatfield, who obviously didn't like the way Hicks was talking to him. Reading the angry words themselve, like spit-fire, Hicks is also gradually carried away by the language, yelling before the PC in the basement floor where the publishing company is. You rarely see that kind of image on screen.
I don't know to what extent the comments they make before the camera is realiable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a must see for anyone interested in James Hatfield and his excellent 'banned and burned' book Fortunate Son.Published on July 25, 2011 by 777
This is a sad and poignant video. I remember buying the first edition of the book released by Soft Skull Press, and I was amazed but not surprised by the revelation that Bush was... Read morePublished on January 19, 2008 by vaporland
It really makes you wonder. I tried to read "Fortunate Son" by James Hatfield but didn't have the patience at the time to read the book. Read morePublished on July 27, 2006 by Wendy Schroeder
If you're a republican consider watching "Horns and Halos" you just might realize your commander and chief is not what you thought. Read morePublished on May 27, 2006 by Wayne A. Lambright
First, as anyone who knows me will testify, I'm NOT a Dubya fan. On the contrary, I've been working on his impeachment, have written to Congress many times on the subject. Read morePublished on May 21, 2006 by Amazon Customer
This is the best movie I have ever seen. It is Chilling and so true.Published on December 31, 2005 by Floyd D. Gillis
This documentary actually turns out to be quite a lot more than a political polemic, and it's all the better for it. Read morePublished on July 31, 2005 by B. Hanley
I have seen the film for the second time and was impressed even more by not only its informative content, but by its terrific dramatic impact. Read morePublished on October 26, 2004 by Mauricio