Saturday, March 22, 2008


i was laying in my bed yesterday afternoon waiting for natalie to get out of work... we had to run some errands before we went to poughkeepsie to some friends and check out their band. i came across a movie trailer on tv..."stop-loss". i had not seen a preview for this movie before but i was curious...jumped on the computer, typed in the title and was led to "MTV films presents STOP-LOSS." oh great. MTV is making a movie about the war...honestly, what audience are they trying to target? and what is even the point? (unless they are trying to get some 18 year old kids to join because they realize the military is hurting for bodies…but I highly doubt it). So all the kids who watch the Real World, the top 10 countdown, and that reality show about a bi-sexual midget trying to find love…are now going to watch some bs Hollywood war film. well lets see who’s in the movie...Ryan Phillippe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Channing Tatum and Abbie Cornish. i watched the trailer...Ryan Phillippe running around without a shirt on...girls between the ages of 12-20 will automatically love this film. Abbie Cornish...poor sweet southern girl, just trying to make it through life while her mans at war. what a tearjerker. i don't know who the other two C list actors are...but they run around all "hooah" and this and that...freedom, serve your country...blah blah blah, and don’t forget to look at my muscles. (actually, when Natalie got to my house I asked her if she heard of this movie...she said something about Ryan Phillippe and one of the other actors...she told me he was in some dance movie MTV put out...why Natalie knows this is beyond me...and I was disappointed). i don't know if i really have a point...however, this film scares me. it doesn't even portray a realistic America (in my opinion)...its just good 'ol country boys, drinking some beers, wearing cowboy hats, coming home to parades celebrating their sacrifices (nice try MTV nice try), and coming home to a Martha Stewart girlfriend who can't wait to give them a slice of apple pie...what the fuck. And from what I can see there’s no female Soldiers in this film…I mean why would they be? Female Soldiers just like sit at desks all day, knit, talking about how many babies they want, that new meatloaf recipe their mom gave them, and new ways to clean the house.
MTV why dont you stick to shitty reality TV and playing horrible music? please stay out of my war…you’ll just make it more confusing.

see for yourself...


Blogger LT Nixon said...

Geez. I guess everyone in the military is supposed to be some muscle-bound hick from Palookaville. Although, a Martha Stewart type gal wouldn't be bad, haha.

3/22/2008 01:40:00 PM  
Blogger Long-time RN said...

First off Kate, thanks for choosing to serve. Those of us much older do appreciate the choice and are grateful. It is deeply troubling to read about transition as well as the VA difficulties you mention in the earlier post. You didn't receive a dental referral? I'm sure you are not joking, but it's close to unbelievable. Then again, it's easy to believe. Hope you find an answer for the toothache. Take care, Cathy B

3/22/2008 09:17:00 PM  
Blogger GI Kate said...

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3/22/2008 09:42:00 PM  
Blogger GI Kate said...

Cathy B, you might be one of my favorite people in the world. once again, thank you for your kind words. i did not get a dental referral! (in fact, after i got my blood drawn i went back upstairs to ask if i was just suppose to go down to dental...and i ran into my Doctor...she told me they would call with an appointment. no call yet). i think i found the answer for my toothache...i stopped eating anything sweet.

3/22/2008 09:46:00 PM  
Blogger GI Kate said...

LT Nixon, how are things going?
"Martha Stewart type gal wouldn't be bad" would get bored! when are you coming to visit saratoga?

3/22/2008 09:47:00 PM  
Blogger LT Nixon said...

Haha, thanks for the invite, GI Kate, but I'm gonna stuck in the green zone, which is like a really crappy summer camp.

3/23/2008 01:16:00 AM  
Blogger Navy Gal said...

You tell 'em Kate! There need to be more movies/documentaries about the females over in this war that are kicking ass and taking names right along with the guys!

3/24/2008 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous allie said...

i think its based on entertainment purposes. it is one persons view, story, opinion. just as this site is to you. i think it depicts one persons experience. meant to raise awareness. how many people, even in the military know what stop loss is? its about a war that has followed people home. one of the greatest things about america is the right to free speech. the freedom WE defend. good day miss.

3/24/2008 11:17:00 PM  
Blogger GI Kate said...


obviously this movie is for entertainment purposes. however, look at the underlying tone of the movie...the "stop-loss". come on, this is not anything positive. and who is this movie geared towards? people of enlisting age. so beyond the thrill of watching ryan phillippe run around with out a shirt on, this is damaging to the military. however, im not saying there shouldn't be awareness...but there should be complete awareness...the good and the bad. why did it take MTV 5 years to put out a film on the war that is solely based on the “stop-loss”? why couldn’t they release a film about an average kid, joining the army, and his whole war experience? So many young people are absorbed in MTV and this might be the only way they are exposed to the war…and this is what they get? Give me a break. its fucking pathetic, and so are you if you think this is in anyway a good film.

3/25/2008 10:07:00 PM  
Blogger Catherine McHenry said...

Hey, Kate. re: Stop Loss

MTV movies is just the distributor. I haven't seen the film yet, but I am a fan of the director, Kimberly Peirce. The NYTimes interviewed Peirce and described some of the delays and the evolution of this project. Peirce's brother serves and enlightened her to the 'back door draft.'


Keep blogging and raising the profile of upstate NY.


3/28/2008 12:00:00 AM  
Blogger Army Sergeant said...

I didn't see the trailer, but was actually hoping to see a decent film about how much stop-loss sucks.

I will go see and review the movie, so you'll be able to tell how much is BS and how much the trailer is/isn't accurate. I will jump on that grenade for you!

3/28/2008 01:44:00 PM  

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