I cut way back on my moviegoing at least a decade ago because after several years of living and working in Hollywood and seeing how the sausage gets made, so many movies filled me with an incandescent rage. So it will be nice to see a movie this April that fills me with incandescent rage for totally non-Hollywood-related reasons.
I’m speaking of The Unknown Known, Errol Morris’s upcoming documentary on the career of Donald Rumsfeld. The movie played the festival circuit throughout 2013 but is now apparently getting a theatrical release on April 4. (No word on how wide the release will be, but given the names involved it is a good bet it will be in more theaters than your average documentary.) Since Morris has made a few documentaries about clueless idiots, the subject of Rumsfeld is right in his wheelhouse, and the trailer looks great, even if the rage it induced in me gave me a headache.
You may remember Rumsfeld from such fuck-ups as “The Nixon Administration,” “The Reagan Administration,” and most prominently, “The Dubya Administration.” That’s a lot of fuck-ups for one guy. Which is why he’s getting the documentary treatment. That level of fucking up must be immortalized for history. Were this ancient Greece, someone would have written an epic poem about him that we would still be reading in high school English today.