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Z Movies, Hidden Agenda Revised

Z Movies, Hidden Agenda Revised

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A task which explores Guy Hennebelle's theory of Z Movies and political thrillers.
A task which explores Guy Hennebelle's theory of Z Movies and political thrillers.

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Published by: tomcopland on Mar 10, 2010
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Z Movies
"The term
Z movie
(or
grade-Z movie
) arose in the mid-1960s as an informaldescription of certain unequivocally non-A films. It was soon adopted to characterize low-budget pictures with quality standards well below those of most B movies and even so-called C movies.”
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‘Z movies’ films are a very low standard with often the acting being very bad, thescreenplay, etc. Falling way below usual standards, they are often very low budget films. To categorise Hidden Agenda as what I believe to be a Z movie is not fair at all. HiddenAgenda may fall into some of the specifications such as the low budget; however thequality is not bad whatsoever.************However the alternative definition of a Z movie is a movie which is a political thrillerwhich can be frowned upon by a government of which it was criticising. This was definedby Guy Hennebelle
“Outlined in an article by Guy Hennebelle in
Cineaste
, Z Movies "only use 'politics' as a convenient reference to create the illusion that they are seriously dealing with a problem"
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Z movies are also seen to
"revive most of the Hollywood gimmicks in their glossing over of reality — the recourse to out-of-the-ordinary heroeswho are all put into extraordinary situations, contrivances of editing, pounding musicalscores, and deliberate ideological fuzziness” 
3
Bearing this in mind Hidden Agenda can most definitely be seen as being a politic thrilleras it explores a conspiracy theory surrounding ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland. It alsohas a different stance the majority of the press as it does not sympathise with the IRAbut it does not hold them to blame for everything which is most definitely the ‘out-of-the-ordinary’ heroes.Some reviews such as (http://www.allmovie.com/work/hidden-agenda-22318/review) giveHidden Agenda a positive review. Picking up on the good storyline, realistic approach andalso the good performances by the main actors.In contrast to the review above the NYTimes gives it a mediocre reception(http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9C0CE0DB143FF932A15752C1A966958260) “This politically opinionated,unsensational manner takes advantage of Mr. Loach's long experience creating semi-documentaries about such issues as homelessness and working-class struggles. The style1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z_movie  2 http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/onlinessays/JC38folder/HiddenAgenda-JFK.html  3 http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/onlinessays/JC38folder/HiddenAgenda-JFK.html 

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