Ken Hanke’s review of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed [April 23 Xpress] should define him as a knee-jerking robot that reviews films of sensitive subjects without analysis or minimal reasoning, in favor of his obvious one-sided worldview.
Pull up, online, his four- and five-star reviews of Michael Moore’s films; compare, and ask yourself: What’s really at play here? While Hanke French kisses Moore, he skews Stein for reasons that have nothing to do with the content of the film.
I had no expectations for Expelled other than to see how another filmmaker uses the Moore-ian genre of personal essay. So it was with intense curiosity that I read the half-star Hanke review. The half-star was all I needed to get off the pot and experience for myself the source of such fevered hyperbole. How revealing; Hanke lists Stein’s genre as faux-documentary propaganda and Michael Moore’s tour de force’s as documentary? Really?
Hanke is so focused on squashing religious/scientific compromises, he fails to notice the real topic of the film. The film is not titled: “Jesus Lives and Science is Dead.”
Expelled addresses censorship, the death of critical analysis and the slandering of free thought. Intelligent design becomes a vehicle to expose the mini-minded pseudo-religion of Scientism and its New Speak, atheistic dogma. In this politically correct nation, it has become clear: If you break rank with the anointed on politically sensitive dialogue, be prepared to pay. You like your job? You like your future? Then zip it, buddy—zip it. Gee Hanke, funny that got by you.
Hanke can hardly refrain from ramming his loathing of anyone who would dare question any idea not cleared by his sense of New Speak. Hanke prefers to preach to the choir of WNC’s witch-hunters than to review a film based on merits.
— Stephen M. Rapp