Last year, President Donald Trump frustratedly asked his staff why America was taking refugees from "s***hole countries", going on to cite his preferred, Nordic choices. It was one of the most unforgivable comments a leader could make about supposed allies, so no one forgave him. There was no attempt made at apology, and the world collectively moved on.
Perhaps part of the reason for the giant shrug goes beyond a general "that's Donald" vibe, as for years Hollywood has used other countries as villains, chock full of stereotypes ready to wipe The Great Satan off the map even if it means martyrdom. Action cinema's reductive nature, boiling conflict down to good versus bad, has led to some unintentionally hysterical xenophobic and racist entertainment.
It's gotten so bad that movies and television have taken to inventing countries of their own, so as not to incite a world war. It's much easier, particularly today when the Chinese market is such a major factor, to sub in some nonsense country rather than risk your film not play in overseas venues.
Some were just quick rewrites, clear stand-ins for real places, while others were invented out of true creativity and sharp satire. Here are some of the best, weirdest and worst.
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So I suppose a simple top 5 in no order will do: Halloween, Crimes and Misdemeanors, L.A. Confidential, Billy Liar, Blow Out
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