Category: film

Adieu créature

An anonymous complaint about the previous post and an apology:

On behalf of the International League of Flying Primates, I do wish to formally condemn the prejudice put forth in this column against airborne simians.

We still combat the propaganda of 1939 put forth in a Hollywood film which portrayed us in a shamefully degrading manner. We were at the time a colony of a foreign power which, as it may be pointed out, sought remedy against an injustice perpetrated against the sister of our former leader.

Nevertheless, we are a stable, forward-thinking republic of freedom-loving brachypterous apes. To associate our legal skills with the Trump association is a grievous slight. Please understand that it causes our membership great offense to compare us with the hairless bipeds of the Trump racketeering organization.

That is your last counseling session. Should it occur again, you will be struck unawares with an aerial poo bombardment.

My sincere apologies to the ILFP and any unaffiliated airborne simians.

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Trump says Germany owes “vast sums” to NATO. Coincidentally, Trump owes “vast sums” to his former contractors.

A “conservative columnist” has been diagnosed with Maddow envy.

The southern border wall must be high enough for “the President” to have a great fall.

Quagga

Kate Beckinsale will always be Selene to me.

Fox News has purveyed fake news for two decades. Breitbart is riding on old Rupe’s coattails.

Steve Bannon is the bin Laden of journalism.

Mr Trump is Thatcher on steroids, Reagan on donepezil.

It is not surprising that a billionaire tops the Forbes’ list.

Remind me

Who would bother to determine whether a fictional narrative is historically accurate? Well, I’ll tell you. There’s a site (with the wonderful title “Information is Beautiful”) that, among other things, purports to assess the “accuracy” of Hollywood films. The unexamined assumption is that fictional narratives on screen should be “true.” Naive realism is foundation of such fake film criticism.

Random thought on the film “Sicario”: the Emily Blunt character is supposed to be the moral center of the film. The audience is expected to cathect to her “outrage” over breaches of the rule of law. Hence, the character should prevent the film from falling into the revenge-fantasy genre (e.g., Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, etc.). Except for the fact that it does so in the final 25 minutes. Sicario is an utter mess.

It is worth recalling that foreign leaders attended Reagan’s funeral.

Ordinary world

Along with foraging, scavenging will become a way of life under the twin forces of Brexit and Trump.

Fighting gentrification is like fighting gravity.

From an aesthetic point of view, film has no necessary relationship to reality. The more unreal film is, the better.

Bob Dylan will not attend the Nobel Prize ceremony. Perhaps he has nothing to say.

After the ordeal

Re Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week: the fashion industry has always drawn inspiration from the urban street, the rural field, and the courtesan’s boudoir.

Re Jimmy Kimmel at the Emmys: the faux introduction of “Dr Bill Cosby” and the ad lib about Johnny Cochrane were the best bits. Gervaisesque, really.

Re the Labour Party leadership vote: Mr Corbyn is the Stannis Baratheon of Labour. He has a better chance of presiding over the High Table at Hogwarts than becoming Prime Minister.

As a genre, the Western is passé, especially a re-booted Western that lacks irony (“The Magnificent Seven”).

Virtual Brexit (the present state of affairs) is not to be confused with real Brexit (a future state of affairs after Ms Merkel and friends reduce the UK to a giant workhouse).

The Ryder Cup is the perfect sh*storm of commercialised, god-bothering, flag-fluffing, 1%er machismo, wrapped in polyester shirts and dad khakis.

Chaconne

Ms Clinton’s emails are like Obama’s birth certificate: something to keep right-wing loons busy.

There’s no evidence that mimicry of the right’s gutter populism will pay off as a tactic for the Democrats. Mr Obama drew people to him emotionally without wallowing in filth.

Who could have guessed this film would cause the twitter outragetariat to go bonkers.

The FSB is creating a new site for Ms Trump.