Tagged: Emily Blunt

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.

One more time

Re a federal government shutdown: the Tea Party House simply delayed its pander party, which will resume in December. The early negative reviews of the Cecile Richard’s roast certainly weren’t encouraging to its cause.

Republicans continue to put Americans at risk with these manufactured pseudo-crises.

“The Incompetent Executioner,” starring Mary Fallin. Next on FX.

Mr Putin provided military support for rebels in Ukraine, a conflict which has ended in stalemate. Now he’s trying his hand at fighting rebels in Syria.

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Americans have always had a contradictory relationship with citizenship. The body politic was originally formed by denying citizenship to Native Americans and enslaved people. Americans assume as a point of pride that everyone in the world wants to be a US citizen while at the same time disparaging those seeking citizenship. When the American right wing comes under criticism, its knee-jerk response is “if you don’t like it here, you can go to [X].”

Emily Blunt should brush off any and all pathological discontent directed at her like cat hair on a dark sweater.