Archive for November, 2007
Just to prove how much he hates violence, Michael Haneke has made Funny Games again. Because the message of his film is so important (watching people suffer is not entertainment, so here’s two hours of it), and because it’s so vital to get this across to as many people as possible, he’s done it with an all-star cast! So now you can watch Tim Roth cry for ten minutes without having to read the subtitles.
When a European does it, y’see, it’s not torture porn, it’s art. And when he does it again, it’s not a cynical cash-in, it’s… uhh, well, it’s something.
(Oh, and to all the critics who tricked me into sitting through to the end of ‘Hidden’? Thanks… thanks a bunch.)
According to this throwaway line in a Vanity Fair piece, Tom Cruise’s hobbies include intimidating doctors.
“…Spielberg felt the actor’s antics had hurt his own movie, 2005’s ‘War of the Worlds’. Far worse, though, had been an episode when Spielberg told Cruise the name of a doctor who had prescribed medication to a relative and the doctor’s office was subsequently picketed by Scientologists.”
Again, the use of the Larson third person does not prevent this joke from being a confusing mess.
‘Noted Catholic author’ Kenneth Whitehead gets medieval on Father Ted’s ass.
“The second of the three priests depicted on the show, Father
Dougal, is quite deliberately presented as an uncomprehending simpleton, a
cheerful idiot. Father Dougal is the foil for Father Ted; he can always be
depended on to say the wrong thing and, on one occasion, he turns out not even
to know who the pope is. Such a person could never have gotten into, much less
out of, any seminary anywhere.”
Update: I’m fond of the way every American seems to think the show is a case of British people making fun of Irish people. Even John Michael Higgens, who is supposedly playing Ted in the American remake, says here “you guys are doing an Irish joke”. The lack of interest in the story behind the show–in the fact, for instance, that it is written and directed by Irish people–is not a very good sign, to say the least
A guy with autism gets the giggles while singing the American National Anthem at a baseball match , and then everything turns lovely.
Bilal Hussein, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and the latest victim of ‘regime change’ in Iraq.
“In the 19 months since he was picked up, Bilal has not been charged
with any crime, although the military has sent out a flurry of
ever-changing claims. Every claim we’ve checked out has proved to be
false, overblown or microscopic in significance. Now, suddenly, the
military plans to seek a criminal case against Bilal in the Iraqi court
system in just days. But the military won’t tell us what the charges
are, what evidence it will be submitting or even when the hearing will
be held.” Link