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Boundaries

Posted in arts, culture, entertainment, movies on August 7, 2010 by Jonathan

Fun question: What if the following scene had been written in the 1940s?

To be honest, I don’t know what’s more offensive, the gratuitous use of the f-word or Robert DeNiro’s sunglasses.

For the record, I’m not one who thinks that movies need to be wiped clean of profanity. Sometimes those words are necessary. I am, however, of the belief that boundaries, for the most part, force one to be more creative, which is why whenever I turn on Turner Classic Movies I’m thankful for those restrictions that both the movie industry and the culture at large imposed on filmmakers. The movies were better because of them. (For proof, check out this video of the 100 best cinematic putdowns, and try to find any of the more modern ones that top the line Bogart gives to Peter Lorre in Casablanca.) A lack of boundaries doesn’t automatically make a work of art or entertainment worse, but it doesn’t automatically elevate it, either.

A call to arms

Posted in movies on July 31, 2010 by Jonathan

Despicable Me

Posted in culture, movies on July 30, 2010 by Jonathan

I haven’t taken too many trips to the multiplex this summer, and therefore can’t respond to the inimitable Joe Queenan, who claims that this could very well be the worst movie year ever. I did manage to catch Despicable Me, and thought it creative, witty, fun, and fun. Great title, too. Even though it’s being shown in 3-D, you lose nothing when seeing it like I did in reliable 2-D. In fact, 3-D is kind of a distraction — a sentiment being shared increasingly by more and more people, it seems.

Taken

Posted in culture, movies on July 30, 2010 by Jonathan

Finally saw the movie Taken, in which Liam Neeson plays an ex-CIA operative who rescues his daughter from sex slavers in France. Not only is the movie a primer on how to pace an action story — the whole thing’s over in under 90 minutes — but on how to be unabashedly, gleefully politically incorrect: the bad guys are Albanian Muslims, and their bodies litter the various floors Mr. Neeson stands upon. Leave it to the French (as this was a French production co-written by Luc Besson, who previously defied his fellow artistes by saying the unsayable: that Roman Polanski isn’t above the law) to make such a movie.

Maybe BP should heed SP

Posted in movies, news on June 4, 2010 by Jonathan

James Cameron’s services in trying to stop the oil leak have been turned down. Clearly no one at BP has seen the “Imaginationland” episode of South Park, in which filmmakers M. Night Shyamalan, Michael Bay, and Mel Gibson were brought in by the government to solve the crisis of Islamic terrorists taking over our imagination. (Gibson’s idea won.)

Knowing your audience

Posted in movies, news, politics, Uncategorized on May 16, 2010 by Jonathan

In an interview with a Spanish newspaper, Woody Allen says he wouldn’t mind if President Obama were dictator for four years. He says this, of course, to a paper whose country happens to be well-versed in the joys of dictatorship.

[HT: Big Hollywood]

And they say there isn’t a red/blue divide…

Posted in culture, movies on April 14, 2010 by Jonathan

Director Kevin Smith is apparently taking a break from his usual high-brow Whit Stillman-esque comedies in order to make a horror film about conservatives. The movie, titled Red State, will be about “intense” and “horrifying” religious worship – which is a bit vague, to be honest, as any religious worship not centered around trees is probably viewed as such in Hollywood – and takes its cue from a 1975 cult film I happened to catch on TV just a few weeks ago called Race With the Devil, in which innocent vacationing couples are chased across a Texas populated by Satanists (proving that even in the seventies some Hollywood suits didn’t know what to make of evangelicals). It also takes inspiration from the members of that pathetic and evil “church” that protests at military funerals. (An aside to the Kevin Smiths of the world: That “church” is not Christianity.)

In the spirit of fairness – which is what the Left wants anyway, right? – I propose that some intrepid filmmaker tackle the intense, horrific worship of the government and the drive to end distinctions between genders. Call it Blue State.

[HT: Big Hollywood]