Tuesday, January 30, 2007
While I was watching Letters from Iwo Jima last weekend, I saw an odd corollary of that which I hope may catch on: If you're watching a war film and a character noticeably passes gas (and the moment is not pressed for a big laugh), then that character will die of dysentery before the credits roll.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
I mean, really, if you were an artist that was given control of Battersea Power Station, wouldn't you pay homage to Pink Floyd album covers too?
Thursday, January 25, 2007
"He's tried this two times - it's failed twice," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says of President Bush's escalation plan. "I asked him at the White House, 'Mr. President, why do you think this time it's going to work?' And he said, 'Because I told them it had to.'" Pelosi reportedly then asked, "Why didn’t you tell them that the other two times?"I'm guessing, Nancy, that you're quickly realizing what kind of an imbecile you'll be working with for the next two years.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
I guess it's a little too obvious. Here's the story:
Rich Little won't be mentioning Iraq or ratings when he addresses the White House Correspondents' Dinner April 21.
Little said organizers of the event made it clear they don't want a repeat of last year's controversial appearance by Stephen Colbert, whose searing satire of President Bush and the White House press corps fell flat and apparently touched too many nerves.
"They got a lot of letters," Little said Tuesday. "I won't even mention the word 'Iraq.'"
Little, who hasn't been to the White House since he was a favorite of the Reagan administration, said he'll stick with his usual schtick -- the impersonations of the past six presidents.
"They don't want anyone knocking the president. He's really over the coals right now, and he's worried about his legacy," added Little, a longtime Las Vegas resident.
Dubya's Daddy famously resurrected Harry Truman's old quote of "If you can't stand the heat, then stay out of the kitchen" during his campaign for President. After reading this little item, I'm guessing it's a damn good thing Dubya isn't running again for both ours and his sakes.
C'mon, George! Where's that shit-kickin' good ol' country boy from Texas who'll stare down the terrorists when the wussy Democrats would bow before their feet? Never mind Osama Bin Laden. Bush can't even face Rich Little without having a fainting spell, apparently.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Mrs. Mosley has been on a Queen Elizabeth kick lately, enjoying rebroadcasts of The Virgin Queen on PBS (We have yet to see Helen Mirren's Golden Globe winning take on the Queen in Elizabeth I). When we found out that Cate Blanchett and director Shekhar Kapur were going to continue the story they started in 1998's Elizabeth, we were both very excited.
The new film is titles The Golden Age and is set to be released in October of 2007. Here are a couple of sumptuous preview pics to whet your appetite:
Monday, January 15, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
However, I did come across this story (via Boing Boing) , and I have to say that I totally came up with this idea way back when I was in college. Now if only I had patented it ...
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
President Bush said Wednesday he'll submit a proposal to balance the budget in five years and exhorted Congress to "end the dead of night process" of quietly tucking expensive pet projects into spending bills.Bush must now contend with a Democratic congress in order to succeed in these noble goals of eliminating pork and balancing the budget. Oh, it would be sooo much easier and faster for him to do if both houses of Congress were controlled by his own party for say ... oh, I don't know, six years.
Because, if nothing else, the Bush presidency and the Republican party have become the very epitome of fiscal responsibility.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
That's right, an Indian film that was released four months ago has already surpassed Strangelove and Python for the title of greatest comedy. It just goes to show you: Never underestimate the power of Bollywood!
Monday, January 01, 2007
Yaphet Kotto: 2004
Keith David: 2005
Forest Whitaker: 2006
And presenting the next in line for the new year:
(Of course, the title of the post was a dead giveaway. So much for building up suspense.)
Lindo has been a favorite of mine for quite a while. While I cannot pinpoint the exact moment I noticed the first three subjects of my quote series, I know precisely when I (along with, I'm sure, many other moviegoers) began to take notice of Lindo.
The first portion of Spike Lee's Malcolm X concerns the early life of Malcolm (Denzel Washington) when he still went by the last name Little and was a small-time criminal. When he meets a powerful gangster named West Indian Archie (Delroy Lindo), he gets a job as a numbers runner. Their paths divide after Archie tries to have Malcolm killed from a misundertsanding over a bet, and they only meet again years later when Malcolm has converted to Islam. He finds Archie in a far more desperate situation than when he last saw him: Living a poor existence in a ramshackle apartment and crippled from what appears to be the effects of a stroke.
Malcolm's forgiveness extends even to this man who once held a gun to his back, but this powerful message is surpassed by the performance of Delroy Lindo as Archie, who makes his physical transformation from ultrasmooth criminal into a pitiable shell of his former self. The following is the entire exchange from the movie:
Malcolm: How you doing, Archie?
Archie: My man, Red. Come here, man.
Malcolm: No, don't get up. It's all right.
Archie: Is ... really you, Red?
Malcolm: Yes, It's me. I came to, uh, just to thank you ... thank you for saving my life. When I think back to when we were on the streets of Harlem trying to gun each other down -
Archie: I wasn't going to shoot you, man. It was ... just my rep. You know? All I had was my rep. But now ... you tell me this: You did really have that number?
Malcolm: I don't know, Archie ... I really don't even remember, and it's not even important. The important thing now is to get you back on your feet.
Archie: You know, I have some angles ... ain't been figured yet.
(Archie nearly falls out of his chair, but Malcolm catches him.)
Malcolm: It's all right.
(He straightens him up and slides a stool over to prop up his feet.)
Archie: Help me with my arm. I need to exercise my arm. Yep.
(Malcolm bends Archie's right arm back and forth at the elbow.)
Malcolm: That's better?
Archie: Yep. It feels good.