Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Wow, I will never see this movie, but the trailer is hilarious. This is for Clint Eastwood's new film Gran Torino, coming out on December 17th. It has the same Edward Hopper-style cinematography as Million Dollar Baby, and kind of the same central character too (grizzled; skeptical of priests; rediscovers life through an ingratiating, twenty-something female).
But then it also has drive-by shootings, which is very not Million Dollar Baby. (neither are Asian gangs)
It all makes a little more sense when you find out that it's a Dirty Harry film.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Virginia Heffernan wrote about the recent popularity of videos that take the climax from the movie Downfall and replace the dialogue with Hitler talking about something else - everything from the candidacy of Sarah Palin to problems with playing Xbox live. None of them made me laugh as much as the one in which he plans a trip to Burning Man. As someone who is pretty sure that he hates anyone who goes to that festival, I get a special pleasure out of this.
Monday, October 20, 2008
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Saturday, October 11, 2008
This is a great interview with Dolly Parton from Studio 360. I remember how Ms. Cusack in fourth grade would play her version of "I Will Always Love You" if we behaved well. (It was a nice way to end the day.)
I love her sense of humor - how self-depracating and disarming it is. My friend Amanda has a live album by Dolly, on which she dedicates one of the songs to the drag queens in the front row: "Y'all look more like me than I ever will!"
Who cares if they smell and always sound like they're balking at something? This is love at first sight! The geese are still around because of the Indian summer we're having, which feels even nicer than the actual summer.
My friend Amneris sent me this photo, which was taken in front of her house.
Friday, October 10, 2008
This is the video to "It's All About the Benjamins (Rock Remix)" by Puff Daddy, who now goes by "Diddy." (Your momma called you Puff for a reason - don't disrespect her!)
I'm actually not much of a fan of the remix or even the video, but from about the 0:55 mark to the 1:55 mark, it's pure genius! Puff and his crew crash a high school dance, where some black dude is singing "Everybody Hurts" by REM. It's the best version I've heard of the song, ever.
Also, check out Lil' Kim slow dancing.
The video is by Spike Jonze.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
It's so interesting to see what's acceptable in other cultures. If US military commanders were photographed sitting in plush leather couches, they would be ridiculed. But in Iraq it's apparently acceptable. (Not that I think many Iraqis would feel comfortable making fun of the military if they thought otherwise.)
The photo was taken from the BBC News site.