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Current Topic: Movies

Stupid Academy Award - Bowling for Columbine
Topic: Movies 7:25 pm EST, Apr  1, 2003

] The point is far more fundamental: Bowling for Columbine
] is dishonest. It is fraudulent. It fixes upon a theme,
] and advances it, whenever necessary, by deception. It
] even uses the audio/video editor to assemble a Heston
] speech that Heston did not give, and to turn sympathetic
] phrases into arrogant ones. You can't even trust the
] narrator to read you a plaque or show you a speech, for
] Pete's sake.
] The bottom line: can a film be called a documentary when
] the viewer cannot trust an iota of it, not only the
] narration, but the video? I suppose film critics could
] debate that one for a long time, and some might prefer
] entertainment and effect to fact and truth. But the
] Academy Award rules here are specific. Rule 11 lays out
] "Special Rules for the Documentary Award." And it begins
] with the definition: "A documentary film is defined as a
] non-fiction motion picture . . . ." It goes on to say
] that a documentary doesn't always have to show the
] "actual occurrence": it can employ re-enactment, etc.,
] "as long as the emphasis is on factual content and not on
] fiction."

Stupid Academy Award - Bowling for Columbine

CNN Pulls the Plug on Connie Chung
Topic: Movies 7:32 pm EST, Mar 26, 2003

] You have seen the last of "Connie Chung Tonight."
] Effective immediately, CNN has canceled the prime-time
] newsmagazine that had been on the air only since last
] June. Also gone is anchor Connie Chung -- the broadcast
] network news star CNN had wooed to become its crown jewel
] in a new star-strewn prime-time lineup.

Good.. I thought her show sucked.

If only Fox would axe O'Reilly. I hate O'Reilly..

CNN Pulls the Plug on Connie Chung

Movie Industry Screwed! Economy Screwed! Rattle's cousin screwed out of financing for '2000 Maniacs' remake!
Topic: Movies 5:38 pm EST, Mar 23, 2003

] What does it say about American culture if Venice
] filmmaker Tim Sullivan can't get financing for a remake
] of the 1964 splatter classic "2000 Maniacs"?
] What it said to Sullivan is that raising funds for
] low-budget independent movies -- never easy -- has gotten
] tougher since Wall Street laid an egg.
] At 38, Sullivan is a 20-year horror veteran. His first
] break came in his hometown of Metuchen, N.J., on 1983's
] forgotten "Return of the Aliens: The Deadly Spawn."
] Sullivan's job, wielding a Black & Decker hand pump
] behind the scenes, was to make sure the blood gushed on
] cue and on budget.

Tim is also my cousin, so meme/blog this around and get my kin some attention..

] The plot: Confederate zombies take revenge on
] present-day Yankee tourists.

Whole bunch of folks in the southeast on MemeStreams.. If this dosen't get you going, what will?

] A couple of characters will be dropped and some action
] sequences trimmed. However, there are some compromises
] he won't make. The script said eight murders, and eight
] murders there will be.
] "If I have to choose between a decapitation and a
] motorcycle chase," Sullivan said, "I'm going with the
] decapitation."

Right on..

Movie Industry Screwed! Economy Screwed! Rattle's cousin screwed out of financing for '2000 Maniacs' remake!

The Case for the Empire
Topic: Movies 8:06 pm EDT, May 17, 2002

In all of the time we spend observing the Rebel Alliance, we never hear of their governing strategy or their plans for a post-Imperial universe. All we see are plots and fighting. Their victory over the Empire doesn't liberate the galaxy--it turns the galaxy into Somalia writ large: dominated by local warlords who are answerable to no one.
Which makes the rebels--Lucas's heroes--an unimpressive crew of anarchic royals who wreck the galaxy so that Princess Leia can have her tiara back.

The Case for the Empire

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