MUSLIM WHINING AT ALL-TIME POP CULTURE HIGH
Hit play on both videos embedded here. After the first video plays on each player, a second set of clips runs automatically, and that’s when the crybabying really begins.
“The Muslims Are Coming!” is even harder to stomach.
Regardless of religion or whatever, self-appointed victims disgust me to no end. I’m sorry, but Muslims have no more to crybaby about than any other “group” in this country. Furthermore, other than the L, G, B, and Ts, no group is more protected, coddled, and given a pass as some sort of sacred cow.
Being a Muslim isn’t anti-American, but posing as a victim, especially on television, sure as hell is.
It’s impossible to believe The Mighty Gary Oldman is not an Oscar recipient. Hopefully, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” will remedy that wrong (it’s doing well in its limited run) and this film retrospective in the heart of Hollywood will remind voters of just what a talent they’ve overlooked for decades.
So someone took two years to locate and edit together shots from 30 other films that duplicate the first 13 minutes of “Raiders.”
The video is all over the Web now, but for some reason not under the label: The dumbest waste of time since the “Star Wars” prequels.
Can’t remember the last time a movie was so openly hated, at least not along partisan or cultural lines:
Not everyone is clamoring to see the post-Sept. 11 drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
Case in point: A defaced movie poster at a bus stop on the corner of Main St. and Abbott Kinney in Venice, Calif. showed what one person thought of the film (see image above). Covering the title of the movie, a plain white paper with text in a similar font as the poster reads: “Yet Another Tediously Boring Twin Towers Collapse Movie Dramatization.”
In fine print below, the criticism continues: “Ho hum … think it’s just another Redbox night for me. Thank you very much.” The poster appeared to be professionally done, though it is unclear who is responsible. The sign has since been taken down.
The Redbox crack is especially satisfying.
Wake up, Hollywood. You are losing us.
LAST NIGHT’S SCREENING
The Family Man (2000) — Over and over again in interviews and on Twitter I’ve been repeating my mantra that Hollywood hasn’t produced a classic Christmas film since 1994’s “The Santa Clause.” For some reason, and I don’t know, I keep forgetting about director Brett Ratner’s superb spin on “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Nicolas Cage, Tea Leoni, Don Cheadle and Jeremy Piven.
Watching this again over the weekend also gave me a new perspective on elements I missed or didn’t appreciate as much in the past. For starters, the Christian cross placed so prominently (using the office window lights from a nearby skyscraper) above the scene where Cheadle’s angel(?) tells Cage’s businessman that because he did something good, something’s about to happen.
Also, it used to trouble me that Leoni’s character (boy, she’s good here) didn’t want the better life her husband promises after he’s offered the wealth and career from his original life. It never made sense why she would pass on the opportunity to put her kids in better schools and the like. Maybe coming home to my small town life after spending 9 years in the “gay Paree” of Los Angeles has taught me a better appreciation for the simpler pleasures of life.
Wonderful film, and yes, worthy of the title “Christmas classic.”
SCOTTDS’ EPIC LINKTACULAR
CLASSIC PICK FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 3
11:30 PM EST: Annie Get Your Gun (1950) — Fanciful musical biography of wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Dir: George Sidney Cast: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern. C-107 mins, TV-G, CC.
A perfect musical.
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