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Waaahhh!!! says Brian De Palma

He says:So now it's all over the web that I'm a left-wing wacko traitor who should be horsewhipped.But of course, horsewhipping was a delusional idea that you could educate a horse by beating it. This is twice as delusional for De Palma, who could not be educated if you could poor knowledge into his oh so left ear.Mr. De Palma, you are a left-wing wacko. Embrace your reality, it'll make things more understandable.He's whining that his cinematic turd, Redacted, has bombed everywhere it's been shown except at left-wing wacko film festivals. Fair enough, it's easy to understand how a person could be upset at their latest "art" project being created by empty theatres. But how do you explain...According to De Palma, the pent-up anger of the US forces in Iraq is worse than that of the troops who served in Vietnam, there, he says, at least US soldiers had brothels to visit in order to let off steam. "This is not the way the army likes to see itself port…

And now Willie Nelson has gone insane

Oh dear:Country icon, singer/songwriter, Willie Nelson has joined the the ranks of celebrities that [have difficulty accepting the reality that their days of fame and glory have passed] question the Official account of the September 11th attacks.Sigh. (Love the capital "O" for Official, though.)"[A]nd I saw a building fall that didn't get hit by nothing"...except by two enormous skyscrapers that had fallen down earlier that day. Minor detail, I know, but heck, seems worth mentioning.He also questioned why Afghanistan became the immediate target in the aftermath of 9/11, when the hijackers weren't from there.Hmm, gee, I don't know. Maybe because the guys we suspected of doing the deed were living there, under the auspices of the regime in power, the same people who refused to cooperate and turn 'em over. To anyone. Again, I know, minor detail. Sorry, Willie.Not that these little things matter to Truthers. They Know, while we have the wool over our ey…

Roy Scheider, RIP

Dirty Harry says:Jaws is unimaginable without Roy Scheider. Bookended by two scenery chewers (Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfus), Scheider is the heart and soul of the film, my favorite character in the film, and as necessary to its success as the shark. And that is absolutely true. He also notes Scheider's performance in All That Jazz:Nominated for two Oscars, to understand the breadth of Scheider’s talent you need only watch him as Bob Fosse in All That Jazzwhere Chief Martin Brody’s nowhere to be found.Scheider is one of my all-time favorite actors. (I say is rather than was because film allows his legacy to carry on.) He won me over completely in Jaws, not just with what might his singlemost famous line ("We're gonna need a bigger boat.) but with his quite intensity as a father. The scene where his son imitates his every move, coming on the tail of being accused of causing the death of a woman's son, is wonderful.And then I saw Scheider in All That Jazz, and became …