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28 March 2005

Message to the blogosphere

Shut the fuck up about Terri Schiavo already.

I'll be glad when she's finally dead so I won't have to read any more crap about it. I can't remember the last issue where both sides of the argument sounded like such self-righteous, sanctimonious arseholes.


Delusional hobo mutters outdoors

Oh hang on, it's John Pilger. My mistake.

The wrinkly traitor - who advocates the killing of Australian troops - addressed a Sydney pro-Saddam gathering, telling us about how we live in a Stalinist country. Or something like that.

...those who are paid to keep the record straight, who are meant to challenge Howard's lies and uphold our right to freedom of speech, a freedom that is a cornerstone of any true democracy. I refer of course to the media: journalists, broadcasters: we know where they stand. We know that, apart from a few honorable exceptions, they are not merely craven and silent, but occupy a place in this society not dissimilar to the media in the Stalinist regimes of Eastern Europe.

It is worth noting that in the last year, Pilger has had articles published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Green Left Weekly, and has been interviewed on ABC TV.

Oddly enough, I can't find a single incident of Pilger being censored, by anybody.

His reality-distortion problems don't end here though. Check out his...erm....inflated views on what the anti-war movement has actually accomplished:

Had it not been for you and your movement, I believe Iran and North Korea would have been attacked by now, and in the case of North Korea, nuclear weapons might have been used.


Hey, whatever you say pal.....


Quick movie opinions

One Hour Photo: fine thriller about creepy loner Sy Parrish (played by Robin Williams) who becomes obsessed with a family whose photos he develops. Slick, concise and very unsettling. Recommended.

Before Night Falls: a flawed but interesting look at the life of Cuban poet Reynaldo Arenas, as played by Javier Bardem. It shows Cuba to be the gay-hating, totalitarian shithole that it really is. The DVD really, really needs subtitles, as Bardem's English is atrocious. Johnny Depp makes a couple of cute cameos, and Sean Penn a really bad one. Needed some editing, especially near the end. Still, a decent flick.

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself: a HBO production, and very entertaining. Antonio Banderas has serious screen presence as the Mexican commie revolutionary, in this semi-comic look at Hollywood's effort to make a movie about Pancho, featuring documentary battle footage with Pancho himself. Great supporting cast, brilliantly funny and some well-staged battle scenes. Definitely worth a look.

Frida: It must be Mexican Commie Movie Month in my house. Salma Hayek stars as weirdo, unibrowed artist Frida Kahlo, and Alfred Molina as fellow commie painter Diego Rivera. A movie which is less than the sum of its parts: Molina and Hayek's interplay, some wonderful visual imagery, great music and a kick-ass supporting cast (Geoffrey Rush, Ed Norton, Antonio Banderas, Ashley Judd) and a great soundtrack. Still, these elements can't completely make up for the fact that it's a story about two self-absorbed commie wankers, and it's 15 minutes too long. Still, its worth a look if it shows up on TV near you.

Girl with a pearl earring: A fictional story behind Jan Vermeer's famous painting. Heavy on great visuals and atmosphere, the limited narrative plays second fiddle. Still, it's an entrancing film. Stars Scarlett Johanssen and Colin Firth.

Sex, lies and videotape: Finally caught up with Steven Soderbergh's debut effort. James Spader plays an oddball drifter who videotapes women talking about sex. This has a dramatic effect on the lives of three people that he visits. Won't give away too much more of the plot, as it's interesting to see how the interpersonal drama unfolds. Light on cinematic style and heavy on dialogue, yet manages to hold your attention to the end. Soderbergh never does quite mesh his naturalistic approach with Spader's very unnatural character (the exposition of his feelings and motivations is hopelessly weak), yet it's still an interesting drama. It's also the first time I've ever watched Andie McDowell where I haven't wanted to punch her in the mouth.


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