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7/14/2005

FILM FLAM
Tuesday degenerate CD and myself headed to the drive in for Bewitched, only to find ourselves alone on the front row. SW had a screening to attend, drive invasion organizer SG was out of town, and I don't know where the rest of the wankers who voted for Bewitched were. CD and I weren't really interested in the film, so we ditched and headed over to the screen showing War of the Worlds instead.
I've read several reviews of War of the Worlds that say the film equates aliens with terrorists, sort of implying Al Qaeda in the same way W married Saddam to 9/11. Personally, I think the match is about as valid as Ws. Sure, someone asks if the alien attacks are the work of terrorists before they understand what's going on but beyond that the aliens are only a metaphor for terrorists in the way that anything violent and terrifying can be a metaphor for terrorism. Apparently none of these critics have read the original or heard the original radio play or even seen the 1953 version of the film. The 2005 version stays true to these forerunners in ideas, if not scene for scene. They're scary in parts, most often when they're off screen and we're focusing on the characters' reactions more than the special effects (which are pretty special.) And the scenes of apocalyptic destruction are imaginative and fun (I don't want to give anything away.) The only thing I don't like about the film is something I never liked about the story - the lame ending. Crap, H.G. Wells didn't give us the mother of all battles you want after seeing our world reduced to ruin. Instead, we stagger out into the aftermath and mumble, "Uh, what was that all about?"
Sounds like big portions of my own life, now that I think about it

BLASPHEMY
According to CNN, "A former star of the 'The Dukes of Hazzard' TV show is urging fans to skip the forthcoming movie version, calling it 'a sleazy insult.' Ben Jones, a former Georgia congressman who played the wisecracking mechanic Cooter on the popular series from 1979 to 1985, said profanity and sexual content in the film make a mockery of the family-friendly show."
So a show about a couple of guys who've "been in trouble with the law since they day they were born" who speed around in a rebel-flag painted car shooting dynamite-laden arrows into things is family-friendly, yet when Jessica Simpson shows a TAD more flesh than Catherine Bach and they add some modern, realistic language suddenly it's a sleazy insult?!? Sorry, Cooter, but I'm insulted you never thought the original show was a sleazy insult, both to Southerners and my intelligence.
CNN has recently added free video clips to a lot of their stories, something you used to have to pay for. This is a nice feature, but it makes for some disturbingly worded links:
Toddler killed by LAPD bullet | Watch Free
Shark attacks teen off Texas coast | Watch Free


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