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The Dark Knight

Thursday night we went to see the Dark Knight at the midnight movie. I have to say that the Rolling Stone review hit the mark. They call the Joker “pure chaos,” which he is in so many ways. Reviewer Peter Travers also approves of the way the movie refuses to explain the joker through “pop psychology.” No oedipal narrative here.…

Wall-E

I liked the movie Wall-E. I didn’t love it, the way so many people do. But I liked it. I thought the message about the environment, consumption, and technology was an obvious one. One that a six year old and maybe even a four year old would get. But Frank Rich of the NYT waxes rhapsodic about the movie in…

Amy Winehouse’s Valerie

Ok, I just have to say I really like the song “Valerie.” The original is by the Zutons and it’s very catchy. But the Mark Ronson/Amy Winehouse version is great fun. I love Amy Winehouse’s voice. She sounds so jazzy and authentic. The Washington Post says this about her: Aurally, she evokes comparisons to Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington, to…

In the Valley of Elah and Eastern Promises

I’ve seen two really good movies this weekend. _In the Valley of Elah_ and _Eastern Promises_. _In the Valley of Elah_, directed by Paul Haggis, was very moving and disturbing to me. Much more so than the movie _Crash_, which I felt ended up reinforcing white privilege as much as challenging racism. One review called the movie “lacerating.” That’s a…

The View

I love The View and once Rosie joined I started watching it frequently. I did indeed see the spat between Rosie and Elisabeth. It was rough, and it was synechdochic of the state our country is in between left and right, I think. The gossip is that Whoopi is going to take Rosie’s place. That’s exciting news.