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V for Vendetta

I enjoyed V for Vendetta yesterday. The Wachowski brothers’ commentary on the Bush regime is obvious, whereas in the Matrix movies the philosophy is garbled and multifarious. What’s equally interesting is the reviewers’ commentary. You can tell who is conservative and who is liberal by their take on the movie. In any event, one reviewer made a very disheartening comment:…

The Skeleton Key

I don’t like scary movies, but the Skeleton Key was fun to watch because it was based outside of New Orleans. What a fabulous cast — Gena Rowlands, John Hurt, Kate Hudson. The movie wasn’t terribly scary, thank goodness. I love Gena Rowlands, so that made it entertaining. I agree with the Tomato Meter’s 39 rating, but I think some…

I Saw Jude Law!

So Jude Law is in New Orleans filming a movie. He’s filming All the King’s Men, a remake of the 1949 film loosely about Huey Long. It’s starring Sean Penn. Anyway, I stood next to Jude Law when I was in the security line at the airport. How exciting is that! He’s quite beautiful. We had just seen Closer and…

Mira Nair

Mira Nair’s films evoke the feeling of lush reds and yellows. That is such a prevalent visual theme in the four films I’ve seen by her: Mississippi Masala (1992) Kama Sutra (1997) Monsoon Wedding (2002) Vanity Fair (2004) I saw Vanity Fair last night. It was better than I expected and than the critics rated it. But then, I LOVED…

Los Lonely Boys

When Rolling Stone heavily promotes a new group or singer, something suspicious has gotta be going on. They liked Avril Lavigne’s new album, right? So when they went ga-ga over Los Lonely Boys, well.. I went channel surfing the other day and saw on CMT a group of three Mexican-American men, one with long hair and sunglasses. Now, THAT is…

Clear Channel in Baton Rouge

The latest Rolling Stone (my main news source these days, it seems) has an article on Clear Channel, so I started surfing to see what Clear Channel owned in Baton Rouge. Radio Stations: 96.1 The River 102.5 WFMF 1150 WWJBO News Radio 1210 AM The Score 1380 AM Talk Radio 101.5 WYNK The only one on my dial is 102.5.…

Catwoman (2004)

The upshot of Cynthia Fuchs’ review of Catwoman: The women on either side of the imaginary moral divide are both gorgeous and potent, both capable of cruel violence, and both dedicated to their own desires. And both understand themselves as victims of masculine oppression. The stakes of their conflict have to do with a derivative, Joker-style gimmick in the toxic…