I got to see the Matrix Reloaded twice already in the theater. Although the film was flawed, when the final movie in the trilogy comes out, a lot of people will re-examine Reloaded and be blown away. In the first Matrix, I caught the whole the story early on, and most of my ruminations were about philosophical issues, social theory, hyperreal, yadda. It was pure brain candy. I have seen Reloaded twice now, and I still can’t figure out the plot. I have re-watched The Matrix recently, and in retrospect there are several additional cool things. For example, the Oracle tells Neo something to theRead More →

Am I the only person in the world who selects musical choices by listening to the Mitsubishi car ads? I never heard of Dirty Vegas. Apparently I’m not alone, according to Rob Walker at Slant who says that the Mitsubishi ad was responsible for getting Dirty Vegas air time and concert dates. Dirty Vegas was fairly popular in England, but never “broke” here. I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing, but TV commercials are indeed helping artists to break. Walker says it shows how cookie cutter US radio has grown. Walker also has a nice little piece on Spam’s new commercial,Read More →

From an email from a guy who is looking to buy a “War is not healthy” poster, which led him to my website: I accidentally found your excellent site, while looking for a poster that I had in my hooch in Viet-Nam. It said, “War is unhealthy for Women, Children & Other Living Things”. It was Psychedellic and really got me a lot of flak from a visiting Inspector-General, (I was a Marine, Fighter/Attack Pilot at Chu-Lai at the time). A couple weeks ago, there weren’t that many hits on Google for “war is not healthy.” Today, there are 500 hits. Another Mother For PeaceRead More →

Impeachment appears six times in the U.S. Constitution. The Founders weren’t concerned with anything more than with impeachment because they had lived under King George III and had in 1776 accused the king of all the things that George W. Bush wants to do: Usurpation of the power of the people; Being above the law; Criminal abuse of authority.

– Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General, vote to impeach George II

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The Quiet American. deserves the high rating from Rotten Tomatoes. The movie was good: it was disturbing, haunting, and difficult to watch. The movie effortlessly metonymizes Vietnam with the woman character, Phuong, who is the object of both Michael Caine’s and Brenden Fraser’s attention. The best review is from Kamera.com in the UK. They like the film because it pushes us away from the tired “Miramax orientalism.” Excellent phrase! Nobody seems to be talking about what it means to turn Vietnam into a mistress or prostitute in that movie. That’s probably due to our “me so horny, me love you long time” consciousness. Given ourRead More →