Archive for November, 2009

2012

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Oh no! Touchdown Jesus!When the end of the world finally comes, you can be relatively certain that somewhere in the æther Roland Emmerich will be taking notes and comparing it to his œuvre. (And yes, I’m very proud I was able to use both “æ” and “œ” in one sentence, thank you for noticing.) His films are destruction pornography for anarchists: there’s a brief, plot-thin, badly-acted intro, a few uncomfortable moments of fumbling around, and the next thing you know the pool boy is naked and the Earth is being death-humped by aliens. And like porn, they are exciting, entertaining in the way you expect, and leave you feeling a little dirty afterward. (more…)

All the President’s Men

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Hoffman is clearly straining under the duress of his really, really wide tie.It isn’t fair in All the President’s Men when, late in the movie, the camera does a slow zoom to a three-shot of a jowled and inelegant Richard Nixon, reciting the oath of office on the TV in the Washington Post’s newsroom, alongside the then-young, then-dashing, then-heart-throbbing Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. Because whatever his vices may have been, and history has deemed that Nixon had many, one can only assume that none of them were the vice of vanity. (more…)