Sunday, July 16, 2006

Fun With Movie Reviews
from the mind of  Duke.

Here in Seattle, we have this wonderful weekly paper called The Stranger. And while its politics might be pretty much the opposite of those who author this blog, I find completely enjoyable on that level. There's this game I like to play where I go through an issue and count how many pages go by before someone starts badmouthing the president. Let me grab the latest one and see how it goes!

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11. Eleven pages. Wow, that just might be a new record! Usually it's way before that. Anyways, the thing that really caught my eye in this week's issue was an ad towards the back for a cheap looking zombie movie called "Masters of Horror: Homecoming". The tagline is priceless: "Killed in an unjust war, they rise to take vengeance on those who sent them... with their VOTE".

So is this, at long last, the Democrats' new strategy for winning elections - having the dead vote? Remember, it has worked here before.

Anyways, it gets better, for included in the add is a quote from a review of the movie from The Village Voice: "Jaw-dropping... easily once of the most important political films of the era!" Yes, that's right, if you are in the mood for a good political movie, the best you can possibly do is a third rate zombie flick. With this in mind, I would like to declare Bubba Ho-tep to be the definitive Elvis biopic.

Has anyone else noticed the trend among critics, most of who seem to be very liberal, to focus their criticism primarily through the prism of their politics? While that would certainly be reasonable for political works (even zombie films!), it can produce some very strange results for when the work being reviewed isn't really political at all. For example, The Onion A.V. Club usually has decent reviews, but their recent review of the first season DVD of The Wild Wild West: The Complete First Season contains this howler:

"At its core, The Wild Wild West was about how the U.S. would rather demolish rogue states outright than work with them or learn from them."

What? The show, for those of you who have not seen it, is a goofy western, with a dash of science fiction thrown in. Or at least that's what most people probably thought before they realized that it was actually about how the U.S. deals with rogue states. Right.

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