Monday, July 30, 2007

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Perverted (sense of) Justice

As reported by the Associated Press, a woman is suing NBC because of her brother's suicide. Why?
  1. The man, Bill Conradt, apparently got involved in an on-line conversation with someone from the Dateline NBC show "To Catch A Predator", who was pretending to be underage.
  2. The usual M.O. is for the person to be invited over to a purported minor's home for an evening of entrapment and confrontation, but Conradt didn't show.
  3. That didn't stop the cops and the camera crews from hounding Conradt at his home.
  4. While the thugs and snoops tramped around his private property, Conradt took his own life.
Won't someone please think of the children? Oh, that's right: there weren't any involved. As usual.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

A few paces behind, and out of step

The Guardian are reporting that Condi has been overruled by Cheney in the decision to go to war with Iran before Bush's term ends in 2009.

Darth Sidious, Anakin Skywalker (foreground), Mace Windu (background)
Yet another black Secretary of State has been outvoted by the bellicose Vice President on the issue of conflict in the Middle East.

I'm sure we can look forward to hearing the following phrases: evil man, threat to stability of the region, weapons of mass destruction, enemy of the US and its allies, etc., not to mention what they'll say about Ahmadinejad.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Devil, you say

OK, so, "The Devil Wears Prada" is not the kind of film I would see at the movie theatre, but it was on HBO-HD, so I watched it, for one reason and one reason only:

Anne Hathaway
In my opinion, Anne Hathaway is the most stunningly beautiful actress in cinema today. Of course, I still love Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, and Nicole Kidman, but...

This is why I own a High Definition TV.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

La Double vie de Véronique

Film: dream-like, meditative
DVD: stunning, definitive
Irène Jacob: poetry, beauty
Music: haunting, evocative

I saw this 1991 film for the first time about ten years ago (thank you, Yelena). It has now been released on a beautiful Criterion Collection DVD. The 2.0 audio track is magnificently detailed.

Miss Jacob won Best Actress at Cannes for her fearlessly committed performance as Weronika/Véronique, and deservedly so. She is in nearly every frame of the film. One cannot help falling/feeling for her.