Wikipedia: The Great Dictator.
Interesting to read, in the wake of “The Interview” and NK.
PS Mag: Murder! Mayhem! And That’s Just the Cartoons!
“Specifically, the main characters in the top-grossing cartoons were 2.5 times as likely to die as their counterparts in adult-themed dramas.” Every puff of smoke or dust in the desert, some part of me thinks Wile E. Coyote’s bought the farm (almost) again.
BBC: A Point of View - The strangely enduring power of kitsch.
“At Christmas we are surrounded by kitsch - worn out cliches, which have lost their innocence without achieving wisdom. ” Quote of the season, that.
NY TImes: Dershowitz Seeks to Bring Close to Polanski Case.
Shenanigans in ‘08 shouldn’t trump what occurred in ‘77. They’re a separate issue.
Globe and Mail.UK: Exodus: Gods and Kings - a clumsy retreat into biblical history.
“Ramses’s response to Moses’s request to let his people go: ‘From an economic standpoint, what you suggest is problematic to say the least.’” God. I’d rather watch The Bangles [always had a thing for Michael Steele].
Gothamist: Here’s What’s Coming And Going From Netflix In January.
Vox: Amal Clooney married down. She’s way more fascinating than George.
I kinda like the idea of George being Amal’s ‘arm candy’.
BBC News: Angelina Jolie: US must lead on torture policy.
“We can’t expect to break certain rules and behave in a certain manner and [believe] that won’t affect the way other people behave and won’t encourage how other people behave. So if we are to be who we represent ourselves to be as Americans and as a democracy, we have to lead the way and handle ourselves in a manner which is respectful to other human beings.” It has struck me as wrong, for so many years now, that we have to rely on entertainers to say the things we wish our politicians would.
OneHeadlightInk: Batman V. Superman WRAPS in Taos, New Mexico.
FYI for fans. No Affleck or other ‘star’ sightings, that I’ve heard about.
Youtube: Stephen Colbert interviewing Smaug.
Youtube: Mad Max: Fury Road - Official Theatrical Teaser Trailer [HD].
I honestly don’t know. Hardy’s not my vision of Max. If there’s no supercharger with a clutch on the shifter, I’ll want my money back.
Youtube: Christopher Lee. ‘Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing’ (2014).
Saruman sings. “I gave you the chance of aiding me willingly, but you have elected the way of pain.”
iainclaridge.net: The Complete Jacques Tati.
Vox: The Little Prince is about to become a major blockbuster.
I’d want to take it in as French with subtitles. Out of respect for Saint-Ex.
TG’s Political Wire: Obama Takes Over ‘The Colbert Report’.
Sigh. Whenever I look for him to be leading, I find him entertaining. Got a lot of serious things going on, sir. We didn’t hire you for laughs.
Youtube: The Avengers Sing Christmas Carols.
Forget the beginning; go to 0:41.
James Bond ‘24’ News.
I fear it’s going to go camp again. Skyfall may be the parting gesture to the grit. Casino Royale remains my fave of all Bond films now.
The Economist/Daily chart: The hidden cost of Gangnam Style.
What humanity could have done with all that time. Kind of unfair to load it all on Psy; what about reality shows, video games, surfing radio channels, gossip, masturbation, yoga, driving ... blogging ...
Later: I always meant to look up the lyric translation, but never did. Huh.
SF Reporter: Wanted - TV Extras for “Manhattan” and “Longmire”.
December 6, Jean Cocteau in the Railyard. They even have a headshot photog there.
Italian Ways: A star on two wheels - the Vespa.
Ben-Hur, John Wayne ... on Vespas. Ya gotta see it.
c|net: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ has a familiar ring.
“We must journey beyond the Cornershop of Birkenhead and summon ... (music swells) the Bogof of Samallardyce!” Right up there with the endlessly repeated “Come, Gimli!” declarations. But I won’t be (as they say here) churlish.
Youtube: A RED thank you.
Bono was out, of course, Chris Martin stepped in (7 minutes in) ... but fast-forward to Springsteen at 38 minutes in.
NY Times: Bill Cosby Resigns From Temple University Board.
Wow. That’s major, knowing how he cares for his alma mater.
Dazed: Hackers leak five new Sony films in devastating attack.
365/2: 329. Late. Sorry. Couldn’t operate a computer. The wine.
I also took in an old film, “Brewster’s Millions [‘45].” My god, the pacing. Took me an hour before I calmed down enough to sleep. Ahead of its time.