Perspectives on Pop Culture and the Arts

Friday, March 30, 2007

'Grindhouse' Review

For all y'all who be jonezin' for some pulpy exploitative throwbacks, Elina Shatkin at the LAist has some good things to say about the new Tarantino/Rodriguez project, Grindhouse. It sounds like all you Ho's better get your afros on, cause this ride's gonna jet.

Cheers to Neal @ Rabbit + Crow for the heads-up!

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Buffy Season 8... er, Comics

There is much to be disappointed about in the world (especially with regards to arts & entertainment), like the fact that Joss Whedon is no longer writing and directing the big screen adaptation of Wonder Woman. However, there is still reason to have hope. A comic version of what is being referred to as, Buffy Season 8 is to be released next month. This is good news. What is even better? The Reviews: "It's Great."


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Thursday, March 01, 2007

2008 Presidential Candidates' Film Favs

Because the 2008 US Presidential race will most likely be a tight one, with candidate and party platforms, promises, and politicking creating a minefield of confusion as to who you should vote for, the sweaty grubs working in the Boast Research Dungeon have found all of the important info you need to make a well-informed vote...

The Candidates' favorite films!

  • Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona: "Viva Zapata" (1952)
  • Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York: "Casablanca" (1942)
  • Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-New York: "The Godfather" (1972)
  • Former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina: "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964)
  • Gov. Bill Richardson, D-New Mexico: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969)
  • Former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Massachusetts: "Raiders of the lost Ark" (1981)
This also works as a voting prediction generator. Here are a few possibilities that our analysts have rushed together.

A) The race will boil down to Hillary and Rudy, with Sen. Clinton winning because she prefers a bit of romantic nostalgia to a bloody animal head.

B) John Edwards will take it in a landslide because of his tongue-in-cheek suggestion that Slim Pickins should really be riding a nuke rather than running the country.

C) A three-way tie between Gov. Richardson, Sen. McCain, and John Edwards due to the political relevance of their film choices.
Unfortunately, Mitt Romney's choice, while a pretty dang fun movie, speaks a bit too loudly on demonizing the 'Other', US manifest destiny, and advancing monetary means by way of exploiting Asia and the Middle East - which is kind of old hat these days. If he really wants to stand a chance, our advisory board recommend that he publicly apologize and change his pick to something like, Gold Diggers of 1933, Playtime, Paradise Now, or anything by Kieslowski.
Good luck.


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