Tuesday I was on The Screen Savers discussing the merits of Napoleon Dynamite, Shaun of the Dead (DVD commentary during which the star and director discuss, among other films, Battle Royale, Goodfellas and Suspiria? Have to love them) and Catwoman which is terrible but terribly fun. Check me out next Tuesday at 4 PM.
As for now, watch my appearance here:
And, three current obsessions:
1. The Shield: The Complete Second Season: The second season of one of TV’s greatest cops shows becomes even more over the top, highlighting how Mackie (Chiklis) is overwhelmed by his job, personal life and that dirty money train he and his crew continually discuss (it ends up providing a great moment of silent recognition by series end—that’s all I will say about that). The Shield has been heralded as gritty, real-life entertainment but I think and, even more so in the second season, it takes on comic book levels darkness. There’s even an episode called “Co-Pilot” that, like the unveiling of comic book origins later in a series, explains some of the show’s foundation. Any show that WORKS while featuring a mastermind gang leader/drug dealer who hands out free heroin to elementary school children for future customers (that’s bordering on Christian Pamphlet propaganda) is on the edge of brilliance.
2. Emails from a female friend (one of three sadly) who shall remain anonymous:
I want to do a research project in praise of rage. I want to come up with some people who did great things because they were pissed off. I am so annoyed by over nurtured pussies. I started thinking about it after we spoke of Michael Moore last night. Like, what are you really mad about buddy? And then I thought about John Kerry. Where is the anger? Why you aren’t completely pissed off? Did you ever have rage or was this whole serving your country to help the little guy just a choice you made one day? You have to deeply hate the corrupt rich people to be able to beat them. It has to be in your gut. I think something has happened in this country because people have been overly parented or something. A little overboard on the anger management thing. Totally wussified. Makes me want to hang out with Tanya Harding. She could do the triple axle because I’m sure she was pissed off.
3. The Runaways: Cherie Curie, Joan Jett, Lita Ford and Jackie Fox. "Cherry Bomb." Real teenagers who look like they’d drag you into a back room for either a good time or a crack on the skull. The Live in Japan concert. And, uh…Cherie Curie in garter belt. You’ll never listen to The Donna’s again.