Sunday, July 27, 2008

Recommended Reading

We've hit a bit of a lull in the election season, so I've relished the opportunity to keep out of the political morass for a brief while, but today's column from Frank Rich (man, am I glad his stuff is free again) bears posting. Rich examines the impact of Barack Obama's just-completed foreign tour, and how it makes even more stark the difference between Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain. Here's the takeaway:
...what we’ve learned this month is that America, our allies and most likely the next Congress are moving toward Mr. Obama’s post-Iraq vision of the future, whether he reaches the White House or not. That’s some small comfort as we contemplate the strange alternative offered by the Republicans: a candidate so oblivious to our nation’s big challenges ahead that he is doubling down in his campaign against both Mr. Maliki and Mr. Obama to be elected commander in chief of the surge.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Zaki's Review: The Dark Knight


That’s the thematic through-line that director Christopher Nolan weaves through his epic sequel The Dark Knight. Just as he used its predecessor, 2005’s superlative Batman Begins as a 140-minute meditation on the nature of fear, Nolan (along with co-writers Jonathan Nolan and David Goyer) uses this follow-up to examine the limits of belief. Belief in others, belief in fate, belief in love, and, via Heath Ledger’s Joker, belief in nothing.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Green With Apathy

A new article at E! Online examines the phenomenon of The Incredible Hulk and how, despite better buzz, better reviews, and just generally being a better film, it hasn't done much at all to outperform Ang Lee's "bomb" from a few years ago (I put bomb in quotes because, let's face it, it's not like anyone lost their shirt on the thing). Sadly, it seems that my prediction from a few months back, that Marvel hoped to saddle the new Hulk to Iron Man in hopes of getting some of its mojo to rub off, is indeed what they attempted, but to little avail. A shame, really.

(And if you haven't seen The Incredible Hulk yet...what're you waiting for?!)