The Canadian Club

Just something on my mind…

{October 17, 2009}   In which Dave gets more kudos

gerhard richter I meant to mention this with my first post this morning, Dave, but I have to hand it to ya, that was genius to fish up the awful awful, self-righteous hatchet job TNR did on Gerhard Richter.  That just about sums up everything that’s wrong with the Arts commentary in the New Republic — that if a painter isn’t trying to be either Edward Hopper or Marc Chagall, he’s clearly just trying to put one over on the public while selling out to the moneyed and trendy New York art scene.

Anyway, I’m thinking of finally not renewing my subscription to TNR.  I dunno, it’s just gotten so Jewish lately.

{October 16, 2009}   Theodicy at the movies

First, to take care of some bizness you left unfinished with your last post.  You are right and you are right.

I don’t think this sufficiently explains the Saw franchise, do you?

Do you think Where the Wild Things Are (the movie) would have been possible without Time Bandits?

Why do they keep making these pitiful romantic vignettes in 1,000 clichés by 100 filthy directors type movies?  I had the misfortune of watching a small, but indigestible chunk of the related Paris, je t’aime and I seriously blew chunks.  This one is likely to be worse as it marks Natalie Portman’s directorial debut.

Finally, and somewhat unrelatedly, did you know people still go to the opera?  Why is that?

et cetera