October 1st, 2006


School For Scoundrels

This movie got trashed by critics, but I really liked it, because it is a funny movie that's not all manic and irrealistic in the service of yucks. Jon Heder keeps his eyes open for the whole movie too. Billy Bob Thornton is really good too, but overall the coolest thing about it is that it is naturalistic. Crazy shit happens, but it's crazy shit that _could_ happen.

It was a movie crammed with actors whose 'thing' is really broad humor, and they all underplayed their parts, and though they were supposed to be essentially weak-willed dorks, they played it as though they were real people actually living through the things that were happening.

This could really have been the sort of manic yuck-fest the Farrelly brothers have made a specialty -- with exactly the same script. But the tone is pretty dark, the pacing is deliberate. Which makes it a really odd movie, but a welcome change from the usual laff-riot fare.

Buddy Christ in Baghdad?

Angry men at the scene held up a color photo of a smiling, winking Jesus giving a ``thumb`s up'' sign that they said was left by troops at the raided house. The image, known as the ``Buddy Christ,'' is from the movie Dogma...

Hey, guys, since you killed a girl and her mother trying to kill 20 *air quotes*terrorist*air quotes*, maybe Buddy Christ isn't something you want to leave on the scene... PS In Iraq "Thumbs Up" is an insulting gesture.