Monday, February 02, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

I made a rare foray into an actual movie theatre this weekend. Not big on going to the movie theatres these days but I've been dying to see Slumdog Millionaire.

Hands down, this movie gets my vote as Best Picture.

Beautifully shot, rock solid 'Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back' classic Hollywood story line with perfectly seasoned dashes of Bollywood goodness. (If you go see the flick in the theatre, stay for the ending credits)

Can't find the soundtrack anywhere, though, because they seem to be flying off the rack. M.I.A. and A R Rahman kick all kinds of ass with the S.T.

Go see this movie. Ye shall not be disappointed.

I'm off to find Jamal to battle him to the death for the love of Latika.

Danny Boyle's Wins DGA For `Slumdog Millionaire':

"While 'Slumdog Millionaire' started as an underdog that nearly went straight to DVD, it has emerged as the Oscar favorite. Audiences have embraced Boyle's tale of a poor boy rising to fame and fortune from the streets of Mumbai, and the film triumphed at the Golden Globes and Producers Guild of America Awards, while taking the prize for best ensemble cast from the Screen Actors Guild.

'Slumdog Millionaire' originally was to be released by Warner Independent, but its fate went into limbo after Warner Bros. closed down that arthouse banner. After a brief prospect of going right to DVD, the film found a theatrical home with Fox Searchlight, which has had success with such smaller films as 'Little Miss Sunshine' and 'Juno.'"



Bipartisanship sucks!

Daily Kos: Splitting the difference between good ideas and bad ideas:

"So if you've got two parties that fundamentally disagree on how to solve our nation's problems (including one that created said problems), it's not better to take the good ideas, take the bad ideas, and somehow 'meet in the center'. That doesn't make the 'good' ideas any better. In fact, it makes them worse. It's simple logic anywhere but inside the Broder/Halperin world.

Bottom line, there is nothing inherently good about 'bipartisanship'. The only thing that matters is whether a solution is good or not. Consider that two of Bush's biggest disasters -- his tax cuts and Iraq -- were 'bipartisan' affairs. Getting votes from the opposite party doesn't make the underlying legislation any more likely to succeed. If anything, our nation would've been better served with more partisanship during those times."

SuicideGirls- News - Politics - Obama is a two-faced liar. Aw-RIGHT!:

"Obama is a two-faced liar. Aw-RIGHT!

Republicans are right. President Barack Obama treated them like dirt, didn't give a damn what they thought about his stimulus package, loaded it with a bunch of programs that will last for years and will never leave the budget, is giving away money disguised as 'tax refunds,' and is sneaking in huge changes in policy, from schools to health care, using the pretext of an economic emergency.

Way to go, Mr. O! Mr. Down-and-Dirty Chicago pol. Street-fightin' man. Covering over his break-your-face power play with a 'we're all post-partisan friends' BS.

And it's about time.

Frankly, I was worried about this guy."

Kerry: Ignore Republicans if they'll vote no anyway:

"Sen. John Kerry says Democrats should ignore Republicans’ demands about the stimulus plan if they’re going to vote against it anyway.

Reacting to Wednesday night’s vote in the House — where not a single GOP member supported the stimulus package — Kerry told Politico that “if Republicans aren’t prepared to vote for it, I don’t think we should be giving up things, where I think the money can be spent more effectively.”

“If they’re not going to vote for it, let’s go with a plan that we think is going to work.”"

Trickle up.

No one could have predicted.....

Income of 400 richest Americans doubled during Bush era:

"And during the first six years of George W. Bush's presidency, the average income of those 400 people actually doubled to $263.3 million, according to the data.

Between 2005 and 2006, those 400 Americans saw their income rise nearly 23 percent, and through the first six years of the Bush administration their average tax rate fall by a third, to 17.2 percent, Bloomberg reported.

That 17.2 percent tax rate was the lowest the group has paid on average since the IRS began keeping track of the country's 400 biggest taxpayers in 1992, the agency's data shows."

So the fuck what! God, I hate what gets labeled as 'discourse' in this country.

Look, homie trained a large portion of his youth away in the quest to become the very, very best at something. He accomplished this goal. If he wants to duct tape a bong to his chest and walk around with his dick hanging out he should have every right to be left in peace about it.

And his sponsors can go to hell with their hand wringing over image. Hell, I'm MORE likely to buy a product Phelps is pimping now.


Michael Phelps Bong Picture: Olympic Champion Caught With Marijuana Pipe: Report


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