Thursday, December 13, 2007

for everyone on your holiday list

For those wed to genetic explanations of everything, and their unfortunate dinner companions. Highly recommended by Amardeep Singh and my partner in crime - Gladwell on IQ.

For those who are considering seeing Juno, or being pressured to do so. Emdashes reconsiders the Knocked Up debate, feminist angle. And my heroes at reverse shot blog, the "quirky" debate, pseudo-indie-bullshit angle. Not once, but twice they slammed this manipulative nonsense.

I'm buying everyone local organic honey and staying home, alone.

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Blogger Raquel Laneri said...

I bought most of my gifts at the Handmade Arcade in Pittsburgh...

I was shocked/delighted to see that David Edelstein wasn't crazy about Juno either. But yes, it totally seems like Little Miss Sunshine all over again. Amusing enough, but, ultimately, hollow and ordinary. I think what makes these films ultimately insufferable (or annoying) has a lot to do with the public's and crtics' responses to it. They are, as one of the reviews you linked to pointed out (I think), indie movies for people who think they like indie movies and can pat themselves on the back for it. (This isn't just for "quirky" movies but for "message" movies like Haggis' "Crash" or "The Motorcycle Diaries.")

5:59 PM  
Blogger Raquel Laneri said...

Oh, sweet Jesus. Apparently Diablo Cody (screenwriter for Juno) is going to be a magazine columnist now:

"While Entertainment Weekly can't print the name of her blog (nor can this newspaper — as EW editor in chief Rick Tetzeli joked, the dashes in The P---y Ranch don't indicate "penny"), it can make her the magazine's first female back-page columnist, alternating with the likes of Stephen King. "She's a lot of fun, she says what she thinks, she's new enough to Hollywood that she still writes about it with a really fresh perspective, but she's really in the game," said Tetzeli. The column makes its debut today and includes Cody's musings on her press junket for "Juno." A preview: It wasn't as close to "Almost Famous" as she'd hoped"

When will this stop???

12:55 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

I enjoy reading your blog; I appreciate your love/hate relationship with The New Yorker. This may not be the appropriate channel for nitpickery but I think I found a typographical error in The New Yorker... gasp!


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2220/2112689981_9424181f30_b.jpg

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6:01 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

This one!

flickr.com/photos/danielson/2112689981/

All apologies.

6:03 PM  

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