Friday, January 27, 2012

Moving pictures
  • I like this casino commercial. Of course. Arty and old-style, down to the music.
  • I haven’t been to a movie in about three years but Red Tails looks worth paying to see on the big screen. (Skip the commercial before the trailer.) I’ve read the critics including the predictable stuff at Takimag, and they have a point. It’s not history. Propagandistic as the flag-waving films from the period and exactly the kind of pseudo-history that white liberals would make up or pass along. (Clint Eastwood on the current cartoon history of WWII: the Tuskegee Airmen and Go for Broke soldiers singlehandedly liberated the concentration camps, the reason we the good guys were fighting, while the white soldiers guarded Manzanar. Fact: we were supporting players who helped the Soviets win WWII.) That said, it’s got the ’40s, a good message about black individual rights (just know ahead that the movie’s not fact) and, worth the big-screen ticket: CGI Mustangs, Messerschmitts and Flying Fortresses.
  • Another one I’d like to see but worth waiting six months to see through Netflix: The Artist. The music in the trailer is 10 years ahead of the setting.

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