April 6, 2005

Faux outrage

The first paragraph of this Hit & Run post nicely captures something I'd also thought about recently. But it's the second and third grafs that caught my attention. If you're looking for a knowing parody of blogging -- firmly held outrage supported by dubious factual knowledge -- look no further.

Moviegoers like to get some bang for their buck, and bigger titles inevitably crowd out admirable works with more modest titles. Who's going to bother with The Ring when you can see The Lord of the Rings? Why would anybody settle for just one King of Comedy when you can see multiple Kings of Comedy, who in addition to being more numerous are also, apparently, The Originals? Is it any wonder that nobody's heard of Robert Altman's A Wedding lately, when for the same price you can get a wedding that's not only big and fat but also Greek? You'd be a fool to watch a movie that offers only the experience of watching John Malkovich when you have the option of actually Being John Malkovich. (In the exception that proves the rule, The Incredibles managed to outperform the 1971 Bruce Dern/Casey Kasem vehicle The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant.)

Posted by Daniel Radosh

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