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Peeve Farm
Breeding peeves for show, not just to keep as pets
Brian Tiemann
Silicon ValleyNew York-based purveyor of a confusing mixture of Apple punditry, political bile, and sports car rentals.

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Sunday, August 3, 2008
13:12 - A Zucker is not born every minute
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/385rlkfy.asp

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Geez, I didn't quite see this coming:

Zucker's latest movie, An American Carol, is unlike anything that has ever come out of Hollywood. It is a frontal attack on the excesses of the American left from several prominent members of a growing class of Hollywood conservatives. Until now, conservatives in Hollywood have always been too few and too worried about a backlash to do anything serious to challenge the left-wing status quo.

David Zucker believes we are in a "new McCarthy era." Time magazine film writer Richard Corliss recently joked that conservative films are "almost illegal in Hollywood." Tom O'Malley, president of Vivendi Entertainment, though, dismisses claims that Hollywood is hostile to conservative ideas and suggests that conservatives simply haven't been as interested in making movies. "How come there aren't more socialists on Wall Street?"

But Zucker's film, together with a spike in attendance at events put on by "The Friends of Abe" (Lincoln, not Vigoda)--a group of right-leaning Hollywood types that has been meeting regularly for the past four years--is once again reviving hope that conservatives will have a battalion in this exceedingly influential battleground of the broader culture war.

Very interesting read—small wonder that the only other proponents of this kind of angle, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, share something of a history with the Zuckers. In that vein, though, I have to take strong exception to their consensus in the suckitude of BASEketball. I mean, c'mon—that's one of the funniest, best-constructed movies of its genre that I can ever remember seeing. Who says it was that bad? (these numbers, from professional reviewers, are pretty encouraging for a film of this genre.) The San Francisco Ferries? The "psych-outs"? I end up gasping for breath every time.

But shifting from that vein to an adjacent artery, I have to wonder how well this kind of thing will go over. I mean, it's not like Team America: World Police was the knockdown hit some people expected it to be—funny, yes, but (dare I say it) not Zucker funny, let alone Parker/Stone funny. I always worry that a moralizing comedy will torpedo its own message by making its jokes too obvious and lame or its lessons too tedious and unappealing, which is the same trap that so many left-leaning "message" movies have fallen into. Team America may have laid some essential groundwork for this new underground movement in Hollywood, but we'll have to wait and see whether it's tapped into a deep offshore well, or if it's just a Mr. Burns Slant-Drilling operation siphoning off that part of the audience that'll buy tickets to anything with vomit jokes in it.

It'll sure be entertaining to watch, either way.

Via Power Line.


Friday, August 1, 2008
16:35 - I wanna be just like AlObama Man

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The other day I was wondering, in this age of irony and self-reference and nothing new being created that isn't a parody of something, what circumstances would create Superman again.

Um... never mind.

Via James.

UPDATE: On the other hand, this, I suppose, was an inevitability.

I tend to think that when the Age of Irony forces us to run out of original ideas that aren’t parodies, AND when all the actual parody ideas have been used up, the only fertile ground left is for the people who want to suck any remaining fun out of life.

I died a little when Beavis was forced to stop saying “fire”. But this project was born the same day.


Tuesday, July 29, 2008
14:00 - Domesticity Isn't Pretty

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One of the most bizarrely fun things about having been a live witness to the toddler phase, adolescence, and maturity (maturity?) of the Internet is seeing what happens to its youthful icons as they age.

We've seen what happens to the perpetually apartment-bound gamer geeks of Penny Arcade when they reproduce. We've seen Tucker Max pitch his own Comedy Central show and Seanbaby graduate to print media (edited print media, at that).

And now we get to see SomethingAwful.com's most prolific and ambitious writer, Zack "Geist Editor" Parsons, fresh from the high of print publication as he puts down roots in suburbia, next door to a panther who joins him in pitched battle against an entrenched hive of wasps.

I don't know. Something about the Zen of finding new humor in a traditional vein, inspired by "new" circumstances that look a hell of a lot like the beige old surroundings of the world the Internet generation thought it was too good for—it's just fascinating. One of those circle-of-life sorts of things, I guess.

I mean, hell—Zack just told the story straight up. Nary a WASP joke to be seen. Sometimes suburbia doesn't even need irony.

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