You know, we had this lengthy post written about the New York Times‘ less-excessive and generally superior special section, "Holiday Movies," and then our computer crashed and it vanished into the digital ether. So here’s some disjointed thoughts about the thing we just tossed together:
The Stepson, the Billionaire and the Walt Disney Co.: Does anyone care how "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe"‘s rights and funding were secured? At least the fantastically named Lorne Manly comes up with some interesting points at the end, more than can be said about John Horn‘s carefully controlled set visit at the LA Times:
Trickiest of all, perhaps, is Disney’s marketing strategy. On the one hand, it acknowledges the religious symbolism of the book by appealing to religious groups with some of the same companies and tactics used to promote "The Passion of the Christ." But it also reaches out, for example, to fantasy fans with a junket to Comic-Con and to schoolchildren with lavish educational tie-ins. In trying to please everyone, the movie could end up pleasing no one.
Go West, Young Mimi Marquez: Money quote from Ms. Dawson: "Her thoughts that evening skipped from gentrification to her obsession with puppies featured on Petfinder.com. ‘I’ll spend hours looking at them; they’re just so cute,’ she said."
Killer Couples, Killer Saucers and ‘Kiss of Death’: Salon‘s Stephanie Zacharek and formerly of Salon Charles Taylor’s coverage of the season’s DVD releases are the highlight of the bunch, in our humble opinion. We miss ya, Chuck.
Random thoughts: The films we’re most looking forward to right now are "Brokeback Mountain" and "The New World" (we’re also excited to see "CachÃ©" again). The film we’re least looking forward to is "Memoirs of a Geisha," for reasons we can’t even articulate. But which go something like this: it pains us that the only non-martial-arts-related roles Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi and the great Gong Li can get here are in this over-lacquered chunk of melodramatic exotification being passed off as culturally significant, and based on a lousy book that somehow managed to be labeled a great piece of writing about women. Thanks, Oprah’s Book Club.
Woo, we need some coffee this morning. "CachÃ©." Good stuff. Yes.