Thursday, August 7th, 2014

"Two Men Talk Movies", by The New York Times

"Welcome to The Moviegoers, an occasional new series in which the Op-Ed columnists Frank Bruni and Ross Douthat banter about movies, pop culture, television and other real-world distractions."

The following is composed entirely of chronological excerpts from the feature's first installment.


Have you seen it? I think you should.
Restore me to August, Ross.
Comfort me with superheroes.
Talk about a bait-and-switch:
have no you mercy, man?

Which I guess is a way
of saying that like you,
I’ve had a pretty good art-house summer

one of the best such since “The Matrix,”
for my money
Have you seen it? If not,
tell me

Ross, Ross, Ross.
In this sense I do think
moviemakers are tapping
into the American psyche

Ours is not a tale of two cities
a truly neutral party

may I say that
I’m ashamed
I have some thoughts on one trend
of the summer movie season that pleased me

Frank, regarding your failure to see “Boyhood,”
Seriously, it’s a good movie, but
just how perilous
a youth spent
I’m pretty sure I’m stealing this line from someone

Back to you:
Tell me about the trend. Did I read you right?
I’ll channel your semantics and answer
There was something poignant about watching “Apes”
against the backdrop of the mess
in the Middle East

Here’s how and why the summer sang to me, Ross
We began with priests
we’ll end with women.
There’s a case to be made.

Read John Podhoretz,
no, Frank, no!
I suspect female
Until next time…

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The following is composed of chronological excerpts from Thomas Friedman's latest column.

"6:02 a.m. on Saturday"

two French families,
everyone in their pajamas
Some new and significant things were revealed here.

Let’s start
with the fight.

“You will not outcrazy us out of this region.”
It was all ugly.
This is not Scandinavia.

And then there were the Hamas tunnels
and what they revealed.
What struck me most,
was the craftsmanship

More and more,
this is
a religious conflict.

The Times of Israel reported
The Lebanese writer Hanin Ghaddar noted
The Lebanese historian Keman Salibi once observed

This is


John Herrman (#8,286)

@Gef the Talking Mongoose gorgeous

@John Herrman : Like a ball-peen hammer banging on a tin plate.

But seriously, your idea was great, let's do this for EVERYTHING.

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