THIS. Just, this. (Kidding!)
@freetzy No no, definitely not saying Mystic River is a tour de force; it's terrible and definitely worthy of comparison to Crash. The bits about the hyper-articulate, incisive, dagger-like dialogue that is "not for the fainthearted" were what got me in the theater.
I saw Crash after reading the following, from David Denby:
"'Crash' is hyper-articulate and often breathtakingly intelligent and always brazenly alive. I think it’s easily the strongest American film since Clint Eastwood’s 'Mystic River,' though it is not for the fainthearted. In the first twenty minutes or so, the racial comments are so blunt and the dialogue so incisive that you may want to shield yourself from the daggers flying across the screen by getting up and leaving. That would be a mistake. 'Crash' stretches the boundaries: after the cantankerous early scenes, it pulls us into the multiple stories it has to tell and becomes intensely moving."
...and never trusted another Denby review again.
Ai yi yi, misogynist much? The whole talking about women like they're girls ("daughters") thing to discredit them is stale and Republican and it's the same reason all this vaginal probe legislation is getting passed and teenagers can't get Plan B. (Obama: "As the father of two daughters, I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine.")
Oh noes, someone got a job in Hollywood partly thanks to connections. Well guess what, a lot of cis dudes got a job in Hollywood partly thanks to them not being women or shaped like women.
Have you ever read the book Matt Taibbi wrote with Mark Ames, "The eXile", the one he threw coffee into a Vanity Fair reporter's face over? It's maybe the most misogynistic piece of crap I've read. Mark Ames contributed this paragraph:
“We’d ask our Russian staff to flash their asses or breasts for us. We’d tell them that if they wanted to keep their jobs, they’d have to perform unprotected anal sex with us. Nearly every day, we asked our female staff if they approved of anal sex. That was a fixation of ours. ‘Can I fuck you in the ass? Huh? I mean, without a rubber? Is that okay?’ It was all part of the fun.”
Taibbi contributed a humorous anecdote about how the editors of the eXile were constantly sexually assaulting the women in the office:
"[Paul] started off by trying to charm [Yulia], and she led him on with her inviting laugh, one hand on her chin, big green eyes looking up.... Within a month, he was literally chasing Yulia down the hallway to try to get her to kiss him.... Kara and Marcus had to watch this every day: eXile guys chasing women in the office up the walls, into stalls.... Paul fucked the first sales girl he hired, Lyuba, a silicon-lipped 19-year-old blonde. She quit a few weeks later. He fucked [everyone] but his ex, Kara. With her you just asked for money."
At the eXile, Taibbi was pretty much the liberal James O'Keefe, participating in "pranks" like throwing a horse semen pie into some dude's face and publishing fake stories about sleeping with the wife of one of the eXile's enemies, a California professor who'd had the temerity to object to a story in the eXile where a correspondent described raping a woman in a bar.
And then he brought the stupid pranks over here, following John Kerry around in a gorilla suit in 2004 for some obscure reason. And he still doesn't miss any opportunity to describe women as shrieking, irrational harpies or demean them by describing them in various sex positions, or to compare men to women as an insult (because, you know, women suck):
"However, this move of [Michelle Malkin's] to spearhead the teabag movement really adds an element to her writing that wasn’t there before. Now when I read her stuff, I imagine her narrating her text, book-on-tape style, with a big, hairy set of balls in her mouth."
"Actually, yeah, I’m actually kind of rooting for [Bachmann] to win the nomination, because I can’t wait to see the porn movies that they make. The Bachmann-inspired porn films are going to be great...I mean, who didn’t see ‘Nailin’ Palin’? That was classic cinema."
Honestly, given Taibbi's history, I don't see why liberals should give this guy any kind of credibility, even if he occasionally cuts and pastes the reporting of superior journalists into his stories and gonzos up dry and wonky topics using un-PC or otherwise outlandish metaphors. I think it's time for everyone to get over that he said "vampire squid" once.