I’m not going to link to it, but I recently found out that another Michael May runs a conservative political blog. I don’t really feel like this is the place to talk about politics, but just to balance things out a little, here’s a link to Warren Ellis’ thoughts on Obama. They pretty much mirror my own:
I like what I know of Barack Obama. I’m glad it’s him. I have concerns — about the strength and breadth of his platform, and, frankly, about his safety, in a country where supporting a black man over a white woman is apparently worth confronting someone in email over — and I distrust the messianic Obamania I see here and there. I understand the sentiment and its roots, but I don’t like it: it invites the universe to fuck with your life. But, from my perspective over here in Britain, he has something America needs in a leader right now.
Is Sydney Pollack’s directing interfering with your phone call?
I’ve seen the Martin Scorsese one at the theater, but I didn’t realize there were others. Man, I’m going to miss Sydney Pollack.
What the heck. Here’s Scorsese’s too in case you haven’t seen it:
I’m not a big zombie fan. I know… heresy. Grab the stakes and torches. I just don’t care about Evil Dead: The Musical. I am a big Les Miserables fan though, so this poster for the zombie musical cracks me up.
Guillermo and Peter ain’t saying who’ll play Bilbo in the Hobbit movie, but they’ve definitely been thinking about it and this quote from Del Toro sounds very promising:
We are writing based on [Ian Holm's performance], but other than that, we have ideas [of who could play him] … I can tell you that it’s down to a few names that we all agree upon. And that our first choice … completely, magically, we said the same name. All of us!
Burn After Reading
I love the Coen Brothers and I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited to see one of their movies. Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, and JK Simmons in a spy comedy? September can’t get here fast enough.