May 7th, 2005


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So. The other evening, Black Queen and I went to see State Property 2. Now, as the opening credits rolled, I was about to confess I hadn't seen the first one, and was thusly worried I wouldn't be able to catch up with the story. But lo and behold, they start the film with a wrapup of what already happened, which they then expand into a series of flashbacks. This, in turn, expanded to show the director's style, a mix of jump cuts and on-screen captions (reminiscent of the British gangster comedy genre, if I can say that phrase with a straight face) mixed with a somewhat derivative but still entertaining plotline. Add in some very funny moments, and some clever-enough production values for a low-budget movie/vanity project, and you get a pretty entertaining movie, and the biggest surprise I've had this year.

Side note: during the end credits, they go through all the cameos in the film. Now, of the twenty or so, I only knew a couple of the people involved, and in fact only recognized one by appearance. Turns out I'm not that up on my gangsta rap or the hippity-hop music. However. Last year I threatened to invent a new Oscar category for Best Cameo, and if they actually hold that this year, it's totally going to... Mariah Carey.

New trailers seen:
* Rebound - Whuf. Martin Lawrence in a kids' sports movie, *that's* something we don't need.
* High Tension - Huh. Maybe. Good trailer, though.

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"The Food and Drug Administration is about to implement new rules recommending that any man who has engaged in homosexual sex in the previous five years be barred from serving as an anonymous sperm donor.", courtesy missmeridian.

So. Who are the insurgents and what do they want?

* Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., on 'the reality of red-state fascism.' (Courtesy Iceman.)
* Nifty. Jacob Weisberg on interest-group conservatism.
* Two Republicans on the ethics committee excuse themselves from the upcoming DeLay probe.
* FCC anti-piracy tech rules blocked by federal appeals court.
*, When Stars Mate: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck.

More comic book news

I posted a few comic books and graphic novel recommendations yesterday. If you're interested in checking them out, Liberty Comics (formerly the Closet of Comics) in College Park can help you out. For the next week (through May 15th), they are having a sale. All graphic novels and trade paperbacks are 25% off (and back issues are 50% off, if you're into that sort of thing.) Check it out. If you need directions, their phone number is 301-699-0498.