September 24th, 2002

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national insecurity

So all other questions of the war aside, can someone with a little more savvy explain to me why Britain can publish a report about its findings on Iraqi weapons without finding its national security compromised, but over here in the land of Free Speech and Freedom of the Press and all that, all our government can do is eye the questioner suspiciously and tell them not to worry their pretty little head over it?
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Baz Luhrmann - genius or imbecile?

I finally watched Moulin Rouge! - that exclamation point sets it off from the other dozen Moulin Rouge movies over the years in more ways than one.

Now how did I fail to make the connection with Strictly Ballroom? Probably because I remember the story from that film more than the camera-work or the music. But in retrospect it's clearly of the same lineage - the crew differences probably account for the rest. In fact simply the change in cinematographer could account for it.

I'm trying at the moment to decide if Romeo + Juliet might not have been more to my liking if Leonard DiCaprio and Claire Danes had been replaced by actors as strong as Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman.

Oh, but what did I think of the movie? Ah, you should know better by now than to talk to me about love, especially stories about the redemptive nature of love, the imperative nature of love, or the ubiquity, tragic nobility, or universality of love.

I will say it was gorgeous, and I will say I both liked it and enjoyed it more than I expected. Mr. Luhrmann does provide the spectacular.

"It's too bad she won't live. But then again, who does?"
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