Monday, December 24, 2007

Holy Shit

Found via the clever Kung Fu Monkey. I want this in my first person games *now*.

Groundhog Day

I finally got got to watch this one properly without interruptions, and what a marvelous movie it is. Original premise, tight script and direction that doesn't leave an ounce of fat to trim, and any movie with Bill Murray in it takes an automatic leap in quality. Watching his sarcastic, self-centered weatherman sink into despair and then finally become a genuinely decent man (although the bastard is funnier, it has to be said) from endlessly repeating the same day is simply a joy. It's one of the few genuinely great comedies.

And yet, I find myself strangely morose afterwards. Maybe because the premise lends itself too well to navel-gazing, and that never goes anywhere good. That "Come, Sweet Death" off the misery-tastic End of Evangelion just came up on itunes certainly isn't helping.

Whatever, I'm off to gorge myself on chocolate. 'Tis the season to be jolly, even if I'll have to accomplish it through chemical means.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

American politics, how I love thee

Not only is it the most savage thing outside bloodsports, what passes for political commentary usually manages to make me laugh, cry and shudder in terror at the same time.

Witness for instance National Review editor Jonah Goldberg's new Liberal Fascism. If the title alone didn't make your eyes spin in their sockets, here's the table of contents:

Cribbed from the ever lovely Sadly, no! which has lots more on this little marvel of a book.