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Wanted: One Irony Meter

Mine has exploded.

So there’s this movie coming out next month called Expelled, fronted by actor/economist/speech writer/game show host/eye medication shill Ben Stein. It claims to document the systematic censorship by “Big Science” (seriously, they use that phrase) of people courageous enough to question the “dogma” of evolutionary theory. Of course, the whole thing is just a creationist propaganda piece, but the filmmakers are trying to set their side up as martyrs concerned with academic freedom.

So, if your premise is that scientists are conspiring to keep opposing viewpoints out of the classroom, what do you think would be the most retarded possible PR move to make? Apparently, the producers have chosen the hypocrite route. Well known atheist/developmental biologist blogger PZ Myers – who was actually interviewed for the film (under false pretenses) and appears in it – attempted to attend a screening last night and was refused entry.

But that’s only half of the ironic part. Go read his post to see who did get in to the screening.

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March 21, 2008 at 7:37 am Leave a comment

And the winner is…

…me!  Yes, despite missing a full 1/3 of the categories, I won my workplace Oscar pool.  Huzzah!

This goes nicely with the Atonement soundtrack that I won for answering a trivia question at the AMC Best Picture showcase on Saturday.  I guess being a total movie geek does pay off sometimes, eh?

February 25, 2008 at 8:49 pm Leave a comment

There Will Be Oscars, Part Deux

And now, the technical awards, i.e. the ones no one but me cares about.  (Where are the shorts categories, you ask?  Even I don’t care about them.)

This will take forever if I do them all the same way as the main categories, so I’ll only include commentary for some of them.

Here we go…

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February 24, 2008 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

There Will Be Oscars

Yeah, I know I’m the 400th person to use that headline. Sorry.

I meant to do my Oscar post the day of the nominations, but then the Heath Ledger news hit and I wasn’t really in the mood. Then I kind of forgot about it, had other things to do, etc.

But now, with the show less than 10 hours away, I’m finally ready to foist my thoughts on the world. So herewith, my predictions, wishes, and other pre-show comments for the 80th Academy Awards.

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February 24, 2008 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment

Things I Hate, Part 1

Yes, there will be more along these lines, so I might as well make this part one of a series.

The honor of being first among the many things that tick me off goes to…

People who talk at movies.

More (including spoilers for Cloverfield) after the cut. (more…)

January 21, 2008 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment


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