September 27, 2008

The smack in the face.



A teaser for a forthcoming diavlog.

What do you think we're talking about?

ADDED: Glenn Kenny guesses "Chinatown," meaning this:



Is there more famous slapping in the movies? Well, there's Cher slapping Nick Cage in "Moonstruck":



This isn't really slapping:



Nor is this:



Now, this is slapping, but it's not movies, just TV:



But then, I said a "smack in the face." Is that different from a "slap"? Isn't it odd that a "smack" can be a slap or a kiss?

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There's also this.

AND: Commenter Peano notices something disconcerting:

60 comments:

Roger von Oech said...

"A Smack in the Face" is a cousin to "A Whack on the Side of the Head." The latter has been clinically proven to stimulate one's creativity.

Happy whacking!

joeschmo1of3 said...

Oh man, I hope you're not talking about breasts again...

Awesome said...

This diavlog will run after next Friday's VP debate, and you're prognosticating that Palin will smack Biden, or vice versa.

EDH said...

My guess: political ad style or debate strategy...or

Smack in the Face

chickenlittle said...

Porn?

EDH said...

Notice, there is a Palin in the "Smack in the Face" video I link to above.

I'm not sure what that portends. Nor whether Biden can swing a big fish, or would be wise to use one.

BTW, both men are wearing shorts.

vbspurs said...

That it's a smack in the face to be wearing a bathrobe to diavlog??

Cheers,
Victoria

Ron said...

Hope it's not that date with Trooper!

Lem said...

Debating styles.

bearbee said...

Diavlog about Palin being selected based on gender vs qualifications;
Biden selected based on sex appeal; or
heroin

bjm said...

That you've finally hired someone to "pie" Hamsher during a diavlog?

Oh please, oh please.

glenntkenny said...

The movie "Chinatown"?

vbspurs said...

That you've finally hired someone to "pie" Hamsher during a diavlog?

I'm still available for contracting for a small fee.

blake said...

So many people could be smacked in the face with positive results, it's hard to narrow the possibilities down.

vbspurs said...

OT, heads up Ann:

Speaking of bathrobes...Robin Givhan's Sunday NYT article is all about Palin's clothes.

I don't say style or fashion, because Givhan didn't give her that respect. An extract:

Palin likes to wear a super-size Old Glory brooch that shouts with as much patriotic bravado as one of those monster flags that wave from a car dealership. Her flag was on display during a campaign stop in Grand Rapids, Mich. And for the record, it has no kin among the statement jewelry currently being championed on the runway.

The ruby slippers she wore on the campaign trail, the ones she paired with the black jacket and skirt that pulled just so across her hips, churn up images of another small-town girl who'd suddenly landed in Oz. A peep-toe pump is coy -- coquettish even. But not an emblem of gravitas.


Ugh.

Alex said...

Sounds like a kinky thread to me. Cruel neutrality my ass.

Chip Ahoy said...

I think you're talking about possible responses to well-known Taoist koans.

ricpic said...

There's a totally unexpected smack in the face in Burn After Reading delivered to the Brad Pitt character. It's a wake up moment in the film but since the film, intentionally, doesn't go anywhere the smack doesn't mean all that much. I don't know that that has anything to do with what Althouse's alluding to. Prob'ly not.

Robt said...

There's an interesting moment in Robert Parker's Appaloosa where the narrator slaps someone another man in the face. He makes the point that a man slapping another man in the face is so humiliating that the man slapped will be forced to respond. A gunfight ensues, of course, which the slapped guy, gulled into the street by his hurt pride, loses.

KLDAVIS said...

Palin's selection...I'd guess in relation to the Obama/Clinton dynamic.

UWS guy said...

Palin's interviews served as a smack in the face (wake-up call) of conservative pundits who are now calling for her to drop from the ticket.

That's my guess.

UWS guy said...

*for. not *of.

Alex said...

uws - keep dreaming buddy.

Chip Ahoy said...

Palin herself is a smack in the face to feminists who have toiled so long and so hard to bring their movement to the point where a woman who shares none of those values, apparently, can seize the advantages that were attained by her philosophical opposites.

Man, that's gotta hurt.

Chip Ahoy said...

You're discussing the affects of after-shave for men with alcohol in it, and what a ridiculous thing that is to do to one's face; a practice with no real purpose and an idea that results from pure marketing.

Chip Ahoy said...

You're describing what happens when you tie a string to a toy mouse and attach the loose end of the string to a cabinet handle then set the toy mouse on a shelf at eye level so that the mouse is pulled out when an unsuspecting victim of a practical joke jerks open the cabinet door.

Chip Ahoy said...

You're talking about how a slap in the face with a glove hurts 20 X as much when the glove is a gauntlet.

Chip Ahoy said...

Smack in the face lines during debates are more memorable, more sound bite-able and more blog worthy and more useful in political videos, than carefully delineated positions.

Chip Ahoy said...

You're talking about how care must be taken in performing the German slap dance to prevent the performance from ending prematurely.

UWS guy said...

ChipAhoy:

There are two types of people without facial hair. Women and boys.

--Ancient Greek aphorism.

George said...

ugh-

I think I will quit reading these comments and just stick to your posts, ann-

m00se said...

Remember:

The safe word is "banana".

jdeeripper said...

I sense it might involve Bill Clinton.

Probably something about Obama not picking Hillary and McCain picking Palin.

Or Bill Clinton being too nice to McCain.

Or maybe the media treatment of Palin and Palin's new found lack of confidence.

AllenS said...

At this very moment, the Wisconsin Badgers are slapping some Wolverine face.

zeek said...

I prefer to raise the bathrobe and smack the hiney.

zeek said...

Blogger m00se said...
Remember:
The safe word is "banana".


I thought it was "Palamino." Or is that just Nancy Pelosi's safe word? Palamino

Peano said...

Hmmmmm ...

vbspurs said...

I'm watching Barack Obama saying in a rally:

"Come on, John. Next thing you know, I'm going to start calling myself a maverick"

Using that phony Southern cadence of his.

I think I know who needs a smack in the face.

Jon said...

UWS said: "Palin's interviews served as a smack in the face (wake-up call) of conservative pundits who are now calling for her to drop from the ticket."

Is there another conservative pundit besides K. Parker calling for this, making it pundits, plural? I'm not aware of any.

Incidentally, there's a somewhat credible rumor that Palin will have a cameo on SNL tonite.

vbspurs said...

Hmmmmm ...

LMAO!

vbspurs said...

Incidentally, there's a somewhat credible rumor that Palin will have a cameo on SNL tonite.

GENIUS.

They'd never let her do it, but if they do, I'll worship Tina Fey like a deity for life.

Ron said...

They should just do Weekend Update with Palin in the Tina role...and not say a word!

AllenS said...

Ouch!

Wolverines are slapping back.

vbspurs said...

I need your opinions guys, again.

Should I Go Watch Biden-Palin Off-Blog?

Just floating it out there. TBH, I would much rather comment real-time here.

rhhardin said...

Classical fix for hysteria.

Cousin Bob said...

Don't you think there's something more to the smack in the face?

Yeah. It got me a fucking restraining order.

Ron said...

Ginger slapped Fred more than once!

erniecu73 said...

"Snappoutofit!!"

CLASSIC

Bissage said...

Here’s my guilty confession:

I actually met Charlotte Rampling back in the early 90s. It was at a slightly down scale hotel bar in Wilmington, Delaware and she was all by herself so I felt like it wouldn’t be too impertinent of me if I were to approach her.

I was very modest. All I did was walk by and nod and I smiled and I said “Hi” to let her know I knew who she was.

I tried to move on (being very polite and all that) but she grabbed me by the collar of my suit coat and ordered me to have a drink with her.

How could I say no?

Anyway, an hour and a half later I ended up performing cunnilingus on her for the next hour and a half and then I sobered up and left her hotel room and I got nothing else out of the deal.

(Now where was I?)

Oh, yeah . . . anyway . . . she got smacked in the face by Paul Newman in “The Verdict.”

By the way, it’s not on YouTube.

bleeper said...

How about when Uncle Junior mashed a lemon meringue in his girlfriend Bobbi's face in the Sopranos episode "Boca"? Made Cagney look downright easygoing.

ricpic said...

Cunnilingus for an hour and a half
Or a grapefruit in the kisser,
Smacking lip or lipping gash --
Which one is squishier?

bleeper said...

And the reason Uncle Junior applied said pastry to the face of Bobbi was because she told too many people about his oral skills. Not saying he was a cunning linguist, but she appreciated his attentions right up until the moment the pie met the kisser. Hold, that sounds faintly obscene...

Jacob said...

And, of course, there's the best tv slap and song from How I Met Your Mother.

Mrs. Lillian Forkliss said...

Why are the dresser drawers open ?

It looks like an urn sitting atop that dresser. Antiques, plaques and awards are usually are usually displayed in a glass case.

Those boring door knobs and dresser knobs can easily be replaced with far more decorative, fanciful styles:

http://rusticahome.com/images/rustic%20unique%20leverset.jpg

Curtains, drapes, expansive plants in oversize pottery, knobs, chandeliers....all bought on sale at the discount hardware store.

WALLPAPER.......self-adhesive and easy to do yourself.

All these things would make give your home far more variety and visual interest.

rishigajria said...

Ms. Althouse,

Are you gonna wear a bath robe for this diavlog?

Let me guess, you are going to abandon your vow of cruel neutrality and embrace the Obama/Biden ticket.

rishigajria said...

BTW, Chris Cornell is recording new material with famed producer Timbaland.

Chip Ahoy said...

Ha ha ha, Peano, you're teh win!

that-xmas said...

How I Met Your Mother...

Slapsgiving
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_xWS0JfMik

eaglewingz08 said...

As far as I recall Dorothy did quite well for a female stranger (and a hick female stranger to boot) in a strange and 'sophisticated' land, and outsmarted all the paparazzi and the pundits there as well. Sort of puts to death the notion of what's wrong with Kansas, and upscales the notion what's right with Kansas.
As for that strange video with an African American peering in the door of an attractive white woman alone with her computer-RACIST RACIST RACIST! Didn't you get BARRY's statement?

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