February 2, 2010

A Drudgtaposition about streetfighting and a disquisition about "Disney Eyes."

Let's analyze Drudge's photos and headline juxtaposition for the Oscars:


I think he thinks it's funny to picture these 4 characters in a street fight. I'm saying 4, because I'm not counting the secondary figures in the bottom photographs, especially that female "Avatar" character, whom we don't enjoy picturing in a street fight, for reasons hilariously well-stated here:



(More of that sort of movie analysis at the RedLetterMedia YouTube page.)

43 comments:

Chris said...

I'm totally happy and smiling at that cats and dogs montage. No level of cynicism can defeat that.

Pogo said...

I saw this review last night.
The reviewer is great; hilarious.

Best Star Wars Parts 1-3 reviews ever.

Nomilk said...

Althouse see blue people and automatically thinks: streetfight.


Racist.


-30-

ricpic said...

Have Mo'Nique and Queen Latifah ever been seen in the same place at the same time?

Chip Ahoy said...

Hey! Are you hacking my laptop or sumpin? Those are the last two things I viewed last night.

I kept skipping around until I worked back to RedLetterMedia because he bleeps out two words at the beginning and I know he doesn't demure from harsh language which made me think someone else was doing the bleeping which would reduce it. Turns out, I was wrong.

I'll take Drudge at his word when accused of being right-wing shill. Like yourself, he's posting what he finds interesting.

bagoh20 said...

Yea, when you look back after watching it, you come to: Great computer programming, everything else was very pedestrian.

$300 million = lame.

Ann Althouse said...

@Chip Maybe he bleeped the word as a joke to go with the blurred out word carved into the wall, which wasn't really the word he would have been saying.

Chip Ahoy said...

Hmmm. Good observation there about the bleeps.

About the academy awards, I rather object to the results of that particular circle jerk becoming inevitable clues and solutions to eventual crossword puzzles. It forces me to acknowledge them. Because God, who sounded a bit like a Republican that day, told me best not to pay attention. And I go, "Wut?" And He goes, "You heard."

Joe said...

Avatar is the only movie I remember where people tell me with a straight face that it's the dumbest movie they've ever seen but that I need to see it [especially in 3D.]

I'll give it a pass. I'll give up special effects and even good production values for a good story. (I was recently "forced" to watch the second transformers movie by virtue of my kids watching it on DVD. Suck doesn't describe it. Same with Terminator Salvation. Complete lack of logic is even worse than lack of story [newsflash to Terminators and Marines on distant planets--poison gas and nuclear weapons.])

garage mahal said...

I wonder how we explain to visiting alien, that some dude that wears a fedora with no journalistic credentials with a website drives the important stories of the day.

"Your earth is not warming? Your measuring devices seem to indicate that...."

"No! It's snowing in a Nordic country in winter!"

Lem said...

I don't mean to sound like I'm defending Cameron for making formulaic movies..

But 2001 didn't do that well at the box office.

There is something to be said for giving people what they want.

Pogo said...

Garage, bitterly clinging to his climate change religion.

rhhardin said...

Donuts make your brown eyes blue. YouTube

Maguro said...

Yeah, what's that Drudge guy ever accomplished in journalism?

I mean, other than get the President of the United States impeached.

But where are his credentials? Huh? Where's his Ivy League journalism degree? Stupid fedora guy.

bagoh20 said...
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bagoh20 said...

The unprecedented economic engine of your planet is being turned into another failed socialist experiment and you humans are worried that your planet will warm by a couple degrees because some self-identified frauds told you so? You are aware that your planet has been warmer than before and your species flourished, right?

And why do some of you care what hat some guy wears?

Hoosier Daddy said...

I wonder how we explain to visiting alien, that some dude that wears a fedora with no journalistic credentials with a website drives the important stories of the day.

Same way we esplain how a guy with a resume thinner than my business card can become President of the United States.

garage mahal said...

I didn't say Drudge was stupid. His readers, surely.

Hoosier Daddy said...

"Your earth is not warming? Your measuring devices seem to indicate that...."

Yes and according to Al Gore they measured the Earth's core to be millions of degrees!

I don't know garage, life tends to thrive in warmer climate than cold ones. I'll take warm.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Considering how much your man made global warming theory has been proved to be manufactured, you really shouldn't be accusing anyone of stupidity garage.

I mean I'm just trying to help you salvage the thumbnail bit of credibility you may have left.

garage mahal said...

Nice planet!
Stupid people.

Paul Zrimsek said...

Would a being alien enough to be regarded as an authority by Garage even be familiar with the use of hats as social signifiers?

Paul Zrimsek said...

I mean, for all we know, on Planet X847 only the Grand Scientific Hivemaster gets to wear a fedora.

Paul Zrimsek said...

Then again, the Kos poll found that 63% of Republicans believe the global warming debate should be settled by extraterrestrial haberdashers.

Paul Zrimsek said...

Oops, never mind. I now see that the problem isn't the fedora; it's the fedora's lack of journalistic credentials.

MadisonMan said...

rhhardin, does Crystal still have really long hair?

It is so totally impractical.

Balfegor said...

I wonder how we explain to visiting alien, that some dude that wears a fedora with no journalistic credentials with a website drives the important stories of the day.

I think the likelihood that a visiting alien is going to be obsessed with Earthling credentialism is pretty low, all things considered. An alien would have no particular reason to be impressed by a Harvard or Oxbridge degree in general. Why would he be impressed by a Journalism degree from Columbia? Indeed, from the alien perspective, stripped of all merely human status assumptions, the New York Times is no different from any other random group of humans. There's no reason the NYT should drive stories any more than Drudge should. And that's to the extent that the concept of a specialised field of "journalism" is even intelligible to an alien race.

Balfegor said...

Would a being alien enough to be regarded as an authority by Garage even be familiar with the use of hats as social signifiers?

Fancy hats are always a sign of power and authority. It is a universal universal.

Balfegor said...

I don't know garage, life tends to thrive in warmer climate than cold ones. I'll take warm.

That's just our kind of life. Aliens may prefer it cold, coming as they do from the terrible abysses between the stars.

XWL said...

What's it take for a contempraneously set film to get a Costume Design nomination?

Invariably (with one recent exception, The Devil Wears Prada), nominees for that category come from period pieces, musicals, or fantasy pictures.

Seems to me, creating compelling costuming for a picture set in the 'real' world (current edition) takes much greater skill and care than creating big showy dresses for the latest boddice ripper.

garage mahal said...

There's no reason the NYT should drive stories any more than Drudge should. And that's to the extent that the concept of a specialised field of "journalism" is even intelligible to an alien race.


Drudge isn't a journalist. It's pure propaganda. But he knows his readers well.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Drudge isn't a journalist. It's pure propaganda. But he knows his readers well.

Drudge does is link to news articles from all over the world and that's propaganda.

The Hissing Cockroach said...

garage mahal said...

"Nice planet!
Stupid people."

I agree with you. You're a perfect example.

Balfegor said...

Seems to me, creating compelling costuming for a picture set in the 'real' world (current edition) takes much greater skill and care than creating big showy dresses for the latest boddice ripper.

On the one hand, I suppose it takes greater sensitivity to how clothing ensembles will read. But on the other hand, you can just buy most of the stuff off the rack somewhere, so it's not like there's the same sort of technical craft and skill as there is when you're designing stuff from scratch (scifi/fantasy), or you're trying to recreate some past historical era in fashion. That, and every person who pays attention to how he/she dresses does a bit of the real-world costuming every day.

Balfegor said...

Drudge does is link to news articles from all over the world and that's propaganda.

Well, truthfully, it can be. You can imply things through the juxtaposition of articles, and the selection of which details (or stories) you highlight as important, and which details (or stories) you reject as unimportant. This is how newspapers and news broadcasters operate as propagandists, after all. It's not all Goebbels/O'Reilly/Olbermann screaming hysterically into a microphone.

Pogo said...

"garage mahal said...
Nice planet!
Stupid people.
"

The mantra of Statists everywhere.

LonewackoDotCom said...

I'm very grateful that I have no idea who the two on the right are, and I'm extremely sad that I know who the one in the upper left is.

rhhardin said...

Since the demise of the hockey stick, it's back where it was, foiled by the uncertainty principle.

Namely that you can't tell a trend from a cycle with only a short span of data.

You can solve for whether it's a trend or a cycle, but the uncertainty principle strikes back by raising the gain on noise to huge exponential levels.

So no matter how carefully you measure, you get garbage results.

That's why they needed a hockey stick (it's plainly not a cycle, namely).

A cycle, of course, it not man-made, so you don't want that as a possibility.

In short, we can't tell. As is true of so many things.

Don't wire an alarm bell to ignorance, is a good principle.

DaveW said...

I watched this early this morning. Funny stuff.

I had never seen his 70 minute review of Star Wars The Phantom Menace so I watched that too. Flippin hilarious.

El Pollo Real said...

GM said: "Nice planet!
Stupid people."

It's actually the envirowacko's creed too: Gaia is pristine, despoiled only by human vermin who need to die off by attrition, and the sooner the better.

Henry said...

An alien rides in from the desert on the back of a donkey. After being weirded out for a while, the local sheriff says, "Well at least you're humanoid." The donkey tilts the alien puppet off his back and says "What do you mean, 'at least you're humanoid'?"

And that's not the end of the story. I wish I could remember who wrote it.

Revenant said...

I wonder how we explain to visiting alien, that some dude that wears a fedora with no journalistic credentials with a website drives the important stories of the day.

"Your earth is not warming? Your measuring devices seem to indicate that...."

An alien capable of traveling interstellar distances would probably think it was quaint and funny that we CARED about global warming, endangered species, or any of the rest of the environmentalist canon. It would be like humans watching a dog bark at a vacuum cleaner.

Eugene said...

Previously unreleased Avatar trailers: animated version and really animated version.