June 01, 2004


The OmbudsGod rains godly justice down upon The Washington Postís Dana Milbank. And Italian blog Joy of Knitting considers the Venice Film Festival's dilemma following Fahrenheit 9/11ís Cannes success:

After the first prize to Michael Moore, how are the Venice Festival people going to top that? Noam Chomsky doesn't make movies, as far as I know. Yes, there's always some film director from some obscure place with a film so terminally boring that only his own mother could endure watching it, and perhaps an aunt or two. But Michael Moore? Unless they come out with a prize for the collected videos of OBL, throwing in the prize for best director and best actor as well, I don't see how they can come out of their predicament.

Donít even mention Cannes to Cuban exile Jesķs J. Chao. He gets a little worked up about it.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 1, 2004 07:27 PM

Holy cow, I thought I could go off on a right wing rant but I am an amateur compared to Jesus.

I was gorging myself and got as far as the bit where the French were criticising the casualties in Iraq while leaving their elderly relatives to die in the heatwave. Then like Mr Queerso I had to leave the table. I'll try and see how it ends tomorrow after reading the letters page in the Oz to get my strength back.

Posted by: James Hamilton at June 1, 2004 at 08:43 PM

I wish Mr. Chao would stop beating about the bush and say what he means.

Posted by: Jon Ravin at June 1, 2004 at 09:13 PM

We should be so lucky as to have the Cuban Mr Chao as a regular on Tim's threads.

Every time a virulent, annoying troll showed up we could just respond with "OK, then... say 'ello to our little friend!"

Posted by: CurrencyLad at June 1, 2004 at 11:10 PM

Actually, Mr. Chomsky does make movies, although I don't think he has a new one this year.
I know of his films only because I remember one of my professors mentioning that a speaker he had invited recommended a certain film, and he asked another professor -- who was also a student in this class -- if he happened to own it. He did, of course.

Posted by: Chuck T. at June 2, 2004 at 07:23 AM

Cannes could still be fun. If you ever get the chance, ask one of the losing lefty film makers "Gee, your film must really be terrible to have lost the Palm D'Or to Moore's piece of crap, right?"

Posted by: Lee at June 2, 2004 at 11:04 AM

[Ombuds]God and Jesus. In the same post. Who could argue with that.

Posted by: Uncle Milk at June 2, 2004 at 12:12 PM