October 06, 2004


The zero-budget anti-Howard "documentary" Time to Go, John hasnít received much mainstream attention, possibly due to certain flaws that make it unwatchable. But Le Monde thought French readers should hear about it, on account of the filmís makers being "Michael Moore disciples". Choice line from a Babel Fish translation:

The realizers put on sale on the Web, for a bread mouthful, the DVD of their documentary. The owners of obscure rooms can thus buy this film for the moderate amount of 35 euros.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 6, 2004 02:25 PM

Well I for one am shocked to hear that a member of the Australian entertainment industry has turned against Howard!


Posted by: Richard at October 6, 2004 at 02:36 PM

First, the Babel Fish translation: irrelevant and, frankly, downright geeky.

Second, the "documentary": why call it that (and nothing else) when both the official website and the Herald piece clarifies that it's a collection of shorts from a great variety of independent filmmakers? Sure some of it is documentary, but there's also the short films, the political satire, and the cartoons, etc. Plus Captain Snooze!

I mean, how dare they make people remember all the lies Howard has told, eh.

Posted by: Karl at October 6, 2004 at 02:55 PM

I have a obscure room in my house, the realtor showed it to me when I moved in and I know it's here somewhere but damned if I can find it.

I'm sure Karl can relate, as a proprietor of obscure genetalia.

Posted by: Amos at October 6, 2004 at 03:05 PM

35 euros for a flick? I'll sell movies all day long for that much. Contact me, 35-euro movie-purchasing idiots, and I'll keep you happier than a pig in shit.

Posted by: Dylan at October 6, 2004 at 03:22 PM

It's heartening to see the serious French media coming out of their Eurocentric shell to take a long hard look at the Australian election - an analysis so full of learning, perception and wisdom, mixed with not a little wit.

Posted by: Freddyboy at October 6, 2004 at 04:05 PM

From Babelfish:

Michael Moore is an inflated prevaricator which should be trailed behind a team of horses jusqu'ŗ what nothing is left but the wet bones.

Posted by: Jim Treacher at October 6, 2004 at 04:08 PM

Hardy hardy hee. French idiom rendered poorly by Babelfish. You look so clever.

Posted by: Merk at October 6, 2004 at 04:13 PM

Lasting lasting Hee. A French Idiom to transfer Babelfish badly. They look at thus intelligently.

Posted by: EvilPundit at October 6, 2004 at 04:28 PM

That's funny, but even funnier is the feedback on the Time to go, John website.

Ben Zipper: I haven't seen it yet, but hope to get to a screening soon.

Alfonso Ortiz Palma Junco: I just would like to know first, if it is possible to receive the movie in Mexico...

Jean Menere: I don't have a CD Player either, but best of luck!

Chris Cornish: I am unable to make the viewing times for Western Australia...

Russell: Are you planning any screenings in East Timor. I live here and would love to have a small screening.

To be fair, several posts were also by people who'd actually seen the movie...

Posted by: Hanyu at October 6, 2004 at 04:31 PM

Har! Behold, the power of Babel Fish!

Posted by: Spiny Norman at October 6, 2004 at 05:00 PM

Merk is intelligent parce qu'il says a thing but average another.

Posted by: Angus Jung at October 6, 2004 at 05:27 PM

Oh god. it's revenge of the nerds.

Amos, Iím amused that you can neither spell genitalia, nor see the problem in reporting on mine without having seen them. The fact you even bring them into this debate is funniest though. I canít even tell if itís an insult. Maybe my genitals are obscure in the sense of an obscure champagne vintage. Or could you mean that they are dark (which might suggest superior size)? Great comeback dude. Clap. Clap. Clap. Clap.

Posted by: Karl at October 6, 2004 at 05:55 PM

Well i'm surprised.
the left accuses Australians and Johnny of being Bush arse lickers but now we are accused by the french rag, a bastion of euro leftoid thinkers, of being a bunch of Michael Moore arse lickers too !

Il est temps de partir, John !.
I seem to remember that that was a regular utterance in Pigalle when anglo saxons overstayed thier time limits in the maison-close of the pleasure quartier.

Posted by: davo at October 6, 2004 at 06:55 PM

Well folks, I'm off to watch 'Time to go John' tonight in Fremantle.

With any luck it won't be an embarassing collection of half-baked, self-righteous junk with crap production values that'll make me want to vote National...

I'll give you the verdict ASAP.

Posted by: Giovanni Torre at October 6, 2004 at 07:57 PM

First, the Babel Fish translation: irrelevant and, frankly, downright geeky.

Not bad, at the price, Karl.

If it's so bad, why don't you give us a better one?

Posted by: goetz von berlichingen at October 6, 2004 at 08:30 PM

Plato had the first obscure room, but it was never a commercial success without the babe shadow act.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at October 6, 2004 at 09:00 PM

Hmm EvilPundit, Google language tools gives me:

"Robust robust Hee. French idiom returned badly by Babelfish. You look at so intelligent."

Perhaps they use different dialects as their base ?

Posted by: Carl in N.H. at October 6, 2004 at 11:44 PM

All your base are belong to us!

Posted by: Steve Skubinna at October 7, 2004 at 06:54 AM

"Iím amused that you can neither spell genitalia,

Is this how you spell "elitist wannabe" Karl?

Posted by: Lane at October 7, 2004 at 08:55 AM