Monday, May 16, 2005

The Sith Hits The Fan

I have a "sith" sense about these things: Just when I was getting comfortably smug in the hope that "Revenge of the Sith" might actually be a good movie, Friend of Felt Up Terri R. directed my attention to this scathing review in The New Yorker by Anthony Lane. Here's a snippet that gives you the jist of his take on the movie:
The general opinion of “Revenge of the Sith” seems to be that it marks a distinct improvement on the last two episodes, “The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones.” True, but only in the same way that dying from natural causes is preferable to crucifixion.

If you could and hear me right now via webcam, you would know that I am pulling at my collar like Jon Stewart, when he does that Borscht-Belt-comedian schtick and says "yee-ow" in a screechy voice. The reviewer is pretty funny, although as Terri pointed out, also a probable film snob, and is sure to be so completely inundated by angry nerd email that he will wish he had never been born, but at least he has provided me with a much-needed dose of expectation-lowering reality before going in to "Sith." Sigh.

Happily, whhile I was perusing the New Yorker site, I happened upon this hysterical faux memoir by Paul Rudnick, screenwriter of "The Addams Family" movies and the author of the brilliant "Living Will" satire, which was published in The New Yorker in the wake of the Terri Schiavo debacle.

Here, he assumes the persona of a woman cursed with an unattractive child, which is his Jonathan Swift-y take on a recent article in the New York Times about the difficulties facing ugly kids (here's a link to an MSNBC summary of the piece, which has already been archived at the Times):
As she grew older, I referred to her as our new cocker spaniel, although no one really believed this, because, of course, cocker spaniels are adorable. I did, however, begin to read to Lisa, and the titles included “The Four Little Pigs” and “The Little Engine That Settled.”

Read the whole piece, it is very, very funny. And check out other works by Paul Rudnick, such as one of my favorite books, Social Disease, about the '80s New York hipster scene. It'll help take your mind off the nagging, relentless feeling that "Revenge of the Sith" is going to suck ass.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have to give props to S. Davenport for sending me the New Yorker review.

Terri R.