I was asked to do a film blog for Philadelphia Weekly. It never happened. But I did spend an entire evening dreaming up potential names for this blog, which had to include references to film and perhaps also Philadelphia. None of them were good and, as the night progressed, became actively, intentionally awful. Today, nearly two years later, I stumbled upon the list. Here are some of them:
Nouvelle Blogue The Discreet Charm of Matt Prigge Really Reely Reel The Unbearable Lightness of Blogging Textual Analysis and Ritual Participation Ph Stop The Man Who Went Up a Newspaper and Came Down a Blog Rack Focus
That includes caps of Antichrist, Bronson, Precious, Rembrandt’s J’Accuse and We Live in Public. Also! A Six Pack on religious-themed films by typically secular filmmakers plus words (fifth and ninth down) on a screening of the ’70s Philly-shot B-picture Trick Baby and Home Movie Day, which is Saturday.
Sean, this may not be your fault, as it may be a simple case of your having had a jackass for a dad or something else like that, but your instinctive revulsion is showing. Your definition of “ideas” as “what Michael Moore doesn’t have” invalidates your implied claim to be on the same side as any progressives and makes this less a movie review than a sneer at an inferior Other.
Nobody who wants their centrism boner fluffed reads Philadelphia Weekly, so I can’t help but wonder whether or not you are using this gig to audition for national media. In that case, put this review in your portfolio. It’s spot on.