Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Thought For The Day 8/4/09

A quick case-study in how - in this age of the "end of the print critic" - mainstream-media film reporting is generally done by high-functioning morons:

FIRST, here's Robert Downey Jr. giving a colorfully-flippant description of his upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" re-imagining's fresh take (some have called it an Apatow-style "bromance" variation) on the franchise central relationship:
DOWNEY: "We're two men who happen to be roommates, wrestle a lot and share a bed. It's bad-ass,"

Okay, show of hands: We all "get" that he's being 'cute,' matter-of-factly describing the relationship in a shorthand that sounds like something that it isn't, yes? Well, here's how the New York Post put it:


This comes to us courtesy the "Page Six" section, which for good measure goes to once-respected film critic turned right wing quote-monger Michael Medved to get his response to their misrepres... er... I mean "news story."

MEDVED: "I think they're just trying to generate controversy . . . They know that making Holmes and Watson homosexual will take away two-thirds of their box office."

In other words, even MICHAEL friggin' MEDVED 'gets' that the quote is in jest. When you can't even get MEDVED to go along with your sensational non-story, you know you've crossed a "stupid-line."

This, of course, does not STOP the story from being linkable at Andrew Breitbart's right-wing movie-buff circle-jerk known as "Big Hollywood," under the headline "SHERLOCK HOLMES, DR. WATSON HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP IN NEW FILM."

"Big Hollywood," it may also be noted, has published FOUR stories in the past two days on the subject of FURY at the supposed lack of patriotism in the new G.I. Joe movie. None of the four stories come from sources who have actually SEEN the film.

Lesson over.


Alex Howard said...

It's funny, because a number of literary critics do hypothesize that Holmes is gay. He has a romantic inclination towards only one woman in all of his adventures, and spends a great deal of the other stories trashing women in general.

No one's ever mentioned Watson as gay though. That's new.

tyra menendez said...

reminds me of when that book that criticized laura bush came out; she was asked her opinion on it, but she hadn't actually read it.

Bob said...


TWO women. Irene Adler is "The" woman, but Holmes also whips out a cautionary tale at least once involving a woman whom he found quite diverting who turned out to be a child-poisoner. Yes, I'm this big of a dork ;)

Holmes/Watson as a couple is one of those things that sounds like it makes sense until you actually look at it - ditto Batman/Robin. For my money, this strong of a weirdly-intangible bond existing between an essentially-asexual intellectual-showoff and a defiantly-ordinary army medic is more interesting than a simple "they're gay" answer, in this particular case.

Christian said...

Hate. Let me tell you how much I've come to hate this movie since I've seen the trailer. There are 100 billion neurons in my brain. If the emotion "hate" was triggered by every single one of those neurons, it would not equal one billionth of the hate I feel for this movie. Hate. Hate.

(Okay, I'm done)

tyra menendez said...

off topic,

an idea to boot posts could be dvd tuesdays (since that's when they come out). for someone like me, it's 50 miles, one way, to the nearest theater. i don't go to the movies unless it's a special occasion. however, i may be interested in a movie, when it comes out on dvd, to rent. if i really like it, i'll buy it. so tuesday could be special notes about the good dvd's that come out to remind some of us to go add it to our netflix list.
might be worth it.

Robert said...

even if they lose anyone based on the faact that he might be gay...well 100% of those people who haven't read the book. Now I'm not saying that's the only reason that some one won't go, I'm just talking about for one reason.