Friday, June 6, 2008

Almost Normal - What if Things Were Different?

Via Queerty via JoeMyGod comes a cute, short movie Dads, I'm Straight, pondering what it would be like to live in a world where everyone is gay and a young boy had to come out as straight to his two fathers.

If you liked that, you should definitely catch the 2005 Canadian movie Almost Normal, where a college professor is transported back to high school to do it all over again, except now everyone is gay. He now has the chance to land his high school crush, the most popular and cute guy in school, until he realizes he's actually straight and in love with his best girlfriend. It's a "what if" film, with a twist at the end that's well rendered, with a good supporting cast and an adorable and smart turn by J. Andrew Keitch (who seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth).

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The Great American Hero Revealed

Currently reading Glenn Greenwald's Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics. I'm only up to chapter three and am finding my thoughts absolutely reflected in Glenn's writings.

Chapter one zings the myth of John Wayne as the archetype of American masculinity, instead revealing him the archetype Republican chicken hawk - a draft dodging, drug addicted, valueless husband and father his personal life revealed. This "cowboy" (whose son confessed preferred suits and tuxedos to chaps and boots) set the hypocritical standard that all Republican conservatives look up to today both in his public persona and his personal hypocrisy.

I highly recommend this read. Glenn can be a little heavy handed in his rhetoric and I'd prefer him to focus more on deconstructing the myth of public personas versus private values (on both sides of the aisle actually). All in all though, you learn much about how both the game of politics and the American people are played daily by political mythmaking.