Arrested in Zurich on Saturday evening, film director Roman Polanski is awaiting extradition to the United States for charges that have haunted him since 1978. Polanski plead guilty to raping a 13 year old girl and then fled the United States in the same year.
In his blog “The Big Picture,” featured in the L.A. Times, Patrick Goldstein wrote this; “I think Polanski has already paid a horrible, soul-wrenching price for the infamy surrounding his actions.” You can find the full article here.
Mr. Goldstein, will you please answer me this question; What horrible price of infamy has Mr. Polanski paid? Correct me if I am wrong, but Polanski fled the U.S. in 1978 when the event happened and has lived in freedom since. Polanski has also been nominated for Academy Awards and recieved Academy Awards. Polanski has made millions of dollars from the movies he has made. Mr. Goldstein, correct me if I’m wrong, but fleeing before you are sentenced makes you look worse than you already did.
Mr. Goldstein, will you please answer another question? You stated that California shouldn’t prosecute an old man because the case is old, and that California has other problems. Won’t it look even worse for California if they drop the case now? Citizens are tired of celebrities in sports, t.v., movies, and other areas of life getting off easy because they are celebrities. Wouldn’t dropping this case continue to invite public outrage of specialized treatment for the wealthy and celebrities? Your argument states that California should protect the poor and unemployed, and yet you want to release this man. Releasing this man wouldn’t protect the poor and umemployed because the prosecutors would only be left with the poor and uneployed to prosecute. Never mind the fact that it isn’t the prosecutors’ fault that California is having poverty and unemployment issues.
Samantha Geimer, the victim, says that she has forgiven Mr. Polanski. I am glad that she did this. Does her forgiveness constitute the fact that the state should forgive this man because he plead guilty and then ran away? Does her forgiveness guarantee that he has reformed? The fact of the matter is that this man was a bad guest in our nation, and has still benefitted from our capitalist system. Although Samantha Geimer is an exceptional human being for forgiving Mr. Polanski, her forgiveness doesn’t equate to the responsibility the State of California has to protect its citizens.
I personally don’t want a witch hunt. I just think that a lot of the press on this issue looks bad. Many articles talk about documentaries made about Mr. Polanski’s life that side with his release. This seems like more propaganda to help celebrities get off easy.
Growing up my mom always quoted the bible to me. “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” Some things just look bad and when things look bad, they usually are.
I don’t know if Mr. Polanski has changed or not, but I must say in this case that this whole scenario looks bad.
Tombie here. Blogging about a business deal isn’t the norm here at Webertainment Weekly. We are used to ranting about whether or not we liked a new film, or bashing Lindsay Lohan’s latest exploits. As a collective, Zach, Chelsi, and I don’t sit around and discuss the money spending of billion dollar corporations. Today is a little different.
Disney is going to buy Marvel. You may or may not know this already. Hopefully you do. Today I am going to free associate. Hopefully some of my thoughts will make sense. If you want to know some of the business details of the aquisition, you can find them here
Disney tells you about it here
Once upon a time, Marvel had a rough time and declared bankruptcy. They returned as the powerhouse of comic book companies. Movies of our favorite characters were only speculated about before the bankruptcy. Today they are a dream come true, even if we don’t always enjoy them.
Once upon a time, Marvel’s best talent walked out of the company and started Image comics, because Marvel wouldn’t give creator’s any royalty rights to their characters. Disney cares more about the licensing of their characters than any other corporation I can think of. Will new and upcoming talent want to work for the new Marvel?
Will Marvel be given the same freedom to create their projects that Pixar is given? If so, then this potentially could be a good deal.
No offense, but I don’t want to see a costumed Wolverine running around at Disneyland. Nor do I want a roller coaster called the “Spider-Man.” It’s perfectly ok for Six Flags to use the DC Comic/Warner Bros gang.
A collaboration between Pixar and the Marvel characters could be very cool. The recent line of animated Marvel movies have been some of the hidden treasures of the last couple of years.
Paramount will continue to distribute the Avengers line of movies. Marvel studios has pretty much owned the ability to make the films. Every comic book fan is worried about Disney pictures getting involved too much in the production process. Although “Race to Witch Mountain” is a pretty cool film, it is still a kids film. I mention this one because we don’t know when and where Disney will interfere with Marvel studios, and if they will try and make a kids movie, or a real film. No one knows if Disney can stay true to the Marvel history.
No one knows if this new family will get along. I can guarantee though that fans of Marvel feel like they just got a gaggle of unwanted step-brothers and sisters. Hopefully, we can beat up on them for awhile before we decide if we like them or not.
Hopefully my thoughts raised some questions to look out for. The world of comics as we know it is going to change, and again Marvel will be at the forefront of the pack. Who knows if it will be good or bad.
Hopefully I have given people some things to think of, even though I didn’t mention the comic side too much. Comics are still my secret passion, and I am hoping that $4 billion dollars doesn’t impact my life too much.
Hey guys, we are back from our week vacation! I enjoyed the cruise and Tombstone was out somewhere. We are back and we have some news! We have made Chelsei an official co-host! Below is another blog from her. But be sure to download the podcast, comment on our blog and give a review for our podcast on iTunes. You the listeners can talk to us and help us out! With out further delay, Chelsei’s post!
Before I went to see the new Quentin Tarantino edition Inglorious Basterds I had to mentally prepare myself. Having seen many films by this well known director, I wanted to make sure that I was ready for the task that lay ahead of me. I did this by looking past the iconography so commonly associated with Tarantino and focused on the very unique aspects of this particular film. In short, I went into this movie pretending that I had never viewed Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Reservoir Dogs or Kill Bill v. 1 & 2. With that kind of mindset I really was able to look past the idiosyncrasies or predictability that I’ve come to expect from this director and I came out absolutely loving the film.
The scene is World War II in Nazi occupied France. Brad Pitt plays Lt. Aldo Raine, a hillbilly from the back hills of Tennessee who seems to view the killing of Nazi’s as revenge for their crimes as an art. His character brought humor to the film when it was needed and the director used this comedic timing wisely. Aldo’s tribe of followers, a special unit working for the C.I.A. are the most intimidating and astounding force to shake Hitler’s confidence since the beginning of the war. This film shows a scared Hitler grasping at his power with desperation which element is especially amusing.
One particular actor which has done mostly German films but made a huge impact on the general premise and feeling of this story was that of Christoph Waltz who played Col. Hans Landa. His way of weaving evil and likeability was stunning as well as haunting and may be responsible for the shaping of the films entire plot and I daresay success.
Diane Krugar was gorgeous in this film and her performance was equally enjoyable. Newcomer Melanie Laurent, a French actress who played Shosanna, was astounding in character and my personal favorite. BJ Novak from the Office, as well as Mike Myers and others make short appearances in the film. The only draw back was the graphic nature of the fight scenes, some of them too in your face at times. This is to be expected of war films. Samual L Jackson did some small narration and Harvey Kietel had a couple of lines which reminded me that I was watching a Tarantino film after all, but I was able to look past that quite easily.
Tarantino does not offer his audience a reason for the misspelled title or an apology for the completely inaccurate ending to the film. He offers his viewership a way to feel justice for the atrocities of the Third Reich and their actions during the 1940’s. Although it is all fictional, as a viewer you may find yourself cheering the whole way through and even feel a sense of relief at the end, despite its far fetched nature. If you saw Tom Cruise’s Valkarie and were as unsatisfied as I was, this is a film that definitely makes up for that sense of longing.
The soundtrack was superb as per usual and the defining moment for me was the use of the David Bowie song “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)”at the crux of the movie. If I had never seen Pulp Fiction I’d say this was the best use of Quentin Tarantino’s mind yet.
Until next time!