THE OBENSON REPORT

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The Cannes Film Festival got underway today. Lots of American films will be making their debut, including the opening night film, Blindness, by Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles (responsible for 2002's hit although over-rated City of God) starring Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, and Danny Glover. Also premiering at the festival is Steven Sodebergh's 4 1/2 hour Che Guevara bio-pic, titled simply Che, starring Benico Del Toro. Yes, 4 1/2 hours! Although it's a favorite to win the Palmes d'Or. More on the festival HERE.

- Now Catholics everywhere can breathe easier because, after much discussion and analysis, the Vatican has reached the conclusion that it's perfectly OK to believe in aliens, and doing so "does not contradict a faith in God." Well, thank GOD for that! More HERE.

- Did you hear the one about the white valedictorian at a historically black men's college? Well, it's true. Read about "a different kind of 'Morehouse Man'" HERE.

- An interesting piece comparing the size of restaurant food portions, 20 years ago and today. Take the "Portion Distortion" test provided by the Department of Health HERE.

- I'm sure everyone has already seen Bill O'Reilly's rampage on Inside Edition. If you haven't, here it is, preceded by Keith Olbermann's color commentary. HI-LA-RI-OUS!!!! How can anyone work with this dude?? Sheesh!


That's all for now folks!

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2 comments:

  1. UK Black Chick aka Wendy said...
     

    4.5 hours seems like a really long film but it doesn't seem so bad when you realise it's really two films. Still, coming in at a collective 4.5 hours, I guess that's still two long films.

    'The Argentine' dramatises the struggle of Che and Fidel Castro to topple Cuba's Batista regime in 1956; and

    'The Guerrilla' charts the episode when, eight years later, Che travelled to New York to address the UN.

    Apparently it is (or, they are?) early favourite(s) to win the Palme d'Or. Or maybe I should say Soderbergh is early favourite to win, whether for both films, I'm not sure.

    I loved 'Motorcycle Diaries, but I think I may wait for these to come out on DVD so I can pause for pee-breaks.

  2. The Obenson Report said...
     

    I just might sit through it when it's in theatres. Unless the distibutor releases it as 2 films, which is possible. At 4 1/2 hours total running time, that would almost surely reduce box office receipts, and we all know how much the studios love to maximize profit.

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