1. "Superbad; or, WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE": Superbad takes Brendon Bouzard to an introspective place.
["You ever have one of those gut check moments when you're watching a film and you realize how much it's forcing you to reevaluate yourself and what you're doing? I had one of those last night at a 10:45 screening of Greg Mottola's Superbad."]
2. "ennui the door": Tucker of PilgrimAkimbo on Antonioni.
["The recent deaths of Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman, on the same day no less, highlighted two realizations for me: 1) I am, in many ways, a "high modernist" in my aesthetic tastes and passions, and 2) the prevalent and particular questioning of the concepts of truth and hope found in high modernism seems to have disappeared as a noble pursuit. In other words, I long for the days (which were before my time) when artists and filmmakers saw the modern, industrialized, nuclear world as harsh and bleak, but believed that art could truly change that world for the better - even if only by asking the tough questions. (Of course we all imagine the past as we wish.) Today, artmaking is too often viewed cynically, that is, there is no point in tackling the grander themes, rather art is merely about what is only personal and private, and therefore essentially non-transferable, and therefore merely kitsch. That filmmaking can no longer change the world seems to be the prevailing perspective."]
3. "Naked people pose on Swiss glacier": Sexy-ska.
["Hundreds of naked people formed a "living sculpture" on Switzerland's Aletsch glacier Saturday, hoping to raise awareness about climate change."]
4. "Barack Obama gets name-dropped in hip-hop": What's the word, B-Rock?
["Vibe magazine has dubbed him "B-Rock." He's getting shout-outs in some of the most popular hip-hop singles of the summer. He's even had a high-profile meeting with Ludacris."]
5. "The Born Ultimatum": The Jason Bourne films as pro-life trilogy.
["Our story begins, not surprisingly, in the middle of a body of water, where our hero has mysteriously been found. For some reason he seems agitated. As he swallows the amniotic fluid he seems to have the hiccups. This unidentified unborn baby has been discovered—but what will happen next?"]
Quote of the Day: China Blue (Kathleen Turner) in Crimes of Passion
"... remember, while we may run out of Pan-Am coffee, we'll never run out of T-W-A-T!"
Image of the Day (click to enlarge): "Torpedo Thighs"; The Indian Tomb
Clip of the Day:: Neil! The Drum Solo of Life!
"Links for the Day": Each morning, the House editors post a series of weblinks that we think will spark discussion. Comments encouraged.