August 9th, 2008

Today's filmgoing tip

Having seen them both, I'd have to say that if you'd like to see a film with law-related themes, Reversal of Fortune is actually a much better choice than Judge Dredd.

And, off in the distance...

... a small protest/vigil by relatives with people detained here.

Maybe at some point there could be a more orderly protest by immigration attorneys in business suits, asking for an increase in the number of client meeting rooms and a return to the policy which allowed those meeting rooms to be scheduled in advance.

That would solve a lot of the current logistical problems, but I'm having trouble imagining how you could turn it into a catchy chant.
And, off in the distance...

Interesting...

Apparently there's a process basically anyone can go through to become an observer for the hearings held at the NWDC.

I'm forming an impression that this facility needs a few more judges, and more consideration for the attorneys who take on these cases free of charge (another four meeting rooms and online scheduling should do it). As far as I can tell, at relatively little cost that gives both sides on this issue what they want: the Lou Dobbs side gets faster deportations, and the immigration rights side gets a reduction in the length of time for deserving asylum cases to actually get dealt with.

My latest movie pitch

I realize that it's "traditional" to let a few years go by between a film and its remake, but in light of postmodernism I see no more need to respect that tradition than I do any other tradition which also makes sense.

As such, I propose that a remake be made (and ideally be released) of "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" WHILE THE ORIGINAL IS STILL IN THEATERS!

In my remake, the clay soldiers would be revived by the emperor not to serve as a military force, but rather as a labor force.The rest of the film (all two-and-a-half hours worth) would then become a courtroom drama, with both Liam Neeson AND Alec Baldwin solemnly arguing before the WTO that the use of dead employees who require no compensation abridges core principles of free trade: in other words, the lack of "life" in the mummy call center amounts to a state subsidy which disadvantages all the WTO members which are NOT in a position to create armies of clay mummies.

The key to pulling this off would be for the courtroom arguments concerning the WTO to be delivered with the ultimate in passion and sincerity, which is why the film needs Alec Baldwin.

So here I am...

... at a performance by the new Seattle theatre company "Implied Violence", watching an actor run in place with a checkered flag while a performance artist reads seemingly unrelated poetry.

How do I end up in these situations?
So here I am...

I give up

I just can't make any sense of this at all. But as the Implied Violence ensemble says in their mission statement, "We don't care to be understood, to understand is to lie." So, maybe I did understand it.
I give up

Art

Two TV's and a fake donkey. It's a classic.
Art