Monday, December 11, 2006

Definition of "clueless"

Or maybe just obtuse.

Here's a quip from Salon's "The Fix" on Mel Gibson's latest offering:

It may have gotten mostly lousy reviews (Salon critic Andrew O'Hehir called it "relentlessly gruesome, visually impressive and ultimately not very interesting"), but Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" still grabbed the top spot at this weekend's box office, though its take of $14.2 million is nothing close to last year's "Passion of the Christ" opening weekend of $76.2 million.

So, a movie about Aztecs hunting down an escaped sacrifice to the sun god didn't open as well as a movie about Jesus Christ.


Wonder why.


Anonymous said...

You could have titled this post "Definition of 'Mostly'". As in " . . . mostly lousy reviews." Every review that I've read has been largely positive, to the degree that the NYT (whose A. O. Scott gushed over the film) published an article about the quandary that it causes for the Oscars. Apparently, Apocalypto would be a sure-fire Oscar nominee if the director were anyone other than a raging anti-Semite. Will the Hollywood powers-that-be have the ability to overlook Gibson's personal grossness and see the quality of his film?

At least, that what the article wondered. But Salon thinks the reviews have been "mostly lousy". Maybe they need to get out more.


The Opinionated Homeschooler said...

I wonder if, should Gibson get the Oscar nod, the U.S. Conference of Bishops will fall over itself clarifying to the media that He's Not Actually a Catholic, like they did with Passion.