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Friday, April 29, 2005

XXX: State of the Union (2005)

What can I say?  I was absolutely right.  Even more disgusting than I had feared.  Go back and look at my comments from earlier in the week, and grasp just how deep the rot goes.  The second worst moment in this Super-Hero secret agent nonsense starring Ice Cube and Samuel Jackson? When the new XXX gets out of prison and says that after nine years there's one thing a man wants...a hamburger.  And the worst moment?  When a beautiful blonde shucks him out of his clothes, tells him to take a shower, she'll be right back, and by the way...is there anything she can do for him?  "Anything?"   He asks.  She smiles suggestively.  "How about a hamburger and fries," he says, giving an answer that no heterosexual male, black or white, could possibly imagine himself saying, thereby rupturing all rapport.  God, it's scary.  If you want to count the cost of Melanine, look precisely at the drop in sex between the first and second movie.  Then go over to RottenTomatoes.com and see that some critics STILL complained that there was too much girley interaction.  What? Just how frightening are we?  Apparently, terrifyingly so.  The filmmakers should be ashamed.  On a comic book level, oh, I guess I'd give it a "C."  On the social level, once  you understand the racial/sexual dynamics involved, it deserves an "F-"  On the other hand, if you're a lover of mindless spectacle, this cartoon version of "Seven Days In May" is possibly the stupidest, least believable, loudest, most insulting movie ever made...give it an "A+."  And Sam Jackson made "Shaft," too.  I'm starting to get pissed off with him.

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