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18 October 2013


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The Twisted Genius

Four years of studying latin at the hands of the Jesuits and now the sage Mr. Farrell provides another illuminating lesson. I will be forever grateful.

Babak Makkinejad

I think in rural Brazil the youth did that to geese.


With all the poultry references one would think there would be a photo of that statue from the Louvre of the boy strangling the goose, or foie gras.

Here's to wishing we were on that Johansson girl's agenda. What a way to start the weekend.

Medicine Man

You handled this review brilliantly, Mr. Farrell. Truly gripping.


I worship at the linguistic fount of all knowledge, but surely, Don Jon was spanking the monkey, n'est-ce pas?

Another case where the review is way better than the movie, except for Ms Johansson, and by the way, Ms Moore ain't half bad either. Bravo, Alan.


Fred, you got into a trap. But consider that the innocent, as the female prof, may be poor in spirit occasionally. His wonderful etymology may well pick up on the issue of the first paragraph. At least it follows it. ;)


This is online dictionary is not always perfect but it occasionally helps.


Oops, maybe not. Sounds like an interesting film nevertheless, and maybe there is even strangling scene, although the wiki plot does not tell us about it. Personally I have no taste for S/M. So I better consider I may be wrong in that context.

I'll store the comments about the multi-talent that did it. For whatever reason the combination of director and script writer attracts me for quite some time now. Often less disappointing movie experiences.

Charles I

Hi Alan. As usual, I couldn't read without spilling my titters on the ground. . .

Paul Escobar

Mr. Farrell,

I thought I was the only one who liked 'Premium Rush'!

It was a niche and entertaining pop flick. Damn the snobs & curmudgeons who turned their backs and pens against it!

They'll never understand the thrill of escaping some local thugs on a bicycle. Till the day I die, I'll remember putting everything into my pedals...looking back at the saggy-pantalooned thugs giving up the chase.

They wanted to steal my sneakers as part of some super-gay initiation ritual (that's a Canadian ghetto for ya'). They settled on robbing my best friend who chose to walk that day. IMO, served him right for saving up for a car.

Sending you best wishes from the city,
Paul Escobar



I probably should have stuck with just the second line. The other was a poor play on a colloquial American expression which doesn't do justice Alan's skill with words.


Brick was brilliant. Glad you liked it.

nick b

Once again, I find myself doubting that I will enjoy the movie more than I have the review. I'm pretty sure I won't learn as much either.

In any case, I hope our reviewer has not judged Mr. Martello too harshly. After all, a stopped clock is only correct twice a day. And it's also quite possible Don Jon has learned the wisdom of early falconers: 'in rubo avis in dextra valet duos'.


1. our media mire of food, house, fashion, umbrage (news/public affairs programming) porn;
2. our Faustian wankers creating realities and playing the statecraft air guitar;
3. the list goes on .....

a social survey of our time could be written as "The One-Backed Bestiary."

any sense of irony sitting there in darkened room with other people, singly and in pairs, laughing at the shadows on the wall???


forgot comity porn [social media].

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