Crash: Films in 50 words-ish

An Altmanesque exploration of LA’s clashing sub-cultures that appears to be about race, but is actually much more. People judge each other, live up to their stereotypes (often knowingly), but are occasionally surprised or challenged. Perhaps surprisingly, Crash is never judgemental. It observes rather than lectures. A must see 9 out of 10. Continue reading

Hurricane Katrina: Bush ‘guilty’ masterstroke

President Bush announcing he’d lead the enquiry into his own government’s response to Hurricane Katrina initially looked like a major tactical error. It’s hard to see how such an investigation could avoid this kind of cynicism. Yet it’s turned out to be something of a public relations masterstroke and, strangely enough, has showed Continue reading