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October 2007
28 October 2007 — Episode oo6 Podcast

Lars and the Real Girl

On today's podcast we talk with Craig Gillespie, the director of a new film called Lars and the Real Girl starring Ryan Gosling. Despite the silly premise — a lonely, delusional man carries on a relationship with a life-size doll, much to the dismay of his relatives — this film caught my eye because of Gosling's involvement, and fans of Six Feet Under will recognize the name of the screenwriter, Nancy Oliver. Gosling, of course, was one of the people who made last year's Half Nelson such a great film, one of my faves.

Lars and the Real Girl isn't in the same league, but it's not just the throwaway comedy that I thought it might be. While others have aptly compared the film to Frank Capra's Harvey, starring Jimmy Stewart, on our podcast, J. Robert Parks talks with Gillespie about the character's similarity to Don Quixote.

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For those not following the comments in this other post it seems that the Victor Erice-Abbas Kiarostami joint retrospective that is currently going on in Paris has recently projected the same severely edited print of Kiarostami's seminal film Homework that the Pacific Film Archive screened earlier this year.

If you have any further information on how this print came to exist — and circulate — please let us know over in the other thread.

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I'm delighted to see that after years of denial about global warming, prominent radio thinker Rush Limbaugh has done a stunning about-face by endorsing the most recent report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Exercising his newfound faith like a kid just back from Bible camp, Limbaugh has even gone so far as to take Al Gore to task for eleven areas in which his presentation in An Inconvenient Truth deviates (slightly, arguably) from the latest IPCC report. [Note: Gore's film was made before the latest report was issued.]

Most headline-writers are reporting nine differences, but the fact-conscious close-reader of science news has done them two better by referring to the judge's earlier statement.

My only concern is that Limbaugh has such a large mountain of misinformation to climb — much of it excreted audibly and broadcast worldwide via his own radio program in the years before his fortuitous conversion — that it may take him time to undo the damage, but I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth. If Rush is determined, he can do it.

Update: Eleven minus nine is two. Originally I said three. I ran out of fingers and had to guesstimate. Sorry.

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I've received a few emails about this, so let me make the correction. My remembrance of Antonioni and Bergman that appears in the October 2007 issue of Paste has a disorienting print error between pages 63 and 64. I hope those of you who hit that bump were buckled in safely, which is always recommended.

The sentence that begins on page 63 and ends on page 64 should read as follows:

And he transferred that fascination to the audience, not by telling them tales or teaching them lessons but by raising questions, big ones about existence, why we move around the earth, why we interact with other people, and who we are.

To find out who I'm talking about in that sentence, I'm going to make you get the print issue. Ha! I do have a backlog of pasties to, err, paste into this blog at some point. Will do. Not today.

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