- The Washington Times - Monday, June 30, 2003

‘Angels’ unaware

“Many of us often ask why today’s movies aren’t better than they are. The answer is that they don’t have to be. That’s especially true of a sequel like ‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.’ …

“The first ‘Charlie’s Angels’ didn’t have much in the way of bone structure, but at least it had curves. Its three stars, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, shared a breezy, randy … kind of chemistry. The movie’s pace seemed to be dictated less by any overriding internal structure than by its ability to keep us wondering what kinds of outfits the Angels would show up in next. …

“But in ‘Full Throttle,’ returning director McG works much harder, for only about half the effect. The chemistry between the leads is still there, but now it’s cemented into a kind of sticky glue. …

“Why does it matter that a movie like ‘Full Throttle’ isn’t particularly well put-together or smartly conceived, when, after all, it’s designed to be simply entertaining? It matters because this is the new shape and texture of mainstream movies, and it wouldn’t hurt to know there’s someone out there who knows how to do them well.”

Stephanie Zacharek, writing on “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” Friday in Salon at www.salon.com

Gay victory

“In a short three decades, gay rights activists have successfully secured societal toleration for a behavior that was once illegal throughout the United States. With the June 26 Supreme Court ruling rendering Texas’ sodomy law unconstitutional, homosexuals now enjoy a favored legal status as well. …

“How has the homosexual movement managed to achieve such success? Gay activists have followed the method of perhaps the shrewdest propagandist of all time, Joseph Goebbels. The Nazi Propaganda Minister observed, ‘The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly … it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.’

“For more than 30 years, gay activists have relentlessly echoed the message that homosexuality is innate, irreversible and normal. Even though no scientific evidence exists to support the aforementioned claims, many in our society have bought the misinformation like it was a bargain at Wal-Mart.

“Whether they realize or not, the six justices who voted to affirm homosexual behavior have themselves fallen for the mesmerizing message of gay activists.”

Kelly Boggs, writing on “An unnecessary boost to the gay rights movement,” Friday in Baptist Press News at www.bpnews.net

Miller time

“Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, [Dennis] Miller has emerged as Tinseltown’s leading patriotic funnyman. …

“Once considered a cynical, irreverent lefty who saved his harshest comedic diatribes for Republicans and Rush Limbaugh, Miller has ostensibly become a hawkish conservative. Many liberals, no doubt unhappy with his outspoken position on the Iraq war, now regard him as a full-fledged right-winger. Conservatives, meanwhile, have welcomed and even cheered the comedian’s unabashed patriotism and endorsement of President Bush’s foreign — and, in certain cases, domestic — policy. However, some commentators on the right have gone overboard, proclaiming the acid-tongued comic a new icon of conservative politics. …

“But he is not as conservative as many liberals — or conservatives — seem to think. For that matter, he was never as liberal as many conservatives — or liberals — used to think. …

“He customarily presented Republicans as mean-spirited, demented right-wingers. As late as May 1998, Miller was characterizing Gingrich’s ‘94 Republican class as a ‘band of fascist elves.’”

Duncan Currie, writing on “Dennis the Right-Wing Menace?” Friday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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