Elizabeth Taylor

Monday, May 08, 2006


In a 'Talk of the Town' piece, Lauren Collins talks about the Heimlich maneuver and Choking Man, a new film opening at the TriBeCa Film Festival. In the movie, Mandy Patinkin's character "says to the shaken customer, who has just vomited, in a cinematic slow-mo arc, all over his shirt, 'You know, Elizabeth Taylor was Heimliched. You're in good company. ' Elizabeth Taylor, it turns out, actually belongs in both categories. Twenty-two years before choking on a chicken bone, she saved Montgomery Clift from swallowing his own teeth."
-- The New Yorker May 8, 2006

Monday, May 01, 2006

United 93

Demonstrations against the war in Iraq Saturday, against genocide in Darfur Sunday, against felony imprsisonment for illegal aliens today--it looks like the Left is coming to life. After a showing of United 93, which features suicidal jihadists on 11 September 2001, a woman shouted "God bless America!" Then another shouted "Rot in Hell you bastards!" The seat in the movie theater felt disconcertingly like a seat in that airplane. There seemed to be no actors; this was cinema verite, and if unity of place was violated, you sure got unity of time. A charismatic star like Elizabeth Taylor would have had difficulty fading into the action. United 93 was a good movie which nonetheless left me depressed.