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"...Certainly there is satirical intent to the movie’s buffoonery – these ugly Americans don’t know a movie Mexican with serape and burro from “Raji who works the register at the Circle K.” (Larry, who might be the least stupid, explains, “He’s a red-dot Indian, not a tomahawk Indian.”) But is it funny? Not really. All of its subversive potential is wasted on Harding, and even the straight-ahead farce is joyless...."
"...Hispanic culture is such a vast and interesting culture that to have it represented in the arts and in film by the standard images of gangs and criminals is just insulting. [The 2007 Larry the Cable Guy film] Delta Farce is a good example of just how much of an insult it can be..."
"...The Green Berets (Warner Home Video, $12.98): For folks in search of a document of those times from a right-wing perspective, the John Wayne centenary justifies a new edition of his pro-Vietnam cult classic. If one gets distressed thinking how lefties have traded down from the vérité time capsules of filmmakers like Alk and Gray to Michael Moore screeds and PowerPoint presentations, consider that right-wingers have gone from the Duke to Larry the Cable Guy in Delta Farce...."
"...He's in the midst of an extraordinary production period that will see four of his plays receive their premieres in a 13-month span, and all four are as different from one another as Kentucky is from Hollywood. Besides the Dream Factory farce with the cast of 40 (!), there's By the Waters of Babylon, a romance between a Cuban gardener and an Austin widow, which premiered this past summer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; a new political satire, Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates, which takes America's early explorers up San Juan Hill, across the Mekong Delta, and into the heart of Iraq, currently in rehearsal at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles; and a dramatic adaptation of Stephen Vincent Benét's The Devil and Daniel Webster, which Seattle Children's Theatre will open in Schenkkan's current hometown in February...."
"...SHAT: With song titles like "Mouth to Cunt Resuscitation," "Gonorrhea Fountain," and "Oderous Yellow/Green Vaginal Discharge ..." you know exactly what to expect from this grindcore farce. The stage show is rated X..."
"...Sanjuro takes some hard knocks from Kurosawa purists for being a sillier sequel. There are door-slamming farce gags, and the story (Mifune aids a group of men fighting a corrupt statesman) is as simple as a Saturday-morning serial..."
"...The APD's Grand Farce..."
"...They all hammer the same point, historically false yet seemingly irresistible: We could have won if the politicians/generals/peacenik scum would have let us. No, this book tacitly, quietly says, the war effort was a farce, the sacrifice pointless...."