Sunday, December 28, 2008

Cinema Ho digresses: "The Reader"

'tis the season when the studios unleash the floodgates, releasing their best work. Add in lazy holiday vacation time and you get...a long promiscious weekend at the Landmark Cinema.

Encapsulated here for your reading pleasure, Cinema Ho begins with...

The Reader

Kate Winslet shucks her clothes and taunts Oscar, Ralph Fiennes plays his usual sexy, aloof and well-dressed beast, moral complexities are raised, blah blah blah. You can read the reviews here.

But what I want to talk about is the CNN Reader Sweepstakes

"Tell us the story for your first love and you could win a trip to New York City. Was it fleeting or forever?"

Did CNN actually read this book or watch this movie?

If so, what part of "gestapo," "unspeakable crimes" and "borderline inappropriate age difference" translated into "romantic sweepstakes" for these guys?

Tell us about your first love. Was it fleeting, forever, or...traumatizing?

Did it leave you forever emotionally crippled and unable to forge meaningful relationships (despite your tailored suits and stylish Berlin loft?)

Did it result in a trial of Nuremburg-esque proportions?

Is there a prison involved? How about genocide?

Yes, you say? Well, send us your tale, young Nietzche...and welcome to Times Square!


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