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Friday, July 27, 2007

The Simpsons Movie

posted by on July 27 at 17:35 PM

Saw the first screening this afternoon with my kid. The first ten minutes—which includes a string of fast-and-furious jokes and Bart’s full-frontal skateboard ride—is worth the price of admission. Total genius. The rest of the movie, eh, kinda underwhelming. It’s good, glad I saw it, will rent it when it comes out on DVD. But it’s no South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut.

Hey, when are they going to make another South Park movie anyway?

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Kudos, Dan! Very good parenting!

Posted by Mahtli 69 | July 27, 2007 5:54 PM

Anybody else love the fact that below the post about the Simpsons movie is one about a Monorail?

Posted by j | July 27, 2007 6:29 PM

Well sir there's nothing on Earth like a genuine, bonafide, electrified, six-car monorail! What'd I say?

And why doesn't iTunes have the South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut soundtrack! Drat!

Posted by Michigan Matt | July 27, 2007 7:24 PM


Mr. Poe would be able to answer that. I believe he works for Apple int he iTunes department.

Posted by Drew | July 27, 2007 8:13 PM

Thanks for the review... I'll wait for it to be pirated and posted on some Japanese website for my viewing pleasure.

Posted by Carollani | July 27, 2007 8:51 PM

Excerpt from \"Say Yes To War\" by Dan Savage October 2002

\"In the meantime, invading and rebuilding Iraq will not only free the Iraqi people, it will also make the Saudis aware of the consequences they face if they continue to oppress their own people while exporting terrorism and terrorists. The War on Iraq will make it clear to our friends and enemies in the Middle East (and elsewhere) that we mean business: Free your people, reform your societies, liberalize, and democratize... or we\'re going to come over there, remove you from power, free your people, and reform your societies for ourselves\"

July 2007

Over 3600 American soldiers dead
Over 53,000 seriously wounded and maimed
Over 650,000 Iraqis dead
? seriously wounded and maimed
Over 2,000,000 Iraqis have fled their country
Estimated total cost (for USA) of Iraq war $2,000,000,000,000
Al Qaida is stronger than ever

Posted by Andrew Sullivan | July 27, 2007 9:36 PM

Thanks for the update AS; hope you're sending these to shrub & Cheney, unless you're too afraid your passive-aggressive natterings will get you a little visit from DHS.

"Spider pig! Spider pig! Does whatever a spider pig does!"

Posted by COMTE | July 27, 2007 9:57 PM

I'd rather the South Park guys make a Team America: World Police sequel. Great supermarionation and funny as all get out.

Posted by neo-realist | July 27, 2007 10:40 PM

The only thing that really surprised me was that there were so many previews for kids movies. I've never thought of The Simpsons as being for kids. After all, you can watch and appreciate Spongebob Squarepants, both the show and the movie, without being familiar with the works of Stanley Kubrick, the politics of the latter half of the 20th Century, or Rashomon. It's hard to get many of the best jokes in The Simpsons without a huge cultural background that kids are just too damn young to have, and most hardcore Simpsons fans are sure as hell not going to see The Bee Movie.

Posted by Gitai | July 27, 2007 10:49 PM

That's why they're still kids: 'cause they're stupid!

Posted by nomi malone | July 28, 2007 12:36 AM

So you can print a review of Transformers, but you must post a blog about the Simpsons flick? I'd rather see a much more interesting review in the paper from someone that actually takes their reviews seriously. Thanks Dan... and even more so Annie. Way to shove off the biggest movie of the summer on someone that's already knee deep than to print a review from people that would probably otherwise starve if they weren't freelancing.

Posted by Gabriel | July 28, 2007 2:16 AM

@11 is, again, not me. Are you guys going to start enforcing the new sock-puppetry rules? As I mentioned in a previous thread, I've been posting under this handle since Slog started and don't appreciate having confusion introduced by a second person using it.

Posted by Gabriel | July 28, 2007 3:44 AM

I'm a wee bit concerned about the sock-puppet issue, too. You guys talked about the possibility of somehow locking down our on-screen identities here on Slog, which I hope happens sooner rather than later.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | July 28, 2007 8:57 AM


We remove comments that are off topic, threatening, or commercial in nature, and we do not allow sock-puppetry (impersonating someone else)—or any kind of puppetry, for that matter. We never censor comments based on ideology.

Posted by (not) Dan Savage | July 28, 2007 1:52 PM

NEW YORK One of the least covered aspects of the fallout from the Iraq war is the rising toll of suicides, both near the battlefield and back home.

Latest official figures released by the Pentagon reveal at least 116 self-inflicted fatalities in Iraq. But this does not include several dozen still under investigation, nor any of the many cases back in the U.S.

Posted by fnarf | July 28, 2007 2:00 PM

Boomer: Yes, we're working on registration.
Gabriels: You're going to need to work it out in the meantime. Add a #1 or an initial?

Posted by Amy Kate Horn | July 30, 2007 11:27 AM

Dan - If it makes you feel any better (and it should), I saw "Hairspray" tonight, and thought it was extremely entertaining. (I'm guessing Oscar nomination for Travolta.) I was not surprised, then, to discover that the totally excellent music was written and arranged by Marc Shaiman, Parker and Stone's genius collaborator on the South Park movie soundtrack and numerous other SP episodic ditties.

Alas, there's no "Chef" character in "Hairspray," which is unfortunate. He would have fit in quite well on "Negro Day."

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