2. Thers notes that there's a Paradise Lost movie in the works. I'm speechless, myself.
As with any Hollywood development project, things are changing along the way. The original script hewed a bit too closely to Milton for the producer’s taste, for instance. Mr. Newman, by his own account, told the writers he wanted “less Adam and Eve and more about what’s happening with the archangels,” the battle in Heaven between God’s and Satan’s armies.
“In Eden there’s the nudity problem,” he pointed out, “which would be a big problem for a big studio movie.”
Gotta love those Puritan forefathers! They sure had long shadows!
Personally, I'm looking forward to the angels shooting each other out of cannons from Book VI.
3. And one for my new trolls: I saw a film yesterday called CSA: The Confederate States of America, a mock documentary based on the premise that the South won the Civil War. It was a bit uneven, as such films often are, but a fascinating exercise in what happens when a nation embraces inequality rather than striving for equality. Winners write the history books indeed.
Told you so. In the context of the film, these ads look like comic overstatement, but the axle grease, the chicken restaurant, and the toothpaste are all real products from the early 20th century. (They actually still sell the toothpaste in SEAsia.)