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Observe and Report Metaphor/Simile Watch

April 10, 2009

observe-and-reportRichard Corliss, Time: “Frighten the horses … a quick portrait of trailer-park American pursuing its urges by any means necessary … like the drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket … as if it’s Baghdad and al-Qaeda is around the corner … the start of World War III … she should be placed not on a pedestal but in the trash bin … one undescended testicle … underdog … top dog … The stars were aligned … like Michael Savage … the Hollywood laugh factory.”

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: “The pettiest of dictators … Lynndie England … like a Wild West sheriff … more Deputy Dawg than Dirty Harry … barrel down that particular road … thumbs his nose … disarming his own bombs … rising above the muck … hearts of gold … a comic who throws a custard pie in another person’s kisser … violent characters who hold up a mirror to that public.”

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: “The tin badge of weaponless courage … as clammy as Blart’s mom is fuzzy … a man simmering to a boil … scalding spillover moment … every alley a mainstream comedy is supposed to avoid … the amazing gimlet eye … a crazy mosaic of Americana with tiles scattered and missing … as if liberated from the Hollywood salt mines … a tribute from James Lipton.”

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: “The castrated mall cop … bellicose bratwurst … a needed cushion … a parody Travis Bickle … Joe the Plumber of Rush the Limbaugh.”

Scott Weinberg, Cinematical: “Since Madeleine Kahn … a product of assembly-line filmmaking … virtually all of Jody Hill’s darts hit their intended target … one-note pot-smokin’ wise-ass.”

David Edelstein, New York: “A mighty volcano of psychosexual mayhem … the action-comedy genre’s underbelly … a different plane of ickiness … a sponge for urban bad vibes … the blind fool.”