February 26th, 2007

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"The Queen" should be retitled

The passing of Princess Diana during Labor Day Weekend in 1997 was
one of the events that made the earth stand till before 9/11. The Princess
Diana
and Royal Family saga will be dramatized much
like the British histories of the Lancaster's, Tudors, the three King
Richards and Henry the VIII's divorce cycles. While
not entirely historically accurate, Director
Stephen Frears does present a respectful expose about
the long week for Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren).

Though the title of this movie is "The Queen," this motion picture should have been
titles the "The Royal Family Meets the New Prime Minister." The screenplay divides time equally
between Queen Elizabeth and young Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen).

Tony Blair is elected Prime Minister on the platform of modernization. Queen Elizabeth and her royal
family would have preferred Blair's opponent, who harbored more traditional political ambitions Tony
Blair
is Queen Elizabeth's 10th Prime Minister, the first being Sir Winston Churchill. The first meeting
is an icy experience.

As the Royal Family prepare for bed on August 31,
Queen Elizabeth learns that her ex daughter -in-law,
Princess Diana, has died in a car accident. While the
royal family is initially shocked by this tragedy, the
events do not alter the family's vacation plans.
Still feeling personal animosity towards her ex
daughter-in-law, Queen Elizabeth and her husband
(James Cromwell) plan to keep a stiff upper lip.

As the public outpouring of grief takes on worldly
proportions, the Royal Family seem more preoccupied
with stalking a wild stag on their royal property.
Prime Minister Tony Blair attempts to quell the
negative firestorm directed towards the Royal Family.
Blair must also deal with members of his own
political circle, including his wife; who refers to
the royal Family as

“...freeloading emotional retarded gnatters.”

Director Frears and screen writer Peter Morgan (who
also wrote "The Last King of Scotland") do perform a
commendable service for ticket buyers by opening up
the story. What could have been a dull talking heads drama,
Frears opens the film up with vista landscapes of the Royal Countryside.
The cross editing between the Prime Minister's World and the Royal countryside
presents a collision between two worlds.

Despite presenting modern tragedy, there is much humor
in "The Queen." Most of the humor comes at how out of
touch the Royal Family is from reality. It would be a
wonderful sitcom featuring this cast and crew on a
weekly sitcom featuring the deluded life of the
Royals. As Prince Philip James Cromwell delivers some
of the most insensitive lines that can be interpreted as
cruel, but become funny because it reveals the callow
nature of the man. Michael Sheen scores with a positive portrayal of Tony
Blair
. The character comes across as a nice guy who
appeals to everybody's nobler motives.

Helen Mirren deserves her Oscar for creating an
approachable Queen Elizabeth. While in public and in
a crowd of more than two people, Elizabeth is not
allowed to present a chink in her armor. It is only
in her private moments when the Queen gets stranded by
a river, that Mirren projects grief and pain of her
situation. Despite her poor public image, one comes
to sympathize with a individual in a leadership role
who believes;

“I prefer to keep my feelings to myself. Duty first, self second.”

While this film can still be seen on the big screen,
**The Queen** will be a hit as a DVD when released on
April 24.

http://www.observernewspaperonline.com/f/Front_page_3-1-07.pdf
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

POWER: GORE MANSION USES 20X AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD; CONSUMPTION INCREASE AFTER 'TRUTH'

POWER: GORE MANSION USES 20X AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD; CONSUMPTION INCREASE AFTER 'TRUTH'
Mon Feb 26 2007 17:16:14 ET

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization committed to achieving a freer, more prosperous Tennessee through free market policy solutions, issued a press release late Monday:

Last night, Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy.

Gore’s mansion, [20-room, eight-bathroom] located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES).

In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home.

The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh—more than 20 times the national average.

Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359.

Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore’s energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.

Gore’s extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for Gore’s mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year.

“As the spokesman of choice for the global warming movement, Al Gore has to be willing to walk to walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy use,” said Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Drew Johnson.

In total, Gore paid nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for his Nashville estate in 2006.

For Further Information, Contact:
Nicole Williams, (615) 383-6431
editor@tennesseepolicy.org
Lifted from http://drudgereport.com/