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Hustle and Flow [03 Apr 2006|12:53am]

I watched Hustle & Flow tonight. "Everybody's got a dream" is the theme, even a small-time pimp with an ugly car and a shack for a house. I don't know. Does everybody? Sometimes I'm pretty sure I don't. But, maybe if you're in a place that you have a driving need to escape from, you do. In that case, though, don't you have a driving need to escape from the place you're in more than you have a dream?

It's a good film. There are some problems, though. Even though there aren't that many characters in the story, the relationships between them stay mostly unexplained. Why are these girls working for him? How did this whole thing get started? DJay is a pretty inconsistent character. How can he seem so sincere and dedicated and caring, but be a pimp? It's not very believable that he has such a friendly relationship with his (very small) harem, but has no trouble renting them out. There's also a somewhat annoying A-Team sequence where a small recording studio gets built with tools that came from nowhere. Sometimes it seems like DJay and friends have all the money in the world, and sometimes it seems like they don't have any at all. Which is it?

The penultimate scene, when DJay has his moment of truth, is brilliantly done. I won't give it away, but I get the feeling that the whole movie grew out of this club sequence.

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Exxon displaces Wal-Mart [03 Apr 2006|07:46pm]

Good god.

NEW YORK - Skyrocketing energy prices propelled Exxon Mobil Corp. to the top of the 2006 Fortune 500 list, and consigned Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to the No. 2 spot on the magazine's annual ranking of the nation's largest publicly traded companies.

Fortune compiled its list based on companies' 2005 revenues. Exxon Mobil raked in $340 billion in revenue, a 25.5 percent increase over 2004, and had $36.1 billion in profits, the most by any U.S. company in history.

I could go on and complain about Exxon using a natural disaster as a way to make money. What's going on with their price-gouging investigation anyway? Congress was "looking into that" at some point in time...

But the more interesting question I'm thinking about now is, what would you do with the money? Let's say that back around Katrina time, Exxon was actually telling the truth, and they actually thought that they were about to fall on hard times due to expected problems with their distribution network. But, as it turns out, they were wrong and they ended up with a bunch of money in their pockets. If the company were an ethical person, what would they do now?

via Michael Moore

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