By Ray LeMoine

As the global economy tanks, Hollywood reflects the times. This week’s number one movie, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, about rich dogs, made Disney a cool $30 million this weekend. Some guy on MSNBC just said we are in a time of “maximum pessimism.” Reading this BHC plot synopsis certainly maximizes my pessimism:

A pampered Beverly Hills chihuahua named Chloe (voiced by Drew Barrymore) who, while on vacation in Mexico, gets lost and must rely on her friends to help her get back home before she is caught by a dognapper who wants to ransom her. In the meantime, Papi (voiced by George Lopez), a male chihuahua who is in love with her is in pursuit of her. Chloe befriends a lonely german shepard (voiced by Andy Garcia) who travels with her to protect her from a evil doberman (voiced by Edward James Olmos) who wants to kill her and steal her diamond collar to return it to the dognapper who owns him.

Any country that supports a film like BHC is dumb enough to create zero-down mortgages for people with no credit, allow investment banks to borrow $30 on the (invisible mortgage) dollar, and then trade $70 trillion on credit default derivatives.


By Ray LeMoine

Preview party tonight: filmmaker Richard Parry spent 15 (!) years following photojournalist Robert King (Polaris) through Bosnia, Chechnya, and Iraq. The resulting film, Blood Trail, premiered at Toronto Film Festival and has its NY debut tomorrow at IFC Theater on 6th Ave. Come to the friends and family party tonight! Both Parry and King will be in attendance.

We’re also showing Inigo Gilmore’s The Moosehunter, a short film about Sarah Palin, Alaska, and her attempts to band the book “Pastor, I’m Gay” (I swear). Of course, the Sox game will be on too.

Monday, Oct 6th, 7-10pm 88 Greenwich St at Rector 24th floor. Booze. DJ Anthony Pappalardo. With your host, Sean B Dorsey. Presented by Street Attack.