Friday, January 4, 2013
Go get'em, cowboy
F-R-double-E-D, D-O-M spells Freedom! We fight for freedom, for one and for all! It's you-and-me-dom, and ten foot tall! Freedom, freedom, and oh-can-you-see-dom, we'll always beat 'em with star-spangled freedom!
Criterion has released some wonderful box sets over the years, but one of the most delirious has to be this set of William Klein movies, including the fabulous Mr. Freedom. This classic satire on American exceptionalism remains one of the best. There was also the highly amusing Team America with perhaps the greatest depiction of the late North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Il. While the freedom-loving puppets obviously owe their debt to the Thunderbirds, whose creator passed away recently, I think a some of the inspiration came from Mr. Freedom.