It's an exciting development for the armchair torture contingent. We've segued from "Could torture ever be an acceptable means to an end?" to "Torture is a morally obligatory punishment that the state should inflict on its own citizens, even if we have to rewrite the Constitution to do it."
That a law professor -- a Constitutional law professor, yet! -- wrote those words is utterly dismaying. My conservative friends, I'll see your "Bush haters" and your "Ward Churchills" and raise you one Eugene Volkoh. Shame on him.
Last night, while attending a preview of The Ring Two, I sat through a seemingly endless series of trailers. Most of them didn't look terribly interesting -- they remade The Amityville Horror, and have the stones to bill it as based on a true story -- but there was one notable exception: The trailer for Sin City.
Check out this cast: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Elijah Wood, Clive Owen, Brittany Murphy, Jessica Alba (as a stripper, yet!), Michael Madsen, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Benicio Del Toro. Robert Rodriguez even resigned from the Director's Guild in order to give Sin City author Frank Miller (who has a cameo in the film as well) a co-director credit.
My review of the upcoming horror flick The Ring Two is now posted at Destroy All Monsters. (Attending the preview last night and writing the review prevented me from posting yesterday.) It's the sequel to the American version of an excellent Japanese horror film, and it's directed by Hideo Nakata, the guy who helmed the Japanese original. It's long on creepy atmosphere, but unfortunately a weak script hampers the film's overall effectiveness.