Monthly Archives: March 2004

In an inspired attempt to capitalize on the success of that “other” Jesus movie, Rainbow Film Company next month will re-release the Monty Python New Testament parody, “The Life of Brian,” on its 25th anniversary. When we saw ‘Passion’ my friends and I had planned to exit the theater singing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” but decided against it; I hope to re-assemble the entire 10-person contingent from that night to go see the Pythons.
Does this mean that this summer’s Keira Knightley-enhanced “King Arthur” movie will be followed with a ‘Holy Grail’ re-issue?

Say Your Prayers, Eat Your Vitamins, Get A Record Deal

Well, ya know something Mean Gene…
Page Six reports that “the next Britney Spears” is Brooke Hogan– daughter of Hulk Hogan. She sings and plays piano, and her first album will debut this fall- so be sure to buy her record, brother.
Brooke sounds more to me like a Joss Stone/Katy Rose type than a Britney, but if she plays piano maybe she’s going for the Norah Jones vibe- which I guess makes the Hulkster her Ravi Shankar. Regardless, it’s good that Brooke decided not to follow her dad into the wrestling business, we’ve all seen the effect it’s had on Stephanie McMahon.
(Page Six also, in a photo credit, mistakenly identifies “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner as “Bruce Ratner,” the new Nets owner).

My alma mater Brandeis has named this year’s commencement speaker and it’s the president of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn. I expect student reaction to be split three ways:
1. People pissed off because, as head of the World Bank, Wolfensohn is responsible for globalization, and thus not a promoter of “social justice.”
2. People pissed off because they’ve never heard of Wolfensohn, and feel entitled to a more famous speaker. And,
3. People pissed off because they think Wolfensohn is Paul Wolfowitz.
Also receiving honorary degrees are NAACP chairman Kweisi Mfume, scientist Elizabeth Blackburn, businessman/philanthropist Lester Crown, businessman Bernard Osher, and artist Anselm Kiefer. The speakers the last few years have been Israeli Supreme Court Justice Aharon Barak, Ted Koppel, Fidelity head Peter Lynch, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Senator John Glenn, former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, and Shimon Peres.

College Doesn’t Matter

David Brooks’ best columns always come when he abandons politics and gets into sociology. Today, for instance, he has a great column about how SAT scores, high school grades, and “getting into a good school” aren’t what they’re cracked up to be at all. I completely agree- I’ve come across all sorts of people in my professional life, very successful people, who went to non-elite colleges, even ones I’ve never heard of. And, as Brooks points out, “if at any moment in your later life you so much as mention your SAT scores in conversation, you will be considered a total jerk.”
So if anyone reading this is still in high school and “looking at colleges,” keep this in mind- you’ll be hearing a lot about how which college you pick is “the most important decision of your life”- no, it’s really not.