April 22, 2002


PANIC ROOM BOOM?: Howie Kurtz's latest column, besides delving into the world of blogging (fairly and accurately, which is at this point atypical), notes the spate of stories on the "growing trend" of panic rooms, like the one Jodie Foster hides in in Panic Room. (The movie's PR kit suggested the media pursue this story.) Thing is, nothing has particularly changed recently in terms of panic room-building. As Jonah Goldberg recently wrote (re "binge" drinking studies), "If they started looking for evidence of bears crapping in the woods, the New York Times would report a 'sudden and alarming rise in ursine fecal matter in America's national forests.'"

By the way, Panic Room is a fun guilty-pleasure flick with some inspired scene-chewing by Jared Leto and Dwight Yoakam, the latter of whom spends most of the movie behind a ski mask. Director David Fincher is big on the cool digitally-created impossible camera pans which he previously used in Fight Club, and the openning credits (which float in the air and cast shadows on New York buildings) are the coolest I've seen in a while. Dave Kopel pointed out that the movie illustrates that "pure defense isn't as safe as defense combined with counterforce capabilities. So consider keeping a firearm in your safe room." If Jodie had a gun, the movie would have been a lot shorter.

Posted by John Tabin at April 22, 2002 03:54 AM