An authoritarian ruler who poisons his rivals, manufactures a crisis for which he can blame and marginalize a single group and who uses a combination of propaganda and brute force to suppress the media; Wes Anderson could not possibly have predicted the level of relevance his movie would have in the era of Trump. Go see it. It’s bloody fantastic. In this extended metaphor for the holocaust, the opposition party leader is (spoiler alert) poisoned before he is able to expose a corrupt ruler. It’s so prescient as to be almost too “on the muzzle.”
In other pop culture news, please check out Glen’s Weldon’s new post on NPR’s Monkey See Blog. He breaks down, in hilarious detail, the reasons why you never knew you needed a Rocky and Bullwinkle reboot. I sometimes have daydreams in which I can express my thoughts with the same level of clarity and wit that he does with regularity. His writing makes me insanely jealous. So, for now, I will congratulate myself on my aptitude for recognizing quality – even if I am unable to produce it.