Best in Show by Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, with improvised dialogue by members of the cast – a spectacular, one of the best comedy ensembles that gave audiences a few gems, including For Your Consideration http://realini.blogspot.com/2020/03/for-your-consideration-written-by.html Waiting for Guffman, A Mighty Wind
10 out of 10
The fact that this is an often hilarious show, does not mean that you do not find serious themes here, treated with humor, creativity…cruelty to animals is not apparent here, indeed, the owners of the dogs that are presented to become Best in Show love their pets, pamper them with treats, special toys, hairdressing (or is it fur dressing) and other amenities, if it could be argued that they care more about the trophy
Meg and Hamilton are the opposite of the protagonist from the mesmerizing, majestic, miraculous, august chef d’oeuvre Un Amour de Swan http://realini.blogspot.com/2013/06/un-amour-de-swan-by-marcel-proust.html they have a female Weimaraner called Beatrice and they give the animal everything she wants…that is, all that the owners think the pet desires, when they have sex, and the bitch sees them, they pay for a therapist, and this is preposterous, right, for what human knows what beasts think or want?
Anticipating (is there a need for a spoiler alert I wonder) they will give the poor Beatrice away – actually, we do not know what had happened to her, let us just hope they did not euthanize the poor creature, just because she did not win them the coveted award – and they talk to the amusing shrink – everyone here does a spectacular, gorgeous job, in the smallest parts possible – about the new animal, they have a French bulldog – and the way their sex life has improved and how good the new pet is
You find in The Economist – and surely elsewhere, but this is where I have read about this and so much else, I am a devoted reader and fan, I started reading it about forty one years ago, at time when this was dangerous, I would go at the British Embassy for that, the Library was in the same courtyard as the embassy, and I would take the illustrious publication to read it, when it was available…later on, inspired in part by what I have read there about democracies, I would take part in the revolution that took down one of the worst dictators in history, Ceausescu, and here is the proof, a copy of the page from the Newsweek article that covered the rebellion, in 1989 http://realini.blogspot.com/2022/03/realini-in-newsweek-participant-in.html - articles about the new trends…
Smaller breeds have become more popular, in some cases it makes sense, Japan has a problem with space, there are many millions living on limited areas – albeit, the population is decreasing with a few hundred thousand each year, due to one of the lowest natality rates in the world – and thus having a small pooch makes sense, but in most situations, it is the social networks (with their pernicious influence) that promote the images of celebrities and their own animals, therefore the fact that quite a few have the French bulldog has changed statistics, the once most popular retriever has given way from the first place to other breeds…The French bulldog at the same time is not the most popular in…France
Alas, there are a number of interferences that have created animals that come with many health issues, they should not be here at all, such as the British bulldog, which has problems with breathing, and the French bulldog – as far as I can remember from what I read, so humans have played god and introduced on the planet creatures that look so cute, behave with such joviality, but their life can be a pain…and that of their owners, some thirty years ago, I used to have a German shepherd, Daryl van Horn, named after the Jack Nicholson character in The Witches of Eastwick http://realini.blogspot.com/2023/02/the-witches-of-eastwick-by-john-updike_4.html and he has had a lot of issues
In the meantime, we have had five borzois – plus about twenty three puppies that have been given away – one Afghan (in their home country, they say these are not dogs, they are Afghans, and indeed, they are difficult, next to impossible to control, for they have in their genes an extraordinary independence, they do not come when called, they are not ‘obedient’, on the contrary, they are noble, we could say arrogant) and a mutt, which was a source of some pleasure, but also a lot of conflict.
Speaking of Best in Show, the spouse had been very keen on taking the dogs to competitions, we even travelled once to another country, on the Bulgarian coast, just to show them to the juries and the audiences, to some extent in a replica of what we see in the film, with vanities, jealousy, tension, passion, nervousness, anticipation, patience and improvidence, many flaws and virtues on display, while the poor dogs have to try and be nice, wait, move around for the pleasure of humans, and especially, their masters…
Just like the backlash against having beauty pageants for humans http://realini.blogspot.com/2023/01/the-queen-10-commie-ptsd.html there are protests, organizations that will fight (they have been acting against) these Best in Shows, where animals have to go on display for no good reason, although there are other, more serious infringements of their rights, billions are tortured and killed so that people eat their meat, or just wear their furs or leather, a monstrosity that will have to end.
Yuval Harari is one of the greatest luminaries of our age and in his three majestic masterpieces he writes about issues confronting humanity, explores what the future will look like – we will live longer, have cars driven by AI, our health will be partly in the hands of artificial intelligence, for instance, the analysis of imagery, endoscopies, is much better done by a super intelligent machine that had had access to many millions of scans, than a human doctor, excellent as he, she, they may be, who has seen some thousands of patients, but no more – and laments the catastrophic treatment of animals http://realini.blogspot.com/2021/02/sapiens-brief-history-of-humankind-by.html - Best in Show takes a light tone, it is a monumental comedy, but it uses sarcasm and irony to show the flaws, the selfishness of people…and now for a question, and invitation – maybe you have a good idea on how we could make more than a million dollars with this http://realini.blogspot.com/2022/02/unique-in-world.html?q=unique+in+the+world – as it is, this is a unique technique, which we could promote, sell, open the Oscars show with or something and then make lots of money together, if you have the how, I have the product, I just do not know how to get the befits from it, other than the exercise per se
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