Kudos to the ever-intrepid Mr. Edroso of alicublog for steering me to a gem of both poor usage and my favorite kind of dumb, the multi-leveled. A would-be screenwriter, Barbara Nicolosi, in a piece called "Exposing Euthanasia Through the Arts" ("What's that even mean?" you might ask; like they say, read the whole thing, IF YOU DARE; it does become clear) asks the burning question "How many parents realized, when you sent your teenagers to James Cameron’s latest 3D extravaganza Sanctum (2011), that there was a matter-of-fact mercy killing of four characters at the end?" Well, okay, "a" "mercy killing" of "four characters" is, I think, actually, four "killings," but never mind that, or the other thing, but the actual answer to the question is, "Not that many, I guess, and who cares, because Sanctum didn't even make back its production budget of $30 million, which means the indoctrination of our teens into mercy-killing degenerates is really going quite poorly. Also, on what planet these days to parents 'send' their teenagers to the movies? Is Riverdale of the Archie comics a real place and I don't know about it? Seriously?"
It gets even more exciting, with Nicolosi citing four other feature films made between 1996 and 2004 and concluding, "The evidence is undeniable: Somewhere in the middle of the Terri Schiavo tragedy, Hollywood and the cultural left climbed aboard the latest human-killing bandwagon and have since thrown the weight of their talent and creativity behind it." Five films, and that HBO Kevorkian thing. "The weight" of Hollywood and the cultural left's talent and creativity. Yeah.
Since I'm on the culture war topic, I will note here that while it's very unlikely that I shall read David Mamet's The Secret Knowledge, I did read my colleague Kurt Loder's approving review of it and cocked an eyebrow at Kurt's observation "[r]eaders on both sides of Mamet’s current political stance can take issue with his social conservatism. He is, among other things, an unbending proponent of traditional gender arrangements [...]" This strikes me as funny solely because Nick Tosches once (adopting the voice of Robert Stack adopting the voice of Eliot Ness, but still) referred to Mamet as "that half-fruit playwright." Doesn't take much to amuse me, I know.