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An elephant's anus opens and lets fecal matter fly. It runs, a river of sewage, over a misfortunate man.

The movie is Damien Chazelle's Babylon (2022), and this scene, from the opening sequence, lampshades what follows.

The title references the ancient city by way of Hollywood Babylon, Kenneth Anger's angry collection of salacious libel from Tinseltown's early history. Every musty scandal gets reworked either for comic effect or thematic clarion-calling. Stars rise and fall, death gets waved away as dark comedy, anachronisms are spoken and sung, and excesses run like the film's diarrheic elephant. I can accept anachronistically stylistic flourishes, but the sporadically contemporary-sounding dialogue mostly feels lazy.

The film settles for a time. Performances are excellent, though it becomes difficult to take the characters seriously after

It has been several weeks since the last primary contests, and despite much external news surrounding Donald Trump's ongoing legal and financial problems, the dynamics of the race remain the same. Donald Trump is the overwhelming favorite, and on paper, the logic for Nikki Haley's candidacy seem far-fetched. But each race has a wrinkle in it: South Carolina is one of the more conservative states (whatever the denotations of that

An abbreviated form of the idiomatic expression "The eyes may deceive, but the nose knows." This phrase has acquired several different meanings over time.

In full, it serves as a reminder that when you feel you cannot trust one of your senses, you may well rely upon another. One example can be found with cooking, where vision does not reveal when the food is "ready" but olfaction does. Similarly, you may not be able to see the food burning while you're watching it

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