Tuesday, January 24, 2006

No Dalai Lamas Were Harmed In The Making Of This Motion Picture

Some shallow observations upon finally seeing Kundun, Marty Scorcese's swingin' Dalai Lama biopic. Can you imagine the casting call for this movie, what with actors needed for the 2-year-old Lama, the 5-year-old Lama, the 12-year-old Lama and then the adult Dalai! You know, like 500 Dalai Lamas hanging around the studio waiting to be called in. With all the leftover Lamas, you had the chance for some great reality shows: Tibet's Next Top Lama, Amazing Race: Buddha Edition, Dalai Lama: The Apprentice Buddha... Of course, with all those aspiring Dalai Lamas, I'm sure Marty was tempted to remake some of his more successful pictures. For instance, "Goodlamas," where three Dalai Lama hopefuls aspire to get made; "Raging Buddha," in which the 14th Dalai Lama singlehandedly drives the Red Army out of Tibet; and of course "Cape Tibet," whereby the Buddha of Compassion gets his revenge on Mao Tse-tung. That's all, I'm done.

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