Apparently V for Vendetta is number one at the box office. I liked the movie, and I find it pretty impressive that a major studio release involves a movie about an anarchist terrorist who wears a mask for the entire movie and blows up government buildings in the fight to pursue individual liberties. This being said, I liked the book better than I liked the movie, and you can find a pretty darn good review of the whole affair by none other than Roundball, my bouncing baby brother, over at Nanostalgia.
The fascists who run the government in V's totalitarian version of the U.K. seem more like charicatures than real people- their absolute, inescapable, all-pervasive iron rule serving almost as a distraction from the subtlety and banality with which our civil liberties are diminished in the real world (i.e., a phone tap here, a Patriot Act there, and a few secret prisons for people who are different enough from us so that questions will not be raised when they are subjected to degrading, inhumane treatment).
Well, as I said, Roundball covered most of this already. More later.