Guns in Film: On "The Lord of War" and the Academy Awards

If you enjoyed "The Father of 100 Million Rifles" by C.J. Chivers in the March 2006 issue, you should see "The Lord of War," a movie now on pay TV that stars the always-creepy Nicholas Cage as an arms dealer who gets very, very rich selling AK-47s and has some interesting thoughts on the ethics of his trade, or the lack thereof. It's an entertaining film and raises some points that Kalashnikov touched on in the article.

(Speaking of Hollywood, I note that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selected It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp_--referring, I assume, to Los Angeles--as the best song of 2005. I can't picture Fred Astaire singing it to Ginger Rogers, but I'm certain that it will take its place in the American songbook alongside such classics as _Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Moon River, and Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head. It also raises the question: Is it easy for a pimp who is not in L.A.?)