Saturday 24 October 2020
Somehow, both the Georgia Bulldogs and the Miami Dolphins have the weekend off. I think that means I have the weekend off, too.
Thursday 22 October 2020
If I needed a new look after a reputation-damaging series of bad press resulted in a ratings nosedive, I know whose style I would swipe.
Looking good, Ellen! Now if you can just master that South Beach tan.
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Tuesday 20 October 2020
Sunday 18 October 2020
Life's been rough lately. So time for some of my favorite escapism: movies.
162. (1816.) Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
I actually enjoyed this sequel more than the original Ant-Man, though probably only because it hews a little closer to the silliness of the Silver Age comic books that inspired it.
163. (1817.) Holiday in Spain (1960)
This movie was originally called Scent of Mystery and was designed to be smelled as much as viewed. (In the original release, scented oil was pumped into the theater air to match what you were seeing on screen.) Like the worst 3D movies, the story is secondary to the gimmick and is probably worth viewing only as a novelty. ("See if you can guess what this scene is supposed to smell like!")
164. (1818.) This Land Is Mine (1943)
A poignant WWII tale made all the more pointed by its sympathetic portrayal of the fascists and those who would choose to support them. It does a great job of illustrating the corrupting evil of collaborationism with good intentions. I wish it wasn't relevant in today's world.
165. (1819.) The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)
A documentary (with some staged scenes) featuring the heavy metal bands in the Los Angeles music scene of the late 80s. It's like a real world version of This is Spinal Tap (a connection I'm sure was intended by the filmmakers). I loved it.
166. (1820.) Battle Circus (1953)
Humphrey Bogart is the chief surgeon falling for nurse June Allyson in a US Army MASH unit during the Korean War. Its strength isn't the romance but the many great scenes showcasing the difficulties facing the unit so near the front lines. If you like Altman's film or the television show, you should see this.
More to come.
Friday 16 October 2020
SAVANNAH GUTHERIE, NBC NEWS, Oct 15, 2010Just this week, you retweeted to your 87 million followers, a conspiracy theory that Joe Biden orchestrated to have SEAL Team Six, the Navy SEAL Team Six, killed to cover up the fake death of Bin Laden. Now, why would you send a lie like that to your followers?
DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATESI know nothing about it, can I-
GUTHERIEYou retweeted it.
TRUMPThat was a retweet. That was an opinion of somebody—
TRUMP—and that was a retweet. I’ll put it out there. People can decide for themselves. I don't take a position.
GUTHERIEI don't get that, you’re the President. You're not like, someone's crazy uncle who can just—
TRUMPNo, no. No, no.
TRUMPThat was a retweet. And I do a lot of retweets. And frankly, because the media is so fake, and so corrupt, if I didn't have social media.... I don’t call it Twitter, I call it social media. I wouldn't be able to get the word out. And the word is—
GUTHERIEWell, the word is false.
TRUMP—and you know what the word is? The word is very simple. We're building our country, stronger and better than it's ever been before.
TRUMPAnd that's what's happening. And everybody knows it.
There's no small irony in the fact that the party that openly promotes the philosophy of Constitutional Originalism has chosen as its leader a man the Founding Fathers could have never imagined.
Wednesday 14 October 2020
Has 2020 pushed you to the brink? Thankfully, there's a Superman for that!
Superman #361 (1981)
Saving 21st-century balcony leapers is the least bonkers thing in this story. It turns out that Superman III has 2 secret identities: computer-traffic controller Jon Hudson and tennis professional Lewis "Lew" Parker (and he's kind of bad at both jobs).
2020 is a strange year, even in the comics.