As God is my witness, we are still a going concern
The hottest new drama of last year was Mr. Robot, and it's got the Emmy nominations to prove it. The second season has started and there's always the fear of the sophomore slump. Three episodes in, it's looking okay, though some say it's a bit slow. Unfortunately, it's almost impossible for it to be as startling as it was the first time around.
Happy National Cheesecake Day. That's certainly something worth celebrating.
The blogs I follow often cite Randy Barnett, and so when I saw "Our Republican Constitution" on display at my library I thought, 'Why not?'
I was recently watching The Devil's Disciple (1959) on TCM*, a not especially successful adaptation of the George Bernard Shaw play. In general, Shaw has not been well-served by the cinema. Yes, there was the 1930s film version of Pygmalion which most consider a triumph--but Shaw had his hand in the rewrite. Since then, while you could make a case for a title or two, most fall far short of how Shaw is best seen, in the theatre.
A friend of mine named Mark recently died. I wasn't sure if I would write about it--it's personal and most readers of this blog don't know him--but I figured I would share with the world a little about him.
I've been watching the new Netflix series Stranger Things. Created by the Duffer Brothers, it stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Matthew Modine and a whole bunch of kids. It's set in early 1980s suburbs, so we're in Spielberg-land.
Marni Nixon has died. You may not know her face, but you know what she sounded like. She was Hollywood's top voice double.
I watched Parks And Recreation for several weeks when it first aired and didn't like it. Later, I heard good things and checked it out again. It wasn't bad. I ended up watching most of its seven seasons.
Geez, I thought the point of terrorism was to promote a message?
A lot of the graffiti you see (in Los Angeles, anyway) is on the sidewalk. Often stenciled. Lately, a phrase I've noticed popping up more than once is: "Leave People Better Than You Found Them."
A reporter who thinks himself serious wrote this, and a newspaper that thinks itself serious published it:
Human intelligence is being defined and measured for the first time ever
I think Source Code is a well done sci-fi thriller. It came out five years ago and still holds up. Recently I stumbled across a page that argues the ending is disturbing, though people don't notice. Actually, I've been hearing this complaint since the film came out, and I'd like to take it up.
I finished Sitcom: A History In 24 Episodes by Saul Austerlitz. Feels like I've been working on it forever. It took so long not because it was bad, but because each chapter covers a show, and I'd read it, something would come up, then I wouldn't get back to the book for another week or so. I think it took as long as a full TV season, which these days tends to be 24 episode, thus the 24 shows the book investigates.
Garry Marshall, one of the most popular writer-producer-directors ever, has died. I always wanted to meet him but now I never will. But by all accounts, he was one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, and one of the happiest. He was working till the end, directing Mother's Day, which appeared earlier this year, and helping produce the new TV version of The Odd Couple (also appearing in it as an actor).
It shouldn't be a big deal when Hollywood puts out a well-made film that's a mainstream success yet doesn't rely on special effects. But we're lucky to get one a season.
France's "operational reservists" include French citizens with or without military experience as well as former soldiers.
The Emmy nominations are out. It's hard to say much about them, since there are so many shows I don't watch (even though I watch too many as it is).
He could become the first vice president from Indiana since Dan Quayle took office in 1989 under George H.W. Bush.
A couple weeks ago I posted my list of all Pixar features from top to bottom. And I wondered how likely it was that someone had the same preferences.
This is dramatic: Turkey’s lira plunged as much as 6 percent against the dollar, the most since 2010.
Daniel Clowes has a new graphic novel out, Patience. It's 180 pages and tells one long story, but unlike a lot of his best-known work--Ghost World, Ice Haven, Wilson--it has a sci-fi plot. It starts out as a realistic, troubled romance--Clowes territory--where two young lovers without much money or prospects face the demands of a pregnancy. But then things change. He comes home and finds her murdered.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will not deliver a speech to the delegates during the Republican National Convention. Portman has spoken at every GOP convention since 1996.
I just read The Brothers Vonnegut: Science And Fiction In The House Of Magic, Ginger Strand's book about the early years of author Kurt Vonnegut and his brother Bernard.