Friday, December 4, 2020

Roadkill (TV 2020)

Rotten Tomatoes
Roadkill (TV 2020): British cabinet minister juggling crises: cabinet infighting, financial scandal, infidelity, an adult daughter he didn't know he had. Four episodes go too fast to develop all the subplots and give the characters their due. Hugh Laurie makes a good rogue. B-

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020)

Rotten Tomatoes
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020): Too long at beginning and end, and the bad guys aren't bad enough, but it scores as a feel-good, old-style, Christmas musical with showstopping song and dance numbers (not enough of them). Crazy costumes. Could be a classic. B+

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

POTD: The Gift of the Nile

From 2019 11 19 Aswan
Today's photo-of-the-day is from the Nile River near Aswan, Egypt. Egypt is called the "gift of the Nile." This photos shows why. It shows the river, the green river bank, and behind, stretching all the way across Africa, the desert. Egypt captured in one photo.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Random Thoughts: Ballsy Move by Linda Koop

Tweets from November, 2020:
  • 2020-11-01: Ballsy move by Linda Koop.
  • 2020-11-01: Linda Koop throws Trump under the bus (but with plausible deniability).
  • 2020-11-01: Tonight's the night to set our clocks back. I just realized that because of coronavirus we don't use our cars enough for it to matter. Wait six months and hope it'll be under control
  • 2020-11-01: "Boris Johnson accused of 'giving in to scientific advisers' as England heads for lockdown." Sounds like something a medieval cardinal might warn the Pope against concerning Galileo. "Giving in to science." Let that sink in.

After the jump, more random thoughts.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Between the World and Me (2020)

Rotten Tomatoes
Between the World and Me (2020): Documentary. Readings from Ta-Nehisi Coates' 2015 letter to his son, passing on his wisdom of what it means to be Black in America. Faithful to the book, even more relevant in this year of Black Lives Matter. See the movie, then read the book. B+

See what I thought of the book: "Between the World and Me".

Friday, November 27, 2020

Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

Rotten Tomatoes
Hillbilly Elegy (2020): Forget the book. The movie is not a look at white, working-class alienation in hollowed-out steel and coal country. It's a soap opera about three generations of a dysfunctional family. Mostly depressing. Critics hated it; I kind of liked it. B-

Read what I thought of the book here: Review: Hillbilly Elegy.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

POTD: Little Egret

From 2019 11 19 Aswan
Happy Thanksgiving! What kind of bird is on your table? Surely not one of these beautiful birds. Today's photo-of-the-day is from the Nile River near Aswan, Egypt. The Nile riverbanks are home to countless birds. Today's photo is of a Little Egret.