Monday, January 21, 2019

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes
Crazy Rich Asians (2018): Traditional rom-com. Super rich boy falls for super smart girl. Obstacle? His family disapproves. Only thing novel about it is the large Asian cast. Change mahjong to bridge and it could be set in the Hamptons. Biggest plus? The jokes aren't racist. C+

Friday, January 18, 2019

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes
Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018): Documentary of forgotten Polish sculptor. At first it seems like a profile of quirky, eccentric old man living in SoCal. Later, when his career in Poland between the wars is covered, it gets much deeper and darker. C+

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

POTD: Cross of Burgundy

From 2018 06 12 New Mexico

Today's photo-of-the-day is of the flags flying at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe Plaza, the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States of America.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes
They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018): Documentary of last, unfinished film by Orson Welles, which was going to be a movie within a movie, or maybe a documentary of making it. Sad how an egocentric genius lost his creative spark and focus. Movie fails to get inside his head. C+

Monday, January 14, 2019

Friday, January 11, 2019

POTD: New Mexico Highway Hazards

From 2018 06 12 New Mexico

Today's photo-of-the-day is from rural New Mexico, specifically on Highway 14 ("The Turquoise Trail") between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The sign warns of the two biggest road hazards in New Mexico: loose cattle and UFOs.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018): James Baldwin's tale of young love victimized by the justice system. Beautiful looking film that is at times touching, infuriating, and inspiring. Great acting from whole cast. Set in 1970s, it could be a story of today. An important film. A-

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

POTD: Gas Oil Groceries Campground

From 2018 06 12 New Mexico

Today's photo-of-the-day is from just west of Tucumcari, New Mexico, along historic Route 66, "The Main Street of America" and John Steinbeck's "Mother Road."

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

POTD: Ranch House Cafe

From 2018 06 12 New Mexico

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Tucumcari, New Mexico, along historic Route 66, "The Main Street of America" and John Steinbeck's "Mother Road."

Bonus photo after the jump.

Monday, January 7, 2019

POTD: Buckaroo Motel

From 2018 06 12 New Mexico

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Tucumcari, New Mexico, along historic Route 66, "The Main Street of America" and John Steinbeck's "Mother Road."

Sunday, January 6, 2019

A Settlement is "Close at Hand"

Just as the local election cycle is beginning, there's a nasty little legal challenge that threatens to trip up the candidates before the finish line.

Former trustee David Tyson is suing the Richardson ISD to impose single member districts for election of its board of trustees. But there's good news on that front. The RISD filed a mediation report with the court that says "a mutually agreeable settlement was close at hand" after a recent court-ordered mediation session.
At issue was the Voting Rights Act lawsuit currently pending in this Court, as well as a Texas Open Meetings Act lawsuit currently pending in state court involving the same parties. Although settlement was not reached, Defendants believed that a mutually agreeable settlement was close at hand because Defendants agreed to what they thought were Plaintiff’s central demands.
Source: Pacer.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Vice (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes
Vice (2018): Part dark satire, part Dick Cheney biopic. Half the country will hate it. Cheney is portrayed as evil, Bush a dupe. Nailed it? Squeezes a career of undermining American democracy and Constitutional government into 132 minutes. Most important movie of the year. A-







Friday, January 4, 2019

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes
Mary Poppins Returns (2018): Don't compare to original. That's not fair. Sequel is fun, infectious, and true to the original story. Emily Blunt succeeds in the iconic role. Movie has songs, dance, an all-star cast and special appearances, some humor and villainry and fantasy. B+







Thursday, January 3, 2019

POTD: Palomino Motel

From 2018 06 12 New Mexico

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Tucumcari, New Mexico, along historic Route 66, "The Main Street of America" and John Steinbeck's "Mother Road."

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Bird Box (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes
Bird Box (2019): The rule in "A Quiet Place" was "don't talk." Here, it's "don't look." Not quite a zombie movie, but a close cousin. Movie cuts between the present and five years before, which robs the earlier scenes of all suspense. Large wasted cast, picked off one by one. C+







Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Trolling: State TV Network

Tweets from December, 2018:
  • Dec 1 2018: Headline: "President Trump is floating the idea of a state TV network for the US that would compete with CNN."
    We already have a state TV network. It's called Fox News.
  • Dec 1 2018: The National Flood Insurance Program, which provides subsidized coverage for homes in flood-prone areas, is scheduled to expire December 8. I'm for flood insurance but premiums ought to be priced to risk. If risk is too expensive, so be it.
  • Dec 2 2018: For some reason today, I'm thinking of the 1980s AIDS epidemic, Willie Horton race-tinged campaign ads, and pardons for Iran-Contra administration figures. Amazing how Trump's swamp can make one forget the bad from the past.
  • Dec 3 2018: The NC election fraud is *not* in-person voter impersonation, which is what Abbott and the GOP is passing all the laws to restrict (which just also suppresses legal voting by the poor, minorities, etc.)

After the jump, more tweets.