Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Immigrnts (legal) and Cobblers

cinema à la carte                                 

 2 movies I had seen earlier warrented a second viewing because I knew MoSup would love them.  She did.

First; if I only had access to one cable channel, it's Smithsonian.  For example, I just watched a Mighty Ships episode (S2E5) "USS NIMITZ" I've seen other profiles of the Nimitz, but this has depth the others lack.  It also triggered a massive flow of endorphins.  The lineup is great, the photography often breathtaking, and the direction perfect. Now, 2 movies.

The Immigrant.

Academy Award®-winner Marion Cotillard stars alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner in this gripping story of a fractured American dream. When Ewa  and her sister Magda  arrive at Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill and must be quarantined. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan alone, where she quickly falls prey to Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. Just as Ewa thinks all hope is lost, debonair magician Orlando arrives and sweeps her off her feet. Though the two men are cousins, Orlando may be Ewa's only chance to escape the nightmare of Bruno's brutality.

Ewa reminds me of my wife (also of Polish extraction).  My maternal grandparents also came in through Ellis Island, and there are details here that  were new to me. Like, Caruso Caruso was, as portrayed, among the entertainers who entertained  immigants who were "on hold" status, and were likely eventually deported.  I gave it 5 Stars. Netflix and Amazon.

The Cobbler.

Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man's shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.
, Dustin Hoffman
The Cobbler was so good that I also sat through that for a second time while MoSup watched it.  She loved it too.   yard?  5 Stars. 
But, WAIT!

The Cobbler (2015) - Rotten Tomatoes


Rotten Tomatoes
 Rating: 9% - ‎57 votes
Critics Consensus: The Cobbler represents a slight step up from 
Adam Sandler's recent comedies, but while its cloying sentiment proves a more palatable ...

"Cloying sentiment," or "excessive? sweetness" are pretty much hallmarks for all Sandler movies.  My son Huck had, for years, recommended every Sandler movie that came along.  I'd watch them and think, meh, okay.  But over time I realized that I was always left with a feel-good, positive outlook on our society after watching them. Sandler, whose SNL persona as the singing Italian dude left me cold, is probably a good person in real life.  And I enjoy his movies. No mean feat, that.

Anyway, I also enjoyed Sandler's "CLICK," and just now noticed that Rotten Tomatoes killed that too, with 1½ Rotten Tomtoes.  I gave it 4 stars.  How in the hell have our taste in movies strayed this far out the barn?  Lotta ratbastards out there I guess.

Will progressives flee to web TV?

Who cares what a bunch of dead white men thought?
Will progressives flee to web TV if MSNBC bails on them?

Personally, I think it’s too early to start shopping for headstones for MSNBC’s liberal opinion lineup, but there’s no doubt that there are big changes going on at the network. Morning Joe seems in no danger of going away and Rachel Maddow is hanging on to the 9 pm time slot like grim death, but many of their other shows are either gone, moved to the low rent district or being looked at by
But while we’re on the topic, if you’re advertising the wonders of Al Jazeera America and Russia Today as “more or less progressive TV news” then it might be time to take a fresh look at exactly which team you’re playing for.
executives with axes in their hands. Ronan Farrow, Joy Reid, The Cycle and Ed Schultz have effectively vanished. Alex Wagner moved to the weekends and Al Sharpton (who the executives are terrified of firing entirely for fear of lawsuits and protest marches) has been shuttled off to an hour on Sunday mornings when nobody is watching. Despite persistent rumors of his impending doom, Chris Hayes is still doing an evening show but that seems to be a week by week decision.

But if progressives are the “mainstream” of the new generation as they always claim, and MSNBC is really the only bastion for them in terms of finding consistently liberal programming, what went so wrong? Leslie Savan, writing at The Nation, seems despondent over the changes but hazards a guess at one reason why things didn’t work out. The content was just boring pablum.


 over the last several years, a whole world of more or less progressive TV news has emerged—streaming, on demand, on mobile, and, increasingly, on cable TV itself. Vice News, Fusion, and Free Speech TV are available on cable and satellite, as are Al Jazeera America and Russia Today.

As for web TV, HuffPost Live now streams eight hours of original programming a day.


Web TV sounds an awful lot like Air America, the shady "progressive"  answer to Rush Limbaugh.  That used the specter of the Fairness Doctrine, where broadcast licenses hinged on broadcasters presenting both sides of controversial issues.  As much as we laugh at the antics of MSNBC, which is a national joke, there is a larger threat.  Social media have already facilitated  an  insular herd mentality, where exchange of ideas are .... nil.  How can you debate when one side is  from another planet; with their own history books, newspapers and classroom instruction?  How many of you have presented an argument only to  have it rebutted with some MSNBC or Daily Show "truth?"  Gird your loins people, conflict is inevitable.