2 movies I had seen earlier
warrented a second viewing because I knew MoSup would love them.
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
great, the photography often breathtaking, and the direction perfect.
Now, 2 movies.
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,
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
grandparents also came in through Ellis Island, and there are details
here that were new to me. Like, Caruso Caruso was, as portrayed,
the entertainers who entertained immigants who were "on hold"
and were likely eventually deported. I gave it 5 Stars. Netflix and Amazon.
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. Steve Buscemi, Dustin Hoffman
The Cobbler was
that I also sat through that for a second time while
MoSup watched it. She loved it too.
yard? 5 Stars.
a slight step up from Adam Sandler's recent comedies, but while its
cloying sentiment proves a more palatable ...
or "excessive? sweetness"
are pretty much hallmarks for all Sandler
movies. My son Huck had, for years, recommended every Sandler
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
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
and just now noticed that Rotten Tomatoes killed that too, with 1½
Rotten Tomtoes. I gave it 4 stars. How in the hell have
taste in movies strayed this far out the barn? Lotta ratbastards
out there I
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
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
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
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.
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
the antics of MSNBC, which is a national joke, there is a larger
threat. Social media have already facilitated an
where exchange of ideas are .... nil. How can you debate when one
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,