Tuesday, September 29, 2009
A true story about a mentally ill homeless man in L.A. who also happens to be a brilliant cellist. He is befriended by a local newspaper columnist who writes about and becomes personally involved in the man’s life. Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx pair up well together.
Clint Eastwood is still the man. Who better to play an embittered, alienated senior citizen who resists change and no longer recognizes the world in which he lives.
The Great Buck Howard:
John Malkovich plays a mentalist performer well past his peak of popularity. An amusing look at fleeting fame.
Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seasons 1-6:
Larry David (co-creator of “Seinfeld”) stars in this hilarious comedy series about himself. The show has a continuous stream of fresh characters, each one seemingly more hysterical. There is no script. The actors instead follow a detailed plot outline and spontaneously provide the dialogue. The choicest confrontations are when old buddies David and Richard Lewis go after each other. It’s going to be a long, excruciating wait for Season 7 to be released.
Superbly written and acted HBO miniseries that examines the life of the founding father. It was a pleasure to see the dialogue was not dumbed down to accommodate the ignorant masses of the present. The contrast is so clear between the highly educated, intellectual debate of that time with the clueless jokers who now inhabit Capitol Hill. The attention to period detail is excellent, right down to the swarming flies and moist, sweating brows on a hot, July, 1776 Independence Hall. Paul Giamatti is beyond brilliant as Adams and Stephen Dillane is his equal as Thomas Jefferson, the quiet, soft spoken revolutionary.
A comprehensive look at the film makers and still photographers of World War II.
A taxi driver befriends one of his fares who seems intent on committing suicide.
Be Here to Love Me- A Film About Townes Van Zandt:
A documentary that examines the life of the gifted songwriter. Some writers and poets seem to have that rare gift of channeling thoughts and emotions from some unknown, spiritual place. Townes Van Zandt was one of the few.
Howard Zinn- You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train:
This is a biographical documentary of the writer and anti-war activist’s life. I’ve never read any of Zinn’s books, just a couple articles. Though his analysis of the obscenity and uselessness of war is as accurate and eloquent as any writer’s, his continuing belief in a benevolent state is very disturbing.
The Golden Boys:
Good acting from several veterans of the craft, but a weak story.
This 2003 documentary, made during the troubled months leading up to the Iraq War, examines the peace movement through interviews with activists, historians, and intellectuals. It makes you wonder where are all these people are six years later.
The Russian version of 12 Angry Men. Great dialogue and animated acting. Make sure you can read subtitles quickly- the words come at you fast and furious.
Within 30 seconds of viewing I could detect this was going to be a grade-B western. Not bad acting, but uneven enough to downgrade it to that status. Some of the audio sounds like it was recorded with an I-Phone.
A nice independent film about two day laborers in Queens- one a second generation Italian, the other a recent illegal Mexican immigrant. An enjoyable film about friendship, integrity and humanity.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Paul Craig Roberts
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
John McCain, on sending still more troops to the failed war in Afghanistan.
"Each generation wants new symbols, new people, new names. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors."
Meet you’re biggest supporter:
"There are only two types of women - goddesses and doormats."
Get your meat fresh:
"Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; .....
.....they support the laws before destroying them."
More clunkers looking for cash?
"Freedom is not defined by safety.....
Freedom is defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference.....
Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, .....
.....because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. ......
Liberty is lost through complacency and a subservient mindset. .....
Subservient societies neither maintain nor deserve freedom for long."
Ron Paullight of omniscience:
…..and gives us more expensive tires:
"The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, .....
.....Thus far and no farther."
Ludwig van Beethoven
The independent media stands out from the crowd:
"Freedom of movement is basic in our scheme of values."
Justice William O. Douglas
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Alex R. Knight III
German climate “scientist” Joachim Schellnhuber
[Just when you you think the climate kooks can’t get any more wacked, they manage to do so.]
Barry Obama, addressing US school children.
Barry Obama on 9/11. [And who protects us from YOU?]
Barry Obama [Utopia is within reach! Just follow The Magic Negro!]
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk [Formerly known as “Kirk the Jerk,” mayor of Dallas, Tx.]
The anarchist’s view of the state:
"The larger the state, .....
".....the more callous it becomes... the colder its heart."
Play close attention.....
.....and take plenty of notes:
precious new democracy:
George S. Patton
The Exalted One gives yet another snoozer.....
"It is the hour to rend thy chains, the blossom time of souls."
The public loves to be told sweet lies:
The folks aren’t tickled with Timmy:
The Obama Health Ration Regulators take a trial run:
An LEO gets off on some in-the-womb violence:
"The success or failure of a life, as far as posterity goes, seems to lie in the more or less luck of seizing the right moment of escape. "
Alice Jamesand still a hole in the ground:
Still looking for that Boeing 757.....
It’s a toxic combination serving two masters- God.....