Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Very good movie especially the two Rachels. Rachel McAdams had a sexual awakening in The Notebook and she has that sort of moment (both in a fashion is a matter of her feeling "finally!" if in different ways) here. Very raw film in various ways, including the actresses lack of makeup. The director was also behind A Fantastic Woman; this one is also fantastic but not just the lead[s]. Film doesn't demonize the conservative religious believers either.
Oral arguments are over and we are getting to crunch time regarding Supreme Court opinions though they seem to be a bit behind schedule. A handful of opinions were handed down yesterday with the most notable involving sports betting. Others are somewhat interesting (e.g., privacy of those who borrow rental cars), but ultimately are narrow in scope.As seen on the SCOTUSBlog case page, federalism precedent does not compel the suggestion that the law is unconstitutional. But, it seemed obvious to the majority (Kagan went along; three justices thought the law could be saved by cutting off the "bad" part). Net, sports betting is opened though in theory Congress could pass a new law advancing the same end. The result seems ideal to some liberals since it might restrain Trump actions but in the future it might hurt when sane people are in power. So watch out there.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Vanessa Rumbles, previous producer of The Stephanie Miller Show, tweeted that she enjoyed the Lifetime movie. I overall liked it too, especially the Meghan Merkle [who showed her spunk and media savvy at 11] performance. She also had a blog. The Queen approved ... of the marriage. It is a nice, feel good story. Real life yet. The Hallmark version would have a non-actress marrying a prince; at least, one non-celebrity. And Also: Finally found a good DVD, Their Finest, which tells the story of a British Ministry of Information film team making a morale-boosting film about the Dunkirk evacuation during the Battle of Britain and the London Blitz. Gemma Arterton is the lead and she's great.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Prof. Jost's remarks here, including regarding selectively caring about the issue away from the Senate too provide a good summary. ACS Blog has had defenses of the procedure while other progressives basically say Dems let Republicans play them. Given all the moving parts involved, don't know how harsh I'd be there. Me, I think it makes sense to divide the advice/consent function so that home senators have special responsibility. But, that requires good faith and limits. Republicans don't have/respect it/them. They are a rot on the two party system these days and basically make it not possible to have good things.
I saw the Liftetime (stereotype of that sort of film present) The Truth About Jane (teenage lesbian) film years back (released 2000) and seeing part of it again, yeah, it's a tad heavy-handed. I read Walking Naked years back and read two more books by the author. Finding Grace deals with a college student caring for a brain damaged woman. Overall liked it better than Alex as Well (trans teen) but both have some charms. Think the problems of a newbie caring for Grace was skipped over too much. Also, re-read Beyond Belief. Gnosticism ultimately is best seen as a sort of metaphor regarding personal insight but it still is confusing. And, works like Gospel of Truth really need detailed notes. A sort of code key. ETA: I liked the remake; the original The Blob was pretty fun overall too.
Monday, May 07, 2018
Thursday, May 03, 2018
I saw copies of this movie for a $1 and checked it out at the library. First third, including the commentary track, is a well shot/performed teen film. Middle third ... not much happens. Skipped the last third with the most gore and reveal (which I knew beforehand). Overall, doesn't quite do it, but enough there to be worthwhile. Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean is a good collection of sci fi/dystopia short stories from a feminist perspective, inspired by gender incidents in Australia/India, created by pairs working internationally. Alex as Well was okay.