I have had the chance to see more movies lately in theaters, an experience I have long enjoyed, luckily enjoying each film. This was a late decision, but was another good one, additionally got to go to the charming theater in Pelham NY and the mini-screening room with the comfy chairs. Isabelle Huppert is great and charming to see an actress who looks great plus middle aged (she is 63/looks in her 50s). This review reflects some of my thoughts.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Note the new book on the side panel about the the black civil rights great (lawyer, poet, activist, minister etc. etc.) Pauli Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt. Well timed for yesterday's holiday along with Hidden Figures about three black women's role in the space race. The movie follows norms enough to be widely accepted (some think Moonlight, e.g., is not getting enough support) but has a lot going for it including performances, civil rights messages and family/love stories. Plus, by movie magic transfers us to another time.
Monday, January 16, 2017
After early offensive efforts, a penalty started the path to another blowout for the Falcons. Texas actually made a game of it early but had no real offense (maybe three points? rest thanks to defense) and Pats laid on the points after intermission. The other two games were finally evenly matched, Dallas coming back from 18 down only to fall in the end after Rodgers had one last killer throw. Penalty taking back a two pt conversion late key to the second game. Only saw half of first game; saw and enjoyed Hidden Figures. Saw end of second.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
The first execution of the new year was not for someone many would find sympathetic though the same might be said about the two victims. This is someone who you would fear might snap and kill someone in prison, but not sure if we are talking "worst of the worst" here. One of those scary people who might snap for not so big slights. But, it isn't just about him and execution big picture does not seem to be the way to go. No comment from SCOTUS. Again, not a great option, but do wish there was more capital dissents.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Obama gave his farewell address last night (is it really next Friday? wah), but he has been busy writing stuff. A recent long effort talked about a President's role in criminal justice reform, only partially about his own efforts. He also wrote an article on climate change. And, he wrote an article on ACA, including discussing hypocritical Republican opposition. Sure, question if he wrote every word, but it's believable he had a key role. Sigh.
War Against War is a new book and was a good read about the peace movement against WWI. Also liked Manchester by the Sea by the same writer/director involved in the superior You Can Count On Me. This one upped parents dying with a parent/brother [played by Kyle Chandler] dying AND three young children. Charm was not only the great acting, but the relaxed feel of it, like we were dealing with ordinary sorts who used "fuck" a lot. During the Golden Globes, abuse allegations (denied) arising from a past work arose about the star.
Sunday, January 08, 2017
There were two back-ups (one a third stringer) and a regular perhaps playing with a sore hand and the scores showed it. Not totally sure about the last part; the Lions v. Seahawks an unbalanced affair in general, the Lions finding ways to lose, the others a way to win. Dolphins have found ways to win even with their back-up, but played poorly today vs. tough Steelers. The Texans lucked out -- figured with the actual starters, either potential competitor would beat them easily. Giants defense stop Packers for around 20m. ETA: Dolphins probably glad just to get in, Detroit might have been too (and used to playoff futility). NYG might honestly felt the same way given their poor offense. Oakland saddest result given potential without late season injury. Texans also (tbh) probably see rest as gravy. Still, fans have a right to expect a bit better than four unbalanced results.
Congress officially counted the electoral votes on Friday, perhaps appropriately the unofficial end of the Christmas season. A few Democratic House members on various grounds challenged the count, but unlike Sen. Boxer joining in 2004, no senators did. So no two hour debate on question. Disgusted not a single senator was willing to join in. These were real issues and we deserve at least one gadfly (RIP Nat Hentoff) who doesn't compromise like this. The normalization of Trump, with appreciated occasional comments, continues. ETA: Yes, Nat Hentoff has died. I was a consistent reader of him at the Village Voice and on the whole liked him. At times, think he went a tad too far without proper nuance. For instance, for Bush v. Gore without noting how the winners had very unclean hands etc. Clinton is the worst President? But, gadflies often are like that. Then again, even though he was pro-life (against death penalty too), he supported free speech in Rust v. Sullivan.
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Per the 20th Amendment, the new Congress began today, with a special preview (ethics) first being reported on why the governing party are assholes. With this, the Garland nomination is officially dead. The whole thing is disgusting, including how Democrats (including at the Convention) didn't do more to underline how wrong it was not to even give the guy a hearing.