Leonard Nimoy had a long career, on both sides on the camera (he directed the third and fourth Star Trek movies, the fourth particularly fun, but also other films). I have seen some of the films he directed and also believe I saw him in In Search Of, the documentary series. But, mostly think of him as "Spock." He discusses the Vulcan salute here. LLAP. He did so.
Friday, February 27, 2015
There are various accounts of this tragic story and this one (I commented too) is particularly wary about using her as a martyr. It's unclear when she knew her pregnancy was dangerous or what sort of risk she took. Or, her true feelings. But, some do take risks here and it's their choice. Hopefully, they will act with enough insight, but we know that is often not the case. "Choice" itself often is a sliding scale involving things like social pressure and fiscal means.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The "Bowers" of the infamous Bowers v. Hardwick anti-gay rights case is now strongly against a "religious freedom" bill that he sees as an "excuse to discriminate." Let us not forget another case, where he hypocritically took back a job offer after finding out the woman had a private religious same sex marriage ceremony. She too is still around in the public eye.
"One Justice, Two Justice, Red Justice, Blue Justice: What Congress Should Learn from Dr. Seuss about Writing Statutes."
Strange match-up in the "fish case" with Alito (former prosecutor for the defendant here) splitting the difference in this "close" case and Kagan with a "super-snarky dissent" joined by Thomas, Kennedy and Scalia (first time ever?). Some of her remarks seem tailored-made for the King case. On merits, especially since this isn't an 8A case (guy got thirty days, whatever the statute leaves open), I still am with the government. Still, open to majority position.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
“Originalist or Original: The Difficulties of Reconciling Citizens United with Corporate Law History"
This interesting article was raised/commented on in this thread. One thing that both flags is that current reality, including SCOTUS views, of corporations has changed as that institution has greatly developed over the last two hundred years. A few basic things might have remained the same at best. Ultimately, the article answers Scalia perhaps, but the "right" answer requires more for the non-originalist or an originalist living in current times.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Saw parts of Ida (foreign film) and Boyhood (can see the talent, but bored after a short time for what seems like basic family drama nearly three hours). Overall liked Wild and Into the Woods. Begin Again (song nominated) was a bit of a mess. The Lego Movie (another song) looks like it would work as a short. Might watch or read a book based on a few more, but not really excited about most of them. BTW, nice to see JK Simmons, Mr. Supporting Actor, won.
An article on a troubling Selma copyright issue. Have seen few of the films nominated & have not been as up on the Oscars in recent years. But, from what I saw, including a fun musical intro, some quirky presentations/speeches and Lady Gaga looking almost "normal" honoring Sound of Music, looked pretty good. Selma song too. Patricia Arquette (the one Boyhood win) fit in some social stuff in a long acceptance speech. Best Actor win a bit of a surprise. ETA: Overall, Oscars often start well & then amount to some gems in three hours of remainder.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Contracted "could have been excellent," but too much stupid. Didn't watch the last 20 minutes. Peacock was well cast and had an intriguing premise regarding sexual identity, small town psychology etc. But, not only was lack of lightening in many scenes annoying, it was pretty dull. And, looking into it online, the "reveal" is pretty depressing and takes away from the interesting aspects of the film. Monolith Monsters was a fun 1950s thriller.