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.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Never a big comic book fan, but the title collection was very good -- it has various "firsts" from the comics' beginnings c. 1960 to a nice story thirty years later. Like the use of music notes to show Melody's melodious voice. Fan of the cartoons and wish they were on again.
Friday, February 20, 2015
A lot of false starts in recent times regarding getting into books -- with so much time online, hard copy materials -- even those I read before -- not the same for me these days among other reasons. But, manage to read a few pretty good books in recent months.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Watching a bit more t.v. of late. The new episode of I Didn't Do It was decent though it did not start in the usual "the end/let's look back" fashion. New owner a bit annoying. Mostly getting into Better Call Saul (the woman lawyer is a promising character). Rizzoli & Isles new episode decent; everyone but Lorraine B. looked a bit less glamorous. Never really into the season long "plot arcs" but NCIS worked overall yesterday. Basically murdered the guy though.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015
These days, you can watch a lot of films in the theaters on demand, which makes average films or short docs on General Tso chicken (seriously; pretty good) more worthwhile. This review hits the "not bad" feeling I expected, which works for this sort of somewhat expensive home video price. Query: what ISN'T J.K. Simmons in?
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Four justices, who should explain themselves, would grant a stay. Four justices (later more) stayed executions elsewhere to examine such lethal injection protocols, but apparently in some fashion this is argued to be different. Again, secrecy is a problem here. Meanwhile, talk of nitrogen gas and firing squads. Update: He was executed. Step up dissenters!!!
Reread Becoming Justice Blackmun by Linda Greenhouse & though it surely isn't comprehensive, it's an enjoyable read. His notes, btw, suggests at first Justice White planned to concur in Roe (felt health exception needed), which would work better than his crude total dissent. Couldn't get into Breaking Bad, but Better Call Saul was still good.
Sunday, February 08, 2015
Saturday, February 07, 2015
This is the third of an unrelated series of young adult books, each with a young woman dealing with a matter of Jewish culture in some fashion. Here is a personal review. I recall "trees" being a bit rough but each book made you think, including this one in which various p.o.v.s get some respect. For instance, overdoing it causes problems, parents. But, we get a sense why they do it. Promoting empathy like that is a good thing.
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Two orders. The first denied a stay for someone who murdered a cop during a robbery during an escape. Not knowing possible special facts, yes, a "worse of the worst" sort of case, but one most of the world still doesn't use to execute. The second was granted for now and raises various issues, including mitigating factors, innocence and long time on death row.
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Understand the concerns about Harper Lee not truly consenting to it, but still excited about her "lost" sequel (though written first) coming out. Art goes beyond personal stories. Literary sorts should demand independent oversight -- some already saying it will be really a major re-write at best. Expect some roughness akin to forgotten early efforts of actors.