I used to consistently watch the Oscars but now watch much fewer movies in theaters, not a big fan of the host and the whole "they are all white" thing is a bit off. Won't watch them tonight though it isn't some sort of "boycott." Of the films, The Martian was disappointing, The Big Short good but didn't quite work with all that info as a movie and sorry was really bored with Inside Out. Opening to Bridge of Spies really bored me; decided to stick to the book. None of the other things stand out at first blush. Have yet to see Brooklyn though. Update: The Big Short got a deserved writing award with Spotlight getting the picture slot in a film that sounds like it is better as a complete movie. Brie Larson got actress for a kidnap victim. Don't care about Leo's movie. This is ironic funny but sort of inside baseball (Stacey Dash is a FOX commentator, so a funny "black voice" to use and the type "they" would use.)
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Fun film but Svengoolie had the original (and an actor from the '99 film) on last night. Great classical opening, Boris Karloff was great as usual, Zita Johann was fun with an Acquanetta-like vibe at times though the others (including the assumed "hero" -- she turns out to save herself with some goddess help) were rather pathetic sorts. Overall, it was a fun film but had some rather silly aspects. The scene when she tells about the death of her dog is kinda hilarious, especially his horrible acting. Sort of thing that adds to the fun.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
deemed less worthy to weigh in than relative novices and certified liars
Melissa Harris-Perry is a tad pissed people. MSNBC also just hired someone fired by Ted Cruz. Not good visuals. The concern is that they want more political coverage but there is room for a voice like MHP, especially given all the alternative views she puts out there. There is just so much political news even if Rachel Maddow wants us to know it's super fascinating.
Friday, February 26, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016
YA book or not, the premise mixed with use of an actual comic to help tell the story caught my interest and overall it was an enjoyable read. Mostly in the voice of sixteen year old May, who finds evidence her friend did not die, it also gives us two other voices (including the neighbor teen that helps her). At some point, you wonder about the two risking it, but it is a book. And, overall it has a nice sense of place and a good heroine at its center.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Chief Justice Roberts in a bench statement honored Scalia before the first oral argument held after his death, a statement provided here. The link is a Word document of this statement released to the press, for "their convenience only" and "not for publication." It is not found on the website. That is somewhat absurd but not the first time the press received special treatment. Bench statements should generally be public, especially something like this.
Monday, February 22, 2016
The reporter who wrote this account of covering Hillary Clinton in the 2000 Senate race is still around, focusing on travel news. It's overall well written and insightful and her sense of humor/delivery comes out in this video promoting the book. It seems familiar including being scripted/arguably feeling too entitled and people being impressed at her intelligence, experience and effort/ability to connect with the voters/her future constituents.
Friday, February 19, 2016
There is some talk that a black appointment would help black turnout that (this is curious to me both for Democrats and a Clinton particularly, but more than one person said it) apparently needs a push. Maybe, though Loretta Lynch would be more trouble than it's worth, plus gives Republicans cover to oppose her. Black judge better option. A recess appointment is basically a no go, especially with the basically made up ten day limit set forth by SCOTUS. Update: The general assumption is that no one will be appointed until next year, which is sad on a civics level, but net helps liberals as compared to him being there since his fifth vote rarely helps them. A rejected/no action pick might help Dems though.
There is a good scam scene and Kim has a major role, but the first episode is mainly a wait and see episode. This includes waiting to see how a dweeb will get his for being stupid enough to fire Mike. A bit disappointing, but still nice to have it back and the full hour discussion with the cast and crew (minus "Mike") afterwards was a nice touch. Call.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Never read Maus (graphic novel representation of Holocaust experience of author's family), but this "behind the scenes" volume is good with interviews with the author, transcript of his interviews with his father (tiny font), photos etc. My library copy does not have the companion DVD. A bit too inside baseball at times, especially on technique.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Another person has been put on the top of many short lists, but this is an intriguing option. Public defender. Supported by Judiciary Chairman Grassley the last time. Unanimous vote. Midwestern. Crime victim. Went to law school with Obama. Woman. Other issues?
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
A discussion on why there is no reasonable argument that the Clean Power Plan the Supreme Court just stayed is unconstitutional. John Oliver in one of his shows referenced how those in American Samoa are "nationals," not U.S. citizens; here is coverage of a lawsuit against that. The lower court opinion is interesting, including the reference that apparently locals as a whole support that approach. Huh. Not sure though if beng a "national" will [or how] lead to a looser equal protection rule (see opinion) or why they should be different than Guam here.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Just what the NH primary results mean is far from clear including because Huntsman coming in second didn't mean much four years ago. But, seems Christie is out and talk of Rubio on life support (seems a bit soon). Sanders winning was also expected and he barely lost Iowa. But, Clinton still much favored and Sanders is not an establishment (sic) alternative akin to Obama was. Significant stay (5-4) of carbon pollution controls suggests what is at stake. And Also: (1) Why couldn't either faction of justices explain pro/con this atypical move? (2) Trump in his speech suggested actual unemployment numbers could be up to 42%. On Twitter, someone noted with underemployment etc. it can feel like that. Truthiness in action?
Sunday, February 07, 2016
Manning looked lively early though the first drive's three points reflected the offense overall. But, the defense, a questionable call (but Panthers didn't have to turn it over afterwards) and Panther penalties led to the one sided result. Missed FG too. It took a mid4Q turnover to clinch it though -- Panthers were one TD drive away until then. Commercials weak.
Saturday, February 06, 2016
Friday, February 05, 2016
Thursday, February 04, 2016
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
The subject book overall was a good small volume (about two hundred pages) read that was put out again in honor of the movie, which not surprisingly isn't quite history. The one thing about the case the book seems to miss is that there is a possibility (if not honored by the opinion) of a mixture of person and property in a slave and we need not and should not focus one or the other. The law in various respects did understand that.
Monday, February 01, 2016
Saw the movie years back -- many probably still don't know "Anne Perry" as a teen helped murder a friend's mother -- and just read the book now titled Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century (old title didn't highlight Anne Perry as much) by a former barrister who worked with someone involved in the trial. Film good (Kate Winslet, so of course); book pretty good. Too much detail regarding lead-up to crime, too much detail of their teenage girl silliness.