The original idea of Easter is to me antediluvian but think people try not to think about it. Abraham sacrificing a child was seen uncivilized two thousand or so years (if we try to make him historical) before Jesus! Plus, what is this "only son" business? God is supposed to be the creator of us all! And, many died for causes without knowing they were saving all of creation. The idea of rebirth and so on holds true and the original story (however the final belief in resurrection developed; see, e.g., Bart Ehrman's writings) has some interesting stuff in it.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Well acted film giving us the feeling of a young woman's feelings right before Arab Spring. I, Tonya was well acted, but could not get into it. Can see why Kay Francis, the 1930s actress, was popular but two films I saw so far were fairly thin. Quick though (about an hour).
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Monday, March 26, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018
I referenced a Stormy Daniels production found on Showtime given the recent controversy regarding Trump. Mixed bag as a movie. Moving past that connection, Lust On The Line was on the whole pretty good for late nite soft core porn. The first and last entries were the best [including the actresses] but overall liked the use of "natural sound" as compared to scenes dominated by canned music. These movies do need more "girl next door" types.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Petty outrage alert, particularly: "recently the Navy chaplain advisory board recommended approval. However 45 House members and 22 Senators wrote the Navy opposing approval." Quite a few people are "secular" in some fashion even if they are "spiritual" and others would accept services from a secular humanist chaplain. But, certain people's faiths are more important than others to some. "Religious freedom" like "marriage" is repeatedly too narrowly understood. The denial here is particularly gratuitous.
Mostly enjoyed in various degrees the "Child's Play" franchise (excepting the third, which I only saw a few minutes of and looks boring), including the last one where Andy came back and the actor who voices Chucky had his daughter enter the franchise. This last one has her, more Andy, a little Tiffany and a lot of garbled stuff. Disappointing with confused plot points though some good style points. Ending is apt given the father/daughter dynamic.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
"The Klannish spirit -- fearful, angry, gullible to sensationalist falsehood, in thrall to demagogic leaders and abusive language, hostile to science and intellectuals, committed to the dream that everyone can be a success in business if they only try -- lives on." Last sentence of the book; sounds familiar. The six main ideological components: racism, nativism, temperance, fraternalism, Christian evangelicalism and populism. Actually, the second Klan was run like a business (sort of a franchise) with modern advertising (and entertainment) a major component. Rot at top helped limit its reach. Familiar?
Friday, March 16, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Online reading leads me to various writings (enough!) and video. The Cats Of Mirikitani (good vignette) and Hiroshima mon amour (overall good with interesting DVD interviews but the flashback to me went on too long/laid on a tad thick) being two recent ones. My foreign film at a small theater pick this time was The Insult, which was good too, but a bit unbalanced (each being a victim/in the wrong adds much to the point) between the two main characters. The courtroom battle of small battle reflecting bigger ones has a familiar feel.
Some, including Justice Sotomayor in her Glossip dissent, have voiced the idea that the firing squad might be the best approach for executions. Now that lethal injection for various reasons is problematic, nitrogen gas is offered too. As noted in the article and comments there, this leaves something to be desired. But, maybe THIS method will be okay!
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Sunday, March 11, 2018
The "pleased" comment here to me is near trolling though I respect the person overall. I discuss the case some in comments; basically military personnel got caught (apparently not for nefarious reasons) with classified photos via an abandoned phone and then tried to cover it up. Got a year (he has been out for months) and supervised release. Not exactly a rank injustice or something. Oh, allowed Trump et. al. to do Hillary trolling. Minor if notable Trump use of power that is getting the expected "kudos" from usual suspects.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
The NYT review of this is on point including: "Marina insists on her own dignity — her basic rights to respect, safety and the pursuit of pleasure — in the face of condescension, indifference and contempt." The lead [she basically carries the film though the man she loves shines in his limited playing time] deserved a nomination herself. Nice to see Angelika again. And Also: Housing Works shop nearby. Library too but closed early with the snow muck. Also, really liked film but perhaps small demerit as to mostly one note supporting cast -- great movies tend to have multiple very good roles. Again, she mostly carried film.
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Friday, March 02, 2018
Flipping thru the channels, saw this listed and then the lead actress (among other things!) referenced it during her appearance on Colbert. Free on demand; it was good, including her songs with a serious edge. BTW, a key moment was a big fight in the bedroom and she was topless. It was suitable for the scene; nudity sometimes is though so is male nudity! ETA: I also read Gigi, Julie de Carneilhan, and Chance Acquaintances (my copy had all three) by Colette after Gigi was again on t.v. The first is like a condensed version of the musical and kinda a pleasant trifle told from various points of view. The middle is longer and in one p.o.v. and was tedious after a while. The last was something of a trifle and felt it could be half as long but it was pleasant enough (first person narrator based on author). And More: Didn't watch the Oscars & not really into the stuff getting the most attention.