Culture

Tonight it’s “Christmas in July”

Featured image For readers who might be interested I want to note that TCM is playing the rarely seen comedy Christmas in July tonight at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) as part of its tribute to Dick Powell today. Why should you care? The film was both written and directed by Preston Sturges, a director known for the subgenre of “screwball” comedies that he perfected with what his admirers came to call “the Sturges »

Woodstock Redux

Featured image There seems to be a flourish of 45th anniversary observations of Woodstock going on this weekend, as though it was a slow news period right now.  (Perhaps too many editors and beat reporters are on vacation up in Martha’s and the Hamptons right now.)  Why the 45th anniversary?  Perhaps because of the typical baby boomer fear that a lot of folks won’t make it to the 50th anniversary?  Then, too, »

Boyhood: A brief note

Featured image We went to see the film Boyhood last night, and I want to recommend it to readers who might otherwise overlook it in the film industry’s recurring summer of crud. It’s a movie for adults about time and love and (the modern) family. I am not familiar with writer/director Richard Linklater, but I want to mention his name here as the man without whom the film wouldn’t exist. For whatever »

HBO, Beyond the Pale

Featured image HBO has done some good things, like Rome and Game of Thrones. But this is one of the most appalling things I have seen in a long time. There is an HBO program called “True Blood” that apparently is about vampires–way to be cutting edge, right? In its most recent episode, it featured a Ted Cruz fundraiser at the George W. Bush presidential library. In the clip below, you can »

Berkeley Finally Achieves Complete Utopia

Featured image I checked, wondering if this story was some kind of Onion-like parody site.  (Look: the Los Angeles Times is something of a joke these days; who’s to say they didn’t decide to jump the shark overnight?)  Nope; it appears to be on the level. Berkeley dispensaries must give free pot to poor members, city says Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley must give some of their pot free of charge to low-income »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our friend Ammo Grrrll offers these thoughts IN PRAISE OF AMERICAN MEN in honor of the day. She writes: It was probably about 20 years ago that I first heard the repulsive charge that America has a “rape culture.” It has now metastasized into the mainstream, but was a new theme back then. I was hired to entertain at a luncheon for women and girls and the group before me »

Paul Mazursky, RIP

Featured image Writer/director/actor Paul Mazursky died in Los Angeles on Monday at the age of 84. The Los Angeles Times recounts his incredibly long and productive career in its obituary. The Times also picks five of Mazursky’s best films. Movies you may have forgotten, or forgotten to associate with Mazursky, include I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (which he co-wrote with Larry Tucker), starring Peter Sellers. Mazursky provided an early (1967) take »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our friend Ammo Grrrll ends the working week with a bang. She takes a look at the invasion occurring on our southern border and declares: “HALLELUJAH, IT’S OBVIOUSLY THE END OF RACISM!!” She writes: Many years ago, Albert Brooks wrote and starred in the wonderful movie Lost in America. Briefly, a highly-paid ad executive and his ditzy wife chuck the high life to go on a quest to discover America »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image In this installment of her thoughts, our friend Ammo Grrrll asks: “How hot IS it?” She writes: Many winter residents of Arizona are escapees from colder climes such as Canada, Michigan and Minnesota. Wonderful people in the main, they bring their money, amusing accents, and frugal tipping habits to our Dusty Little Village (DLV) and then they go home in late March or April, mercifully, before they can vote. They »

Color Him Father

Featured image A few years ago, I wrote this post on Father’s Day. It is a post that rung a bell for at least a few readers. I am taking the liberty of reposting it today in honor of the day. My father was a thoughtful man. In the last years of his life he listed the things he was most grateful for and in retrospect I can see he thought about »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image In this week’s installment, our friend Ammo Grrrll asks: “Whose Turn is It Next? Have We Missed Any Categories?” She writes: Well, we’ve had our first Black President, which is working out splendidly. If her supporters have enough time to come up with even one accomplishment, and her extensive wardrobe of unfortunate pantsuits still fit, Hillary may be our first Woman President. Zippa-de-doo-dah. And we can hear about the fabulous »

41 at 90

Featured image In his daily roundup for RealClearPolitics, Carl Cannon pays tribute to George H.W. Bush as he turns 90 today: George Herbert Walker Bush, the second son of Prescott and Dorothy Bush, was born on this day in 1924, which means that the spring he turned 18, his nation was at war. Poppy Bush, as he was called, had just earned his high school diploma at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass, »

The Sissification of America Continues Apace

Featured image There is plenty of serious news today, but what is burning up Twitter? This: Retailers are starting to push a new trend in menswear: the short suit. The ensemble looks like a regular suit from the waist up, with a sport coat over a button-down shirt and sometimes a tie or bowtie. Instead of trousers, however, the suit’s bottoms are cropped at the knee. … “It’s definitely having a moment, »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Referring to my post a few weeks ago about my adventures in low carbohydrate eating, our friend Ammo Grrrll chronicles her own struggle to reduce to fighting trim. She writes: I read with great interest both Scott’s recent post on weight loss paradigms and the many sincere and helpful comments readers shared. For those success stories, mazel tov, and may you all go from strength to strength! Not to pull »

Not “Rosebud”

Featured image The rap artist Tupac Shakur was murdered in a drive-by shooting on the Las Vegas Strip in 1996, following a brawl in which he had participated in the lobby of the MGM Grand. Shakur’s final words have only now come to light, courtesy of the police officer who was first on the scene. In an interview with Sean DeFrank of the weekly magazine Vegas Seven, the officer says now that »

The Best Years of Our Lives

Featured image When I walked into Spaulding Auditorium to see The Best Years of Our Lives as an undergrad, I had never even heard of the film. When I walked out three hours later, I couldn’t believe I had never heard of it. It is a great film with a lot of truth and a big heart in it. Tonight TCM is carrying the film as part of its Memorial Day lineup. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our old friend Ammo Grrrll writes in a celebratory mood about her move to Arizona in a piece she calls I GOT PLENTY OF NUTHIN’ AND NOTHIN’S PLENTY FOR ME. She writes: When we first moved to our Dusty Little Village (DLV) in Arizona, occasionally people from one or another Big City would come to visit. They would notice that to get to our new home from the airport, they »