Celebrity Government: Show Business for Ugly People

Featured image Politics, it has been said for a while now, is “show business for ugly people.”  (The line is said to have originated with either Paul Begala, or Texas political consultant Bill Miller, in a 1991 Dallas Morning News article.)  Actually, the ugly part is less and less true; it is slowly becoming a requirement in politics as in Hollywood that you be good looking to succeed. With the appearance at »

How Argo won

Featured image I hear that Argo has won the Academy Award for best picture. I saw the movie on Scott’s recommendation and thought it was quite good, but inferior to Lincoln which I also saw on Scott’s recommendation. How Argo compares to other highly-regarded movies of 2012, I cannot say. Absent a strong recommendation by someone I know and trust, I don’t attend Hollywood films. But I suspect that Argo clinched its »

Senators who torture the truth

Featured image Daniel Henninger devotes his weekly Wall Street Journal column to the mind-boggling letter sent by Democratic Senators Feinstein and Levin along with their friend John McCain (Republican, I probably don’t need to remind you) to Sony Pictures protesting the film Zero Dark Thirty. “Zero Dark Thirty is factually inacurrate,” these solons write, “and we believe that you have an obligation to state that the role of torture in the hunt »

Torturing the truth

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Interview feature this past Saturday sent Journal editorial board member Matthew Kaminkski in the direction of the author of the screenplay of Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal. While he has teamed up with director Katheryn Bigelow, Boal is also a reporter who has written for such reliably left-wing outlets as The Village Voice, Rolling Stone and Mother Jones. With his screenplay for the Zero Dark »

Clearing my spindle: I’m Not OK edition

Featured image I think the following items will be of interest to Power Line readers. I’d like to bring them to your attention without much comment. While our attention was turned elsewhere this past October, the space shuttle Endeavour made its final journey: it traveled 12-miles from Los Angeles International Airport, through Inglewood, to the California Science Center in Exposition Park. Reader Zack Russ writes that he came across this wonderful time-lapse »

Green Weenie of the Week: Matt Daaaymon, and His Flatulent Movie “Promised Land”

Featured image If Matt Daaaymon was hoping his new Arab-funded film “Promised Land” would do for natural gas “fracking” what “The China Syndrome” did for nuclear power, he’d better hope for a sequel to “Team America” to rescue him from being an embarrassment to the professional Left.  John already took official Power Line notice of the movie a few weeks ago, and I already gave Damon a Green Weenie back in September »

Sean Penn: Bard for Our Time

Featured image There are a handful of writers, Shakespeare being the best example, whose works best come to life heard aloud rather that read silently on the two-dimensional page.  Sean Penn, the actor and, as the Puffington Host reminds us, “Ambassador-at-Large for Haiti,” is another such bard for our time.  He has a piece up right now at the PuffHo, enticingly titled “Breached Pinatas,” that will surely take its place in the »

Learning from “Zero Dark Thirty”

Featured image New York Post film critic Kyle Smith has seen two previews of Zero Dark Thirty, the Osama bin Laden manhunt thriller that is opening in New York and Los Angeles just in time for Oscar consideration. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal, the team responsible for The Hurt Locker, the film promised to be something more than an advertisement for Barack Obama, although the filmmakers famously had »

Cold war history for left-wing dummies, Poliwood edition

Featured image I think that just about everything President Obama “knows” about American history comes from left-wing academics like American University professor Peter Kuznick, the co-author with Oliver Stone of The Untold History of the United States. The book is a companion to Stone’s Showtime series. At American University, incidentally, Kuznick teaches the “path-breaking course Oliver Stone’s America.” On Showtime, Stone presents Peter Kuznick’s America. They have got a circle of love »

Argo see it

Featured image We went to see the film Argo last night. The film takes us back to the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979 for a sidebar (“the Canadian caper”) regarding the rescue of six State Department employees who had escaped from the American embassy at the time of the embassy’s takeover. The true story of their return from Tehran to the United States courtesy of the CIA was declassified by President Clinton »

A Tweet from a Twit

Featured image I’m still working my way through all the Tweets and twaddle from last night, but this one may take the prize: »

I am Nakoula Basseley Nakoula

Featured image “I am Nakoula Basseley Nakoula” doesn’t quite have the ring of “I am Spartacus,” or even of “I am Sam Bacile.” In the face of the Obama administration’s apologetics and intimidation, Roger Simon stands up in a manner reminiscent of the Hollywood depiction of the Roman slave rebellion. Simon proclaims: Hillary Clinton, I insist that you have me arrested. I am thinking of making a movie about Mohammed. I don’t »

Dirty Harry revisited

Featured image Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry films have an underlying theme. I would say it is the need to go outside the rules set by the hidebound bureaucrats and politicians of the administrative state to get the job done. Harry Callahan is, after all, a detective in the San Francisco police department. It’s the San Francisco of the early ’70s, to be sure, at least in the first Dirty Harry film, when »

He’s Baaack

Featured image A couple years back I got briefly up close and personal with then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at an event at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, and in framing a question about what he might do after leaving office, told him the story of Gov. Ronald Reagan’s appearance on the Tonight Show in 1973.  Carson asked Reagan if he might return to Hollywood to make movies after leaving the governorship.  Reagan displayed »

A phase in the crowd

Featured image The death of Andy Griffith earlier this week prompts a look back at the highlight of Griffith’s acting career. I join Richard Corliss over at Time in taking the occasion to to revisit the 1957 film A Face in the Crowd. Budd Schulberg wrote the screenplay for the film based on his story “Your Arkansas Traveler.” According to Richard Schickel, Schulberg’s story was inspired by Will Rogers. It featured Lonesome »


Featured image Someone near and dear to me created the video featured in “A Wintour’s Tale,” a therapeutic mash-up of Anna Wintour’s unbelievably obnoxious invitation to dinner with Sarah Jessica Parker and their White House BFFs. She has gone back to work to bring us the video below, mashed up from Sarah Jessica Parker’s invitation to the same event. Please check it out. »

A Wintour’s Tale

Featured image Someone with an attitude seems to have gotten hold of the video invitation to the special dinner with a few of Barack Obama’s closest friends. We wrote about it here. That certain someone has mashed it up to good effect. Please check it out. UPDATE: And if that whets your appetite for the accompanying apparel, you will want to visit the Obama caampaign designer collection. »