This evening, thanks to TCM and Lincoln Square Cinemas, I caught The Shining on the big screen for the first time. Though I’ve seen the picture dozens of times over the years, seeing it in a theater gave me a new appreciation for the impact of the steadicam, and just how frightening Jack Nicholson can be… Continue reading Watching The Shining In the Time of Trump
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The President’s statement is worth watching in full, and he’s right. It speaks volumes that a major political party in the most powerful country on Earth isn’t willing to turn its back on Trump. https://www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?c4616589
This was my Dad, seven decades ago: He shattered his leg jumping out of a plane just like that one during the Second World War. He studied chemistry. He built rockets, and helped U.S. intelligence figure out how the Soviets were building theirs. He shepherded me to adulthood. He faced racism, both subtle and gross, his… Continue reading Why I Take Trump Personally
The strange, orange man giving a prime time speech tonight has been described in many ways. To his fans, he’s a brilliant businessman, a winner, a smart negotiator, a populist, “one of us”. To most other people he’s a bigot, a misogynist, a fraud, a charlatan, a pathological narcissist, a sociopath. You can guess… Continue reading Just Who Is Trump Anyway?
It’s been a miserable 24 hours, so to cheer up a bit, but only a bit, I started thinking about which movie character best represents Trump. I mean, sure, there’s this guy from a 1930s German film… But he’s not a character, exactly. Who to pick? Who to pick? I think whoever it is has… Continue reading Which Movie Character Would Trump Be?
So what was weak this week? –I could start each one of these posts with a Trump entry, and that by itself is a measure of how sad things have gotten. Instead, I want to get at the reaction to Trump. Specifically one reaction to Trump, from a person I usually like, Peter Beinart of The… Continue reading The Week In Weak