Category: Movies

The 2017 Oscars: Accountants in La La Land

  When the Oscars ran long  I retired in a stupor. Not surprising since I’m a resigned party pooper. But  I now have to laugh At the Best Picture gaffe Of those stuffed shirts who work at PriceWaterhouseCooper.

It's a Wonderful Life without Trump

  Christmas movies, they claim, that are sappy Will uplift you and make your heart happy. So watch Stewart as  Bailey And you won’t feel so wailey Thinking what Trump may do that is crappy.      

Thoughts on the popularity of the Living Dead

  The zombies are spreading  from LA to Boston They even are haunting the world of Jane Austen. Despite so unpleasant They are omnipresent And more stories than not they are tossed in.      

The George Lucas "Mistake on the Lake"

  [I wrote the following verse after reading “The homely Lucas Museum, a vanity project, must not be built” in Joey Korom’s blog ‘Chicago Architecture Journal’]   Some people don’t fancy Star Wars on the Lake, The Lucas Museum that is on the make. A gelatinous blob Where the fans would hobnob For Han Solo’s... Read more »

Cubs Manager, Joe Maddon, a great actor?

During the Cub game the other night there were the usual shots of Manager Joe Maddon on the steps of the dugout studying the action on the field.  Bespectacled, his face had  the noticeable white stubble that results from skipping a shave or two. As I looked more  closely at his scruffy  physiognomy, it dawned... Read more »

Giving the Oscars a Shot in the Arm

Last Thursday I fortuitously came upon the Grantland Oscar Preview show. Three guys sitting around offering opinions about this year’s nominees.  I had never seen two of them before. Wesley Morris and Chris Connelly.  But the sassy opinionated, often controversial,  host, Bill Simmons,  I was very familiar with. Not having seen any of the films... Read more »

"The Interview" Is a Poor Choice for Defending Free Expression

If ever a movie deserved prior censorship, The Interview would qualify.   I’m all for the 1st Amendment, but really, Mr. President, perhaps on this one you should have let Sony roll in its own bleep! By all accounts, the movie is dreadful.  (Read Variety’s scathing assessment)   It’s based on a fatuous premise, and, in this... Read more »

Why Will Smith and Drugs Don't Mix

    Inside Hollywood: In a recent  interview, 39-year-old Will Smith explained why he never took to recreational drugs: “Through my teenage years I was too focused on sex to even think about any other vices. I’m much the same now. No drugs and only the occasional drink.” I’ve something in common with actor Will... Read more »

Synchronicity and an Elephant Named Bauer

    I’ve written before on my blog about uncanny coincidences, those  random events close in time that are so aptly connected that they seem to be providential.  The famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung wrote a book about them. He called them synchronicities. They were, in his words, “temporally connected occurrences of acausal events.” Jung thought... Read more »

"Magic in the Moonlight" Is Fun for Everyone Who's Ever Fallen in Love

  We finally caught up with seeing “Magic in the Moonlight”, Woody Allen’s latest flim. And in any light, we can testify, it is truly a magical experience. We—my wife, Julie, I, and her mom, Helen—found it delightfully engaging from start to finish.  We loved it so much we didn’t want it to end. I... Read more »