Friday, March 03, 2017
Sunday, December 27, 2015
The Big Short--Just released movie about the mortgage crisis. It shows on the one side the smug and greedy bankers and mortgage brokers, greedy and foolhardy, all the while knowing the American taxpayer would bail them out when things would inevitably collapse, and on the other those who profited from the collapse by creating the "credit default swaps." It is a repeat tale from the 1929 crash and ensuing Depression, where government, corrupted by big money insiders, de-regulated the system, allowing the wolves to oversee the chicken coop. Privatization of profit, socialization of the risk, i.e. the few won, the many lost. Watchable movie, but bring a puke bag.
Daddy's Home--Just released Will Farrell movie. Just okay, but enough laughs and a nice ending to while away an hour and a half.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Thank you for the hands that brew, and for the hands that help me chew.
So to all those countless hands here and there, near and far, I say--THANK YOU!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
BZZZZ-Z-Z-Z! BZZZZ-Z-Z-Z! The verdant path through the neighborhood forest now rings with the call of just one. One lonely sycophant still searching for its mate.
Weeks earlier the tropical canopy was a deafening riot of screaming cicadas, each trying to out-maneuver the next. Imagine your lifetime of sexual energy condensed to one 30-day period. The maniacal buzzing and whirring went non-stop 24/7, so loud and frantic it was comical.
For 17 long years these nymphs sucked sap deep underground from the tall trees’ roots. Finally mature, they’ve come out and shed their skin for their summer prom, engagement, honeymoon and funeral all in just a few short weeks.
My evening walk’s now mostly calm, save this last cicada. Why, pray tell, is he still unmated? Pimples? Shy? Two left feet? Too picky? Off key?
Are the females all gone that his wails go in vain?
Or maybe he don’t give a damn, he just wants to be the last man standin’.
The toughest dude in the brood.
The last cicada.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
A family from India, led by “Papa”—whose wife was killed in the fire that destroyed his Bombay restaurant—stops in this village because their car broke down. Papa determines to open his new restaurant in a vacant building right across the street from Helen Mirren’s classic French establishment.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
The image those two words conjured up in my mind was always that of the
funny mini-mustached “Little Tramp" who waddled with a cane in a bowler’s hat. It was not until I saw The Great Dictator on Turner Classic Movies that I learned how
supremely talented, and more importantly how supremely PRINCIPLED Mr. Chaplain
HERE'S THE SPEECH:
"I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don't want to rule
or conquer anyone. I should like to help
everyone - if possible - Jew, Gentile - black man - white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live
by each other's happiness - not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another.
In this world there is room for
everyone. And the good earth is rich and
can provide for everyone. The way of
life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.