Youtube: Longmire - Season 4. New trailer.
September 10. Can’t wait.
Mischiefs of Faction: Trump, Biden and The Politics of Consumption.
Dazed: Miley Cyrus just came out as ‘pansexual’.
Slightly NSFW photo. You don’t even have to look - I just wanted to make an observation: As opposed to what’s said in this article, you can browse Tumblr and find most young people today are finding it cool to list themselves as ‘pansexuals’. Don’t be surprised if your kids copy the trend. The frequency was already on the uptick, but it has exploded since Bruce/Caitlin Jenner’s PR push. So many are young ladies who live in the boondocks, who want to be ‘different.’ I can only imagine their reactions if they were hit on by some of the transsexuals I used to see in lower Manhattan in the ‘80’s.
Jacobin: Why the Rich Love Burning Man.
“To these young tech workers — mostly white, mostly men — who flock to the festival, Burning Man reinforces and fosters the idea that they can remake the world without anyone else’s input. It’s a rabid libertarian fantasy. It fluffs their egos and tells them that they have the power and right to make society for all of us, to determine how things should be. This is the dark heart of Burning Man, the reason that high-powered capitalists — and especially capitalist libertarians — love Burning Man so much.” How far do we have to go, before we call the 1% what it is ... an hereditary aristocracy. I declare we are the New Third Estate.
Reuters: Fox News says Trump should apologize after latest Twitter outburst.
“Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should. We have never been deterred by politicians or anyone else attacking us for doing our job, much less allowed ourselves to be bullied by anyone, and we’re certainly not going to start now.” I think he’s an overgrown schoolboy. He actually digs Megyn, and is going to bug her until she gives him what he deems as appropriate attention. Of course, to everyone else, this is harrassment.
Later: Or perhaps both Fox and Trump are playing for audience.
c|net: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ inspires kid to speak for first time.
I think the appropriate response is ... “WE are Groot.”
A Continuous Lean: The Long Lasting Style of a Real Character.
Buster Keaton, style icon. Your clothes need never shout, or even talk at all.
The New Yorker: Buckley, Vidal, and the Birth of Buzz.
“Where a debate between two urbane intellectuals ought to have ushered in a golden age of elevated, rational discussion, it instead — due to the personal enmity to which the combatants gave voice — sparked the worst aspects of modern media, a debased version of political talk, the gladiatorial mudslinging that prevails in broadcasting today.”
Youtube: Life [James Dean] Trailer
Nope. Complete misfire. Dean was not a whiny cry-baby, ever. Wrong casting, just wrong.
Economist/moreintelligentlife: A revelatory portrait of Brando.
“The film proceeds more or less chronologically, from the 1950s to the 1980s, but Riley is something of an editing whiz, skipping around in pursuit of hunches and intuitions, leaning into the curves of the career at all the right points.” Okay, that pricked up my ears. Sounds like a must-see.
NY Times Review: Santa Fe Opera Offers ‘The Daughter of the Regiment,’ More.
“This was my first visit, and while I’m told it can turn cold and rainy, I’m inclined — after an uninterrupted succession of warm, dry days and mild nights — to think that’s a lie.” It’s only had a roof since ‘98. The first operas I saw there, no roof, they’d sell these little vinyl hood-and-capes for ladies to protect their hair, as the monsoon season rains inevitably came. And boy ... thunder and lightning add immense staging to an opera. For the right production - wowzer, you’ve never seen the like.
Tired of flippant as ‘fresh’ in reviews. Same guy who savaged “Cold Mountain.” Many up-and-comers build their chops here. Dump the flippancy and give them some encouragement, hmmm? NYC’s offerings would be nowhere near as nice, without us.
SF New Mexican: Tommy Lee Jones seen on Canyon Road, N.M. writers win awards for good bad writing.
HelloGiggles: Best Christmas present ever - A ‘Jumanji’ reboot is coming.
Why reboot such a great movie? Obviously to add more CGI. Noone can top Robin Williams in this flick. Who would be so unwise as to try?
Collectors Weekly: Could an Old-School Tube Amp Make the Music You Love Sound Better?
Uh, YES. But for only as long as the tubes last.
Guardian.UK: Shooting at Tennessee movie theater leaves suspect dead.
“... armed with a gun, hatchet and pepper spray ...” Can it get any weirder? Stay tuned.
NPR: ‘Cold Mountain’ Takes Civil War Odyssey To The Opera Stage.
Locally, I hear nothing but great things about this new opera.
Day later: And the Times savages it. No mercy for the Confederates.
Art of VFX: Daenerys Escape by Wired.
Aha. “Dragonriders of Pern” is possible now, with convincing dragonflight. I wonder if someone’s already working on it.
New Republic: National Review’s Bad Conscience.
“... William F. Buckley Sr., was an anti-Semite and fascist sympathizer who tried his best to pass along his ideas to his large brood. In 1937, four of the Buckley kids burned a cross outside a Jewish resort. The eleven-year-old William Buckley Jr. didn’t participate in the cross burning but only because he was deemed too young to participate and by his own account ‘wept tears of frustration’ at being left out of the hate crime.” It is, of course, generally agreed that “Nazism” and “Fascism” are far right philosophies. It is nonsense to accuse someone of being Left *and* fascist.
Mashable: Brand new ‘Thunderbirds’ episodes will bring 50-year-old audio recordings to the screen.
Facebook/Janis Ian: Thank you all for the response to my “Cosby memory”....
“‘Well, no one else on TV is willing to have you on. Not out there, anyway.’ Why? I wondered. And was told that Cosby, seeing me asleep in the chaperone’s lap, had made it his business to ‘warn’ other shows that I wasn’t ‘suitable family entertainment’, was probably a lesbian, and shouldn’t be on television.”
Politico: Jon Stewart’s secret White House visits.
“He’s an expert shamer.” An astute observation.
Daily Beast: The Death of Satire.
“This is the formula for successful late-night TV comedy in the present day: an absurd or ridiculous clip that can make the rounds on YouTube the next day.” Been ages since I’ve taken in a current comedy. Banal, indeed. The legitimate media’s gotten too close to The Onion; often more tragedy than comedy, IMHO.
Time: Happy B-day, BUGS!!!
Lookin’ good for seventy five years young.
HowlRound: The Actor’s Body.
Youtube: SPECTRE trailer.
Uh-oh. The twin-engine on the ski slope brings back horrible memories of the cello ski slope chase in The Living Daylights. Everything else - fine. That stupid airplane routine ... cut it out. You’re tipping too far back into Moore-ish territory.
I have a feeling this may be the movie where I part with Bond again, until the next reboot. Ah well, I still own Casino Royale and Skyfall. That’ll tide me over.