Trumbo (Movie Review)

TRUMBO (2015) Directed by:  Jay Roach Starring:  Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., John Goodman Running Time:  124 Minutes Rated:  R Bruce Cook published his biography Dalton Trumbo in 1977.  Nearly forty years later, it was adapted for one of the finest Twentieth Century historical film accounts ever. The Red Scare was not Mid-Twentieth Century America’s finest hour.  Many of the people behind it were opportunists who knew better, and the general support it received was from an ignorant or intimidated public.  The communist witch hunt ruined careers and lives, and caused some people to expose weak aspects of their … Continue reading Trumbo (Movie Review)

When The N.Y. Post Is Right

This isn’t the existential crisis you might think.  The fact that The New York Post has issued a responsible online news story — on Page Six, no less — shouldn’t come as too big a shock.  It will happen every now and then.  Just don’t hold your breath during intervals. Cormac McCarthy is still with us.  Due to a social media hoax, for a short time some people thought he had passed.  When journalists learned Mr. McCarthy was still with us, Bryan Hood wrote an article which is better than a lot of things you see in The Post. I’ll include a … Continue reading When The N.Y. Post Is Right

The Guilt Merry-Go-Round

Having an honorable life isn’t always easy when you buy used merchandise.  You don’t know where most of it came from, meaning you don’t know whether it was stolen before you got your hands on it. Some people look the other way — whether the goods are new or used — and refuse to pass up a bargain on something they want or need.  They may inspect the item and hope there are no bed bug eggs in it, but they don’t think about legal or ethical problems in the supply line.  They buy new items from the back of … Continue reading The Guilt Merry-Go-Round

Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks (Review)

Hallucinations By Oliver Sacks $15.95 Vintage Paperback 326 Pages Copyright 2012 ISBN-13:  9780307947437 If you have no known mental illness which should affect your visual, auditory or other senses, have you ever panicked when a high fever has caused you to see a menacing — and nonexistent — stranger standing over your bed? Have you heard your dog’s metal collar tags jangling nearby shortly after your dog has passed away? Many of us have been though that, and if a semi-educated acquaintance points out that hallucinations suggest “schizophrenia,” you’ll handle that conversation a lot better if you’ve read this fine … Continue reading Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks (Review)

Unique Art Documentary

Rene Magritte (Belgian painter, 1898-1967) was once quoted as saying there was no deep meaning behind his paintings.  He said the only thing behind his paintings was a wall. The 1999 documentary Magritte: An Attempt At The Impossible challenges that modest statement.  The production offers interviews with the artist as well as theories on the history and influences behind his work.  In the fifty-five minute running time, the viewer becomes not only better informed but more curious about Magritte’s work and life. The documentary is beautifully photographed, with embellishments that suit the artist’s work well.  When describing Magritte’s erotic work, nude models … Continue reading Unique Art Documentary

Rainbows

Last night I was at a residents’ meeting in the lobby of my building. Those meetings are consistently dull, and unfortunately the group last night was the smallest I’ve seen yet.  I skip most of the meetings myself, so I can’t judge. Our main source of entertainment was watching other building occupants walk through the lobby, on their way up to their apartments or out for the evening.  One, a casual friend of mine who gave up on the meetings a long time ago because they were excruciating, moved at a fast clip with a small suitcase on wheels. Maybe … Continue reading Rainbows