Roman Holiday (Movie Review)

Roman Holiday (1953) Director: William Wyler Cast: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn (her debut), Eddie Albert Original Story: Dalton Trumbo (blacklisted, uncredited until 2003) Screenplay: Dalton Trumbo (blacklisted, uncredited until 2011), Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton Costume Design: Edith Head I didn’t expect to enjoy this movie.  Usually, I’m clueless when watching films made before my time, if they were popular mainstream releases.  Early art house movies are more likely to register. When I rented Roman Holiday, it was mainly for historical perspective.  I’d seen Bryan Cranston portray blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, and then watched the 2007 documentary on his life.  Both … Continue reading Roman Holiday (Movie Review)

Melania’s Plagiarism

The GOP is self-destructing at its own convention, and it’s giving me hope for the future. Granted, Mrs. Trump’s speech is small compared to other issues with her husband and the party.  Be that as it may, we should welcome every hiccup in the Republican campaign. Please forgive me.  Be that as it may is a stuffy expression that’s too good to pass up.  Use it every chance you get. There’s one human factor which helps Republicans in practically every election, though.  The party has a large proportion of voters who never miss an election, and they never vote for Democrats. … Continue reading Melania’s Plagiarism

The Donald’s Announcement

I hope the mainstream media are emphasizing that Donald Trump’s VP Running Mate Announcement was scheduled as a news conference, not a campaign speech.  Journalists arrived with lists of questions they planned to ask, but those questions went to waste. It was a campaign speech.  No questions allowed.  It was more about The Donald than Mike Pence, too, although if straightforward statements had been made about Governor Pence’s politics the speech may have been equally obnoxious. I’m wondering how many Donald enthusiasts listened to that nonsense and felt confident they were supporting the right candidates.  We should also ask when … Continue reading The Donald’s Announcement

Sydney Schanberg, 1934-2016

Disclosure: This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page. The New York Times obituary was posted a few days ago, but I didn’t know about Sydney Schanberg’s passing until yesterday. It’s a tad embarrassing that I discovered Mr. Schanberg’s writing late, too, so when I was in my teens I missed his documentation of war crimes in Cambodia. Some of the NYC news reporting and commentary I was reading during the 1990s was in New York Newsday.  It was a short-lived Manhattan zoned edition of the Long Island paper. They had a Manhattan office, and Sydney Schanberg wrote a … Continue reading Sydney Schanberg, 1934-2016