Probably not a good time to watch ‘Richard Jewell’, but glad we did

Still shot from film 'Richard Jewell'
Still shot from film ‘Richard Jewell’. Paul Walter Hauser gave an amazing performance of the title character.

We were in search of a film to watch in these trying times, and we settled on Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell. The Coronavirus epidemic is upending my innate distrust of the federal government, because right now, we pretty much have to trust different tiers of government, at least on some level.  So this probably wasn’t a good time to watch a film like this. Continue reading “Probably not a good time to watch ‘Richard Jewell’, but glad we did”

Oscars on social media better than the show; one standout speech

Renee Zellweger Berlin International Film Fest. 2010
Actress Renée Zellweger, member of the international jury, arriving at the opening of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb. 2010). Photo credit Seibbi via Wikipedia.

Did you watch the Academy Awards on Sunday? I didn’t. I never watch the celeb class TV galas. You don’t have to watch it live, you know. Continue reading “Oscars on social media better than the show; one standout speech”

Super Bowl halftime show sparks outrage, praise, and huge opportunity

Mary Martin (left) Carol Channing (right) by Carol Highsmith, LOC
Mary Martin (left) and Carol Channing (right) were superstars in their day. It’s unlikely most Americans who aren’t seniors could identify them today. (Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.)

As soon as I saw Shakira and Jennifer Lopez do the halftime show for Super Bowl LIV, I knew controversy would follow. It usually does—people often either love the halftime show or hate it. That said, I was glad there were only adults watching it in my home. I wouldn’t have let my child watch that performance.

Did it offend me? Continue reading “Super Bowl halftime show sparks outrage, praise, and huge opportunity”

Ricky Gervais hits a China nerve at Golden Globes

Image from @rickygervais on Twitter
Image from @rickygervais on Twitter

Awards shows for US royalty aren’t my thing, but media have gone wild over the Golden Globes hosted by Ricky Gervais last night. Most outlets are focusing on his insults to the tinselati who attended the gala.

Most are ignoring his comments about “woke” companies and their chummy relationship with China, a relationship that by necessity includes the communist party in that authoritarian country. Continue reading “Ricky Gervais hits a China nerve at Golden Globes”

Jack Ryan, Season 2, satisfies and mystifies as some critics miss the Venezuela boat

Photo of Mt. Roraima in Venezuela from CIA World Fact Book.
Photo of Mt. Roraima, the world’s highest tabletop mountain, in Venezuela from CIA World Fact Book.
Promo poster from Amazon Prime
Promo poster of Jack Ryan from Amazon Prime

Tom Clancy’s ‘Jack Ryan’ is back on Amazon Prime for Season 2, and it’s not surprising to see some critics completely miss the boat. Venezuela is the location for this season, and the story is vintage screen version Clancy.

Secret mining ops for a valuable mineral. Corruption within a brutal government regime. Sophisticated technology that has to do with the South China Sea—this last aspect is a bit confusing, I admit. Overall, though, this is one series you want to watch from start to finish. Continue reading “Jack Ryan, Season 2, satisfies and mystifies as some critics miss the Venezuela boat”