Trump's Inauguration

I guess that I should find something to say about this momentous occasion.

Mostly my reaction is "meh".  Somewhere along the way the shock of Trump having won the election has waned, I suppose as all enthusiasm wanes with time.


Sophia Coppola Movies

Just finished watching Lost In Translation, The Bling Ring, and Marie Antoinette.  Omg there's some eye candy for you.  Each of these movies is so, so good.

Alright, fine, maybe not "so, so, good", but "so good" anyway.

Coppola loves color, she loves whimsey.  Which makes The Bling Ring, the movie about the teens in L.A. who broke into celebrities houses and stole tens of thousands of dollars of bling, the perfect movie for her.

I love the scenes where you get to watch the kids try on designer clothing.


The Crown

Just finished watching the first season of "The Crown".  The recommendation that I've been giving to all of those people who've been asking for it goes something like this: "It's a slow burn, worth watching if you have a lot of time on your hands."

And yeah.  Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth, is really good.  Love all of the accents, the proper British way of behaving, etc.  Her husband can be quite annoying.  He has a lot of scenes where he's staring at her with his mouth half open, his eyes narrowed...my description doesn't entirely do it justice but he looks painfully annoying and ridiculous.  Almost enough to stop watching.

And the reviews that say the show is as slow as hell and that nothing's really at stake for these characters (and so why get involved with them) is true.

Dunno, not sure exactly what captivates me about this show.  Although I will say that discovering that the second season probably won't be coming out until November has me a tad bit upset.  I actually have to wait THAT LONG??

So it does draw you in, somehow.  Kind of like a lullaby, lulls you in, then you find yourself practically falling asleep halfway through the episode.

Guess that it's an educational show, as it's historically accurate.  So watching The Crown is way of improving yourself.  Kind of like watching Silence.  


Reason Enough to Boycott the NYT

“A few weeks ago I met a guy in Idaho who was absolutely certain that Donald Trump would win this election. He was wearing tattered, soiled overalls, missing a bunch of teeth and was unnaturally skinny….He was getting by aimlessly as a handyman. I pointed to the polls and tried to persuade him that Hillary Clinton might win, but it was like telling him a sea gull could play billiards.”

--The Arrogant, Liberal Elitist Ass, David Brooks on November 4, 2016

Brooks goes on in the article to say "Everyone (the handyman) knows is voting for Trump, so his entire lived experience points to a Trump landslide".

The reality of the situation is this "aimless handyman" was perceiving a political reality that Brooks could not see.  Brooks, in fact, was in the place he claimed the handyman to be--as his entire lived experience was with Hillary voters, Brooks pointed to a Hillary landslide.

Brooks's delusions really puts into question who really is the aimless one in this assessment.  I love Michael Tracy's incriminating article, "How Pundits Get Everything Wrong and Still Keep Their Jobs" which points out that these flagrantly wrong pundits aren't facing any sort of consequence, and we're going to have to go on listening to them.  

I wish that rather someone would to put the spotlight onto the handyman.  He seems to be  more in touch with things.  


Scorcese's Silence

Martin Scorcese's Silence tells such an unusual and untold story--for that reason alone it's worth seeing.  Set in the 1640s, Silence, based on Shusaku Endo's book by the same name, tells the story of two Jesuits' trek to find their mentor, who, they've heard rumor, has apostatized the Catholic faith and become a Buddhist.  What these two young priests encounter in their journey into Japan--well I guess that I don't want to spoil it but let's just say that Buddhist are, lol, not exactly always staid pacifists.

No, this movie clearly demonstrates that torture and cruelty in the name of religion/ideology is not reserved primarily to the Christians in the Crusades.  In their effort to make the Jesuits and Japanese Christians apostize, the Buddhists employed tactics reminiscent of those used by the interrogators in In the Name of the Father--that is, a mental and physical torture so excruciating that the victims were essentially forced to capitulate to the dictates of their captors.