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W. (Oliver Stone)

Just watched this movie yesterday.  Sometimes I end up reading the best things in the supplementary information about movies; for example in this interview Stone says it's errie that Laura Bush made no mistakes during her tenure as First Lady.  Never saw it like that.  I wonder if that's really suspicious, and if so, what does it say about her?  

As for the movie itself; kind of disappointed me.  For example, Stone presents the justification for the Iraq War in exactly the same way the Bush Administration presented it to the public at the time; "we're worried that they have WMD after we were attacked with box cutters by some men living in a cave in Afghanistan"

Yet consider Roy Suskind's book, 'The Price of Loyalty'--a former member of the Bush Administration admits that the war against Iraq had been on the books seven months before 9-11.  W. makes no mention of this!


French Silk Pie

>>A super-simple and good pie to bring with you to Thanksgiving dinner!<<

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar

2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted, cooled

2 large eggs, room temperature
3 cups nondairy whipped topping, thawed

chocolate flavored pie crust, store bought
chocolate shavings or sprinkles (optional)

1) Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Scrape the sides of bowl with a rubber spatula when necessary.

2) Mix in the melted chocolate and blend until the batter is all one color.

3) Add eggs one at a time, beating 5 minutes after each addition at high speed.  Scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula often.  The granulated sugar will have dissolved completely.

4) Fold in the whipped topping

5) Pour into a chocolate pie shell.  Top with chocolate shavings or springles if desired.  Chill (ideally in a freezer) until firm or freeze for later use.


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Remembering the Artist

Thought this interview with Robert DeNiro and Jon Stewart was beautiful.  DeNiro has just made a documentary featuring the paintings of his father.  Remembering the Artist might be a good one to see.  Unusual to see an interview with DeNiro, he can be so terse.  He seemed to open up a little more to Stewart here, however.


I watched Citizenfour last night--Laura Poitras' documentary about her & Glenn Greenwald & Ewan MacAskill's meeting with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong in May of 2013.

Although it wasn't clearly stated in the movie, I learned from this article in Vanity Fair that Snowden only invited Greenwald and Poitras' to the Hong Kong meeting; MacAskill came along for the ride as a chaperone at the insistence of The Guardian, Greenwald's employer.  It's hard to tell what MacAskill's take on the whole meeting really is, he seems like he might almost be disinterested or playing the role of the the skeptic in the corner.  For example, in their initial meeting he asks Snowden what his name is.  It seems like that detail might have been ironed in conversations between Laura and Glen on the plane ride over.

Greenwald and Poitras, however, are clearly on the same page as Snowden in that they all think that government surveillance is invasive and excessive.


Filling Station

Oh but it is dirty!
--this little filling station,
oil-soaked, oil-permeated
to a disturbing,  over-all
black translucency.
Be careful with that match!

Father wears a dirty,
oil soaked monkey suit
that cuts him under the arms,
and several quick and saucy
and greasy sons assist him
(it's a family filling station)
all quite thoroughly dirty.

Do they live in the station?
It has a cement porch
behind the pumps, and on it
a set of crushed and grease-
impregnated wickerwork;
on the wicker sofa
a dirty dog, quite comfy.

Some comic books provide
the only note of color--
of certain color.  They lie
upon a big dim doily
draping a taboret
(part of the set), beside
a big hirsute begonia.

Why the extraneous plant?
Why the taboret?
Why, oh why, the doily?
(Embroidered in daisy stitch
with marguerites, I think,
and heavy with gray crochet.)


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Watched the movie Laggies last night.  Really great casting.  The woman who played the teenager, Chloe Grace Moretz, was perfect for the role.  And Sam Rockwell, also in Frost Nixon, was in this movie.  He was great.  Maybe it was a tad bit long (it lagged a bit in the middle lol) but a fun story nonetheless.

Wow, the writer Andrea Seigel is only 35, this is her first screenplay (that's been made into a movie anyway) and she's written three novels.

The writing was good.


McCarthys....not exactly the real McCoy

So finally saw the pilot to McCarthys.  And um, yeah, it looks pretty banal.  Not *quite* so full of exaggerated cliches as Mike Schmidt of the 40-year-old-boy podcast had predicted it would be--multiple sets of Irish-twins in claddagh rings sitting around a football game chewing on potatoes.  (Schmidt also pointed out that the name 'McCarthys' had just the Mc in green, and the rest in black--suggesting that it's a show about Micks.  Someone must have tipped the show's creator Brian Gallivan off to this, as the name was changed to entirely one color before the pilot aired.)


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On Halloween I started listening to the podcast Serial and did little else for the next three days, including listening to the Slate Spoiler podcast (it's shit) and reading Reddit posts.

Yeah, so needless to say this podcast is seriously addictive.  It's produced by This American Life and the narrator, Sarah Koenig, is investigating the murder of Hae Min Lee that took place in 1999 in Baltimore County.  The jury convicted her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, who has been in prison these past 15 years and still claims that he's innocent.


Pan de Muertos (Bread of the Dead)

A super-yummy sweet bread that's easy and makes a great way to celebrate All Souls Day

1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. butter cut into small pieces
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 pkg yeast
1/4 c warm water
2 eggs (reserve one egg white)
3 c unsifted flour (amount will vary)
1/4 t. cinnamon & 2 tsp. sugar; mixed together