Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
One of my favorite movies of all time.
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)
Bonnie & Clyde should have won.
THE GODFATHER (1972)
Yep, another all-time favorite.
THE STING (1973)
I like this popcorn Newman-Redford movie but American Graffiti should’ve won.
All the President’s Men or the still powerful and creepy Taxi Driver should’ve won.
DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)
I like Kevin Costner and his film choices and I’m not apologizing for it.
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
Very cool thriller.
Not in my Top Ten of westerns but very, very good.
FORREST GUMP (1994)
Shawshank Redemption should’ve won.
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998)
I like this movie but Saving Private Ryan (despite a soft center) should’ve won.
The appeal of this movie has faded for me.
LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING (2003)
This trilogy is incredible from beginning to end.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Two more 2007 films. Thrillers both. Night has a better storyline but Gone has intriguing characters and a solid Boston atmosphere. Despite terrific casts in both, these films are just okay. Nothing special in either. Perhaps if they’d combined the two then we would’ve had one really terrific movie. With Night, I had problems with Joaquin Phoenix’s character getting a “special” assignment with the police before going to the academy (hey, it may happen in real life but it sounds like a writer’s trick) and the director James Gray needs to study some old gangster and western movies to see how a gunfight should be staged. With Gone, the “surprise” ending is no surprise at all and quite boring. Michelle Monaghan has second building but she’s really just the sidekick to Casey Affleck. I bet there was more to her to the Dennis Lehane novel than ended up on the screen. Oh, well.
The next 2007 movies on my list are: No Reservations, American Gangster, and Michael Clayton.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
The Jane Austen Book Club – a romantic comedy-drama revolving around a group of women (and one guy) who are reading the six Austen novels and their lives are reflecting the stories in the novels. This is a popcorn movie – tasty and light but nothing memorable. I take that back, Maria Bello (The Cooler, History of Violence) stands out among this very talented group of actors. Anyway, nothing special here either but it’s a light easy-going movie.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
One morning in 1844, a grain miller from DeKalb County, Indiana, was walking toward his mill. It was Election Day, but he had work to do and did not intend to vote. Before he reached the mill, however, he was stopped by friends who persuaded him to go to the polls. As it happened, the candidate for whom he voted won a seat in the state legislature—by a margin of one vote. Now, when the Indiana Legislature convened, the man elected from DeKalb cast the deciding vote that sent Edward Allen Hennegan to the United States Senate. Then, in the Senate, when the question of statehood for Texas came up, there was a tie vote. But who do you suppose was presiding as president pro tempore? Hennegan. He cast the deciding vote from the chair. So, Texas was admitted to the union because a miller in DeKalb County, Indiana, went 10 minutes out of his way to cast...one vote.
More? Thomas Jefferson was elected president by one vote in the Electoral College. So was John Quincy Adams. One vote gave statehood to California, Idaho, Oregon, Texas and Washington. The Draft Act of World War II passed the House by one vote. Over 200 million Americans are eligible to vote this year. Less than half will. Plato said it: “The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”
So your vote is important. Historically, you use it...or you lose it. If you’re not sure for whom you should vote, turn to a newspaper you can trust. Because everything we’ve won in 10 wars at the point of a gun can be taken away one vote at a time.
Edmund Burke said it another way: “All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win in this world is for enough good men to do nothing.”
Friday, February 01, 2008
(No reason for the Jennifer Connelly picture. Just cause.)