Movie Review: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” aka the Mr. Rogers Documentary

“The Mr. Rogers Documentary” might’ve been a better–albeit more artless–title for this stirring, roundly-acclaimed film since that’s pretty much how I have to describe it to people. [Just try telling people you’ve seen “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and after a few seconds of taking in their confusion, you’ll see the awareness flood onto their… Read More »

How GOP Got You to Hate Bill Clinton (and How They Stole Coolness)

AL recounts stories of how Bill Clinton (one of only 2 great Presidents in the last 50 years, 6 out of 9 of which were Republicans) got him to be a Democrat when he was a kid–and how Republicans have gotten you to hate Bill Clinton since then despite his leaving office with a budget… Read More »

Trump=Treason, so it’s OK to Hope he Fails

While defending Bill Maher’s recession comments–Trump’s policies make a recession inevitable, so why not sooner vs. December 2020?–AL explains that since Trump is committing treason (and not in the usual conspiracy theory “Neocons are for New World Order” or “Obama’s a Muslim” way), it’s okay to root against him. He also pushes back hard against… Read More »

Movie Reviews: “Hearts Beat Loud,” “Tag,” “American Animals”

Three films that pretty much have nothing in common except they’re all about different men assembling a team for an unusual project–whether it’s making a CD with your daughter, playing the same game of tag for thirty years, or stealing rare books from a college campus… Hearts Beat Loud…Nick Offerman plays an ex-musician and struggling… Read More »

HBO Documentaries: “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “The Final Year”

Two great documentaries that most political junkies will probably love. Although the subject matter is fairly different (for political docs), there are some overlaps in that both are about honorable civil servants trying–and mostly failing–to do the right thing in the face of a rising wave of political ignorance and hostility. The Final Year…This documentary… Read More »

Movie Reviews: “The Incredibles 2,” “Ocean’s 8,” “Adrift,” “Life of the Party”

Four films that don’t really have a lot in common except that they feature women in prominent roles and that I don’t really love or loathe any of them enough to want to write a several-paragraph full review… The Incredibles 2…Really, truly, completely nowhere near as good as the original. I’ve probably watched the first… Read More »

Movie Reviews: “Solo,” “The Titan,” “Hotel Artemis,” “Upgrade”

Sci-Fi fans have no shortage of options these days, so you might have to be pretty hard up to see these mostly so-so offerings. We’ll move from worst to first… Hotel Artemis…A great example of a movie that shouldn’t exist. This movie isn’t clever, it isn’t original, it isn’t particularly well-constructed nor well-directed nor well-written,… Read More »

Trump’s Fascist Takeover of GOP is Not Surprising

AL explains the key difference in Republicans and Democrats (who focus on the individual above all), and why it’s not that surprising Trump has been able to so thoroughly co-opt the Republican Party (including suck-ass Mitt Romney) or push out Bob Corker, Jeff Flake, John McCain, and Mark Sanford. I also explain how we’re living… Read More »

Worst Deal Ever–At Summit, China & Russia Win Again

AL goes off about Trump’s horrible deal-making, and notices a clear pattern with Trump ripping up the Iran Deal (which led to high gas prices), going tougher on Canada/Europe (which will likely trigger a recession) than China/Russia, and giving North Korea everything they want but asking for little in return. Towards the end, I also… Read More »