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Roger Ebert dead at age 70

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I truly love movies. Back in the day, when I had time, it really didn’t matter what kind of movie was in the theater, if I had time I would go. I saw Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (one of the worst movies of all-time!!!). Nope, I wasn’t drunk. I went to the movies because I loved all of it. In the late 1980s, the sound systems got better. We got stadium seating and nice comfortable chairs. I really and truly love going to movies.

In both high school and college I took film criticism courses. I learned about jump cuts, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and D. W. Griffin. I learned about lighting and how it can tell a story. I simply loved movies but when I read about movies in the newspaper (we had newspapers back then) I despised the contempt most film critics had for just about everything. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about see Richard Corliss from Time Magazine.) Then, somehow, there was Roger Ebert. He was a guy who can enjoy a regular movie.  The rest of the film critics, at least to me, seem to hate movies and love to find flaws which they can pick apart. It wasn’t that Roger Ebert didn’t see the flaws. He did. But he was able to see past the flaws and enjoy the movie anyway.

Almost none of the formal, stuffy-nosed critics liked the 1977 classic Star Wars. Roger Ebert did. As a matter of fact, Ebert was with us, the regular folks. He loved it. That may be one of the reasons that I truly enjoyed listening to and reading Roger Ebert. He was genuine.

I will truly miss Roger Ebert. As a matter fact, the last year or so, I’ve been following his tweets. He embraced technology, another aspect to enjoy about his personality.

My heart goes out to his family.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Roger Ebert loved movies.

Except for those he hated.

For a film with a daring director, a talented cast, a captivating plot or, ideally, all three, there could be no better advocate than Roger Ebert, who passionately celebrated and promoted excellence in film while deflating the awful, the derivative or the merely mediocre with an observant eye, a sharp wit and a depth of knowledge that delighted his millions of readers and viewers.

“No good film is too long,” he once wrote, a sentiment he felt strongly enough about to have engraved on pens. “No bad movie is short enough.”

By | 2013-11-03T18:22:18+00:00 April 7th, 2013|Movies|Comments Off on Roger Ebert dead at age 70

Where’s the Outrage? 11/4/06 Podcast

Wow, I have gotten behind in posting my radio show again. Here’s the podcast. (I thought that I would re-publish this since MSNBC has put out a documentary titled Hubris.)

Why aren’t elections held on Saturdays when most people are off?  If you want folks to vote, then why would you hold elections on Tuesdays?

John Kerry’s gaffe.  In the video, Kerry clearly loses his place.  The Republicans go crazy over his gaffe.  His reaction to the Republicans finger pointing was worse than the stumble in the first place.

How do you decide who to vote for?  No, seriously.  How do you know whom to trust?  The newspapers?  TV?  The web?  My answer is that you have to go to the web and read a ton.  Start with the candidate’s web site, understanding that of course it will be biased.  Then go to a site like that of the League of Women Voters.  Trying to really find out information is an active process.

My guests are David Corn, former Washington Editor of The Nation, now with Mother Jones.  We will continue our discussion of the new book he wrote with Michael Isikoff (writer for Time Magazine), Hubris, the Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War.  I also have an excellent interview with Geoffery Nunberg, author of Talking Right.

There’s more fun and information.  Sit back and enjoy.

Remember I’m on iTunes.

By | 2013-02-20T21:25:24+00:00 February 19th, 2013|Podcasts|Comments Off on Where’s the Outrage? 11/4/06 Podcast

Sunday Afternoon Grab Bag

  • The Dallas Mavericks tried as hard as they could to fumble away victory against the Oklahoma Thunder. In spite of what looked like a concerted effort to lose, the Mavericks made just enough plays down the stretch to win.
  • Since I’m alive today, I guess that means the world did not end. I find apocalyptic thinking kind of interesting. This is been a part of man’s consciousness for thousands of years. Live blogging here.
  • Maine representative pulls a gun on a reporter. I’m guessing that sanity is not a criteria for political office.
  • Herman Cain, CEO of Godfather’s pizza, has announced that he’s running for president. WooHoo!
  • Mitch Daniels, Indiana Governor and former director of the Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush, has decided he is not going to run for president.
  • For reasons I don’t understand, President Barack Obama announced nothing new with regards to Israeli – Palestinian policy, yet conservatives went nuts.  (RomneyPresident Obama has thrown Israel under the bus. He has disrespected Israel and undermined its ability to negotiate peace.) What conservatives heard was “the 1967 borders.” What President Obama said was “returned to the 1967 borders…” and this is the important part… “with land swaps.” The land swaps would account for some of the settlements and the security concerns that Israel has to have. We have to get off of Square One. For the security of Israel, Palestine and the United States, we need an equitable solution to this problem. Some in Israel are supporting Obama’s plan.
  • In yet another article justifying the stupid and sometimes criminal behavior of powerful men, Time Magazine jumps into the fray. Society is different today than it was 30 or 40 years ago. Officially, men and women are supposed to be in monogamous relationships, but in reality, powerful men played by different rules. Times have changed. We live in the age of the Internet where almost nothing can be kept secret. Preying on younger women is no longer okay. Using your position of power to manipulate the legal system or to “course” someone have sex with you is no longer okay. It hasn’t been okay for decades. The list of men that have gone astray is long and wide ranging. I think the words of Senator Tom Coburn are probably needed here. Allegedly, he told Senator John Ensign, while he was waiting to have a rendezvous with his mistress, “put your pants on and go home.” The top 10 political sex scandals are worth a read if to reinforce the idea that some men stray often.
  • The final round of the Colonial is going on right now. To say that David Toms had a bad day yesterday would be an understatement. He shot a 4 over par after shooting 8 under par on Thursday and Friday. He starts today’s round one stroke back. If he can play a solid round of golf he can still win this tournament. Charlie Wi leads the tournament by one stroke at the start of today’s round.
  • Finally, in NBA basketball, the Miami Heat play the Chicago Bulls this evening. The Miami Heat with Lebron James and Dwayne Wade have an opportunity to take control of the series. They’re playing at home. There’s no reason to believe they shouldn’t be able to out hustle, outshoot and out muscle the Chicago Bulls. The question is how badly do they want it.
By | 2011-05-22T16:03:00+00:00 May 22nd, 2011|Israel, Obama administration, Party Politics, Sports|Comments Off on Sunday Afternoon Grab Bag