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News Roundup – Sony hacked, Cuba and Colbert


So, as I understand it, North Korea hacked Sony Pictures because of the new movie called the Interview. This movie looks very, very stupid with Seth Rogen who specializes in movies that suck IQ points out of your head. Sony has decided not to release the picture.  Sony is basically buckling to threats from North Korea. George Clooney has it right, “The truth is, it’s all new territory and nobody knows how to handle it. I don’t think anyone was prepared for it. So now we’ll be prepared for it, hopefully. Everybody was doing their jobs, but somehow, we have allowed North Korea to dictate content, and that is just insane.”

Obama announced that we would change our policy toward Cuba.  The purpose of sanctions was to force the collapse of the Castro government. After 50 years, the Castro government still stands. Would another 50 years of sanctions do the trick? I doubt it. Yep, I know that many in the GOP are outraged.  Is anyone surprised? Unfortunately, to normalize relations with Cuba, both houses of Congress will have to approve this measure. This is highly unlikely to happen. Maybe Cuban Americans can pressure Congress into action?

From WaPo (I should have some video later):

“If all we achieved over the last nine years was to come into your home each night and help you make a difficult day a little better — man, what a waste,” Colbert said, but offered this: “Nation I want you to know, if i had to do it all again, if I could do it with you, I would do it the same.” The Colbert Report reminds me of the David Letterman Show when it first started. The Letterman Show was described as the world’s biggest inside joke. For those who got the joke, Letterman was funny as hell. Those who didn’t were lost. The same with Colbert. There were jokes on so many levels. Basically, you have Stephen Colbert playing an ultra-conservative talk show host. He constantly pointed out the stupid craziness of Fox News and other conservatives thru this character.  His interview with Lynn Westmoreland (R-Georgia) was classic. Westmoreland was pushing to have the 10 Commandments placed on/in court houses. Stephen asked if there was anywhere more appropriate for the commandments to be posted. Westmoreland responded nope. Of course, the right answer would be in a church or temple. The combination of Colbert’s seriousness and Westmoreland’s cluelessness was priceless. Making liberal points while playing a conservative news anchor: how novel. I’ll miss the Colbert Report.

I’ll add some links later.

By |2014-12-22T13:48:36-04:00December 19th, 2014|Business, Foreign Affairs, Movies|Comments Off on News Roundup – Sony hacked, Cuba and Colbert

Why did I watch the Green Hornet?

I love movies. I have watched some of the greatest movies over the last 40 years and I have watched some of the worst. Think about the some of the great Super Hero films – SuperMan (Christopher Reeves, of course), SpiderMan and Batman to name a few. On the other side of great films, I have watched some terrible Super Hero movies, like SuperGirl, Elektra and CatWoman. Add the Green Hornet to the list. It was really awful from start to finish. It is one of those films that you have to wonder which executive at the movie studio read the script and thought that it would be a good idea to make this this film. Was he high?

Jay Chou was pretty good as Kato. Cameron Diaz was completely wasted as the “babe/love interest.” She basically redid her role in the Mask. The Mask was a great film. This was not. Seth Rogen was just plain bad as the Green Dude. This was simply a bad movie. Normally, I would rate this an F but because this was a royal waste of my time, I’ll rate it a Z.

By |2011-05-11T02:32:08-04:00May 11th, 2011|Movies|Comments Off on Why did I watch the Green Hornet?
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