Monday, August 31, 2009

the Kennedy seat

OK, Joe Kennedy. You are the son of RFK, and your uncle - an esteemed Senator - has just passed on. Are you going to step up and claim the Kennedy Senate seat?
“Joe Kennedy, as emotionally drained as he must be, cannot help but be moved by the outpouring of affection and respect that has come from people all over the country in the last several days,’’ said Dan Payne, a longtime Democratic media consultant. “I’m not saying he is going to run, but he wouldn’t be human and he wouldn’t be a Kennedy if he didn’t give serious thought to running for the so-called Kennedy seat.’’
Yeah. The so-called Kennedy seat. Because it's not a Kennedy seat at all. It was a Senate seat - one of two - held by a Kennedy for a very long time. It was only his temporarily, and it isn't his anymore now that he's gone the way of all the earth.

Speaking of Kennedys, I'm most interested in how this particular one will do. He's had such a history with alcoholism, drug use, and a bipolar disorder diagnosis. I hope he effectively utilizes the supports that are there for him.

Monday, August 17, 2009

"Carrie" on TCM

I was flipping through the channels tonight, looking for something interesting. A familiar movie title caught my eye, so I stopped on TCM - Turner Classic Movies. "Carrie." I thought, Now there's a classic horror movie I haven't seen in a while. But I don't remember it being in black and white. And I don't remember the dude who played Zeus in "Clash of the Titans" being in it. Where is Sissy Spacek? Where is John Travolta?

Yep. A completely different "Carrie."

I wasn't able to watch the whole thing - just the very end of it. Apparently it's educational as well as entertaining. The description by DirecTV read this: "A farm girl moves to Chicago, meets men and becomes a stage star."

Wow! If a girl - and particularly a "farm girl" - wants to become a stage star, all she has to do is move to Chicago and meet a couple men. I wonder what a "farm boy" has to do?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Goodbye, John Hughes

No one made a teen film quite like you, with such memorable characters as Ferris Bueller, Samantha Baker, and John Bender. You will be missed.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Who is the Joker?

What I want to know is this: are the same people who are outraged about this, the same people who were pleased with this?