Michael Moore & OJ Simpson

This is Michael Moore, talking in 2016, about the time twenty years ago when he made a talk show pilot for Fox television in which he managed to get the first post-verdict interview with the newly free OJ Simpson.  It’s never been seen, although Fox later offered a million to show it, having originally turned down…

Kamala Harris Looks Like She’s ‘The Chosen One’ For 2020

Pieces in The Hill, in the Guardian look like the trial balloons getting shot up into the atmosphere to signal that Kamala Harris is going to be the front runner for the 2020 nomination. She’s already met with Clinton donors and according to some, you can ‘take it to the bank‘ that she’s running. I…

Just One View: ‘Dunkirk’ (2017)

A fine piece in the Guardian asking whether Christopher Nolan’s hit the heights of being the new ‘Stanley Kubrick’. I’ve always suspected that maybe the other Nolan and Kubrick connection is that they’d both qualify as British-American or American Brits and that there’s some proprietorial affection for them in the UK in addition to admiration for…

Trump’s extremely unpopular; Hillary’s even more unpopular

A piece from Daniel José Camacho in the Guardian highlights this fact. This is what some need to understand but will never understand. As a best case scenario, if Hillary Clinton has been the undeserving victim of decades of attacks (which was bizarrely promoted as a reason to back her in ’08 and ’16 – ‘and she’s still…

Satire, schmatire

It seems a little strange to me in how people can still bemoan the sacking of Angus Deayton from the host’s chair for ‘Have I Got News For You’, although that piece wasn’t written out of thin air but specifically crowbarred-in for a series on how certain television shows can ‘jump the shark’. The show’s…

Impeachment Doesn’t Nullify The Last Election Result

NBC: ‘Former Soviet Counter Intelligence Officer at Meeting With Donald Trump Jr. and Russian Lawyer.’ Next time that the pollsters survey the American people to try to ascertain Trump’s approval and disapproval ratings and/or the need for impeachment, they should work it into the question that Hillary Clinton would not take over in the event…

Has Trump Junior sunk them all?

For all of the back-peddling, obfuscation, lying and whining of “Fake News!”, they’re toast, aren’t they? It doesn’t matter if the lawyer wasn’t Kremlin-connected; it doesn’t matter if the meeting was short; it doesn’t matter if she didn’t come up with anything they could use. All of that does nothing, zero, to negate the fact…

Exchange on Trump’s wacky diversionary tactics

“People really have to stop getting into a tizzy over Trump’s free-style comedy. The world’s greatest troll is in the Oval Office: stop feeding him. Stop getting het up over his sliminess and creepiness towards women; stop pearl-clutching at his pathetic, childish use of language against, well, anyone and everyone who isn’t in his cabinet…

#PoetsInAFilm

The Pulitzer Prizes W.H. Auden-ry People D.H. Lawrence of Arabia A Walt Whitman On Precinct 13 Sylvia Plaths of Glory Chris Emery of the State Summer of Sam-uel Beckett John Berryman of La Mancha Bertolt Brecht-fast at Tiffany’s The Count of Emily Brontë Cristo Neal Cassady & The Sundance Kid I Know Where I’m Leonard…

#SwimmingUpTheCharts & #ThatFilmThinksItsIrish

What if Cod was one of us? Addicted to (Sea) Bass. All About That (Sea) Bass. Brothers In Armbands ********************************************* Belfast & Furious Belfast Times at Ridgemont High In the Name of the Father Ted John Wicklow A Star Of The County Down Is Born The Lady in the Van Morrison A View To A…

The Ashton Gate Eight: long contracts and short memories

Saúl Ñíguez’s signing of a nine year contract with Atlético Madrid made me immediately think of similarly ludicrously long contracts in football. With Ñíguez, it’s not really comparable because, post-Bosman ruling, contracts are more of a statement of intent; more of a shakedown of other clubs who came a-calling to offer the player different employment; that they’ll…