Monday, January 30, 2012


20 years after Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), director Terence Davies revisited his beloved Liverpool, in documentary form.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Next Stop, Mass Murder

Chris Floyd on Iran. And again.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Friday, January 20, 2012


From the manual:
Once a lively and colorful city populated by its equally colorful and diverse people, the Raydians, Chroma City is suddenly invaded by the INKT Corporation -- a corporate military dictatorship. INKT is led by the villainous Comrade Black and dedicated to the eradication of joy through its "War on Color." Chroma City quickly falls to the invading army of Inkies and color-draining Leechbots, leaving its landscape barren, its flora withered and its fauna in hiding. The citizens are rounded up and turned into Graydians, encased in homogeneous gray prison suits distinguished only by a bar code on the back of each shell. The Graydians are forced to serve as both menial labor and as a living resource of ink, mined literally from their sadness.
Not to fear -- De Blob has arrived!: killing cops, blowing up banks, and firebombing corporate cartels.

And people say children's education is going downhill. . . De Blob!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Return of the Native

Bill Moyers is back, in the new PBS show Moyers & Company. Premiering Friday night the 13th, Moyers discussed how vast inequality in the U.S. didn't just happen, it was politically engineered.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Mike Brown

A 2011-12 disaster may only be a couple bone breaks away, a title run is out of the question, and the future hangs over the club like a terrible swift sword, but the Los Angeles Lakers under new head coach Mike Brown are playing with a regular season spirit, cohesion, and excitement not seen since Phil Jackson's first year back in 1999-2000. Busted out of the Triangle, the amazingly manful Kobe Bryant dominates (mostly for good) the floor like never before without noticeable resentment from teammates. Also now out from under Jackson's yoke, the currently blooming Andrew Bynum may make Dwight Howard unneccessary. Unlike Jackson's clubs during his second reign here, including two champions, this is a very likeable team.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

State. . .

. . .of the Union -- January 11, 1962.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Best of Times . . .

. . . the Worst of Times

And so it begins. The pinched urban face of All Against All, of the worst in society against the best; and the death mask of a popular culture that once tried, amid murderous corruption and compromise, to engage the heavens -- cess and riddance to the days of honest talent! -- come together above the Square transformed by the mutant power from a dirty, working-class, industrious, mercantile, decent, noble, aged, respectable, human place against which no resistance was possible into the HiDef punk glitter of Ridley Scott's fetid imagination, looking down on all the suckers who dream of 1945 once again.

Sunday, January 1, 2012