“Boy Erased:” Joel Edgerton’s Writing/Directing/Acting Oscar-worthy Tour de Force

Lucas Hedges is having a banner year, with starring roles in two much-talked about films, “Ben Is Back” and “Boy Erased.” “Boy Erased” is the story of the son of a Baptist minister in Arkansas who is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) at age 19. As the voice-over tells us at […]
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“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” at the Chicago International Film Festival

“Can You Ever Forgive Me” is a nice change of pace for Melissa McCarthy, who reins it in nicely as Lee Israel, an author who was arrested for forging signatures of other more famous authors and selling them as authentic. Virtually a two-person ensemble, nice support is provided by Richard E. Grant as Jack Hock. […]
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“Beautiful Boy” Opens 54th Chicago International Film Festival

Opening Night of the 54th Chicago International Film Festival featured the Amazon film “Beautiful Boy,” directed by Belgian director Felix van Groeningen and starring Timothee Chalomet, Steve Carell, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan and Andre Royo (“The Wire,” “Fringe,” “Empire”). The film is based on two books written by David Sheff (“Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey […]
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“Friedkin Uncut” in Chicago with William Friedkin on October 15, 2018

William Friedkin, the Director of such 70s masterpieces as “The French Connection” (1971), “The Exorcist” (1973), “Boys in the Band” (1976), “Sorcerer” (1977) and “Cruising” (1980) was awarded a Career Achievement Award on Monday, October 15th, at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival. Friedkin, who is now 83, was thought to be the youngest man […]
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Lewis Black and John Bowman Entertain Chicago on Saturday, October 6, 2018

Lewis Black (from the Lewis Black website) Comedians Lewis Black and John Bowman came to the Chicago Theater on October 6th and performed to a full house, lampooning current events, politics, and life in general. Black’s set reminded me of one I  attended by David Brenner years ago, in that he presents less of a […]
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Chapter 6: “Mad Dog” Mattis, the Warrior Monk Secretary of Defense

One week after the election, Trump offered 4-star Army General Jack Keane the position of Secretary of Defense. Keane turned him down (sick wife) but recommended Jim Mattis, also known as “Mad Dog” and “Chaos” and “the warrior monk. Trump was warned by Keane before offering the job to Mattis that “Mistakes on the domestic […]
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Austin Revolution Film Festival, Sept. 17-22, Continues

The third day of the Austin Revolution Film Festival saw participants journeying to a high school to speak to one of the founder’s  classes and then on to Austin’s Salt Lick for Barbecue. Since I’ve been to Salt Lick, I was not among the tourists, but I spent the past two evenings watching shorts and […]
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“FEAR:” Chapter 5 – The Kill Shot

In Chapter Five Trump wants to know, “Where the hell  is the money?” He harasses fund-raiser Chris Christie regarding his efforts to raise funds for the campaign. Bannon tells Jared Kushner that Donald Trump needs to pony up $50 million for the campaign, because a candidate is not constrained by limits as other donors are. […]
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Connie’s Cliff Notes, FEAR: Chapter 4

James Clapper (Image courtesy of www.deadline.com) The summer of 2015 saw the first sign of digital intrusions into our voting apparatus, first appearing in Illinois and later spreading to 21 states. Russian hacking and tampering put then-President Obama in a bad position. James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, was concerned that Russia might be using […]
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“FEAR:” Chapter 3 – Refining Trump’s Tactics

Steve Bannon (Image courtesy of NationReview.com) In Chapter 3, newly-appointed campaign manager Steve Bannon travels to Trump Tower and—lo and behold—meets the ONE person in “the war room,” Andy Surabian. In his typical fashion, he asks, “Where the fuck is everybody?” and learns that this is a typical day in “the war room.” Bannon finds […]
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“FEAR” – Chapter 2: Bannon Comes Aboard

                                                                          Steve Bannon Chapter 2 describes how Steve Bannon came to be involved in the Trump campaign for the presidency on or about August 13, 2016. Bannon was reading an article entitled “The Failing Inside Mission to Tame Trump’s Tongue”  in the New York Times (an article that would be just as timely today.) Trump […]
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“FEAR:” Chapter One

                     Steve Bannon, The Man Behind the Throne In Chapter One, Bob Woodward concentrates on Steve Bannon. He traces Bannon’s meeting with Trump back to August of 2010, when David Bossie, longtme House Republican investigator and conservative activist wanted to put Bannon, then 57, together with the Trumpster. The chapter conveys Bannon’s linguistic style as […]
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Bob Woodward’s Book “FEAR”

(Image from “The Headline”) Bob Woodward’s new book “FEAR” came out today, and I am reading it. Bob Woodward (Twitter image), co-author of “All the President’s Men” and “Fear” As with Omarosa’s book about the goings-on inside the White House (“Unhinged”), I will attempt to share with those of you with less idle time on […]
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Omarosa’s Book “Unhinged” and What It Has to Say

Omarosa’s new book “Unhinged” has been released and, as a service to readers, I have read it. As a writer, I appreciate that Omarosa’s prose is readable and interesting. She shares her own life story, and I’ll have to admit that her image as “the villain of the piece” on “The Apprentice” was about all […]
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Paul Manafort’s Trial/Verdict Under Attack by Trump

I’m not sure I’ll have a graphic to illustrate today’s Trump ruminations.  Having just heard Trump going on  about what a “good person” Paul Manafort is (or was) in a news clip, when is it acceptable for a President to use his bully pulpit to interfere in the jury deliberations of a man against whom […]
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