Thursday, February 26, 2015
Psycho-Analyzing Hugh Hewitt
So what did he
It's just possible that Hugh is doing this as a joke. If so, he should never, ever try stand up comedy. I guess he could be inviting us to laugh at him, at his transparent lies, but now I'm wondering if that's a mental disorder in DSM V in itself?
Labels: Hugh Hewitt; Physical Graffiti
Monday, February 23, 2015
Oscar Prediction Results
Regarding screen writing. Missed that Birdman would win original script too. I should have seen that coming.
Missed the long cartoon. The trailers for Big Hero 6 did look pretty good. I have alas moved on from cartoons.
Missed sound mixing. The winner was Whiplash, which I actually want to see now.
Missed film editing. It was Whiplash again.
I missed best film score. Grand Budapest beat the frontrunner Theory of Everything.
Dave, who taught me how to pick the winners (mostly), finally pulled ahead and won the bet after a long string of losses. Well done, my friend.
Labels: Oscar Prediction Results
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Take Them to the Bank Oscar Predictions -- 2015
Best Picture-- American Sniper (Bold Prediction here--everyone else says Birdman, which sucked, and possibly Boyhood--it makes sense for it to be Birdman because that waste of film is about the brave, selfless sacrifices actors, directors and producers make to give us their magnificent art and Hollywood loves to pat itself on the back, but I'm picking American Sniper because I want it to be true)
Best Leading Man-- Eddie Redmayne (good possibility for Michael Keaton to upset here)
Best Leading Lady-- Julianne Moore (Yech!, other than Andie MacDowell, who else has ruined or diminished more good movies by her mediocre presence? but Hollywood loves disease dramas)
Best Supporting Actor-- JK Simmons
Best Supporting Actress-- Patricia Arquette
Best Foreign Film-- Ida (Poland) (tough category)
Best Director-- A.G. Inarritu (but it could and should be Richard Linkletter. Clint Eastwood will never win in this town again after the empty chair/Obama spot on stunt)
Best Screenplay, Original-- Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Screenplay, Adapted-- Imitation Game (but it could be Whiplash)
Cinematography-- Birdman (bet the house-- Hollywood loves long uncut moving camera takes and this movie seems like it is nothing but those)
Visual Effects-- Interstellar
Animated Feature-- How to Train Your Dragon 2
Sound Mixing-- American Sniper (or Birdman, if I'm wrong about Best Picture)
Sound Editing-- American Sniper
Production Design fka Art Direction-- The Grand Budapest Hotel
Makeup-- The Grand Budapest Hotel
Costume-- The Grand Budapest Hotel
Here are the not that easy rest:
Documentary Feature-- Citizen Four (film on lefty "hero" traitor Edward Snowden should beat a mediocre field)
Film Editing-- Boyhood
Original Score-- The Theory of Everything
Here are the next to impossible to call:
Original Song-- Glory (even though Glen Campbell has the disease Moore pretends, poorly, to have)
Documentary Short-- Crisis Hotline
Animated Short-- Feast
Live Short-- Phone Call
I only saw three of the 8 nominations for Best Picture: American Sniper, Birdman and The Imitation Game. Nothing really wowed me in 2014. I liked Guardians of the Galaxy and Edge of Tomorrow (both based on comic books) but other good movies, like Fury, Lucy, Gone Girl, Interstellar, Imitation Game and Nightcrawler, all had very disappointing parts. I should see Boyhood and I want to see Calvary. The movie that really disturbed me but stuck in my head was Under the Skin.
Labels: Oscar Predictions
Friday, February 20, 2015
But we cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war.She is completely wrong. The only way to win a war is to kill enough of the enemy that they no longer can or want to continue fighting.
The moronic disbelief in the real world by Obama Administration personnel is mindboggling.
Monday, February 09, 2015
Thought of the Day
And while Germany is threatening Greece that they had better buckle down and get on some program that will bring them to a point of financial viability, they're like parents threatening their freeloading hooligan teenage kids: They're not going to carry out the threat and they know it.
The Ace of Spades
Labels: Ace of Spades quote
Friday, January 30, 2015
Thought of the Day
Aggie at Bloodthirsty Liberal
Monday, January 19, 2015
Yeah, Name One
And the numbers vary. By a lot.
WWF says 10,000 species are going extinct each year. The Center for Biological Diversity says it's "literally" dozens per day. The National Geographic Society says its between "100 to 1,000 species lost per million [species] per year, mostly due to human-caused habitat destruction and climate change."
They just have a lot of trouble naming any.
In fact, the International Union for Conservation of Nature says, "only one animal has been definitely identified as having gone extinct since 2000. It was a mollusk."
Here is a sobering number (for them) from the newspaper of record, the NYT. Here is the money quote:
Species began going extinct at a much faster pace. Over the past five centuries, researchers have recorded 514 animal extinctions on land. But the authors of the new study found that documented extinctions are far rarer in the ocean.So that's a little over one per year. What about the other 9,998 and 1/2?
Before 1500, a few species of seabirds are known to have vanished. Since then, scientists have documented only 15 ocean extinctions, including animals such as the Caribbean monk seal and the Steller’s sea cow.
The real trouble is that we don't know how many species there are (or what is the natural rate of extinction, for that matter); so talking about a set percentage of loss of species by 2040 or 2100, for example, is nonsense.