Colorado State Supreme Court bars Donald Trump from 2024 ballot

    Holy smokes.

    But, you know, the United States Supreme Court still has a say, so America is probably still fucked.

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    Charlie Chaplin

    As I undertook this plan to familiarize myself with a wide range of movies, I knew I’d eventually have to grapple with silent films. Enter Charlie Chaplin.

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    Blade Runner (1982)

    The characters in Blade Runner are set in a composite photo

    Since listening to a review of this on We Hate Movies a couple of weeks ago, I have been itching to watch this. My problem was that I only had a DVD copy, which I thought was really difficult to follow. The picture quality made the movie really, really dreary, which made me drowsy every time I watched. So, after a week or so of thinking about this, I ordered a copy of The Final Cut in 4K. It’s a movie I should own, so I figured now is as good a time as any to grab it.

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    The most annoying UI to show up recently is the one where a search (with Siri, say) displays results that once you click disappear forever. I need the back button. The first result almost never works.
    December 13, 2023

    Originally posted on Bluesky, Mastodon

    On the Waterfront (1954)

    A drawing of a man sitting against a chimney on a rooftop overlooking the docks with pigeons flying by

    I’m a bit torn by this and not sure if I even know enough to form an opinion on Elia Kazan.

    I watched this without having any idea of the context. I prefer that if I can do it. Then I like to read up and at least form a basic picture of the world in which the movie was made. The message here was a very strong one—anti-corruption, power to the workers over those who have power. Plus, the opportunity to do something both righteous and empowering because of its righteousness.

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    December 12, 2023
    Tags: criterion collection
    Categories: Reviews

    Miller's Crossing (1990)

    A man pleads for his lifefrom his knees  among some trees as another man holds a gun at his side.

    I was taken in by this movie. I think about 30 minutes in I stopped writing notes down because I didn’t want to stop the movie. A gangster noir with all the right characters, played exquisitely, with a pretty great wrap.

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    December 08, 2023
    Tags: criterion collection
    Categories: Reviews

    Tokyo Story (1953)

    A man and woman sit on a ledge and look away into the distance

    It’s a movie where not a lot happens, but you really understand some family dynamics that represent all of us. I came away from the movie feeling sad.

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    December 07, 2023
    Tags: criterion collection
    Categories: Reviews

    Sam Brown wants to ban abortion

    The Nevada Independent did a thing about how Sam Brown doesn’t talk about his position on abortion. It’s a bad article based on a really stupid premise. Is Sam Brown running as a Republican? If so, it is blindingly obvious that he is in favor of banning abortion from the moment of conception until he actually says otherwise. That’s the most bankable thing in politics that exists in 2023.

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    Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023)

    A man's eyes are shielded from the light by shadow and the brim of his hat

    This fit right in with the rest of the four sequels. After Raiders of the Lost Ark, these movies were fun and ultimately fine. I wasn’t watching to see great stories told in important ways. I was watching to see cool action and hopefully have a fun time following Indy on his quests. The four sequels handled that just fine. This was a good addition to the franchise.

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    It'll be hilarious when Boise goes blue

    I’m sort of shocked we haven’t seen more red states puffing their chests up about these migration patterns.

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