Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The last 20 movies I happened to see

Marlon Brando, Penelope Ann Miller, Bruce Kirby, Matthew Broderick in The Freshman

Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Grayson Russell in Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Martyn Green as Ko-Ko in The Mikado (filmed in color)

Greta Garbo and John Gilbert in Flesh and the Devil (silent)

Edward Fox and Cyril Cusack in Day of the Jackal

Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Donald Meeks, Edward Arnold, Spring Byington, Lillian Yarbo, Ann Miller, Mischa Auer, Samuel S. Hinds in You Can't Take It with You

Monday, November 15, 2010

Former GWB State Dept Legal Advisor Decries Waterboarding as Torture

William Taft IV, Chief Legal Adviser to the State Department
in the Bush Administration, and, incidentally, great-grandson of
President William Howard Taft

As George W. Bush admitted to the world unabashedly that he had signed off on waterboarding suspected high-value Al Qaeda operatives, adding that he'd do it again, William Taft IV, former Chief Legal Adviser to the State Department under Colin Powell, spoke frankly on the subject of waterboarding and torture last Friday on BBC 4's afternoon radio program, "The World at One", condemning it unequivocally:
I think it was most unfortunate, both in terms of the reputation of the United States for adhering to the Geneva Conventions, which it had always done and been a strong supporter of them. It put our soldiers at risk of not being treated consistent with them, and it was a breach of our responsibilities to the individual terrorists who, dreadful as they may be, are human beings and should be treated humanely.

Waterboarding to my mind is pretty clearly torture. In fact, the United States prosecuted people in the Second World War in the Japanese military for using waterboarding and there really had been precedent for determining that it is torture. The technique was wrong, there’s no question about that.

The Convention on Torture was negotiated very carefully, and the conclusion that was reached by the parties to the convention, which include, obviously, the United Kingdom and the United States, was that there is no valid exercise of torture, use of torture, under any circumstances whatsoever, and the Convention couldn’t be clearer that we have made that decision in signing up to the Convention against Torture, that we will not do this, and there is absolutely no room there, or daylight, for saying, “Well, it’s very important,” or, “It’s a different situation than we anticipated.”
Thank you to Harry Shearer for the audio clip aired on his radio program Le Show, Sunday, November 14, 2010.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

10 end of summer movies I saw

Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny

Colin Firth in A Single Man

Barbara Stanwyck and George Brent in The Purchase Price

My movie-watching log is the only thing I seem to be able to keep up with these days, and even that's cursory. Hi ho, Technorrhetic Age!.

Not pleased with the redesign of the IMDB pages.

Comedian, Bee Movie, and My Cousin Vinny are the only films I'd seen before.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

10 movies I watched in the past 3 weeks.

Since Meera signed up for Netflix, I find my film-watching frequency has increased...the watch-it-or-lose it effect.
Grant Withers and Joan Blondell in Other Men's Women

Pete Scherer in Pornography

Anne Hathaway and Rosemarie DeWitt in Rachel Getting Married

Nobody told me just how bad Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes was, but I probably would have watched it anyway.

As clumsy as the pacing and tone of Other Men's Women, the kiss, a pivotal scene in the film, was done with passion, power, and sensitivity. From the Forbidden Hollywood DVD series of TCM, which I highly recommend.

Miller's Crossing, an old favorite when I hadn't seen since it came out, still the stunning film I remembered.

Pornography is the impressive directorial debut of our friend David Kittredge. Remember that name.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The last 10 movies I watched, June and July

Fran Drescher's brief appearance with John Travolta in
Saturday Night Fever

David Strathairn and Mary McDonnell in Passion Fish

Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in Road to Bali

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The last 10 movies I happened to watch

Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Blondell in Night Nurse (1931)

Robert Shaw and Paul Scofield in Man for All Seasons (1966)

Alison Drake in Female (1933)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Special Edition of BLUNT: Dear BP... (video)

Thank you to GottaLaff of The Political Carnival for creating the space and bringing together the expressions of citizens compelled to rage against the crimes of British Petroleum and its leadership. You'll find me in this artfully edited montage of rants; I'm identified by my Twitter name puxxled.

My brother, Jamie (jamieharbor), also participated. It's pretty remarkable that we each independently made the same point in reference to BP CEO Tony Hayward having blithely remarked that he wanted to get his "life" back.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I just saw "Das Boot". Now, doesn't the actor playing the Chief look A LOT like Jon Hamm?

Klaus Wennemann (left) with Jürgen Prochnow in Das Boot (1981):

Jon Hamm in the role of Don Draper in Mad Men:

And while I'm here, Das Boot completes the latest batch of 10 movies I've watched in 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010


happiness., originally uploaded by marielllyyy.

I'm suffering so I want others to suffer, too.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Santa Clausification of Dr. King

And we think of Dr. King—Dr. [Cornel] West, in this special, Amy, uses this phrase that only West could use it—I call it, it’s Westian to the core—but he talks, Amy, about the Santa Clausification, the Santa Clausification of Dr. King. I’ll let him unpack that Wednesday night. What he means by that, though, is that we have tamed and defanged and manicured and deodorized Dr. King so much that we’ve reduced him to a dreamer, in many ways the same things—the same thing that’s being done to Mandela now in South Africa, as if these men, Mandela and King, were not freedom fighters who were willing to pay a cost—indeed, in Martin’s case, the price of death, for standing in his truth. But to have that kind of pushback for being a truth teller and then to tell to your daddy, your co-pastor, that on Sunday morning you’re going to preach a sermon, with all the hell you’re catching still, entitled “Why America May”—emphasize the word “may”—“Go to Hell,” speaks again to how powerful Martin’s work and witness was. And I think, as Americans, some of us have lost sight of that in the age and the era of Obama. And some of us have never really wanted to wrestle with who Martin King really was. ─Tavis Smiley

Democracy Now, March 29, 2010 As Obama Visits Afghanistan, Tavis Smiley on Rev. Martin Luther King and His Opposition to the Vietnam War

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

3 Women and a Lambchop (photo)

Well worth $10,000, originally uploaded by The Rachel Maddow Show.

Well worth $10,000

Saturday, January 30, 2010

First 10 Movies I watched in 2010

Jack Lemmon and Romy Schneider in Good Neighbor Sam

Myrna Loy and Una Merkel in Evelyn Prentice

Jean-Claude Brialy and Béatrice Romand in Le genou de Claire

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The ten last movies I watched in 2009

I tried to locate a "To Live" still of Ge You in the role of Fugui. His is the principle character, after all. I was thwarted, I guess, by the tyranny of Li Gong's beauty.