As you all know, I live in Las Vegas. I was awakened by a text from my sister at about 3 in the morning (she lives in New Jersey) asking if I was okay. I was wondering why the concern when she told me about the shooting. I went back to sleep but got more texts, so when I woke up at 6 for work I put one of those damn “I’m okay” things on Facebook.
I hardly ever go to the Strip and certainly not for a country music festival, but I’m only about ten miles from where it happened. No one is safe, as long as these kinds of weapons are legal. And no “good guy with a gun” could have taken out a target on the 32nd floor from the ground. What I fear is happening is that we are becoming numb to these attacks. In 1966, Charles Whitman, the sniper at the University of Texas tower, killed 17. It was world-wide news. Today it’s small potatoes, because he was using single-action rifles, and his shooting spree lasted over 90 minutes. You can kill 17 in less than 17 seconds now.
The American fetish with guns is so strange and so deadly. We’ve got to get over it. If you’re keeping guns because you’re afraid of the government, well, you and your AR15 would be vaporized by an Apache helicopter. Guns in the home are statistically more likely to be used on family members than against intruders. “Responsible gun owners” are constantly being shot by their toddlers. It’s enough.
Colin Trevorrow out as Star Wars IX director: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/colin-trevorrow-as-director-star-wars-episode-ix-1035463?faebook_20170905
“The children start school now in August. They say it has to do with air-conditioning, but I know sadism when I see it.”
― Rick Bragg, My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
For the Americans among us, happy Independence Day. Don’t blow off any fingers, and keep your pets indoors.
Top Gun sequel. Way too late? Is anyone interested?
Is anyone running AGEBOC ’17?
This is Lindsey Morgan. She is supposedly the new Batgirl, in a film to be directed by Joss Whedon. I’ve never heard of her.
I’ve had my copy of Film Comment for a while but just leafed through it for the first time. Here is the results of their annual poll of the best films of the year (2016, of course).
- Toni Erdmann
- Cemetery of Splendor
- Certain Women
- Manchester by the Sea
- Things to Come
- No Home Movie
- The Lobster
- Right Now, Wrong Then
- Love & Friendship
- Kaili Blues
- The Handmaiden
- Everybody Wants Some!!
- The Fits
- The Other Side
Of all the movies I see each year, both in theaters and other ways, I’ve only seen six of these. I disagree about Elle, which I didn’t care for. My Netflix queue is already to capacity so it may be awhile until I get to these. Anyone seen any of the more obscure ones?
Oops, we don’t have a random thread for this month yet. Here’s an article with a conversation between Wesley Morris and A.O. Scott on the year’s best acting, including the intriguing agreement between them that Kristen Stewart is the best actress working right now. Discuss.
Anything but the election.
What’s wrong with this headline:
Channing Tatum to Play Mermaid in ‘Splash’ Remake for Disney
Story here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/channing-tatum-play-mermaid-splash-916172