Tag Archives: U.S. Politics

One Week with Trump: Enough Already

Last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards was full of impassioned, political speeches defying the despotic new President of the United States and the havoc he has wreaked the past week. Just watch the amazing clip above where the Stranger Things cast have gathered to accept the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama … Continue reading One Week with Trump: Enough Already

Donald Trump (or Bane) Takes the Oath

As Donald Trump was about to be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president, Netflix premiered their first trailer for the upcoming season of House of Cards. Relentlessly pessimistic, it likely captures the mood of the civilized world and the majority of American voters who did not choose for this nightmare to descend on their country. … Continue reading Donald Trump (or Bane) Takes the Oath

What the 1948 Election Teaches Us About Trump’s Victory

When I was in Key West almost a year ago, I visited Harry Truman’s so-called Little White House, his winter residence in Florida, which is now a museum. I bought a book there, Zachary Karabell’s “The Last Campaign”. Published in 2000, parts of it made me think it might as well have been 1960 considering … Continue reading What the 1948 Election Teaches Us About Trump’s Victory

Amazing Grace, Dad Jeans and Roasting Trump: 8 Years of Obama

On January 20th, President Barack Obama will hand over the White House to the most undignified, undeserving person we could ever imagine. Before we take the leap into the horrifying era of Trump, the time has come to remember Obama’s presidency. This is primarily a movie blog, so let’s do it in clips. This is … Continue reading Amazing Grace, Dad Jeans and Roasting Trump: 8 Years of Obama

Will Donald Trump Take James Buchanan’s Place?

The Trump transition grinds on, taking breaks only for the President-elect’s insane Twitter rants, reflecting not only his dangerously unstable mind but also his devious attempts to undermine critics and journalists, directing attention away from the many complex problems with his coming administration (some of which are explained by Seth Meyers above). Today was an excellent example, … Continue reading Will Donald Trump Take James Buchanan’s Place?

Trump Having Fun with “Hamilton”

Alec Baldwin was back as Donald Trump in last night’s Saturday Night Live, playing the infantile billionaire as utterly lost and terrified as he’s trying to get a grip on his transition to the White House. Pretty amusing, if the real-life situation wasn’t so sad, but I enjoyed Kate McKinnon even more as Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s … Continue reading Trump Having Fun with “Hamilton”

We Need Satire Now More Than Ever

The first Saturday Night Live after the U.S. presidential election was a sad affair, and perhaps it was fitting to combine the grief after Leonard Cohen’s passing and the post-election shock, as Kate McKinnon performed a version of “Hallelujah” in the guise of Hillary Clinton. I remember film critic Matt Zoller Seitz tweeting two days after the … Continue reading We Need Satire Now More Than Ever

America, Rise to the Challenge and Defeat Trump

Tomorrow is Election Day, finally. It’s been a long, gruesome period, void of substance and decency. We’ve experienced things that we never thought we would see in an American election. What started out as an outrageously self-destructive primary season for the Republicans ended in the nomination of Donald Trump. A dying GOP turned inward, rejected all … Continue reading America, Rise to the Challenge and Defeat Trump

Michael Moore in TrumpLand

Michael Moore usually takes his time getting a movie into theaters, but this one was a surprise release just a few weeks before the presidential election where voters decided between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It’s essentially a standup performance (or sermon) taped in October over two nights in Wilmington, Ohio before an audience said … Continue reading Michael Moore in TrumpLand

Celebrities For and Against Trump

Since I last wrote about the presidential election in this blog (which was August), too much craziness has happened to keep up. Suffice it to say that those who thought Donald Trump would turn into a serious-minded candidate were wrong. As polls show him losing big to Hillary Clinton, the unhinged billionaire is going off … Continue reading Celebrities For and Against Trump

The End of The McLaughlin Group

I remember John McLaughlin vaguely from my teenage years. After suddenly getting cable television in the household, a new world opened up. I guess that’s really when my interest in movies and TV began. I could write endless articles beginning with recollections of various TV shows I discovered at that time. On paper, there’s no reason … Continue reading The End of The McLaughlin Group