This Used To Be A Holiday

A minority grows larger today, though its members would prefer that it didn’t. They are the Americans who are forced to work on Thanksgiving.

Movie Review: “Knives Out”

Here’s my review of a murder mystery with an all-star cast, including Christopher Plummer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, LaKeith Stanfield, and Daniel Craig.

FDA vs. CBD

I told you in March not to fall for the hype about CBD because it had not been scientifically proven to have any positive effect on anyone for anything. Now the FDA says it’s worse than that — CBD can be harmful. Say goodbye to all those storefronts! Read on.

Movie Review: “Dark Waters”

Here’s my review of a new movie starring Mark Ruffalo as a lawyer fighting for a poor plaintiff whose life has been irreparably damaged by a big corporation’s environmental pollution (a la “Erin Brockovich” and “A Civil Action”).

Movie Review: “Queen & Slim”

Here’s my review of a movie about a couple on their first date who are pulled over by an antagonistic cop, an encounter which leads them into a cross-country adventure that’s both moving and disturbing.

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Sacha Baron Cohen gave a speech to the Anti-Defamation League in which he took to task Facebook and other social media platforms as enablers for the spread of lies, misinformation, and hatred. Here is an excerpt.

Two Incredibly Boring Movies

Neither “Frankie” nor “Sorry We Missed You” is worth your time, unless you enjoy sitting in a movie theater desperately trying to stay awake.

Movie Review: “The Report”

Here’s my review of a new movie about an investigator trying to get to the truth of the illegal and ineffective torture program the CIA used on Al Qaeda suspects, with stunning performances by Adam Driver and Annette Bening.

Random Thoughts

Unrelated items about restaurant ketchup, social media addiction, wearing blackface, and “Joker.”

Who Is “Jeopardy Goat”?

I wish my mother — a four-day champion on the original 1960s version with Art Fleming/Don Pardo — was still alive to see this. We’ll certainly have our DVR set to record it on January 7th.

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

I agree 100% with my friend Nolan Dalla, who explains why he’s done defending Colin Kaepernick after this weekend’s “workout,” which will lead to no NFL team ever adding him to their roster.

“Stomp” Again

We first enjoyed “Stomp” more than 20 years ago, so when its touring version announced a return to St. Louis, I suggested we go see it again. Here’s why I’m glad we did.

Movie Review: “Clemency”

Here’s my review of Alfre Woodward as a prison warden who has overseen the execution of so many death row prisoners that it’s begun to affect her personally.