Two Old Friends Talking

I’m going to be the guest on a streaming video interview my friend Mark Evanier is doing tonight. Here are the details, including how you can watch for free.

TV Review: “After Life” Returns

My review of season two of “After Life,” a Netflix series written and directed by Ricky Gervais, about a man mourning the loss of his wife while dealing with enough amusing people and situations to balance the sad with the funny.

Movie Review: “Bad Education”

My review of “Bad Education,” an HBO movie starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney as two school administrators whose success in making their district better kept prying eyes away from the millions they were embezzling behind the scenes.

OK, Zoomer!

My wife had a book club meeting this week, but since they couldn’t gather at one house, they did it via Zoom. Every one of the half-dozen other women are 10-15 years older than her. Here is an actual transcript of the first fifteen minutes.

POTD: Every Coronavirus Commercial

Picture Of The Day: if you work for an advertising agency and are tasked with coming up with a commercial for a client that wants to show its compassionate side during the coronavirus crisis, all you have to do is follow the same boilerplate script everyone else is using.

Movie Review: “Parasite”

After worrying that I wouldn’t be able to make it through because of the subtitles, I finally got around to the 2019 Oscar winner for Best Picture, “Parasite.” Here’s my review.

POTD: “Bolero”

For the Picture Of The Day, here’s a sheltered-at-home version of Ravel’s “Bolero” performed recently by the members of the New York Philharmonic. If you close your eyes, you can see Bo Derek.

Random Thoughts

On giving tattoo parlors priority, lawsuit protection for re-opened businesses, and the answer to the Trump question, “What do you have to lose?”

Too Big A Gamble

Casinos in Las Vegas, which are losing a couple million bucks a day, are beseeching the governor of Nevada to allow them to re-open as soon as possible. Would I go play there, or in the St. Louis area, or anywhere else? Read on.

MYMNK: “Sword Of Trust”

New to my Movies You Might Not Know list: Lynn Shelton’s 2019 comedy/drama “Sword Of Trust,” starring Marc Maron, Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Jon Bass, and a confederate sword that may hold a Civil War secret. Here’s my review.

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Charles M. Blow reiterates many of the points I made in urging cable networks to stop carrying Trump’s daily propaganda sessions live. In doing so, Blow quotes one of the wisest elder statesmen of journalism.

DVR Alert: Norman Borlaug

You might want to set your DVR to record “American Experience” on PBS tonight and learn about a scientist who saved a billion lives by increasing the world’s food supply.

Perspective, Please

In which I offer a perspective most media outlets ignore regarding the recent not-exactly-grassroots protests in some state capitals — and praise for the nurses who staged their own counter-protest in Denver yesterday.

The Fundraiser Question

The spate of recent streaming celebrity charity events may be for good causes, but they remind me of this story of the time my father-in-law was forced to attend a meeting for a fundraiser at the elementary school my wife attended.