Election Night Live Blog

Election Night Live Blog

Big voter turnout here: 78% in St. Louis County and 85% at our polling place. Both records. I hope that means there are enough blue votes to flip Missouri’s second congressional district (turns out it was not to be, as Jill Schupp lost to incumbent Ann Wagner)....
Colbert and Stewart Disappoint

Colbert and Stewart Disappoint

I’m a longtime Jon Stewart fan, all the way back to his standup days, then his MTV show, then his Paramount syndicated show, and then his 15+ years as host of “The Daily Show.” I was also one of the few critics to give a positive review to his movie,...
TV Review: “The Queen’s Gambit”

TV Review: “The Queen’s Gambit”

There have been exactly four good movies about chess players: “Searching For Bobby Fischer,” “Queen Of Katwe” (which I reviewed here), “Brooklyn Castle” (my review is here), and “Pawn Sacrifice.” But now, “The...
Double Your Sorkin

Double Your Sorkin

The “West Wing” reunion special on HBO Max is very well done, thanks to a cast that still fits perfectly into the characters, with direction from Thomas Schlamme that evokes the quality of the original. Aaron Sorkin’s script,...
Bad Biden

Bad Biden

Lorne Michaels made a mistake bringing in Jim Carrey to play Joe Biden in the cold open political sketches on “Saturday Night Live.” The problem is he’s a “hot” performer playing a “cool” personality. Carrey is preternaturally...
DVR Alert: “The Way I See It”

DVR Alert: “The Way I See It”

That indelible picture of Barack Obama and five-year-old Jacob Philadelphia was shot in 2009 by the Chief Official White House Photographer, Pete Souza, who spent all day, every day with the president, capturing thousands of images. What led to the photo is one of the...