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Questions About Afghanistan

As the US military finally pulls out of Afghanistan after nearly 20 fruitless years, I have a few lingering questions. But let’s start with some facts.

Movie Review: “CODA”

Here’s my review of an engrossing story of a young woman whose deaf family needs her help at the same time she’s itching to begin a life of her own. With great performances by Emilia Jones & Marlee Matlin, it will be on my Best Movies Of 2021 list.

As I Tweeted

Last night’s MLB “Field Of Dreams” intro and production were well done, but then the game started and reminded me that watching a baseball game is exactly as interesting as watching corn grow.

Movie Review: “Free Guy”

My review of a fun new movie starring Ryan Reynolds as a background character in a video game who suddenly becomes its central figure and finds himself attracted to a mystery woman played by “Killing Eve” star Jodie Comer.

Movie Review: “Respect”

My review of a disappointing movie biography of Aretha Franklin, starring Jennifer Hudson and a supporting cast including Forrest Whitaker, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Marlon Wayans, Titus Burgess, and Mary J. Blige.

Double “Jeopardy!” Hosts

My inbox has filled up with messages from people asking my reaction to Sony naming Mike Richards the new full-time host of “Jeopardy!” with Mayim Bialik also signed for primetime versions of the show. Here are my thoughts.

Walter Yetnikoff

When I heard that former Columbia Records president Walter Yetnikoff died Sunday (just days before his 88th birthday), I remembered the conversation I had with him in 2004 — one of my all-time favorites. You can listen to it here.

Four Random Thoughts

Quickies on birthday cake candles, two-factor authentication, telling people to “ask your doctor,” and an Olympics lament.

My Poker Return

After not playing a hand of live poker for 18 months (and thinking I might never again), I ventured out the other night to a local casino to find not much had changed — except for my attitude about the game. Here’s the story.

Your Body, Our Health

I have a few questions about our fellow citizens who refuse to get the COVID vaccine because “The government can’t tell me what to do with my body!”

How NOT To Conduct An Orchestra

Apparently, I’m not done bashing the movie “Annette” yet. In addition to all my other criticisms on Friday and Saturday, here’s a new one involving the way Simon Helberg plays a conductor leading an orchestra.

Give Tom Lehrer Some Credit

In the horrible new movie, “Annette,” Adam Driver’s standup comedian quotes Tom Lehrer’s “National Brotherhood Week” — without giving Lehrer any credit. So, let’s watch the man who created it perform it.

Movie Review: “Annette”

My review of a bizarre new movie starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard that is now the leading contender to top my Worst Movies Of 2021 list. Here’s why.

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

As someone who’s looking forward to traveling by air again, I wholeheartedly concur with this piece by Juliette Kayyem in The Atlantic endorsing a law allowing only vaccinated people on domestic flights:

Best Anti-War Movie Speech Ever

This speech — written by Paddy Chayefsky and spoken by James Garner in “The Americanization of Emily” — must be considered the greatest anti-war monologue in movie history.

Random TV Thoughts

Quickies on HBO’s Woodstock ’99 documentary and “Small Town News,” Apple’s “Schmigadoon,” and the impending return of Netflix’s “Money Heist.”

As I Tweeted

MEDIA MEMO: Stop telling us about the unvaccinated and breakthrough infections! Tell us about people living a fuller, happier life because they were vaccinated months ago. Start by running this headline: “99% of vaccinated Americans weren’t infected with COVID today!”