Heads up: If you've ever owned a dog, a cat, or a dragon, the final 20 minutes or so of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will reduce you to a wheezing, weeping, snot-soaked wreck, and because this will happen at the very end of the movie, as soon as you stumble out of the theater, everyone is going to know that a children's movie about friendly dragons just reduced you to a wheezing, weeping, snot-soaked wreck, and this is a thing you will have to deal with for the rest of your life. Another heads up: The rest of the movie isn't very good. 2010's How to Train Your Dragon was that rare, wondrous thing: A non-Pixar, American-made animated film that was funny, insightful, emotional, and had some fucking badass dragon fights. Alas, its bland 2014 sequel was a forgettable downgrade, and now, the series' final installment lands somewhere in the middle, its good intentions kneecapped by an uneven story, a slew of pointless characters, and a bewildering amount of humorless jokes. … [Read more...] about How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Review: Toothless Is DTF
NICOLLE CLEMETSON / JEN WICK STUDIOHey, stoner, I’ve found your winter project. $10,000 in cash prizes just sitting on the table. Mercury and its sister paper The Stranger are known for their amateur porn festival, HUMP! Hundreds of filmmakers have won thousands of dollars taking it all off for HUMP! and in fact, it’s been so successful for so many years, we’re starting a second short-film festival, this one for stoners. That’s where you come in. The inaugural SPLIFF Film Festival (SpliffFilmFest.com) will give away three $2,000 first-place prizes in these categories: Trippiest Film, Funniest Film, and Stupidest Film. Plus, there’s a GRAND PRIZE of $5,000. That means a single entry could win up to $7,000. Do you know how much weed you could buy with that? A shit ton, especially in Oregon, where weed has never been cheaper. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS MARCH 1, 2019! Idea #1: Heard of Orbeez? No? Go on YouTube and look up Orbeez. You can buy 30,000 … [Read more...] about Last Chance to Win Big $$$$: Submit Your SPLIFF Film by March 1!
In this Jan. 31, 2019 photo, Charles Becknell, Sr., 77, holds a copy of 1954 the edition of "The Negro Motorist Green Book" at his home in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.The Oscar-nominated interracial road trip movie "Green Book" has spurred interest in the 20th Century guidebook that helped black travelers navigate segregated America. (Russell Contreras)FILE - In this June 24, 2016, file photo, the closed De Anza Motor Lodge sits along Route 66 in Albuquerque, N.M., and recently has been highlighted as one of the few places that allowed black travelers to stay during segregated times. " The Oscar-nominated interracial road trip movie "Green Book" has spurred interest in the 20th Century guidebook that helped black travelers navigate segregated America. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)This Feb. 12, 2019 photo, shows a lock and chain that secures the door of the old Ben Moore Hotel, once mentioned in the "Green Book" for black travelers, in Montgomery, Ala. The Oscar-nominated interracial … [Read more...] about “Green Book” used by black travelers to navigate US still exist
Nevada Department of Corrections via AP The viewing room looks into the execution chamber at Ely State Prison, Nov. 10, 2016. Nevada hasn’t carried out an execution since 2006. By Ken Ritter, Associated Press Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 | 9:32 a.m. Two Democratic state lawmakers proposing an end to capital punishment are pointing to costly appeals and court-ordered postponements of a lethal injection case that ended last month when the inmate killed himself. "It's a burden to taxpayers," said state Sen. James Ohrenschall, who is sponsoring the bill with Assemblyman Ozzie Fumo. The two lawmakers separately backed similar measures that failed in 2017. "Folks committing heat-of-passion crimes or calculated crimes don't look at a state sentencing structure," Ohrenschall said. "Bottom line, I don't believe it has proved to be a deterrent." The law would add Nevada to the list of 20 states and the District of Columbia that ban capital punishment. "In effect, we don't have the … [Read more...] about Nevada lawmakers propose ending death penalty, citing costs
The Portland school board, in its first public meeting with the consulting firm hired to reassess all its schools’ boundaries, had a collective message for its contractors: Buckle up, because it’s going to be a rough couple of years.Representatives from mapping and number-crunching firm FLO Analytics addressed Tuesday’s work session in fits and starts as they presented a timeline and priorities for the redistricting process. That will be a complex task, which it pledged in its bid for the $296,000 contract to complete by the 2020-21 school year. Tyler Vick, one of the firm’s principals, told board members that FLO was considering gathering data from the clusters of schools feeding into Franklin, Jefferson and Roosevelt high schools to address overcrowding at Bridger, Cesar Chavez and Fabion K-8 in the project’s first year.He would return to the board six times between now and next March with updates. Then next year, Vick said, FLO would tackle programmatic … [Read more...] about Portland school board members tense as school boundary redraws begin