There’s nothing new here. And another reason I don’t buy the #MeToo fanfare is because — thank the Movie Gods — Invisible Man is not preachy or in any way woke. It’s just another story of a mousy woman who finally finds the will to fight her abuser. It’s also a story that respects the audience enough to not fudge the truth about the physical disadvantage women faced when confronted by a man. Our heroine Cecilia (a blander than bland Elisabeth Moss) is powerless without the equalizer of a firearm. So you can get as strident and #MeeToo-ey about this thing as you want. In the end, the only thing that really matters is the equalizer, is the gun. … [Read more...] about ‘Invisible Man’ (2020) Review: Potent Reminder that Gun Rights are Human Rights
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In an interview, Hoffman described the book's setting in the 1960s and 1970s in terms that sound remarkably contemporary. "I think of the '60s and '70s as my time period," she said in a book club Q&A. "It was when I began listening to Dylan and going to Greenwich Village and I lived for a while in Northern California. It was such a chaotic time, with so much violence. Our country was divided, and it was nearly impossible to talk to someone 'on the other side.' At the same time, people were fighting for their rights, and they came together in an amazing way." … [Read more...] about ‘Practical Magic’ prequel is exactly right in the age of Trump
It is not easy to know how much to be reassured by that bleak certainty, and how much to wonder whether it is another form of delusion; for global warming to work as parable, of course, someone needs to survive to tell the story. The scientists know that to even meet the Paris goals, by 2050, carbon emissions from energy and industry, which are still rising, will have to fall by half each decade; emissions from land use (deforestation, cow farts, etc.) will have to zero out; and we will need to have invented technologies to extract, annually, twice as much carbon from the atmosphere as the entire planet’s plants now do. Nevertheless, by and large, the scientists have an enormous confidence in the ingenuity of humans — a confidence perhaps bolstered by their appreciation for climate change, which is, after all, a human invention, too. They point to the Apollo project, the hole in the ozone we patched in the 1980s, the passing of the fear of mutually assured destruction. Now … [Read more...] about When Will The Planet Be Too Hot For Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.
“Overall, the cumulative time savings experienced by the more than 75,000 daily public transit users on Market St. greatly exceed the marginal increase in travel times experienced by car users in the closure’s vicinity,” the firm said. … [Read more...] about Car-free Market Street analysis shows big benefits for Muni, bikers
Hockey fans are blessed watching McDavid. The young man is on a different planet right now. I don’t want to get crazy with my comparisons, but there’s a special era underway in the NHL right now with him. He’s only 21 years old, and is doing things we haven’t, dare I say it, seen since Gretzky. … [Read more...] about Connor McDavid Was Doing Moves Monday Night That Shouldn’t Be Humanely Possible