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The Buckley-Vidal "debate" (more of an erudite slime-fest) was one of the highlights of the national conventions in the summer of 1968. It couldn't have been more depressing, watching the police riot at the Chicago Democratic convention, and Nixon (flanked by Spiro Agnew on one side and Strom Thurmond on the other) win the Republican nomination in Miami. Many of us turned to Buckley and Vidal like you opt for a Bloody Mary after a bad hangover.
"Two Step" is one of the best films I've seen in a long long time.
I agree that Ex Machina is a great film. In fact, it's the best movie I have seen in a long time. But it's a low budget film, and that's why it wasn't promoted aggressively. They had no money for advertising.
You forgot Mad Max: Fury Road.
The trailer does not disclose the act on purpose so I don't understand why you would spoil it to your readers. ESPECIALLY IN THE TITLE!
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I went to see this movie due to the glowing review by the weekly. The acting was just SO bad!
The Six Million Dollar Man series started in 1973, not in the 1960's and was actually broadcast in color.
Looks great! Hope to see it next week.
Thanks for the heads-up. Can't wait to see the film.
Are you kidding me? Mad Max was far and way a greatly progressive film. Misogynistic? Were YOU even paying attention during the movie and not just listing reasons to bitch? You are a joke.
Great review but even the picture above makes it clear that the President who sat near BDW was George Bush.
In my work at the Idaho Film Office, I could see the growth from i48 success to achieving a grant from our office and on to festivals. i48 is a valuable program in Idaho that has functioned for a decade with little support from the business community and no support from government. Proud to have been one of their judges for years. Peg Owens - Pegasus Production Services
You couldnt be more wrong about Mad Max. This review makes me question all your film reviews. Do you even understnad cinema?
I think David Letterman's best days were behind him.
He really did do his best work on "Late Night with David Letterman" on NBC years ago. Lately, his heart hasn't been it it -- a fact that he all but admitted in last Sunday's interview on "CBS Sunday Morning."
More recently, his show had deteriorated into mindless, repetitive sight gags and assorted physical schtick that were just pointless -- kind of like dumb, wacky Jerry Lewis antics that appeal only to high school sophomores and the French. Late night television has deteriorated drastically from the days when Steve Allen invented edgy comedy and Jack Paar interviewed Eleanor Roosevelt and Bobby Kennedy.
I think it's best for entertainers to leave when they're still on top, like the classy way "Mad Men" recently ended its seven glorious seasons. Or, you can hang on until you become an embarrassment, like Garrison Keillor and his weekly off-key, ego-boosting singing marathons on "A Prairie Home Companion". David Letterman should have hung it up a few years ago, when he was at the top of his game.
I think George was referring to Dave's daytime show, from '82-'83. I thoroughly enjoyed it in all of it's "Ernie Kovacs-ian" glory. It beat the hell out of everything else on daytime tv.
I'm assuming Mr. Prentice meant that the NBC iteration ran from 1982-93 (rather than '83).
I used to watch religiously back in the early days, even taping it every night on the now-obsolete VCR. Dave was definitely edgy back then, and didn't mind taking a chance. Even when a piece fell flat, it was usually entertaining just because it wasn't more-of-the-same. Does anybody else remember "Mister Curious," or the NBC Bookmobile? It was always a treat when Boise's own Bev Tanner went on to bake a treat with Dave.
Unlike Prentice, I feel that Dave has unfortunately evolved to become part of that "late night landscape of sameness." I can't remember the last time he really surprised me. And he's also become much more "political." Who needs more of that?!!? I'd prefer a break from the neverending cycle.
I watch Conan now and then, but I get more sleep nowadays than I did 25 years ago.
I wish Dave a happy retirement. NYC is a nice place to visit, but I'd rather live in Montana.
I'm a dedicated patron at the Country Club Reel, and to a lesser degree the Overland Park. (Proximity by bicycle is my only reason for preference of one over the other.) First-run movies are rare indeed at my household, and these two movie houses provide a similar experience for a lot less dinero.
(My only gripe is the volume level - I swear, they have it turned up to 11! No wonder all the kids are going deaf nowadays! If they'd turn it down a notch or two, I'd attend even more faithfully. Has anybody ever complained that it's not loud enough?)
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