One of the things you learn very quickly as a new parent is that the time you can dedicate to binging programming via Netflix is extremely limited. I’ve missed a lot over the last year—the latest seasons of Bojack Horseman and Orange Is the New Black, just for starters—and probably won’t make up the lost ground. (Somewhere, the world’s smallest violin plays.)
I was able to carve out a weekend’s worth of viewing time to catch Stranger Things, however, and I have to say: I loved every minute of the show. It’s as good as everyone has said, something along the lines of a Steven Spielberg adaptation of a Stephen King novel that John Carpenter did second unit work on. Funny, scary, emotionally sweet and sad, and filled to the rafters with good performances by a crop of talented young actors, Stranger Things is the best new TV show I’ve seen since … Silicon Valley debuted, I guess. Four stars. No complaints.
Well. One complaint. (Spoilers after the image.)
A while back, I was reading Revolution in the Air, a book on the history of the New Left, and I noticed an annoying linguistic tic. The author repeatedly used words like “rebellion” and “uprising” to describe race riots. For instance: How could it be otherwise, when they saw such juxtapositions as SNCC leader Stokely Carmichael (later …
I last saw Michel Richard a few months ago at his eponymous restaurant, Central Michel Richard, in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C. He didn’t look well. He was barely managing his diabetes and his memory seemed to fade from time to time. He also had a bit of a temper—at least more than usual. We sat outside for lunch, surrounded by his clientele, although I doubt these diners, some of whom looked like tourists, knew who he was. He started mindlessly banging a spoon on the table, which led his publicist Mel Davis, to chide him about the noise. “I can do whatever I want,” he said, and banged the spoon with a definitive whap! The diners at a nearby table snapped their heads in his direction–they looked annoyed. I felt like saying, “Do you have any idea who this man is? What a genius he is? What a legend?”
The Democratic National Committee announced a new advisory board on cybersecurity on Thursday. The announcement comes on the heels of the recent DNC hack that resulted in the resignation of several high-ranking Democratic officials, including DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.).
Washington Free Beacon executive editor Sonny Bunch is a man of many opinions. And he voices them constantly on the internet. Bunch may have several terrible opinions, from loving Mad Max and Man of Steel and Anne Hathaway to describing cargo shorts as “great.” But one thing is clear, Bunch has great taste in men. Who doesn’t appreciate a good male lead who can make a brooding, troubled man with a withering stare look sexy?
So here’s a fun fact: Every film in the top 10 of the box office so far in 2016 is either a.) about talking animals, or b.) a comic book adaptation. Check it out:
The porn-crazed animals of the Islamic State have called on “everyone who can” within their global terrorist network to attack next year’s Miss Universe pageant in the Philippines.
No one knows for sure why Seth Rich, a 27-year-old staffer at the Democratic National Committee, was shot to death last month in D.C., but the circumstances strongly suggest he was the victim of street crime, and very possibly a robbery gone awry. The killing happened at 4:20 in the morning on Sunday, July 10th, near the house Rich rented with friends in Northwest D.C.. Some reports describe Bloomingdale—the neighborhood where the killing occurred—as “affluent,” but this is a partial truth at best. Bloomingdale is a recently gentrified part of Washington, and was until only a few years ago the scene of regular gun violence and a robust narcotics trade. As recently as 2012 there were signs posted in the neighborhood by the D.C. government stating that people arrested for buying drugs there were liable to have their cars seized. Today, it still borders unsafe areas, and is easily the kind of place where a criminal, or group of criminals, could prey upon an unprepared young man who had been drinking.
Am I going off the rails if I say that at this point “signaling” is a religion?
Many, many spoilers below. This post is aimed squarely at the people who saw the movie and were like “This is good, critics are dumb.” No, sir. No. YOU are the one who is the dumb one.
Seriously, spoilers below. Here’s a Harley Quinn gif to create some separation and allow you to leave now without being spoiled: