Thursday October 22, 2015
- What's The Red Drum Getaway? The place where Alfred Hitchcock's Jimmy Stewart meets all of Stanley Kubrick. Question: Does this little video, so expertly rendered, indicate the future direction of movies? Where no new stars are needed? Where we can just put old stars and characters into new stories? I get the feeling we're not far off from that day.
- Jonathan Chait says Marco Rubio's ideas about climate change and energy are terrifyingly stupid. Shocked, shocked.
- Post-Democratic debate, Paul Krugman asks “What's the matter with Denmark?” His answer: Not much. OK, well, this.
- Last year, Rany Jazayerli fell in love with the 2014 Kansas City Royals and didn't think another team could take their place. But in some respect, one team has: the 2015 Kansas City Royals.
- I like this opening to Michael Schulman's New Yorker piece presaging the documentary, “Tab Hunter: Confidential”: “Imagine an alternative universe in which being gay in nineteen-fifties America was not just tolerated but celebrated. The hottest couple in Hollywood would undoubtedly be Tab Hunter and Anthony Perkins.” The rest is fascinating, too. I want to see it.
- Larry David, the patron saint of curmudgeons, killed it as Sen. Bernie Sanders on SNL.
- Would you have sex with Paul Rudd? Billy on the Street asks half of Manhattan.
- Why do young men go on mass shootings? Or join al Qaeda? Bill Maher says it isn't because of bad parents or video games or rock 'n' roll music. He thinks they just need to get laid.
- Malcolm Gladwell has a more in-depth answer in the latest New Yorker: Yes, some were traumatized as children; yes, some are psychotic; yes, some are psychopaths. But research is suggesting kids are doing it because other kids do it. (Plus they need to get laid; getting laid always helps.)
- A new book compares the lives of two 1920s film actresses, Marlene Dietrich and Leni Riefenstahl, and the different paths they took.
- Nice New York Times Q&A with Steven Spielberg: on “Bridge of Spies,” “Lincoln” and looking back at old movies with Clint Eastwood.
Marlene during the war, entertaining U.S. troops (in this case, the 17th Airborne) as part of USO shows. Riefenstahl took a different path.