Friday, July 29, 2005

Jim Jarmusch, one of my two favorite directors, has a new movie coming out, called Broken Flowers.

It's getting good reviews, it's got a fantastic cast, and I'm very eager to see it.

Maybe I'll see it in Rochester, New York.

Friday, July 22, 2005

                    Not your everyday water-cooler chat.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

It makes me nervous when the oil change guys make you pull up so close to their legs.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

War of the Worlds is the most psychologically realistic movie of its type I've seen. If one wanted to play the art-must-imitate-reality-perfectly game, it could be argued that the initial bystanders to the appearance of the aliens lingered too long before fear set in, but this plot convention gives us a better look, and is better for building the drama of needing to flee.

I notice the movie got a fairly high 72% on Rotten Tomatoes; I'm a little surprised it didn't rate even higher.


Thursday, July 07, 2005

Very smart people have been trying really, really hard to make poverty history for a long time. Heck, they've been working very hard to make Africa just ever-so-slightly less hellish for a very long time. Debt relief is probably part of a potential solution, but without ending Africa's tendency to produce horrible, greedy dictatorships, debt relief is more akin to paying off a drug addict's credit cards.
  Jonah Goldberg

The scale of the task facing British Prime Minister Tony Blair in his drive to help Africa has been laid bare after it emerged that Nigeria's past rulers stole or misused £220 billion ($520 billion).

That is as much as all the Western aid given to Africa in almost four decades.
  Sydney Morning Herald

Their animating idea is the same one that was behind Lyndon Johnson's Great Society: Massive transfers of wealth can eradicate poverty. It didn't work in the U.S., and it has even less chance of working abroad.
  Max Boot

The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.
  Jesus Christ

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