That's in part due to the failure to provide romantic comedies.
It's in part due to too many comic book movies.
It was a very disappointing summer slate.
The best films of summer 2016?
Number one -- Russell Crowe's THE NICE GUYS. This one's out on August 23 -- DVD and Blu Ray -- and Crowe and Ryan Gosling have a great chemistry. They team up to solve a mystery. The young girl playing Gosling's daughter almost walks off with the movie. It's a credit to Russell and Ryan's strong chops that they hold their own against that little powerhouse. Kim Basinger also delivers a nice performance as do Matt Bomer and YaYa DaCosta.
In fact, if DaCosta's role in the film was just a little larger, I bet she'd be a shoo-in for Best Supporting Actress.
Number two -- MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES. This film is hilarious. It's the funniest thing that played all summer and there's not a bad performance in the whole movie.
I've long been a fan of Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick and they were incredible. I've not been impressed by Zac Efron before outside of his part in THE PAPERBOY but he didn't just hold his own, he matched their level. This is a hilarious film.
Aubrey better be nominated in the next Academy Awards round.
Number three -- A BIGGER SPLASH.
I caught this one by myself on a day when I was tired and traffic was a nightmare so I just said, "Betty, go see a movie."
I knew nothing about this film going in. I saw Tilda Swinton's face on the poster and I like her and figured this might be a film where I enjoy Ralph Fiennes (not really true since THE END OF THE AFFAIR).
I could not believe what a wonder this was, it's a real film.
And Dakota Johnson is delightful as Fiennes' daughter.
There are twists and turns and it's a really satisfying journey.
Number Four -- FINDING DORY.
Sequels generally suck.
But FINDING DORY has to be the best sequel since GODFATHER II.
It works as a sequel, it works as a stand alone film and it is easily the best animated film of 2016.
Number five -- THE BOSS.
This is a funny film.
It would have been a whole lot funnier without Kristen Bell.
She's a wet blanket and she destroyed BAD MOMS (they should have given Christina Applegate -- or anyone else -- her part.)
She's not that important to THE BOSS so she doesn't do as much damage.
But Bell needs to be out of movies immediately -- especially comedies.
"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS)
Friday, August 19, 2016.
Starting with the US presidential race . . .
Starting with the US presidential race . . .
When are candidates going to have to answer how to address this issue?
Especially anticipating Hillary Clinton's response since she voted for the Iraq War and supported it for years as a US Senator and then came back around to supporting it as a Secretary of State.
Where are your answers, Hillary?
You unconvincingly use terms like "regret" and "sorry" -- briefly use them -- but where is the act of contrition, Hillary?
Where is your effort to fix what you have done wrong?
The children of Iraq suffer.
They suffer by living in the continued illegal war that you helped unleash.
The children of Iraq suffer from birth defects from the chemicals used in the war.
The children suffer by becoming refugees.
By losing one or both parents.
What is your answer, Hillary?
What is your proposal as Iraq has become a country with one of the youngest median ages in the world?
What is your proposal as children suffer?
It takes a village?
I guess pushing your responsibilities off on a collective is one of avoiding your mistakes/crimes.
But you're running for president and you should be able to answer basic questions like what are you going to do about the refugee crisis in Iraq?
You're going to change the world for women and girls -- that's what Gloria Steinem and other idiots keep insisting.
So what are you going to do for the women and girls above?
Gloria's not doing a damn thing for them. She doesn't care about them.
Can we assume the same of you, Hillary?
Or how about Phyllis Bennis.
Phyllis has been the great dabbler when it comes to Iraq.
She picks it up from time to time as though it's a seasonal sport.
She went on DEMOCRACY WHEN? this week to say Hillary is right about Donald Trump.
When she's attacking Donald Trump for failing to aid in creating a new Red scare?
(Considering Phyll's politics, I am surprised.)
When he's saying we don't need to be involved in all these wars?
When, Phyllis, when is Hillary spot on in her criticism of Donald?
Phyllis then wanted to crib from this site and pick up the point I've been making for months, Hillary needs to answer questions about Iraq that go beyond her 2002 vote and address what she would do today.
Thanks for cribbing, Phyllis, but next time call me so I can walk you through the points you haven't put in the time to brush up on.
To defend Hillary, a new push has emerged: "Rape is okay!!!!"
Writer Liza Featherston (author of FALSE CHOICES: THE FAUX FEMINISM OF HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON) notes this disgusting and disappointing trend in a series of Tweets and reTweets:
Liza's got the Tweet of the week with the last one: "If you're writing think pieces saying that it's OK if Bill Clinton is a rapist pls ask yourself where you went wrong in your life."
On Iraq, again, what would Hillary do?
This is an ongoing war and people are suffering.
Presidential candidates need to be discussing this and laying out plans.
Turning to violence, Thursday, the US Defense Dept announced:
Strikes in Iraq
Attack and fighter aircraft conducted five strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Mosul, four strikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed 38 ISIL oil tanker trucks, five ISIL vehicles and six ISIL assembly areas and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Ramadi, a strike destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL shelter.
Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.
And bombs in Baghdad (not dropped from on high) killed 5 people and left nine more injured.