I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. (This week it was Friday.) When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday.
A spectacular tale of espionage during the Cold War
It has the most severe and repeated instances of CTLaw’s rules of Hollywood anachronism that I have ever seen: in period films, Hollywood shows things as preserved versions of those things appear today.... [Read More]
This is a historical figure. If you know who it is please give an obscure hint in the comments to help others. If you don’t ask questions that can be answered true or false like the old game show What’s My Line.
I was listening today to the August 26 podcast from the late Martyn Lloyd-Jones on “He That Hath Ears” (it’s available on itunes). He comments that in the 1930s, a spiritualist medium came to one of his services and was converted. She said that she recognized in his service that there was spiritual power. But unlike the powers she used or recognized as a medium, it was a clean power. As our society moves away from Christianity, it will become increasingly irrational (see the transgender lunacy), conformist and intolerant.
I just watched another Trump rally tonight. The great thing about tnis week, our President out there, tirelessly rallying, is seeing our fellow Americans. Hello Kansas, Arizona, Nevada! I’ve never been in any of those states, but– these are our countrymen, from sea to shining sea.
And Trump? “Good morning, America! How are ya? Say, doncha know me? I’m your native son! ” Yes I know Willie’s politics may not be in line with ours, but–he got it right with this line!... [Read More]
I have this “Measure” app on my iPhone. How does it calculate dimensions like a tape measure? Does it know how far I am from the object then uses the camera to preform trig functions? I don’t think it uses GPS. It probably uses the accelerometer.
The Great Gatsby (1974) is based on the book by the same name (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The book is set in Long Island, in 1922, and is considered a masterpiece: beautiful use of the English language; strong characterizations; evocative creation of the place and times of the Roaring Twenties; strong messages full of symbolism. The story is around obsession with an image of the “good life”, the “American Dream”, and how that image is so flawed, and in the end so destructive. Gatsby is obsessed by his image of Daisy, who tells him that rich girls don’t marry poor boys. His obsession drives him to become materially rich, although emotionally so poor, and in the end his obsession leads to his death.
This film recreation of the book can be said to look beautiful. The direction by Jack Clayton is professional ; the screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola is true to the voice of Fitzgerald; the cinematography conveys the mood of those times; the costumes are perfect; the music is lovely: altogether a gripping experience. My Film Group and I sat through the almost two and a half hours enthralled.... [Read More]