Guys: Many thanks for the recommendations. As it was, we settled for Bruce Willis's "The Last Boy Scout," which ends with a former all-star quarterback (Damon Wayans) saving the life of a bad guy senator by hitting him in the nose with a hard-thrown football. I think there's a metaphor of the 2006 election in there somewhere.
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Jed: This may be too late to cure those Brunell-induced, Redskins-lose-again blues, but a few titles come to mind: To Hell and Back. Fail Safe (ends with the big one being dropped on NYC); One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; A Tale of Two Cities (ends with the QB's beheading); The Longest Yard (Burt Reynolds version -- a nice prison stint, come to think of it, might be just what Dan Snyder's boys deserve); and finally, Rudy. Word on the street is that its eponymous hero has agreed to be the 'Skins next free agent signing.
Jed, one of my favorites is The Cowboys, in which John Wayne, as a beleaguered rancher, is forced to take on a crew of boys to drive his cattle to market. The Duke teaches the boys to be men, and the boys ultimately rescue Wayne's enterprise. Very inspiring, directed by Mark Rydell in the best Howard Hawks style.
I got this in my email box, and it shows just how stupid the Senate version of the immigrations bill was:
Becoming Illegal (From an Maryland resident to his senator)
The Honorable Paul S. Sarbanes
309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
Dear Senator Sarbanes,
As a native Marylander and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you. My primary reason for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegal alien stem from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and for which you voted.
If my understanding of this bill's provisions is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five years, all I need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxes for three of the last five years. I know a good deal when I see one and I am anxious to get the process started before everyone figures it out.
The big campaign news this morning has little to do with what is happening around the country in two weeks, rather, what might happen in two years.
Sen. Barack Obama -- he of less than two years experience in the Senate, a couple of foreign junkets, and a couple of books, oh, and some time in the Illinois legislature, don't forget -- was less than coy with Tim Russert on yesterday's "Meet the Press" about a run for the presidency in 2008.
Obama's potential run was given a lift when former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner dropped out of the race, at least for now. So is Obama running or not?
Barron's is predicting Republican victories in both the House and the Senate. Why? Well, GOP candidates have raised more money than their opponents, and... that's it. The Barron's analysis is based entirely on fundraising data.
Ramesh Ponnuru is skeptical. So am I; the blithe dismissal of polling strikes me as particularly misguided:
A few days ago Jonah Goldberg wrote in the LA Times that "the Iraq war was a mistake by the most obvious criteria: If we had known then what we know now, we would never have gone to war with Iraq in 2003." But then at the end of his column, he wrote that "if we can finish the job, the war won't be remembered as a mistake." This struck me immediately as a paradoxical analysis. Is it really meaningful to say that the war is a mistake now while conceding that it might not seem like a mistake later?
Jed, try Big Country, with Charlton Heston and Gregory Peck. Western epics just don't get any better. Last I checked, it is also one of those rare, rare films that Wlady hasn't seen.
Myself, I am about to put in Red River, with the Duke.
We need help. Sharon and I are debating what movie we should watch after the latest Redskins debacle. We are stuck choosing among:
The Titanic (not the Leonardo de Whatever version); They Died with Their Boots On (Errol Flynn, et al); The Alamo (with the Duke) and The Poseidon Adventure (the original, with Shellly Whatsername).
Any better suggestions? Hamlet? King Lear?
Here is part of an interview between Amy Goodman of Democracy Now and actor-cum-liberal activist Mark Ruffalo. I want you to read this passage and then guess how Ruffalo's sentence ends:
AMY GOODMAN: How dangerous is it or popular is it to speak out in Hollywood?
MARK RUFFALO: I'm terrified, really, to be honest with you. I know that a lot of people in Hollywood feel the way I do. A lot of people who have come out, have been, you know…