that number has been greatly exaggerated by the rightwing

ClintEastwood talking to chair 1500

WE ARE SO USED to mas­sive gov­ern­ment spending that $678,000,000 is a rel­a­tively small number. Way too much to spend for a mal­func­tioning web­site, for sure, but still small in the scheme of gov­ern­ment spending. Until you look at it this way.” That number has been greatly ex­ag­ger­ated by the rightwing—of course. 1

That’s the opening to an­other viral rightwing email that I re­ceived this morning—and simply could not wait to share it with you! READ MORE

harry dean stanton made clint eastwood seem downright garrulous

READING ABOUT MOVIES be­fore the In­ternet, I often came across de­scrip­tions of Gary Cooper as being Hol­ly­wood’s most la­conic actor. That’s not a common word, nor one that was taught in the class­rooms of America in the ’60s. Ac­cording to Merriam-Webster, Cooper was “using or in­volving the use of a min­imum of words,” which does sum up many of the char­ac­ters he played in his day. READ MORE

john ford and woody allen and stanley kubrick (and clint eastwood)

WoodyAllen caricature Fluharty header

TWO OF MY FAVORITE DIRECTORS are John Ford and Woody Allen. For the former, think Harry Carey and Henry Fonda and John Wayne. Men’s and wom­en’s men. For the latter, think Diane Keaton and Mia Farrow and Diane Wiest and Mira Sorvino and Scar­lett Jo­hansson and Pene­lope Cruz. Men’s and wom­en’s women.

Mr. Ford made his male leads fa­mous while Mr. READ MORE