Archive for the ‘TV’ Category

5 lessons Hillary could learn from Isabel

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

What can the former FLOTUS learn from the first season of Spanish TV series Isabel? find out at Da Tech Guy blog!

Mad Men’s somber final season opener

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

madmen_iconUnlike the prior season, this season’s opener had me glued to the TV set from beginning to end. The episode is titled Time Zones, and Joel Murray as Freddy Rumsen opened it with an entrancing monologue (an ad for Accutron watches) that also serves both as a metaphor on time, and on the value of objects for those of us who are fond of our material possessions – especially our watches.

The pitch of Rumsen’s voice, the flat delivery, and the use of this monologue as the opener for the final season brings us into a Twilight Zone* of sorts, in keeping with the T-Zone title.

Read the rest of my review at Da Tech Guy Blog.

Bye-bye, Elementary

Friday, April 11th, 2014

My latest article at Da Tech Guy Blog, Bye-bye, Elementary, on CBS’s Sherlock Holmes and the Second Amendment.

Please read it and leave a comment.

#ThanksLarry: In praise of Larry Kudlow

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

“We believe that free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity!”
@larry_kudlow

I met Larry Kudlow at the Rainbow Room on Wednesday, November 16, 2005, at the Pajamas Media rollout party. Pajamas Media was having a momentary identity crisis, and we found out almost then that it was making its debut as OSM: Open Source Media instead.

There were a hundred people or so at the event, so I’m sure Mr. Kudlow doesn’t remember me, but here’s how it went:

Milton Friedman and Louis Rukeyser were instrumental in my transformation from a socialist to a capitalist, and I must partly thank PBS for that. As an economics/business major, I had read Friedman’s books, and they were pivotal to my change. (Years later, PBS aired Friedman’s Free to Choose series – which you can now watch on YouTube for free by courtesy of the Palmer R. Chitester Fund). While I was still in college, I started watching Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street Week (W$W), which aired on PBS every Friday at 7:30PM. Friedman was a guest in the show.

I was a fan of the show for its entire run, from 1972 to 2002. There’s even a photo of me with my newborn son watching W$W on the day he was born.

In 2002 Rukeyser moved to CNBC, and he ended his show in 2004 due to his battle with cancer.

Larry Kudlow was a regular panelist in both shows, and, at the Pajamas party, I went over and introduced myself. Mr. Kudlow looks exactly as he does on TV, he’s shorter than I expected, and was (characteristically) very well dressed.

I started by asking him to tell Mr. Rukeyser, if he had a chance, that he was in my family’s prayers and convey our best wishes. Mr. Kudlow was most gracious, and he described how Mr. Rukeyser was the only person who would invite him to their show after Mr. Kudlow’s recovery following a scandalous and very public fall from grace due to his addictions. Mr. Kudlow also explained his conversion to Catholicism, as Catholics took him in during the time when he struggled to pry himself away from his disease. It was a remarkable conversation, and before we parted he mentioned again he’d convey my message to Mr. Rukeyser, whom he saw often.

CNBC started a show, Kudlow & Cramer, which I didn’t watch too often because I find Cramer annoying. Later on Kudkow got his own show, and I watched frequently (mostly while preparing dinner).

The Kudlow Report (and its earlier version, Kudlow and Company) was, without a doubt, the best moneypolitics show on the air. Differing, opposite, views were discussed civilly, and with clarity. It is entirely to Mr. Kudlow’s credit that he maintained such high standards on each and every broadcast.

Last night was The Kudlow Report’s last show. During his closing speech, Mr. Kudlow gave witness to his faith, movingly saying he “replaced addiction with faith.” He will continue as a CNBC contributor in other shows.

I wish Mr. Kudlow the best, and thank him for inspiring and encouraging Americans to prosper and grow.


Sherlock: new mini-episode

Thursday, December 26th, 2013


I’m so hooked it’s not funny. But then, I was reading all the Arthur Conan Doyle stories when my classmates were reading Nancy Drew.

Blogging on Latin America shall resume shortly.

And now a break for Spiral/Engrenages

Sunday, October 27th, 2013


A friend recently recommended the French police thriller Spiral, and it’s addictive.

The literal meaning of the French title, Engrenages, is closer to gears (as in the grinding of the judicial system) than to spiral, but Spiral is very apt.

Taking place in Paris, this is not, repeat, not a travelogue (in four seasons, there’s only one shot of the Champs Élysées); it is the Paris of ugly rough neighborhoods, banlieus, and squats. The “French judicial system” means the cops can rough you up, strip-search you, and leave you in the clink for 3 days, and Miranda is the name of some girl, not of a SCOTUS decision regarding your rights.

A combination of Good Wife-type soap opera, CSI, and Law & Order, the characters are perfectly cast and the stories follow an arc through a season. Mostly Film has spoilers, but lists the main characters with great élan,

There’s also all the usual mixed-bag of recurring characters that a show like this gathers over time, including one man who looks so very French it hurts…

My favorite so far is Judge Roban, with his perfect hair,

Mr. Selfridge fans will be happy to hear Grégory Fitoussi plays one of the lawyers.

Warning: Violence, sex, gore, and really foul language.
In colloquial gutter French with English subtitles that sometimes aren’t great, but the show is worth the effort.

The Guardian blogs it.

Puerto Rico: Homeland location

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Puerto Rico Makes Debut on “Homeland”

Puerto Rico subbed for Caracas, Venezuela on Sunday night, where the fictional version of the CIA was running an anti-terrorist operation on the first episode of the season, led by the character Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend).

The scenes from Sunday’s episodes were filmed in Old San Juan, although more Puerto Rico locations could be reportedly be on the table for future episodes.

The episode was titled Tower of David, after Caracas ‘s high-rise to nowhere.

Meanwhile, the Venezuelan government was displeased: “Torre de David” goes Hollywood

What’s the reaction from the communicational hegemon? Check out this article from Alba Ciudad 96.3. FM., where the writer doesn’t just criticize Homeland for its anti-Venezuela bias, but also calls the show “anti-Muslim” and accuses it of being embedded with the C.I.A.

The reasons behind his conclusion? First, Homeland is one of Barack Obama’s favorite TV shows. Second, the show’s cast recently made a visit to the agency’s headquarters. Ergo, Obama told the C.I.A. to use Homeland in order to trash Venezuela’s image.

But . . . but. . .



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#Breaking Bad

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Series finale on right now.

Ozymandias, read by Brian Cranston:

The final episode is Felina, acronym for finale, but let’s not forget this song:

Breaking Bad: Ozymandias

Monday, September 16th, 2013

After last night’s episode, have to post this,

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away”.

Question:
Is Flynn the only man of integrity in the show?

James Gandolfini, R.I.P.

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

James Gandolfini dead at 51: ‘Sopranos’ star suffers massive heart attack in Italy
‘Everyone is in tears,’ a source close to the Emmy Award-winning actor tells the Daily News.