Just in time for the 4th, here’s an odd celebration of American freedom: I talked to Paul Cantor talk about David Milch’s most famous achievement, Deadwood–the movie and the TV show. A Western, lawless, but orderly vision of America. An America with commerce but without religion, with freedom but without equality–what kind of community and what kind of justice are possible in such a situation? Something piratical, un-Puritan.More
We have Direct TV bundled through our local phone company. To keep costs down, I call to see what deals are offered and how I can cut our expenses. Right now, we have a very low rate on movie packages for a year, including HBO. They push HBO all the time. However, I’ve noticed that HBO content has been offering more controversial and explicit material. I’ve flipped through channels of the same old tired movies to “documentaries” and other programming that is actively pushing alternative lifestyles, sex, and drugs. I just read a story that has pushed me to cancel HBO.
Here is the story from Fox News that pushed me over the edge, a show called “Euphoria“:More
Liberal media, double standards; same song, different verse. We already knew HBO promotes leftist propaganda, whether it’s Vice, Bill Maher, John Oliver, or ensuring its Game of Thrones middle-earth soap opera is diverse enough for their woke overlords. When Vanity Fair Contributing Editor (liberal author) Fran Lebowitz stated to Maher’s barking seal audience that impeachment was not enough for President Trump she added that he “deserves to be handed over to the Saudis” to face the same treatment as the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was brutally killed and dismembered.More
Friends, this edition of the podcast is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring — on the night of August 20-21, the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact armies invaded Czechoslovakia and put an end to the hopes for reform of the Communist regime. It would take more than a generation for freedom, destroyed by invasion, to come back to Prague. On January 16, 1969, Jan Palach, a 20-year-old student, burned himself in Wenceslas Square in protest against the resurgent tyranny. Agnieszka Holland, the Oscar-nominated director of the Holocaust movie In Darkness (2011), also made Burning Bush (2013), a three-episode mini-series on Jan Palach’s self-immolation and its aftermath, one of the best works of art we have about late totalitarian government. Flagg Taylor and I talk about this movie and about the Prague Spring itself, the Charter 77 movement, and Jan Palach’s legacy up to the return of freedom to Czechoslovakia.More
“I’m not diverse. I’m the reverse of ethnic. I have no culture. I am nothing.” More
Just a heads up about a long-running project I came across: http://bandofbrotherswherearetheynow.blogspot.com/ Ross Owen of the Ross Owen Show acts as producer. Haven’t heard of Ross Owen? Neither had I. He has an interview show that features mostly actors, and I should mention he’s Welsh so you’re not surprised by his accent. More
I absolutely despise “alternative history” fiction. The distortion of real history is bad enough.
Enter David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and executives at HBO. Time-Warner’s pay channel has commissioned the creators of “Game of Thrones” to create “Confederate,” an alt-history series where the American Civil War ended in a stalemate and the Confederacy is now a 21st Century nation with institutionalized slavery. This is, as liberals would say, “problematic.”More
On Wednesday, February 15, Hollywood superproducer-slash-director-slash-writer-slash-host of superexclusive fundraisers for Our Former Glorious Sun King Barry I Ryan Murphy announced that the theme of the next season of his popular anthology series American Horror Story would be… the last presidential election. So the show that has seen people terrorized by ghosts, demons, ex-Nazi doctors, aliens, witches, voodoo […]
Well most of the right has been debating about the morality of the current tax system this weekend, I’ve decided to catch HBO’s new series Westworld. Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name. For those of you who haven’t seen the original 1973 film, Westworld is setup as a amusement park, where […]
↑ Edited to add the incredible Westworld opening title sequence that HBO has added to YouTube today. This was created by Elastic, the same company that created titles for many series – most especially the iconic opening titles for Game of Thrones. More
Ok conservative America. What do you when it comes to hi-tech lynch mobs? What did you do the first time around? What are you doing now? Are you betting Marx was right, it was tragedy at first, but it’s a farce now? Or what? Comments & attempts to walk me off the ledge are welcome! […]
When given the choice between a President Donald Trump and President Ted Cruz, Comedian Bill Maher says the choice is easy — he would pick Cruz. On the HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher,” he first took a dig at the current Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton. He said she is not a sure thing because “You need a fall back between suicide and Canada.”
He told the audience he feels for Republicans who had a field of 17 candidates and are now left with a choice between “Mussolini and Joe McCarthy.” The comedian went on to point out the subtle differences between the two but said in the end better to choose Ted than dead.More
So, I read in the New York Post about HBO’s launch of the new, improved Sesame Street. (Yes, I am a proud Post reader. Where else would I get my
celebrity gossip cheesy Anthony Weiner headlines news?)
I was never fond of Sesame Street, even as a kid. Always a fan of snark, I preferred Statler and Waldorf hurling insults on The Muppet Show to Bert and Ernie’s griping. Cookie Monster was grammar-challenged and his cookie-scarfing schtick grew old, fast. Snuffleupagus was a downer. But the worst was Big Bird: whiny, ungainly, and with those disturbing bug-eyes that screamed “undiagnosed anxiety disorder.”More
For the next five seasons, new episodes of Sesame Street will run first on HBO (and its online partners), then on PBS nine months later. As part of the deal, PBS gets the show for free.
So, is this 1) simply a creative funding arrangement for PBS; 2) a nail in the coffin for PBS’ very existence; or 3) best yet — and my personal opinion — yet more proof that PBS does not need federal subsidies to stay alive and stay “public”?More
Like many, I desperately want to cut the cord, or in my case, the satellite and the $130 Direct TV monthly bill. I figure there are only about a dozen channels/shows I regularly watch, and it’s all recorded on DVR. Sling TV is an internet based provider of over 20 cable channels for $20 a month, […]
According to Moffett-Nathanson analyst Craig Moffett as reported in Variety a couple of weeks ago, Q1 2015 was the first quarter that the Pay TV industry posted a loss in revenue. That’s a pretty impressive run since the 1970s when coaxial cable was laid throughout the land to push out television programming that could render a static-free TV picture shielded from the elements so customers no longer had to fiddle with antennas or wire coat hangers to get a decent picture on a dark and stormy night. But the Pay TV Titanic has just hit the iceberg and there are so many lifeboats to be had. A consolidation is underway as cable providers are beginning to snatch up other cable providers.
This consolidation promises no new innovations to consumers. In the late ’90s, when Pay TV providers first knew that they needed to expand beyond offering TV programming, they added Internet and then digital telephone services. Today, they also offer home surveillance services. But opening the portal (or port hole to float my Titanic analogy further) to Internet services, once a necessity to keep residential customers, is the port hole that is being used by customers to squeeze out of escalating and pricey monthly subscriptions and jump over to set top box (STB) and Smart TV makers offering subscriber-based programming bundled with their hardware. The port hole is open, water is rushing in, and alarm bells are ringing.More