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  • EuroTrip

    03/24/2019 6:56:18 AM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 23, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    I have a lousy week ahead of me, a se'nnight of non-stop litigious cockwombling. Which, even if one has right on one's side, is draining and depressing. So I find myself in the mood for some low comedy, and, as it's "EU Talent Day" on Monday, I thought I'd feature a quintessentially American take on the EU's talents. Among this picture's distinctions is the fact that it's Matt Damon's finest hour. Well, okay, finest three minutes. But maybe that's what he should stick to. We'll get to that later, as we celebrate the many pleasures of EuroTrip, which demonstrates a...
  • Batman at Eighty

    03/16/2019 4:33:01 PM PDT · by Twotone · 32 replies
    Happy birthday to Batman, who made his debut eight decades ago in Detective Comics, issue number 27. It was dated May 1939, but actually hit newsstands in March that year. Batman made his screen debut in 1943 - see the somewhat saggy long underwear at right, and then took a two decade break till the campy TV series of the mid-Sixties. Another twenty years later he returned in a feature film by Tim Burton, and has been a fixture at the multiplex ever since. I was trying to recall whether I'd ever met anyone who's played Bruce Wayne, and to...
  • Tales of the Tape

    03/12/2019 1:45:59 PM PDT · by Twotone · 5 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 12, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    I've had the pleasure of appearing on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show. But, even if I hadn't, I would watch it. It is by far the most interesting show on cable news. (Don't take my word for it.) By definition, that world's a hamster wheel - let's go live to a press conference, a House vote, a court verdict, a car chase - and much of it doesn't matter a week later, never mind a year or a decade. But night after night Tucker uses the small details of the day to paint the big picture of our times -...
  • How Warner Bros Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Kubrick's Bomb

    03/10/2019 6:30:46 AM PDT · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 9, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    What did the picture editor of Look see in the Bronx teenager's photograph? A weeping city news vendor surrounded by front pages announcing the death of President Roosevelt — and the small, tenderly caught moment that humanizes great events. It got its sixteen-year-old snapper, Stanley Kubrick, a staff job at the magazine, and he never did anything like it again — unless you count the scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) in which the computer HAL, the picture's only really human character, gets dismantled in what's easily the most moving death scene in the director's oeuvre. Stanley Kubrick died...
  • I'll Be Around

    03/03/2019 3:59:06 PM PST · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 3, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    ...In the pithy summation of Terry Teachout, Alec Wilder "spent his life looking for cracks to fall through". Back in the days when we still had record stores, he didn't quite fit the pop bins or the classical bins or the jazz bins. Which is why, if you're hung up on categorization, it's easier to leave him out of the store altogether. As he himself acknowledged, his compositions "were gunned down by the jazz boys because they had a classical flavor, and they were gunned down by the classical boys because they had a jazz flavor." Still, discriminating persons at...
  • The Rain Maker

    03/02/2019 4:02:06 PM PST · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | March 2, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    ...Stanley Donen died a week ago, and...was the last surviving major director of the Golden Age, mainly because he was barely out of short pants when he started. His films include On The Town, Singin' In The Rain, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Indiscreet, Charade and Two for the Road. He started out directing Sinatra, Astaire, Gene Kelly, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, and hung in there long enough to direct Lionel Richie, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore (topless), and Michael Jackson (for a Jekyll & Hyde adaptation aborted after the child-molestation charges). And, speaking of the Oscars, the last magical moment...
  • White Tucker Carlson Guest (Mark Steyn) Says African-Americans ‘Need to Move on’ From Slavery

    02/22/2019 3:47:46 PM PST · by EveningStar · 162 replies
    The Wrap ^ | February 22, 2019 | Jon Levine
    White Tucker Carlson Guest Says African-Americans ‘Need to Move on’ From Slavery (Video) Tucker Carlson guest Mark Steyn offered his thoughts and slavery and the issue of reparations to the descendants of U.S. slaves, telling viewers of Carlson’s Fox News show Thursday that nobody living today knew anyone who had been a slave and that people just needed to move on from the whole issue. “Slavery was abolished a century and a half ago. Nobody alive today had a grandparent who was a slave and in that sense I think you reach a point where, you know, you need to...
  • A President Fit for Hollywood

    02/16/2019 4:05:16 PM PST · by Twotone · 8 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | February 16 2019 | Mark Steyn
    These are strange times in America, with Andrew McCabe and the senior leadership of the FBI and Department of Justice living out their own Seven Days in May fantasy, except that in the Deputy Director's cut it's already halfway to Seven Years in May. We shall leave that disturbing convergence of Tinseltown and the Swamp for another day, but on this Presidents Day weekend I thought we'd take a look at the kind of president Hollywood lefties come up with when they're given free rein to design their ideal. There was a fashion for such films during the Clinton years,...
  • A Cockwomble Reaches for The Hockey Stick

    02/14/2019 12:16:35 PM PST · by Twotone · 2 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | February 14, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    There was some modest activity yesterday in the Mann vs Steyn climate-change hockey-stick case, which will shortly be entering its eighth year. As that ludicrous fact testifies, it has been procedurally bollocksed by the District of Columbia courts, which is why it will almost certainly be headed to the Supreme Court. When it gets there, it will be the most consequential free-speech case since New York Times vs Sullivan fifty-five years ago. Lest you doubt that, consider yesterday's request by the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press and various other parties to file an amicus brief on the...
  • The Future They're Planning for Us

    02/12/2019 5:28:00 PM PST · by Twotone · 19 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | February 11, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Two contrasting approaches to population growth: ~First, the American policy, per the Census Bureau: The Census Bureau is projecting that the population of the United States will hit 404 million by 2060, and nearly all of the net growth will be from immigrants and their families. A new analysis of the figures shows that of the 79 million more in 2060, 75 million will be legal and illegal immigrants and their families, a population the size of France and Belgium combined. Without immigration, according to the Census analysis from the Center for Immigration Studies, the U.S. population would increase by...
  • The Windmills of Your Mind

    02/10/2019 3:59:04 PM PST · by Twotone · 24 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | February 10, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Michel Legrand died a fortnight ago, of sepsis after contracting a pulmonary infection. He was 86, which is a grand age, but he was very active and had a full concert schedule booked for the spring. So one resents somewhat, as I mentioned re Albert Finney yesterday, the randomness of fatal affliction in otherwise healthy old men. Sometimes with the advancing years a writer starts to sound written out - as if everything he has to say has already been said. Legrand didn't sound like that to me. My pal Jessica Martin was in his last show, Marguerite, in the...
  • Saturday Night and the Morning After

    02/10/2019 7:46:19 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 12 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 9 Feb 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Albert Finney died on Thursday, apparently from one of those sudden infections generally harmless to youth but swiftly lethal to otherwise healthy old men. His last film was in 2012 - Skyfall, one of the best of all 007 outings, in which he played the Bond family's ancient Scottish retainer at James' crumbling childhood home. In that diamond jubilee year of Cubby Broccoli's lucrative franchise, it was a role fairly obviously intended for Sean Connery, but which Sir Sean, after Never Say Never Again, decided to say never again to, perhaps wisely. Finney was hairy, game, and, in his scenes...
  • Saturday Night and the Morning After

    02/10/2019 6:40:12 AM PST · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | February 10, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Albert Finney died on Thursday, apparently from one of those sudden infections generally harmless to youth but swiftly lethal to otherwise healthy old men. His last film was in 2012 - Skyfall, one of the best of all 007 outings, in which he played the Bond family's ancient Scottish retainer at James' crumbling childhood home. In that diamond jubilee year of Cubby Broccoli's lucrative franchise, it was a role fairly obviously intended for Sean Connery, but which Sir Sean, after Never Say Never Again, decided to say never again to, perhaps wisely. Finney was hairy, game, and, in his scenes...
  • The Johnnie Cochran of the Great White North?

    02/02/2019 8:12:25 AM PST · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | February 1, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    I more or less lost interest in newspapers when my old boss Conrad Black stopped running them. His flagship Daily Telegraph in London is a pale shadow of its former self, and The Chicago Sun-Times is even more diminished, a pale shadow of a pale shadow. Lord Black's career as a publisher ended with a multi-count conviction in US federal court in the Northern District of Illinois for a "corporate governance" "crime" that none of his enemies can even explain. He was imprisoned, and, either because he's Canadian or a member of the House of Lords, was deemed ineligible for...
  • Accessories and Crimes

    01/28/2019 5:07:16 PM PST · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | January 28, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Over the weekend Paris was rocked by demonstrations from a new protest group that has sprung up in oppositions to les gilets jaunes - the Yellow Vests. The new movement is called les foulards rouges - the Red Scarves. For some reason, this passage from The Code of the Woosters (1938) sprang to mind: 'Don't you ever read the papers? Roderick Spode is the founder and head of the Saviours of Britain, a Fascist organization better known as the Black Shorts ...' 'By the way, when you say 'shorts', you mean 'shirts', of course.' 'No. By the time Spode formed...
  • The State of the State of the Union

    01/24/2019 5:04:18 PM PST · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | January 24, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    The big news across America this morning is that Nancy Pelosi appears to have pulled off the cancellation of the State of the Union - by refusing the President an invite to "the people's house". I have mixed feelings about this, as longtime readers will know - first, because ersatz monarchism does not become a republic: Strange how the monarchical urge persists even in a republic two-and-a-third centuries old. Many commentators have pointed out that the modern State of the Union is in fairly obvious mimicry of the Speech from the Throne that precedes a new legislative session in British...
  • The Drumbeat of the Mob

    01/21/2019 11:58:26 AM PST · by Twotone · 11 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | January 21, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Guest-hosting for Rush on Friday, I mentioned the strange need of the right to virtue-signal to their detractors - as in the stampede of Congressional Republicans to distance themselves from their colleague Steve King over an infelicitous interview with The New York Times. Democrats never do this; Louis Farrakhan and his Nation of Islam declare that the Jews are pushing defective marijuana on black men in order to turn them gay - which would appear to be a prima facie slur on at least four Democrat constituencies: blacks, gays, Jews and potheads. Yet Clinton, Obama et al speak not a...
  • Coffee & Cigarettes

    01/19/2019 4:45:04 PM PST · by Twotone · 32 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | January 19, 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Australia Day looms on January 26th, which is a week from today New Hampshire time. But a week from today New Hampshire time Australia Day will have come and gone. In fact, it may already have come and gone: as the years go by, the Pacific time zones seem to gape and open up even vaster temporal space. So I thought we'd go a little Australian ahead of the big day, and pick a movie with the most prominent Aussie actress of our time. In private life Cate Blanchett is a near parodic limousine liberal ("Green before it was hip,...
  • Freaks

    01/06/2019 8:43:03 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 18 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 5 Jan 2019 | Mark Steyn
    Fifty years ago, in Charlotte, North Carolina, the most famous Siamese twins of the 20th century failed to report for their shift at the grocery store where they had worked for most of the previous decade. On January 4th 1969, the door was forced, and Violet and Daisy Hilton were found dead from the Hong Kong flu. Daisy died first, and for two to four days Violet, sharing the same circulatory system, lay next to her conjoined sister, until the influenza consumed her too. They were sixty years old, and had lived a helluva life.Fifty years ago, in Charlotte, North...
  • Ave atque vale 2018

    12/31/2018 4:33:54 PM PST · by Twotone · 8 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | December 31, 2018 | Mark Steyn
    Here's my take on some of those who left us these last twelve months. It's not a comprehensive list, because, as the late Diana Mosley used to say to me with rueful weariness, "People die non-stop", which is very true. But here's some of the passings we noted, with more at the links - from furniture salesmen to superhero godfathers to make-believe presidents, first ladies to Bond girls to Pigeon sisters: CHARLES AZNAVOUR, troubadour On September 19th the 94-year-old Charles Aznavour was on stage at the NHK Hall in Osaka, Japan. After a triumphant concert he returned to his home...