Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Much Ado about Chicken

So, there's been loads of hoo-ha about Chick-Fil-A (that's not really a word), and how their CEO equates gay marriage to SHAKING OUR FISTS AT THE SKY (that doesn't make anything happen) and how they use profits to fund NOM, or the National Organization for Marriage.  Other posts and articles in other places give a much better background than I am here, but just as a little catch up, NOM is considered a hate group by many, including the Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama.  Alabama, I say.  An organization in Alabama categorizes them in a file marked "Hate Group." 

Alabama.  File.  Hate Group.  I'm going to give a little space here to let that wash over you for a minute...


That's the cause.  The result is that all of the cheeseheads on your facey-tweety-tumble-pages are posting pictures of themselves with Chick-Fil-A bags, because it's a way to plant another flag up the mountain of douchebaggery that they're scaling.  Thumbs up if you claim that!

Exhibit A

The issue here is that some people think that we in the states should define marriage by looking to the Bible as an authority.  Most people, especially many Christians, have no idea what this would entail.  I thought a little clarity might be in order, and who better to deliver than America's Best Christian--Betty Bowers!

Thanks, Betty!  You did it again!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Two Jews on Friday

It’s been an odd and tiring week at work, so I wanted to focus on something fun to celebrate the advent of Friday.  What better way to ring in TGIF than with a little TJoF—Two Jews on Film.

Joan and John Schwartz are the self-proclaimed Two Jews on Film, and they are wicked funny.  Weekly, and sometimes more, they praise (usually Joan) and skewer (usually John) the hits and misses that are newly releasing both at the multiplex and at the arthouse.

Having been in a film club for a couple of years now, and being surrounded by human encyclopedias of movie history, I’m not even sure I qualify for this term, but with some pause I can say that I am a film buff.  That being the case, I love to hear what these Jews…guys…have to say about the new releases; but really, these two could be going on about reality TV or restaurants or spark plugs.  It wouldn’t matter, because they are so entertaining—squabbling, reviewing, flirting, laughing at each others’ quirks...they’re always so much fun to watch.

Their rating system is zero to five bagels (not one to five, because I think John has given at least one film just half of a bagel), and there’s some nuance, as the bagels can be either dry or slathered with kosher delights.

With that, it’s time for me to get to the bagels.  I give Two Jews on Film five enthusiastic bagels, and they runneth over with lox, cream cheese and tons of capers.  Two Jews on Film open (release a new video) almost every week on YouTube.  Go see them, and tell me what you think.

If you are a subscriber of things on YouTube, please subscribe to their YouTube channel.  If you are a liker of things on Facebook, like them on their page.  Also, if you are so inclined, check out their great website.

Whether or not you’re a movie fan, whether you agree with one, both or neither on their reviews, and no matter if you’re a Joan with your bagel half full, or a John with your bagel half eaten, you will love and adore Two Jews on Film.  If you’re like me, after your first viewing of one of their videos, you will wish they were your cool, Jewish, movie-loving neighbors.

Now, picture me moving out of the frame and coming toward the webcam to stop recording, and in low, foreboding tones I say something vaguely related to all of the above, like, “May the Schwartzs be with you.”


Here are a few of their recent videos--a little atypical in that they agree on both films!  Spoiler alert:  The Watch is a wash and The Dark Knight Rises to the occasion.

I offer a curtsey to Rich from Wide Screen World, whose post about the Two Jews awhile back is where I was introduced to them.  A sheynem dank, Rich!  (I'm trying to be clever here, I think that means "thank you so much" in Yiddish).

Friday, July 20, 2012

Comment on Our Times

“I’m a registered Republican.  I only seem liberal because I believe hurricanes are caused by high barometric pressure, and not gay marriage.”     --From HBO's The Newsroom 

I heard this quotation on Fresh Air during an interview with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and it really resonated with me as a perfect comment on our times in middle America.  It reminded me of Rachel Maddow's oft-quoted, "I'm undoubtedly a liberal, which means that I'm in almost total agreement with the Eisenhower-era Republican party platform."