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‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Makes It All Work

Posted by on Oct 20, 2019 in Movie Reviews | 0 comments

Mistress of Evil makes the story of Maleficent, adapted for our modern times, work. It’s a perfectly fine sequel that is beautiful to look at, engaging, and fun. It’s a sequel that we didn’t really know we needed or wanted, and there’s no reason to be upset that we now have it. What makes Mistress of Evil work is that it isn’t a rehashing of a previous Disney property, such as The Lion King. It’s evident that the cast and crew enjoyed making this movie and doing their own thing in bringing it to life.


Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in 2020 Presidential Election, Government, Impeachment, Media, Theater | 0 comments

“I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take two years. I captured them in one month.” – Donald Trump 2019

For the last three years we’ve been watching an American media production of a 16th Century comedia della’arte performance, and the masks worn by the players have been surpassed only by the remarkable performances of the players themselves.

As what has turned out to be the 19th season of The Apprentice approaches, and we are still transfixed in front of our media feeds, the long-awaited denouement of this made-for-TV play is beginning to take center stage. We are gathered in front of our news delivery devices, and the popcorn and pearls to clutch have been passed out. History whispers that this performance will go down in the records as the best historical tragicomedy of all time, a theatrical production made in America by Americans (plus a few stunt men from Russia). And the crowds have literally gone wild for three years. But although the medium has changed from the flea pit stages of the 16th Century, it’s pleasantly ironic to note how derivative Trump and Company are of this classic form of improvisational theater.