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Posted by on Jan 6, 2020 in International, Politics, Society, War | 0 comments

My initial reaction was, like most Americans that Trump’s assassination of Soleimani was yet another in an intolerable list of self-serving geopolitical moves intended to reinforce the likelihood of Trump’s re-election. One more Ukraine grift. One more wag-the-dog moment in what feels like an interminable nightmare in American geopolitics. But I think we run the risk of trivializing the significance of the expansionist moves being made by historic masters of destabilization – Russia, Turkey, and Iran – if we focus only on the political impact on our upcoming election. We are diagnosing the symptom instead of the disease. And the disease is oil.

‘Uncut Gems’ Sets Itself Apart As A Stress-Inducing, Loud Mess

Posted by on Jan 4, 2020 in At TMV | 0 comments

What the Safdie brothers have created is a frustrating story that has no likable characters. The music, usually loud and out-of-sync with what’s taking place on-screen, adds to the stress and anticipation being created from start to finish. It’s almost non-stop, up to the very last scene, and as the credits roll. But this, of course, is intentional.