‘Fury” is a good wartime drama that might have been considered great had it come out anywhere in between 1930 and 1998. In the year 2014, however, the film might come off as too familiar to those who have seen classics like “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Platoon,” and “Saving Private Ryan.” That’s not to say “Fury” is too little too late. On the contrary, the film is exceptionally made, wonderfully acted, and effectively portrays the horrors of war. It’s just hard to totally give yourself to a movie when you can tell who’s going to live, who’s going to die, and what’s going to be learned 10 minutes in.
Not too long ago I stepped up to the cash register at a local store. The young clerk was obviously new as evidenced by the hand written name tag and the looming presence of a manager-type looking over her shoulder.
Recently someone asked me on my thoughts about the NFL players accused of physical abuse to their wives, children and, in one case, a fiancé that has been reported by every major news outlet around the world. I shared, “One who abuses another in any way, is a coward, period.”
The Republicans argue that raising the minimum wage will increase unemployment, increase prices, and make our businesses less competitive. The data does not support these claims. In fact, states that have a higher minimum wage have lower unemployment, and healthier economies.
Today let’s consider the locust: it looks like a grasshopper, but is something scientists call “gregarious,” which means it joins up with its friends, creates swarms that together cover about a fifth of the Earth’s land mass and eats up to 423 million pounds of food a day.
Gov. Jan Brewer has appointed Patricia Starr to the Maricopa County Superior Court. Starr has been a Maricopa County Superior Court commissioner since 2011. Prior to her appointment as commissioner, Starr served as Capital Staff Attorney for the Arizona Death Penalty Judicial Assistance Project (2008-11); Assistant Attorney General for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (2005-08; 2002-03); Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (2003-05; 1993-2002); and Law Clerk to the Honorable Jefferson Lankford with the Arizona Court of Appeals (1992-93). Accordingly, her previous experience includes assisting trial judges with death penalty cases; handling insurance fraud, habeas matters, juvenile delinquency and civil commitment hearings; and representing the state in capital, criminal, juvenile and sexually violent persons appeals. Ms. Starr also has prosecuted two capital jury trials.
Incoming Gilbert Public Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto officially signed a contract that will pay her at least $200,000 per year on the same night the district’s governing board hired its second interim superintendent since July.
Robert De Niro is a ruthless gangster; John Cusack is experiencing motel hell; a hot hooker with a heart of gold is on the run; a satchel bag with mysterious contents. Haven’t we seen all this before? The Bag Man desperately borrows from dozens of other dark and gritty crime-thriller films, but, unfortunately, it is more ‘bore’ than noir.
Every so often some researcher whips out his calculator and estimates how much it takes to raise a child today. I suspect that this exercise is some sort of subtle pressure from the government to cut down on overpopulation, because the Department of Agriculture says it costs a libido-crushing $241,080 to raise each of our Special Snowflakes to age 18.
The Phoenix Public Information Office recently won an Emmy Award at the 36th Annual National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Rocky Mountain Southwest Gala. The city was recognized in the interactive category for an online budget program featuring Mayor Greg Stanton that aired on PHX11.
"Mad Men" meets "The Artist" in "Populaire," a superbly crafted, finely acted but somewhat shallow retro rom-com about a young French secretary who, with the help of her highly persuasive boss, hammers her way to becoming one of the fastest typists on the planet.