Lincoln, The Movie

I borrowed Lincoln from the library. It was a disappointment.

The price was right, is about all I can say for it.   I was expecting more of a biography instead of a political thriller.  (The political intrigue was interesting – akin to House of Cards, I imagine.)

I’m conflicted over Daniel Day Lewis’s characterization.  He looked like my version of Lincoln but he didn’t talk like my version of Lincoln.  Great acting, I thought.

Sally Field was terrible – shallow acting, bad lines.

Tommy Lee Jones – make the best of a bad script.

Lincoln 2012 – IMDb.

Pomme and ‘Restes: SHIPWRECKED! (GCTC and A Company of Fools)

I just got home from my first GCTC production this season.  It was the first of two “Previews”.  Opening night is on Thursday.
I give it one thumb up and one (captain) hook up.  It was very good.  The actors were all good but I really liked newcomer Katie Ryerson’s performance: lots of energy, good voice, sure of her lines and good presence on the stage.  I expect that the reviewer from The Citizen will say that she was overly dramatic and trying a little too hard, but it’s a farce and I think the acting has to be over-the-top in places.  Jesse Buck (Captain Hook) was also pretty good.  Pomme and ‘Restes (Scott Florence and Margot MacDonald) were good and carried the bulk of the show but I found their rapid-fire dialogues a little hard to understand at times.
All the actors (except Ryerson) struggled with some of their lines; I expect that will be cleaned up with some practice before opening night or with some quick re-writes.

Pomme and ‘Restes: SHIPWRECKED! |

Garry Kasparov on Vladimir Putin

I like this G&M article is an edited transcript of an interview with Garry Kasparov on the subject of Vladimir Putin’s past and future tactics.  Here’s a couple of excerpts:

If you are in power for 15 years and you made clear you would like to stay for the rest of your life, you have to convince people that you have something to offer. The shaky Russian economy is no longer a reason. Hence there’s a need for more drastic actions to justify his claim for power: Vladimir the Great, the collector of Russian lands, unifier of a divided empire … I don’t see how he can backpedal because a dictator can afford many things except one, weakness. The moment he shows weakness he’s no longer all powerful, invincible leader who cannot be challenged. He has to push forward with his agenda … there’s no way back.

Dictators of Putin’s magnitude are always testing waters. They can always smell weakness and, if they see the room for them to advance, they do it. So the question a dictator of Putin’s calibre asks is not why, he asks why not? This is the way Putin thinks. He plays by the rules only if he finds it’s convenient and profitable. But the moment that he finds that brute force is more beneficial, he immediately switches to this algorithm. The West needs to send a much stronger message back to his inner circle, to the Russian ruling class, that there will be a steep price for what is happening – everybody will pay, not only Putin. Only then will Putin think twice about this actions.

On a side note, Russia’s central bank increased it’s lending rate on Halloween, in an unsuccessful attempt to step the outflow of rubles – unsuccessful because the exchange rate bounced up for a nano-second and then went back to the old rate. The hike in domestic interest rates is an indication that the sanctions and the drop in the price of oil may be having an effect. So what will Putin do next?–dad

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