Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Late End of the Year

New Year’s Eve isn’t much here in Hollywood. At three in the afternoon you can watch the Eiffel Tower light up in Paris, and at nine in the evening you can watch that ball drop in Times Square. The fireworks … Continue reading

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Police Regression

There’s a term for it – regression. Sigmund Freud came up with the term, for what he kept seeing over and over again. The troubled people he saw seemed to somehow come up with a defense mechanism that led to … Continue reading

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What No One Noticed

No one noticed, but that’s understandable – people are finally fed up with the police, after what happened in Ferguson, and then Staten Island, and then Cleveland, and seems to happen far too regularly. Young black men die when the … Continue reading

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Our Convenient Monsters

Too many people think Hollywood churns out wisdom. Hollywood churns out movies, most of which are silly stuff, often intentionally so, and those that offer “depth” offer something else instead – entertainment, the illusion of depth, which is entertaining enough. … Continue reading

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Deciding What Works

There’s no reason America pauses at the end of December – the world doesn’t – but Christmas makes everyone a bleeding-heart liberal for a few days. Everyone watches variations on the Scrooge story – life isn’t that bad if you … Continue reading

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Christmas Silence

Just Above Sunset is going silent for a few days – it’s off to Carlsbad by the Sea for Christmas with the family down there, far from Hollywood, and far from the world’s troubles. Christmas morning down there is when … Continue reading

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Not So Bad After All

There’s a common theme to Christmas movies – life isn’t that bad if you stop being a greedy asshole and look around. Alastair Sim nailed that in that 1951 version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – and Jimmy Stewart in … Continue reading

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