89th Academy Awards

Everyone in the Arts dreams about the Oscars.

Actors, directors, producers, actresses, writers, musicians, make-up artists, cinematographers, costumers et al.

I know I’m leaving out someone, but who doesn’t in an Academy Awards acceptance speech.

Even I once held such dreams, but tonight I’ll be watching the Boston Celtics versus Detroit. I have no dreams any more. Not of standing at that gloried dais in Los Angeles.

I only went to the cinema once last year, but that doesn’t exclude my predicting the winners from having only seen the trailers and posters, so and the winners are.

Best Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon – Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington, and Burt Dalton

I like Mark Wahlberg. He comes from Boston.

Best Film Editing

I support all Science Fiction movies

Best Costume Design

Jackie – Madeline Fontaine

Even though Nathalie Portman doesn’t look a thing like Jackie.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove – Eva von Bahr and Love Larson

I like their names.

Best Cinematography

Arrival – Bradford Young

Space movies rule and fuck LA LA LAND

Best Production Design

Arrival – Patrice Vermette and Paul Hotte

I’m all in.

Best Sound Mixing

Arrival – Sylvain Bellemare

I love French people.

Best Documentary – Short Subject

The White Helmets – Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Stop the Endless War.

Best Documentary – Feature

I Am Not Your Negro – Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety, and Hébert Peck

We worship the righteous dead.

Best Foreign Language Film

Tanna (Australia) in Nauvhal – Martin Butler and Bentley Dean
I have been to Melansia.

Best Animated Feature Film

The Red Turtle – Michaël Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki

Anyone but Disney.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi from Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

I was a Math Major at University.

Best Original Screenplay

20th Century Women – Mike Mills

This quirky film with weird dancing scene at punk clubs was the only Oscar nominee I saw in 2016

Best Supporting Actress

Naomie Harris – Moonlight as Paula

She has kind eyes.

Best Supporting Actor

Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water as Marcus Hamilton

I would love to see this veteran win one.

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert – Elle as Michèle Leblanc

Viva La France.

Best Actor

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea as Lee Chandler

A shout out for Falmouth, Mass.

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

De La Belle Province – Quebec.

And finally the moment we have bee waiting for.

Best Picture of 2016

Moonlight – Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner

Because it’s always good to recognize the best.

The Unpower Of The Press

Through his campaign Donald Trump complained about the lack of impartiality from the Mainstream Media. In truth CNN and MSNBC loved the billionaire’s antic for providing their viewers with cheap entertainment and their interviewers pitched softballs to the GOP candidate, never calling him out on his lies.

Not that Trump’s supporters waver in their faith in the crusade to make America great again.

They are cursed by the miracle of deception.

Truth is not truth. Lies are truth. Trump excelled parroting the blurbs of their paranoid fears, but recent allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election had Trump crowing about the constant barrage of falsehoods from reporters at the White House briefings, so Trump banned his detractors from a press gaggle with Scott Spicer in the White House.

New York Times banned.

CNN banned.

Politico banned.

The Guardian, BuzzFeed, the BBC, the Daily Mail banned.

As enemies of the state.

Maybe now they will report the news.

Show us Donald Trump’s birth certificate.

Red Army Love


Only a Russian could have written WAR AND PEACE

Big Bear

Mikhail Gorbachev

The USA and the USSR waged a Cold War across the world. America and her proxy nations fought wars in Korea and Viet-Nam. Countless conflicts burned on every continent and in the air as well as on the sea. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev stated at a reception at the Polish embassy in Moscow on November 18, 1956, “My vas pokhoronim!” or ‘we shall bury you’.

This boast haunted the West and state security apparatus on this side of the Iron Curtain repressed any dissent with savagery.

Death to the SLA.

Death to the Baader-Meinhof Gang

Death to Che.

The USSR gambled on conquering Afghanistan.

1979-1988.

This failure weakened the Big Bear and Mikhail Gorbachev refused to support his East European allies.

Poland defected from the Soviet Bloc and the USSR fell apart with the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Western leaders toasted their victory, however Kruschchev’s antecedents remember the power of mighty Rodina and Premier Putin rules the Kremlin with the seemingly full support of the Russian people. The Beasr has re-awakened and shovels are sought to fulfill Nikita’s prophecy with help from the traitor Donald Trump.

After all who does like FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD FARANGS

In 2008 the Coen Brother’s NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN won the Best Film Oscar this year. Three minutes of the creepy lead actor’s haircut was enough for me. I chucked the DVD into the swamp behind my house and haven’t heard from it since, but at the Pattaya court I ran into an aging farang living the title of that movie.

The court clerk patiently explained his trial date in Thai. The Brit didn’t understand a word and I translated for him, only to be engaged as a confessor.

John was English. He had been involved with a hot-tempered Thai woman for the past 16 years. 9 months ago he decided to end the relationship, but Thai girls were harder to get out of your life than gum in your hair.

Two weeks ago he was summoned up-country by a phone call. His ex- was in the hospital. As soon as he appeared, two Pattaya cops arrested him for assault. 100,000 baht bail and they seized possession of his passport. His wife had accused him of beating her. He protested that he wasn’t that type of man and all the police had to do was check the hospitals for evidence of a beating.

“Where’s your lawyer?”

“What do I need a lawyer for?”

“This is a criminal charge.” I sometimes wondered if farangs deposit their common sense at the airport. “You don’t understand Thai and you want to go to court without a lawyer.”

“My last lawyer charged me 4000 baht to get out of jail.”

“Cheap.”

“Yeah, but she didn’t do anything.”

This was going nowhere and I explained that he should be represented. I gave him the telephone number of my lawyer. He didn’t even bother to write it down and I wished him luck.

John was 54. He had worked all his life. His Thai wife has everything now and he was on the verge of going to jail. In this case Thailand was definitely not a country for old men, although John didn’t consider himself old.

He will after a couple of month’s in the monkey house.