Dog birthers – who knew?

After school yesterday the daughter told me that a friend of hers got a Silver Lab over the summer. She then asked me if that was a real type of dog. I admitted my ignorance, said we could look it up.

Here’s what we found.

Apparently there is a secret battle being waged in the Labrador Retriever community with birthers, DNA deniers, and fanatics who don’t believe in science.


Those Damn Barrels

The opening of the Breaking Bad episode “Buyout” was one of the saddest damn things I’ve ever seen.

What a way to use those goddamn barrels. When we first saw the dissolving trick in S1 it was played as black humor. When the dissolving trick was used again in S4 it was still played as black humor with the chorus response of Walt and Jesse after Mike asked “are you sure this will work?”

But this somber dirge opening with the bike parts being put in those damn barrels wasn’t like those other scenes. Part of its power lies in the motif of seeing those barrels. The moment is so powerful that they don’t even have to show it; and it is more powerful because they don’t. They trusted the motif.

The Redheaded Man on Fire

Tony Scott is one of those directors that, when you look at his body of work, you realize that you like, if not love, damn near everything on the list.

One of my favorites is Man on Fire, which holds a current Rotten Tomatoes rating of 39%. Steve Hussey recently did a comprehensive take down of the movie, years after it was released. I seem to recall at the time this review was written that Murderslim said that if you liked Man on Fire then you wouldn’t like their fiction (not a news flash but I like both).

I went in to my first viewing of Man on Fire with very little expectations except that Denzel was in it and he’s always good. Since then I’ve seen it a few time and it always holds up for me.

The key to the success of the movie for me is the relationship between Creasey and Pita and, more importantly, the chemistry between the actors. Often, in TV and movies, a relationship will be written a certain way but the actors playing those characters lack a fundamental chemistry that the roles and scene requires. Washinton and Fanning have it. That’s why the first half of the movie works so well; it succeeds in providing the proper emotional foundation for the second half to build on and gives emotional weight to Creasey’s actions

Man on Fire became an unlikely favorite for me in Scott’s body of work and I think it is better then critics give it credit for.

Side note: Watch Man on Fire then imagine Denzel Washington in a Parker movie.

Tales of Lust, Hate and Despair by Ian Truman

Just finished reading Tales of Lust, Hate and Despair by Ian Truman.

It’s a mixed bag noir with some really great moments (the brothel scenes, much of the tone/voice and the bar fight) and some that drag (took a long time to get to the pay off, framing device kind of left open ended). With that said once I started reading I wanted to continue, particularly when I was away from it.

Also, it needed a good final proof-reading.

Worth checking out but ultimately could have been stronger. Keep an eye on Truman if you aren’t already.

Stray observation: The title makes it seem like a short story collection.