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Re: “Congressman Cohen Signs On For Gonzales Impeachment

Couldn't have anything to do with Gonzales breaking the law, could it? The Clintons fired a handful of people in the White House Travel Office to bring their Little Rock friends with them. The investigation went from 1993 to 1998 and ended in exoneration. The "scandal" that affected seven people. Alberto Gonzales tried to use the justice system to help the GOP change the political landscape by using the power of the US Attorney office to help Republicans at election time. Any who refused were considered to not be "loyal Bushies". When last I heard, justice was supposed to be justice, no matter what your party. By pressuring the US attorneys to hand down junk indictments at election time, Alberto Gonzales did something horribly wrong. And he should pay for that, just the same as people would have demanded had Bill Clinton and Janet Reno done something so brazen.

Posted by Rick Maynard on 08/03/2007 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Black Snake Moan Whimpers Opening Weekend

Fishnlawyr, Not saying this is one of them (I haven't seen it yet) Samuel L. Jackson seems to be chasing the Burt Reynolds Bad Movie Record. Before long, anyone who makes a bad movie will owe SLJ a royalty. The guy who made "The Great White Hype" never needs to worry about "Black Snake Moan" ruining his career. I think my friend Brassmask is more on point--- Even if Paramount was a competent company (I know we have to stretch the imaginations there), BSM is a hard movie to market. From its music to its very theme, it's a less marketable product than H&F. Did anyone really expect this film to be a huge hit commercially? I doubt even Brewer expected a huge hit. The film made over a quarter of its $15 mil budget back on opening weekend alone. Assuming a six week run with the standard dropoff, it will likely still be in the hole as it leaves theaters to the tune of roughly four million. It will make up that four million and then much, much more the day the DVD is released. Craig Brewer will get another roll of the dice. Hopefully at Miramax next time, which at least seems to have some grasp on the idea that not all movies need to be blockbusters and actually knows how to market movies deeper than "Wild Hogs".

Posted by Rick Maynard on 03/07/2007 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Elvis Doesn't Get Much Respect

While I happen to like Elvis, two is actually generous. You'll notice that both are posthumous "greatest hits" compilations, hardly what I think anyone is trying to describe when they say "album". An album is a set of coherent songs that belong together--- Not a collection of established hit singles. It's not the King's fault--- By the time the album truly came into its own, he was past his prime and playing Vegas. He was a product of his time--- Back then, an album was two songs that could be hit singles packaged with enough filler material to justify the price of the set. Phil Spector farting across a pair of guitar strings would have qualified. Both of those albums should be replaced, as should all the "greatest hits" collections. Replace them with "Dark Side of the Moon", or something else where the artist made some effort to actually produce good material to accompany the hit singles. Those two albums are there only because the people that compiled the list felt bad about leaving Elvis off. If Elvis was to be nominated, it should have been for one of the live albums. Perhaps "Aloha From Hawaii". At least there, the artist is reinterpreting the songs live. Greatest hits albums are something anyone could do with iTunes these days. Give me something no one else can do. A lot of what is on the list genuinely belongs there--- The two U2 albums should be on any list like this. I disagree with their choice of Neil Young albums--- If there's only to be one, it should have been "Harvest". Although with the chicken-ish way the writers put this list together, we should all be glad they didn't just play it safe and say "Well, "Decade" has all of his greatest hits..."

Posted by Rick Maynard on 11/29/2006 at 9:02 PM


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