Won’t Get Fooled Again?

In shock about who’s running the country? Bill Moyer has some motion picture suggestions to give your mind a diversion, if only temporarily. The features share the common theme of demagoguery in America.

  • Gabriel Over the White House (Walter Huston)
  • Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
  • Keeper of the Flame (Katherine Hepburn & Spencer Tracy)
  • All the King’s Men (Broderick Crawford)
  • A Face in the Crowd (Andy Griffith)
  • Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster)
  • The Manchurian Candidate (Angela Lansbury, Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh)
  • Seven Days in May (Burt Lancaster, again)
  • WUSA (Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward)
  • Network (Peter Finch & Faye Dunaway)
  • Bob Roberts (Tim Robbins)
  • Good Night and Good Luck (David Strathairn & George Clooney)

For previews of these movies, click here.

Love Is All Around (not The Troggs)

We’ve been hearing snippets the last few days of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” theme song, “Love Is All Around,” written and sung by Sonny Curtis. “Who can turn the world on with her smile,” and “You’re gonna make it after all,” – changed from “You might just make it after all,” after the first season – are likely still floating in your brain.

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Restaurant Reviews: Best of the Worst

Santa Rosa California, where I spent the past two decades, is the largest city between San Francisco and Portland. Its population is 175,000, about 50,000 more than when I arrived. Notable citizens of the city, other than me, included Luther Burbank, Robert Ripley, Charles M. Schulz, and champion self-promoter Guy Fieri. His celebrity-driven success made it expedient to sell Johnny Garlic’s restaurant, his starting point before Food Network fame.

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