- An American tradition: Ye olde epic gun fail.
- What, you say you want to know which chemicals we’re poisoning your groundwater with? Absurd!
- So what does the One Percent want us to spend our money on?
- Also, here’s how much more you will have been earning over the past few decades; unless of course you’re one of the Oligarch Percent.
- Why Israel and Turkey are (sort of) friends again.
- The garish and looted cocaine mansions of Mali.
- So what’s the looniest theory about marriage equality to be tossed out into the Internets this week?
- The no- (or at least fewer) frills Vatican digs for Pope Francis.
- The Coen brothers are producing a TV version of Fargo for FX.
- Watch and vote: Does science refute God?
- Barry’s imperial presidency.
- Poor, poor Antonin Scalia.
- It’s about time: The Game of Thrones Death Generator.
- Print and read (then shower): the sad, sad world of Buzz Bissinger’s Gucci thing.
Matt Damon and John Krasinski’s film about natural gas salespeople and anti-frackers is getting a limited release just before the end of the year; it’s playing in a very few places now but is worth looking for when it expands wider in January:
“You’re the natural gas people.” That’s how folks identify Steve (Matt Damon) and Sue (Frances McDormand). There’s a lot to unpack in that assessment, and Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land is smart enough to take most of its running time to do so, spinning a clever moral comedy at the same time. In those few words are contained just about every element, from hope to greed to fear and anxiety, that makes up the emotive froth of American malaise, circa 2012…
My full review is at PopMatters.
You can see the trailer here: