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Cover for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ “The Vietnam War (Original Score)” Album, 2017

Vinyl.  Universal Music Enterprises, The Null Corporation.  Music for Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s PBS documentary series “The Vietnam War.”

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A busload of bullshit.

Re: claims that Antifa “infiltrated” the Trump supporters and manipulated them into the attempted coup.  Someone asked me to put my two cents in about this tonight (always a dangerous request), so here goes.

It’s preposterous.  This appears to be a desperate conspiracy theory meant to mitigate the public relations catastrophe for the Trump administration following the Capitol insurrection.  There is soooo much footage of the perpetrators, and nothing to suggest that they are somehow a multitude of brilliant, Oscar-worthy actors who are nefariously impersonating Trump supporters.  (C’mon.)


Here’s a hint — anytime someone claims they witnessed a “busload” of actors or impersonators, there is a good bet it is colossal bullshit.  The whole actors-on-busses scenario is a common conspiracy theory. The last time it was in play, I was hearing it from pro-Trump apologists of the Charlottesville violence perpetrated at the Unite the Right rally in 2017.


I asked them for evidence repeatedly for it. The best I got was an undated picture of two parked busses without passengers — the person who sent it to me couldn’t even name the vehicles’ location. It could have been any two empty busses, anywhere in America.


That’s it. That was the only “evidence.”


I would be extraordinarily surprised if there was even an ounce of truth to this new claim.  Its appearance today simply underscores how desperate the Trump camp is to conduct damage control.


Here is the rundown from Snopes.com

Tis’ the season.

Isn’t this the coolest Halloween card ever?  The little skeleton guy dances.

Hope you guys have something scary planned for the month ahead.  I’ve got a short list of movies I’d love to make time for: “Dracula” (1939), “House of the Devil” (2009),  “Annabelle Creation” (2017) and “Mr. Mercedes” Season 3 (2019).  Yeah, I know that last one isn’t a feature film, but it’s a program of truly cinematic quality.  “Mr. Mercedes” has been the best kept secret in Stephen King fandom — no, its antagonist isn’t as flashy as Pennywise the Clown or The Gunslinger’s various nemeses.  But it’s a gorgeous adaptation of a King novel that might even be better than its source material.  Check it out, seriously — skip “American Horror Story” if you have to.

There are two movies I need to get to that have been recommended to me with a lot of enthusiasm.  The first is “In the Mouth of Madness,” 1994’s H.P. Lovecraft adaptation starring Sam Neill.  (I actually started it a few years ago after a friend in New York urged me to, but it just didn’t hold my interest.)  The second is 2001’s “Shadow of the Vampire,” which features Willem Dafoe doing Nosferatu.  (I only discovered just now writing this that John Malkovich portrays F.W. Murnau.)

I’ll tell you something else, too — I’ve checked out one or two short films on the free ALTER channel and they’ve been terrific.  Maybe I’m due for another visit there.

 

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