by Hop posted Aug 28 2014 11:13AM
Some great stuff, especially television wise coming up on Netflix...

  • "A Price Above Rubies"
  • "A Simple Plan"
  • "Across the Universe"
  • "Addams Family Values"
  • "Alfie"
  • "An Officer and a Gentleman"
  • "Anaconda"
  • "Anastasia"
  • "Arachnophobia"
  • "Are We Done Yet"
  • "Audrey Rose"
  • "Babies"
  • "Becoming Jane"
  • "Blink"
  • "Blue Car"
  • "Bounce"
  • "Braveheart"
  • "Brian's Song"
  • "Chinatown"
  • "Cool Runnings"
  • "Coyote Ugly"
  • "Crocodile Dundee"
  • "Days of Thunder"
  • "Deep Blue"
  • "Defiance"
  • "Detention"
  • "Elizabethtown"
  • "Flubber"
  • "Girl Rising"
  • "Girlfight"
  • "Good Morning, Vietnam"
  • "Guess Who"
  • "Hoodwinked"
  • "Jay and Sielnt Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie"
  • "Lords of Dogtown"
  • "Mirage Men"
  • "School of Rock"
  • "Small Apartments"
  • "Swiss Family Robinson"
  • "The Believers"
  • "The Blue Lagoon"
  • "The Unbelievers"
  • "All is Lost" (Sept. 5)
  • "Kid Cannibis" (Sept. 6)
  • "Le Week-End" (Sept. 6)
  • "Refuge" (Sept. 6)
  • "Your Sister's Sister" (Sept. 6)
  • "Who Is Dayani Cristal?" (Sept. 9)
  • "Deadly Code" (Sept. 10)
  • "A Single Man" (Sept. 11)
  • "Dennis Miller: America 180" (Sept. 11)
  • "Filth" (Sept. 11)
  • "The Moment" (Sept. 11)
  • "Grace Unplugged: (Sept. 11)
  • "Justin and the Knights of Valor" (Sept. 13)
  • "Beginners" (Sept. 16)
  • "One Day" (Sept. 16)
  • "Silver Linings Playbook" (Sept. 16)
  • "3 Days to Kill" (Sept. 17)
  • "The Double" (Sept. 25)
  • "Bad Grandpa" (Sept. 27)
  • "Lullaby" (Sept. 29)
  • "Killing Them Softly (Sept. 30)
TV shows:
  • "Californication"
  • "Chasing UFOs"
  • "Doomsday Preppers"
  • "Hinterland"
  • "Unsealed: Alien Files"
  • "Zero Hour"
  • "The Blacklist" Season 1 (Sept. 7)
  • "Crash & Bernstein" Season 2 (Sept. 10)
  • "Trailer Park Boys" Season 8 (Sept. 5)
  • "The League" Season 5 (Sept. 2)
  • "About a Boy" Season 1 (Sept. 14)
  • "Arrow" Season 2 (Sept. 14)
  • "Bones" Season 9 (Sept. 16)
  • "New Girl" Season 3 (Sept. 16)
  • "The Fosters" Season 2 (Sept. 17)
  • "Revolution" Season 2 (Sept. 22)
  • "How I Met Your Mother" (Sept. 26)
  • "Parks and Recreation" Season 5 (Sept. 26)
  • "Comic Book Men" Season 3 (Sept. 28)
  • "The Walking Dead" Season 4 (Sept. 29)
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by Ralph Bailey posted Aug 22 2014 12:56PM
I want to run the Golden Empire Transit.

I have absolutely no idea how many people ride the GET bus which keeps me right on par with current GET CEO Karen King.

As former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradley used to say, I don’t tell the truth. I just tell you what people tell me and Ken Weir said on “TRBS” King hasn’t a clue. Vice Mayor Weir described his recent and first confrontation with King as “unpleasant”. When he quite naturally inquired about her ridership she conceded she didn’t know!!!

Are you kidding? Please tell me you’re kidding.

Unfortunately, however, the joke is on us and all those who depend on those gray whales of the streets of Bakersfield. And that fact, tied with a labor force still questioning her leadership, merit pay raise (She now makes $213,000 while our city manager makes 228 thousand to run the city.) and overall competence, spells a case for a thorough investigation and assessment of her abilities.

Thankfully, voices in our city chorus continue to hold her feet and those of a few GET Bus board members to the fire calling for immediate improvements.
Terry Maxwell, perhaps the group’s most vocal member on the issue, says he believes a “timetable” should be established for marked improvements and if said progress is not made it’s time, as they say in most human resources department, “…to move in a different direction”.

Let’s hope that horse hasn’t already left the barn. No one, including yours truly, is hoping King fails. For me, I just want her to perhaps concede shortcomings and adhere to the suggestions of the council. But history tells us few leaders, completely ensconced in the proverbial Ivory Tower, get it before it is too late
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by Hop posted Aug 2 2014 5:48PM
Here’s the new Netflix releases for August:

August 1:
"Air Bud" (1997)
"Air Bud: Golden Receiver" (1998)
"D2: The Mighty Ducks" (1994)
"Ella Enchanted" (2004)
"Evita" (1996)
"Face/Off" (1997)
"Freaky Friday" (2003)
"Goodbye World" (2013)
"Harlock: Space Pirate" (2013)
"Kinky Boots" (2005)
"Mad Max" (1979)
"Mean Creek" (2004)
"Prefontaine" (1997)
"Red Dawn" (1984)
"Rocky," "Rocky II," "Rocky III," "Rocky IV," "Rocky V" (1976-90)
"Rounders" (1998)
"Sabrina" (1995)
"Saints and Soldiers" (2003)
"Shooter" (2007)
"Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" (2004)
"Spark: A Burning Man Story" (2013)
"Spice World" (1998)
"Switchfoot: Fading West" (2012)
"The Birdcage" (1996)
"The Cable Guy" (1996)
"The Gabby Douglas Story "(2014)
"The Killing: Season 4" (2014)
"The Mighty Ducks" (1992)
"Turner and Hooch" (1989)
"Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1961)
August 6:
"Justin Bieber's Believe" (2014)
August 7:
"Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey" (2014)
"Nymphomaniac: Volume I" (2013)
"Nymphomaniac: Volume II" (2013)
"Stage Fright" (2014)
August 9:
"Kill Zombie" (2011)
August 12:
"Dancing in Jaffa" (2013)
"Haven: Season 4" (2013)
"Low Winter Sun: Season 1" (2013)
August 13:
"The Nut Job" (2014)
August 14:
"Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses" (2014)
August 15:
"Great Expectations" (2012)
"Mission Blue" (2014)
August 16:
"Dead Silence" (2007)
August 18:
"Thanks for Sharing" (2012)
August 19:
"From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 1" (2014)
August 20:
"Dhoom: 3" (2013)
August 22:
"BoJack Horseman: Season 1" (2014)
August 25:
"Parenthood: Season 5" (2013)
August 26:
"Barbershop 2: Back in Business" (2004)
"The Motel Life" (2012)
August 29:
"Once Upon a Time: Season 3" (2013)
"Revenge: Season 4" (2014)

Here’s What’s coming up on Amazon Prime:

August 1:
"Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002)
"Night Watch" (2004)
"Day Watch" (2006)
"Beowulf" (2007)
"The Dogs of War" (1980)
"King Solomon's Mines" (1985)
"Mad Max" (1979)
"Enemy" (2013)
"House of Games" (1987)
"Red Dawn" (1984)
"Layer Cake" (2004)
"Brannigan" (1975)
"Rocky" (1976)
"Rocky II" (1979)
"Rocky III" (1982)
"Rocky IV" (1985)
"Rocky V" (1990)
"The Cider House Rules" (1999)
"Newton Boys" (1998)
"Rounders" (1998)
"The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965)
"Waking Ned Devine" (1998)
"The Birdcage" (1996)
"Sabrina" (1995)
"Trees Lounge" (1996)
"The Prince & Me 2" (2007)
"Ella Enchanted" (2004)
"Orca: The Killer Whale" (1977)
"American Experience: The Poisoner's Handbook" (2014)
"Hawking" (2014)
"Spies of Mississippi" (2014)
"The Amish: Shunned" (2014)
"The State of Arizona" (2013)
August 5:
"Fireman Sam Season 3" (1990)
August 11:
"You're Next" (2011)
"The Great Debaters " (2007)
"Thanks for Sharing" (2012)
August 29:
"Tumble Leaf "(2014)
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by Ralph Bailey posted Jul 8 2014 3:00PM
Just when I thought the producers of “the View” had come to their senses by firing brainless Comedian Sherry Sheppard and equally dead above the neck Jenny McCarthy, they jump into the way, way back machine and resurrect a failed “View” cast member ... Rosie O’Donnell. The former actress and witty comic, who performed well in pictures like “A League Of their Own” and ‘The Flintstones” in which she lost significant weight to play the role and also nailed Betty Ruble’s silly little giggle, enjoyed more than her 15 minutes of fame. Her own show “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” was brief but mildly entertaining, as well.

However, O’Donnell’s own personality, which emerges from the bowels of an abusive childhood, an alcoholic , abusive father and a mother who succummbed to breast canacer when Rosie was 11, tends to be mean-spirited when angered and she tends NOT to be the most open-minded.

But such is the case with most liberals. They preach and moan and complain about others being free to new ideas and new ways of thinking and then turn around and in reality are the most stubborn, narrow-minded, myopic thinkers in the bunch.
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by Michael Hopper posted Jul 7 2014 1:45PM

Take MAD MAX, LOGAN'S RUN, THE HUNGER GAMES, A BOY AND HIS DOG... and even a good dose of THE WIZARD OF OZ... and you get SNOWPIERCER.

It's not a film for everyone. In the not-to-distant-future an environmental disaster causes the world to freeze over, and the last of humanity is stuck on a perpetual engine train that races around and around the world while a class warfare struggle ensues. Did I lose you already? LOL Yeah, I kind of had the same reaction when I got a whiff of the story.

But the writer/director, Joon-ho Boog, really made an impression on me with his 2006 monster movie, comedy THE HOST. So that, and the fact that it's getting pretty good reviews, put me in a theater seat.

Loved it. Weird, violent, funny... and some nice twists added up to me having a great time with this fairly original and surprising movie. Between this and THE EDGE OF TOMORROW, my supply of good sci-fi movies for the summer is getting full.

Solid "A" grade.

Currently playing at the Reading Cinema Valley Plaza 16

by Hop posted Jul 3 2014 1:22PM

Last Sunday was the premier of HBO's new series THE LEFTOVERS.

I really dig Tom Perrotta, the cat that wrote the book that this is based on. He's working on this series as well. Other books of his that have been made into movies include ELECTION and LITTLE CHILDREN, both of which I adore.

But THE LEFTOVERS? Holy cow, so far I am completely unimpressed. Slow, contrived, pointless and unbelievable characters, lots of photography and direction that is meant to dazzle but comes across as pretentious... it's a mess.

For those that may be scared off by the religious, "rapture" aspect of the series, that's the one thing you don't have to concern yourself with. No clear definition is given to what has happened in the story with many of the clues pointing to perhaps a un-theological explanation. But that doesn't matter because you'll be spending most of your time wondering what these people are thinking about as they walk around angry at everything and nothing and acting completely irrational while doing it.

I'm going to hang with a few more episodes because it's Tom-freaking-Perrotta... but it better show me something more than what it has so far.

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by Hop posted Jul 1 2014 11:49AM
It's hot, hot, HOT in the southern San Joaquin valley now, so stay inside and get caught up on a bunch of the new releases on Netflix. Here is a list of the new additions to their streaming service for the month of July. Happy viewing!!! 

Available July 1
"12 Angry Men" (1957)
"Bad Santa" (2003)
"Basic Instinct" (1992)
"Boyz N the Hood" (1991)
"City of God" (2002)
"Dead Man Walking" (1995)
"Fever Pitch" (1997)
"Funny Face" (1957)
"Gandhi (1982)
"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" (1989)
"Legends of the Fall" (1994)
"Patton" (1970)
"Philadelphia" (1993)
"Primal Fear" (1996)
"Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (1991)
"The Karate Kid" (1984)
"The Karate Kid II" (1986)
"The Karate Kid III" (1989)
"The Manchurian Candidate" (2004)
"The Parent Trap" (1998)
"Under the Tuscan Sun"(2003)
"Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo" (2004)
Available July 4
Knights of Sidonia: Season 1 (2014)
Available July 6
"Renoir" (2012)
Available July 9
"Homefront" (2013)
"Out of the Furnace" (2013)
Available July 11
"Hemlock Grove": Season 2 (2014)
"The Battered Bastards of Baseball" (2014)
Available July 12
"Sleeping Beauty" (2014)
Available July 14
"Hitch" (2005)
"The Master" (2012)
Available July 15
"The Last Days" (2013)
Available July 17
"Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures": Season 1
Available July 18
"Baby Daddy": Season 3
"Melissa & Joey": Season 3
Available July 19
"Hell on Wheels": Season 3
Available July 24
"Lost Girl": Season 4
Available July 26
"Christmas with the Kranks" (2004)
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by Michael Hopper posted Jun 25 2014 11:31AM
Stay tuned....
by Scott Cox posted Jun 4 2014 4:13PM
The jury has rendered a verdict in the case of a young Bakersfield woman, whom according to investigators, was texting and speeding when she ran a stop sign and struck and killed another young woman. This texting stuff is completely out of control around here, and this jury had the chance to send a clear message to anyone else who might be driving and texting- take a person's life, and we'll throw the book at you. Well, they found the texter guilty of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, which I didn't even know was a thing. Since when is killing another human being a misdemeanor? Her 24 year old victim is gone forever, leaving her family and freinds to grieve her senseless loss. And the girl who killed her will be back on the street this time next year. That seems crazy to me. And good luck using this case to compel young drivers to put down their phones while driving, because kids these days aren't afraid of misdemeanors. This case was being watched by people all over the country to gauge how seriously we'd take this growing problem. I guess they got their answer.
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by Ralph Bailey posted Jun 4 2014 1:27PM
I know you’re going to call me a rationalist or hypocrite but Pedro A. Rios can beat Rudy “The Patootie” Salas, despite my long held belief that you don’t run the same candidate against the same candidate following a defeat.

But there are always exceptions to the rules and there are good reasons why the Rios/Salas race will be that one exception.

First, by the time the opinion media, meaning talk radio, got wind of the unfair and shameless radio ads the Salas folks ran back in ’08, the race was all but over. The absentee ballots were resting comfortably downtown, many of the low-income isolated voters had made up their minds and the by the time they figured out just how crass and underhanded the ads were, the fervor could not overwhelm Rudy’s considerable name recognition.

Now, however, because of four years of photo ops and no real answers to our most serious problems and because those ads have become so infamous, (Ads in which Rudy tried to imply that Rios was cited for distributing liquor to an undercover agent while a school teacher. When, in fact, the error, which Rios took full responsibility for, actually occurred when he was a 21-year-old kid, long before his teaching career began) the second time around is an entirely new ballgame.

I still stand by my politico credo: never nominate the same candidate against the same candidate who just beat you. I cite Adlai Stevenson, Leticia Perez and our newest member of the two time loser club … Fresno’s John Hernandez, who was taken to the woodshed last night by David Valadao for the second time.

But because the initial race was a phony and voters were unaware of Rudy’s shady ways, the SECOND time could be the charm for the educator from Delano. Now let’s hope the Agbalog camp keeps its promise and helps Rios and the Party tear down the Super Majority.
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