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.
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
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.
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)
"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" (1989)
"Legends of the Fall" (1994)
"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
Available July 9
"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
"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)
by Michael Hopper
posted Jun 25 2014 11:31AM
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.
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.
by Scott Cox
posted Mar 30 2014 8:10PM
stand by for news...
by Scott Cox
posted Mar 30 2014 7:05PM
This drought is going to get the best of us eventually, but the blame game is already well underway. Reporters all over the state have taken note of the fact that a bunch of water users in Bakersfield aren't metered. We have discovered that there's a bunch of private water-skiing lakes south of Arvin, which has folks wondering if that's a good idea, water-wise. And this is just the beginning. Once water rationing begins, we'll all be scutinizing how much water everybody else is using. But nobody is going to conserve water here, because they know that compared to oil and ag, residential use is pretty much a drop in a bucket. But neighbor-blaming-neighbor isn't what's going to get out of contol- it's the rest of the state, and all those fellow water-starved towns that are expecting us to adopt their lofty conservation standards. Keep your eyes on state news- Bakersfield is about to be cast as the villian on this water-saving stuff.
by Ralph Bailey
posted Mar 21 2014 3:03PM
Very excited to announce that on April 4 I will be winging my way to our nation's capital along with 19 of the most courageous men this world has ever seen. The spring Honor Flight takes of at the crack of dawn that Friday and I'm proud to serve as a chaperone for one of the 13 World War II veterans and six more veterans from the Korean Conflict.
Lili Marsh continues to do yeoman's work flying our “Greatest Generation” back for the trip of a lifetime. Men who have been witness to most of the 20th Century come back from Washington insisting it was the greatest trip they've ever taken.
Treated like the celebrities they are, the men are showered with standing ovation at every turn, including Sky Harbor Airport, where a recent group was serenaded by a cacophony of cheering and clapping from a grateful nation.
No one realizes more than I that all I do is talk on the radio and, at the end of the day, that and 75 cents will get you a newspaper. But every now and again I get the rare treat to do something of merit...something that truly has a deep impact and I believe this trip is one of those occasions.
I'll of course tell you all about it following our return Sunday, April 6.
Ain't life a kick in the head!
See you on the radio!