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Drop the Bomb, Carl
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

by John McMahon

We were promised a list of paramours, and what did we get, Carl? People want to hear about the sex, Carl. Drop the sex bomb, Carl! Yeah, baby!

ImageRecently, Buffalo developer and charter school real estate speculator Carl Paladino has been taking extraordinary measures to focus public attention on the sweetheart deal LP Ciminelli fashioned for itself in the Buffalo Joint Schools Reconstruction contract. Frank Ciminelli died less than a month ago and along comes Carl to spit on the grave? Something is rotten in the Developer-Industrial complex of Buffalo. As St. Ronnie Reagan counseled NEVER speak ill of fellow Republicans.

Unfortunately, Mr. Paladino has a history of grandstanding shrewdly for his own interests. He complained loudly and proclaimed ignorance when Donna Gioia was attempting to move the Buffalo Zoo to a former brownfield he bought for a song. Of course, that was only after some suggested it was Carl's plan all along. He swung into action to block the Senecas from opening a casino outside of Buffalo when it was clear they were not interested in buying property from him in Cheektowaga. He railed against the corruption of the Amherst IDA and its mastermind Jim Allen only to take a deal later from that same governmental agency for a controversial hotel project.

His complaints and bitter confrontations with black political figures who failed to get with his program helped mobilize white opinion against them, from James Pitts to James Williams to “the sisterhood” of school board members who happened to be both black and female. Now just as plans for a business-friendly takeover of the Buffalo School system seem to be coming to fruition, there's some dark clouds on the horizon. One of his minions, School Board President James Sampson got caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar by a State audit, just as Paladino was preparing his assault on the “proprietary” accounting practices of Ciminelli.

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Jodorowsky’s Dune’ is a compelling treat for movie fans
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Sunday, 27 April 2014
By Michael Calleri

The new documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune," which is now playing in Buffalo and around the country, is a must-see work, especially if you are completely in love with motion pictures.

Alejandro Jodorowsky was born on February 17, 1929 in Chile to Ukrainian parents. He spent much of his adult life in Paris and Mexico City. He was a published poet at age 16. He took his first steps into the entertainment scene in Santiago as a puppeteer and circus clown. He studied mime in Paris with the legendary silent French master, Marcel Marceau.

Jodorowsky has also been a street performer, theater actor, movie extra, stage manager, costume designer, props master, photographer, cartoonist, and philosophical writer about the arts. He was a friend of Spanish surrealist Fernando Arrabal. In the mid-1950s, He was hired to stage the return to music halls of France’s beloved Maurice Chevalier.

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New American movie recalls the energy of the French New Wave
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Monday, 10 June 2013

By Gautier Coiffard

In April, Ebertfest took place in Champaign, Illinois. It was film critic Roger Ebert’s very last legacy. The movies shown in his beloved Virginia Theater were his final goodbye. The selection, including classics, indie films, and UFO, was delightful. Each movie had its own universe, but one of them was, in my humble opinion, particularly outstanding.

It’s written and directed by newbie Randy Moore and is called “Escape From Tomorrow.” The horror fantasy stars Roy Abramsohn as a man who suffers from increasingly more disturbing visions and frightening experiences during the last day of a family vacation to Walt Disney World.

I had actually heard a lot about this feature before the festival, but I had no idea it would be there. It was without a doubt the Everest of my Ebertfest(!).

Watching the movie I had the impression I was back in 1960 (okay, I was born in the ‘80s but you get the idea), when the French New Wave was emerging from the battlefield. Before then, movies were slow, academic, following every rule and, in fact, boring. A bunch of filmmakers said, “FUCK THAT SHIT,” and I almost literally quote, so it’s cool.

Last Updated ( Monday, 10 June 2013 )
Should you sell your Verizon stock? All about the company’s new sleazy outreach to customers.
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Thursday, 02 May 2013


By Parker Whitley

By all accounts, Verizon Communications should be sitting pretty. With social media the dreary buzzword for everything and anything, and “what’s your platform” the sort of  rchaic catch-phrase for how you get your information, one would think that a company as big and as powerful as Verizon would not have to scrape the bottom of the barrel to lure new customers and sell services to those it has.

But scrape that barrel it has. And, it’s not just Verizon. Believe it or not, it’s now possible to think of Verizon as an old media company. Just like some newspapers and magazines, and, it seems, Time Warner Cable. Well, at least according to a recent announcement of TWC's which is trapped and being choked by expensive and lousy programming on increasingly lousy cable channels.

Cable television is now primarily a source of watching re-runs of bad broadcast network television shows you didn’t watch in the first place.

‘Olympus Has Fallen’ continues the ultra-violent trend that is failing at the box office.
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Sunday, 24 March 2013
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By Michael Calleri

Blood is the new currency in Hollywood.

But it might be a currency that needs to be recalled. The recent crop of action movies are riff with bloodletting. However, if the lukewarm audience reaction to these films is any indication, this pumping up of the flow of blood is a plot device that needs to be seriously reined in.

When a masterful visual stylist like Quentin Tarantino approaches violence, the result is much different from how less-talented directors attempt to score points by ramping up the carnage. Tarantino advances his stories with blood and madness. Others take delight in merely offering slaughter for slaughter’s sake, more often than not throwing aside the story to mistakenly concentrate on bullets and bombs.

It is not “sequester” that is the problem.
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Friday, 08 March 2013

It is the GOP’s war of attrition.




  By Parker Whitley

Here’s something that might surprise you.

In the 1964 presidential election, Senator Barry Goldwater received only 6% of the black vote. In the 2012 presidential election, self-styled corporate wizard Mitt Romney received the exact same number, 6% of the black vote.

Call that 6% vote from “African-Americans” or from “people of color,” call it whatever you want, but facts are facts. The Republican Party has a problem appealing to a vast swath of the electorate for two key election positions: the White House and the United States Senate.


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