“I Won’t Be Going South for a While”

From one of the best love stories ever told, Leaving Las Vegas, directed by Mike Figgis from John O’Brien’s novel of the same name.   It tells of a doomed love affair between a Las Vegas prostitute named Sera (Elisabeth Shue) and a man, Ben (Nicholas Cage), determined to drink himself to death.  It received some terrible reviews because the death-by-alcohol of Cage’s character wasn’t portrayed realistically, with emaciation, lots of projectile vomiting, and internal bleeding.

But the realistic depiction of alcoholism was not the subject of the story.  The subject was Sera’s very real love for this hopeless man.

Cage won an Oscar for his performance.  It was a powerful job of acting, but pretty much a one-note:  Ben is set on dying, and he does.  Sera actually goes through some beautiful changes, all culminating in true love, and in her realization of the same.  Of course, Shue is not Francis Ford Coppola’s nephew, so who cares?

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Meryl Streep Replies to Our National Bully Boy

The New York Times original story on Streep’s remarks says she referred to “a speech by Mr. Trump in 2015 when he shuddered and flailed his arms, seeming to mock a disabled reporter” (emphasis supplied).

As the newspaper of record, I’d like to know what the Times says Trump was actually doing when, like a bullying high school clown in a lunchtime cafeteria, he grotesquely flailed his arms and babbled like an idiot while referring onscreen and nationwide to Times’ reporter, Serge F. Kovaleski, who has arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. [WEB-Info apologizes for the advertising in the video clip.]