The balcony has closed on At the Movies, and Web sites like Rotten Tomatoes are shouldering some of the blame. Apparently, a lot of folks prefer to get their cinematic guidance from people like Catherine, a 20-something from England who is one of my “friends” on Tomatoes and who lists movies like Ghost among her all-time favorites. Sigh.
At least you can’t blame my reviews for the demise of At the Movies. I’m guessing that my site gets fewer visits than Tiger Woods gets from his mother-in-law.
For me, At the Movies lost its must-see-TV status back in 1999, when Gene Siskel died. It’s not that subsequent critics weren’t knowledgeable, it’s just that when Siskel and Roger Ebert ceased sparring, the magic was gone. Perhaps Catherine can get her own show ….
Tucker Carlson was on Red Eye carping about how all too often when we need to raise taxes, we raise it on whomever or whatever happens to be unpopular. Carlson proposed, I assume facetiously, that we tax children, nuns, and mothers.
I might not go that far. But as a smoker, I feel Carlson’s point and I can see how tanners might get burned up over a proposed tax on them. On the other hand, look at the woman in the picture above. Doesn’t she look smug? I don’t like her. Let’s tax her.
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