*SNIPER APPEALS: The Post reports that lawyers for John Allen Muhammad, the Beltway Sniper, are appealing Muhammad's 2003 sentence. Muhammad, they say, was not mentally competent to represent himself over a two-day period during the fall of 2003, and his trial lawyers should have argued as much to the judge. This is Muhammad's last opportunity [...]
Author Archive for Ted Scheinman
From a sign posted on the wall of Mixtec:
TO OUR WONDERFUL CUSTOMERS:
DURING THE LAST WEEKS WE HAVE EXPERIENCED TROUBLES WITH OUR CREDIT CARD TERMINAL. WE WILL TRY TO RUN YOUR CARD, BUT ARE ALSO ACCEPTING CASH & CHECKS (WEDDING & ENGAGEMENT RINGS—AND SEXY UNDERWEAR).
—PANCHO VILLA, MEXICAN BANDOLERO
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*The President and Vice President supped at Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington yesterday. According to the Post, they went dutch.
*THIS WEEK IN CAL THOMAS: The Washington Times commemorates the 30th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's election as Prime Minister with a fawning piece whose best moment is its opening anecdote:
The newly elected Mrs. Thatcher takes her [...]
ON THIS DAY IN 1863 William Randolph Hearst was born. Please enjoy the following clip, in which Hearst Charles Foster Kane defends his decision to pour millions into a cash-hemorrhaging newspaper because the people deserve the truth, dammit! And 'cuz it's fun to start wars.
Perhaps the Orson Welles estate would consider making an offer on [...]
*THE BLOGOSPHERE REACTS: Arlen Specter (R-PA D-PA), facing a strong 2010 primary push from Republican congressman Pat Toomey, switches parties, giving the Dems a quasi-60-seat presence in the Senate. This has the 'sphere all riled up. For some spirited commentary, visit Robert Stacey McCain's blog ("Specter reminds me of the high-school slut trying to sleep [...]
Highly recommended: Small Crime
Our guide to Friday's selections; weekend picks below the jump.
I.O.U.S.A., a documentary on the Federal Reserve that, according to Jule Banville, "does for our economic crisis what An Inconvenient Truth did for global warming," only "with a lot more humor and a lot less PowerPoint." 6:30 p.m. at Goethe-Institut.
Small Crime, [...]
Bleak by Jowl: Dancers is dark and gripping.
Only four nights of cinematic splendor left, folks. Here's this evening's wheat and chaff:
Dancers, a romantic thriller about a lovesick Swedish woman obsessed with her boyfriend's dark past. "Heavy-handed" at times, write Sarah Godfrey, but "fascinating" where it counts. 8:30 p.m. at E Street Cinema.
Four Nights [...]
Because it's Food Day, people. And we're blogging like mad on Young & Hungry.
Get into it.
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
In witchcraft and wildflowers, Granny knows best.
The Witch of the West Is Dead, about a timorous Japanese girl who thrives under Granny's tutelage. Jule Banville says it's full of "lush shots" and filmed with a "Zen-like approach...land[ing] an emotional punch." 6:30 p.m. at the Avalon.
Sparrow, about Hong Kong gangsters who lose their [...]
*The Post leads with a piece on how the Bush administration had already prepped their ghastly, torture-like tactics "long before they were granted legal approval to use such methods," ignoring the advice of an Army lieutenant colonel who pointed out that a strong-arm approach "usually decreases the reliability of the information because the person will [...]
35 Shots of Rum: Your recommended apéritif before watching 35 Shots of Rum
Tonights highlight's include steamy tango, Sri Lankan handballers, and Eleanor Holmes Norton. (What a film that would make!) Plus, in case you missed yesterday's showing, Cruzando. Check it, people:
Machan, based on the true story of the Sri Lankan National Handball Federation. [...]
Hell hath no fury like a robin whose eggs have been tampered with.
I learned that early this morning. Exiting my Petworth abode, I spotted a squirrel scampering pell-mell down a tree across the street. Was he fleeing a jealous mate? Had my roommate's snakes gotten loose?
Neither, it turned out. The squirrel had [...]
In Cruzando, Manny has daddy issues.
More goodies tonight, including two strong docs, a poignant and hilarious border-crossing flick, and a lapidary, Chaplin-meets-Coen bros. film from Japan. Get off your couch and over to E Street!
Bonecrusher, a documentary about black lung and the Appalachian coal industry. Hilary Crowe calls it a "dust-covered love story...[that] [...]
Sophie Okonedo in Skin, which you should maybe see
Filmfest D.C. kicked off last night with a showing of Departures, the 2008 Oscar-Winner for Best Foreign Film, at the Harman Center for the Arts. The sushi went quickly, the movie did not, and the audience was easily amused. (To my mind, the film was [...]