Last Minute Bush Regulations An Affront To Obama & Americans


It seems that, despite a memorandum issued in early May by White House chief of staff Joshua B. Bolten, George W. Bush is trying to cram in as many as 20 “highly contentious” rules in his final weeks in office. According to Bolten, the memorandum states: “Except in extraordinary circumstances, regulations to be finalized in this administration shouldContinue reading “Last Minute Bush Regulations An Affront To Obama & Americans”

Francis Coppola, PATTON, & The Art Of Filmmaking


Francis Ford Coppola is and has been a great influence on me as a filmmaker as well as a source of my deepest admiration. Both via the films he’s made as well as in his approach to filmmaking. Yes, even some of the films that were difficult and painful experiences for him, those films whichContinue reading “Francis Coppola, PATTON, & The Art Of Filmmaking”

Quote Of The Week: GOP Hitman Roger Stone Regrets Bush


Roger Stone, according to thedailybeast.com, “has had a hand in everything from Nixon’s dirty tricks to Eliot Spitzer’s resignation to spreading discredited rumors of a Michelle Obama ‘whitey’ tape during the 2008 Democratic primaries.” However, the biggest feather in Stone’s cap was the “Brooks Brothers riot” of the 2000 election recount (wonderfully recreated in Danny Strong and Jay Roach’s HBO filmContinue reading “Quote Of The Week: GOP Hitman Roger Stone Regrets Bush”

BARAKA In Blu: The Eyes Of The World


The film BARAKA was the first film since 1970 to be filmed in Todd-AO 65mm and the last as of this post. Director Ron Fricke, who was the cinematographer on the Godfrey Reggio film Koyaanisqatsi, takes the concept of that film–non-narrative images and music, ambient sound, no dialogue–and expands on it to create one of the most intense,Continue reading “BARAKA In Blu: The Eyes Of The World”

No Handshakes For George Bush At G20 Summit


It’s hard to tell if the leaders of the world are rejecting George W. Bush or if he is rejecting them, but it’s clear from this video that there is ill-will at hand. Is it that the world leaders no longer have to pretend to like Mr. Bush now that Barack Obama is poised toContinue reading “No Handshakes For George Bush At G20 Summit”

CASINO ROYALE In Blu


Yes, it’s toy-talk again at the Hal Blog. While fires burn, protests abound and administrations come together, I took some more time off from my daily involvement with all things political to, well, play. With the new Bond film out there now, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, I wanted to refresh my memory of the last BondContinue reading “CASINO ROYALE In Blu”

Reflections on El Coyote & Prop 8


I have a mirror site where I also post my blog. That site gets a lot of traffic and therefore my recent post on Prop 8 and El Coyote has attracted many readers and many comments. Emotions are high, and with good reason. And with high emotions comes differing opinions and alternate solutions. But whatContinue reading “Reflections on El Coyote & Prop 8”