Tax cheat Tim Geithner as Secretary of the Treasury is overlord of the IRS. A tax cheat telling the IRS what to do apparently is not a problem for the corrupt Barack Obama.
Today, as the country continues the great unraveling – which began immediately after the Tuesday elections with layoffs, stock market fiscal cliff, Taxmageddon, January 1 tax hike, shakes – we are told that the Director of the CIA has resigned. It’s unravel #1 to national security with the news breaking: Petraeus submits resignation as CIA director.
And get this: we’re supposed to believe the resignation comes because David put his peter where it did not belong. Yeah, an “extramarital affair”.
Big Media is spinning the tale that because of potential blackmail threats Petraeus has to resign. But why not end the affair, confess publicly, apologize to his wife, then continue as CIA Director? It’s not as if anyone who has seen a James Bond movie believes spies are morally upright and know nothing about sex and/or kinky sex. Petraeus could have submitted his resignation and Obama turned it down. The notion that something here does not stink (are you listening Allahpundit?) and that this story passes the Obama stink test is risible.
Some of the great, American directors of 60s and early 70s have passed away. Alan J. Pakula, for example. He directed "Klute" which is his best film. After that? "The Parallax View," then "All The President's Men," etc. His last hit was "The Pelican Brief" starring Julia and Denzel. He died in 1998 and his other strong films would include "Comes A Horseman" and starting over. Or Sidney Lumet who did "Fail-Safe," "Long Day's Journey Into Night," "The Morning After," "Serpico," "Network," "Dog Day Afternoon," "The Wiz" and more. He died last year. Robert Altman is one of my all time favorites and he died in 2006. His classics include nearly everything he directed. My must-see list of his work would include the following 10 films.
1) "The Player"
2) "Short Cuts"
3) "The Long Goodbye"
5) "Come Back To The Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean"
7) "Gosford Park"
8) "The Company"
9) "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"
Hal Ashby is another great one. He directed the classics "Shampoo," "Coming Home," "Harold and Maude," "The Landlord," "The Last Detail" and "Being There." He died in 1988.
Do you notice something about the above? Some of the best actors in the world were directed by these great directors. For example, Jane Fonda and Warren Beatty. Fonda worked with Ashby with "Coming Home" and with Pakula on "Klute," "Roll Over" and "Comes A Horseman." She worked with Lumet on "The Morning After." Beatty worked with Pakula on "Parallax View" and with Altman on "McCabe & Mrs. Miller." Julie Christie was the co-star in that Altman film and she worked with Ashby on "Shampoo" and with Lumet on "Power."
Probably Jane Fonda was the most successful in her craft with these directors. I say that because "The Morning After" (Lumet) earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. "Klute" with Pakula earned her the Best Actress Oscar and "Coming Home" with Ashby earned her the Best Actress Oscar as well. So -- Woops. Thought of another one. Sydney Pollack. He passed away in 2008.
Jane Fonda made two films he directed, the hugely popular "The Electric Horseman" and her first Academy Award nominated role in "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" He also directed the classics "The Way We Were," "Tootsie," "Three Days of the Condor," "Out Of Africa" and "The Firm."
And "This Property Is Condemned" which starred Natalie Wood.
Natalie Wood starred in many great films. Including one by a director from that period who is still living today.
Another great from that time is Paul Mazursky. He's the one I was thinking of tonight. (There are others from that period living. But my point is that a lot of them have passed on.) "Bob, Carol, Ted & Alice" is a classic comedy. I think it and "Shampoo" have to be the two finest comedies from the great directors of this period.
I can watch both films over and over.
1969's "Bob, Carol, Ted & Alice" stars Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Dyan Cannon and Elliott Gould. This is hysterical and perfect in every way. Each of the leads creates a fully developed character and manages to have a nice chemistry with one another. Not just Natalie and Robert or Dyan and Elliott. This is in the swinging sixties and Robert's having a problem with being "old" so he's trying to act younger than he is. Natalie's up for anything and follows that lead. He has an affair with Myrna, a flight attendant, she has one with a tennis instructor (Lars?). Not out of spite but because she wants to get into the swing of things.
Dyan is appalled by this while Elliott is delighted. His character is sexually frustrated in his marriage while she feels all he wants is sex-sex-sex.
And if each couple doesn't work with their partner, why care about the film?
In addition, Dyan and Natalie have a nice chemistry that makes you believe they are friends and Robert and Elliott have the same. But, the swinging sixties, remember? So the four will end up in bed together.
I will not tell you how it ends but if you don't believe that this could have happened, the whole movie would fall apart. So it was really important that the four all have chemistry together and they do.
I love this movie. I love the look of it, the pace of it and the whole tone. Mazursky co-wrote the script as well.
He's done other outstanding work ("An Unmarried Woman," "Enemies: A Love Story," "Down & Out in Beverly Hills" and "Scenes From A Mall").
But there's a special magic to "Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice." A lot of it goes to Natalie Wood who is a good actress but has never been so alive on the screen.
Mazursky does a lot of acting. I hope he does one more film -- at least -- because he really is something. And you can see that in shot after shot of the 1969 classic.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"