The Sierra County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Press Release detailing the sequence of events regarding the unhappy ending for the orphaned bear cub. You can see it here. 13-00120, Yearling Bear Mortally Wounded, DVL, 31 Jan. 2013
This week has been quiet and not much has happened if we ignore the constant din of mainstream media talking about fake girlfriends and the latest Lohen blurbs. We have to believe nothing is happening in the world. The Sheriff’s Office is holding a meeting as I write with various agencies involved in the Bear Cub fiasco. The news we reported last week evidently wasn’t the real story. The bear cub was captured but did not survive and there are various tales as to what happened and who was responsible and when intervention in wild animal welfare should be taken. We will update when we get the rest of the story. It was sad, this little orphaned cub was in town for several weeks, it was immediately apparent it had lost it’s mother, it was too young to be on it’s own and everyone was worried about it and yet despite repeated calls to Fish and Game and other agencies that might have helped nothing was done until it was too late, hopefully we’ll find out what happened and how to avoid the situation in the future.
The usual suspects are here this week, Carols Movies , Carols Books , Carries Corner Cooter , Fringe Bitchination , Gabby , Java and Jerusha. Be sure to check in on the Speech Contest Winner and find out about who’s buying Nuclear Waste . Sad to report we lost a wonderful lady Mary Clemo .
The photo is by Tara Dines of Sierra City it was taken on Hwy 49 near Clark Station north of Sierra City.
1/23/13 It is so cold, so very cold, well actually it has warmed up it was in the 40’s today. I’m sorry if I whine about the cold a lot but there has just been an ice field in most parts of Downieville for the past two weeks and it is getting old. Just remind me of this when I start to whine about how hot it is in July.
The good news is the little Bear Cub everyone has been worried about in Downieville has been captured and hopefully will be able to get healthy with the help of a Fish and Game Biologist.
The Board of Supervisors met and as usual we have all our regulars Gabby , Carrie’s Corner, Carol’s Books , Carol’s Movie , Java , Jerusha , Mystery Shoes some guest commentary Civil War , Legitimized Violence , School Safety and be sure to check out the picture on the Mountain Messenger page. We don’t know where the Fringe is and Cooter wouldn’t tell us anything.
This weeks photo is by Lee Adams at the Kentucky Mine Trestle to the Stampmill.
1/22/13 The Sierra County Board of Supervisors met in Loyalton on Tuesday, January 22, Chair Scott Schlefstein called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and the fun immediately began.
Sierraville District Ranger Quentin Youngblood gave the USFS report to the Board saying the event held at the Little Truckee Summit OHV Park on January 11,12 and 13 was a big success. A Skidoo dealer offered snowmobile demonstrations and products and they expect another event like this later this year. There are no prescribed burns or logging operations now due to snow cover.
Health and Human Services had many items on the agenda, beginning with a report from Lori Marsh on why Sierra County got an “F” rating from the American Lung Association. It seems that all of Lori Marsh’s efforts to counter the effects of big tobacco on our children were not enough for ALA, because the County does not take action to prevent smoking in public places such as parks and recreational areas. It is not our program’s fault it is the Board of Supervisors not taking action by way of non smoking ordinances which is the problem.
An agreement between Sierra County and Northern California Emergency Medical Service (NorCal EMS) to in the amount of $10,800 to pay its 1/6 share of the LEMSA Coordinator was approved.
A request by the for In Home Support Services (IHSS) to increase the wages of workers by $1 was denied by the Board in spite of the fact that the money was in the budget and it would not cost any more money to increase 31 workers from $8.56 an hour to $9.56 because other county workers are not getting any pay raises . Supervisor Huebner recused himself at the suggestion of County Counsel Jim Curtis as Huebner’s wife Louise works as an IHSS employee.
In other actions for Health and Human Services the Board approved a Medi-Cal Data Privacy and Security Agreement between DHCS and Sierra County. Authorized Child Welfare Services to purchase CWS/CMS computers for $15,000. Jim Beard was reappointed to the Sierra County Solid Waste Enforcement Appeals Panel as he was terminated as Public Representative.
Director Janice Maddox gave an overview of the structure of Sierra County Mental Helath Services and related Mandates. A discussion and Resolution regarding SC Mental Health Emergency (5150) Assessments was approved.
The Board decided that Sierra County becoming its own Mental Health Plan as opposed to functioning as an agent to the Placer-Sierra Mental Health Plan was a good idea and it is in process.
At 10 a.m. Loyalton Friday Night Live coordinator Barbara Weaver brought Jorge Garcia, Liz Lizarde and Cheyenne Little to make a presentation to the Board regarding the dismal rate of compliance with tobacco sales to minors in Sierra County, demonstrating that there is an 80% failure rate by establishments selling cigarettes to minors.
Planning Director Tim Beals and Planner Brandon Pangman presented the staff report and analysis of the proposed initiative filed by the Plumas-Sierra County Citizens Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) see the report here: CAPR Initiative Analysis . The Board once again discussed what to do, if anything, regarding the initiative . Chair Schlefstein said he was reading the report and “by the time I reached page 12 my eyes glazed over, and I had a depressed, sinking feeling seeing all the agencies involved and then I got to the Global Warning Act….”. Schlefstein continued that he found a quote online that said it all.
Supervisor Scott Schlefstein quoted from a Roger’s Rules column ” i.e., the insidious proliferation of rules and regulations (and their concomitant rulers and regulators) that we’re told are being put in place for the commonwealth but in fact are really put in place to squelch individual liberty and solidify state control over our lives.”
Supervisor Lee Adams said the real problem lies when, “what you want to do and what your neighbor wants to do don’t exactly mesh.”
Supervisor Jim Beard wondered if the work on the General Plan could eliminate the need for an Initiative.
Director Tim Beals suggested that “everyone is trying to come to the same end point”, where property owners are able to build SFR on their lot.
Robert Eshleman said he “felt Tim and Brandon were the best apologists for the county” and the report was fair but brings us back to the General Plan. He said if nothing else the initiative has so far brought the discussion to the forefront.
Supervisor Lee Adams said property rights are fine for everyone until “someone builds a nuclear reactor next door.”
No decision was made nor was one suggested, and the discussion died until the next Board meeting maybe.
A mysterious visitor to the meeting was suspected of being a Federal Agent there to investigate Mountain Messenger editor Don Russell however eventually his real identify turned out to be Andy Gomez from Anthem Blue Cross there to address the Board regarding Medi-Cal issues.
Chair Scott Schlefstein recognized three members of the Sierra County Road Crew, Dennis Marsh, Rob Moore and Zack Filippini and three Solid Waste Gate Attendants Lisa Copren, James Wright and Jason Wardrobe for their hard work.
Today is the holiday honoring Martin Luther King. In addition President Barack Obama will be sworn in publicly for his second term, a sweet serendipity event. Recently the Fringe posted (on Facebook) this speech,“Beyond Vietnam”, made by MLK in 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City. As I read the speech written more than 40 years ago I was struck as how with a few location and country name changes it would apply to todays situation and the United States involvement in world struggles, I wondered how we could have learned so little in almost half a century. I urge you to read the speech and think about contacting your representatives, we have to get better, we are on a collision course with … with what… we don’t know, but it doesn’t look pretty, we can change this course… we have to… it’s just us humans on this small planet, there is no alternative.
Another article by Robert Dodge Martin Luther King & Inauguration Day, a thoughtful look at where we are 50 years after the “I have a Dream” speech and what we can do to make real progress in protecting our “finite fragile future of our planet.”
1/16/13 Ok, here it is another Wednesday and it appears the very very cold snap is letting up a little, it is now 42 F outside and feels downright toasty. Some of the ice is melting although my sidewalk is still mostly below 4 inches of frozen snow. The Burning Trees Fest was lots of fun and we’re looking forward to next year when the trees might actually burn. The plan left out the part about snow wet trees don’t burn well.
Our guest columnist Winslow Myers, along with our regular features,Cooter, Java, Gabby, Carrie’s Corner, Jerusha, Carol’s Books and Movie and of course the Fringe with Primary Togetherness can’t be missed. There are lots of things to go to and interesting articles so check them all out.. The Downieville Improvement Group is generating enthusiasm for the coming year see here: DIG . The Sierra County Chamber wants you and needs your membership SC Chamber. Local poet Jubilee Hill wrote about the gold miners plight in Virginia’s Poetry Cornerr.
This week’s photo was taken yesterday on Depot Hill by County Supervisor Lee Adams in case you wondered if it is really cold… there’s the prrroof… like in brrrr…
According to Sheriff John Evans, there were no injuries and the cats were located and fine. Most of the fire damage was confined to a rental apt in the side of the building. The Booster offices sustained smoke damage. Thanks to the Loyalton VFD for the response and minimum of damage.
8:34 p.m. Ira Hays reports from the valley: We just returned from downtown Loyalton where we took these photos of the Sierra Booster Office on fire. Several fire trucks were on location as Loyalton Volunteer Fire Department members attack the fire from inside and out. Temperatures dip below 3F degrees as members of the LVFD gaining entrance to the attic space to vet the fire and gain access to fire. We can still see smoke was coming from under the eves on all sides of the roof area. One CHP’s on traffic control says his office received the call at approx 6:30pm. Flames were shooting from the north side around the eves of the building when he rolled up on the scene.
Board of Supervisors Meeting of January 8, 2013.
This was the first meeting of 2013 and new Supervisors were sworn in and the passing of the gavel from Chairman of the Board in 2012 Peter Huebner to Supervisor Scott Schlefstein.
District 1 Supervisor Lee Adams was re-elected unopposed to his second term, District 3 Supervisor Paul Roen was elected to replace outgoing Supervisor Bill Nunes who served four terms and District 4 Supervisor Jim Beard replacing one term Dave Goicoechea.
After Chairman Schlefstein called the meeting to order, Supervisor Paul Roen was voted in as Vice Chair and so will be on the fast track for learning the job of Chair during his first year as a Supervisor.
Roen then requested two items be pulled off of the consent agenda both belonging to Dept of Health and Human Services Director Janice Maddox. The issues were approval of Sierra County’s updated Strategic Plan for Alcohol and Other Drug prevention and authorization to fill the vacant Health and Human Services Assistant Director position. Maddox explained the issues and assured Supervisor Roen the position would be an internal promotion type hire and both items were approved unanimously.
Next on the Agenda was the staff report and analysis of the proposed initiative filed by the Plumas/Sierra County Citizens Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR). This was a long involved discussion, led by Planning Director Tim Beals and Planner Brandon Pangman, who was attempting to revive his father’s (former County Counsel and now retired Superior Court Judge Bill Pangman) reputation for wordiness as Supervisor Adams noted, although the younger Pangman did an excellent job of being succinct and clear in his presentation.
Pangman demonstrated how the General Plan(GP) as it stands gives property owners the right to build a Single Family Residence (SFR) on their property and the Zoning Code is there to help build in flexibility and be able to look at each individual situation and to allow discretionary review. The most important issue is the discretionary or non-discretionary component. There are currently 29 base Zones in the GP with only 3 overlays. The current Zoning Code(ZC) is based on a 1973 ZC borrowed from Glenn County. After the 1996 General Plan update funding was an issue and any real work on a ZC was waylaid.
Pangman said the analysis shows that the Initiative does not succeed in its intent and it doesn’t deal with the details. Further Sierra County has always allowed SFR on property as a right but the problem is location, which is critical and the initiative isn’t going to deal with that and it completely ignores restrictions and doesn’t allow for discretionary review. According to Pangman, the County and CAPR have the same end goal but to accomplish it will take a lot more detailed amendments to the GP, we have to deal with this and there will still be conditional use permits.
When it was the Board’s turn Adams asked what result would be if Initiative was approved in its present form. The initiative would not change zone variance requirements, if property is R1 is “by right” buildable SFR, however there are setback requirements and special treatment and stream setback areas that need to be addressed.
County Counsel Jim Curtis spoke about the state mandate to the County requiring a General Plan, that ship has sailed and the GP elements and parts need to be integrated. Curtis also allowed that the initiative process is a cherished and allows the people to take matters into their own hands, but he does not want to create more legal battles and it is likely to have unintended consequences, even though the initiative writers may say, ” didn’t mean or what I meant was” a judge won’t be discretionary, they care about the written language.
Milt Holdstom talked to the Board about his TPZ land where there is a moratorium on building and said there has to be a solution for this type of quandary. Robert Eshelman also spoke and said that what Curtis said “is true and Brandon is fair”, he would encourage everyone to look at the Initiative as the county is unique and the reason we build by the river is because it’s the only flat spots.
The written analysis by County staff will be presented to the Board for the next meeting on January 22 in Loyalton and the focus will be on questions and issues the Board might have. Schlefstein requested the written analysis be in the Board packet and availble to Board members prior to the meeting.
The Board of Supervisors adjourned and a meeting of the County Service Area Board of Directors was called to order to hear a Resolution approving expenditure from the Sierra Brooks Water System budget in an amount not to exceed $5,000.00 for a property appraisal of lands that will be needed by the County to proceed with the water system improvement project and authorization to the Director of Transportation to seek quotes from qualified appraisers and to return to the Board with a professional services agreement for the appraisal. Director Adams said he was good with the appraisal but not interested in an unfriendly condemnation as this concerns property owned by the Department of Fish &Game involving property swaps. A friendly condemnation as is currently being proposed with the City of Santa Clara would be fine.
The Board of Supervisors then reconvened and agreed to send a letter to the state requesting an extension of time to meet landfill gas emission requirements as that is what the whole property swap with is about to solve that problem.
The County directed Tim Beals to meet with CalTrans regarding the Perry Creek Bridge on State Route 49 in Sierraville.
County Auditor/Treasurer-Tax Collector Van Maddox was authorized by Resolution to open or close bank accounts for the county and all entities under the Board of Supervisors. Something Maddox has always done, but now it is formalized. Adams mentioned the Resolution must have been written by staff as there were no spelling errors.(laughter ensued) Anyone receiving any written communication from the Van Maddox would understand the implication of that comment.
Louise Huebner and LeTina Vanetti were appointed to the Child Care Council Planning Commission. Supervisor Huebner abstained from the vote being married to Louise.
1/9/2013 Well, once again, the best laid plans of ….. my plan was to get all of my columnists up and most everything written and ready to post on Monday so that after the Board meeting on Tuesday I would have nothing to do but write the Board of Supervisors piece and ready to put up. I did write an editorial this week so I don’t need to go into any personal revelations in this post. I will say Monday was spent doing something I didn’t plan, oh that’s right, I was visiting a friend, funny how that happens and then Tuesday, the Board meeting was short and I would have had all afternoon except another friend wanted a ride to Grass Valley and I took the opportunity to dodge work and go for a jaunt and then this morning I sat down determined to focus on the Prospect, however a local emergency needed some attention and me and another Salvation Army worker helped out someone down on his luck needing to get to Oregon but that takes awhile to figure out the logistics here in the boonies. So that’s my excuse for being so late.
This week we have Carol’s Book Review, Carrie’s Corner, Cooter, Java, Jerusha, the Fringe, my editorial, Gabby, and the Board of Supervisor’s. The Downieville Improvement Group is having a meeting tomorrow, Thursday at the Masonic Hall and invites anyone interested in the town and our events to come out. And we are having a Burning Tree Fest in the Downieville Park on Sunday at 11 a.m. bring your Christmas tree and have some hotdogs, marshmallows and hot cider.
The gorgeous photo of the Sierra Buttes from Bassett’s meadow is by Don Yegge.
Happy New Year. This past year has been rough for many people. My personal roughness came in the form of a dear friend suffering a stroke in March, he is recovering nicely but my brother didn’t fare so well, he had a massive stroke and died at his home in April. In one sense he went quickly and didn’t suffer but it would have been better if he too, was recovering nicely. My sister-in-law is a strong lady and very able to continue but they were married for more than 40 years and deserved more. My brother was funny, a Navy veteran, retired telephone company worker, a right wing gun nut, we rarely talked during the Vietnam War years, he equated me with Jane Fonda, (I took it as a compliment) and I loved him.
I look forward to 2013 and beyond as a time for us to become aware and pro-active in making this planet a good place to live no matter what country we live, there really are no boundaries. I am happy to pay taxes, I do not understand when people complain bitterly about paying taxes. I, alone, cannot build roads, bridges, hospitals, provide for those elderly, disadvantaged and helpless, but together when we all chip in what we can we can do almost anything. Years ago, a President thought we should spend less money on military and more on education, health and the well being of our country. We should take care of business at home before trying to tell everyone else how they should live their lives. I agree. I do think about the horrible issues in other countries that we would not allow here. We should be involved and work on human rights issues but I don’t believe invading, bombing and military intervention is the way.
There are no simple answers but we must keep trying. Be happy you make enough to pay taxes and understand the benefits to us all. We are the government, never forget, of, by and for the people, the government is not a separate entity. The government is us.
So on to business. Not to much local news, the usual Java, Jerusha who no longer wants to be Ask Jerusha but just plain Jerusha, Cooter, Java, Gabby, our guest columnists Peter G. Cohen, Lawrence S. Wittner, Erin Niemela, Michael N. Nagler and then of course the Fringe talks about Sex, Lies & Guns this week. Well worth the read, I have to say I had trouble putting his piece up the charts and graphs became confusing so they are all there but may not be in exactly the right place, blame it on me. Carol gives a review on a Movie and Books. Carrie’s Corner has some stuff, and that’s it folks, take care, have a happy new year and next week is the Board of Supervisors.
The picture of the pink sky in the Sierra Valley is by Janice Maddox.
What kind of name is Jerusha? When I looked it up it says, “possessed or married”. Since you are single, does this mean you are possessed? If you are actually married, you should stop saying you’re single. However, if you are indeed, possessed, you should probably not be giving out advice to others.
Sincerely, Zadok, Downieville
I am sure you understand my salutation and it will even be more clearer if you add Zadok to it. I have no idea why you think my name is any of your business. However just to clarify a few things I will tell you I was named after Jerusha Hale, she was the wife of Abner Hale, a Missionary in Hawaii. While Abner was known for wreaking havoc with the native Hawaiians with his religious zeal, Jerusha, like me, was known as a Saint and a heroine and was very kind, gentle and sweet. James Michener wrote about her and Abner in his historical novel, Hawaii. If you read it, you will understand she was a wonderful person and so I am named after that Jerusha. I think you should rethink your judgmental attitude. I believe Zadok is a masculine name, well you can just forget about me being interested in you, if you are single and had that in mind.
My cat keeps me up at night. What do I do??
Regards, Sleep-deprived in Truckee
What kind of dumb question is that? There are lots of things you can do. Put the cat in it’s own bedroom. Buy a nicer bed for the cat. Move to a two bedroom place if you only have one bedroom. Give the cat whatever makes her/him happy. Maybe the cat needs more food. Have you bought cat toys? Does the cat have a companion? Maybe another cat or some mice. Maybe your sleep habits need changing. Wear ear plugs, of course if there is a fire and you can’t hear the smoke alarm that could be a problem. Or if you slept with a pillow over your head it might decrease your oxygen level which could affect the cats health if you were not there to feed him/her. Well I don’t know. Just stop whining.
PS: I know Sleep Deprived is not your real name.
A washed-up, former soccer star attempts to rebuild his relationship with his son and ex-wife by coaching his son’s soccer team. His plan to reconnect with his family is met with challenges from the attractive soccer moms who pursue him at every turn.
In this prequel to The Wizard of Oz, circus magician Oscar Diggs is magically transported to the Land of Oz, where he deals with three witches and uses his illusionist skills and resourcefulness to become the wizard the residents have been expecting.
When the king and queen of England visit U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt hoping for support on the eve of World War II, Roosevelt must deal with his official duties as well as the competing interests of his mother, his wife and his mistresses.
Slow. Bill Murray did a good job. Slow movie. And that was also the consensus of others in the theatre when I asked them.
This movie made his mother unlikeable and overbearing (oh, a good book to read is “First Mothers”. About the mothers of presidents. Very interesting.) The movie dealt mostly with his 5th or 6th cousin who was one of his mistresses (based on letters they found after she had died) and then more towards the end, all of his mistresses. And there was some of the movie about the King and Queen’s visit, and they didn’t make the Queen very likeable (unlike in “The Kings Speech”).
There is someone out there who will like this movie, but unfortunately it was not for me. This movie is during the period of time he was directing “Psycho”. There were some interesting facts about the filming of “Psycho”, about his marriage, and things I already knew about him. His house was beautiful and it was interesting to see how they filmed “Psycho” and his directing techniques. However, according to this movie, he had a dark side to him and that was really brought out. I wasn’t looking for a comedy or light hearted move, but not one so dark, either.
A trio of retired opera singers’ annual celebration of Verdi’s birthday sours when their estranged fourth member shows up but refuses to sing. Tensions rise and diva drama erupts — will personal problems prevent the show from going on?
No one left the theatre when when the movie ended and the credits started rolling, as there was a nice little surprise when they do roll the credits. You don’t want to miss that. So when the movie actually starts, I suggest that you just take a breath, relax, and enjoy. This is not an action paced movie, at all, but moves at a nice slow pace. The scenery is beautiful, as is the music. I think some of the dialogue I would change.
The story takes place in an opera singers, and musicians, home for the aged. Things are going well until the Diva shows up. I don’t know exactly what I thought the plot would be, but the previews had looked good. Go on a rainy day when there is nothing else to do.
Dani said seeing the movie once was enough. At some point I wondered if I were enjoying it or not, but decided to just relax and watch it unfold, and then I enjoyed it more. So I say, if you go see it, see it with that in mind and you will enjoy this movie. Look at the scenery, listen to the movie, and that is a treat in itself. The people in the audience reacted to various parts of the movie (laughed, gasped, etc) clapped at the end, and they all enjoyed it. However, it is slow. I would not rush out the door to see it, but lots of people there really loved it (I asked them). By the way, there are a few movies by the same name so you want to rent the one filmed in 2012, director is Dustin Hoffman.
The incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Decades after Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez disappeared following the failure of his two critically praised records in the 1970s, two fans from South Africa, where Rodriguez was a huge hit, try to track down their idol.
- Sixto Rodriguez, Steve Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore, Dan Dimaggio,Jerome Ferretti, Steve Rowland, Willem Möller, Craig Bartholomew-Strydrom, Ilse Assmann
If you watch ’60 Minutes’, you may have seen the segment about Rodriguez and the documentary that was made about him. Rodriguez was a song writer/singer who was discovered in 1970. He wrote songs about life situations. However, he just never made it big in the States. Unknown to everyone in the States, especially him, he was a HUGE hit in South Africa. He was as big as the Beatles, and bigger than Elvis.
This story is about a man who reviews music and heard about Rodriguez. The story he was told is that Rodriguez had died back in the 70’s – suicide. But the thing is, no one really knew what had happened to Rodriguez. He did his research, found out Rodriguez is alive, and to him that was the end of the story. But the story gets really bigger at that point, in that a record store owner in South Africa learned Rodriguez was alive, and through a “tiny thread” (an e-mail that Rodriguez’ daughter sent) contacted Rodriguez and brought him to South Africa to perform in a concert.
Now don’t think I told you too much, because there is so much more to this sotry. Things that made us chuckle and little suprises. One other thing I enjoyed were the interviews with his daughters, which are so heartwarming. It is so clear that they love their dad, and describe the kind of man/father he is to them. And there is more heartwarming information, along with a bittersweet feeling of how this man could have been big, but wasn’t. And that over 500,000 records were sold in South Africa and he never got a dime. To me, his voice has a certain quality with a haunting touch to it. And Rodriguez himself is an unassuming person who lives a simple life.
This is a good movie. A little slow maybe the first 5 minutes or so, but gets rolling shortly. The only disappointment is that sometimes the narration is covered with what is supposed to be background music, and you cannot hear what the narrator is saying. Also, the accents from various people is a little hard to understand. But that is just here and there and doesn’t deter from the movie.
Wes Anderson’s quirky drama follows the frantic search that ensues in a small New England town when two 12-year-olds fall in love and run away together. As the townsfolk hunt for the vanished kids, a storm causes even more profound communal upheaval.
- Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban, Harvey Keitel
I was trying to figure out how to explain this movie. I thought of the word “quirky” before reading the Netflix description, so felt very smart! It is quirky, funny, different, fast paced (as opposed to really slow pace) and just put together differently. It is a nice movie.
It is about 2 kids falling in love. About how they are just different from other kids; the boy is in a scout group and the others really do not care for him because he is just different. The girl is a loner. They meet and fall in love immiedately.
They take off together and it develops into the relationship of her parents, the behavior of the othe scouts, the scout master and the local sheriff. While it is all improbable, it is a kick to watch. So the kids take off, the others search for them, they are found, and what happens next. The humor, which is here and there throughout the movie is dry and very witty. When the movie starts, just give it a little time to get going.
It is just a different movie and we enjoyed it. Oh, and there a lots of adults in the movie so it isn’t just 1 1/2 hr of watching kids. And that was just the right amount of time for this movie – not to long.
- Everything Must Go2010R97 minutes
Director-writer Dan Rush makes his film debut with this dramedy based on a Raymond Carver short story about Nick (Will Ferrell), a good-hearted but relapsed alcoholic who decides to live on his front lawn after losing his job and being thrown out by his wife.
- Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Michael Peña, Stephen Root, Laura Dern, Glenn Howerton, Shannon Whirry, Jason Spisak
New Year’s Eve
British filmmaker Zana Briski’s Oscar-winning documentary is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in Calcutta’s red-light district, where their mothers work as prostitutes to ensure their survival. Spurred by the kids’ fascination with her camera, Briski decides to teach them photography. As they begin to look at and record their world through new eyes, the kids awaken to their own talents and sense of worth.
1/2/13 The Guilt Trip
The Guilt Trip is a 2012 American comedy film directed by Anne Fletcher from a screenplay written by Dan Fogelman, starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen.
After Andy Brewster invents a fabulous new organic cleaner, he goes on a cross-country road trip to promote it. His mother, Joyce, comes along for the ride but soon discovers that her son has an ulterior motive: fixing her up with a long-lost flame. Cast: Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Adam Scott, Colin Hanks, Kathy Najimy, Nora Dunn, Ari Graynor, Casey Wilson
Dani and I went to see this movie today, and it was a kick. Dani was laughing through the whole thing; I either laughed or was amused. There are also some poignant moments.
The scenes are “tight”, i.e. they do not drag on. And they are unpredictable. We both thought that the scene would go one way, but it just went another.
The chemistry between Streisand and Rogan is just perfect. Streisand is not doing the silly character that I think of her doing in some of her past movies. The timing is just right on.
There are some great lines and the acting was very good. And when you go see this movie, think of me: one time David and I were going to a movie. He pulled up by the ticket counter, I popped out and got the tickets. I jumped back into the car and said “OK, I’ve got the tickets” just to see some guy in the drivers seat, looking at me in shock. Yep! Wrong car. I thought it was hilarious.
For a light hearted movie, feel good movie, go see this.