My wife, Vickie, and I decided to watch “Tar” with Cate Blanchett, Mark Strong and other folks). My favorite Cate Blanchett movie to date is “Thor: Ragnarok.” After watching “Tar,” “Thor: Ragnarok” is still my favorite Cate Blanchett movie.
The movie ran well over two hours. We watched every second of it because I had to pay $6 to rent it.
Blanchett and Strong turned in great performances (in a dull movie). My favorite scene is when Blanchett body-tackled Strong.
After it was over, we laughed at our tenacity. Then we watched “Saturday Night Live,” which was much more entertaining.
I know everyone is just thrilled by Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her move to ban critical race theory in classrooms and remove the use of the term “Latinx” from state documents. These are moves that are mostly theater because critical race theory is apparently not taught in any Arkansas public school.
I’m not sure why the gender-neutral term “Latinx” is a problem. From what I understand, it is used in some cases to replace the masculine and feminine Hispanic terms “Latino” and “Latina.” Whites and blacks all fall under one-word descriptions. Not sure why Sanders wants to make things more complicated, but she is a Trump apologist, so reason really isn’t expected.
It is worrisome, though, as the idea behind banning certain subjects in school is to prevent precious white children from feeling uncomfortable in the classroom. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis LOVES that idea. He is a creepy guy. Not too sure what to say about Mrs. Sanders.
I will note that I interviewed her dad, Mike Huckabee, during his gubernatorial campaign, and later when he served as Arkansas governor. He was smart and likable and I thought he was a pretty good governor. Not sure what happened to turn him and his progeny to the dark side.
For most of my life, starting when I was a pre-teen, I had a notion for a fantasy dinner party. The guests were Sean Connery, Dianna Rigg and Stan Lee. They have all passed on and I never filled their chairs.
I have given a lot of thought to who would be suitable replacements. Daniel Craig, for sure. Stephen King would be a lot of fun . I’m stuck on the female guest. It is between Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock. I guess I just need to add another chair to the table. Actually, two more chairs, because there is not a dinner companion as charming as my lovely wife, Vickie.
I should give fair warning, my next column is going to be about the dark side of owning a motorcycle.
Robert Shearon spent 30 years in journalism, working as a reporter, editor or publisher at newspapers in Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma. His e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org