Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

An interesting film.  It was well shot (cinematography).  The plot is not overly complicated but the movie does have twists and turns.  The film has an interesting tone as well, definitely a “black comedy” as well as a drama.     The movie is an original idea and it is an entertaining film.   I don’t know if it is one of the BEST movies of 2017, but it was definitely a good movie and I would be willing to watch it a second time.

You might even like this film if you are from Missouri (or maybe maybe even North Carolina)

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Rape On The Night Shift, Taking Advantage of the Working Poor

This builds off of the Me Too Movement.  There was an investigation done on the Janitorial industry.  It turns out that many of the janitors are women who work at night time and often by themselves.  And believe it or not, the industry has supervisors that take advantage of these workers.  Some of them don’t know their rights and some of them have fear of being deported.   If you are interested in this kind of story then check out the story from Nightline:

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/rape-on-the-night-shift/

 

If you want to read the story:

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/rape-on-the-night-shift/

 

 

It is an interesting story and a good example of investigative journalism.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

The Land of Longfellow

The reporter road into town

Unsure of what he’d find

The town was not too big

Not too big for any mind

He saw the folks

They waved

Oh, they seem nice

Many people around would not think twice.

He was there to do his report

Because there had been word getting around

Of strange and bizarre things

Happening in this town

The word came in from anonymous sources

People who were scared

Of the kids of this land

Who often dissappeared

The Reporter left his car

And walked the town on foot

A car came driving up and screeched to a halt

The couple rolled down their window to relay the news

“You need to get out, it’s time to go.”

What do you mean why should I leave?

“This is not a normal place, it’s not safe to stay.”

Where is the danger in this town?

“We are leaving.

You should not stay here.

This is the Land of Longfellow and he will come for you.”

And after those last words, the couple rolled up their window and drove away.

The reporter walked on.

 

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT, The Land of Longfellow

Conspiracy, AntiSemitism, The Origin

The Origin of the Jewish Conspiracy that the world is controlled by the Jews.

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

The text above was published in 1903.  It is an Antisemitic fabricated text.
The text was denounced in THE TIMES in 1920 1921.
The work takes some inspiration from the 1864 work: Dialogue in Hell between Machiavelli and Montesquieu)
If you have ever been curious about where AntiSemitism comes from or where some Antisemites draw their information then know that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a very influential text.
You can find interesting info on this work by searching online and looking at the wikipedia page.
-End of post, DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Pattie Cake$ 2017 Movie Review

A unique and interesting girl version of “8 mile.”   There are definite similarities to 8 Mile (with Eminem) but the film is still unique and stands on its own.        It’s still a rap coming-of-age movie but with a girl as the main lead.

The film was entertaining all throughout.  The films has some twists and turns that will keep you guessing.   In some parts it is kind of formulaic but unless you are a complete movie snob then you won’t be bothered.        The lead girl definitely is the standout.   The supporting actors are also good.

The real joys in the film come from the rapping scenes because you are rooting for the main character so much  (similar to 8 Mile).

Also, I would say the film is very strong in the first hour with a lot happening and with the scenes moving quickly.

If you like movies that have music in them and you like coming-of-age movies then you’ll definitely like Pattie Cake$.

DJ ROBO BISCUIT gives it a 7 out of 10.

-End of Post

2018 Pro Men To Watch

Federer and Nadal are the 2 big players of 2017.  Will they be able to keep the magic flowing in 2018?     Nadal is still very dangerous on Clay at the French.  Federer could literally beat anybody if he is healthy and playing well and Federer is most likely still the favorite at Wimbledon.

I think if Dimitrov keeps his head straight then he can maintain his time in the top 10.  And Dimitrov is incredibly dangerous.  He played amazing at the World Tour Finals but I’ll be curious to see if he can maintain his form.

The Young Guns of Zverev and Thiem are definitely the big dangers to the elite players since both of them have a lot of energy and both of them hit the ball huge off the ground.

Also, If Jack Sock and Del Potro keep their bodies healthy then they are both incredibly dangerous to the rest of the field.   Sock has a unique power game with his huge spin on the forehand and he has become more crafty and versatile, as well as being faster.   Del Potro is also super dangerous with his big serve and big forehand, if his timing is there he can boss around the other players.

I will be very curious to see if Djokovic and Murray come back to form, since they are returning from injury.   I think both of them had a rough 2017.   Djokovic had very noticeable losses to Nick Kyrgios in Indian Wells and Mexico.   Murray lost to Pospisil at Indian Wells.   I think Murray can come back to the top 5 but I am not sure about Djokovic, I think Djokovic has lost some of his drive and lost a lot of confidence.

The biggest player to watch in 2018 will be Nick Kyrgios.  Nick Kyrigos has the whole game, huge serve, big forehand, touch, volleys, sneaky backhand, no fear.     He has the ability to beat all of the top players.   He is prone to having meltdowns and to lose his focus and motivation.  If Kyrgios is focused then I have no doubt that he can move right up towards the top 5.

Also, if Raonic is healthy, then Milos can return to the top 10.   The combination of his massive serve with his forehand and his desire to go to the net makes him mega dangerous especially on the hard courts and grass courts.   On the Clay courts, Raonic is a dud, he can’t keep up with any of the spaniards.  If Raonic is healthy, look for him to do some damage at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open.

I hope that Gilles Muller can keep it up, he had a great upset over Nadal and I love Muller’s lefty attacking game.     I hope that Diego Schwartzman will stay solid as rock and continue his climb up I think he can move close to the top 20.     Also, I hope that Gasquet will stay healthy because he has the ability to get inside the top 15.

Andrey Rublev, Ryan Harrison, Denis Shapovalov, Jared Donalson, and Hyeon Chung are the young gun players to watch in 2018.  Rublev had a big run at the US Open and his ball-striking is excellent.   Ryan Harrison is more of a veteran but it seems that he has found his mental game again.   Shapovalov is mega talented and lefty and it is no fluke that he was able to beat Nadal.   Donaldson is super steady and had that clay court training in Buenos Aires, I think Donaldson will continue to grind his way up into the top 30.   Chung hits the ball in a unique way but it is also no fluke that he won the next gen tournament;  Chung was having a good run at the French Open last year but had a difficult run in with Nishikori.

Also, I think that Matthew Ebden is back in the game.  Look for Ebden to move his way up and get into the top 50.

Overall, the men’s game has a lot of talent right now.  I think 2018 is going to be a year of upsets with various players like Thiem or Shapovalov or Rublev beating well-known players at big events.    It is good to see that the ATP is trying to help the young players since the “old guard” of Fed, Nadal, Murray, and Djoko are hitting 30+.   I’ll be watching the year closely.

One last piece, the prize money has increased more at the Grand Slams.  It is crazy.  Sloane Stephens got 3.7 million at the US Open (good for her!)    And at the Australian Open it looks like the winner is going to get 4 million !!!    This is huge money.   I’ll be curious if the numbers just keep going up,     up to 4.5 million, and then 5 million, etc etc.

Let me know what you think.

-End of Post, DJ ROBO BISCUIT,   stay fluffy!