Every serious actor has to do a film where they play a deranged freak--someone sociopathic or supremely bent who decides to interact with the people around them, much to those people's distress. Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver, Christian Bale in American Psycho, Joaquin Phoenix in The Master, Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast, and many others, all played men who were malignancies to every person they met. Jake Gyllenhaal has come close before, but with Nightcrawler, last year's film from writer/director Dan Gilroy, he has gone full creepy.
Former baseball great Chipper Jones has slipped into the outrage/persecution complex. His crime? He wrote something stupid on Twitter. This past Friday, Chipper wrote, referring to the Sandy Hook massacre, "So the FBI comes out and confirms that Sandy Hook was a hoax! Where is the outrage? What else are we being lied to about? Waco? JFK? Pfff..." The internet was quick to respond, and Chipper had to return to Twitter to type up an apology. A supplicant come on bended knee, Chipper had roused the fury of the internet irate, and offered his due penance. He shouldn't worry. The attention span for matters like this, especially involving retired athletes who are normally far away from the public eye, is short. He could have gotten away with doing nothing, but that would have meant staying offline for a week or so. Who wants to do that?
Not too long ago, measles was declared eradicated in the United States. It was a public health victory of huge import. And now, that victory is threatened.
It all began less than twenty years ago with the publication of a now discredited study linking vaccinations with autism. The facts are clear. There is no link between vaccinations and autism. But, as has been said countless times before, yet continues to be forgotten, facts do not matter when they conflict with belief.
Many of the Loyal Seven will have picked up on this already, but I live in New York City. I've been here for about fifteen and a half years. Before that, I had spent my entire life living in Northeast Ohio. That's two different places, both with bitchy winters.
Winter temperatures in the Midwest drop far lower than they do here on the East Coast, but I can't recall ever having had to walk fifteen minutes to a subway station only to wait further on an icy cold platform while I was living in Akron. The winters here are milder, but they are something the people experience more.
Which brings me to last night!
Once upon a time there was television show called The Equalizer that ran on CBS. It was successful enough to last for four seasons and 88 episodes. I don't know if that's significant. Any show that runs on American network television for four years and 88 episodes is a success, but it's not a smash. In fact, The Equalizer was and is somewhat of an anonymous show. It's curious that in the age of remakes and reboots, someone in Hollywood chose to resurrect this show and make it a movie.