Monthly Archives: March 2016

Why prairies matter and lawns don’t

How much lawn is too much? 41 million acres. That figure makes lawn the most widespread plant under irrigation in the contiguous US. Three times more acreage is covered in irrigated lawn than in irrigated corn, and that’s a conservative estimate. All of that once precious water used on those 41 million acres of ridiculous, non-native turfgrass to keep it unnaturally green – how can people be so blind?

The Roaming Ecologist

Prairies – those critically endangered and complex ecosystems understood by few and misunderstood and destroyed by millions of people.

Lawns – those myopically obsessive (and evil) urban, suburban, and increasingly rural monoculture eyesores that displace native ecosystems at a rate between 5,000 and 385,000 acres per day* in favor of sterile, chemically-filled, artificial environments bloated with a tremendous European influence that provide no benefits over the long term; no food, no clean water, no wildlife habitat, and no foundation for preserving our once rich natural heritage.  And there’s the unbearable ubiquitousness of mowing associated with such a useless cultural practice, which creates a ridiculous amount of noise pollution, air and water pollution, and a bustling busyness that destroys many peaceful Saturday mornings.  The American lawn is the epitome of unsustainability.

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Forbidden Love

Paparazzi Porn

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Taboos are shattered inValérie Donzelli’s Marguerite &Julien, a brother-sister romance set in seventeenth century France, despite some intentional anachronisms. As children, Marguerite and Julien have a close relationship and a priest suggests separating them. When Julien (Jérémie Elkaïm) returns from business school, he finds Marguerite (Anaïs Demoustier) unhappily engaged; they surreptitiously rekindle their romance, setting off intrigue. Despite the occasional tableau vivant, Donzelli keeps the pace brisk. DP Céline Bozon creates a beautiful look for the film. The score is rich, moving, and, at times, sublime.Marguerite &Julienfinds characters in a familiar narrative, but with an incesticious twist that makes trite situations fresh and stirring.As it ought to, the soapy, melodramatic elements and sheer outlandishnessof the premisesometimes prompt laughs. But that does not diminish the movie; rather, it shows an aversion for solemnity and self-importance that too many films are guilty of. Donzelli directs her actors…

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How Ghostbusters’ Paul Feig failed Patty Tolan

Pop Culture Uncovered

By this time now, most moviegoers have seen the new trailer for the reboot, remake, re imaging or whatever this is slated to be.   Before we dive further, let’s remember what a movie trailer is supposed to do.   A movie trailer is supposed to build buzz about an upcoming movie which will entice a consumer to make an informed decision to go, spend money and time to watch said movie. A movie trailer is also supposed to give us a glimpse at what the story is about and what characters will be in it as well as the roles they will play.

The Ghostbusters trailer did all of that and it was the cause for much conversation on the internet and every last fan picked it apart for many reasons. My colleague Ben gave it a good assessment which some I agreed with. I was mostly on the fence about…

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