He emerged from the slammer on Aug. 23, 1969, having already decided that the first thing he would do would be to go to an AA meeting. He vowed to stay out of prison, and did, becoming a drug counselor. But it would be 15 years before he collided with his destiny. On the set of the oddball 1985 thriller “Runaway Train,” he was charged with looking after an actor, and one of the film’s screenwriters, an ex-con named Eddie Bunker, recognized him from San Quentin. Trejo was tapped to add flavor to the prison scenes (and to teach Eric Roberts how to box), and his aura of drop-dead authenticity was so compelling that the offers began coming in. For a couple of years, he played roles like Inmate #1, Prisoner #1, Gangster #1, but all that changed in 1987 when he got to act opposite Bronson in “Death Wish IV.” (As one of his sons recalls, “The year I was born was the year he had his first character with a name.”) … [Read more...] about ‘Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo’: Film Review
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The quick turnaround on this trend is encouraging because, let’s face it, all of these brands have faced criticism and complaints for decades in some cases, which individually were much easier to ignore or politely acknowledge with no action. Today, the calls have reached a critical mass, and these companies must recognize that the images they have been pumping out into the culture are a part of the systemic discrimination and devaluation of Black Americans. What many see as nostalgic logos are actually daily reminders of a subservient past. … [Read more...] about First it was Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben, now Cream of Wheat is reviewing its mascot
The Times exposé, headlined “Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches from His Father,” was posted on Oct. 2, 2018. While it got plenty of attention at the time, and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, there was plenty else going on that week, including the pending confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Even much of the coverage of the Supreme Court decision last week on Trump’s taxes seemed to ignore that a lot of information about the finances of the empire already have been reported. … [Read more...] about Book Review: In The Chaos Of Donald Trump’s Presidency, Will His Niece’s Tell-All Matter?
In Catrin Einhorn and Leslye Davis’s film, made with Netflix and the New York Times, patriarch Brian Eisch is taken all the way to Afghanistan to serve his country while his two sons mourn his absence. Their mother chose not to be part of their lives years prior, and so the two live with an uncle instead, briefly seeing their father every six months when he returns home on leave. It’s a difficult situation, with two boys under 12 accepting the importance of their father’s deployment while also pining for him. Brian acknowledges it too, but sees himself as too much of an important asset abroad to stay home. This decision is soon taken out of his hands when he is injured and forced to return to the US. … [Read more...] about Father Soldier Son review – intimate Netflix military documentary
Nettles. Has anyone ever honestly exclaimed, "Nettles! Yum!"? The Lyle's iteration of this austerity food is a soup of racing green, thick and blood-warm; it desperately needs its pheasant egg yolk and salty, paper-thin "cured pig's cheek" (aka guanciale) to make it anything other than a challenge. And there's more from the hedgerow in the next dish, a carnival of alliums: charred ramps and "new season's onions", confit garlic, ramson flowers, a pool of thin sheep's yoghurt. It's a worthy dish, lacking luxury; it reminds me of my ill-fated attempt at the 5:2 diet. I much prefer fat spears of smoky, grilled asparagus with their murky, pleasingly gritty blob of walnut mayo – proof that vegetables can be every bit as seductive as meat. … [Read more...] about Lyle’s, London – restaurant review