But there was a method to the madness that unfolded outside this federal courthouse, a crackdown the president threatened to expand to Chicago and other American cities. The nation had been ravaged by Trump’s inability to lead: More than 150,000 Americans were dead from a pandemic that competent nations had subdued; 25 million Americans were unemployed, and the economy contracted by a third. Seeking a Hail Mary for his re-election campaign, Trump pulled one of the ugliest, but most reliable, strategies from the Republican playbook: “law and order.” The racially coded message catapulted Richard Nixon to victory in 1968; formed a cornerstone of Ronald Reagan’s presidency; and keyed George H.W. Bush’s implausible comeback victory in 1988. By playing to white America’s fears of urban violence and black empowerment, politicians have long won elections, and justified expansions of America’s carceral state. … [Read more...] about Who Won the Battle of Portland?
Waters kicks off the cover by playing acoustic guitar and singing half of the first verse by himself. Lucius then takes over, narrating Prine’s story about a lonely couple whose children have grown up and become distant. The screen splits for the chorus, and they all sing the lyrics about old trees, rivers and people in harmony. The song originally appeared on Prine’s self-titled debut in 1971. … [Read more...] about See Roger Waters, Lucius Sing John Prine’s ‘Hello in There’
Deakins won the marquee Theatrical Release trophy from the American Society of Cinematographers at the ACS Awards last month for 1917, becoming the 15th ACS Award winner to go on and win the Oscar. 1917 was Deakins’ fourth film with Mendes. They first collaborated on Jarhead in 2005, followed by Revolutionary Road and Skyfall. … [Read more...] about ‘1917’s Roger Deakins Wins Second Consecutive Oscar For Cinematography
The renditions are quieter than the Pink Floyd originals, with Waters singing almost mournfully about Vera Lynn, the recently deceased World War II–era singer. But they soon transition into a passionate rendition of “Bring the Boys Back Home,” featuring the women from Lucius on backup vocals. During one moment of reprieve, Waters speaks directly to the camera to address Trump: “Yeah, bring the boys back home, particularly from Portland, you big fucking brick,” referencing the botched deployment of federal officers there to quell protests. … [Read more...] about Watch Roger Waters Perform Socially Distanced ‘The Wall’ Deep Cuts
Waters’ Us + Them tour spanned 2017 and 2018 and found him juxtaposing hits from his career with Pink Floyd and solo cuts from his recently released Is This the Life … with his messages of humanity and resisting tyranny. He and his band played 156 shows on the tour to 2.3 million people. The footage in the Us + Them film comes from the tour’s stop in Amsterdam and includes some shots filmed in the U.K. … [Read more...] about See Roger Waters Perform ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ in ‘Us and Them’ Film